The Thoughts of a Frumpy Professor

............................................ ............................................ A blog devoted to the ramblings of a small town, middle aged college professor as he experiences life and all its strange variances.

Friday, July 03, 2015

Friday - No Drinking [sigh]

My in-laws are away on a trip, so I will not be visiting with my elderly father-in-law today.  That is sad.  Also sad, is that I will not have the opportunity to have a bit to drink.  It is no fun drinking alone, and my wife does not drink.  Not many folks are at work on Friday, so there is no one to go with after work either.  So, just call me the reluctant tee-totaler.


Thursday, July 02, 2015

My Nemesis and Mistress

It is the above that my weak, addled mind so craves, so desires.  It is what my receptor proteins on my neurons want to be stimulated by.  It is nicotine.  It is my nemesis as well, as it is governing me, not me governing it.  I want that to change.


Wednesday, July 01, 2015

July and Exercise....2481

Today, July 1st is the 2481st day of walking every damn day without missing a day.


Tuesday, June 30, 2015


Bioaccumulation is one of the big topics in physiology these days.  For those of us who consume meat, we are pretty damn high up the food chain and this can impact us greatly.  People who are more vegetarian or vegan will be a bit less affected.  However, EVERYONE is at risk, due to our polluted world.


Monday, June 29, 2015

Wanting and Doing Are Two Seperate Things

Most every afternoon and evening I start out with the idea that I am going to start my pipe tobacco free effort and I do.... until I get up in the morning.  I have had a difficult time refraining from the first pipe in the early morning hours at 5:00am.  I need to figure out a way to force myself past that time. 

Even though it is not much progress, I can say that I have reduced my pipe tobacco consumption by 1/2 during the last two months.  I should do better.  I will do better.


Sunday, June 28, 2015

From Mass This Weekend

'God did not make death,
nor does he rejoice in the destruction of the living.
For he fashioned all things that they might have being;
and the creatures of the world are wholesome,
and there is not a destructive drug among them
nor any domain of the netherworld on earth,
for justice is undying.
For God formed man to be imperishable;
the image of his own nature he made him.
But by the envy of the devil, death entered the world,
and they who belong to his company experience it.'

 - Book of Wisdom

The above was our first reading at mass this weekend.  It is valuable and important to think about.  I (and probably many others) get so tied up in such small worries and trivial problems that we fail to live our fullest with those we love.  I want to stop being so focused on the trival and to instead focus on the meaningful.


Saturday, June 27, 2015

Cleaning The Garage

Due to my own ineptitude and slovenliness, I have allowed the garage to get unusably messy.  Because of my sentimentality about all sorts of sh*t, I have a tendency to want to save things... a lot more than is appropriate.  In order to combat my nature in this regard, I have taken to watching the television show, "Hoarders: Buried Alive"  on TLC.  It helps me to fight the tendency I have, to want to SAVE damn near everything.  It gives me the resolve to not be like a hoarder.  It is actually far more helpful than I would have imagined.... almost akin to aversion therapy.  Or, like B.F. Skinner coined, "negative reinforcement".    I am now going to go back outside to box and/or trash more items.