Saturday, September 09, 2006

sorry my lovelies ...

I played a little poker after work, which means that I was late getting to doing my weekend work, which means I was up late editing and writing, which means I have oh-so-cruelly deprived you of a new and scintillating post.

Once I get up, later this morning, I will try to provide you with your deserved daily dose of DZERosity that you all so desperately crave. ;)

Until then, I challenge all of you to post a comment in haiku form.

I'll get you started:

my bed is calling
surely I will dream of you
my tasty wenches


Friday, September 08, 2006

scavenger hunt answers revealed ...

1. What NFL team is DZER's favorite?
The Chicago Bears

2. Who is DZER's favorite NFL player?
Brian Urlacher, Bears linebacker

3. What is the long, ruler-like object in the pencil/pen holder called?
Pica pole

4. What is in the little box in front of the pencil/pen holders?
My business cards

5. Who sent me the Jack-in-the-Box balls shown on the top of my monitor?
grainne ... though I also got some from My Favorite Person

6. What are DZER's initials?

7. What is the little golfer figurine made out of?
Nuts, washers and metal rods

8. Who is credited with the quote on DZER's file sorter?
Murray Kempton

9. What's in DZER's snack jar? What brand?
Bubblegum — Dubble Bubble

10. What university did DZER attend, albeit briefly? What's the name of the mascot? Give two of the nicknames of the football team.
University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Mascot is Herbie Husker. Nicknames -- Big Red, Cornhuskers, Huskers, Black Shirts (the defense)

BONUS: Find the cigarette.
It's on a golf tee on top of my G5 tower, in front of the Brian Urlacher bobblehead

And the winner is ...
grainne! she got a total of 7 right ... well, mostly right LOL

signgurl was a close second with 6 right.

Both misspelled Dubble Bubble, but I gave them credit. No credit for only getting the "pica" part of pica pole.

Bonus points to My Favorite Person for cleaning up on a few questions there, and also for being my favorite. LOL ... you guys are lucky she had a "sewing emergency" early yesterday morning, or she probably would have won yet ANOTHER prize. LOL

Speaking of the prize ...

... well, I'll share what that is later ... heh

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

scavenger hunt!!!

The following are pictures of my desk at work -- mostly taken because of my new flat-panel monitor, which is very cool.

I thought it might be fun to do a little scavenger hunt, based on items on and around my desk.

Play fair and answer in the comments box without looking at anyone else's answers.

Oh ... and there is a prize being offered. ;)

1. What NFL team is DZER's favorite?

2. Who is DZER's favorite NFL player?

3. What is the long, ruler-like object in the pencil/pen holder called?

4. What is in the little box in front of the pencil/pen holders?

5. Who sent me the Jack-in-the-Box balls shown on the top of my monitor?

6. What are DZER's initials?

7. What is the little golfer figurine made out of?

8. Who is credited with the quote on DZER's file sorter?

9. What's in DZER's snack jar? What brand?

10. What university did DZER attend, albeit briefly? What's the name of the mascot? Give two of the nicknames of the football team.

BONUS: Find the cigarette.

That's it! Have fun, kiddos ... remember, no cheating!

Winner -- and prize -- to be announced at a later date!!

back to the early HNT from Guam ...

Is that a lizard on my back or am I just happy to see you?

To find out more about Half-Nekkid Thursday,
check out the link, baby:

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

shaping up ...

So I think I'm pretty close to moving on to the next phase of my personal program.

Almost two years ago, I stopped smoking.

Over the last year and a half, I made adjustments to my diet, eating a bit healthier by consuming more fruits and vegetables, and cooking/eating more at home and visiting fast-food restaurants less often.

The results so far have been positive:

• Better wind/endurance. This is particularly evident on the golf course and when I have to lug two giant duffle bags loaded with laundry up two flights of stairs.

• The loss of several inches. I'm down two clothing sizes in both shirts and pants.

The next stage was supposed to have been getting a dog so I would walk it on a regular basis, upping my cardio activity.

But since I'm no longer sure exactly how long I will be here, the dog thing isn't yet viable.

So I need to do something.

I'm currently looking at a couple gyms to see if there's a program/training regimen that will suit me. I don't want to get all fanatical and crazy about it at first. I want to start relatively slow and then work my way up in terms of intensity. I'm hoping to find something that combines weight training with whatever other regimen there is.

There are two gyms relatively close to where I live. I'm hoping either might have something that works for me, preferably that I can go to after work. I don't think planning a regimen that requires me waking up early will work out too well. LOL

I'll keep ya'll posted ... because I know just how FASCINATING this is to all of you.

Well, at least your eyes won't glaze over like they do in my golf posts.

crikey ...

R.I.P., James Irwin, aka the Crocodile Hunter.

For those of you who don't know already, the world's most famous Australian (sorry Nicole Kidman and Paul Hogan and hasarder) died after being stung in the heart by a stingray. If he got stung at almost any other part of his body, he'd be in pain but still alive.

But given the nature of his exploits, he was bound to die at the hands, feet, mouth or stinger of some wild creature at some point. Live by the animal, die by the animal.

As My Favorite Person put it: "Nature won!"

Of course, my money was on some big saltie chomping him down one day as he tried to wrangle with it. Maybe his foot would slip. Maybe he'd turn to talk to the camera at the exact wrong time. Either that, or one of the many deadly snakes idigenous to Australia -- sea snake, tiger snake, death adder, western brown, taipan, etc.

Instead, it was the barbed tail of the stingray.


Monday, September 04, 2006

labor day IS all about working ...

Recap of the past two days, following the all-night-int0-early-morning election coverage:

• Woke up at 11 a.m. Stayed up till 11:30 a.m. Went back to bed, with alarm set for 1 p.m.

• Woke up at 5 p.m. LOL ... 30 minutes later, it was confirmed that I had a staffer out and would have to work.

• By 6 p.m. I was in the office. Half hour dinner break around 8 p.m. Worked till 11 p.m.

• Came home, watched some TV, looked at blogs, got around to posting the sunrise pics below, as well as NEW PHOTOS on DZER's Guam Pics -- a cool pic of the cathedral in Hagåtña, with peachish clouds in background, and one of a historical Guam house.

• Chatted online and for a bit on the phone with My Favorite Person, which is always good. By the way, she has a NEW (shocking, eh?) post up about a care package from moi, complete with photo! And yes, she did get the aged-in-the-ocean wine and the DZMonster CD holder. Check out all the details HERE.

• Fell asleep a little after 3 a.m.

• Woke up around 9 a.m. Confirmed golf game was still on.

• Watched college football (I'm SOOOOO in heaven now that American tackle football is back in full swing. The pros start Thursday! Wooohooo!!) for awhile while getting dressed and waking up.

• At 10 a.m., left for golf course. Needed a couple extra drinks and stopped by the gas station. This is one of those places with a "rewards" system -- you scan a little doohickey (and I'm pretty sure that's the actual term! Heh) over their machine after each purchase. You buy so much gas, get some free. Buy so many coffees, get one free. You know the deal. Well, after spending $4.30 on my liter-sized iced teas, the reward light lit. So I scanned it across the little reward printer, next to the doohickey.


Woohoo! It's like I hit a mini-scratcher jackpot or something. If you HAVE to be awake and about on a Monday morning, that's hard to beat.

• Get to the golf course around 10:20. Meet up with S and my godson A and, a little while later, C from work joins us. It's a gorgeous, clear, sunny, fucking hot day -- perfect for golf, in other words.

I can't get any sense of rhythm going on the front nine -- four double bogeys and five bogeys for a 49.

But on the back nine, after a couple more doubles on two of the first three holes, I close out with par-bogey-par-par-par for a 42 on the back and a 91 overall. C smoked me and S, shooting 46-41. S ended up with 53-50; a few blowup holes really hurt.

A again had a great time. He was really pounding it from the tee. He had several shots go well past 100 yards, including one that he clobbered about 160 yards down the fairway. There were a couple holes where we all were like ... umm ... I hope I hit it past A's drive! LOL

He also did a great job putting, especially on the back nine. He had several that he drained from 5-10 feet.

• Finished golf about 2:30 and motored in to work. The staffer was out sick again, which means I not only had to work a shift, but had to assign the wire (world and national news) as well. I got all that that done relatively quickly, then took a short break so I could go home, shower and change into fresh clothes.

• Back to work, and here I am, waiting to finish out the last 2-1/2 hours of the shift. The good thing -- 8 hours of holiday pay (doubletime). That will make next Friday's check nice and sweet ... and that additional money will go straight into THE FUND.

Tha's it ... will try to get some pics up when I get home.

something you're unlikely to see again ...

photos of the sun coming up ... taken on my way home from election coverage ... I actually drove a bit out of my way to get these, thinking it was a unique opportunity for all of you in bloggerland. That's right, I put off my sleep time for you bitches. Be grateful!

747 landing at Guam's airport ...

the sun's over there somewhere ...

Sunday, September 03, 2006

still tired ...

This is how I was at about 4 a.m.

Eventually, I got home a little after 6 a.m.

Fell asleep at about ... oh, 6:10 a.m.

Woke up about 20 minutes ago ... barely after 11 a.m.

Thank you, leg cramp!

I'm still beat ... no one's around and no one's really been around, so I'm going back to bed ... anyone want to come along?

Some more photos later, probably.

• Later will mean a bit more later ... someone called in sick so I get to work a full shift on my Sunday night. Oh, and my rare all-day off holiday also will mean a full afternoon-to-evening shift. :(