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Smart Phone

Finally I have entered the second decade of the 21st Century.  I am now the proud owner of a phone that does everything but serve me my coffee in the morning (still looking for that ap).

I have to admit that I am kinda proud that I was able to get 4 years of use out of my Palm Centro, but its very clunky internet interface meant I wasn’t using any of my unlimited data that Sprint so generously charges me for every month.  Unlimited is the only plan that makes sense for me (since my cell is my only phone).  I had to do something.

Along comes Best Buy with a great deal last week.  Spend $60 on “Call of Duty, Modern Warfare 3” and receive a FREE HTC phone (with 2 year agreement, offer void where prohibited).  For Sprint customers (that’s me) that meant the $100 HTC Evo 4G was now $60 with a free case and awesome game thrown in!

I couldn’t be happier.  I now have 27 versions of the Bible in my pocket.  An 8 megapixel camera always at the ready.  I can surf the web and check my Gmail while sitting in a waiting room or whatever.  I have a to do list (now I just gotta do it) and a calendar with me always, and I now understand about Angry Birds.  Addictive that game.  In fact I still haven’t opened Call of Duty, but I have burned precious smart phone battery slingshoting (new word?) birds into feathery explosions of portable game joy.

With the GPS turned on I can now navigate life with a modern tool guaranteed to enhance the quality of my wasted time.  As long as the battery holds up.

 

Back to the Blog!

I’ve ignored mikeshaw.tv for too long.  You can blame Facebook if you want (I do), or maybe I’m just lazy, or perhaps it’s because I’ve started like 3 or 4 other blogs.  Whatever the excuse, I’m back. Back on mikeshaw.tv where I belong updating family and friends on what’s up.  There may be a few changes around here, but mostly I just want to blog.

Every morning for quite some time now, I get up, make some coffee, and then I update my Facebook page and twitter account with the “Tucson Weather.”  I’ve had quite a few comments from my Facebook friends that they appreciate the daily forecast.  I was thinking yesterday, as a very strong for October storm was approaching, that I would like to expound on the weather regularly in a blog format.  As I was trying to think of names for my blog I thought, “You know, I have mikeshaw.tv that I don’t do anything with.  Why not just use the weather category there (here).”  And with this post, a blog is reborn!

So.  I’ll still be updating Facebook and Twitter with the weather, but I will be expounding on it here.  I’ll be expounding on other stuff too.  See you soon :-)

Can’t Sleep!

Rockstar Energy Drink

I had a “Rockstar” energy drink when I left Yuma this evening at about 5:00.  I can’t fall asleep, so I got up to blog a bit.  Since I don’t have a lot of readers of the blog (yet I insist on entering entries!)  I hesitate to say that I’ll put “someone” to sleep  :-)

Hopefully, it’s me!

I am heading back to the Midnight shift August 12th foe who knows how long.  I’m thinkin’ I might try “Roskstar” in place of coffee as a midnight wake up drink.  Instead of getting up at 11:00 p.m. to drink coffee I could get up at 11:45 and drink “Rockstar” on my to, and at, work.  I’ll give it a shot in a couple of weeks.

This Morning

I almost didn’t.  I got up a little later than I wanted and by the time I had my coffee and smoothie breakfast I thought it might be too late.  I decided to jump on my bike anyway and give it a go.  I’m so glad I did!  What a great ride!  I did my usual that I’ve been talking about the last few days.  It was a good workout, not much traffic and I had the satisfaction of knowing that I had my workout done for the day!  Anything extra would be extra :-)

I left about 6:42 and it was already 80 degrees!  Still a lot less than this afternoon’s high of 107 or so  :-)

There were a lot of fat lizards on the road this morning that scurried off as I approached.  There were also a few joggers and one old guy walking.  A couple people on bikes too.  On the way downhill, I was moving and got the thumbs up from another old guy walking.  I love that downhill!  Unfortunately the speed limit is only 25, so I know I am speeding on the way down.  It was that downhill that prompted me to buy a helmet.

I used to say, “I survived growing up riding my bike everywhere without a helmet.”  That’s what happens when you get old.  Going 40 mph down a hill and you wonder, gee, what happens if my tire blows?  I don’t recommend getting old, but I do recommend the helmet if you are riding downhill.

I got home around 7:15 and it was already 83 I think.  Kinda cool for this time of year, actually :-)

Tomorrow I’m leaving early for Phoenix, so unless I’m up pretty early, the bike will get a rest for a day.  I’m glad I followed through with my promise to myself to ride.  There needs to be more where that came from!

Bike on the Bike Again Still

Awesome!

I’m going to a later church service this morning to hear one of my co-workers preach at the Salvation Army, so I decided to make good use of the extra time.  I went on my usual bike ride up Pusch Peak on East McGee.  Much better today!  It was still hard, but my legs did better and I didn’t feel ill when I got home like yesterday.

I left a half hour earlier than yesterday and the temperature was almost 90 both days!  When I got back at 9:00 (same time I left yesterday) it was already 92.4.  Expecting maybe 108 this afternoon.  We topped out at 106 yesterday, I think.

It is that time of year.  Seeing as how I have trouble exercising after work, (it is too hot to hike at 5:30pm) I’m starting to think I can do my bike ride every morning before work!  Why not?  It gets light around 5am.  I can get up by 5ish,  (I’m usually up around 5:30 anyway)  drink my coffee and a smootie while I read my Bible until 6ish, then I could ride from around 6:00 to 6:30 and still have plenty of time to get to work by 8:00!

Great idea.  Now I just need implementation.

Back on the Bike!

I’m tellin’ ya.  If you are exercising regularly, don’t stop!  I was doing very well with my diet, hiking and biking in March and April until my business trip to Las Vegas in mid April.  It knocked me out of my routine and I allowed myself to stay out of my routine… until today.

I’ve been eating right again (for the most part) all week, but this morning was the first day back on the bike.  I love where I live.  Right across the street from Pusch Peak, so I am able to do a somewhat intense 4 mile ride from my front door.  The first two miles (and about 20 minutes) is uphill.  Pretty brutal today!  Intense even when I am in shape.  The second two miles (about 10 minutes) is back downhill!  The reward :-)  It is fun!

I had my two cups of coffee first thing this morning and two eggs on whole wheat bread.  A couple of hours later I pumped up the tires on my mountain bike and hit the road.  I was just before 9am and already 90 degrees!  Seeing as how we are already over 100 (it’s 10:57am right now) 90 isn’t so bad :-)

Honesty, the first part of the climb wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be.  Don’t get me wrong, I was breathing hard at the half way point where I stop to catch my breath and drink some water.  But I was happy that my legs were holding up well.

The second half of the climb is the toughest and I considered quitting, but I pressed through.  By the time I got home I was hurting!   I almost thought I was gonna lose my breakfast, but I got past it.  An hour and a half later I feel pretty good :-)

My endurance is definitely what I have lost the most.  My leg strength some, but it’s my heart and lungs that need to catch up the most.  I guess more hiking and biking is in order!

Watching 4 Tornadoes

Tornado Lightning

Tornado Watch in effect yesterday afternoon and evening.  Thankfully, no bad weather.  Natalea had a softball game at 6:00 and the light rain earlier wasn’t enough to cancel the game.  Good thing.  They won 14-0 and Natalea struck out the first 6 batters she faced!

Last night there was some good rain with thunder.  I guess it was about 9 or 10.  It was coming down hard enough for awhile that it sounded like it might be hailing, but looking out the back door I didn’t see any hail bouncing in the grass.  It’s funny, because when it hails it can look like hundreds of little white Mexican Jumping Beans!

The best, most rockin’, storms were early this morning.  About 5am.  The lightning was nearly constant and close!  Power went out briefly.  VERY cool way to wake up!  I love that rumbling sound with the ocassional crackle of a close strike.  It sounds like the air is being ripped apart, because really, it is!

I was tempted to take the video camera on the front porch to capture some of the flashes and especially the constant rumbling.  I would LOVE to get some good thunderstorm audio!  I chickened out though.  Some of the strikes were really close and I didn’t want to risk it.  I figure I can get some of that audio from the comfort (and safety) of the apartment in Tucson later tis Summer when the Monsoon starts!

I got up and had coffee and all that, but I’ve had less that 6 hours sleep.  It’s about 10am now and the rain has stopped (for now).  I think I’ll take a nap!

Gimmee a Coffee Break

coffee cup

For reals. I must be the laziest man on the planet. I was driving home last night thinking, “Do I need anything from the store?” I forget I needed coffee. By the time I remembered I was already home watching the pregame to the Dallas/Green Bay shootout. (Dallas won 34-24) Out of coffee is just under acceptable, so I talked myself into getting some after the game. Of course I never did. So, this morning to get some caffeine, I’m drinking tea. TEA! Trust me, it’s not the same. Still, it’s better than nothing. Guess who is going to the store later. (points at self)

Graveyard

Graveyard

The shift, not the place. It’s a weird thing setting the alarm for 11:30 p.m. to be at work just after midnight! It takes some getting used to. Thankfully, it’s a short term, and occasional, “problem” currently.

For the past 7 work days, I’ve been filling in for Robert, who anchors our newscasts for Jackson, Michigan, Macon, Georgia, and Topeka, Kansas. Since I live in the Mountain time zone, and two of those stations are in the Eastern time zone, I have to get in extra early to meet my deadlines for the 6am news. So, the alarm is set for 11:30 p.m. so I can get to work by 12:30 a.m. The first thing that happens when I get up is start the coffee and then take a shower. I’ll have a cup of coffee here and then bring another cup to work. Then the work starts! The best thing is the early AM shift is VERY busy. It is literally reading and writing and writing and reading news stories for about 4 hours straight. The constant deadlines for 3 stations keeps the adrenaline flowing which keeps you awake. Once I get through the bulk of the work, I usually get sleepy. Problem being I normally have some weather forecasts yet to cut for those three stations, plus a few others. What I’ll usually do (like I did this morning) is recline in my chair and take a nap in the newsroom! Usually it’s about 10 minutes. One morning I was tired enough to sleep 20 :-) After my nap, I feel refreshed and I’ll knock out the rest of my work and go home.

By now it’s around 7:30ish. I’m driving opposite of rush hour traffic and when I get to the apartment sometimes I’ll run into people leaving for work as I’m arriving from. It usually takes me about an hour to wind down and get to bed and I’ll sleep anywhere fro 2 – 4 hours. Obviously, the longer the better! By now it’s late morning, or maybe Noon. I’ll get up and have lunch. Sometimes I feel fairly run down the rest of the day and I’ll mostly watch TV or laze around the apartment. Sometimes, I’ll feel more alive and do something! Matine at the movies when it’s cheaper (that is less the case these days), or maybe a nice hike with the trail all to myself! Then sometimes I’ll take a short afternoon nap (in my case, how else!). Depending on the evening, I may go to Wednesday night service, or Tuesday night Bible study, or watch some TV. Once the Sun goes down, I usually start feeling tired. I try to get to bed early enough to get 3-4 hours of sleep before work. Sometimes it’s only 2. That means to bed anywhere from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.  Then the alarm goes off at 11:30 and do it all over again. It’s funny going to work at Midnight:30. A lot of times I will hear people’s TV’s or see ’em in the parking lot, still up from the day before!

So, the graveyard shift isn’t all that bad once you get in a rhythm. I do tend to feel more tired more often on that shift, but having afternoon’s off is pretty cool! Still, I’m glad I’m back to “normal” on Monday. Maybe I’ll see a movie this afternoon. Fred Clause or Michael Clayton? We’ll see.