Tuesday, May 03, 2016

TWTW April 25th through May 1st: MY 300th POST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

This is my 300th post since I restarted this blog.

I had thought about writing a dedicated post about hitting 300 but decided not to bother.

Monday was a very important day. It was game 7 of the 1st round of the Stanley cup playoffs. The defending champ Chicago Blackhawks were going to defeat the ST Louis Blues and move on to continue their repeat. I watched the final period in a  crowded sports bar packed with other Hawks fans.  We lost.

As I drove to work on Tuesday I saw an interesting sight. A dead squirrel lay upside down in a parking space.  He squirrel friend was nudging him with this nose trying to wake him up. Either that or he was trying to eat him.

At the beginning of the year I put as one of my goals to run in the 5k they have here when they do the marathon. I even promised to sign up early so I could use the spent money as motivation to train. I never did sign up. The last day to sign up is at the expo they have the night before the 5k, two nights before the marathon proper. On Thursday I decided I wold sign up for the 5k and pay the extra fee. Why not?  The expo was being held at the my gym so I had plans to be there anyway.  If they had a spot available I decided to take it. I drove my usual route to the gym. Traffic was insane. I couldn't find anywhere to park. I just gave up and went home forgoing the 5k and my usual workout.

Saturday was the marathon. I good rain fell the entire day. The kind of rain that soaks everything. The kind of rain I love. I went for my usual shambling jog. The rain soaked through my jacket and kept getting in my eyes. I loved it.

I woke up on Sunday and was certain it was Monday. Later that night I was certain it was Saturday and I had the next day off.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

TWTW April 18th through 24th.. DUCK FIGHT!!!!

Duck Fight

I was out for a walk on Saturday. A duck couple zooms in overhead and lands in a swampy field next to the path. Awwww ducks in love. They are going to make cute little baby ducks. About a minute later I look over and the boy duck is waddling across the field as fast as his webbed feet can take him. "Dude you are abandoning your lady." That's when I see what is going one. WILD CHALLENGER APPEARS. Another boy duck's head pops out of some bushes and he starts waddling as fast as he can toward his foe. I stop walking to watch. This is going to be food, a duck fight. When the reach each other, they both turn to the girl duck and take off in a race. I am laughing my head off at these two ducks waddling as fast as they can across a field. The challenger takes a slight lead but then stumbles and falls behind. When they get to the girl duck she's like "Guys Guys!!!"  and takes off into the air. The two boys take off after her and the do a couple lap race above my head with the original suitor winning the race.  The loser peals away and goes to land back and alone near the bushes and the happy couple land right back in the field were this all started.  As I walked away I yelled out, "Don't feel bad there are plenty of ducks in the sea." (Yes I did actually yell that.)  

The next day I went for a jog and ran by the same field.  I a couple of ducks in the same place. I couldn't tell if they were the same ones.  I scan the bushes and see a duck head peering out at the happy couple.  That duck needs to let her go.

Funny Gif o' the week

I like the complete resignation on his face at the end.. What have I done to myself???

Funny Video o' the week


Tuesday, April 19, 2016

TWTW April 11th through the 17th: Spring has come

I am going back beyond the confines of TWTW. I apologize. I also am a going to talk about oe of the most boring subjects weather. I apologize. Let us go back to my birthday. It was just above freezing with a driving freezing rain that lasted most of the day. We had freeze warning through Tuesday. I still was wearing a sweat shirt at home on Wednesday. Sunday the 17th the temp hit over 80 degrees and I spent the day in shorts.  Jobu achieved flat Jobu. Jobu is a cold weather kitteh. He is made for snow and cold. He has a lot of fur. So anytime it gets near 80 we achieve flat Jobu. He lays out as flat as he can to dissipate the heat. He doesn't do a whole lot on flat Jobu days.

I have been doing some extra work that I am payed for by the hour. In my regular day to day job I goof off a lot while at work. A lot of time is spent reading web pages and gadding with coworkers. When I am doing the extra hourly work I use a stop watch. I don't stop it for everything, like getting a drink of water. But most times when I stop working I stop the watch. I have realized I get distracted a whole lot when I am trying to work.

Really Long video of the week:

Watch a computer animation of the sinking of the Titanic in real time. Yes it is over 2 1/2 hours.

Friday, April 15, 2016

Book Review: Dreams in the Void by Jeffrey Aaron Miller

Dreams in the VoidDreams in the Void by Jeffrey Aaron Miller
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Jaren lives in an almost idyllic medieval village on an island nation. Then his world turns upside down. A form of sickness is spreading throughout the land. People are being driven mad by a nightly “water” dream. These dreams are full of violence and death. Jaren’s village is destroyed by a before unknown magic. Convinced that the King is the source of the dreams. Jaren sets out to the capital to kill the King.
This book is not a traditional fantasy story. It reads more like an adult (Not that type of adult ya dirty minded…) fairy-tale. There is not complex world building. The world feels rich but empty. The only things that exist, exist to further the story. The sense is that the world ends just past the characters view.
Reading this may sound really bad. But it works very well. As the story progresses it feels more and more like a dream, like reality is slipping away. It reads more and more like an actual dream. About half way through the book my brain started coming up with my own theories as to what was happening. My pace of reading accelerated as I tried to figure out the final explanation. Many possibilities present themselves. I don’t want to spoil anything but the final answer was not something I had considered.

View all my reviews

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Happy Birthday to me.. and Jobu

Photo Courtesy of flickr user moyerphotos
Today is my 43rd birthday. I almost forgot to blog about it. The early forties have been very odd for me. On one hand it seems really old. In my twenties I never even imagined what I would feel like at forty. Though I thought my life would be very different. On the other hand it seems really young. I still feel that there are many things left to do in my life and time to do them. My body hasn't completely betrayed me. If I wanted to I could train for a marathon. I see the future as increasing not decreasing opportunities. I just need to have goals and remained focused.

The day was boring and it rained almost all day. Not sure what that means for the coming year :)

Jobu's birthday falls on the same day. Why? Because I said so.  We don't actually know when Jobu was born. He was found at several weeks old. It just seemed easier to give him he same as me.  What did I get him? The same thing I get him every year. Nothing. I let him live for another year and buy him food.