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Final Grades

Posted by Brian on July 4, 2009

My final grades for grad school are in: an A in LEadership in Education2 and an A in LEadership and Governance in Post-secondary Education.

I finished grad school with a 3.87 GPA, which is pretty damn good, I think. If I remember correctly, I got 9 A’s, 4 A-‘s, and 2 B+’s.

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Grades are in…

Posted by Brian on March 5, 2009

It’s a little bit late, but what the hell…

For the fall quarter last year, I took a class on disabilities and special education and a class on tests and measurements. I got an A- in both.

I’m near the end of the winter quarter and should have my grades by the end of the month… next quarter is my final one.

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End of an error…

Posted by Brian on January 20, 2009

From today’s Seattle Post-Intelligencer:


Today marks the end of a long personal and national nightmare: the last few hours of the George W. Bush administration.

I remember back in 2000 when I was gearing up for the election by reading about Gore and Bush. What I read about Bush scared me and I just knew that he would be a disaster for the country. I knew then what most everyone seems to know now, that Bush lacks the intellect, judgment, temperment, and political skills to be president.  That information was out there and open for everyone to see… it didn’t require visiting obscure websites or swimming through newspaper archives. 

So I told everyone I could to vote for Gore that year, and to some extent, it worked, as Gore got more votes than Bush did.  Unfortunately, in our broken system, getting more votes isn’t good enough, and through hardball politics and a bit of policial larceny, Bush’s cronies managed to steal the election for him.

Fast forward to 2004. People like me were very unhappy with the president’s performance and at the same time wanted a bit of revenge for the 2000 election theft.  So on my blog I devoted a great deal of attention to the numerous shortcomings and failure of President Bush in hopes that I could play a role in convincing people to do the right thing and not support Bush this time. Alas, for all my patriotic effort, I was lambasted and abused by commentators (all of whom have mysteriously disappeared since… I wonder if they are still defending this president at other blogs) here. But despite our collective fervor, Bush won with a bit of help from trumped up terror alerts and some funny vote counting out of Ohio.  People like me were completely crushed; how could such a poor president get re-elected?

Now, it’s January 2008 and Bush has his bags packed by the door. He’s going out the door as one of our least-liked presidents in modern history. As a memento, he’s leaving us with a shattered economy, two failing wars, an internaitonal reputation in shambles, and record deficits. Thanks, George!

SO as companies close down and people lose their jobs and AMerican soldiers die overseas, I often wonder how people could have been so blind to the obvious warning signs. It’s not like he’s been a stellar president fro most of the time and things just unraveled at the end. He was bad from the get-go, yet he was able to get enough votes in 2004 to continue his mis-rule. How is this possible?

So I sit here, fully vindicated. I was right about this president and those who voted for him were wrong. I put my country first and voted wisely, Bush voters were simply too lazy, partisan, ignorant, or uncaring to do anything other than what they did.  And frankly, given their lack of concern over Bush’s incompetence, I think they need to spend the next 8 years of President Obama with their mouths shut while the adults try to run the country. You had a chance to hold our elected eladers accountable and blew it.

I hope the history books crush this president and I hope the people who enabled him in the voting booth think long and hard abotu how they make their voting decisions. Either vote smart or don’t vote at all. No more of this “I voted for the guy I want to have a beer with bullshit.”

Bush is the worst president we have ever had. That’s a fact. Through his policies, he has damaged our economy, wasted AMerican lives, inspired terrorists around the globe, and provoked a strong, worldwide, anti-American backlash that will only make it more difficult for Obama to work with other countries.

Bye Dubya aka Halfwit Hotspur aka Chimpy. I will not miss your smirk, your arrogance, your idiocy, or your constant butchering of the English language. And I do hope you are brought up on charges in an international court for all of the lives and families you have ruined. You deserve it…

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Posted by Brian on December 7, 2008

Saturday was a snack-filled game night so my calorie watch faced a major hurdle. How did I handle it?:

  • One bowl of cereal: 300 calories
  • Seven Triscuits: 120 calories
  • Four tangerines: 160 calories
  • One serving of PEanut M&M’s: 220 calories
  • Healthy CHoice chicken lunch: 370 calories
  • One bag of cheese popcorn: 600 calories
  • CHeese and crackers: 800 calories

For  total of 2,570 calories. Minus the 400 calories I burned at the gym my net intake was 2,170.

Today was tough. I went to a workshop today and someone brought some M&M’s to share. I couldn’t resist… I also had a few tangerines though I grossly underestimated the amount of calories in each one. And then a snack-heavy RPG session only compounded things.

SO my total calorie intake for the week was 12,955 calories, for an average of 1,850 calories a day. THIngs were going pretty well for a while but fell apart towards the end.  But still, I’m proud of myself for maintaining the routine.

Lorne said my r egiment was tough. But you know, it wasn’t that bad.  There is a good variety of low calorie frozen dishes out there and they taste pretty good. SOup is another good, low-calorie choice. And having just about everything out there come with a nutrition label (unlike Korea, for example) makes it possible to count calories as you go.

TOday is my first day in a week without the counting, so I’ll be rewarding myself with pizza. Can’t wait!

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Posted by Brian on December 5, 2008

Today’s menu:

  • One english muffin with reduced-fat peanut butter and a glass of orange juice: 300 calories
  • Five saltines: 60 calories
  • Four Jack in the Box tacos: 640 calories
  • Old Spaghetti Factory SPaghetti with Mizithra cheese and small salad: 1,210 calories

The total for today then is 2,210 calories, which is a lot, but still not above the daily intake that will cause weight gain. I regret eating the tacos as I knew I would be haivng a big dinner at the Spaghetti Factory. And you know, the mizithra cheese spaghetti there is amazingly good. I love it!

Oh yea… JErry asked why I wasn’t listing anythiing to drink. THe answer to that is that save for two exceptions, I’ve been drinking water all week. The exceptions were a glass of OJ that I listed today and a diet cola on Wednesday that lists 0 calories o nthe label so I didn’t bother listing it.

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Posted by Brian on December 4, 2008

My menu for Thursday:

  • Bowl of cereal: 300 calories
  • Two Taco Bell Volcano tacos: 480 calories
  • One cheese popcorn: 225 calories
  • One cherry Kool-Aid: 30 calories
  • One Hershey Kiss: 25 calories
  • Three Triscuits: 60 calories
  • Five saltines: 60 calories
  • One slice of Papa John’s cheese pizza: 200 calories

The total, then, is 1,400 calories. Minus the 500 calories I burned working out, it’s a net intake of 900 calories.

It’s getting tougher and tougher to do this. I feel like I’m constantly hungry… I think when Sunday rolls around I’m going to gorge myself on pizza or a burger.

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Posted by Brian on December 4, 2008

HEre’s what I ate today:

  • One bowl of cereal: 300 calories
  • Seven Triscuits: 120 calories
  • Lean Gourment Sesame Chicken: 270 calories
  • Taco Del Mar Taco  Salad: 930 calories

Total caloriues intake for the day: 1,620.  And if you subtract the 500 calories I burned a the gym my net intake was 1,120 calories.

Today was tough because having the Taco Salad required eating light the rest of the day. It was worth it, though.

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Posted by Brian on December 2, 2008

My menu for today:

  • Bowl of cereal (Marshmellow Mateys): 240 calories
  • One chocolate: 135 calories
  • Four Jack in the Box tacos: 640 calories
  • One granola bar: 100 calories
  • Five-cheese lasagna: 280 calories
  • Seven triscuits: 120 calories
  • Five saltines: 60 calories

My total for today, then, is  1,575 calories. Minus the 500 calories I burned at the gym today my net intake is about 1,000 calories. Good job!

Today was very tough as I had to ignore some brownies and cookies some other students brought to our class tonight.

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