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Tuesday, February 19, 2008

The Power of Love

The interviewer apparently chose the wrong Obama supporter to drill, assuming he would be light on policy and long on “touchy-feelie”

The young man's response to the news reporter's
Video, after a bunch of haters on Youtube accused him of being a plant.
I was sore as hell after a four-hour workout Friday night with Steve Mohammad. Ouch. And it was great: I love that man. Ray Doss, a BKF fifth degree black belt, showed up and worked with me…the footwork shifts are great, and created so much power I couldn’t calibrate it, and accidentally knocked Ray across the room. Ouch.
Ray and I talked until 1:30 in the morning, and I got home at about two. What a night.
Monday, I did 100 cleans to order with the Bruiser, in sets of ten (two sets at each Five Minute Miracle break). I spa’d last night, and then did yoga this morning…and felt pretty darned good. I think that I need to do more yoga, but have to figure out how to organize that. There’s only so much time in the day. On the other hand, I used to do 90 minutes of yoga daily fifteen years ago, and my body HARDLY needs it less today. I mean, get real. So I think that David Swenson’s Ashtanga Yoga “short forms” are going to get a work-out. I want to integrate Prasara Flows into the 5MM breaks on Yoga days, though. The total time has to be controlled, as well as the amount of intensity. I can control that using Coach Sonnon’s 4X7 program, “waving” my intensity on a 1-2-3-4 pattern, plus taking Sunday off. But always, I’ll pay attention to the subjective experience of recovery: sleep depth, morning pulse rate, joint soreness, energy level, sex drive, and so forth.
I finally made it through Tananarive’s notes on SHADOW VALLEY, and now it’s up to me. I have to go through it and through it until every word sings as clearly as I can make it. Wow. I barely know who I’ll be when this one is done, I’ve been working on it for so long.

You know, every marriage has its costs and benefits. I think that my own experience of Tananarive says that she inspires me to be a better man. Especially in the arena of writing, she has such a sense of grace in her own work, that it inspires me to push harder.

The question for the day is: what is the single most positive influence your husband, wife, or significant other has had in your life?


Mike Ralls said...

>what is the single most positive influence your husband, wife, or significant other has had in your life?<

That's a tough one. I could rattle off a dozen positive influences no problem, but the single most one? Hmmm . . .

I'd have to say motivation in my career goals.

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