Tuesday, May 22, 2007


Sorry I have been gone so long. I promise it will be worth it...well maybe not.

Reason for absence

I moved again, so was without the net for several weeks. Then once i got the net, i wanted to catch up on my blog reading before posting. The new apartment is nicer than the old house I was in. It is 3 times further away from work and the same distance to my girl. Funny, my gas usage is the same. There are several reasons for this. First, I was so close to work, that I was going home over lunch. Second, the entire trip to work did not allow the engine to get warmed up. Driving for 15 minutes twice a day at highways speeds uses the same amount of gas as driving 5 minutes four times a day on surface streets.

Also, I was able to swing not paying for rent for the last year so I was able to get my student loan paid off. I am now debt free!! Because of not needing to pay for the loan or a storage locker anymore, i am living on about the same amount of money I was before I moved, which ain't to bad.

What I have been doing with my time

I have been running and working out a lot recently. Yesterday, i ran 4 miles in about 37 minutes. Not stellar time, but pretty good for a guy who sits at a desk all day. I recently ran a mile in 7:45, a 5k in 26 minutes. Not the best times in the world, but I am getting faster and stronger. I run three times a week and try to do a maintenance workout to keep muscle mass, on my days off. The running is varied, sometimes low and slow with a 15 pound pack, sometimes hills, sometimes speed work. The maintenance workout consists of push ups, sit ups, pull ups, and stretching.

Also, I think i have found the thing to keep my shin splits at bay. I have been reading some of my sister's Running World magazines, from 2005. There were these very nice large advertisements for the Nike Free. I decided that if running barefoot is supposed to be good for you, then i should give it a try. I have been some some short sprint type runs on grass at the nearby park. They seem to have lessened the splits. And you also feel a lot faster, when you run barefoot for some reason.

Funny things I have thought up.

Peanut butter comes out the same color it goes in.
Kiss my muscle mass.

Things to save you time

I have learned how to cook oatmeal while I am in the shower and how to cook brown rice while I am running. It is like being in two places at once and it is great.


Signed up for a basic tactical two day course later on in the year. Have been looking forward to this for a couple of years now. Should have done it earlier, but better later than never.


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Louisiana homeowners affected by Hurricane Katrina or Rita who have not yet applied to The Road Home program have until July 31, 2007 to file an application for assistance, officials announced today.

“Homeowners with damages to their homes who have not yet applied should do so right away,” said Michael Taylor, director of the Disaster Recovery Unit, Office of Community Development. “We want to ensure that homeowners who need assistance apply before the deadline so as not to miss out on potential program benefits.”

Louisiana homeowners who owned and occupied their homes at the time of Hurricane Katrina or Rita, and suffered damage as a result of one of the storms, may be eligible to receive assistance through The Road Home program. Owners of single-unit, double-unit, condominiums and mobile homes are encouraged to apply.

Any Louisiana homeowner who has yet to apply to the program can start the application process by visiting www.road2LA.org or by calling 1.888.ROAD.2.LA (1.888.762.3252 or TTY: 1.800.566.4224).

Program officials stressed that this is a deadline to apply, not a deadline for the entire program. Those who have already applied can call the same numbers to check on the status of their application and get additional information - even after the deadline.

“July 31 will be the final day for those homeowners that suffered damages to their homes as a result of Hurricane Katrina or Rita to apply for the program,” said Taylor. “The Road Home program will continue to process applications and move applicants through the process to closing, but those that need to start the process must do so by July 31.”
This application deadline applies to applications for the Homeowner Assistance program only. Applications for the Rental program will be accepted during the time that rounds are open.