Semi-Charmed Life


Kage Bunshin no Jutsu, ASAP!

I feel awful this season for signing up for volleyball again because between the stress of losing my apartment soon, looking for a new position for work, jiu jitsu training and training for 4 races I signed up for, I've been feeling overwhelmed and have been finding it impossible to make it to my volleyball games sometimes. It's especially hard because of the late start times. Games often start at 9:15pm and have me getting home a little past midnight. Not ideal when I have to wake up at 6am for work. It's just once a week, but feels like a bigger committment than it seems and it feels crummy to have to flake on games for one reason or another. I had to miss my game last night because of a bad stomachache.

I really need to find some time to lift weights again. I haven't lifted for quite some time and I can feel the difference. I don't feel as strong when I'm training jiu jitsu and I have lost a few pounds since I've stopped lifting. I also haven't been swimming in a while either. I've just been slacking overall.

Let's also add cooking and cleaning to the list of things that I've been neglecting. Typically, I do all my grocery shopping on the weekends, so whenever I'm busy the entire weekend and am not able to get around to that, I don't cook. Eating out every meal these past few weeks has been expensive and unsatisfying. My apartment is a mess and I am behind on my laundry too, which I also only do on weekends when I'm able to set aside 2 hours.

It always seems like there is never enough time to do everything I have to do or want to do.

I need to set some time aside to collect myself and get my shit together.

Kelly Clarkson, tell me what to do!

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Breakfast Food for Thought

I joked around in an earlier entry about vampires being emotionally retarded, but I thought about it some more and perhaps I've hit on something. Maybe the only reason why humans grow and mature as people is because of our mortality, and if dying no longer becomes an issue then that would throw off our entire maturing process.

Perhaps "growing up" then, is not really a function of age, but rather a function of how long you've been on this earth relative to how much time you have left. The concept of age is meaningless if you never grow old and never have to die. It just becomes another number.

This is how an 80 year old human can be wiser than a 500 year old vampire who never ages past 17.

Or, and I wish there was some way to test this theory, perhaps we mature emotionally as a function of how our bodies look and feel. What if we were to still remain mortal and die at 70 or whatever the average age is that people die at, but look and feel 18 all the way until death. How would that change us? I'm genuinely curious, but there's no way to know the answer so all I can do is speculate.

And that's my Tuesday morning food for thought.

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Black Friday

Human beings disgusting me sometimes. How can the very same people who are thankful for all these warm and fuzzy things like health and life and love on Thanksgiving day turn into a bunch of fucking savages the very next day? Stop and take a look at what your materialism is turning you into.

In an incident the police are referring to as "competitive shopping," a woman at a Walmart store in California's San Fernando Valley stands accused of attacking her fellow shoppers with pepper spray during last night's Black Friday door-buster thingamajig.

"I heard screaming and I heard yelling," one shopper tells the L.A. Times. "Moments later, my throat stung. I was coughing really bad and watering up."

He says that, within minutes of Walmart announcing that the Black Friday deals had begun, the display in the video game section had been torn down by shoppers and store staffers were trying to hold back the throng of customers while attempting to salvage merchandise.

"People started screaming, pulling and pushing each other, and then the whole area filled up with pepper spray," another shopper recalls. "I guess what triggered it was people started pulling the plastic off the pallets and then shoving and bombarding the display of games. It started with people pushing and screaming because they were getting shoved onto the boxes."

In all, reports the Times, 20 customers were injured by the pepper spray attack.

"This was customer-versus-customer 'shopping rage,'" said an LAPD lieutenant, adding that the woman, who has not yet been identified, apparently used her pepper spray in more than one part of the store. "She was competitive shopping."

"Competitive Shopper" Pepper Sprays Fellow Black Friday Shoppers At California Walmart

Come on people, it's NOT THAT SERIOUS.

Joe Rogan dropping knowledge:

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Happy Thanksgiving! – 2011 Edition

Happy Thanksgiving everybody :)

I am thankful for my health. We don't often stop to think just how fragile we are as humans. Life and health can be taken away from you in an instant. As a person that tries to train 3-5 days a week, I am so thankful that I am blessed with the health and ability to allow me to pursue that type of lifestyle.

I am thankful for the health of my friends and family. It is never a good time when loved ones become ill. When loved ones suffer, it becomes your suffering as well.

I am thankful that I am alive. Every moment on earth is a chance to create an experience.

I am thankful for jiu jitsu. It has given me a certain type of structure and order to my life. Jiu jitsu is a personal journey that revolves around progress and cultivating yourself to be the best you can be. Jiu jitsu teaches humility. It is hard to have an ego when you constantly have these better and more experienced training partners who just demolish you day after day. But as you grow over the years, you can see the improvement in your game, and at points you start falling into the role of a teacher. It's a great feeling to have somebody ask me what move I just pulled off on them. I love sharing whatever little knowledge I have acquired in these past 3 and half years. It's such a fulfilling experience because the more I train, the more I realize just how LITTLE I know. Jiu jitsu is a lifelong journey and there is ALWAYS something new to learn because there will always be someone out there who is better than you who will have something to show you.

I am thankful for the human experience. I never want to lose my sense of wonder and this awe and appreciation of life.

And that's it.

The common theme I've been seeing is that people are just thankful for health, friends and family. And really, that is ALL WE NEED. Material possessions just are not in the equation.

I am not thankful, however, for the two FAT pimples on my nose. I am also not thankful for having to go in to work tomorrow.

Anyway, hope everyone had a grand old time today!

Cheers :)


Like Being Knighted

I just got asked to be one of my friend's groomsmen and I'm totally stoked! I've only been personally invited to two weddings in my life so this whole wedding attending thing is new to me, and being asked to be a groomsman is new territory for me.

And not just anybody! Raymond "jigg" Lee!

This guy is Mr. International here, with friends in every continent except probably Antarctica. I've known him for roughly 9-10 years, but he has his old school friends that go way back since he was a little kid. I had not expected the honor of being selected as one of his groomsmen and am not the type of person to fret over being picked for this or invited to that, so it's definitely a high honor!

Although I did note that one time when a bunch of us were choosing who, amongst the people we know, we would have on our Zombie Apocalypse survival team and I was not amongst the chosen few. So I guess it balances out.

Anyway, he is one of three friends that I look to as an older brother type of figure. I have never had an older brother, but these three individuals are people who I feel have always looked out for me and who's opinions I respect. So yea, very honored.

What a wild two weeks. I came back from an awesome trip to Peru to find out I'm one of four people that Ray chose to be part of his groomsmen.

Looking forward to Ray and Karen's wedding!.

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