Saturday, March 14, 2009


The great and semi all knowing wikipedia lists Pneumonia as an inflammatory illness of the lung. Frequently, it is described as lung parenchyma / alveolar inflammation and abnormal alveolar filling with fluid. Does anybody know what the heck this says. If I didn't put Pneumonia in the title you would have no idea what I was talking about. I am an engineer and we can use some odd terms. Mainly we just use names of people that discovered stuff. But we don't use latin or any other language in our terms.

My son picked this disease up. Actually he has been sick off and on since Christmas. Anyways I I am a chemical engineer (Don't ask how, but I can show you the degree) and a man therefore I want to fix stuff. I take stuff apart and try to put them back together. Would rather do it myself than pay someone. I hate not knowing. Medical stuff is one of those things I hate not knowing. You can't see any valve to turn, gear to replace, or chemical to use. There is also no instruction manual to fall back on with a human. Sure there are guidelines, but it sure seems that a lot of trial in error is involved. All I can do is put on the brave face and act calm for Michelle. And keep praying.

Monday, March 2, 2009

Mud Run Registration

I think I have bitten off more than I can chew. My sister and I have decided to get in some sort of shape, but I hate just running or working out just to get in shape I need a goal. So we picked out Fort Worth Mud Run and possibly some adventure races this summer. I initially thought the mud run was a fun run through the mud and over some obstacles. More detailed study revealed the course to be 10 kilometers long (6.4 miles) and 18 obstacles. Military style. Ladders, hills, ropes, swings, etc. But if I do finish I will at least fill some accomplishment.

During registration we had to pick out a team name. All I could come up with was Tumbleweeds. Being from West Texas and Michelle's (my wife's) U6 girls soccer team she coached. But as always I thought of a better name afterwards. Mud Harvesters since my sister and I were both Pampa High School Harvesters. Anyways more information on my training for this. By the way when you are fat, pull ups are hard