Friday, July 22, 2016

Weekly Weight (7/21)

259.4

A pretty good week from exercise and activity. Even with all the heat and the PF still going, it was a solid week.
  • Day 0
    • 260.9
  • Month 0 (May)
    • 257.8 - 263.1
  • Month 1 (June)
    • 262.5 - 261.8
  • Month 2 - Week 1
    • 261.7
  • Month 2 - Week 2 
    • 259.9
  • Month 2 - Week 3 (now)
    • 259.4

Steps:
  • Last week 
    • 105.5k
  • Last week -1
    • 90786
  • Last Month (weeks)
    • 123k-93k






Friday, July 15, 2016

Weekly Weight (7/14)

259.9

A drill weekend (which always seems to involve less exercise than a non-drill weekend), feeling off and the continues visitation of planar fasciitis in my right foot, but somehow a drop....
  • Day 0
    • 260.9
  • Month 0 (May)
    • 257.8 - 263.1
  • Month 1 (June)
    • 262.5 - 261.8
  • Month 2 - Week 1
    • 261.7
  • Month 2 - Week 2 (now)
    • 259.9

Steps:
  • Last week
    • 90786
  • Last Month (weeks)
    • 123k-93k





Monday, July 11, 2016

Luck



So reading over on a Personal Finance Blog Mr Tako Escapes, in particular his post about
The Arrogance Of Wealth and he brought up a topic I firmly believe in. That even the most successful person out there didn't get there solely on their own skill and knowledge. Luck plays a huge factor (that you were born in the right place and time, to the right parents and had the right opportunities in education and work to excel).

I have been saying the “luck” thing for a long time. But the people, like some people I know on Wall Street, don’t like acknowledging that, while yes, they are probably very skilled in their field, luck played a significant role (some may actually say overwhelming role) in their success…

I know that myself and most of my fellow Americans are very lucky. We live in a society where the biggest problem is getting too fat, from poor diet and lack of exercise. Where even the poorest have TV's, air conditioning/heat and cell phones. Yes, I know there is food anxiety in our society, but overall we don't have it too bad.

One thing I really want to instill in my children is to help them recognize the sheer luckiness of their position. To have (if my may be ever not so humble) great parents, food, toys, family and most everything a kid could want. I watch on TV and the Internet (and have seen with my eyes in Afghanistan) the true level of poverty that exists in the world. Where children don’t even have enough to eat every day (the story that has destroyed me this year was of a 2yo on the streets in Nigeria….http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/africa/two-year-old-nigerian-boy-accused-of-being-a-witch-rescued-by-aid-workers-a6875706.html I am not prone to being a emotional but if that picture of the women offering water to the child doesn’t emotionally hit you I don’t know what will).

As my parent’s would say, “There but for the Grace of God go I.”

Thursday, July 07, 2016

Weekly Weight (7/7)

261.7 (Lucky 7 was not with me.)

It was the 4th of July weekend, the weekend of booze and bbq, so not too horrible. Been feeling off this past week, which kept me away from the table (and sadly between that and a reappearance of planar fasciitis, not really been to the gym much this week)
  • Day 0
    • 260.9
  • Month 0 (May)
    • 257.8 - 263.1
  • Month 1 (June)
    • 262.5 - 261.8
  • Month 2 - Week 1 (now)
    • 261.7

Monday, July 04, 2016

June Shows

Amazing how little reading gets done when you are stuck in a whirlwind of requirements that come with being a Company Commander during Annual Training in the National Guard. Basically for 2 weeks I didn't read or watch most anything. And then, in all fair turnabout, my wife went out of town for 10 days and I became the primary parent for a fast and strong willed 3yo girl and a 10 month boy that decided that walking was what he needed to do right now! (Thank God for family, my MIL came into town during the weekend and my parents are helping out for the rest of the time) All of which means I watched even less stuff (not that I am complaining).

I did finish the Flash and have just one episode left of Babylon 5 (I am now convinced I never saw the last season).


June Reads

Amazing how little reading gets done when you are stuck in a whirlwind of requirements that come with being a Company Commander during Annual Training in the National Guard. Basically for 2 weeks I didn't read or watch most anything.

  • Technomancer (Unspeakable Things #1) by B.V. Larson
    • I started this book on a "meh" note... for some reason it didn't click right away and only after I was about 1/4 into the book did I really get engaged. This book covers the standard problem that a lot of readers have of having to discover the world the characters are in by literally making the main character a blank slate. With effective amnesia (able to do things like read, talk, drive, shoot guns, but not able to remember any personal details) the main character wakes in a hospital facility in one of my most . Slowly we learn more about this world, with the weird occurrences and "magical" devices that are the key to people's "magic". I was quite satisfied by the way that the events finally built up to the ending.
  • Ark Royal (Ark Royal #1) by Christopher Nuttall
    • It is hard to imagine that a potential reader of this book hasn't watched Battle Star Galactica just as much as the average reader should see that the writer obviously was influenced. Aging Carrier close to retirement? Check. Carrier the new hope for Humanity? Check. Command staff with a lot of personal issues? Check. Fighter pilots going at it like rabbits? Check.
      But the Author does a good job once you can forgive him for the fact that he was strongly influenced by BSG, even if just in his subconscious. 
  • United States Of Apocalypse by Mark Tufo (Goodreads Author), Armand Rosamilia (Goodreads Author)
    • Not a bad little story. Nothing like a reminder that apocalypse can be started by more mundane actions. (Though North Korea? Could you have picked a more unlikely bad guy?) This one does a good job on focusing on two people, one in NYC and one in the unpopulated area of California. You don't see a lot of stories focusing on what happens to the big cities, because in the end you are fairly toast in all but the smaller ones unless you bug out quickly.

Saturday, July 02, 2016

Weekly Weight (6/30)

261.8

Considering I am single parenting this week and my planar fasciatis decided to come back and visit, I am not too bothered by this. The upcoming weekend is a holiday weekend so that will be a challenge. Oddly my steps are not too bad (110k for the past week) even though I have had to drive more than normal due to kid related activities.
  • Day 0
    • 260.9
  • Month 0 (May)
    • 257.8 - 263.1
  • Month 1 - Week 3 (June)
    • 262.5
  • Month 1 - Week 4 (now)
    • 261.8

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

A dark confession (Jeans Suck) and why Kilts rule

I have an almost un-American dislike of Jeans....  I don't get why people like them so much and really cannot think of a point in at least the last 2 decades that I have owned a pair (I got convinced one time to try them on, but whoever I was with quickly agreed that I should take them off, they didn't suit me). I live in the Washington DC area (while not really a swamp the weather has a lot of swamp like attributes) and for 7-8 or months of the year wearing pants, let alone pants that are made of cotton (a material that has taken a steadily lower fraction of my wardrobe over the years. Cotton sucks in the summer and can kill during the winter), doesn't leave me happy.

For me I have a hierarchy (from worst to best). I am not even putting jeans in there since the above should cover why that is never an option.

  • Dress Pants/Khaki's
  • High tech cargo pants (5.11 Taclite pants are great, they have thicker material ones for the colder months but these are wearable all year round)
  • Cargo shorts (5.11 again for the win. So many pockets and so strongly built. Pretty much the only ones that I will buy)
  • Kilts (5.11 Tactikilt's (anyone else see a trend?), Sportkilt (USA and US Army tartans of course) and misc other ones (Elkommando kilt for example)). I love me some kilts. Comfortable and cool (in short, other than underwear, why would I want more material hugging my crotch and butt during the warm months....), with a fashion twist that the shorts have a hard time matching. Side note, all my kilts (except for 1-2 I bought before I saw the option) have these things called pockets... some even in profusion (the 5.11's for example). I am not a traditionalist (which means I have pockets and wear at the normal american waist vs the belly wear of traditional kilts) and really like practical clothing.  One thing I have learned is that most people don't even notice what men are wearing....  I don't even get bothered by the skirt comment from my wife, since technically kilts, an unbifurcated garment, are a subset of skirts. Men were wearing them for eons... (they only started wearing pants because of horse riding, of which I do none of so I feel ok not wearing pants)
Sydney and I in matching US Army Tartan Kilts

I think my time in the military has increase my DGAF (look it up) as opposed to increased my conformity. When you have done enough silly stuff in front of other people you just reach a point where you don't care and just want to wear clothes that are comfortable, climate appropriate and, yes, somewhat distinctive and entertaining to wear. (side note, this morning I said I was running upstairs to my daughter and she said "to get your kilt?")