June 15th, 2003


Owie Owie Owie

I added a few new exercises to the Bowflex routine yesterday, particularly a shoulder press and a lat pull ... and I'm feeling it today. Whoof! My shoulders in particular are suddenly aware of muscles that have never been used before.

I am very pleased with the Bowflex. It's making a big difference in how I look and feel, for the better. I've just barely scratched the surface of what it can do, and I've already got my money's worth. There's new muscle tone on an almost-daily basis, and as the muscle grows, it seems the fat recedes. I've still got a large hold-out of core resistance flab on my belly, a veteran and entrenched squatter who has no intention of giving up without a fight -- but that belly flab is rapidly running out of allies. ;)

-The Gneech
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Kero asleep

Okay, Time to Put on the Brakes

I asked Hikaru if he had any filler strips I could run this week, and he sent me a "no pants" joke. When I asked him if he had any "squeaky clean" gags I could run instead, he (correctly) pointed out that I myself had made a "no pants" joke just two weeks ago.

Well yeah, I did. That should be enough to cover the strip's naughtiness quotient for six months. I'm a little bit worried that instead, that type of material is becoming "expected." The forum is getting a bit ugly, with people posting R-rated material that I then have to expunge, or making jokes about murdering each other.

It's time to nip this in the bud.

I've probably set myself up for this to some degree ... the "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie" theory of "mature themes" suggests that the moment Drezzer planted that first smooch on Conrad, a snowball was immediately sent rolling that will, if unchecked, knock over my metaphorical house. So I'm pulling out the orbital laser cannon and melting that sucker.

Well, sorta.

"When Wally Met Mikey" is going to continue through to its conclusion; after that, I'm going to move away from such, er, "cutting edge" stuff for a while. It might force me to put some storylines on hold, but that's okay. I need for SJ to be just fun for a while, and more importantly, I need for SJ to be something that I continue to want to read for my own enjoyment. Most of my favorite current strips are astoundingly light-hearted compared to a lot of the other content on the web; so it's time for some silly, friendly stuff.

However, before I do any of that, I'm going to run some sketches and guest strips this week. I need a break.

-The Gneech
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