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John Stone's Picture Gallery and Video Archive

Discussion in 'Media Threads' started by John Stone, Feb 1, 2004.

  1. DFS

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    All true, but I think we are arguing different points here. Again, it's NOT the same...no one is saying it is. But it is AN addiction and it can lead to some of the same life devastating events. That was my point.

    In addition, it's a much harder addiction to realize. For one, you may never have to realize it. Say for example, you're in the porn industry...then being addicted is no big deal. But if your a priest, different story. If your spouse is into porn also, again...no biggie, she likes porn too. But if you're a college kid looking up porn on a regular basis and an addiction arises, and then you find a partner who isn't into it and you say "ok, I'll stop"...think again, most can't...and an addiction is realized.
     
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  2. John Stone

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    When I was fat and a smoker I suffered from quite a few chronic health problems: shortness of breath, persistent coughing and wheezing, IBS, acid reflux, insomnia, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, back pain, stress, depression...

    What's disgusting is that despite many trips to my doctor to address those ailments, he never once suggested that I look at my diet, lose fat or start a program of regular exercise. He prescribed all kinds of medications, none of which helped at all. I've been to other doctors since then, and they are all pretty much the same.

    I can honestly say that every single one of the aforementioned chronic health problems have been 100% ELIMINATED, and have been for a long time. I take absolutely no prescription medication. I did it by eating right, eliminating soda, drinking lots of water, cardiovascular exercise and weight training.

    It all seems so logical to me now, but back then I was not educated about such matters. I relied on my doctor for help, and he let me down. Only by taking my health into my own hands was I able to improve my quality of life.

    Doctors (at least in the US) are failing us in spectacular fashion. Pharmaceutical companies don't want you to improve your health the right way, they want you as a customer. The doctors are bought and paid for, and willing accomplices. I think it's wrong, and downright dishonest.

    I'm not saying all medications are bad. Modern medicine is wonderful when it's really needed. I also realize that some people will not change their diet and begin to exercise because they just want to take a pill. That doesn't absolve doctors from at least trying to give the best solution.

    Sorry, I'm going off on a tangent now... :)


    Absolutely! Great job, Reno! :tucool:

    Very well put, and totally true. I was doing the bare minimum to get by before, but now that I put real effort into the things I do my life has changed quite a bit.

    Thanks for the kind words! :o
     
  3. DFS

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    So John, tell me what you really think about daylight savings?
     
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    We can ALL move to Arizona. The land where DST is but a memory. Then again it's hotter then hell there.
     
  5. JoeSchmo

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    Oh man, I LOVED today's update. My girlfriend absolutely hates daylight savings time. Why does she hate it? Because every year, when I lose an hour, I go on an enraged screaming rant for a good 30 minutes about the irrationality and stupidity of DST, and how, if it were in my power, I would kill its inventors with slow torture. She gets to hear this rant every year. This time, she reminded me via phone to change my clocks because of DST, and then promptly hung up before I could get going... :lol:
     
  6. John Stone

    John Stone Every day is Leg Day
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    Since I mentioned the landscaping today on the main page, I thought I'd reproduce this post from my New Home Contruction Journal up here in the public forums if anyone is interested in seeing how it came out...

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    Today was a very exciting day for me because phase one of the landscaping was completed! I'm really happy with how the landscaping came out. Beyond happy, actually. The entire feel of the home has changed for the better. This is the home I've had in my mind's eye for so long...

    There are actually going to be two more phases that will take place over the next few weeks:

    Phase 2 will add a massive (it will be around 100 feet long!) and very dramatic bed to the side of the house (more on that below), and an additional 18 foot Queen palm and some other plants will be added to the right side of the driveway. A large bolder will also be added to the bed near the curving sidewalk.

    Phase 3 is going to be the "Kustom Kurbs" seamless brick edging. More on that below, too.

    First, here's frame #33 in the animation:
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    In this shot you can see the Magnolia (far left), 3 Queen palms, a Sago, a low dense topiary and lots of other stuff like Azalea, Nandina, India Hawthorne, Texas Star Ligustrum, Verbena, Ilex Shillings and Dwarf Mexican Petunia:
    landscaping_front_phs1_1.jpg


    Here's a closer shot from the same angle:
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    One of the Queen palms:
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    This is the bed near the curved sidewalk. In this bed I've got a Pindo palm, some Ilex shillings and other ornamental plants. Behind the palm are about a dozen "knockout" rose bushes. The rose bushes will get much larger this spring and will be covered in hundreds of blooms around nine or ten months out of the year:
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    This is the side of the house that is going to have a lot more work done. The bed just behind the Magnolia that ends at the queen palm will be extended all the way back to the end of the fence! The bed will wind and curve and be filled with all kinds of beautiful plants, palms and trees. The landscape designer is still finalizing his plans for this area. He said it will be as dramatic, if not more so, than the front of the house. Also, the bed around the Magnolia will be enlarged and elongated and more plants will be added there, too. The shapes of the beds will work together to sort of form "rivers" of grass. I can't wait to see it when it's all done!
    landscaping_front_phs1_5.jpg


    Finally, here is a quick picture of my neighbor's "Kustom Kurbs" so you'll have and idea of what I'm talking about. We'll pick a different style and color to better match our brick pavers, but this is the basic idea. These seamless borders will be installed around the edges of all the beds and provide a nice finished look to the yard:
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  7. daciz2

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    You have a beautiful home. And those skies look good too. It was +10 degrees celcius here in canada. God I love spring.
     
  8. euan

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    Looks amazing John! Loving those big palm trees!
     
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    QFT baby!

    Reading some of this stuff brings back memories of what I went through before I decided to change my life.

     
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    that is a beautiful home and a beautiful piece of property!
     
  11. DFS

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    Hey John, any landscaping plans for the backyard?
     
  12. John Stone

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    Thank you! It sounds like it's warming up nicely up there. :tucool: I like 50 degree (F) weather, so long as it's clear outside.


    Me too! All those palms give the home the lush tropical feel I wanted. Landscaping makes such a difference to the overall look of a home. I enjoyed the landscaping at my old home a great deal, so doing something cool here was a top priority.


    It's amazing what healthy food an exercise can fix, isn't it? :nod:


    Thank you! We're really enjoying it. :)


    Absolutely, but we are going to wait until we install a pool back there to do anything with the landscape. We want to design the landscaping around the pool.

    I still want to keep a large grassy area of the yard clear for running around with the dogs, but the pool area itself will have quite a bit going on. I want a very natural feel to the pool, with lots of rocks and waterfalls, and there has to be a grotto. I want the pool area to be surrounded by lots of plants, flowers and palms. The goal is to make it feel very secluded and lush.
     
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    Wow John, what a beautiful home and landscape you have created!

    I haven't posted in a long time, but I lurk occasionally still and wow, am I impressed. You have been working hard on getting that new house for a long time. Congratulations! You deserve it!
     
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    WOW! Thanks for the detailed and passionate response, John. I have had doctors recommend weight loss and even provided diet guidelines, but they weren't very sensible and even their weight targets for me were pulled off a chart that didn't take my build in to shape. I've come to realize that doctors, like one's parents or boss or clergy, are human as well and susceptible to any human failing. Also, I've realized finding a good, competent, trustworthy health professional takes a lot of effort which is really unfortunate.

    I've been having issues with reflux and stomach pain (gastritis) lately and I'm sure the stress of being off routine isn't helping. The reflux is the worst it's even been which is why I submitted my response to the rather opportune post regarding the issues you overcame to get in shape and change your life. I've had high cholesterol forever and diet and exercise haven't made it move a single point either way. I keep at it, though.

    Thanks again for the response! It's good to hear you overcame all of that!



     
  15. DFS

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    John, you going anywhere on vacation? I think you said you're just hanging around the house. I've read your updates for quite sometime now and I remember lots of vacations, but when was the last time you "went away" on vacation? I know Lisa travels for work a lot, but it's time for you to get to the west coast or Vegas or something. :D

    I just booked my honeymoon (getting married on 8/8/08) at the Luxor in Vegas for 11 days. I love Vegas, been there about 5 times. This will be my first "real" vacation since May 2003! Can't wait for the all-you-can-eat buffets!!!:eat::eat::eat:
     
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    I'm pretty curious how you get back in the flow of work after a long break. I took a couple of weeks off over Christmas and I was useless for a few weeks after I got back. It seems every time I take off I realize how much going back to the grind of working is no fun.
     
  17. John Stone

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    Thank you! It's been a lot of work, but well worth it. I really love my new neighborhood and home. :)


    My pleasure. That's a subject this is near and dear to my heart.

    You mentioned acid reflux, which used to be a big problem for me. I found that once I started eating healthy and eliminated ALL carbonated beverages, the problem went away 100%. :nod:


    Well, I've got family coming to stay with me, and it should be very relaxing and fun. For me, cooking with my mom and the rest of the family, hanging out, watching movies and just talking and catching up are about the most relaxing things I can think of.

    Because I'm the Senior Network Administrator where I work, it's very tough for me to get away for an extended period of time. Unfortunately there is no one to back me up, and that's part of the trade-off, I guess. I make a good living and I get to work from home, but there's a flip side to the coin. I'm not complaining, it's a choice I've made and I'm happy with it. :)
     
  18. John Stone

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    You mean work, as in my job? Haha, I don't have a choice. I'm pretty much thrown right back into the fire the day I come back. Actually, because of my position, I generaly have to do some amount of work every day even while I'm "off".
     
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    Phase 2 of the landscaping was completed today. Below is a reproduction of the post I made in my New Home Contruction Jourmal (link in my sig).

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    My landscape designer, Vince, outdid himself today. I can't believe this is my house. I'm not saying that in a "braggy" way (after all, I had nothing to do with the design); I'm saying that because my friend made our house look incredible, and I'm proud of him and very pleased with the results.

    It was late in the day when they finished, so these pictures are pretty dark. A lot of detail has been lost, and they really don't do the work justice. I will take all new photos after phase 3 is complete (the continuous brick edging, which starts tomorrow and will take around 3 business days to complete).

    First, here's frame #34 in the animation:
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    This is the right side of the garage, which was completed today. We've got a bottle brush, a few firepower plants, a firecracker plant, a large Podocarpus and a magnificent 17' Queen palm:
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    Moving to the left side of the home, all kinds of new things can be seen here! All four Queen palms are visible in this shot; there's a Pindo palm in the foreground with newly added rocks to the left and right; the bed around the Magnolia tree has been enlarged and now contains lots of colorful Nandina and other plants; finally, a few Azaleas in the bed against the house are visible...
    landscaping_front_phs2_2.jpg


    This is a shot from across the island on the curve towards the new bed on the North side of the house. On the far left you can see the row of 4 mature Canary Island Date Palms, and on the right the new large bed just below my office window:
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    The view looking back towards the front yard...
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    A closer shot of the circular bed under my office window:
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    This is the view at the far side of our property line looking towards the front. There's a row of 4 Canary Island Date Palms on the right side of the shot, and on the left are a couple of 15' Crape Myrtles flanked by 2 Cassia plants. Between each set of of Crapes/Cassias is a large Pindo palm. The Crapes are bare now, but in the summer they will be loaded with incredible, long lasting dark red blooms. Also, the Cassia plants will bloom with magnificent, large yellow blooms. There are also a few rose bushes just out of view here, and 60 Jasmine plants that will form a nice dark green ground cover as they grow over the next year...
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    Phase 3 starts tomorrow!
     
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    Your house looks really amazing. I really like the design and the colors. I think all the greenery really accentuates it very nicely. I'm also trying to imagine what it will all look like in 20 years when the plants and trees have grown.

    I'm curious, are you on a corner or something? It looks like you have a huge amount of space, both front and back. And hell, even on the side.
     

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