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(no subject) [Jul. 10th, 2020|04:12 pm]
Confusicus Maximus
Most of my entries that go into any great detail about my life are friends only. 

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A thought on rationalization and logic [Aug. 13th, 2009|03:42 am]
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I heard this on a show, and I thought it was a really good quote from David Sklansky.

There is a syndrome well known among doctors, but not too well known among the public. When somebody has a stroke and becomes paralyzed on one side of their body, they often deny it. Think about that. They cannot move one side of their body, and they will tell you and pass a polygraph that they are not paralyzed. If you ask them why they are not moving that arm, they will say they don't feel like it, but that they are not paralyzed.

I have always considered this fact to be extremely salient, because it shows the capacity to rationalize rather than face the unpleasant truth is astonishing in human beings. This is yet another reason why you must train yourself to be scientific and accept the results of logic or experiments. You cannot trust your own opinions.
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Out of a dream, out of the sky Into my heart, into my life [May. 13th, 2009|01:27 pm]
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I haven't been updating on a regular basis. A reoccurring theme you might have noticed! Speaking of reoccurring themes, I had one upon waking up this morning. I had another dream about my father. I haven't had a dream about him in a while (maybe a year or more).

The dream took place at a wedding. There were several people from past/present at the wedding. Some from high school, some people I have just met recently. I don't recall whose wedding it was. My dad was behind the counter working. He had passed away, but he had been revived and I remember feeling really glad knowing that he was really alive still. That part is always made relevant, that he was dead for a short period of time but somehow was revived after a period of time.

Eventually I go up and ask him what he would do differently upon coming back to this life. At this point in my dream, I woke up. Its funny how that always seems to work out that way. I guess that its his way of telling me hes here and answering my questions in an unconcious sort of way

In other news, I've been really busy lately. Just going out on the occasional date, went to Atlantic City with some friends for a few days (which was awesome), working out a lot, playing music with my bandmates/friends, went to a wedding recently. I'm down a total of 40 lbs since last week. I am at 18% bmi, so slightly underweight which is good. I still wanted to lose 8-10 lbs but we'll see how that goes. It feels like I'm putting more muscle on now that I'm not losing weight frequently for the last week or so.

I'm going to Florida in July with my godchild and Aunt/Uncle and cousins. I also want to go out to Vegas this year, but we'll see how that plays out.
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You know I should be sleeping [Apr. 10th, 2009|05:06 am]
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But I cant sleep so heres a picture of our cat Joey.

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(no subject) [Mar. 22nd, 2009|06:43 pm]
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So basically I had this prop bet from a few months ago with my roomate. We went to a Patriots game a few months back, and they had this field goal challenge at halftime. Basically they pick out like 3 random people to attempt a 20 yard field goal. I told Mike I could easily kick a 20 yard field goal. I used to have a really good kick when I played soccer in high school. He dismissed that had any indication about if I was capable of kicking a field goal. Also worth noting, I have never attempted a field goal up until the day we attempted the actual bet.

Finally we got around to doing this a couple weeks ago. I talked him into getting 10 attempts, at even money. I honestly couldn't believe he was giving me this. Initially I believe we agreed on $400, but he refused to acknowledge that and was firm that it was $300. Anyways, here are the pictures and video. Needless to say of course I kicked it within the 10 attempts (I did it on the 4th attempt). I then attempted a 30 and 40 yard field goal and nailed those as well. I like free money!


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First day with Personal Trainer [Feb. 25th, 2009|07:40 pm]
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I had a free day with a Personal Trainer from my Gym membership. I decided I might as well take advantage of it now, and maybe sign up for future workouts if it went well. The trainer (Eddy) was on the phone when I got there at 12. He told me to do some cardio before we started working out (since he was still on the phone). Normally I do cardio after I lift, it just seems logical to me. After jogging and using the elliptical for like 25 minutes we started the workout. He told me he would be introducing me to a circuit type of workout.

I had asked him to introduce me to some different exercises for my daily routine (chest, bicep, back, etc). Since I was doing chest today, he had me do inclined butterfly first.  I normally do these, but he had the incline on somewhat of a 30 degree angle instead of the 45 degree angle I usually use. He also asked what weights I usually use. I told him 35s, and he grabs 45s and tells me that I am doing those instead today. OK.
I did the first two sets ok, but I struggled with the last set since I don't normally use 45s. He had me do 10 push ups in between each set, and only gave me 30-45 seconds in between each set. Usually I wait 90-120 seconds in between sets. It felt a lot different from my usual set, but in a good way.

After that set he had me do this exercise I have never seen anyone do. Basically I got a mat and kneeled down in between the cable crossover machine (I think thats what they call it?). I then grabbed both grips and did an uppercut motion with both arms, towards my chest. I did 3 sets of these, doing 4 pullups in between on the pullup bar. It doesn't sound like much, but when you go from set to set with 30 seconds in between each set it definitely drains you.

I felt really sore the next day, in a good way. I haven't had that kind of workout since wrestling back in highschool. I decided to do a month of training with him, and possibly more depending. Essentially I want to be down to 15% body fat (or less), and benching 150% of my body weight sometime in the next few months. Realistically I think its doable. Still want to drop another 10 lbs and then I'll be satisfied for now.
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If thats moving up then I'm moving out [Feb. 21st, 2009|05:18 pm]
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Well, its been a solid week for me, which is fulfilling. I worked out 4 days this week. I still have a free training session from when I signed up for my account. I talked to a personal trainer this week and I'm going to be meeting him this Monday, so I'm excited for that. I've lost 20 lbs as of today since the first week of January. I didn't think that I still had a good metabolism, but I'm really happy with how I have been progressing so far. I'm down to like 21% body fat. Want to be at 16% or so by sometime next month.

On thursday I had the day off, so I went to this bar around the corner from my apartmet to their karaoke night. I ended up just going with my roomate Mike and his girlfriend Valerie. Its a small bar, but its a nice place overall.

I ended up singing Billy Joel, REM and some Pearl Jam for the three songs. I think Mike did a Doctor Dre song (lol), and Valerie did a spice girls song haha. Its funny because my roomate is terrible at singing, so it was funny seeing him go up and do it. When I went up to sing "losing my religion" there was this girl who was telling me "dont sing this song!" . I was like... hahaha you dont want me to sing this song? Why not? The song started and I didnt get to find out what she had against REM. I did go up to her later and we talked briefly. Her name was Gina, and she was a student at Northeastern up in Massachusetts. She was a really good looking girl, black hair about 5'2, nice figure. She lives in Warwick but only is home maybe once a month or so. We exchanged numbers and I'll probably call her next week.

Went to Uncle Sushi to pick up food for my sister in Westerly on Friday and to see my niece Isabella. Shes beautiful, but shes growing so fast! My brother in law came home from work, along with my step dad and my mother. We hung out for a few hours and I ended up going to Foxwoods to play some poker for a few hours. I'm going to post the poker in a seperate entry because its kind of long. 
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She wrote her life upon a postcard [Feb. 16th, 2009|01:02 am]
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I was reading through an OLD ENTRY about 5 years ago where I described a dream I had in elaborate detail. I honestly can remember the details and parts of that dream just reading through most of that entry. I realized as I have gotten older that I have not had the same vivid dreams that I used to have when I was younger. Heck, I don't even have dreams in any way shape or form it seems as of late. I had a dream last night, but prior to that it has been a drought.

I had a dream that my mother passed away last night. I talked to my mother today about it. She always used to call me (several times in my life) about this reoccurring dream she has where I die in a car accident. So anyways, it might seem weird to bring it up like that casually, but if you look at it in that perspective then its kind of different.

I was telling her the few details that I had remembered. She eventually responds "Oh. Was it at your dads grave?". I honestly could not remember any of the details. I was pretty sure it was because I remember the trees were familiar surrounding the funeral that was being held. I can't seem to remember many details in any dreams I have in the past year or two. It makes me feel a bit sad, because I used to have such vivid recollection of  all the details upon waking up from my dreams. Not the case anymore.

Does anyone else feel that they have less vivid dreams as they grow older? Maybe its because I have lost contact with a lot of my friends who don't really bother to keep in touch anymore, or maybe because I'm kind of going through a funk in my life as of late. Probably that and some other things. As Kyle would say "Weird".

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I'm not happy and I'm not sad [Nov. 30th, 2008|04:28 am]
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[Current Music |Braid - Circus Of The Stars]

I haven't played at Cafe Zog in a while so I decided to play an acoustic set this Friday. I will probably go on at 6:00. Cafe Zog is located at 239 Wickenden St. in Providence. Let me know if you need directions or if you're up for coming out.

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Everything falls apart [Nov. 27th, 2008|05:03 pm]
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First thanksgiving I haven't spent with my family I believe, ever. It makes me realize how much I miss my grandmother and grandfather now that they have passed away, and how amazing dinner was with the family.  I just called Ted's Montana grill because they're open and serving turkey, but they're all out. Kind of sad. I'm at work right now watching the Cowboys game. I have to work like 65 hours this week, tuesday thru sunday. Good game life.

I guess after you pass 25 everything kind of slowly degrades. I woke up yesterday and I felt sharp pains in my wrist remniscient of carpal tunnel. I had them a year or two ago, but it was only for a couple days so I was not concerned. It hurts to turn my steering wheel or attempt to play guitar. Typing a little but not as much as I would have imagined.

My car started dying yesterday also. I started it up and the first thing I realized was the speedometer was not working. I drove further down the road and my transmission started kicking as it shifted gears. My car would not go (what I'm guessing) above 35 miles per hour. So basically my 3 minute commute to work is very scary. I don't want to buy a new car because I really can't see adding more loans on top of all the other miscellaneous bills I have right now. I don't know. I can't see myself driving a trash used car for another 2 years either. It's a catch 22.

I was playing online today and I was playing 6 tables of .50 nl. I had $50+ on each table, when the server crashed on the site (RPMpoker). It was down for 30 minutes when it eventually came back up. I realized that all the tables had all the same players sitting out in the lobby. It was like the lobby was in a screenshot mode, because although you could see all the players sitting out, all of the tables were unaccessable. Eventually the tables closed out, but my account was not credited for all the money I had on the table. I checked an hour after and still missing like 300+ from my account balance. I emailed them. Its basically my word against theres. If they do not credit my account I will never play on this site again and will publicy out them.

Nothing seems to be working out for me. I was supposed to go out with this girl Ashley on friday and was asked to work last minute. So disgusted with this week. Hope all of you had a better thanksgiving!
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