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Remembering 8-Ball

Remembering 8-Ball

I’m in the process of merging the rest of my old site design into the wordpress format.  I have a couple of pages left to move over but modifying the 8-Ball page reminded me of the fun I used to have driving that beast.  I realized that many of you have watched 8-Ball get faster over the years but may not know what ultimately happened to her.

In June of 2009, I sold the 2nd fastest SSEi on the planet to a college kid. In hindsight, probably not the safest thing to do. I needed the money, however, and everything was great for a while. Then, in March of 2010, I got the call. Turns out he wrapped it around a telephone pole when a Mercedes performed a PIT maneuver on him trying to avoid a parked car that was in its lane.

I’m told no racing was going on but you can draw your own conclusions. 8-Ball was a total loss and gave up her life to protect the driver. Every now and then I think of her and miss her. I’ll be adding some photo albums soon and 8-Ball will live on, frozen in time forever on the internet and in our hearts.

I’m also updating some of the old links and want to give a shout out to my old friends at

Medifast Week 5 Day 1

I haven’t been blogging as frequently as I would like.  Things with work have been just to chaotic.  They should settle down this week though as I get time to work through my backlog of things to do and work in my new temporary duties to my normal schedule.

For the most part I’ve kept to the Medifast plan.  I’m starting to run low on the Medifast Meals I like and my next order isn’t due until next week.  I’m going to have to slug down some of the stuff I don’t care for like the Medifast Homestyle Chili which never seems to cook through all the way and leaves dehydrated crunchy carrots and other items.  Now that I’ve tried most everything they offer I made sure to make my next order contain the things I know I can eat and stick to.  I’ve been sticking to a pretty good schedule which, now that I’ve adapted to the diet, keeps me going and not hungry to often.  I’ll list that schedule in another blog post.

Review: EatSmart Precision Digital Bathroom Scale

Review: EatSmart Precision Digital Bathroom Scale

We got off to a rocky start, this scale and I.  I’m glad, however, that I asked for a replacement instead of money back and going with a different scale.  The reviews on the internet for this were pretty high.  Amazon rates it 4.5/5 stars with almost 6,000 reviews.  That is pretty good in my book.

The EatSmart Precision Digital Bathroom Scale w/ Extra Large Backlit 3.5″ Display and “Step-On” Technology  is stylish, light, easy to read and, like its name indicates, precise.  It also seems to be consistent and very easy to use. Many digital scales have a tap on feature where you tap the scale and it turns on.  Then you wait while it calibrates and then step on.  The EatSmart scale can do that as well or you can just step onto it once it has been calibrated.  It sits silent, quiet, blank and unassuming but step on and the bright blue 3.5″ display lights up quickly, large and in charge, with easy to read black numbers.

Calibration was easy.  First time you start it you place it on a flat surface, wait about 10 seconds while it calibrates zero and that’s it.  The EatSmart Precision Digital Bathroom Scale comes with batteries (4 x AAA), instructions and a body tape measure.  The top platform is a generous 12″ x 13″ and is made of tempered glass.  It feels and looks sturdy enough to measure the max rating of 400lbs.  The scale uses four EatSmart precision sensors with one in each corner.  The weight is precise to about 3oz or .2lbs.

It doesn’t have some of the geek features I would like such as wifi transmitting or insta blogging my weight to Facebook but, honestly, for around $29 + shipping this is THE digital scale to have in your bathroom.

Medifast Week 4 Day 1

Been very busy at work.  One of our key employees is moving on to another company so I’ve had to learn as much as possible about their current duties so I can fill in temporarily.  Trying to learn 11 years of information in 2 weeks is daunting to say the least.

A good thing about this though is I have little time to think about hunger let alone eating.  I downloaded the Medifast App for my Android powered phone and that at least gives me a reminder every few hours to eat.

I don’t see drastic changes yet but I know things are progressing as I’ve had to cinch my belt another hole which excites me and gives me encouragement to keep on.  Shorts I purchased recently before starting Medifast are already falling off of me.  My scale came in last week however it was broken from shipping so I had to have them send me another.  Looking forward to being able to log actual weight loss.