May 13 is Dialogue Free Comics Day. It was started last year by Noel Curry of DJBogtrotter. I of course couldn’t wait.
Every year so many people work hard to get into shape for Marathon season. Sadly, each year I hear reports of someone suffering a heart attack on the route. So of course I had to think of it in terms of a pompous exercise freak that looks down on those not quite in shape.
Don’t forget to support the charity challenge.
This editorial cartoon was inspired by recent articles that infrequent sex or exercise can lead to an increased risk of heart attacks. If you aren’t getting enough and decide to engage in those activities, it could induce a heart attack.
Can you imagine the out of shape guys using this as their new pick up line. “C’mon baby, you don’t want me to die do you??”
Reminds me of a guy who would ask every woman in the bar if he could get her number whether or not he had a chance with any of them. When asked why, he said it was law of averages. 1 in 100 would say yes. I think that guy ended up being pretty good at sales.
So I just finished reading Don Dan Brown’s new book The Lost Code…oh wait, no it is the hold on I have it over here…oh yes the Lost Symbol. First of all I must say the critics are wrong and I think it is every bit as good as The DaVinci Code (but maybe not quite as good as Angels and Demons). The thing I like about Brawn…er Brown is that like John Grisham, he is an easy read. No overeloquence to describe a piece of trash, no more than a few different story lines going on at once, but yet can still draw you in with different emotions throughout.
Now why was I writing this post? Oh yeah Alzheimer’s.
According to Alz.org
Is a progressive and fatal brain disease. As many as 5.3 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s destroys brain cells, causing memory loss and problems with thinking and behavior severe enough to affect work, lifelong hobbies or social life. Alzheimer’s gets worse over time, and it is fatal. Today it is the seventh-leading cause of death in the United States.
Being someone who has watched family members suffer from this terrible affliction and the strain and stress it causes them and their caretakers, I wondered as I read the book whether given our current lifestyle that we are not creating a generation of early onset alzheimer’s patients.
You see as I read the book, I found myself in parts reading it front of the computer because there were things I wanted to look up like breathable liquids, newton’s scale, images of identified artwork. And while you say I was challenging my brain, I counter that yes I was, but I don’t have to REMEMBER any of it.
All the information in the world is at my finger tips. When was the last time any of us had to remember a phone number. There are many close people in my life who I couldn’t tell you their phone number in an emergency because it is programmed into my phone. I don’t HAVE to remember.
Don’t get me wrong kids today are smarter than I ever was, even though Don Mills and I would agree we still “know” more than them. I host my blog on wordpress because then I don’t have to learn html but every 10 year old could create the most elaborate websites you have ever seen.
And isn’t that challenging their brain? Sure but one of the other issues is that you end up rather than having to get on your bike and ride to the library to find out information, you can roll your fat ass over to the computer without any effort. So now we spend so much time in front of the computer and overeating (as American’s tend to do) that we aren’t getting exercise.
According to the site:
General healthy aging: Other lines of evidence suggest that strategies for overall healthy aging may help keep the brain healthy and may even offer some protection against developing Alzheimer’s or related diseases. Try to keep your weight within recommended guidelines, avoid tobacco and excess alcohol, stay socially connected, and exercise both your body and mind.
So my loyal readers, I am vowing that my ass will not get wider than my shoulders and have begun an effort to lost 15 lbs. The last time I lost that much weight I used the South Beach diet. Well a kidney stone (one day I’ll tell you that story) and a urologist visit later, and I am no longer allowed to do high protein diets. So I am going to exercise more to see if that has any effect.
Who is with me? Step away from your blogroll and move your butt. To sacrifice, I will still be here if you miss a day of visiting because you are out jogging…(ugh that won’t be me). You’ll just make it up to me by commenting twice the day you do visit.
And speaking of forgetting. We all missed September 21 which was World Alzheimer’s Day (I tend to forget how to even spell it without looking it up. Always want to put a “t” in there), which was September 21. But the good news I am early for National Alzheimers Month in November.
Off to do some sit ups. I’ll visit your sites later.
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I admit, I am a lazy person. Sure I hold down a job and do cartooning on the side. But overall I am lazy. I workout only about once a week (sometimes more) and have to really focus to make better food choices.
Lately it seems that the world is against me (or at least trying to push me in the direction of making better life choices).
First it was Olympia. They used to sell this great Caller ID Globe at Brookstone. I can sit on my couch and see who is calling from across the room and decide whether that person was worth getting off my ass for.
Image from www.brookstone.com
Well it has come time to replace my 5 year old one because the display has gone bad. Much to my surprise Brookstone no longer carries it and they said the manufacturer has stopped making it. Ebay still has a few for over $70. Can’t someone else work this technology?
In my quest to eat better (notice I said better not great) I started eating Doritos Light a few years ago.
Image from www.Olestra.com
Also known in some circles as Poopie Chips b/c they are made with Olestra, I never had intestinal problems eating them. Honestly I think that whole myth was started because some guy with diarrhea anyway ended up in the test group. Besides I was hoping for them to have an adverse affect on me figuring I could end up losing a few pounds. Anyway, I noticed about a year ago that Kroger stopped carrying them. Typical for Kroger to stop carrying a product I use forcing me to go elsewhere, I went directly to Frito-Lay’s website to find out who carries them. NO ONE. They discontinued them and when I spoke to a representative they said that they still had Baked Doritos…uhhh YUCK. Tastes like cheese flavored cardboard.
So recently Tostitos Gold has been on the shopping list. Forget the calorie jump, they taste good. Now it looks like Frito Lay has done it to me again. Launched with much fanfare six years ago, they are no longer on the shelf. A quick review of the Frito-Lay website, doesn’t include them in the list anymore.
Am I the only one with a kiss of death on products? Anything you loved that is no longer available? Maybe I should farm myself out to companies to start using their competitors products. I could be like the “Cooler” for the retail industry.