3 years later...

3 years.  Has it been that long?  Doesn't feel like it.  It feels so much BETTER!!! 

3 years ago today I went to the doctor to see what I could do about my body not handling stress like it used to.  I came away with shocking revelations:
  1. I weighed 395lbs.
  2. I wore sized 58 pants and 4XL shirts.
  3. I had high blood pressure.
  4. I was pre-diabetic.
  5. I had a fatty liver.
  6. I had an irregular heartbeat.
  7. I had enlarged organs.
  8. I had bad cholesterol levels.
3 years later:
  1. I weigh in under 180lbs by tracking my food and exercising religiously.
  2. I wear size 33 pants and Medium shirts.
  3. My BP clocks in around 100/70 average.
  4. My last blood sugar check was 90.
  5. No liver issues.
  6. Heartbeat functions are normal.
  7. No organ issues.
  8. Cholesterol total 139, with HDL at 64 and LDL at 60.
I have to heartily thank:
  1. My family for their support.
  2. My faith for giving me strength to see it through.
  3. My iPhone for keeping me honest and giving me the ability to track.
    1. I got my head straight (no more "woe is me, my feeling are hurt, wah wah, eat eat, drink drink").
    2. I made small, achievable tasks and met them.
    3. No matter the issues that arise, go for the LONG TERM GOAL. F.I.D.O.  (f*** it, drive on).  This is a marathon, not a sprint. 


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Memorial Day 2012

"It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God that such men lived."  - General George Smith Patton, Jr.


Salute Our Military: Armed Forces Day Is May 19, 2012


On August 31, 1949, Secretary of Defense Louis Johnson announced the creation of an Armed Forces Day to replace separate Army, Navy and Air Force Days. The single-day celebration stemmed from the unification of the Armed Forces under one department — the Department of Defense. Each of the military leagues and orders was asked to drop sponsorship of its specific service day in order to celebrate the newly announced Armed Forces Day. The Army, Navy and Air Force leagues adopted the newly formed day. The Marine Corps League declined to drop support for Marine Corps Day but supports Armed Forces Day, too.

In a speech announcing the formation of the day, President Truman “praised the work of the military services at home and across the seas” and said, “it is vital to the security of the nation and to the establishment of a desirable peace.” In an excerpt from the Presidential Proclamation of Feb. 27, 1950, Mr. Truman stated:

“Armed Forces Day, Saturday, May 20, 1950, marks the first combined demonstration by America’s defense team of its progress, under the National Security Act, towards the goal of readiness for any eventuality. It is the first parade of preparedness by the unified forces of our land, sea, and air defense”.
The theme of the first Armed Forces Day was “Teamed for Defense.” It was chosen as a means of expressing the unification of all the military forces under a single department of the government. Although this was the theme for the day, there were several other purposes for holding Armed Forces Day. It was a type of “educational program for civilians,” one in which there would be an increased awareness of the Armed Forces. It was designed to expand public understanding of what type of job is performed and the role of the military in civilian life. It was a day for the military to show “state-of- the-art” equipment to the civilian population they were protecting. And it was a day to honor and acknowledge the people of the Armed Forces of the United States.

According to a New York Times article published on May 17, 1952: “This is the day on which we have the welcome opportunity to pay special tribute to the men and women of the Armed Forces … to all the individuals who are in the service of their country all over the world. Armed Forces Day won’t be a matter of parades and receptions for a good many of them. They will all be in line of duty and some of them may give their lives in that duty.”

The first Armed Forces Day was celebrated by parades, open houses, receptions, and air shows. In Washington D.C., 10,000 troops of all branches of the military, cadets, and veterans marched pass the President and his party. In Berlin, 1,000 U.S. troops paraded for the German citizens at Templehof Airfield. In New York City, an estimated 33,000 participants initiated Armed Forces Day “under an air cover of 250 military planes of all types.” In the harbors across the country were the famed mothballed “battlewagons” of World War II, the Missouri, the New Jersey, the North Carolina, and the Iowa, all open for public inspection. Precision flying teams dominated the skies as tracking radar were exhibited on the ground. All across the country, the American people joined together to honor the Armed Forces.

To learn more about the men and women of our Armed Forces and their families, and how people and communities are supporting them, here are some helpful links:


Wasteland 2 Kickstarter is live


Wasteland 2 is the direct sequel to the first ever post-apocalyptic computer RPG. The original Wasteland was the inspiration for the FALLOUT series of games, and the first RPG to allow players to split parties for tactical considerations, to face players with moral choices, and to make them deal with the consequences of their actions. It was the first to provide far more than the one-key-for-one-lock style of puzzle solving. It was groundbreaking, which is why IGN named it one of the top 25 PC games of all time, Computer Gaming World named it the Adventure Game of the year in 1988, and it was short-listed for inclusion in the Smithsonian Institution’s current “Art of the Computer Game” exhibition.

Wasteland was set in a dangerous, post-apocalyptic world in the American Southwest. Over the course of adventures rangers would receive promotions, acquire new skills and equipment, then face new challenges with outcomes that changed depending on the strategy used to defeat them. The game featured a strong storyline which required painful decisions by players; and a storyline that allowed for maximum re-playability. Wasteland 2, with your participation and insights, will recapture all that and provide more. It'll finally be the game worthy to be a Wasteland sequel, as challenging and rewarding as the original, with all added capacity and dazzle of games today.

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