The Waffle House Chronicles...

Friday, March 24, 2006

For those of you who followed my advice you made some money yesterday. Unfortunately I never got around to following it and missed the financial windfall. Tim Horton’s IPO started at $23.162 and ended at $30.50. Doh! It will go up again when I eat there on April 19th. Unfortunately the next big IPO (Burger King) won’t be nearly as successful; you’ve heard it here first. BK is kind of sketchy and is hitting a big niche market while avoiding some ever growing markets. They did bring back the value menu but it isn’t what is once was. If they were to put me on their panel of advisors I could bring them a sustained 6-8% growth in each of the next two years. But I can’t post that here, if you’re a honcho from Burger King please contact me. Also if you work for Dunkin Donuts, I can make a franchise excel in Madison…so please give me one, I guarantee returns…

Weekend outlook gets crappier every day and there is a good chance of wet roads and snow tomorrow morning. Still hoping to get out. On the plus side Sunday looks beautiful so I am hoping to awaken early and get in an Ironman loop. I got my new GPS bike computer so expect lots of maps and stuff in the near future! Tonight is Dean’s big poker tourney, so wish me luck. 150 large for the winner so someone will be happy with my donation!

I am trying to enjoy what will likely be my last day atop the basketball pool. If Villanova and Florida wins I lose the lead and if Villinova wins and Georgetown wins, Larkin should be in the lead which adds injury to insult. I do have to cheer for: UConn, Georgetown & BC. I am going to pull for the Shockers as well, they treated me well to this point, the least I can do is treat them well back.

Random notes:
-Garage almost fits 2 cars now!
-Camcorder is on order!
-Bike is almost lined up for Seattle trip!
-Popeye is back to normal finally this morning!

That’s all I’ve got. I wonder what ruins more lent resolutions (is that what they call them?): Girl Scout Cookies, NCAA Tournament or McDonalds? I am leaning towards Girl Scout Cookies.

Oh yeah, just heard the Nascar Rain Delay(which ended up being postponed) on Sunday outrated the NBA (Kobe Vs LeBron) by 37%...down with the NBA!!!

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Oh what a night…

So everything was going along normal last night. Jess ran 3.55 miles on the treadmill at the Y. I cleaned out my car. We went out to Mi Cocina for some Mexican food. I gave Jess the Chicken Little DVD for the heck of it. Then we get home. We see an empty bag. Jess informed me that said bag had contained chocolate. 13oz of small Hershey’s milk chocolate eggs individually wrapped in pastel colored foil. Didn’t see any chocolate or foil. We look at Popeye and he doesn’t look too good. Uh oh, chocolate is poisonous to dogs. We got home at 10 to 7 and the vet closes at 7. We call them and they are concerned. They tell us to give him 3 tablespoons of hydrogen peroxide and see if he pukes. If not repeat in 10 minutes. Trying to give a feisty Boston Terrier 3 tablespoons and have him ingest it is a challenge in itself. It took a good half hour before we got enough in him to make him spew. He finally had enough and the fun began. Pretty soon we had liquid chocolate with foil bits all over our kitchen floor. But it was for the best. He puked a lot for the next half hour and then we were good. He chilled out the rest of the night and still puked a bit this morning but all in all he looks pretty good. It’s amazing how much weight he lost, we don’t have a scale but he went from blimp like to skinny in an hour…crazy! I guess it was just a little forced bulimia on our part…

Monday, March 20, 2006

On the Fritz…

Last week was a long and busy week. Here goes!
Monday: Last day of doggy class! Chili graduated! J Yippee! Basketball, dog class and pottery all ended in the last 3 weeks so a lot less busy now!
Tuesday: Didn’t do much, got a nice run in and took it easy, got my hair cut!
Wednesday: Ran early (not enough people to play basketball)
Thursday: The tournament has begun! The pool has 46 people in it and we listened to all the games at work and then I went home and watched some. That morning I ran my fastest 10k ever despite no calories or warm-up so I am happy with that!
Friday: Poor Chili was neutered. And his one testicle was trapped in his stomach so they had to operate, meaning more pain and more expense! Oh well, he was back to normal by Saturday morning! Stupid Badgers played like crap though, I was so depressed mid-way through the 2nd half I went back to work. It was that bad! Friday night we had some Papa Johns and watched more basketball
Saturday: I went 8 and 8 in the basketball pool on Saturday, awesome! It was also one of my toughest workout days ever. I went to the Y and by 6:10 I was playing basketball. I played 3 games and then there were just too many people and I knew I had to run 15 miles. Went up to the treadmill and by 6:50 I was running. By 9 I had ran my 15 miles, oh man, I can make it to the ride in time. One quick stop at the Twinkie store and I went home, changed and back out the door. 26.5F when I left. Met up with the Chainsmokers, only this time there weren’t any slow people there. Oh well. We did the Belleville, Fritz loop again with a little change. By the time we got to Riverside, I had enough and rode in with some guy named Paul, the rest ventured onward. So I got 40 miles in riding wise. I didn’t feel too bad when I got home, relaxed for several hours and felt like crap and craved Filet O Fish. Three aspirins, one Filet O Fish and 40oz of Gatorade later I felt good and we went to a Martini Party. Had a couple drinks (couldn’t turn down an awesome Grasshopper.) Party was ok, MJ’s brother has an English Bulldog Pup (Chubs) and he was so awesome and they had a chocolate fountain that I enjoyed. There were a lot of people I didn’t know though and they all knew each other so I was a tad outcasted…but it was nice to chill and hang with the people I did know!
Sunday: I had to do a nice recovery run so I ran an easy 7 (which wasn’t all that easy.) I went grocery shopping and ran some errands and noticed it was beautiful out. Uh oh, I’ve gotta ride. I took a couple different parts from a couple of my favorite rides and combined them. It pretty much sucked. I loved being out in the weather but I should have done the route in reverse considering the wind. Needless to say my tired legs fought the last 16 miles into the wind and hills. But with a good recovery day today I should be good to go! More chilling in the afternoon, JT Whitneys with Jess’ parents in the evening and I was cooked!

Stats: 48.5 miles running (did two distance runs last week due to the martini party), 70 miles riding. I now weigh less than my race weight of last year…

What I’m looking forward to: New niece, Seattle Trip, ATL the movie, Poker on Friday, Dodgeball on Saturday, Larry the Cable Guy movie and Fuddruckers opening.