AHTRAP's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=AHTRAP AHTRAP's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Same stuff, different week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089857 That cold was dying two Mondays ago, but it didn't get the memo, and its remnant lingers on, still. Worst is how my ears are all clicky, and that old trick to clear the ears of pressure (hold your nose and blow) is occasionally useful, and occasionally making it feel like the ear passages get closed off, and I can only wait until the pressure subsides, which occurs with a whistling noise. Never experienced that before, it's very weird. But not painful, uncomfortable as it might be. <BR> <BR>... Sun, 7 Feb 2016 08:29:08 EST out, darned snot http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6083944 Ok, so that title isn't exactly Shakespeare. I could have got a little closer if it wasn't for the swear filter. But there you have it. As has been the case for the last few days, I'm 90% over that cold, but that last little bit of phlegm stuck in the throat won't go away. Still haven't made it to the gym, although that snot monster is kind of an excuse by this point. Sleep schedule is waaaay off, since spending the night in the hospital with my dad, and not being able to sleep there. <BR> ... Sun, 31 Jan 2016 13:38:18 EST Loudest cough in the ER, though I'm not the patient http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6081114 In the waiting room, anyway. 5 hours ago. <BR> <BR> Last time I came to the hospital, with my mom a couple of weeks ago, I suspect I got this lovely cold as a parting gift. So did my dad. Mine mostly went away, though I am still hacking. Dad's got worse, so it's his turn to the ER. Ain't it fun? The Doc kinda hinted that my dad could possibly go home, and Dad just coughed in his face. Not deliberately, mind you, he'd much rather go home, of course, but that kind of put an end to that thoug... Thu, 28 Jan 2016 00:12:43 EST asked...and denied http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6079906 No, not what you might be thinking based on a title like that, there were no romantic feelings bruised in this quarter. Rather, I was given an opportunity to take a short contract, and I was the one doing the denying, because it involves a part of the software that I have no experience with. Namely, the project had to do with helping out docs and nurses who are starting to use the surgery and anesthesia module. If it were certain other pieces of the software, that would be one thing, but I wo... Tue, 26 Jan 2016 17:23:49 EST Death sucks http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6077116 Cancer, too. Been a weird week, since Monday night, I heard about two people I know falling victim to one or the other. The death was a thoroughly unexpected one, I mean the guy was 34, prime of his life and all that, just recently engaged, etc. I'd only met him in person once, but back in the day, communicated near daily with him, and others via a message board. Even if it's been a few years, the news of his passing hit me hard. <BR> <BR> That's Nick on the right in this video. He was a t... Sat, 23 Jan 2016 14:36:17 EST Went to the auto show Sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6072265 The North American International Auto Show, that is. Also known as the Detroit Auto Show, the biggest in the country, as far as I know. I went last year as well and this time it wasn't quite as good. Maybe that's because there were fewer concept cars, or vintage cars, as compared to the previous edition. Not sure. In any case, got a good few steps in, even if pace was comparable to a snail. <BR> <BR> Unlike last year, I went with people. Also unlike last year, I didn't have any pulled muscle... Sun, 17 Jan 2016 23:36:28 EST You're just going to have to excuse that whole pizza I ate last night and today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6070212 'parent in hospital' type of excuse, the hospital being the stressful locale from yesterday's entry. No big deal, getting released today (probably?), but everything's worse when you get up at 4 am to trail an ambulance to the ER (to be fair, I was a fair few minutes behind, they didn't see the deer I did. Anyway. <BR> <BR> Question about sports equipment: how many hours of use do you need before you feel you've justified a 50 dollar purchase? I got boxing gloves yesterday, to use with the pu... Fri, 15 Jan 2016 12:54:56 EST ran across some deer on the road at 4:30 AM http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6069769 Across, mind you, not over. I did see those animals coming onto the road ahead of me, and was able to stop with plenty of room to spare. Nice of them to cross at a well lit area, really. And 6 of them did just that, with another following a few seconds later, and just when I thought it was safe to start moving, there's one more standing on the sidewalk, looking around and eventually looking my way. I flicked my lights, and he kind of nodded (I'm not even kidding), and crossed the road at that... Thu, 14 Jan 2016 22:55:38 EST More ugly weather http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6067492 Days like these, I'm temporarily ok that there's nowhere I have to be in the morning. 4 inches of snow overnight, and people have apparently forgotten how to drive in the stuff. If we were in Huntsville, Alabama, to pick a random southern town, I might understand. But in Southeastern Michigan? Where snow, like another 4 letter word, happens? <BR> <BR> Speaking of Alabama, the Crimson Tide won another national championship last night. Blergh. I hope Nick Saban will decide to exit on top, and ... Tue, 12 Jan 2016 09:34:53 EST championship monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6067245 half watching the college football playoff championship game between Alabama and Clemson (took me a little bit to realize that I was actually rooting for Clemson, rather than watching neutrally), half watching the Red Wings playing against the LA Kings, thinking that i should really stop taking afternoon naps, since it results in staying up later, and I keep waking up at the same time in the morning, leading to said afternoon naps. <BR> <BR> Went to play pickleball again Monday morning, and ... Mon, 11 Jan 2016 23:43:46 EST you just know the powerball jackpot is going to be split when it's won http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6065707 1.3 billion jackpot, likely to grow further as everybody piles in, even normally anti-gambling folks, who might scrape their couch cushions to rationalize spending the 2 dollar chance at a chance of a lifetime. With the prize pot outstripping the number of possible combinations easily, some have speculated whether some uber rich person could just buy one of every possible combination, to guarantee a win. But that doesn't take into account the possibility that multiple tickets might hold the w... Sun, 10 Jan 2016 11:34:36 EST forgot library books, so i went to the gym instead http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6064252 As per yesterday's entry, a morning dentist appoint just a quarter mile down the street from the library made me intend to go to that latter after seeing the former. The former happened, and without X Rays, since apparently that did happen during my prior visit, without my remembering that it happened, and so it was a very easy visit, with a quick scrape by the hygienist, ending with a "you got good teeth, dude" from the dentist himself. Yeah, he's kinda informal like that. <BR> <BR> Steppin... Fri, 8 Jan 2016 17:26:24 EST well, that wasn't much of a streak http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6063521 I did make it to the gym on Wednesday, albeit at 8 PM rather than earlier, as I'd intended. Today, the plan was to wander over there late afternoon, to play pickleball. But I fell asleep instead. Not the usual light nap that I get when I doze off in the afternoon. Instead, I was completely out of it. Even after I was awake, I couldn't get up for a while, not in a "I'm sick" way, just more of a "this is the deep sleep that I wonder if I'm getting at night" kind of way. <BR> <BR> Of course, t... Thu, 7 Jan 2016 21:17:47 EST Great weight loss story http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6061781 <link>medium.com/@billbarnwell/the-easiest<BR>-way-to-lose-125-pounds-is-to-gain-175<BR>-pounds-b4fca27ffcc5#.nerb2q2xi </link> <BR> <BR> The link above goes to a tale from a espn football writer recounting how he lost a bunch of weight last year. In its particulars, it isn't very different from a number of tales around here. But there's something about it that is resonating with me. Dunno if it's because it's a guy writing it, or perhaps it's because he's a professional writer, and the s... Wed, 6 Jan 2016 02:15:59 EST Wait...where did Monday go? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6061359 So I was going to attempt scribbling something on a daily basis, but Monday did a Monday thing and slip slided away before I managed to scribble anything, so that effort didn't last long. Well, at least there's no pressure now, right? <BR> <BR> Apparently, I've discovered a limit to what I'm willing to scribble about in this space, in the realm of politics. And since it's an election year, I'm going to have to determine exactly how rigid that limit is, since that would restrict quite a lot o... Tue, 5 Jan 2016 18:47:20 EST the mind, it is blank http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6059120 no idea what I want to scribble about, so I'm just going with whatever pops into my head. Spent a few hours watching a football doubleheader, with Spurs drawing Everton in an exciting 1-1 tie, and then, improbably, the Lions and the Bears matching the excitement level in their battle to finish in third place, 4 games behind the division winner. The Lions tried to give the game away, but failed, as Jay Cutler did what Jay Cutler does and screwed up, throwing an interception to seal the game fo... Sun, 3 Jan 2016 17:27:52 EST Look in the mirror my friend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6058480 The song that's driving this thought is "The Mirror", by Dream Theater. Though it came out in 1994, on the Awake album, it's thought to be the prequel to the 12 Step cycle in which former drummer Mike Portnoy recounted his recovery from alcoholism over the course of 4 albums in the 2000s. Lyrics linked here, if you want to read them, song linked below that. <BR> <BR> <link>http://dreamtheater.wikia.com/wiki/T<BR>he_Mirror </link> <BR> <BR> <link>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kONQ8<BR>cp... Sat, 2 Jan 2016 23:06:31 EST Happy freakin' New Year http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6056544 It's been 2016 in my weekend for nearly 4 hours now, but am I anywhere near sleep? Of course not. Too many things on my mind, too many grave conjectures....of who am I kidding, I was watching a couple of episodes of Bones. Nothing like a little murder and mayhem and will they or won't they fictional sexual tension to start off a new annum, right? The last one ended on a sour note, if only because I discovered that the Star Trek movies had vanished from Netflix. Other than that, it was a quiet... Fri, 1 Jan 2016 03:57:44 EST playing like crap, but playing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6054149 Did go to the gym this morning, to play pickleball, and was out there for 2.5 hours. Not playing steadily, due both to resting, and to a really good turnout today, had to take turns. But got in a hour and a half-ish of play. Too bad the quality of play I was displaying had all the grace of a giraffe with a sprained neck. But, and this IS a good thing, it's because I haven't played much lately, rather than not being able to see the ball (I think). Thinking that the vestiges of the vertigo is p... Mon, 28 Dec 2015 17:17:08 EST and on the 8th day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6053629 Just realized I've scribbled something for the past 7 days, might as well make it an even 8. <BR> <BR> My excuse, not that I need one, for all the non-food/weight/health/etc scribbling is that otherwise I wouldn't scribble except once in a random while, as the recent pattern seems to have been. Call it an attempt at a habit formation. Which may then lead to more of the same. Or something like that. <BR> <BR> The song that occurred to me, as I typed the title, "Deconstruction" by Nevermore.... Sun, 27 Dec 2015 20:58:08 EST all right already, I'll go get new tires! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6053093 Wandered out and about today, with a chilly walk at a park cut short by rain beginning to fall - fortunately the parking area in this park was centrally located, and I wan nearish to my vehicle when the sky really opened up. Repaired to a library, didn't end up checking anything out since I've already got a few at home, and happen to be reading the House of Cards series (as mentioned previously) on my kindle, anyway. So, just pawing through a non-checkoutable reference book on 18th Century Eu... Sat, 26 Dec 2015 21:23:19 EST chinese food for christmas? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6052576 Yeah, me and my parents went there. Took them on a 2 hour drive, just going, no plan really, just anybody calling out where to turn, and just going. Got up north of Ann Arbor and out east of there, some roads none of us had ever been down, a couple of cool lakes, found a state park that I'll have to go back and check out at some point, it was only about a half hour away, and there aren't many state park in the near vicinity. And then the chinese food. Put a $5 in the tip jar, I mean, after al... Fri, 25 Dec 2015 18:08:38 EST Merry Christmas, ya filthy animals! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6052242 As I am a fan of the original Home Alone movie, I assure you, that is a term of endearment in my book. It's a twisted little flick that appeals to my sense of humor. <BR> <BR> <link>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BzMCj<BR>FQIefg </link> <BR> <BR> Spent Christmas Eve reading House of Cards, the book by Michael Dobbs that got made into a British series, which then spawned the Netflix version with Kevin Spacey. You ask me, I'd say the British version is superior, not least since it's 4 hour ... Thu, 24 Dec 2015 20:00:41 EST mike mike mike mike mike http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6051768 <link>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Ltjz<BR>QaFZ3k </link> if you must know what the title is referring to. <BR> <BR> Didn't make it to the gym this morning, woke up late, after just not being able to fall asleep last night. Plans to wander out and do something, anything today were, and continue to be hindered by rain. Shame, really, since it was 60 degrees out there. Every time I considered taking a wander, here came the rain again. And now if you'll excuse me, I must tee up a Eurythmi... Wed, 23 Dec 2015 17:50:22 EST play on, play off http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6051442 Went to play pickleball today, since I wasn't too badly sore, and felt pretty decent otherwise. It was one of those days where I played a game, and sat out the next, partly from being tired, partly from feeling a little off. At least, unlike a couple of weeks ago, I wasn't seeing double, especially when I was hitting from the baseline. However, I was having issues seeing the ball when I was up close to the net. Darn thing was coming in too fast. <BR> <BR> Somewhere between that, and just be... Tue, 22 Dec 2015 23:34:24 EST box box box the night away http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6050998 Never made it to the gym Monday. Heck, I never made it out into the dreary day at all. But all was not laziness. <BR> <BR> Resurrected an old toy, for, as far as I can recall, the first time in three years, or to put it another way, the first time since I moved back to Michigan - pulled my Wii out of the box it's been sitting in. I thought about it last Wednesday, when I went to my brother's house. He's got one, that probably hasn't been used in about that same time, that I was thinking that... Tue, 22 Dec 2015 00:50:18 EST decent week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6050423 Ventured out a few times last week, so that's good. Had fewer dizzy spells, that's good too. Watched Star Wars, that was excellent. Have done no exercise worth mentioning in quite a long time, so that's not so good. Had knockoff fruit loops for dinner, so adult of me, I know. Just realized that I didn't put the laundry into the dryer, so I'll be right back. I'm back now, so I might as well continue. The Red Wings won, and it wasn't even a one goal game, so that's different. I'm thinking of go... Sun, 20 Dec 2015 22:16:38 EST Guess I'm not cut out to be a pirate http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6046433 While I'm not quite on an even keel yet, it's feeling better than yesterday, which wasn't worse than the day before. Got my eyes checked, and at least there isn't a separate eye/optic nerve issue beyond the vertigo. Kind of want to go out and enjoy the 63 degree temps, but not sure I want to drive anywhere yet. But it's a better spot than a couple of days ago, when there was no way I was driving to the eye doc's office, because things were whirly. <BR> <BR> A bit scared to exercise though, ... Sat, 12 Dec 2015 14:38:09 EST hello hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6045859 <link>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=98W9Q<BR>uMq-2k </link> <BR> <BR> So U2 did a song called Vertigo a while ago (2004) that's apparently about being in some crappy nightclub and wishing to be elsewhere, but it includes a line in the chorus saying, <BR> "I'm at a place called vertigo, it's everything I wish I didn't know", and y'know, I totally identify with that line these past couple weeks, because vertigo is awful (the malady, not the song, which I kinda like). <BR> <BR> I'm a litt... Fri, 11 Dec 2015 10:27:34 EST back to being a bum http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6037377 last time I posted a weight on SP was in early september, right after being sick for over a week, and it was a nice 197. Well, relatively nice, anyway. Today, I posted a now current weight, and it's a not nice in any sense 210. Well, I suppose there is one sense - I actually thought it was going to be a 215. Besides, when I went to see the doctor on Saturday (thumb tendonitis...painful!!), i clocked in at 220 on their scale (with shoes and jeans and sweatshirt, granted, but, geez, 220...), so... Tue, 24 Nov 2015 20:27:55 EST so the weekend plans just went out the window http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6023436 Got a text this afternoon, telling me about how the band Battlecross was playing a couple of shows in Michigan, opening for a big name band. And I looked at it, and thought, too bad, I've never seen that band, and I wouldn't mind catching the battlecross boys again, as it's been a while. If you've been reading along for a while, you might recognize that name as the guys from whom I won a guitar last year. <BR> <BR> Out of curiosity, I looked up where else the big name band was playing, and l... Thu, 29 Oct 2015 23:21:44 EST New high score! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6022364 I suspect I've used this blog title before, and for the same stupid reason, that I've just saw a new highest number ever on a scale. Granted it's at night, after eating a meal, so the number at the 'official' Wednesday weigh in time might be a tad less, but it will still be worse than it's ever been before, and right now I can't get the energy up at the end of days to go down and use the elliptical for more than a few minutes at a time. And, frankly, I can still claim to be exercising, if out... Wed, 28 Oct 2015 02:11:35 EST 400 dollar voucher and a direct flight for hanging out for 5 hours? Sign me up! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6016960 So I requested a flight home, last Friday, but they didn't get the request, or so they said, and by the time I asled again, the direct flight was 200 dollars more expensive, and I made the mistake of pointing out an acceptable alternative, that would get me to my destination by the time I needed to be there, so they assigned me to that flight. Turns out that flight was oversold, and they needed volunteers to take different flights, in exchange for a $400 voucher. I ignored the call, since I w... Sun, 18 Oct 2015 11:00:08 EST so maybe I was just overlooked http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6008586 Because I'm still here in North Platte, retained for 4 weeks, and maybe 6. Good thing, but then there's those things that suddenly I thought I might have a chance to do back home, and you can't help but feel a tiny pang of regret. <BR> <BR> If i'm going to be here a month, think I'll have to explore the community a bit, so I went to a local concert yesterday, and went to the high school football game. The home team was up 42-0 at half time, so the mosts exciting thing about the game was th... Sat, 3 Oct 2015 12:53:13 EST new life goal? See all 50 US state Capitols http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6005903 lessee, since I last used this blog space, I've gone to Atlanta for a awesome music fest, traveled to Omaha for training for a software go live, North Platte, NE for the first week of go live, Denver for the weekend, Cheyenne just to see the Wyoming state Capitol, and say I've been in Wyoming, and back to North Platte for the second week of go live. Not a bad month of September, travel wise, I'd say. <BR> <BR> And I have no idea where I'll be next week, because despite being unofficially tol... Tue, 29 Sep 2015 00:33:01 EST Dysfunctional relationship http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5992311 Well, I did it, or it was done to me, anyway. 197 and change on the scale. But pretty much solely because I didn't fully recover from being sick until yesterday (Saturday). A week of suffering with a 7-8 lb silver lining at the end, I suppose it could be worse? <BR> <BR> Then again, I go to Atlanta Wednesday, and then on the road to Nebraska for work, for an undetermined amount of time, so that weight will probably come right back, as the appetite normalizes fully. (As an aside, seriously, z... Sun, 6 Sep 2015 21:12:19 EST puking towards onederland http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5988299 Well, the weekend was a waste, three events planned, and only one attended, as a bout of the sick laid me mostly low between Friday and today. Even the one I made it to, the Evergrey/Voyager concert on Friday, I probably shouldn't have done, as the night ended with me giving multiple meals back to the porcelain throne. Funny thing, about the only thing I accomplished on Saturday was to drag my butt onto my schizo scale out of curiosity, and it read a curiously low number, not one starting wi... Mon, 31 Aug 2015 19:30:40 EST pickleball in the wind was interesting http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5985239 I'd never played the game outdoors. Battling the element, i.e. a stiff breeze, was interesting, all the more so because I'm used to the generic wooden paddle supplied by the rec center, and I was playing with a real paddle from someone who had a spare, which i very much was not used to. <BR> Funny thing, last Friday, I played tennis (well, just hit around with my brother for a little while) for the first time in a very long time, and that was a profoundly weird experience, as I couldn't for t... Wed, 26 Aug 2015 15:55:14 EST water, water everywhere... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5984627 <link>http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/25/up<BR>shot/no-you-do-not-have-to-drink-8-gla<BR>sses-of-water-a-day.html?src=me </link> <BR> <BR> Pediatrician puts paid to the myth of "requiring" 8 glasses a day of water. Notice that I'm not making any claim as to whether or not it's useful in helping to lose weight. Instead, my comment is about the nature of something that "EVERYBODY KNOWS", a bit of of so called common sense that turns out to not really be rooted in scientific reality. <BR> <BR... Tue, 25 Aug 2015 16:28:49 EST This is a test http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5980416 No, seriously, it is, because another user mentioned how they couldn't figure out how to create a blog post on the new mobie aite, and I though, hey, I know how to do that, and I went to figure it out so I could tell her, and...well...technically, I couldn't do it from the mobile site. Had to request a desktop view to be able to get to this window and type this in. <BR> <BR> It's an issue I've had with spark before, their making it harder and harder to create/read blogs from an increasingly... Tue, 18 Aug 2015 19:28:19 EST opening a window in hope something occurs to me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5979014 2:02 pm <BR> most of the time i do a blog post it's because there's something in my noggin beggin' to get out. Not the case this time, I just clicked on the make blog entry button because, well, I'm 2 points away from getting to the bonus wheel, and making a blog is worth three points, so i though, what the heck, might as well scribble. But when your head is as empty as the popcorn bag after you've already started crunching on the unpopped kernels, and then wondered why you put your poor teet... Sun, 16 Aug 2015 15:08:28 EST coming to an end http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5978006 of the summer soccer season, nothing more important than that. But it was important in that the spring/summer season, in addition to being the first time in ten years I'd played any actually organized soccer (did play a few times out on the playing fields of an old jobs with fellow employees, but that was occasionally haphazard pickup), it was the first time I'd managed to play in a league setting in three years (discounting the winter frisbee fiasco, in which I was constantly hurting myself)... Fri, 14 Aug 2015 18:12:34 EST yesterday was a day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5976374 Obligatory HI EVERYBODY! (even though my name isn't Dr. nick) since I haven't used this space in a while. 6 weeks or so, apparently. Which makes me think that "everybody" might just be the crickets. But I digress (and I haven't even started. That's gotta be a record, right?) <BR> <BR> So you know how I've been unbusy all year, except for a handful of trips to Iowa for work purposes? Well, 3 out of the past 4 years, I've been to a concert festival in Atlanta, kind of like my heavy metal famil... Wed, 12 Aug 2015 02:47:35 EST What are the odds? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5952493 Sunday, I went to a baseball game featuring the Detroit Tigers and the Chicago White Sox. During the minor monsoon that was Saturday night, I had no plans to do so, but I woke up Sunday morning, saw the sun streaming through the cracks in the curtains, swept them aside to see glorious sunshine, and thought, "I want to go to a baseball game!" Sometimes, being an adult without responsibilities (i.e. spouse, kids) is an awesome thing. Other times, it can be a drag. Such is life. <BR> <BR> So I ... Mon, 29 Jun 2015 00:37:54 EST Dominos didn't give me my garlic dipping sauce! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5950488 Which, in reflection, isn't entirely a bad thing. A major league baseball pitcher threw a no hitter on Sunday, and Dominos, as it has done the past few years, for the first two no hitters of the year, gave away 20000 pizzas. Now, I happened to check e-mail about 15 minutes before the giveaway started, and I managed to snag one of the codes (I've been denied before, for checking in 15 minutes or less after the appointed time). And I cashed it in today, for a medium pizza and parmesan bread bit... Wed, 24 Jun 2015 21:32:05 EST where did Saturday go? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5948773 Did a whole lot of nothing yesterday. Was planning to go out and see a concert at night, but just didn't have the getupandgo when the time came, so I skipped it. And did absolutely nothing in its wake. Helping the sloth was the fact that HBO is having a free preview weekend and I spent time staring at the idiot box watching movies that I wouldn't otherwise get to see right now, at least not until netflix garnered the rights to stream them. <BR> <BR> Did go hang with the brother and the nephe... Sun, 21 Jun 2015 19:10:54 EST I'm thinking ice cream http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5947800 I was thinking ice cream last night, too, and I walked past an ice cream parlor a block away from the nerd nite place, which I did make, because the insurance people called back and said they were too slammed to come see us last night, which worked out for me, and I walked past the ice cream parlor on the way back to my car, and I did not stop either time. And I feel way virtuous about it, or at least I did until I stepped on the scale and it read out a number that made it seems like I might ... Fri, 19 Jun 2015 14:30:59 EST nerd nite tonight, perhaps http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5947298 I've heard of the Nerd Nite events, basically a forum where two or three topics of interest are presented in lecture form, but I haven't managed to get to any of them. There's one tonight, with topics of roller derby, history of science, and the history of my home town, and I might actually be able to make it...but....the huge rains in the Ann Arbor area a couple of days ago led to sewer backups, and crap spewing into the basement of my dad's rental house, and the insurance people, who aren't... Thu, 18 Jun 2015 15:29:55 EST Footgolf! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5946416 Golf, except kicking a soccer ball around the course, rather than smacking golf balls with sticks. 'twas fun, I beat the folks I was playing with, mostly from actually having played soccer, and being able to kick the ball further than the slightly older (over 40, less than 60, if my radar is correct) people I was playing with. Might have to go out and do that again. Did slip on my plant leg on the very first kick, and tweaked my knee. It didn't bother me during the rest of the 9 holes, but it... Wed, 17 Jun 2015 00:59:48 EST went to see some old canadian dudes at play yesterday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5945786 Aka, a Rush concert, which was fantastic fun. They are playing their 40th anniversary tour, so the set list included gems from across their career, and save the fact they didn't include anything from my favorite album of theirs, there wasn't much to quibble about in that lineup of songs. <BR> <BR> Pretty cool weekend, all told. On Saturday, went to see my friend Debbie, from Wisconsin, who was in the Detroit area for a belly dance event. Didn't realize what the event was, it turned out to be... Mon, 15 Jun 2015 22:12:07 EST