1. Wednesday, March 5, 2003

    the subway stopped at Vermont + Beverly 

    and the conductor said there were some technical difficulties ahead of us and it wouldnt be a very long delay, which means there will be a very long delay.

    pretty much the only thing that can go wrong on a subway line is either the train in front of us is stuck, or the swtiching systems are malfunctioning. at 8:30am either one of these things means for you to get the hell out of the train and up to the surface where you can catch a bus.

    the 754 vermont express arrived and i saw a bus half filled with people with ashes on their foreheads and i thought to myself, ah, it’s ash wednesday. hi ash wednesday.

    even though i was raised Catholic i still have no idea what the ashes and Jesus are all supposed to mean, but i do remember that ash wednesday means that it’s the first day of Lent and you’re supposed to give up something for 40 days and 40 nights.

    when i was a kid i used to give up stuff like M&Ms and watching Benny Hill at night.

    this year i was thinking about giving up being a dumbass, but i’ll never make it 40 nights of that.

    so this year i will give up smoking.

    i dont smoke all that much, just a little when i drink, or if im stressed out, or if a bunch of people around me are.

    still, it’s a bad habit and i think it would be good for me to see if i can pull it off for the next month. sometimes it’s good to keep your hobbies in check from turning into habits.

    i also see ash wednesday as being something that people could start doing that they havent done in a while. and i can think of two things that i would like to do for the next 40 days.

    i would like to do 100 curls every other day for the next 40 days. and i would like to run a total of 6 miles a week. currently im running 0 miles a week and doing maybe 50 curls a week.

    teengirl the other day was feeling up my arms and saying that im way more buff in person than i am in my blog but i think she was just trying to butter me up. she even had me flex. it was funny.

    i would also like to read a page from the Bible every day for 40 days.

    lets see if i can keep these goals.

    but the real question is, what are you giving up for Lent?

    stiff drinks