Restaurants: Why I Hate Them

With a sense of amazement, I once listened to a radio talk show host convey how much he hated restaurants. I share his hatred of them. I was surprised that there’s even a media personality who dislikes them: restaurants are status symbols for these people.

And yet, like most of us who must eat out on occasion, the media personality still frequents restaurants.

Here’s my quick complaint list:

  • the noise,
  • the staring,
  • the wait (to sit, or for food),
  • you never get what you expect from your order,
  • the bitchy waitress,
  • the over friendly / phoney waitress,
  • the waiter / waitress that won’t go away and shut up,
  • the disappearing waiter / waitress that won’t come back,
  • having to beg for a glass of water,
  • having to ask for more napkins / tissues,
  • the lipstick on the drink glass,
  • the dirty forks,
  • the roach in the soup,
  • wondering how many employees sneezed in the food that day,
  • wondering how much of the food is recycled,
  • being unable to identify the “meat” in the “food”,
  • the rancid smell hot seasoning can’t cover up,
  • hoping that you won’t get food poisoning,
  • the more expensive the food, the worse the “service”,
  • and last but not least people (at another table) wanting to talk to you about your food just as you are ready to commence eating.

Of course, there are more, but those were the first items off the top of my head.


Weight Loss: Another 2 lbs Bites the Dust!

This will probably be my last entry with regards to weight loss until next month (July).

It sure is good to see some changes occurring.

After another week, I’ve lost another 2 lbs, and I am feeling great. Warm weather is always the easiest time to begin shedding excess weight.

The nice thing about my current regiment is not to over do it and injure myself, or try to skip meals. I do not miss a meal and I don’t skimp on the food. I count every calorie. I keep track of everything I eat.

I add more time to the slow and moderate exercises I do every single day.


Altima 2007

I took these pictures at the New York Auto Show last year. This car has been available for quite some time. I’ve seen a number of people driving one.

I have the old 2002 model, which is still running rather well. I’m aiming to wait a decade before I buy a new one….

Geez, I wish I could buy the new one.

I want them to work the kinks out first. I ran out and bought the new model, thinking it’d be trouble free. After all the repairs, and recalls, I was like: I’m waiting until they get the new model working right, before I jump in.

Once bitten, I am twice as shy.

I like the Altima 2007, because it has all the features that I care about: sleek look, navigation system, extremely adjustable seating, lumbar support (I don’t get backaches with my car), a plug / jack for external audio (finally!), and a number of options – a much bigger engine for one!!!

Hell, I may go down for a test drive anyway….


Weight Loss – 2 pounds the hard way – con’t

It has been hard but after one week, 2 lbs finally came off.

Frankly, I was shocked. I’ve never been able to get that much off in a week. It usually takes me one month to lose one pound.

I’ve been determined to do something everyday. I make sure it is not strenuous or injurious. I don’t like waking up the next day stiff and sore, so I stretch before I begin walking / jogging.

My goal is to lose 6 to 8 lbs per month. I don’t want to exceed that.

I feel rapid weight loss causes too much skin to hang on a person. I’d rather let the body slowly take care of itself.

So what’s my current weight? If I told you I’d have to kill you.


Working it Hard vs Working it Smart

My philosophy, while working towards a goal, used to be: if it was not an agonizingly painful task, then the goal was not worth achieving.

I’m still wondering exactly where, or how, I acquired that insane mindset, because agony doesn’t justify the means to an end.

In the early years of putting myself through school and working at the same time, which seemed never ending, pain became associated with achievement.

Overall the pain was basically hustling: a lack of sleep, hunger pains, walking for miles without transportation (and I had achy knees back then), worrying about criminals, worrying about failing a class, being able to afford the school, finding a job after graduation, and so on and so on.

It’s hard admitting I was a masochist, but what could I do? I wasn’t one to give up on anything easily. I’m still not that way.

Today, I’ve eased away from that position of absolute sacrifice, absolute pain for the end result. I try to work smart over break the back slogging.

I’ve interviewed at many places for a job, and when I was hired (I always liked the places where I worked) one thing stood out at the interviews: they were really nice to me and never treated me like a convict. There are people who never offer you a drink, tell you where the bathroom is, or out of some decency and kindness ask if you need anything. I don’t ask, because I am testing them as well.

There was a company I went and interviewed at and they wanted the equivalent of: a lie detector test, blood sample, urine sample and maybe first born if available. It would be cool if the job involved national security – I’d gladly pee in cup – or as Laurence Fishburne said: “I’d bleed to keep the flag red.”

However, my skills are computer programming. I’m a highly adaptable glorified desk jockey, there’s no larceny in my heart. I’ve even been called “nice.”

I’ve dialed down the hardass, but I certainly don’t want to let my guard down either and think everything must be easy or it’s not doable.


Weight Loss – 2 pounds the hard way

I’m starting to think that I am going to have to put myself through some kind of Spartan workout (an exercise program for the actors of “300”, which explains all those hot bodies in that film – drool).

I often read that eating 2000 calories per day, walking for 45 minutes around 3-4 times a week, any average person will lose weight.

I’m not average. Doesn’t matter what the online calculators say, that kind of plan will not work for me.

I could eat between 1700-2000 per day, walk for 45 minutes every day and still not lose weight. Not even a pound after a month!

Hell, I might even gain weight.

Whatever level of activity my metabolism is at, I’d say it’s sluggish, it’s barely active.

So, since I’ve lost weight before, I know this plan will have to be 2 pounds the hard way.

Eating: 1350-1650 calories per day. If I’m hungry, I drink water / herbal tea / lemonade.

This is the killer, because frankly, I hate working out:

  1. Weight lifting every other day. I never exceed 30 minutes. I combine with stretching.
  2. Running / Walking – alternating between the two every other day for up to 45 minutes. I consider this the “shock to the system” routine. I do this on the treadmill.
  3. On days I don’t weight lift, I might get on the stationery bike to add 15-30 minutes to the running / walking routine.
  4. Last but not least, I alternate the indoor running / walking with the outdoor 45 minute walk, which is followed or proceeded by the stationary bike or weight lifting.
  5. I pop two aspirins (daily) and on alternate days vitamin C, folic acid and a multivitamin after a meal.

Does it work? In the past it has. It’s the sticking-to-the-program part that’s the biggest problem.


Time for Dresses

I love dresses, but I have a serious problem.

I didn’t realize it could be so hard to find a decent one. Perhaps women no longer like to purchase / wear them? I love the style of this white one (via Lane Bryant).

But I don’t like most of them, because I find few are well made or actually look good on me.

Clothing manufacturers make dress sizes according to a certain shape. For example, 44-38-46 (taken from Lane Bryant) is a standard size 18. I am 44-36-44 (as of this writing – har har har). What dress size and style do I select?

From experience, I select the larger size and depending on the style of the dress, that larger size isn’t happening.

I don’t like black and white patterns or dark colors. I don’t like animal print. I can’t stand the empire waist style (sorta maternity dress).

What do I like? Many years ago I went to Miami and they had some of the funkiest dresses I ever saw. It was love at first sight: bright tropical colors – complete “Hey! look at me!” styles.

There were skirts with multiple folds (like tissues), one side of the skirt higher than the other (front vs back, left vs right), minis with deep V necks and everything that emphasized a womanly shape. Nice.

I went back several times over the years, and I never saw those colorful dresses again. I guess the drab dull colors and boring styles swallowed them up too.

So, to make a long post short: I will buy some dresses, but I plan on making some.

It’s been years since I have done some sewing, but I feel the urge again. And making something for yourself is a most satisfying feeling.


Hair Day

And the purpose of these photos are?

It was a bright, lovely day, I was shopping (one of my pastimes), and I decided to take some shots of my hair.

My Mom said my hair looked “shiny”. I certainly had enough olive oil in it to cook a meal…

Due to the sunlight and the camera, I look lighter than I actually am. I’m a shade or two darker than this. Boy, is it hard not to frown in the sunlight.

And the hair style? Two strand twists. Frankly, I comb my hair as little as possible. I sleep in a style for a few weeks (!). I wash it weekly and maybe refresh a twist or two (especially the nape area).

Otherwise, it is wake and go hair!


The blunt truth of a picture

For a number of months (9+), I focused on getting my hair past a certain length. It grows fast, but every winter I’d lose over 3-5 inches.

Recently, I thought I was shoulder length until I did a stretch test: pulling a two-strand twist and seeing how far it would go.

To some people, getting their hair this length is not a big deal, to me it is a big deal. My hair has never been longer than shoulder length, and maybe 1-2 inches longer.

I was pleasantly surprised by the length, but then I found something else to be horrified with.

I need to seriously lose weight. The sad part is that I do work out (daily) and watch what I eat. Aside from the camera-adds-10-pounds-excuse, I need to change something.

Right away!


Talking about Fort Dix Suspects Illegally in U.S. for 20 Years – Newsweek Terror Watch –

If 9/11/2001 was not enough to wake this government from the stupor of not enforcing its own laws, then why be surprised by their inactivity now? Cheap labor means more to the people who run this country than safety and a sane immigration process.

By hook or by crook, a higher population adds to the GDP. The politicians and their financial backers want America to have a population of 500 million within the next 50 years. I don’t think I would mind if the school systems, hospitals, and infrastructure of the country were in superb shape today. I forsee fiscal collapse and a total walling off of some parts of the country. I fear the nation could break apart.

If illegal aliens owed back taxes, then the government would get after them, but just being in the country illegally is not a big deal nor a priority. It hasn’t been since the early 1980’s.

Actually, no matter what legislative immigration muddle Congress writes up and the President signs the end results will be the same: no enforcement, more illegals.

Frankly, even if terriorists successfully took out all of Washington, DC, there still wouldn’t be any move to enforce immigration laws. The horse left the barn a couple of decades ago.


Fort Dix Suspects Illegally in U.S. for 20 Years – Newsweek Terror Watch –