July 19th, 2005

Torey Rave

Numa, Numa. Yay?

My yahee, my yahoo, my yahoe, and my yahaha are all a tad sore sore now ... I started the morning with pushups and crunches, which I hadn't done for some time. Since I haven't been going to kung fu for a while, I've noticed my physical fitness starting to lag, and I've wanted to fix that for some time now. But it was finally today that I had not just the inclination, but also the energy and an opportunity.

I don't know what it is that has me so energized now compared to the slump I was in through pretty much all of May and June, but I'm not complaining! I'm sure AnthroCon was a contributing factor, but that hardly seems to account for such a complete turnaround.

The good news is, I hadn't backslid any in terms of the amount of pushups and crunches I could do -- which came as quite a surprise to me! But a happy one. ^.^ Maybe if I get the chance tonight, I can spend a little time on the Bowflex, too.

-The Gneech
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Shiver Me Timbers

Orcs -- A History. And Sir Francis Drake.

The literary history of the common orc.
Oh, and elves, too.

Plus, Today's Forgotten English:

A roguish player in a bowling-alley who has confederates in the crowd.
--A.V. Judge's The Elizabethan Underworld Glossary, 1930

Late sixteenth century; it is misspelt banker.
--Eric Partridge's A Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English, 1956

Bowling with Sir Francis Drake
Only July 19, 1588, the famous English navigator and explorer was amid a game of bowls in Plymouth Hoe when news came that the powerful 130-ship, 30,000-man Spanish armada had reached the English Channel, meaning that a battle was imminent. This sort of naval intelligence might normaly send sailors and officers alike into a panic, but Drake was unruffled and continued the game, boasting, "There is plenty of time to win this game and beat the Spaniards afterwards." True to his word, Drake managed to defeat the Spanish a few weeks later in one of the greatest naval upsets of all time. As a result, England claimed supremacy of the high seas.

Had moxie, did ol' Sir Francis. :)

-The Gneech
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