Sunday, October 2, 2016

Random stuff for today

Update on cutting the cord (my last post)

We had decided to do it, we were going to stay with Xfinity for internet because let's face it, I have to have high speed and that is what they are best at. I have 4 people in this house, all with laptops and phones. I need high speed just to keep up with that demand let alone all the streaming (Netflix, Amazon) that goes on here. We were about to be done with our 7 day free trial on Sling TV and Hulu (BTW - I have Netflix (my moms account) and Amazon Prime (my daughters account) that I don't pay for) so my wife contacted Xfinity to cancel the cable and phone. She chatted with them on their site and when all was said and done, they lowered our cost of everything we have now for $123/month. That ends up being cheaper than what we were going to do because the internet was going to be $100, Sling TV was $20 (cheapest version) and Hulu was $13, all montly, for a total of $133/month. So we get that rate for a year and we'll either cut the cord next year or get another new low rate. So basically, we aren't cutting the cord. Which we're happy about, just because using a DVR is easier than trying to catch some shows live and trying to remember what all you need to catch up with on Hulu. Plus I'd have to remember the shows I can't watch with those 2 services and try to remember to catch the seasons when they get posted to Amazon or Netflix.

I do the Timehop thing on my phone and today had a few things that I thought were good enough to share.

A year ago today, I posted this on my personal Facebook.

It's funny because it's true. My stepdad does a lot of the work on the families cars because he's good with that stuff. I happen to be at his house when he was working on one of his vehicles and decided I needed to replace some of the duct tape holding my car together (it's old). I backed into somebody either last winter or the winter before, and my bumper (plastic) was hanging on the ground so I duct taped it up rather then spend a fortune on replace it all. I used black duct tape and it's only on one corner of the bumper so it's not that bad looking. The post is also funny because that's about the extent of my knowledge of cars as well.

5 years ago, I posted this post - Please teach your kids!

I was on my way home from picking up the kids from the Ex and was driving down a 2 lane road when I came upon a biker riding his bike in my lane. I slowed down so the car coming towards me got past so I could go around him in the other lane. Unbeknownst to me, he didn't know I was there and turned right in front of me as I was passing him. I made that post thinking he was just going to ride on the other side since there was no cars coming. I see kids doing that all the time, riding on both sides depending on the traffic. After I made that post, I found out he was an adult not a kid (I thought he was an older teenager) and I also found out he was actually turning down the street to the left and not just switching lanes. Either way, it wasn't a pleasant evening for either of us, or the kids.

I never heard anything about the rider, I heard him tell the ambulance that he never saw me and I know his head is what did the damage to my windshield (pictured above), it went clean all the way through before he rolled off my hood. He stood up afterwards so I assume it wasn't anything major.

7 years ago

That one was just funny, I love their croissanwiches, I hate the running to the bathroom afterwards.

This section will become a regular for however long I keep it as a regular. I'm going to repost all the funny stuff I post on my Random Thoughts Facebook page over here on Sundays, call it Sunday comics or funny's or something. Either way, here's your first dose. Feel free to join the FB page so you don't miss out when my lazy ass stops posting them here.

I also wanted to give a little plug over to my other blog - Last Song of the Day. If you like music, check it out. It gets a post a day on average.

That's all for today, a bunch of randomness I know, but I have to live up to the title of the blog. See you again, hopefully soon, but maybe not.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Cutting the Cord

Well, so much for blogging about my step goals and it keeping me motivated. I have no motivation to do it. I stopped not long after that last post. I suck! I'm fat and am apparently going to stay that way. So move on and quit harping on me about it.

We've been seriously debating on ditching cable all together. Cutting the cord is what it's called now-a-days. The cost is outrageous when I can watch most, if not all, my shows on Hulu for $13/month. The only thing that has kept me from ditching it before now is live sports. No more games. No more Michigan basketball and football, no more White Sox games and no more Colts games. The Colts games I can live without, I'm a fan, but NFL is a distant 3rd to MLB and NCAA.

I think I have a way to watch Michigan games, not live, but later in the day from when it aired. The White Sox games will suck, I'll only get to see a few games out of the 162 they play and that's if MLB airs them for free on their app.

I don't know. We're signing up for a free 7 days on Hulu and if everything goes well, we will probably we ditching cable and saving close to $100 on our bill.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Day 8, September Challenge

It was another scorcher today but I still managed to get out and walk after work. First day all week. I only did one lap, which was 1.2 miles but it was enough to get my 10,000 for today. I thought tomorrow was supposed to be cooler but my wife was just looking and while it will be slightly cooler, the humidity is through the roof again so we'll see what happens.

Yesterday's Stats

Total Stats for September
(as of 9/7/16)

  • Total Steps = 65,047 steps
  • Daily Average = 9,292 steps
  • +/- = -4,953 steps

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Day 6 & 7, September Challenge

I didn't post yesterday, probably was unconsciously embarrassed by my steps on Monday. I took the day off walking since it was labor day. I figured I'd make it up during this week.

About that, I did get my 10,000 yesterday but that's because I did it all at work and pretty much wore my ass out so I didn't go walking on Tuesday either. Uh Oh, that's 2 days in a row I didn't walk.

So did I get out and walk today so I didn't go 3 days without walking? Um, about that. Today, technically, wasn't my fault. I got home a little before 3 and then had to take my daughter to an appointment at 4. I got home about 20 minutes after 5 but then had to leave to pick up my son at 6 who had a field trip. We grabbed supper on the way home and I don't think I've ever walked after supper. I'm to fat for that.

Oh, did I mention it's been middle 90's with the humidity here the last 3 days. That's my real reason, that sounds better. It's unhealthy to walk in that kind of weather. Right?

The Day Before Yesterday and Yesterday

Monday                                                     Tuesday             

Total Stats for September
(as of 9/6/16)

  • Total Steps = 58,757 steps
  • Daily Average = 9,792 steps
  • +/- = -1,243

Monday, September 5, 2016

Day #5, September Challenge

I took the day off, it's Labor day. So don't expect many steps on tomtorrow's post for today's stats. I'll make it up during the week. That's why I made the challenge for 10,000 step average and not 10,000 a day. I knew I'd have days like this. I could have gotten out and walked this morning before our Labor Day get together but I decided to just chill. By the time I left my mom's, drove Samantha's friend home and ate supper, I didn't really have a whole lot of time before dark afterwards.

Our get together was the usual, hung out and ate lots of food. Which is a good day in my book. I always have enjoyed hanging out even if we're just chatting most of the time.

Yesterday's Stats

Total Stats for September
(as of September 4th)

  • Total Steps = 44,694 steps
  • Daily Average = 11,174 steps
  • +/- = +4,694

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Day 4, September Challenge

I did manage to get a walk in today but not as far as yesterday. I woke up after 10 again so I didn't have time before I had to run my son over to my mom's. He was grounded so I asked her to put him to work so he'd get out of the house for awhile. I dropped him off and then dropped off my daughter and her friend off at another friends house then headed to Walmart. I had to pick up a few things which was good for probably a few hundred steps at least. Then I headed home, grabbed my headphones and went for a walk. I went a different route, made it longer. 

My legs were a little stiff when I headed out, which sometimes they are if I don't walk right after work. I ended up only doing one lap because my shins were starting to hurt and I think I'm getting a blister on the bottom of my foot. So when I got back to the house, I checked my stats just to seem how long that route was and see how short I was going to be for the day. Turns out, the new route was 3 1/2 miles so I wasn't as short as I thought I would be. I was still short, but I was afraid it would only be 5,000 steps or so and it was over 7,000. I'll just make sure I get out of my recliner a few more times just to get the steps a little higher. I do need to do my laundry so that will help.

Yesterday's Stats

Had I noticed I was only 12 steps away from 10,000 yesterday, I would have walked a lap around the house or something. As it was, I didn't notice it until I went to bed, which was after midnight so it wouldn't have counted towards that day anyways.

Total Stats for September
(as of September 3rd)
  • Total steps = 35,317
  • Daily Average = 11,772
  • +/- = +5,317

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Day 3, September Challenge

After worrying yesterday that I wouldn't get enough steps on the weekend, I took a walk when I got up and actually managed to get over 8,000 at the start of the day. Of course, I haven't done much since. I headed out after I got home and changed my route in the neighborhood and expanded it to be bigger. I did the usual 2 laps but with the longer route, it ended up being almost 4.5 miles. I even thought of other routes that might make it longer. So we'll see how it goes.

The sad thing is, it's almost 9 o'clock this evening and I still haven't hit 10,000. It's the open of college football season and Michigan was on at noon so I've pretty much been plopped in my recliner the rest of the day watching football. A couple more trips to the restroom and I'll get the 10,000. Maybe.

I do enjoy walking through our neighborhood just because most everyone is pretty friendly. I get all kinds of waves and head nods from people that I have no idea who they are. It's much better than walking around a track, that would be pretty boring but we'll see what I'm going to have to do this winter if I actually keep this going past September.

Yesterday's stats

Total stats for September
(as of September 2nd)

  • Total steps = 25,329
  • Daily average = 12,665
  • +/- = +5329
Check in tomorrow for today's stats.

Friday, September 2, 2016

Day 2, September Challenge

I had a much better work day today as far as steps go. I came home with close to 8,000 already logged in so when I left for my walk, I hit the 10,000 mark before I even got through my first mile. I changed up my route that I normally do to make it a little bigger. The street behind us doesn't technically connect to ours but I noticed on my walk yesterday that there was a path across the empty lots that connected them so I broadened my lap around the neighborhood. Then today on the longer route, I noticed that the street behind that street had a path through as well so tomorrow, I will be broadening it again.

My usual walk is 2 laps and my normal route was 2 miles, the route I took today ended up being 2 1/2 miles with 2 laps. Since this is a 3 day weekend and I'm not working, I'm going to have to come up with some mileage without the 6 or 7000 steps that I get at work. I'll take that longer route tomorrow but I think I might have to make more than 2 laps, I'm not sure my body can handle that so we'll see. Maybe without all the work "mileage" I'll be able to walk a little longer.

Yesterdays stats

Total stats for September
(as of September 1st)

  • Total steps = 11,148
  • Average Daily = 11,148
  • +/- = +1,148
Check out tomorrow for today's final stats.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

It's September Ya'll

It's September 1st, I know you're waiting on hand and foot to know if I got my 10,000 steps today.

I got off work and checked my steps, only around 5200. That's actually low for a work day, usually it's around 7000 so I was already in trouble. I got home and I helped Cheri with a few things out in the yard. I managed to rack up another 600 or so steps. I went in and threw on my shoes and headed out.

That's right, I went walking so Day #1, I still have my average of 10000 steps a day. I walked a little over 2 miles. My daughter got home and hopped on her bike and rode along with me so since I only had 1 headphone in and was chatting with her, I decided to Snapchat my journey. Yes, I have a Snapchat, although I rarely use it for actually Snapping or Chatting or whatever it's called. I do occasionally publish a "My Story" like I did today.


I do like that you can actually post them here, there or everywhere now so I may use it a little more often. I never really used it because I don't really have that many followers anyways, and let's face it, I don't really do anything to post anyways. Usually when I do, it's of the cat, or the fact that my wife is sleeping and I get to watch 3 or 4 sports games on TV in a row.

So tomorrow, after all my stats are in because I'll get a few more steps going to bed, I'll post what I ended up on day #1 and if you know me, there will be all kinds of stats.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Walking and 7-Eleven suck

Just to let you know how hard this challenge (yesterdays post) is going to be for me, I was going to go walking today after work, you know, kind of a warm up before the challenge starts tomorrow. About 2 o'clock, at work, I got stuck outside in the pouring rain as a sudden storm hit and I was on my forklift trying to get some things inside. I was drenched. I wasn't all that concerned with being wet since I was getting off in half an hour anyways but when I got home, I helped the wife put the ice maker back together (she was trying to figure out why it stopped working) and I still planned on going but do you know what ultimately prevented me from going? My socks were wet. Yup, there you have it.

My thought process was at first, I'll just go for a walk in my work boots (they look like tennis shoes/sneakers) so I don't have to change my socks. Then my though process was, it probably won't be good to walk in wet socks, I'll probably end up with blisters or something. Then I was thinking, but I don't want to change socks just to go walking and then take them off to shower. So I just didn't go.

Do you see how easy it is to talk myself out of going? Do you see how hard it is going to be to do this challenge?

I'm going to give it a go though, we'll see how well I do.

If you follow me on Twitter, or should I say, if you actually read what I tweet because I'm sure the majority, if not all, of my followers don't even know I exist, then you saw this tweet earlier, and I shall explain here.

On my way home, I took an alternate route than I normally take. Because we got blasted with rain, the road I work on floods and I mean floods. I have seen cars get stalled trying to drive though it. So I took the back route out to avoid that and I needed gas, so I hit the 7-Eleven that I pass by. Normally I hit, what we call, the Smith's Food Mart which is on my usual route. It's been there for years and I tend to me loyal to places that never give me any problems. Plus they have greasy gas station food that I love (Pizza Puffs). Yummy! I'm hungry now.

Anyways, I went to 7-Eleven and inserted my card, put in my pin number and it said cancelled by cashier. In other words, they run a certain amount on my card at the start to make sure you can afford gas and I didn't have enough in it. Now, I was only going to put $10 in, for one, I get paid Friday. Two, $10 will last me a week because for the most part, I drive back and forth to work and that's pretty much it. I only work 4 miles from work, 8 miles round trip so I don't use much gas. Since mid-February, I have only gone 2625.7 miles.

I absolutely hate the fact that these places do this. I understand they are protecting themselves from thieves but you know what, don't punish me for the criminals out there. I understand, but it doesn't make me happy. So I got in my car and drove off. I do pay at the pump because I don't want to go inside and pay. I don't want to roll my windows up, take the keys out and lock the car when I should be able to scan my card and never leave the area around my car. Not to mention, people suck so if I can avoid a few, I'm out. I drove off and went to Smith's, which is a Phillips 66 station. Put my card in, put $10 in and left.

For the record, do you know how much I had in my account when 7-11 denied my card? $65 was my balance. My car won't even hold $65 of gas at the current cost. They must be running it for $100 to see if you deem worthy for their gas.

I will be avoiding 7-Elevens from now on.