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Memoirs of a Lunatic

The title almost says it all. I'm a little insane, like all folks, and I'm just putting down what I think about. Maybe some of it is funny, maybe some of it isn't. Just come read and find out for yourself.

Thursday, March 31, 2005

New Math Class

Well, I finally got what I should have gotten last quarter - a math teacher who doesn't speak the English too well. It's not too bad, at least he speaks loud enough to hear him, but he sounds like a cross between Jackie Chan and Colonel Klink.

He is so far less adept at explaining things than my last teacher, but it has only been one class. One change that he made was putting a TON on emphasis on written homework and no ephasis on our WebWork.

My last teacher made us hand in only 4 written problems from the book per section. On top of that, we had 12 Webwork questions to do per week. My new teacher has made Webwork completely OPTIONAL and makes us hand in a lot of written problems (of which he will only grade a selected 4, which we don't know in advance). Pretty tricky.

My class is at 7:30 on Tues and Thurs, but since I switched the second class that I am taking, I am trying to move in to the 5:30 Tues / Thurs Math 152 class. Wish me luck in that.

So, I get off of work, go to a computer lab(where I am now) and surf the net until class time. I would much rather go right to class, then get home to my family. But, even if I can't get moved out, it is only late 2 nights a week, I'll manage one way or another.

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Wednesday, March 30, 2005

Making Things Right

Well, I finished a GAP i.t. job tonight that was begun back in January. We ended up having to take this woman's computer back "to the shop" and had to special order a part or two and time just got away from me. Since that whole thing was my fault, I made all the arrangements to fix it and take it back over there and set it up.

I gave her my very first computer that I purchased, an HP Pavilion 4440 with a 333 mHz processor, 128 megs of ram (I took some out), a 40 Gig HDD, and a CD Burner. It was a big improvement over what she had - and all at no cost to her. She paid enough the first trip out and she didn't get what she wanted from the trip. We did hook her up with a wireless network though.

I am sure going to miss my computer. I've done so much with it, and it has never let me down. I've put Win98, WinMe, Win 2000 Pro, Win 2000 Server, Win XP Pro, and two different Linux distros on there. I've run a web server, done development, anything I wanted - and it never let me down. I'll miss it.

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At 4/01/2005 12:20 AM, Blogger ghraper said...

It looks very comfortable there, and seems to be getting along famously with the monitor.

 
At 4/01/2005 8:44 PM, Blogger Guru said...

I agree. But, parting is such sweet sorrow.

 

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Tuesday, March 29, 2005

Easter Sunday

This past Easter Sunday, we went to the same church that we have been attending and are members of. I'm not a huge fan, but my wife and kids like it there and I have no real better alternative, so there we went.

My first gripe was that on EASTER SUNDAY, they had no childcare whatsoever for any kid like 4 and over. With Easter and Christmas being the two best days to show any visitors what kind of church you have and childcare being among peoples' chief concerns, I feel that they really dropped the ball. Seriously.

Then came the music. They had a so-called 'cantata', but it was horrible. The soloists weren't very good and it was intersperced with the pastor giving his traditional Easter sermon.

I can't figure out how this church is growing. They want to do things 'big church', but consistently drop the ball. Take the hiring of the youth pastor for instance. They put out an ad for a youth pastor, part-time, paying 12,000 a year. Then they get a guy in (only the second interviewee) and then promise him 15,000 and full-time within a year. Well, hell's bells! If they had promised that to begin with, how many more applicants do you think that they would have gotten? They got LUCKY to get a quality individual.

Then take the way that they handled raises for the youth pastor and the pastor. Two years ago, when the congregation was getting laid off and losing benefits and all of that, they gave the pastor like a 42% raise... because he was underpaid in the finance committee's opinion. They also gave the youth pastor like a 100% raise at the same time. But, both of their responsibilities have gone down, not up, and the pastor refuses to keep any kind of church office hours.

I know that no church is perfect, but I just want to find one that preaches the Bible and isn't legalistic. I know the members aren't going to be perfect, but I want the church to act less like a social club.

I know that I am not even close to a good Christian, but I would LOVE if the people around me in church could be good role models and help me along the way. The Bible Answer Man always discourages people from being "Lone Ranger Christians", but I don't know what else to do if the people in church are dragging me down faster than the people in "The World".

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At 3/29/2005 8:08 PM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

You didn't even mentioned the guys on the sound team. What was up with them? Instead of fading out the music, they cut it off. It sounded terrible. And, they were late with turning on the mics. We were not able to hear the first couple of words spoken/sang because of this. They were also late turning off the mics since we heard the mic loudly being put into it's stand.

Sorry to rant about the sound, but that's what you get from the daughter of a lead sound tech.

Btw, you know that most of the improvements and salary raises were due in part to one man...one rich man who has too much money on his hands

 

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Monday, March 28, 2005

Weigh-In

Gooooooaaaaaalllllllllll!

Well, I weighed in this morning at 252, which is 3 lbs down for the week and 40 lbs down overall.

I am so happy that everyone who is still in the competition is at goal or soooo close. 4 people getting together and all of them losing 40+ in four months is really a good thing.

I'm so proud of us!

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At 3/29/2005 10:28 AM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

Four of us? I didn't realize that Lo was still in competition since she hasn't participated in the weigh ins.

 
At 3/29/2005 11:14 AM, Blogger loelsh said...

I haven't participated in the weigh ins because there has been no progress to report. It doesn't really matter though, since I am dead last and so far behind everyone else! So if you want me to still be in it so you won't be last, trin, I will. Either way, I'm the loser!

 
At 3/29/2005 12:21 PM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

If there is no progress to report, why does your hubby say that "everyone ...is...soooo close"? Are you or are you not losing weight? And how far behind are you?

Even the weeks where I gained a pound or two, I still participated in the weigh ins. It helped me stay motivated in the competition while being accountable to the blogging community.

I actually thought you dropped out about a month ago. That's when I questioned whether or not you were still participating and I got no response back(check Guru's blog on 3-7). So, I have thought that there has only been three of us for a few weeks now.

Btw, I don't care about being in last place. I have lost 38 pounds to be in last place and it's the best feeling in the world! I am so proud of the boys and myself. I was able to keep up with them even though men lose weight faster than women.

Fact is, you and I have probably were down 40 pounds before they were. We actually exercise. We have to...I can't lose weight without exercising. You and I have gained a lot of muscle, a lot more then the boys. So, you and I are the winners in this. We were able to lose weight and gain muscle at the same time.

Three cheers for the woman!

 
At 3/29/2005 7:02 PM, Blogger Guru said...

Yeah, I meant 4. I counted Lo because she had talked about what her weight was and where she stood just last week. She is still playing along, although less loudly than rest of us.

She has lost 34 lbs and really turned it on here recently. Though she isn't super thrilled with some aspects of her diet regimen, I know that she has got to be jazzed to change the first number of her weight from a 2 to a 1. That's just GREAT!

And I agree Trin, that losing 38 lbs and 'losing' doesn't make you a loser at all. That's what I was trying to say in the post. What's funny was that I shared that sentiment in the beginning (that if we all lost 40 in 4 months that we would all be winners) and I was told that that was what losers say.

Since there is really no prize for winning this (and I still want to win), I am so pleased that the four of us will have no problem hitting 40 lbs down by the end of April.

GO US!!!!

(and Drifter is a quitter :-P )

 
At 3/30/2005 10:38 AM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

Guru, we actually don't agree. I am the loser in this competition. I am in last place. I am not a winner. I do not feel like a winner for losing 38 pounds because I didn't lose my 40 first. So, please don't twist my words around so that we "agree" because we don't. All I said in my previous comment was that I feel great for being in last place because I lost 38 pounds to get there. How in the world does that translate to me being a winner? It doesn't.

 
At 3/30/2005 3:36 PM, Blogger Guru said...

Okay, your definition of winner is a tad more strict than mine. When you say things like "I have lost 38 pounds to be in last place and it's the best feeling in the world!" and "Three cheers for the woman!" I figured that you had a more broad attitude about it.

No matter what you think, then, I still regard the participants (except Drifter) as winners.

A winner can be a person who comes in first, but being a winner is also a state of mind, just like being a loser is a state of mind.

And, in my mind, we are winners.

 
At 3/30/2005 8:43 PM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

Whatever gets you through the day(competition) Guru.

 

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Sunday, March 27, 2005

How...

How could she and Brad have problems if Brad was coming home to this? Nothing like a little role play to keep the marriage fresh.

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Happy Easter

The Top Five Reasons to Celebrate Easter

5. You love to bite the heads off chocolate bunnies.

4. It's a good time to check out your neighborhood church and not be noticed.

3. You have this bunny suit you love to wear, but are too insecure to wear it without a reason.

2. Even though you don't know what it is, you really like the sound of going to a "Passion Play."

1. You figured since Jesus went to all THAT trouble to make it to the first Easter, you'd give it a shot.

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Saturday, March 26, 2005

Five Deadly Venoms

Last night I watched the classic Kung-Fu movie, Five Deadly Venoms. It is another one of those movies that has been sampled or referenced in a few Wu-Tang songs (It's Yourz, and Severe Punishment to name two). The title was also taken for a Tupac song featuring Apache, Treach, and Live Squad (great song by the way).

So, with all of that hype, when I saw this at the library, I just had to pick it up. While my wife was out shopping last night and my girls were with Trinity, my 11 month old son and I watched it. He fell asleep during it, but I don't blame the movie.

The basic plot is that a teacher has trained a special squad of five, each member with his own technique. Two of the members are good, three have gone bad. The teacher, as he is dying, sends out his final student (a sixth, who knows a little of many styles) to go find the good ones, side with them, and help them defeat the bad ones.

The problem is that all of the members trained wearing masks and are anonymous. They also hide their skills whenever possible, so that proves difficult. Obviously, the last student finds them (or it wouldn't be much of a movie) and cool stuff happens. I won't give away too much more, but I highly recommend this to anyone who likes old school Kung-Fu flicks.

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Interesting

I thought that this site was interesting. Seems like there will only be the one post, and a long one at that, but it is very interesting to read. Especially since I have a few things in common with him.

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At 3/27/2005 1:13 AM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

You're right, that was very interesting. I don't think there would be much else to say. How would you be able to follow that post up?

 
At 3/27/2005 5:30 PM, Blogger ghraper said...

Very profound writing. How did you run across that?

 
At 3/27/2005 7:56 PM, Blogger Guru said...

Blog Explosion. Basically the wonders of NextBlogging.

 

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Friday, March 25, 2005

Japanese Golfer Joke

Anyone who has seen Harry Potter 2 might remember that Uncle Vernon had his Japanese Golfer Joke ruined by Dobby's thumping up in Harry's room. I always wondered what that joke might actually be. I found a few other possibilities, but here is the one that I like the best.

An American goes to Japan to close a big business deal. The night before, he is very tense so he picks up a hooker in the hotel bar. She speaks no English, but they get their transaction settled and go to his room.

In bed, she is wildly thrashing around screaming out a phrase in Japanese. The man figures she is loving it and tries to remember what she is yelling.

The next day, he is playing golf with his Japanese customer. On the third tee, the Japanese man swings, the ball makes a beautiful arc, hits the green, bounces twice, rolls, and winds up right in the cup -- a hole in one!

Thinking to impress his client, the man repeats the phrase he had heard so much the night before. The Japanese golfer eyes him and says, "What you mean.... wrong hole?"

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At 3/25/2005 2:29 PM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

OUCH!!!

 
At 9/16/2008 2:45 AM, Anonymous FatBettyWithFries said...

I don't believe Rowling would have used such an inappropriate joke in her story- however as the joke is not actually written there is a chance. Another thing, would Vernon say an 'dirty' joke such as this in front of his boss while trying to impress him? Also in front of his son? There is another option however it does not seem particularly like either:

Four international businessmen are on the golf course, and there is a ringing sound. The Canadian guy goes to his golf bag, pulls out his cellular phone and talks for a minute with his office. "Very important to be in touch these days," he says. "Yes," his golfing partners agree.
A little bit later another, a different ring is heard, and the American golfer holds his hand up to his head (as if to imitate talking on the phone) and starts talking in what is clearly a real conversation.
After the call he explains to his friends, "It's the very latest in cellular technology--a speaker is attached to my thumb, and a microphone to my pinky. You can't even tell I have it on."
A couple of holes later, a different, muted, ringing sound is heard, and the German businessman in the foursome stands erect and begins talking, again an obviously real conversation. When finished he explains, "This really is the latest in cellular technology. A speaker is implanted in my ear, and a microphone in the backside of a front tooth. I just stand at attention to talk."
Suitably impressed, the foursome continues their game.
Suddenly, the Japanese golfer excuses himself and ducks behind a bush. After he doesn't re-appear for several minutes, the American golfer goes to make sure he is okay. He finds him behind the bushes squatting down with his pants around his ankles.
"Is everything okay?" asks the American.
"Yes," replies the Japanese golfer, "If you could just give me a minute here, I'm expecting a fax..."

By the way, that isn't my joke.

 
At 4/01/2010 1:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That was sooo funny!!

 
At 4/09/2011 4:29 AM, Blogger Original_Acrobat said...

Rowling didn't write the joke, the director of the movie probably asked him to improvise. Then man playing Vernon is rather a funny guy and it is probably a joke he knows.

It is also possible that Vernon thinks a dirty joke will go over his sons head (like my parents thought theirs went over mine when I was that age) and is telling it to a man whom might enjoy golfing and adult jokes, as is the case with most business types

 
At 3/27/2013 9:50 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

He would day it cause it's about minorities,the durselys seem kinda racist lol

 
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Thursday, March 24, 2005

So Uneventful

Okay, so I'm on Spring Break from OSU, right? Right. So, what do I do with it? Nothing fun. I haven't gone anywhere (partly because I'm 27 and I have a family, but that's not what I mean). My days have been spent running all over town, so I haven't even really been at home enjoying me casa. Just a bummer.

I go back to work on Monday and school on Tuesday. I guess it will just be nice to go and soak up the stories that the youngins have to tell. I can just live my "College Life" vicariously through them. Then, when I am 50, I will just tell their stories. Harmless fun, unless I am so forgetful at that point that I tell the story back to the person that I stole it from.

Okay, so I guess I'm going to have to only tell my own stories, which feature no debauchery, and be happy with that.

Ah, the strain of being a goody-goody. Who can withstand it?

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At 3/25/2005 2:35 PM, Anonymous heliach said...

PETE >>> how is it that you are going back to school so quick? U win the lott?

 
At 3/25/2005 5:16 PM, Blogger Guru said...

Student loans. The way all good American kids get started off in debt. Except mine is late in life after I already have debt.

Oh, well.

 

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Geek Sheep


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You are a -
Geek Sheep!
you're one l33t g33


Which flock do you follow?

this quiz was made by alanna

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At 3/24/2005 1:42 PM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

Well what do ya know, I am also a geek sheep.

 

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Wednesday, March 23, 2005

Attention Nerds

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At 3/23/2005 10:47 PM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

I guess I need to get laid.

 
At 3/24/2005 1:54 PM, Blogger Wirthy said...

I got a t-shirt that just says "I need to get laid"

 
At 3/25/2005 2:35 PM, Anonymous heliach said...

I definetely need to get laid.

 

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Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Some Funny Pics

This is just wrong. I considered not posting it to not insult my Muslim brothers out here on the internets, but heres to hoping that people have a good sense of humor.
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You would think that a storm trooper would fare a little better in this situation.
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Finally, what did NOT happen to Christopher Columbus
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Grades In

Well, I got my grades (pictured below). I ended up getting 540 out of a possible 600 points in my Calulus class, so 90% works out to A+++ on the curve. I am pretty pleased with those results.

I am disappointed with my B in Psych. I don't know yet how I did on the final, so I'm not sure if a very poor performance on the final or not doing the maximum amount of experiments hurt me. There were very few opportunities to score points in that class, so a bad showing in anything can hurt you.

As my favorite character in Hot Shots Golf (a video game for you non-gamers) says, "Gotta Work Harder!"

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At 3/22/2005 4:27 PM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

Wow! An A+++ sounds pretty good to me. I think you could have tried for an A+++++ though. Better luck next time.

 

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Monday, March 21, 2005

Weigh In

Stats: 255 lbs, 1 lb down for the week, 37 lbs down overall.

I lost 8 lbs in the previous two weeks and this week was a stabilizing week. But, the last time I had one or two of these in a row, I rocketed downward again right after. Let's hope that is the case this time.

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Sunday, March 20, 2005

Death Test

According to our research, you'll be dead by March 2053 at age 76.

- probable cause - heart attack

YOU DIE:75.7 years
AVERAGE MALE LIFE SPAN: 72.5 years
As you can plainly see, you have more health & vitality than the average man. (Yeah, so much more (sarcasm))

WHY YOU DIE?
56% heart attack
24% car accident
13% loneliness
5% drowning of the lungs
2% wounds

You have 17544.2 days left on this earth.
You've already lived 37% of your life.

Take The Death Test, stolen from Trinity.

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Saturday, March 19, 2005

Today Was a Tease

Man, between yesterday and the first part of today, I am really craving spring to arrive. Not just the change on the calendar (tomorrow), but the temperature being more mild and in the 60's.

We have been kicking around highs in the low 50s and I really miss being able to get outside and driving with the windows down. That is my favorite thing about having my hair cut like it is (buzzed very low), I like the freedom of feeling the wind, but not worrying about my hair whipping in my face.

It is kind of girlie, but I was always combing my hair before. I kept a brush in my car and if my hair got too wind whipped, it would end up static-y from all of the brushing. The ladies must have it rough on that account. But there are always pony-tails, right?

Ah, well.

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At 3/20/2005 12:37 AM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

Maybe I should buzz my hair to...to keep get rid of the static and the endless brushing.

Hmmm, tempting.

 

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Friday, March 18, 2005

Meatless Fridays

A little long, but with a decent payoff...

John Smith was the only Protestant to move into a large Catholic neighborhood. On the first Friday of Lent, John was outside grilling a big juicy steak on his grill.

Meanwhile, all of his neighbors were eating cold tuna fish for supper. This went on each Friday of Lent. On the last Friday of Lent, the neighborhood men got together and decided that something had to be done about John. He was tempting them to eat meat each Friday of Lent, and they couldn't take it anymore.

They decided to try and convert John to Catholicism.

They went over and talked to him. John decided to join all of his neighbors and become a Catholic, which made them all very happy.

They took him to church, and the priest sprinkled some water over him, and said, "You were born a Baptist, you were raised a Baptist, and now you are a Catholic."

The men were so relieved, now their biggest Lenten temptation was resolved.

The next year's Lenten season rolled around. The first Friday of Lent came, and, just at supper time, when the neighborhood was settling down to their cold tuna fish dinner, the smell of steak cooking on a grill came wafting into their homes. The neighborhood men could not believe their noses! WHAT WAS GOING ON?

They called each other up and decided to meet over in John's yard to see if he had forgotten it was the first Friday of Lent. The group arrived just in time to see John standing over his grill with a small pitcher of water. He was sprinkling some water over his steak on the grill, saying, "You were born a cow, you were raised a cow, and now you are a fish."

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At 3/18/2005 2:56 PM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

Ha!

 

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Thursday, March 17, 2005

What Kind of Friend Am I?

You Are A Good Friend

You're always willing to listen
Or lend a shoulder to cry on
You're there through thick and thin
Many people consider you their "best friend"!
What Kind of Friend Are You?

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At 3/18/2005 3:13 PM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

Willing to listen are you
Or a shoulder lended to cry on
Thin and thick are you there through
Their "best friend" are you considered by many people

A Good Friend am I

 
At 3/19/2005 4:11 PM, Blogger ghraper said...

You Are A Loyal Sidekick

While you aren't the most visable one in your group...
You're always up for a good time or conversation
And you stick with your friends no matter what
You may feel underappreciated - but it only seems that way!

 

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Wednesday, March 16, 2005

Finals

I finished my 100 question Psych final in about 40 minutes, which included a little sidebar with my TA because one of my questions had the same answer for options A and D. (The correct answer, may I add.) I don't know how I did with it (1 or 2 things I had never even SEEN before), but I don't think that I missed too many.

My Calculus final, on the other hand, got its a** kicked by me. Out of 200 possible points, if I got less than 190 (95%) - I'll be disappointed. I knew what I was doing on every single problem and my teacher looked over it at the end and was pretty pleased with it, so I think that I will score well.

I should find out my grades for both classes by Thursday evening or Friday. I will be sure to keep you all posted (unless I get bad grades, then I will delete all posts mentioning my schoolwork!).

Now, I wait.

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At 3/16/2005 6:30 PM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

So, how long did you keep your math teacher over?

 
At 3/16/2005 6:53 PM, Blogger Guru said...

I got there 45 mins late for the test, but only kept him about 30-35 mins over.

 

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Tuesday, March 15, 2005

Finals Day

Well, today is the day. Today I find out that if while dropping pounds off of my body, I dropped enough knowledge in to my head. (Both our weight loss challenge and winter quarter started on the same day.)

Here is the kicker, though. Both of my finals were scheduled for the exact same time. Since my math course is a night course, my teacher had no set time to give the exam so he picked class time. Simple enough. But, my Psych class has a mandatory final time for all people taking the course, which is class time for math class. D'oh!

My math teacher offered to come back on Wednesday (a day that he normally isn't at OSU) to give me the test. I offered to take my Psych final, run to class (literally), and take my Calculus final. Even if I keep him over a little bit, it should save him tons of time and convenience overall.

I told him before that I didn't believe in that "brain drain" crap that kids are always trying to get away with. You know the line... "I've just taken a test or listened to a long lecture, I couldn't possibly do ANYTHING else right now". Right. Have fun in the real world. I worked an 8 hour day before almost all of my 2 hour Calculus classes or 80 minute Psych classes, so I don't want to hear about brain drain. And neither do the people who work 2 and 3 jobs or stay at home moms who are busy all day. Sheesh!

I've been able to take my 50 question Psych midterms in about 15-20 minutes each, so I think that I can do a 100 question final in about 30-40 minutes, race over to my math building and start less than an hour late, keeping my teacher less than an hour late. That's my plan anyway.

The Calculus final should be fun. Five Questions, 200 points (1/3 of grade), 108 minutes. Either you know it or you don't.

Here's to hoping that I do. (I feel good about it.)

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At 3/15/2005 9:44 PM, Blogger A Woman From Illinois said...

GOOD LUCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 
At 3/16/2005 2:18 AM, Blogger Santanu said...

I am sure that at the end of the day you would find that the residual weight that you are unable to shed is actually located in your cerebrum and grey cells!
Your Calculus and Psych grades will prove that.
Best of Luck!! :)

 
At 3/16/2005 7:28 AM, Blogger Guru said...

Wow, Santanu, that was a really nice thing to say....

Thanks.

 
At 3/16/2005 8:27 AM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

So, how did it go???

 

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Monday, March 14, 2005

Weigh In

I weighed in this morning at 257. Up a pound from my low of 256 during the week (because I was sick as a dog on Friday), but overall not a bad weight loss this far in to the competition. I am down 3 for the week, 35 overall, with 5 more to go for the 40 lb challenge.

I still haven't done hardly any exercise since the kidney thing, even though my stent is out. I really need to get that going... that will be sure to drop the pounds.

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At 3/14/2005 10:35 AM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

Ummmm, do you really think exercising is going to help drop pounds? Sure it will a little, but what about the added muscle? I have probably already lost my 40 worth of fat, but I have gained a lot in muscle.

I actually think you had it easier when you couldn't exercise. All you had to do was not eat a lot. I don't think you would be down as much if you had been able to exercise this entire time. You would have gained muscle weight.

 
At 3/14/2005 11:07 AM, Blogger Guru said...

Ummmmmmmm, yes I do. There are multiple factors to take in to consideration here, let us do that now.

1) Because of the weight training and cardio that I did the first month, I probably have also reached the 40 lbs of fat goal.

2) I am a man. Men are different than women in general makeup and metabolism. That is why an average man's basal rate is higher than an average woman's.

3) I said nothing about weight training. I said exercising, by which I meant lots of healthy doses of cardio.

4) Doing cardio raises your metabolism without much change to muscle mass, just tone, increasing the rate at which you burn calories even when you aren't exercising. Of course, you know that muscle burns more calories per pound than fat, so replacing a pound of fat with muscle will surely help me be healthier.

5) I have 5 pounds to go in 6 weeks for the contest. I will surely make that. Even if G gets to 40 first, I believe that I will pass him in the long run (the 6 weeks), because I am not taking short cuts or allowing myself cheat days. I allow myself cheat items occasionally, but only within the calorie budget that I have set for my day.

Just as a summation, I did not have it easier by not exercising. When I did exercise is when I had the biggest declines in my weight, as did my wife. The secret is doing the right combination of fat-burning exercises and recognizing that, as a man, the added muscle mass (and my relative fatness) will allow me to gain muscle and burn even more fat. If I was very near my final goal weight, this might be a problem, but I am not and it is not.

Moreover, as an ultimate finally, I am not as concerned with weight numbers as inch numbers. I know that if I weigh 257 and look like Ahnold, then I am healthier than 257 and looking like Danny DeVito. Ultimately, my body fat percentage is what I want to decrease.

I believe that I will win the contest in spite of any muscle gains because of my dedication and persistence.

 
At 3/14/2005 11:16 AM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

Well, good for you and yourself!!! I wish I could be perfect just like you!!!

Oh btw, I will win because of my persistence to put you in your place...last.

 
At 3/14/2005 1:17 PM, Blogger Guru said...

Bold words from a person in 3rd place :-)

 
At 3/14/2005 1:54 PM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

"HA! That's so funny I forgot to laugh... excluding that first Ha."

 

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Sunday, March 13, 2005

Low-Key Day

Today has been pretty uneventful. We went to church this morning then picked my daughter up from her sleepover. We had lunch at home then chilled watching TV.

I went to my final Sunday Night Math Session before my final on Tuesday and came home and now I am shuttling between doing my Math Webwork and watching the E True Hollywood story for Full House.

Boring day from my boring life.

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Saturday, March 12, 2005

Waistline

I know that I haven't posted anything substantive for a few days and some may argue whether this fits the bill or not, but I want to talk about my waistline.

We've been posting our weight loss results up on our blogs every week, but I haven't talked about the exact physical changes to my body very much.

I had been wearing pants with a 46 inch waist. Then, it wasn't too long until I had moved in to a 44 inch waist. Now, I am wearing my good old 42s without much of an issue. In fact, I should be able to find 40 before not too long.

I've also heard that G has also dropped 4 inches in his pants size, and that is good crap.

We are well over halfway in the challenge, and I hope the remaining people can stick to the routine. The key is to look at food as a source of fuel and that is it. I know that for most overweight people, food has comfort and all that jazz. That is the wrong way to look at it and that is the attitude that got me fat.

I've got some stuff going on right now, but I am being ultra-careful not to seek out any refuge in food. For while the food might make me feel better while eating it, in the very near term, when I get on the scale, I am going to feel worse. And that could get to be a perpetuating cycle back to the fatness in no time.

I'll get off of my soapbox now, enjoy your weekend everyone!

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Friday, March 11, 2005

Logic

You Are Incredibly Logical

(You got 100% of the questions right)

Move over Spock - you're the new master of logic

You think rationally, clearly, and quickly.

A seasoned problem solver, your mind is like a computer!
How Logical Are You?

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At 3/12/2005 7:54 PM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

I got 88% of the questions right...with the same description as you.

 

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Thursday, March 10, 2005

Knives

Here is something for the kitchen that Loelsh and Trinity might enjoy...

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Wednesday, March 09, 2005

Prayer Request

I never do this, but... if anyone out there is the praying sort... if you would toss up an unspecific prayer request for me to make wise decisions coming up here starting now... I would appreciate it very much.

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At 3/10/2005 5:08 PM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

Considerate done!

 

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Stent Removal

It has been long enough for me to talk about now, but I had my stent removed on Monday, and as I told the doctor afterward, it "wasn't at all pleasant".

For those who can't handle gory details, click away now.

First, they took my penis and pinched it open and squirted a ton of numbing gel inside. That sucked. I also wish that the nurse that did that part and assisted with the procedure wasn't cute either, because then I could have been less embarrassed about my compromising position, but I digress.

Then, they put a clamp on li'l Guru to hold the gel in. (Remember, I did say that this SUCKED!) When they had decided that the gel had sufficient time to work, they came in and stuck what looked like a plumber's auger, a camera tube, and a water tube in the opening.

As they had warned me, there was a lot of pain as they passed the prostate and a lot of uncomfortability as they were pumping a TON of sterile water in there to flush and lubricate the way. Just allow that to simmer for a minute.

Then, they grabbed on to the stent and kind of pulled it out in one fell swoop. That might have been the worst part of all. When I was finished, I had to rush to the bathroom to pee out all of the gallons of water that they had pumped in to me. It only burned to start peeing for a few hours and then I started feeling a whole lot better.

Before the procedure, it hurt like a dickens in my kidney when I peed because as my body tried to close of the ureter, it moved the stent around inside my kidney. It sucked! Now, there is nothing but relief when I pee.

As a bonus, while using the bathroom that night, I passed the remainder of the stone. Hopefully now that portion of my life is as over as this post.

Out.

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Tuesday, March 08, 2005

Italian Pasta Diet - It Really Works!

1) You walka pasta da bakery.
2) You walka pasta da candy store.
3) You walka pasta da Ice Cream shop.
4) You walka pasta da table and fridge.

Also:
CONCERNED ABOUT TOO MANY CARBS IN YOUR DIET?
For those of you who watch what you eat, here's the final word on nutrition and health.
It's a relief to know the truth after all those conflicting medical studies.
1. The Japanese eat very little fat and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans.
2. The Mexicans eat a lot of fat and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans.
3. The Chinese drink very little red wine and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans.
4. The Italians drink excessive amounts of red wine and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans.
5. The Germans drink a lot of beers and eat lots of sausages and fats and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans.

CONCLUSION:
Eat and drink what you like.
Speaking English is apparently what kills you.

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At 3/08/2005 1:04 PM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

Crazy blogger comments. I have to post another comment so that the first one I left will appear.

Well, I had better leave something interesting, so here ya go:

Brian: Hola, me Ilamo es brian ... Nosotros caramos ir condustedes.. uhhhh ...
Bellboy(spanish): Hey, that was pretty good, except when you said "me llamo es Brian," you don't need the "es," just me llamo Brian.
Brian: Oh, oh you speak english
Bellboy (sigh): No, just that first speech and this one explaining it.
Brian: You .... you're kidding me, right?
Bellboy(spanish): Que?

 

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Monday, March 07, 2005

Weigh-In

Here's the news. I weighed in this morning at 260 lbs. I'm down 5 lbs this week, 32 lbs overall. I have 8 more to go for our first mini-goal of our contest.

Right now, G-man is in the lead with only 5 lbs to go, I'm in second with 8 lbs to go and Trinity is in 3rd with 9 lbs to go. Anything can happen now, of course, but it looks like G could walk away with part one of the (no) prize - 1st one to 40 lbs lost.

I still have a very good shot at part two of the (no) prize - most weight lost by the end of April.

I'm pretty happy with this week's loss, as I still haven't gotten my workout on, because I have just been too beat to get up in the morning and do it. Hopefully, this week is my week for getting my work in.

Yeah, right. Seeing is believing.

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At 3/07/2005 4:58 PM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

So, I take it that your wife has dropped out of the competition? You didn't mention her at all and I didn't see her weigh-in this morning.

 

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Sunday, March 06, 2005

A Cowboy's Sexuality

An old cowboy sat down at the bar and ordered a drink. As he sat sipping his drink, a young woman sat down next to him. She turned to the cowboy and asked, "Are you a real cowboy?"

He replied, "Well, I've spent my whole life breaking colts, working cows, going to rodeos, fixing fences, pulling calves, bailing hay, doctoring calves, cleaning my barn, fixing flats, working on tractors, and feeding my dogs, so I guess I am a cowboy."

She said, "I'm a lesbian. I spend my whole day thinking about women. As soon as I get up in the morning, I think about women. When I shower, I think about women. When I watch TV, I think about women. I even think about women when I eat. It seems that everything makes me think of women."

The two sat sipping in silence. A little while later, a man sat down on the other side of the old cowboy and asked, "Are you a real cowboy?"

He replied, "I always thought I was, but I just found out I'm a lesbian."

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Saturday, March 05, 2005

A New Feature of Memoirs

I have added a LifeStatus indicator on the panel to the right, that looks like this:


I got her here.(the link is to the about page, because you really need to read that first.)

I liked the reasoning and I just HAD to have one.

Life is grand when people will know if you are dead or alive.

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Harry Potter at 60

I know that JK Rowling has hinted that H.P. might not survive the series, but here is my go at an action figure, created here, that might show Harry at 60.

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Lego people idea stolen from Trinity.

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At 3/05/2005 5:12 PM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

I love it...I love it...I love it!

 

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Friday, March 04, 2005

Intelligence

Okay. This might end up sounding like bragging or like I want people that know me to chime in and tell me how smart I am. Neither is true. I just wanted to relate a story that has motivated me in my scholastic endeavors.

When I was young (11 or 12) and doing really well in school, I was kind of big-headed about it. (I know Lo is gasping in surprise.. not.) My dad told me that while I was smart now (then) and the smartest in my class, as I grew up and got in to bigger ponds I would be a smaller and smaller fish. He told me that what passed for superior intelligence now (then) would only be average by the time that I reached high school and college.

That worried me a little. My personal identity is formed on the basis that I am a smart guy. I'm not exceptionally good looking, not a star athlete, not otherwise remarkable, so if I lost the "smart guy" tag, I wouldn't really have an identity.

So I pressed myself to be the best. I got the highest ACT score in my high school in a long time (possibly ever, the councilor told me). I've pressed myself to be the absolute best at every job that I've done. In college now, my grades are in the top tier in both of my classes.

Why? So that I didn't end up a small fish in a big pond. So that my intelligence was always top notch. So I would have an identity.

Lo always asks my why I want to be the best at everything. I've been thinking back and that is the first time that I can remember really pressing to do so.

I'll bet you that my dad doesn't even remember telling me that. I'm sure if I asked him, he would think it would sound like something that he would say, but I doubt he remembers the incident (it happened in my bedroom in our place in SC).

It is funny how "throw away" lines that you say to your kids could be something that drives them to something positive, or negative.

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At 3/04/2005 11:37 AM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

Why would you not want to be the best at everything you do???

 
At 3/04/2005 12:16 PM, Blogger Guru said...

Some people aren't that way. That is why I began to be introspective and see if I could pinpoint that time that changed me from wanting to do well and be the best to a point to being the obsessed with being the best at everything.

 
At 3/04/2005 3:07 PM, Blogger loelsh said...

And also, it's not that I don't want to be successful in everything that I do, but I, unlike others, realize that winning ISN'T everything.

 

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Thursday, March 03, 2005

Finally Feels Like Home

Though I have been in my new digs for a while, it hasn't quite felt like home yet. It wasn't for the normal reasons, it was because my computer wasn't here. I left it at the old house because we had to still make some trips out there and it still had Road Runner. The DSL that I had signed up for out here wasn't to be connected until 3/1. So, out there it sat.

It didn't get hooked up Tuesday because of my nephew's birthday party, but last night after school, I made the trek out to the old house to bring the puter home. I got the DSL set up pretty quickly, and I am WOWED by the speed. It is quite faster than has been reported. I did a broadband speed test and I got 1.2 Mbps. To help some quasi-geeks out, a T1 line was listed as 1.5 Mbps max speed on that chart. Well, a T1 line would cost like 3 or 4 times the $26.95 I pay for DSL.

Last night I downloaded Friday's episode of Numb3rs that I missed while packing and it took only about 2 hours, about 2x as fast as Road Runner for that task. Needless to say, I am happy.

So here I sit at my new cozy (you real estate types will recognize that as a code word for small) desk, happier than a pig in poop.

Long live broadband.

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Wednesday, March 02, 2005

Trivia

I think more people need to get signed up and play Trin's Trivia. As you can see from the results posted below, I have finished first or tied for first every month. In fact, I have increased my lead in both wins and points every single month (a trend that cannot statistically continue forever, I do admit). Trin plays every single day and I usually do. We need some fresh competition. The more people that play each day, the bigger divide between the scores handed out and it becomes harder to 'dominate the game'.

You don't have to know us to join in. All are welcome, and I know that we would all enjoy the challenge of some other regular players.

So, go. Sign up. Join us in the fun.

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At 3/02/2005 1:01 PM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

Oh yes, please do everyone! It's a lot of fun and I am really enjoying the questions right now.

(Btw, I hope this comment actually posts on the first attempt.)

 
At 3/02/2005 11:23 PM, Blogger loelsh said...

Well, you should be able to see why I don't play that often...cause I always lose!!! Why bother?

 

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Tuesday, March 01, 2005

Right or Left Brained?

You Are 75% Left Brained, 25% Right Brained

The left side of your brain controls verbal ability, attention to detail, and reasoning.

Left brained people are good at communication and persuading others.

If you're left brained, you are likely good at math and logic.

Your left brain prefers dogs, reading, and quiet.



The right side of your brain is all about creativity and flexibility.

Daring and intuitive, right brained people see the world in their unique way.

If you're right brained, you likely have a talent for creative writing and art.

Your right brain prefers day dreaming, philosophy, and sports.

Are You Right or Left Brained?

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At 3/02/2005 11:43 AM, Blogger Trinity13 said...

I am 70% left brained, 30% right brained.

 
At 3/03/2005 7:25 AM, Blogger Santanu said...

I think I am 70% Left Brained & 20% Right Brained.

Searching for the rest...

 
At 3/03/2005 11:45 PM, Blogger loelsh said...

I came up 50-50. That is pretty much what I would have guessed anyway as I wouldn't classify myself as being either left or right brained. I have qualities of both. I'm in between.

 

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