Friday, June 26, 2009

Bikram Yoga Revisited

The other day i went to a tragically Hip Concert and it was 102 degrees. And my back hurt and has for awhile. Which brought me to the conclusion that i need to get back to Bikram Yoga.

Practicing Bikram's Yoga will increase your chances of having better health and more fun on your adventures in life!!!
In my mind I hated the 90 monutes while I took Biram yoga.
In my mind I loved the 22..5 hours of the day surrounding Bikram.

I had a bit of trepidation about going back. It had to be on my own terms.

The reality of Bikram Yoga
Class is not so bad.

The teachers so far are very supportive.

Meaning : So far it has only been male teachers who work with me and know my limitations. Lets see what happens when we get the crazy 95 pound pretxel as a teacher.

It takes too much Organization

So far it has been pretty easy. my wife has been very supportive. (She had a bad experience with a previous Yoga class)

Meaning: Lets see what happens when i have top juggle kids, school and everything else.

My hamstrings are tighter than a hummingbird on caffeine.

On the bright side they seem to be loosening up.
But, that pose where you grab your ankles and touch your fore head to your knees does not work for me. Yoga will be a semi success when I can actually do this pose.

I love the feeling right after class

Yes the air is sweeter, the breeze is comforting and water melon is wonderful
But, yesterday I got home and I felt like somebody had shoveled my brain empty with an ice cream scoop.

Its okay not to be good.

I try my best but I am simply not good. So far that is okay as try my best.
Well, I barely survived the last 4 poses yesterday.
But I continue on.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Tragically Hip Do Bikram Yoga

The Tragically Hip played the Wonder Ballroom in Portland, Oregon on Tuesday Night. I have been to quite a few Hips shows and this one truly will go down as memorable.

I called the box office the morning of the show and they indicated it was a complete Hip Show, The Hip was to play from 8 until 9, take an intermission and play until 10:30.

Promptly at 8:00 Gordon Downie took the stage and rolled into a very loud opening set. The words were quite clear to those who were familiar to the Hip. To those who were not the music was simply too loud.
The Bikram Yoga Effect
I have seen shows at the Wonder Ball room before and tonight the weather outside was not particularly hot but the place was steaming literally. I honestly felt like I was in the Bikram Studio up on Fremont. I literally had that pure liquid sweat going on and my cloths were drenched. The crowd was a mass of smarmy , earthy sweat and it honestly added to the night for most of us. My wife had to go home. And there were drunk people falling down left and right.
"It could have been the heat it could have been the wine".
The Set List (A drunken Twitter text is included later)
I could look it up but the first set was pretty decent. it seemed like the new songs were a little less warmly received but I personally love the new release. Old favourites in the first set included Poets and the sparkling brand new Morning Moon. But what I remember from the first set was how truly hot this night was. I ventured outside during the intermission and I remembered it was a cool late spring evening. The people out side said it would be warmer for the second set. I did not believe them, but they were right.
I ventured in for the second set an the oppressive heat just nailed me. But the energy level in the second set was cranked up a bit. They opened the second set with two acoustic tunes. I believe it was Music at Work.
Drunken Twitter Set List from the Internets (With interpretations)
-GrDepressions suite (The Depression Suite)
-Poets -(This Rocked)
Don't wake daddy!!!!!!!!!
I'm so happyyyyyyyy (sic) about this!!!!!!
-In view
-Gift shop. Ps I love gordy
-Last Recluse
-Springtime in portland, baby! I'm too drunk for this!!!!!
-Morning Moon
-ABACT (Ahead By A Century)
-Love is a first
I'm gonna burstOMG He threw me a hankyyyyyyyyyyyyy and then I met negphil and now I can't control myself eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeekkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk!!!!!!!!!!!!!Ps
Intermission to cool off
Thompson girl
Coffee girl
M@w (Music * Work)
grace tooh (Grace Too)
Blow @ high dough. --Sorry canucks , not in order. Blackberry sucks.........
StruggleHoly f**k its hot in here
I believe the twitterer passed out at this point.
At one point during the show three Drunk Canadians (a double redundancy) unfurled a Canadian Flag blocking the views of another 30 drunk Canadians. Gordie did the chivalrous thing and took the flag. it was an amazing night of music and we were all in this together. Because as the new album title says, "We are the Same". And we do get it some of you are Canadian. Sweat rags and water bottles were thrown into the crowd and at the beginning of the second set the ceiling pipes stated to drip. (Well leak is not a strong enough word) it was now not only 102 degrees in the room but it was raining.
Sorry I did not come close to having a set list. I was just taking it in and enjoying the evening. As weird as it could have been it was tragically good. Even if I not Canadian. Sometimes I wonder about the Wonder BallRoom.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

The Blind Leading The Celibate

CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- Former Catholic priest Alberto Cutié married his longtime girlfriend Tuesday following the scandal that preceded his leaving the Catholic Church.
According to the Miami-Dade County Clerk of Courts, Cutié and Ruhama Canellis picked up their marriage license Tuesday in Coral Gables and immediately exchanged vows in front of a judge.

A Readers comment

On a more whimsical note, perhaps he's planning on keeping his vow of celibacy after all. He's just pursuing it the way that most men do: marriage. In a few years, he'll be celibate again.

What really Happened

So they had sex. And you know what they say perfect practice makes perfect. And limpy Alberto was out of his league from years of not getting any. She hated the sex (if thats what you want to call it and called the whole thing off) and literally left him at the alter.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Just Nice Things About Great People

A poem for now

To My Wife

asleep on the couch
all serene and twinkling
like a star in a busy constellation
standing out brilliantly
when she doesn't
want any thing
to notice

sunlight rain drops
somehow making the
light of everyday life sparkle
hitting the eye in multi layered
sparkle dust twinkle.

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Random Places Your Mind Goes

My mind like like everybody elses random goes where ever it wants to go to.
There are certain places it goes repeatedly and I have no idea reason why.
It just goes there. I just thought I would write them fdown and not force my
self to go there.

Buying Tickets to a WinterHawks Game

I always go back to sunny day in the spring where I drove to the Rose Garden
with the kids. I drove underneath the Rose Garden to get tickets (the ticket booth
is no longer located there). I have no recollection of the game it self and as I look back
it may have been tickets to a Portland Fire basketball game. I just remeber going
and getting tickets with the kids. It may have been a Thursday and I may have been happy.
The weather was clear.

And then another Friday afternoon

Where I was married and my wife had left for the weekend. I vaguely recall our
marriage was not working well but I remember a wonderfully calm Friday night.
I came home from work and mowed thelawn with a push mower.
The grass smelled nice and it was warm for the end of hockey season. I was completely
relaxed. The kids and I went to a hockey game that night. The neighbors gave us a ride
to the game and we took the Max home. It was unusually warm walking back from the Max.