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Hoblites: 3 Aug 2012 Edition

Sometimes there is just a need to talk about random stuff but it doesn’t warrant a title all on its own, you know?  I’ve been overwhelming the site with Big Brother updates and I admit, they’re a blast to write.  It satisfies a “fix” to write about a specific topic and is also a challenge to somehow keep it interesting, not only for you, but for me.  Big Brother is on THREE times a week yet those crazy houseguests keep me entertained enough to continue writing.

My Olympic Hotness Interests, Updated:

As I wrote about before, there are some ridiculously hot guys in the XXX Olympics.  GRIN.  Yet the more Ryan Lochte opens his mouth and speaks or shows off that stupid-ass “grille” in his mouth, the more I realize he is an unbearable douchebag – still HOT, but meh in every other factor that there is.  Yet there are others…there are others.  Did you happen to notice the other hottie on the swim team, Nathan Adrian???  Hot, a gold medalist, humble, and actually well-spoken.  Here are some choice pics for you:

Nathan Adrian speedo goodness
Nathan Adrian speedo goodness
Adorable Nathan Adrian grin
Adorable Nathan Adrian grin
Hot and Not-Stupid Nathan Adrian
Hot and Not-Stupid Nathan Adrian19-Nov-2011 14:13, Phase One P30+, 7.1, 80.0mm, 0.005 sec, ISO 100
Notice the ripped speedo
Notice the ripped speedo

If you have your eyes open during my network’s pretty amazing coverage of the Olympics, you’ll see plenty (PLENTY) of other hotties throughout the US teams as well as many international teams too.  Congratulations to all the athletes, medal-winning or not.  It really is amazing to see what these folks can do – it’s still an effort to get back into running for me.  Which leads me to….

Return to Running!

With my sciatica seemingly tamed for the time being (I refuse to say cured because I just know if I’m overly careless, that badboy will motherfuckin’ come back and destroy me again) due to Physical Therapy and patience in resuming exercise routines, I have yet again embarked on adding running into my exercise routines.  I did jump back into it a month or so ago but after a week or so of aggressively running a lot more than I probably should have, I got serious pain in my right lower leg.  It didn’t feel like shin splints as it was on the in-side of my leg, not the front, and felt more like a muscle thing.  Regardless, I stopped and let my leg feel good again. It dawned on me I needed to fucking chill and take things easy as there was no way I could get back to 4-6 mile runs immediately.  I went to runnersworld.com and will take their advice to heart, starting slow and building back up.  I know from experience that shin splints eventually aren’t a thing but that takes a lot of work.  But it will be nice to add this back into my life as it will help on keeping my weight under control.   Due to this addition along with not eating so richly with Larry being in NYC, my weight is at 180, the first time it’s been there since sometime in 2011.  No joke.  That sciatic injury really fucked me over and prevented me from really doing much exercise at all.  Ugh.  It will be nice to feel better about myself and resume being back to around 170.

Pouring My Heart Into Song

This picture was no joke, people!  Okay, it was, but that is a real guitar I’m holding.  And in 2010, I took lessons over the course of the entire year from New York Guitar School.  I got fairly decent, for a beginner.  Yet when we moved to LA in 2011, I never resumed taking lessons and my guitar ended up in its case, constantly sitting in the corner by the dining room table, unobtrusively reminding me that once, we used to make music together.  FINALLY, finally, this week, I took the guitar out of the case, tuned it (it surprisingly wasn’t ridiculously out of tune), and started slowly with just playing D, G, and A7 chords.  Ugh.  I had definitely blocked out the memory of painful fingertips as DAMN.  You definitely build up strange fingertip callouses on the left hand where you press down on the strings to make chords, but they’re necessary so you don’t cry from the pain.  I kept all my instructional materials and songs, so at this point, it’s me playing those three chords as well as Sublime’s “What I Got” and U2’s “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For”.  And rocking the HELL out of them.  Even strumming patterns are coming back to me.  But yeah, painful fingertips.

Back to NYC, for a weekend

Finally, I’m flying out tonight to the NYC area (truly, I’m going to the part of New Jersey right across the river from Manhattan, but it’s a lot more cool to say New York or NYC) because Larry’s mom is getting married.  It’s supposed to be hot as balls out there.  Yay!  But I’m excited to see the family back there as well as the potential chance to see the city.  Flying back Monday so it’s a real quick trip.  Larry then stays out there till near the end of the month.  Feh.  🙂

A Mild, January Day (MM)

This morning, Larry & I woke up and it was warm.  WARM.  WT Fuck?  Just a few weeks ago – it was freakin’ cold.  And this morning, I wake up and it’s warm?  Sure enough, today was a nice day where the temperature was near the 50s.  It was so mild, the run we went on was pretty much awesome.  Too cold and running is uncomfortable and I’d rather not.  But weather like this, where it’s chilly yet not hot..? Awesome.  I am running only one lap around the park for now, but I obviously have to pick up the pace a bit in order to have any hope of completing the half marathon this March.  What is weird is that I can get to the 4- or 5-mile mark and if I press through, I am set.  And today, I really really wanted to stop at that point again.  I made myself keep running though…it could have been the fairly attractive guy running ahead of me.  Believe me, sometimes that is all the motivation I need.  LOL.  Regardless, that little motivation kept me running so I was able to complete the circuit.  And I felt great after that momentary lull and finished quite well.  Larry is a maniac though and can do two laps around the park.  Yowza.  I need to get to that point over the next few months.  I have to!

In some other news, Miss Mila had a baby girl on Friday!  I am so happy for her.  I wonder if she’s ready to keep churning out the babies now.  It seems, from my limited observation, that women either want to keep popping out those babies afterward or they’re one-and-done.  Guess we’ll see!

Larry & I just finished watching Moon.  An interesting movie and I’m glad I knew very little about it going in, besides the fact that I knew that Sam Rockwell’s character talks to himself.  That, my friends, is most definitely not a complete and thorough description of what is happening in this movie.  I read afterwards this movie was made for $5 Million.  That is amazing especially considering it’s a sci-fi movie set completely on the moon.

And what the hell is going on with my damn employer?  I am still Team Conan.  I wish he wasn’t going to be leaving, but it seems that’s what’s happening.

Apocalyptic Weekend (MM)

Independence Day?  Check.  Day After Tomorrow?  Check.  Deep Impact or Armageddon?  Sign me up.  Godzilla or 10,000 BC?  Uh, no.  But 2012?  Oh, hells yes.  I love when there is disaster on screen and when it is this epic and fantastic to behold, I am powerless to resist.  Roland Emmerich, who is responsible for ID4 and Day After Tomorrow, is pretty much a master of the disaster movie (taking over for the 1970s Irwin Allen who helmed The Poseidon Adventure and The Towering Inferno) and I gladly partake in it.  And hoooo-boy, this is pretty much the final disaster movie that can be done – needless to say, this movie goes all the way.  There’s no longer just a ship overturning here and a cold NY winter there; no, this is literally LA falling into the ocean and the Yellowstone SuperVolcano exploding. Yeah, it’s nuts.  So I loved it.  But I must admit that after seeing pretty much the annihilation of billions of people, you get left a little shell-shocked and a tad scared that shit, I really hope this doesn’t happen in December 2012!  And where’s my $1B so I can get a ticket on one of dem Arks?

But my apocalyptia didn’t end there – oh NO!  Larry & I also watched the recent Nicolas Cage movie called Knowing.  I didn’t know too much about this one except the trailer showed some cool disaster footage but it looked very cliche.  Well, it wasn’t that cliche and it was actually very creepy and intriguing.  And the disaster scenes were indeed amazing and the story good… up till the last 10 minutes or so.  WTF was that all about?

Other than ensuring I’ll have fucked-up dreams for the next few days, the weekend was pretty good.  Saturday was rainy, so that’s when we saw 2012.  Then on Sunday, Larry & I ran 6 miles up the West side of Manhattan.  We took the subway down to Battery Park (the southern tip of Manhattan) and then ran up the river park that runs along the Hudson River all the way up to 72nd Street.  It works out to about 6 or so miles, and was a beautiful run.  It’s probably one of the last nice days for us to do this before we hit our winter.  I don’t mind the winter that’s for sure – bring on the snow!  But it’s still nice to have a nice mild day!

Oh yeah, looks like work may be awkward with respect to a certain incident from last week.  I regret that I didn’t handle resolving this better, but there’s no way I’ll be saddled with someone saying I am crazy or making it up.  Whatevs.  Today was a good day and I’m hoping that this week is good.

Cupcakes Across the Street (MM)

It’s not a safe thing to find out you have a Magnolia Bakery-esque cupcake joint right across the street from where you live.  If you know of or have heard of Magnolia Bakery – they are a popular cupcake bakery that makes sinfully delicious cupcakes.  Well, there’s a place literally ACROSS the street from me called Buttercup Bakery (Princess Buttercup!) and Larry and I finally partook in their cupcake goodness on Friday night.  And again today.  Holy crap.  The frosting is crack.  They even do sell it in shots.  Like you get a shotglass of the icing.  And you’re happy about this.  So now I really have to keep up my running regimen as if I don’t, and I continue to go to the bakery, well, Houston, we’ll have a problem.

It’s now about 11PM on Sunday night and I’m probably not going to head to sleep immediately.  I will finish the blog post first, then probably play a little bit more of Uncharted 2 on the PS3, which I have to say is a lot of fun.  It’s a Tomb Raider/Indiana Jones game but a whole lot more fun than either of those.  Well, I guess that comparison is only fair for the last Indiana Jones movie.  Larry ended up making a London Broil with garlic mashed potatoes and asparagus and it was fantastic.  I picked us up some Montepulciano wine, the same as I had at my office party at Knickerbockers a few weeks back.  Good stuff that is!

I so love that Larry likes to cook and actually is VERY good at it.  I’m a lucky guy.  I love that Larry.

This weekend up here in NYC it was all sorts of rainy and dreary, so it wasn’t a weekend where you wanted to go out and do too much.  We did make it to Central Park yesterday for running (me for 6 miles, Larry for 12) but other than that, it’s been a mellow weekend.  Yay.  After this week at work, it was nice. Hopefully it’s a nice week at work upcoming.

This week will be a fun one for the videogames I like to play.  Beatles: Rock Band is finally getting its first downloadable content in the form of the entire Abbey Road album!  How sweet is that!?  On the same day, you can also get a Queen 10-pack of songs for the regular Rock Band 2.  Sweet.  I think Windows 7 is also coming out very soon.  I’m still loving the hell out of my new MacBook Pro.  It’s got such ease of use.  It’s also ridiculously powerful.

Okay, now I’m just rambling.  Word to your mom.