Food For Thought

I recently lost some weight after having eaten bad food. No, I didn’t vomit it out – let me tell you what happened. My stomach is kind of sensitive. So when something goes wrong like eating bad food that’s either old (restaurant squeezing every last dollar out of their supply) or dirty (idiots at a restaurant handling the food before I eat it), I tend to have issues for awhile. This time it was about ten or eleven days that my stomach was being finicky afterwards.

So I wasn’t eating much. And I lost a noticeable amount of weight. I wasn’t going to the gym. I was hardly burning any calories because I sit down all day – and pretty much all night as well. I was practically immobile but still lost a good bit of weight. Six or seven pounds… This made me think back to an article I read which stated that exercise isn’t the best way to lose weight. Reason being: the more you exercise, the more you need to eat. And this is true.

Now while this isn’t really such a terrible thing on the surface, there are two things that concern me greatly…

1. Eating = Death. What?! In this day and age it’s the food that’s killing us. I’m going to hope and pray that you’re intelligent and informed enough to know exactly what I’m talking about so that I don’t have to go into a whole separate conversation to cover education on this topic as to WHY our food is killing us. Okay?

2. Overworking the digestive system. Our F’ing IMMUNE system LIVES in our digestive system. That being said, can you think of any good reason why you’d want your digestive system to be in top condition? Being in top condition means not over-working it with loads of food to digest.

Most of my life I’ve been a big eater. Yes, I exercise a lot to stay in good shape. However, while I’m in good shape on the outside, and exercise is keeping the rest of my body healthy, I’m putting unneeded stress on my digestive system.

So now it makes sense to me that while you DO want to exercise consistently, you don’t want to over do it. ESPECIALLY if you’re trying to lose weight. If you want to lose weight you need to limit your caloric intake. Don’t just do what I’ve been doing all these years: eating a lot and exercising more. There’s no reason to stress your body and digestive system – just eat less.

I realize this isn’t always easy. Most of us love to eat. But try to keep that habit of excessive eating down to a day or two per week. On those days you should exercise a little harder. When all is said and done you need to find a healthier hobby than eating…

I’ve been driving a 2014 Toyota Corolla for a week…

Okay. I’m not going to lie. This car, unlike the 2014 Toyota Camry I drove last week, is a little…

Wait. Okay. I actually put this blog aside until the following morning. I don’t want to be too critical about the car. It’s a good car. But now I know what I want to say about it… It’s slow. My goodness is this car weak. It’s got a 1.8 liter four cylinder engine that sounds like it’s being overworked with the least bit of acceleration.

I’m sure this is no different from other cars in the Corolla’s class. But wow. For a guy who’s been driving high performance cars for a long, long time – this one is a bit difficult to deal with. I really need to go into “Zen Mode” and just drive like a grandma (or at least my impression of one). I’m not overtaking ‘anyone’ in this car. If I’m on the highway and I need to get over – I’m going to need to wait until everybody else passes before I can change lanes.

But I don’t want to give anyone the impression that this is a bad car. It’s actually roomy inside and pretty comfortable. I haven’t taken it on any long trips so I can’t discuss how the seating feels in such a situation – but I’m sure it’s no better than the 2014 Toyota Camry LE that I drove last week. It’s not quiet inside but that’s not what people expect when driving this car. It doesn’t handle very well – but it feels plenty safe on the road. It’s a good car – but that’s all it is. It’s a car. Basic transportation. And for the price – it’s not a bad deal.

Oh, I forgot to mention. I’m getting a little over 33 miles per gallon. That’s pretty awesome. It’s strange looking at the gas gauge and hardly ever seeing it move. This is a great car to drive if you’re looking for basic, reliable transportation in a pretty decent looking package. Yes, I think the new Corolla is pretty decent looking. And it’s not going to cost much to own – especially when it comes to gas.

I wasn’t born yesterday. And neither were you! Please share this message…

Do yourself and everyone around you a big favor – don’t believe everything you hear or read. You’re smarter than that. There’s so much ridiculous stuff going on these days – especially in the news – and especially related to politics. Take the latest news for instance, “Taliban terrorists kill 145, mostly children” – a school was allegedly attacked. Who knows what really happened?! Have American soldiers ever killed kids in a school? Maybe it was an accident. Maybe there were enemy soldiers hiding there. Maybe the story is completely different than whatever actually happened. Maybe it had nothing to do with the “Taliban”. They allegedly made a statement saying it was “revenge”. Really? They actually WANT everyone in the world to hate them? Sure, that’s believable.

My suggestion to you is to remember that you were not born yesterday. In fact, please – say it to yourself right now. “I was not born yesterday”. And while you’re at it take a deep breath. If things around you – especially politics in the news – do not directly affect you, your family, loved ones or close friends – ignore them. It’s not worth the stress. Stress is a killer. You’ve heard it before. It even causes cancer. Stop worrying about what’s going on 5,000 miles away – or even 5 miles away from whatever is important to YOU. You’ll live longer. And you’ll be happier. Why be/get mad about all this nonsense that’s going on in the world? You/We don’t even know what’s REAL anymore. We really, truly have no idea…

Pay attention to YOU and YOURS. Please. Post a link to this blog so other people get the message. It’s an important message. Here’s the link to copy and paste: http://wp.me/p4PtEn-bz

I drove a 4 cylinder 2014 Toyota Camry LE for a week

I’m a car nut. A certified, official, 100% car nut. I’ve had this problem for a long time. Over the years I’ve owned some pretty nice cars. For some odd reason having a nice car is very important to me. It’s an obsession. A sickness. Whatever.

Now that we’ve got that out of the way…

My current car is a 900 horsepower modified Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG. The car is awesome. My previous cars were a 2012 Lexus LS460L, a 2008 Lexus LS460L, a 2007 BMW 335i, a 2007 BMW 750Li, a 2006 Cadillac Escalade ESV, a 2005 Lexus LS430, a 2000 Cadillac DeVille DTS, a 1995 Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham, a 1995 Cadillac Eldorado ETC, a 1987 Chevrolet Corvette and so many Camaro’s, Firebirds and old Cadillacs (and a bunch of others) that I could go on here forever…

Why am I telling you this? Well, because I’m accustomed to driving some very high quality automobiles. I’ve driven rental Nissan Altimas, Chevrolet Malibus, Hyundai Sonatas, this, that, and the other one… I’ve always heard such good things about the Toyota Camry – so I specifically wanted to get a solid week of driving in one…

I’m impressed.

The car did everything it was supposed to do perfectly. It had plenty of power around town. Maybe it’s a little weak on the highway but I’m sure the V6 would fix that problem. The suspension was soft but the car handled well – even when going fast around bends on the highway when the road had bumps or holes (the Nissan Altima sedan did NOT do well on this same road). Steering was comfortable. It was pretty quiet inside. It hardly used any gas. It’s like the perfect car. No wonder it’s the best selling car in America.

My ONLY complaint is that after 90 minutes of driving, the seat becomes uncomfortable. For most people this would never be an issue. I don’t know if there are nicer seats in higher end models (perhaps the XLE) – but this is definitely an issue (though a minor one) if you’re taking a long trip. It’s not THAT bad – just not as comfortable as I’m used to. Again, the cars I’ve been driving are made to be “perfect” for everything.

The new, redesigned 2015 Toyota Camry is quite a bit nicer inside and out. If I can ever get over my “car obsession”, I just might buy a new Camry. I really do like it…

edit 05.07.2015 – I do need to mention that, since I’ve had more time in a Toyota Camry lately, (I believe it’s a 2012) there’s one problem. I notice that at highway speeds steering is too light. I actually need to pay close attention to keep the car rolling perfectly straight as the slightest movement in the steering wheel turns the car a bit. And since the steering is so loose – this happens frequently.

I see exactly what people mean about cars like the Mazda 6 being easier to navigate with steering that’s more stiff and solid. Now I do believe this issue has been rectified in the newest Toyota Camry model – the 2015… Especially so in the SE and XSE versions. I’ll share my thoughts on that if and when I drive one…

Why is it that your friends always want you to drink too much?

I don’t know how it is for you – but when I go out drinking with my friends – they’re always trying to get me to drink more than necessary. For example – I could buy a bottle of saki, drink it, buy another and then “milk” that one for awhile. However, one of my friends will always be there filling my shot glass as quickly as I empty it into my stomach.

Why do they do this? Do your friends do the same thing?

I drink with specific goals in mind – to relax and get that heavily buzzed feeling. That makes me happy. Drinking more than that – getting drunk to the point where I can’t walk straight, have slurred speech or act like an idiot – is more than I want. To me, drinking passed the point where I want to be is like driving ten miles passed my destination. It doesn’t make any sense.

Regardless, somebody is always there trying to feed me more drinks. What satisfaction do people get out of seeing somebody drink too much alcohol to the point they no longer feel “good”? If you have any thoughts, opinions, criticisms or stories of your own that you’d like to share – please comment. :)

Ugly American Men and Chinese Women

I was scrolling through Google Plus (I farking LOVE Google Plus) and found this weird post and discussion about how terrible Chinese women are – entitled, “My Chinese Wife Set a Trap!“. Since commenting is only enabled if you send your thoughts to the webmaster – and looking at the site tells me that my opinion would never make it public – I’ll leave my response right here on my own blog…

First of all. You cannot lump ALL Chinese women into one specific category like this guy does. I’m sure there are some gold diggers out there. In fact, it would be extremely odd if there weren’t. All kinds of people like and want money. Unfortunately, money is extremely important these days. Without it, you cannot survive.

What I’m gathering from the responses is that Chinese women are “generally” nicer to “men” than, say, American women. Further reading elsewhere tells me that, “GENERALLY”, western women are more fussy, demanding, blah blah blah – than eastern women are – most specifically – Asian women.

In ANY relationship – both people have to bring certain qualities to the table. If you’re an ugly man and expect to have (and retain) a beautiful wife – you MUST bring something valuable to the table. This guy apparently wasn’t very attractive – and he didn’t really have a good job. If you’re an ugly man you damn well better either make a lot of money or be really good in bed. And you’re not going to be really good in bed if you’re ugly. You’re just not going to have had enough experience. Maybe if you have a huge penis your wife can/will have something to brag about to her friends. I don’t know. Maybe that would be enough. Maybe. If you’re lucky…

If you’re ugly and you want a beautiful wife – and you don’t have a lot of money – and you don’t have a big penis – GET your F’ing ass in the GYM and at least get into good shape. For God’s sake at least give your woman SOMETHING to be proud of you for… But don’t expect to bring NOTHING meaningful to the table in a relationship with a beautiful woman. Life just isn’t that easy and nothing is free. You know that. So stop complaining and get your act together…

Can I help you find something?

Is it just me or does anyone else avoid shopping at certain stores because of hawk-like sales people who just won’t leave you alone? I realize they’re lonely and bored with nothing to do – but it really annoys the hell out of me. At my local Dillard’s – as SOON as you open the door at the entrance – they’re honing in on you. Once you step foot in their direction – they’re ON you like a hawk swooping down to peck you to death.

I just so happen to enter my local shopping mall from the Dillard’s entrance and there’s a lot of really nice men’s clothing at that specific spot. I used to go look a bit and I’d surely buy a few things but I can’t stand feeling like I’m walking into a car dealership – which everybody, almost universally, hates…

Does upper level management know how this makes people feel? Does it actually earn more revenue for the business this way? I mean, I suppose enough people are pressured into buying things by these sales people – that the owner of the company and stock holders and blah blah blah – all make much more money as a result. I can only hope because I certainly hope this isn’t happening “at a loss” for the company.

Anyway. I imagine that since I’m a space alien I could be alone in this feeling. Let me know. Okay? Seriously. Hit the damned comment button and tell me how you feel. I’d really like to know.