April 28, 2006

Yes, I am feeling better, thank you for asking. I’m still not perfect, but Benadryl seemed to help the matter. I still have a scratchy throat, but I don’t think it’s anything to worry about.

So it’s on to the mini-marathon. I feel good. I know my wife is concerned about my going the distance, but I think I’m going to be fine. I’m shooting for an 11:00/mile pace and that should put me in the 2:40 bracket for finishing. We’ll see how it goes though. My only goal is to finish, I have no times in mind. I think it’s going to be great weather for a run and I’m sure I’ll be fine.

I’ve had sushi twice this week and it has been fabulous. I highly recommend the unagi and the Osaka blue at Maido on Frankfort.

And now for the Friday Five:

  1. Describe one though currently on your mind: The mini-marathon is the foremost thought in my mind. With less than 24 hours to go, I can’t think about a whole lot else. I envision myself running the hills with no problem. I can see the trip back down 4th Street being long and I would imagine that somewhere around the 11th mile I’m going to be very tired.
  2. List two things in your bedroom: One would be the ever growing mountain of clothing that needs to be put away or washed. Seriously…how many clothes do I wear in a week. Second would be my ever changing series of books that I’m reading. I’m in the midst of Prairyerth at the moment. Only a couple hundred pages to go.
  3. Name three songs that you like:
    • With A Song In My Heart by Ella Fitzgerald
    • Sweet Caroline by Neil Diamond
    • Tessie by Dropkick Murphys
  4. What are four sounds that you can hear right now? I hear my computer’s fan motor that sounds like the Wright Bros. biplane. I hear my office mate typing. I hear some students out in the lobby practicing for their juries. And finally, I hear the incessant ticking of the clock on the wall.
  5. Name five things (or issues) that make you mad: Okay, let me preface this by saying, I don’t get mad that often. The first thing would be the neighbors across the street. Their whining about parking is tedious and gets on my nerves. The second thing is the failure of all governments to understand what the common person needs/wants out of life. The third thing is Indiana drivers. They’re bad and should stay on their side of the river. The fourth thing would be incompatibility with the salaries of faculty vs. the salaries of staff. We work more hours for less pay and we have to put up with students just as much as they do. Finally…I get angry at people who honk at me when I’m riding my bike. They should know that I have as much right to the road as they do. And that goes double for people driving SUVs. So, I guess what I’m saying is, if you’re an SUV driver from Indiana that honks at me while I’m riding my bike, you’ve earned a special place in a soulless afterlife as far as I’m concerned.

I think my Benadryl is kicking in again. I could really use a nap right about now.

See you in the funny papers!

April 27, 2006

My head feels like a dusty attic with a thousand steel drum players inside. My throat feels like I’ve taken to gargling with sandpaper. Myconsumption of OTC drugs and fluids has increased exponentially over the last 3 days. I hate allergies.

Actually, I should say that I don’t have allergies, per se. I do have an irritation of my throat and sinuses that occurs every spring around dogwood winter (Thanks Mom!) Some would say “dem’s allergies”. I would say that’s an incredibly inconvenient coincidence.

What really makes this an irritation is that I have to run 13.1 miles on Saturday. I sincerely hope that whatever this is has faded deep into the recesses by the time I have to lug my body to the starting gate. Speaking of which, if you happen to be anywhere near the race course on Saturday between 7:30 am and about 10:20-10:30 am, look for me. I’ll be the one running.

Today officially marks the end of the semester for me. My final project in GIS is due today and I had my final in Remote Sensing yesterday. I feel pretty confident about both. I expect no less than a B in either class which will significantly raise my GPA.

I’ve also found a new route to church which shaves about 5 miles off the drive. A new theory of mine is that I’ll be able to leisurely ride to and from church on Sundays on my bike and while it means getting home later and getting up earlier, I’ll be saving money on gas and wear and tear on the car. So hopefully, I’ll be able to bring my actual driving time down to 15 miles per week. This means I should only have to fill up the car every 3 months or so and even though it has 138K miles on it, it should last until my children are out of college. All of this is of course an attempt to be a little bit more conscientious about my use of natural resources. There were only so many dinosaurs and we’re about to run out of the fuel that their decaying matter provides…so until our government stops licking the boots of the automakers and starts requiring cars that have an alternate fuel source. Whew…Go Earth Day!

So anyway, that about covers it. Hopefully I’ll write tomorrow and I’ll feel better and all will be well. As for now, I’m going to curl up under my desk and go to sleep.

See you in the funny papers!

April 21, 2006

Where the hell have I been? I had you worried sick. The least I could’ve done was called to let you know where I was. You’ve been up half the night thinking of all the awful things that could’ve happened to me. I could’ve been kidnapped by those evil virus people who inhabit the ‘net. I could’ve been run over on the information superhighway. Don’t let you ever catch me gone this long again…or there will be serious consequences.Okay, okay, I get it. But hey, a man’s busy you understand. I’ve got responsibilities and all. I’ve been working on school work and don’t even get me started on Holy Week. I think I was at church more than I was at home. Or maybe you thought I had passed out during the Papa John’s 10-miler. Actually, I had a great race that day. I finished in 1:59:10 officially…and I had plenty of water.

I really don’t have the time to be doing this today, but I couldn’t let a whole month go by without you hearing from me. Plus, I have to do a Friday Five that you won’t bother to answer. *laughing* So here’s the latest in a nutshell:

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  • Got new windows in the living room, dining room and bedroom. They are wonderful.
  • My sister and her hubby are expecting. If you hadn’t heard the news, pretend you didn’t know when she calls.
  • I’ll be running the Mini-marathon next week and if you’re anywhere near the race course, cheer me on.
  • I’ll be finished with school by Wednesday next week and then I’ll be a mere 18 hours away from graduation.

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And now for the Friday Five, the first person to post wins a wonderful CD called “The Hector Heathcote Show” featuring Hector Heathcote, Hashimoto-San and Sidney the Elephant.

  1. Have you ever ridden a camel? I don’t think so. I rode an elephant once, but never a camel. At least, not that I remember. I wouldn’t mind riding a camel though.
  2. When you are outside, what does the horizon look like? The horizon is hard to see from where I am. To me, the horizon is where the earth meets the sky, and you can’t really see that far in the city. I can’t even see across the street from where I am. So, it looks like buildings and trees and such.
  3. Who is the last person to leave you a message? My wife left me a message on Easter. Our answering machine isn’t functioning properly and I don’t have voicemail at work…so cell phone is the best place to leave me a message.
  4. How many hours did you sleep last night? Let’s see, I went to bed about 10:30 or so and I slept til about 6:30, so 8 hours? It was my understanding there would be no math.
  5. Chocolate: Take it or leave it? You’d better take it, cause if you don’t I will. Leaving chocolate? That’s un-American. That’s criminal. That’s…just not a nice thing to do.

So there you have it. More next week. See you in the funny papers.