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|Tuesday, June 9th, 2015|
|Back to lifting... kind of.
I finally got the OK from my physical therapist to begin adding more weights to my workouts. Even though it has only been 2 months, it has been very frustrating to spend it away from the gym. I have been active ever since I was young and have been involved with some form of organized activity since I was 7. I played football and wrestled from the time I was 7 all through high school, from about 14 and on I haven training in various combat arts (kickboxing, muay thai, BJJ, sambo), and then at 18 I began training and performing as a pro-wrestler. The most time I have had off from the gym was 3 months when I was 14 after breaking my elbow. So for 20 years since, I have been on the go basically non-stop. In the past I never let school or my career get in the way of my health and fitness. I was going to the gym twice a day for the better part of the last 5 years. I am not used to “taking it easy” or “going slow”, but I am forcing myself to here, because I want to heal and be better than ever. The most frustrating part is I was getting into the best shape of my life before I got hurt. I just need to rebuild and recover, and be better than before… Current Mood: working
|Wednesday, May 27th, 2015|
|Almost a year later...
During final exams for the kids, I was bored and stumbled upon my abandoned LJ, along with other amounts of silliness on Livejournal I was very entertained for a few days. I figured now would be a good time to try and update regularly once again.Since my last update, I found a job down here outside Atlanta as a sixth grade Language Arts teacher (you may notice my impeccable grammar and spelling, lol), and completed my first year teaching middle school. I also began playing rugby, and subsequently tore my bicep tendon and needed surgery on it, this story I will go back to shortly. mahrkale and I have been living together mostly happily, aside from when I decide to be annoying and/or get a little lazy. After reading some older journals on here from various people, I can totally see why, so I am trying to be more aware of that. Then on a down note, on April 28th, my father passed away after years of dealing with a variety of health issues. His passing on top of my surgery has made the beginning of this year rough, but I am determined to make it a great year going forward…On to my bicep story… The team I play for had a home game the same weekend as FWA in Atlanta, so I was able to play in the game, as well as have mahrkale, pounce_de_leon, Uro, and Ren (friends of ours in town for the con) there to watch. I was playing a decent game when with 10 minutes to go in the first half I made a tackle and my left arm felt like it was cramping. When I looked at it, it was definitely misshaped. I played out the half with my bicep completely rupture from my left forearm. After a 4 hour adventure at the ER I ended up continuing my FWA in a sling. I underwent surgery the following week and have been rehabbing for the last 5.5 weeks. I am hopefully going to be back to 100% before my birthday in August.That said, the rugby team I play for has been a blessing. They are a great group guys that have been there for me during the injury and recovery as well as through my father’s illness and passing. Rugby has more than filled the huge void that was left by quitting wrestling. Not to mention it was getting me into killer shape right before the injury.Oh well, I will try and update more, even if the pool of people that read LJ is small to non-existent. Start using this as my outlet. Current Mood: hopeful
|Tuesday, June 24th, 2014|
It's been ages since I really did an update here. There has been so many life changes I do not know where to begin so I may just hit the bullet points as opposed to try and give a huge detailed summary...
I have moved to Tucker, Georgia nearly two months ago and have started a relationship with mahrkale
. This is my first "straight" relationship since my ex-wife, but it is very refreshing since she is so unique. She basically is everything I want in a significant other on all fronts.
I have graduated from NIU Magna Cum Laude, with a BA in English, and also my teaching certification for grades 6-12. I am still jumping through paper-work hoops to get both my licenses settled and find a solid teaching gig here in Georgia. Essentially it is the only I am missing from my life now.
It seems that life is starting to fall into place for me. Granted it is happening for me later than most, but I blame some of that on detours and dream chasing through my late teens and 20's. A stable career now, and I should be set for a very long time. My best friends pounce_de_leon
will be moving down to the Atlanta area between December of this year and early next year. Phil needs to finish his nursing degree and they need to find a sublet on their apartment. My parents are also moving within 40 minutes of us. They deserve the change of scenery after living in the same apartment for nearly 45 years. I am ultra excited for them! This move will put my folks near me and my half-brother and his family. We're the only two of their kids that don't hit them up for money on a regular basis, so the financial ramifications will also make life easier on them.
I suppose that's all for now, just a nice quick update letting everyone know I am still alive and thriving :)
|Saturday, October 4th, 2008|
|His name is Seth Petrozelli
... and he just KTFO'D Kimbo Slice!!!
I hate Kimbo Slice and his beard, and was glad to see it happen in under 30 seconds!
I wish my gym was like the youth center in Breakin' 2 Electric Boogaloo... I mean breakdancing and boxing! How fucking cool is that shit? Current Mood: Breaking like a Jamaican
|Sunday, August 17th, 2008|
"Meine grosse Brust."
Das ist alles...
Only the Germans can make talking about large breasts so uncomfortable.
|Sunday, August 10th, 2008|
The moment I heard that Russian soldiers invaded Georgia, I wondered, "How many furries just thought, 'Oh no! I hope we can still do FWA!'?"
|Thursday, July 17th, 2008|
|Saturday, July 7th, 2007|
|Wrestling in a Bull-fighting stadium
Yesterday we woke up at 6am and had breakfast before making a 45 minute drive to the stadium where we would be wrestling at it was an old bull fight areana. You could tell it was a histoic place with the plaques of the matadores who were killed there. But none-the-less it was an amazing place to see muh less to be able to wrestle in... we wrestled two of their more popular guys in the main event. The show was supposed to start at 9pm but because of problems with lights and sound it didn't start until 10:15pm... our match started at 12:20am and ended right before 1 am... by the time we got paid and our ride was ready we didn't get back home until 5:30am... which is 11:30pm Chicago time... so our sleep schedule is still on Chicago time.... this will make things easier when we get back... Today will be busy but should be fun... Current Mood: amused
|Thursday, July 5th, 2007|
Didn't get to our hotel until 8pm Portugal time because the owner of the company we are wrestling for misplaced our reservation numbers. Took a shower in the smallest most inconvenient shower stall (pictures will follow upon my return) and was treated to dinner... SNAILS (GROSS!!!!!!)... On a plus side beer was free and so far haven't paid for a single thing yet... Tomorrow is the actual wrestling show, and we will be leaving this hotel to stay at the promoter's house... so I go from having my own room to a couch... Oh well... 1 day down... 3 more in Portugal and 1 of travel remain...
|We're in Portugal
Can't check into the hotel for another 3 hours so we're chilling at the promoter's place... I will give a full update later!
|Sunday, July 1st, 2007|
|Only a few more days...
I will be leaving for Portugal Wednesday... I am still having a huge amount of mixed emotions about it...
I wrestled near Green Bay last night... had to drive alone, which was good, 6 Rockstar energy drinks, a family sized box of Cheez-Its, a Gatorade, and loud punk music helped the ride there and half way back. I started to feel myself doze off around Milwaukee at like 12:30am ish (4.25 hours there, 3 hours at a wrestling show and 2.5 hours back behind a wheel will drain you). I ended up driving to Kenosha where I found a rest area around 1:15ish and slept til 5am... like I mentioned before going alone was kinda a good thing, I got to do some thinking and I surprisingly slept ok in the car... Current Mood: blank
|Wednesday, June 27th, 2007|
As more news comes out on the Benoit double murder/suicide I feel sick... add idols to the list of things that aren't what they used to be...
I felt like a lost child for the last 24 hours or so, and have yet to sleep, I am confused by many things in the world and realize there are relatively no constants, nothing that is 100% dependable...
As things occur in my life I sometimes wonder if I missed on my true calling, or if I even have a true calling... sometimes I want to drive and never look back, not even to see the dim red glow of my tail lights reflecting on the past... but I dunno what scares me more the past failures or the unknown future...
I'm going to drive and see where the night and my Caliber take me...
|Monday, June 25th, 2007|
|Another wrestler gone at a young age
Chris Benoit, 40,who was one of my heros in the wrestling business and someone I tried to emulate and respected highly ,was found dead at his home... his wife Nancy, and young son Daniel were also found dead... no other news is known... Current Mood: sick
I am sad...
After a really good weekend I am laying here and think "I don't wanna get outta bed" (or in my case off the couch)... Saturday was a great start to my weekend hanging out around the house with Taiko and just generally chillaxin until bowling at night... I am normally a terrible bowler that is happy when he breaks 100 at least one out of the 3 or 4 game he plays... my first game I was on first (well fire for me) I bowled a 144 and had 6 strikes... it was bizarre... I think my average out of the 6 games I played was a 120-something, so I did good for me... Sunday I had a wrestling show, got there a lil early and was able to get out a bit and chat with a friend for a while, which was nice change of pace instead of dealing with the politics of indy wrestling... I needed that a lot... my match went extremely well and I am very happy about it... here is a couple promo pix from the show of my tag partner and I...
Was a good weekend, but I am still beat and after a restless night's sleep (well an attempt to at least) I am dreading going into work. But this is my last full week for 2 weeks, I leave for Portugal the morning of July 4th for wrestling... I come back the evening of Monday July 9th...
On a side note I got's a happy new good luck charm *dances* Current Mood: restless
|Wednesday, June 20th, 2007|
|Creepy man at the park...
As an insomniac I try and make up for lack of nightly sleep by napping out during lunch... so today I head to my normal napping place in a forest preserve across from a field where people were playing frisbee with a dog... so I doze off and 25 minute later my alarm goes off... I stretch, put my sunglasses back on, readjust my seat and yawn... and that's when I notice a guy that was straight outta Stranger Danger videos from grade school... mid-50's, greying Tom Selleck-esque mustache, unmarked blue baseball hat, and Blu Blocker sunglasses... he was sitting in his car looking at me...
Creepy Guy: "Wanna share the shade?"
Me: "No, no I sure don't"
Creepy Guy "I'll make it worth your while"
Me : "Tremendous" (I drive away... FAST!)
Yep, that was weird...
|Tuesday, June 19th, 2007|
Portugal is 2 weeks away, and while part of me has never been this excited there is another part that feels kinda sad... while this is a tremendous opportunity I am going to miss people... it's weird... Vance (my tag team partner) and I get along great but I still will feel lost without being able to talk to certain people at a moment's notice... Fucking Portugal... Current Mood: sore
Softball was great this weekend even if I did pull my hammy a lil bit... I do look forward to the next game...
|Sunday, June 10th, 2007|
|Sunday, June 3rd, 2007|
|Ink for the puma
Quelled my urge for ink yesterday with a paw print Taiko drew up for me... I would rather have ink that a close friend does for me than generic tattoo flash... this was inked by Jaime Ozman, owner of Rising Phoenix in Addison, IL...
Without further adieu...
Thanks pup, it looks good on me :)