Monthly Archives: September 2010

Weight Gain 4000

Yesterday, when I got home from they gym and not talking about Matt Gonzalez, I was so tired that I just wanted to take my dinner and put it in a blender so I wouldn’t have to chew. Pretty sad, since it was a salad and I bet it would have tasted like doodie. Today I deadlifted a personal record weight, I think, 345 lbs. Old target was to deadlift twice my body weight, which seems to be 165# in the morning and 170# in the evening, but my new target is four times my IQ which would be 4 x 90 or two-hundred something. Hahaha. I’m about to ditch … Continue reading

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I am not writing about Matt Gonzalez.

I pulled out another box of my dad’s stuff and I’m supposed to be going through it. I wish I was energetic enough to put some of it on ebay but really I’m not. Who wants an old Casio CQ-1 calculator/watch/stopwatch anyway? How do I get rid of little trinkets? (Goodwill Industries, that’s how.) I usually just stare at them for a few months and then off they go. It’s just as well anyway. Looks like our trip to Japan is getting planned. Fly into Tokyo, drive to Toyama where family friends are and stay for a few days, train to Osaka near where I used to work for a … Continue reading

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Keeping up with Arune.

There’s a partner workout we do at the gym where we row 200m, swing a kettlebell 20 times, and then run halfway around the building, five times. Usually I do it with Arune, so he goes, I go, etc. I think he’s carrying me and we usually get the best time on the board, but since most of the times are erased I can’t tell if it’s the best time of the day or not. Probably not. In any case, it was awfully humid today and I felt like throwing up before we even started (leg circuits of squats and lunges beforehand) but we still did pretty well. And by … Continue reading

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Most of the month of September, and into October, the Vaux swift migration has a bunch of birds going into the chimney at the school across the street. The birds aren’t a big pain, but the huge crowds they attract are a big pain. It’s hard to park on the street in the neighborhood in the evenings, so if you leave you can’t come back until after dark. In addition, today was the Northwest Portland Portland Parkways and I thought they were going to block off the street all week. What a pain. But I thought I’d make the best of it since there were businesses coming to pass out … Continue reading

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Stupid bird people.

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My nice bank cheeses me off.

I have several bank accounts and there’s nothing great I can say about my banks. Seriously, they keep my money and sometimes they charge me to get it back. Where’s the fairness in that? But still, I think I like the evil corporation that I use for banking better than the nice local credit union. I don’t expect all that much from the evil corporation, so I like it that I can access my accounts all the time and call customer service in the middle of the night. The nice credit union only answers the phones from 7AM to 7PM on weekdays and I do my banking at much odder … Continue reading

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I like candy.

I passed by the doughnut tray several times this morning but there were TWO with white frosting and sprinkles until very late. I had to eat one of them to stop them from taunting me. But what I was really referring to is watching Castle tonight. I also watched Warehouse 13 and Modern Family, but I still think Castle is my tv equivalent of candy or doughnuts. I wonder how long I can keep this up, watching TV instead of sleeping.

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Entranced by the TV.

The fall TV season has started and I think it’s time for me to it around and watch too much of it. The shows stack up deep enough that my DVR doesn’t catch them all. I still have more than a dozen books to read and some software to edit and programs to learn and RFID cards to read. Lots and lots of stuff. I’ve even given up reading my newsfeeds, Facebook, and twitter and I’m still not caught up on all my TV. But I think I might have to start putting more of a priority on sleep. Even though I still have to watch Hawaii Five-O, the show … Continue reading

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Errands are silly.

I’m not too sure about what errands are supposed to be like, but I’m really not sure if it’s just supposed to be a guy making copies and scans and maybe transferring money back and forth between accounts so I can pay the contractor for his errands. It is a lot better to let Jason the Contractor to fix things; I can’t even get my mom’s shower extension attached without having it drip. I’m not sure what the secret is supposed to be other than lots of pipe tape, and I used lots of pipe tape. It must be practice, but someone did cross-thread the shower head and I had … Continue reading

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A class I hope I never have to use.

I’ve retaken my CPR class AGAIN and I just hope I never have to use it. I’m not a cowboy who needs to find himself in situations that prove his manliness. I leave that to firefighters and other people who don’t have back problems. I just want to be able to something to help if I have to. It’s the Boy Scout training. Plus, it was offered through the Portland Marathon. I’m going to be back volunteering on the course again this year. I keep telling them, “If you don’t need me, great, but I’ve been at Mile 12 for the last several years.” They thank me for volunteering and … Continue reading

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Stupid NTFS anyway.

Boy, I forgot how hard it is to read and write NTFS on the Mac. And how character encodings can confuse file transfers from one to another. Oh, well. We’ll see how this all works out in the end. I’m trying to help a friend transfer a bunch of files from a Mac iPod to a PC iPod. No good deed goes unpunished. I was feeling especially cranky today, but I don’t think I was all that cranktastic to anyone. I’m tired and the weather was kind of dreary. My sister claims that I said the weather doesn’t affect me, but I think I was probably overstating things if I … Continue reading

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OK, probably going to Tokyo on the way back.

Plans are firming up and I think I need my geek time in Akihabara. And maybe I need to buy some weird stuff at Tokyu Hands, which I know is in Shinjuku. OK, so there’s one in Osaka, and one in Kobe that I’ve been to, but I need an excuse to go to Tokyo. Which is odd because all I ever do is follow my usual path from the Nishishinjuku hotel to Akihabara to Mos Burger and back. I’m not exactly Mr. Exciting, but it makes me happy. It’s easier when it’s easy.

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