Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Some digging out yesterday until more began this morning.
We've gotten four inches of fine snow this morning since I got to work.
Here's the official NWS announcement just out " A LONG DURATION SNOW EVENT IS SHAPING UP FOR THE REGION. PERIODS OF SNOW ARE EXPECTED...WHICH COULD BE HEAVY AT TIMES. SNOWFALL RATES OF AN INCH PER HOUR WILL BE POSSIBLE. ACCUMULATIONS TODAY OF 3 TO 5 INCHES ARE FORECASTED. BY THE TIME THE SNOW ENDS WEDNESDAY EVENING STORM TOTAL ACCUMULATIONS OF AROUND A FOOT ARE POSSIBLE. THERE COULD BE A BREAK IN THE SNOWFALL TONIGHT...BUT THE SNOW WILL REDEVELOP WEDNESDAY MORNING."
Crossing my fingers that it doesn't all melt before Jan 1 when the snowmobile trails open for the season locally. Such awesome powder I can taste it.
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Friday started around 3-4 AM at around 1" per hour. Pretty much every school in the area was closed even those that don't. Thankfully that decreased significantly the number of vehicles on the road for my commute. That still didn't stop some idiot in a Pontiac sunfire from pulling out in front of me. I did push out a guy in a Ford Explored just stuck right in the middle of my road spinning. Strange.
Of course by 3PM the snow had stopped and even though it hadn't been plowed all the fools seemed to think they needed to be out shopping then. Or I should say spinning in parking lots and getting stuck in intersections. People, the reason they cancel school is it's not safe for your kids on the roads. That doesn't make it any safer for you to take your kids to the mall personally.
Thursday, December 18, 2008
I did post a pic back in Feb after nationals when he hosted us at his house but he really deserves more. http://pokingthetiger.blogspot.com/2008/02/and-hits-keep-rolling.html
Roger is original student of the late Edgar Sulite. Roger was part of Edgar’s private backyard group of students referred to as Lameco Orihinal.
You’ll probably never hear it from Roger but from what I can gather he was one of the main fighters in Edgar’s group.
Roger’s done a lot of things since Edgar’s sad passing and has turned into a fantastic teacher who eventually named what he evolved into as Astig Lameco.
I met Roger back several years ago when I was trying to find out about some Bakbakan tournaments, might have been 2005, I’m not sure.
It’s just one of those things, we see eye to eye on a lot of important topics and any that we don’t really aren’t important.
When I was getting into the smakstick blade sparring Roger was the one who provided me with a lot of guidance and a goodly portion of the theories and techniques we use for it can be directly attributed to him.
So, a good portion of Cole’s success belongs to Roger as well.
Roger’s got a few clips up on Youtube now so take a look or google him. He's in several FMA books including Master's of the Blade by Rey Galang as well as holding seminars consistently up and down the west coast.
Here's a few more I couldn't get to embed
If he comes in your area for a seminar, or if you’re looking to bring someone in, hook up.
You will get more than your money’s worth.
Besides being a great practitioner of FMA and a really nice guy, he’s hilarious.
Sunday, December 7, 2008
Pretty nice lock up and throw here at 1:08 when the guy tried too hard with a setup and Cole used it against him to get the headlock. Not bad for three weeks of wrestling. Just needs more experience now. Most of these guys have been wrestling for years. His MMA coach Gery Weichman showed up to watch too which was pretty nice of him.
Even got his picture in the local paper's sports write up, go figure
Friday, December 5, 2008
When Cole announced 4 weeks ago he was going out for Wrestling we were pretty surprised. He tried wrestling in elementary school and had a very bad experience with it.
To go out now as a sophomore when a lot of the other wrestlers have been doing it for years and years takes guts. Well, I should know by now to never underestimate Cole but I still gotta give him major props for joining the team, taking the usual jock crap and sticking it out. The conditioning for MMA is pretty intense so the training is no problem for him.
He has been doing MMA for over a year now and thoroughly enjoying that. Most of his opponents in MMA are much older, experienced and way bigger so he's not intimidated any more.
Problem is he really doesn't know the complicated rules and maneuvers of wrestling.
But it seems he picks it up pretty quickly. Pay no attention to the guy yelling, I don't know who that was.
In fact, he's being pulled up to varsity for the Saturday meet due to the senior being unavailable. They're also going to eventually have that wrestler move down in weight and move Cole up permanently at some point.
Thursday, December 4, 2008
Friday, November 21, 2008
It's been 18months now since the shoulder surgery and things continue to progress. Certainly not at the rate I would prefer but as Cody has taught me, only measure where you're at now based on where you were say 3 months ago (and it's a safe conclusion you will be just as improved in 3 more months). Not where you want to be, that will just get you frustrated.
I still have alot of problems and pain but we're moving forward most days.
One problem I have been having is that many of my muscles have developed a memory based on imbalances and excessive work they have had to individually do.
Due to poor shoulder stability occurring from poor genetics and years of heavy repetitive lifting(followed by years of hard training), my deltoids are to put it in layman's terms, frazzled.
As I work to resolve the strength imbalances and such, they want to go back to their old tendencies and do all the work.
What results is very sore tendons, tendinitis and muscles that are on all the time. Massage helps but it really doesn't bring resolution.
What I came to realize is, much like Bobbe's PC, they needed a reboot. A chance to reset and start over with where things are at now.
Consistent with Mushtaq's philosophy of the Universe giving you what you need only just when you need it, I hit on the idea of acupuncture right about the time he found out that a yoga student of his was a professional acupuncturist. AND she comes to my town once a week.
Can't pass up a convergence of meridian lines like that.
It's been a week now since my session and I have nothing but great things to say about it. My stress level has been down. My mood has been much improved. And my pain level has been reduced by about 70%. I can now look over my left shoulder to a degree I haven't been able to in I've lost track of how many years. I could immediately feel the release of tension in all my shoulder muscles as if I had been given a strong muscle relaxant. Yet I haven't felt this physically alert in a very long time. For those who believe in the concept of Chi, I can really feel it flowing at times and realize that that was a major symptom of the problems I was experiencing. Looking back I can see how blocked a lot of the flow was.
I can say that she is an extremely competent practitioner and Mushtaq would agree as she's worked wonders on him as well. I'm actually starting to feel spunky and ready to spar again, which is good because with his new eyes, so is Mushtaq.
If you have the avenue open to you, I highly recommend it.
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Monday, November 17, 2008
If you're a martial artist and you haven't read "Zen in the Martial Arts" then you're either training alone in a vacuum or your instructor and classmates have let you down by not telling you about this book.
Published in '79, I think I first read it back in "86 and it still resonates today. I think I'm on my 4th or 5th copy as I continually lend them out. Not a big problem as it's a fairly inexpensive printing and chock full of info. I still find myself drawing from some of the mental concepts in my teaching. But not the one of going to the dentist without medication. Had a teacher who tried it once though.
If Joe had done nothing else, this would be a great legacy. But he wrote and did so much more.
Difficult taking decent pics in low light before leaving this morning (Stupid daylight savings).
They're predicting 3-5 this evening. Guess it's a good thing I got the chains on the tractor Saturday. Still have some Bamboo to cover though.
Yeeeeaaahhhhh (sarcasm implied)!
On the other hand, snowmobiles are lubed and ready to go!
Monday, November 10, 2008
Chris and I took Cole to the range Yesterday.
First time with 20 Ga.
I'm extremely thankful to have someone of Chris' background and high skill to methodically teach Cole all the particulars of gun safety and hunting.
I'm not quite as interested as Cole but it's a good skill to have. A longstanding healthy (and rational) fear decades ago is what led me to my current familiarity with pointy tools.
Friday, November 7, 2008
Cole's one off fantasy design using leftover scraps. Somehow morphed into a pretty darn good Kuku Macan.
The assassin Barong. Gave this one away at the tournament too. I really liked this one. Small enough to fit up the sleeve ala this:
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Best-selling author Michael Crichton died unexpectedly in Los Angeles Tuesday, November 4, 2008 after a courageous and private battle against cancer.
He will be profoundly missed by those whose lives he touched, but he leaves behind the greatest gifts of a thirst for knowledge, the desire to understand, and the wisdom to use our minds to better our world.
I've read and enjoyed the majority of his books, Sate of Fear the maybe exception. It was thought provoking but a little too onesided.
Reading up a bit I didn't realize he had written and directed Westworld which was the first feature film that used 2D computer generated imagery (CGI) and the first use of 3D CGI was in its sequel Futureworld.
Ironically probably my favorite was "The Great Train Robbery" loosely based on historical events surrounding the Great Gold Robbery of 1885 because his attention to historical detail and setting (similar to his penchant for extensive scientific research on his more recent books) made it quite enjoyable.
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
It was around 15min during the last election around the same time of day. By the time we left the line was actually quite a bit shorter.
I knew I wanted to get there as early as possible as I sure didn't want to listen to all the hype the rest of the day on the news about how terrible the lines were.
Did you do your part?
Monday, November 3, 2008
Saturday, November 1, 2008
From their official website http://site.flyleafmusic.com/ :
while many loud rockers reopen old wounds by singing about their broken homes and broken hearts, Flyleaf confront past traumas to heal old scars and prove in the process that hope shines brighter than despair
Flyleaf's self-titled debut album echoes with songs about abuse, neglect, addiction and dysfunction, and messages about overcoming adversity. And the band's wide array of brooding beats, atmospheric textures and lunging riffs compliment Mosley's emotionally revealing lyrics, which range from breathy and beautiful to scathing and aggressive
This has now become a new hard rock genre known as Positivism.
Friday, October 31, 2008
Can't trust everything on Wikipedia (especially during the election season) but this is folk lore so there is no correctness.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
As the story goes, several centuries ago amongst the myriad of towns and villages in Ireland there lived a drunkard known as "Jack the Smith". Jack was known throughout the land as a deceiver, manipulator, and otherwise dreg of society. On a fateful night the Devil overheard the tale of Jack's evil deeds and silver-tongue. Unconvinced (and envious) of the rumors, the Devil went to find out for himself whether or not Jack lived up to his vile reputation.
Typical of Jack, he was drunk and wandering through the countryside at night when he came upon a body on his cobblestone path; the body with an eerie grimace on its face turned out to be the Devil. Jack in a somber mood realized this was his end, the Devil had finally come to collect his malevolent soul. Jack made a last request: he asked the Devil to let him drink ale before he departed to hell. The Devil finding no reason not to acquiesce the request took Jack to the local pub and supplied him with many drinks of alcoholic beverages. Upon quenching his thirst Jack asked the Devil to pay the tab on the ale, this to the Devils surprise. Jack convinced the Devil to metamorphose into a silver coin with which to pay the bartender (impressed upon by Jack's unyielding nefarious tactics). Shrewdly, Jack stuck the now transmogrified devil (coin) into his pocket, which also contained a crucifix. The Devil, unable to escape his form (bound by the crucifix) agreed to a demand of Jack that his soul be spared for ten years (in exchange for the Devil's freedom).
Exactly ten years senior to the date upon which Jack originally struck his deal, he found himself once again in the presence of the Devil. Same as the setting before, Jack happened upon the Devil and seemingly accepted it was his time to go to Hell for good. As the Devil prepared to take him to the underworld, Jack asked if he could have one apple, with which to feed his starving belly. Foolishly the Devil once again agreed to this last request. As the Devil climbed up the branches of a nearby apple tree, Jack surrounded its base with crucifixes. The Devil, frustrated at the fact that he been entrapped again, demanded his release. As Jack did before, he demanded that his soul never be taken by the Devil into Hell, the Devil agreed and was set free.
Eventually the drinking and unstable lifestyle took its toll on Jack, he died the way he had lived. As Jack's soul prepared to enter Heaven through the gates of St. Peter, he was stopped. He was told that due to the lifestyle he had lead, the life full of deceit, drinking, and sinful behavior, he was not permitted entrance into Heaven. Jack in a dreary state now went and stood before the Gates of Hades and begged for commission into underworld. The Devil, fulfilling his obligation to Jack, could not take his soul; however, out of pity he gave Jack an ember. From that day on till eternity's end, Jack is doomed to roam the world between the planes of good and evil, with only an ember inside a hollowed Turnip (Jack's second favorite food, after rutabagas) to light his way.