Thursday, March 30, 2006

Keeping Conscious - Daily Meditation

I got this today from the Daily OM, and I think it is worth sharing.
http://www.dailyom.com/cgi-bin/display/printerfriendly.cgi?articleid=2623
  1. Live simply and live deliberately. By choosing not to get caught up in the details of this fast-paced world, you are doing your part to slow down the . You will also discover that you have more time to enjoy being alive.
  2. Stay in touch with yourself. Soul searching, meditation, and journaling are just a few of the many activities you can take part in to stay aware and learn as much as you can about your emotions, reactions, likes, dislikes, dreams, and fears. Having a solid sense of self gives you a firm foundation for living in this world.
  3. Support or teach others as often as you can. This can help you form connections with people while also giving you an opportunity to make the world a better place.
  4. Consciously choose what you will allow into your being. The media bombards us with visions of hate, war, and pain. Be judicious about what you read, watch, and listen to.
  5. Acknowledge the beauty that resides around you. Whether you live in a sprawling metropolis or a stereotypical suburb, there are natural and man-made wonders just waiting to be discovered by you.
  6. Nurture your ties to your tribe. If you don't have one, create a community that you can belong to. Modern life can be isolating. When you have a tribe, you have a circle that you are a part of. Its members - loved ones, friends, or neighbors - can be a source of support, caring, guidance, and companionship.
  7. See the larger picture. Remember that the way that you choose to live is not the only way to live. Widen your perspective by exploring other modes of being through research, travel, and discussion.
  8. Embrace the challenges that life presents to you, and challenge yourself often. After a time, even the most exciting jobs or lifestyles can seem routine. Never stop assimilating new knowledge about whatever you are doing, and your life will never seem dull.
  9. Move your body. In this busy world, it can be easy to live a sedentary life. Movement reacquaints us with our bodies and connects us to the earth in a visceral way. It also restores our vitality.
  10. Make time for stillness, silence, and solitude. The world can be noisy, and we are subject to all kinds of noises nearly every waking hour. We are also often "on the go" and unable to relax. Being alone in a peaceful place and making time for quiet can help you stay in touch with yourself.

Getting there...

I think I am beginning to obsess a bit about my weight. I am really, really tired of being this out of shape. I know what it takes to fix this, though. Continue to eat healthy and get to the gym regularly. More than anything, I realize that consistency is the key. I am trying to maintain a schedule, at least during the week:
  • 7:30 arrive at work
  • 11:30 head to the gym
  • 11:40 one hour of cardio - treadmill, elliptical trainer, bike
  • 12:40 shower, dress
  • 1:00 back to work
  • 5:00 head home

I have tried to do this for the last two weeks, and it seems to help. I know when I am supposed to at the gym each day, instead of the "oh, I will get in sometime today" plan, which usually means I stay at work too late and just don't go.

I can do this. I know I can. I just have to keep my focus and celebrate my milestones along the way. I have a major one coming soon, but I will wait to say anything specific until I meet it.

Monday, March 27, 2006

"Bush may very well have started the third world war"

(Everyday, there seems to be another voice of reason speaking up. Perhaps there is hope yet.)

'Unit's' military expert has fighting words for Bush
By David Kronke
http://www.dailynews.com/entertainment/ci_3641046

Eric Haney, a retired command sergeant major of the U.S. Army, was a founding member of Delta Force, the military's elite covert counter-terrorist unit. He culled his experiences for "Inside Delta Force" (Delta; $14), a memoir rich with harrowing stories, though in an interview, Haney declines with a shrug to estimate the number of times he was almost killed. (Perhaps the most high-profile incident that almost claimed his life was the 1980 failed rescue of the hostages in Iran.) Today, he's doing nothing nearly as dangerous: He serves as an executive producer and technical adviser for "The Unit," CBS' new hit drama based on his book, developed by playwright David Mamet. Even up against "American Idol," "The Unit" shows muscle, drawing 18 million viewers in its first two airings.

Since he has devoted his life to protecting his country in some of the world's most dangerous hot spots, you might assume Haney is sympathetic to the Bush administration's current plight in Iraq (the laudatory cover blurb on his book comes from none other than Fox's News' Bill O'Reilly). But he's also someone with close ties to the Pentagon, so he's privy to information denied the rest of us. We recently spoke to Haney, an amiable, soft-spoken Southern gentleman, on the set of "The Unit."

Q: What's your assessment of the war in Iraq?

A: Utter debacle. But it had to be from the very first. The reasons were wrong. The reasons of this administration for taking this nation to war were not what they stated. (Army Gen.) Tommy Franks was brow-beaten and ... pursued warfare that he knew strategically was wrong in the long term. That's why he retired immediately afterward. His own staff could tell him what was going to happen afterward.

We have fomented civil war in Iraq. We have probably fomented internecine war in the Muslim world between the Shias and the Sunnis, and I think Bush may well have started the third world war, all for their own personal policies.

Q: What is the cost to our country?

A: For the first thing, our credibility is utterly zero. So we destroyed whatever credibility we had. ... And I say "we," because the American public went along with this. They voted for a second Bush administration out of fear, so fear is what they're going to have from now on.

Our military is completely consumed, so were there a real threat - thankfully, there is no real threat to the U.S. in the world, but were there one, we couldn't confront it. Right now, that may not be a bad thing, because that keeps Bush from trying something with Iran or with Venezuela.

The harm that has been done is irreparable. There are more than 2,000 American kids that have been killed. Tens of thousands of innocent Iraqis have been killed ñ which no one in the U.S. really cares about those people, do they? I never hear anybody lament that fact. It has been a horror, and this administration has worked overtime to divert the American public's attention from it. Their lies are coming home to roost now, and it's gonna fall apart. But somebody's gonna have to clear up the aftermath and the harm that it's done just to what America stands for. It may be two or three generations in repairing.

Q: What do you make of the torture debate? Cheney...

A: (Interrupting) That's Cheney's pursuit. The only reason anyone tortures is because they like to do it. It's about vengeance, it's about revenge, or it's about cover-up. You don't gain intelligence that way. Everyone in the world knows that. It's worse than small-minded, and look what it does.

I've argued this on Bill O'Reilly and other Fox News shows. I ask, who would you want to pay to be a torturer? Do you want someone that the American public pays to torture? He's an employee of yours. It's worse than ridiculous. It's criminal; it's utterly criminal. This administration has been masters of diverting attention away from real issues and debating the silly. Debating what constitutes torture: Mistreatment of helpless people in your power is torture, period. And (I'm saying this as) a man who has been involved in the most pointed of our activities. I know it, and all of my mates know it. You don't do it. It's an act of cowardice. I hear apologists for torture say, "Well, they do it to us." Which is a ludicrous argument. ... The Saddam Husseins of the world are not our teachers. Christ almighty, we wrote a Constitution saying what's legal and what we believed in. Now we're going to throw it away.

Q: As someone who repeatedly put your life on the line, did some of the most hair-raising things to protect your country, and to see your country behave this way, that must be ...

A: It's pretty galling. But ultimately I believe in the good and the decency of the American people, and they're starting to see what's happening and the lies that have been told. We're seeing this current house of cards start to flutter away. The American people come around. They always do.

Thursday, March 23, 2006

The Right was Wrong. Period.

Wow. It isn't often that I find something written by another person that so perfectly sums up my own thoughts. And yet this week it has happened not just once, but twice.

Check out this post on Daily Kos to see what I am talking about. Thank you to Susan G. for explaining so eloquently what I am feeling about those on the Right.

(And, if you are reading this and you disagree, with this post or any other, please take the time and post a comment explaining. I may not agree, but I do respect your right to your opinion.)

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

A bad mood in the making...

Not sure why, but I am in a pissy mood this morning. Cranky, mean, and anything but nice. I know I am frustrated with work, and sitting here now all I can think is how great it would be to drop all the paperwork on my desk into the shred bin, grab my stuff, and walk out.

Of course, since I have a mortgage and bills and a life I am trying to pay for, quitting is out of the question. I am not sure what it is going to take to snap me out of this mood, but I need to find it soon. Supposedly, I am having an employee review/evaluation today. What a bunch of crap. It took 15 months for me to have my first "annual" review, and now it has taken another 20 months for my second review. Yeah, like this is really a yearly event.

As part of my self-evaluation, I had to list things that I would like to see changed. My input? I want to change from an 8 hour, 5 days a week schedule to a 10 hour, 4 days a week schedule. If I could get that schedule, I would have one day off during the week that I could use for myself. That might make the difference in my attitude, since right now I feel like I am too busy catching up on the weekend to actually enjoy it.

Oh, well. Guess we'll see how it all sorts itself out today, right? For now, I am going to start at the top of the desk stack and see how much of it I can get through before I leave for the gym at 11:30.

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Shame.

I just read this post on Daily Kos, and I think it deserves to be posted everywhere. So here on my little corner of the internet is a fantastic rant:
http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2006/3/21/175132/005

Not Ready To Make Nice

Just when I think I am ready to scream at what is happening in this world, along comes a song that helps me say exactly what is on my mind. Listen to the new Dixie Chicks single:
http://www.dixiechicks.com/

Not Ready To Make Nice
(Words & Music by Emily Robison, Martie Maguire, Natalie Maines, Dan Wilson)

Forgive, sounds good
Forget, I’m not sure I could
They say time heals everything
But I’m still waiting

I’m through with doubt
There’s nothing left for me to figure out
I’ve paid a price
And I’ll keep paying

I’m not ready to make nice
I’m not ready to back down
I’m still mad as hell and
I don’t have time to go round and round and round
It’s too late to make it right
I probably wouldn’t if I could
‘Cause I’m mad as hell
Can’t bring myself to do what it is you think I should

I know you said
Can’t you just get over it
It turned my whole world around
And I kind of like it

I made my bed and I sleep like a baby
With no regrets and I don’t mind sayin’
It’s a sad sad story when a mother will teach her
Daughter that she ought to hate a perfect stranger
And how in the world can the words that I said
Send somebody so over the edge
That they’d write me a letter
Sayin’ that I better shut up and sing
Or my life will be over

I’m not ready to make nice
I’m not ready to back down
I’m still mad as hell and
I don’t have time to go round and round and round
It’s too late to make it right
I probably wouldn’t if I could
‘Cause I’m mad as hell
Can’t bring myself to do what it is you think I should

I’m not ready to make nice
I’m not ready to back down
I’m still mad as hell and
I don’t have time to go round and round and round
It’s too late to make it right
I probably wouldn’t if I could
‘Cause I’m mad as hell
Can’t bring myself to do what it is you think I should

Forgive, sounds good
Forget, I’m not sure I could
They say time heals everything
But I’m still waiting

Monday, March 20, 2006

Well, at least I tried...

There are posts that are serious - friends off to war, problems with our government, disasters across the world - and then there are posts like this one. No, it is not about anything of importance, at least not to anyone but me. Still, this is my blog, and I can post anything I want here.

Right now, I am thinking about my hair. Go ahead and laugh, but it's true. For the last couple of months, I have been trying to grow it out. My hair is incredibly thick and straight, though, so after several weeks without a haircut, my head starts to look like a reddish-blonde football helmet. And no matter how much I want to have longer hair, I give up trying. Well, it happened. I tried again and gave up again.

Right now I am incredibly busy - bike riding, running, going to the gym, SCUBA diving - and I don't have time to mess around with my hair. So I stopped at the barber shop and got my flat top back. For now, at least, I can enjoy the outdoor activities without worrying about my hair. Besides, I look pretty cool with short hair.
Okay, I now return you to other more important news of the world.


Number One with a Bullet!

Wow. My friends and family are so unbelievably cool! As of this evening, thanks to donations from my brother and my Mom and her husband, Jesse, I am now the TOP fundraiser for the AIDS ride. And I still have checks that have not posted AND I have another three weeks to raise money. Man, it feels so great to be able to do this for such a worthy cause.

Friday, March 17, 2006

Eric and Levi

Some towns are lucky to get good musicians traveling through. Other towns are lucky to find any sort of gay entertainment. Living in San Diego, though, we often get both... talented musicians who are also gay. And last night was such an opportunity.

My long time music fave - Eric Himan - is on tour (still? again?) and made his way to town. And this time, he was here as part of the KnockOut Tour. Playing with him on the tour is a new musical discovery (new for me, anyway) named Levi Kreis. Wow. The show was incredible, and I am once again using my tiny spot on the big ol' internet for shameless fan adoration. If you can see either of these two in concert, get there. It's worth it, no matter how far you have to travel!

A shout-out to both Eric and Levi for a fantastic show. Hearing Eric sing Clyde live was a treat. Knowing he sang it because I shouted out for it is a fan's dream. And Levi? His show last night was a combination of trashy bar talk and Sunday morning church... a perfect mix, if you ask me. Check out Just This Good to hear this great singer. (But you have to hear Man Outta Me to really get a sense of his show.)

Thank you, gentlemen, for an incredible night. I can't wait to see both of you again, and I'll drag my friends along. Performers like you two deserve a much bigger audience!

Thursday, March 16, 2006

Deep down, I guess I'm still pretty shallow.

I know this bike ride is a fund-raiser, and the most important thing is raising as much money as possible to bring more services and education to San Diegans living with HIV/AIDS. So thinking of this as a personal contest is shallow and speaks of a petty person.

That said, I just realized that I am number three on the individual fund-raising list and Team Woofy is number one on the team list! Whoo-hoo!

Okay, enough celebrating. I am SO grateful and lucky that I have the coolest friends in my life. No matter what I ask of them, they continue to deliver above and beyond. Because of them, I get to see my name and our team name on the RIDE 4 AIDS website. Cool, huh?





Here I am, no. 3, and Team Woofy is no. 1!

Ride for AIDS

Today I signed up for a 25 mile bike ride to raise funds for Being Alive, a San Diego organization that provides services to those affected by HIV/AIDS. I set a goal for myself of $250, and I met that goal within 15 minutes. Are my friends incredible or what? I have increased my goal to $500, and I am going to try to put together a team that raises $1,000 total.

The ride is on April 9th, so I have plenty of time to continue raising money AND to train for the ride. Sure, it is only 25 miles of biking, but that route includes a hilly course up to Cabrillo Monument. I am excited about this event because it is a good reason to get in shape and a great opportunity to help a worthy organization.

Thanks again to my friends who have already offered so much. I will make you proud on ride day, I promise!

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

A Rare Moment of Sense

It's so rare, given the basic tenor of most arguments in politics today, but every once in a while someone says something so remarkable that's it's worth noting, without any comment at all. Such a situation took place on March 1st in Annapolis, Maryland, where a hearing on a proposed constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage was taking place.

The far right wing was doing its usual best to frighten, anger, and intimidate the witnesses who dared disagree with them. Then Jamie Raskin, professor of law at American University, testified as to why the amendment should not be passed.

At the end of his testimony, one of Maryland's most insane ultra-far-rightwingers, republican Senator Nancy Jacobs, stood up and shouted:
"Mr. Raskin, my Bible says marriage is only between a man and a woman. What do you have to say about that?"

To which Mr. Raskin replied: "Senator, when you took your oath of office, you placed your hand on the Bible and swore to uphold the Constitution.
You did not place your hand on the Constitution and swear to uphold the Bible."

(copied gratefully from Gene Stone in The Huffington Post, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/gene-stone/a-rare-moment-of-sense_b_17347.html)

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Scandal after scandal after scandal...

For the last several months, I have struggled to keep up with all the problems coming from this administration and Congress. It has been almost overwhelming, and I think I am suffering from “scandal fatigue.” There is so much going on that I can hardly be surprised or even angry, anymore. Fortunately, I ran across a great summary of the scandals. I have modified it a bit, but I do want to credit “Nitro” from the Huffington Post for the original list. So, if you wonder why I am disgusted by all things political these days, check out my list… in no particular order…

The War on Terror/National Security

  • Pat Tillman cover-up
  • Mission accomplished (100 dead at the time)
  • Last throes comment
  • Stuff happens comment
  • Journalists targeted in Iraq
  • Body armor still not adequate
  • Oil not paying for the war
  • Not being treated as liberators
  • We don't torture, we send detainees to other countries to not be tortured
  • NO WMD
  • Yellow Cake
  • Soldiers getting Purple Heart collections
  • Home by Christmas
  • Haven't defined what is/isn't torture for all to hear
  • Ports left unprotected
  • Definition of a terrorist is ever so vague
  • No water or electricity in Iraq
  • War profiteering
  • Italian reporter shot up
  • Abu Ghraib
  • Gitmo
  • Buying the Iraqi press
  • Wanted to bomb Al-Jazeera
  • Soldiers serving well after their agreed enlistment time
  • The truth about Jessica Lynch’s rescue
  • No war strategy
  • Downing Street Memos
  • Plame Outing
  • $330,000 a month to Chalabi
  • Bush housing Saudis
  • Where's Usama Bin-Ladin?
  • Flew Bin-Ladin’s family out of the country after he bombed us
  • Price of war way underestimated
  • Pre-war Intel was fixed
  • Patriot Act
  • How many soldiers in an Iraqi Battalion?
  • Iraqi Battalions – how many are there really?
  • 9/11 commission ignored completely
  • Terror alerts subsided after Keith Olbermann finally exposes the coincidences
  • We aren't safer
  • Blaming Tenet for the "slam dunk" comment and then awarding Medal of Freedom
  • What was the noble cause?
  • Ports deal mishandled with attempts to mislead people
  • Opium export in Afghanistan up 2000%
  • Able Danger
  • FBI spying on Quakers and other Pacifist groups

The Katrina Disaster

  • More than 2,000 missing persons STILL unaccounted for
  • No air drops to Superdome
  • Michael “heckuva job” Brown kept on the payroll
  • Condi shoe shopping and Broadway bound while O
    rleanians died
  • Lack of the use of swift boats in the Katrina Rescue effort
  • How many people affected by Hurricane Katrina
  • Orders to shoot people over a loaf of bread that was taken from a store
  • Refusing domestic and international aid after Katrina
  • Carnival cruise line contract after Katrina
  • Haley Barbour told us FEMA was there on Tuesday
  • Superdome became a Third World country
  • Red Cross not allowed to assist after Katrina
  • Interstates inadequate for mass evacuations
  • Still ignoring NOLA
  • Ready for a Category 6?
  • Jeb doesn't have FEMA woes
  • FEMA is way too bloated and does nothing that the DHS can't do
  • No help in NOLA until Bush arrived (then it stopped again when he left)
  • Cheney said he was glued to the TV all week like everyone else

Presidential Shame

  • President won't hold press conferences
  • President only speaks to cherry-picked audiences
  • Harriet Miers
  • President flipping off the camera
  • Cheney’s 5 deferments to avoid Vietnam
  • Fighter jets sold to Pakistan by W...on a Saturday
  • Scooter Libby
  • Jeff Gannon
  • Spy in Cheney's office
  • No mistakes come to mind
  • Most secretive president ever
  • Looking under a desk for WMD's… yeah, very funny…
  • Swift-Boating John Kerry
  • Sexual Orientation added back to "security risk" classifications

Government Malfeasance

  • Bolton recess appointment
  • Medicare reform Bill
  • Class-Action Reform Bill
  • GOP holding votes open
  • Abramoff
  • DeLay
  • Diebold voting machine fraud
  • Senior White House Aide Claude Allen arrested for shoplifting
  • Ethics committee gutted
  • Democrats are muzzled on all legislation
  • Lobbying is well out of control
  • Ohio elections
  • Katherine Harris
  • Karl Rove
  • Closed session of Senate accomplished nothing the GOP said it would
  • Environmental laws absolutely gutted
  • No child left behind is not paid for
  • SEC has become a joke
  • Halliburton in New Orleans and Iraq
  • No border security
  • IRS auditing churches
  • Ethics committee couldn't get Cunningham 2 years after it was known that his house was sold to a defense contractor for $700,000 over its value as he lived on that contractor's yacht
  • Teri Schiavo debacl
  • FDA will approve anything (except emergency birth control)
  • Cutting aid to NYPD and FDNY that are affected form the cleanup effort when they were told that the air was safe to breathe
  • Jean Schmidt’s attacks on John Murtha
  • Outsourcing the building of Marine 1 Helicopters
  • No legislation passed that big money hasn't backed
  • Hedge funds aren't regulated
  • Redistricting to rig elections
  • Nobody accountable for anything
  • Christian values never reflected in legislation
  • Corruption is the norm
  • Pat Robertson and James Dobson tell their congregation how they should vote
  • GOP votes against EVERY inquiry of wrong-doing
  • Sensenbrenner walked off with the gavel during Patriot Act hearing
  • Every document is classified
  • Nuclear option
  • No scandals given credence
  • Global warming ignored
  • Blatant over-charges in Iraq, Halliburton still paid
  • Saying life begins at conception, but no life insurance for fetuses at conception
  • Ken Lay
  • Rush never busted on possession charges
  • Private prison stockholders
  • Government is largest in over 200 years
  • Non-combative protestors arrested
  • Dems can't add amendments to legislation
  • Over 60% of elections won by less than 4%
  • Creating immigration laws that take affect in 5 years

The Economy

  • Tax cuts to those that don't trickle it down
  • 3 Trillion Dollars more in debt
  • Gas prices
  • Health care
  • Diesel fuel is 50 cents higher than gasoline
  • Home heating prices higher than ever in history
  • Outsourcing of jobs
  • Middle class forgotten all-together
  • No accuracy in unemployment rate reporting
  • Medicare not allowed to broker prices for prescription drugs
  • Attack on Social Security
  • Wage stagnation
  • Civil rights eroded/gutted
  • Programs for the neediest gutted
  • Education budged harshly slashed
  • Veterans benefits cut
  • Tax cuts to ship jobs away
  • Every shopping bag at Wal-Mart is made in Singapore
  • No exception for soldiers in the Bankruptcy Reform Bill
  • No timetable for when the debt will be paid
  • DOW was at 11,770 when Bush took office 5 years ago
  • Dollar is losing value
  • Trade agreements are not even close to fair

Friday, March 10, 2006

"Why Me? - The Pity Party

This is something I stumbled across today at Daily OM, so I thought I would post it here:

We all have days when the bad things seem to outweigh the good ones and we begin to think that life isn't fair. You get stuck in traffic, which makes you late for an important meeting, and then your car gets towed. You might ask yourself, "Why me?" Events like this one can test anyone's ability to be grateful and feel optimistic. If you have a tendency to feel sorry for yourself, and many of us do, things usually progress to the next stage: the pity party. You begin to feel like the innocent victim of a dismal fate because you are seeing your life through inaccurate lenses. Most of the thoughts that run through your mind at times like these are not helpful, and they mainly serve to increase your indignation and feelings of powerlessness. What these feelings and thoughts don't do is change your circumstances or make you feel better.

Try not to dwell on unpleasant experiences
. Do everything you can to avoid holding on to negative emotions. When you indulge in self-pity, you only make a bad day worse. Stop feeling sorry for yourself, release the notion that you are a victim, and notice the good that exists in your life.

http://www.dailyom.com

Finally, Friday.

I barely made it to work this morning. I got up around 6:00am, showered, and puttered around online my normal morning. Afterwards, though, I crawled back into a very warm and comfortable bed. That was nearly my undoing. I began to drift back to sleep, relaxed and comfortable. Then I rolled over, saw the clock read 7:53, and realized the day was coming whether I wanted it to or not. Ugh.

Today would have been a perfect Mental Health Day. You know, the Ferris Buehler sort of day that is impulsive, fun, and irresponsible? Today could have been no should have been one of those. Instead of sitting here in my office, I could be in the jeep with Ric. We would run away to Julian for lunch and apple pie. Then we would wander farther out in East County and take the jeep off-roading. All and all, it should have been a fantastic day.

Instead, I am at work. I need to get my head around that fact, otherwise I will become a total grouch and be unpleasant all day. Its time to shift mental gears, deal with the next eight hours, and stop whining. And at the end of the day, I will have drinks with Brandy (good friend) and Chris (long-lost friend). That sounds like a great end to any day.


Thursday, March 9, 2006

Clouds, Nitrox and Chris

Nothing specific to post this morning. Instead, here are three things that are on my mind

Rain is on the way this weekend, and it just feels like the perfect day to stay home and hibernate. Instead, I am stuck at the office in an increasingly foul mood. Ugh.

In the good news department, I finished my Enriched Air course last night. I have one more dive to make with my instructor, and I will be Nitrox Certified. That means I can go anywhere in the world and get enriched air from a dive shop. What is the benefit of Nitrox? It means I can dive for longer periods at a time. The mix is better for extended diving. (Okay, so it is not really stand up and cheer good news, but it is something on this yucky morning.)

And Friday is coming, and I will be having drinks with a long-lost Marine buddy. His name is Chris Brandt, and I have not seen him since the summer of 1991. Its weird when I think about it. I have not seen him for 15 years, and we only knew each other for two while in the Corps. Still, there is something about a Marine friend that is life-long. I am looking forward to this reunion, and I will definitely post an update about it. For now, I will focus on this good news instead of the rain and work.

And I now return to my workday, already in progress

Wednesday, March 8, 2006

Diving in Mission Bay

This morning was a rare treat - I made time before work to get in a quick dive. La Jolla Cove was the plan, but the surf was crazy with 8-10 feet swells. Even the experienced divers were not going in. Instead, Greg and I went down to Mission Bay. We were down for about 30 mins, which was just enough time to try a little compass navigation, chase around a few lobsters, and burn through a tank of air. Not the usual commute to the office, I suppose...

Here I am. The water is shallow, maybe 12 feet deep, but it was still cool to be diving.













This is my attempt at a picture of me and Greg. Honest, it is just coincidence that I am totally in the picture and Greg is mostly cut off.

Tuesday, March 7, 2006

So far, so good...

Despite the fact that this is my umpteenth attempt at getting back into shape, I refuse to waste energy on the could have, should have. Instead, I am going to focus on what I am doing right and doing right now. Yesterday was a very good day, indeed. I was very careful about what I ate, choosing healthier options.

After work, I went directly to the gym and ran 6.7 miles in an hour on the elliptical machine. (Wow, love that machine!). I woke up this morning at 5:15 and headed right back to the gym. Another hour on the machine and another 6.1 miles down, and I am feeling pretty great this morning. I know that there is no miracle cure, at least none that I would want to try. What will work for me is a simple commitment to keep active and eat healthier. The simpler the plan, the better.

I will continue to post updates here on the blog. Wish me luck!

Sunday, March 5, 2006

A new start... again...

So here I go again, trying once more to commit myself to eating better and working out regularly. My 40th birthday is less than a year away, so there is no time like the present to get my act in gear. To that end, I have started back to the gym. I am also going to more carefully monitor what I eat. No, I am not going to become some lunatic obsessing over every morself of food. What I am going to do is try to make better choices about what I eat.

This morning, Sunday, I dragged myself out of bed at 6:30 and headed to Balboa Park to run a 5k. When I got there, though, everything seemed very disorganized. Instead of seeing a registration table, I saw 20+ kids from USD milling about and chatting. It didn't seem like anything fun for me, so I left the park and headed out to Coronado. I got to the Strand, marked off a mile and half in the car, then parked and ran the course and back. It turned out to be 3.2 miles, and it was more of a jog/run, but I did get up and do it. I don't have to run fast, I just have to keep getting up and getting out there.

I know I need to get in shape just for the benefits of being healthier, but I am also being a bit vain. I have a lot of activities and trips coming up in the next few months, and I want to be in as good a shape as possible. In fact, it seems that the entire year is beginning to fill up with fun things to do. Here is a list of the events and trips I have planned. If you want to join me on any of these runs or bike rides, I have included links for you to register.
Wish me luck. I am going to see how much I can accomplish this week, then post my weight here on the blog next Sunday. I have a lot of fun things planned for the future, and I want to be in the best shape possible to enjoy it all!