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/ late night grubbing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5726025 Had a late lunch, and then wasn't hungry during the traditional dinner hours, and then was utterly starving right when I was thinking I could survive on some snack (granola bar or something) and just skip dinner. That late, holy crap I'm hungry feeling drove me out of my hotel room in search of sustenance, and I'll give myself a half point back for not going to the McDonald's across the street, even as subtracting a point for the lateness of the meal. Thu, 26 Jun 2014 00:41:32 EST USA...USA...US...oh shi... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5723758 The reaction from millions of your fellow Americans at the last kick of today's world cup game, as it lofted right to an open Portuguese player's head and into the American net, for a last gasp tie. It felt like we'd lost though, the way they pulled their fat out of the fire at the last possible moment, and made Thursday's games meaningful, when the US had a golden ticket to the next round already in hand. <BR> <BR> Jumping on the scale is like that sometimes, when you find that you have sta... Mon, 23 Jun 2014 00:08:42 EST 1001 middle American nights http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5722517 If you’re looking for story telling, you’ve come to the wrong place. <BR> (go here instead: <link>http://www.gutenberg.org/files/19860<BR>/19860-h/19860-h.htm </link> ) <BR> If I’d been in Scheherezade’s place, that Arabian nights book would have been a heck of a lot shorter, maybe a week before the sultan got bored and went “Off with his head!”. So it’s a probably a good thing this web site doesn’t demand that I keep it entertained, since I might not have made it to this, a 1001th day sinc... Sat, 21 Jun 2014 02:05:38 EST I'm so disappointed in you people http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5721824 (If I was on my computer, there would be a clip of Robert Downey from topic thunder saying his "who are you calling you people?" line. But alas. I spent a whole three minutes in my previous blog cramming a whole bunch of butt euphemisms (bum, end, can, bottom, booty, haunches, arse) into the last paragraph, and no one commented on it! Clearly your minds are too elevated) <BR> <BR> Edit: I meant, of course, Downey's, "What do you mean 'you people'"? line <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=xP... Fri, 20 Jun 2014 03:34:36 EST thought I broke my butt yesterday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5721076 Just a day after watching Jozy Altidore duck his head and immediately clutch at his hammy in a World Cup game, I reached out to grab my drink (a bottle of water, score one for me, thankyouverymuch), and felt my right gluteus maximus tweak the heck out. It was thoroughly a go figure moment, I reached out with my left arm, laterally to the table beside me, and the right cheek went haywire. I mean, what was this, the neck bone connected to the knee bone? <BR> <BR> As painful as the backside im... Thu, 19 Jun 2014 02:11:47 EST what kind of moron... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5718842 ...goes to a high school reunion and fails to take even a single picture. That would be me. <BR> <BR> I attended the Ypsilanti high school class of 1993 20+1 reunion, whic carried that title because we couldn't get our act together last year to have a 20th. Sadly, despite the best efforts of our organizers, the attendance at this reunion was not stellar. I certainly missed a lot of people that I would have liked to have seen, but I definitely enjoy the company of those who made the effort to... Mon, 16 Jun 2014 04:49:57 EST to be titled later http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5716881 Haven't a clue whether this missive will end up with any sort of theme worthy of a title, but there's only one to find out, eh? Work went far less swimmingly than I'd hoped, leaving me with a mountain of issues to climb, with another day of adding to the pile tomorrow. Hope to start whittling away at the pile next week, when I go back to a more normal schedule. <BR> <BR> Didn't manage to do any exercise tonight, opted for entertainment instead. Sadly, I didn't make it to the baseball game, f... Fri, 13 Jun 2014 00:35:48 EST game game, that I play http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5715389 Just noticed that it's midnight here. Which means I oughta take a shower and go to sleep soon, what with the gym trip slightly delayed by the lateness of the trivia jockey dude, who is a country artist, but has an affinity for some of my favorite progressive metal bands. I got to hear a track from my co-fave band, Dream Theater, played last night, though, what with most all of their songs clocking in over 5 minutes, it wasn't one of their best tracks. I also misheard him when he declared the ... Wed, 11 Jun 2014 01:19:51 EST rain, rain, go away (by Thursday is ok) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5715381 Wanna go baseball! Fortunately, I didn't buy a ticket for tonight, would have been all wet, and alone in a park where they canceled the game long before the scheduled time. <BR> <BR> Went and played trivia instead, and screwed up in the first round before the rest of my team showed up. For as well as we often do, we kind of stink at multiple choice questions, and I should have remembered our unwritten rule of, if you think it's False, write down True! Those 4 points lost before my partner in... Wed, 11 Jun 2014 00:59:41 EST Drift off with some electronic beats, they said http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5714624 Ok, sure, I'll try anything once. Just fire up spotify to listen to something before going to sleep. Wasn't sure hat that something was, might have been a night to see what the people I follow via that app are into recently, and go with one of their choices. And when it loads, I see a banner across the middle saying, "Drift off with some electronic beats." While I don't exactly associate beats with sleep, I did just scribble out a blog yesterday saying I need to work on the sleep thing, so wh... Tue, 10 Jun 2014 00:33:53 EST Already failed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5713556 The idea was to not replicate last year’s ugly experience of going on the road and gaining 5 pounds a month early on. Woops. As lamented in the previous blog, I feel like I’m eating better and exercising more than I did at the start of the travels last year. So I’m not sure why the results are, so far, the same. Something to be aware of, and try to chip away at with small changes. The problem is small changes are also the easiest to slip back on, since they are the little things that you don’... Sun, 8 Jun 2014 17:15:02 EST ok, so I was off by 50 million http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5712497 My second language, Bengali, is apparently spoken as a native tongue by 220 millions, and 250 million over all. Not the 300 million I claimed the other night. Sorry for the misinformation. Or, maybe I should say, sorry for being 20 years too prescient? Either way, more people dealing in that language than in German. Although, if Ben Franklin had had his way... <BR> <BR> I feel smart at the moment, because I am as smart as a prospective first grader. <BR> You have 20 seconds, can you get it? ... Sat, 7 Jun 2014 03:48:39 EST me talk pretty one day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5710209 or, alternatively, me fail English? Unpossible! Okay so thatline is from The Simpsons. Trying an experiment, 1 where I rely entirely on voice recognition rather than typing or swiping as it were. So, therefore, any typos I will blame on this phone, even more so than usual. And, if there are no typos, its likely that the voice recognition has just failed to interpret my rambling correctly. Left parentheses dot dot dot and here UC race the limitations of voice recognition right parenthesis. Dra... Wed, 4 Jun 2014 02:30:25 EST skunkalicious http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5709443 Went for a late evening walk this, uh, evening. I'm staying at a hotel not far from a river, and there are a bunch of small parks alongside said river, so I wandered over in that direction. At the end of the wanderings I turned back home...err...hotelward, and was just walking along, minding my own business, when I cam across a skunk, wandering along and minding his own business. Well, I suppose I must admit, I am assuming it was a he. But it could have been a she. I didn't go close enough to... Tue, 3 Jun 2014 03:05:37 EST son of an underwater basketweaver http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5708504 had issues with my antivirus program last week, and spent hours and hours with them trying to fix it, and the same garbage just popped up again. wtf, mate? <BR> <BR> And I seriously don't recall if I mentioned anything about this last week, though I suspect I didn't since before the last couple of days, I'd been amiss at the blogging thing. But seriously, the same stuff again, after it essentially ruined the holiday weekend just a few measly days ago? <BR> <BR> BBBBBBBBBLLLLLLLLLEEEEEEEEEEE... Sun, 1 Jun 2014 23:59:41 EST dodgeball against kids of many ages can be amusing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5707720 There was a 7 year old. One turning into that bewildering creature called a teenager on the morrow. A 27 year old. A 32 year old. And me at 39. With cameos from a pair of three year olds, and a 40something. Well, at least I think he's 40something. As the parent of the about to be teenager, he might have skipped a few years older in recent months. It was a fun time, with those dollar store balls that never hurt. <BR> <BR> Of course, the 32 year old later suffered an ambulance worthy knee inj... Sat, 31 May 2014 22:10:10 EST suppose it was inevitable http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5706484 And no, I'm not referring to the fact that I was kind of sick Thursday, waking with a huge headache Ann's wandering into work a good bit late. Referring more to the fact that here it is 1:30 am and I've failed to go to sleep yet. Well, that's not entirely true, I did nap through a bit insignificant portion of the hockey game tonight, including missing the only goal, a tally that sent the new York rangers to the Stanley cup final for the first time in 20 years. <BR> <BR> I didn't make it down... Fri, 30 May 2014 02:35:39 EST Either or, neither nor http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5705688 harrumph <BR> <BR> either no one read or no one clicked on the song i linked last blog, or for the second straight year, neither the meaning nor the import of the song's chorus made itself known to you. <BR> <BR> oh well. <BR> <BR> good thing the weekly weigh in for blc was today and I did it in the morning, i.e. before a planned lunch outing for a co-worker's last week (the meal might have been more or less healthy, as the apparently new server messed up my order, and my dish didn't inclu... Thu, 29 May 2014 01:36:09 EST Worm in a bottle http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5699635 (this was meant to be titled "randomnosity", which fits the ramble, but this song fits the 5/21 date, chorus anyway, wish I could live up to the intro speech, and I did it last year, so it's darn near a tradition, isn't it? <BR> <link>http://youtu.be/Y9yY9nt2Wng </link> <BR> <BR> i'm going to the fitness room, really I am...all dressed for it...I swear...just one more thing I gotta look up.....g'luck on the weigh ins tomorrow....ended up getting enough sleep yesterday, partly by just ign... Wed, 21 May 2014 00:18:58 EST All in how you look at it sometimes (BLC 25 goals) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5685941 So, I joined this site in September of 2011, weighing 205.4 pounds. As of Wednesday, April 30, 2014, I weighed in at 194.8 pounds. 10.6 down over 2.5 years, is one way of viewing that change. And frankly, as someone 3 weeks away from a 39th birthday, a decreasing weight isn’t a bad thing. <BR> <BR> But that’s a macro look, which obscures the micros changes. I’ve mentioned them often in the past year, the fact that in February 2013, I got down as far as 172.2, before getting a job that had m... Fri, 2 May 2014 17:33:16 EST On the road again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5682812 Well, so much for the soccer plans. Just two hours before the first game of the season, I get a phone call indicating that the place in Chicago that I worked at last spring/summer would have me back again for another stint. <BR> <BR> So, I guess…well, I’ll let Styx explain, <link>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=of6JV<BR>n8i934 </link> (the true love part of the song not applicable) <BR> <BR> Well, at first, I was like, aww, no soccer for me. <BR> <BR> But then I was like, <img src="http... Mon, 28 Apr 2014 23:50:47 EST Not sure what to hope for, exactly http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5678359 I mean "job" is good. But, so is 'summer'. And if 'job' = 'no summer', then is it good enough? Funny thing, the best possibility that might be out there would be a return to the opportunity that I spent 8 months of last year doing. That would be for long enough to kiss the possibility of doing any organized sport over the summer goodbye. Which would be disappointing, especially as the soccer league is set to start next Monday. But then, on the other hand, "job", you know? And "job" is good. <... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 03:02:06 EST turfy toes are not twinkly http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5677555 That toe thing I was.whining about previously, not that I ever got it checked out, was likely a turf toe. Someone mentioned that as a possibility, I looked it up, and the description fit perfectly. And the cure is the old RICE and time trick. So I've let that toe mostly alone in the past couple of weeks. Sadly, it's also been an excuse for doing little exercise of any sort. Tried to change that up Monday, going for a wander in a state park that was a bit further out than it looked like on a m... Tue, 22 Apr 2014 03:03:58 EST done did a 5k http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5667806 Didn’t run it, per se. Some light jogging, limited by the foot injury referenced in the previous blog. But I did start in that scrum of people, and ended up at the 50 yard line of Michigan stadium, jumping up to touch the banner that Michigan football players all smack on the way into the Big House on fall Saturdays. And they gave me a shiny thing to wear around my neck. I’d show a pic here, but my brother was the one taking pics, and he hasn’t sent them my way yet. Slacker. Then again, he di... Tue, 8 Apr 2014 23:45:47 EST Insanity is just a state of mind http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5665402 Might not be the preferred state, mind you, but it’s a state nevertheless. <BR> <BR> Had that thought flit across my brain when I signed up for a 7v7 soccer league the other day. I played in that league in 2003, just before I moved to Wisconsin. Other than a single intramural soccer experience the next year, I haven’t played any organized soccer since. Barely played any pickup, either, the last time I can remember doing so was in 2011. So this should be an adventure. <BR> <BR> <BR> I’m als... Sun, 6 Apr 2014 00:35:13 EST feel guilty about beating up on old people http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5654971 I suppose it had to happen eventually, feeling bad about smacking senior citizens around. I'm kind of surprised it took over a year of whipping them left and right and up and down before a moment of real reflection occurred, about whether I was a bad person for not worrying about it. <BR> <BR> I'm talking, of course, about playing pickleball, where my playing companions are mostly 20-30+ years older than I am. And while I'm not a spring chicken (I'll be 39 in a couple of months), compared to... Sun, 23 Mar 2014 23:40:42 EST Forward March! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5636604 So in the first hour of the first day of the third month of this year, I found myself heading east. Towards Canton. Michigan, not China, heading to a turn on a road just past the Arctic Edge ice arena, home of the Olympic champion ice dancers Meryl Davis and Charlie White. <BR> <BR> I could swear that wasn't there back in the 90s when I had friends who lived in Canton, and I used to head down Michigan ave on a semi regular basis. There was a lot less other stuff (stores, restaurants, etc) ou... Sat, 1 Mar 2014 04:27:15 EST Stop the world, I want to get off http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5625248 Having a massively blah few days. Barely want to stop in here and see what’s going on. Making myself type something out, just to do it, and if you are reading this, then it means I had more wherewithal than I suspected when I started scribbling around 1 AM, Sunday 16th Feb. <BR> <BR> Why? Not sure. Work might play a role. Working from home, for an organization bringing in help for what they expected to be a busy period. Our (the outside help) role wasn’t entirely defined, so it shifted a bit... Sun, 16 Feb 2014 03:13:06 EST dear twoterville: i hate you http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5607553 Ok, so hate is a pretty strong word, but when you’re talking about hitting a weight class that you thought you’d left behind forever, the emotions stirred, of disgust at one’s self, mixed with the stronger stuff of self-loathing, mixed with wonderment at how much work you put in and then let go to waste, well, hate is pretty appropriate description for how I feel about crossing the 200 pound mark in the wrong direction. <BR> <BR> (dunno if twoterville is the official title, but if onederland... Mon, 27 Jan 2014 20:35:51 EST smart? hardly. but maybe a grain of intelligence exists http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5600041 And no, I'm not talking about my intellect, though I suppose the same could apply. Rather, I blather about three goals the Blc dictates I share. Out loud and everything. <BR> <BR> Last round, I didn't make any such goals, from a sense of "I made them before and they didn't do me any good." Not having them didn't do me any good either, so here I go again. <BR> <BR> As with previous attempts, they will be modest, an opportunity to actually succeed, rather than unobtainable mountains to chas... Mon, 20 Jan 2014 12:00:22 EST Schizophrenic scale for the win, lose or draw? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5596061 I started the year on a semblance of a blog roll, 3 out of 4 days with some sort of entry, but then squat for nearly two weeks. Far cry from the blog a day streak I kept up for three months from late 2012 to 2013. Not sure why the difference. Certainly not a lack of random thinks rolling through the skullspace, as those flow on unabated. Might be laziness, that old bugaboo that has wrought so much damage. Might just be I don’t wanna talk to you, but that’s belied by the fact I keep wandering ... Thu, 16 Jan 2014 15:07:16 EST 195.6 to start 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5582345 Which is only 1 pound more than when I left for Tennessee for New Year's celebratin'. And also 1 pound less than what I weighed myself on 12/18. So, I'm totally choosing to look at it as "HEY I LOST 1 POUND OVER THE HOLIDAYS!" <BR> <BR> Went to the gym today, for the first visit of the year, and I asked about how often I went last year, and once they got past the confusion of not having me listed under my last name (they had my middle name as my last name in their records), I learned that I... Sat, 4 Jan 2014 21:13:30 EST restart the engine http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5580284 Lost my wheel spin streak for not getting my computer out the last three days (phone doesn't support Flash, which is needed for spinning the wheel). Oh well, starting another one. <BR> <BR> Spent the last 4 days playing games, eating home made soups, pies, drinking various Woodchuck ciders, and generally not worrying about any of it. The last recorded weight in 2013 was 194.6, and that was taken on 12/27. The first recorded weight for 2014 is still pending, as the hosts' scale suffered from... Fri, 3 Jan 2014 02:44:17 EST so where do we begin? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5578523 The band Fates Warning made an album, now 17 years old, called A Pleasant Shade of Gray. It is a concept album, which told a tale of a guy, on the verge of waking up, just before the alarm sounds, thinking back, half awake, on choices faced, choices made, and how he arrived at this point. My interpretation, anyway. The first lines, the main theme, which repeats throughout the album, is rather forward facing, however, and it is a perfect encapsulation of a new year sentiment, for what we're tr... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 20:38:00 EST nothing going on http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5560991 y'know, I like the blc challenge for providing a community within the community of this site aas a while, but it also means that stray thoughts get used up on the message board rather than being placed in a blog. I'm quite certain a few profound thoughts have emanated from my fingers, but alas, they were shared only with those privy to a particular team message board, and the rest of you were denied the wisdom therein. Or, the musical content within, which would have immeasurably enriched you... Tue, 10 Dec 2013 03:18:42 EST Turkey Day greets http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5552420 let's see if i remember how to do one of these <BR> <BR> I blather on until i get bored, right? <BR> <BR> Lions win! Whipped Green Bay like a batch of mashed potatoes, 40-10. First time they won on Thanksgiving, and I don't remember how to celebrate. To be honest , I don't really remember what it's like to be happy about football on Thanksgiving, it's been that long. Hope this good feeling lasts all the way thru the weekend, as I suspect Michigan's contest against Ohio might not leave me wi... Thu, 28 Nov 2013 21:01:21 EST who ya gonna call? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5538726 Sitting here watching Ghostbusters II tonight, having flashbacks to seeing it in the theater a quarter century or so ago (24 years, just looked it up). I love the concept of a river of slime reacting to our negative thoughts. After all, think of the bad thoughts we subject ourselves while making excuses for whatever crappy food we’re about to down, or whatever we’re saying to justify not doing that bit of exercise. <BR> <BR> Turn that around, positively charge the slime, and good things can ... Mon, 11 Nov 2013 22:55:07 EST Fragile http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5537750 There was once a major league umpire named Ron Luciano, who after retirement collected a bunch of his remembrances of life in the big leagues in a couple of books. Describing his athletic background, he recall his football days, when he had some success because he was “agile, mobile and hostile”. But, as he put it, “Unfortunately, I was also fra-gile” (I think that quote was from Luciano’s book “The Umpire Strikes Back”, that and “Strike Two” and “The Fall of the Roman Umpire” are worth looki... Sun, 10 Nov 2013 22:34:36 EST i should be sleeping http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5536283 you know, what with needing to be out of here in 8 hours, so as to go and sit outside in 50 degree weather for 3-4 hours grilling, making small talk with people I mostly don't know (aka tailgating with some of my brother's coworkers) prior to going into a stadium with 110000 of my closest friends to watch two disappointing teams try to be a little bit less disappointing for just one afternoon (Nebraska at Michigan, college football). But I just realized that although I've made it a point to l... Sat, 9 Nov 2013 02:39:22 EST the roller coaster of being a sports fan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5516224 Identifying, and smirking at the people on sports radio who were so gloomy yesterday, after the Detroit Tigers lost a 1-0 contest to go down 2-1 to Boston in the ALCS, today being so chipper and assuming "we're going to win and head to the World Series! WOO!", despite the fact two of the remaining games are in Boston. Hey, I get it, I've gone from resigned pessimism after losing game 2 in shocking fashion, to the resignedly optimistic position of hey, it could happen, Max Scherzer and Justin ... Thu, 17 Oct 2013 15:39:52 EST pita up grump down http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5514742 I played golf, badly, this weekend, which may or may not have contributed to this pulled muscle plaguing me. That led to blc teammates suggesting I check out Robin Williams' bit on the origins of the sport. <BR> <link>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pcnFb<BR>CCgTo4 </link> (do i really need to tell you it's NSFW language? it is Robin Williams, after all). <BR> <BR> and that led to perusing other clips of his, which eventually got me to this one <BR> <link>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=74Q... Tue, 15 Oct 2013 23:26:30 EST plan of attack http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5513743 (imagine me being unlazy enough to link the Lords of the Trident song by that name here) <BR> <BR> blc dictates for the weekend include posting goals for the next ten weeks, so that's why i've bothered to open up this page and scribble in it. didn't really feel like it. <BR> <BR> anyway. i could say something along the lines of I'll use the same goals, and endeavor to actually do it. But that really hasn't worked at all, has it, so I'll try something different. <BR> <BR> My plan is not to ... Mon, 14 Oct 2013 23:24:12 EST shoulda gone to tonight's game instead http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5508508 I chewed through most of the fingernails during game 1 of the ALCS, as Max Scherzer nursed an early three run lead for 7 innings, and then turned a single run lead over to the Detroit Tigers' bullpen to save. The cuticles were the victims today, as Scherzer came out of the bullpen in a backs against the wall, must win situation, and first proceeded to give Oakland a lead, and then loaded the bases with none out, before escaping, Houdini style, without further damage in his two innings of work... Wed, 9 Oct 2013 00:19:49 EST small world syndrome http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5507543 I went to Detroit Monday for the ALDS game 3 matchup between the Tigers and the A's. The game didn't go to the crowd's liking, and it was really freaking cold out there ( I had 4 layers on, and still went and visited the merchandise store to see if they had any reasonably priced sweatshirts. Of course they didn't. Sorry, I'll freeze my butt off for another hour and half rather than paying 75 bucks for a sweatshirt that I don't even think looks that good), I did park a good bit out of the way ... Tue, 8 Oct 2013 00:34:52 EST I crashed a wedding the other day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5501009 I was trying to scribble a short blurb for a message board, and then it got long. Thought it worth the share. <BR> <BR> Basically, on Friday, I went to Madison, as I'd mentioned, a trip made for not having anything going on this week. Because of the circumstances under which nothing was going on, I felt like maybe I needed to go home and wait by the phone. But then I realized that with cell phones, the phone can be anywhere you are! So I went to Madison, and I texted a friend something along... Tue, 1 Oct 2013 05:17:59 EST break down these walls http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5493268 21 days streak of not blogging is over! Wasn't anything intentional, just never got around to it, more or less. Sure had a ton of things I could have talked about, but just...yeah. <BR> <BR> Anyway, about to start on my last week of work at this current gig. Had an interview for another position, but I don't think it went well. Haven't heard anything back from my company, anyway. So, as far as I know, I get a vacation starting next week. Not a bad thing, and really, would love to have a few ... Sun, 22 Sep 2013 23:16:26 EST the wheels on the bus go round and round http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5472195 It's september 1st, back to school time on so many friend feeds whether facebook or here. I don't have a dog in that fight, or child in that system, whichever metaphor you prefer (it's probably the latter, isn't it?), but I was at a 2 year old's birthday party earlier, and hearing the songs the little ones were warbling, and wondering what sorts of songs I'd be singing to any hypothetical children, at that age or otherwise, were they to someday to become real. I think they'd have to be along ... Sun, 1 Sep 2013 01:59:15 EST think I'll have to settle for arrested development http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5468429 And I was totally referring to the fact that the hotel is going to turn off internet access for a sorely needed upgrade at midnight, and my scribbling of this blog and other sparky endeavors is going to not leave me enough time to squeeze in an episode of Orange is the new black or House of Cards on netflix, but a 22 minute slice of Bluthian absurdity might just do. <BR> <BR> and then I realized that, hey, it fits this particular episode of the BLC 22 challenge, too, where the plan to lose 7... Wed, 28 Aug 2013 00:28:52 EST Ephemeral http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5464314 In a major Karnivool mood today, the Australian band ruling my world at the moment with what is so far my song of the year, Aeons. <BR> <link>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2TKC3<BR>jW6fzk </link> <BR> <BR> It's an emotional glance into the mind of someone wondering if there's anything after it all ends, spiritually speaking. As someone who is highly wary of the claims of any religion, even the one I nominally follow (for lack of being convinced any of the others are better), this song rea... Fri, 23 Aug 2013 18:48:23 EST 7000 reasons to worry? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5460602 Well, not really. This is all in reference to the car accident I got into last month, so there's no current injury, don't worry. Although, my head is kinda spinning from all this insurance crap. <BR> <BR> I mean, the four thousand seven hundred and ninety one dollars (and a few cents to boot) that National Car Rental claims I owe them for damages to the vehicle I was driving during last months accident should be covered by my company's policy, I'd think. And the 1105 for the ER visit, aka 3 ... Tue, 20 Aug 2013 02:55:25 EST