Circus: No Tigers ?


Last night I took the family to the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus . It was actually quite fun. The kids had a blast. Of course the trinkets were way over priced. 10$ for some cotton candy w/ cloth-paper hat. Ce la vie! I think occasionally you need to do that kind of thing. Kids need to be spoiled once in a while. I will admit the other (older) 4 kids didn't get anything unless they brought their own money to the circus. I did explain this to them before we left the house. I feel this way they get to decide if the circus toy is worth it or not. It does make a difference when it's their money.

Where were the Tigers? I mean no Lions, Big  cats,  pumas,  Nada!  I haven't paid a lot of attention to the news but maybe the whole Siegfried & Roy catastrophe means no more. I don't know, If you do let me know I'm awfully curious. My one son was really kind of let down. He did enjoy the motorcyclist in the BALL OF DEATH. You know that huge metal ball that isn't so large once you stuff 8 bikes in it.

All in all, 4 of 5 Stars.

I have to admit Windows will always be Windows. Some things will continue long after you and I are dead. I know it's beta. I thought I would give WLW a try since I am still a little displeased with Google's Writely. I would just love smile_teeth Writely if it would post my Title correctly. It doesn't even post, at all!

I digress. WLW does have that nifty emoticon working nicely. So I will give Pres. Bill that one smile_nerd. This will be my first post so I hope all is copacetic. I haven't setup my Flickr account yet so I will have to test that feature at a later date. If you haven't given WLW a chance head here. Don't forget you need to have the .NET framework to use it.

Child Obesity


It seems our lovely Govt. is at it again. If you haven't hear the latest news today you might want to check this out. It would appear that the FCC has deemed it their obligation to correct our kids. They claim that the "Evil" Advertisers are the ones to blame for the epidemic that is sweeping the nation. ( I admit that phrase is a little overused.)

Yes, our kids are a little overweight. Hey look in the mirror. There are a lot of us adults that could lose a little weight. Now here is a thought.

  • Kids aren't supposed to work until they are 16.
  • Mom and/or Dad (PC) are obliged to provide for said children for 16-18 yrs.
  • Mom and/or Dad are the one(s) who earn a living and have financial funds.
  • Kids don't drive until they are 16.
  • Who is it that is buying/paying/shopping for the groceries?

You have probably already guessed it, It's YOU and I. So maybe, just maybe, we are the responsible party. I know it sounds like heresy. However it just might, maybe mind you, be the truth.

I know I am the one to blame in my household. I am also the one who is currently in the process of making things right. We have really cut back on the goodies. "No we don't need ice cream" every time we go to the store. "Yes you do need to eat your vegetables."

So do I really want the FCC taking this responsibility and therefore increasing my cost of goods?

No I don't think so. Thank you very much.

"You must be the change you want to see in the world," -Ghandi

Well today was a pretty good day, that is fitness wise. I got in a good workout at work. My son is at Scouts right now. Will run before the night ends. I did my push-ups and sit-ups. I rode the bike for about half an hour.

Diet was pretty good. Pinapple and oatmeal for breakfast. Cream of Chicken soup for lunch. Then...

It was Dougs birthday at work. That means Birthday cake. I had 4 pieces. I'M NOT WORTHY!!!

Hey what can I say I love the sweets. Oh I also had a lemonade this morning, but NO soda. I drank about 40+ ounces of water.

Well Day Two and things are going pretty well. I say that because I splurged and had some fries today. They weren't even Training Table cheese fries, they were the cheap frozen store brand. I did however avoid the soda once again today. I am really backing down on the high fructose syrup. It's in everything I swear. You have to like go strictly raw foods to avoid it. Here's the rundown.

  • Push-ups and Sit-ups (more today than yesterday.)
  • Less calories today. Lemonade breakfast, half-cup soup, modest dinner (salad and pasta)
  • 48 ounces of water.

The goal here for me is to pass the Navy Seal Challenge for Sea Cadets . Here is their app .
This will require me to pass 5 tests.
  1. Swim 500 yds in 12:30 min.
  2. 42 push-ups in 2 min.
  3. 50 sit-ups in 2 min.
  4. 8 pull-ups.
  5. run 1.5 miles in 11:30 while wearing long trousers.
Not easy but it will be worth it. I am 36 yrs old and about 30 lbs. over weight so this will do me good. They recommend healthy food and lots of rest. So I am off to bed. Night'

So it begins...


Well This is going to be a long road. I did get a set of push-ups and sit-ups in today. Me and my 14 yr old son will be going on a run as soon as I get done. One thing I was able to accomplish today.

No soda! This is usually pretty hard for me. Water and Powerade.

Well gotta run...

Military Life


Well I have got to do it. I really respect the military and the sacrifices that are made. However, I have a "big group" of kids. I don't feel it would be right for me to reenlist with matters as they are. It's a tough call. I believe they're freedoms should be protected and I would like to be the one protecting those freedoms. Still they need to have a father around. (Even if I'm not perfect, I feel my heart is in the right place.)

So what is it that I am going to do? Well I am going to be Military about my physical fitness.
They deal is I am going to run 3 days a week, MWF. Then on TThSat I will do strength exercises. Everyday I am going to do pushups and situps. One of the reasons for posting this is so I have some sort of accountability.

I am a big fan of the Navy SEALs so their program of getting ready for the pre-test to be accepted for training is going to be my guide. One of the necessary evils of the TEAMS is that the TEAM is your family. I understand why this is and it has to be, end of story. If you have a wife and kids, they become a liability. They do what they do so I can have a wife and kids. For this I am grateful.