Yeah it’s been a while since I buckled down and wrote something in this here blog so let’s get writing.
To begin, there will be no song by the end of this year. I hit a brick, sounds like total garbage, wall when it comes to recording the actual instruments. I had created some drum tracks in Hydrogen which of course sounded great and wanted to add some guitar to it. That’ when it became rather obvious I didn’t have the equipment to pull this song thing off. The first issue was repeatability. I love my little practice amp when it’s raining out. It’s has a nice crunch to it when you light up the over-drive but when things dry out, the sound changes too much for my liking. Then I attempted to record some keyboard and that failed pretty bad as well. No matter how I positioned the headphone mic it still sounded like I was in some tunnel with the instrument way, way away from me. Out of desperation I even tried to record in one of my bathrooms but that meant I had to use one of my laptops and that added some unwanted noise. The final nail in the coffin came when I tried to record my acoustic guitar. Simply put you really need a pickup in the sound hole for two reasons. 1. To get the proper resonance/sound. 2. So it’s out of the way and you can actually strum. So the soung is officially shelved until I either win the lottery and can buy some gear, or someone loans me their recording studio for free. Needless to say I’m not holding my breath for either of those options.
Moving on to the training front, the shoulder, same one my oldest fell one while I was rough housing with him, is doing better. I’m upping the weight with each workout so that’s good. Also, if you believe those virtual max bench sites, the ones that ask for a weight and how many times you can do it, I’m sitting around a 148lbs max bench. Speaking of weight lifting I’ve been asked a few times via twitter and a few times via this site how I work out. I pondered taking pictures and writing something up but I’m just not narcissistic enough so here is the cliff note version. Seriously other then those of who asked for it, no one really cares what I do.
I bought a bench with a leg machine about 12-15yrs ago. I then bought some used plates, dumbells, a Olympic straight bar (name??) and a curl bar. The long bar came with cheapo squeeze clamps (name again??) but I rarely use them. About 5-10 years ago I bought some cheapo (notice a trend developing here?) kids mats. You know the ones that interlock and come in cute kiddie colors? Once my kids didn’t need a playpen, I stole the mats and put them in my cellar under the bench. That was a major step up in luxery because now I could do crunches off the cement floor. I also have a long broom handle that I do twists with. So here is how I workout.
Most bench stuff is pretty straight forward. I either use dumbells or the bars and the bench allows for decline, incline and flat bench presses. I like the curl bar because doing curls with a straight bar tweaks my wrists and I kinda need those. I’m not a crosfit person and that’s a good thing because my ceiling is too low. I like doing standing Presses but I have to choose my weight plates carefully or I’ll nail my ceiling at the top of my press. I’ve seen youtube vids that show people converting their garages into workout areas which gives them alot more overhead clearance and that’s cool if you don’t want to park your actual car in the garage. I kinda like the idea of having my car in the garage so the cellar it is.
As for weight belt, some cheapo Gold’s Gym thing from Walmart. I also notice that alot of crosfit people drop their weights after finishing their reps. Since my foam mats are cheap, I can’t do that. I’m also too cheap to pay for the rubber coated weights. The leg machine allows for leg ext, and leg curls, and the stairs into the cellar allow for calf raises. There is no heat in the cellar and to be perfectly honest I
like love it that way. There are no mirrors and there is only one poster on the wall. This one. For me lifting is a solitary event and that means no music, fancy clothing, vidoes, cell phones, tvs, nothing. Just me against gravity. To use a now trendy word, lifting is primal and all that other marketing stuff just gets in the way. To end, I like the Bench Press and Standing Press because they are easy to do and they hit so many muscle groups. My least favorite exercise has to be the plank. For me it’s more mental then physical and I like to move which the Plank doesn’t want you to do. That pretty covers it.
MS has announced that by this time next year XP will no longer be supported. I’m kinda looking forward to that day because that’s when I’ll update the XP laptop to what ever linux distro works best with my Compaq. That will leave only one Win machine in the house running XP. I technically have the same XP lic running in a VM on my desktop running Xubuntu so I guess if something absolutely demands it I can pull that up and move forward. But beyond that, FOSS all the way.
Well that’s enough writing for today. I hope the Easter Season was a joyous time and that the rest of the year only gets better. Till next time, God Bless.