Sunday, March 11, 2007

Musing on the eccentricities of Quarter-Pint

Yesterday we went for a "small" hike in the Steven's Creek County Park with Joshin and Tiina. We intended to do a gentle 1.5 hour hike, but due to a confusing map and a ranger who really didn't elaborate enough, we instead hiked a very hilly 4.5 miles which took about 3 hours. I wouldn't have minded too much normally, but I still have a little phlegm in my lungs (yummy!) and had very sore quads from a small workout the day before. Also, we're not supposed to let Drew do too much activity for 3-5 days after the surgery. The length wouldn't have been so bad either without the lovely switchback hills. The view at the top of the hike was, I admit, fabulous. You could see the bay, downtown San Jose, the Pruneyard, and all the multi-million dollar mansions up in the Saratoga/Cupertino hills. (How do people ever make that much money?) Since quarter-pint never reads the blog, I'll take the liberty of making fun of him as well. (If you do ever read this, ah well you had it coming!) He was whingeing the entire second half of the hike. Now considering my phlegmy, sore-legged condition, I wasn't thrilled about all the hills either, but really, there was nothing we could do about it. Adam, Tiina, and I really didn't want to turn around since the map said we were already halfway through the loop (not to mention that those one-person-wide switchbacks would be a biotch on the way down!). Plus it was noone's fault because our map didn't have clear mileage information. Anyway, I could probably use the butt workout. ;)

Not sure if it has anything to do with the activity, but Drew's scar is looking a bit raw today so I'll probably call the vet tomorrow morning if it's still really red. I'd feel horrible if it was our fault, but it may just be that it's not healing well.

Now to continue making fun of quarter-pint, I have to mention an episode from last night. Adam barbequed a chicken and we all ate together over here, but since quarter-pint gave up alcohol for lent, he couldn't have any of Adam's beer or his fiancee's wine. In the car back he was complaining that it was hard not because he wanted to binge drink, but because drinking beer is a very social activity. I told him I understand this more than he knows because with my migraine sensitivity I'm usually the one who can't drink, and along with other friends, he harasses me for not having a drink when we're out. So what did he do? He bought O'Douls non-alcoholic beer. Now correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't this basically cheating? Yes, I know there is no alcohol in O'Douls and he gave up alcohol for lent, but the point of giving something up for lent is that you are sacrificing something you enjoy in the spirit of Christ's sacrifice. Yes? Correct me if I'm wrong (and I am paraphrasing for the sticklers among you). Drinking a non-alcoholic beer gives you the ability to still enjoy the social activity in the same way as before while technically only giving up the alcohol itself, but isn't the social enjoyment of beer part of what should be sacrificed for lent? Otherwise he may as well give up peanuts because that wouldn't be hard at all (he's deathly allergic, btw). Well that's my opinion anyway. Speaking of, I didn't get to have any of the tasty wine last night because I was fighting a migraine, and after abstaining, I still woke up with a splitting headache. Grr. And now we have O'Douls in our fridge because it didn't taste good. (Really? Non-alcoholic beer tastes like crap? Who'd have thought it?)

Since we got home pretty late we weren't able to get any of our to-do list done, so we're making up for it today. I still haven't finished that section I mentioned in a previous post, so I'm working on it today, while Adam does some errands. Should finish today though--fingers crossed. Guess that means I better stop blogging and start working.


Joseph R. Ruthruff said...

Non-alcoholic beer is still beer. If I had chosen to give up alcohol, I wouldn't be buying O'Douls. (Besides, it tastes like crap.)

I hope Drew's balls are okay!

Ross said...

Non-alcoholic beer actually has some alcohol in it too. Hehe. And Joshin thinks it tastes like crap too. Pretty funny

Kristen said...

Ah, Joshin is a total whiner! I hiked for over 7 hours for my last job with Hike for Discovery! SUCK IT UP, MAN!

Joseph R. Ruthruff said...

On pg. 79 of the first e-mail anthology, Angie said the following: "As to poor Limp Dizzle, (h)e has been getting s*&# on this week..." I think it is Quarter Pint's turn, only we are ganging up on him rather than the other, more graphic thing. ;)