July 4, 2012
When I was a kid, I would occasionally get harassed because I was multi-racial. When asked, “What are you anyways, Claridad?” I would stick my fat little chin up in the air, puff up my fat little chest, point to my heart with my little sausage finger and proudly declare that “I am American.” (I know that doesn’t really make any sense but it was basically my way of saying, “None of your business. We were both born in the same city, asshole.) Then I would run off in my little Vans that my feet would spill over the sides and go read a book or draw some pictures in the library.
July 4, 2011
I’m a fan of weightlifters and artists. I’m a fan of musicians, fishermen, chefs, dancers, pharmacists, coaches, or anybody who’s passion takes them outside whatever is considered normal. That’s because it takes a great deal of hard work and sacrifice to turn passions into full-time commitments (however brief or long that time may be). I’m just a young guy (well I guess not THAT young). But I am young in the sense that I have only just begun to understand what this commitment actually means. But I’m equally excited and determined to make my own thing work. Since I’ve started bitching on the internet, I’ve had tons of people come up to me and tell me stories about what they had to go through to make it work. I’m a fan of you too.
I’m also a fan of this guy.
I saw the trailer and immediately identified with him. That was me as a kid. I was awkward. I drew pictures. I didn’t have many friends. I was him. And now it’s his goal in life to create. And yeah, I know it’s just video games, but I honestly see this guy creating what are essentially projections of himself which, to me, is art. With his computer talent, he could have probably easily sealed a job at a large software company (which is also cool). But he decided to try something else.
P.S. I’ve played Super Meat Boy. It’s addicting. It’s basically like an amped up Super Mario Brothers except you play as a gross, wall-jumping piece of meat and you are on a mission to rescue your equally gross girlfriend, Bandage Girl. So addicting.
Snatch: Took it up to 120.
Clean and jerk: took it up to 140.
I’m planning on hitting around 130/150 tonight.
June 28, 2011
So you’re broke again. Obviously wasting money on protein powder is out of the question. No worries, friend. Poor people can be elite too if you follow these step by step instructions:
1) Put on your singlet.
2) Get yoked.
3) Eat this:
Don’t let it’s small size fool you. I used about a 1/4th of a jar of peanut butter on this bad boy. Don’t like jelly? No problem. This can be fixed by generously lathering 4 sides with Peanut butter (1 side of each on the outer slices and both sides on the middle slice), get 2 bananas, split them in half (so they fit in the bread), drizzle the inner layers with honey and then put it all together. You end up with a massive beast requiring an extra-large lunch pale. And don’t forget the most important part:
Power snatch: took it up to 110. Did a few more doubles at 70.
Power clean: Managed a single at 140 which made me happy. Took a few more triples at 100.
Rack supports/walkouts: Loaded up 240 just to see what it feels like and improve rack mobility. There are people on this earth that can clean and jerk that. Amazing.
Bench press: caught a pump at 135lbs.
Power snatch took a much quicker and easier 110 and then missed 120.
Power clean: 2 singles at 140. These also felt a lot easier than this morning.
Press: (I usually do these and improve my rack position at the same time by walking it out in a full rack and then playing around with my hand position a bit.) Did a few sets of 5 and then worked up to a few reps at 90.
Posterior planches: I set up 2 benches, and planche in between them looking at the ceiling while holding a 20kg. plate.
Responsibility update: I already let all you guys in on my business so I may a well keep you up to date. I went down to Sac State today to get some information concerning my student status, financial situation, and my options for next semester. Even though I’m not enrolled in any classes this semester, I will still be able to register for classes in the spring if I want to attempt to finish up my BS (I plan on eventually doing this at some point). I checked with a councilor as well as online and I SHOULD be able to hold off on payments by taking classes at city if I take 6 units. I’m already enrolled in 4 which SHOULD take care of the last of my GE so I need 2 more units of nonsense to get my part time status. Beginning weight training anyone? And Apparently the only thing I need if I want to enroll in that EMT-Basic class (possibly in the spring) is to renew my CPR/First aid for the professional rescuer. I already had this but I think it expired. So I’m keeping my options open and most importantly I feel more in control. So I got that going for me. And obviously I’m going to keep weightlifting. I may not be the top weightlifter, but slangin’ kilos is what I do best. So I’m going to keep doing that until I’m the RICK ROSS of weightlifting.