Archive for March, 2010

There are only 9 days left until Easter.  Which means in 9 days I am going to have a cheeseburger.  And a steak.  At the same time.

Actually, I can’t say that Lent has been too bad this year.  I gave up red meat, but I haven’t missed it as much as I thought I would.  Plus, it’s not necessarily a bad thing for your health to lay off of red meat every now and then.  So, I’m calling this a win-win.  Also contributing to this “win” is that I ate plenty of sushi over the last few weeks, which makes me happy.  I wonder what my mercury levels are now.  Hmmm.

Like it wasn’t easy for Kermit the Frog to be green, it’s not easy being Catholic.  And when you’re not the best Catholic around, you try and make up for your shortcomings during Lent.  So seeing as how I didn’t sacrifice too much this year, I must have been good in 2009, right??  Nah.  I just didn’t plan properly and couldn’t come up with a good sacrifice.  But something is better than nothing… I hope.

-Dave Q.

My mind is saying “yes”, but my body is saying “no”.

Let me start by saying I had an awesome time skiing!  I should have done it a loooong time ago.  I did a lot better than I thought, even with all the countless falls and humiliation from 8 year-olds skiing up to me and asking if I was ok.  Damn kids.  I will definitely go again the next time the opportunity presents itself.  It was fun and and made even better by the group of people on the trip.  Good times, good times…

That being said, my hip is effin’ killing me!  I don’t know what exactly I did to it, but it definitely happened on the slopes.  I was sore from a lot of places during the trip, but as aches and pains have subsided from muscles used that probably never had been, one pain lingers: my right hip.  It feels like something wants to pop every time I stand up from sitting down.  It’s not excruciating, but it’s a steady pain that Advil isn’t having much of an effect on.  So what would be the smart thing to do?  Probably rest it, right?  Nah.  What did smart guy do tonight?  I played volleyball like a dumb-ass.  WTF was I thinking???

All  that jumping from volleyball made the pain much worse.  How stupid was that?  Not the stupidest thing I’ve ever done, but it’s up there.  Easily in my top 20.   Anyway, I will be popping some more pain killers before bed and rubbing some Icy Hot in that area. Why Icy Hot you ask?  Because at this point, I’ll try anything.  I’m thinking that if I don’t show some improvement by Thursday, then maybe I’ll need to pay a visit to the doc.  And I avoid going to the doc as much as possible, so you know I’m not messing around.

Obviously, I’m not growing old gracefully.  Sadly, my ego is writing checks my body can’t cash.  I wonder how I would be feeling if this happened 10 years ago.  How fast would I bounce back?  Would I even miss a beat?  I’ll never know.  What I do know is that it hurts to put pants on.  Which makes me think that I should go pants-less this week.  Pants are overrated anyway… ;)

-Dave Q.

I’m leaving on a jet plane…

I never sleep well the night before a flight.  Hence, my reason for being up right now.  I had a bad experience flying back home from a trip to Costa Rica back in 2002.  I never fully recovered from that scare.  So I think my body keeps me up the night before a flight so that I can sleep easier while airborne.  Anyway, tomorrow I’m heading to New Hampshire to go skiing.  Why is this significant?  Well, for starters, I’ve never been skiing.  And also, I hate the cold weather.  So why am I doing this?  Lots of reasons.  But the biggest is that I want that new experience.  I figure I’m at an age when I should do as much as I can while I have the means to do it.  It’s not quite the adventure that jumping out of an airplane would be, but an adventure nevertheless.  Also, the tickets are non-refundable.  :)

So I’ve heard so many things about what to expect on this trip.  A couple of friends say I will love it.  Others say to check my ego at the door because I’m going to fall.  A  lot.  And others say that I need to avoid trees so I don’t get the Sonny Bono treatment.  Well, I will try and do all those things.  My number 1 goal on this trip is to have fun.  My number 2 goal on this trip is to come back in one piece.  However, I do reserve the right to change the order on those goals.

I won’t be doing any blogging while over there, not that I’ve been doing much of that at all lately, anyway.  But I will be posting some updates on Twitter along with some pics.  If anyone has any last minute advice for a novice skier, please send some my way.  I beg you.  I simply can’t have enough help on this.  Also, isn’t it just my luck to be leaving San Antonio just as the weather decides to get perfect?  Oh well.

Let’s hit the slopes!

-Dave Q.

I was recently reminded of a chat I had with my co-worker, Bonnie.  This “chat” actually took place in cyberspace.  My company has an internal instant messaging program that we use for quick communications.  Anyway, last fall I had the embarrassing experience of getting stuck in a revolving door in the cafeteria at work.  A bone-head move on my part.  Co-workers had a good laugh at my expense and I couldn’t help but laugh too.  If you could picture it, I was basically encased in space the half the size of a phone booth.  And revolving doors are made of glass so everyone got a good look at me and I got a good look at them laughing and pointing.  Eh, who could blame them?  I would have done the same thing.  Anyway, it took a couple of minutes for security to get there and free me from my captivity.

Of course, when something embarrassing at work happens to you, it spreads like wildfire.  And spread it did.  I got emailed about it.  Some calls.  A couple of texts.  All giving me a good ribbing.  It was about the time I got the last text when Bonnie instant messaged me.  So I decided to have some fun with it…  ;)

Bonnie is sharp.  But she is also very trusting.  So, yes, I did feel bad about it afterwards.  But not bad enough to not take a screenshot of the chat and share it with all of you.

On a side note, Bonnie is going to be performing at The Cove off of Cypress & Main on Friday night.  I really wish I could be there to support her on her big night, but I will be out of town.  I hope someone takes some video of the event.  I know she will do great!

Good luck tomorrow night, Bonnie.  And I hope you forgive me someday for posting this.  :)

-Dave Q.

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  • If I was the head of a country that lost a war, and I had to sign a peace treaty, just as I was signing, I'd glance over the treaty and then suddenly act surprised. "Wait a minute! I thought we won!"