So the results of my diet and fitness efforts are that I’m down about 30 pounds from when I started back in late December. I could be doing better, but I’m not complaining too much. My waist has shrunk quite a bit and I’m into pants that I haven’t worn in ten years. My muscle definition and vascularity are a bit sharper. I’m wondering how this is going to affect how I’m treated once I’m where I want to be. Hopefully the transition in process from off-season linebacker to gym rat will get me a better reception, though I’m afraid I might look a bit like a knucklehead. Anyway, going from blue collar work to white collar work set me back, but I’ve now made significant strides to fix it. I’ve taken a week off, might cheat just a bit more, then back into the routine.
Concerning the situation in Syria, there is plenty of commentary on the missile strike in response to the gas attack, but I’ll add some of my own. Given the scanty evidence available now, it’s not entirely clear who was doing the gassing or if it really took place. There are parties who would be willing to spread false rumors in order to make the regime look bad (well, worse anyway) or to get us involved. In any case, the “shoot first and ask questions later” approach on our part seems to be a bit ill-advised. I’d prefer that we don’t get sucked into this. In general, Assad isn’t exactly a candidate for sainthood, but if he got deposed, none of the other parties that would be likely to fill a vacuum of power would be an improvement.
As for my writing projects, I’m still working on Space Vixen Trek Episode 4 and Episode 17. Inspiration is coming along, slowly… For the latter, I’ve been doing a bit more study on conspiracy stuff and kooky UFOlogy, and it’s coming together.
I’m up to my 42nd post on Return of Kings, with two more in the pipeline. That’s where most of my political content is these days, though I do have some old classics here as well. I’m a bit afraid of getting typecast as a political writer, though there are worse fates that could befall me. One of them would involve being the sort of political writer that National Review would hire 🙂
Other than that, they’ve issued an article (not mine) called “How To Meet And Date Mormon Girls“. The only thing missing from that is cultural notes about Jello and turns of phrase such as “Oh my golly!” (I’m technically Mormon, but I’m a very bad one, and I do like beer… Actually, I found some wiggle room for the Word of Wisdom to allow Mormons to drink beer; you’ll have to get a copy of The Final Falafel for the details!) The article is pretty much on the mark as for most Mormon ladies being prim and proper, though with a subset who are anything but. I had one as a girlfriend, rather briefly, who happens to be a preacher’s kid. She’s quite fair and delightsome (bonus points if you get the reference), and sophisticated, and also quite wild in bed. I miss her…