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Thu, Dec 02 2004

Is This What They Mean By Burning Up The Phone Lines?

I've heard this kind of story twice in the last week. It's becoming the norm to hear the SBC name pronounced with some extra hisses. Maybe the advertisers think that's just sizzle they're selling. What I'm hearing is the result of flaring tempers. And I don't know if any corporate ears are burning yet, but I hear customers coupling the company name with the word "hell" a lot lately. I hope someone in the company figures out what to do about all this customer unrest soon, or SBC is liable to get blamed for causing global warming.

posted at: 10:25 | category: /Miscellaneous | link to this entry

Exercise Could Be Hazardous To Your Health, But Maybe That's Your Choice

It may be proven down the line, but so far, this isn't enough information to warrant not bothering with exercise. Some people get hooked on exercise and enjoy the high feeling. Some people moan and groan the whole time they exercise and have a bad attitude that works against their workout. And some people exercise with the same stressed-out attitude they give to the rest of their lives and feel they have to up their speed and endurance with each workout session or they have failed to measure up.

I would also want to see the numbers when a variety of exercises was included in studies. This particular study mentions a stationary bike, which wouldn't work well for many of us. I ended up with sciatica when I tried to use one. Other activities turned out to be much better for me. And if a person does an hour a day on a stationary bike and then eats potato chips and gummy bears for breakfast every day, the body is going to be strained in the worst kind of way.

What we fuel ourselves with and how we feel about exercise are things that need to be factored in before any study on exercise tells the real tale. It's unfortunate, because some folks will read the study as far as it goes and will use it as an excuse to sit on their rear ends and do no exercise at all. I'm hoping most of us will put a smile on our faces and keep moving while we wait for further data.

posted at: 07:20 | category: /Health and Fitness | link to this entry

Eminent Domain Grows Horns And Carries Legal Briefs

I've heard of these kinds of land grabs a lot in recent years. It's been happening throughout the state and elsewhere. The abuse of eminent domain is on the rise with more and more communities declaring lots and even whole communities to be a blight. The winners are A) the cities, who gain a larger tax base, and B) the developers, who have the cities do all the front work for them and then waltz in and make a tidy profit of their own. And the stories of land grabbing are getting more complicated as participants pull in other legal issues in order to make their case.

posted at: 06:49 | category: /Politics | link to this entry

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