Ramblings

Friday Wrap-Up…eh

Wrapping up the week.  Not much happened this week – I went on a walk/hike with my meetup group at Wildwood Preserve in Toledo.  I received word that I have to go to an “individualized assistance” program for unemployment (next Thursday).  I spent most of the week listening to Opie & Anthony (XM202) and Ron & Fez on satellite radio.

I’m working my way through the pantry – getting rid of what I have before heading out to the store to get new and improved food.  Friday morning I decided to make chicken soup from the pieces/parts in the freezer.  I should eat a lot less than I have and need to make a conscious decision to do it.

I updated the walks/hikes through the end of the month – every Wednesday and Saturday.  The Wednesday hikes are at Wildwood and the Saturday hikes mix it up from Oak Openings, Secor, and The Botanical Gardens.

One of my favorite online series, “Janette Forever” by Rich Morris has completed.  You may remember that I mentioned his previous Dr. Who series “The 10 Doctors” in a previous post.  Well worth checking out!  A .pdf of the graphic novel is available for download here.

I’m looking forward to the video shoot this weekend.  I bought a 10×16 green screen online and it is out for delivery today.

…more later…

Fell off the weight loss wagon…=(

Let me start off with a statement.  I am a nervous eater.  I am also a bored eater.  And with the last couple of weeks…I’ve been eating a lot more than I should.

Months ago, I was down to 230#.  I weighed myself this morning and I was back up to 278#!  That’s upsetting.  I think it finally hit me and was a wake up to get things back to where they were.  I’m pulling out the P90X DVDs, getting my old recipes and signing up to Spark People to track calories and progress.

I have a walk tonight and I need to start a daily program.

Today’s start weight: 278.8 lbs
45″ at waist

only had the pasta and oatmeal today – gotta drink more water…

I miss G4 TV…a little

I miss G4. The last month I had cable, they stopped carrying G4, the station carrying “Attack of the Show”.  I used to watch it when the show was known as “The ScreenSavers” but every now and then caught the new version of the show.

When I started working out of town a lot, I canceled cable and returned the box to the cable company.  It wasn’t worth it to me to pay $70 a month for television that I watch only on weekends.  My alternative was to build a DIY antenna out of coat hanger wires and a 2×4 piece of lumber.  With an attached signal booster, I can pull in 12 channels from my attic (CBS, CBS+weather, ABC, ABC+weather, ABC Living Well HD, NBC, RetroTV, AmericaOne, PBS, PBS-HD, PBS Create and FOX).

The only thing I would upgrade would be the antenna.  From doing research, I can most likely pull in Detroit, Sandusky, and Lima stations with a better antenna.  I found an 8-bay model (HD-8800) from Solid Signal that I will probably be getting before winter.

I find that I am spending more time away from the television with my decision.  That’s not a bad thing.  I still catch my regular programs during primetime, but I’m staying more active during the day.

I do miss some of my cable favorites (Mythbusters, BBC America, and The History Channel) but with a little searching, I found my missing programs.

Providence/Canal Experience

Providence, OH USED to be at stop 44 on the Ohio Canal.  It was settled in 1816 by Peter Manor who put a sawmill built in 1822 and a gristmill in 1835.  In 1846 a fire destroyed most of the town and then a cholera epidemic wiped out whatever was left in 1854.

CanalProvidence100209 001The Providence/Canal Experience is an event at Providence MetroParks on the Maumee River opposite Grand Rapids, OH.

For the small sum of $6 you get to experience a 45 minute canal boat ride through Lock #44 (one of the last working canal locks in Ohio) and down a stretch of restored canal.  The vessel’s name is “The Volunteer” named for the volunteers that help out with the park system.

The sawmill, gristmill, and blacksmith are on the premises.  The mills are powered by a turbine emptying into the Maumee River.  There is also a General Store with historically themed goods.  Further west is the Providence Dam – constructed to regulate the water into the Maumee River.

I went with a group of friends and spent a good portion of the day in the Providence Park with a walkover to Grand Rapids, OH.

Ohio EZ Pass

I received my E-ZPass last week.  For years I have been taking the TOL to CLE trip twice a week over I-80/I-90 turnpike.  Each way was $4.00.

Starting tomorrow, the same trip will cost me $4.25 if I did not purchase the E-ZPass transponder.  The unit itself was initially $25.  Of that, $22 of it was available for tolls.  There is a $.75 monthly fee for record keeping.

The unit itself is about the size of a pack of playing cards and attaches to the windshield next to the mirror below the painted visor.  After installing, I kept looking at it, but I think that will fade in time once I get used to it.  The package also includes a grey static bag for storage when you don’t want to use it.  The bag claims that it will stop the tollgate from picking up the signal when you drive through.

The next scheduled rate increase will be in 2012.

Unemployment update

An update on my unemployment status…yes, I am still unemployed.

I received word from unemployment this morning that my unemployment determination has been approved due to “lack of work” and I will receive my payments for the next 45 weeks.  I am also receiving a $25 extra payment (I guess that’s part of the stimulus package??) each week.

I also received that last of my pay from my former employer and am 100% settled with them.

I have 62 resumes submitted and am active daily on careerbuilder.com, monster.com, etc.

Review: Superman Batman: Public Enemies (DVD)

I was lucky enough to get a preview of the SUPERMAN BATMAN: PUBLIC ENEMIES DVD. (SPOILER WARNING)

Freakin’ Awesome!  I loved the storyline of Lex Luthor becoming the President (charismatic speaker…plausible) and the subsequent battle of “heroes”.  The banter between Superman and Batman seemed appropriate and the surprise appearance of characters from the DC Universe was welcoming.  I wondered for a moment why there was no appearance by Wonder Woman, The Flash, or Green Lantern – then I remembered that they are in their own DVD adventures (never explained in story).

The animation was top notch, and the voices fit the characters.  Having Tim Daly and Kevin Conroy reprise their voice talent as Superman and Batman.  One thing I love is watching animation and hearing famous voices and trying to figure out who the actors are.  After the movie, I checked the internet to see how I did and was pleasantly surprised.

I would have liked to have seen a longer feature, but the story moved along at a good pace.

If they were to make a live action Superman/Batman feature, I believe they should look in this direction as it provided action, comedy, and enough chances for guest stars as super heroes/villains. (that alone would get the ticket sales up from the geek audience).

I would highly recommend this movie.

Cleveland Browns (Quarterback Controversy)??

The Cleveland Browns.  I’ve been a fan since I was a little “Kardiac Kid”.  Growing up in Cleveland, its hard not to be a fan.  Even with the perceived “curse” on the city with all of its sports franchises, you learn to back the teams.  Always live with hope…

They never fail to disappoint.

Obviously there is now a “Quarterback Controversy” and there will be countless polls on television.  The problem is that the quarterback position was always in flux and neither quarterback took any chances in fear that they would lose the job if/when they failed.  So they did exactly that – and failed.

It was pretty  obvious that Brady Quinn was going to be named starting QB this year.  Why spend all that money for him years ago and not use him.  He just couldn’t live up to all that hype. Derek Anderson didn’t have a chance.  Or did he?  Waiting for Brady to either 1) play it safe and not succeed or 2) get injured.

…and despite this, I am still a Brown’s fan.

Thursday report

A little sore from last nights hike.  We went a little off the trail and took a few extra laps around.  I think we did close to 6 miles – nothing too long, but we kept a fast pace.  I made a mistake and wore my running shoes – still not worn in.  So blisters in the a.m.

I got a lead this morning on some work out of town.  It is some cash-flow.

I have a telephone interview this afternoon.  Don’t know where this may lead, but its a step in the right direction.
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I realized what I need is a spec sheet with my abilities, not unlike a resume, but with specific stories that I can refer to to highlight themes such as *teamwork *mentoring *profitability etc.

I also realize just how much out of practice I am with talking about myself.  I don’t really like doing that – it doesn’t feel right.  Boastful?  whatever…

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