Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Reel Reviews......."Awake"

Today...while talking a friend...he suggested I take a look at a new TV show coming out in 2012...the show is called "AWAKE"...its coming to NBC...I am always looking for new tv shows that are creative and thought provoking....this one fits whatever bill my mind would dare demand...I am not predicting it to be great to the masses but it doesn't have to be ...just interesting to me........here is the trailer that got me hooked...I urge you to watch and I dare you to try and follow the story..

In case...like me you didnt quite understand what you just saw...here is what comic-con had to say about "awake" in its rewview of the show.....

"Awake begins with Jason Isaacs' character Detective Michael Britten in a devastating car accident, which severs his family. This is where things get tricky. The series is split between two different realities, with Michael's wife dying in the accident in one, and his son dying in the other. When he goes to bed at night, he wakes up in the other reality. He doesn't know which one is real, and neither do we. You'd think this could get confusing, but the pilot manages to bounce between both realities without getting lost."

The show doesn't come out for awhile but I  have high expectations....

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Stache Masters: Aaron Rodgers and His many faces

Something new I am willing to share with you is that I am a die hard sharp cheddar packer fan...most of my life...secondly I appreciate facial hair and all of its glory..

In case you happen not to know who Aaron Rodgers let me tell you....he was drafted in 2005 from the University of California...he was the back up to Brett Favre (sky point) for three years on the Green Bay Packers football team. He has started as quarterback for the team ever since with last season seeing Mr. Rodgers leading my green and gold to the superbowl championship...

anyway for some reason he changes his facial hair all the time and it amuses me he is a photo tribute starting from college, to draft day...to finally...this season..

This last one is the most current and maybe the most interesting....I hope you enjoyed...my strange interests and humor..

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Grad school...and one SUNNY DAY RIDE

Grad school...two scary words when put together....I have found that the first two days of my experience have been rather eventful...I met with the chair of the department..twice...got introduced to a class that I am advising... realized my office has its own phone..and well I bought this beauty..

My friend Joe and I went to lunch at a local establishment and after we had engulfed our American sized meals we took a walk to an interesting bike shop across the street. We had really just walked in there to walk off our lunch and dream of a ragbrai ready bike (see http://ragbrai.com/),but as we left we spotted this 1968 huffy sunny day ride tandem bicycle on the sidewalk calling our name...we ponder the purchase as stupid and expensive but only for a moment as our stronger sense of spontaneity and future paychecks...not to mention joe's credit card..prevailed... don't know exactly what the future holds for our yellow dream but its ours and that is all that matters currently...carpe diem..

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Heroes...Motivators...and Words I live by

From Left To Right....

Henry David Thoreau - (poet, naturalist)

"As a single footstep will not make a path on the earth, so a single thought will not make a pathway in the mind. To make a deep physical path, we walk again and again. To make a deep mental path, we must think over and over the kind of thoughts we wish to dominate our lives."

Vince Lombardi - (former coach of the green bay packers)

"I firmly believe that any man's finest hour, the greatest fulfillment of all that he holds dear, is that moment when he has worked his heart out in a good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle - victorious."

Ansel Adams - (naturalist, photographer)

"No man has the right to dictate what other men should perceive, create or produce, but all should be encouraged to reveal themselves, their perceptions and emotions, and to build confidence in the creative spirit."

Edmund Hillary - (first man to climb Mt Everest, humanitarian)

"People do not decide to become extraordinary. They decide to accomplish extraordinary things."

E.O. Wilson (naturalist, author)

"You are capable of more than you know. Choose a goal that seems right for you and strive to be the best, however hard the path. Aim high. Behave honorably. Prepare to be alone at times, and to endure failure. Persist! The world needs all you can give."

These men and their beliefs...help to form who I am and what I believe....I strive to grasp a piece of each one of them in my daily pursuits...carpe diem...knowledge is power...amen.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Words to live by....."What It Takes to be Number One"

"Winning is not a sometime thing; it's an all the time thing. You don't win once in a while; you don't do things right once in a while; you do them right all the time. Winning is a habit. Unfortunately, so is losing.

"There is no room for second place. There is only one place in my game, and that's first place. I have finished second twice in my time at Green Bay, and I don't ever want to finish second again. There is a second place bowl game, but it is a game for losers played by losers. It is and always has been an American zeal to be first in anything we do, and to win, and to win, and to win.

"Every time a football player goes to play his trade he's got to play from the ground up — from the soles of his feet right up to his head. Every inch of him has to play. Some guys play with their heads. That's O.K. You've got to be smart to be number one in any business. But more importantly, you've got to play with your heart, with every fiber of your body. If you're lucky enough to find a guy with a lot of head and a lot of heart, he's never going to come off the field second.

"Running a football team is no different than running any other kind of organization — an army, a political party or a business. The principles are the same. The object is to win — to beat the other guy. Maybe that sounds hard or cruel. I don't think it is.

"It is a reality of life that men are competitive and the most competitive games draw the most competitive men. That's why they are there — to compete. To know the rules and objectives when they get in the game. The object is to win fairly, squarely, by the rules — but to win.

"And in truth, I've never known a man worth his salt who in the long run, deep down in his heart, didn't appreciate the grind, the discipline. There is something in good men that really yearns for discipline and the harsh reality of head to head combat.

"I don't say these things because I believe in the "brute" nature of man or that men must be brutalized to be combative. I believe in God, and I believe in human decency. But I firmly believe that any man's finest hour, the greatest fulfillment of all that he holds dear, is that moment when he has worked his heart out in a good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle — victorious."

- V. Lombardi

1913 - 1970

Going Pro.....Finally

Going pro has been a dream of mine for a long time...when I was a kid..I wanted to be a pro baseball player..well I made it through high school and had enough...then when I was 16 I wanted to be a pro race car driver...until I realized how hard it was to control a car at 100mph going into a corner....then at some point I realized that I had to go to college....so long story short and 4 years later...dot dot dot..

As of this upcoming Monday I will be going pro....going pro as in I will be a professional student...In other terms that means I am getting paid to go to school...its really a magical idea but in the long run it still costs me some money...I have been awarded a teaching assistantship (TA) in my department which gives me my own office and two classes to oversee...I also was giving the interesting position of being the undergraduate advisor....basically students will be coming to me in order to plan their path to graduation...I don't know why the department picked me but I enjoy the responsibility that comes with it...I also am taking three classes this semester which makes my work load a little hard to look at but I think over the 16 week marathon that is a college semester...it wont be so bad...I am thankful for my new responsibilities and am happy to be finally going pro at something.. :)

Monday, August 8, 2011

♫ Life On Shuffle ♫

All this running talk reminded to update my ipod...for said activity's ...I also thought I would share a song I have been listening to for awhile but really gets me going especially at the beginning of runs...

I can always use new music so feel free to share what music gets you going!

62 days and counting

In case you didn't know....my friends and I decided it was a good idea (months and months ago) to sign up for the Chicago marathon...with 62 days left to go til I step up to that starting line....I do not feel overly prepared...so I thought maybe putting my training schedule out here in the public zone would motivate me to keep going......the idea here is that I want to run the marathon in around 4 hours....under four hours would be amazing on a personal level....but anyway....in training I want to do a training run that reaches about 3.5 hrs maybe a little less that way come marathon time ....that run will be the longest I have done during the course of my training....long story short...i have about 8 weeks left and here is my master plan...I like to run for time rather than distance...its really your choice...

Week 1..monday...60min.....tuesday.....30min.....thursday....1.2hrs......saturday....2hrs..(might be closer to1.5)

Week 2 basically a repeat of week one

Week 3..monday 1.2hrs....wednesday....1.2hrs....thursday....30min......saturday....2.4hrs

Week 4 same as week 3 (gotta let the body adjust slowly)

Week 5...monday...1.5hrs....wednesday...1.5hrs....thursday...walk 45min....saturday...2.8hrs

Week 6...monday...1.6hrs....wednesday...1.7hrs....thursday...60min walk....saturday..3.3hrs.(good simulation)

Week 7...monday...1.5hrs...wednesday...1.7hrs...thursday..60min walk....saturday...2.5hrs...(nothing fast)

Week 8...monday...45min....wedneday...1hr.....thurday-saturday is rest (little walking maybe)...Sunday..RACE DAY!!

Lets hope it all pans out...the schedule undoubtalby will get adjusted given how I feel and unforseen circumstances but I need to stick closely to it to meet my goals....here is a taste of what I am going to be doing.....enjoy..