I did a 5.10a at the climbing gym last night. It totally kicked my arse, but I finished it. Yay me!
Archive for October, 2005
Long time no see, friends. I wish I had interesting news to report, but the more likely scenario is that I’ve been in a boredom-induced stupor for the past few weeks, drooling too much to bother to post anything here. My days and weeks are starting to blend into one another, so I’m having a hard time organizing things into a discernable timeline in my head. Instead, here is a random sampling of the activities I’ve been participating in for the past couple weeks.
- I’ve been rock climbing a lot, which is good. I do mostly 5.9s now, which is a step up from the 5.7s I started on. I can also do 90% of a pull-up now (Buddy calls it a nose-up) which is rather exciting news.
- Sunday sports are a weekly ritual now. I meet in the park with friends and we play several sports: basketball, football, ultimate, soccer, or volleyball. I don’t suck nearly as much at volleyball. In fact, May Ling said yesterday that my passes were “superb.” Woo!
- Wednesday nights are Lost nights, when Brendan, Matt and I shamelessly take over Peter and Justin’s TV, eat their snacks, and take their drinks. Good times.
- Saw a few movies: Wallace and Gromit, which I liked a lot, especially the picture of baby gromit. Also saw A History of Violence which was good, but, uh, violent. Finally, used one of my free movie tickets on Flightplan, which was not as bad as the reviews would suggest, but not exactly Best Movie Ever, either.
- Before Flightplan they showed the trailer for Memoirs of a Geisha. Now are you telling me that they couldn’t find any Japanese actresses to play the leads? I’m as fond of Zhang Zi Yi as the next person, but seeing a geisha speak English with a Chinese accent is just a little bizarre.
X-Men Legends IIwith Buddy and Marc. Take that, Rahul!
- Check out Nathaniel’s newly-redesigned photos page. Since he got his new camera, he’s been Mr. Photo-Posting-Person-Man.
Edit: I forgot to add this: Shining. This is a trailer for “The Shining” redone to make the movie look like a feel-good family romp. One of the funniest things I’ve seen in a long, long time. Others: West Side Story as a zombie movie, and Cabin Fever as a tear-jerker.
I’ve learned a couple things in the past week, and I thought in the spirit of education for all, I would share them with you, gentle reader.
1) When the groomer asks if they can “trim [your dog's] hair to make it even,” they ain’t messin’ around. Observe: Enzo’s new haircut, Enzo’s new haircut 2. For comparison, here’s what he used to look like. I do like his new haircut, though. He looks like a puppy!
2) If one’s company hypothetically owns a tricked-out SUV used for PR events, one should not pretend to sell said SUV on aforementioned company’s Want Ads list, then declare it sold 6 months later when one notices the SUV is not parked in its usual spot in the parking garage. Why? Well, I’ve heard that in such a situation, one might be cc:ed on an e-mail from Accounting, asking if the insurance policy on that very SUV can be cancelled since the company no longer owns it. I’m just sayin’. (For the record, the rumor is that the person(s) actually in charge of the SUV did get the joke, and were not at all angry. Laughs were had by all.)
5 points to the first person to tell me where that is from.
Anyway, saw Serenity last Friday, a surprise pick from our very own May Ling (who watched a lot of the fight scenes with her eyes half covered). I liked it quite a lot (perhaps going in with somewhat low expectations helped), and now I’m waiting for Beck to bring in the
Saturday I went over to Aaren’s place to “session” with him and his friend. What this involved was hooking up three turntables and three mixers and taking turns scratching over a beat. Aaren is much better than either of us, but it was still fun and good practice. He also took us to Jake’s Steaks, where I had a Philly cheesesteak “whiz with” style, meaning with Cheez Whiz and onions. It was really good, but I could feel years of my life slipping away with each bite. Saturday night Babs and I went over to May Ling and Florence’s place to drink tea and play Mah Jongg. Our very own Joy Luck Club, I tell you.
Sunday morning Babs and I had a leisurely run on the Steven’s Creek Trail, then had the usual ramen lunch. After some errands, I joined the usual crew for football and volleyball at the park. It was pretty exciting — I don’t suck quite so much at volleyball anymore! Woo! After dinner at The Boardwalk, I watched
Monday night I went climbing again and actually got a monthly membership at Planet Granite since they are waiving their initiation fee. I’ve decided that another one of my minor life goals is to do be able to do at least one pull-up, so this should at least set me in the right direction.
Finally, this picture (click to enlarge) is one of the most wonderfully disgusting things I’ve ever seen. Read the full story here: Snake bursts after gobbling gator.