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December 18th, 2002

A Political Struggle

As has been announced for a few days now, apparently Gore heard me, and I am grateful to him.

However, having said that, I wish the democrats could nominate somebody who didn't make me paranoid so I could vote against Bush next time around. I'm not real fond of him, either.

If the dems nominate another bozo this time around ("Hey, how about Hillary!"), then I'm definitely voting for Harry Browne in 2004 ... even if he doesn't run again.

Of course, being in Virginia, I could vote whacko liberal and it wouldn't change the way the state went. I'd say Jefferson would be rolling in his grave about the state of the country he worked so hard to found, except that I suspect he had given up on it already before his death. And if he hadn't, surely he did after the Civil War.

-The Gneech

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Owie

Didn't sleep well last night, and I'm feeling the effects now. Actually, I was feeling the effects then, but just because you're lying in bed thinking, "Ow, my head hurts, I wish I could go to sleep," doesn't mean that sleep will cooperate.

Anyway, I hope I'm up to class tonight; I'm going to try to catch a nap beforehand ... but I feel like I'm doing nothing but playing catchup everything I do. If I could just have an evening with nothing to do, then I could sleep for a few glorious hours, and then actually get some drawing done.

Going to visit the in-laws this weekend; holidays and all that. And while I don't mind on an intellectual level, it sure would be nice to have the weekend to rest and draw. Instead, I've got to rush-rush-rush and draw every night this week so there will be strips through Monday in time for Hikaru to color and post them. No sleep for me! :(

I could easily sleep at work -- in fact, it's been very difficult for me NOT to all week. How about a nice, steady trickle of work, instead of this feast-or-famine thing?

-The Gneech

*cough cough splat*

I must have some funky stuff sliding around in my lungs, because first on Monday night and now again tonight, I came back from with the nastiest rattling cough ... it feels like a chest cold, except that an hour or two after class is over, the cough is gone and I'm breathing normally -- or at least, as normal as I breathe.

Tonight's class didn't leave me as wiped out as Monday's did, but that's because Wednesday is forms night, while Monday is fitness training. Most of my night tonight consisted of practing horse stance (mabu), punching a pad against the wall, kicking the points of a star-shaped target (five elements), and joint-strengthening exercises involving a weight on the end of a string connected to a rod (fishing).

Sifu Yung told me that my first month would be an intensive strength-training program to get me in the shape necessary to do the forms properly, which I was expecting. I am in better shape than a lot of my friends -- but I'm sad to say that isn't saying much for me. ;) Most of my friends are sedentary geek types!

I'm thinking that once the holidays are over and I can get into a regular routine, what I'll end up doing is kung fu Mon and Weds, with strength training on my own (weights, maybe jogging) on Saturdays; the hardest part is going to be keeping up with SJ and not neglecting Laurie and my friends while I do all this. I just have to remember to take it easy, do what I can when I can, and let things take care of themselves.

-The Gneech

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