Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Random Aches & Pains (A Blog Post NOT MEDICAL ADVICE!)

January is over so I guess that makes 2011 officially here to stay. No turning back now. If you haven't gotten this year off to a good start yet then, sorry, there are no do overs. I checked.

The bastards!

Of course, shout out to Keely, the Un Mom for making Random Tuesday Thoughts possible. She totally owns RTT in every sense of the word and, for a better quality of random, you should go to her.

No. Really. Trust me. She's much better at this stuff...
- With classes in the evening, I've had to make a lot of adjustments. One of the thing that has suffered is my going to the gym regularly. This semester, I got exactly the schedule I wanted so, for the next few months anyway, I'm back in the ol' saddle. Yup! I've rejoined the gym.

I'll try (note, I said try) not to bore you in the coming weeks about the aches and pains as I try to whip myself back into shape (Please stop visualizing an actual whip being used. I know some of you were).

What I really want to do is take up a new martial art. I’m thinking kung-fu this time. I really want to learn the "Death Grip of the Rabid Monkey"*.

- I'm lucky the gym actually had room for me. This time of year in T&T, with Carnival fast approaching, everyone is trying to get into shape to fit into ridiculously tiny (and even more ridiculously expensive) costumes.

The insanity starts from just after Christmas and, for about two months, they train hard. Gyms are packed, jogging paths are crowded and, all of a sudden, people watch what they eat. What they really want is to look like this:

Nope. Neither of these guys is me.
 Or this:
Roll your tongues back in, boys!
Buy they only have about two months to work with. Instead, most of time you still end up with this:

In case you're wondering, the answer is no. You won’t see me parading the city streets in tights and sequins for those two days, thank you very much. Even if it wasn't for religious reasons, I’m waaay too self-conscious for that.

- Good news! After three years, Mrs. C finally got transfered and she's back to a day job from this week. We're very excited. It'll be interesting to also be a married couple during the week again. She had two week's vacation in between and she's been preparing. Adjusting to the new sleep schedule was the hardest part but we'll finally get to see, once and for all, if this will mean an end to my fun, freedom and being able to pig out whenever I want her insomnia.

- Remember boomboxes? Back in the day, even here in T&T, there was always someone in the group with the huge sound system on his shoulder. I was only a child but I remember a cousin who was like that.
The interweb is a magical, magical place!
Now, thanks to the modern miracle that is the cell phone, everyone has a miniature boombox in their pockets. For the past few years I’ve noticed people blasting their playlist on their cell phones’ loud speakers. Yeah, that’s what I want to hear on my bus ride to work: your favorite Jamaican dancehall tracks.
* If this move doesn't exist, I will create it. That name is just too cool.


  1. That's so cool that she's given an adjustment period. In America they just throw you into the new job and tell you to deal with the sleep pattern differeneces. I wish we would learn a few things from other countries.

  2. Yay for an end to insomnia!

    Good luck with the gym thing. I would love to join a gym but I can't seem to find one that serves cocktails and has a smoking section.....

  3. Video of "Death Grip of the Rabid Monkey" please.

    Happy RTT!

  4. I agree with Nicole. You know the rule: video, or it didn't happen.

    Glad you're able to get back to a gym schedule that you like. Whenever I have to interrupt my own routine, I become a very cranky asshole. According to my wife.

  5. I was going to comment on the 6packs, the boobs, etc but then I saw the boombox. Have you ever seen the BOOMBOX song/vid by Andy Sandberg et al on YouTube? It's hilarious and of course NSFW... I naturally have a lot of interesting thoughts about you and Mrs. C getting used to the schedule of a Married Couple again. But I will keep them to myself since this is not THAT kind of forum... *wiggle eyebrows* Finally, I don't remember a Death Grip of a Rabid Monkey fu, BUT there IS an old Hong Kong kung fu movie called "Mad Monkey Kung Fu", on YouTube, dubbed in English. We will be waiting for your vid then. Pass the pop corn?

  6. Oh Goody! I need someone to share my pain! I started working out again and the other day had to walk as though I was riding a horse my thighs hurt so bad....Thankfully I work with some pretty understanding people..

  7. Gah, the night shift thing is awful. Hard on individuals and hard on couples. I hope Mrs C is happier as a "day person".

  8. That woman has four boobs. I'm mesmerized.

  9. I've always had a boom box in my pocket.

    Maybe I'm thinking of something else.

  10. @ paulsifer: She’s very fortunate. Even here, not a lot of companies would do that.

    @ Heather (aka Sugar Free): Yeah. I looked into those. They’re a rare find indeed.

    @ Nicole: I’m making it my mission to prove it exists.

    @ Didactic Pirate: Well, according to my wife, I become a very lazy asshole.

    @ The Absence of Alternatives: I think I’ll be a natural. It seems I’ve already perfected the “Foot Bite of the Big-mouthed Idiot” technique.

    Got to see the Boombox vid, too.

    @ Kristen: There really are few things that bring people like shared pain, is there?

    @ Antares Cryptos: Trust me, I’m doing everyone a favor.

    @ Keely: It’s taking some readjustment but, so far, it’s not going too bad.

    @ Elly Lou: I can’t believe I missed those.

    I wish I still had.

    @ Moooooog: I’m not going to touch that one.



  11. what was that you were saying about insomnia? i was slightly distracted by the uh um ... cold beer in that top pic. dayum!

  12. I didn't even notice the beer. I was too distracted by the chick in the bikini with tassels. Odd...

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  14. Ahhhh... boomboxes kicked ASS! I miss them now... now I'm reflecting on how old I am... now I'm getting depressed. Dammit Vinny!

  15. Good on you for going back to the gym. I love mine and I go in the middle of the day when there is hardly anyone there. No carnival folk. LOL.
    I agree with everyone else and with Ant, I want a video WITH tights.
    Don't make me chant....


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