April 22nd, 2003

Loon

Wow ...



I was looking up stuff to make a response to a post in opalcat's journal and found out all sorts of interesting stuff about my building ... when it was built (1974) it was the sixth-largest all-residential skyscraper in the world ... it's currently the 487th tallest building in the U.S., and is the 55th tallest building in Chicago. Why should I (or anybody else) care? Well, I've lived here for 22 years, so I am quite "connected" with it at this point! Oooooh ... I just found a very cool 360° tour thing of our building ... it has the street outside, a view from the roof, etc.!


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Loon

Bowflex ...

OK ... so after my year of intense I.T. achievement my doctor suggests that I might consider losing some weight. It appears that in the period of time where I was spending 18 hours a day at the computer, 3 hours with the kids, and only 3 hours sleeping, I managed to gain 30 pounds. The Wife, who absolutely hates "cluttery" things like exercise equipment, is willing to get us a Bowflex (ah, the power of those ads promising guaranteed results in "six weeks of three 20-minute workouts a week"!) machine.

Now, I used to be a work-out freak, doing 2 hours of exercise a night (alternating between calesthenics and weight training) six nights a week (while I had my first four to six gin gimlets, of course). Somewhere around a dozen years or so ago, I ripped the hell out of my back muscles and never got back into the work-out thing ... but that "bug" is still in the back of my head somewhere, so I'm perfectly willing to get me one of these beasties.

What I'm posting about this here for is to see if anybody out there reading this has had any experience with the Bowflex equipment. I mean, their promo stuff if amazing in what it promises, and I'm interested in hearing any first-hand data on how that works. In the past I've mainly worked with free weights, and have never been a "gym rat", so my experience with working on machines is primarily from when I was rehabbing from my near-fatal car crash in '93 ... not exactly "recreational" usage!

Anybody have any kudos or horror stories to pass along???


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"Most Wanted" Deck ...

OK, so I assume that I'm not the only person that's gotten a bunch of spam trying to sell copies of the "most wanted" deck of cards ... of course, anything that shows up in spam, I figure is some sort of a scam, so it gets ignored, no matter how tempting the particular pitch might seem.



Well, today on Matt Drudge's site there was a banner ad for "official" versions of these cards (it turns out that most of the spam-offered ones are cheap rip-offs as I'd suspected) ... these are being featured by NewsMax magazine, either as a free-standing item from their on-line store, or as a freebie with a subscription. Thought I'd pass the info along!


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Permanent LJ account ...

Man ... I thought I was just "treating" myself when I bought that permanent account the last time they were being offered ... now given all this complexity, I'm glad that I don't have to worry my little head about it ... since "Permanent users will probably get most/all the bonus features anyway"!


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