Moving Back Home

December 18, 2013

After some time away, I have brought MODU’s Musings back home to WordPress.com.  After not being able to use my private site as often as I’d like, I determined it wasn’t worth paying for the hosting fees.  (Real life has a way of taking away your free time.)


Jets win without Sanchez or Tebow!

December 2, 2012

As you know, I’m a NY Giants guy. I love me boys in blue, but I also like the Jets. Not because of who is on their team, but because Bill Parcells use to be their head coach. Even though he’s been gone from the team for years, I still keep hoping they win, especially if it means that we could see a NY Giants/NY Jets Superbowl!

With that aside, I think the worst game of the week has to be today’s game between the Arizona Cardinals and the New York Jets. Not because the score was only 6 to 7 with the Jets winning by a lone touchdown, but because the Jets had to pull Mark Sanchez after throwing 3 intercepts (and possibly the season). Tim Tebow was out due to a rib injury, so the Jet’s had to bring in Greg McElroy to lead the team to victory. The rookie threw for only 5 completions for 29 yards, but that was enough to score the winning touchdown in the fourth quarter.

The Cardinals are no better off since they are playing rookie Quarterback Rindley behind center in his second start trying to keep the team out of the basement of the NFC West. Starting Quarterback Kevin Kolb is injured, and backup QB John Skelton has been benched because he couldn’t help stop the losing streak of the Cardinals started in Week 5.

With both teams playing their third-string rookies, they totaled 101 yards combined; 198 if you include the yards by Mark Sanchez. 198 yards is what you would expect from a single QB after four quarters, not from three (with one being the starter). Injuries suck, and I never want to see a player go down, but I would expect that with all the money being paid to the players out there, the back-ups would at least be able to break 100 yards.

Let’s see what happens next week.

artificial grass phoenix


Where am I?

November 24, 2012

It’s odd how time can fly. You blink twice and the next thing you know half the year has flown by. Sorry for being silent lately.

So where have I been? Well, there was Vacation Bible School (VBS) this past Summer. I spent six weeks designing and building an 8-foot by 3-foot HO-scale train layout for the kids. They loved it! (It is currently sitting behind my chair as I type this.) I will have to upload the photos for you.

There was also my experiment with Neobux. I ended up cashing out $8.76 for only clicking on simple little ads. For the amount of “work” involved, it was a relatively easy $8.76 I’ve made in recent years.

Then of course there was the Presidential Election. Regardless of your political affiliation, Presidential Elections are always fun and exciting. With this being the prime season for my political site, most of my free time was directed there.

So what’s left? We have the holidays coming around, meaning free time will be consumed with either preparations for the holidays (and holiday shopping) and end-of-the-year work at the office. Plus there is all the work at the new house, so I think all my vacation time will be spent scrubbing walls and ceilings rather than enjoying the skyline from Chicago rooftops or nature from mountain camping. Maybe that is what awaits in 2013.

Until then folks, I hope you have a very special holiday season, and may 2013 bring you many good fortunes!


Product Test: Exploring Neobux

June 11, 2012

“Where have you been?”

Sorry everyone.  I know I haven’t been too chatty on here lately, and I apologize.  As far as where I’ve been, the answer is “everywhere”.  One of those places is the service I want to introduce to you.

Neobux is a PTC – a paid to click – service where you click on ads in exchange for payment (between 0.1 cents to 2 cents per ad).  It doesn’t sound like a lot, but I have seen users who have earned a few thousands of dollars through this service.  But before I encourage you to sign up, I wanted to try it out first.

I registered with Neobux on 5/30/2012, and after my first 11 days, I have:

Advertisements seen:  321
NeoPoints received:  341
Money earned:  $0.722 (an average of 0.25 cents per ad)

I know $0.722 doesn’t sound like much, but the real money potential comes from having referrals.  With most advertising sites relying on referrals, you were forced to go out and ask your friends to sign up and/or rely on third-party individuals blindly signing up under your referral link.  Neobux is different.

With Neobux, you can “rent” referrals to earn money for you.  Starting at 60 cents, you can rent as few as 3 referrals at a time.  As long as they are clicking on ads, you are making money.  Unfortunately, sometimes you have referrals that are inactive.  Don’t worry.  You can “recycle” these referrals for new ones that are more active.  Can you recycle your friends that register as a courtesy to you but never actually use the service?

I’m not going to recommend you signing up for Neobux yet.  I’m a waiting to save up $1.00 (probably by Friday at this rate) before I rent my first referrals.  After two weeks, I’ll reassess how much money I have made (or lost) to see if it is worth to continue using the site for another month.  So check back each weekend to check out my progress.


2012: The next six-week challenge

March 5, 2012

It’s 2012, so I’m due to start working on my next six-week challenge.  I’ve managed to keep the weight off that I lost last year while training for the Tough Mudder, so the new challenge would take me down near 190 pounds.  A year ago I thought getting down to 195 pounds was almost impossible since I wasn’t successful in prior challenges, so to think I could get down to 190 pounds back then wouldn’t have ever crossed my mind.  Now that I know losing weight is possible, 190 pounds is definitely reachable.

My friends have asked if I would do the Tough Mudder again this year, and I’m not 100% sure that I would.  It was fun, but it was brutal as well.  We’ll see.  But in 2012, I think I want to get away from the running aspect for something that’s easier on my knee and hip (issues that I had problems with last year).  I’m currently leaning towards retiring my 20+ year old bicycle for a new one that better fits my body.  There are plenty of hills around in my area, so it wouldn’t be an easy ride by any means.

Of course, there’s another way I could lose five pounds, and that would be by changing my eating habits.  While I eat well, there are things that I could change in order to easily shed some weight.  My friend that did the Tough Mudder with me always said “Just think of how much lighter you’d be now by eating better!”  I’ve been working on that as part of my New Years resolution, but not a major change.  Another  thing I could do is one of those clean detox programs.  Some are done by following a strict diet for a few weeks, while others are done with supplements.  While this is a good process to clean your insides and lose weight, it doesn’t fall within my exercise concept.  Maybe I could consider trying this after the six-week challenge to see which of the two had the better results.

I don’t have a date yet as to when I’ll start the challenge, but I will keep you posted.


Speechless – haiku

February 25, 2012

Sitting here in thought

Dying to say how I feel

Screaming in silence

– Author unknown


I am a Tough Mudder

October 26, 2011

I DID IT!

It wasn’t easy (or graceful), but after 6 hours and 8 minutes, I crossed the finish line of the Tough Mudder held in Wintergreen, VA on October 23rd, 2011.

When I started down this path in May, my focus was on running. As I chronicled on here for the first three weeks, my run time improved slightly, but I was missing my goals of being able to run four miles because travel and uncooperative heat in the evenings. What I didn’t report was shortly after the six week period, I injured my hip, sidelining my efforts to go out and run for about a month. By the end of July, I returned to running, but cut back to running just a few nights during the week to allow my body to recover, and I switched to doing more indoor work with the P90X and Insanity workout programs.

It was the latter that I feel helped me more in this event, since it focused more on cardio, which in turn improved my endurance level. Much of the event dealt with walking/running up and down steep grades, requiring more than just leg strength. In fact, my back was more tired than my legs on the Death March up the ski slope, which I don’t think straight run-training would have prevented, let alone improved.

In the end, I completed the challenge with the help of my coworker. In the final two months, we trained together in the evenings, changing up our routines each night. We worked on upper body, legs, and cardio during the final weeks with the focus on being able to tackle all obstacles (both the fixed structures as well as the distance between them). I think together we were more productive than if we tried this on our own, and to that end, I give him a lot of credit for me being able to complete the event.

On to the stats!

Weight: When I started, I weighted 202 pounds. While my weight did drop down to 193 pounds, I weighed 195 on the day of the event. That’s a net drop of 7 pounds . . . something that I have not done during any of the prior six-week challenges.

Chest: I dropped from 40.67 inches to 39.67 inches since May; a reduction of one inch. To be honest, I am a bit surprised by this because of all the upper body weight training I did. I thought they numbers would be much closer.

Stomach: Conversely, I thought the loss around my stomach would have been greater. I started out at 39.42 inches, but ended up only at 38.75 inches (a net loss of 0.67 inches). Maybe I didn’t do enough ab work?

Waist: One change I easily noticed was the drop around my waist. I lost 1.17 inches during all this training, falling from 38.17 inches to 37 inches. If you recall, my waist measurements were bouncing all over the place during the six-week challenge. While those fluctuations occurred, my pants usually fit the same. Now . . . they are looser, requiring the use of a belt.

Glutes: My biggest disappointment was the glutes. I started out at 42.67 inches, but ended up only at 42.42 inches (a loss of just 0.25 inches). I would have thought with all the leg work (not to mention the loss around the waist) that my butt would also shrink at a similar rate. I guess I can’t complain, since a decrease is a decrease.

Well, that’s it for this challenge. We’ll see if we can keep the body in this current position until the next challenge comes around.