Archive for June, 2007

Summer!

Saturday, June 30th, 2007

I used to be a “fall guy,” i.e. holding the fall season in the highest regard. I still regard the autumn highly…I mean, who wouldn’t? The fall has Halloween, Thanksgiving, All Saints, All Souls, Apple cider, changing leaves, football season, etc. However, I think the reason I liked it a lot was because the long and arduous high school football season was finally over. Once I got in high school, I never really had a full summer because of football two-a-days, football camp, weight lifting, etc, so for me, the time after the season ended was when I had a high degree of freedom. Now, I am becoming much more of a “summer guy,” enjoying running, golf, hiking, cook-outs, etc. I think it is most accurate to say I love all four seasons, which is why I like the Midwest so much, but I am coming to finally enjoy the summer in the same way the Beach Boys sung about.

Summer Hill

Golf, etc

Monday, June 25th, 2007

About a month ago or more, I took up golf. I never dreamed I would enjoy golf as much as I do…but I do. When I played a par-three course back in 1994, I think I got the maximum number of strokes on each hole. I never gave playing after that much thought. However, I was asked to play in a charity golf outing for my school in July, and was talked into joining a team. I bought clubs (driver, 3W, 5W, 3-4 Hybrid, 5-PW Irons, and putter) and went out and played a regular course…not so well. I enjoyed it though.

A few days later, I let my dad take a few swings with my clubs. He hadn’t played since the 1980s when he got so frustrated he threw his putter into one of the lakes…and being a Christian, knew that golf was becoming too much a “near occasion of sin” (and let me tell you…it is both fun and frustrating), so he gave golf up, until, that is, messing around with my clubs reminded him how much he enjoyed the game. Dad and I went out to a par-three course, he then got his own clubs, and we have been having a great time. Since then we have played regularly, and Jonathan has even gotten into it. Jennifer has her own set of clubs as well (a birthday present from yours truly). I have expanded my clubs a bit, adding a sand wedge, 3-iron, 4-iron, and short range chipping iron. I bought the 3 and 4 irons because I am more consistent with irons than my fairway woods or hybrids, and I can get about the same distance with them as the hybrids.

I don’t want to get too philosophical here, but in the last few years (especially after having a regular job doing what I like doing), I have been enjoying things I always associated with being “adult.” I listen to A.M. radio more than I used to. I couldn’t care less if my clothing is stylish as defined by Hollywood or today’s teens. I am giving consideration to what it will take to provide for and protect my future family. I have also become more assertive and less likely to nuance the heck out of everything I say about my beliefs (speaking in a nebulous way was an annoying habit I picked up in seminary). Man, am I turning into my dad or what?

Vitamin D Cuts Cancer Risk by 60%

Friday, June 8th, 2007

According to a new study, Vitamin D supplements in the amount of 1100 IU (the official recommended intake is 400 IU), reduce overall cancer incidence.

This part of the article was intriguing:

Figuring some women may have entered the study with undiagnosed cancer, the researchers excluded the results in the first year and assessed only the final three. The findings became even more powerful, with the women getting calcium and vitamin D3 experiencing a 77 percent lower cancer risk.

A few years ago on this blog I pointed to evidence that suggested sun exposure (and thus vitamin D blood levels) was tied to a lower risk of internal cancers. The evidence appears to be mounting that Vitamin D does in fact prevent cancer (and maybe even Multiple Sclerosis).

Boom!

Friday, June 1st, 2007

Sometime this winter, dad, Jonathan, and I went out target shooting (yeah, manly time). Unfortunately a container of expired light yogurt was our victim. One of us managed to snap this photo right as the the container exploded. You can see the explosion of cultured milk in the second photo if you look close.

yogurt gun target

Yogurt Being Shot