Thursday, February 08, 2007

Back the Truck Up...

...brain dump coming...

I guess this would fulfill the "random thoughts" portion of my blog subtitle. Things are pretty monotonous these winter days: work, running, work, basketball, work, kids' events, work, running, etc.

So let's unload in no particular order.

Reading Update:
I usually juggle two books at once. Yes, it would be much quicker, easier, and less confusing to read one at a time but, you see, I have one stashed in my car to read on lunch while at work and another around the house for bed time/poopy time reading (designated "bathroom" book). My only rule is that one should be non-fiction and the other fiction. I made the rule for no particular purpose. I guess just to avoid getting story lines crossed.

Anyway, the Bathroom book right now is Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser. This was billed as an "expose" of the fast food industry...kind of a non-fiction, modern day The Jungle (Upton Sinclair, another terrific read). It is pretty interesting so far but I'm still getting to the (processed) meat of this story. The upcoming chapters are titled "Where the Meat Comes From" and "Why the Fries Taste Good". Do I really want to read these chapters? Or remain blissfully ignorant while I eat my Wendy's single (minus onion)?

Boob Tube Update:
The wife and I rarely watch dramatic TV series...while they are on TV. We, of course, wait to rent the entire season after they have aired so (1) we can watch them without commercial interruption (2) we don't have to worry about missing an episode and (3) we feel the need to pay for something that was otherwise free originally.

Winter is the time for catch up. We have completed HBO's Oz (final season), Lost season 2, and Nip/Tuck season 2. Currently, working on Nip/Tuck season 3. Decadent entertainment!

Basketball Update:
Played my second time last night and am relatively pain-free today. The kinks are being worked out. I came down with a case of Dead Legs in the final game resulting in a number of missed easy shots...which of course my team lost 11-10... due mainly to my missed shots. But, things are starting to come back together. Still a step slow recognizing play development and defensive adjustment. Ahh, but the beauty of a nice post-up, one dribble, turn-around, pump fake, fade away...NET!

Dr. Hoops

Running Update:
After a nice 5 day lay-off, I got in 4.4 miles on Tuesday in a 7:30 pace. I'm looking at 5 miles tonight and a 9 miler this weekend. Here's to hoping the zero degree weather is behind us.


Lisa said...

I read Fast Food Nation a couple of years ago. Found it very interesting, though a little bit of a difficult read. Was more like something you'd be assigned in a college Soc class.

It made me look at fast food a little differently for a bit, but lucky for me I don't retain information long so I've forgotten most of what I read...see, a shortened memory isn't always a bad thing!

L*I*S*A said...

I *heart* books. I am usually reading 3-4 at one time.

As for the run, I'm sure you'll get it done outside. I just returned from my 6-miler outside and it was a balmy 9 degrees, or 0 with the wind chill factor. Ahhhh, delightful.