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Saturday, May 30, 2009

Brickwalls and Bars

I had an odd realization today when I was grocery shopping/scoping-out hot babes. (I realize this first sentence might have some creepy undertones so let me say that as a single 26 year old, if I am not scoping out babes everywhere I go, I feel I am missing potential opportunities. Driving/scoping, studying/scoping, eating/scoping; hey, I'm just multi-tasking.)
Anyway, I'm in the checkout line and I notice that the checker girl just happens to be a hot babe. So here's the thought process that led to my realization:
(See girl)
'Hmm...she's pretty...'
(Look at her left hand)
'...Excellent, no ring on her finger.'
(Girl looks up and smiles at me)
(I smile back)
'Hey she smiled at me! That's a good sign...'
'...'
'...I wonder how old she is..."
SLAM! MENTAL BRICKWALL!
At this point I realized that all the checkout line flirting in the world wouldn't do me any good unless I knew approximately how old she was. Also, were I to begin flirting, I might be running the extreme risk of appearing creepy and weird(well, more creepy and weird than normal.)
Feeling slightly frustrated I carried my groceries out to the car. It was at this point when I realized that these encounters are much easier in places where a certain age is guaranteed, such as a university, a professional work place, or a bar. Perhaps this is the reason so many people in the world choose to hang out in bars, at least that way you know that anyone you might be interested in is at least 21...that's good right?
Keep in mind I'm not advocating bars in any way, this was just the realization I had. I've only been to one bar, one time, and I only had a burger; even then I was pretty uncomfortable just being there.
Seeing as how I am not a bar-going person, this realization pretty much does me no good. I just thought it was interesting. Actually now that I think about it, I'm pretty sure most people would look at this as a sort of "no-duh" realization, so now this whole post actually seems pretty silly. Oh well.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Hey You Guys!

I would just like to publicly declare that my life is now a little more complete. On Tuesday May 26 2009 I, Robert Bruce Spratt III (yeah that's right, I'm the third,) successfully watched The Goonies all the way through. Somehow I made it through most of my life with only catching glimpses of this film. I have now joined the ranks of those people who have seen this film in its entirety. I feel very proud with this achievement.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Less of a Man

Last night I stepped on a scale for the first time in about a month. I was pleasantly surprised at the three numbers that presented themselves. 1-7-2. I've lost over ten pounds! For the last four or five years my weight has stayed pretty consistently between 180 and 185 pounds, but a few months ago I noticed that I was looking, and feeling, heavier than ever before. I was shocked when I weighed in at a little over 190 pounds. I decided it was time to change a few habits and get healthier. Since then I've cut down the size of my portions, I've tried to eat better, I've started eating breakfast, I pack lunches instead of eating out, and I've switched from drinking soda to water. I've also been running regularly, biking more, doing push-ups and crunches every morning, and lifting weights.
The last couple weeks I've noticed that I've had to tighten my belts one notch, and last week I started tightening them two notches. I feel like I am in the best shape I have ever been in, and I think I look better too. Ideally I would like to get down around 160-165 pounds. I'm excited to see where I will sit after an entire summer of exercise and healthy eating.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Star Trek

Ok, so I just got back from seeing the new Star Trek movie. I thought it was...ok. Now before you start freaking out and thinking that I didn't like it, let me clarify and say that I did like it; I thought it was a lot of fun. It was just not as good as I was led to believe. Currently on www.rottentomatoes.com it is at a 96% approval rating. If I were to rate it myself, I would put it at a 75%. It is a well written, well acted, exciting, action packed, sci-fi thrill ride; but that's all it seemed to be. My impression was that it is just a new-fangled, revved up, big-budget, pop-culture-pleasing, hip and with it, grittier version of the classic Star Trek franchise. Everything that it has is excellent...it just seems to be missing substance. It lacked some emotional attachment to the characters, some meaningful reason for you to want the crew to succeed. For me all that was in my mind was, "well of course they are going to succeed, this is Captain Kirk we are talking about..." It seemed to lack a real sense of danger and mystery. I would definitely say that it is worth seeing, maybe even twice; and definitely worth seeing in the theater. This movie is big, fast, and loud; it is ideal for a theater setting. My only caution is to not expect anything more than your standard action-packed summer blockbuster.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Greetings Once Again

Wow, it has been a long time since I've posted anything. At least it feels like a long time. Since my last entry I have done quite a few things. I went on a date with a girl named Chuck, went to California for a paintball tournament, taught a lesson in church, saw my (former) roommate get married, moved into a new apartment, and went home for Mother's Day. I thought it would be good to let everyone who cares know that I have several "posts in progress" for a few of these events. Don't hold your breath though because I am still trying to get the internet working at my new apartment. In the mean time, here is one of my favorite, recently rediscovered, movie quotes.

"You guys work Sundays now?"
"...It's Wednesday David."