Saturday, September 25, 2010
This has been a Kiwanis/Spark People day. I rolled out at six, fed the dogs and had a bowl of Kashi cereal and a banana, and got to Nelsons, where we have a 10 by 30 storage cell, by 6:45. Burnham was there, but didnít have a flashlight, and Jack came in the gate on my key. We loaded all three vehicles and the trailer, using the checklist I developed, and made it to the church for the pancake breakfast by 7:20. We were all set up and had pancakes and sausage ready for the customers by 8:00.
The high school band customers came until 11:00, but we cooked ahead and cleaned up and packed up by 11. I took a lot of stuff home and washed it here, then took it back to Nelsonís for storage. Then I helped John Burnham push the trailer up the hill and store it. Our second grill was a dud for the second time because it needed clearance for the air to flow out the back of the grill and because the flexible coupling was leaking propane. By the time I got back to Johnís house he had drilled a ĺ inch diameter hole every inch an a half all the way across the back of the support board, leaving a lot of exhaust area. Then I came home and found the receipt in my files for the leaking fitting and went back to his house and gave it to him. The original plan was to pass it next Tuesday at the weekly meeting, but the receipt said returns only for 30 days and only with a receipt, so Monday was the last day for a return. We still need to connect the hose to the grill, so a different coupler is needed.
Then I brought the books up to date, put Tomís dues in the dues excel program, and e-mailed it to Tom, John B. and Kiker. I had called Kiker about the check and he told me to go ahead. I updated and printed 10 copies of the finished P&L statements for administrative and service activities, and was finally ready to do something other than Kiwanis work.
I had no official exercise today, but I sat down to Sparks at 3:35 finally, and my pedometer says 13,154 steps and 6.21 miles. I have checked it several times and it doesnít seem to count steps when Iím driving, so I think I should get credit in heaven, if not from Sparks. Itís 5:43 right now, and the BW is starting supper because sheís hungry. Iím not, but I donít know why. Iím ready to knock off and just read the book I was working on.
This was a lot of words for three points, and I donít even have very many for today.
Friday, September 24, 2010
The weather has been great here lately - the highs still in the low 90's, but the lows in the low 70's - as low as 72 some mornings when I'm out.
Yesterday the BW and I went to lunch at Massimo's, which I had never heard of until our daughter-in-law searched it out. Massimo has won an award of excellence every year for the past five years, and was rated the best chef in five out of the last six years by Tampa Bay Magazine. It didn't mean much to me, but since Julia was paying the bill (as an anniversary present) we finally went for lunch. I was really surprised. I have eaten in a lot of fancy places, but none of them came close to the food we had. It is contemporary Mediterranean, but not like any of the other Italian places around here. It is close - probably no more than three miles away, but it's back off of US19, with in the same center as the Outback Steakhouse, but at the back of the parking lot. The entrťes cost a little more than other Italian restaurants, but not much, and the food is not in the same league. We have a new place to go when we feel like splurging.
I had a salad, then was full. Then I had linguine and clams, and ate it all. Then we had espresso and dessert.
What's odd is that it's so close, and I never heard of it. There were few lunch patrons, so I assume that it's mostly a dinner place.
The BW gained five pounds this morning, and I gained one and a half. But it was worth it.
Thursday, September 23, 2010
In response to three comments on yesterday's blog, the Rice diet is like several other ďdietsĒ that have been around for a long time Ė in the case of the rice diet, for 70 years. They also have evolved into spas that treat famous people Ė the Pritikin in California and Florida, and the rice at Duke University. The diet originated at Duke for a woman who was diabetic when there was no dialysis or kidney transplant for the disease. The diet controlled her diabetes, and she lost weight which solved other problems. It evolved, and people like Buddy Hackett were treated at the Duke facility.
It is very similar to Pritikin, Dr. Ornish, and others in that itís a low fat diet based on unprocessed foods, and the rice provides calories without a lot of protein or potassium, both of which are hard work for the kidneys if theyíre marginal.
One of the originatorís offspring (still in the business) wrote a book about it a few years ago. Every diet I have ever seen does one thing Ė makes you eat less if you follow its rules. In some cases, there is no calorie counting. In Pritikinís case, stay with low sugar, salt, fat, cholesterol, and caffeine. If you try to avoid all of them (he does suggest 4 ounces of lean meat or fish a day) you wind up losing weight by chance. I did that for the first 70 pounds until I started peeing blood, lost a kidney (because of cancer) and had a lot of help from our oldest daughter. I made bean soup with smoked turkey legs for flavoring, and lots of carrots, onions, and garlic. I baked my own bread with only flour yeast, and water for ingredients. I ate all I wanted, and roved (walked) and it worked just fine.
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
I spent this morning, from about 6:30 to 2:30 at an AARP meeting to tell us that there will be a single, nationwide set of documents for training and teaching the Safe Driving Course. Most of the attendees (about 60) felt that everything could have been covered in an hour or less, and a single sheet of paper would contain all the necessary information.
When I got home I washed both cars, and they both look a lot better. Water still beads up on them, but I'll protectall them tomorrow ( Protectall is a spray liquid wax that is very popular in the RV world because it is incredibly slick.)
We had Sesame Chicken ( Spark Recipe) tonight, and more chicken breast is marinating for tomorrow. We also had roasted pepper, salad, one cup or brown rice, and a fruit (peach for me, orange for the BW). She made decaffeinated tea, which she served over ice, but I got to do the rest of it.
So far I have lost five pounds in six days, on the Rice diet, and a couple of pounds normal fluctuation two days before that. I was at 176 this morning, which is about 179 fully dressed, but with empty pockets. I'll fall out of my leeway if this goes on, but it's fun to see the weight shrink.
The BW is losing weight too, but a little less, I think. She isn't talking about it much, but she is pretty much going along with the diet.
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
We had our regular Thursday meeting at the Dockside Cafť this morning instead of Tiffanyís. Thatís the place on Lake Tarpon with the glass wall in our meeting room. There was a buffet, and they opened up just for us. The agreement was that each person pays $8 for breakfast, with a minimum of 10 breakfasts. Some of the guys had plates piled high with eggs, bacon, sausage, potatoes, and Danishes, and drank juice and coffee. I splurged with decaffeinated coffee, Danish, about one egg, and some potatoes. Iím not sure what it all totaled, but I know I could have really ruined the day there.
We had two members of the Tarpon Springs Club there, Mary and Brendan, and even then we only had 8 paid breakfasts. Weíll have to see how this all turns out Ė several members are out of town or at work right now when we meet.
I wrote the check, and later deposited the receipts. Then I went to my local Goodyear store and priced tires for the Dodge. The tires are six years old, and probably have another 25 or 30 thousand miles left, but I learned the hard way that old tires donít like high speed travel. Both cars get out on US 19 and the interstates periodically, so they both need good tires. The Goodyear manager gave me prices on three tires - $338.51 for four Kelly tires rated at 40,000 miles, $451.33 for four Goodyear tires rated at 50,000 miles, both A traction and B temperature, and $588.46 for four Michelin tires rated at 80K miles. The Camry is riding on new Michelins, and itís kind of silly to buy 80,000 mile tires for a 10 year old car with 62,000 miles on it, but I felt like going first class.
Before I did that, I had to go down to Samís Club and check on their prices. They didnít have Goodyears in my size (the antique P195/70R14ís) but they did have a BF Goodrich similar to the Goodyear. The full price for them was about $330. The 80,000 mile Michelinís were about $400, but they had a $70 rebate on four tires until Sept. 30, so I paid $328.92 for four Michelins with all the trimmings, including road hazards, which would have been an extra cost at the Goodyear store.
The discount was just luck, but the difference in price shows that it is good to shop around a little. The Costco manager was telling a guy with an 8 year old tire that he didnít sell it to the customer as an old tire Ė he checks every tire in inventory once each year to make sure that they have been rotated properly. Another guy told me that they control their inventory first in-first out when I asked last year.
All in all, I had a good day, except that it took me 30 minutes to get to the head of the line and buy the tires, and then more than three hours to get them mounted. I can tell you a lot about the Samís Club inventory, and I did buy some espresso roast coffee beans for the BW.
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