Up Mount Doom (or Diablo)

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Jul 272010

The other day Derek and I decided we’d scale Mount Diablo (hereafter referred to as Mt. Doom) so that we might destroy this so called ‘Ring of Power.’ 6 miles up and 6 miles down. APPARENTLY my body was not prepared for any such nonsense. It took a much larger toll on me than the trip we took last year into the Desolation Wilderness.  Working on my ass 40 hours a week definitely doesn’t lend itself to physical fitness. But that is why we go on big hikes and what not!

Mount Diablo = Mount Doom

Quite the view.

It was goddamned bright up on top of Mt. Doom, that’s for sure. But it was nice to get a 360 view of Northern California. Nothing quite like it.


During the trip down the mountain (after we destroyed the ring obviously), we had some interesting occurrences. Derek and I brushed up against some nasty poison oak, and he promptly suggested we dump all our cold water on the contact points (we were near enough to a camping ground to get fresh water). He claims he read on the poison oak wiki that immediate cold water can prevent the oil from inflaming the skin. It’s been 5 days and there hasn’t been a single bit of rash so I’d say it was a complete success.  We also took a crazy steep path down the mountain. It was so steep, I shambled down a fair portion of the trail sideways and ended up with a big ole blister on my outer heal.

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Jun 262010

It’s been a pretty fantastic week for the world cup, if you’ve been watching like I have. Hardly missed a game this week. Highlights were seeing Slovakia put the hammer down on Italy. The Italians just lacked the hunger this time around, and Cannavarro was probably one of the worst defenders to show up in South Africa. Experience < 36 Years of Age. The two free kick goals from Japan were incredible, and they proved that the Jabulani is still a somewhat decent ball. It just needs the right touch. Finally, thank god for Germany making it through the group, they began to scare me. It’s a shame Schweinsteiger got himself hurt. That’s going to show against England most likely. But we’ll see….

I’ve begun going to the gym at UCSF. It’s a little on the expensive side, but there is a lot of room to grow there. They have a nice pool if I feel like swimming again, there is indoor soccer, racquetball for Cassidy and I to play, and the machines are nice. My routine thus far has been to use the elliptical machine for 20+ minutes (increasing that number by a minute every trip until I get up to speed), and then circuit through all the machines. I feel like my upper body is the most out of shape, so that is where I’m targeting most of my efforts. We’ll see, I’d like to return to the acrobatic days where I had the strength to walk on my hands and do a bazillion pull ups. I’m trying to match the physical effort with some strong dietary efforts: max protein all the time! That has translated into egg white omelets, salmon breast dinners, and powdery supplements in my Jamba Juice. It’s a little much, but my research indicates that without the protein a lot of the effort in the gym goes to waste. I’ve done the workout thing before without the best results, so I really want to maximize every possible avenue of enhancement.

On a completely separate note, I’ve been playing some decent MTGO (Magic: The Gathering Online) lately. Draft wise, I’ve done quite a few lately, and though I lost about 10 drafts in a row at first, I’ve had better success with Rise of the Eldrazi drafts. I’m actually in one as we speak. I’m playing Green/Red and splashing white. I wish my curve was a little better, because it turns out I’m pretty vulnerable to faster decks, but once I get going I do alright. I haven’t had a nice picture of a draft format like I do since Ravnica, and that was ages ago! Update, I conceded my final match even though I had it won, I feel like my foil Gideon Jura ($$$) was prize enough, and the fellow seemed pleasant enough. I need more practice yet. I made a lot of game play mistakes, even though my deck was solid.

Tomorrow the USA plays Ghana and I’m amped. For the first time in a long time I’m actually somewhat behind the USA team. Hooray USA team!  I’d better get some sleep, the soccer starts early!

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