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A Rough Wednesday and Getting Back In Shape

14 Sep

Wednesday was a rough day.  Rough.  Had this been a decade ago when the gym was the most important thing in my life, it would’ve been easier.  You see Tuesday night I went out with the guys.  One of my friends is getting his feet wet in stand up comedy and I went to support him and see him perform.  As we pull up to the club, my first question is, “Anybody know what they have to eat here?”  I wasn’t looking for health food, but since my mind is occupied all day long with being a Daddy to two little girls, I don’t always eat when I should.  Or what I should.  Anyway, turns out, only alcohol at this club.  On an empty stomach.  And I’m 38 and haven’t partied in quite a while.  So, two stout beers over a couple hours and I was feeling good, but in desperate need of food to absorb the poison.

Therein lies one of the problems of living in North County.  The whole region practically shuts down after 10pm on a weeknight and though I like that most days, it didn’t serve me well Tuesday night.  We found a Denny’s and I had something smothered in cheese and gravy and talked with the guys until after midnight.  I was finally sober and took back control of my car and got us home.  Good thing I was sober, because as soon as I walked in, I could hear little feet running back and forth upstairs.  My 2 ½ year old, Leilani, likes to come sleep with my wife and I and Jocelyn, the 6 month old, when she wakes up in the middle of the night.  And she has to have her pillow, stuffed animals, water, and more that she runs back and forth from room to room delivering.  So I ran upstairs and helped her get settled into bed with mommy.

Then I went downstairs to clean bottles, (we’re always cleaning bottles for the baby), and sat down on the sofa for a minute and yes, passed out.  4 AM.  That’s when I woke up, took the dog out, and headed to bed.  Leilani made sure I was up at 7 AM.  The three hours of bed rest wouldn’t be enough on a normal day to manage two little girls.  Add to that the alcohol and late night on Tuesday and, here’s the fitness thing, the new workout regime I started on Monday.  See, we’re heading to Tahoe in about a month and I want to be able to do some light hiking and I’m not nearly in the shape I used to be.  Plus, I need to be able to carry around a 23 pound 2 ½ year old on my back in a backpack.  So, I decided I needed to get prepared and I started taking walks with Jocelyn in a stroller, Leilani on my back, and the dog, Latte, on a leash.  First I hiked up and down the small hill behind our house about 10 times and then took off on an hour walk.  Too much for the second day in a week with the pack, but that’s me.  Pushed it a little too hard and though I felt fine on Tuesday, here comes that 2 day rule and the pain.  Luckily, I think I’m gonna be too busy to get in the backpack today, but Thursday’s on its way and I’ve gotta stick with my plan or my back and legs won’t be ready to seek the beauty in Tahoe.

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Preparing for our annual Tahoe Trek

12 Sep

A couple years ago, we were searching for a place to drive to with our newborn that’d be fun, different, and not too far away.  We have an excellent Time Share, but it’s on the Strip in Vegas, and with kids, we don’t really use it so we looked for a place to trade and came across LAKE TAHOE.  I’d heard stories of Tahoe, but had never been so off we went and FELL in LOVE.  It’s just gorgeous up there and the ride up the 395 is beautiful too.

So as we prepare for a trip in October for the Salmon run and the possibility of seeing bears and witnessing a beautiful change of color to the fall, I started to contemplate one thing last week.  The best Tahoe has to offer is available with a little hiking.  Now, my wife doesn’t even own boots, so anything real extreme is out of the question, but to just walk down a path for a mile or two is going to take some preparation.  Why?  Well, with a two little girls along and most paths not really being Stroller Friendly, we’re gonna have to each strap a kid to us.

My wife, with a little daily walking, should be fine to carry the infant in a sling.  However, I’m going to have to carry a 23 lb. little girl in a backpack and I’m hardly in the shape that I used to be.  So, it’s all about building up to the trip.  Saturday I got out with the pack on for about 20 minutes, but this was my first real test.  Of course, since I’m rarely the one looking to EASE into anything, I overdid it.  Hiked up and down a small hill behind our house about 10 times and then took the stroller with the 6 month old, the dog on a leash, and the 2 1/2 year old in the backpack for an hour plus walk around the neighborhood.

It’s 11pm now and I’m tired, but I don’t hurt yet.  Actually, I expect Tuesday will be okay too, but I’m dreading Wednesday.  That two day rule after a harsh workout will probably rear its ugly head and I’ll feel a little less than awesome.  Nonetheless, I feel I’m really off and running in getting ready for my trip.  Now, I gotta make sure I got that rental SUV secured so we got something to get us and all our luggage there.

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Hello world!

9 Sep

I’m a radio guy.  An actor.  A writer.  And most of all these days, a Daddy.  Yeah, pretty much everything took a backseat to being a Daddy 2 1/2 years ago when my first little girl was born.  I still tried to work (as much as 30 hours a week) with my wife full-time too, but when my wife’s work ballooned to some 90 hour work weeks and baby number 2 came along this year, things changed.  With my wife’s more regular hours now, we are now figuring out how to really get me back into the workforce (more than my current 1-2 days a week) and still avoid hiring a nanny full-time.

I hope you spend some time here occasionally, but mostly this page is for me.  I’m a talk radio guy and I need to share my life, my opinion, and my analysis of current events.  It’s just part of who I am.  One of the hardest things I have ever done was spend a week as a Juror Alternate.  I listened to a case for a week, analyzed facts, came to a strong opinion, and then once the defense was finished, I was excused.  Yep, as an alternate, you get excused without being able to give your opinion on the case.  It was awful.

So, you’ll find movie reviews here (my former blogging focus in my morning show days), sports analysis (I am a former sports broadcasting type guy afterall), video game rants (I still play after 30 years), Politics (since Washington makes me sick on an almost daily basis), and more than anything, ramblings about being a Daddy.  I think.  We’ll see how it develops.