Seeking Balance: Wii Fit

Not a post about meta. Instead, a post about my new Wii Fit.

This year’s frivolous tax return purchase was a Wii and a Wii Fit. For those who are curious about the cost, the Wii, Wii Fit with software, two controllers with motion plus, a charger and a couple of games ran us around $578 with warranties. We could probably have done the Wii and Wii Fit for around $500.

Our motivation for buying the Wii Fit was to put some jazz back into our exercise life. The bleak Iowa winter had taken us away from our usual early morning commute into the gym. We wanted to get equipment that wouldn’t be repetitive and dull, plus something that would motivate us.

When you sign into the Wii, you create an icon for yourself called the Mii. You can take this little avatar and transfer it into the Wii Fit. Once you’ve calibrated your controller and your Wii board to the Wii, you’re ready for your body test.

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My New Old Job

Last night’s board meeting made things official.

I mentioned that I have some good work news. Beginning in September, my job changes radically. What follows is the whole story, including background. I’m hiding this under a cut for those of you who are thinking, not writing, not interested. It’s long. If you’re just looking for good news, rather than the whole sordid analysis, scroll to the bottom.

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My Writing Sucks

from Jon Gibbs’ article about the James Frey workshop:

1. Sooner or later, you realize your writing stinks, but that’s okay because that’s the point in your career when you decide whether to quit or do what it takes to improve.

Here I am, standing at that very fork in the road. This is probably my evaluation at the end of year 3, usually done in May, coming to a head earlier than usual.

Let’s get a couple of things out of the way. This post is about something. It’s not a pity post. I don’t need to be told my writing doesn’t suck.


This isn’t an April Fool’s joke. I really do think my writing sucks. I also think it’s salvageable, but yes, it sucks.

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