26 June 2017

Bruce Lee Podcast Challenge - Week 2

Week two of the Bruce Lee Podcast Challenge is over and completed.  Here is a quick recap from what I have experienced.  I am not sure I did everything right.  But, I did something, tried something to improve myself, and that is a start.

Daily Affirmations:  1 - Relationship:  Being nice can be hard....especially for someone like me.  I tend to get annoyed when others approach me with their needs.  I should be more open to others' needs. In the two, I realized that just a smile and/or a nod to a stranger not only makes other feel more comfortable, it makes me feel a little better.  Work well and play well with others...simple playground stuff from Kindergarten.

2 - Competition:  Well, what do you know, we won a game.  One forgets the feeling of winning when it has been a while.

As far as taking a loss in a non-game situation, I am slowly, very slowly trying to not want to win little arguments with others.  Let the Wookie win.

Nutrition and Fitness:  Meals were about the same as Week 1. I tried to eat less.  I hope I ate less.  Writing stuff down kinda helps.  Am I not writing enough?  Maybe I should record the amount of food, like actually count calories.  Maybe I can fit back into those nice pants I bought years ago, and have been unwilling to throw away...because they are nice.  I kinda keep them around to remind myself that 'I used to fit in these'.

I had a full week visiting the gym, working on everything from cardio, weights, and stretching.

We won our first game of the season.  A teammate mentioned that I was faster than anybody out there, that day. I like to think that nutrition and fitness helped.  Part of it might be the win, but I felt less tired after this game. 

Yikes, the holiday weekend is coming up, I hope I do not over eat...again.  Also, hoping to get some sort of exercise as we do not have a game this weekend.  I will continue this exercise at least through the holiday to make sure I stay on course.

Oh, I weighed in at 171 pounds.  I 'lost' about 4 pounds in two weeks.  Body fat percentage dropped about two points to 21%.  Not bad, at this rate, I should be back to my high school weight by the next Olympics...uh, Summer Olympics...maybe.

Harmony:  You know what, when you let others be, there is one less thing you have to worry about.  I kinda like it.  As long as it does not affect me directly, let others be.  But, there are still times that I have to hold back.

Of course, getting telemarketing calls does not help.  While I do not answer, I do feel the need to comment about...as I am sure you have read.

With the Challenge over, I will continue to incorporate Bruce Lee's philosophy into my every day life. I like to think that I have, like Bruce Lee suggests, "Adapt what is useful, reject what is useless, and add what is specifically your own".  This quote is so awesome.  If I was to get a tattoo, I might consider inking that somewhere I can refer to whenever I am in a rut.

As I continue with this, I may not write everything down as much, as in daily food intake and work outs.  But, as always, I when hear a good quote, I write it down.

Oh, the prize for this Challenge.  As Shannon and Sharon have mentioned, the ultimate prize is improving one's life.  But, there is a grand prize of being a guest on the Bruce Lee Podcast and a gift bag.  Although I have submitted my entry, I doubt I will win.  I am sure others have made more significant changes in their life.  Besides, sometimes taking the loss is more important than the win.

I just needed this Challenge from Shannon and Sharon, and really Bruce Lee, himself, to make me take a look at what changes I may need or want to make and make those changes.  So, thanks, S & S!

19 June 2017

Bruce Lee Podcast Challenge - Week 1

We are at the half way mark in the Bruce Lee Podcast Challenge.  Here is a quick update from what I have experienced.

Daily Affirmations:  1 - I realized that one of my affirmations meshes with 'letting others be', and not be quick to judge others.  I did not have much encountering of new people, but I have tried to be more approachable to the people I interact with.  This also includes greeting strangers, even if it is just a head nod.

Just a friendly smile and saying, "have a nice day", to someone might make them forget (if) they are having a bad day.

2 - I (we) literally took the loss as our team loss another game.  After the game, a teammate and I analysed the things we did wrong and while minimal, the things we did right.  Build on the positive to minimize the negative.  Kinda like Bruce Lee's quote, "Adapt what is useful, reject what is useless, and add what is specifically your own."

Nutrition and Fitness: I did not really change my diet, but I did...well, in the process of...changing the amount of food I eat.  I am slowly experimenting with eating half of what is on my plate.  Oh, but food is so good.  Work in progress.

As far as exercise, for the first time in maybe two years, I jumped back on the bike.  Okay, it was on a trainer, but I did spin for 90 minutes.  Yes, my sit bones are sore.  Unfortunately, during the week, I have been busy at work and have not found time to hit the gym.  I tried to make up for it by doing little exercises and stretching at home.

I played my usual weekly hockey game.  As mentioned, we lost.  I also did a little gardening, meaning trimming bushes for about two hours.  Somewhere between there, I injured my shoulder.  I think it was from carrying my hockey bag.  I should be good for the next game, but I will take it easy as far as shoulder work outs for the week.

Oh, I am 174 pound.  I 'lost' one pound.  Not much progress...I should eat less cookies.

Harmony:  Let others be.  I realized...because the wife tells me...that I am a "side seat driver".  I sometimes react to things I see on the road, which can startle the driver.  I have since tried to let the wife drive in peace.

There were a few times when I wanted to give some of my teammates a few pointers, but in a not so positive way.  I stopped myself as in the end, we are just out there to have fun. There is no need to add pressure to a fun situation.

We will see how things go as we reach the end of this challenge.

12 June 2017

Bruce Lee Podcast Challenge

Bruce Lee Podcast Challenge
12 June 2017 - 26 June 2017
The Bruce Lee Podcast, hosted by (Bruce Lee's duaghter) Shannon Lee and a Sharon Ann Lee, issued a Podcast Challenge, a two week challenge to integrate Bruce Lee's philosophy into daily life.

Of course, there are prizes, including being a guest on the podcast and goody bag.  But as they say, the ultimate prize will be the improvement in health and life.

Challenge is for two weeks and starts today!  

More information can be found here.  But I will copy/paste just so I have it here for myself.
Daily Action Items for the 2 Week Challenge:
1.  Affirmations - Identify something in you that makes you feel alive, something that you want to grow.  Write at least one (preferably more) of your own affirmations (you can use Bruce Lee's affirmations to supplement if you don't come up with more than one or two).
Make a five minute daily practice of saying your affirmations aloud every morning before starting your day, carry your affirmations with you, and return to them as often as you like throughout the day.  Journal any changes in your outlook, anything that opens for you or any sudden moments of understanding that you have.
For reference here are Bruce Lee's Daily Affirmations:
Willpower - Recognizing that the power of will is the supreme court over all other departments of my mind. I will excercise it daily when I need the urge to action for any purpose; and I will form habits designed to bring the power of my will into action at least once daily.

Emotion - Realizing that my emotions are both positive and negative, I will form daily habits which will encourage the development of the positive emotions and aid me in converting the negative emotions into some form of useful action.

Reason - Recognizing that both my positive and negative emotions may be dangerous if they are not controlled and guided to desireable ends, I will submit all my desires, aims, and purposes to my faculty of reason, and I will be guided by it in giving expression to these.

Imagination - Recognizing the need for sound plans and ideas for the attainment of my desires, I will develop my imagination by calling upon it daily for help in the formation of my plans.

Memory - Recognizing the value of an alert mind and an alert memory, I will encourage mine to become alert by taking care to impress it clearly with all thoughts I wish to recall and by associating those thoughts with related subjects which I may call to mind frequently.

Subconscious Mind - Recognizing the influence of my subconscious mind over my power of will, I shall take care to submit to it a clear and definite picture of my major purpose in life and all minor purposes leading to my major purpose, and I shall keep this picture constantly before my subconscious mind by repeating it daily!

Conscience - Recognizing that my emotions often err in their overenthusiasm, and my faculty of reason often is without the warmth of feeling that is necessary to enable me to combine justice with mercy in my judgments, I will encourage my conscience to guide me as to what is right and what is wrong, but I will never set aside the verdicts it renders, no matter what may be the cost of carrying them out. 
I kinda have two.  Not sure if these qualify, but I think these are things that I would like to improve for myself.

Relationship  (working well with others)
Learn to accept others as they are.  Often times their story is deeper than what they show on the surface.  Welcome them with open arms as they approach you.  See the situation through their eyes before reacting.  
Sometimes, taking the loss is a better alternative to winning.  Failure is an option...sometimes.
2. Nutrition and FitnessAnswer this question: “I would feel better in my body if I…..” Be specific.  Once you’ve identified the answer, practice this every day. Journal any changes in your outlook, anything that opens up for you or any sudden moments of understanding that you have
For me, "I would fell better in my body if I..." move more, move better, move with ease.  This includes reducing that tubby gut by getting more exercise; weight training, cardio, stretching.  Reduce the amount of 'extra' food (especially junk food).  For each serving of junk food, drop and do 20 push ups or hold plank (for at least 30 seconds).  Try not to stay stationary for too long.  Once in a while, get up and...walk on.

As of this morning, I am 175 pounds.  I would like to think that is muscle, but the scale also tow me that have have about 23% body fat.  This is the most heavy I have been.

3. Harmony:  Try this practice: Letting others be. Practice living in harmony by not saying anything negative about anyone else or yourself for the 2 week challenge period. Try to reframe any negative thoughts into positive ones or inquiries. Journal any changes in your outlook, anything that opens up for you or any sudden moments of understanding that you have.
This one is tough, they are all tough.  Any change is tough.

While I have occasionally tried to implement Bruce Lee's philosophy into my everyday life, I kinda need this 'challenge' to make me really do it.  I will check back in two weeks and see how things go.  As the rules state, I will be keeping a journal of my progress.

08 June 2017

Jaquet Droz BB-8 Idea

Two years ago, I purchased my Omega Speedmaster from a Tourbillon Boutique.  Omega, along with many brands, as is Tourbillon Boutique, are under the Swatch Group.  One of the brands that I saw at the Boutique was Jaquet Droz.

Jaquet Droz makes some wonderful time pieces.  I am not going to get in to detail about the Automata Collection...those are works of mechanical art worth checking out.

One of the signature looks of Jaquet Droz is the Grande Seconde Collection.  These are inspired by the pocket watch created by designer Pierre Jaquet-Droz in 1784.  They consist of a larger subdial at the 6H position, showing seconds and a smaller subdial at the 12H position showing the time.

Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Quantieme
I thought nothing of this interesting layout at the time.  Then, later that year, a little movie called Star Wars Episode VII:  The Force Awakens was released.  I noticed that the layout looked a little like BB-8.

BB-8 and Rey
Obviously, this is for fun.  But, what if Lucasfilm partnered with Jaquet Droz and made limted edition watches.  It will never happen, but what if....

Jaquet Droz BB-8
This is a quick photoshop.  Look at it, it is a natural fit.

For reference, these are some of Nixon's designs for a BB-8 watch.

Nixon BB-8 Corporal SS watch
Nixon BB-8 Time Teller Chrono
The Nixon BB-8 watches range from  $175-225.

Back to Jaquet Droz.
Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Off-Centered
Check out the Grande Seconde Off-Centered, it totally looks like BB-8 in motion, rolling.

Jaquet Droz BB-8 Rolling
I think we have something here.   Who would not want a $20,000 Star Wars watch?

02 June 2017


Ah, June. The start of summer, summer jobs, and summer internships.  Although, some of these jobs are being taking over by robots.  Do you think anyone grows up in hopes of becoming a telemarketer?

2 June 2017
  866-346-1411  Unknown - Not really unknown, according to the internet machine, this is Time Warner calling in hopes that you upgrade your service.  Why would I need to upgrade?  Oh, I know...because your service is shit to begin with.  So, I need to 'upgrade' to  something more expensive and get just at shitty service.  Fuck you!

  310-849-4392  Beverly Hills, CA - You know what they say about those Beverly Hills numbers from the 310-849.  Same shit, different day.  Fuck you!

9 Jun 2017
  310-849-4147  Beverly Hills, CA - Same area code and prefix is being targeted by telemarketers.  They are obviously routing their calls through.  Is there some kind of foreign hacking going on?  Fuck you! 

12 June 2017
  866-390-4096  Unknown - Apparently, this is the NRA phishing for money.  Even though it is a legitimate organization, this still falls under the telemarketer umbrella.  Actually, I am not sure this is the real NRA or someone claiming to be them.  Your 'guns' do not scare me.  Fuck you!

13 June 2017
   0000000000  Unknown - Yeah, that is not a typo.  The number came up as ten zeroes.  So, I am pretty sure this is a telemarketer.  Seriously, guys, a bunch of zeroes is way more suspicious than a fake number.  Go back to the drawing board.   Fuck you!

14 June 2017
  866-388-4616  Unknown -  Hmm...weird.  Search results show that this is Spectrum calling to get on e to switch over/upgrade to their latest promotion.  But, results also show that this number is linked to NRA.  Not the first call I apparently got from NRA.  So...not weird at all.  Sounds like textbook telemarketing to me.  Fuck you!

  0000000000  Unknown - Uh, I guess this is a return caller.  So, the pattern is NRA from some 866 number, then a 0000000000 number.  Got it.  Fuck you!

15 June 2017
  610-816-6004  Reading, PA - I do not want to jinx it, but if I get a call tomorrow...it will be a clean sweep for this week.  A call everyday.  Really, if you date back to last Friday, we do have a call everyday.  I am not counting weekends...although, I occasionally get that call on a Saturday or Sunday morning.  How exciting!

Anyway, this is another textbook telemarketers. Fuck you!

16 June 2017
  401-200-8645  Bristol, RI - Yes!  I knew you would not let me down. Five days in the row, folks.  From my simple search, it seems that this number had been 'inactive' for about a year (since June 2016).  Then all of a sudden, out of nowhere, this number is active again.  Kinda obvious the fucking telemarketers have a bank of numbers that they put in the back burner for a while to 'lay low'.  Then, then you least expect it...well, I always expect a telemarketer to call...they bring up an old number and cold call.  Nice scam.  Fuck you!

17 June 2017
  310-849-9362  Beverly Hills, CA - Surprise!  That makes it six days in a row.  An early Saturday morning call.  This is kinda awesome.  Normally, I do not look forward to telemarketing calls, but we could have a seven day sweep hereI got so excited, I forgot to mention...another Beverly Hills call.  So back to basics.  Sunday is looking good.  Think about this, if they hit Sunday, the next week is wide open.  At least Monday through Friday, another five days, which could bring their total to twelve.  But, I am totally jumping the gun.  I should not jinx this.  Until tomorrow...Fuck you!

19 June 2017
  240-892-1456  Upper Marlboro, MD - What?  You took Sunday off?  Come on, you had a good thing going.  Now, you have to start from zero.  What a bunch of losers. Fuck you!

20 June 2017
  866-390-4096  Unknown - Return caller.  This is the one that comes up as the NRA, remember?  Wait, if this is the NRA...would the be considered a 'warning shot'?  Fuck you!

21 June 2017
  866-359-4296  Unknown - Wow, you guys are really laying it on thick.  Three days in a row!   Are you going for the record this time?  Or, are you going to fuck it up the last minute...just like how you fucked up your shitty life by becoming a telemarketer.  In this case, becoming a programmer for robocalls.  Fuck you!

24 June 2017
  310-849-1173  Beverly Hills, CA - What, three days without a call, how can this be?   No worries, Beverly Hills to the rescue.  Another call from the 310-849 area code and prefix.  Do you see why blocking numbers is pretty much useless?

Some of the calls of this month
Still waiting for that Sunday call.  Fuck you!