Go Hawks

SI.com – 2006 NFL Playoffs – Cowboys blown FG keeps Seahawks alive – Sunday January 7, 2007 3:18AMI’m as happy as anyone the Hawks beat Dallas last night. I was at the game and yelling as loudly as anyone. The last playoff game I attended was in 1984, that’s quite a dry spell. But look… Holmgren sucks.Yes, Hasselback had a bad game and yes the cornerbacks sell insurance full time for a living and yes something is wrong with the O-line. But c’mon, the Hawks had the ball first and goal on the one yard line. What do you do there? Well let’s see. How about a two tight end set with three guys in the back field and just push ahead for a yard, a touchdown, and make the Cowboys come and beat you. But no, Mr. Super Genius decides to run Alexander outside to the left which hasn’t worked all game. Bam, second and 8. They never get close. I thought the game would die right there, Cowboys do a clock-killing drive and it’s over. Of course they returned the favor, bungling a pass to Terry Glenn (arguably a decent call since Glenn had made some nice catches in the game). So what is lost in all of the hoopla of Romo muffing the snap is Holmgren’s play calling almost killing the Hawks, again. Really, what will it take before someone wakes the game up and informs him that no one thinks he’s Bill Walsh, he can just play smart football?Okay, enough grumping…. I had a ticket from a co-worker and I sat on the 49 yard line on the Seahawk side of the stadium and it was fun. Loads of fun.

New Year’s Eve

ESPN.com: Page 2 : Solving the playoff mysteryHm… this article got me thinking… what have I done for New Year’s Eve for the past 20 years or so? I can remember some but most are absolutely blank. Others I can recall but I struggle to put a year on them. Forthwith:

  • 2006: Ian & Aurora’s cabin. Great party, loads of champagne, outdoor fireplace, singing
  • 1999: we attended a party thrown by our friends the Schellings at the Washington Athletic Club. We shared a hotel room with Kim & Scott. We had fun but let’s face it, nothing could hold up to the turn of the millenium.
  • 1996: multiple parties but I recall being at Amy & Eric’s place in Ballard for midnight. Susan was pregnant with Liam. We both came down with a nasty flu and spent the next few days with raging fevers. I remember calling Julie the next morning (she was still living on Phinney Ridge) and begging her to bring soup, saltines, and orange juice. Since Susan was pregnant she couldn’t even take Tylenol.
  • 1989: Madrid. Ian and I were traveling around Europe at the time and wound up in Madrid. We spent the evening frolicking in the town square with everyone else. We drank champagne with strangers we couldn’t understand and at one point got involved in the largest chicken-fight (person sits on your shoulders and you bump into people) ever.

For a bunch of years I can recall some piece but assign no year:

  • Two years we have spent at Tim & Michelle’s house.
  • One year Ian had a party and we spent the night there with the kids. The night was odd in that I recall being very melancholy at some point and sat in a room with Liam and Kellen singing them to sleep. The other memorable part was when Susan and someone else (?) decided to get dancing going at the party. They put on a bunch of ABBA and people livened up; Ian was clearly out of sorts with having ABBA defile his sound system and quickly shut it down (all this is funny, not mean. must have been 3 am by the time this happened).
  • Long, long time ago now (1992?) we attended a formal party downtown. I quit my job at the bar in Sea Tac so I could attend this party. Wound up just okay, Guido and I ran out of cash for the cab on the way home so we wound up walking the final five miles in our tuxes.

And that’s about it. I’m sure with some digging I could figure out more. I’m sure I had a wonderful time most of these years.Updated: just remembered another one, 1989

Weight

One thing is for sure… I need to lose weight. Losing weight would help me ski better. It would improve my running speed. It would allow me to climb better on the bike. Oh yeah, it would also make me a healthier person.My first New Year’s Resolution then is to lose weight. This morning I am 212.5 pounds. By the end of the year I want to hit 190. I haven’t seen 190 pounds for a very long time. Losing 22.5 pounds at this stage in my life will not be easy. I have added an extra pounds every year or so since high school. That’s sad given that I have run a few marathons and did Ironman in that time too.Specific mini-goals in order to lose weight:

  1. Have a weigh-in chart in the bathroom. This reminds me to step on the scale daily.
  2. Limit or reduce alcohol consumption during the week. I will give myself a grace period on the weekends but I pour too many empty calories into my body.
  3. Reduce the amount of time I spend online. When I am not online I move around the house, I fiddle with things, I play with the kids. That keeps me happy and burning more calories than I otherwise would. It is amazing how, outside of my daily workouts, sedentary I am.
  4. Two hours of exercise per day, five days per week. I may wind up doing more than that with especially active weekends, but 10 hours each week is a solid goal. Depending on the exercise that burns 8000-10000 calories which would cause my weight to drop if I just kept the calories coming in in check.
  5. By January 10th I will have a training schedule together which includes one marathon and one ridiculous, you-must-be-kidding me event.

That’s it for now, but I will post from time to time on this subject and report my progress. For now I am off to the gym.

New Year’s Resolution Time

It’s almost that time of year. Since my birthday follows New Year’s Day I tend to make the start then. But I begin the work of thinking about goals on the first, tomorrow. What are the candidates this year:

  1. Losing weight, as always. This year I think the specific goal needs to be somewhere in the 15 pounds range. As part of this I need to set some calorie goals and eat more healthy food.
  2. Exercise: there will be a training program on the books. I don’t know for which event I will train, but it will be something. I drift without this.
  3. Ironically, less computer time, especially at home. When we lost power a few weeks back we couldn’t use the computers and it was interesting to see how little I had to do at home without the computer. I could spend that time reading, fixing the house, playing games with the kids, etc. Somehow having the computer that accessible is taking up all of my free time.
  4. Kick-start language lessons. I’m not sure if this will be Spanish or Italian, but I want to make a specific goal, e.g. 30 minutes per day and stick with it.

Anyway this is what I am starting on tomorrow. I need the event to train for; I cannot find anyone willing to be my partner for the trans-Canada mountain bike race so that is out.