It’s March, the most schizophrenic weather month around. It’s like the planet is arguing with itself whether it is still winter, or springtime. Kind of a pain, tho, in that it takes my basement about 3 days to get warm again after the weather turns nice again. I’m sitting in it now at 12:30am, with a very distinct chill that makes me wish I had a sweater or something on.
I’m trying to finish up a poker tournament. As with anything, as soon as you have something else to go do, the thing that you’re doing starts taking an extraordinary long time to resolve. Maybe I should just keep doing this… make an appointment, and then a couple hours before it start playing a poker tournament. That would increase the likelihood that I’m still playing in it by several-fold, I think. (Update: I finished in 19th out of 180. That’s pretty good, but considering that 18th place pays $8.64 and 19th place pays $0.00, it’s kind of annoying.. happens to me too much to be healthy for my psyche)
I mentioned we joined the YMCA, right? The boys do love their swimming lessons. Teresa had made an appt. for me to meet with a trainer last week and she (the trainer) introduced me to the machines and the system they use. Boy, have gyms come a long way. The machines tell me how many repetitions, what my last weight setting was, the seat settings, how far to move, how fast I’m going… It’s like having a trainer sitting there with you every time you go.. only without the Austrian accent.
There is even a ‘point’ system (which I will be calling ‘experience’) that tallies up the more you do, and you reach different levels! It takes quite a bit of experience to earn anything, but still.. it’s Dungeons and Dragons for Fitness! As I go I’ll be working out on more machines and earning more points each week. It’s pretty dang cool.. Maybe in a few months I’ll be saying "I’m a 3rd level cardiovascular workouter" I’ll get to learn an additional 1st level exercise, and roll a die for extra hitpoints! I can’t wait!
I can even log in from home and put in points for stuff I do at home, like yardwork, etc. They have different things you enter like distance, how hard the exercise was, how long it took. They don’t have a slot for ‘beers drank’, though, so I’ll probably not use that for home exertions.
I’ve reached a milestone in the weightloss once more. Breaking through the 200 barrier and coming in at a slim (ha) 199lbs. Which is incredibly annoying. This is truly an irritating weight because I still really can’t wear my size 36 jeans (unless I’m going out to eat in a restaurant and want to make sure that I don’t eat too much, because if I do I’ll cut the circulation to my lower half), and my size 38 jeans sit lower on my butt than is decent. Which I don’t mind the indecency so much as the constant feeling that I need to pull up my pants. Pull’em up, take two steps, pull’em up… I feel like Cameron when he puts on a pair of Tyler’s pants by mistake.
The basement ceiling is coming together nicely. It’s probably about 92% done (and I say that approximately). I put in the tiles for the lighting fixtures (all but one, because if I did that last one it would be actually ‘finishing’ something I’m doing, and I can really have that set a precedent). Still have a vent that’s pushing down on a tile too much, and 3 of the edges.. the ones I have to trim tiles to do it. Trimming tiles is really nasty messy work. I had to cut the holes for the lighting fixtures and I still itch from the dust. So I want to do that trimming outside. And convenient for me.. it’s too cold outside to work! I’m a genius at this avoiding finishing stuff deal.
We also got some doors to replace our solid metal basement doors. French-style doors with big windows. They’ll be nice, but I’m still figuring out how to get the old doors out.
Ok, tournament is over.. it’s 1:20am, and I’m gonna go to sleep now.
Movies this week:
– Man of the Year – Robin Williams – Very good (and that surprised me)
– Running With Scissors – Wow… interesting flick
– The Iceman Interviews – HBO Specials about Richard Kuklinski, a mob hitman … scary guy
– Firewall – Harrison Ford – Pretty good film