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Old 09-14-2015, 03:50 PM   #18181
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This was DR day, PCP and eyes. My PCP was impressed I'd lost 41 lbs. since April, 24 lbs. in the last 12 weeks. I was pretty shocked, knew I'd lost a lot but not that quickly. BP has been low 110/70 today but it's been much lower at home. He gave me the OK to drop off of Lisinopril and monitor my BP. We'll review my lipids next time.

Eyes were odd, vision wasn't right and lens didn't seem to help. I've worn glasses since 6 y.o. so something was wrong. Finally he asked me good news or bad first? Turns out my cataracts need to be dealt with. It would be great to not have to wear glasses again! I'm scheduled to have an evaluation in a month, funny I'm almost looking forward to it.
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Old 09-14-2015, 04:23 PM   #18182
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This weekend I did my first session as a certified barbecue judge. All I can say is it was AWESOME!

I got to judge some of the best BBQ I've ever had (well, OK, a few were just average) and hang out with some fun people (the other judges).

A lot of similarity with my other hobby as a beer judge. Now if only I could find a way to combine the two on the same day ....



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Rode my bike. Then went to the dermatologist for my yearly skin checkup. All is well and the Dr. said I was medically boring. Then went to Menards to get drain tile for my drainage project, and a new bathroom vent fan. Then went for a boat ride.
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All is well and the Dr. said I was medically boring.
That's a lot better than hearing him say "Wow, I've never seen THAT before!"
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This was DR day, PCP and eyes. My PCP was impressed I'd lost 41 lbs. since April, 24 lbs. in the last 12 weeks. I was pretty shocked, knew I'd lost a lot but not that quickly. BP has been low 110/70 today but it's been much lower at home. He gave me the OK to drop off of Lisinopril and monitor my BP. We'll review my lipids next time.

Eyes were odd, vision wasn't right and lens didn't seem to help. I've worn glasses since 6 y.o. so something was wrong. Finally he asked me good news or bad first? Turns out my cataracts need to be dealt with. It would be great to not have to wear glasses again! I'm scheduled to have an evaluation in a month, funny I'm almost looking forward to it.
That's great news about the weight loss and lower blood pressure.

Everyone I know that's had cataract surgery has had great results. My mother and grandmother had the surgery. My mother no longer needs her glasses and my grandmother only needs her glasses to read. Do look forward to it, you'll be seeing better soon!
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This weekend I did my first session as a certified barbecue judge. All I can say is it was AWESOME!

I got to judge some of the best BBQ I've ever had (well, OK, a few were just average) and hang out with some fun people (the other judges).

A lot of similarity with my other hobby as a beer judge. Now if only I could find a way to combine the two on the same day ....



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I've watched some of the barbecue competitions on tv and was curious. I know there are different bbq recipes for different areas of the country. Do people enter all the different kinds of bbq, sweet or spicy, wet and dry. Or is it all the same kind of recipe just slightly different variations. I love bbq but like a wet, sweet, recipe. I can't take the heat.
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With competitions sanctioned by KCBS, every team must enter the four main categories: chicken, ribs, pork and brisket. Aside from that requirement, they can pretty much do what they like. It's all about the meat; sauce is not important.
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It is always a good day when my walk with the dog at the beach includes dolphin sightings. A pod of five dolphins was northbound when I was and we paralleled for about 1/2 a mile.
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I am back in town after spending a looong Labor Day up at the high-country home. Temperature in the low desert now drops into the 90s, a bit more conducive to doing some work around the yard.

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Relaxing Labor Day- son and girlfriend were here for the weekend and they headed for home after a late breakfast. Mostly hung around as it was well over 90 outside- watered the alpacas down to give them a nice break from the heat and DW found this in the barn. Must have been on the Hickory tree that is in the lot- she relocated him to another Hickory tree where he won't get trampled. Wikipedia says this is a Hickory Horned Devil caterpillar.

How about this one I caught in my backyard, coming to rescue of my wife? I don't know why she is so afraid of them, particularly they do not bite, don't move very fast so that they can jump onto her.



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This weekend I did my first session as a certified barbecue judge. All I can say is it was AWESOME!

I got to judge some of the best BBQ I've ever had (well, OK, a few were just average) and hang out with some fun people (the other judges).

A lot of similarity with my other hobby as a beer judge. Now if only I could find a way to combine the two on the same day ....

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Nice truck, Khan! Those trucks last forever.
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Are we going to see a boat or a travel trailer towed behind that truck soon?
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A rare moment of joy....
Annual Physical results.
From ten years ago to today:

2005 to 2015

BP 150/85 to 108/63
Total Cholesterol 350 to 145
Triglycerides 500+ to 140
PSA 4.7 to 2.5
Weight 225 to 215
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and every lettered blood test mid range - no hi's, no lo's.
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Shrinking at the rate of one inch per ten years, you still have quite some time left. Congratulations!
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Trip to the big city today...
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Went to the pet store to get food for the critters.
DW's 6 week checkup after knee replacement, doc says she is doing exceptionally well with rehab, etc.
Had a great German meal at one of our favorite places - at lunchtime prices. ER is great!
Most expensive stop of the day was WallyMart, two months since we had restocked many of the household consumables.
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Expensive day, but this month's expenses had been trending quite favorably so far so we're good.
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How about this one I caught in my backyard, coming to rescue of my wife? I don't know why she is so afraid of them, particularly they do not bite, don't move very fast so that they can jump onto her.

Cool! Never seen one like that before. I checked around, and my best guess is a Wild Cherry Sphinx Moth caterpillar. Check this out and see what you think - Sphinx drupiferarum, the Wild Cherry Sphinx.

Most of the relatively scary looking caterpillars, like that Hickory Horned Devil, are harmless. But if they are small and fuzzy looking or have long hairs sticking out, don't pick them up. Back in college I picked up a pretty little yellow caterpillar, which I now know as a Stinging Rose Caterpillar, and it stung the living crap out of me. My hand was swollen for a week, and I got nauseous and dizzy. Worse than the tarantula bite by a long shot. Such a cute little thing too.

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Yes, that surely looks like it. This caterpillar is common in our back yard, and is extremely voracious. Left unchecked, it can eat an entire eggplant or a pepper plant in a couple of days.

I never want to pick up any caterpillar by hand. As a kid, I was told some could give you a hell of an itchy rash, and I certainly would not want to try that out. However, my caterpillar looks like a benign type. In fact, I happened to watch an episode of Fear Factor where contestants were supposed to eat cups of these live caterpillars. Watching it made me nauseated.
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How about this one I caught in my backyard, coming to rescue of my wife? I don't know why she is so afraid of them, particularly they do not bite, don't move very fast so that they can jump onto her.

KCBS Motto: "Barbecue -- it's not just for breakfast any more."
I like that one! Thanks to others for the comments and the cautions about picking up caterpillars- I usually prompt them to walk on to something with a twig rather than pick them up- sounds like the right move.
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