Sunday, August 19, 2007

New Comic Reviews

New comic book reviews have (finally!) been posted to my website. I just haven't read much lately that was worth writing about.

Friday, August 17, 2007

Sure, I like root beer. But...

So, I got my birthday present from my brother, Mark, today. Yes, my birthday was back in June, thank you for noticing. Anyway, I opened the box and discovered this.

Words fail me.

Thursday, August 16, 2007

105 in the shade

After a rather nice July, St. Louis has finally gotten its traditional summer weather of ridiculously hot and humd days with no rain. Yesterday we set a daily record for 105 degrees in the shade. It was 112, if I remember right, outside of the shade. I realize that the Midwest gets hot summers, but this is rather ridiculous, especially since it has been 100+ for over a week now. Today is supposed to be cooler, only 95 or so, so it will probably feel like October after the brutality of the last week.

At times like this I would like to take a minute to thank the memory of Willis Haviland Carrier, inventor of the modern air conditioner. Truly, this man was performing the work of God on this planet, to come up with such a marvelous invention to keep us from being driven stark raving insane by our brains boiling in our heads in 100+ degree heat.

Sunday, August 12, 2007

Foot Pain

One of the unfortunate happenings this year, especially over the last couple months, as been the fact that I have developed tendinitis in my right foot. I started having pain off and on in my right foot probably late last year, but it was always pretty minor, and would only crop when I was putting too much pressure on that foot during exercises. A couple months ago, however, it really got quite bad, to the point that I went to see my doctor and he sent me to a specialist who diagnosed my problem.

Unfortunately, nobody really seems to know what to do with it. Giving advice to "not use that foot" really doesn't help when I need it to walk. I had actually gotten it into some decent shape a couple weeks ago, but then I tried to use an elliptical running machine at the gym last Monday and I really screwed it up bad. The tendon was obviously swollen on Tuesday and is still giving me enough problems that I have gone back onto the pain medication my doctor prescribed. Hopefully I'll figure out a way to get this thing fixed without having to go on disability from work to spend six weeks staying off of my foot.

Are You Ready For Some Football?

That is "football" as understood by the rest of the world, of course. Now that I have Fox Soccer Channel in my cable package I get to watch a fair amount of English Premier League matches every weekend, if I want. I watched the season opener between Liverpool and Aston Villa Saturday morning, and then today I woke up at 6 A.M. to catch the first game of the season for Arsenal. It was a nail-biter all the way. Arsenal's goalie made a horrible play to give up a goal within the first minute of play, and Arsenal didn't even it up until there were less than 10 minutes left in regulation. Fulham's goalie played crazy good, but in the end even he couldn't hold Arsenal back forever. As with all things EPL, you can read all about it courtesy of the BBC.

In other sporting news, I got to take my friend George to the St. Louis Cardinals baseball game yesterday in my company's luxury box. The partner I work for even gave me the parking pass, so we got to see the game for free, eat for free, and park for free. Not a bad day, really, especially since the Cardinals won in commanding fashion. It started with a little bit of video games, then EPL football, then baseball, and then some anime and comic books to cap it off. Today is studying for the Certified Internal Auditor exam (joy!) and resting up as much as I can on my right foot.

Sunday, August 05, 2007

Not Dead Yet

I feel happy!...

Anyway, so, yeah. How are you? I have been quiet lately because I have been very busy. Last week at work I had to pick up the slack for a colleague who was out sick. And then on Friday there was a big party at work as it was our annual day to announce promotions and toast all of the new managers and stuff. In addition, last week I signed up for a conversational Japanese class, and I bought a 10-game pack to see the Blues this season. I'm not sure that there is really anything else to report right now. Stuff is happening, but nothing out of the ordinary that would make me think "ooh, I gotta blog about that!"