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Peanut Wars

Tuesday, November 29th, 2005

Quote of the Day: “I hear so much about Ft. Bragg. Where is it?”
“It’s in the western part of southeastern North Carolina.”


I had a bad night’s sleep last night for the dumbest reason imaginable: I was craving peanuts. I told myself “no more snacks after dinner until the new year” and come about 9:00 PM, the jar of Planters started whispering. Then talking obnoxiously. Finally it turned to all out shrieking until I realized that was me.

But I held fast.

I went to bed with peanuts on the brain and about half-a-dozen times I woke up and almost went downstairs for just a handful. Luckily, I’m a lazy bastard and didn’t want to get out of bed.

When I got up, I felt like I had battled all night and won. Not happy but victorious.

This is going to be rough.

I got up at 0515 to start my post-Thanksgiving, pre-Christmas surge in the gym. Two-a-days to try to NOT look like Santa by the end of the year and the start was bright and early in the gym working back and biceps.

It’s really not fair to have 25-lb barbells doing sit-down curls and seeing Mr. Muscle-Puff in the mirror benching 235 for a warm up. I sat there staring like some little kid as he pushed out 15 without hesitating.

I decided I hated this person.

I also ran into Francisco Caceres, a fellow-MECEPer (MECEP is the commissioning program I went through). He was a Sergeant whose first year was my last in college and who also followed me to the Naval Postgraduate School, also doing the “first year was my last year” routine. He had actually been one of the Marines in the sword detail when my wife and I renewed our vows in 1997. I hadn’t seen him in a couple years and he had just been stationed here last October. We made plans to get together since he lives here in Fredericksburg (Spotsyltucky).

I had a good workout but it was blustery for the rest of the day with wind and rain. I guess we are currently under a tornado watch so that kind of sums up the day.

I’m 1 for 1 with the snackage and the battle is beginning again.


Free Advice for Today: “Rekindle old friendships.”

- H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

5 Comments - Join in the conversation below

  1. oh vipe. i feel for ya. two a days?! blech! you are no mister claus though… what are you smoking?!

    so. would it help if i downed a spoonful of peanut butter?! cuz i’m williing man… thats just the kinda friend i am!!

    Comment by alejandra — November 29, 2005 @ 10:00 pm

  2. So tired. So weak.

    Touch the peanut butter and I’m getting violent. Just back away from the jar…

    Comment by Administrator — November 29, 2005 @ 10:05 pm

  3. Two peanuts walk into a bar, and one was a salted.

    Comment by Ryan — November 29, 2005 @ 10:47 pm

  4. Ryan, stop it.

    Comment by Administrator — November 30, 2005 @ 9:01 pm

  5. Ryan that was awful u make myself and the other gonnabes cry.

    Comment by Floyd — December 1, 2005 @ 2:49 am

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