Living ~400lbs

… and believe me I am still alive

March 2013

  • Quotes: Work

    Every time a man expects, as he says, his money to work for him, he is expecting other people to work for him.  — Dorothy L. Sayers Work is the curse of the drinking classes. — Oscar Wilde If you don’t want to work you have to work to earn enough money so that you… Continue reading

  • Weight Talk, Business Travel Edition

    I’ve been working with people in the UK and German offices of the company I work at since I started.  Now that I’m a manager, my boss mentioned that a trip to Germany for training may be in the works. …which would mean flying while 400lbs. In the interest of being diplomatic, I expressed interest… Continue reading

  • US: Where Your Taxes Go

    It’s tax season in the US.  It feels like it’s always tax season, since we’re always debating taxes, but now’s when we’re actually doing our own personal returns. Last year the White House put up a calculator to show the breakdown of where taxes go in the system.  It’s still up, even if it’s a… Continue reading

  • Quote of the Day

    Scientists who study obesity at the cellular level say genetics determines people’s natural weight range, right down to the type and amount of food they crave, how much they move and where they accumulate fat. Asking how someone got to be so fat is as meaningless as asking how he got to be so tall.… Continue reading

  • Typing “Fat People Are” into Google

    I understand if anyone doesn’t want to read this.  But it says something about our society. When typing “fit people are” into Google,* it helpfully tries to finish the thought for me, providing “more successful”, “happier”, “harder to kill”, and “smarter”.  The search results are similar. Typing in “thin people are” shows options like “better”,… Continue reading

  • Music Monday, Monday

    “Monday, Monday” by The Mamas & The Papas. (Oh, and do I need to point out that Cass Elliot died of a heart attack, not choking on food?  And the heart attack is likely related to her fasting and other extreme weight-loss attempts?) Continue reading

  • Kickstarter, Storytelling, and A Kitten

    People are talking about Kickstarter a lot.  Indie musician Marian Call, who organizes some of the most organized shows I’ve helped with,  organized a very successful Kickstarter for her first-ever tour of Europe.  And did the tour, and has released the live album that the Kickstarter promised.  Oh…and blogged about it. A lot of it comes… Continue reading

  • Late Forties?

    On if the things that WordPress includes in its blog statistics page is “referrers”, aka, links people have followed to my page. Some are perennials, such as search engines and other fat blogs.  Recently one was to a forum I didn’t recognize. Curious, I followed it to a discussion of fat and health, where I… Continue reading

  • Things to Read

    A clear explanation of why  New York’s fat hatred is much more harmful than the soda ban from Melissa McEwan: People do not die of “obesity.” Some fat people die from complications of what are commonly known as “obesity-related diseases,” like heart disease and diabetes, but those diseases have only been shown to be correlated with fat, not caused by fat.… Continue reading

  • Quotes: Truth

    “Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; Truth isn’t.” —Mark Twain “…a truth you don’t understand is more dangerous than a lie.” —Mira Grant, Blackout “I never did give anybody hell. I just told the truth and they thought it was hell.” — Harry S Truman “You can’t… Continue reading

  • Naming

    Seeing discussion of women changing their names again.  (Sigh.)  But there is something is often NOT said about this, that I think should be: Practically speaking, it takes time and money to change your name. Social security office, driver’s license & car title – those are often the main things people think of.  If you go… Continue reading

  • Music Monday: Whistle While You Wait

    When it’s your first time in Tok and you’re broke and just limping down the line And it’s forty below and you know that they know that you’re a hopeful from Outside And people speak distinctly as if you’re foreign And you forgot to plug your car in And you’re clearly overdressed, even for winter… Continue reading

  • International Women’s Day

    Happy International Women’s Day.  You might want to check out the free album Talis Kimberley created for International Women’s Day: On Thursday I saw someone tweet that she’d like to celebrate International Women’s Day but she’ll be busy with “precarious part-time work”, housework, and child care. This started me thinking.  International Women’s Day isn’t all that big… Continue reading

  • Quotes: Rich

    “The rich are always advising the poor, but the poor seldom return the compliment.” —Lord Chesterfield “The poor have sometimes objected to being governed badly; the rich have always objected to being governed at all.” —Gilbert K. Chesterton “When a man tells you that he got rich through hard work, ask him: ‘Whose?’” —Don Marquis… Continue reading

  • “Parent-Free Life”

    Today I’ve lived a year without my parents.  We didn’t always agree, and we especially didn’t always agree about my weight, but they were my parents and I loved them.   I am not my parents.  Mom, Dad, and I were three very different people.  I grew up thinking of myself as one side of… Continue reading

  • Wealth Inequality

    You may have seen this chart on the actual, perceived, and ideal distributions of wealth in the US. Wealth inequality refers to this unequal distribution of financial assets among US residents.  It’s related to income inequality, but refers to what you keep as opposed to what you get.  Income inequality has also been increasing in the US.  If… Continue reading

About Me

Former software tester, now retired heart patient having fun and working on building endurance and strength. See also About page.

Post Categories