Saturday, January 06, 2007
so sayeth God?
I find it interesting that so many people persecute homosexuals in the name of religion while most of the people shouting the loudest live lives which go against the same Bible they so proudly thump in righteous indignation.

This guy made a video which kind of sums up the "pick and choose" mentality of many of these people.

Check it out here.
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An update of sorts
I've gotten quite a bit of email this week (some which I still need to respond to) asking where Todd and Penguin and Girl and Monster are.

This has been a busier week than usual at the paper. I worked a few late late nights on a story which I can't go into detail about. So, the comic is the first to suffer.

I wish it weren't the case, believe me. I would love to have more time to draw the comics. In an ideal world, I would be syndicated and making enough to focus on just the comics.

But alas, this is not an ideal world.

All week I've been contemplating Todd and Penguin and Taking Up Space and mulling over the possibility of combining them into one comic. It would give me a chance to be more topical and darker yet I could still keep the sweet stuff.

I could alienate Todd and Penguin fans by doing so.

9 out of 10 people I know prefer Taking Up Space. However, if you look at readership, Taking Up Space doesn't have nearly the numbers Todd and Penguin has. Though, given that Todd and Penguin is more established and publishes more regularly, readership numbers might not be an accurate guage of what is more popular.

Feel free to weigh in here or email me your thoughts.

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Friday, January 05, 2007
Good music
Found some cool mellow music I've been listening to.
I haven't bought it yet, as ITunes doesn't sell it so I've just been listening to the songs on the website, which provides a flash file of each of the songs. Check it out.
Karine Polwart
My particular favorite is song one, Hole in heart.

Here's a Youtube video of a different song.

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Monday, January 01, 2007
Project One Year Community
If you are trying to lose weight this year and want to blog about it, stop on by the Project One Year Livejournal Community. Started off strong last year and fizzled off. But with a new fresh year, I figure I could try to revive it.
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New Year, new resolutions
Wow, last year went fast.
As some of you might know, I attempted lose 100 pounds last year as part of a contest and wrote about it every other week in the newspaper. Below is the last column of the contest. I'll post a proper blog Monday evening where I will discuss resolutions.

Current weight: 342
Weight on Dec. 17th: 343
Weight lost: 1 pound
Starting weight: 351
Left to lose: 91 pounds

Project One Year : losing is the hardest part.

“Being fat is never feeling comfortable with yourself...Being fat is not wanting to eat in front of people…Being fat is hiding your body under a jacket in the
middle of summer throughout your high school years…Being fat is being told by your doctor that you will die if you don’t change your habits.”

Those are the words which I wrote when I began this journey one year ago. I found myself reading them again this week as I contemplated the monumental failure called Project One Year. I have lost a lot in the one year that has followed:

I lost my keys more times than I care to admit.

I lost my wallet an almost equal number of times.

I lost my patience driving on Palm Coast Parkway even more.

I lost pets.

I lost loved ones.

I lost a lot of things… other than weight.

Oh yeah, I also lost a trip to the Bahamas (which was the prize being offered by our Publisher, Eric Gayton, if I were able to lose 100 pounds.)

I was so full of optimism last year. Back then, one year seemed like such a long stretch. How could I possibly fail? I have a whole year! Funny how quickly a year can fly by while you are busy doing other things. The best of intentions lost in the everyday business of life. Time I once devoted to working out became occupied by other things. Work mostly, but other obligations became obstacles, too - friends, family, and all the other things that you just have to do.

In the end, though, I realize it all comes down to me. I didn’t make the time to do what I needed to do. Each day, week and month that went by, I found myself telling myself the same lie -- I’ll try harder the next day, week or month. Before I knew it, I was out of time.

With that comes a new realization. That’s how I’ve lived my whole life. Putting things off until a later date.

When I was a chubby teenager, time seemed to stretch out infinitely. The future was some far off distant object which couldn’t come soon enough. Then, during my 20‘s, I as convinced that things will change. Now, halfway through my thirties, I am saying the same things. Tomorrow always looks so full of possibility. I’m young-ish, there’s still plenty of time.

Only there isn’t.

As this year has proven, time runs out before you know it. Will I be facing this weight problem in my 40’s, telling myself the same lies over and over? If so, I can be certain that my days will be numbered due to some health related malady.

There is an oft-used quote attributed to several authors, including John Lennon, which says, “Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.”

In other words, no matter what you plan on doing, life is made up of the actions you choose to do.

It’s that simple.

And that difficult.

The past year of exposing my weaknesses every other week to thousands of readers has been a… weird experience. I don’t know what else to call it, other than “weird.” I was surprised by the variety of people that emailed, called and approached me to wish me well, offer advice, or even an insult. I’m honored that so many of you would take the time to read or care about what some fat guy has to say even though for a while it appeared as if I got my goals confused and was trying to GAIN 100 pounds.

My boss has not repeated the offer this year so the only Project One Year for 2007 will be the one I fight privately where the only prize will be my health.

I’m not giving up, though. I can’t. Not after I’ve lost a whole nine pounds!

All joking aside, as of January 1st I’m starting over with renewed commitment. A year behind, but a year wiser of what didn’t work, and hopefully what I need to do to finally lose 100 pounds. This battle is far from over.

Thank you, readers, for letting me enter your homes, workplaces, cars, bathrooms, or wherever you read this. I hope, even in failure, to have helped someone -- even if that help is only providing the knowledge to those sharing my battle that you are not alone in this fight.

Here’s to the next year!

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Name: Blogger Dad
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I was a reporter at a Florida newspaper, where I covered city politics and draw editorial comics. Now, I'm a Blogger Dad (click the link for my webpage - the blog on the bottom is for Todd and Penguin) in search of a job and attempting to write a book or four. I'm also a cartoonist, how most of you know me, who draws Todd and Penguin, Taking Up Space and the occasional other titles, featured on I'm married (sorry, all you ladies interested in overweight guys who spend too much time drawing) and have a one year old son and two cats. Three of the above mentioned poop way too much!
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