Monday, June 21, 2004

Father's Day

Happy Father’s Day to all the Dads reading this Blog! I probably don’t have any Dads reading my Blog now that I think about it, but just in case I do, I have myself covered. I know my Dad isn’t reading it since he doesn’t even know how to turn on a computer. Speaking of the Dad thing, it’s going to be a long time before I’m ready for that madness. Today I had my little 3 year old cousin over to hang. My parents watched her most of the time, but still I was worn out from her asking a million questions and running around like a chicken with her head cut off. I can handle it for a short period, but I just can’t comprehend how some of my buddies can deal with having a kid this early. Then again, I guess they don’t have a choice or should’ve thought twice about doing some extra Big Pimpin one night. Father’s Day advice from my Dad today when I told him this my thoughts on the kid thing, “Keep it in your pants” sums it up as good as you can.

I had a big day planned, but ended up being a bum for the most part. I told Mom I’d go with her today to my Grandpa’s, but she wanted to leave at like noon. Noon in the summer?! But I did what any good grandson would do. I went to bed at 6:30 AM and set my alarm for noon. After being up for 5 minutes, I drove to my Grandpa’s and started the festivities right. I don’t have any Grandma’s left on either side, but do have both of my parents’ Dad still around. Grandpa on Mom’s side, straight from Italy, is really struggling. He’s going way downhill the past few months and it’s rough to see. He’s 92 years old now, so I guess that happens, but for him always being so strong all life and now this, I hope he can get things back on track.

Due to me being in such a coma after only 5½ hours of sleep, I did the unthinkable today. I skipped both my workout and run. Yeah, I feel like a loser now. When you’re on a steady schedule of working out and running and you miss a day, it’s like the end of the world. It’s really not, but that’s how dedicated you become. But my theory? I didn’t want to go in there at half speed, so I’ll just get all gangsta in the gym tomorrow and make up for it. I figure I’ll be that much more off when I do check that out. A funny thing me and my basketball buddies laugh about. This Thursday as you all know, is the greatest day of the year. NBA Draft. You’ll be so sick of that day by the time this week is over with my hype running down your throats, but oh well. So you have the new guys coming into the league to be drafted. They go through a lot of tests and agility drills to distinguish theirselves from their peers. One thing they do at the combines (organized drills) is to see how many times they can bench press 185 pounds (http://www.lobsterrodeo.com/balls/viewtopic.php?t=1010). While Emeka Okafor showed off his roids by doing it 22 times, most weren’t as fortunate. Shaun Livingston, although a string bean at 6’7/186lbs, couldn’t get it one time. You have to be kidding me. I know these are high school kids for the most part who probably don’t even workout much, but you’re about to enter a game of men. Or as Mekhi Phifer would say, “I’m a grown ass man.” Or how about this funny? Peter Ramos, who is a giant at 7’3”/260 was so buff, that he did it twice! Ooooh! Tough guy! I know tall guys really have it rough on the bench (most of your huge benchers are short dudes with short arms), but come on. You’re about to do battle with $haq who is going to eat you for breakfast. It’s pretty sad when a guy my size can hang with some of these big kids in this department. I’ve never tried recently, but I could get 185 for around 12 I’m guessing off the top of my head.

Now it’s time for another movie review. You got one yesterday, so you get some more today! After I watched Euro Trip last, I was online till 6:30. So I had to have something to kill my time with. Lo and behold, Big Cork writes me and tells me that a Van Damme movie was about to start on USA. Yes! How better to end boredom that Van Damme kicking some guys’ heads off with vicious spin kicks? The movie was In Hell (The Savage) and it wasn’t one of his bests to be honest. This is probably the biggest beating Van Damme has taken in any movie, easily. Usually he’ll get kicked around a little, only to dominate. But for the first part of the movie, he got whipped. But a note to learn. Never ever evarrr get Van Damme mad in a movie. After that I watched How High on USA. It cracks me up to watch movies censored just to see what they bleep out or what they can show. Another funny movie here, even though I’ve seen it before, but it’s quality. What other movie can you see that has Lisa Turtle from Saved By The Bell fame smoking it up? That’s what I thought. Then this evening I watched Miracle. What an unbelievable movie. It’s about 2:15 or so in length, but don’t let that spoil your fun. It’s a great movie for all ages and you might even shed some tears in this one. It’s the story of the 1980 US Olympic Hockey Team and even if you’re not a hockey fan, trust me, pick this one up. It’s awesome and better win some awards.

The rest of my day? Before watching Miracle, I battled in pong as I like to do. Clark (C-Money) and his girl Carrie came over to play. I told Clark that pong is like riding a bike. It doesn’t take long to get back into the flow of thangs and he figured that out. He played pretty good and I was impressed with how well Carrie played too. In my area at least, chicks don’t play pong, let alone actually be competitive. When we were in college, we played all the time at school. There was this girl that we notoriously dubbed “Pong Chick” since she could hang with the guys. She’s even unlike some guys and will play smashmouth pong, the way I like to play. The spin game is fine and dandy, but bring on the power for me. Stand back and bring it with some anger and aggression. Much more fun that way. If you missed the conclusion to my girl Jenn’s story of her brother eating a 64 ounce steak and want to know how he did, check out the comment board under yesterday’s post for her story. It’s a good one.

Rapper: Kurtis Blow – Song: AJ Scratch – Album: Ego Trip

Grandmaster Flash,Affikaa Bambaatta
Starsky,Spoonie Gee and Run DMC
Gotta realize that he goes way back
And now he's down with the king
And we could never be whack
So just kick off you shoes and relax your feet
And rock to the rhythm of the Kurtis Blow beat
Yes,yes,y'all and just shake butt
Because AJ is gonna cut it up

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