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    That's bizarre. The FE results are out in AZ.
  2. I have a feeling it will be a while. They seem to be a little slow. I sent in paperwork last spring to see if I could get any additional work credit (I passed the Oct '08 exam) so that I wouldn't have to wait another year to get my license. I've followed up with phone calls and emails. No response. Looks like I'll have to wait out the year. Good luck!
  3. Thanks for the input on the guitars, Wolverine. I did purchase the Alvarez PD85SAV! And... I do believe I got the last one. If you click on it now, it says 'unavailable'. Woohoo! She sure looks to be a beauty.
  4. Turning 30 isn't all that bad. I've been 30 now for about 2.5 months. Look on the past decade and see what you've accomplished, and imagine where you'll go in the next. The sky is the limit! Does anyone remember this from the Chicago Tribune? It seems appropriate to post. It's interesting to take a fresh look at it now. ------------------- "ADVICE, LIKE YOUTH, PROBABLY JUST WASTED ON THE YOUNG" by Mary Schmich June 1, 1997 Wear sunscreen. If I could offer you only one tip for the future, sunscreen would be it. The long-term benefits of sunscreen have been proved by scientists, whereas the rest of my advice has no basis more reliable than my own meandering experience. I will dispense this advice now. Enjoy the power and beauty of your youth. Oh, never mind. You will not understand the power and beauty of your youth until they've faded. But trust me, in 20 years, you'll look back at photos of yourself and recall in a way you can't grasp now how much possibility lay before you and how fabulous you really looked. You are not as fat as you imagine. Don't worry about the future. Or worry, but know that worrying is as effective as trying to solve an algebra equation by chewing bubble gum. The real troubles in your life are apt to be things that never crossed your worried mind, the kind that blindside you at 4 p.m. on some idle Tuesday. Do one thing every day that scares you. Sing. Don't be reckless with other people's hearts. Don't put up with people who are reckless with yours. Floss. Don't waste your time on jealousy. Sometimes you're ahead, sometimes you're behind. The race is long and, in the end, it's only with yourself. Remember compliments you receive. Forget the insults. If you succeed in doing this, tell me how. Keep your old love letters. Throw away your old bank statements. Stretch. Don't feel guilty if you don't know what you want to do with your life. The most interesting people I know didn't know at 22 what they wanted to do with their lives. Some of the most interesting 40-year-olds I know still don't. Get plenty of calcium. Be kind to your knees. You'll miss them when they're gone. Maybe you'll marry, maybe you won't. Maybe you'll have children, maybe you won't. Maybe you'll divorce at 40, maybe you'll dance the funky chicken on your 75th wedding anniversary. Whatever you do, don't congratulate yourself too much, or berate yourself either. Your choices are half chance. So are everybody else's. Enjoy your body. Use it every way you can. Don't be afraid of it or of what other people think of it. It's the greatest instrument you'll ever own. Dance, even if you have nowhere to do it but your living room. Read the directions, even if you don't follow them. Do not read beauty magazines. They will only make you feel ugly. Get to know your parents. You never know when they'll be gone for good. Be nice to your siblings. They're your best link to your past and the people most likely to stick with you in the future. Understand that friends come and go, but with a precious few you should hold on. Work hard to bridge the gaps in geography and lifestyle, because the older you get, the more you need the people who knew you when you were young. Live in New York City once, but leave before it makes you hard. Live in Northern California once, but leave before it makes you soft. Travel. Accept certain inalienable truths: Prices will rise. Politicians will philander. You, too, will get old. And when you do, you'll fantasize that when you were young, prices were reasonable, politicians were noble and children respected their elders. Respect your elders. Don't expect anyone else to support you. Maybe you have a trust fund. Maybe you'll have a wealthy spouse. But you never know when either one might run out. Don't mess too much with your hair or by the time you're 40 it will look 85. Be careful whose advice you buy, but be patient with those who supply it. Advice is a form of nostalgia. Dispensing it is a way of fishing the past from the disposal, wiping it off, painting over the ugly parts and recycling it for more than it's worth. But trust me on the sunscreen.
  5. p.s. DK (or anyone else interested) - I've got a great pdf book about music theory if you want to learn. The file is too large to post here. If you would like, I can email it to you. It's a little over 5MB.
  6. Wow! You guys are amazing! Thanks for all the advice! I was pretty much a lost sheep until now. I will most likely buy one in the next week or so and start some lessons. I know it's completely different from a wind instrument, but I'm hoping my two years spent as a music performance major will help. All that music theory and aural skills training is going to waste! And I agree... You're never too old to start something new. $3,800 for a guitar is insane. The most I've paid for an instrument was 3k for a Leblanc Opus A clarinet... for orchestral purposes. Another question... does hand size hinder playing the instrument well? (NC mentioned sausage fingers, which is why I'm thinking about this.) I've got fairly small hands and can barely spread an octave on the piano. I can't wait to get started! :p10940623:
  7. Hi everyone! My new year's resolution is to learn the guitar. Do you have any recommendations for a decent beginner's acoustic guitar? I'm looking for something in the (less than) $300 range, with tone being of primary importance. Any input would be greatly appreciated. Thanks, and have a great new year!
  8. I think one of my favorite lines was from Mr. Chow... "Toodeloo mutha fuckaaaahhhsss!"
  9. Hi everyone! I know I'm not a contestant but I feel like I've been playing this game for the last 3.5 years. In March 2006 I think I was at my all time high of 160 pounds. Looking back at photos now I can hardly believe I let myself get that way. At 5'-2", there's not a lot of room to hide excess weight. Now, at 30, I've been able to maintain 120 pounds for 10 months. I fluctuate about 2 pounds on either side of 120, but I am fairly consistent. I really began exercising around Christmas time of '06. I would go to the gym three to four times per week, using the elliptical and lifting weights. From then through 2007 I lost around ten pounds, but still wasn't seeing the results I wanted. At that point I examined my diet and started to cut. I didn't cut what I was eating, just how much. I still eat pizza, ice cream, burgers, drink beer, etc., just in moderation. It's all about calories in versus calories out. Anyone saying anything different is trying to sell you something. For what it's worth, a few suggestions: Check your BMR to get started. This will tell you your base metabolic rate, or how many calories you burn if you were to just laze around on the sofa all day. Mine is less than 1330, so I really have to watch how much I take in. Count your calories. I'm kind of obsessed with it, but it's really easy to do. I try to stay between 1300 and 1400 per day. Any exercise I do just adds on to the calories that I burn. Remember that one pound is roughly 3500 calories. Watch your portions. I usually cook on Sunday nights so that I have all my lunches set to go for the week. I put the food into small Tupperware containers so that they are already portioned. I will also snack on grapes and granola bars. Everyone knows that restaurant portions are massive, so as soon as I get my meal I cut everything in half and immediately put half of it in a 'to go' box. I read that some people are cutting out sweets. That may work in the short term, but if you want a piece of chocolate, eat it. Eating 3 to 5 hershey's kisses now is much better than gorging on half of a French silk pie later. To curb hunger, I eat those Chewy peanut butter chocolate chip bars. They're 100 calories and will tide me over for at least 2 to 3 hours. And, I get my peanut butter/chocolate fix. Mmm. Dleg and DVINNY are absolutely right. Exercise is great for many reasons, but it's not everything. As previously mentioned, you need to roughly burn 3500 calories to lose a pound. Thinking of it this way, a typical runner does not burn that much by running a marathon. So yes, definitely exercise, but watching what you eat is just as important, if not more. I've attached some progress photos that I dug up. They're a little fuzzy because I had to scale them down quite a bit in order to get under the 250k limit. It took a while, but I think I'm finally at a place where I'm happy. Good luck to everyone! comparison_2009.pdf
  10. I will likely have a white Christmas though, as long as Chicago gets some snow. Just hoping my flight doesn't get delayed...
  11. As expected... no snow in Phoenix. It was around 75 on Saturday, which warranted a visit to the local brewery for lunch and a beverage. I sat outside in the sunshine, wearing shorts. Of course, come July everyone will be inside avoiding the sun at all costs.
  12. Classic! I will be sure to avoid that location at all costs. I normally visit the one on University east of Rural, anyway. Although I'm sure they have similar practices... ugh. Maybe I'll still to BK and Jack from now on!
  13. Which McD's was this? I must confess I occasionally make a stop on my way home from Noble... (ASU's eng library for the non devils in the crowd)
  14. I'm really looking forward to it. :p10940623: Neither one of us have done a Disney event. She lives in Chicago and I live in Phoenix. It sounds like quite the adventure! I'll be looking forward to the most magical poo on earth.
  15. Wow! I'm doing the race this January, too! My sister and I will be doing it together. It will be my first, and most likely my last. As you said, the training is intense!
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