Day: February 4, 2008


it was free and good

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Being a lover of coffee, and somewhat of a coffee snob, I would never give the machines in our break room a chance in hell knowing what came out would be a putrid watered down broth. For me coffee has to have a smooth taste and must be created using proper beans. The variety offered in the machines must be like the apples used to make cider, old and not something to be used or sold in any form that might allow the customer to see what goes in. Oh I’ve seen where cider is made and how a shovel is used to pick up the filthy, half rotten, apples off the equally filthy floor. There’s no way a vending machine would offer anything resembling quality black gold.

Last week, to celebrate the grand opening of yet another break room, the vendors offered free drinks from the coffee machine for a week. The only thing I was remotely interested in was the hot chocolate which was of course drained before I got a chance. A coworker that sits in the cube next to mine was drinking coffee and it smelled really good which got my coffee itch going full force. I mentioned my need for coffee and she said the machine had free coffee that tasted pretty decent. My reaction was to stick my letter opener in her eye and twist. Well that’s what I wanted to do anyway.  Being completely desperate I figured what the hell, it’s free so what do I have to loose. If it tastes like I think it will I will just dump it on her head, a win win. So we made our way to the break room and she suggested the Cafe Latte w/sugar. I entered the three digit code and the cup dropped into place held by encrusted metal spatulas. The machine made a sound like it was grinding the beans, and maybe it was, followed by liquid dripping and beeping sound indicating the delicious beverage was ready to “enjoy.”

Taking the cup I wasted no time tasting the coffee and hoping for something at least tolerable. To my surprise I found it to be a little more than tolerable, in fact it was strangely good. No good like a smooth cup of coffee from a coffee shop but good like a coffee you would drink in a metal shop or some place that involved oil, rubber and stamping machines. I walked back to my department, finished off the cup, and found myself craving that weird machine like taste again. 

Today is the second day I’ve paid 75 cents for something I vowed to stay away from.

Stil drinking this stuff like twice a week.



week three

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Entering my third week of the growth accelerator workout and once again I’m mixing up the days. This week I plan to workout on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday with perhaps one day of cardio. My plan was to implement cardio into my workout schedule but it’s not something I’ve stuck with up to this point. At first I had a workout partner on the weekends which worked great but for whatever reason we’ve not been to the gym together in a while. So far I’m very happy with the results I’ve seen as my body fat has no doubt gone down with my muscle mass going up slightly. By the beginning of next month I plan to get another assessment to see where my numbers are except cardio, I know that still sucks.

My eating has been pretty good for a while now with staying away from an excess of junk food or things that don’t add much value to my diet. The only true weakness I have right now is Starbucks almond vanilla latte which to be honest is something I WILL continue to enjoy for as long as they have the almond. After that I’ll have to consider other options but I’m not saying that choice will be really good either. Really I don’t want to completely limit myself to only healthy food because that’s just not realistic for me and would probably result in things slipping back to the way they were with a really bad diet.