Monday, October 26, 2009

Monday Musings/Another touch of "Indian Summer"

A few clouds, some sunshine, and a little rain to the north and west. But overall today, like yesterday, looks like another touch of "Indian Summer"...fairly warm in the mid to upper 60s for most of the week, with a shot or two of rain, as we finish out what has been a cooler, wetter, than normal October...Thanks Al Gore, Thanks Barry, Thanks UN, for warning us all of the "dangers" of Global Warming....Thanks for nothing you arrogant lying asswipes!

Speaking of The Obummers...Glenn Beck this morning is railing about Michelle "Antoinette" Obama is now sporting $500 tennis shoes at the bottom of her skinny ass ugly legs...just who the Hell do these people think they are? The nation is in a deep, deep, recession, and Michelle is surrounded by 26 "servants", er, associates. As much as I despise the Clintons, they don't hold a candle to these 2 clowns, very dangerous, not funny clowns.

Rasmussen says that Obama numbers are still dropping like a turd in a 2 story outhouse...maybe, just maybe, most Americans are finally waking up...albeit, might be a bit late.

The Weekend Past____

I ranted last Halloween on how things have changed in the past as far as Halloween is concerned. Growing up in Venice, Florida, back in the 1950s and early 60s, we always headed out on Halloween "Trick or Treating" fully intending to Trick as much as possible, and get some treats as well....and we usually accomplished what we set out to do. Harmless we thought, but looking back, we did some things we shouldn't have...all in the name of fun.

Things have changed, even in the past 15 years since my kids went "Trick or Treating"...they at least got to go out at night...even if we had to go with them{growing up my old man would have never put that embarrassment on us}. For the past decade here in Lilly White Celina{population 11,000} Beggars Night is Beggars Day, in this case the Sunday afternoon before Halloween. So yesterday as I sat in my back yard enjoying a nice hand rolled cigar, the Trick or Treaters with mommy and daddy in tow, roamed the neighborhood from 3 to 5 in the afternoon...How freaking sad has this country become? Daylight "Trick or Treating" on a Sunday Afternoon!

After finishing up the Football Officiating Saturday about 1PM, Sam and I headed home, and ended up watching college football{while I was drinking beer} for most of the day....Ohio State rebounded with a easy win over Minnesota, I find myself not really giving a rat anymore. Can't stand the coach, the QB, or the slave like fans, who actually think college football{or even worse the NFL} is really that important in the grand scheme of things. Sam headed back to OSU for classes this morning, he has a City League JV game tonight...I'm off, and have my final High School game tomorrow at Antwerp.

The Yankees won over the Angels, so the World Series is just about guaranteed to finish in cold weather in November, with Philadelphia and New York a the dreary locations. I will root for Philly, only because my 2 Uncles on mom's side are/were great Phillies Fans...Uncle Jack now 80, and my Uncle Bill, who passed away back in 1997, grew up rooting for the Phils, big time!

New Camera___

I spent several hours testing and getting to know the new digital camera...the shot at top is an example of what the 12.2 MegaPixel Fuji-Film A220 can do in the Macro Mode. What amazes me is how much the technology has improved in the 11 or 12 years since Patricia purchased the Sony Maciva for me back the late 1990s. And this camera is not even the top of the line, although, it has more than enough of what I need. The best part is, Pat paid almost $1000 for the Sony...I purchased this Fuji on sale for $99 with a $30 Memory Card and batteries tossed in. I should have taken FHB's advice and got this long ago.

Hopefully some good photos will be coming back with me from the Fishing Trip to Michigan this coming weekend.

The Diabetes Diet Updated____

Back in late August, after discovering blood tests showed a higher level of Blood Sugar that there should be, I visited the Dietitian at Joint Township Hospital in St. Marys. She set me up with 2000 a day calorie with a balance of carbs and lower sugar and fat levels....I weighed in at 208 pounds on that day, September the 7 weeks plus a weekend since I started, I have dropped 16 pounds down to 192{this weekend will be the big challenge, but I've got a diet plan for the weekend away from "normal" food}. The goal was to drop to 180, which was my weight when I got out from the Air Force back in 1972, and where I was when I started lifting heavy weights. So far things are going slow but sure, about 1 1/2 pounds a week, and that's good.

On the Blood Pressure front...I was running about 150/82 in August, with a pulse rate in the upper 60s resting, this was even with the BP Medication. This morning I was at 120/78 with a resting heart rate of 62. Not bad for an old fart, if I don't say so myself. Hopefully when I head back to the doc's next month, I can avoid going on any kind of Diabetes Meds, and maybe, just maybe, getting off the BP meds as month will tell.

Of course I'm still plowing along with my usual beers and a good cigar now and then.

Enough rambling for this post...

back later

Photos-top left-A Macro shot of the vines on my garage as they change colors for the last days of Indian Summer. Halloween has changed, forever. BOO! The new camera, the Fuji-Film A220 which was introduced this summer, $99 at Wally World with toys and extras. And finally Me on my 60th Birthday back in March at 208 pounds...and this morning at 192...12 pounds to go.


Larry said...

I don't think we had more than 40 kids come to the door last year -- and we live in a very populated area.

Law and Order Teacher said...

Good job with the diet. I gained some weight during soccer season as every year I vow to keep running, but between soccer, games and practices, and school, I'm tired at the end of the day. Soon I'll be back at it. I want to start lifting again too. I think that helps with the weight. I want to show some the youngsters at school some Olympic lifting. Well, at least some Olympic effort anyway.

I'm loving the Bengals season this year. I've endured a lot of jibes over the years. I'll enjoy this while it lasts. After all, the season is young and they are the Bengals. Take care.

PRH....... said...

Yep Steve, The Bengals are still the Bengals, and you wonder when it will come crashing down, but I am enjoying the ride...

I've still got the Weider Weight Center in the Basement, and use it, but the heavy stuff is no longer in the cards...

Hal starts his 7 week stint at Fairborn this Friday...will let you know how he does.