June 24th, 2008

buzzed, B&W

Smoke

Reno's getting hit pretty hard by the California fires, or at least the smoke from them. Driving home tonight, it was like a dense fog, except it smelled like smoke. It's bad enough that the National Weather Service has a Sever Weather Alert out:
PERSONS...ESPECIALLY OLDER ADULTS AND CHILDREN...ACROSS NORTHEAST CALIFORNIA AND WESTERN NEVADA SHOULD AVOID PROLONGED EXPOSURE TO THE SMOKE AND STAY INDOORS. MOTORISTS TRAVELING ALONG HIGHWAY 395 ESPECIALLY NORTH OF CARSON CITY...AND ALONG INTERSTATE 80 WEST OF FERNLEY ARE URGED TO USE EXTREME CAUTION AS LOW VISIBILITY FROM THE SMOKE MAY MAKE DRIVING HAZARDOUS.
Biggest issue for me is that smoke gives me a killer headache, as well as drives my allergies nuts. I love waking up in the middle of the night because I can't breathe!
buzzed, B&W

Mandatory waist lines?

Looks like the Japanese are taking obesity control to the extreme, and fining companies who's employees don't meet certain criteria. Apparently, for employees over 40, if your waist exceeds 33.5 or 35.5 inches for men and women respectively, your company will be fined. (I'd guess those numbers are actually 85 and 90 cm.)

More surprisingly, the average waistline for American men and women are 39 and 37 inches respectively. That's the average! That means for every guy that's got a 30" waist, there's a guy out there with a 48" waist - crazy!

I'm not sure why in the Japanese system women are allowed to be wider? Considering that women on the average tend to be shorter, 35.5 for women seems unusual.

On a semi-related note, healthy people actually end up costing health-care systems more than the obese or smokers. Amusingly, this is because the smokers and the obese die before the healthy.