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My dog’s recent surgery has been eye opening for me in many ways- some of which are totally unexpected.  For example, my experience (well Kane’s too) has led me to create mental parallels between the treatment Kane and I received from the NC State vet school (and vets in general) with the treatment I received from “people doctors” when I encountered health difficulties.

Note: My own past health problems include and appendectomy and severe (and undiagnosed) intestinal problem that caused me to lose almost 35 pounds in about 30 or so days- this was due to a combination of throwing up everything I ate and pretty much not eating a single thing except for a few small handfuls of cheerios occasionally.  During these two significant events in my life I dealt with about 7 doctors, a surgeon, and two hospitals.

The only reason I thought about this is because there is a stark difference in the way I was treated by people doctors and the way Kane was treated by his doctors at the vet school.

The Animal Hospital Experience

Ever since I first brought Kane to the NC State vet school I have been treated with respect, kindness, genuine concern, and patience. (more…)

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The Sex Police & the War on Sex

“Ken Giles was jogging in a park in Johnson City, Tenn., when, as he put it, “nature called.” He went off the trail to go take care of business. Then an undercover agent “put the badge in my face and told me that I was under arrest. I just thought I was in trouble for urinating in public.”

It was much more humiliating than that. The park was the site of a police crackdown on gay men using the park for sex. But the police went beyond arrests. Before anyone was convicted, they posted the names, addresses and photos of the men.

Giles’s wife saw his picture on the news. Then his employer fired him. “When I lost my job … my wife was so upset that she had a … a major heart attack.”

Another man named by the police killed himself.” – John Stossel

What purpose does this kind of thing serve?  Why can’t police distinguish between someone trying to relieve themselves and someone try to get some kicks from public sex?  Why are police so busy hiding in bushes or bathroom stalls trying to entrap people into engaging in illicit activities?  While engaging in sexual acts in clear public view in front of others should indeed be a crime, There is no need for all this covert activity and undercover work.

Banning Fast Food to Fight Obesity?

“Jan Perry, a Los Angeles city-council member, is spearheading legislation that would ban new fast-food restaurants like McDonald’s and KFC from opening in a 32-square-mile chunk of the city, including her district.” – WSJ

You might ask why?  The standard response from advocates of such measure

“[These measures are] crucial in the fight against obesity, diabetes and other diseases and health conditions.”

While all of you know I take seriously the problem of obesity in America, this is certainly not the way to go about it.  Limiting the choices of all members of society because some abuse their freedom is the very antithesis of what one should expect from their government.  This problem will only be solved when individuals take responsibility for their actions, not when the government bans or sin taxes every last twinkie, Big Mac, or fried food found in fast food restaurants, grocery stores, or your very own fridge.

Grown up P.E.- Do you Still Hit the Dork With Glasses? Wait, That’s me!

“This is Old School P.E., a two-hour exercise program strictly for adults, built around grown-up versions of gym class staples. Participants say getting in shape is a bonus to the main attraction — a Friday night out with friends, away from the kids.” – Yahoo! News (more…)

My wife and I hope to build our new (and final) house about three to five years from now.  So we decided this week to start stockpiling ideas to make our home both environmentally AND economically sound.  I invite, no I implore, you to add comments with links to any neat ideas- nothing is too far out.

What is my contribution to this discussion, you ask.   What about a toilet with two buttons, one button for when you do #1 the other for all your #2 needs.  Neat, eh?

dual flush toilet

So tell me what you know/think!  And don’t hold back now.

Kris asked, “[most high and exalted John] what is ur take on creatine, and i know ur goin to be competing in ninja warrior, and i would like to know how did u go about doing it, as i myself would like to compete in the tournament.”

I’ll do my best to answer both questions…

First, as Rick James once said, creatine is a hell of a drug- or maybe he was talking about cocaine.  Either way, it is an expensive but relatively safe way to gain a minor edge in the weight room.  It won’t make you grow muscle overnight, although it will make you retain water.  So don’t be surprised by the scale showing a weight gain even after you’ve cut back on food, that’s just the extra water inside your body is storing in your muscle cells.

Bottom line, the creatine will help you pound out a few extra reps you might otherwise not have achieved, it will keep you going an extra few minutes when your body might have otherwise crashed.

Second, the auditions are run by the production company, and to the best of my knowledge you buy your plane ticket with no guarantee you’ll make it on the show- much less even get an audition.   So the first step is quite simple, either develop an interest in visiting Japan OR make enough money that you don’t mind buying the equivalent of a $700 lottery ticket.

From there I can’t help you since I don’t plan on attempting to audition for the show until this coming summer.   Although, I might suggest getting a Japanese pen pal, that might be helpful (someone to show you around, a place to crash, etc.).  Wait, I think maybe I am going to do that!  See, this is the benefit of when you guys ask me questions.

I hope this helps Kris. If not, please let me know.

Well I wanted to post on money saving investments today, and all I could come up with was one idea.  So I will share my one idea and in return I hope you guys share some ideas on investments that will save money in the long term.

Buy a Freezer:  Who hasn’t been frustrated by the inability of their freezer to adequately contain the fruits of a trip to the grocery store?  And when meat goes on sale, a rare occurrence, it is a great idea to scoop up as much as possible (and reasonable).    For example, our local grocery store occasionally puts 3 lb bags of chicken breast on sale for $3.50 each.  The usual price is 7.99-8.99 per bag.

Now, if you owned an individual freezer unit you would have somewhere to put that discount meat- not to mention pastries, frozen veggies, and frozen fruits.

How much can you save with this idea?  Well let’s just take the chicken example.   My family goes through three bags a month (sometimes four).  At $8.50 per bag the cost over the year is $306, while the the cost at $3.50 per bag is less than $130 per year.  A savings of  $176 dollars over the year.  And that is JUST the chicken.

Now I know there are some costs associated with this.  For example electricity to run the unit.   But, to the best of my knowledge, once the unit is full it is relatively inexpensive to run- as the frozen goods in a packed refrigerator allow the unit to use less electricity than an empty freezer.

So what are your ideas?

A Day in My Life…

Posted: July 24, 2007 in blogging, Blogs, Me, personal, question

I am sure (or maybe I should say deluded enough to think) that you guys are curious about my average day.  Well, for those of you are interested in knowing, here goes…

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I decided to create a new page entitled, Ask John. This page provides an opportunity for the 300-400 people who read this blog daily to ask me any questions they might have, whether related to weight loss, nutrition, faith, or personal experience. You control the topics, I respond.

I look forward to hearing from you guys.