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Date : January 2008 (4)

I know Kung Fu

Categories: Taekwondo
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Published on: January 29, 2008

Well not really. I didn’t even stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night. What I did do, however, is start taking Taekwon-Do at one of the local dojangs. The Bean has been learning taekwon-do for a few months now and I wanted to both get a little more exercise and provide a good example for her to make it easier for her to stick with it.

I’m really in a lot of pain though. The first day was actually yoga because the school has a new yoga instructor and wanted everyone to experience yoga if they already hadn’t done so. I have and I mostly enjoyed it but it was just a little embarrassing to know most of the postures but to not really be able to hit a single one of them. The Saturday class was my first real martial art instruction in about fifteen years. I didn’t do too badly but I was literally starting to gray out after an hour of jumping rope, crunches, doing kicks up and down the dojang and learning the basics of the first form (Chon-Ji / Heaven and Earth).

So I’m still really sore but I’m still stretching every day. I realized that I’m about as flexible these days as your average steel girder so I’m also doing some basic stretching every day. Once I can walk without cringing I’ll add in some time every day to work on forms.

Bugs

Categories: Halloween
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Published on: January 29, 2008

This is technically about Halloween but it’s definitely creepy enough to go in that bin. Makes me wish I lived in Iceland.

http://www.cracked.com/article_15816_5-most-horrifying-bugs-in-world.html

I believe in taking care of myself

Categories: Fitness
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Published on: January 15, 2008

I believe in taking care of myself, in a balanced diet, in a rigorous exercise routine. In the morning, if my face is a little puffy, I’ll put on an ice pack while doing my stomach crunches. I can do a thousand now. After I remove the icepack, I use a deep pore-cleanser lotion. In the shower, I use a water-activated gel cleanser, then a honey-almond body scrub, and on the face an exfoliating gel scrub. Then I apply an herb mint facial masque which I leave on for ten minutes while I prepare the rest of my routine. I always use an after-shave lotion with little or no alcohol because alcohol dries your face out and makes you look older. Then moisturizer, then an anti-aging eye balm, followed by a final moisturizing “protective” lotion…There is an idea of a Patrick Bateman, some kind of abstraction, but there is no real me, only an entity, something illusory, and though I can hide my cold gaze and you can shake my hand and feel flesh gripping you and maybe you can even sense our lifestyles are probably comparable: I simply am not there.

So that upgrade didn’t go so well…

Categories: Journal
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Published on: January 11, 2008

Briefly switching to another theme template to make this thing readable again.

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