Friday, September 04, 2015

Done - 27 Years

I found out two weeks ago that my company had decided to terminate my employment.  My company's CEO made a general lay off announcement in the beginning of August, stating that affected employees would be notified the end of August/early September.  Today was my last day of work after 27 years.  Before I left, I shook the hand of one of the most tenured employees.  Then I decided that I wanted a hug.  I got emotional, not fully blown crying, but I was teary eyed.  I am not sure where my former company is headed, they are trying to re-invent themselves.  They are not doing good, so this may be the best for me.

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Loud Neighbors

How loud is loud?  My neighbors like to sit out on their deck and play a boom box.  If I have my windows closed and I am inside my house sitting on the side of the house adjacent to their property, I can hear the boom box.  It is annoying.  Luckily, my bedroom is on the other side of the house, and they seem to shut it down after 11:00PM.

Sunday, February 08, 2015

Toe Cramps

Last Wednesday evening, the toes in both my feet cramped.  First my right foot, then about one hour later, my left foot.  It was one of the most painful experiences I have had.  Today, the balls of my feet are sore.  Maybe it's time to get new shoes?

Monday, January 19, 2015

Bumps and Bruises

My bumps and bruises for 2015 are carry overs from 2014.  My car hit a deer in early November 2014, and I think it may have aggravated some previous conditions.  Yesterday was the first time I have done any resistance training since the deer accident.  My left wrist was noticeably sore on the pinky side of my hand immediately after I was finished with my work out.  I was using light weights and exercises for my back (lat pull downs, close grip pull downs).  I also did preacher curls with an EZ Bar and curl bench.  My right wrist was only slightly sore.  On my right wrist, my golfer's elbow (tendonitis) was aggravated by the car/deer accident.  Some other previous injuries include left biceps and left shoulder.  Happy New Year!

Saturday, January 10, 2015


Is it my imagination, or do all Pittsburgh area sports reporters use the word "obviously" way too much?  Steelers coach Mike Tomlin is known for his excessive use of the word "obviously" during interviews, press conferences, etc.  "Obviously" has obviously infected the vocabulary of Pittsburgh sports reporters.  I listen to all the major Pittsburgh sports media, including 93.7 the fan, ESPN 970, and Trib Live Radio/Sportstalk.  It's not my imagination, obviously.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Random Reps - 07/16/2014

1. Does anyone blog anymore or do they use Twitter and/or Facebook instead?
2. Sowed Dwarf Grey Sugar and Oregon II Pea Pods today.
4. To buy a uke or not, maybe I will treat myself on my birthday.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

First Injury 2014

I had my first injury of 2014.  As usual, it was a self inflicted injury.  It happened the morning of 1/8/2014, the day after the "polar vortex".  I was dropping off some mail at my local post office.  The car window was frozen, so I had to open the door.  I was wearing a new pair of gloves, and I dropped the mail on the ground.  As I went to pick up the mail, my foot was not on the brake, so the car drifted.  I had the grab the gear shift to change it from Drive to Park, and that's when I tweaked my right wrist.  It is a same wrist that I injured a few years ago.  I have been stretching it, but it is not completely better yet.  I have found that most of my self inflicted injuries usually happen after I had a layoff or extended break from working out. It's tough getting old.  The joints aren't as flexible as they used to be.