Monday, March 26, 2007


Those of you that know me know that I am kind of anal retentive at times and tend to point out flaws in situations that should possibly be left alone. But there is one thing that gets to me every time I see it and that is Dr. Gregory House, on the TV show HOUSE, walking incorrectly with his cane. I know most people who watch that show are amazed by the way House and his team of doctors figure out the rare or not so rare diseases that a patient is dying from. People may even tune in to listen to the witty remarks he make to his supervisor or how he belittles the patients he sees in the walk-in clinic. But I can't help to notice that he has his cane on the same side as his injured leg and he move the leg and the cane at the same time. Not to mention him limping as he walks, which defeats the purpose of having a cane, because the cane is suppose to prevent him from limping or walking too irregularly. I also would figure that all of the health professionals around him would help correct the problem, but I guess him limping around with a cane make for better television.

Don't get me wrong I still enjoy watching but that one thing remains on my mind.

Friday, March 23, 2007


Today is Friday and as I sit watching college basketball, at home alone and bored out of my mind, I can't help but think about what I used to do on Fridays as a youngster. As I reminisced about the good old days of the late 80s and early 90s I couldn't help but think about the wonderful line-up of shows that kept me entertained on Friday nights. I couldn't wait for 7:00 when TGIF would come on I could watch sitcoms for 2 hours straight. The interesting thing is that the episodes were only 30 minutes long at the time.

So today I give my tribute to the Original TGIF line-up, and can only hope this will bring the same nostalgic feeling to others as it has brought to me.

Perfect Strangers
Full House
Just the Ten of Us
Mr. Belvedere
(Family Matters and Step-by-Step added later)

Tuesday, March 20, 2007


A year ago I was half-way through may second semester of PT school and I was trying to recover from the spring break trip to California trip. Also this time last year was the point when I decided to start taking care of myself and stop being a "WIDE LOAD."

So I began a regimen that included stopping the consumption of Dr. Pepper, my favorite carbonated beverage at the time, working out on a daily basis, and eating at home more often. When I started out all I wanted to do was loose 25 lbs or so to match what I weighed when I began college. So I weighed in at my school at a whopping 256 lbs on March 20, 2006 and I rode a stationary bicycle for 15 minutes. I continued to work out daily and gradually lost 2 or 3 lbs a week.

I stopped recording my weight and workouts after a few weeks but I continued to work out on a regular basis, most of the time running by myself. Along the way other people encouraged me by running with me on occasion including Ryan Hise, Doug McFarlen, Matt Zimmerman, and Adam Manlove (for about 1/4 of a lap). When I weighed myself again officially November 29, 2006 I was down to 200 lbs which surpassed my goal so I decided to see how far I could go.

I think I have officially reached a point that I have bottomed out, plus I am tired of buying new clothes. So on today the anniversary of my new beginning I weigh 190 lbs, a grand total of 66 lbs lost, and I feel really good. I appreciate all the encouragement and the looks of amazement I get from people who have watched the transformation take place and who have not seen me in a while. Keep encouraging me so I can continue to maintain.

Worst thing about loosing weight:
Buying new clothes

Best thing about loosing weight:
LGN (or at least LBN)

Best comment received:
"We were watching the club video the other day...D you were fat." Jon Heintz

Sing Song 06 Sing Song 07

Sunday, March 18, 2007

Back in Odessa

After a 7 year hiatus I have returned to Odessa to live for a several months. I have been hear about six and a half hours already and I am thinking that this will be a long 5 months. I will be busy doing things beginning tomorrow but for now I am just sitting here in this chair waiting on you to see things my way (for those who don't realize those were lyrics to a song).

I begin my first 7 week clinical affiliation tomorrow and I am sort of worried I don't know anything. I have been going to class and listening for the past 2 years, but I haven't had the opportunity to put what I know into practice on a full time basis. Funny thing is I couldn't wait for this time to come and now that it is here I and a bit nervous. So for those who actually read this blog say a little prayer for me that I can recall what I have learned and not hurt people worse than they already are.


Tuesday, March 06, 2007

I am NOT a mechanic

I realize how much working on a car really sucks yesterday as I proceeded to change my breaks and rotors.
Everything was going fine and dandy until the point I broke 2 studs off into the lug nuts they were screwed into. This complicated things greatly because I reached th point that I didn't want to change the rotors after all, but I had to remove everything anyway to replace the studs.

Here is a picture of my adventure in care maintainance.