It’s safe to say that 2012 has been the best year of my life as far as being able to attend NFL games. This is the 3rd NFL game that I’ve been to this year. This time my Denver Broncos came to Charlotte, NC to play the Carolina Panthers. Charlotte is only 2-3 hours away from where I live, so going to this game was a no brainer, LOL!! It normally takes about 2 hours to get to the outskirts of Charlotte, but to get to the stadium and find a parking space, it took close to 3 hours. As I got closer to the stadium, it was the typical game day bumper to bumper traffic.
Well here it is. This was my dream game. When I looked at the 2012 Denver Broncos schedule, and saw that they were playing the New Orleans Saints, I knew I had to be at this game, especially since it was in Denver. These are my two favorite teams. I was born and raised in Louisiana, so I like the Saints by default. However, I’ve been a Broncos fan for about 25 years, and they are my absolute favorite team in any sport. My closet contains a lot of Broncos gear, LOL!! In the days leading up to the trip, my friends and coworkers asked me if I had any doubt as to who I would be rooting for in this game. I told them all that there was no doubt, no divided loyalty, or anything like that. For me it’s all Broncos, all day, everyday. Don’t get me wrong, I do love the Saints, and I never want them to lose, except when they play the Broncos, LOL!!
I’ve been planning on building a new computer for a long time. I waited through several Intel technology cycles, Nehalem, Sandy Bridge, Ivy Bridge, etc. I hadn’t had a real desktop or decent gaming computer since 2005, so this is long long overdue. I’d been mostly using laptops, small form factor HTPC style computers, and tablets for my computing needs. I had a lot of fun building this computer and I’m very pleased with the results. I have three operating systems installed which are Windows 7, Windows 8, and Apple OS X (10.8.2) Mountain Lion. Here is a video of the finished product. After the video is the list of components that I used along with a few pictures from different stages of the build.
When selecting the components for my computer, I picked them out very carefully. I wanted this computer to be capable of running Mac OS X, but I refuse to pay Apple’s insane prices for their hardware, so kept that in mind when picking out the components. With the right components, you can create what’s called a Hackintosh, which is a PC that’s capable of running OS X. Here is a list of the components that I used.
- Intel Core i7-3770K
- G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2x8GB)
- Gigabyte Intel Z77 Dual Thunderbolt ATX Mobo
- eVGA GeForce GTX680 SuperClocked 2048MB GDDR5
- Cooler Master HAF X Case
- Two Dell UltraSharp U2412M IPS Monitors
- Two 1TB Western Digital Cavair Black Hard Drives
- Two 256GB Samsung Series 830 SSDs
- Corsair Professional Series Gold AX850 PSU
- Noctua NH-14 CPU Cooler
- Logitech Surround Sound Speakers Z506
Today, I got a chance to go to the Saints vs Panthers game. Even though I was born and raised in Louisiana, this was my first time going to a Saints game. In fact, it was my first time going to an NFL game. Since the Carolina Panthers are in the same division with the Saints, they play each other twice per year, once in New Orleans, and once in Charlotte, with is a 2-3 hour drive from me to the stadium where the Panthers play, depending on traffic.
Once I got to the game, it was the typical game day atmosphere, fans decked out in their gear, tailgating, and having a hard time trying to find a place to park, LOL!! So I got into the stadium, got something to eat, then went to my seat. I was clearly outnumbered, but the people were pretty cool. It looked like it might rain, so I went to the Panthers team store to get a poncho. The only ones they had the Carolina Panthers logo on it, so I turned mine inside out, LOL!! I would’ve looked like an idiot wearing a Drew Brees jersey with a Carolina Panthers poncho on, LOL!! The Panthers ended up winning the game 35-27, but I still had a great time. The Panthers fans that I sat by were really nice people, and didn’t give me a hard time about the Panthers beating the Saints. They told me that they have season tickets, and if I come to more Panthers games, to stop by and say hello.
After the game, I went to hang out with my friends Jen and Mark, and their two lovely daughters Jordan and Peyton. They are really nice people, and I enjoy going over to their house whenever I’m in Charlotte.
Here are a few pictures from the game.
If my health issues are new to you, read this page and this page. Now that I have the medications in my system and been watching what I eat for the past couple of weeks, I’m happy to report that my blood glucose levels and blood pressure have come down dramatically. I took a blood glucose reading about an hour ago, and it was 91. It had gotten up to 456. I just took my blood pressure and it was 122/85. The combination of the medication and the diet seem to be working.
I had my follow up appointment today from my appointment last week. Click on this page if all of this is news to you. Today I was told that I have type 2 diabetes. I’d all but came to that conclusion on my own, but my doctor confirmed it. It appears that I’ve been having it for quite a while, possibly years, without knowing that I have it. At this point, I am dangerously close to having to take insulin shots, but she gave me some prescription medication to try to bring my blood sugar down before it gets to that point. It was slightly down from last week, as was my blood pressure, but both are still high. So now I’m on medication for blood pressure, diabetes, and gout, all at the same time.
It’s been a while since I’ve made a post on here, so I thought I’d give an update about my current health issues.
First a little background history. Back in 2005, I started having some really bad pain in my left knee. I had no idea what it was. I felt like I must’ve banged it on something in the middle of the night. After the pain started getting worse and worse, I went to the doctor. She looked at it, gave me some meds, which made the pain go away after a few days, and all was good, or so I thought. Fast forward almost exactly one year, I started having the same pain again. This time it was even worse. It was so bad, for me to get in my car, I had to use my right foot to lift my left leg into the car. I went to the doctor again, same story. She looked at it, gave me the same meds, and within a few days, the pain was gone. Fast forward another year, same thing again. I thought to myself, this can’t be a coincidence again. My normal doctor was all booked up, so I went to see her nurse practitioner instead. I told him what was going on, and he said it sounds like I have gout. So I went to a specialist, they took some blood and ran tests. A few days later, I went back and they told me that I have gout. For those of you that know anything about gout, you know that it can be very painful.