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Didn't quite make that flight

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Kind of tough to catch a plane when it's due to take off at 6:45 AM and you wake up to hotel room clock telling you it's 6:40 AM. First time missing a flight, ever, as far as I can recall, and I don't qualify (yet) as a frequent flyer, so I turned on my computer to check the Delta site to see what I could do about it. The pages that were supposed to explain options didn't quite cover the "sleeping in" scenario, so I thought I'd call the help line for assistance. As I looked at my phone, wondering how I managed to sleep though its alarm, I saw the Delta app on there and selected it. First thing I saw was that my flight was delayed! But not enough for me to make it to the airport. Second thing I saw was an "apology for the inconvenience, and would you like to rebook at no cost?" offer. Well, um, I don't know, free is awfully expensive, but ok, sure. Didn't get any extra extra sleep out of it, as I had just enough time for a shower before heading out. Ended up getting to Detroit only an hour and change after the flight I was originally supposed to be on.

That also meant I was getting back home in time to get to my dentist appointment, the real reason I'd selected the 6:45 flight in the first place. Yes, I know, I'm a masochist, what with the way early flight and dentist juxtaposition. But it was ok, the dentist was just supposed to be a get some x-rays, say hi to a new dentist dude type of visit. But after that had been accomplished, the person who'd checked my gums came back in and asked if I'd like a cleaning, too, since someone else had canceled, and she had time. Sure, why not, saves me a trip back (and another co-pay). And after that was done, and the doc had checked in and checked out my x-rays, there were apparently a couple of cavities that might need doing, and would I like to get them done? Well, heck, why not, as long as I'm here.

The problem with that was that this clinic seems to have not enough people actively working on a Friday. One of the dentists (the wife of the pair) doesn't see patients on Friday, and the guy who was there was running around handling all the patients they had lined up. I don't know if others got the "you're here, might as well get this done" opportunities, but by the time I got my cavities filled, and got out of there with the lower half of my face still numb, I'd been at the dentist 3 hours. And realized, after 3 weeks of carrying around my new driver's license, that the state had spelled my name wrong. No big deal, probably, if I was someone who actually was in the state on a business day more than one day a week, a day when I spent most of the afternoon in the dentist's chair.

Ended up going to the library thereafter, and I got a biography of Joe Paterno. It's not necessarily to read about Paterno himself, or because I was curious as to how Paterno's looking the other way while his assistant coach molested numerous kids under his nose. No, I actually grabbed the bok because of who it was written by, an amazing sportswriter named Joe Posnanski. It's kind of like going to a movie not because of its contents, per se, but because of who the director is. For an example, check out this piece on the two coaches whose teams battled for the basketball championship last monday. You don't have to care for college basketball, or even be much of a sports fan to enjoy Posnanski's style. It's kind of like how Mitch Albom used to be back in the day, before the accolades swelled his ego to ludicrous heights.

www.nbcsports.msnbc.com/id/51461650

Anyway, the rest of Friday went rather boringly. After feeling tired at 8 PM-ish, I'm still awake at 3 AM, learning that I need to track down another piece of paper or two before I submit my state taxes. I really should have got them done earlier, what with being due a decent refund (if my math is right, I'll get paid more in wages and expense reimbursements and tax refunds this month than I received all of last year. More a function of only working two months in 2012, but still, it's a bit nutty). I would have e-filed weeks ago when I did my federal taxes except I moved out of Wisconsin in December rather than in January, and as such I wasn't a full year resident of that state, and thus not able to e-file. Two weeks turned into this extra annoyance...harrumph.

But I tire of being awake, and so I shall sleep. After I go and rescue the laundry I just realized I'd forgotten about. Oops.

  
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CLPURNELL 4/19/2013 9:24PM

    Glad everything worked out!

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2LABS2LOVE 4/18/2013 4:21PM

    emoticon You will make a great dad one day...just calm and cool under all situations!

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PRIZM96 4/18/2013 4:14PM

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....that is all.

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SIRENSONGS 4/14/2013 10:03AM

    Ahhh, this blog stressed me out! I have nightmares about missing flights. I don't know if I would have handled the situation as well as you did, lol!

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68ANNE 4/13/2013 5:26PM

    your pic caught my eye, pun intended and loved the blog!

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68ANNE 4/13/2013 4:38PM

    your pic caught my eye, pun intended and loved the blog!

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STR458 4/13/2013 4:33PM

    thanks, my day was boring... start again from the top-now what happened? emoticon

love your style keep blogging!

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1CRAZYDOG 4/13/2013 4:25PM

    Well, how COOONNNNVVVEEENient (thankfully!) that you got that pop up asking if you wanted to reschedule! LOL Must be karma or something.

Glad you got all the "deeds" done @ one time @ the dentist. Beats having to make multiple trips. That's what my choice would have been -- get it all done!

Hope you have a good weekend adn get those taxes done! emoticon

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WHOVIANGIRL23 4/13/2013 12:01PM

    I've officially concluded that you're a dentist masochist.

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ROSCOEKR 4/13/2013 10:46AM

    Nice catch on the app.

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BEECHNUT13 4/13/2013 9:08AM

    It's so funny to me to read about Sparkpeople that live nearby. At least the McNamara Terminal is fast... I always seem to have to catch the plane at the very very distant end, however...

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STILLWATERSSB 4/13/2013 8:53AM

    Love the post as usual and glad there wasn't too much stress involved. Can I just say that missing a flight and being scheduled for a dentist visit in the same day is enough stress to cover a few weeks?

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drowning sorrows in grease

Tuesday, April 09, 2013

Beats alcohol as a solvent for the sorrows, anyway. Went to a Michigan bar called Duffy's down in Chicago to watch the national championship game with fellow Wolverines fans, and had most of a good time. It was a good game, and the boys in Maize and Blue put forth a performance, and a whole season to be proud of. The first half performance of Spike Albrecht had the whole bar going crazy, as a kid who hadn't ever scored more than 7 points in a game lit up the scoreboard for 17 in the first half. Even in the second half, as Louisville inexorably inched ahead, it was a great atmosphere. I've been to Duffy's before, on a non game day. I'll definitely visit that place again for a game some time.

The drowning of sorrows refers to the Taco Bell I grabbed during the 45 minutes drive back to the hotel. Took that long because I never did quite figure out where the interstate was, what with a dead phone battery robbing me of gps.

I ended up walking a decent bit to get to the bar (and back to my car thereafter), as I parked in the guest parking lot of a hospital run by the group I work for. I still figured on having to pay, but there was no one on duty when I got back after the game, and the gate went up when I neared it, so, uh, at least that was something good out of the evening. Oh, and I also won both of the brackets I entered this year, but given the instrument of that victory (I picked Louisville to beat Michigan prior to the tourney), I really wish I'd lost the bragging rights. Yeah, not even a piddling bit of cash to lessen the blow.

Oh well...sicks to be so close and not get the prize. It was 20 years ago the last time Michigan played for the title...here's hoping it isn't another 20 years before they have another shot at the ring.

  
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BOOKSCATSTEA 4/9/2013 10:17PM

    LOL I hear you on the drowning your sorrows thing - I just drown mine in sweet things instead of grease!
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ROSCOEKR 4/9/2013 10:48AM

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1CRAZYDOG 4/9/2013 10:33AM

    Ah well, perhaps that's why around here it's called TACKY Bell. At least you had a good evening of it.



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FITNHEALTHYKAL 4/9/2013 9:10AM

    It was a great season and game!

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GARDENCHRIS 4/9/2013 7:23AM

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my shirt looks like it's botoxed

Monday, April 08, 2013

It's not so much that I can't iron things. It's just that I lack the magic touch to make them remained ironic the next morning. Or to keep them from looking like they've been run over by a thresher by the middle of the afternoon. Right now, that shirt is pristine, the darn thing probably looks better than it did when I (or someone else, as I really can't recall when I might have obtained it) pulled it off the rack in the store. Even the creases, you know, the places where things are supposed to be creased? No way. They're as flat as Nebraska at the moment. Sadly, those last three words are the operative phrase, as by the time I wake up in 5 hours, Nebraska will have become Wisconsin, with sections that escaped the glaciers' kiss. and turned into roiling mass of wrinkles. By Noon, it's Colorado, with about 40 percent of the area retaining some semblance of pristinity and flatness. And by the end of the day, you'd be hard pressed to prove it felt felt the hot breath of the flatmaking thingamabobber.

and now my eyes are glazing so I'll attempt sleep. Over the 6 day stretch since i last blogged, there were a number of attempts to scribble something out, defeated either by sleep incoming, or indifference. And least this stuff snuck out of my finger before the brain overruled it.

  
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CLPURNELL 4/8/2013 10:15PM

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Ironing is an art... I am no artist!

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BEECHNUT13 4/8/2013 9:58PM

    SPARKCHANTAL - are you kidding!? :-/

I will not iron. WILL NOT. We lost our iron when we moved, and I didn't know where it was for almost two years. We finally dug it out so my older son can iron those bead things.

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ROSCOEKR 4/8/2013 10:35AM

    I DON'T iron. Wash in ware, but i'm retired so I don't have to dress to impress.

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PRIZM96 4/8/2013 9:36AM

    I. Hate. Ironing. Period.

Soooooo, how did it look this morning? :-)

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1CRAZYDOG 4/8/2013 9:10AM

    Oh man . . . I HATE ironing with a passion. The ironing to be done has to be absolutely overflowing and things in a state of desparation (i.e. nothing else left to wear!) before I drag out that iron. UGH It is NOT a fulfilling task in the least.



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GARDENCHRIS 4/8/2013 7:21AM

    your like a rolling dervish! LOL

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SPARKCHANTAL 4/8/2013 4:09AM

    you should get yourself a frequent-flyer ticket, or a girlfriend to help you with the ironing

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Scalar possession

Tuesday, April 02, 2013

Game of thrones in spanish is kinda weird. Probably because I've never seen an episode of the show before. Or perhaps it's because I don't know any Spanish.

Great extended weekend with 'extended family', aka brother's in-laws. Between my near two year old nephew, and his 9 month old cousin, plenty of cuteness to be had. And Michigan basketball made it to the Final Four, too. I enjoyed the weekend quite a bit, I must say.

Can't sleep. I have 45 minutes to get there, so as to get 6 hours prior to work tomorrow, where I really really hope to be able to actually do work. Of course, my supervisor person is off on vacation. I'll be leaning on my teammates this week, for sure.

Not really much to say. Meant to do some exercise, but ended up chilling instead. Between opening day, and a Red Wings game later, there was plenty to laze out to. Will be attempting to consciously do more of an exercisey nature this week, at least as compared to what I've accomplished the last few weeks. Went ahead and took possession of the twitchy scale right away on checking in. Maybe that'll keep me more honest?

  
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BOOKSCATSTEA 4/3/2013 12:05AM

    Hmmm ... I'm feeling kind of out of the loop - game of thrones, twitchy scale? LOL Well I hope your week is going well anyway.
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1CRAZYDOG 4/2/2013 9:08PM

    glad you had good family time!

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ROSCOEKR 4/2/2013 8:22PM

    It's good you had a great time, you will get back into the swing of things.

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KING_SLAYER 4/2/2013 5:01PM

    Sounds like a pretty good weekend to me. By the way, Game of thrones is one of the best dramatic series' to come along in a very long time! But you would probably have to watch it from the beginning and you have to pay attention because of many varied story lines. Of course you could read the books too, which are awesome. 5 books so far (totaling close to 5,000 pages!) with at least 2 more books to come.

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ATTACKFATCAT 4/2/2013 10:46AM

    I'm glad you had a good time this past weekend. Holiday weekends are always one of those times where we tend to lax a bit on food and exercise. I had a run-in with numerous slices of delicious ham that is still wreaking havoc on my system. Game of Thrones is one of those shows that I've thought about trying out because everyone I know is watching it. But Duck Dynasty is also a show a lot of people I know watch, and trust me, I don't get that one at all. So I guess I can't trust the taste of my collective group of Facebook friends.

I hope you have a good week and that you are able to get some work done!

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PRIZM96 4/2/2013 10:05AM

    Oooooooooh!!! You found Twitchy Scale again!! The last I remember, he was lost! Woooo Hoooo! :-)

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ADARKARA 4/2/2013 7:59AM

    Game of Thrones is weird with or without the Spanish! emoticon

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BEECHNUT13 4/2/2013 7:55AM

    Glad you had a good time.

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GARDENCHRIS 4/2/2013 7:26AM

    glad you had a nice time with family.

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CLPURNELL 4/2/2013 3:51AM

    Glad you had a great weekend!

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191 steps to date

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Iíve mentioned before the 4 flights of steps I climb to my 5th floor destination each work morning. 19 steps per floor, 76 steps up. Turns out I can get up to the 4th floor without breathing any heavier, but the 5th floor takes a couple of huffs and puffs to accomplish. Went down to the snacketarium for caffeine, adding 20 more steps to the basement, and it seems like I can do about 3.5 flights before needing to catch my breath. Then again, Iíve been yawning this morning (hence the caffeine run), so that might be skewing the results. In any case, the unplanned trek down the stairs, and the attendant return climb made up for the elevator trip Tuesday.

I ended up doing a brief spell on the elliptical Tuesday. I would have done more than the 20 minutes I did do, but for some reason, the televisions down in the fitness room canít access ESPN, and as such, I couldnít watch the USA-Mexico match down there. So exercise was cut short. No excuses for why I didnít do any sort of anything after I went back to my room. I suppose I canít really take credit for just staying up there, rather than trekking over to the Buffalo Wild Wings at the edge of the mall. Iím under the impression Iíll end up there for the NCAA championship game. Unless, of course, Michigan makes it, in which case Iíll scope out the Michigan alum bar in Chicago. Hey, a guy can dream, canít he? Letís see if that dream survives past Friday night, when my Wolverines face off against big bad Kansas.

Exercise was non-existent on Wednesday. Left the workplace at 6:45, straight to the bar for trivia, where we won in surprise, come from behind fashion, outguessing the second place team in the final round. No huge cardboard check, just 20 bucks off our (3 man teamís) bar tab, which another guy covered, leaving my share of dinner and drinks and tips all of two bucks. This, on a day when I ate the free breakfast provided at the hotel, and pizza was provided for a team lunch/celebration of impending baby arrivals. The miserly portion of my heart rejoiced. The restÖwasnít displeased, either, as I went for the grilled chicken sandwich choice at dinner.

If you ignore the part where I dropped down to 172.6 lbs a month ago, Iíve been in perfect maintenance harmony since I found myself at 180 lbs in the middle of January. Sadly, the yo-yo canít be ignored. Hopefully, this isnít a case where the next flick of the wrist sends the number skyrocketing further before descending. The latest upward swing doesnít feel real, might have a sodium base to it. But itís weird that I felt no skinnier when Iíd dropped to that low point in February, and now feel fat when merely returning to the original baseline. Funny thing, the mind, and its perceptions.

(lest you think I'm goofing at work, this post is another piecemeal, sentence typed here, though added there effort, edited for some semblance of coherence while lunching. Though, I could spend a moment scribbling thought, since access to the main work program is still a dream. On the other hand, someone who can make it happen did get in touch with my supervisor, which is progress! She's promising that I'll get that access on Monday...April 1st. Is this a joke? emoticon Stay tuned, I guess!

  
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SISYPHUS_CLIMBS 3/29/2013 6:41AM

    The chicken and the elliptical were both great choices. We don't have to be perfect to make progress.

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CLPURNELL 3/28/2013 9:17PM

    Maintaining on the road is definitely a good thing

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1CRAZYDOG 3/28/2013 5:33PM

    Maintenance is better than gaining.

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KING_SLAYER 3/28/2013 5:15PM

    Well, maintenance is always better than gaining a little each and every week! So at the least, keep up the maintenance until you have yourself more set up into a routine that will allow you to start dropping again!

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ROSCOEKR 3/28/2013 3:22PM

    I do understand, been on a weight lose since 1/13 have dropped a total of 22lbs. The first 12 went quick, then 1 or 2 lbs a week, then one week gained 2 lbs, then back to .5 or 1 lb a week. Now the last two weeks have held steady then yesterday step on the scales & low & behold dropped four lbs in one week. Won't verify until next Wednesday. On my way to a 50lb total loss. emoticon

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