Man, what a weekend I had. Polar opposite days, but what else would you expect out of me, right?! Haha! I’ll start off with the good news first. It now appears that the a-hole part of my brain that desires to derail my attempts at gym addiction has either been sucker punched and put to sleep or has finally given in. Whatever it is, I like it.
I’ll start with Friday afternoon. Instead of going with some friends of mine while they drank and spent money that I currently don’t have, I decided to put myself and my desires first (as I said I would) and got home to change into my gym clothes and spent an hour with my good friend the Arc Trainer. It’s what I lost 40 pounds with the first time I was really serious about things and now I’m just as focused as I used to be, hell I’d even say even more so now, so that’s really all I wanted to do. I get the chance to catch up with programs I stream on my phone and stuff too (which I know annoys some people, but guess what? IDGAF! Don’t hate because I can spend an hour watching something while I work out. It’s what I do!) AND I burn the hell outta calories. It’s beautiful. Funny now that I think of it. I wonder what the people next to me and behind me thought when I was catching up with El Rey Network’s show Lucha Underground. Hahahaha! I hadn’t gotten the chance to catch up with this season yet (I know! Shame on me!), but I’m already just about 4 out of 7 episodes down! Those 40-43 minutes of the best professional wrestling show out there right now (yeah I said it!) makes those hours on the Arc just fly by. Considering that I’ll catch up with the current season within this week, I’m going to have to find something else to watch that will keep me just as entertained. I’m thinking about action movies in the PG-13 realm since watching the shows that I do on Starz and HBO aren’t very friendly when it comes to public viewing. LOL. Anyway, tangent aside, it felt awesome to get in that hour right after work. Yes, I dealt with having more people there, but thankfully it was kinda quiet. I mean, who the hell would want to be at gym on a Friday night except for people like me? Afterwards, I got back to the comforts of my apartment to get laundry done and that was just as therapeutic. I’m so weird! I find cleaning and doing laundry so much fun. Yes, I’m one of those freaks! So, needless to say, I had a fun Friday.
Saturday was pretty different than Friday night. I still went to the gym as I promised myself I would and spent another hour with my homie the Arc Trainer while watching Lucha Underground, but after I got back home and showered wondering where the day would lead me, I got a call from one of the BFFs. Homeboy invited me to go with him to his tattoo session and I told myself “Hell yea! Why not?” That ended up turning into quite the adventure. As one would expect, the scheduled start time for the session came and went and it gave us the opportunity to visit a nearby bar. Thankfully, the place that we went to serves Trooper (Iron Maiden’s beer), so I had a good time enjoying a few of those delicious beers in there. The funny thing about that place was that I think we called out the bartender on her claims of being a nerd. Hahaha! She said she was all about geek stuff, especially Star Wars and whatnot, but once homeboy and I got into favorite Star Wars moments there were crickets coming from the other end of the bar. I always find stuff like that funny. I know she was just trying to impress us to try and get a bigger tip out of us, but that trick never works with me. All I ask is for you to just be cool and keep the drinks flowing until I say otherwise and all will be cool, you know? I’m under no illusions that you really do care or not. I know that you don’t, so why play games like that? Anyway, we had our drinks and went back to the tattoo joint and things got under way. The artist that did the work on my friend asked if I had any work done and I said “no, not yet.” But I showed him what I would like to get. He said it was pretty badass and long story short, it looks like the next time he’s in town I may just be getting that tattoo done if I save up enough space bucks. I’m considering it my birthday/Christmas present to myself if I do have enough for it. We’ll find out! So, after the tattoo session, we were both on a victory high and our other best friend wanted in on the party and we ended up at this newer place here in town that serves primarily as a filling station. People buy their own growlers and fill said growlers up with the beer of their choice and go on their merry way. It’s a beautiful concept that is on the upswing everywhere. I know of one that one of my cousins and I visited in Scottsdale, Arizona last year and much like everything else in popular culture, we get it last here in El Paso. As my motto with a lot of other things, better late than never! So, this filling station not only fills up your growler, they also serve the beers they have by the pint. That’s what we ended up doing since they only had plastic bladder looking containers as they had run out of the glass growlers. Who the hell wants those, right? It worked out better anyway because we got the chance to try all sorts of different beer. It was a lot of fun. 28 craft brews, all from here in Texas, and each one we had was delicious. It was a party. The end of the night was pretty awesome too because in our very odd way, we ended up watching Bob Ross on Netflix. What possessed my friend to put that on, I have no idea, but we made a drinking game out of the show and we were at peace, yet laughing hard at the same time. So much fun!
All of that fun and adventure brought along Sunday morning. As per my customary actions, I woke up at 6am to get ready for confession and Mass. I don’t know how I did it, but I didn’t even wake up sleepy. Considering that I was up pretty late, I was ready to get my day going. I started the day by watching an episode of The Joy of Painting with Bob Ross that is now thankfully available on YouTube and it put me in a very mellow mood, which worked out beautifully as I got ready for Mass. Mass itself was awesome and beautiful as usual, and I got the chance to talk to my good friend afterwards too. That got me home a little later than I wanted to, but it still worked out as I knew I wasn’t going to watch any NFL action because my Dallas Cowboys had their bye week this week. It allowed me to put forth all my attention to my favorite sport, NASCAR, and the elimination race from Talladega. The two Talladega races have become my favorite races of the year because they are so unpredictable! I had 3 hours from the time I got home to the drop of the green flag, so I had all the time to make myself breakfast and relax. I think I relaxed a bit too much though because all I wanted to do was nap. I ended up passing out on my couch for about 2 hours and 48 laps into the race! I woke up to Martin Truex Jr’s engine blowing up, and from what I understand I didn’t miss anything before that. The race was as crazy as I thought it would get, but sadly a driver I really don’t care for won the race. Boooo that! I still got in my football fix for Sunday by watching Football Night in America, so I didn’t feel completely left out, but soon found myself watching the sun set and the time for me to get to bed rapidly approaching. I got myself to bed with just enough time to pass out and still get close to the 8 hours of sleep I need before 3am this morning came calling.
Overall, it was a very good mix of solitude and the company of loved ones. Man, I only wish that every weekend was like that. Maybe more on the solo deep side, but I’ll take what I can get. This week has already started off on the good side as I made my way to the gym at 3:20am. I could have given up midway through the hour, but the words of CT Fletcher were ringing in my ear. Gym pain just means that you’re working and pain brings results. That’s not to say that certain pains, like very odd pains in my right knee (thanks to the buckle tear in my meniscus and torn ACL 16½ years ago), I won’t ignore, but general soreness and whatnot? I can’t let that stop me. Hell no! I must work through those to keep on my goals. I think I’m well on my way. Things can only continue to get better from here. I hope y’all have a great week too! We just have to get through this week/weekend and November will be here before we know it! I can’t wait! Not only because I very much HATE Halloween and everything it has become, but also because that brings about my favorite 2 months of the year. Oooo! Looks like I have an idea for my next blog.