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The homestretch 

February 26th, 2015 Posted in Parenthood, Sports

Here we are just a few weeks before Graham is scheduled to make his debut. Looks like he will be out in time for opening day this year. Things are hectic while preparing but it’s coming together. Exhausted. 

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December 5th, 2014 Posted in Grub

I totally forgot how good tootsie pops are.

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electile dysfunction

November 5th, 2014 Posted in Grumble

Congratulations America! You’re stupid. Especially Oregon.

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Little Red Devils

August 24th, 2014 Posted in Grub, Humor, Uncategorized

Not sure how many people are familiar with the existence of the Fresno Pepper. I did not know they existed until this afternoon when I found some at the farm stand.

For the uninitiated (or googlephobic) the fresno pepper is like a smaller jalapeño with thinner walls.

I decided to make some nachos with them and ended up burning my mouth. It was one of those burns that makes you dance around the kitchen looking for the tub of sour cream to neutralize it. I had to pick half of them off.

Needless to say I will be getting a bunch more.

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Hectic health happenings herein

July 30th, 2014 Posted in Getting Better, Grub, Grumble, Uncategorized

So a couple of weeks ago I was having my annual bloodwork done to check that my thyroid meds were doing their job and my doctor had also requested additional tests. Everything looked good except the A1c. Long story short they told me I was diabetic.
I did the “right thing” by quitting all the bad foods and cutting my carbs way back but that was not the end. 6 days later I had chest pain that I thought was indigestion. It started while I was eating apples with peanut butter of all things. The pain was intense and nothing helped so the after hours clinic referred me to the ER. Of course the ER wanted to rule out heart attack as the issue so they attached probes and sensors to me and started monitoring. Pain meds did not help at all, nor did the antacid and lidocaine cocktail that I had to drink to rule out indigestion.
So it turns out it was pancreatitis which sucked. That’s really a gentle way of putting it. I was admitted to the hospital and not allowed to eat or drink for 3 days. Now I have to be on a super low fat diet. For example most days my entire fat intake is below 50-60 grams of fat. For the sake of comparison this is the same as a roast turkey/Swiss sandwich and a medium curly fries from Arby’s. Note that Arby’s is one of the lower fat/carb fast food places that are accessible. A Big Mac has 27-29 grams of fat by itself.

Now I have to find an endocrinologist and deal with. The long term effects. Interestingly enough: long term chronic pancreatitis can mimic the symptoms of diabetes – which would explain why I had no symptoms before aside from what the bloodwork shows.

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A poem for my messy child

May 18th, 2014 Posted in Grub, Grumble, Parenthood

If not for you we could buy a 6 pack of bounty maybe twice a year.
Instead, quarterly we make the shelf at Costco almost clear.

For some reason wife thought it would be a good idea to give the toddler blueberry pomegranate applesauce and let him self manage the application.

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Because I can say it for now…

March 31st, 2014 Posted in Sports

The Padres are undefeated*!

*2014 season. Of which they have played one game. Hey, I gotta claim it while we can.

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One of these things

March 21st, 2014 Posted in Getting Better

Is not like the others.

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I haven’t posted recently, but I had back surgery. So I guess I just mentioned it there.

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Let me tell you about buying a fridge (or, why Sears will not be around in 10 years)

November 21st, 2013 Posted in Grumble

First off, congrats to ourselves, we just bought a new home. Guess what? Didn’t come with a fridge.

So I start looking around for good deals. Guess what? Found one. A very highly rated Fridgedaire that happened to be on a super decent sale at Best Buy (don’t get me started on Best Buy, they are next). As it turns out, my tv is also on the blink, and since my baby has decided to high five it too many times. I guess he was REALLY into that episode of Bob the Builder. Anyway, we decided to also get a new TV and Best Buy has 24 months no-interest financing which sounds great considering how much money we laid out this week between a new house, carpet cleaners, movers, etc. So I go online to purchase it, only to find that neither the fridge nor the tv are in stock.

The TV I can live without for a while. Sure you have to unplug the one I have now every hour or so to reset the inverter; but that only happens more than once if you’re watching a movie or say, have people over and are watching a football game. It’s really only so much of a hassle to unplug it 8 times during one game…  BUT, I need the fridge now. Best Buy says that they can get it to me in a week and 2 days. That’s about a week too long. I know it’s cold out, but it does not appeal to me to have an ice chest outside for a week. When the baby wakes up at 4am and needs some milk, I should’t have to put on a parka to get it.

So then I checked Sears’ website. I felt like I was saved. It even says that they can have it delivered by THIS Saturday. Fantastic. So I see a link on the page that says “No interest for 12 months if you use your Sears card. Well, it’s not as good as 24 months, but no big deal. So I apply for it, get it within seconds and click on “shop now”. I add the fridge to my shopping cart and continue shopping. I figured “well, maybe I will just get my tv here too.” What I found was not what I was looking for, so I went ahead and clicked checkout on the cart… It starts asking me for the card number, security number, expiration date… wait a second. I don’t have any of these yet… I see below that, they have a different link for “Apply2Buy”. So as it turns out, if you apply BEFORE checkout, you CANNOT use the card you just applied for, and were granted several thousand dollars of credit with to purchase anything. However, if you wait until checkout to apply, you CAN use it that way. HOW ON EARTH DOES A COMPANY MAKE SUCH A HORRIBLE MISTAKE???

So I called their customer service. The first time, I was on hold for about 5 minutes before they hung up on me. The second call, I got through to someone who basically kept telling me to go to the store to purchase it. Problem is, the same fridge in store is 40% higher priced, and I was told by the store that they will not pricematch their own website. HOW ON EARTH DOES A COMPANY MAKE ANOTHER SUCH HORRIBLE MISTAKE???  I asked to talk to someone at Sears Corporate. They could not have ANYONE from Sears corporate call me. Ever. So I guess it’s up to me to do it my way.

Sears clearly knows nothing about how a shopping experience works. Why would you turn away your newest captive customers?  This is so wrong. It’s just SO wrong.

Make it up to me Sears. Prove me wrong. Prove to me that you do not have the worst customer service in all of retail. How can the company that brought me the RoboGrip pliers have gone so, so wrong?

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