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Tuesday, November 28, 2006

#48 and #49!

Well, as promised...My really great, big ole fun, really kick arse weekend!

So, the plan was to set out on Friday evening and go visit my Family in Danville Ca. A sort of late Thanksgiving with my father and his wife, all my brothers and their respective wives/ sig. others. I had planned on staying there Friday and Saturday nights to maximize family time...cause ya know...it's improtant and I really enjoy when everyone gets together!

Well, I got home Thursday night from Thanksgiving with my younger brother and his girlfriend's family and in my email inbox was a message that would change everything!

"Dude!?", the message started... "Are you still down to do that thing you said you'd do that time when you said that you'd do it later if we needed you to do it!?" I quickly typed back.."Yah-buddy! When and where?" and the response came back. "Dude! Rock! Reno, Nv 3:30pm Saturday!", to which I relplied..."righteous!" I then proceded to shred a juciy air guitar riff ala Bill and Ted. Called up the Fam and told them I'b be late to the shindig! I then texted my buddy Aaron! If I was going to drive the 150 or so odd miles to reno I needed to call in the big guns to travel shotgun and keep this ole narcoleptic a wake!

Cut to Saturday...{The Crack Of Noon} Clean all the water bottles and diet pepsi bottles out of the car, Load up the tunes, toss 2 ukuleles in the back seat along with some magizines...Gass up the Chevy 'Bu and hit the Road! The stereo fuled by the powerfull stylings of oneTenacious D Rocked the road trip and soon we were swinging into Reno. Well, do I have to say it...'When in Reno...' Next thing I know...Ding-ding-ding! I won $100! Sweeeeeat! We played a bit longer without repeating my good fortune and then realized that we had better skeedaddle to the Ron-day-vu A-sap...for the hour of 3:30 was nigh at hand and the sacraed Task with which i was dutifully charged meant a quick juant to the Reno Airport.

We arrive at the airport and swing into the passenger pickup. With swiss like precision they roll out as we roll in. No need for introductions...no awkward guessing game....

'uh...izzat them?'
'I dunno dude...izzzit?'
'uh go ask...'
'you go ask...'
'alright I will...' 'fine.....!'

No need for any of that, for the heros we saught had their names emblazened across their chests and they were known throughout the land as "Scotty and Fiddy! Two weary travelers attempting to 'hitchhike" to 50 US State Capitols in 50 days. As fortune would have it they only had 3 states to complete and they were close enough for me to pick them up and take them to 2 of the remaining 2..Carson City,NV and my very own home town...the city of trees and the birth place of Tower Records and the Pony Express Sacramento, CA.

Carson City, Nv

As you can see above we stormed into Carson City and taught it a thing or two about some crazy jumping and some funky posing! Having done what we came to do and noting that Carson City had very little interest in jumping or, for that matter, displaying a pulse of any kind we descided to bail that burg and rock on over to Reno for some much needed buffet action!

Let me tell something to you...come a little closer! The Eldorado Buffet is "SECOND TO NONE!" Period!(and I managed to limit myself even with evey imaginable nummy distraction you could imagine!

After that we all piled back into the Malibu and headed off to Capitol #49 and my hometown, Sacrameto, Ca! Hit the Capitol buliding...Jumpy, jumpy...Clicky, clicky and we were off! I thought I would surprise the guys by taking them by the site of the original Tower records, which I thought would be interesting or them until I realized even though Tower may be an international company...they may not have them in Canada...my suspicion was confirmed and esentially to them I was just showing off some random record store! Sweat!

At this point we dropped off my buddy Aaron! Thanks Aaron for Keeping me company on my drive to reno and for being a good sport about letting me play your music for Scotty and Fiddy along the way! I know you're not all about the self promo but your music is amazing and I can't help but pimp it when I get the chance!

The rest of the trip was pterry much chill...we hit the gas station for gas and road snacks, did a drive by on Historical Old Sacramento and then headed out of town. A couple hours later and we were in Cupertino, Ca. (Home of Apple Computers)
We quietly said our good byes. At this point I think the guys were pretty tired, I know I was. I only did about 500 miles and 13 hours of their journey bt I can only imagine how exhausted they must be and how excited they must be about getting to HI and knocking out that 50th state Capitol!

I finally rolled into Danville at about 1:30am and crashed on my father's couch! I think I actually got a good 7 or 8 hours sleep that night for the first time in nearly 6 months. I spent sunday lounging around with my family watching football and vacation videos. It was the perfect way to top off a long and exciting weekend

Monday, November 27, 2006

My Big Weekend Adventure!

Wow! What a weekend! I'm gonna tell you all about it tonight but for now I sleep!

; )

Thursday, November 23, 2006

Gobble Gobble!

Just a quick note to those few I haven't lost through my low posting days. I want to wish you a very happy Thanksgiving (if you are in the U.S.) and a very happy Thursday if your are in some other wonderful place.

On the health front. I started taking Ambien and I think it may be working. My brother has tried to wake me twice on two different mornings and was not able to. While that may mean that I'm sleeping soundly...I'm not sure I like being that out of it. I guess I'll take what I can get. Also I'm not going to try to fool myself about eating less on thanksgiving...I plan to enjoy myself and on monday I plan to start taking a daily walk at a near by park. I'm hoping that I'll be able to work up the stamina to walk and jog a little. I remember that the times I've been able to lose weight effectivly I was jogging. I'm running out of ideas but I will not give up.

Thanks again everyone. have a beautiful day!


Friday, November 17, 2006

Way to go P!

There's an old joke that goes:

Q: "What's black and brown and looks good on a lawyer?"
A: "A Dobermen Pinscher"

Well as of Wednesday I can reword that joke to say:

Q: "What's black and brown and looks good on MY BROTHER P.?"
A: "A Dobermen Pinscher"

That's right folks! My big brother P. just found out that he Passed the New York BAR exam and I couldn't be happier for him or prouder of him. I know how hard he and his wife worked to make this happen! I just want him to know that he is an inspiration to me and he proved to me that anything can be achieved with hard work and determination. I know that things haven't gone exactly to plan for me over these first 5 months but I'm more determined than ever to see this through. Thanks P. And Congrats! Can't wait to see you in 2 weeks!


News from my world is pretty much the same. I've been eating a lot of chicken and rice and had a really good workout the other day but Thursday I had to cancel due to a cold or some really bad allergies but I'm medicating and I plan to hit the gym and maybe the pool on Friday.

Other than that not much to report except...if you get a chance Check out this Blog (Shirts-by-eye) by one of the kind folks who follows my blog on a regular basis. Mr. The eye has designed some pretty funny tee-shirts and they're for sale if you're so inclined. The designs are very simple but the style and the whit make them pretty damn funny. I think I may buy one or two for gifts...
Either way make sure you swing on over and take a look and pass the link around if you feel that a friend or family member may be interested.


That's it for now! Congrats again Bro!

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

My mind has a mind of its own!

I'm honestly begining to think that I may never sleep correctly again. Some days I just want to scream and pull out my hair. (i don't though...don't worry)

I stayed in bed most of the day again just hoping that I would get a little sleep so I could stop feeling so crappy. I got a little and I'm back to feeling generally blah which is about as good as it gets now days. Anyone know a good hypnotherapist out there...you know someone who could make it so that I fall asleep when I ring a bell or something...of course, one who is ethical and wouldn't make me act like a chicken or something foolish. Not that I wouldn't live with that humilliation if it meant a deep and meaningful sleep on a regular basis.


I need to shop for food to cook at home so I went out and ate chicken, steamed rice and broccoli again for dinner. Then I went and did an hour in the pool. Then I sat in my car for a while reading a magazine. Have I ever told you how much I like sitting in my car and reading. I mean, We buy these expensive cars with these wonderfully comfy seats and all we do is drive in them...sometimes I like to go park, roll down the windows, lay the seat back a bit and get my read on. It really is relaxing.
Anyway...I read for a bit until I felt drowsy and then I went home and tried to sleep for about an hour which just left me completely wired and now...here I am.

Maybe I just need someone to whack me on the head. Or (and this might not be the most manly thing to say) maybe I just heen a good head massage and a snuggle-up! ;0)

(I'm going to try to think of something uplifting to post tomorrow.... =0) )

Friday, November 10, 2006

slow day...

I didn't do much today but try to sleep...I got up pretty late and didn't get a chance to eat before my workout so i just went to the gym and didn't eat until much later in the evening...I know...Bad. So I had 3 chicken soft tacos...argh..I know..I know.

squat step knee-lift (with one foot on a low step squat then step up and lift the opposite knee...2 sets -1 minute each leg (aprox 20 reps)

tricepts(?) pull down 15 reps w/(forgot the weight) each arm - 2 sets

Squat - wood chop 10 reps each side 3 sets

Standing bench press- 3 sets 15 reps

Thursday, November 09, 2006


"That we are not much sicker and much madder than we are is due exclusively to that most blessed and blessing of all natural graces, sleep." -- Aldous Huxley

food/ workout

I don't think i'll ever be a morning or a breakfast person. Nope...not me. That said my first meal was chicken w/ steamed rice and veggies and for dinner I went to this Greek place for a big salad with chicken and a couple falafel...can you say "yum?" I know I can. =0)

I missed my workout on tuesday because I hadn't slept in aprox 3 days. So. with about 3 hours sleep under my belt on wednesday I figured I'd better get in for a quick one. I was able to squeeze out 5 sets of 20 crunches, 3 sets of 135lb bench presses (15 reps) and 3 sets of 15 reps of rows w/ 165lbs. Then 40 minutes of brisk pool walking. now I can't move my arms...*owie*

The only other think I have to say at the moment is Thank you America for getting out in record #'s and voting for change. lets hope that some fresh perspective and some opposing oversight will lead to a safe and reasonable conclusion in Iraq and the return of our brave men and women in the armed forces. This is the last I'll speak of this because of the divisive nature of politics and that is not what I want this forum to be about.

Tuesday, November 07, 2006


Got a late start this morning and didn't eat much throughout the day. Had turkey sandwich on Wheat bread for my mid day meal and then had Teriyaki Chicken with steamed rice and broccoli for dinner. I did have a small popcorn (no butter)) and a diet coke at a movie last night...not the best in the world but considdering that I used to eat a large without thinking about it and I didn't completely finish the small...not so bad.

I got to the gym for a short workout: 60 crunches, 45 reps bench press w/ 130 lbs, and 20 min on the treadmill. I was going to swim instead of the treadmill but I was running late.

Not much else to report but I wanted to post to get back in the habit. Oh I want to thank K.A. for the ticket to see BABEL. I hope you feel better soon! I'll tell you about the movie next time we talk.

ok then...ttfn ;0)

Monday, November 06, 2006


I thought long and hard about how to word a bunch of stuff and sought some council about what to say in this post. I suppose I could write areally long post about how I'm sorry I haven't posted in a while but I don't really want to. Lets just say that I've been dealing with a fair amount of personal garbage for the last 2 weeks. Some of it internal and obviously some of it external. I know a fair amount of my funk is due to not sleeping...still...and some of it has to do with the season. I really love the fall but I'm always haunted by certain memories and certain feelings associated with this time of year and it always sneaks up on me and I tend to shut down for a while. Then there's the first anniversary of our (my and my brother's) mother's death later this month and I'm sure that plays a part.

All these things jumbled up with some lonliness and binge eating and I haven't really felt like posting for a while.

I think I'm through the worst of it and I'm looking to get back on a solid routine with the posting so let's try this again.

Needless to say I didn't lose the extra 10 lbs I wanted to after my birthday...i'm making an effort to get back to eating correctly so I think I should start posting my daily diet again as a check against bad habit forming. Oh...my cholesterol is down 4 points from 138 to 134...that's always been pretty good but my A1C (3 mon average blood sugar) is up from 6.6 to 7.2 again which is strange because my daily readings haven't been really getting worse. I wonder if it's the sleep...I dunno. I'll be seeing my dr on Tuesday.

One good thing is that the Provigil is doing what it should, It eliminates daytime sleepiness and has done that pretty effectivly. I've only had a couple of days where I feel tired in the late afternoon but my Dr is still addjusting the dose. I guess I have been getting about 3 hours of sleep at night so that's a little better but Now I have to string them together...add 2 more hours and make them come before 6am so I can get back to work full time. With any luck It's not far off.

I guess that's about it. I'll be answering all of your previous posts later this evening and Thank you again for all your support. I'm still in this thing and with a positive outlook but I had to take some time to get my head straight so I didn't feel so anti social...I'm getting there =0)