One fat geek's SUCCESSFUL attempt to regenerate into a not-so-fat geek by watching the entirety of Doctor Who while walking on a treadmill

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I Don't Want to Go

I Don't Want to Go

Not only did I not do any push-ups today, but I actually ended up at Urgent Care. I have a sinus infection, and am  now on antibiotics. Hopefully they will kick in rapidly, because four days from now I have a full run through of my Fringe show plus two performances. Right now I can't even sing a note. Should make for an interesting weekend.

Farewell, Donna Noble

Farewell, Donna Noble

Today is the first time in the fifteen months of this ridiculous project that I have completely mis-timed my treadmill session length. I always set it for 55 minutes, except for specials that run longer than a normal episode. What I forgot was that today's episode ran a full 65 minutes as the season finale. So as I was watching my treadmill abruptly stopped with its programmed time finished. I was so wrapped up in the ending of the story that I literally stood there for ten minutes transfixed. 

So let's talk about that.

Yes, We Know Who You Are

Yes, We Know Who You Are

So, I spent the day today wearing my son's clothes. How weird is that? Seriously, because of Reasons, I wound up wearing a pair of his shorts and one of his t-shirts, and they fit my just fine. My Mini-Me is just... me I guess. I also didn't do my workout until evening because frankly I was just too dang lazy to get out of bet at 6am. I can't miss any more days, though. I have counted it out, and if I do not skip any more days then i will finish on Sunday, August 5th. I only have one day for wiggle room, because on Tuesday the 7th I fly to Las Vegas for work and I absolutely want to finish this ridiculous project before I go.

The Missus and the Ex. Welcome to Every Man's Worst nightmare.

The Missus and the Ex. Welcome to Every Man's Worst nightmare.

In yesterday's post I mentioned that my wife and I had visited Balmoral Castle in Scotland a few years ago. It turns out that I am a moron (shocking, I know!) The place I was thinking of was Holyrood Palace in Edinburgh, which is a completely different thing. I was only off by about a hundred miles. Oops.

As for today's viewing, it featured the return of both Sarah Jane Smith and K9. Yay! Let's talk about that.

The Five (But Really Only Four) Doctors

The Five (But Really Only Four) Doctors

Good lord, what a long day. For the past eleven months I have been watching two 25-minute episodes per day, but this morning's viewing was the twentieth anniversary special that is effectively a movie with no breaking point. That meant that I spent a full 102 minutes on the treadmill, walking further than I ever have in a single day. Then I had a full day of work, and then a big birthday party. Aside from being Alexander Hamilton's birthday, today is my wife's birthday (and also my boss' birthday, and also a friend's birthday), plus my own birthday is on Monday. So we had a whole big thing planned for tonight. Unfortunately my wife has the flu and couldn't go out, but we filmed everyone singing to her. After that I had to go back to work to do a software release, and so now here I am at nearly midnight just finally writing this post.

So let's talk about the big twentieth anniversary special.

Farewell, Sarah Jane Smith

Farewell, Sarah Jane Smith

Ah, what a bittersweet day of viewing Doctor Who. At this point I have lost track of how many companions I have seen come and go. Some left huge impressions, like the original trio of Ian, Barbara, and Susan. Some came and went easily enough, like Dodo Chaplet. The most difficult to leave behind up until now was Jamie, but his departure was swept up all in one package with the Doctor regenerating and the format of the show changing to color. This one, though, hurts. At the end of today's viewing the Doctor dropped Sarah Jane back home before leaving to face Gallifrey alone, and I have to admit I teared up a bit. Maybe it was just sweat dripping in my eyes after fifty minutes on the treadmill.

Careful. That's not as 'armless as it looks.

Careful. That's not as 'armless as it looks.

For nine out of the last ten days I have weighed in at under 260 pounds, and I expect that tomorrow will finally be the day when the five-day moving average finally shows me at more than fifty pounds lost since I started this project. This makes me very happy. On the other hand, tomorrow will also be the last day that Elisabeth Sladen appears in the classic series as Sarah Jane Smith, and that makes me very sad. True, I have Louise Jameson's Leela to look forward to this weekend, but that's a whole different thing. The good news is, Sarah Jane goes out on a strong story.

So let's talk about that.

Weird Coincidences

Weird Coincidences

As I have worked through this project, I have encountered any number of odd coincidences (due, certainly, to the human mind's propensity to see patterns even where none exist). Today I noticed that today is Columbus Day (I know, I know, Indigenous Peoples Day), and I just finished watching a story set in the same year that Columbus set sail. This evening I also saw that news that a full restoration of Shada, the great unfinished story from the Fourth Doctor era, will be released next month. I counted out the days, and it will become available for digital download two days before I hit that point in my viewing. If I hadn't missed three days due to my Texas trip the week before last, I would have had to watch it slightly out of order. Instead, it will drop into place perfectly. How wild is that?

Anyway, let's talk about today's viewing.

In Fourteen Hundred and Ninety Two, Other Stuff Happened Besides Columbus

In Fourteen Hundred and Ninety Two, Other Stuff Happened Besides Columbus

You know, I am just so wiped out today I can't even think of anything pithy to say. I didn't even get on the treadmill until late afternoon because I just couldn't drag myself out of bed to get it done in the morning. Then I had kind of a rough afternoon with my son (some days dealing with autistic obsessions is hard, yo). But you know what? It's all good. I felt better after my workout, I had a nice dinner with my wife, and life is good.

But before I go to bed, let's talk about the awesome new backup TARDIS control room.

I'm just a mean green mother from outer space and I'm bad!

I'm just a mean green mother from outer space and I'm bad!

True story: I first heard of St. Paul's Cathedral in London because of Doctor Who. If you don't know anything about the show, you might think "that's nice."  If you are a big fan of the show, you might assume that I (a young American boy in the Pacific Northwest at the time) learned about it from the classic story The Invasion with the iconic scene of the Cybermen marching down the steps of St. Paul's. But no, my first exposure to the cathedral in pop culture was from reading the novelization of The Seeds of Doom. There is a scene towards the climax where someone asks the Doctor how large the Krynoid will grow, and he replies "About the size of St. Paul's Cathedral..." Ten-year-old me had to go to the school library and look it up in the Encyclopedia Britannica (fitting!) to understand the reference, and I went on to read all about the history of the cathedral and its importance during the Second World War. So there you have it, Doctor Who achieved its stated mission of being an educational television program for young viewers!

So let's talk about the giant plant.

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