American Ninja Warrior

March 19, 2014

Have you seen American Ninja Warrior? It’s one of my favorite shows. It airs on NBC during the summer, as well as the new Esquire network (it used to air on the G4 network). The show features athletes from around the country competing to make it through a series of extremely tough obstacle courses, each one harder than the last. Whoever makes it through all of the courses with the best time wins $500,000 and the title of “American Ninja Warrior.” The courses are so difficult that, in the five seasons the show has been on, no one has ever won. But damn, it’s fun to watch them try!

This past weekend, the preliminaries were held in Venice Beach, and my buddy Tommy had made it on the show and was going to compete. Since I’m a huge fan, I met up with some friends to cheer Tommy on from the audience (and maybe be on TV!).

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1.2 Mile Distance Swim Challenge RECAP!

August 19, 2012

I had never been so nervous to be at the beach. It was 7:45am when we parked, and my heart was racing. It was a beautiful day – pretty clear (for southern California standards), hot, and still. We started off across the sand at Venice Beach, towards a collection of tents in the distance.

It started clicking in my brain as we crossed the warm sand: it’s finally here. I’ve been training all summer for this one event, and it’s finally here. I was going to be competing in the Distance Swim Challenge. No – scratch that – I am competing in the Distance Swim Challenge, and it’s happening right now, this morning, in an ocean that’s right there, laid out in front of me.

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A Hot Guy in Class Today

December 4, 2010

Whew!  It’s been a great Saturday, but a busy one, which is why it’s 6:30pm and I’m now just sitting down to write a post.  I intended to write one first thing in the morning, but my internet was acting up, and I decided to just walk away instead of fighting with it, because it doesn’t take much before I’m ready to throw electronics against the wall over and over and over and over again until they’re in a million little pieces.

I was prompted to start writing this morning because I stepped on the scale, and I’m… DOWN ANOTHER POUND!  151 pounds total, and one pound away from my next goal.  I’ll say that again, so it sinks in, because it definitely took a minute to sink in for me:  One. Measly. Pound. Away. From. My. Next. Goal.  I’m so close!

I’ll lose that one pound in the near future, I’m sure of it.  Until then, I’ll focus on the pound I just lost.  Here it is on the chart:

Oh, how I like how that line continues downward.

Yesterday was also a great day – I spent all afternoon with a really good friend and former roommate from college, Collin, who was in town from Seattle, where he is a hotshot lawyer winning cases, changing lives, putting bad guys behind bars, and walking around with briefcases, just like on “Boston Legal” or “Law & Order.”  We went for a nice long walk up and down the Venice Beach boardwalk, dodging marijuana legalization advocates and dudes peddling their reggae music.  We also had lunch at a sidewalk cafe that was cleverly named ‘The Sidewalk Cafe’ (I had an egg-white omelet with spinach and onion, dry wheat toast, tomato slices, and sparkling water) and did a lot of catching up.  I haven’t seen Collin for over two years, and I hope he doesn’t mind making an appearance on my blog, because of I have Before and Current Photos!

Summer 2008 in West Hollywood (I don’t know what’s on my shirt – I must have spilled something?):

Yesterday (12/10) on Venice Beach:

Look at that handsome devil.  Oh, and Collin.   HA!  That joke never gets old.  Collin is also very handsome, as you can see.

I’ll end this post with a little anecdote that made my day today.  Earlier, before running errands and taking care of a few things, I spent the morning at Slimmons, where I took Richard Simmons’ aerobics class.  I said hello to a friend – a woman that also takes classes.  I’m withholding her name, because I don’t think she knows about this blog.  I don’t know her well – just from small talk before and after classes, but this is what she said to me today:

“Oh my God, you look great!  I haven’t seen you in a few weeks, and when I came in, I didn’t even recognize you!  This may sound weird, coming from an old lady, but I saw you when I came in and said to myself, ‘Oh yay!  There’s a hot guy in class today!’  And then I looked again, and realized it was you!”

I really have nothing to say to that except for…

Keep it up, David!

PS – For the record, I’ve never thought of her as an old lady, even know she is older than me.  Those were her words, not mine!