Monday, February 25, 2008

Sideburn Rehab

Okay, I'm getting a little frustrated with my current barber. I directly asked for sideburns that ended where my natural hairline ended AND covered up the dark freckle in the middle of this area. What I got was Forrest Gump / Billy Bob Thorton in Slingblade non-sideburns. So for the next 4-6 weeks I will be rehabilitating my stubs. Please do not be alarmed during this time. Grief counselors will be on site to assist you.

So I'm going to have to change barbers. This is the 3rd or 4th time this has happened in 6 months. My hair is too butch and too simple to take to a 'hair stylist' but does require enough finesse that I can't really do it myself (top is a #3 guard, sides/back are #1.5 blended up). If anyone knows of a manly barber shop in town with a friendly (but not too friendly) staff that listens to their customers, I'm all ears. Guns n' Ammo magazine subscription and talk of 'dag-gummed liberals' is a plus.

Happy Birfday to Me.

I'm 32 today and don't look a minute older than 43.

I've always been the guy who looked older than he was. Is that stress or genetics? I don't know. I used to think it was related to my 1/4 Italian heritage but all of my relatives on that side aged gracefully. I'm the only one that's starting to look like Al Pacino post-Godfather II.

I may look even more grizzled and mean the older I get but I am refusing to let my body get any worse than I am now. It's time to hit the gym and pushback from the table a bit. I was quite an athlete at one time and it's been way, way too long since those days. Hopefully I haven't damaged my joints and back beyond the point of no return. There probably won't be much jogging or powerlifting in my future but I intend to get back on a bicycle and hit the weights and work on flexibility. Having a high school wrestling and Tae Kwon Do background I'm thinking of joining a mixed martial arts gym in Wichita. They have a lot of new equipment and teach boxing fitness and martial arts classes, which should keep me entertained. So far from just moderate dieting (no deserts, no vending machine food, no soda) I've lost 10 lbs at about 2-3 lbs per week. Cranking up my metabolic rate should really get things going. [Note: I did indulge in some birthday cake this weekend and today. Thank you AC + my moms]

Who knows; if things go well I may need a plastic surgeon in another year or so to take care of the extra skin. Maybe I could keep the extra and reupholster a chair or something. How cool would that be?

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Curvy Roads

I came across these pics in an email fwd recently.

I could drive roads like this all day.

Looks like a life-size slotcar track, doesn't it?

Here's my favorite. I have no idea where this is. If it's in the US, I'd guess California or the Pacific NW, but that's just a S.W.A.G. I can't make out any of the road signs so who knows.

Here's the same road at night during a long photo exposure:

To really cap off this driving experience I'll need the car to sound like this.

I've talked to Annie about dropping the kids of with Gramma and heading for Arkansas just to find roads like this. One of these days it's going to happen.

Now on to politics or something...

Intestinal Flu Haiku - Part Two


Flushed our pipes all out
Lactose intolerant now
Don't block the bathroom


Who else blogs about poo and barf (see also "Party Pooper!" - June 2007)? Well, I promise it won't come up too much more. We were all awakened last night at 1:00 to hear Bella filling her bedding with recycled sour milk / PBJ / yogurt. She had had a milk with her dinner. Little A had similar problems earlier in the week and Annie had taken him off all dairy. I've had other difficulties. Maybe this is T.M.I. (too much info), in fact I'm pretty sure it is.

On a positive note, soy milk is actually some pretty good stuff. Except for ice cream and cheese I don't think I'd miss moo-cow milk if I had to.

Why do I post this stuff...

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Intestinal Flu Haiku

Exploding vomit
Violent diarrhea
No More Pizza Hut

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Engineers for Jihad?

Check this out.

It's a paper someone wrote at Oxford which attempts to explain why so many Islamic terrorists actually have engineering or technical degrees. I'd like to read the whole thing before commenting further but thought I'd share the link early. Don't feel obligated to read all 90 pages.

Sunday, February 3, 2008

The Cars of the Future

Saw this on another blog and couldn't help but repost it for your amusement. It's funny how some of these technologies actually made it but most didn't.

Saturday, February 2, 2008