American Idol

Add another “new” thing to my list of things never before tried: I caught the last half of American Idol tonight. I was waiting for House to start up, really, and had nothing else to do. I can see why people find it addicting, although I don’t think I’ll be volunteering to watch it again anytime soon. I found myself not so much interested in the contestants, but in how Simon would react to them. I guess that’s why most people watch, so in that respect, I’m no different. I will say this, however: I thought all of these people who try out for the show were idiots. Idiots they may be, but it takes guts to get in front of those three people (and potentially in front of all of America) and sing without any music. Not just anyone could get that far. I wonder how many people don’t do it because they just can’t get up the nerve to do it. I’m not even sure I could.

In other news, I got two bags of Homestyle Two-Bite Brownies from my neighbors today. I ordered them from their kids school drive a few weeks ago. It was a good thing they came today because I was craving something sweet and so I was able to eat a few after I got out of the shower. Very rich, very good.

Up to 33 pushups today and I can tell I am reaching some sort of plateau; my arms didn’t want to get to that 33rd pushup and I had to brute force my way through it. But I did it. I think the secret is not planning too far ahead. I just went into the bedroom before getting into the shower, dropped down and did the 33 pushups as fast as I could. At this rate, another week and I should be at 40 at which point I’ll start doing sets: 40, 30, 20. Gradually, of course.

Called United to upgrade my flight to Vegas later this month and I’m on the waitlist.

I had been working my way through The Best of Barry Malzberg, but it was going much slower than I hoped and I was starting to lose interest so I gave up today and switched to The Passage of the Light: The Recursive Science Fiction of Barry N. Malzberg. I think this one will go better. Still haven’t read any non-fiction books this year. I’ve read just over 650,000 words in 5 weeks. That’s about 130,000 words per week. At this rate, I’ll read 6.7 million words this year. But there is usually a month or two when I don’t do much reading. So we have yet to see.

I need to find out from Jim tomorrow if my tax guy is really retired. I may have to find someone out here to do my taxes this year.

Packing lunch, having some chocolate milk, and getting into bed.

And my weight is up to exactly 65 kilograms. That’s 143 pounds for all you English system yokels out there.