Sunday, October 24, 2010

Skeleton Found in Lowertown

UPDATE: This was a fun hoax propagated by Black Dog Cafe to draw attention to their plight during the LRT construction. Got me! It did seem like that skeleton was buried a little shallow.

Check this out. During construction in Lowertown St. Paul for the light rail line the crew uncovered a skeleton outside the Black Dog Cafe right across the street from my condo.

I'm no astrologist, but it looks like a Loto Erectus to me -- a very rare find indeed!
Photo courtesy of @springboardarts.

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Why Are Christians So Judgemental?

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Friday, October 22, 2010

30 Days (Mostly) No Booze Complete

The experiment has ended and it was a definite success, though not because I was completely dry for a month. My original goals of not drinking for a month were:

1. Be more healthy
2. Spend less money
3. Gauge the impact on my social life

Since I wasn't drinking I figured I might as well eat healthy, too, and I can report that I lost 8 pounds during the month. Estimated dollar savings is about $200, so both of those are significant numbers.

The downside I learned pretty quickly, however -- a hit on my social life. Good or bad, much of my social life involves hanging out at the bar with a friend or two. I love the atmosphere of dark bars and enjoy the conversation of friends. It was difficult to go through a weekend without feeling like I could go out at night and my strategy became to just be a hermit. Through limited contact with the outside world I could limit temptations.

When did I first break down? After surviving a work trip to Milwaukee (!) I broke down in Portland, OR. I didn't have to, but I was out with co-workers and it felt kind of inappropriate to be the one person not drinking. I'm sure that's psychologically a twisted reason, but it's how I felt. I did not, however, get drunk during the month. Took it pretty easy the 4 days I did drink.

So what did I learn?

I loved the healthy aspect and feel like I've gotten myself on a strong trend of eating healthier. I've found some new recipes which I think will stick with me for awhile. I also learned that drinking really is a social crutch for me and I'd like to learn how to broaden my socializing beyond the bar. Perhaps I'll join a knitting circle.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

30 Days No Booze

I'm at day 14 of going 30 days with no alcohol. I bet you're saying to yourself "now why would some crazy asshole go and pull a stunt like that?"

Coupla reasons.

First, I never would have even thought about it if I hadn't partaken last spring in 30 Days of Biking where the goal was for people to ride their bicycle every day for a month. It was a lot of fun and some guys made it a twitter happening labeled #30daysofbiking. I'm guessing there's a whole slew of other #30daysofwhatever going on, too.

But the alcohol one intrigued me for a couple more reasons, namely it's easier on my waistline and on my wallet to not drink so much. Plus, I'm just curious what it will be like to go a month without drinking and what affect it will have on my lifestyle.

Frankly, going out with the fellas for a few beers has become my primary mode of social interaction. Call it sad, but I really just enjoy hanging out in dimly lit bars with no more than 3 friends and enough to rock the jukebox all night long. Good times.

What's the verdict so far? I must say, it's been pretty easy except for a couple stressful days at work where I would have loved a few beers at the end of the day. And weekend nights have been kinda weird -- I've been watching a lot more movies. It's definitely been good for my waistline and my wallet, but my social life is taking a serious hit. I'll continue out the month without a whole lot of difficulty, but I'm not sure I'll need to do it again.

Follow it on twitter at #30daysnobooze