Semi-Charmed Life

28Feb/090

Never Again

I feel like shit right now. I just woke up about half an hour ago and it's 5 in the afternoon. I got pretty tanked last night, to the point where I had to be carried out. Luckily I had some good friends who were able to take care of me and drive me home, but right now I just feel embarassed. Getting shit-faced and blacking out might have been acceptable in college, but grown men should know how to handle themselves on a night out. It's been a while since the last time I had to be carried home. I hope I don't get like this again in the future. It's irresponsible to get sloshed and force your friends to take care of you.

I spent the whole day feeling like shit. The one bright spot of the day was this video:

Cracks me up every time I watch it.

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27Feb/090

Enjoying Bad Movies

What makes a movie good? Is it enough to call a movie good if you simply enjoyed it? Sometimes I watch a movie and I know it's not a good movie, yet I still find it enjoyable. Two movies I recently saw that fits the bill:

and

I know neither of them are even close to being Oscar winners. I mean, they got 29% and 25% on Rotten Tomatoes, respectively. But even though I know both of them have some serious flaws, I thought they were both highly entertaining because a) I like almost every movie that Nicholas Cage is in (except for Ghost Rider, which I thought was pure crap) and b) I'm a sucker for dance movies.

So screw you Rotten Tomatoes . . . stop being so picky and just enjoy the damn movie!

25Feb/092

How I Know I’m Getting Old

I had spicy beef with eggplant over rice today for lunch, and a few hours later I noticed a burning feeling in my esophagus and chest. I didn't think much of it and didn't think it would bother me too much in my brazilian jiu jitsu class, but holy crap it was awful. The worst parts came whenever my partner had me in a real bad position with a lot of pressure on my stomach. There were several instances where I was sure I was going to throw up on him. Not wanting to be known as "that guy," I took a short break and resumed shortly after. But the break didn't really help. I was constantly worried that I would throw up without notice.

It's 6 hours later from when I first ate that meal and I'm still feeling it! What the heck? Is it normal for 25 year olds to get heartburn? I really hope this doesn't mean I won't be able to eat spicy food anymore, because I LOVE spicy food.

The bad ankles . . . the stubborn tire around my waist . . . and now heartburn. Aging SUCKS.

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23Feb/090

Weekend at Stratton

I went to Stratton, Vermont this weekend and I have to say, Stratton is probably one of my favorite mountains so far. It's not the biggest mountain, but I like the terrain there. I had a blast doing glade runs this weekend. I was hesitant at first because I had several not so great experiences in the past, but I think I finally got comfortable navigating through glades. I'm pretty addicted to glades, so that's what I'll probably be working on every time I hit up Vermont. I think my problem before was that I was too fixated on the trees ahead of me instead of looking at the path I was on. Now I'm able to completely focus on the path. What helped for me was looking ahead and deciding in advance which turns and lines I were going to take. I'm still not able to handle really dense glades though, nor can I handle it when it gets to steep. The blue glades at Stratton were great.

Aside from doing the glades though, I was pretty disappointed that I didn't force myself to ride switch more. I can ride switch, but I feel very slow and not completely sure of myself. The best way to get better is to obviously practice more, but when you see all your friends zooming past you and disappearing into the distance, it's hard not to switch back to your natural stance and catch up with them.

This is my second season with my own setup. I think I'm ok considering it's my second real season of snowboarding, but it's starting to feel like I'm hitting a plateau. I think what I really have to do is just grow a pair . . . I'm not trying new tricks because I'm afraid to get hurt, but I'm not going to get better that way.

Anyway, the best part about the weekend apart from the awesome conditions is me winning a free raffle: two two-day lift tickets and two nights stay for two at Stratton. Freaking awesome.

I didn't take any pictures, but here's a picture of me and with some of my fraternity brothers who were also there that weekend (I'm the fourth from the right, in the white and tan outfit):

snowboarding

20Feb/090

The 12 Months of Dating

Well, I'm off to Vermont this weekend for a weekend snowboarding trip. Nothing to post, except this video which I got off of my friend's blog:

It's funny . . . but in a real corny kind of way.

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