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So, after plowing my shoulder into the mat on Saturday I decided to take a break on Monday. I did however return to the mat tonight, and of course, the first thing we did after warm-ups, was ukemi (break-falls). Talk about getting right back on the horse. I did not injure myself this time. In fact, sensei gave me a Swiss ball to use to help me with technique. Cheating? maybe, but my shoulder doesn't hurt, so I'm happy. I'm starting to get the hang of Yawarra (escape techniques), and we started working on striking and blocking. All in all I'm feel like tonight was rather productive.

Martial arts

At the beginning I found a non-profit dojo near Lake Merrit. It's called Suigetsukan, which means moon reflected on water. The people are incredibly laid back, and made me feel at home right away. I started out taking juijutsu, and Battodo (sword). Ive been having a blast, and the work-outs are incredible.

Saturday I decided to try aikido as well. This may have been stretching myself a bit far. Three hours of training and learning how to take a throw all in one day led to me wrenching my shoulder pretty well. Oh well, ice heat and Motrin and hopefully I'll be able to get back on the mat Monday.


"SUPPOSEDLY if you've seen over 85 films, you have no life (Well this is kind of embarrassing. Obviously I need to get out more, and NOT to the movies). Mark the ones you've seen. There are 239 films on this list. Copy this list, post to your LJ/DW and paste this as a note. Then, put +'s next to the films you've seen, add them up, and use your number as the header"

(+)Rocky Horror Picture Show
(+) Grease
(+) Pirates of the Caribbean
(+) Pirates of the Caribbean 2: Dead Man's Chest
(+) Boondock Saints
(+) Fight Club
( ) Starsky and Hutch
(+) Neverending Story
(+) Blazing Saddles
(+) Airplane
Total: 09

(+) The Princess Bride
(+) Anchorman
(+) Napoleon Dynamite
(+) Labyrinth
( ) Saw
( ) Saw II
(+) White Noise
(+) White Oleander
(+) Anger Management
(+) 50 First Dates
(+) The Princess Diaries
(+) The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement
Total: 19

(+) Scream
(+) Scream 2
( ) Scream 3
(+) Scary Movie
(+) Scary Movie 2
(+) Scary Movie 3
( ) Scary Movie 4
(+) American Pie
(+) American Pie 2
(+) American Wedding
( ) American Pie Band Camp
Total: 27

(+) Harry Potter 1
(+) Harry Potter 2
(+) Harry Potter 3
(+) Harry Potter 4
(+) Harry Potter 5
(+) Resident Evil 1
(+) Resident Evil 2
(+) The Wedding Singer
(+) Little Black Book
(+) The Village
(+) Lilo & Stitch
Total: 38

(+) Finding Nemo
(+) Finding Neverland
(+) Signs
(+) The Grinch
(+) Texas Chainsaw Massacre (the original, not the remake)
( ) Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning
( ) White Chicks
(+) Butterfly Effect
(+) 13 Going on 30
(+) I, Robot
(+) Robots
Total: 47

(+) Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story
(+) Universal Soldier
(+) Lemony Snicket: A Series Of Unfortunate Events
( ) Along Came Polly
(+) Deep Impact
(+) KingPin
(+) Never Been Kissed
(+) Meet The Parents
( ) Meet the Fockers
(+) Eight Crazy Nights
(+) Joe Dirt
Total: 57

( ) A Cinderella Story
(+) The Terminal
( ) The Lizzie McGuire Movie
( ) Passport to Paris
(+) Dumb & Dumber
( ) Dumber & Dumberer
(+) Final Destination
( ) Final Destination 2
( ) Final Destination 3
(+) Halloween
( ) The Ring
( ) The Ring 2
(+) Surviving X-MAS
(+) Flubber
Total: 63

(+) Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle
(+) Practical Magic
(+) Chicago
(+) Ghost Ship
( ) From Hell
(+) Hellboy
( ) Secret Window
(+) I Am Sam
(+) The Whole Nine Yards
(+) The Whole Ten Yards
Total: 71

(+) The Day After Tomorrow
(+) Child's Play
( ) Seed of Chucky
( ) Bride of Chucky
(+) Ten Things I Hate About You
(+) Just Married
( ) Gothika
(+) Nightmare on Elm Street
(+) Sixteen Candles
(+) Remember the Titans
(+) Coach Carter
( ) The Grudge
( ) The Grudge 2
(+) The Mask
( ) Son Of The Mask
Total: 80

(+) Bad Boys
( ) Bad Boys 2
(+) Joy Ride
(+) Lucky Number Slevin
(+) Ocean's Eleven
(+) Ocean's Twelve
(+) Bourne Identity
(+) Bourne Supremacy
(+) Bourne Ultimatum
( ) Lone Star
(+) Bedazzled
(+) Predator I
(+) Predator II
(+) The Fog
(+) Ice Age
(+) Ice Age 2: The Meltdown
( ) Curious George
Total: 94

(+) Independence Day
(+) Cujo
(+) A Bronx Tale
( ) Darkness Falls
(+) Christine
(+) ET
( ) Children of the Corn
( ) My Bosses Daughter
(+) Maid in Manhattan
(+) War of the Worlds
(+) Rush Hour
(+) Rush Hour 2
Total: 103

( ) Best Bet
(+) How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days
(+) She's All That
(+) Calendar Girls
(+) Sideways
(+) Mars Attacks
(+) Event Horizon
(+) Ever After
(+) Wizard of Oz
(+) Forrest Gump
(+) Big Trouble in Little China
(+) The Terminator
(+) The Terminator 2
(+) The Terminator 3
Total: 116

(+) X-Men
(+) X-2
(+) X-3
(+) Spider-Man
(+) Spider-Man 2
(+) Sky High
( ) Jeepers Creepers
( ) Jeepers Creepers 2
(+) Catch Me If You Can
(+) The Little Mermaid
(+) Freaky Friday
(+) Reign of Fire
(+) The Skulls
(+) Cruel Intentions
( ) Cruel Intentions 2
(+) The Hot Chick
(+) Shrek
(+) Shrek 2
Total: 131

( ) Swimfan
(+) Miracle on 34th street
(+) Old School
(+) The Notebook
(+) K-Pax
(+) Krippendorf's Tribe
(+) A Walk to Remember
(+) Ice Castles
( ) Boogeyman
( ) The 40-year-old Virgin
Total: 138

(+) Lord of the Rings Fellowship of the Ring
(+) Lord of the Rings The Two Towers
(+) Lord of the Rings Return Of the King
(+) Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark
(+) Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
(+) Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
Total: 144

(+) Baseketball
( ) Hostel
( ) Waiting for Guffman
( ) House of 1000 Corpses
( ) Devils Rejects
(+) Elf
(+) Highlander
(+) Mothman Prophecies
( ) American History X
( ) Three
Total: 148

(+) The Jacket
(+) Kung Fu Hustle
(+) Shaolin Soccer
( ) Night Watch
(+) Monsters Inc.
Total: 152

(+) Titanic
(+) Monty Python and the Holy Grail
(+) Shaun Of the Dead
(+) Willard
Total: 156

( ) High Tension
( ) Club Dread
(+) Hulk
(+) Dawn Of the Dead
(+) Hook
(+) Chronicles Of Narnia The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe
( ) 28 days later
( ) Orgazmo
(+) Phantasm
(+) Waterworld
Total: 162

(+) Kill Bill vol 1
(+) Kill Bill vol 2
(+) Mortal Kombat
( ) Wolf Creek
(+) Kingdom of Heaven
( ) The Hills Have Eyes
( ) I Spit on Your Grave aka the Day of the Woman
( ) The Last House on the Left (The Original)
(+) Re-Animator
(+) Army of Darkness
Total: 168

(+) Star Wars Ep.I The Phantom Menace
(+) Star Wars Ep.II Attack of the Clones
(+) Star Wars Ep.III Revenge of the Sith
(+) Star Wars Ep.IV A New Hope
(+) Star Wars Ep.V The Empire Strikes Back
(+) Star Wars Ep.VI Return of the Jedi
( ) Ewoks Caravan Of Courage
( ) Ewoks The Battle For Endor
Total: 174

(+) The Matrix
(+) The Matrix Reloaded
(+) The Matrix Revolutions
( ) Animatrix
(+) Evil Dead
(+) Evil Dead 2
( ) Team America: World Police
( ) Red Dragon
(+) Silence of the Lambs
( ) Hannibal

TOTAL: 180


Our first full day in Utah is coming to an end, and I'm feeling much better. The unexplained acid reflux seems to be gone. I've eaten two meals that didn't feel like ferric acid all the way down. lost my voice again but I think that is do to the dry cold air and inability to breath through my nose.

Tomorrow we hit the slopes. We are heading to Canyons. 7 peaks and over 300 acres. I think we should be able to find a run or two that we'll like. We're going to Alta on Thursday. We've been told by our local friends that it is the best skiing in Utah. Marcy checked out the local version of Craig's List and found somebody willing to rent out their passes for half price. Awesome!!!

The scenery here is over the top. Wide open spaces blanketed in snow. The fog rolling in at night is something else. The sunset on the Wasatch Mountains was breathtaking. The only downside is the cold. I have never felt anything like it. The temperature has yet to crest 20 degrees. There is something special about getting out of the hot tub drying off and then putting on sweats and a ski jacket so that we could run back to our room with out freezing.

Enough for now. I will post again later in the week.

Name for the puupy

Marcy and I discussed names for our new puppy today. We previously thought either Solara, or Cassiopeia. Today we kicked around Sashi (Tibetan for world), Taiyou (Japanese for sun), before we decided on Sora, which means sky in Japanese.


Total camp . . . I hope

Oh my god! I just saw a preview for "The Expendables". It's directed by Sylvester Stallone, and stars him, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolf Lungren, Mickey Rorke, and Stone Cold Steve Austin. Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Bruce Willis also make appearances. It's like an action movie freaks wet dream. I hope they have the good sense to make it campy!


So, I heard that last night, Jeff Bridges walked up to the podium, white Russian in hand, glanced at the Oscar and said. "I just wanted my rug back man!!!"

Nah . . . just kidding

Diary of a perfect day

Got up and had a leisurely breakfast with my honey. Then took, what as far as I remember, my first cable car ride, down to Fisherman's Wharf. We explored some art galleries, watched the sea lions for a bit, and absorbed the cheesiness of Pier 39, and shared fresh crab and a salad. Why is it that seafood places have the best Thousand Island dressing? It's funny that when you grow up in a destination spot, you tend to avoid the touristy areas. It was kind of fun to dive into those places.

We took the "F" line back to Union Square, to pick up Marcy's charm bracelet. After, we made our way back to the hotel, unwind for a bit. We watched some curling, and napped for a bit. Then it was off to the Great American Music Hall, stopping for some tasty Thai food on the way.

The John Butler Trio was amazing. We were literally leaning on the stage. Butler is an a fantastic performer. He makes a point of getting eye contact with the audience. He actually bent over during a solo, to look Marcy in the eye. About halfway through the concert, the other two performers left the stage, while Butler did a ten minute rendition of Ocean. We were standing five feet from where he was seated. If you aren't familiar with this song, I highly recommend checking it out on Youtube. After a three hour performance, ears ringing, we walked back up to the hotel.

Thank you honey. This was the besetest Christmas present ever!!!!

Fat guy with no balance doing yoga

In an effort to increase my flexibility, I decided to add yoga to my training. What I learned was I have no balance and very little flexibility. Also I used muscles I didn't know existed. Honestly I think I sweat more in an hour of yoga than I did on the 15 mile ride yesterday.

I think if I keep at it, and go every week, it will get easier. I actually feel good right now. Let's see how I feel in the morning. So, for now Tuesday nights or Saturday mornings will be yoga time. I will have to alternate as I have poker night every other Tuesday.

Tour de Cure update

I had a decent week of training. Made it to the gym three times. Logged about 60 miles in the saddle, and did weight training on two days.

I spent Saturday and part of Sunday building my bike. Today I took it on a shakedown ride. Marcy and I did 15 miles in the LafMorinda valley. The ride started with a nice 2.5 mile climb. Then a descent into Moraga. From there about 9 miles of flat park trail. Then some more climbing into Lafayette. Marcy did not keep up with me on the hills, but she also did not stop and walk. Being that she was on a Mountain bike, and pushing more weight on bigger tires, I was impressed. She always finds way of surprising me. The bike performed well. I still have some adjustments to make. I have to say, I am loving the triple crank!

Still not doing very well on fund raising. I have only hit 11% of my goal. Please help! You can check out my page and support me at this link. http://main.diabetes.org/site/TR?pg=personal&fr_id=6899&px=5612530

My plan for this week: Tuesday- get up and go to gym before work for some cardio training.
then to yoga with Marcy at night.

Wednesday- early morning cardio, strength training at night

Thursday- off

Friday- early morning cardio

Taking the weekend of for a concert and Riley's b-day!