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Fat Chat

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I’m not particularly obsessed with my health or appearance.  There are plenty of things I could be doing better; then again, there are plenty of ways I could be worse.  As you might guess about a programmer, I’m largely sedentary; I choose to commute by bicycle in large part to ensure that I stay active.  I eat fresh fruits and vegetables because I enjoy them, pace out sugars and fats to avoid immediate bodily consequences, and pack protein for lunch to ensure that I can get home without shaking.

For my spouse, such issues aren’t exactly an obsession, but a frequent source of irritation.  This week’s rant was triggered by Boy Scouts of America, who are refusing Jamboree admittance to individuals based on their Body Mass Index.  BMI isn’t particularly accurate at measuring obesity, nor is obesity particularly great at determining fitness.  Even if it correlates strongly with heart disease and similar health problems, that doesn’t mean that any particular person will be unable to hike three miles uphill in an afternoon after walking around all morning.

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Written by eswald

16 Jul 2013 at 10:50 pm

Posted in Cycling, Food, Lifestyle, Spouse

Dealing with Death

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This has been an unusual weekend for me.  First, I learn that a public figure has passed away.  One whose work I had appreciated, but whose time in the limelight had already been spent.  The next day, the death of a local community member was announced via mailing list, noting a long struggle with cancer.  The day after, I learn that a friend had failed to awaken from surgery.

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Written by eswald

23 Apr 2013 at 9:59 pm

Posted in Lifestyle, Spouse


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When I got married, the biggest surprise was how often my spouse would break into political rants. And environmental rants. And rants about the various other stupidities of the human race, Americans in particular.

Granted, I knew I was marrying a vegetarian. I knew I was marrying a former English major who continues to read literature and non-fiction for fun. I knew that was marrying one who could not step into a bookstore without carrying out something new. What I did not know was that every new book would bring a series of new rants.

The worst part was, these were good arguments, but I couldn’t do a thing about most of them. The world needed to hear them. So I mentioned blogging. When that failed to spur any action, I commented that I might start recording our conversations and blogging them myself. The response: “Just don’t tell me about it.”

So here I am, months later, still without a single recording, writing my first blog post. I expect that at some point, I will write about some of our actual minority opinions, but at this point, all I really want is the OpenID.

Written by eswald

5 Sep 2007 at 4:30 pm

Posted in Spouse