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#61 Postby willpeavy » Thu Oct 20, 2005 6:10 pm

Since I'll be losing my law school scholarship at the end of this semester, and because this semester ends in early December, we were planning on moving to Portland in mid December. We wanted to move there because we like the people, political inclinations, and climate of the region. However, it now looks like we are going to have to put off those moving plans - the short reason why is financial and educational reasons. If you want to know the longer reason why, keep reading. ... So me and my wife were preparing to go up there: I have been looking for and applying for all sorts of jobs in Portland, and my wife has been contacting all sorts of landlords and trying to workout a place for us to live. My wife also wants to finish her degree in elementary education, and we were researching that too. If we move to Oregon, she would have to wait a year to continue her coursework (because we can't afford out of state tuition), then after waiting a year she would lose a semester or two worth of courses due to transferring from a Florida program to an Oregon program - so in total, it would take her another 3 to 4 years to complete her degree. If we stay in Florida, she can go to college for free (because she gets state grant money to cover her in-state tuition and book fees), and it will only take her about 1.5 to 2 years to finish. Also, it's easier for me to get a job here since I graduated from a Florida public university, and because my last job was in a Florida public university: I know the system well, have references and connections within it, and should be able to get a university job without much of a problem. Also, I can work on a graduate degree here, where I can go to school for practically free. Whereas in Oregon I would have to wait at least a year. My wife thinks we should wait a couple of years before we move up there, and spend the time planning it out better; which makes sense to me. So that's what we're planning to do now. We might be cursing ourselves next year for deciding this, after we've been through another one of Florida's 9 month long summers of sweltering, muggy heat. But since we have a son now and have to make the responsible decision, I think this is the best thing to do.
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#62 Postby SeaSiren » Thu Oct 20, 2005 6:13 pm

A well thought out decision. :)

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#63 Postby Daywalker » Thu Oct 20, 2005 6:18 pm

SeaSiren wrote:A well thought out decision. :)

I agree.
As you said, you can still move later when it's planned better.


And besides - what i wouldn't give for one of Florida's 9 month long summers of sweltering, muggy heat... :?
It's COLD here, COLD and DAMP! :x
I'm a summer child! :(
No one said it would be easy.

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#64 Postby willpeavy » Fri Oct 21, 2005 8:37 am

Where in Germany are you from? Ancestors of my maternal grandfather are from Freiburg (and my mom's maiden name was the Americanized version, "Fray"). I've wanted to travel out there for a long time. I heard Freiburg won some sort of award for being one of the most environmentally friendly cities in Europe.
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#65 Postby willpeavy » Sat Oct 22, 2005 7:15 pm

Thurs Oct 20

50 one leg squats on each leg over 8" box

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#66 Postby willpeavy » Sat Oct 22, 2005 7:15 pm

Fri Oct 21

150 chin-ups
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#67 Postby willpeavy » Sat Oct 22, 2005 7:17 pm

Sat Oct 22

50 twisting situps with 16 lb bowling ball behind head

Wrist roller and hand gripper work

Went running for an hour
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#68 Postby willpeavy » Sat Oct 22, 2005 7:24 pm

Hurricane Wilma is supposed to pass by here on Monday. I'm excited because I like stormy weather. All the rain the hurricane brings is good for the environment in Florida because the overdevelopment of the past few decades has really depleted the underground limestone aquifers. Plus we'll get a nice cool breeze (NWS predicts a north northwest wind 48 to 51 mph, and the high temperature will drop to around 75*). See: http://www.srh.noaa.gov/ifps/MapClick.p ... &map.y=186
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#69 Postby SeaSiren » Sat Oct 22, 2005 10:44 pm

I have been tracking the Hurricane, I hope it is very mild by the time it hits Florida on Monday. Take Care!

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#70 Postby willpeavy » Sat Oct 22, 2005 11:09 pm

Not too mild though Sea Siren. I was hoping to go surfing tomorrow and bigger wind means bigger waves! :)
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#71 Postby willpeavy » Mon Oct 24, 2005 10:07 pm

Sun Oct 23

I tried one arm pushups and really struggled with them, so I ended up doing easier ones resting on my knees rather than on my toes/feet. These are still a lot more challenging than normal two arm pushups, so I got a good workout.

200 one arm pushups from knees (100 on each arm, alternated arms between each rep, and did them in sets of around 15-25 at a time).

500 bodyweight two leg calf raises
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#72 Postby willpeavy » Mon Oct 24, 2005 10:10 pm

Mon Oct 24

wrist roller and hand gripper work - the hand grippers are getting too easy for me. I did 1000+ total reps on them. It's time to move up to grippers with greater tension. On the wrist roller I did a dozen or so sets with my door gym as resistance using 3 cables (4 is the max, and you increase resistance by hooking the hand gripper to more cables). 3 cables is still challenging for me, so this piece of equipment should keep me occupied for a while

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#73 Postby willpeavy » Tue Oct 25, 2005 11:37 pm

Tues Oct 25

I did 100 one leg squats on 8" surface (200 total, 100 on each leg). I alternated legs between each rep and did them in sets of 10 (5 per leg). My ankle stabilizers have gotten stronger, probably due to muscle memory, and it's getting much easier to balance while doing positives. In another week or two I hope to be able to do one leg squats all the way down, with nothing to lean/balance on, and no surface/box to assist at the bottom.

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Here are some visuals:

I'm basically here now (imagine an 8" box instead of a stair)
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And in two weeks I hope to be here
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Images from - http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/mahler2.htm - which is a great article, and it got me started doing one leg squats with much better form
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#74 Postby willpeavy » Thu Oct 27, 2005 12:28 pm

Wed Oct 26

100 fingertip pushups

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50 straight situps with bowling ball
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#75 Postby willpeavy » Thu Oct 27, 2005 12:29 pm

Thurs Oct 27

100 pullups
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