Monday, May 21, 2007

Running Synchronicity (Part Deux)

This was submitted by a running buddy of mine...

At the start of every race he has a tradition of listening to Jeremy Camp's "Trust in You." So at the start of his last race, he was using a new mp3 player that he had loaded with 200-300 of his running songs onto but hadn't set up any playlists yet. He turned it on shuffle and it played his song when he began the race. A week later, he's telling the story at home to his family and the song starts playing on the stereo. He had 3 CD's on shuffle play.

Here's my original running/music synch story.


Wednesday, May 16, 2007

How big is yours?

Hey, come on - I'm just talking about your Carbon Footprint! Find out how big it is, ways you can reduce and or offset your impact on the environment. In other words, now that you've stepped in it, isn't time to do something about it?


Thursday, May 10, 2007

Covert Cashew Caper

So this guy we know, we'll call him Gary, goes to our favorite Thai restaurant for lunch and orders the cashew chicken (better known to regulars as #5).

When the owner/waitress/busperson/cashier sets it down on the table Gary informs her that he had in fact ordered the cashew chicken. She points to the center of his plate at a lone cashew tucked into the chicken and rice. So he figures there'll be more underneath and proceeds with his lunch. Turns out to be the only cashew in the whole dish.

So he goes up to pay and this conversation ensues:
"I was wondering if you could maybe take like $1 off my bill since there was only one cashew in my cashew chicken."
"Oh? And how many cashews you think you should get?"
"Um...more than one?"
"Do you know how expensive they are?"

So since then, whenever we order the #5, we always feel blessed when we find more than one cashew in our dish. Well, Gary has taken a stint in Germany so in his honor, we had a little fun yesterday at the Thai place. We ordered the #5 as usual and as usual, it came out with a cashew garnish perched atop the rice. After I had finished 3/4 of the dish and the owner/waitress/busperson/cashier was in the kitchen, I pulled out a baggie of my own cashews and added two large handfuls of the beauties to the plate, mixed them with the sauce and then pushed them to the side as if I had "picked them out". I tried to put some on Sean's plate but he only agreed to a couple. Kerven had to keep thinking about dead puppies to keep from laughing.

So we lure her out with empty water glasses and as she's refilling, Kerven asks me how my #5 was today. "Not bad," I say, leaning back and rubbing my tum-tum,"little heavy on the cashews though..." At this her eyes glance at my plate and the tiniest smile emerges. She retreats to the kitchen and we immediately hear banging pot lids. We are now almost crying and we are the only patrons in the restaurant so we don't even have social pressure to help us stay cool.


We regain composure long enough to pay the bill and head for the door. As we're leaving, she's walking over to collect my plate and she moves slower with each step as her eyes fix on the golden mound of leftover cashews. We spent the ride back to work imagining what happened in the kitchen after we left. Sometimes the best pranks are when you're not there for the payout.

Speaking of pranks, remember this one?


Monday, May 07, 2007

How Do You See The World?

Since I'm a facts and data bloke, I'm always on the lookout for new ways to visualize data. The folks at WorldMapper have some very interesting maps that re-size the territories of the world in relation to the subject being analyzed. For each of the 366 maps on the site, they also provide a PDF poster suitable for framing. My favorite so far is number 345 - Number of Films watched. It's not what you'd expect.