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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: JD Book Club: What Are You Reading Now?
« on: December 16, 2010, 06:57 AM »
I should be getting that for Christmas, but I probably won't have time to start reading it until February when my current class winds down.  I've got a stack of books that are calling my name but have no time to get to them.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Who Wants to Lose Weight?
« on: November 27, 2010, 02:56 PM »
I'm not really worried about losing weight.  I've been between 205-215 for about 8 years and I'm pretty happy with it.  I wouldn't mind getting my weight down to 195 or so though.  However, I'm a lifter and have been going on 14 years now, so for the most part the weight is fine with me provided it's good weight.  I got up to a very chunky 220 or so when I was in college and got tired of feeling lazy and not feeling good about myself.  So I had a change in my eating habits.

I'll be happy to offer advice to people who might want it.  I'll offer words of wisdom I've gained over the years in the gym and watching others struggle with weight if anyone wants it.  I would never, ever suggest any kind of fad diet at all.  Once you are "off" of it, people usually go back to the way they used to be.  Think of weight loss as a change in lifestyle.  My biggest suggestion is to eat in moderation.  Don't go overboard and from time to time enjoy the "good stuff."  It won't kill you.  However, be mindful of what you are putting in.  If you are person who eats fast food and that's just the way it is, let me help you with some common sense stuff.  Have your meal dry or with mustard.  Cut the mayo, cut the cheese, and any other dressings that are offered.   Get grilled food whenever possible, especially chicken.  If you have to have fries, go small, or try to substitute fruit or something else.  Or just go with the entree and skip the sides completely.  Drink water when possible.  If you don't like the non-taste of water, then get some kind of powder you can pour into your water and flavor it.

I try to stick with this kind of common sense plan.  I do fall of the wagon from time to time though.  However, I make up for some of it because I run anywhere from 10-20 miles a week and lift moderate to heavy weights 3-5 times a week.

Common sense, moderation, motivation, and will power are your best friends in the weight loss battle.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: JD Book Club: What Are You Reading Now?
« on: November 15, 2010, 10:33 PM »
I hate this f'n book.  Sun Tzu and Clausewitz are thought of as great military philosophers but in reality all they have done is taken pen to paper and written a bunch of common sense "no ****" statements.  What those guys wrote really isn't rocket science or very profound reading.  But because my professor is a jackass, I have to do research on a subject he is interested in, not my own.  Yes, I'm a bit bitter about it.


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Collections / Re: Photos of the collection... Updated 09.22.2010
« on: November 15, 2010, 05:12 PM »
Holy crap Rob.  I thought before you moved you thinned out your collection.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: A thread about concerts.
« on: November 6, 2010, 11:32 PM »
My birthday isn't for a month and the concert isn't until January, but my wife bought me Ozzy tickets tonight.  Slash is opening.  I'm pretty freakin' stoked.  I've been walking around the house tonight much to my wife's chagrin singing "Ironman".

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: JD Book Club: What Are You Reading Now?
« on: November 5, 2010, 10:41 AM »
Started on my next masters class.  This one is Military Philosphers.  So my current book, Sun-tzu's "The Art of War."



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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Halloween Costumes!
« on: November 5, 2010, 06:40 AM »
On the Friday before Halloween our sitter requested that we have our kids wear something other than their costume simply because those things can get hot.  She is also a part time photographer and she wanted to get pics.  So below is the outfit that my daughter and I picked out.  The bottom pics are her ladybug outfit.  By this point, I think we had taken the wings off.  Somebody tell me she isn't a daddy's girl.  ;D






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JD Sports Forum! / Re: MLB 2010
« on: November 2, 2010, 12:35 PM »
Hat's off to the Giants. That was a great game to be at last night. The Giants absolutely dominated the Texas hitters and they never made the proper adjustments. The Giants fans were really, really cool to watch. They sat about three sections over and four or five rows behind and were as loud as anybody else in the stadium.

This season was success for the Rangers. Definitely not how I wanted it to end, but I'm thrilled nonetheless. I've waited 20+ years to see a real, complete team put on the field and we finally got it.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: A thread about concerts.
« on: October 28, 2010, 11:55 AM »
Two questions here...

I'm considering going to see Ozzy/Slash in January when they are here in Dallas together.  Has anyone seen Ozzy before and was his concert good?  I'm assuming it was.

Slash is out pushing his solo album and is opening that night.  Has anyone seen the solo performance?  If not, how was he live with VR and GnR?  I'm assuming VR was pretty good with him being most of the way "clean" at the time.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: What's spinning?
« on: October 25, 2010, 06:46 AM »
When I don't have the iPod plugged into, this is what I've been listening too in regular rotation.  I might be headed to see him in January.



And opening for him that night:



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JD Sports Forum! / Re: MLB 2010
« on: October 16, 2010, 09:48 AM »
Don't get me started Matt!!;)  I know you're a Yankee fan.

I'm headed out there for the game today.  So needless to say I'm hoping for a win.  Rangers need to get a split of this thing and take 2 of 3 in New York.  I've already bought tickets for WS game 5 so they need to go.

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JD Sports Forum! / Re: MLB 2010
« on: October 15, 2010, 04:59 PM »
I've gotta disagree on the NLCS.  I think it's going to be a snoozefest.  I think the Phillies will sweep or maybe do it in 5.  I don't see the Giants scoring many runs.

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JD Sports Forum! / Re: MLB 2010
« on: October 14, 2010, 12:35 PM »
Go Rangers!!

I've been on board with this team for years.  I've got tickets to Game 2 of the ALCS and Game 5 of the WS should they make it that far.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Home Improvement Projects
« on: October 12, 2010, 09:54 AM »
Jesse you gotta post pics of what you've done.

I haven't done a ton this summer, although I had initially planned to.  I spent a good chunk of my remodeling budget paying what debt we have left and going to war on carpenter and fire ants.  I've never seen them as bad as I have this year.

My projects for the winter though are to try and get our bedroom painted.  My wife and I bought new furniture so it's time to do that.  I also am going to finish my daughter's playroom.  I just need to finish installing the foam play mats and then put up a couple of picture and add a couple of toy boxes and we'll be set.  Shouldn't cost more than $100 to do.

After that, it's off to the front porch where I'm going to poor concrete and lay meshed stones and create a nice sitting area.  Hardest part of that will be getting the damn thing level. 

I've also got to pull out all the cedar timbers that I put on the side of my house to hold my flowerbeds (my foundation sits on an incline).  Those things are all eaten out by ants so I'm going to replace them with cinder blocks and then cover the front of them with some sort of foliage or put landscape rock in front to cover the ugly blocks.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: JD Book Club: What Are You Reading Now?
« on: October 12, 2010, 09:41 AM »
Finished Ozzy a few days ago and now I'm about halfway through this:

I had a friend give this to me several years ago when we were deployed but didn't read it then.  It's really eery reading now.





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