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2008. A look back…?

I know I’ve been MIA for a while, but I’ve had quite a few weeks. My car was broken into at the gym, I had to cancel my Christmas vacation plans, and then I got sick with a massive sinus infection. Blarg. So now we can continue the scheduled craziness.

Actually, I’m done with 2008. I will say it had it’s moments, both good and bad, but you all know what happened and how everything went down, and how you responded to it. We’ve all made it through one more year together, and 2009 looms ahead as our next challenge. I will say that between the housing market, the bust of the 401(k)’s, and the extreme job loss, all of which I could have been affected by immensely, I came out relatively unscathed, because I wasn’t stupid about the way I chose to live. I feel fortunate about that. In fact, I did better in 2008 than I did in 2007. Good for me.

2009. Wow. 9 years into the new millennium, and I’m still not sure where the time went. It seems like just yesterday that I was spending the 1999-2000 new year in my friends basement having a lan party, bridging networks over the cable modem, playing Quake 2, and downloading at incredible 100k speeds through napster with cross-over cables because “what’s a router?”.

Time flies, I guess, and a lot of us have accomplished a lot of things in the time that has passed. I’m looking forward to 2009, which is going to propel me to the big 30 in 2010. It seems so close too, when I’ll be entering my “prime earning years”, and yet, I’ve already got a lot of things I wasn’t supposed to have for a few more years yet. I would like to be a bit better off, but I’m learning now how to do that.
I expect great things in 2009, because I’m going to make them happen. Good luck everyone.

Have you ever…

Have you ever written something, and nearly gagged on it’s self-rightousness? Well, I have. But you know what? Fuck it. It’s something I believe in, and it’s right. Show everyone. Pass it around.

Things my weight loss journey has taught me.

There’s been an ongoing struggle with me and my fat for several years now. I continue to tell it it’s not welcome on me anymore, I’ve hung up eviction signs, and I’ve even been pretty forceful, but it seems as though fat is a worthy opponent of virtually anyone, and not something to be taken lightly. Though I am not finished with my body sculpting, I am now a lot more knowledgeable of what needs to happen in order to continue on my journey. What I have learned about this process, I will now share with you, so maybe others know exactly what they’re getting into when they decide to change their bodies for the better for the long term.  Some background is necessary.

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The Amazing Human Condition.

So I just got done watching a 3 hour marathon of shows on Discovery Channel, Food Network, and … something else. The main highlight was a series called “Human Body: Pushing the Limits”. A show on the Discovery Channel detailing how our bodies have developed and advanced themselves to take on amazing feats when needed and survive some of the most extreme situations and I got to thinking… here I am, sitting on 50 million years of evolutionary perfection. My body is capable of regulating itself to the point of being able to enter survival mode on a seconds notice, burning excess calories and fat if I should go without food. It will force me to sleep to repair itself. It can absorb shock, magnify its strength, and agility in dire situations. This body, my body, the vessel of my consciousness is the ultimate survival portal. This thing that I only have a limited amount of conscious control over really is the peak of perfection, one of nature’s greatest marvels.

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UO + Real Life

Disclaimer: I started writing this about 2 weeks ago, and you can very easily where I stopped and didn’t pick it back up for a while. I had a point, but grew bored. =\


I’ve come to the conclusion that one of two things is going on in the world: either video games are mimicking life, or … more worrisome, life is mimicking video games. Let me explain. Read the rest of this entry »

Spoiled Rotten Babies.

I used to think SRB Syndrome was largely confined to the USA and its (pre)teen inhabitants. Kids raised in a digital age of internet instant gratification and parents who either just don’t know how to cope with technology or don’t care. Generation “NOW NOW NOW” seems to be budding into maturity, and watch out if they don’t get their way. A hissy fit is coming!

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Big Oil

It’s depressing when you’re trying to run to the pump the second the news hits to fill up your tank before the gas stations catch wind of the price rising. It seems that for every dollar a barrel of oil shoots up, a gallon of gas goes up 10 cents. Right now in AZ, we’re paying around $3.20 a gallon (which is about 1/4 of 1 Euro right now. :P ) … and I hear California is up around $4.

It’s affecting everything too. Because of the mass increase of price, food has shot up a ridiculous amount as well. Moving it from one place to another is only half the reason. A lot of the corn and wheat supply is now going to ethanol production. Which in turn raises the cost of Feed for livestock, which makes the price of meat go way up IN ADDITION to the price of transportation. Read the rest of this entry »

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