Getting My Wisdom Teeth Out This Afternoon

So posting for the next couple days will either be light or unintelligible (or possibly just pre-written movie reviews). I doubt my experience will be very novel, but I’m looking forward to a weekend of movies and chocolate vanilla cherry milkshakes (vanilla ice cream, milk, chocolate syrup, cherries, blend, repeat).

I’m going to try to document the experience somehow, though, and I’ll let you know if my drugged out ramblings are noteworthy in any way.

Getting My Wisdom Teeth Out This Afternoon

Malaria Doctors Are Crazy

To wit:

If the scientist is Stephen Hoffman, he takes a small can and fills it with three hundred irradiated mosquitoes. He inverts the can, placing the mesh lid against his bare forearm, and a cloth over his arm to simulate night. He begins to feel a tickling sensation. Three thousand bites later, he withdraws the can. He has “vaccinated” himself. Then, two weeks later, he repeats the process, only with infectious mosquitoes instead of benign ones, and . . . waits.

Malaria Doctors Are Crazy

One Hundred Push Ups – About Eleven Weeks In

How do I say this? Let’s go with FAIL. About the first week of August, 28 coworkers and I started doing push ups using the original One Hundred Push Ups plan. The idea was for the group of us to get to 100 push ups in six weeks. Some never started. Almost everyone quit within three and a half weeks. I kept going, but wasn’t making very much progress. Then after eight weeks, we had a big ‘everyone do as many push ups as you can’ thing, which was kind of crazy and only six or seven people took part. I did 44, though my high had been 47. No one got to 100 but two folks got pretty high. And then I quit for about three weeks. Recently I’ve started doing one set a night of a little less than as many as I can. I bet a coworker I’d eventually get to 100 (one year max) and I’ve still got about 10 months to get there, so hopefully I can make slow but sure progress up the ladder. Or maybe I’ll just quit again. We’ll see.

(First Update)
(Second Update)
(Third Update)

One Hundred Push Ups – About Eleven Weeks In

One Hundred Pushups – About Three and a Half Weeks In

I tried to do a poll to see how many of my 28 coworkers are still pushing to 100, but didn’t get a very good response rate. Seems like a couple people have dropped out, a couple hadn’t done any push ups in a week, but because they were sick, moving, busy, bored, etc. Week 3 was tough, week 4 seemed like a breeze comparably. I’m not going to be able to get to 100 in the 6 week time frame, but the bet I have with a co-worker has a 1 year time limit. I don’t think it’s going to take that long, though. Week 5 is scary and impossible right now, so I think I’m going to redo a hybrid of week 4. The 19th is going to come and go and I’m betting none of the 28 co-workers will be able to do 100 in a row. I’m not sure how many will keep going after that. How’s it going with all of you out there? Any of you done it yet?
(First Update)
(Second Update)

One Hundred Pushups – About Three and a Half Weeks In

One Hundred Pushups – One Week In

I don’t necessarily want to turn this into a blog about my journey to 100 push ups, so I’m going to try to keep the updates to a minimum. I’m still convinced it’s not possible in 6 weeks, for me at least. I am excited, though, by the challenge to complete 100 push ups, so I’m going to keep doing 5 sets of push ups every other day. For now, anyway. I was concerned about having to re-do a couple weeks, so even though I’m only one week in, I’ve completed W2D3 and W3D1. Tonight I’m going to give W3D2 a shot.
I’ve found that set 1 and set 2 are pretty easy, but the 60 second break just isn’t long enough after sets 3 and 4.
BM wonders,“Is this really a six week program?” He’s 6 weeks in and is working on completing week 3 right now. No updates on how my 28 co-workers are doing, though the folks I talk to seem to be plugging along. How’s it going for everybody else?
(First Update)

One Hundred Pushups – One Week In

Black Bean Salad and Guacamole

Yesterday was a hot one, so a quick no-cook meal seemed the thing to do. Here’s what I made:

Into a bowl went half a red onion, one jalepeno, and one red bell pepper, diced, along with two 15-oz cans of black beans, rinsed, a healthy bunch of cilantro, chopped, and the kernels from two ears of corn. Add the juice of a lime or two, a good pinch of salt, and black pepper. In retrospect, some scallions would have been good in there, too.

Next! Put the juice of a lime in a small bowl, and then toss two halved avocados in there. While they sit and get limey (and don’t turn brown), finely dice the other half of the red onion, another jalepeno, and another big bunch of cilantro. Add the avocados and some of the lime juice they’ve been sitting in, and mash along with a big pinch of salt, pepper, and ground cumin. Taste, and add more lime juice if necessary.

Put a big scoop of black bean salad on one side of your plate, and a smaller scoop of guacamole on the other side, and dump a bunch of tortilla chips in between them. I’d recommend opening a beer, as well.

(I was too hungry to photograph this one, but I’ll try to remedy that with the leftovers tonight.)

Update: Photo!

Black Bean Salad and Guacamole (by mharvey75)

Black Bean Salad and Guacamole

Free Barcelona Travel Guide – Day 9: Too Hot to Shop

Thanks for clicking on the Free Barcelona Travel Guide. There are 10 chapters total, listed at the end of this post. Check out the introduction for more information.

We had caught a headline saying something like “African Heat Headed to Spain”, earlier in the week, and if it hadn’t arrived by yesterday, it was certainly here today. After breakfast, we decided to take one more trip around town and down by the beach. On the boardwalk, we were surprised to find techno music playing and a set up for a spin class. Only in Sitges.

We caught our train back to Barcelona after sadly bidding Sitges adieu. Our hotel, Aparthotel Calabria, was in a different area of Barcelona than we had stayed earlier in the week. While it was fine, I’d suggest staying closer in to the Barri Gothic. This hotel is next door to two grocery stores, incidentally, and features giant rooms with kitchens. The room would definitely be great for a family, especially one that wanted to cook a few meals in. Our hotel looked out onto a courtyard of old buildings that had a very Eastern European feel. We dropped our bags off, cooled down for a bit, and headed out for some more walking around.

Needing lunch, we decided it was a good time to finally go to La Boqueria. La Boqueria, one of the must see attractions in Barcelona, is a large covered market with about 125 different food stands. Fish of all kinds, meats of all kinds, produce of all kinds, snacks, candies, herbs, spices, etc, etc, etc. Really a sight to see. We wanted to try either Pinotxo or El Quim but couldn’t get a seat, let alone a menu at either place and didn’t feel like dealing. J got a plate of different vegetarian foods at a health stand along the back wall. I had been hoping against hope to find the food I had enjoyed so much in Berlin, the Döner kebab, and I had heard rumors that Barcelona had them, too. Well, I found one, and it wasn’t any good. I guess we’ll have to go back to Berlin sometime to get them.

It was too hot to do anything. We had hoped to do some shopping, but couldn’t get it going. We had checked out the Chocolate Museum earlier in the week but hadn’t gone in, deciding to save it for today. It wasn’t too expensive, but it was geared exclusively to children and we should have skipped it. There were some cool chocolate sculptures, but nothing mind altering. Depressed and now needing a chocolate fix, we had to go over to Valor for some more cold chocolate drinks, which were delicious, again.

Unable to do anything else because of the heat, we kind of collapsed in the shade on the stairs of a museum in a forgotten plaza and listened to a woman play Flamenco guitar while we zoned out. Soon, we moved our siesta into the courtyard of the Ministry of Culture. There was fountain there in which we watched a woman put her feet. I don’t know what the fountain was for, but I’m certain it’s not for touristic feet dipping.

We had wanted to check out Comerç 24 but couldn’t get a reservation later than 1:15 in the afternoon so we decided to check out Tapaç 24, the no-reservation, Tapas joint by the same chef, Carlos Abellán. If you had only one day in Barcelona, I’d suggest coming here for lunch and dinner, it was that good. We ate a menu of tapas suggested by the waiter, I’m not sure we would have ordered differently. We ate foie burgers (a specialty), grilled cheese with truffle oil, pan y tomate, patatas bravas, and probably a few other dishes that I’m forgetting in all their glory. Best of all was dessert, something I’m going to bring to America if I have to open a restaurant myself. 4 scoops of chocolate ganache drizzled in olive oil and flavored with a generous portion of sea salt. It doesn’t make sense until you try it, trust me. Go here often in Barcelona.

There are 10 chapters in the Free Barcelona Travel Guide. I hope you find them useful.
Introduction
Day 1: Barcelona to Boston: Plaça de Catalunya
Day 2: More Walking: Santa Maria del Mar, Picasso Museum, Ciutadella, Euskal Etxea
Day 3: Gaudi and Eating: Casa Milà
Day 4: More Gaudi: Parc Guell, Sagrada Família
Day 5: Sitges and Birthdays: Barcelona Cathedral, Parrots Hotel, The Beach House
Day 6: Sitges and Beach
Day 7: Sitges and Montserrat: Montserrat
Day 8: Sitges
Day 9: Too Hot to Shop: Aparthotel Calabria, La Boqueria, Tapaç 24
Day 10: Montjuic: Montjuic

Map of where we went or wished we had.

Free Barcelona Travel Guide – Day 9: Too Hot to Shop

Matt Clement?

It’s about to get a little arcane, so if you don’t care the slightest for rules governing playoff rosters, you might want to skip to the next post…

Newspapers have been reporting off and on all year about the progress of Matt Clement as he rehabilitates after shoulder surgery at the end of last season. His comeback has been advancing smoothly and he’s actually ahead of schedule, pitching in a simulated game this afternoon. But the chance of him pitching for the Sox again this year (and possibly ever again) is minuscule because of a technicality in the rule governing a team’s playoff rosters. Any player not on the 25 man active roster as of August 31st is not eligible to be made active for the playoff roster. Teams are granted an exemption for players on the DL on August 31st which allows them to interchange the “injured” player for a healthy one (Think Jacoby Ellsbury this year, and, well, Mike Greenwell in 1986). Matt Clement isn’t the only player on the DL at this point, but it’s very unlikely that Theo would sacrifice any possible roster flexibility for the playoffs in order to get Matt Clement a start unless he was certain Clement would be lights out.

Matt Clement?