Eat to Live Before and After Pictures

Here is some photographic example of what I’ve been talking about with Eat To Live. The left picture was taken the day I started, the one on the right this week. There is about a 34 pound difference between the two. I note that I don’t look that radically different, but I’m more generally concave […]


Punkin Music Insight of the Day

Listening to Olivia Newton John’s “Have You Never Been Mellow” on a sound system. Me: “This is an old song, so old I know it.” Punkin: “Is it from the 80s?” Me: “No, older. It is from the 70s.” Punkin: “I think it is from the 800s!” Me: “It might as well be.” Also on:Facebook […]

5 Weeks on Eat to Live

This will be the last of these weekly updates, as I go from the first phase of Eat to Live to the sustaining part. I’m doing it a week early because of several life occasions in the next few days for which I want to consume some calories that aren’t leafy greens. The goal I […]


Punkin Sings

Last night as she was trying to not fall asleep, Punkin was singing this song: “If I don’t see you every day My heart will burst away My heart will burst away” That last line repeated about 20 times. Also on:Facebook Twitter

4 Weeks on Eat to Live

Not much to say this time, but just to point out that I’m down three more pounds from last week and five pounds from my first big post about my eating. The downward trajectory has leveled off but is still downward. I’m now in the high 180s and very close to reaching the 185 pound […]


Punkin Music Insight

Conversation with Punkin at a barbecue restaurant in town: Punkin: “Daddy, I like this song!” Me: “That was a very popular song when I was a boy. It is by a gentleman named Eddie Rabbit.” Punkin: “Is he awesome?” Me: “Yes, I think he was kind of awesome.” Punkin: “Me too! Awesome!” Also on:Facebook Twitter


Eat to Live

I started a serious push to get my weight under control in spring of 2014. I focused then on mostly avoiding processed sweets and eating mostly high protein, low carb foods for two meals of the day. I would have eggs for breakfast and sausage for lunch then a fairly normal dinner with the family. […]

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Punkin Witticism

Punkin: “No more kissing, daddy! It’s not kissing time!” Me: “Well, when will it be kissing time?” Punkin: “After this dinosaur fight!” Also on:Facebook Twitter

Wit and Wisdom of Punkin

Here are some witticisms I have recently heard from a 4 year old. Background for those unfamiliar, there is a page in the book Everyone Poops that says “A one hump camel has a one hump poop. A two hump camel has a two hump poop. Only kidding!” Punkin: “A two hump camel has a […]

My New Routine

This is my new daily routine. After day care drop off, I go to Subproto, the Myrtle Beach hackerspace. I set up my laptop and then play a game of Joust on the MAME console in the corner. I work for a few hours and when it is time to leave, I play another one […]

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Meteorite In My Junk

I don’t know if this is the entirety of my problem, but this little son of a bitch shot out my pee hole this afternoon. I was expecting it, in general, and I wasn’t expecting that. It’s a weird experience watching particulate matter emerging from where it usually doesn’t. Also on:Facebook Twitter

The Bourne Consultant

I’m having a “Bourne Identity” moment about my career: I don’t mind wearing a suit and I really enjoying talking to customers and partners. Maybe I am a sleeper agent planted in Engineering 20 years ago by Sales and Marketing guys. It makes you wonder. Also on:Facebook Twitter

Vegas Conversation

This is an actual conversation from my Vegas trip. I had met a guy playing Pai Gow poker and finally left after the dealer scolded me for playing my hand wrong. I played some roulette and talked to him on my way out. I was talking about my strategy for playing which is really a […]

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Viva Las Vegas

I’m on the road to Las Vegas, missing everyone I know attending the New Media Expo by 6 to 18 hours. Oh well. Note the Director’s Cut t-shirt for Penn Jillette’s movie. It’s the most Vegasy garment I own. Also on:Facebook Twitter

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Punkin hands me a jellybean. Punkin: “What does it taste like?” Me: “It tastes like piña colada. Like getting caught in the rain.” Punkin: “Huh?” Also on:Facebook Twitter

Yes, You Have a Problem

A week ago I took some Merlin Mann advice from Back to Work and checked out Peter Walsh’s It’s all Too Much from my local library. Yesterday I realized I hadn’t read it because I couldn’t find it. That is a pretty clear indicator that yes, yes I do have a problem and need help. […]

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Lunch with Punkin

Today Punkin had her 4 year old vaccinations and I ended up watching her. I gave her the choice of lunch anywhere she wanted and she chose Wendy’s. Most likely, it’s because our local one has a Coke Freestyle machine and she likes playing with that more than eating. We had this conversation during lunch: […]


Wholly Rolling

I’m generally pretty hapless with quad roller skates, doing much better with inline. However, I managed to skate for 20 or 30 minutes at this birthday party, sometimes helping a small child who was very unsteady, without once falling down. I had a few close calls, particularly in the late going when I got tired […]

Ed Martin, RIP

At the end of last week I was dealing with a sick child and a busy work week, so I barely looked at Facebook. Thus, I missed the news that Ed Martin passed away last Thursday. Although I had met Ed prior, I really spent most of my time with him in my 2000 to […]


New Years Eve

I spent New Years Eve with a glass of cheap champagne reading Flash comic books and watching Georgia Tech win the Orange Bowl. It was one of the most pleasant ones I can remember. Also on:

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