It's All Goodnow……

Gym story….

Gym story:

I’m at the gym tonight.  There is a trainer working with two girls.  They are doing bicep curls….nothing unusual.  And then I look up again.  The two girls are face up on a stretching table, side by side, and the trainer is on top of them stretching them both at once.  It was the most bizarre thing.  I just thought to myself:

1. That man has a great job.

2. How are these girls allowing this?

3. I bet they are slutty….

4. Is this actually a stretch?

5. I wonder if he can get fired for this. 

6. If I took a video of this I could sell it on the internet. 

7.  Both of these girls are a 7.  Combined, this guy is on top of a 14.  That’s a good day for him.

8. I wonder what they are talking about…

9. There must be some law against this.

I managed 7.3 miles in an hour and 449 push ups.  So far.


The NFL draft is over hyped.  3 days of this?  Really? 


The weather is perfect tonight.


I spoke to my cousin tonight.  Always good to catch up with her.  She and I were buddies as little kids.  Love knowing that she is doing well.


Going to see Avenue Q tomorrow night.  Quite the crew going.  My grandfather and uncle are coming from Maine.  It should be a great time.

Besides, I have heard that the play is a bunch of Muppets that swear and are vulgar.  My kind of show.

Earth Day suggestions

Earth Day – Andrew Goodnow’s suggestion for a better world.

So because today is Earth Day I did not drive my car (don’t own one), I took public transportation (as I do every day), and I unplugged all of the non-essential appliances in my apartment (my electric bill was $45.55 last month and I live in an apartment the size of a small walk in closet, I save where I can). 

Here is my list of what I think people can do to make the world just a slightly better place:

1. Drink tap water.  Use a Brita or a Pure of whatever you need to make your water taste better and stop buying bottled water.   Seriously, if you are drinking bottled water and you are sitting in your own house, you might as well take the money out of your wallet and burn it.  Think of how much oil it takes to get Fiji water from FIJI to your local grocery store.  There is a reason that shit costs $5.25 a bottle.  It cost a lot of money to get it here.

2. Run outside.  When you can, you should.  Not only does it feel better to breathe in the fresh air, but you aren’t powering a treadmill, a TV, or a personal AC unit.   Besides, running outside makes you tougher.

3. Dimmer switches.  (Please do not attempt to install if you are not a licensed electrician.  I have electrocuted myself before. Not pleasant.  Your hair does, in fact, stand up when it happens.)

4. Unplug things.  I never leave my cell phone or laptop charger plugged in.  I unplug my TV when I am going to be gone for any longer than 24 hours.  I keep my DVD player unplugged.   It is actually very annoying.  Just typing about it irritates me.  Maybe I should attach them all to a power strip I can turn off…….(see that brilliant ideas that come from writing down random thoughts.)  But then there is still something plugged in.   I wonder if it uses any power when it is off?

5. I turn my fridge down when I leave for more than a day.  (This did, however, backfire on me once.  It involved salmon and some yogurt.)

6. Ride your bike.  I wish I could ride a bike, but I don’t dare to do so in fear of a few things

a) getting run over by a taxi

b) getting into a fight with a taxi driver

c) getting run over by a taxi and then fighting the driver when I am at a severe disadvantage due to having been run over by said taxi.  It would be a bad scene.

You can see the things that keep me up at night.

7. Flush your toilet.  I don’t care what anyone says about it being good for the environment to not flush your toilet unless there is solid matter in there.  It is just gross.  This goes for when you are in your office too.  Don’t be that guy…

8. They should eliminate street parking in NYC in favor of bike lanes.  You should not own a car in this city and if you do, you should have to purchase a parking space. 

(By now you can tell that I don’t own a car and I’m jealous of those who do)

9. Restaurants should be forced to send all left over food to food banks. 

10.  According to the NYC mayor’s office 25% of cabs are hybrids.  Good start.  But can’t they make some bigger hybrids?  We put a man on the moon 50 years ago, can’t we build an energy efficient car with a back seat that can comfortably accomodate 3? 

11. Skip the plastic bags and napkins when you can.  I have more fucking napkins at my desk and in my apartment than I know what to do with.   There is 1/8th of a tree sitting in my napkins on my desk.  They will come in handy if I ever spill at 248 oz Big Gulp……….

12. Don’t litter.  Littering is for assholes.

13. Do not club a baby seal.

Earth Day 2010: The natural world

One week without a cell phone

I’m going to go a week without bringing any form of technology outside.  For one week I am going to keep my cell phone, blackberry, and laptop in my apartment.  I have been feeling overly attached to technology recently and I think that this will be a good exercise in moderation.  I’m not completely cutting off technology.  Just changing the way I interface with it for a week.  I’m interested to see how it goes. 

Here are the rules:

1. I can use my cell phone while inside.

2. No texting.

3. No removing cell phone or blackberry from apartment.

4. E-mail is permitted as long as it is done from inside.

I plan on enjoying being outside.  Not being distracted by inconsequential things during the day that don’t really matter.  Frankly, I’m looking forward to this.

It starts on Monday.

Now some thoughts:

1. Esquire is quickly becoming my favorite magazine.  Read the article on Usain Bolt.  I love how the writer throws in the lines about all the condoms strewn about the room.

2. I did 5 push ups yesterday.  So… are telling me that going to Happy Hour after work and drinking until 11 gets in the way of doing productive things?  I never would have guess that…..

(A reason this blog is good for me:  I was supposed to get drinks after work tonight, but will go to the gym and do several hundred push ups and run 6 miles instead.   If for no other reason than writing that I was a drunken slob last night makes me want to be less of one today)

3.  I will give you one guess as to what I am doing on the floor space in my cubicle right now………

( I can not wait for someone to walk by, preferably my boss, and say “What the fuck are you doing?”)

25, 26, 27………………………

4. I’m debating on whether or not to pull my money in my 401k and put it into a fixed income vehicle.  I have a feeling that the market won’t be going up much more than it already has.

5. I want to try acupuncture.  I’m not sure why.

6. I need to do my expenses for my trips to Chicago. I hate doing expense reports.  HATE it.