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Taken from the Cancer Blog:

“A U.K. researcher confirms what many dog lovers already know — dogs are good for your health.

Apparently, dog owners are generally healthier than non-pet-owners. They have lower blood pressure and cholesterol, suffer fewer minor ailments, and stray from serious medical problems too. Dogs can prevent their owners from getting sick, help them recover more quickly when they do fall ill, and they can even warn of cancer, heart attack, epileptic seizures, and hypoglycemia, says Dr. Deborah Wells from the Canine Behaviour Centre of Queens University in Northern Ireland…”

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Had this thought last night while roasting Caroline at Jackie’s restaurant.

“An arrogant winner is a loser.” – Mazhar Khan 1.13.2007

For those who don’t know, the Wikipedia has this to say about what a “Roast” is:

“A roast, in North American English, is an event in which an individual is subject to publicly bearing insults, praise, outlandish true and untrue stories, and heartwarming tributes.

It is seen as a great honor to be roasted, as the individual is surrounded by friends, fans, and well-wishers, who can receive some of the same treatment as well during the course of the evening.

The party and presentation itself are both referred to as a roast. The host of the event is called the roastmaster. It is also known as a burn, as one is insulted (usually a skew on what said person spoke), various peers will call “Burn!”. In short, it is both the opposite and the same as a “toast” [citation needed].”

I’d like people to know that, there is a fine line between cracking a joke at someone and getting them to laugh with you and not knowing when to shut up. Ending up pushing the limits and offending someone.

If you’ve ever been hurt by my burns or comedy, chances are you deserved it. Probably left you laughing at yourself.

For the rest of y’all. Thanks for bearing with the randomness and scrutiny. You know I love you all.

Laugh a little.

You don’t have to be retarded to be retarded.


As part of my motivations for 2007, which includes implementing 43 Folders and Getting Things Done, I’d also like to cut down and possibly quit smoking cigarettes before the end of the year. Smoking kills, yet I can’t seem to stop. I’m sure every smoker knows the feeling.

Personally, as someone who has tried to quit several times already – its my belief that the best ways to deal with kicking the habit are:

1) Motivation – nothing beats motivation. If you’re firmly convinced of a fact, no one can change your mind. Conviction is 90% of the effort.

2) Positive smoke free environment – if your friends smoke cigarettes, it’s definitely harder to quit. Try to avoid social situations where you’ll be tempted to smoke.

3) Change in habits related to smoking – such as not having a smoke after meals / coffee etc… This is the hardest step, but with small steps such as reducing by 1 cigarette consumed per day.

4) Minty alternatives –  chewing gum, eating Mentos, Tic Tacs etc will clean your breath as well as give you something else to do.

I’m sure there are a lot of methods out there to quit, the key is to do what works for you… obviously it hasn’t worked for me yet, but there’s always a reason to try again.

Leave it to Lifehacker – which is one of my FAVORITE sites for life hacks/tips – to have a link to a Windows program that apparently helps people kick the habit.

“Windows only: Freeware program Quit Counter helps motivate you to quit smoking by tracking your progress and milestones.

The milestones, which track statistics like cigarettes not smoked and money saved (based on information you enter into the program), look like the best part of this utility. Quit Counter is the first freeware app I’ve run into designed to help you quit smoking, but I wouldn’t be a bit surprised if there were more out there, so if you know of a similar tool, let’s hear about it in the comments. Check out our smoking tag for more on kicking your smokes to the curb. — Adam Pash “

Download Quit Counter v1.2 from

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