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Journal Journal: I failed with someone.... 5

And then I failed with somebody else. Let this be a lesson. Do not get close to anybody. Period. Be distant and impossible to approach. You will feel safer this way.
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Journal Journal: I don't see Multiply going away... 16

Sorry to all the nay-sayers, but I pretty confident now that multiply isn't going away. I already find myself going to that page before slashdot. I'd suggest picking it up, just so you have an ID there and are associated with it in case we don't come back.

Here's me as a starting person to be joined to. Make sure you give me you /. id when you join, though.

FYI - I've requested to the site a way to grab /. historical journal entries, and they are considering it (they already have this feature for blogger, blogspot, etc...). I'd also like to see cross-posting for those too stubborn to leave...
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Journal Journal: Multiply 19

After serious consideration, I'm probably going to move to multiply, myself. My id was created a couple days ago (same ID as here), but I think I'll actually move journals over to it.

Most people that aren't on ask "what's so sexy about it"? The answer is it does everything we do here, plus a lot more (pictures, music, etc... but not terrible like myspace). The things its missing? The front page.
Now most people feel like there will be no more growth in the /. circle, which I feel is incorrect. The growth will be probably the same, but the reason will be different.
Right now, growth comes from a new slashdot id that stumbles onto us. We have lots in common, cause, most likely, the new person is a geek like the rest of us.
In Multiply, the new friends will come from other friends friends (follow that?). Basically, I'll become a friend of one of blinder's friends. Since blinder and I have a lot in common, his friend will, most likely, be compatable with me, also, so then the circle grows. Its just as open ended as the growth we have here, even more so, especially in the beginning.

I'd suggest everyone getting an ID, and start friending everyone up. I'd also suggest setting up your messages to only get the 'daily' email, not new emails for every little thing (as that is annoying as hell). Maybe do a weekly thing, who knows. Anyway, I'll still be around here, but probably not many more journals (especially since my journals have fallen off)...
Oh, and its easy to keep in touch with those that DON'T move there, as you can setup an RFF feed for your friends' journals here...
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Journal Journal: [Gym] Gym 2, Josh 0 12

I got another ass kicking last night. Did legs and partially back. The leg squats really kciked my ass (on the hammer-strength machine, 3 sets of 12 forward, and 3 sets backward). Calves and hammys I did well on (especially calves). Then we started on my back. While working on my lats, I started getting light headed... stomach started to ache. I had to constantly take breaks. The PT asked what was wrong, and I told him the light headedness. He asked when I last ate (this was at 5pm), I told him lunch at 11:30. That's when he said "Don't move, I'll be right back"... within a minute, I was on the floor barely concious. Another PT was keeping me awake until my guy returns with a shake. I was seconds away from passing out. So a lesson to learn, here:
Always have a snack before going to the gym! (Yes indeedy! I'm a stupid idiot!)

Anywho, the bicep sprain wasn't a sprain or a strain, just a really sore muscle. We worked it out and its fine today. I must be favoring the right side too much when working on my arms...
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Journal Journal: [Gym] I spoke too freakin soon! 3

Yesterday I went in and told the PT that initially put me on a workout that I want to ramp it up. He asked if I want to get 'big'.
Sure.
Ok then...

And then... he proceeded to fully kick my scrawny little ass. Spent an hour just on biceps, chest, and abs (lots of 'hammer strength' machines, which are machines with freeweights on it that NFL/pro athletes use, then lots of freewieghts. The only 'simple machines' we used was for me to work on my biceps one at a time). I was in agony. He set goals on what I was to do. Then he told me to lay off all the cardio. I do 30 minute cardio on Sun, Tues, Weds when I'm lifting, and 60 on MWF when I'm not. I'm supposed to do 60 minutes a week, and that's it. Plus the way he's working me out, I may not be ready to go at a muscle group after 45, so I'm supposed to work out a muscle group until I fail (then I know I've worked it to the max), and pick another muscle group the next day.
Monday we work on quads, hammys, calves, and tris. The triceps should be the only ones that give me a ton of trouble, as I used to run track in high school, and still have pretty large legs...
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Journal Journal: The gym is paying off 9

I've been good about going to the gym (except for when I was sick). I lift on Sundays, Tuesdays, and Thursday, then spend M-W-F on cardio (I still do cardio on the days I lift, just not as much). I leave work at 4:30 and avoid the rush at the gym (though its starting to taper now that people are quitting their New Years resolutions). I'm finding it difficult to keep my heart in the cardio zone on the treadmill. I have to actually work to keep my heart pumping for 45-60 minutes a day. Holy hell, I'm actually somewhat in shape! I actually requested to take the whole family out grocery shopping right after my workout, cause I had trouble settling down and relax. I ended up wearing everyone else out, but I still had energy to burn...
I don't LOOK any stronger, but I definitely FEEL it. My abs are starting to show, much to the wife's delight (though I think she's waiting for my biceps to increase in size), which I haven't had since early college. Unfortunately, seeing them come through, I've been overworking them a bit...
When I ran track back in college, I always had issues with my calves. They used to call me popeye on track, because my calves were always larger than my quads/thighs. At night, I'd always wake up multiple times cause of muscle cramps in my calves... I'd spend a good 15 minutes working out the cramp to get back to bed. Last night I actually work up with muscles cramps in my abs. Talk about uncomfortable.

Anywho, I'm still on it and starting to feel the effects. When I have washboard abs, a descent chest and some guns, I'll post pics ;)
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Journal Journal: I'm raising a tomboy 4

Last weekend, when I was watching TV, Jenna walks into the room, sees the tube and yells "FOOTBALL GAME!"

Today, I was explaining to my wife how I've waited for today's games, and I intend on lounging and watching both of them, when Jenna walks in. "Want to watch football with daddy, today?" "Mmkay!"
She held my hand to lead her to the TV. Had to convince her to go get her favorite shoes to distract her...

So... I'm raising a tomboy, which is fine by me. Either that or she is ugly for the next 16 years. I don't want to have to deal with boys when she gets old enough. I simply don't have enough guns to clean...
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Journal Journal: [NFL] And the next Steelers head coach... 1

... is Mike Tomlin??
I'm reserved about this. Its still considered 'gossip' as no team officials have come forward (including anonymous officials via ESPN). Regardless, the choice has me a little concerned. Tomlin is a big believer in the Tampa-2 coverage scheme. I don't see this working in the AFC north. Funny thing, though, is that the Tampa-2, as Dungy is willing to admit, comes from the defensive scheme of the old 70s Steelers "Steel Curtain" defense. If you have a good enough front for (including 2 HOF'ers), you can put the rest into coverage, and the LBs (including 2 HOF'ers) can handle the run if they do get past the front four...

Regardless, I'm not a big believer in the cover-2, as its suppose to compliment a high powered offense, which the Steelers aren't. Regardless, either big changes are coming, or Tomlin will change his philosophy to be more in line with the Steelers.

Still surprised Grimm didn't get the job, to be honest. Not saying that he's a better candidate (the Rooney's know how to pick coaches!), just seemed like he was a Pittsburgh guy and ready for the job...
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Journal Journal: Hey guys... 8

Want to go to Chotchkie's? Get some coffee? I gotta get outta here. I think I'm gonna lose it.
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Journal Journal: A bit distracted today.... 30

Yesterday, my clever son figured out how to fake an illness to get out of preschool. Suffice to say, when I heard the news, I was livid. But the teacher emailed my wife asking her how Joey was and told her there were other concerns with Joey.

As a parent, the last thing you want is for your kid to be different... for your child to have to bear a burden 'normal kids' don't have to. I knew the problem. I've known the problem but ignored it hoping it wouldn't come around or no one would notice and he'd just be a little different, without a diagnosis or word associated with it.

We got another email today. This time with specific concerns (emphasis mine):
Joey really has a difficult time following directions at school. He has his own agenda and needs directions repeated 2 to 5 times. Even with the daily routine of taking off his coat and hanging up his backpack - he needs one on one adult supervision to complete the task. He has a difficult time sitting for any group activity and blurts out off topic comments. He also has trouble transitioning from one activity to another. He demonstrates limited eye contact, is easily distracted and is restless. He has a difficult time waiting his turn. He also places classroom materials and toys in his mouth[...] He is not able to sit in a chair without moving - he sits on his foot, on the edge of the chair, etc.

My son is in a special program. Its a preschool program run by the school district for children with minor disabilities like speech problems. They also add in a few 'normal' kids to be 'models' for the other children. Joey came in as one of these models. Probably will finish as one of the kids needing some extra attention. This is actually a good thing. They have about four dozen different types of therapists that help with everything. Joey had a phase where he stuck everything (mostly his thumb and shirt) in his mouth. They worked on it, and he doesn't do it nearly as much (still his thumb, but I was a thumb sucker for years... at least my mother says I was). The teacher also included different techniques she is using to help him with the issues, but I already know whats wrong with him. Just like I said before. The emphasis was what stuck out like a sore thumb to me.

My son has ADD. Why do I know? Cause his Dad does, too. He just learned it when he was in college...

So now comes the part where the teacher will meet with us tomorrow afternoon, will express the concerns, will suggest we take him to a shrink. The shrink will do the ever fun six hour test on Joey to find out he has a minor form of ADD, and I've got to feed the poor kid brain pills for the rest of his life.
I think I'm going to try and opt for a non-drug solution if I can. Maybe occupational therapy or something...
I guess I'm kind of overreacting to all of this, since I haven't gotten a diagnosis, but from someone who has it and studied it... it sure seems like a honest to goodness case for ADD.
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Journal Journal: [NFL] Predictions... 4

So my predictions got screwed up. Although, I have to admit, the only one I was wrong about was the Bears getting upset.
The seahawks beat Dallas cause of the fumbled snap, and SD lost, NE didn't win (damn does Brady inject ice in his blood for the 2 minute drill?!?).
Anywho, I'll have to redo picks since my fav is already out...

NE at Indy: Again, I'm going against the rest of the world, much like I did when I predicted Indy would beat KC. I think this will be a close game, but the 2 minute drill Tom Brady will run will be about tying the game, instead of winning it. Peyton Manning gets that decade monkey off his back and gets into the bowl he's been waiting for... Predicition: Indy

NO at Bears: While the Bears defense turned from that poor defense back to that sturdy defense throughout last week, they won't have to worry much. NO's biggest issue? The ultra slow secondary. They give up too many big plays. If they try to prevent Rex from throwing those perfectly timed bombs with a cover-2 or 3 or 4, it just opens up the Bears running game. Can the NO line handle the bears offensive line? Can the NO LBs handle the 'never stops trying' attitude of the up and coming Cedric Benson? If they can, Rex simply will throw overtop of Fred Thomas. While the NO offense will do a good job and keeping up in the points category, I defense is what wins championships, and just ask Seattle what big plays can do for you in big games...Prediction: Bears

Superbowl: Indy vs Chicago: Defense wins championships, the Bears defense, normally stout, looks a bit weak, and the Indy defense, normally horrid against the run, looks solid. The Indy defense also uses quick linemen to pressure the QB, and Rex under pressure is what causes all the turnovers he's been plagued with. A fun superbowl, but Peyton finally gets his. Prediction: Indy

All in all, this is the most exciting post season I've watched in a while. Mainly due to the fact that I have no favorite teams playing in it...
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Journal Journal: [NFL] A few words about the Indy/Ravens game 3

BWAAAAHAHAHAHA!!

Fuck you Ray Lewis, fuck you Ed Reed, fuck you Terrel Suggs, and last, but certainly not least, FUCK YOU BRIAN BILLICK! I loved that disappointed and sad look instead of that smug one, you arrogant son of a bitch. I hope you get fired.

I kinda felt sorry for McNair, but, hey, he's the one that joined that piece of shit team.

For the record, I root for 2 teams, the Steelers, and whoever plays the Ravens.

Indy's D looks freakin solid all of a sudden, but they've played a weak offense and a mediocre one... lets see how they handle the high powered offense. I think Peyton may get over Belichick if the Patriots upset the Chargers, but my vote is still on the Bolts....
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Journal Journal: [M,MH&I] So sick.... 9

This is going to get disgusting fast, so the squeamish may want to just skip this.

A rather nasty stomach bug has reared its nasty head around this area, and I caught it yesterday. I exercised yesterday, then worked from home a bit to go to the dentist for a cleaning, then went to work. That was a bad idea. Already wiped out from my workout, I was pretty useless at work and felt terrible. Then it got really bad. You know that dizziness you get before you puke? I got it at work. Stumbled into the bathroom... barely. I ran into 3 walls on the way. No puking, but I almost passed out in the bathroom. After about 45 minutes in the bathroom, I walk back to my desk, stop by the bosses cube to simply say "I'm going home", and by how I looked (which I found out later... ghost white with red blotches on my face... plus my hair and face were soaked cause I splashed water on it while in the bathroom). I stumbled out of work and drove home. I called my wife and told her to call me and check on me on my way home. She was busy and forgot, but I made it home... barely. I was hallucinating on my way home. For example, on a back road close to my house, there were shadows of trees on the road. Between two suck shadows, I came to a screeching stop. It looked like a giant hole in the road. Thank god this was in the middle of the afternoon and no one else was on the road.
When I got home, I stumbled into the bedroom, and passed out on my bed. Wife apparently got me out of my work clothes.. then things got bad.

I won't go into details... I only threw up once in the evening, but I was in the bathroom all day and night. It wasn't just feeling nauseous, but I had so many severe cramps and such in my stomach and gut. I got the worst of the stomach bug, as I find out from the news this morning.
You know how people get the bug so bad they can't keep water down? Similar thing. By the night, I was cleaned out. So I started sipping water... 5 minutes later, I'd actually crap out water. It was freaking me out pretty bad.
Today I'm a bit better, but still definitely sick. I slept so much during the day, I was up wide awake a lot last night... so I ended up watching cartoon network. Dude, those animes are just messed up! The stories are just completely whack!

So now I get a call from my boss. I've procrastinated doing my self evaluation that its due today. So I have to finish up two parts of it and send it in by 5. I'm a bit dizzy sitting up, but I'll throw something together. Probably won't be back into work until friday. Problem with getting a stomach bug with IBS, is that my intestines recover much slower than your average person, so I'm gonna feel like crap for the week. Probably won't work out again until sunday, now... just when I was getting used to my cardio, too....


Hope everyone else is having a better day....
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Journal Journal: Fax and workout 16

I got 6 calls at my desk phone today from a fax machine.

I have caller id.
So I got out a piece of paper and a marker. I sent them a fax back. I stopped getting faxes.
I'm actually kinda bummed. The note I wrote was polite this time. Was waiting to get faxed again, then I was going to be rude and crude. Too bad.

Did my workout today at 6am. My body doesn't like 6am. My IBS REALLY doesn't like 6am. I did it anyway.
Do I feel energized? Hell no, I'm completely wiped out and barely going along while my stomach is wavering from 'coping' to 'going to puke' all day.
I'm not giving up. Just hoping to get over this 'hump' by wednesday. For the record, its only my second workout. Same as the first, strictly cardio (will work on strength tonight when I can get a PT):
Treadmill, 45 minutes, 3.6mph (brisk walk), on range of hills. Basically it runs in ~3 minute segments. Flat, 1.0 incline, flat 2.0 incline, etc up to 6.0 incline, then a flat, small 2.0, then back flat, then cool down.
I ran track back in high school, so I've always had large thighs and calves. My legs aren't the least bit weak. But damn does my ass still hurt!
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Journal Journal: [NFL] Full Playoffs predictions 2

I'm going to go through each game, make my pics, but probably have a few "won't be surprised if..." phrases to not hang myself out to dry when I'm completely wrong ;)

KC at Indy Everyone is saying it. Larry Johnson will run all over that pitiful Indy defense. You are right. Only problem is that KC doesn't have the defense to stop Peyton Manning. Even if Larry Johnson gets 200 yards rushing, Manning will score a TD with every possession, and that's what will win the game. High scoring, but Peyton relishes high scoring games... Prediction: Indy

Dallas at Seattle I'm torn on every NFC matchup. I can see any of the teams in this conference making it to the superbowl (and none of them winning it). If... and this is a big IF.... Seattle can get there shit together, and the defense step up, and the offense step up, they could be the best shot for the NFC to win it all. However, they are missing their two starting corners, and so they have a rookie and a free safety covering TO and Terry Glenn. If the Dallas running game gets started, forcing man-to-man and play-action, this secondary will get torched. But on the other side, Seattle can put up 4 and 5 reciever sets, forcing the Dallas LBs into coverage, and, even worse, Roy Williams into coverage, and Hasslebeck will shred the Dallas defense... My gut tells me to pick Seattle, but without the starting corners (and your head coach isn't Belichick), I have to go with Predicition: Dallas

Giants at Philly Another game I'm torn on. Everything points to Philly not only winning, but crushing the Giants... but the Giants have that wildcard... Tiki could play the role of Jerome Bettis. You know he's retiring, so here's his last chance. But last years Steelers will be a once in a lifetime 6 seed going all the way. The giants D stinks, especially the secondary, and Eli Manning cracks under the slightest pressure (and he's up against Jim Johnson's system!). Division battles can go either way, but I have to stick with my gut on this one Prediction: Iggles

Jets at NE Blood... this game is against two teams who hate each other, two coaches that have grudges on one another, and two teams and coaches that know each other EXTREMELY well. It will go either way. The Jets have the smoke and mirrors to get past NE (they've already done it once), but NE is a very disiplined team. If Tom Brady had the WRs he deserves this decision would be cake (BTW - if they still had Charlie Weis, those no-name WRs would be powerful... they are missing Weis). Mangini did miracles in NY, but he's still a couple years away. Prediction: NE

Next Round:

Indy at Baltimore Honestly, I think Baltimore and SD are, by far, the two best teams in the NFL. However, Baltimore's big weakness is its poor corner play. Very few offenses could take advantage of this, the biggest being Peyton Manning... I think I'm going to call the upset. Steve McNair won't have too much luck against the Cover-2, although the running game might get going... but the running game doesn't do too well keeping up with Peyton. Predicition: Indy

Philly at Chicago Lovie Smith said something very thought provoking in his last few press conferences. "We are the number one seed, but people still boo our starting QB". You'll find out why in this game. The Bears defense can hold the Eagles. The Bears ST can score points on the Eagles. The Bears offense will give away the ball whenever the Eagles are already in FG range. The Eagles MVP? Rex Grossman. Prediction: UPSET! Eagles

NE at SD Tom Brady could have some success against the susceptible Baltimore secondary, but NE is mostly a running team this year, and you won't run on two teams: SD and Baltimore. A low scoring defense-fest, but Baltimore will come out the victor. Predicition: Baltimore

Dallas at Nawlins NO doesn't have a great playoff defense. However, the offense is high powered, and can stretch the field, which is big-D's weakness. Another high scoring game, which is what NO can play. Prediction: NO

Next Round:

Philly at NO No question here, for me. While Philly is more balanced, NO can put up more points. Simple as that. Prediction: NO

Indy at SD Peyton Manning vs the 34. It gets him everytime. Dallas beat him. Pittsburgh beat him. NE beat him. SD beat him. SD has the rest, and has the defense to contain him. SD also has the running game to run over Indy. Its close, but SD controls it the whole time Predicition: SD

Superbowl:
SD vs NO This Superbowl won't be too exciting. The NO defense won't be able to contain the SD offense. The SD defense is both fast and physical. While NO will be able to score points, SD will be able to slow the offense down, and probably get a few turnovers. Predicition: SD

If Baltimore vs SD becomes a game, that'll be the 'real' superbowl, cause those are the two best teams going at it. Whoever wins that will win the superbowl. I cheated my way out of calling that game ;)

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