The World According to kcillini77

May 25, 2008

Back by popular demand

Filed under: Friends,Laziness,Me — kcillini77 @ 7:06 am

I’ve gotten a few requests that I post here again.

Honestly, it’s not that I haven’t wanted to.  It’s just that I am, well, lazy.

But for my three loyal fans, I am ready to return to blogging.

So here goes.


January 24, 2008

I’m obese, you’re obese…

Filed under: America,Me,weight — kcillini77 @ 8:04 pm


I love all the news reports that we are continually assaulted with showing a nameless faceless person walking around with some extra junk in the trunk. America is facing an obesity epidemic!!! Listen, I know we as Americans are addicted to the junk food and we have a lot to learn from the rest of the world about calorie intake and exercise. I’ve struggled with my weight for years. I lost 50 pounds in 2002 and have slowly put 30 of it back on.

Last week some guys at work decided to form a group called the “Fat Boyz” and work toward a goal of losing 5% of our body weight in six weeks and 10% in 18 weeks. Today was my first weigh in and I was down 4 pounds in a week. I’m proud of that, and I hope to keep it going. I’d like to lose about 20 pounds or so. But here’s what really gets me irritated. The BMI, (Body Mass Index) appears to be the tool that everyone is using to determine one’s relative health. You can calculate yours at sites like this.

You’ll notice that there are only 2 considerations – height and weight. There’s a disclaimer that if you’re muscular or athletic it may not apply, blah, blah, blah. But there is another factor that just seems blatantly ignored. Where is the dropdown menu that asks you if you are an “M” or an “F”? My wife and I are the same height. Apparently we are supposed to weigh the same. Jen has always maintained a healthy weight, but shortly after her pregnancy she was toward the higher end of the “normal” range and felt like she needed to lose weight. When I lost my 50 pounds in 2002, I was still considered 2 pounds overweight, but was in a 32 inch belt and wearing medium T-shirts. To reach the lower end of the “healthy” weight range I could have dropped another 43 pounds, at which point I think I would have needed to keep lead weights in my 24 inch jeans to keep from blowing away.

This group of guys trying to lose weight is even further evidence that the BMI calculator “healthy” weight ranges applies to females and needs an adjustment to be applicable to males. With all work clothes on (I specify this because I am right on the border and a lack of clothing would change my status) 12 of the 13 guys in our contest weighed in classified as “obese” for their height. If you were to look at the 13 of us I guarantee you would not classify more than 2 as obese.

Listen, most of us could stand to lose a few pounds. But the next time you hear the sky is falling warnings about how 60% of the population is obese, take it with a grain of salt. We may not all be quite the tub o’ lards we’re labeled as. Maybe more like bowls of margarine.

December 13, 2007

I suppose I owe an update…

Filed under: Family,Me — kcillini77 @ 8:44 pm

…after my “pouring it on” post.

We have a new furnace and it works.

The car had a faulty water pump and some other stuff going on.  It was a $700 repair but not catastrophic.

Brinton developed pneumonia, was treated with antibiotics and is doing very well now.

The washing machine also had a faulty water pump (what is it with us and water pumps) but that is now repaired as well.

So, we remain cash strapped for the time being, but we have our health, shelter, and each other, and therefore all is good.

December 4, 2007

My motivation for my erratic blogging

Filed under: Blog,Me,Pastis,Pearls Before Swine,Sarcasm — kcillini77 @ 8:16 pm


(If you’re having trouble reading it, click on it and it will clear up a little)

November 26, 2007

Pouring it on


When it rains it pours.

Everything happens in threes.

Well, here we go… in the span of the three days since Thanksgiving:

1) Furnace goes out… could be fixed to function for $500, but also has cracks in the heat exchanger meaning if we continue to operate the furnace family could die in the night from CO poisoning. Family got to spend 3 nights at the in-laws, and I’m home from work now typing as our brand new furnace that I don’t have the money for is installed.

2) Jen’s car has been leaking coolant for a couple weeks. Assumed it was a cracked hose and topped it off a couple of times. Finally got up under it yesterday and found it’s not a cracked hose. Don’t know what it is, but have an appointment to take it in to a shop tomorrow. My pessimist brain has already determined that they’ll probably tell me it’s a crack in the engine block and I pretty much need to buy a new car. Which I certainly don’t have the money for.

3) Brinton woke up from a nap yesterday with a 103.2 degree fever. For those of you without kids, they would send us home from the emergency room if we had taken him in – they don’t get too anxious about fevers in young kids under about 105, but another thing to add to the stress. Oh, and we did take him to see the doctor today – which means a copay – and a prescription. Which I have no money for anymore. See (1) and (2) above.

Anyway, here I sit in a house full of things with a family that loves me waiting to come home when the heat returns and complaining about how rough I have it because for pretty much the first time in my life I have some uncertainty about how I’m going to pay for something I need. And I’m reminded of all the people that do not have what I have and that don’t have people to love them and I feel selfish. And blessed. And undeserving. And angry with myself for my lack of faith. And stressed out. And fat. I ate too much this week.

There’s a lesson in here somewhere. Comment if you find it.

July 15, 2007

Ecclesiastes 7:3

Filed under: America,Christianity,Family,Me — kcillini77 @ 6:47 pm

Sorrow is better than laughter,
because a sad face is good for the heart.

I’ve had a few people comment to me recently that they have looked at my site and seen no entries. Why is that? I really didn’t know – I just hadn’t been extremely motivated lately. As I looked a little deeper into my recent thought patterns, I realized that lately I’ve just been a little, let’s say blah. I haven’t been particularly depressed – I’ve had a great time vacationing and spending time with family, but I just haven’t been feeling very wordy or worthy. And then I came upon this wonderful post of lament from iMonk, and I understood. I haven’t been posting lately because I tend to write when I feel close to God and when I’m “at my best.” If I’m going to be authentic, I need to start putting my thoughts down even when I’m not feeling up. That’s probably when the best stuff will flow too. So I apologize for my absence, and I look forward to sharing again.

May 25, 2007

Latest KC Star Column

Filed under: America,Christianity,Church,Ethics,Family,Me — kcillini77 @ 7:05 pm

You can find my latest (and last, for now) column in the Kansas City Star by following this link.

May 1, 2007

I’m not a mean guy…

Filed under: America,Beer,Food and Drink,Me — kcillini77 @ 6:08 pm

A photographer from the Kansas City Star took this picture of me at the Parkville Microbrew Festival last Saturday.  I was having a conversation with a fellow beer enthusiast I had just met, and wasn’t aware the picture was being taken until afterwards.  I just want to say if I’ve ever talked to any of you and you thought I looked mean, I apologize.  I will try to work on that.

Matt at Parkville Microbrew Festival

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