July 17th, 2003

Down and Out

the hardest working man in unemployment...

things done today:

  • downloaded photoshoot of theadana (from yesterday, I think I forgot to mention that) onto my desktop computer. Soon as I get a chance to organize them, I'll probably post a link to them and ask people to comment so she can become a photosketch.
  • reminded thwomp top post a new writing exercise to lx_arena. If you like writing and you don't read lx_arena, check it out.
  • laundry
  • took another phonecall from the Larry King people (the 4th). Things going very well on that front. I have an actual in person meeting with them on Monday. They made noises about wanting me for a better part than was initially discussed. We'll see what happens on Monday. 8:45 interview... ewww...
  • make livejournal entry

things still to do:

  • Go to the grocery store.
  • Go to the bank.
  • Go to wrestling practice. (1st one I am actually going to participate in... wonder if I'll survive)

Geeze... I'm exhausted...
  • Current Mood
    blah blah

My life as a wrestler -- Day 1

Well, I survived the first class. I wouldn't say that I'm no worse for wear, but I'm ok. Definitely tired, and maybe just a tad loopy. (Note to self: work on tucking chin and protecting head better) I'm four weeks behind the rest of the class, so that means I have a lot of catching up to do. The good news is, I've taken a whole bunch of martial arts classes over the decade or so, so that helps. The bad news is that it also hurts me. I have a tendency to try to protect myself from some things more than I should. Part of wrestling is going with the flow. If someone is throwing you, you have to let them throw you. And the easier you make it for them to hurl you across the ring, the better. This is pretty counter intuitive to me. I'm getting it, but its the hardest thing I learned today by far. Basically, a lot of the time I look like I'm trying to not get hurt instead of looking like the other guy is killing me. On the other hand, I'm told I'm a fast learner, and according to the instructors, I'm about 75% caught up with the class at this point. So I guess the previous fighting lessons (as well as just having watched wrestling for the last 20 years) helped.

Biggest mistake I made today: The second I got to the training facility I realized that I'd left my water bottle at home. Anyone who does anything athletic with me knows that I sweat like a pig, so I like to keep myself very hydrated. Running around a wrestling ring might not look tiring, but it is... especially when you do it for two hours straight. In the time that it has taken me to talk to beststephi on the phone and type this (about 15 minutes), I have downed 1.5 liters of ice water, and I'm still thirsty. If it were not for the "moisture transport" capabilities of Under Armour™ performance apparel (I swear to God, they aren't paying me, wooble), I don't think I would have survived.

Moves I learned today: Basic lockup, arm wrench, wrist lock, single-leg takedown. 4 down, 997 to go.
  • Current Music
    Degeneration X, King of Rock by Run DMC