Monday, January 19, 2015

Bumps and Bruises

My bumps and bruises for 2015 are carry overs from 2014.  My car hit a deer in early November 2014, and I think it may have aggravated some previous conditions.  Yesterday was the first time I have done any resistance training since the deer accident.  My left wrist was noticeably sore on the pinky side of my hand immediately after I was finished with my work out.  I was using light weights and exercises for my back (lat pull downs, close grip pull downs).  I also did preacher curls with an EZ Bar and curl bench.  My right wrist was only slightly sore.  On my right wrist, my golfer's elbow (tendonitis) was aggravated by the car/deer accident.  Some other previous injuries include left biceps and left shoulder.  Happy New Year!

Saturday, January 10, 2015


Is it my imagination, or do all Pittsburgh area sports reporters use the word "obviously" way too much?  Steelers coach Mike Tomlin is known for his excessive use of the word "obviously" during interviews, press conferences, etc.  "Obviously" has obviously infected the vocabulary of Pittsburgh sports reporters.  I listen to all the major Pittsburgh sports media, including 93.7 the fan, ESPN 970, and Trib Live Radio/Sportstalk.  It's not my imagination, obviously.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Random Reps - 07/16/2014

1. Does anyone blog anymore or do they use Twitter and/or Facebook instead?
2. Sowed Dwarf Grey Sugar and Oregon II Pea Pods today.
4. To buy a uke or not, maybe I will treat myself on my birthday.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

First Injury 2014

I had my first injury of 2014.  As usual, it was a self inflicted injury.  It happened the morning of 1/8/2014, the day after the "polar vortex".  I was dropping off some mail at my local post office.  The car window was frozen, so I had to open the door.  I was wearing a new pair of gloves, and I dropped the mail on the ground.  As I went to pick up the mail, my foot was not on the brake, so the car drifted.  I had the grab the gear shift to change it from Drive to Park, and that's when I tweaked my right wrist.  It is a same wrist that I injured a few years ago.  I have been stretching it, but it is not completely better yet.  I have found that most of my self inflicted injuries usually happen after I had a layoff or extended break from working out. It's tough getting old.  The joints aren't as flexible as they used to be.

Monday, March 11, 2013

I have not completely disappeared.  Just a quick update.  I have had some minor health issues the last three weeks.  I am currently recovered from a cold - congestion, etc.  The weekend before, I pulled a muscle on the left side of my neck.  Two weekends before, I had a cramp in my right calf muscle.  I limped around the house for about two days.  I hate getting old.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Saturday, December 08, 2012

New Distraction

Here is my new distraction, a harmonica.  I decided on a harmonica, because I wanted to learn how to play a musical instrument.  Why?  It's something I have never learned before and a different type of learning experience.  Most of my learning is cerebral, not artistic, and that is the challenge I wanted to have.  In elementary school, I remember taking an aptitude test for music because the school wanted to look for future band students.  I did not make the cut.

I initially thought about learning the guitar, then I realized the cost and the amount of space it would take up.  My next option was the harmonica.  I searched Google to make sure there were resources available online for learning the harmonica, and yeah there are plenty.

My next decision was what harmonica should I buy.  I did my research and decided on the Suzuki Folkmaster.  I read that a beginner should pay around $30.00 for a good harmonica because it is harder to learn on cheaper ones.  I also read don't spend less than $10.00.  I decided to spend between those two prices, so the $15.00 Suzuki Folkmaster was my choice.  Beginners can "blow out" a reed, so I decided to go with a cheaper model.  Plus, if I lose interest or totally suck, $15.00 is not that much money.

I have been practicing for about two weeks now and yes I am still a beginner.  I can play "Row Row Your Boat" once.  The harmonica is a "blind" instrument.  You cannot see what you are doing.  You have to rely on sound, feel, and muscle memory.  The harmonica is sometimes called a blues harp, or just harp.  I will keep harp'n away and see what happens.