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A rare evening post… there’s not a lot going on up here in The Jerz, so I thought I’d do something productive. Mainly, try to write an entry that’s somewhat coherent.

You’re probably wondering what the deal is with the title of today’s post. See, I’ve recently started watching Scrubs. I find that while it’s stupid sometimes, there’s a lot of truth there. Well, on today’s viewing, Season 3, Episode 19 “My Choosiest Choice of All” introduced me to a song I’d never heard before. It’s called Section 9 (Light & Day/Reach for the Sun) and it’s performed by a group called The Polyphonic Spree. I immediately shot over to iTunes and downloaded it and have been listening to it nonstop.

The lyrics are not terribly deep, showing here: 

And day
Is more than you’ll say
Cause all
My Feelings
Are more
Than I can let by
Or not
It’s more than you’ve got
Just follow the day
Follow the day and reach for the SUN!
You don’t see me fly into the red – one more you’re done
Just follow the seasons and find the time
Reach for the bright side
You don’t see me fly into the red – one more you’re nuts
Just follow the day
Follow the day and reach for the SUN!

Like I said, not terribly deep, but it makes sense, and it applies to what I’m trying to accomplish with my life. Trying to get past all the medical issues that have plagued me in 2010, trying to be more positive about life in general. Trying not to regret the myriad mistakes I’ve made over the years. All the times I took the easy way out and resented people who got ahead and bettered themselves. It’s so easy to sit on the ivory tower and pass judgement on everyone else’s life while totally ignoring your own shortcomings. It’s also easy to forget that everything you do has consequences. I figured out long ago I could work my butt off and get good grades, or I could do as little as possible and make Bs and Cs. I took the easy way out and as a result, I never really learned how to study. When I got to college, it was more of the same. Add on to that the fact I was way too immature for college and it was a recipe for disaster. That could be the reason it took me 10 years to get through. The smartest thing I ever did was to take a few years off and get my head screwed on straighter.

I don’t want to chronicle all of my errors of life, but if you ignore mistakes you’ve made in your life, you’re setting yourself up for a repeat. As George Santayana said,

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”

It’s a true sentiment. If I believed it years ago, who knows what would’ve happened? Maybe my wife and I would’ve taken better notice of each other twelve years prior to our first date when I sold her a camera. Maybe I wouldn’t have had to deal with getting a good hunk of my toe amputated if I had worried about my eating habits years before. Life is full of what-ifs, but it’s recognizing what got you to those moments that’s important.

The lesson to take away is that while we should never lose sight of where we are headed on our personal journey, we should always remember where we’ve been. Recognize the landmarks and maybe you’ll realize that you’re getting lost again before you get in too deep. Learn from the mistakes… we all make them. No one gets life exactly right on the first try. If it seems that the Almighty is dumping on you, it’s not personal. You’re just lost. Swallow that pride and ask for directions. Remember, life isn’t equipped with a GPS.

Going to leave you with the video for the aforementioned song. Hope you enjoy.

Wednesday stress

Posted: July 7, 2010 in family, The Jerz, Weight loss


Hope everyone is having a great morning. Today is fine, so far, but my stress level will increase exponentially as the time of my mother’s visit grows closer.

I don’t really have any reason why her visits stress me out so much. Usually if she stops over for dinner, I just become a bundle of raw nerves. I know she means well, but stay the hell out of my kitchen. If I need help, I will ask for it.

It should be an interesting visit. I’ve been keeping her posted as to how the weight loss has been going, but she hasn’t seen me since I weighed about 330. The other day, when I was only down a tenth, she was giving me crap, though about not going out for a walk for two days. Not that I’d need the giant blister (now named Lord GOMF, the Earl of Bunion) to heal up or anything. The funny thing is that she was previously on my case for losing it too fast. I just can’t win, I suppose. If you add that to the fact that she’s currently annoyed with us for something I’m not at liberty to discuss at this juncture, well, let’s just say it should be an interesting visit.

So yesterday was bloody hot, however, we still have our new friend… a dove who has made a nest in one of our hanging baskets of geraniums. She’s got to be the calmest bird I have ever seen.

I was actually able to water the basket without spooking the bird. I’m interested to see if the eggs hatch and when.

Yesterday I went to the dry cleaners to pick up my suits, a dress for the missus, a shirt and another sport jacket. When did dry cleaning get so expensive? It was $43! I’ve had suits that didn’t cost that much (just kidding). There was a lot of running around as well, out in the heat. I fixed some chicken and salsa in soft tortilla shells with a little cheese for dinner. Salsa is like the ultimate condiment. It’s very flavorful and reasonably healthy. It also goes well with pretty much anything. Highly recommend.

After that, threw a tape in the machine to get the premiere of Warehouse 13 on SyFy. Thought this looked like an interesting show last summer and we found we really enjoyed it. SyFy has come up with some of the better shows I’ve been watching. Eureka is a hoot, and the remake of Battlestar Galactica was first-rate. I still liked the original BSG, it was so campy, but the grittiness of the remake was very refreshing. I’m not a big fan of Caprica, though.

I finished importing a stack of CDs into iTunes, messed around on Facebook for a while and went to bed early. All in all, not a bad day.

I leave you with the following:

You must begin to think of yourself as becoming the person you want to be. – David Viscott

Today’s weight 298.7 (down 21.3 since 6/24)

Addendum: Visit with Mom went well and found out I could fit in my smaller suit. Now THAT’S closet shopping!