Subway Wrap Rap

How disappointing — just when Dede & I got thoroughly hooked on Subway tuna wraps, the powers that be foolishly opted to get rid of their chewy, whole-grain, low-carb wraps!   Yup, according to Jimmy Moore over at The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Blog, a Subway representative has confirmed that the "Carb Conscious Wraps" have been discontinued earlier this month and replaced with a white flour tortilla wrap at all North American Subway franchises.

What a travesty!   The "Carb Conscious Wraps" had only 5 net carbs yet featured 8 grams of fiber & a whopping 14 grams of protein!   The crummy replacement wraps have over 20 net carbs but less than 1 gram of fiber — and no flavor!   Ack!

What will we do now?   Are we without recourse?   Well, maybe not.   For starters, when visiting your local Subway franchise restaurant, tell the owner you want the old-style Atkins-friendly, low-carb, goodness back!   You can also fill in the Subway Customer Service Form to send a signal, loud & clear, that we all want the "Carb Conscious Wraps" back!   So get with it, people!   Let’s make this happen!

Update:  David Turner, owner of the MCH Subway franchise we frequent, added that Subway made this change without franchisee input.   He recommends calling Subway at (800) 888-4848 and telling them that you prefer the original "Carb Conscious Wraps."

Update #2:  Subway must be listening.   Only days after Dede & I sent website feedback and emails, the MCH franchise brought back the chewy, whole-grain, low-carb wraps that we love!   Power to the people!
 

Dare to Unplug

Unplug your life for a day Undoubtedly, many of us would probably find daily life extremely difficult without our PCs that we’ve come to rely upon for so many things.   But what about for just 24 hours?   How many of us have the self-control to forgo computers & Internet use for even a single day?   And what might be the effect of doing so?

Dennis Bystrov & Michael Taylor have devised a social experiement called the International Shutdown Day on Saturday, March 24th to find out.

It’s a worthwhile question, y’know — are we too wired?   Can you kick your tech addiction & unplug from your computer for even one day?

Reliving My Youth

I finally broke down yesterday and bought a pair of Converse® Chuck Taylor® All Stars® sneakers (aka "Chuck’s").   I’ve had my eye on them and tried them on numerous times over the past couple of years but I just never could justify buying them.   I used to have a pair of hi-top Chuck’s when I was a teenager and never realized (or cared) back then that they have zero arch support.   Foot comfort has become important to me since I left my 20’s and this is the main reason that I’ve held off buying them until now.

Yesterday though, I decided it was time to relive my youth, so I did it!   The color was a no-brainer — I had to go with the Caliente red/black combo!   My only decision then was whether to go with the hi-tops or low-tops and, in the end, the low-tops won out.   Below are a couple of pictures of me sporting my new Double Tongue Chuck’s!

a picture of Dede's new Chuck's a side view of Dede's new Chuck's
 

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

We hope everyone had a fun & safe St. Patty’s day celebration. Tis a grand day indeed! While we didn’t do anything special today, there was certainly the wearin’ o’ the green!

And especially on St. Patty’s Day, we’re reminded of our incredible trip to Ireland back in 1999. Click here to view photos from that trip.
 

Daylight Scam Time

As you surely know by now, Daylight Saving Time started 3 weeks earlier and will extend a week later this year, causing a fair bit of grief for IT folks like Dede & me. The California Energy Commission’s explaination of DST:

One of the biggest reasons we change our clocks to Daylight Saving Time (DST) is that it saves energy. Energy use and the demand for electricity for lighting our homes is directly connected to when we go to bed and when we get up. Bedtime for most of us is late evening through the year. When we go to bed, we turn off the lights and TV.

But while proponents of DST claim it’s meant to shift our day to make better use of natural light, how many of us actually use the sun as a major light source? It isn’t like we’re all getting up at the crack o’ dawn to feed the livestock and/or work the crops. So given the lifestyle of most people now, the amount of daylight has little or no bearing upon our use of electricity. So if DST isn’t an energy savings effort, what’s it for?

I’ve been reading lots of articles and the consensus is that Daylight Saving is is really not an energy conservation plan at all — it’s a very effective spending policy. Coming down off of the holiday season, DST is just the shot in the arm that the economy needs. Yup, seems like DST is more about commerce — getting us to part with our hard-earned money — than conservation. During DST months, we use more gasoline (and oddly enough, consider which months of the year that gas prices are elevated), do more shopping, watch & play more sports, have more cookouts. In short, we’re better consumers with DST in effect than we would be without.

Now, I enjoy the long Summer days as much as the next guy, but I’m not so crazy about being manipulated for the sake of big bidness’ bottom-line. What do you make of this? Does this smell fishy to anyone else?
 

Our 3rd Blogiverssary

champagne cork popping Today marks another year of blogging for us. Even so, we still have trouble explaining to some exactly what "blogging" is. To paraphrase Chris Garrett, it may be best described as a mixture of writer, webmaster, diarist, & all sorts of other -ists. (And to be honest, here’s probably a little egotist in there, too.)

While our 2Dolphins domain will be 5 years old in August, this is the third anniversary of posting blog entries on our website. Hard to believe that another year has passed…

Dede & I hope you find something of interest here and we love feedback, so leave a comment, why doncha?

Blogtipping

Easton Ellsworth over at Business Blogwire proposed that the first Monday of each month be Blogtipping Day. What is Blogtipping, you ask? Blogtipping is where you say three nice things – & offer one simple tip – to three of your favorite bloggers. After all, everyone likes a little pat on ther back, right? And you never know, your little extra bit of attention might just be the tipping point for some little-known gem of a website to become an overnight sensation. Blogtipping icon

If you’ve read many of the posts here, you already know that Dede & I like to give credit where it’s due so we pepper our blog entries with lots of links. But this seemed like a great opportunity to do so in a more formal fashion, so, here are our Blogtippees for March 2007:

bookofjoe.com, one of my favorite blogs, is penned by Joe Stirt, the world’s first treadmill-blogging anesthesiologist. What’s to like about his site?

  1. His posts cover the gamut – from mundane to marvelous.
  2. Joe’s writing style is uncommon & uncompromising.
  3. New entries are posted often and the site is easy to navigate.
  • Tip: Please post more info on your unconventional computer workspace setup!

TipNut, which offers tips on everything from homemade Febreeze recipes to preventing bad breath for your dog, is one of Dede’s faves because of:

  1. Practical tips that everyday, not-neccesarily-crafty people can use.
  2. Tips are well-categorized & easy to search for.
  3. The site features a perky color scheme & clean page layout.
  • Tip: This is a new site, so the only suggestion might be to hurry up & post more tips!

TreeHugger deserves some props for placing an emphasis on improving the world. While we’re a far cry from environmentalists in any sense, I admire (& am inspired by) these folks because of:

  1. In-depth articles that make it easy to take steps to "green up" your life.
  2. The wealth of interesting new blog entries that pour in continuously!
  3. Convenient navigation controls right at the top of each page.
  • Tip: The site’s main page is so packed that it can be a bit overwhelming.

Get Nutty in March

Despite a recent setback, it’s worth mentioning (again) that March is National Peanut Month.

While peanuts are very common today, ancient Peruvians held them in such high esteem that they buried pots of peanuts with their mummified dead to nourish them during their long journey to the hereafter.

Although a nut in the culinary sense, in the botanical sense the fruit of the peanut is a woody, indehiscent legume. However you categorize them, peanuts are a nutritional knockout, having pound for pound more protein, minerals, & vitamins than some cuts of beef. They provide protection against cardiovascular disease due to high levels of monounsaturated fats and powerful antioxidants Resveratrol & p-Coumaric acid.

Peanut butter is the leading use of peanuts in the U.S. but the incredibly versatile peanut also has a wide variety of non-food uses too. Peanut oil and its derivatives are used in paint, varnish, lubricating oil, leather dressing, furniture polish, insecticide, nitroglycerin, soap, & cosmetics. Peanut shells and other parts of the plant are often used in the manufacture of plastic, wallboard, abrasives, adhesives, textiles, paper, soil fertilizer, & animal feed.

So grab up a fistfull of peanuts and enjoy!
 

Flipping Faux Flukes

Fuji, a 37 year old dolphin at Okinawa’s Churaumi Aquarium in Japan, developed a rare disease in 2002.   After nearly 2 months of antibiotics & transfusion, she underwent surgery to remove the diseased parts last Fall.   She completely recovered from the disease, although she lost 75% of her tail flukes.

But don’t fret, things are looking up for Fuji.   She’s been fitted with the world’s first prosthetic fin, courtesy of Bridgestone. Yup, Japan’s largest tire maker developed the $83,000 prosthetic tail flukes applying the same materials used for Formula One race car tires.

A picture of Fuji's prosthetic flukes created by Bridgestone   Fuji swims in Dolphin Lagoon with her new artificial tail

Click here to watch a video of Fuji in action with her new artificial flipper.