Saturday, February 4, 2012

Road Trip - Saturday

So Anthony, Aaron, Rupert and I got up around 7:30am and started to get ready for our weekend road trip. I didn't plan out a breakfast (fail on my part) so everyone fended for themselves. After breakfast Anthony asked if I had a needle and thread as his jeans were "fashionably" holey. But his back pocket has to many holes and he couldn't put his wallet in there.. long story short I sewed the holes on his pocket for him.. oh and he was still wearing them while I did this. Any excuse to touch Anthony's butt is a plus in my book :)

We loaded up the SUV (Aaron was kind enough to offer is vehicle and also paid for the gas). We started the road trip. We didn't plan to stop anywhere on the way up as we wanted to spend as much time as we could with Chris. On the way up we played 20 questions but we put a fun twist and made it a Scifi Edition. Three hours later we were in Lompoc.

We met up with Chris and he took us to one of his favorite burger joints for lunch. This place had an A - Z burger. All were very crazy variations of a burger. Though some of my travel buddies were adventurous I went with an A burger which is just a simple hamburger.

After lunch Chris took us to Vandenberg Air Force Base (Chris is in the military). He showed us around, I can't get more specific but it was some very cool places that very few non-military people see. It was very impressive. Vandenberg is on the coast and has miles and miles of coastline so we drove up the coast and stopped to admire the view a few times.

One of those time when I was getting back in Chris' van I went back to grab my seat belt at the exact some time Aaron was closing the side door and crunch... 3 fingers on my right hand were caught between the door and the door jam. As I screamed open the door, open the door, Aaron quickly (though it felt like minutes) opened the door and I examined my 3 crushed fingers. They were killing me but seemed not to be broken. Lucky for me there was alot of padding in between the door jams so that prevented me from actually crushing my fingers and braking the bones. They were bruised and sore but other then that they were okay.

Our next stop was at an actual beach, it was beautiful and since it was on the base there were very little people there. After the beach Chris took us to his actually work place, he's involved with nuclear weapons. Showed us his desk and where he worked. He also showed us a video about nuclear weapons and I learned so much... it was a fun and informative trip.

After the base we headed to Solvang, which is the Danish capital of United States. We walked around this quaint town, checking out all the cool shops. We then headed over to The Red Viking for some dinner. I got some Danish sausage and meatballs while others went with traditional Danish meals and some with typical stuff. They had some excellent food and the waitress (Alex) was awesome. Made the dinner experience even more fun. She actually invited us out to a "club/bar" later in the day but that was hours away and we didn't have time to hang out.

After Solvang we headed back to Vandenberg Air Force base to go bowling. Since it was Saturday it was packed with kids so we put our name down on the waiting list and decided to play some Flux while we waited. After an hour of waiting it didn't look like we were going to get a lane before they closed at 10pm. So we opted to just get a hotel room and play some Apples to Apples.

Around 11pm Chris headed back to his place (only a few blocks from the hotel) and Aaron and Rupert took one of the Queen beds while Anthony and I took the other queen bed and tried to get some sleep.

All in all it was a fantastic day.. got to see some very cool things, ate some great food but more important go to hang out with some AWESOME friends.

You can see more picture HERE

Friday, February 3, 2012

Hanging with Friends

A Healthier Me - Day 12

Got up this morning and made myself go out and workout. I have company coming over later today so this was going to be the only time I would be able to workout.

Today's Workout:

30 minutes of cardio on the elliptical

3 sets of 10 on the chest fly for my chest (75 lbs)
3 sets of 10 on the curl arm for my biceps (45 lbs)
3 sets of 10 for shoulders (45 lbs)
3 sets of 10 on the front leg press (45 lbs)

It was a rough start to the workout.. I really didn't want to go but once I started I got into a rhythm and all was well.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

A Healthier Me - Day 11

I wasn't about to workout during the day as planned and in turn it effected my workout.

Today's Workout:

30 minutes of cardio on the elliptical

3 sets of 10 on the front leg press (45 lbs)
3 sets of 10 on the back leg press (45 lbs)
3 sets of 10 on the free weight (110 lbs)

I struggled with the cardio.. about 10 minutes in I was going to stop at 15 but then a good song came on the ipod and next thing I knew it was 16 minutes and I will only stop in increments of 5 so I would go to 20 but then at 20 I figured it was only 10 more minutes to 30 so I continued and got my full cardio in. This is my light weights day so that wasn't an issue. Hopefully tomorrow I'll get my early workout in.

New Look and Tire Woes (Vlog)

Here's another Video blog.. gonna try and do more of these. Let me know what you think.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

England on Hold

I was beyond excited that I was finally going to travel to England and Ireland, it's been a dream of mine for such a long time and this May was it. I was going to do it no matter what. I didn't care that I haven't had a job in four months. I didn't care that my savings is almost gone. I kept telling myself I was going to go no matter what.

Damn me for being such a responsible person...

I have thought long and hard about the decision to postpone my trip and I feel at this time that it's the right one. I know that I should not spend thousands of dollars that I don't really have on a trip right now. I mean I do have a mortgage and no job. Finding a job should be my priority.

Does it suck.. oh yeah big time and it's killing me to have to put it off once again but I am going to get to England/Ireland and in fact get to all of Europe in the near future. That's my goal and once I get a job and save some money back up I'm booking my flight.. there's no stopping me.

A Healthier Me - Day 10

Well didn't quite workout in the morning as planned but I did manage to get out there at around 12:30pm. 

40 minutes of cardio on the elliptical

3 sets of 10 on the chest fly for my chest (75 lbs)
3 sets of 10 on the curl arm for my biceps (45 lbs)
3 sets of 10 for shoulders (45 lbs)
3 sets of 10 on the front leg press (45 lbs)

Really happy I got my workout done earlier in the day. I seem to have more energy, hence why I went a bit longer on my cardio. Everything else felt great. Gonna try and keep the workout in the morning/afternoon. 

MASH 4077 Podcast Episode 25

Download from itunes or listen/direct download

Show Notes

Kenny Mittleider from Knights of the Guild, Alien Nation: The Newcomers Podcast & Confessions of a Fanboy Podcast, Simon Meddings from Waffle On Podcast, & Al Kessel from Tales from the Mouse House, Fast Forward & Just Because Podcast discuss one of the most successful and longest running television series in history.. M*A*S*H

Today we cover Season 2, Episode #1 - Divided We Stand
25th Episode Overall
Directed by Jackie Cooper
Written by Larry Gelbart
Production code K401
Original air date September 15, 1973

Set during the Korean War in the 1950’s

Plot Summary: Brigadier General Clayton briefs Captain Hildebrand, a psychiatrist, on the 4077th unit. Clayton is sending Hildebrand to the 4077 M*A*S*H unit to assess whether the unit can function as a team. Will the they be broken up and sent to other units?

Hope you enjoy it,

Knights of the Guild Podcast Ep 39

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Today’s show features:

~ Season Five Interviews with Extras continue with; Chris, Kim, Kristina, Rachelle, Blake, Rebecca, Samantha and Shanna
Thank you again for all your support, I do this podcast because I am a fan myself and love taking other fans behind the scenes of this great webseries.

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

A Healthier Me - Day 9

Well I dragged my tired butt out to the garage to do my workout.. Thanks to several of you who gave me encouragement via text, facebook and my blog.. I really appreciate it.

Today's Workout:

30 minutes of cardio on the elliptical

3 sets of 10 on the front leg press (45 lbs)
3 sets of 10 on the back leg press (45 lbs)
3 sets of 10 on the free weight (110 lbs)

Once I got out there the workout was fine, I even woke up a bit and feel pretty good at the moment. I know I'll crash in an hour and hopefully get a good night sleep. I think I'm going to try and workout in the morning/afternoon so I don't run into this problem of being too tried to workout again.

Insomnia and Podcasts

I had the worst time sleeping this last night/morning. I don't know if it was because I worked out later then I normally do (10pm) but I tossed and turned all night and into the morning. I think I slept a total of a few hours before I finally couldn't take it anymore and got up at 9am.

Since I didn't sleep well I kind of had a sluggish day. I listen to some podcasts and finally finished editing my next Alien Nation podcast, which makes me happy.. but looking back at the day I'm not sure really what I did. I didn't watch much TV and the editing only took about four hours.. but for the life of me I can't figure out what I did today.

Debating on working out tonight. Half of me says I should force myself to go out there but another part of me who is exhausted and can barely keep his eyes open is saying go to bed, but then the other part keeps saying it's only 8pm.. too early for bed. I love these internal debates and at this time as I'm writing this blog I really don't know what I'm going to do... all I know is if and when I go to sleep, I hope I can sleep throughout the night.

Monday, January 30, 2012

A Healthier Me - Day 8

Today was an extremely lazy day. I didn't do much other then watch some TV. Watched the latest Once Upon a Time and totally loved it. It was the back story for Sydney (aka Man in mirror). Got some more story from the fantasy world and the present world things are moving along nicely. It's only been 11 episodes but I feel like we've gotten so much yet have learned so little. Can't wait to see where this season goes.

I did get out today and go to the Post Office and grab some lunch. I'm trying to get out more often and not stay in this house day in and day out.

I pretty much was on the computer all day not doing much. At 10pm I realized that I hadn't workout today.. so I mustered up the strength and went outside and did my work out.

Since it's Monday I weight myself this morning 207.5

That's a pound and half less then last Monday so I'm moving in the right direction.

Today's Workout:

30 minutes of cardio on the elliptical

3 sets of 10 on the chest fly for my chest (75 lbs)
3 sets of 10 on the curl arm for my biceps (45 lbs)
3 sets of 10 for shoulders (45 lbs)
3 sets of 10 on the front leg press (45 lbs)

It was a tougher workout then usual because I was so lazy today it was hard for me to get motivate to get out there especially since 10pm is the time I watch the news and start to wind down.. but I did it and got through it.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Disneyland Sunday

Got up early to head out to Disneyland. I normally don't go on weekends because it's always so busy. But my friend Sue is visiting from New York and will be there today. Sue and I meet in a sci fi forum called Treks in Sci Fi years ago. We've chatted via twitter but never met in person. Our paths almost crossed when I went on my trip to Florida as her trip to Florida was just ending and she was at the airport an hour before my plane arrived. Anyways I was really looking forward to meeting her face to face. There was a bit of traffic so I got to Disneyland around 10:30am and as expected it was packed. By the time I parked the car, got on the tram and through security it was 11am.

After a few texts I met up with Sue over by the Castle. I had never seen what Sue looked like, so before I left I quickly looked up a picture of her just so I had a general idea. We quickly found each other and as with other online friends that I have met in person.. it's like there is an instant bond there. It's as though you've been friends for years (which we have).  She was joined by three of her other friends Amy, Lisa and Kate. We said our hellos and then started walking around Disneyland. Since I live here and visit Disneyland often I didn't have any plans other then to hang out with Sue and her friends.

After an hour they were going to head over to California Adventure since they pretty much did Disneyland yesterday and I was hungry so we parted ways as they headed over to the other park I went over to the Little Red Wagon for a delicious corn dog and apple slices. When I finished up, my buddy Anthony texted me that he was on the tram heading in. He and my friend Andrew both said they would join me at Disneyland, Andrew pulled out yesterday but Anthony was on his way so I finished up and then headed to the front to greet my friend. 

Anthony arrived and we hugged our hellos we made our way to California Adventures. I texted the girls to see where they were at and could really figure it out when suddenly we ran into them.  They were all heading to lunch and Anthony was hungry as well so we joined them. We spent the next five hours walking around the park doing rides and such. It was the four girls and us 2 boys so Anthony and I had a lot of male bonding time... which is always nice. I mean the weekend I nursed Anthony back to health after his motorcycle accident I learned alot about him, but he's a man of many stories and I haven't quite heard them all.

Starting at the top it's Me, then going right,
Anthony, Lisa, Amy, Kate & Sue
We finally parted ways with the ladies as they were doing World of Color and Anthony's friend Rachel was joining us for some fun. We said our goodbyes and met up with Rachel. We grabbed a bite to eat before heading back to Disneyland to ride Star Tours and then Indiana Jones before saying goodbye to Rachel as both Anthony and I had were going to our friend Leslie's birthday party which happened to be at The House of Blues at Downtown Disney.

So we headed over there and didn't see anyone, we waited out front and our friends Rupert, Luis and the Rusley Twins, Kevin and Doug showed up. We decided to kill some time and walk over to the Lego store. Well someone, can't remember who, got the idea to make a Leslie Lego figure so we spent the next half hour trying to assemble one.

Party was suppose to start at 9pm.. but the birthday girl was running late. She finally showed up around 10pm which is when we happen to finally leave the Lego store. We said our Happy Birthdays.. presented her with the Legos which she really liked. We had cake and chatted for a bit. Around 11pm I was spent and said my goodbyes and headed home. Got home a little after midnight, watched some Simpson's before falling asleep around 1am

Thanks to Sue, Amy, Lisa, Kate, Rachel, Leslie, Rupert, Luis, Kevin, Doug and especially Anthony for making today a pretty crazy but super fun day.