Monday, June 28, 2010

Saturday, June 26, 2010


Several men are in the locker room of a golf club. A cellular phone on a bench rings and a man engages the hands-free speaker function and begins to talk. Everyone else in the room stops to listen.

MAN: 'Hello'

WOMAN: 'Honey, it's me. Are you at the club?'

MAN: 'Yes'

WOMAN: 'I am at the shops now and found this beautiful leather coat. It's only $2,000. Is it OK if I buy it?'

MAN: 'Sure, go ahead if you like it that much.'

WOMAN: 'I also stopped by the Lexus dealership and saw the new Models. I saw one I really liked.'

MAN: 'How much?'

WOMAN: '$90,000'

MAN: 'OK, but for that price I want it with all the options.'

WOMAN: 'Great! Oh, and one more thing...the house I wanted last year is back on the market. They're asking $980,000'

MAN: 'Well, then go ahead and give them an offer of $ 900,000. They will probably take it. If not, we can go the extra 80 thousand if it's really a good deal.'

WOMAN: 'OK. I'll see you later! I love you so much!'

MAN: 'Bye! I love you, too.'

The man hangs up. The other men in the locker room are staring at him in astonishment, mouths agape.

He turns and asks: 'Anyone know who this phone belongs to?'

Friday, June 25, 2010

Today's Workouts

Weather: 70 and not as humid and sunny
Time of Day: 5:15am
Distance: 20.04 miles
Time 2:58:01
Pace: 8:54 per mile
Running Shoes: Asics DS Trainer 13
Hip/Back Pain: 1 feeling much better this morning

Sign of the Times?

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Today's Workouts

yesterday's actually. 2 runs.

Run #1
Weather: 80, very humid and sunny
Time of Day: 8:30am
Distance: 7.17 miles
Time 1:03:15
Pace: 8:49 per mile
Running Shoes: Asics DS Trainer 13
Hip/Back Pain: 1 feeling much better this morning

Run #2
Weather: 82 and still humid
Time of Day: 9:30pm
Distance: 5.01 miles
Time 45:45
Pace: 9:09 per mile
Running Shoes: Saucony Tangent 3 running shoes
Hip/Back Pain: 1

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

More on Coffee and Health

That Black exilar may just be good for you....or not.....Pick the study that fits your view.

The coffee health debate is well grounded in fact



When you wake up at the crack of dawn each day, like cafe owner Natalia Kost-Lupichuk, you need your coffee.

Milk, no sugar, please, Kost-Lupichuk says.

"I'm up every morning by 5 o'clock. Coffee gets the energy going," says the owner of Natalia's Elegant Creations in Falls Church, Va.

Kost-Lupichuk is among 56% of American adults who drink coffee regularly, the National Coffee Association says.

Though many refer to their java habit as an unhealthy indulgence, experts say that in moderation, a cup or two of joe a day actually has numerous health perks.

"People always talk about it as if it's a little bad for you. That's not necessarily true," says Donald Hensrud, associate professor of Preventive Medicine and Nutrition at the Mayo Clinic. "Coffee contains over 2,000 different chemical components, including cancer-fighting anti-oxidants."

Some studies suggest coffee can boost vision and heart health, says registered dietitian Elisa Zied, author of Nutrition at Your Fingertips. Research also has suggested coffee helps people with liver disease, but it has had mixed results when it comes to diabetes.

But be aware of how much caffeine you're consuming, because it varies among coffee drinks, says Mary Rosser, assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx, N.Y.

Loading up on cream and sugar is a bad idea, Hensrud says. A Starbucks venti 24-ounce double chocolate chip frappucino has 520 calories, 14 grams of saturated fat and 75 grams of carbohydrates. Pregnant women and people with anxiety and sleep problems should especially watch their intake, he says.

Also, people metabolize caffeine differently -- the result of genetic differences, Hensrud says.

Caffeine's influence can last for 10 hours or more, says researcher Jim Lane, a professor of medical psychology at Duke. He recommends pacing yourself throughout the day: "It's nice to have places to meet friends that aren't alcohol-related, but it does sort of encourage people to ignore the drug effects of caffeine."

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Today's Workouts

Weather: 85 and sunny
Time of Day: 11:30am
Distance: 5.48 miles
Time 49:30
Pace: 9:02 per mile
Running Shoes: Newton 3 running shoes
Hip/Back Pain: 3
Comments: Hot out there tday and the hip pain was a bit worse today than it has been lately.

Everyone Needs a Dug

I Hate Squirrels

The Squirrel gets dead.

I was Hiding Under Your Porch Because I Love You

Classic Ads From the Good Old Days

You aren't big-boned or have a gland problem, you are just Chubbie. I wonder how that ad campaign worked out?

Now we know who Miley Cyrus' role model was growing up

Alas Mother's Day has already past. But there is always next year

If Santa says they are good for you then they must be

Not really sure, I think the Supreme Court is still reviewing that issue

I like coffee as much as the next guy - probably more - but I would never spank Sam for buying the wrong coffee, wrong beer yes, but coffee no

New Mothers, Babies, Beer and Nursing...doesn't get much better than that. Plus with enought beer in the house baby #2 will be on the way in no time.

The 70's were awful in many ways. Of course Levis is a San Fransisco based company

Today is the first day. So light up and enjoy

Don't forget to smoke after eating the Bacon-Pancakes

I also am an understanding husband

The librarians didn't look like that when I was a kid...heck I might have gone to the library more if they did

Monday, June 21, 2010

Today's Workouts

Weather: 85 and sunny
Time of Day: 11:30am
Distance: 8.08 miles
Time 1:12:27
Pace: 8:58 per mile
Running Shoes: Asics DS Trainer 13 running shoes
Hip/Back Pain: 3
Comments: Fairly hot on this first day of summer and the hip pain was a bit worse today than it has been lately.

Demotivational Monday

Because the weekend is over and Mondays are just horrendous

Sunday, June 20, 2010

What's Next?

Squirt Guns for Baptisms?
Robots in the confessionals?
Credit card machines instead of collection baskets?

IPad coming to church altars with daily missal app

June 18, 2010 - 1:32pm

ROME (AP) - An Italian priest has developed an iPad application that will let priests celebrate Mass with an iPad on the altar instead of the regular Roman missal.

The Rev. Paolo Padrini, a consultant with the Vatican's Pontifical Council for Social Communications, said Friday that the free application will be launched in July in English, French, Spanish, Italian and Latin.

Two years ago, Padrini developed the iBreviary, an application that brought the book of daily prayers used by priests onto iPhones. He said the iPad application is similar but also contains the complete missal _ containing all that is said and sung during Mass throughout the liturgical year.

Pope Benedict XVI has sought to reach out to young people through new media.

(Copyright 2010 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

Ok I can see the iBreviary being somewhat useful and kosher. While I prefer a good old fashion paper book, I guess when traveling having the Breviary on and iPad would be handy. But an iPad on the altar? Seriously? I don't even think the iPad Queen would go for that.

Some of the "Catholic" churches already look ridiculous enough. What with their lack of Crucifixes, Holy Water Fonts, Kneelers and their drum-sets, hot-tubs for baptisms and pant-suit wearing nuns. Do we really need mini-computers on the altar of sacrifice?

I am embarrassed that an Italian would come up with this. An American or Australian I can see. But and Italian? With all that history and beauty over there, not to mention great food. Sigh - am I just overacting? Being old fashion? A jerk?

Happy Father's Day

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Saturday Funnies

A little boy went up to his father and asked: 'Dad, where did my intelligence come from?'
The father replied. 'Well, son, you must have got it from your mother, cause I still have mine.'

'Mr. Clark, I have reviewed this case very carefully,' the divorce Court Judge said, 'and I've decided to give your wife $775 a week,'
'That's very fair, your honor,' the husband said. 'And every now and
then I'll try to send her a few bucks myself.'

A doctor examining a woman who had been rushed to the Emergency Room, took the husband aside and said,

'I don't like the looks of your wife at all.'
'Me neither doc,' said the husband.
'but she's a great cook and really good with the kids.'

An old man goes to the Wizard to ask him if he can remove a curse he has been living with for the last 40 years.
The Wizard says, 'Maybe, but you will have to tell me the exact words that were used to put the curse on you.'
The old man says without hesitation, 'I now pronounce you man and wife.'

Two Reasons Why It's So Hard To Solve A Redneck Murder:
1. The DNA all matches.
2. There are no dental records.

A blonde calls Delta Airlines and asks, 'Can you tell me how long it'll take to fly from San Francisco to New York City?'
The agent replies, 'Just a minute.'
'Thank you,' the blonde says and hangs up.

Two Mexican detectives were investigating the murder of Juan Gonzalez.
'How was he killed?' asked one detective.
'With a golf gun,' the other detective replied.
'A golf gun! What is a golf gun?'
'I don't know. But it sure made a hole in Juan.'

Moe: 'My wife got me to believe in religion.'
Joe: 'Really?'
Moe: 'Yeah. Until I married her I didn't believe in Hell.'

A man is recovering from surgery when the Surgical Nurse appears and asks him how he is feeling.
'I'm O. K. but I didn't like the four letter-words the doctor used in surgery,' he answered.
'What did he say,' asked the nurse.

While shopping for vacation clothes, my husband and I passed a display of bathing suits. It had been at least ten years and twenty pounds since I had even considered buying a bathing suit, so sought my husband's advice.
'What do you think?' I asked. 'Should I get a bikini or an all-in-one?'
'Better get a bikini,' he replied.. 'You'd never get it all in one.'
He's still in intensive care.


The graveside service just barely finished, when there was massive clap of thunder, followed by a tremendous bolt of lightning, accompanied by even more thunder rumbling in the distance.
The little old man looked at the pastor and calmly said, 'Well, she's there.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Today's Workouts

Weather: 60, sunny and low humidity
Time of Day: 6:00am
Distance: 18.23 miles
Time 2:37:05
Pace: 8:37 per mile
Running Shoes: K-Swiss Kona Light Weight Running shoes
Hip/Back Pain: 3
Comments: Fantastic morning for running. After the heat and humidity we have been having this was a nice change. First run in a long time where I felt like I good run forever. I felt great the entire run and this is my longest run since February 19th.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Today's Workouts

Weather: 80 and sunny
Time of Day: 11:30am
Distance: 6.06 miles
Time 53:13 Pace: 8:47
Running Shoes: Newton Running Shoes
Hip/Back Pain: 3
Comments: Great day for running. Warm out but a bit lower humidity than we have been having. Basically a great day to work up a good sweat without dropping dead from a heat-stroke. Hip is slowly improving along with the back. I do to my "Voodoo Doc" tomorrow to have my hip worked on.

My Hip Flexors (Top of thigh where the thigh meets the torso) really started hurting on a run back in early March. I had x-rays and a MRI to check for a fracture - those were negative. Chiropractor worked on them. I've done: ice, heat, stretching, strengthening exercises etc...I finally found this Voodoo Doc (really a massage therapist) who has been digging in and working out the kinks and sore spots in my hips, back, hamstrings, quads and other places that can't be mentioned on a family blog. It has been a slow road back to recovery. But I think I am headed in the correct direction. I got in 45 miles last week while at the beach and feel halfway decent.

So Its Been Awhile

But that doesn't mean that I have been slacking, well not totally.

We were at the beach (Bethany Beach, DE) for a week. Great weather, Great food and good times.

I have been running, pretty much everyday.

Working now and again.

Watching the NBA finals and World Cup Soccer - Go Italy - the US too but seriously do we expect them to really fine it? With all the illegals we have shouldn't we be better at soccer?

I still have the most awesome wife around. The kids are ok too.....for kids ;)

The oldest one, Alex (20), graduated from college with honors (4.0 gpa) with a degree in social work. She started Grad school a week later.

The Army hired me to come up with a new uniform since they are repealing their "Don't Ask Don't Tell" policy. Here is the finished product: