Archive for the ‘General’ Category

I brokeded it.

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

And then I fixeded it.

I borked the website at about 2:00 today, just got it fixed. In case you noticed.

Posts coming tomorrow, I’ve been busy, and have crazy news. Which everybody who reads this already knows, but hey…. it’s not official unless it’s on the internet, right?

Martial Arts

Monday, July 12th, 2010

So this last week a couple of pretty cool things happened; I started my taekwondo class, and I tested up to my yellow belt in gumdo. The first session of taekwondo and my gumdo test took place on the same evening, which was pretty damn exhausting, but fun.

I signed up for taekwondow for the summer session simply because there wasn’t a gumdo session, and I wanted to keep up with the physical routine. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect, but it’s a harder workout that focuses more on my lower body and flexibility, which I certainly need help with. I’m enjoying it quite a bit, and it’s pretty fun that the adult beginner class is joined in with the youth advanced class. Those kids can kick higher than my head.

The highlight of last week, however, was testing up to my yellow belt in gumdo. I knew that I would be tested on Ssangsu Gumbup
Il Bon, ChalkPal Gum #1, and Gyuk Gum #1.* What I didn’t know, however, was that I would have to put a candle out with my blade. I’d heard about this before, and seen video on youtube, but never seen it up close or attempted it myself. So imagine my surprise when I put the thing out on my first attempt. I was pretty giddy. The rest of my forms went well, and I was awarded a belt and a certificate.

I’m really enjoying gumdo, and while I certainly need the exercise, it’s hard to think of it as working out; it’s FUN.

* Two handed sword form #1, draw and cut form #1, and fighting sword form #1. Or at least that’s what I think they mean.

Let The Grey Geese Fly!

Thursday, February 25th, 2010

Ever since I was a kid, I’ve had an interest in archery. Who knows what set it off; I did read a lot of comic books and fantasy novels, and my favorite character from the Dungeons & Dragons cartoon was Hank the ranger.* Even before I actually owned a bow, I was making my own bows out of saplings or random things I found around the farm.**

I fondly remember my first actual bow, which is still some place at my mom’s house. I bought it from an archery shop in my hometown which was open for a very brief period. It was during the annual “Crazy Days”, when downtown businesses had CRAZY SALES. I wandered in with a friend of mine, and they let me test fire a few bows. Through some amount of wheeling and dealing, I walked out of the shop with a fiberglass longbow and three arrows for $17. Over the next few years, I spent quite a bit of time target shooting around the farm and doing some random small game hunting; I even succeeded in shooting a pigeon mid-flight. I never really had any interest in bowhunting for deer; I mainly just enjoyed launching arrows into straw bales.

As I’ve gotten older, I’ve wandered through sporting goods stores, always pausing to look at the recurves and longbows. Every time my wife and I go to the Renaissance Festival, I always make sure I fire a few arrows. It’s fun, and something I miss.

I quickly discovered, when I started my new job last fall, that my supervisor is a bowhunter. We started talking about bowhunting and archery, and pretty soon I found myself flipping through the Cabela’s website, looking at the bows. Around Christmas, two fateful things happened: I received a $30 off coupon and a $20 gift card for Cabela’s. When paired with my Cabela’s Club points, I had a nice chunk of change towards a bow. So, a month or so ago I ordered myself a brand spanking new recurve bow.

It’s a take down recurve, meaning that the limbs are detachable. This wasn’t really a major selling point; it just wound up being the only recurve in my price range, as these bows start getting expensive really, really fast. It was on backorder for weeks, and I finally got the email that it had arrived last week, so I just picked it up this week. In the process of setting it up, I found that there was a minor manufacturing defect; a quick look on the Martin website showed that this is a common problem. Easily fixable when I have the time (one of the mounting holes was drilled to shallow, so I need to cut down the bolt), but it just means I can’t shoot arrows in the basement until this weekend. Drat!

And yes, B33n3r, my interest in archery was renewed after reading Dies The Fire. It certainly doesn’t hurt to have an applicable Change scenario skill.

* It’s also noteworthy that I’ve always played rangers/archers in every MMORPG I’ve ever played.
** I once made a longbow out of snowmobile ski slides that I taped together, with arrows made from fiberglass poles that I attached broadheads made from tin cans and vanes made from goose feathers. It shot arrows about…. ten feet.