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By TheophileEscargot (Fri May 26, 2006 at 11:10:54 PM EST) Watching, Me, Consumerism, OBLF (all tags)
 


What I'm Watching
Saw X-Men 3 at the cinema. Thought it was pretty good: better than some reviews have suggested. Moves along pretty briskly, fight scenes and effects are decently done, not too much pontificating, and the new mutants look OK. Fun, entertaining. #BE3960

Review, review.

Me
Going to Paris on Tuesday to have a look through the Louvre, back on Thursday morning. Might have a go at travelling fairly light again if I can manage it. My lack of French might be the biggest problem: dreading trying to order food. Still, I could always stick with Le Big Mac since it's just a couple of days.

Hopefully I'll also have time to stand with my arms out blocking the escalators, and leaf patiently through a guidebook while standing in the middle of doorways. Hah, your turn now.

Consumerism
Was stuck waiting in Starbucks yesterday, and managed to get one of the legendary short cappuccinos. Definitely tasted a lot stronger and nicer than their regular ones. Barman didn't seem to whisper it though, just called it out normally. Tried ordering one at a different branch a while back though, and the girl didn't seem to have heard of it

I have grotesquely wide feet, which makes shoe-buying a problem. New Balance seem to be the only trainer <USian>sneaker</USian> company that do wide fittings, but they're quite scarce in the UK, so I bought some online. I usually take UK size 9 in trainers, but they're in USian sizes so they only had 8 and a half or 9 and a half; so I took a chance on the 8 and halfs. Not sure about them. They feel too tight around the toes when I wear them for a while, but have worn them all day, covering a few miles, and haven't actually got any blisters or skin abrasions; so it might just be that I've gotten so used to ill-fitting shoes. Hmmm.

The other day I realised that everything I was wearing, including shoes and jacket, came from Marks and Spencers.

Mobile phone: haven't chased them up after they fucked me around for a week or so; telling me to call back and changing their minds about the prices they were offering and what they had in stock. Still have the SIM card in the old Ericsson R320, so I'm not phoneless though.

Operation Become Less Fat
CW: 11st 11
SW: 14st 4
Loss: 35 pounds
Weeks: 25
Loss per week: 1.4 pounds

Saturday 20 May 2006
Breakfast: 1 tea, steak pasty, large slice bread, 2 olives, corned beef.
Supper: Waitrose Chicken Pasanda (659kcal, 62.8g protein), brown rice. M&S "Count on Us" Chocolate Overload (175kcal, 5.5g protein).
Second supper: 2 corn on the cob, 1 piece bread, sardines.
Booze: None
Exercise: 5BX Chart 4 Level A+. Post-Marting Dumb-bells: light 6.5kg 3x10, medium 10kg 3x10, heavy 12.5kg 3x10.

Sunday 21 May 2006
Breakfast: 2 tea, 4 slices bread, 2 slices ham, tomato
Lunch: 162g fillet steak (311 kcal, 32g protein), 400g potatoes, 2 carrots, 95g mangetout peas. Greek yoghurt with honey.
Supper: 2 large slices bread, minestrone soup, 1 slice ham.
Snacks: 1 cappuccino, hot choc with splash whisky
Exercise: 5BX Chart 4 Level A+.

Monday 22 May 2006
Breakfast: 2 coffee, 2 slices toast, 1 slice roast beef, 1 tomato
Lunch: Chicken and salad wrap
Supper: 162g fillet steak (311 kcal, 32g protein), 400g potatoes, 2 carrots, 2 leeks. Choc and black cherry dessert
Second supper: 3 Ryvita, 1 slice roast beef
Booze: 2 whisky
Exercise: 5BX Chart 4 Level A+. 1.75 miles walking. Post-Marting Dumb-bells: light 6.5kg 3x10, medium 9kg 3x10, heavy 12.5kg 3x10.
Light: front raises, side raises, military press, wrist lifts, wrist flips
Medium : upright rows, horizontal flyes, two-hand overhead triceps extension
Heavy: concentration curls, lunges, shrugs, side sway, horizontal lifts

Tuesday 23 May 2006
Breakfast: 2 coffee, 2 slices toast, 2 slices roast beef, tomato.
Lunch: Smoked salmon and cream cheese bagel
Supper: Chicken breast, brown rice, small portion mangetout peas. Ben and Jerry's Cherry Garcia frozen yoghurt. (169kcal,4g)
Snacks: One choc biscuit, 90kcal. Large mango.
Booze: 2 whisky
Exercise: 5BX Chart 4 Level A+ inc. 1.5901 miles in 13mins 51 secs. 3.5 miles walking

Wednesday 24 May 2006
Breakfast: 2 coffee, 43g ham, lentil and veg soup (210kcal, 10g protein), 2 small slices toast.
Lunch: Cornish pasty
Second supper: leftover rice, 2 Ryvita, 43g slice ham
Supper: 380g potatoes, 2 Waitrose beefburgers, 2 carrots, 2 leeks, small portion mangetout peas.
Booze: 1 beer, 1 whisky
Exercise: 5BX Chart 4 Level A+ inc. 1.7969 miles in 17.129 mins. 3.5 miles walking. Post-Marting Dumb-bells: light 6.5kg 3x10, medium 9kg 3x10, heavy 12.5kg 3x10.
Light: front raises, side raises, military press, wrist lifts, wrist flips, lying triceps extension
Medium : upright rows, horizontal flyes, two-hand overhead triceps extension, curls
Heavy: concentration curls, lunges, shrugs, side sway, horizontal lifts

Thursday 25 May 2006
Breakfast: 2 coffee, 2 Ryvita, 43g slice ham
Brunch: Small egg, sausage, bacon sandwich
Lunch: Chicken and sweetcorn soup
Supper: 160g spaghetti, meatballs. 35g cheese. Ben and Jerry's Cherry Garcia frozen yoghurt. (169kcal,4g)
Snacks: 1 apple, 1 orange
Booze:
Exercise: 5BX Chart 4 Level A+. 1.75 miles walking

Friday 26 May 2006
Breakfast: 2 coffee
Brunch: Smoked salmon and cream cheese bagel
Lunch: Chicken soup, small chicken sandwich
Supper: 1 quarter chicken, chips, coleslaw
Second supper: 2 Ryvita, canned beans and sausages (194kcal, 11.3g protein). Milky bar
Booze: 4 beer, 1 whisky
Exercise: 5BX Chart 4 Level A+. Medium-weight dumb-bells only.

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You went the wrong way, no? by yicky yacky (4.00 / 1) #1 Sat May 27, 2006 at 12:13:25 AM EST

For any given number, the UKian shoe is bigger. So you should have gone up rather than down - unless, of course, UK size nines are too big to start with.


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No, that's 8.5 in UK sizes by TheophileEscargot (4.00 / 1) #2 Sat May 27, 2006 at 12:15:27 AM EST
9 in US sizes according to the label.
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Mine's bigger by Vertical Frankenstein (4.00 / 1) #3 Sat May 27, 2006 at 04:19:07 AM EST
I'm currently wearing 11 wide USian. I can get by with 10.5 if I'm buying "lifestyle" aka hiking footwear. I used to wear 11.5 but in the last five years it seems like the cut in footwear has gotten roomier. Maybe it's because of all the fat Americans, or maybe footwear makers stopped using their undernourished Asian slaves valued employees as fitting guides.

Footwear in the early 90's was insanely narrow. I used to have an inch or more of empty space in the toe just to cram in my wide feet.



I cant help but be apropos and suggest by joh3n (4.00 / 3) #4 Sat May 27, 2006 at 04:28:19 AM EST
that when you get to the Louvre, you should point at the inverted pyramid and ask very loudly (and prefereably in a Southern American accent, if you can muster one), "IS THATWHERE THAT MAGDELINE LADY IS BURIED?  YOU KNOW, THUH GRAIL?"

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Southern American? by TurboThy (4.00 / 3) #8 Sat May 27, 2006 at 11:15:28 AM EST
Can you do a credible Peruvian accent?
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si! by joh3n (4.00 / 1) #12 Sat May 27, 2006 at 05:55:57 PM EST

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I am a crime against humanity
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while IAWTP by MillMan (4.00 / 3) #9 Sat May 27, 2006 at 12:35:16 PM EST
I think being American is by itself enough to troll the French.

Everybody still hates me in this city and I hate everybody.

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There's only one thing the french hate more by Greener (4.00 / 3) #11 Sat May 27, 2006 at 01:09:44 PM EST
than people speaking English to them and that's people speaking Quebecois.

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I love New Balance, too by georgeha (4.00 / 1) #5 Sat May 27, 2006 at 05:45:36 AM EST
I just bought a pair of 10.5 (US) EEEE all terrain running sneakers, extra wide to fit my swollen arthritic feet. I used to be okay with their normal width, I couldn't say that about Nike, Reebok or Adidas they were all too tight.

Plus, they're made in America if at all possible.


headquartered right by my apartment by MillMan (4.00 / 1) #10 Sat May 27, 2006 at 12:39:52 PM EST
in the most patriotic state in the country! It's true because we take a day off to celebrate the fact.

Everybody still hates me in this city and I hate everybody.

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These say "Made in China" though [nt] by TheophileEscargot (2.00 / 0) #15 Sat May 27, 2006 at 10:39:56 PM EST

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Food in France by ad hoc (4.00 / 2) #6 Sat May 27, 2006 at 06:00:22 AM EST
Stick with Escargot and maybe some pommes frites.
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Short Cappucino by ucblockhead (4.00 / 1) #7 Sat May 27, 2006 at 06:32:23 AM EST
The whole controversy was stupid as if you watch what people order, few order cappucinos...it's a relatively unpopular drink, hardly what Starbucks banks it's profit on.

(Note that you can get the same taste as a "short cappucino" by getting a larger one with extra shots.)
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Just point at the menu for goodness sake by Scrymarch (4.00 / 3) #13 Sat May 27, 2006 at 09:15:24 PM EST
The French will laugh at you regardless.

The Political Science Department of the University of Woolloomooloo

You don't need to know French by Rogerborg (4.00 / 2) #14 Sat May 27, 2006 at 10:04:03 PM EST
If you really want rapid service, get ammo to teach you a few choice German phrases.

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Sorry I moved by thunderbee (2.00 / 0) #16 Sun May 28, 2006 at 12:30:57 AM EST
A month ago, I lived half a mile from the Louvre ;)
In most places now they have menus in English, with sometimes "creative" translations. So you'll be able to just point at the menu, and somewhat know what you're ordering.
Please understand that people are generally not nice, it has nothing to do with your speaking English.
Hope you have a good stay there.

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