April 21st, 2001

nanowrimo 2010

I'm still hungry

I'm so hungry it woke me up! I hate that! I don't' like eating less than is satisfying. I don't want to be thin. I'm a big fat guy trapped in a big fat guy's body. Not some skinny wimp swallowed by me. Maybe I was once but I have grown. The guy standing inside the hollow me has grown to my borders. We don't want to get smaller. I don't care what the doctor says. I'm hungry. Grrrr.

I confess to being ventripotent, such is my nature. And what's wrong with it? Doc Arauba thinks everyone should have some interest in sweating for the sake of health. My motto: No pain, no pain.

  • Current Music
    "William" Tell Overture
nanowrimo 2010

Parallel

I had an interesting and pleasant conversation with LuTron earlier this evening. We occasionally suffer in parallel. We seem not to be afflicted with the same ills, (at least not simultaneously) but we seem to suffer some ill or other whenever the other does. Eerie.

I am impressed once again by his ability to deal with incunabula. Ancient languages and the like held little fascination for me when inflicted on my childhood. I treasure what little I have retained of Latin and Greek from those days, but don't envy him his inenarrable (or is that ineffable) knowledge.

  • Current Music
    Bohemian Rhapsody
nanowrimo 2010

Sleepless in MO

Scanning the dial. Unable to sleep. Have no desire to go back to sleep really. Still hungry. This is starting to piss me off.

Scanning the "dial"? Obsolete nomenclature. When was the last time you saw a television with a knob you could reasonably call a "dial". Oh well. Nothing on that I want to see. Highlander 4 might be interesting but it's not on until 4:00. Don't know if I'll hang out for it or try to do something else. Watched a few minutes of das Boot. A good movie if ever one was made. Wonderful ability to convey the cramped quarters and tension of a u-boat.

  • Current Music
    Mario Lanza - Finiculi, Finicula
nanowrimo 2010

Might as well get on with it

I fell asleep by 4:30 but my alarm went off at 5:30. I must remember to buy an alarm that is smart enough to shut itself off on weekends. I had one once before. Why did I fail to replace it with one as good? I have dozed since 5:30, not really sleeping, but resting. I suppose I am fit to face the day.
  • Current Music
    Bach Organ Recital
nanowrimo 2010

How Dreary the Day

Spoke to Joe today. His situation grows more dire. I have been looking for a position for him (UNIX admin or an entry level VB programming slot) but nothing is available in Seattle and nothing will be — Boeing is moving away, taking 4000 jobs and nobody is doing anything because of the glut of programmers. Silicon valley is in the same dire straits. The market elsewhere is rather flat as well. I will exert myself fully in the coming weeks and get something going for him. My network of students is still a couple hundred strong. They expand out to quite a few more. Doubtless someone will be able to point us to a strong market or a soft position (or both).

I am up and down alternating with increasing frequency. I'm pleased that my personal life is improving, and at the same time decry it's crappy nature.

  • Current Music
    The Merry-go-round Broke Down
nanowrimo 2010

Yo Yo Day

Sounds like a band … YoYoDay™. I bought some dumbbells today, a pair of tens and a pair of twenties. I also saw the exercise bike I want, a recumbent with no unnecessary features that looked solid enough to hold me. Unfortunately it was $400. I think I'll tell my doctor that if he really thinks it is necessary I want a prescription so my insurance can cover it. … and by the way Doc, how about you front me the cash for it until the insurance money comes through. I bet well see just how important he thinks it is then.

Doc Aruba is hurling pills at me by the fistful. He is showing me heart attack statistics and trying to convince me I'm at risk. I've had my heart attack, I know I'm at risk. Scare tactics now?

I think I will almost certainly buy the bike but not until payday. In the meantime I'll pump the tens and pray that I can work up to the twenties in less than a decade.

The down side of it all is, of course, that now that I've got exercise stuff I have to go and use it. Back near the beginning of the world I was in really good shape and did the weight training thing and actually enjoyed it. I can't get that mind set back and don't know if I'd want it if I did.

I am appalled at the thought of working out on a regular basis. I have gotten to where I actually hate it. Oh well. C'est la merde.

  • Current Music
    Dooley Wilson - You Must Remember This