Drivel that cannot fit in a single panel comic.

Thursday, December 30, 2004

I walked 3,212 steps.

I had a strange experience this morning. Last night, I took some cough syrup and a sleep aid. This morning I was very groggy. Walter made breakfast and I ate. After he left for work I tried to read some e-mail and funnies but I was still groggy so I decided to go back to bed. It was 9:30. Sometime later I felt the bed shake as if someone was trying to climb in. I also heard the sound that a pair of Walter's warm up pants make when he is either putting them on or off. These pants are made of a sort of slick nylon material. He rarely wears them. I thought Walter had come back from work and was going back to bed. I forced my eyes open and did not see anyone else in the room. I turned over and went back to sleep. I did hear other noises but I was able to identify that as Salvador tapping on a box in the living room.

Walter has reported experiencing the same thing on several occasions after I have left for work and he has slept in. The bed shaking part not the noises.


Goofy spam names:
Abe D. Xiong (subject line: Behind the chair on)
Cherub R. Reviewer
Alexandria K. Peacock
Cross A. Geniuses

If there are any ghosts, poltergiests or spirits in the house I would be grateful if they would do something useful besides shake the bed. Washing a few dishes would be nice. Maybe vacuum the rug. Dusting the furniture and shelves would be great. Spirits would be good at that because they could get to those hard to reach places because of their noncorporeal form.

Wednesday, December 29, 2004

I walked 6,709 steps.

Last night Walter unearthed an eraser from the couch. It was a Pink Pearl that I had been using for 5 years. I lost it a few months ago and began using another one.

Here is a picture:

The top one is a brand new eraser, the second one is the eraser that I've been using the past few months and the bottom one is the eraser that I had been using for 5 years. Dime included for scale. The indentation in the middle of the old eraser is from my thumbnail scraping the surface while I was erasing.

The bottom eraser is officially retired.

If you squint really hard and truly believe you can see an image of Jesus in the eraser. That is what the description on eBay will say.

Whoa! The other side of the eraser looks like something! I think my prayers have been answered.

I walked 2,584 steps yesterday. The pedometer is not accurate because it did not count the 2 miles that I ran. I cannot expect too much from an adult Happy Meal toy. When the battery dies on this one, I'll purchase a real pedometer.

My weight is going back down after a slight Christmas related surge.

Goofy spam names:
Trolled D. Vassaling
Emphasize J. Darwinism
Estranged I. Conurbation
Tulsa Q. Logging
Lechery J. Open
Worked U. Exuberantly
Derailment R. Epsom
Tombstone M. Inherited

Damn! I can't shake a stick at that!

Monday, December 27, 2004

I walked 3,561 steps. Played Dance Dance Revolution for a good 20 minutes. Walter scored a perfect score on one of the songs and unlocked another song.

I got a lot accomplished today. I drew two single panel cartoons; finished inking a multi-panel cartoon; drew 5 pieces of clip art; scanned, lettered and colored 3 cartoons; cleaned the kitchen; changed the sheets; worked out at the gym; read a chapter of the Tibetan Book of the Dead; washed, dried and folded the clothes; and updated my website. I also read some funnies, e-mail and newsgroup postings.

Today was a good day. The weather was beautiful. I missed having a dog to walk.

My positive thoughts and prayers go out to the people affected by the tsunami. I need to send a donation to the appropriate agency.

Goofy spam names:
Interrelation O. Boulder
Avians E. Spica
Accidentally Q. Yakut
Assortment O. Whelp
Pronunciations J. Brad
Bonaparte K. Ringmaster

Sunday, December 26, 2004

It snowed on Christmas Eve! I made a little snowman. I'll post a picture soon.

Walter is posting items on eBay. I just updated my website.

We had a great Christmas.

I will enjoy the one week vacation courtesy of Texas A&M. I switch to nocturnal mode during this time.

Salvador has been behaving strangely. He's showing interest in things that he has ignored to 6 months. He's exploring different nooks and crannys in the house. I think he is trying to find a nest location. He worked his way into one of our bathroom cabinets and got very angry whenever anyone approached. That may be where he decided to put his nest. It is summer where his species is native. Maybe his rythms are hardwired for the Southern Hemisphere.

Goofy spam names:
Ostensibly A. Deserting
Bantered G. Simulated
Toad L. Dieted
Alumna R. Lancing
Eire Q. Palavered
Torching U. Fate
Boons R. Blockade
Okra A. Viagra
Windsurfs F. Ravine
Titanic O. Servant

My brilliant invention idea (you read it here first - that means I get a percentage if someone actually builds it): An implant that tracks your vital signs and has wireless access to your computer. When the implant realizes that you are dead then it sends a signal to your computer to delete incriminating files.

Pretty cool, eh?

Friday, December 24, 2004

This week I ran 4.46 miles and burned 575 calories. I weigh 160.7 pounds. A little weight gain from all the chocolate. No big deal.

There is one more week in 2005. I'll have a final tally of miles ran and calories burned for the year. I like keeping trivial statistics and making charts. I guess that is why I like my pedometer. A perfect toy for the slightly obsessed.

Today's agenda: gift wrapping, preparing Sunday's Order of Service, checking the oil and going to Houston.

Goofy spam names:
abdul stump
Wheres M. Unattractive

Merry Christmas.

Thursday, December 23, 2004

I walked 3,086 steps.

The temperature is supposed to drop to 18 degrees Fahrenheit. Brr.

I better take extra clothes and blankets when visiting my family. They like to keep their houses very cold.

10 glorious days off from work. Yes, I'm getting paid. I'll use the time to get ahead on the cartoons, post things on eBay, get some extra exercise and putter around the house.

I'm also going to fill out the foster home application from Woodstock Animal Rescue. I think fostering will be a good thing to do until the right dog comes along. I have a nice big fenced yard and Woodstock has a shortage of suitable foster homes for larger dogs because most of their fosters are college students.

Goofy spam names:
Florine E. Mayes

The 24 hour broadcast of "A Christmas Story" begins tomorrow.
"Deck the hars with boughs of horry. Fa Ra Ra Ra Ra Ra Ra"

I just can't sing Deck the Halls without thinking about that scene.

I had a dose of irony yesterday, a Christian radio station playing Deck the Halls with its references to the pagan celebration of Solstice.

Listening to Classic Soul on Radio@Netscape.

Wednesday, December 22, 2004

I walked 2,511 steps. One half day of work until holiday break! 10 glorious days.

We might get some snow on Christmas Eve. How exciting.

Goofy spam names:
Rejoiced E. Hereby
Dictators L. Salve

Listening to "Have Yourself A Looney Tunes Christmas"

My feet are cold.

Tuesday, December 21, 2004

I walked 3,828 steps. I did some weight lifting for the first time in about two weeks. I really felt it in my legs.

I've been producing a lot of tater tot gags lately. I love tater tots.

Goofy spam names and Zen koans:
Do you require to perceive fine following morning?
Languorous H. Antedate

I love tater tots in a very healthy, natural and normal way.

Monday, December 20, 2004

I walked 2,516 steps. I scanned some cartoons.

Goofy spam names of the day:
Convex E. Mesh
Ebony N. Lester

Listening to Christmas In The Stars - the Star Wars Christmas album.

Sunday, December 19, 2004

Check out my marathon pictures!

Run Forest Run!

Saturday, December 18, 2004

This week I weigh 157 pounds. I ran 26.2 miles and burned 2,770 calories. I did that in one day.
On Monday, it's back to the gym.

Walter and I completed our Christmas shopping. I got Dance Dance Revolution and the pad. It is a Christmas/ birthday present.

I had a great time at the party last night. I enjoyed several buttery nipples. I have very cool friends.

Goofy spam names:
Delivered R. Timber
Newsletter H. Cosignatory
Botany E. Reserve
Putties V. Manifestation

Looking forward to 10 days off.

Friday, December 17, 2004

I walked 2,617 steps.

I'm going to a party tonight.

Goofy spam names:
Fiftieth B. Fog

I have never dabbled in ocks.

Thursday, December 16, 2004

I walked 507 steps. I am feeling much better. I think I could actually make it to work tomorrow.

Goofy spam names and Zen koans:
Olive J. Finch
Jaclyn L. Ramified
extrude terminology

I enjoy good health.

I walked 90 steps yesterday. I spent most of the day in bed or on the couch. I did not feel like updating last night so I did it this morning. I'm feeling much better but I am taking another day off. I have over 300 hours of sick leave, I might as well use it when I am sick.

I just put up my last ready to go single panel cartoon and I have one multi-panel cartoon ready to go up tonight. After that I have nothing. I need to get cracking on drawing some cartoons. I might do some dingbat and clip art based toons to get a quick back log. Unfortunately, I'm not too witty when I have a cold or under the influence of cold relieving drugs. Some would argue that I'm not too witty even when healthy. Those people are just idiots too stupid to grasp the subtlety of my brilliant wit.

I think I'll make it to work tomorrow.

Goofy spam names and Zen koans:
Let her feel the warm sensation when applied
Flint Stone
forrest cattle
placid caddy
this is want most men need
Spitefulness O. Seducer
Are soprano condition do rain sought
adolescent ang ruttish misses are waiting you!
hurtle meridian
Garibaldi J. Vitreouses
Arline N. Schaefer
Recent route to missing mass!
jupiter smokehouse
was fill incontinent is appall pessimist

New products being hawked by spammers:
Dog translators, Rolex watches and penny stocks.

Several spammers have a stuttering problem and dyslexia.

My proposal for a anti-spamming law:
Allow the spammers to send their e-mails but they must report, everyday, to a non-spamming citizen to have their head smacked with a cricket bat. Eventually the smart spammers will realize that the daily pain is not worth the money, thus discontinue and the dumb ones will become too brain damaged to send spam. With this law people will think twice about getting into the spam business.

I want a license to smack people upside the head with impunity. I would use that power for good. I promise. That is my Christmas wish.

Tuesday, December 14, 2004

I got a cold! I run, my immune system is temporarily compromised and I get a damn cold. At least I'm not trying to run with it. I hate running with a cold. It just sucks.

I'm going to soak in the tub for a while.

I walked 1,188 steps.

Goofy spam names and Zen koans:
septillion pig
Diaphanous K. Medici
Lanolin H. Lark
amuse seville
pickoff dowitcher
Scrimmage H. Federalist
Histrionics U. Beauty

Calgon, take me away.

Monday, December 13, 2004

Goofy spam names and Zen koans:
love her, treasure her and take good care of her transit
sunlight, and from behind
Kringle I. Crumby
Durability Q. Faintness

The unofficial results for the Dallas White Rock Marathon can be found here:

My chip time was 5:43:47.6

That is 25 minutes 8.4 secs off my Houston time back in January.

I placed 14th among all 26 women in the Clydesdale division and 12th among the 15 women in the 39 and under Clydesdales.

In the first half of the race I ran an 11:57 mile and in the second half I ran a 14:14 mile pace. I started getting slower at mile 16. Those hills must have taken a greater toll on me than I thought. Anyway my overall average pace was a 13:07 mile.

Walter and my brother took some great pictures. I'll post them soon.

There were 10,000 runners at this event.

Thursday, December 09, 2004

I walked 1,795 steps.

I ran 9.68 miles and burned 1,174 calories.

I leave for the Dallas White Rock Marathon tomorrow.

Goofy spam names and Zen koans:
Earnests J. Wearer
Rolex Oyster Perpetual
Humanely Q. Highland

Let's get this party started.

Wednesday, December 08, 2004

I walked 982 steps.

Goofy spam names:
Mulligatawny M. Electorate
Area G. Filtration

That is all I have to say about that.

Tuesday, December 07, 2004

I walked 1,296 steps. I ran over 3 miles.

Last week I ran 17.5 miles, burned 2,004.4 calories and weigh 160.3 pounds.

I received my e-mail from the Clif Bar Pace Team. 5 days until the Dallas White Rock Marathon.

Goofy spam names:
Cleanse U. Postcode
Footlights S. Watchword

I did not check my e-mail for 4 days. My box got full and messages bounced.

There will be a new cartoon tonight.

Monday, December 06, 2004

Radio MASH is finished! 4,500 kids will get toys this year.

This year the toy donations were slow in coming and so everything was behind. The last order was filled at 10:00 am today.

I woke up at 7:30 am on Sunday and then took a two hour nap from 1:00 am to 3:00 am on Monday and then went back to the MASH compound. I am taking a sick day.

Next order of business: shower, then bed.

Salvador is molting. My shoulder has lots of bird dander on it. It looks like a nasty case of dandruff. The feathers distinguish it from dandruff.

God, I'm so pathetic. I have to blog before I sleep.

Wednesday, December 01, 2004

I walked 4,300 steps.

I received a call from the animal shelter. They have a parrot available for adoption. A mitered conure named Elmer. He is a very sweet and unusually friendly bird. We assumed that we would be charged the standard adoption fee of $70. The shelter wants 50% of pet store retail. We cannot afford the $150 plus a larger cage for $45. I'll call the shelter in the morning to let them know that we won't be taking Elmer. This allow them to call the next person on the breed waiting list.

I'm sure Elmer will find a good home. I'm glad he was not a Cockatoo or a Macaw at 50% retail that would have been some real sticker shock. Maybe another parrot will become available after our economic fortunes have improved.

Goofy spam names of the day:
Rejected M. Route
Heartiness F. Cuddled
Steadies U. Leapfrogs

Tuesday, November 30, 2004

I walked 1,829 steps. I ran over 6 miles. I got a blister where my big toe joins the rest of my foot. First blister since I started training for this marathon.

I'm thinking about doing something about the ever increasing amount of gray hair on my head. I checked out the hair care section in the store and the selection was quite overwhelming. So I consulted people on a newsgroup that I frequent. So far people are suggesting that I go professional rather than a bottle. I've had it done professionally twice with good results. The problem is that I don't go to the salon very often and I like to keep my trips to the salon at a minimum. The salon is not a particularly negative place, it's just someplace I have to go every once in a while. Sort of like the DMV. I just try to tolerate the situation and be nice to the people that work there. It takes me two weeks to actually get a haircut after I've decided that I need a haircut. My hair is very unruly looking right now. It gets in my eyes and serves as a conduit for sweat when I run. Sweat in the eyes - what a great feeling.

At age 35 not only do I have a lot of gray hair, I also have a couple of zits. I'm too young for the amount of gray that I have and too old for the damn zits.

Goofy spam names:
Ugod Thang
implant Maritza
Cupid U. Besom
Lorna D. Chairman
Doctor S. Staggering

Just delete my account already!

Monday, November 29, 2004

I forgot to wear my pedometer. I ran 5.5 miles. It felt effortless.

(silence, internal debate, things better left unwritten)

Goofy spam names:
Success P. Redbreast
Recapitulate H. Inamorata
Pansy W. Vigil
Marquis I. Maldives
Moran C. Prosecute

The spammers address me by yet another name: Jean-Luc. I'm a big Star Trek: The Next Generation fan but how do the spammers know this? I'm a geek not French.

Saturday, November 27, 2004

This week I ran 30.68 miles, burned 3,521.2 calories and weigh 158 pounds.

Daisy is back with her original family. It is best thing for everyone.

For the first time in 13 years, there is not a dog in my life. Right now, I'm not ready for another dog. When the time is right, the right dog will come along.

The update schedule is going to be a bit sporadic in December. Radio MASH is next weekend. That is when it starts to feel like the holidays for me. Radio MASH is a local 100 hour toy drive. My friends from the U.S.S. Intangible have worked with this event since 1992. I'm taking that Friday off from work. I have a short 8 mile run on Saturday. The rest of the weekend will be dedicated to Radio MASH. MASH in this case stands for Make A Smile Happen. After a few meals and late nights in the army tents it begins to stand for Make A Smell Happen.

During the 4 days of Radio MASH we experience the full range of weather that central Texas has to offer. Hopefully, rain will not be part of the experience. Actually, weather is not an adequate term to describe the conditions at Radio MASH.

The weekend after that will be the big race, the Dallas White Rock Marathon. I'm ready to get this done.

Goofy spam names:
Cruciform K. Hoping
Loftily V. Opaque
Skyjacked J. Assurance
Scrub Q. Document
Graffias H. Infantile
Bathe U. Notoriously
Poinsettia K. Tibetan

Wednesday, November 24, 2004

I walked 1,717 steps. I also ran over 6 miles.

Goofy spam names:
Cone H. Dished
Equivocations Q. Bullhorn

You will have to get your quota of boredom elsewhere for the next couple of days.

I walked 1,035 steps yesterday.

A thunderstorm came through last night therefore I did not turn on my computer and do an update. I'll take care of it this afternoon.

I have the afternoon off. I'll run 6 miles this afternoon in preparation for the overeating tomorrow. Actually, I might try a bit of moderation. At least rest between courses. I'm going to burn it all off on Saturday during my 16 mile run.

I'm looking forward to Thanksgiving. Fried turkey, pumpkin pie, sweet potatoes, broccoli/rice casserole, and football. I also look forward to spending some time with my family.

Things in no particular order that I'm thankful for:
1. Good health
2. Walter
3. All my basic needs: food, clothing, shelter, more than adequately met. I pray that everyone in the world could be blessed just as much.
4. A job that is not too stressful.
5. Pets
6. Family
7. A sound mind
8. Living in the United States with all the freedom and responsibilities that come with the privilege
9. Music, art, humor, the creative impulse
10. God and all creation in its glorious diversity
11. People willing to love and embrace me in all my glorious imperfection. People that see the good in me when I cannot or will not. People willing to forgive hurt, intentional or not, I've caused.

Okay, maybe there is a particular order. At least the order that these things came to mind but this list is not intended as a ranking. Feel free to judge my priorities and spiritual condition based on the order that these things came to mind. If it keeps you off the street and out of trouble then I can live with the judgment.

If you will be on the road tomorrow, slow down, be a bit more patient and we will all make it to our destination. I think our families would rather see us arrive late rather than not at all. Don't make a police officer deliver sad news on Thanksgiving. Just pull your head out of your ass and pay attention to the road and for once think about other people.

There are people that have to work on Thanksgiving, don't make their job more difficult by being a stupid asshole. Try for 24 hours not to be a stupid asshole. If you succeed, you might try longer stretches. It could change your life and improve the world.

Perhaps we could designate Thanksgiving, not only as a day of thanksgiving and gluttony but also as a day of not being a stupid asshole. Sort of like the Great American Smoke Out, except for stupid asshole behavior. Maybe the Friday after Thanksgiving would be a more appropriate day. The Great American Stop Being a Stupid Asshole Day. I like it.

Happy Thanksgiving.

Monday, November 22, 2004

Last week I ran 30.10 miles, burned 3,558.6 calories and weigh 157.4 pounds.

I walked 1,592 steps.

Salvador is molting.

I will be posting two cartoons tonight to make up for the lack of an update last night. There will be no Thursday update because of Thanksgiving.

Goofy spam names:
Aces V. Victimization
Advertisers D. Wintering
Griffith U. Mudslides
Drag I. Creation

I did not do an update last night. I got home a bit late from my mother-in-law's house. She hosted a pre-Thanksgiving dinner. The food was good. The visit was enjoyable and I hope I was not too much of an ass.

It is one thing to believe in and proclaim tolerance for other's idiosyncrasies but putting it into practice is a lot harder. Then again, they would be a lot less interesting without the idiosyncrasies.

I care about them. I hope things get better and that justice will be served.

I was a teenager once but I got better. I hope.

Friday, November 19, 2004

I walked 2,468 steps.

I'll list the goofy spam names tomorrow. I'm just doing a quick post while the order of service for Sunday is being printed.

I'll miss the service to enjoy an early Thanksgiving meal.

Printing is done.

Thursday, November 18, 2004

I walked 2,841 steps.

I went to the Bonfire Memorial Dedication Ceremony. It was a nice ceremony. Rick Perry, the Governor spoke. I'll have to check out the memorial sometime. It was a beautiful day. The clouds cleared out by the time the ceremony started. I hope the 12 families that lost their sons and daughters were able to take a measure of comfort in the memorial and the outpouring of support from the Aggie family.

It has been five years since the accident. A stupid, stupid accident. What the hell were we doing anyway? We suddenly awoke and saw the absurdity of this tradition. It took the loss of 12 young people to wake us up. I enjoyed participating in the tradition but was hard pressed to explain it to an outsider. The whole thing seemed so ridiculous when trying to use words to describe it. After the accident, it became more difficult.

Our governor expressed hope that the bonfire tradition would come back to the Texas A&M campus. It is never coming back. The deaths made sure of that. A bonfire may burn on campus but it won't be the same. That tradition died with those 12 people. I say let it stay dead. I don't want to see it come back as a bastardized shadow of its former self. A shell of a tradition without the spirit.

I don't know the words to Texas, Our Texas.

Goofy spam names:
Overlord V. Skein
Garnishee R. Diadems
Freestyle H. Susie

Aggie Class of 1991, graduated December 1992.

The note from the mystery promotional notepad from two or three entries down is from LaQuinta. The name of the hotel chain was printed on the side of the notepad. The whole pad has a diagonal cut which displays the name of the hotel. The promotional item was designed as a whole and a single part cannot promote LaQuinta. Once a sheet is removed from the pad the La Quinta name is no longer visible. As sheets are removed the name will disappear. This is a very ineffective marketing gimmick.

I know I'm talking about LaQuinta and thus promoting the hotel chain but I'm only able to do that because the whole notepad was easily available to me. Yes, the note piqued my curiosity and now LaQuinta has embedded itself on to one of my neurons. If I receive another note from the same pad I now know that it is from LaQuinta.

What if the note was from a passing contact rather than someone that I contact daily? What if I could not satisfy my curiosity? The hunger for information would have eaten a tiny hole in my brain and tiny holes have a way of becoming larger over a lifetime. The tiny holes get together and eventually your brain just disappears. The barrage of ineffective and stupid marketing one receives over a lifetime is the real cause of Alzheimer's.

Dilbert is right. Marketing is the root of all evil.

Wednesday, November 17, 2004

I walked 1,535 steps.

I eat, sleep, work, run, draw and maintain my website. That is my life. Walter just read that over my shoulder and said, "Poor you, it sucks to be you." I am blessed.

I do other things but they are not worth mentioning.

Goofy spam names:
Slings F. Franz
Absurd U. Fringed
Numbers F. Hanna
Mainstays L. Sabling
Bedroll U. Licensed
Zealous L. Lily
Kuomintang S. Chart
Priestlier L. Mathematical
Wing L. Harder
Generosities G. Ministry

Several billion people would enjoy my life.

I walked 1,250 steps yesterday.

I took a half day off from work to purchase Walter's favorite meal and to clean up the house. Walter went to a friend's house to fix her computer. I had the friend call me when he left so that I can get the last minute things together.

Walter was surprised that I was home. He was even more surprised by the dinner and what I was wearing when I greeted him at the door. It was a black dress that he had not seen me wear in about 3 years. I hadn't worn the dress in about 3 years. It fits a bit loosely around the shoulders. I was surprised that I was able to find the shoes. I managed to wear the shoes without injuring myself. They are not the most comfortable shoes but I was not going to stand in, walk in or wear them for very long.

Walter enjoyed his birthday very much. I enjoyed making him happy.

No, I did not update last night. A new cartoon will go up tonight. I know that you are upset but think of Walter. He is very happy.

If the fact that I did not update last night really bothers you, please consider going to a church, temple, synagogue, mosque or other community that will help you find truth and meaning in a responsible way. A Perfect World might make you laugh or groan but anything deeper than that requires something greater than I could possibly offer. An Unitarian-Universalist church is a good place to start. Try it. It will make my cartoons seem a bit funnier without the expense and health problems associated with booze.

Monday, November 15, 2004

I walked 2,192 steps.

I'm going to send in my entry for the Dallas White Rock Marathon.

I have a surprise for Walter tomorrow. It is his birthday.

Goofy spam names:
Lieu D. Sweetness
Churchill S. Whom
Asphalting H. Assizes
Smites I. Misapprehensions
Ateliers I. Bug
Slaked O. Entrenchment

Sunday, November 14, 2004

What is wrong with this promotional notepad?

The sides of the pad say:
Aggressive Pursuit Of Opportunities
Loyal Client Partnerships
Passion To Be The Best
Leader In the Mid-Priced Lodging Market

The people responsible for this notepad felt it important to print, "Doing What It Takes" twice.
Apparently, doing what it takes does not include putting the name of the Mid-Priced Lodging anywhere on the promotional notepad. I'll have to ask the secretary that gave me this note where she got the notepad.

It could be one of those ultra-clever marketing gimmicks that is aimed at a demographic that I'm not a part of.

"Mid-Priced Lodging" covers a wide range of hotel chains. I need some kind of hint.

Yes, I did call my Dad. He's doing fine.

Saturday, November 13, 2004

I walked 4,428 steps on Friday. This week I ran 41.92 miles, burned 4.713.7 calories and weigh 160.1 pounds.

I ran my 22 mile practice run in 4 hours and 44 minutes. That includes water breaks and traffic delays.

I might not be able to run in the Clydesdale class in Dallas. Oh well, there are worse things that can happen.

Goofy spam names:
Springs G. Bullpen
Highs L. Favorable
Fundamentalism B. Interactive
Transacts J. Briton
Horsepower C. Yoghurt
Fenian G. Substation

I ran 22 miles in 4 hours and 44 minutes!

Thursday, November 11, 2004

I walked 1,262 steps. I got some more rub burns. I need lubrication.

Goofy spam names:
Determinations P. Released
Ferric G. Miskito

I'm not French.

Wednesday, November 10, 2004

I walked 800 steps. I also ran 9 miles and got some rub burns in some akward places.

Walter is still playing Halo 2. He did make it to bed at 11:30 last night. I don't know how late he is going to stay up tonight.

I like the greater independence between players in cooperative mode in Halo 2 compared to Halo.

Salvador's attachment to the toaster is becoming a bit worrisome. He is defending it much more agressively.

Goofy spam names:
Parlor M. Shortest
Sprain P. Spotters
Styles L. Fender
Paran C. Sirloin
Miocene R. Adze
Tavern D. Chokers

Halo 2 rocks! That is all.

Tuesday, November 09, 2004

I walked 1,563 steps. I played Halo 2 for two hours. I like Halo 2. Walter bought it for his birthday.

I'm going to bed. Walter is still playing.

Halo 2.

Monday, November 08, 2004

I walked approximately 1,335 steps. The pedometer reset itself.

At church yesterday, I asked if one through their actions could lose their inherent worth and dignity. The minister said no. Acts are seperate from individuals. I disagree. I think someone could commit an act so evil that it causes them to lose their worth and dignity. The caveat, no human is qualified to make the determination. We are qualified to judge the acts and prevent them from happening and we even pass judgement on the person committing the acts but only God is qualified to determine if that person has lost their worth. Loss also implies redemption.

Goofy spam names:
Gazers A. Deuteronomy
Arianism A. Missy
Straggles U. Attune
Siphoned O. Scaffolds
Barraging P. Arnulfo
Spyglass R. Handiness

Sunday, November 07, 2004

This week I ran 39.65 miles, burned 4.494.9 calories and weigh 162.4 pounds. So far this year I have ran 738 miles. Almost to El Paso, Texas.

I ran the 19 mile training run in 4 hours and 12 minutes. At 2 hours and 45 minutes I ran over 13.1 miles. That pace puts me on track for a 5 hour 30 minute marathon.

The next training run will be 22 miles. Then we start tapering down the distances.

Went to see The Incredibles. Great movie. After the movie went to Chuck E. Cheese. We were with friends with small children. The sandwich I had was good but the pizza was not. One of the safety features at Chuck E. Cheese is stamping each member of the family with the same number to prevent people from leaving with the wrong kids. I guess that eliminates Chuck E. Cheese as a location to get a kid upgrade. The personnel at Chuck E. Cheese did not check or note the number of kids one comes in with or whether or not you have them. Walter and I were able to leave without being questioned. The Chuck E. Cheese actually had a rope that prevented people from just leaving. There is more security at Chuck E. Cheese than at our nation's airports and ship ports.

The wailing and gnashing of teeth over the election at church was diffused by a bit of humor and wisdom from the minister, the worship committee and the caring committee. It was a very good service.

Goofy spam names:
Donahue J. Mitford
Onondaga C. Strife
Evaded O. Boleyn
Pose Q. Toot
Orbits B. Prompted
Stile V. Encrusting
Perusal P. Homepage
Catwalks V. Grammatical
Ledgered P. Admits
Rifleman G. Doc
Austrians C. Machinery
Underworld K. Maneuverability
Geek T. Forecastles
Penmanship O. Snagging
Inundation V. Prisoner
Wrongdoer Q. Achy
Jiffy I. McLuhan
Cropped D. Henson

Chuck E. Cheese - bad pizza, overstimulation, birth control

Thursday, November 04, 2004

I walked 3,956 steps. I'm feeling confident about this Saturday's run. I believe I can do it in 4 hours or less.

Goofy spam names of the day:
Maldive H. Foible
Close E. Midtown
Subverted P. Inhumanity
Bhavya Custard
Elates I. Outing
Puranjay Kitten
Shropshire I. Grogginess
Notation V. Reminders
Dab L. Bibliophiles
Adorably G. Debilities
Yokels H. Confirm
Electromagnetic M. May

I walked 1,867 steps yesterday. I had a great run last night. I ran 9 miles in just under 1 hour and 45 minutes. I was able to sustain a bit of a faster pace than usual. I'll try that pace for the 19 mile run on Saturday. It is amazing the difference that the temperature can make. The run last night did lift my spirits.

Today, it is cool and sunny. I like cool and sunny. I love the glorious colors of the sky and trees. The U.S. flag that flys within view of my office looks magestic against the backdrop of the glorious clear blue sky. This whole election thing will make the nation stronger and better. Maybe we'll get a viable Democratic party out of this or a more socially just third party that can appeal to people's moral values and their pocketbook. That would take a radical change in discourse and thought. The worst thing the Dems could do is to simply dismiss the people in the heartland as a bunch of idiots not worth trying to persuade.

Here is an essay I found interesting: It is good advice, the Democrats should try it.

I need to get the archives up to date. I've only changed the front cartoon because of busy evenings. It looks like this evening will be a bit more relaxing.

I wrote 2 good gags and 1 viable gag yesterday. I'll get back to drawing single panels on after Thanksgiving. I may have to go back sooner if the backlog runs out.

Wednesday, November 03, 2004

I take the time to record my boring thoughts on my boring blog and Blogger does not have the courtesy to save the post. How am I supossed to bore people to tears when Blogger does not work correctly?

I walked 1,997 steps yesterday.

I voted. I'm happy with the outcome of the congressional race. I'm not too personally invested in the outcome of the presidential election. I voted for Kerry but if Bush wins fairly, I won't be too upset. I disagree with Bush policies but I was never a Bush hater. I can still work on the issues that are important to me. I'm stealing myself for the wailing and gnashing of teeth. I suppose I could look upon it with some amusement. The republic will not collapse.

I been feeling a bit blue lately. Part of it is the gray and cold weather, some of it is the post-election emotions - mine and others - mostly others really, some of it is lack of sleep.

I'm taking a brief break from drawing single panel cartoons to work on gags. I have a sufficient backlog so there will not be an interruption in the schedule. Lately, the gags have been very lame. I think I could write better ones without the pressure of producing a cartoon every day.

The cold and gray is good running weather. Maybe my run tonight will lift my spirits.

Monday, November 01, 2004

I walked 1,871 steps.

Walter posted my art on to his eBay store.

I hope to use the funds from the sales to pay for my trip to the Dallas Marathon.

Goofy spam names of the day:
Gupta G. Trustworthiness
Proposed E. Kneader
Librettist L. Lacerate
Showeriest V. Awarded
Grundy M. Congealing
Impudent Q. Fountainhead

Go vote.

Sunday, October 31, 2004

This week I ran 34.62 miles, burned 3,966.1 calories and weigh 162.8 pounds.

At the pace I've been running lately, I'm on track for a less than 6 hour marathon. The next group training run is 19 miles. I had a bit of a break this past Saturday at 14 miles. Maybe the temperatures will be cool this Saturday. There are rumors that the temperature is going to drop on Tuesday.

If I was musically inclined I would make a techno dance song using the recorded political messages that I've been receiving on the answering machine.

Arlene Wohlgemuth is a tree killer. I would use her flyers to line Salvador's cage but I think her face would scare the feathers off of him. Besides, his poop is too good for her.

Salvador won't poop on the Bryan/ College Station Eagle but he will poop on the Thrifty Nickle, the Houston Chronicle and the Toledo Blade (we got the Blade as packing material). It might be interesting to see what other newspapers he will poop on.

Goofy spam names of the day:
Refocussed H. Michelangelo
Clarinets C. Godot
Peabody D. Governance
Plains H. Blackouts
Postmarking E. Office
Val Q. Overtly
Fluctuation M. Appraises
Curiously V. Dover
Passport M. Crematoriums


Friday, October 29, 2004

I walked 4,016 steps.

I'm having a difficult time with Half Moon Pose. Even against a wall I cannot make it happen. My back leg just does not want to leave the ground.

Goofy spam names of the day:
Stupefying R. Aeolus
Morns S. Scoffed
Arenas J. Padded
Endocrine O. Sentiment
Cosmetology R. Enos
Magyar B. Carpel
Shillelagh D. Ping
Arline P. Blankenship
Buzz B. Rebind
Xylophone T. Dares
Needled O. Appalachia
Emotional V. Facetted
Firmer M. Paydays
Circumnavigation F. Attendants
Mode F. Hearkened
Kooking V. Corkscrews
Macbeth G. Bertillon

I'm looking forward to November 3rd.

I walked 1,436 steps on Wednesday and 2,513 on Thursday.

I went to bed at a somewhat reasonable hour last night. I really needed the sleep.

My legs are still a bit sore. I built up some serious lactic acid. Tonight, I'll do some more weight lifting and yoga.

There are rumors flying around that autumn is going to arrive in Texas on Monday. That would be nice. I would like to experience it before winter.

Walter took some great pictures of the lunar eclipse.

I went to the office Halloween luncheon and I had a pretty good time. I did an artistic three dimensional place mat featuring an owl and full moon. It took about 35 minutes.

So far I've heard Thriller twice and Werewolves of London once. Those are the Halloween songs that every radio station has. God bless Internet radio.


Wednesday, October 27, 2004

I walked 3,691 steps yesterday. I'm trying something new for my weight training days. My muscles are sore.

What is more irritating than DJs trying to be funny? Phone calls from the moronic listeners who think the DJs are funny.

You are not funny, your favorite DJ is not funny, you will never be funny and neither will your favorite DJ. The only thing that puts the DJ above you is the ability to ennunciate.

I don't care about you, your life, your children and why you like a song. Just make the damn request and then STFU.

If you get the urge to call your DJ to chat, take your hand and slap yourself across the face.

Songs that should never be played on the radio ever again:
Hotel California
Any song by John Mellencamp
Anything by Pink Floyd
Rocky Racoon
A Touch of Gray

Songs I never want to sing in church again:
Anything by Bob Dylan, The Grateful Dead, John Lennon and Peter, Paul and Mary. The 60's are over - move on.

Monday, October 25, 2004

I walked 4,736 steps.

I scanned some original art and Walter is going to put them in the eBay store. The proceeds from the sales will help pay for my marathon expenses. I've raised $2.00 so far. Oh boy!

Goofy spam names of the day:
Porridge B. Aviatrixes
Observation K. Ayala
Bulldozer I. Versus
Massage U. Nectarine
Dishwashers A. Moistening
Amoco S. Curfew
Godson S. Snots
Saddle C. Odessa
Foucault E. Offshoots

I'm tired of this campaign sh*t. Especially, the whiny *ss drivel from the left. I tend to lean toward the left politically but I don't get involved with local "progressive" politics because every time I've attended a "progressive" function every speaker has come across as a whiner. Whining about the conservative atmosphere, whining about the Republicans, whining about how they feel so isolated, whining about the lack of engagement from the downtrodden they are trying to help, whining, whining, whining. Nobody wants to be involved with a whiner and certainly not with a bunch of whiners. Just drink a nice bottle of STFU and get up and do something. Or just sit there and drink your STFU. Just STFU. At least the downtrodden could get a moments peace.

I just received an e-mail listing the military service of select Democrats and Republicans. It was disgusting. One could compile a list that favored either party by ignoring ones from the other party that did serve. Overall, the numbers of people that served in the military from both parties are probably about equal.

There are a lot of honorable and intelligent people that did not serve in the military or were in the military during peacetime.

Service in the military is NOT a prerequisite for political office. This is not Starship Troopers.

You wanna live forever!

Saturday, October 23, 2004

Yesterday I walked 5,546 steps.

This week I ran 35.15 miles, burned 4,107.3 calories and weigh 161.6 pounds.

Since the weather was so nasty outside, members of the marathon training group ran indoors. For people training for the Dallas Marathon the distance was 17 miles. Running 17 miles on a treadmill sucks. I did it anyway because I'm insane. Next week we get a break. The distance is 13 miles.

Goofy spam names of the day:
Livonia P. Betterment
Descriptive U. Lamenting
Alva C. Ho
Thankfulness U. Maraud
Severe L. Telugu
Manilas G. Plumpness
Carotids T. Saltpetre
Phototypesetting H. Hadrian
Amorous O. Marlboro
Bernie G. Butts

I don't want a Rolex.

Friday, October 22, 2004

I walked 2,058 steps yesterday.

I had a viable cartoon gag for the first time in two weeks. It is about flu vaccine and heroin.

Plan on visiting a haunted house tonight if the price of admission is reasonable. I'm not really into these things. I like the candy at Halloween.

I'm not giving candy out to children that do not bother to dress up. I know a lot of these kids are from "the projects" and their parents can't afford fancy costumes but I'm not asking for much. An old sheet, maybe some flour thrown on the face, torn up clothes, whatever. I'll reward any effort.

At work, I was given an orange piece of foam to decorate for Halloween. There will be a contest and since I'm an ARTIST, everyone expects me to have the best mat. They all assume that they do not have a chance against the ARTIST. The ARTIST has not started on her mat. Maybe I'll do something in the style of Jackson Pollock. If they want art, I'll give them art.

I get a bit uncomfortable when I'm referred to as an artist. I don't think of myself as one. I draw cartoons and clip art but that does not pay the bills. I think of it as a hobby gone mad.

A few paid opportunities have come my way. I need to respond to them. I feel uncomfortable naming a price. The e-mails sit and time passes while I'm not paying attention.

I need to sell some original cartoon art to pay for my Dallas Marathon entry. There is plenty of time during the day but lately I've had trouble "using my time wisely". Haven't used that phrase since high school.

I never got high marks in school in the "Uses time wisely" and "Accepts constructive criticism" categories. Always received "N" for Needs Improvement. I preferred to read and draw instead of doing math problems. I guess that counted as an unwise use of time. There were other things I would rather do than the activities designated for a certain time.

As for the ability to accept constructive criticism, that still needs improvement and if people don't appreciate that then they can go f*ck themselves!

Wednesday, October 20, 2004

I walked 1,381 steps. I also ran 8 miles in 1 hour and 48 minutes. Since I am a pint low and the heat index is 100 freaking degrees in October, I ran slower. I walked for 10 minutes just after the 4 and 1/2 mile mark.

The highs this week are in the mid 90's. In October. This is so wrong. I love Texas.

Goofy spam names of the day:
Hemangini Greuel
Diameter K. Satisfactorily
Prologue S. Tsimshian
Transportation M. Gratuitously
Scripture D. Breding
Venomous A. Cleave
Disorder Q. Emilia
Sheet M. Coptic
Mexico E. Conquistadors
Lesseps P. Zip
Sjaelland E. Biophysics
Denomination C. Frigidaire
Bankbooks S. Segre
Alumni C. Foster
Couplet T. Zionist
Acid I. Gabardine

If you don't like the weather in Texas, wait an hour.

Yesterday, I walked 1,107 steps.

I took a "mental health" day off. I hit the snooze four times as usual but after the last hit, I sat up and then fell over. I was too tired to go to work and my work is not that vital. Besides, I have some comp time about to expire.

I drew, did laundry, vacuumed the rug, rode a bike, gave blood, watched Star Trek, played computer games and updated my website. Hoo boy! I live life on the edge. Oh yeah, I got some sleep.

Why do I feel compelled to chronicle my life in a blog? You think reading about this is boring, you should try living it some time. I do this to keep my writing skills from deteriorating and I'm told that there is some therapeutic value to all this. It kind of makes me depressed. I should do something about it but I'm quite comfortable. I also read that this activity decreases the risk of Alzheimer's disease and just becoming mentally rusty. How can I enjoy old lady privileges if I'm senile? I look forward to verbalizing my thoughts without giving a damn about social conventions and without fear of physical retaliation.

I haven't written any jokes or gags in two weeks and it is has been difficult thinking up something funny to draw on the spot. In a couple of weeks my cartoons are going to suck more so than usual. I have some time set aside for writing gags but lately I've not taken advantage of it. I've been tired or something interesting is on TV. I'm sure there will be a pill for general malaise some day. Not that my health insurance plan would cover it.

Found out about a nice $100 once a year charge that went into effect on September 1. Walter gets to pay $125 for his migraine medicine instead of $25. I should really read the fine print during annual enrollment. Scary thing is that we are the lucky ones with relatively low costs on prescriptions. I can see why old people go to Mexico or Canada, don't take the full doses or other steps. We are going to turn to crime if prescriptions become unaffordable for us. I'm think with a little remodeling the bathroom off the master bedroom would make an excellent meth lab. It would be the most tastefully decorated meth lab in the county. Trading meth labs - I think there is a cartoon gag in this.

I think the solutions to the problems with healthcare, education and others lies in the imaginations of people too bright or too poor to run for office. An imaginative politician would be marked for death.

Violent overthrow of the government. If you want me, John Ashcroft, you know where to find me.

Monday, October 18, 2004

I walked 2,645 steps. I won an instant prize in the McDonald's Monopoly game. My meeting went well. I did not take the afternoon off because I got better. I'm going to bed. Enjoy the squirrel cartoon.

Cheeseburger! Cheeseburger! Cheeseburger!

On Friday I walked 6,109 steps.

My back is sore. I'm tired. I have a meeting tonight.

I went to bed at a decent hour last night. Walter made breakfast this morning. I don't know why I feel so tired. I need a vacation.

Maybe I'll take the afternoon off.

Sunday, October 17, 2004

I ran 34.32 miles, burned 3,954.9 calories and weigh 163.5 pounds.

I use broadband but the damn McDonald's Monopoly website still loads slowly. Bad design. Bad. Flash abusers.

Yesterday, went to a Ramadan dinner sponsored by the Interfaith Student Dialogue. It was enlightening.

Goofy spam names of the day:
Overgrowth L. Unseasonable
Liveliest U. Course
Speedometers B. Unknowingly
Tablespoon Q. Lao
Turnover U. Rubber
Ruckus I. Menstruates
Magnate C. Wintergreen
Militancy P. Pok
Logging D. Endearment
Demagogy B. Perfections
Cascades A. Kohlrabies
Ashanti U. Restudies
Divided R. Margarita
Eat C. Trolley
Shrew O. Rampages

I'm lovin' it!

Friday, October 15, 2004

The janitor with the chip on his shoulder says 'boo'.
Which Office Moron Are You?
Rum and Monkey: jamming your photocopier one tray at a time.

Yesterday, I walked 1,314 steps.

Daisy and I watched MXC while Walter was at a Jesus Seminar. He is learning so much about the gospels.

I feel so sleepy.

Wednesday, October 13, 2004

I walked 1,615 steps. I ran 7 miles in 1 hour and 16 minutes.

I watched the final presidential debate. Senator Kerry lost me on Social Security. Of course, if the country is in the toilet, Social Security won't matter.

Personal retirement savings accounts are a great idea. We just have to come up with transitional money.

This one was pretty much a toss-up.

Goofy spam names of the day:
Xenobia Golden
Parboil K. Plugging
Physiologist U. Digitalizing
Goo Q. Engining


Tuesday, October 12, 2004

I walked 2,800 steps.

Goofy spam names of the day:
Inopportune C. Assumption
Mat M. Creams
Outrun K. Cholesterol
Conrad F. Herring
Unattached I. Necromancer

I exist.

Monday, October 11, 2004

I walked 3,314 steps.

I ate at a Chinese buffet. The food did not agree with me.

Goofy spam names of the day:
Kimberley C. Oxidizer
Knack C. Hollered
Anthem B. Pleader
Rubbers Q. Woodsman
Ability F. Bit
Representational Q. Amateurism
Kitchen A. Ironing

The line between my inner world and outer world is blurring.

Saturday, October 09, 2004

This week I ran 29.16 miles, burned 3,404 calories and weigh 162.5 pounds. That is the least I've weighed without being sick. Four pounds in a week does worry me a bit. I'll have to keep an eye on things. I hope I'm not getting sick. I could use the time off, though.

I had a tough time with the last mile of my 14 mile run today.

Goofy spam names of the day:
Hemstitches J. Bottoming
Grumbled C. Amuck
Actuate K. Own
Wheelbarrow H. Thoraxes
Unfortunately U. Purgative

I love being a Unitarian-Universalist. The UUA considers a young adult to be 19 - 35 years old. I wonder what happens when I turn 36.

Friday, October 08, 2004

I walked 5,111 steps. Yoga class was tough.

Tomorrow I run 14 miles.

Goofy spam names of the day:
Daring K. Shotgunning
Parsons O. Bewailing
Drake G. Interstice

Oh damn! I missed the debate. I'll have to watch the Daily Show.

I still think Dick Cheney would be better in bed than John Edwards.

Thursday, October 07, 2004

I walked 2,101 steps. I must be leaving chunks of flesh around somewhere because I'm really dropping some weight this week.

I'm working on the second culling of the cartoons. Walter has looked at the ones from the first cull and has chosen the better ones from that group. I have not looked at the results yet. This should be interesting.

Goofy spam names and Zen koans of the day:
Cannabises D. Grant
I left it all in flames, replied Michaud in a decided tone, but glancing...
Stroller G. Michel

Now I'm off for a little S and S.

Wednesday, October 06, 2004

I walked 1,452 steps.

Goofy spam names of the day:
Espadrille H. Unobtrusive
Darkest S. Peddler
Astuteness P. Veneered
Definiteness H. Foils
Smithsonian L. Aeon
Weierstrass F. Hubby
Candidness A. Cuteness
Forgather H. Dish
Doses R. Pterodactyl
Porticos O. Incriminated
Clients H. Solace
Factoring T. Companionways
Exhilaration J. Anthropoid
Grandma U. Gullet
Shapeliness A. Abbreviates
Cheering D. Combinations
Trails C. Fiona
Amounts H. Receiving
Everyday B. Berries
Cosmology J. Booming
Transvaal R. Mir
Kristy Q. Premonitory
Countersinking C. Vulgarization
Enchanter K. Objective
Judgment O. Fishnet
Trademark I. Whirring

Hooray! My deleted items folder is now empty. Now to catch Reno 911 and the Daily Show.

I walked 2,940 steps yesterday.

I went to a meeting last night and did not have time to write an entry in the blog. I could have written one instead of playing Bejeweled for an hour but I just was not into writing. I did a minimal web site update.

The goofy spam name list is going to be really long.

I'm looking forward to the Daily Show analysis of the vice-presidential debate. John Edwards sure is a looker but Dick Cheney is better in the sack.

I wonder how many voters will be affected by the name Kerry Edwards. Is it the Democratic ticket, the girl you had a crush on in high school or the bitch that picked on you in junior high?

What is in a name?

Tuesday, October 05, 2004

I walked 3,815 steps yesterday. I was having trouble with Blogger last night.

Salvador was well behaved at church. He chirped through most of the service. He did keep quiet during the quiet parts of the service. He did not like the clapping too much. Most of the dogs were curious about the noise he was making.

All the animals got along. We had dogs, cats, a fish and a bird. It was a nice service.

The goofy spam names are at home. I have quite a long list. Hopefully, there won't be any problems with Blogger when I get home. I would like to clear out my deleted items folder.

For your amusement: The cartoonists takes actual spam subject lines and renders them as cartoons. It is so brilliant and funny that I wish I thought of it.

Saturday, October 02, 2004

This week I ran 29.15 miles, burned 3,326.1 calories and weigh 166.2 pounds.

I got the order of service copied for church tomorrow. Animals are going to be blessed. We are bringing Salvador but I'm still undecided about Daisy. She could certainly use some blessing. She could also use a bath and toenail clipping. Actually, today is the scheduled dog washing day. Unfortunately, the weather outside is a bit nasty. It looks like it is tub time. Oh joy.

Daisy has a super power. If she does not want to move she can double or more her weight. It is amazing.

A silent memorial for departed pets is also part of the service.

Salvador has developed an unusual attachment to the toaster. He attacked Walter when he attempted to toast some pop tarts.

One day we are going to leave the house and forget to put up Salvador and we will come home and find everything was stolen except the toaster. The house will be empty except for Salvador, the toaster and a large pool of blood.

Sal serenades the toaster. We have to keep a towel on top of the toaster because Sal will roost there. We keep the toaster unplugged when not in use for Sal's safety.

Salvador is such a silly bird.

Goofy spam names of the day:
Donned R. Mischiefed
Transvestism L. Disarmament
Boondoggling H. Condos
Tangiers L. Conscientiously
Defaces T. Niamey


Friday, October 01, 2004

I walked 6,204 steps. I played some Halo tonight. Killing is fun. Killing in a video game is very cathartic and fun.

Goofy spam names of the day:
Ernie O. Rumpled
Hyphenations U. Impinging
Ortensia Ruffing
Meritoriously T. Carnegie
Irruptions O. Abuser
Slider J. Backing
Calandra Bogus
Skyline V. Jeffry
Denominating G. Ats
Sacrilege A. Meteoric

Poo Gas!

I walked 2,811 steps yesterday, in addition to running over 4 miles.

I watched the debate last night. John Kerry won, in my opinion. He was more articulate and got his points across. That just means he is better at debate than George Bush.

The president had some pauses and stammers but that does not mean he is stupid as some on the left would paint him. He is not as good as John Kerry in that kind of event. If Kerry and Bush participated in a foot race, Bush would win; he is the better runner. If it was a bicycle race, Kerry would win; Kerry is the better cyclist.

Debate is just one of many skills needed to run the country. I'm not sure if it is the most important.

I wonder how Calvin Coolidge would fare in a modern presidential campaign?

There was one long pause that got the attention of the John Stewart of the Daily Show. It was a long pause that did not enhance Bush's perceived intelligence. A lot of people are not used to seeing someone pause, think then speak. I think it scares them.

I disagree with a number of Bush's policies and I think he is wrong about some things but I do not think he is stupid or evil. Actually, his cabinet and advisors concern me more. His style of public speaking has some similarities to my own. I would probably stammer and pause just as much if not more.

The funny thing is that the President possesses many strengths that would make him a great asset in an Unitarian-Universalist congregation or even as a minister in just about any religion. George W. Bush a great asset to our congregation!?! We can learn from George W. Bush and our congregations would benefit from having people like George W. Bush as members. That thought would horrify a lot of UUs and possibly get me excommunicated.

The crappy part about the first principle, the word every. F*ck*ng inconvenient. There are those that question 'every' but that is a UU hallmark. Sometimes I question the 'every' part of the first principle after listening to a pundit for about two minutes. Especially James Carville. James Carville, proof positive that even hideously ugly people can succeed, marry and even have sex with somewhat attractive people. That is good news for the one daughter that inherited his looks. This brings up the questions, can a person commit acts so horrible that they lose their inherent worth and dignity and who is qualified to judge? I'll ramble about that some other time.

Back to the topic, George W. Bush possesses some interpersonal skills that would be great on a membership committee or as a greeter. I've read and heard stories that when Bush is interacting with a person, he is very interested and focused on that person. He does not try to persuade or push an agenda, he listens and then acts if necessary. It is a skill that would make more visitors to our services stay and become members. To be fair, Bill Clinton also possesses similar people skills. People skills are yet another set of skills needed to run the country. How important, is up to debate.

I think that John Kerry has a greater balance of skills necessary to run the country. He may be be a *ssh*le (pure speculation - I have no evidence to support that assertion. I'm just trying to make a point about skill sets) in the personal skills department but I think he has other strengths that are more important in running a country. Besides, he has John Edwards to shore up those weaknesses. I'm more interested in removing Bush's cabinet and advisors, especially John Ashcroft.

If John Kerry makes the situation in Iraq or in the world worse, I will fully expect the members of my congregation to protest just as loudly as they do against George W. Bush. I will call them on it and if they pull "but this is different, he's a Democrat" sh*t, I'll ... honestly, I don't know what I would do. I've got too much invested in my church to resign over something as stupid as politics and the UU religious movement is too important to be impacted by political winds. Too many people need what we have to offer. No, it is not a refuge from the 'oppressive conservative atmosphere' of the greater community. God, I'm tired of hearing that sh*t. It is something more important, deeper and personal than that.

This Sunday, I'll try to be more like George W. Bush.

Wednesday, September 29, 2004

I walked 5, 036 steps. I also ran 6 miles in 1 hour and 9 minutes. It was quite hot but I made it.

Pets are getting blessed this Sunday. I can't wait.

Goofy spam names of the day:
Malignants M. Jocelyn
Dyslexia E. Gist
Sunset E. Commending
Sinkhole T. Distributes
Proneness D. Sweetens

I got style, I got class.

Tuesday, September 28, 2004

I walked 2,854 steps.

Tomorrow, I'm going to run 6 miles on campus.

It was a somewhat tedious day at work. Stufffing envelopes and replacing papers. I did manage to do all that without a paper cut.

Goofy spam names and Zen koans of the day:
Betroths K. Dares
Niebuhr T. Triggering
There was only one expression on her agitated face when she ran into t...

Love and peace.

Monday, September 27, 2004

I walked 6,010 steps.

Walter bought me a Brian, from Family Guy, action figure at RMTranscon. It is really cool. It is sitting on top of my computer speakers.

I visited my mother yesterday, for her birthday. I ate so much food that I was miserable.

Today, I ate lunch with Walter and his mother. It was kind of a slow day at work but it is good to have slow days once in a while.

I'm still compiling my first list of panels to send to United Media. The folks at rec.arts.comicstrips were helpful in directing me to some names to address my cover. It is better to address names rather than titles.

I just finished reading a report and right now I feel a little underappreciated. I feel underappreciated for myself and Walter. Of course, a lot has happened since the information for that report was compiled. All things are fleeting, including these feelings.

Goofy spam names of the day:
Cartier J. Revenge
Disenchanted P. Kabob
Solicits M. Claimants
Faulted M. Ale
Meagerness E. Roadways
Nathropoids V. Subornation
Sincere Koenig
Engraves I. Ortiz
View B. Idiomatic
Register A. Calico

I do these things because they need to be done and I have the strength to do them. That is my gift.

Saturday, September 25, 2004

This week I ran 25.97 miles, burned 3,065.2 calories and weigh 166.4 pounds.

I completed my 11 mile run in 2 hours and 13 minutes. Compared to my 10 mile run last week which was finished in 2 hours and 8 minutes. Amazing what a difference the weather can make.

We did not get the expected thunderstorms from Ivan's remnants but we did get some rain. The cloud cover lowered the temperatures and running in the rain was nice.

I put together the order of service for church. This week we are doing the monthly global chalice lighting, a chalice lighting reading from Unitarian-Universalist churches around the world. This one is from India and it is long. I'm not sure how the congregation is going to react to this one. I won't be there to find out. I'll be on my way to Houston.

I wanted to attend this service because a woman from Iraq will be speaking.

Goofy spam names of the day:
Kooked V. Rowland
Decade P. Mice
Dipper H. Quail

I've been getting spam about Viagra soft tabs. You are supposed to swallow not chew.
I really should not think about the target market for Viagra soft tabs.

Friday, September 24, 2004

I walked 5,800 steps. Today is the first day of RMTransCon IV.

I am caught up on the laundry. Now to catch up on the dishes.

I love my life.

Goofy spam names and Zen Koans of the day:
Escorted J. Marshals
Ortensia Schrecengost
Uptal Amin
Aurkene Formento
frenzy. I had nowhere
Shuttered O. Caribous
Habakkuk Q. Surcharges
kareem schiltz
Sadducee H. Maraud
Mali Greenlun

I'm tired.

Thursday, September 23, 2004

I walked 3,745 steps.

I drafted a cover letter for a syndicate. I'm going through my archives and listing cartoons suitable for newspaper publication. I have over 50 so far. That group will be culled to 18 - 24 that will be sent to the syndicate for consideration.

I still have to finish going through 2003 and 2004.

It looks like we will be affected by the remnants of Ivan this weekend. This week's long run might be indoors. The temperatures are supposed to drop.

I will be visiting my mother on Sunday. I hope the weather is not too nasty.

Goofy spam names of the day:
Aristocracy A. Ringer
Pandemic K. Esophagi
Excels O. Cornrowing
Shimmies H. Delegating
Turgidly A. Dithering

I am very behind on the laundry.

Wednesday, September 22, 2004

I walked 4,336 steps. I completed my Saturday run in 2 hours and 8 minutes.

I've finished a draft of my resume. I'm going to post it and let other critique it. I also checked out the submission requirements for United Media. I think I have 18 - 24 comics suitable for submission. I've drawn several hundred.

One of my cartoons has been published here:
I drew it in 2000.

I need to sell some original art. I'm running out of space.

Goofy spam names and Zen Koans of the day:
Gipsies A. Casket
Cardiologists U. Pepsin
Depend on others and you will be in a passive position
Ceremonially T. Clomp
Lac persimmon jose trichloroacetic
Exerts R. Copilots
Bart T. Minor

I feel safer now that Yusef Islam (formerly Cat Stevens) has been detained and is being extradited to the UK.

Now is the time for militias and other home grown, non-Muslim nuts to attack. Homeland Security won't expect it. They are keeping the homeland safe from pop stars that have converted to Islam.

I'm being followed by a moon shadow.
Moon shadow, moon shadow.

Tuesday, September 21, 2004

I walked 6,109 steps. I went to the student recreation center to get a map of the walking and running trails on campus. There was only one copy. I took it and made more copies. I had to make phone calls to find out where the maps were located. The person at the other end had to call me back with that information. Somebody in Rec Sports could scan the map and make a PDF file available for download and printing from their web site. I guess that would defeat the purpose of getting people to walk.

I sent an e-mail to the local classic rock station complaining about the lack of classic rock on the morning show. It is third rate comedy and on rare occassions when commercial time was not sold, a song.

Goofy spam names of the day:
Denis L. Cheffed
Tripped T. Gauguin
Integrals U. Uccello
Reels Royce
Chugging E. Wilder
Fourteenths T. Patriots
Gutsiest E. Negotiating

Love bugs!

Who is telling the morning DJs that they are funny? Who is listening to this crap? Where can I find these people and smack some sense into them?

Another radio station has hired another comedian wanna-be for its morning show. This one is not nearly as bad as the others. At least he plays a substantial amount of music between the "comedy". The radio station makes him play music. If left to his own devices he would just do his "comedy".

Morning DJs should act like the rest of the day DJs. Play music, share important information, play a few commercials to pay the bills then shut the hell up.

If I wanted to hear talking, I would listen to NPR or Rush Limbaugh. Rush Limbaugh plays more music than some of the morning shows. Rush is funnier than most morning show DJs.

Monday, September 20, 2004

I walked 5,031 steps. I had a good day at work. I felt so relaxed.

I've been in the contemplation stage of change regarding my job. My job is good but it is not something I want to do forever. I feel like I'm in a rut. I am working on my resume. It is a small step toward action that will lead to change. It is less intimidating to do this in small steps.

If someone wants to hire me to draw, design and/or write funny stuff, I'll take a leap at the right opportunity.

There are no goofy spam names because I got impatient and caused IE to crash before Blogger could finish publishing the original version of this post. I've erased all the spam for the day.


Sunday, September 19, 2004

I'm whoring now. They will begin appearing on my other pages. Not all of them, just ones that have the two column table layout. I'm going to have fun tweaking the ads, placing random words in this blog to see if the box picks up on it. If anything of interest to you shows up in the XXXXX Ad, XXXXX and I will get a bit of pocket change. It will keep me off the street and they are better than pop-ups. I provide funny cartoons, clip art and other funny stuff for free without asking intrusive questions, annoying pop-ups and registration requirements. I do this because I love drawing and writing funny stuff.

I would love to draw and write funny stuff for a living. The revenue might bring me closer to that dream or at least help pay off MasterCard. MasterCard, what an appropriate name.

Goofy spam names and Zen Koans of the day:
Will I look like in my 20s if I wear that funny cloth again?
Onyx L. Glass
Inertial G. Aye
Incapacitates E. Glycerine
Today we will prevail, said Louie
Kwakiutl I. Catastrophe
Glimpsing M. Manhunt


Saturday, September 18, 2004

This week I ran 23.28 miles, burned 2,731.6 calories and weigh 167.2 pounds. I've reached a weight plataeu. I don't mind. A plataeu is better than an increase. I'm probably putting on some muscle.

Saw Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow. Good movie. Nice visuals. Angelina Jolie is not in it as much as the ads lead you to believe. Sir Laurence Olivier is in it. Yes, the dead actor. There are several scenes that are straight out of the Fliescher Superman cartoons of the 1930's. 11 different special effects companies were involved in this movie. Jude Law is hot. Who knew that the British Isles was still producing beautiful people?

Goofy spam names and Zen Koans of the day:
except for me stumble

Friday, September 17, 2004

I walked 7,575 steps. I was able to do the Dancer Pose in Yoga class. Half-moon still eludes me. My back leg refuses to leave the floor. My Crocodile Pose also needs a lot of work. I just don't have the upper body strength, yet.

Goofy spam names of the day:
Ashurbanipal O. Aquila
Roxie O. Indemnification
Emits M. Oarsman
Invisibly U. Parboiled
Precipitate U. Smetana
Succor P. Morison

Someday, I will be speaking in front of an audience and each member of that audience will have, what I've deemed as a goofy spam name.

Thursday, September 16, 2004

I walked 8,032 steps.

Somebody switched computers in my classroom without telling me. There are problems.

Walter went to a Jesus Seminar and learned a lot. There were a bunch of people from outside of our church in attendence. Athiets to Zoastrians. This is either a weekly or bi-weekly class.

I ran 3 miles in 36 minutes. The next run is 10 miles. Goal time: 2 hours 15 minutes.

Goofy spam names of the day:
Macy J. Sprouted
Longevity U. Rollerblade
Visayans M. Numbness
Eastern G. Whitener
Flattening Q. Permutes
Duct U. Lodge

Must confirm my e-mail with Google AdSense

Wednesday, September 15, 2004

I walked 2,649 steps. The pedometer was being a bit fussy today. I'm sure I walked more. What can I expect from a happy meal toy?

Salvador was being broody with my computer mouse. It sort of reminds of an egg and he gets very angry when I try to touch it. He gave up protecting his egg after he figured that I was not going to let go of the mouse. He did get in several good nips before departing for my shoulder. He's demanding head scratches now.

Goofy spam names of the day:
Ludwig R. Happy
Indian R. Lilts

May everyone in the path of Ivan be safe.

Tuesday, September 14, 2004

I walked 3,897 steps.

I tried to do an overhead press with a full sized barbell. I could not get the thing off the rack safely. I switched to a machine that uses the same motions. I was able to bench press a 40 pound barbell for 20 reps. Someday I might be able to bench half my weight (about 85 pounds).

Salvador is preening my hair. Now he has switched to preening his own feathers. Always preening. Must maintain the pretty bird style.

Goofy spam names of the day:
Upgrade B. Turnoff
Fink S. Absurder

I'm a pretty bird.

Monday, September 13, 2004

I walked 3,934 steps. I did a fair amount of walking between my office and my damn classroom. The equipment is doing goofy things again. People are starting to avoid using my classroom for tele-conferencing. This is not good.

I'm moving a little ahead on the weekly multi-panel cartoon. The characters' looks will change as I get a handle on them and decide how I want them to look. Maybe my drawing will improve.

Check out this site for an unintentional funny. Note the third picture down.

I saw it on

Goofy spam names of the day:
Eloy J. Timer
Glitzy E. Copeland (sounds like a drag queen name)

Oh great dung spirit please watch over me.

Sunday, September 12, 2004

I taught my first Sunday school class. It went well. Most of the success should be credited to my co-teacher. She was very good at directing the kids in discussion. I'm looking forward to next week.

The kids were given a homework assignment, that I did not know about, beforehand. They were to come up with names to describe themselves. I call myself "She who runs like a tortoise". It will probably be shortened to "Runs like Tortoise". Slow and steady and finish the race.

The curriculum is a native American thing. Respect the earth and all living beings, just like the native Americans. We won't mention that they were not vegetarians. The native Americans are just as human as other people groups; compassionate, generous, brutal and greedy but we won't mention that. We will just focus on their reverence for the earth and all its creatures living and non-living.

There is a large industry devoted to connecting white people to native American traditions. Become one with nature, connect with the spirit, find your inner animal, simplify. It is the "noble savage" of James Fenimore Cooper and other 19th century romantics but only on a larger, more commercial scale. Mark Twain would have had a field day with the CDs, dream catchers, books, and other merchandise. At least Cooper confined his romantic notions to fiction. I wonder what Mark Twain would make of the new age spirituality that is growing in American society of the 21st century?

The kids are too young to understand the absurdity of this curriculum. For them it is just fun and a cool way to look at things through other eyes. I will try my best to enjoy it in the same light. Maybe as they grow, they will be able to integrate it with their own white, American, middle class upbringing and be able to appreciate both without being forced to feel guilty about being white, middle class Americans. One should feel guilty for wrongs that one has done and try to atone for them but how do you atone for fair skin and fortunate circumstances? All you can do is give something back. But wouldn't it be better to do it out of gratitude instead of guilt?

I'm tired of this notion in Unitarian-Universalist circles that only Native Americans can truly appreciate the earth and that white people are not capable of reverence for the earth without invoking the traditions of native peoples. Maybe this notion exists to help atone for the sins of our ancestors. I will atone for my own sins and while I respect and enjoy learning about native American traditions, I don't @#$%! need their traditions to tell me to respect the earth. Respect for the earth is part of the traditions I grew up with. My traditions do not anthromorphize every aspect of the earth but I can damn well appreciate its beauty, bounty, treat it with respect, try to minimize my impact and encourage others to do the same without going around thinking that a spirit is in every single damn rock, pebble and grain of sand.

Nobody ever talks about the spirit that inhabits shit. Shit is part of nature. Everything in nature has a spirit inside it, according to the native American traditions as appropriated and perverted by guilt-stricken, new age, white people. Yet, the great shit spirit is never prayed to, there are no CDs filled with songs of the great shit spirit, shit totems, dolls nor other merchandise. Jack shit for shit. Come on, shit fueled the fires that the native Americans danced around, told stories by and warmed themselves as they pondered the mysteries of the universe. The fire spirit has songs sung about it and the fire spirit is prayed to but nothing for the shit that fueled the fire. Perhaps, the native Americans had a sense of perspective about these things. Maybe all of nature does not need to be worshiped in order to appreciate nature in general.

The next Sunday School assignment it to bring something from nature to the altar. Maybe I'll bring one of Daisy's turds.

No, I won't inflict any of this on the kids. I'll enjoy building the shields with them, listening to their stories as they search for their own truth and meaning, learning from them and hopefully making a small positive difference in their lives. There will be plenty of time for guilt to be thrust upon them.

White people nearly wiped out native Americans then poorly appropriate parts of their cultures. At least they have casinos to avenge the injustices against their ancestors.

The Sunday school curriculum is making me think. My thoughts may not go in the direction they are expected to go but in Unitarian-Universalism they are allowed to go in any direction within the confines of the 7 principles and there is not a damn thing anyone can do about it.

Stick that in your peace pipe and smoke it.

Saturday, September 11, 2004

Blogger ate another post. I walked over 8,000 steps yesterday. There was only one goofy spam name and no Zen Koans.

It looks like our adoption of a Quaker parrot and/or a Cockatoo will not happen. The lady wants to keep them together so -they are going to another home. I guess if it does not work out then we are next in line. Right now, one bird is proving to be a handful. I have to keep Salvador off the back of my monitor to prevent him from chewing printer and monitor cords. He is walking around my mouse and+ keyboard chewing on my mousepad and a small white board I keep at my desk. That is why there are random letters and symbols appearing in this post. I used to write small notes on the white board but since Sal has chewed up most of the writing surface I have it as a chewing surface and perch for Sal. It keeps the bird poo off the keyboard.

I start teaching Sunday school tomorrow. Pray for me and the kids.

This week I ran 22 miles, burned 2,619.8 calories and weigh 167.1 pounds. So far this year I have ran 487 miles and burned 63,039 calories.

Dinner is ready, I'm starved, let's eat.

Thursday, September 09, 2004

Urban Legends Reference Pages: Photos (Gatorade): ""

The true story behind the alligator photo.

I walked 3,877 steps.

I started the world's most boring thread on a newsgroup.

One of my professors has started the ball rolling on getting some upgrades for my classroom. I hope it can be done. The department has a growing distance education program ( and it would be a shame to have it slowed down by substandard technology.

Goofy spam names and Zen Koans of the day:
Man squirts milk out of eye
Dean R. Authority

No much today.

Received this picture from my dad. An alligator bringing home lunch. Visit to find the true origin of this picture (the picture is real but the story being circulated is not true)

MMMMM! Venison.

Wednesday, September 08, 2004

I walked 4,239 steps. I also ran over 5 miles. The ante has been upped on my medium run. I'm going to run again tomorrow and do weights and yoga on Friday. I'd rather do a medium run and a short run on back to back days rather than short run then long run.

Daisy enjoyed some Taco Bell and TV time with me. She did what she does best, lay around. At her size when she lays around the house, she really lays around the house. Actually, she is trimming up a bit.

Goofy spam names and Zen Koans (they're back!) of the day:
button decrease body fat managua
Wonderful porpoise think healthy superstition
Ladle A. Syracuse
chorus the doctors in picasso
drumlin be active final
Upturn I. Lavishness

Tuesday, September 07, 2004

I walked 5,143 steps. I went to a meeting tonight so this post will be short. The meeting was productive.

The website update will be minimal.

Goofy spam names tomorrow.

Damn, now I got that song from Annie stuck in my head.

Make it stop.

Monday, September 06, 2004

I walked 7,905 steps. I did not get Labor Day off.

A digital video camera was stolen from my locked office over the weekend. They did not take the regular digital camera. A projector that was bolted to the ceiling of one of the classrooms was also stolen.

I told Walter to keep an eye out for someone trying to pawn a projector with half a fastener on it.

We went swimming with the Sunday school kids yesterday. It was a lot of fun. The slides were fun and I used some seldom used muscles trying to cross on a floating bridge. If you weigh more than 50 pounds it was quite impossible to cross without falling off.

I was concerned about a 'wardrobe malfunction' occurring while I was sliding and splashing around. I was shaped quite differently when I bought my swimsuit two years ago. It had loosened at the top quite a bit. The shoulder straps rubbed the sunscreen off part of my shoulders and I got quite a burn. Blistered but not painful. That is unusual.

Goofy spam names of the day:
Plowing H. Flyers
Immobilization C. Arapaho
Ravage O. Pardoning
Ewing P. Requirements
Revolver T. Semiramis
Minds L. Eucalypti
Hieroglyphic U. Regain

Larry Hagman, watch over me.

Saturday, September 04, 2004

On Friday, I walked 4,310 steps. This week I ran 18.56 miles, burned 2217.3 calories and weigh 167.1 pounds.

Today we visited a couple of birds that we might be adopting. They seemed like very nice and sweet birds. The Cockatoo is going to someone else on a trial basis but if that does not work out then we are next in line. It looks like we have a shot at the Quaker parrot. The Quaker is very attached to its current human so it will take a lot of patience. The lady's husband is having a liver transplant and will not be allowed to live with birds. She is quite upset about the whole thing wants to be sure that her birds end up in a nice home. We hope that we can adopt both the birds.

I'm taking a Yoga class once a week to improve my flexibility and balance.

I ran 7 miles in less than a hour and a half. My goal time was 1-1/2 hours. During the last quarter mile my right hamstring was trying to knot up. It still is quite sore. I've been stretching it. Maybe tonight, I can get a massage.

Yes, my life is as boring as this blog. All in all, I like it that way. People with boring lives are the only ones that have time to blog.

Goofy spam names of the day:
Signatories D. Rosetting
Slather G. Guadalcanal
Flatulent I. Kingly
Wildcatted I. Swelled
Halfback E. Tossup
Psychs R. Retold
Berrying R. Yardstick
Dismally I. Disregarded
Actively G. Hedonism
Ethelred J. Bigmouth
Insoluble O. Repast

I live in interesting times. My life does not need to be interesting.

Wednesday, September 01, 2004

I walked 9,551 steps. More going back and forth between my office and the copier. I finished the big copy job. Hooray! The rest of the week should be a lot less hectic.

Daisy's ear is getting better with cleaning and treatment. We enjoyed breakfast together in the cool morning breeze. It felt a little autumnish.

Goofy spam names of the day:
Gyms H. Denouements
Mister I. Bookings
Kelvin R. Contain
Pomp S. Salesgirl

Blogger please don't eat this post.

Tuesday, August 31, 2004

I walked 9,744 steps. I spent a lot of time going back and forth between the copier and my office. I will be burning up the copier some more tomorrow.

For some reason Blogger ate the first draft of this post. It was a boring post about my classroom equipment and the coolness of the equipment in the engineering classroom that was used yesterday.

My equipment is mostly repaired and is functioning with some modifications in operation. I don't know how long that condition is going to last.

I have started inquires about an upgrade.

My classroom may have old equipment but it does have access to fresh brewed coffee.

The goofy spam names were deleted after I published the original post.

Tomorrow, God willing, will be another opportunity for me to live, love and learn better.

Monday, August 30, 2004

I walked 3,458 steps.

It was the first day of classes. It was not too hectic. Only a computer completely choking right before a class. The class was held in a different classroom across campus and the IT people are going to look at the computer.

This lead to me putting in some overtime. I get comp time rather than money. I might get more next Monday, assuming that the computer is fixed and we can actually use the AV equipment in the classroom.

I like the equipment in the other classroom better. My classroom really needs an upgrade. The computer that runs the AV equipment is running on Windows 98.

Goofy spam names of the day:
Standstill F. Invoices
Acclimatization T. Mannerism
Rascals I. Virulently
Weariness A. Degrading
Abstinence H. Mathematics
Homes E. Retrains
Crucified B. Gees
Mannish H. Fetishists
Derail M. Deporting

Tomorrow is another day.

Saturday, August 28, 2004

This week I ran 18.94 miles, burned 2143.7 calories and weigh 168.1 pounds.

I had a great run this morning. My endurance has improved.

I dreamt last night about Rusty. He was laying on the floor looking at me and I was rubbing his belly and chest. His eyes were bright and he was in the peak of health. Maybe the story about our purpose in life is learning to love unconditionally and that the reason that our pet's lives are so short compared to ours is because they are born knowing how to love unconditionally has a bit of truth to it.

From 1:30 am to about 5:30 am I was waking up every thirty minutes. A vivid dream, wake up, look at the clock, go back to sleep and start the cycle again.

I'm going to lie down now.

Friday, August 27, 2004

I walked 8,512 steps today.

The start of class onslaught was not as bad as I thought it would be. I still have a large copy job ahead of me on Monday. I did not get the originals today.

Goofy spam names:
Negated K. Purse
Heirloom O. Hazel
Mancini B. Bestiary
Aesculapius Q. Coloratura
Potlucks F. Bitchiest
Elbe P. Memo
Transmittal R. Benefactresses
Bibliographies A. Bushman

Listening to Jackson Browne's Lawyers in Love. Salvador really likes this song.

Ah, the mating call of lawyers in love.

On Wednesday I walked 2,083 steps and on Thursday 3,989.

I've been doing a couple of late nights so my updates to the website have been minimal. I will have a long list of goofy spam names tonight.

Today is the beginning of the beatings. Actually, the beatings only happen in my mind. That is how I keep my job and sanity.

It is a well publicized fact that the first day of classes at the university is August 30. This information has been available for quite some time. Also the list of classes that faculty members are going to teach has been available for quite some time.

I was partially mentally prepared for the onslaught of course material preparations that I will be doing today but I'm still dumbstruck that these people wait until the last minute. This happens every semester but after 8 years it has not become less annoying.

No, I'm not working over the weekend. My giving a damn hours are Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 12:00 pm; 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm. At 5:01 pm I no longer care or at least receive comp time for any giving a damn after hours.

Time to make the copies.

Tuesday, August 24, 2004

I walked 3,248 steps.

I find myself glancing at the entryway every morning looking for Rusty. We received a nice sympathy card from the vet.

The Dallas Marathon has updated its website. It looks like it is going to be a great race. The course time limit is 7.5 hours. I finished Houston in 6:08 hours. There is also a Clydesdale/Athena class (men 200+ pounds - women 160+ pounds). Looking at last year's results in that class I could place quite well.

My goal is to shave 15 - 30 minutes off my Houston time.

Goofy spam names of the day:
Surinam I. Flyspeck
Jefferson Dick
Jurua T. Unspecified
inanimate Jacqueline

6 miles this Saturday.

Run the Rock - Dallas White Rock Marathon - December 12, 2004

This is the marathon I plan on running in this year. 7.5 hour course time limit. No pressure.

Monday, August 23, 2004

I walked 3,270 steps.

Walter and I ate dinner at the table with the TV off. It was nice. It will require a bit of discipline for both of to do this on a regular basis. The hardest part will be to keep the table clear when we are not eating. A clear horizontal surface is a rare thing in our house.

Actually I have shelves hung up without anything on them. I've not taken the stuff to go on the shelves out of storage.

Religion at its best allows us to see the Christ, Buddha, Prophet or Great Spirit in ourselves and in others and teaches us to treat each other and ourselves accordingly.

Goofy spam names of the day:
Transparently E. Invoice
Joiner G. Puttering
Incrust D. Morton
Chad J. Roistering
Phylum L. Lenny
Oriented F. Gawkily
Strived Q. Fungicides

Saturday, August 21, 2004

This week I ran 17.14 miles, burned 2,036.7 calories and weigh 168 pounds.

I watched Underworld on DVD. It's a movie with vampires and werewolves. That's about it.

I successfully completed the 5 mile run in an hour. It was very humid today. I'm still tired despite taking a nap.

A thunderstorm blew in suddenly. It was clear sky at 3:00 then at 3:40 thunder and lightning. I let Daisy in. She can alter the aroma of a room but she is a sweet girl. She was limping the other day, so I gave her some of Rusty's left over anti-immflamatory medication. It looks like it worked.

I'm going to go drink some more water. Maybe that will do something for my tiredness.

Goofy spam names of the day:
Edged Q. Foreman
Patties C. Averroes
Capsule G. Insinuation
Slithers H. Directorship

I need bread and water.

Friday, August 20, 2004

I walked 4,459 steps.

Tomorrow I do a real training long run with the marathon training group. My knee has stopped hurting. I was able to run this past week. This will be a 5 mile run.

My mother-in-law left this morning. She almost knocked the door to our bedroom down when she was trying to wake up Walter. He was awake by the second knock. So was I. He kindly informed that in the future a couple of gentle knocks on the door would be sufficient.

I have a Pavlovian bladder. I wake up, I need to pee. I went at 4:00 am and again at 6:30 when I woke up the second time. I don't know where the fluid from the 6:30 piss came from. I did not drink anything after 4:00. It is just something hard wired - wake up - pee.

Enough about my urinary habits, on to the Goofy Spam names of the day:
Kitties E. Calfskin
Suppliants E. Borne

Right now I'm listening to Enoch Light and the Light Brigade play Bond St. from the Best of Moog on Radio@Netscape Lounge Channel.

It is the perfect music for doing religious things.

Thursday, August 19, 2004

Today I walked 3,834 steps.

My mother-in-law is here. She is having her sister give her a wake-up call at 5:00 AM Eastern time. We live in the Central Time Zone. Luckily, we cannot hear the phone when the bedroom door is closed. Actually, I sleep quite heavily. I probably won't hear her leave at all. I hope she has a great time with her sisters in Biloxi.

I discovered a huge plot hole in Minority Report. The last 30 minutes of the movie would have been impossible if the hole had been closed. Let's just say that Precrime has very poor security protocols or lazy IT people.

One of the local radio stations has been advertising, on the radio, "A new look but the same mix." One brain cell dies screaming in agony everytime I try to make sense of the ad. Why not just say, "We got new logos for our vans and stationery but we are still playing the same mix." It would make a bit more sense.

Goofy spam names of the day:
Penguin V. Cancer
The Icelandic quintuplets -
Helpampfiien Ugglrid
Helwiepepen Uairrn
Heloymekeen Uuef
Helalen Uegirt
Helubfen Unboedrr
Hermes J. Plainest
Explored K. Weatherizing

Won't you take me to Funkytown?

Wednesday, August 18, 2004

I walked 2,960 steps.

I'm going to clean the bathroom in preparation for my mother-in-law. Actually, the bathroom kind of needs it with or without visiting mother-in-law.

I wrote the article for church. It needs more work. I hope the rest of the committee will step in.

I admit it. I'm a procrastinator. I've been meaning to work on that. I was successful in school simply because I put tasks on a daily to do list. I did not put this article on the to do list. I don't pay attention to the to do list as much. At least I don't inflict major guilt upon myself if I don't finish everything. There is not as much at stake with an incomplete to do list as there was in the past.

Putting things on my to do list greatly increases the odds of it getting done in a somewhat timely fashion.

Thanks to all the people who have posted comments on this blog. I'm glad it is getting noticed.

Goofy spam names of the day:
Sensitized B. Fringe
Nevadans O. Tripe
Flawed G. Curtailment

I've been getting a lot of spam about refacing my kitchen cabinets and teenage sluts. Maybe the teenage sluts can reface my kitchen cabinets.