Jen is in town this weekend, YAY!

I get to see the wife this weekend and introduce her to our new life in Florida (temporary housing, new job, and new friends).

She arrives Thursday and departs on Sunday morning. It will probably take her a half day just to defrost. This winter has been colder that normal and they've gotten near record amounts of snow.

We've got plans with my parents for dinner on Saturday, halfway between Jacksonville and Ocala.


Fitness Class: Day 2

We did laps today, a lap consists of running around a nearby church including stairs to the second level and on the west end doing tricep squats and the east end either wall-sits or curb lunges.

After that we did some work on the tennis courts with resistance bands and weights. I think there were some sprints in there too...

To finish up we did planks, side-planks and passed a medicine ball while sitting up with our legs raised. Some final cool down stretches and poof! There goes an hour workout.


Fitness Class Begins

Today the company sponsored fitness class began with a good showing of about eleven people. This class was a 'light' class that got the new people like myself familiar with the program run by Beaches area trainer Pushpa Duncklee.

To start we walked the normal path for her classes at Jarboe Park. Once we knew the course we were set to run a mile or five circuits of the smaller course. Following that my memory starts to get a little blurry. We did Sit-ups, Push-ups, and then weighted lunges and squats. Back on our mats we did stomach and side planks. And then well I forget. Somewhere in there I had to take a break to avoid dry heaving like our Project Lead Ryan did on his first day of class.

It was a good workout, I can't say it was fun but, it was far from horrible.

Before my five minute drive back to the hotel was over I was feeling better, energized, ready to run another fifteen minute mile (Official time 15:01). Heh.


Traveling with Batteries and the terrible, horrible, no good very bad day

Great way to end a pain in the ass day. As I am packing for my trip back to the beach I recall the new TSA restrictions on batteries.

I usually travel with my Canon 1D Mark II N, though you'd be hard pressed to tell that from my flickr feed. :S

The bad news is I had to decipher this confusing post of allowable types and quantities of lithium in batteries.

What it appears to boil down to is that the average modern laptop and cell phone are below the allowed 8grams. So, as long as you've only got two devices and they're both modern, tada! You're probably OK. But, as I've seen with the 1D security check points are arbitrarily different in what they will run through twice or pull me aside to more thoroughly check my equipment.

The 1D and all modern Canon cameras use Nickel Metal Hydride (NI-MH) batteries which are not restricted in any way.

The point is I had to spend 30 minutes investigating whether I can 'safely' take my same three items that I usually travel with (Canon 1D Mark II N, Apple iPhone, and MacBook Pro[1]) on my my trip home to Jax.

Special thanks to the Boing boing comments for both the laughs and helpful links on the subject of the new TSA Restrictions.

[1] Don't get me started (too late) on my on-going ordeal with Apple Support (Day 10) trying to get my MBP 'fixed'. I am posting this from said machine with the ominous warning to not turn it off "It doesn't want to boot reliably and we don't know why." Thanks to Brian and Dan at Apple Store Madison West though for the helpful support today. Now I get to turn it over to the Geniuses at Jacksonville's St. John's Center for further repair.