Archive for May, 2007

May 28 2007

Animals

Published by under Photos

Some pictures from up north. . .

Cows

Chicks

Hummingbird

BEAR!!

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May 22 2007

Recommendations?

Published by under Life and Living It

I am very interested in getting a home gym. I would rather not get free weights, because that would mean that I would need The Man or Chris to be my spotter when I flex my enormous minuscule muscles in a bench press. The problem is that this machine would have to fit in our basement, and the ceiling clearance down there is a mere 78 inches (it’s actually 80, but I am underestimating). So far the only thing that I’ve found that will fit is the Bowflex Revolution. Everything seems to have these super-tall parts for lat pull-downs. I’m sure lat pull-downs are groovy and all, but I would sacrifice that ability for the greater good. However, I am admittedly unknowledgeable about work out equipment. If any of you have a recommendation for me, please leave it in the comments. What I’m looking for is:

  • Something that will fit in the basement. Vertical clearance is the only problem – we have plenty of floor space down there.
  • No free weights.
  • Something that will allow me to work my legs, arms, and abs.
  • Something that is made well and will not cause me more problems than it’s worth. I don’t mind inexpensive (actually, I LOVE inexpensive), but I do mind cheap.

In other news, I biked for three miles tonight. I came back very splattered with bugs.

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May 21 2007

A Friday Five on Monday? Madness!!!

Published by under Survey/Friday Five

Have you ever felt like writing something, but you don’t have anything to say? Yeah, me too. That’s why you get a Friday Five on Monday. It’s wacky.

At this moment, how many rolls of toilet paper are there in your house?
14.5 – And I have such a commitment to truth and accuracy that I went downstairs and counted them up, just so I didn’t lie to the Friday Five.

At this moment, how many working flashlights are there in your house?
Only one. It’s one of those ones where you only have to wind it up, and it takes no batteries. That’s the only reason it works.

Do you know where some candles and matches are?
There are no matches. We only have lighters. There are candles all over the house, and I have a trunk in the living room full of them. The lighters are on the dining room table, in our jacket pockets, and on the front porch.

If the power were to go out right now, how long could you probably get by on the food in your house?
Well, we couldn’t cook any of it, because our stove is electric. I guess we could try and cook something on our wood-burning stove in the garage. We could maybe last a few days – I haven’t been grocery shopping in a couple of weeks, because I don’t want food to just be going bad while we’re up north.

It’s someone’s birthday, and you’ve GOT to come up with something to give him or her RIGHT NOW! What have you got?
Books. We have books up the yin-yang, on all different subjects. Some of them are even almost new. Also CDs. Since getting my iPod, the only thing my CDs are good for is backup in case my iPod’s memory goes. They live in the attic now, waiting for their big chance to save the day.

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May 21 2007

Upgrade

Published by under Computing

The site underwent maintenance early Monday morning while I upgraded to WordPress 2.2. If you visited during this time, it was probably unavailable. Sorry about that.

I also changed back to viewing multiple posts.  However, instead of 10 posts per page, I chose to display 5 posts per page.  Because there are multiple posts per page again, the comments form will no longer display for each post.  You have to click the “Comments” link again to make/view comments.

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May 21 2007

Grimness

Published by under Friends,The Fam

My mom called me on Saturday to let me know that a friend of the family (my godmother’s son, actually) has been diagnosed with leukemia.  He came home to Michigan for a visit, and while he was here, his mother noticed he was coughing and fatigued.  She sent him to her doctor, who did a blood panel, and then immediately checked him into UM’s cancer center.  The doctor said he’s probably only had the disease for a few weeks.  Now he is in the hospital, receiving chemo 24 hours a day.  The doctors say that if he lives through the chemo that he will be receiving for the next three weeks, then he has a chance of survival.

This guy is three years younger than I am.  He has no insurance.  His sister (who was a good childhood friend of mine) is working both her normal job, and in her parents’ store so that they can spend time at the hospital with their son.

Apparently, he is friendly with some players in the NFL, and they are going to be organizing fund raisers to help pay for his treatment.  There is also going to be a web site set up where his progress will be tracked for those who are interested.

I haven’t really seen him since I was a kid.  After my parents got divorced, I didn’t get to spend much time with his family, and they lived in Ann Arbor, so it wasn’t like I could just get myself down there if I wanted to have a sleepover.  That doesn’t mean that this doesn’t make me sad.  I feel for him, and his family.  They are great people, and they don’t deserve to be going through this.

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