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Posted by Brian on December 1, 2008

My menu for today:

  • Bowl of cereal: 320 calories
  • Four Jack in the Box tacos: 630 calories
  • One Kit-Kat candy bar: 200 calories
  • One can of Creme soda: 160 calories
  • Seven Triscuits: 120 calories
  • One Lean Gourmet CHeese Stuffed Rigatoni: 220 calories
  • Six Saltines: 60 calories

Total for today: 1,710 calories.

I Was stunned when I went upstairs to poor myself a bowl of cereal while following the serving instructionson the side. One serving was half a cup of cereal, which was next to nothing inside the bowl. I ended up doubling the serving size. I usually don’t eat chocolate or drink cola but I was over at my grandfathers and had a tough time turning down what he was offering.

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Posted by Brian on November 30, 2008

My first day of the week counting calories, I ate:

  • Four blueberry muffins (720 calories)
  • One chicken and pasta frozen lunch (300 calories)
  • Two chocolates (270 calories)
  • Seven low-fat Triscuits (120 calories)
  • One frozen pasta dinner (320 calories)
  • One microwave popcorn (140 calories)

My total then, for the day is 1,870 calories. It’s a bit higher than my goal of about 1,500 calories a day, but the muffins I made for breakfast were calories-heavy. No doubt tomorrow will be better…

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An experiment

Posted by Brian on November 29, 2008

As part of my ongoing weight-loss project, for one week starting tomorrow I will be counting my calories strictly. In other words, if I don’t know how many calories are in it, I won’t be eating it. I tihnk I’ll use my blog to keep a daily record. Stay tuned…

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A moment ruined…

Posted by Brian on November 5, 2008

As I mentioned earlier, I went to the Democratic Party’s election night party at the Westin Hotel in downtown Seattle last night. It was packed with people and we had a pretty good time save for one egrigious screw-up.

We were eagerly waiting 8pm to come around because we expected the networks would imemdiately call California, Oregon, and Wahsington for Obama and put him over the top. SO with less than a minute to go before 8, CNN (which was being shown on the big screens surrounding the center stage) starts doing a second-by-second countdown running up to 8pm. We were all eagerly waiting for the call and the projection of Obama as the next president and I was looking forward to the room blowing up once the news went up. But with about 20 seconds to go, the organizers cut the CNN feed and cut to video of a local democratic party bigwig as he jumped up on the stage. HE stepped to the mic and started talking about how “We did it.” But we i nthe crowd were totally lost. We had no idea that the election had actually been called. After about a minute of this guy jabbering on the guy next to me shows me his Iphone indicating that Obama had received all of the west coast votes. So that’s how I got the news… as a whisper instead of a bang.

And this guy talked for a few more minutes and then introduced Jay Inslee, who spoke for a few minutes and then introduced JimMcDermott who spoke. My feeling was that the crowd wasn’t happy about this night being hijacked by local pols and wanted to go back to the CNN feed to see what the national scene was like. Finally, after about12 minutes or so of these guys talking, they go back to the CNN feed and there we see it: “PResident-elect Barrack Obama.” At that point, 12, minutes late, the place exploded.

LEave it to a democratic organizer to spoil such a wondrous night. I’m guessing he was watching MSNBC or some other network backstage and rushed out on stage as soon as they declared the race, leaving the rest of us confused, in the dark, and missing out on an historic moment.

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Posted by Brian on November 3, 2008

Tomorrow is the big day… election day.

What’s my prediction? I think Obama will outperform the polls due to the commitment and degree of enthusiams among his supporters and the lack thereof among the Republican rank-and-file. I think we’ll win big.

And you know, I really hope we win big. I want to crush John McCain and the entire Republican party. I don’t want a slim victory that will allow them to pretend that ACORN stole the election or that there is some filmsy excuse that they can hang their defeat on. These elitist red state yahoos need to know that the country has turned against them… maybe that will motivate them to do some soul-searching about their values and the policies they elect to support.

Too negative? Too hateful? Yea well… sue me. The Repubs stole the election in 2000 and for the past 8 years I’ve been railing against the president as an incompetent, dishonest boob seriously unfit for the office. It’s now 2008 and 80% of the people have finally come around to see BUsh as the hack that he is and the dems are on the edge of victory. Yet the price I’ve paid for being right all along is hateful comments from the kool-aid drinkers for having the temerity to expect some degree of competence and honesty in our president. So the chance to actually celebrate an election victory and be proud of our collective decision is quite appealing and should go a long way towards alleviating a lot of the frustration I’ve built up over the years.

I’ll be in downtown Seattle tomorrow night at the Westin Hotel for a Democratic Party election night party.  SHould be a fun night…

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Biden Rally

Posted by Brian on October 19, 2008

My family and I went to see Joe Biden at an event in Tacoma today. About 100,000 people showed up for the event; it took us 45 minutes just to get in and find a seat. We were told it was the biggest Biden rally ever.

Aside from a few logistics issues, the event was overwhelmingly fun and positive. I didn’t hear any calls of “kill him,” “treason,” or “traitor.” Biden offered a positive message for the country rather than a message of fear and division.  It was beautiful… and the way America is supposed to be.

IF you’re wondering why Biden is spending time in this state (reliably blue at the presidential level) it’s because he was here to help some of the down ticket dems, such as Governor Gregoire and Senators Murry and Cantwell.

Pictures and commentary here.

Go Obama/Biden!!!

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Happy Birthday, Dad!

Posted by Brian on October 3, 2008

THis past week, my parents went down to VEgas to celebrate my Dad’s 60th birthday. As a birthday gift, my brother and I made arrangements to have my Dad rent a Ferrari 348 for a day. It cost us 700 bucks, but I think it’s worth it. Don’t tell the police, but he took it out on the freeway at night and opened it up to 110mph.


Happy birthday, Dad!

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Grades are in…

Posted by Brian on June 23, 2008

MY spring quarter grades are in. I got two A’s in American Community Colleges and Adult Psychology and an A- in Higher Education law. I’m a bit disappointed in the A1 because I thought I put enough effort in that class to deserve an A. I’m quite proud of the 19-page paper I wrote for the final.

With my first year of graduate school in the books, I have a 3.856 GPA, which I think is pretty damn good.

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