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Mar
14

We have a ton of leftover pizza from last night. Cold pizza is a wonderful reminder of college days. Pizza is one of the foods that’s as good for breakfast as for dinner. My girlfriend isn’t a big pizza fan so when the opportunity arose we had to go all out.

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Mar
14

Please note that calzones and running don’t mix as well as one might think.

Mar
13

Dear Robots, Spiders, Crawlers.

I wanted to take a moment say thanks for stopping by. As my core audience, you are the wheels that keep this blog going. Enjoy your stay here and many happy returns.

The interwebs is a vast, vast intimidating place at times. If in the future I can be of any assistance to you know, don’t hesitate to contact me or my associate Akismet. For recipes, health, diet, entertainment or relationship advice I’m your guy. I look forward to your questions and comments.

Cheers,

Pandit Ustad

Mar
13

Just sitting and letting myself write is extremely liberating. The process of allowing my mind to relax and do so is another matter. The other issue right now is jotting or typing more than just a few sentences. Hopefully quality will come in later stages.

Mar
11

It took the a 88 year old firecracker named Betty White to warm the cold heart of SNL producer Lorne Michaels. With the power of a facebook group lobbying to get Betty White to host, she is finally confirmed for the May 8th, Mother’s Day edition of the show.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/12/arts/television/12arts-WHITETOHOSTS_BRF.html

Mar
05

As a birthday present a friend bought me a ticket to take Amtrak down from New York’s Penn Station to Atlanta and it was definitely one of the best presents ever. I like the convenience of plane travel only in the sense that the flight itself is quicker. One caveat is that you must enjoy long train rides. New York to Atlanta on the Crescent 19 is 18 hours. Personally I love train travel. I hope in the future more and more Americans take it. The steady sound of the train is very relaxing. You don’t have nearly the same hassle of luggage space (and being nickel and dimed for baggage fees) or seat space. The staff was really helpful too making sure people could be seated together. For smokers, they make designated smoking stops. Going through Washington DC, you get a decent view of Lincoln Memorial as well as the Washington Monument. There was a snack car open till midnight with standard things like chips, drinks, wine and beer and burgers. There was also a dining car. We checked about the pasta and the baked chicken. I’d give my food maybe a 6 but considering the experience, maybe an 8. It’s worth it just to do. I absolutely would take this trip again. For my next visit I’ll check with the train first. Amtrak has frequent specials to stay competitive with the airlines too especially for regional routes. My ticket for example was about $200 versus around $350-$400 via plane.

National Train Day
http://www.nationaltrainday.com/

Feb
27

the good news is that I’ll be getting a refund! I do need to check if my state and federal are accepted though. Argh to New York State Taxes! I used H&R Block this year which was fairly easy to use compared with some others tried over the years.

Feb
27

This year I won’t procrastinate completing my taxes. I’m going to efile and upon approval, have a nice brewsky. Seacrest out. Crossing my fingers for a refund. Wish me luck.

Feb
27

Not a great run today but necessary to get back on track. My ankle bothered me the last go around so I ran conservatively. As always with running though I feel positive and my breathing feels so much better after the fact. Happy to report, no pains in my ankles or knees today.

Feb
27

As a child of the late 80s-90s I tend to favor groove oriented metal. Below is some of the music from my jog today:

Artist: HelmetIn the Meantime, Album: In the Meantime
Artist: Helmet – Ironhead, Album: In the Meantime
Artist: Helmet – Give It, Album: In the Meantime
Artist: Helmet – Unsung, Album: In the Meantime
(These 4 songs were around 16 minutes total, so if I was sprinting I know to take a break when these run through)

Artist: Korn – Falling Away From Me, Album: Greatest Hits
Artist: Korn – Got the Life, Album: Greatest Hits
Artist: Korn – Freak on a Leash, Album: Greatest Hits (I love the bridge part in this song where Jonathan just starts making wacky sounds).
Artist: Korn – Blind, Album: Greatest Hits
(These 4 songs are around 15 minutes total)