pain at the pump

ted | driving | Tuesday, April 25th, 2006

Overheard on the news tonight:

“High gasoline prices are causing people to re-evaluate their driving habits.”


Hell, that’s what we did. Traded in my `95 volvo for a shiny new VW Golf with their awesome TDI engine. Going from 26 mpg to 45 mpg (and climbing) sure is nice. Yeah, we had to readjust our monthly budget, but what if fuel hits $4/gallon? $6/gallon?

I should be around 50 mpg this summer.

We’re also working on shedding a car. Anybody what wants to buy a 2005 Scion xB in excellent shape with a manual transmission, transferrable warranty and only 16k miles, let us know: blue scion xb at that google mail site, y’know, gmail no spam dot no spam dot com.

oh man

ted | computer | Tuesday, April 25th, 2006

Man alive, i hate spambots.

Started getting more junk this past fortnight – a couple messages a week, max. That’s a couple too much.

I edited some comments and entries to further obscure and obfusticate my email addy.

So just so they know what’s up, here are some addresses they should mail instead:


more disgusting pictures of my renal stowaway

ted | junk | Monday, April 24th, 2006

Seriously, this thing was sharp and hurty in all directions.


ted | junk | Sunday, April 23rd, 2006

I was at my brother’s house in Atlanta this weekend for his & Colleen’s wedding party shower reception thing. Had a great time. Dad got rear-ended for the second time in a year on Friday afternoon but is doing OK albeit some soreness. My grandfather is in a rehab center and doing better. Looks like he’s got a couple compressed vertebrae that are pinching a nerve. Ow.

Back at the C & C music factory for Saturday evening, I alternated between chugging water and drinking beer. I was in quite a bit of pain and obviously had a blockage in my system. After talking to my loving wife, I went back into the bathroom with that stupid plastic strainer funnel and…

(warning: gross picture follows)


ted | food | Thursday, April 20th, 2006

Nikki had a great idea on the way home.

Banana relleno split.


Consider yrself warned.

Half an inch from freedom

ted | junk | Thursday, April 20th, 2006

This kidney stone better as hell leave soon. It’s been hurting me in tender places.

spring ought six hamlog update

ted | HAMLOG | Thursday, April 13th, 2006

Yeah, I know, I was gonna keep this shit up to date. Shut up.

The short version is this – after xmas & nye, it had been a couple weeks since i had been to the gym. And i was eating a lot more. And drinking a lot more. I basically gained back 10 pounds of the 15 i had lost. Whoops.

Then i went to India for 2 weeks on the company dime and went all-vegetarian while I was there. I lost 5 pounds before I got back on the plane to Chicago, not for lack of eating. I ate all the delicious Indian food I wanted, albeit no buffets. Last year when I was there, I gained 10 pounds.

Encouraged by this success, I kept it up. We started monitoring portion control, set out a weekly menu, measuring out all ingredients, brown bagging my lunch every day. It’s been 2 months since I got back from India and a couple weeks paying close attention to what we eat.

I’ve lost 25 pounds (from my original start weight) and have yet to go back to the gym. I can only hope it will accelerate as soon as I get back on a bicycle or start lifting some heavy stuff again.

…but you can’t take the sticks out of the guy

ted | junk | Wednesday, April 12th, 2006

Man, it’s weird when folks catch back up with you.

So whomever ‘redframes’ is, send me a lil’ email.

I don’t think any of my 203498234 addresses are listed anywhere on this site, but i’m pretty sure you could figure one out.


Talkin’… baseball

ted | chicago | Wednesday, April 5th, 2006

I guess I should qualify my laughter at the Cubs.

I got nothin’ against them as a team, per se. I just don’t like how they’re consistently mediocre and every media outlet in Chicago (perhaps excepting AM 670) treats them like a mother duck preening and cooing over her retarded hatchling.

Meanwhile, the White Stockings Bases-Ball Club Team from the south side have actually won recently. In fact, they won the World Series last year. Nice.

I guess I’m also biased against National League games. I don’t wanna set a pitcher bat, it’s a complete waste of my time. Bring on a DH in the AL any old day.

April Fool’s Fuck You Daylight Saving Time Dortmunder

ted | beer | Saturday, April 1st, 2006

Finally got around to brewing another batch of beer, this time a Dortmunder.

Add ingredients tomorrow

Only a few minor hiccups, mostly an early slight boilover, so i tossed in the the 2 oz of flavoring hops 5 minutes early. Cooled the wort in a sink of cold water, and despite my sketchy math (including synthesizing a new Gallon-degree-Fahrenheit unit) it wound up a perfect 70 degrees. OG checked out at a nice 1.052, pitched the east and left the kitchen in shambles to deal with tomorrow.

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