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2006-04-06, 12:25 p.m.

Day 592 Subject? Nah.

Could do a stream of consciousness thing, but that would require actual consciousness. My ass is still dragging from this past weekend apparently. I may even go to bed early tonight (ie: after Survivor)

Zachís girlfriend (Jill Ė ainít that neat? Zach & Jill. Got out own nursery rhyme!) got two very good pieces of news Tuesday. Piece number the first is that after Zach & I did the brake replacement marathon on her car Sunday, it passed inspections with flying colors. One of the butt plugs at Firestone made some comment about her finding someone to do the labor for her. He now has a new orifice from which to void his intestines. Z man says she ripped him pretty good. Gotta like that in a girl. A little feistiness never hurt. Much. Good news item number two is that after 2 years she has been accepted into the dental hygienist program at the local Community College (ok Ė MCC) Somehow, I think that means that for the next two years, Cindy & I have acquired a daughter.

Those living arrangements have been touched upon before- - in the event that Jill ever got accepted or decided to transfer to MCC anyhow. Thereís no point in her paying an exorbitant sum to rent an apartment locally and also go through money for food, laundry, etc. We decided that weíd come up with a nominal monthly rent and that would include food living space, meals, laundry, yada, yada, yada. Really, sheíd be just kicking in for meals. It costs us nothing to let her use space we have available, and the impact on hot water & energy usage overall should be rather slim. Plus, Iím sure weíll be seeing more of Zach too. This summer (or sooner) Iím sure weíll go over the arrangements with Jillís folks. Weíve met them on several occasions and get along great. Iím sure weíll come to an arrangement thatís palatable for all.

I used to be quite the reader. (Nice segue, huh?) Mostly science fiction, but sometimes would pick up something by Ludlum, Grisham, Michener or even the odd non-fiction read. Lately however (like 5 or 6 years lately), Iíve been struggling to find stuff to read. Been too afraid that Iíd stumble across stuff I either wouldnít like, or might like but it would be the mind candy kind of fluff that entertains but doesnít provoke any real thought.

Then I saw in someoneís journal what they do to create a reading list. They use the Man Booker prize winners and also include all the entries on the short list for the prize. The Man Booker is a British literary prize, but good writing is good writing I hope. So I trotted off to the Man Booker site (go Google it, Iím too lazy/inept to link it) and built me a reading list based on the descriptions of these books provided by Amazon. Iíve already located 6 or so of the more recent submissions at the local branch of our public library. There are several other literary prize foundations that I may also start using to further pad the reading list. If anybody is REALLY interested, drop me a note and Iíll provide a review of what Iíve read. Just be aware that so far, what Iíve read = 0, but I do have two books in my grubby paws, 1 of which Iím actually reading right now. Well, not NOW, but you know Ė in that last half hour or so before actually going to bed.

No update on the ďWhat about BobĒ front. That may or may not be good news. Probably find out this weekend.

Time to go off and read what all the other folks been up to lately.

Updated stats:

Weight start: 206.5 on 1/1/06 (265.0 on 1/15/05)
Current weight 199.5 on 4/4/06 (Didnít lose weight in Florida. Just drove so fast that it took a day or two to catch up.)
Target: 180 by 7/1/06 (looking harder & harder to hit)
Next weigh in: 4/8/06

The Keep on Truckin goal: (idea stolen shamelessly from Marnís Big Adventure)
Miles at speed 4/5/06: 255.28
Miles with cooldown: 281.54
Target for 2006: 1000 miles

Might have to add a little something for the 5K training too.

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