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April 8th, 2008

Writer's Block: Lost & Found

What have you lost that you wish you still had?


My jet black hair. It's salt & pepper now, and getting more salty by the day, I'm afraid.
Okay, so I'm easily amused. The other day I called my parents to confirm that they had received my 'Tween gift, which you might remember was a CD—NPR Driveway Moments: Baseball.

Aside: My dad is hard of hearing.

Me: Hi, dad. Just calling to make sure you got my mail.

Dad: Hmmm. Mail, hmmm. Oh yeah, the record?

Me: Yeah, the CD.

Dad: What?

Me: The CD.

Dad: We got a record, but we don't have anything to play it on.

Me: You have a CD player in the car, don't you?

Dad: What? We don't have anything in the house to play the record on.

Me: It's called a CD, dad. You can play it in the car on your next trip down to Myrtle Beach.

Fast forward to this past Saturday night at Flex. So the theme was "Retro Remix modernized by DJ Dathlo: Best of 70-90s remixed" and the "first 100 bears get a free CD: Retro Remix #1."

Since I was there early to line-dance and two-step before the "theme" took over, I was one of said first 100 bears. Imagine my surprise, and my dad's response if he would've see it, when I took out the CD and its label was done like this:

CD cover making it look like a 45-RPM record.

"Yes, dad, I know it looks like a record, but they're CDs now. Trust me on this."



Miraculously, when I got up at 6:15 today, my knee pain was completely gone. Guess those two Advils I took last night worked. Yay!

Today was Free Bagel Day at the gym, and Kevin (av8rdude) and I worked out from 7:00–7:45, after which we each enjoyed a pumpernickel bagel and some coffee.

I listened to music instead of podcasts during today's easy workout. I'm caring for my knee even though it feels fine. I "leveled down" from 4 to 3, and "timed down" from 60 minutes to 45 minutes.

Today's workout statistics:
Exercise Type
Minute Duration
Calories Burned

Cardio (Elliptical)

45

765


After our workout and breakfast, we both worked from Helios for about an hour-and-a-half. I got home in time to connect to an hour-long conference call—an IBM Editing Community Professional Vitality Session that was very professional, but only about marginally vital. I'm just saying...



Today was Pest Service day, and the "bug man," expected anywhere between 1:00 and 4:00, arrived at about 2:30.



For those of you not familiar with it, but care, Twitter is an application that lets you leave short (140 characters or less) messages of any nature. Think of them as very short blog entires—without the blog. Here is a snapshot of everyone publicly Twittering (a.k.a. "tweeting") in the world right now.

Some affirmations for me today on Twitter, where I tweet along with my friends Kevin (av8rdude) and Charles (chasman):







I had some affirmations in e-mails exchanged with Myra today, too. We changed our lunch date for tomorrow to a breakfast date. She's going to experience Finch's for the first time. Yay!



I had a brief telephone conversation with my sister tonight, which is always immensely enjoyable. Just love her! Here she is in Dubai in April of last year to present the paper Preparing Pre-service Teachers to Teach in a Global Society during a session on Teachers and School Reform. [She's the one directly to the right of the can in the brown jacket.]

I've asked her to send me the DVD we used to make some teaching points at the diversity session we did in July at the NC Teaching Fellows Junior Conference, as I might be able to use portions of it during a panel I'm going to participate on next week in one of Myra's classes.



Bad gold! Lazy gold!

 Symbol

 Last
Trade
 ChangeDay's
Range 
 SharesPrice
Paid
Holdings
Value 
 Gain/Loss

 GLD

 90.35

.82

 89.72 - 90.49

135

 $90.25

 $12,197.25

$12.96




I spent the evening at Helios, where among other things I downloaded a clipboard manager in which I saved a bunch of recurring HTML I use in my blog entries.

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