Culture Health

I want to be a Dallas Desperado

Don’t know what that is? It’s a football player, Arena football to be exact. So now the training has begun.

Dallas Desperados This picture is of the field in the American Airlines Center in Dallas

Actually, I started really gearing up my workouts during December. I ate whatever I wanted right up until today where I started my diet. I decided on taking the 1200 calorie approach while still minimizing my carb intake. The crazy thing is that I don’t feel hungry and I am half wondering if I am doing the math right. I had an apple for breakfast and a chicken sandwich and 8 nuggets from Chick-Fil-A for lunch. Nuggets? Hey, they were 280 calories, that sandwich was only 270 calories and they were quite satisfying. Now I’ll have a salad or a bowl of soup for dinner and I will be under my 1200 total calories with ease. The crazy thing is, I don’t feel like I eat a whole lot more than this on a regular basis, but in reality I do. I also drink a lot more calories when I am not watching what I eat and drinking calories is never a good thing because you consume them all so fast.

Back to being a football player…

My goal is to get down to about 275 and to be able to run about a 4.7 second 40 yard sprint. I’m actually surprisingly fast for someone that normally weighs around 330-350. I play frisbee on the weekends and I hold my own and then some most of the time and so I feel like if I actually train for speed and weight loss and muscular development and flexibility and core strength then I have a good shot at making the team.

So right now my workout is this:

Monday: Yoga Stregth 1.5 hours
Tuesday: Yoga Stretching class 1.5 hours
Wednesday: Aerobics class plus weightlifting 2.5 hours
Thursday: Yoga Stretching
Friday: Yoga Strength 1.5 hours
Saturday: Ultimate Frisbee and weights 2-4 hours
Sunday: Rest

I’ve actually been doing most of this already without the extreme focus of the new year and getting past the holidays. Tryouts are in October and if I make the team it is a win/win for me. If I make the team, awesome, I’ll play until I’m too broke down to continue. If I don’t make the team then I can close this chapter of my life once and for all. No more wondering, “What if”.

After making the Desperado team and playing football for a few years I’d like to be on Survivor or some other extreme reality show. I think there is a potential for a show like survivor, only harder – why haven’t they done this yet? I want more competitions and less belly aching.

Culture Observations

Famous Numbers

Avogadro’s number = 6.0221415 × 10^23 This was recently used in the book “True Evil” by Greg Iles. Apparently you learn this number in high school if you take chemistry. I never took chemistry and so I am just now learning about it.

The Fibonacci Sequence 0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, … (add the last two to get the next) Used in Dan Brown’s book The Da Vinci Code. Brown also used Phi which is 1.618 which is also referred to as the golden number or the divine proportion.

23 – The Ancient Chinese believed numbers conveyed sexuality – evens for feminine and odds for masculine. They considered prime numbers to be the most masculine, conferring special status on 23 which is made up of two consecutive prime numbers and the only even prime number – two.

3 – represents the Trinity: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

7 – For Christians this is God’s number, some people think of 7 as lucky.

666 – The mark of the beast. “He also forced everyone, small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on his right hand or on his forehead so that no one could buy or sell unless he had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of his name. This calls for wisdom. If anyone has insight, let him calculate the number of the beast, for it is man’s number. His number is 666” (Rev. 13:16-18).

13 – unlucky

4 – in Chinese the pronunciation of the number 4 and the word for death are very similar and therefore the number 4 is unlucky.

Pi – 3.14 proper pronunciation is pee in Greek. Pi or ? is one of the most important mathematical constants, approximately equal to 3.14159. It represents the ratio of any circle’s circumference to its diameter in Euclidean geometry.

E – 2.718 The number e is occasionally called Euler’s number after the Swiss mathematician Leonhard Euler, or Napier’s constant in honor of the Scottish mathematician John Napier who introduced logarithms. The mathematical constant e is the unique real number such that the value of the derivative (slope of the tangent line) of f(x) = ex at the point x = 0 is exactly 1. The function ex so defined is called the exponential function, and its inverse is the natural logarithm, or logarithm to base e.

Book Reviews Culture

“A scene worthy of Hieronymus Bosch on LSD…”

I’m reading True Evil by Greg Iles and his protagonist uses this phrase to describe a lab that is full of primates that he plans to set on fire. I’d never heard of Bosch so I Googled him. His pictures depict images of sin and hell, I’ve never seen anything like them.


I am a fan of Greg Iles because he explores so many subjects in his novels. This particular novel goes into great detail about biological warfare and how America could one day be in a war against China, which is fast becoming a superpower like no other. So many of the scenarios in this book seem more likely than global warming. They are theories and postulations, but they are good ones.

I love a book that teaches me stuff and this is one that I can’t put down!


Kenny vs. Spenny – Who can stay naked the longest

I thought Jackass had pushed the limits of stupidity on television. Even Andy Milanokis seems like Albert Einstein compared to these two idiots. This is actually very mild compared to some of their stuff… Thank you MTV for contributing to the decline of teenage I.Q.

Culture God Relationships

On Mormonism

Thursday night I invited Roger and Jes to try out this Indian restaurant in Plano that I love – Iravat. We gorged on so many delicious dishes that I cannot even begin to try to enumerate, spell, or adequately describe here and besides, that is not the point of this post.

Next door to Iravat is a large Asian market that is relatively new. It is clean and smells only mildly fishy (most Asian markets reek to high heaven of fish and other decaying animals). As we were about to walk in the door this Asian man stops us, “Can I ask you a question, it’s important.” I paused and so did Jes. Roger told us later that he would not have stopped if we hadn’t. “Do you mind telling me if you are religious and if so what religion are you?” I immediately piped up, “We’re Christians.” Assuming this was just an evangelist trying to reach Asian people I was delighted to see someone doing the Lord’s work. He then asked several other questions and in my mind I was thinking, “Okay, we said we were Christians now leave us alone or get to the point.”

I began to notice something blue in his arm and it looked like a book of Mormon with a large Asian symbol.  Then I noticed his badge said, “Elder Woo”. Ugh. A MORMON I thought with annoyance. Time and time again I have had mormon’s pop up in my life. Once when we were little a very popular girl named Becky befriended my sister and started pulling her in to the Mormon “faith”.  Later one day we had a couple of Mormon’s show up on our doorstep and after about an hour of talking in circles the only thing that I think we accomplished was wasting an hour of our lives.

Years have gone by and I haven’t really been around many Mormons, however, I read Dooce religiously and I see the affect that the Mormon religion has had on her life. It has not been a positive one. Religion, in any form, can be very oppressive. Christianity has often times been turned into a religion and there have been times that as a Christian I have felt oppressed, but this is not the will of God and if you truly study the Bible it says, “There is therefore, now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.”

With Christianity there are no requirements other than faith in Jesus Christ and the belief that the Bible is the inspired Word of God. If you don’t believe that the Bible is true then you have no foundation for your faith and if you have no foundation then what do you have?

Roger surprised me with his patience and his intellectual and theological approach to Elder Woo’s probing questions. “From what I understand your teachings don’t teach the Trinity and that Jesus, God and the Holy Spirit are all the same… your faith teaches you that Jesus and Satan are bothers…” Back and forth they went and I said a prayer for Roger that he would have wisdom but in my mind I couldn’t help but have doubt. Doubt that Elder Woo was going to change his mind in just one night. For Mormons their faith is a way of life and I’d be willing to bet that Elder Woo was getting ready to take his 2 year stint as a Mormon missionary. It’s both admirable and despicable at the same time.

The Bible talks about wolves in sheeps clothing and I believe that Mormon’s are wolves. Elder Woo was very genuine and when he spoke of his love for Jesus Christ I felt that he was more than sincere, however, how can you love Jesus Christ, read the Bible, interpret it’s teachings and still believe in the book of Mormon? Joseph Smith was only 14 or 15 years old when he supposedly received this inspired word of God that was an additional testament of Jesus Christ. Is the Bible not complete? How can this be? Doesn’t the book of Revelation say not to add or take away from the Bible?

I’m not a theologian, but I’ve read enough and seen enough to know that Mormonism is a trap and a lie. People like Heather Armstrong, who have left the Mormon church, not only seem to abhor Mormonism and everything that it stands for, but religion in general. It is worse for a person to be duped for a long time and to be in bondage to a set of rules than for them to have had no experience with religion at all.

But Christianity is different and unfortunately, Christians haven’t always made it seem that way. The church has often misrepresented Christ and instead of dealing with sin with love, it has used the truth as a cruel and blunt instrument beating people over the head with morality to the point that they want nothing to do with Christ.

Jesus is love, he loves us no matter our race, sexual orientation, or addiction. He loves us because we are his children.

After Thursday night I had a new respect for Roger. He dealt with Elder Woo with love when I wanted to react out of emotion and anger for all the lives that Mormonism has ruined.  Roger was kind and patient and perhaps planted seeds that my one day change Andrew Woo’s life where I would have probably been insensitive and harsh and perhaps even a little condescending.

Everyone, no matter what their beliefs, deserves to be treated with respect and like a human. I forget that sometimes. I get arrogant, I’m not forgiving. I’ve been working on that this year… Be more forgiving.

An interesting excerpt from a

Recovery from Mormonism

A site for those who are

Questioning their faith in the Mormon Church

And for those who need support

As they transition their lives to

a normal life.

We are not affiliated with any religion

and we do not advocate any religion

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