(Incidentally, I use the Mad Max reference a lot, so here it is in case you were up at night trying to figure it out.)
Gene and I were inspired by Steve Jobs to contribute to the economy, er, lose weight. Here is our arrangement as I understand it (subject to correction from Gene):
* The weight-loss period runs from 1/5/09 through 5/31/09. If I'm going to be on national TV promoting my new book, I want to look dead sexy.
* Since I have a large advantage, I am handicapping myself. I will pay Gene $5 for every pound he loses, whereas he will pay me only $4 for every pound I lose.
* As of the wee hours this morning, I tipped the scales at 222 pounds of twisted steel and sex appeal. (I know, you're wondering where I put it all, but remember that muscle weighs more than fat.)
We will update readers periodically. Obviously we have to rely on the honor system for the weigh-ins.