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post #10921 of 11274
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Originally Posted by tds101 View Post


Vegetarian diet is excellent. And adding meat occasionally isn't the problem. It's all the soda, breads, pastries, pasta, cake, candy, processed foods that do it.

And as far as the unhealthy living longer - not so. I was a heavy smoker when I got cancer. I quit smoking and I'm now cancer free for 5+ years. I was also a majorly heavy drinker. Having a drink or 2 a day is good for you. I was in the "unhealthy" range. I could drink a liter of vodka and I wasn't drunk.

People often get cancer due to genetics, or exposure to carcinogenic chemicals. It's better to enjoy life by trying to be healthy, than to just go with the flow and do as you please - suffering a painful death. No way am I going down without a fight. Having cancer made me think this way.

No, I know living unhealthy isn't good in any way (except if you enjoy it, then it's good in one way). I meant more as in the pople in my surroundings: those who live healthy seem to be the ones who get terminal or serious diseases while the unhealthy get their dosage of luck and duck some major bullets. Personally, I've got quite a few diseases and disorders, some could be terminal, but I've been anything but healthy (drugs, alcohol, OD's and so on), so I suppose I've gotten what I "deserve" (no, I deserve a good life, but I'm jokingly bitter since I was born with those things and not a result of an unhealthy lifestyle).

 

Still, diabetes is scary. I've got it in the family as well. 

post #10922 of 11274
If God had intended for me to only eat vegetables, he would have given me long ears, whiskers, and a fluffy cotton tail. biggrin.gif
post #10923 of 11274
I think it's more one of those deals where you simply make note of a person that lives healthy and then dies of cancer or heart disease, but we aren't surprised when the big guy that lives on cigs, Big Macs and Jack Daniels has a stroke, so we don't think twice about it.

I think what is actually happening is that as you age, more people you know get sick and die. Because my company is in life sciences, we track the death rate of our patients (our patients all have a disease that requires them to have oxygen - ie, COPD, etc) The average holds absolutely constant at a touch under 9% each month - yet the number of patients we bring onboard is growing by leaps and bounds every month. Some of that is good marketing that switches an existing oxygen patient to our products, but there's also no doubt the overall total population of patients continues to grow - and 9% of those patients will die every month. It's a sobering fact!

Sucks to be mortal...

Now - don't misunderstand me - I'm not saying "eat, drink & be merry, for tomorrow ye shall die" - I wish I lived healthier and I know I should. I'm not going to become a twig-eater, but I'm also not going to start sucking cigarettes and bathing in PCBs...

My brother is a good counter-example to the health nuts - he is 8 years younger than I am. He's always been a health & exercise nut - goes to the gym, runs several miles, eats hideous whole-grain and no-salt cr@p - the poster child for a 60 year old that wants to live forever.

Except...

He's had knee surgery to completely rebuild the knee he blew out while hopping over a fence on his way to softball practice. He was getting steroid shots in his shoulder for several years, has had one shoulder surgery already, and is now scheduled for a shoulder joint replacement. He takes blood pressure medication as well as several other regular meds. Does he feel better than me? Except for the chronic issues, yeah, he probably does - but I'm not sure his lifestyle is worth the trade.
post #10924 of 11274
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Originally Posted by Magick Man View Post

If God had intended for me to only eat vegetables, he would have given me long ears, whiskers, and a fluffy cotton tail. biggrin.gif

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I feel like when it comes to one's health, balance is important. Imagine if somebody told you that you could add an additional ten years to your life and that you stood a good chance of being in excellent health right up to the end, but that in order to achieve it you'd have to give up a large number of the things you enjoy. Would you do it? I can't answer for anyone else, since it's a personal choice how valuable a longer life may be (e.g. maybe you'd like to see your kids and their kids growing up for longer, etc.), but to me at least this would be an extreme course and I wouldn't be interested in pursuing it. On the other hand, I'm not under any illusions that eating six fried Twinkies every five minutes is going to result in a long, healthy life in any but the most unusual cases. I don't do either of these things, thankfully, but I'm closer to the Twinkies than I am the ascetic, sweet-free life. I imagine that most people are closer to the Twinkies.

 

Somewhere between these two extremes is where I'd like to end up. I could exercise more. I do walk around a lot, though that's just because I have a habit of pacing and walking in circles when I'm mulling stuff over in my head. I could drink less pop (this is probably my worst habit). I could eat salad more often, and cut back on the bleu cheese dressing when I do. I could probably list a dozen things I could change just off the top of my head, and all of them would be incremental improvements that wouldn't result in me being entirely miserable.

post #10926 of 11274
The more Argyris posts, the more I believe he is my brother from another mother. Some day, I hope to have a chance to buy you a beer!

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post #10927 of 11274
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Originally Posted by billybob_jcv View Post

The more Argyris posts, the more I believe he is my brother from another mother. Some day, I hope to have a chance to buy you a beer!

beerchug.gif

 

He seems very wise for his limited years....much more so than when I was that age (and maybe even now). 

post #10928 of 11274
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Originally Posted by billybob_jcv View Post

The more Argyris posts, the more I believe he is my brother from another mother. Some day, I hope to have a chance to buy you a beer!

beerchug.gif

 

 

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Originally Posted by Achmedisdead View Post
 

 

He seems very wise for his limited years....much more so than when I was that age (and maybe even now). 

 

Aw, shucks guys. I'm blushing here. :biggrin:

post #10929 of 11274
OK - it's time for me to get a new work phone. I'm currently using an HTC 8X (Windows 8 phone) on Verizon. I love Windows 8 on the phone, but I hate the reception I'm getting. This thing is CONSTANTLY dropping calls. Since it's part of our corporate account, I need to stay on Verizon, but I'm not sure if the reception issue is a problem with Verizon, or with the HTC 8X or with Windows 8 phones in general. My personal phone is an iPhone 4S on AT&T, and my reception is FAR better. Right now, sitting at my desk, my Verizon HTC 8X has no service, but my AT&T iPhone 4S has 4 bars. This drives me freaking crazy.

So - assuming I have to stay on Verizon (I may move the whole company to AT&T, but that will take months), should I stay on Windows Phone and get a Nokia 928, or should I move to Android? I really don't want a second iPhone - that would just be confusing. I suppose I could get an iphone 5C, so I could still tell them apart, but I kind of like having them be completely different, and I really don't want to have to invest in lightning cables. I have had Android before, and I have absolutely no OS loyalty - I just want the freaking thing to work for phone calls, emails and web browsing.
post #10930 of 11274
I think corp environment wise, win phone is the better choice. Our phone guy likes it, easier to manage due to less version variations. And works well corporately.
post #10931 of 11274
As much as I like Android, and I do, I can see where the fragmentation, and the various skins and flavors, would make it a nightmare for IT depts. I'd get them all iPhones and tell them to deal with it. redface.gif
post #10932 of 11274
This is for *me*, I can buy whatever I want - screw the rest of the company! We allow our users to choose either iPhone or Android. We don't actually have that many corporate phones - many of our users choose the "BYOD" option that reimburses them $40/month. Modern phones & email systems are not nearly as picky as the old days, and everything is also much more secure than it used to be. We aren't using POP anymore. This is also why Blackberry is now almost dead - no one needs a BES anymore.

So - don't worry about the corporate IT side - I have that completely under control. I'm just debating what handset to buy for myself.
post #10933 of 11274
Well then, go nuts. biggrin.gif I like the droids. I like the openness and the relative ease of hacking for cool things. Like running dacs via otg-usb. smily_headphones1.gif

E: Also, developing for free is nice. Unlike Apple/MS where you need a $100/yr dev license to release things onto the store
Edited by MrEleventy - 2/11/14 at 6:11pm
post #10934 of 11274
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Originally Posted by billybob_jcv View Post

OK - it's time for me to get a new work phone. I'm currently using an HTC 8X (Windows 8 phone) on Verizon. I love Windows 8 on the phone, but I hate the reception I'm getting. This thing is CONSTANTLY dropping calls. Since it's part of our corporate account, I need to stay on Verizon, but I'm not sure if the reception issue is a problem with Verizon, or with the HTC 8X or with Windows 8 phones in general. My personal phone is an iPhone 4S on AT&T, and my reception is FAR better. Right now, sitting at my desk, my Verizon HTC 8X has no service, but my AT&T iPhone 4S has 4 bars. This drives me freaking crazy.

So - assuming I have to stay on Verizon (I may move the whole company to AT&T, but that will take months), should I stay on Windows Phone and get a Nokia 928, or should I move to Android? I really don't want a second iPhone - that would just be confusing. I suppose I could get an iphone 5C, so I could still tell them apart, but I kind of like having them be completely different, and I really don't want to have to invest in lightning cables. I have had Android before, and I have absolutely no OS loyalty - I just want the freaking thing to work for phone calls, emails and web browsing.

Get a Nokia, had a play with it and it is great for what you use it for (Nokia build quality is great too) Web browser choice is limited though....... 

Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
Personally I use a Nexus 5 but my father uses an 925..... So Im not too biased :P 

Edited by veyrongatti - 2/12/14 at 3:23am
post #10935 of 11274
Galaxy S4 galaxy S4 galaxy S4 biggrin.gif loving the heck out of mine.
That or a Google Nexus 5, just depends on If you want the microSD slot or not.
Edited by AHorseNamedJeff - 2/12/14 at 6:44am
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