August 28th, 2004


Poetry in motion

I think we all agree, the past is over.
This is still a dangerous world.
It's a world of madmen and uncertainty
and potential mental losses.

Rarely is the question asked
Is our children learning?
Will the highways of the Internet become more few?
How many hands have I shaked?

They misunderestimate me.
I am a pitbull on the pantleg of opportunity.
I know that the human being and the fish can coexist.
Families is where our nation finds hope, where our wings take dream.

Put food on your family!
Knock down the tollbooth!
Vulcanize society!
Make the pie higher! Make the pie higher!

from here.

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Yesterday, one of the apartment maintenance workers came in to the apartment to fix a leak in the bathroom. Evidently this required the removal of the shower valve and some tile, and I would guess some soldering.

So this morning when I went to take a shower, I found tile still missing. Not a huge deal, but still a bit wonky. The shower valve is now upside-down. And the drain is clogged.

And my bathmat was missing. I found that odd.

I found it in the washing machine, completely soaked.

I decided to head out to the hot tub, which wasn't yet open when they opened the pool area 2-3 weeks ago. They had a sign on it then that the spa would be open next week.

Same sign on it today. And the pool area was locked.

I'm bummed.

Ah, yes, it is time once again...

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Took a dirt nap this afternoon. It felt good to intentionally nap, to have it actually be a planned part of the day.

Doing a little bit of cleaning today. Being very low-key in general, a small island in the turbulence of life.

Looks like a nice day outside. I just might pop out later and do a little grocery shopping. I'm pretty much at the point where I need to get some new supplies unless I want to eat meat-and-sauerkraut soup.

I almost feel relaxed.

I got new glasses. It's nice to be able to see again.
Along with the glasses, I got a lens care kit, which comes with a few packets of pre-moistened lens cleaning towlettes. Which come in wrappers that look suspiciously like condom wrappers. With PRE-MOISTENED in big letters on the side.

I am amused.

I have pretty much made the transition to where I do things without a second thought-- I don't have to plan things around her schedule, or notify here where I'm going. I guess it's a milestone of sorts, or at least some sort of marker.

Gah. This is taking a long time.

I just saw a Bowflex commercial. 20 minutes a day, three days a week and you can look this good.

Huh. I'm doing 30 minutes a day, five days a week. And I'm not even close.

352/31.5 today. Being away for a couple of weeks dropped me back below my plateau. I don't know if it's a reaction to the new medication or not, but my legs are definitely more fatigued.

Plotting progress in Excel does give me a tool to look and see the plateaus. The main numbers I'm keeping track of are the cal/hr rate, though the raw data is calories & time. I've been keeping at the 350 mark for calories, and only rarely bringing that in before 30 minutes. If I do manage 350 before 30 min., I run it up to 375. A 350-cal burn is about equivalent to a 10-mile ride, though it's really a different workout. I do get a lot of upper-arm work in with the bike.

My long-term goal is 1000/60.

Looking at the data, there is a definite drop from when I was back in Minneapolis.


A plateau is one thing. going backwards is something else.

Oy. Back from grocery shopping, and the refrigerator is now comfortably full, and I am quite sweaty. That was a big haul.

I did meet a couple of the rather attractive apartment tenants while they were out walking their friendly dogs. It was pleasant.

I think the rest of the evening will be devoted to DVD watching, and perhaps some Adult Swim.

It time for Snoo-Snoo!

So Mom called tonight. Kinda blew my DVD watching out of the water, but that's not really a big deal. :)

Looks like I will have to get a passport. I'm going to the Bahamas in December. My niece is getting married, and my sister and brother-in-law are springing for a cruise from Florida to Nassau and back.

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Made a mondo salad with turkey tenderloins and a bunch o' other stuff. Yummy and good for me. And I got some wasabi peas for snackies. Watched Futurama, and now I think I'm gonna go watch Firefly.