Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Well I'm a Six Point Seven on the Ricter Scale

Well, I'm A Six Point Seven On The Richter Scale
I've Got Rhymes Gallot And Then I Never Fail
Like Gravy On Potatos, Luke To Darth Vader
I'm A Souped Up Sucker And I'll See You All Later

- Mike D, Do It

I experienced my first earthquake today. I was getting down with some Wu Sau Si Lim Tau Kung Fu when all of the sudden, my Chi started flowing in very strange ways. The walls began to shake and I thought, "so that is what they mean by feel the power." For about 20 seconds, I felt extreme energy flowing through my system.

In reality, it wasn't my Chi that caused the vibrations, rather it was a 5.6 earthquake centered around San Jose.

Caltrain was messed up on the way home. The train was about an hour late and was going along at just 20 mph checking for damage. I will try to be more careful with all that power going forward.

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Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Arastradero Preserve

Originally uploaded by dmourati
This was taken on Saturday October 6th on a hike at the Arastradero preserve.

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Fremont Peak

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On Saturday we went for a hike at Fremont Peak. This is a view from the top.

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Friday, October 12, 2007

Taqueria Marlen

Today we had a special lunch at work. My boss was back after two weeks leave celebrating the birth of his first born son. We had two colleagues in from India. When lunch time rolled around, we decided to follow my boss's suggestion and check out Taqueria Marlen. This place is no joke! I have a real penchant for Mexican food. I eat super healthy and I'm on a fairly strict nutrition program. But, today, the factors were just right I decided to splurge and go for it.

Here's the dialog of me talking to the lady at the counter to place my order:

D: "I'll have a torta, carne asada..."
L: "Okay"
D: (Looking at menu some more) "...And two taco's carne asada..."
L: "Oka.....y"
D: "No, make that three tacos' carne asada!"
D: "And a chicken taco!" (not really, inside joke)

Here's a review on Chowhound from a previous trip there that also contains my comment.

I've also found a Yelp review.

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Thursday, October 04, 2007

2000 Miles and Running

I ride a bike nearly every day. The bike is a Bianchi Axis 2004 Cyclocross bike and I love it. Yesterday marked a significant milestone, 2000 miles clocked on the bike. I thought it was appropriate that I hit the 2000th mile on the way to the gym.

I've also got a entry for my mile marker 990.

I bought the bike just over three years ago. That works out to about 55 miles per month, not bad, eh? I think I can do better, though.


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Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Introducing Two New Babies to the World

Life is truly amazing. Over the weekend, my boss and his wife had his first born child, a son, Craig David Holland. Then today, I found out that two more good friends had their first child, a daugher, Zosia Zarnecki.

Here are the relevant details I've been able to glean.

Craig David was born at 9:53pm on Saturday night, about 3
weeks early. He is 5lb 14oz and 19in long. Even with his early
arrival, he is very healthy and strong - scored 9/10 on his Apgar
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apgar_score) which is a very good thing
for a baby born ahead of schedule.

Zosia Zarnecki, Born Oct 2, 18:39, 6.7lbs, 19inches
Mom and little Z doing great. Papa Z happy.

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Monday, October 01, 2007


So, today I turn 33 years old. Looking back on the past year, here's a brief recap of what has gone on in my life.

October 2006, spent wonderful weekend in San Francisco enjoying the high life.
November 2006, trip with Andy out to Philly to check out G Love for two sold out shows. (Can't go Back to Jersey). Started investment and savings accounts.
December 2006, took trip up to Lake Tahoe with Mom and Andy to go for ski trip and holiday retreat at Squaw Valley. Dinner at the "Plump(er) Jack."
January 2007, Started out 2007 on a high note taking down over $1000 from local poker tables. Hit up Kirkwood for another ski weekend. Began seriously looking into improving my health. Enrolled in company 401k. Started taking Wing Chun Kung Fu again. Trip to London. Trip to Chicago to do the Superbowl Shuffle.
February 2007, Began tracking my food intake on fitday.com.
March 2007, Epic ski day at Northstar. Fell in love with my Volkl Mantra 184s. Saw the Wailers open up for G Love and won free skis which I traded in for custom ski boots.
April 2007, Ski trip to Utah with the crew. Ripped it!
May 2007, Picked up newest Beastie Boys Album, The Mixup.
June 2007, Did the 2007 Giro di Peninsula.
July 2007, Met Jodi at the Farmer's Market in Mountain View. Second trip to London for 2007. Made my target weight. Tackled Old La Honda.
August 2007, Crazy month. Went back to Chicago for Family Reunion. Here's the recap.
September 2007, Started to get serious. Said goodbye to a friend.

As you can plainly see, it's been a great year. I feel the best I have in over a decade. I'm happy, my life is in balance. I've got everything I could want and very little I don't. I've reached all the goals I set out for myself and started new ones.

Hopefully this time next year it will be more of the same.


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