Since last spring, I’ve been on a journey to try and improve my health by eating better, and exercising more often. Fifty percent of my diet is now fruits and vegetables, with protein and grainy carbohydrates rounding out the rest. As a result, I’ve lost 30 pounds.
My quality of sleep improved in 2013 when I started using a CPAP machine for sleep apnea.
I got the flu shot as I do every year.
I have never had a sicker winter. It’s been one virus after another. I am now on my third virus (head cold, mostly in my ears). My immune system clearly sucks.
The very quotable Terry Prachett, author of over 70 books, has died at the age of 66. Diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2007, he was a champion for greater awareness of Alzheimer’s disease and did a documentary for the BBC chronicling his condition. Herewith some of my favorite Terry Prachett quotes:
I’ll be more enthusiastic about encouraging thinking outside the box when there’s evidence of any thinking going on inside it.
Give a man a fire and he’s warm for the day. But set fire to him and he’s warm for the rest of his life.
Age and wisdom don’t necessarily go together. Some people just become stupid with more authority.
In his experience, many of the world’s greatest discoveries were made by men who would be considered mad by conventional standards. Insanity depended on your point of view, he always said, and if it was the view through your own underpants then everything looked fine.
You can’t remember the plot of the Dr Who movie because it didn’t have one, just a lot of plot holes strung together. It did have a lot of flashing lights, though.
Mind you, the Elizabethans had so many words for the female genitals that it is quite hard to speak a sentence of modern English without inadvertently mentioning at least three of them.
An outrageous new bylaw has recently been passed in the town of Taber, Alberta. Taber Law
This law prohibits spitting (and other bodily fluid disposal) in public areas. If caught, it’s $75 a spit; other bodily fluids are more costly. Yelling and, dammit, swearing are also prohibited; even whispering a ‘swear’ can net you up to a $250 fine. Further, this bylaw states that no more than three people may assemble together at any one time (guess that cancels their annual corn festival; may lead to rabble-rousing). There’s also provision for noise with no noise allowed between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m.. This noise bylaw includes the operation of a motor vehicle and, from my reading of that section, offers no noise exemption for emergency vehicles;if you live in Taber, better hope your house doesn’t start on fire in the middle of the night; the fire truck won’t be able to deploy their emergency sirens to get to your house. Of course, with this new bylaw, streets will be empty at night, and no siren will be necessary.
Welcome to Taber, the new Bomont, Georgia (the fictitious town in the movie “Footloose” ). In this town, however, unlike Bomont, not even Kevin Bacon can save you.