100 Push Ups – Stall

I was supposed to do an exhaustion test on my push ups yesterday. I did, sort of, but couldn’t get past 16. I’ve been feeling out of sorts, and am trying to decide if I should just continue on in column 2 (given I could only manage 16) or try again tomorrow, or what.
Suggestions welcome.

Book Review: Christopher Moore's "The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove"

Once again, Christopher Moore fails to disappoint. Set again in the little town of Pine Cove (which you’ll remember from his first book, Practical Demonkeeping), Christopher Moore once again brings us a supernatural comedy that made me laugh at least every other page, if not on every page, in The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove. Continue reading “Book Review: Christopher Moore's "The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove"”

What Kind of Shape Am I Really In?

I had a routine physical a couple of weeks ago to see how I’m doing. Given my weight loss, age, and the fact that I hadn’t had one in several years, I figured it was time. I checked out pretty well in the office, and last week had bloodwork done. I just got the results. I’m within the “reference range” for a man my age on everything except my Calcium levels, which are 8.5 (in a reference range of 8.6-10.5mg/dl).
My doctor wrote a note on the results saying “These are great, Peter. Good work.”
On that note, anyone else up for joining me on the hundred pushups challenge?

Fair Point Update Du Jour

Today, we are working with Fair Point on yet another outage. This time it’s a T1 line from Brandon to Middlebury, Vermont. After the standard “It’s customer
equipment” line (which we now believe is a standard response), and a full day of down time, Fair Point finally dispatched a technician…. to the wrong end of the T1. I realized this only when he was asking about “the other T1 line” in the router. When I said “there’s only one line” I realized he was looking at the Brandon router, not the Middlebury one.
Here’s how I imagine their troubleshooting process looks:

Fair Point Troubleshooting Flowchart
Fair Point Troubleshooting Flowchart

Hundred Pushups: Week 2, Day 1

Ouch. Week two started today, with sets of 14, 14, 10, 10, and 15 pushups. The last one was a killer, and for the first time, my shoulder hurt right from the get-go, but I did them. I grunted and groaned, but I did ’em! Hah! Take that, old self!

More Love for Fair Point

Today I decided that, since we never use it, it was time to ditch our toll-free phone number. Why should I continue to pay $30/mo for something we never use? So I called Fair Point and after re-reading the account number twice was able to get the account canceled “on one end.” However, I was told I needed to call another number to finish up the cancelation.
First question: why do I have to call two numbers?
So I called the second number and, when it asked what number I was calling about I keyed it in. Of course, there was no record of the 800# in their system.
After being on hold for 16:55 minutes, and repeated “Thank you for holding. Someone will be right with you,” messages, I finally got through to someone. I was very careful not to give out my main phone number, for fear of them disconnecting that instead.
Conclusion: Fair Point is overworked/whelmed by the northern New England Verizon acquisition.

100 Pushups Week 1 Complete, 200 Situps FAIL

Given my serious lower back pain (like, don’t expect to get into or out of a car without going “Ow! What the hell!?”), I’ve temporarily given up on the idea of doing 200 situps in the next six weeks. Fortunately, however, I can do pushups without the slightest bit of pain in the affected area, so I carried on with Week 1, Day 3 yesterday, banging out sets of 11, 15, 9, 9, and 14.5 pushups. Yes, 14.5. I kinda collapsed halfway up the last one.
Tomorrow I start Week 2!