October 29th, 2003

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Somewhere that's green...

This morning, while walking out of my apt to my car, I noticed something that I had first noticed when I first came to Seattle, that had receded into imperceptibility because of it's very ubiquitousness.

I looked at the textured fakestone walls of my building. At it's covered with green growing stuff. Not completely covered, but every little bit I look at is studded with barely visible specks of green. The sidewalk, likewise. As are the wooden boards of the privacy fences.

The black asphalt of the parking lot, isn't black. It's also green. Look at it, see big green spots. Get down, and look at it closely, and every piece of gravel, where it sticks out of the tar, has a reef of barely visible green specks ringing it.

The asphalt under my Jeep, which has been parked without being moved for almost a month, is positively exploding with green fuzz. If I left it parked for a year, the asphalt will be destroyed. (Anyone who has one of those "Pavement is forever" protest bumperstickers isn't thinking very clearly.)

Every piece of dirt around here is covered with grass and moss and vine. Every piece of stone or concrete is studded with sagans of moss patches, sized at the bare limit of visibility.

I live in Oz.
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Cats using technology

When I moved into my current apartment, I replaced all the incandescent bulbs with "compact fluorescents" (long life, low energy). I have only one incandescent bulb indoors. It's in a "touch lamp", that turns on and off just by touching it, no need for a physical switch.

Turns out that Kiddi has figured out how to turn it on, and then squat under it, harvesting up those yummy warming electrically-wasteful infrared rays.

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Gym. Session 86 of 124. Legs

  • Weight: 214.5lb
  • Fat: unmeasured
  • Heart: unmeasured


  1. Hack Squat. No change.
  2. Leg Press. Both legs this time, twice as much weight. Steve complained a bit that it was now somewhat annoying to load. Apparently someone dropped a 100lb plate on her foot, so now the heaviest plates available are 45ls.
  3. Machine Leg Extention. No change in weight for the first two sets, up another 5lb (to 110lb) for the last set, with one extra rep thrown in.
  4. Seated Calves. Deep and slow. The worst thing about calves is that the pain doesnt immediately stop when I put the weight down, it burns and peaks for a few seconds after.
  5. Machine Leg Curl. Did the first two sets, they felt ok, so I went up 5lb, and failed halfway thru that the last set. I was quivering while standing after that.
  6. Standing Calves. Big jump, to 300lb. 20, 20, 15. See above about the pain.
  7. Hip Abductors. No change, 100lb
  8. cycled with Hip Adductors. Also, no change, 100lb. I did this cycle with a nice looking female fellow patron. She could go wider than I, I coul go heavier than she.


Tweaked my supps a bit. I bought a couple of boxes of single serve OJ at the grocery store. This morning I took two of them, and put a heaping spoonful of creatine powder into each one. Drank the first 1/2 hour before gym, the second immediately after. I think it helped.

I finally bought a scale, so Steve will stop bugging me about it. Next time (Friday) we will sit down and argue with the computer about my food intake.