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May 5th, 2008

In today's obituaries: Don A. Biggerstaff. Editorial comment: Survived by his wife, Putona Strapon. I'm just saying...



Since when are grammar rules decided by a popularity vote? You know this has me seeing (a) red (pen)!

The state of Missouri has issued millions of new license plates containing a grammar error, but officials say they won't be correcting it.

The new plates proclaim Missouri the "Show Me State." Since this nickname contains a compound modifier before a noun, it should read "Show-Me State."

But a state spokesman says the design and wording on the new plate was approved by motorists in an online poll. "If the people want it that way," he said, "that's what we're going to deliver for the people."

Good week for...Bad week for...
Knowing when to quit, when a Japanese high school baseball team walked off the field in the second inning after falling behind, 66-0.Reefer Madness, after a Kentucky man was arrested when he began pumping gas into a car that wasn't there. Police said that when they persuaded Joshua Moore to stop pumping gas into the air, they found that he was carrying two bags of pot and a large amount of Ecstasy.
—From The Week Magazine 05/02/08—



I worked from home today, and had a good meeting with my manager late in the afternoon.



I met Kevin (av8rdude) at the gym at about 4:40, where I did lower body today, followed by crunches, followed by 30 minutes of cardio.

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

Resistance

40

Lower Body

Cardio
(Elliptical)

30

625

Total
70
 

In addition to being Cinco de Mayo, it's the first Monday of the month which means... drum roll, please... Free Pizza Day at our gym! Kevin and I had a slice of sausage and mushroom after our workout.



I arrived at Helios at about 8:00, and edited for an hour or so.

At 9:00, these three young girls came hustling and bustling into the place asking if they could hand out fliers to people. Evidently, they received an affirmative response, which actually kind of surprised me.

Starting at the table to the left of me with a very hot-looking guy, about whom I was wondering if he was gay, she said extending a flier to him: "Did you know that Bill Clinton is in town, right here downtown tonight at 10:00?"

"Actually, I'm a Republican, so you can save a flier," he responded.

There. Answered both our questions at the same time. Aside: I know there are gay Republicans. I'm just going with the odds here.

Then to me, as if I wasn't in hearing distance to the table right next to me, "Did you know that Bill Clinton is in town, right up the street, tonight at 10:00?"

"Oh, you mean the reason I'm not voting for Hillary is in town?" I thought, but didn't say. "No, thank you," I said, indicating the flier.



I dropped by Flex for a couple of $1.25 well drinks, and was surprised to find Randy K. out. It's been forever. We had fun catching up and drinking inexpensively.

He kept saying, "Do you know so-and-so [insert some TV actor/actress]?"

And I'd say, "No."

And he'd say, "You don't? I know you don't have a television, but they're on network TV!"

"Uh, yeah, it's the TV part that I don't have."

The more incredulous he got that I didn't know somebody, the funnier it was—to both of us.

Sign of the times: At one point he said, "Oh, let me show you a picture of my son at his high school prom." He reached into his back pocket, and I thought, "How quaint that at his age, and his son's age, he still carries a picture of him in his wallet."

Out came his iPhone, and after a few clicks, a .jpg.



I finally got out my blood pressure monitor that I got for Christmas, and which has sat in the closet since then. I'm wondering if I might be able to work my way off my blood pressure medicine since my health is improving, and I want to be able to give some numbers to my doctor on Wednesday.

Today's readings:

 Date

 Time

 Systolic

 Diastolic

Pulse 

 5/5/08

 14:00

 123

 67

 62

 5/5/08

 14:15

 125

 77

 65

 5/5/08

 15:15

 121

 72

 65

 5/5/08

 18:45

 127

 75

 76

 5/6/08

 00:25

 123

 69

 73

 Average

 

 124

 72

 71

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