Another month gone by

Wow I’m only posting things once a month.  That’s sad.  I’m not sure why.  Lack of time?  Not focused on being a writer anymore?  A combination of both those but mostly lazy.  Maybe it’s cause not much happens weekly, even less daily.  Pretty boring life.

Let’s see what’s been happening.  the weight loss has slowed some.  I lost a few more lbs since the last posting.  Now weigh 50 lbs less.  That’s been a big change.  I continue to work on replacing my fence around my backyard.  There is no way I could do that if I stilled weighed 277 lbs.  Not in the Texas heat we’ve had lately.  I continue to play hockey at least once per week and we are signing up for a D league this summer, starts on July 14.

So what’s this about not being a writer?  Yes I’ve stopped my subscription to Writers Digest and really haven’t been doing anything in regards to writing.  Except this blog.  My focus now is on music production.  I’ve been gathering lyric ideas to go with all the guitar riffs I have.  And I’ve pulled out some old song demos with the plan to dust them off and maybe rerecord and add lyrics.  I’m still a member of BMI but I have only one song registered with them.  An old song from 2001 called O.B.L.  It’s a song about Osama Bin Laden and was written a couple of days after September 11.  The lyrics came to me in the shower.  Was pretty easy writing.  Then I added a folk song guitar accompaniment to the lyrics and recorded before I would forget it.  Pretty cheesy 16 years later.

Anyway my focus these days in on my fence, playing hockey, watching my calorie intake and working on my music.  And of course dealing with the day to day issues that come up with the family.

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A Month Later…

A little over a month ago was my last posting.  Let’s see… what’s been going on.

Well my youngest son was in the hospital after passing out while driving.  The cause seems to be low blood sugar due to over exertion and lack of hydration.  That was two days in the hospital and the bills are starting to roll in.

File May 19, 2 38 38 PMThe day before that happened my oldest son was in a hit and run car accident.  Some asshole pulled out onto street to go left and clipped the rear end of my son’s car spinning him 360 degrees and into a tall curb.  It totaled the car.  A car that was paid for and ran good.  I got $3300 for that.  There is no way I can find a comparable car for $3300.  So that sucked.

I had to spend a couple of weeks in Virginia for work.  I got to come home for the weekend in between the two weeks but it still sucked.

On a positive note I have lost a total of 47 pounds as of today.  That is since January 6th.  Clothes are getting looser, energy is getting better.  I’ve started playing hockey again.

File May 19, 2 39 20 PMWith the extra energy I’m able to work on stuff around the house.  so I’ve been working on replacing my fence.  I bought a miter saw and table and I’ve been working on one section at a time every weekend.

File May 19, 2 37 41 PMFinally, I sold my dirt bike.  My 2002 YZ426F is gone.  It was time.  It was a pain to maintain and we only went riding twice last year.  It freed up a lot of space in my garage, space that is now occupied by my miter saw.

It’s been a hell of a month.

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Been on my mind since the election

I gotta get something off my mind. It’s been stuck there since the election and I just want to get it out.

I didn’t really vote for Trump. I couldn’t bring myself to actually fill in the circle next to his name (we have forms where you fill in circle with a sharpie like you used to do when taking those special exams in grade school). Instead, I voted straight Republican. I didn’t feel like he was right for the job.  so he got my vote as a by product of my Republican thinking.  Yes I’m a Republican but that’s a whole another posting or discussion.

I couldn’t bring myself to vote for Hillary either. I just couldn’t. She had this air of entitlement that rubbed me the wrong way. A smugness that I couldn’t get past. Plus there were too many questions about her integrity. I didn’t want Status Quo in D.C. anymore either. And probably the biggest reason was her supporters, especially the news networks, who said she had it in the bag. All those worthless talking heads on the 24 hour news networks. God I hate those people. Get a real job! It was so enjoyable on election night to watch these anal-ist see there chosen candidate go down the tubes. Oh it was priceless. They were dumb founded. Wow could this be? It’s the apocalypse. Whine, whine.

Funny thing is eight years ago I would’ve voted for Hillary.

The days after the Hillary loss were extremely amusing. All these people demonstrating. All the whining on Facebook and Twitter. Get over it. Support the President. Be an american.

I didn’t say stop complaining or fully accept Trump. God knows I’ve questioned some of his recent decisions just like I did with Obama or the Bush tandem. I definitely wish he’d stop the whole tweeting shit and act more like a President and less like a spoiled kid not getting his way. He’s pretty transparent in that respect. But he’s the President and there is a reason we have a congress and a supreme court – to offset any stupidity or shenanigans he may try or cause.

So that’s what’s been on my mind. I did but didn’t vote for Trump.  He’s shaking shit up in D.C. which is what I wanted to see. He’s pissing off the news networks which I’m loving.  We’ll see how things turn out.  In the 8 years Obama was in office I’ve had to pay 30% more out of pocket for my health insurance.  Other than that he’s had very little affect on my life.

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Lazy, that’s me.  When I get home from work I just want to veg out in front of the T.V.  A bad use of time, I know.  I want to write a book.  I want to write a new song.  I want to lose 40 more pounds.  These goals weigh on my conscious and compete for my time.  And then I go and add – I want to blog every day about my existence.  So I don’t participate in any of my goals and veg out on the latest recorded Flash episode.

Well no more!  I’ve at least been losing weight so I can blog about that right?  Since January 6, 2017 I’ve lost over 30 lbs.  It all started as a competition at work.  Who could lose the most by March 3rd.  I won!  I lost 25.5 lbs which was over 9% of my body weight and pocketed $120.  I started the competition at a very unhealthy 277 lbs.  I was miserable.  I huffed and puffed putting my clothes and shoes on each morning, much less traversing the 3 stories in the parking garage at work.

Today I feel invigorated with 30 lbs shed on my way to 75 lbs.  I’ve done it before.   I’ve lost 85 lbs before and got back to the size I was when I left high school.  How did I get big again?  I swore I’d never get that big again but it’s so easy to slip up.  An extra taco here, extra large fries there and slowly your your stomach expands and before you know it – major obesity.  And once that stomach expands it wants more.  It doesn’t help that work stress kicks in and I eat food for comfort.  Food and plopping in front of the T.V. does it.

How’d I get this weight loss started again?  I eat within my allotted calories and eat whatever I want.  I use the app Lose It! religiously.  I use the app Runkeeper and walk 2 miles (as of this post) per day.  I’ve bought a weight bench to go with the set of weights that have been in the closet of 10 years and I’m currently reading Weight Training for Dummies preparing my workout schedule.  I plan to start mixing in the weight training with my walking next week.

I still come home from work tired and wanting to veg but I get my workout done first.  Then I eat a sensible 500-600 calorie dinner.  Then I plop down in front of the TV and watch the latest Supernatural or Grimm.  One day I’ll get to that novel and song but I at least got my blog updated.  With the healthy weight loss routine I’m adding more days to my life, so there will be time for song and novel.

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I’m a jerk, I’m a lover
I’m a child, I’m a father
I’m a sinner, I’m a saint
I do not feel ashamed
I’m your hell, I’m your dream
I’m nothing in between
You know you wouldn’t want it any other way

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All My Heroes Are Leaving

File Mar 18, 7 05 58 PMGetting old is not fun as is, but having to watch all your Heroes you worshiped or followed or cared about start passing away makes it even more difficult.  Of course watching family, aunts and uncles, maybe a parent leave this mortal coil is certainly devastating but second is watching your heroes pass.  Today we lost a guitar Hero for many guitarist, Chuck Berry has passed on.

I can remember being a child and watching my mom on the piano, or my cousins and their band, play Johnny B. Goode.  That’s what we did on a Saturday night in Louisiana and you were dirt poor farmers.  The family got together and jammed.  Chuck Berry tunes, Jerry Lee Lewis tunes, that’s what I remember and that is where I got the music bug.

My favorite Chuck Berry album is London Chuck Berry Sessions.  One side live, he was opening for Pink Floyd believe or not, and one side studio.  The live side showed what a great performer and crowd pleaser Chuck was.  Here Chuck was, in London, playing in front of Pink Floyd fans and he won them over.  Reelin’ and a Rockin’, My Ding-a-ling and of course finishing up with Johnny B. Goode were all powerful and enthusiastic.  I can pretty much sing/talk the whole My ding-a-ling song, that’s how much I listened to that album.  The studio side is great too, containing five great boogie woogie and blues numbers.  Just a great album.

Rest in Peace Chuck Berry.

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Life is like a….

6DE6DBA4-651A-42A3-897A-F22060029D99-324-0000001A4B49DBBAYou were going to assume i was going to say box of chocolates?  No.  I heard an aptly defined analogy for Life tonight at a business dinner.  Life is like a roll of toilet paper.  When you get a new roll there is plenty of paper, it unrolls slowly and there are no worries.

Over the course of unraveling the roll you to deal with a lot of shit (that one I threw in…seemed appropriate) much like life.  As you get closer to the end of the roll it seems to unravel faster and faster and you start to worry about running out of paper leaving you stuck with a dirty ass.

I think the analogy fits perfectly.  I’d have to say that my toilet paper roll is about 3/4 gone and it does seem to be unrolling faster than I’d like.  I’ve certainly dealt with plenty of shit over the years and will continue to do so.

I wonder if I could get some t-shirts made and sell them with the slogan – “Life is like a roll of toilet paper”?  I’m going to hit up my Zazzle account and try that.  Link to be posted soon.

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Spring Forward

spring-forwardI hate to Spring Forward.  I like the extra sunlight after work but man is it hard to get up for work that first Monday after changing the clocks.  This morning was tough.  If we can’t get rid of daylight savings here in my state I propose we should move the clock changing to 2:00 a.m. Saturday morning.  That way we have Sunday to get acclimated to the new time.  Or better yet we start changing the clock on Wednesday in 15 minute increments so by the time we get to Sunday it’s one hour forward and the physical and mental impact is minimal.

Every year the time change feels like jet lag from a trip to the east coast (I live in the central time zone) to attend an 8:00 a.m. meeting.  Ever have one of those business trips?  Those suck.  The night before the meeting you wake up every 30 minutes to check the clock, worried you’re going to miss the meeting cause its with the CEO or some V.P.  You go into work and start chugging coffee like gatorade after a 5K run.  I say 5K because I don’t think I’d want to walk much less run more than that.

Anyway, I’ve sprung forward and by Friday I should be acclimated.  Like right now it’s 11:45 p.m. but my body thinks old time and it’s only 10:45.

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A Nice bookend to the weekend

IMG_7626Sunday is usually pretty dead as far as planned activities.  Today though was a day for family.  I started the day with breakfast with the wife and our 2 year old grandson.  He is entertaining though a bit headstrong when he gets an idea in his head.  About mid morning my oldest, and father of said grandson, texted asking if I wanted to go see the movie Logan.  Sure why not.

Logan is the latest Marvel movie so of course I’m going to like it regardless but the story was compelling.  I won’t give away the movie ending but the characters are based in the Marvel Universe even though the story is not.  It’s completely out of sync with the MU.  But it was good.  NOT a kid movie.  Language and blood, lots of blood.

After the movie we had plans for the 3 sons and wives/girlfriends to come over and cook steak and chicken on the grill to celebrate the oldest’s 27th birthday.  All 3 sons were present, we were missing only one girlfriend and one step-grandson.  It was enjoyable grilling for them and watching them interact.  They rarely spend time talking with each other, I want them to stay close and be able to text and talk to each other.  Something I don’t do with my own 3 brothers.

The day wound down with catching up on recorded TV shows with the wife.  And now off to read some of my book – Horizon by Tabitha Lord.

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WordPress eh?

I miss blogging.  I was blogging when blogging was unknown (May 2000) and us bloggers were a small community that followed each other and gave comments to each other.  Hell I’m still friends with a number of bloggers on Facebook and Twitter when we all made the leap to mainstream social media.  But I miss it.  Sharing my thoughts and opinions with a few followers and reading their thoughts and opinions was something I looked forward to daily.  Reading about peoples lives as they evolved from single to married to families and such.  I blogged religiously.  I had my own domain and the name evolved from “Bits and Feces” to just “Ozone Ferd”.  I wish I still had all those postings.  That was 10 years, I think, of journaling with pictures and thoughts. I nuked it all and shut it down.  A shame.    *sigh*

So I found this WordPress app sitting in my purchased list on the iTunes store.  I downloaded the app to my iPad and here we are.  Let’s see where this takes me.  Its a new dawn and this is my Bits of Feces.

If you want to know a bit more about me check out my About page.

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