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Cert or Not? July 29, 2008

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Wow. It’s been quite a while since I last updated this (almost) daily blog. Since I last posted, I went underway for 3 months (well, two full months – one month was spent doing FCET ops and preps).

Anyway, just to post some highlights.

Worked out like crazy underway, but damn(!) is the food horrible! Not much for choice, and even if you try to get some good meat or veggies or fruit, it’s either fried, brown or canned. A person can only live on this stuff for so long. (Alas, it seems that 90% of the guys on the sub that I have to work with don’t actually mind the crap they feed us.) Thank God for beef jerky and Lara Bars. 

I brought a pair of elite rings underway, and that was probably the best thing I could have brought. I was also able to improve my body weight WODs markedly: Cindy went from 13 rounds to 24 rounds; Angie went from 1/2 completed in 16:18 to a full Angie in 16:53. Murph time dropped from 47:11 to 39:47 and 100 burpies went from 11:05 to 9:08. I just wish the food was good!

The first weekend of Sept this year CFOW is holding a Level I Cert, and I really would love to go. The only problem is the price of $1000. I mean in some ways its a lot of money, and in others it is a damn good price for what you get. I’ll consider it more, as Jennifer has given me permission to go, but damn $1k. That’s quite a bit.

If you are reading this looking for updates on the Fitness App, stay patient. I’m working hard with what little spare time I do have. I’d rather release a lot later than an early as a piece of junk. I’m still attempting to hit the summer beta (alpha?!) and the end of July is quickly approaching. Anyway, back to coding.


A bit busy. February 25, 2008

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Another weekend gone. Already.So, the second half classes for winter quarter started on the 14th, and they’ve been keeping me busy as hell. Advanced Computer Architecture, and System Development Methods. Both taught by a project manager of Lean Engineering at Boeing. Pretty crazy. I enjoy both classes, since neither is a programming course, so I have the chance to learn something besides code all the time. But since there is so much reading, there is little time for my personal projects.I haven’t even worked out since the last Navy PFA on the 14th – got my excellent  low, but next one, I’m going for outstanding low. Should be easy to show all the younger guys how to stay in shape! 😉 87 situps, 70 pushups, and 1.5 mile run in 10:32. Not bad. The hardest thing will be to get my 1.5 mile in under 10 minutes. I really need to call and order those rubber oly plates, and get rubber matting for the garage floor. I’d also like to get some rings to do dips and pushups and pullups on. Maybe this week.  Jennifer has been working out like crazy. 2 or more hours a day at the gym, about 5 days a week. I would go crazy doing that.(If only she’d CrossFit! – 30 to 40 minutes a day would kick her @$$).Abianne’s birthday was today. She’s already two years old. I cannot believe how fast she is growing up. She really tries to pronounce words, and acts like a big kid sometimes, even though she still throws those two-year-old tantrums.Work has been busy. Finishing up my SRO quals has taken a bit longer than I thought it would. I just can’t wait to get it over with. Being the training guy isn’t helping the amount of time I have to put in, especially with the imminent return of the boat, and therefore the long days ahead. Until next time!

If you don’t like it here . . . February 1, 2008

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I think I have just about had it with people who say they are American, and patriotic, but refuse to acknowledge the fact that military force is vital for a nation’s freedom and defense of individual liberty.

BERKELEY, Calif. —Local officials in this liberal city say it’s time for the U.S. Marines to move out.The City Council has voted to tell the Marines their downtown recruiting station is not welcome and “if recruiters choose to stay, they do so as uninvited and unwelcome guests.”The measure passed this week by a vote of 8-1.The council also voted to explore enforcing a city anti-discrimination law, focusing on the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy.In a separate item, the council voted, also 8-1, to give protest group Code Pink a parking space in front of the recruiting office once a week for six months and a free sound permit for protesting once a week.Marine Capt. Richard Lund of the recruiting office declined comment on the council action.The recruiting office opened in Berkeley about a year ago, operating quietly until about four months ago when Code Pink began regular sidewalk protests.”I believe in the Code Pink cause. The Marines don’t belong here, they shouldn’t have come here, and they should leave,” said Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates.Code Pink is circulating petitions to get a measure on the ballot in November making it more difficult to open military recruiting offices in Berkeley if they are near homes, parks, schools, churches, libraries or health clinics.Some employees and business owners aren’t happy with the weekly protests.”My husband’s business is right upstairs, and this (protesting) is bordering on harassment,” Dori Schmidt told the council. “I hope this stops.”        

Berkeley to Marine Corps: You’re Not Welcome 

Shame on you Berkeley. Especially you, Tom Bates. If you don’t want the Marines there in Berkley, well, maybe you should have all of your Police and Firefighting forces leave too. I think I know how much effort would be spent in defending Berkley if we were to be invaded. Good riddance. Code Pink wouldn’t have a freaking podium to stand on or even a microphone to talk in if it wasn’t for the US Military. Freedom is a human right, but it sure as hell isn’t free!

Moved. January 26, 2008

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Yeah, I moved to wordpress. You may wonder why. Well, it’s cleaner, has more options and I just like it a lot better. I’ve been slightly busy with school, and other things. The program I’ve been working on  has  been coming along pretty well. I just wish there were way more than 24 hours in a single day. The kids are growing like crazy, and the ground has been frozen for about a week now. Jennifer is working out on a regular basis now — I’m so proud of her. I know it’s not easy being a stay at home mom. You need a break from the kids once in a while, but she doesn’t complain and is the best mother in the whole world. I’ve been trying to follow the Zone diet lately, but not too strictly – I don’t actually ‘count” or track what I’m eating, but I do pay attention and try to make sure that whatever meals I do eat are pretty balanced. I really should keep track of it all, but I think that will require me to try and convince Jennifer to do the same. 3-2-1 Go!

$25 Oly bars, Work, and Why I Can’t Stand Online Courses. January 8, 2008

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Well, yesterday I called the guy in Bremerton, and I suppose the person that was going to check out the bar didn’t stop by, so I went to his house and picked it up (two dumbbell weight bars too). It’s in great shape. I’m pretty excited I found it for $25. Now I need to get some cheap bumper plates. I’ll do some reps of the front squat tonight, since I’ve never squatted with an Oly bar before, so 45 pounds should be good at least to figure out the proper movement.

Work started today. I guess it’s kind of a good relief to be back at work, but I miss spending the day with my family. I suppose I can’t be on vacation all of the time. I’ve gotta finish my SRO qualifications before the end of the month, which should be very feasible. So our schedule at work is pretty lax right now.

  • 0730 : Show up to work
  • Training in the morning for a couple of hours.
  • 1030 : Go to PT at the Gym
  • 1200 : Lunch / Shower
  • 1300 : Back to Work
  • Sometime after 1300 : Go Home

It’s pretty good. Some days I will work later, but it sure beats a nine-to-five job.

So I’m taking online classes at Baker College, finishing my BS in Computer Science. Overall, I recommend taking online classes, but when participation is based on number of posts per day (although I’m sure quality counts too) it gets quite annoying. For example, just today someone in the class posted this comment:

It is interesting that in Java to allocated memory for a named constant, you use the reserved word final . After analysing why the word final is used for named constants, I came to realize that final must stand for final value. This means that there is no other value, that the value will never change and that’s exactly what I named constant is. Through the execution of the program, the value of a constant never changes.

Another Student’s Response:

I like the word final. It is a very strait forward word to use.

You’ve got to be kidding me. That is your reply. I don’t know what the original poster is trying to say anyway, and to feel the need to respond. *sigh*

Well, enough rants tonight. Off to do some front squats. Tomorrow is Cindy, so that should be fun. Maybe I can convince my wife to do Cindy with me.

The quick and the patient. January 6, 2008

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Well today I was browsing craigslist, looking to start adding stuff to get my garage gym off the ground, and low and behold, some guy was selling his Oly bar, two dumbbell bars with a few weights and a belt for $25. So I called him about 2 hours after I saw the add. I swear I saw his post just as he had put it on. And what do you know, some guy already called him and was going to look at it tonight. Grrr. That’s the last time I wait to call somebody if I see a good deal on Craigslist. Here’s hoping that he doesn’t sell it tonight, and I will call him in the morning. Guess I better be quicker next time.

So much for "daily". December 27, 2007

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An online journal sometimes takes the back seat to everything else in life unless you are a professional blogger (what the hell is that anyway?) or have no life. So, I’ve take about three weeks off from working out. Although relaxing, it probably hasn’t been the best thing I could have done. I did Angie (100 pull ups, 100 pushups, 100 situps, 100 squats) back on the 17th and I was sore for 4 days. So I’m starting again today. In the mean time, I’ve started working on a Mac program for fitness tracking and you can check out information at http://fitnessapp.blogspot.com/. Until next time . . .

Break Busy November 26, 2007

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It’s been a few days since I last posted, and I’ve been at work for the most of them. We’ve been turning the boat over to the Blue Crew, which is a Good Thing. We need a break from the boat.

Jennifer is still in Arizona with the kids, and it gets harder by the day for the two of us because we haven’t seen each other in almost two months. She will be home on Wednesday. I’m very excited to have her home and the kids. It’s not quite the same at home without one’s significant other around. It’s also going the be very weird since it has been so long since we’ve even been able to actually even touch one another. They say absence makes the heart grow fonder, but sometimes it doesn’t quite work out that way. We’ll get through though — I’m not worried about that, and I have faith in our relationship. The Navy lifestyle isn’t working out so well for us at the moment, but I’m sure with our determination we can make it through strong and be better off for it in the end. I miss her so much. If only I could tell her in another way or make sure she understands.

Anyway, I’ve worked out only twice since last week.
19 Nov 2007: Tabata: Pushups / Sit-ups / Squats: 7 / 9 / 16.
25 Nov 2007: 20 mins of: 5 Handstand Push-ups, 10 Dips, 15 Steps – Walking Lunge

I need to work on those handstand pushups — used the couch to assist in the handstand part.

Short Yet Long November 19, 2007

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What a patrol! I’m am so happy to be back. Being underway isn’t that bad, but I’d rather be home than under water.

We were pretty busy this patrol. The first four days were a readiness inspection which means lots of lame drills and losing sleep. After that our evaporator decided to go crazy and we were constantly on water conservation which meant very little if any time for showers, with even less sleep getting it repaired underway. After that, the clothes washers and dryers were on the fritz, breaking at least every other day. It doesn’t help that these pieces of equipment are probably the most abused gear onboard. Good times being an electrician.

I spent quite a bit of time thinking about and missing my family — glad it was a short patrol! I also had a lot of time to work out, and I ate quite a bit, so I gained 10 pounds over the last five weeks. Good stuff.

12 Oct : Run 1/2 mile, 50 air squats 3 rounds for time: 20:29.
13 Oct : Row 500m, max rep pull-ups 20 mins: 6 rounds complete.
16 Oct : Tabata: Pushups:4, situps:5 squats: 14
17 Oct : Row 5min, row 1min rest 1 min (5x) 1200/1300
18 Oct : 100 Burpiees: 13:42
19 Oct : 1 mile run; 7:32
20 Oct : Murphy (1/2 reps full run):43:38 OUCH
23 Oct : 20-19-18-…-1 Pu/Su/Sq
26 Oct : Barbara (no rest): 33:09
29 Oct : Nicole : 5 rounds (max reps: 7 on 5th round)
31 Oct : 1.5 mile run : 11:20
1 Nov : 100 Burpiees: 11:22
2 Nov : Cindy: (5 pullups, 10 pushups, 15 squats – 20 minutes) : 12 rounds
3 Nov : Row: 5min/rest 1min/rest(x5) 30sec/rest(x10) 15sec/rest(x20)
5 Nov : Run 5k: 32:20
6 Nov : Angie: 20:13
7 Nov : Row 500m, max rep pull ups — 5 rounds:13:45
10 Nov : Susan (200m run, 10pushups, 10 squats 5 rounds) : 6:28
11 Nov :10 push-ups 10 squats 10 sit ups 10 rounds. 10:07 && 1 mile run 7:03
12 Nov : 15 Pullups, 25 squats 7 rounds for time: 14:40
14 Nov : Run 1/2 mile, 50 air squats 3 rounds for time: 18:29
15 Nov : 2000m row : 7:49

Couple of Days. September 29, 2007

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I haven’t posted every day, as I had originally planned, but that’s okay — not much has happened. I ran my PRQ, 64 sit-ups, 67 push-ups, 10:40 on the 1.5 mile run. Not bad. I really should have pushed my run harder, as I probably could have knocked it down to around 10:20 or less. I don’t like Navy style sit-ups. My lower back doesn’t bend as much as other peoples’, so I have to pretty much go all the way down, and then all of the way up to get one rep in, whereas other people only go down pretty much to their lower back and back up, effectively cutting their time in half. I guess my full range of motion is good, but in a timed evolution, it isn’t an advantage. My pushups could have been higher too, but the CrossFit exercises still had worked my hard last week. My suggestion for anyone starting the program is to push yourself as hard as you can, but know that you may have to take an extra day or two off to recover, until you develop the fitness that the program demands.

Not much else is going on. I’m a bit sad, as I will be leaving soon for patrol, and I have been spending a lot of time with my family. I don’t mind the Navy so much as I mind leaving, and having absolutely no contact with them for so long. It’s pretty rough if you are married with kids. Abianne has been watching Cars on almost a daily basis. She absolutely loves the movie. If you have a young one who hasn’t seen it, I would suggest you let them watch it. Aidan learned how to crawl forward yesterday. I am so proud he figured it out before I leave! He isn’t quite proficient at it, be at least he doesn’t get upset when trying to crawl now. Kids grow and learn so fast. Jennifer also makes me proud. She has been taking online classes, along with staying at home with the kids. I know watching them all day in and day out is no easy chore, but she does it, and does it better than anyone in the world. I don’t know what I would do without her.