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    I've got a pair.... of flowering babooooooooons!
  • Birthday November 19

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    Somewhere West Coast USA
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    chemistry, mathematics, psychology, physics, science, being outside, hiking, biking, reading, writing
  1. My life. It is something else. I forgot it was my 6 year anniversary of joining CB at the beginning of August. Brown belt exam in 3 days. Yellow belt exam in a month or so in another martial art. Then tournament season kicks up again. Meds got switched around somewhere in the last 18 months. Started lamictal cos abilify hated my guts as of last week. Yay?

    1. saintalto


      Lamictal has always treated me nicely, I hope it works for you.

      Good luck on your exams! 

    2. M@ri

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      I also think Lamictal is awesome. GL on your exams!

  2. saw you on blogs. hoping you're well. xx

    1. chem


       My life is a state of chaotic adventure. Sometimes good, sometimes bad, sometimes wondering if I've lost an eyebrow. All in all, not too bad. Gearing up for some big trips in the next year. Missing the Bay

  3. madmax- As a martial artist for over 18 years (well over 2/3 my own life), I would invite you to think before you say that martial artists suck. Here's why Martial arts isn't just about self defence in a physical sense. It's also about self empowerment, self discipline, and learning tools that help you interact with the world at large. It teaches physical flexibility as well as adaptability of the mind. The two martial arts I've studied the longest are ITF/Traditional Tae Kwon Do and Shaolin (Chinese) Kempo. I've also been fortunate enough to study Aikido, Jiu Jitsu, Boxing, and Kajukenbo. What my instructors stress and have emphasized above all else is that martial arts is more than just punching, kicking, blocking, and the ability to defend yourself. It's also the ability to apply the Five Tenets (from Tae Kwon Do) or the Five Principles (from Shaolin Kempo) to training and your every day life. The Tenets are Courtesy, Integrity, Perseverance, Self Control, and Indomitable Spirit. The Principles are Effort, Etiquette, Sincerity, Self Control, and Character. Without the Tenets or Principles, you're given tools and knowledge that can do a hell of a lot of damage, and potentially kill someone- and you're a walking liability. As a martial arts instructor, I wouldn't dare teach a student a potentially lethal technique without knowing they have some level of control, both of their body and their minds first and foremost. If I found out that *any* of my students were using the techniques I taught them to beat the shit out of other people "for fun" there would be consequences When training with a partner in the dojo, it's not full force knockdown and knockout contact. It's about learning in a controlled environment and controlling your reactions so that if my partner does hit me I don't go ballistic and strike them back out of anger and injure them severely. On my rank tests when I've been at it for 4 hours and I'm tired, it's about digging deeper and not giving up, and continuing to persevere through those moments of "I am exhausted and I want to quit." Which translates to life in moments of "I've been fighting with my MI for months and I'm not seeing a lot of improvement. I want to give up, but I'm not a quitter." It's having the discipline to get off my ass and go to class when I don't feel like it. Which translates to getting my ass up and out of bed and to work on time for early start days, even though I'm not a morning person. Sure, I may need an extra cup of tea that morning, but I'm not late for work, and I'm ready for the day. Yes, I have had to use the techniques I've been taught to defend myself physically. But I've also used skills I've learned through martial arts classes to avoid a lot of fights as well. I practise every day. I do so to keep my mind sharp and my body strong and limber. I also use Principles from what I practise every day. Perhaps you should try a couple of martial arts classes and speak to a qualified instructor before deciding that something that has incredible physical and mental health benefits for a lot of people sucks. It makes my blood boil at the level of ignorance and idiocy that is displayed when people say that something sucks when thye haven't even tried it for themselves
  4. I think I've found a link to a pet relocation site that will help get the dogs from his home to Atlanta, @JustDucky. I'll leave it below so you can take a look. I'm not normally one to cry, but I bawled my eyes out today and hid in the bathroom when I was supposed to be creating testing spreadsheets for the dojo. Pod's humour and kindness never went unnoticed and I will never forget that he took the time to call me and teach me how to tie a tie an hour before I was supposed to go to a semi formal dinner event and he didn't hang up on me till I got it right. Pod, you shot for the moon and landed up in the stars. I'm gonna miss you, friend
  5. Maybe it's time to get new carpet if the stains won't come up
  6. Even in my own city the weather varies from postal code to postal code. It's called microclimate. So one side of the hill could be sunny and warm and the other side could be fogged over in the morning. It's just how it is and there's no way to say that on a weather map that "east side of Black Mountain will be cool and foggy while north Side of Black Mountain will be sunny and warm." You're dealing with too many specifics No weather forecast is 100% right 100% of the time. Weather patterns change throughout the day. Storm fronts appear as suddenly as they can disappear off the weather radar. Like olga, Melissa, Rosie, and San suggest, look outside or even step outside now and then to see what the weather's doing to plan accordingly.
  7. false. I see him in two weeks TPBM has seen any doctor within the last month
  8. True tpbm has had surgery
  9. ADHD be awesome like.... when you're in Kempo class and your instructor says "sit in horse stance for two minutes" and your mind bounces around to all different things so you forget that your legs are burning. when you're assistant teaching with the Tiny Tigers classes (three to five year olds) and your attention span is just as bad as theirs, so you're thinking up new drills every 2 minutes to keep yourself and them on their toes and not bored. My instructors LOVE when I come up with drills and stuff. ADHD be [sarcastically] awesome like... when you end up hyperfocused on a fantastic book and then your mom comes in your room and scares you so bad you drop your book on your face. when you're supposed to be at work and you can't focus on anything worth crap for more than 2 minutes, even when medicated
  10. with my current mental state I'm pretty sure a DIY headlight repair would end in me frying car circuits @[email protected]
  11. I'm avoiding calling my hip surgeon's office. *sigh* I've also been avoiding calling the car mechanics, but I can't avoid that anymore as my headlight burnt out -.-
  12. I'm a dork and somehow missed that I've been a CrazyBoards member for 5 years as of 2 August 2016. Happy CB-versary to me

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    2. chem


      Jarn, you have been here since 8 April 2009. So 7 years and 4 months or so :)

    3. brightwing


      happy cb-versary, chemmy!

    4. jt07


      Happy aniversary, chem!

  13. Brain meds: Topamax 100 mg (covers double duty as antidepressant/mood stabilizer and migraine preventative), Ativan 0.5 to 3 mg (as needed for PRN anxiety weirdness), Prazosin 2 mg (for recurring nightmares and nightly adrenaline surges due to autonomic dysfunction from Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome). Quasi-Brain meds: Sumatriptan 25 to 50 mg PRN (migraine abortive) Other meds: Tramadol 50 mg (as needed for pain from a combination of dysplastic right hip that likes to sublux and torn cartilage in that joint), Testosterone Cypionate 200 mg/mL (0.75 mL biweekly), Naproxen Sodium 220 mg for aches and pains
  14. Do you have a community college or school district with an "adult school" attached to it? Often, my community college and adult school offer courses in things like cooking, dancing, tennis, and other activities, and you don't have to be a current student to enroll. My particular martial arts school offers classes for the community that aren't the traditional "move through the ranks to get your black belt" style class. I wholeheartedly second the idea of looking for classes through the library
  15. I bought some of the items on the list and was able to return them no questions asked to the stores for a full refund.