Monday, August 27, 2007

My Blood Pressure is 120/84

posted by Kris Ardent @ 9:27 PM

This means I get to eat more salt, right? Don't you get some kind of bonus for having such stellar blood pressure? Maybe a gold star.

I signed up for a Kilbirnie Pool membership, because the classes are $8 each, and the monthly membership is only $67.50. Plus you get spas, sauna, all water and fitness classes at both Kilbirnie and Freyberg, AND 5 sessions with a personal trainer. I really only wanted cheap swim classes (deep water aerobics, underwater kickboxing), but when they throw in all that extra stuff it's hard to resist having your biceps measured and all your other stats taken.

Despite my efforts to avoid any actual time in the gym part of the facility (obviously some magical mind control process was involved), I ended up with a weight training plan. I went through the plan for the first time yesterday, a day in which I could almost not get out of bed because my abs were so sore from scuba this weekend.

Joe and I are now certified PADI Open Water Divers! I won't go into the details, suffice to say it was one of the more difficult things I've ever done. If I'd known how hard it was, I never would have done it. But I'm glad we did, and I'm looking forward to trying it out in WARM water, with more than 1 meter visibility. Seems if you learn to dive in the winter in New Zealand (like all geniuses do), you're ready to dive anywhere in the world.

So, here's the poll:

Where should we vacation in March?

Possible contenders:

Cook Islands
Great Barrier Reef

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Your Score: the Wit

posted by Kris Ardent @ 3:19 PM

Your Score: the Wit

(71% dark, 30% spontaneous, 10% vulgar)

your humor style:

You like things edgy, subtle, and smart. I guess that means you're probably an intellectual, but don't take that to mean pretentious. You realize 'dumb' can be witty--after all isn't that the Simpsons' philosophy?--but rudeness for its own sake, 'gross-out' humor and most other things found in a fraternity leave you totally flat.

I guess you just have a more cerebral approach than most. You have the perfect mindset for a joke writer or staff writer.

Your sense of humor takes the most thought to appreciate, but it's also the best, in my opinion.

You probably loved the Office. If you don't know what I'm
talking about, check it out here:

PEOPLE LIKE YOU: Jon Stewart - Woody Allen - Ricky Gervais

The 3-Variable Funny Test!

- it rules -

If you're interested, try my best friend's best test:
The Genghis Khan Genetic Fitness Masterpiece

Link: The 3 Variable Funny Test written by jason_bateman on OkCupid Free Online Dating, home of the The Dating Persona Test


Tuesday, August 14, 2007

50 Things I Love About America

posted by Kris Ardent @ 2:00 PM

1. Wide Freeways
2. Going 140 km/h Without Fear of Losing My License
3. Hots Summers
4. My People
5. Seeing My Old House in Mar Vista
6. Ame Restaurant in San Francisco
7. Hotels
8. Nieces
9. Swimming in Outdoor Pools in the Evening
10. Lightning Bugs
11. The Parkway Speakeasy Theater
12. Spelling "Theater", "Center", and "Color" the Right Way
13. Raver Camping
14. Redwood Forest Smell of Northern California
15. Bourbon
16. Pedicures
17. Zao Noodle Bar's Vietnamese Rice Noodles Seared Prawns and Mushrooms
18. Becky Hemberger
19. Falling asleep to TV
20. Bridges
21. Camp & Sons
22. Really Big Caves
23. Tipping Well for Good Service
24. Raw Vegan Restaurants
25. Old Navy
26. BBQ'd Ribs
27. Cooking Breakfast For 400
28. Chez Panisse
29. People Knowing What to Do at 4-way Stop Sign Intersections
30. Big Macs
31. Gaylord Opryland Hotel & Resort
32. 7&7s
33. Vegetables on Every Menu
34. Buying Cheap Books
35. Sushi
36. Burritos
37. Frank Lloyd Wright
38. The Grand Ole Opry
39. Affordable T-Shirts
40. Laundromats
41. Bass Pro Shop
42. Giant Aquariums
43. Southern Accents
44. Third Street in Santa Monica
45. Really Tall Buildings
46. My Grandparents' Old House in Pasadena
47. The Asparagus at Ton Kiang
48. Ethnic Diversity
49. Tractors
50. Being Warm