Verde Valley Panorama from Mingus Mountain

I took this photo of the Verde Valley from the top of Mingus Mountain on 7/25 as the rain poured in!

 
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I used ArcSoft’s Panorama Maker 4 to stitch 3 pictures together, then I used Microsoft’s Picture Manager 2003 to sharpen it up.  When I loaded the panorama software, I learned that it’s best to turn the auto-focus and auto-exposure off to keep a consistent image, so since I didn’t do that with these photos you can make out the stitching on the right photo. Overall though I think this is a great pic…

This is definitely going on my fridge!

Volkswagen Carbon Neutral, CarbonFund.org, the VW Forest, and Clean Diesel

Carbonfund.org and Volkswagen partnered for the VW Carbon Neutral initiative which makes it easy for Volkswagen owners and friends to take action (read as.. pay) toward offsetting their carbon emissions.

The contributions of the Carbon Neutral Project will be put toward the re-forestation of the Lower Mississippi Alluvial Valley, a.k.a. The VW Forest.

The following Carbon Footprint and  “Offset Cost” is for my 2007 GTI with Automatic Transmission and 15,000 miles per year.

My Carbon Footprint Penance is $47.52.  The money goes toward rebuilding the VW Forest and I get a cool bumper sticker.. Not Bad!

Jetta Sport Wagon TDI Clean Diesel
On a side note: I’m considering a move to the new Jetta Sport Wagon TDI Clean Diesel but I expect it will be a tough trade off since the GTI is the love of my life *as far as cars can be..

We’ll see how the specs turn out on the Diesel.. Until then, I’ll keep romancing the GTI.  😀

Facebook Ad – The Real American Dream

I’ve always been impressed by the clarity and punch of Facebook’s tiny ads.  Check this one out…

I\'m Fat and Rich

Is this a stock photo?  I wonder if this guy knows he’s the poster child for the Real American Dream.  I’m curious how it got this way… Check out the US Obesity Trends 1985 – 2006.

What can you do?

  1. See the progression and what could happen
  2. Calculate your BMI (My BMI is 25; officially Overweight! I need to lose 16lbs)

Take Action!

  1. I’ve been rock climbing 3x per week for the last 8 weeks
  2. I started YOGA this weekend.. 2x per week…  Yoga is Brutal!
  3. I also cut down on portions and sweets.
  4. I feel better already.

Online Portion Control Resources
Portion Distortion Quiz
– See how portions have changed over the last 20 years and learn how much you’ll need to exercise if you eat the “Whole Thing”.