Monday, February 23, 2015
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
I slept really well saturday night...I think I fell asleep at 9PM? I was very happy about this and I woke up at 4AM with a 5AM departure time. After I got up and got dressed, (More on this later.) I made some scrambled eggs with shredded cheddar cheese, a banana, and a cup of coffee. On the beautiful drive up, I drank a liter of water, and ate a protein bar. When I arrived to the BLUE LOT lot again, I walked to the shuttle station along with a big group of participants and as soon as we got on site, the energy could be felt...a mix of anxiety, and excitement. I went up to the Check-in area and went through with no problems. I got my bib, participation bracelet, my Dos Equis over 21 bracelet, and a bag drop tag for my bag of clothes for after the event. I went to the body marking station where I got my bib number written on my forehead, and both arms, (Just because.)
At 9AM we started walking to the pre-start speech...
Personal Rating: 7/10 Definitely a tough one. For one, you're high in the air at the top and then you have to reply on self control and others to help you up and down...there are two walls. So once you do one...you turn around and do another. Lots of fun though.
Mud level: None really...besides the residual mud from peoples clothes.
Shortly after the "Berlin Walls" came the obstacle that I enjoyed the least...in fact there wasn't much like there at all...this obstacle? The "Funky Monkey"
DESCRIPTION: Remember the monkey bars at school when you were a kid? Well its that...but worse you start on an incline and depending on the course you could dip down, back up then down again...or in my case incline halfway, decline halfway.
Monday, August 25, 2014
Well, my day started at 3:30 AM when I woke up and got dressed, had a cup of coffee before I started the 1 hr 50 minute drive to Westbrook, Maine. Luckily, it was pretty easy to get to the event site, so I didn't get lost. I arrived at my designated parking lot, the BLUE LOT. The parking area was just a field nothing special. A bunch of other people were there so we gathered at one end of the field and waited there for further instructions. After about 10 minutes of waiting, one of the Senior Parking Attendants came over and told us that we were supposed to walk a little further down the road to a shuttle area where a bus would take us to and from the event site. The ride was about 10 minutes, not too bad...everyone was already excited and pumped for the day ahead. Once we arrived on site, we disembarked and found the building where we would check in and out of, the Volunteer HQ. We were greeted by our TMHQ Volunteer Coordinator Allison and given some basic instructions to get in line, hand in our waivers, check in, get a volunteer bracelet as well as a pretty cool "Tough Mudder Most Valuable Player 2014" bracelet. Once we got that stuff out of the way, we got our orange volunteer t-shirts, name tag and a free Tough Mudder bag. Since I was one of the first people there, I helped check other people in. Once 6:00 rolled around, we got our intro briefing, how to summon medical help, make sure to stay hydrated, etc. We were given our roles and given to our TMHQ leaders. I was part of the Check In crew, which was responsible to checking in the participants, spectators and the legionnaires, (people who have completed more than one event.) During my shift, 7AM-1:30PM I probably checked in over 800 participants, out of the 6400 participants that day. My job was easy, using an iPod, I used an eventbrite app to scan the participants ticket, and if they didn't have the tickets on hand, I manually searched for their name in the database. After my shift was over The morning volunteers went back to Volunteer HQ to check out and to receive our perks, A Dos Equis beer token if we wanted a cold one after our shift, a light lunch, a 20% off merchandise coupon, a bracelet from the Wounded Warrior Project, and the most important, our volunteer discount to run a future event. A few of the other volunteers and I stayed awhile after and walked along the Spectator route to see some of the Obstacles like Everest, Balls to the Wall, Fire in Your Hole, Boa Constrictor and Sewage Outlet. When we left we were beyond excited for Sunday. STAY TUNED FOR SUNDAY!!
Friday, September 13, 2013
It has been a looong time since I have written anything here...and a LOT has happened! Mostly good...some bad. I've finished my first term or "Mod" in school and I can proudly say that I got High Honors which is an "A" in all my classes...and I might even get Director's List...which is a perfect 4.0 GPA...it's definitely going to be close. So yeah.
I got an "A" in Art of Massage.
I got an "A" in Chair Massage.
I got an "A" in Medical Terminology
...and I got an "A" in Pathology...somehow.
Speaking of which...I had the most infuriating and bizzare final for Med Term...I will give you this Final now...
1) What is your name?
2) How many fingers are on your left hand?
3) How many birds are in a flock?
4) What is your teacher's name?
5) What color is your hair (TODAY)?
That was my final...I swear to all that is good and holy...granted there was an actual test with actual Med Term stuff on it...but that isn't the one that counted...I didn't give myself the score I got on the real final...but took the score I got on the fake one...which was 100% either way...but still. I was pretty annoyed for a while.
I've also been on 2 field trips so far and both went pretty well. the first one was a Blood Drive in concord...that was a slow one. I only managed to do 4 chair massages...and one of them was a student so she didn't really count.
My second trip was much better. We went to a wellness fair for the NH DOT...also in Concord. I massaged probably...10-11 people, had fun with some of the other students...and yeah. It went well. Tomorrow is my next massage event...and this time it is at...THE BEACH!! Pretty nifty! AND this time, it'll be table sports massage...which is just a rougher form of massage...it can be quite...interesting. ;-)
But yeah, looking back...this month has been AWESOME! I've met some really awesome people and even got a really cool close friend from it and she has helped me study and relax and knew how to help de-stress me...definitely a cool person. Next term will be interesting because we will have 1st, 2nd, and 3RD modders...all in one class. I feel bad for the teacher...and who is that teacher??...IT'S MARK AGAIN!! =D =D =D The guy is...amazing!
But yeah...aside from that...I had to do something today that I was dreading for a while...but it had to be done...Im really hoping that this situation works out the way I hope it will...but I have the feeling that it won't...I can hope and pray though...I'll know by Wednesday the final outcome...and man, I haven't been this anxious about something in a long, long time.
Well, I have to go get ready for tomorrow...till next time.
Saturday, August 17, 2013
The weeks go by too quickly for my liking. Now it is Saturday night, and it feels like Sunday was just yesterday. A lot has happened this week though, in many aspects. I got my first couple 100%'s in school as well as a 99%, I learned of several massage field trips that I will be going on. The first is coming up this coming Wednesday the 21st for a blood drive in Concord. The Second will be the following Wednesday for the NHDOT, and the other will be happening at Hampton Beach for the Race to the Beach Relay...which is a 200 mile relay race from Cannon Mountain to Hampton Beach...or something like that. Either way, I get to practice what I have learned thus far, and that is an exciting thought.
Other than that, the girl that I have been trying to get to open up with people has finally been opening up...a tiny bit. She is a small, shy and anxious person...kinda like me a few years ago. I'm excited to see how this next week will go. A couple of others have taken to me as well...actually, everyone seems to like me...oddly enough. But I tend to stay with the older crowd...what that says about me, you decide.
In other news, I think that I may be coming down with something which is BAD BAD BAD BAD!! I can't afford to get sick during school...I wan't to get my Perfect Attendance award at school...and maybe even High Honors or Director's List...only time will tell...but for now, I CAN'T get sick!! I won't let it happen.
Sorry for the choppiness of the post...my mind is everywhere and Im just trying to empty it...since I don't have people to talk to physically in person. That is another reason I can't wait for Monday and school, I get to see and talk to people...whereas on the weekend, there's nuthin'. and that sucks. Today for example seemed to last FOREVER! I mean I hate that it's only 9:10 PM...that means that I still have 3ish good hours until I start feeling tired.
I am planning on moving out of the Northeast sometime in the next few years...right now, possible destinations include... the three west coast states, Arizona, or Florida...specifically, Oregon, Washington, California, Arizona, Florida...in that order.
There just isn't anything left for me up here in the Northeast...nothing but painful memories and heartache...don't get me wrong, there have been some wonderful memories made up here...but that is all they are...memories of a time gone past. But yeah...I plan on moving sometime.
And that brings me to my next subject. For the past couple of weeks, this song really seems to be me:
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
early Tuesday morning...4:06AM to be precise...I woke up a couple of hours ago and I can't fall back asleep so I figured while I'm up, I might as well write another blog entry. Right now I just finished listening to "Me Ole Bamboo", an awesome song from the movie "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" which so happens to be one of my childhood favorites.
Yesterday was pretty awesome, especially compared to last week. I got up early at 6AM and showered, shaved and all that happy stuff, stopped by Dunkins...(I wish it was starbucks) and got a French Vanilla coffee and a chocolate chip muffin then got to school where I got to sit on the patio overlooking the river and just chill...well, not really. I was quizzed on the material that we would be going over. I'm quickly establishing my position as the guy everyone wants to study with because with the two quizzes that I have taken so far, I have consistently done leaps and bounds better than the rest, but that isn't me. It's God. Speaking of school, I found this meme...and it's pretty accurate haha:
Saturday, August 10, 2013
I hate feeling so exposed to someone...her eyes were like daggers piercing through every defense I could throw up...but it didn't work. I trust her...and she knows it. She knows that Im not truly happy...at least not like I used to be. She knows that im hurt and lost...and the worst part was the sad look in her eyes...Things used to be so simple even just over a week ago. It's weird how much things can change in a week. My world was stood on it's head and now...im just hanging on to a thread of hope that something will change for the better. I mean, I had it all, a week ago! I had a job, going to school and getting PAID to go and study a subject that I find fascinating and life changing, and I had the girl of my dreams...only to lose her. I mean she met every qualification and then some! She was a dancer, she was funny and beautiful, she understood me, and the list goes on! She is now the standard...but honestly...I'm not interested in another...and I hope I don't ever get interested.
It hurts too much to open myself to another only to have it shoved in my face 2-10 months later...It actually sucks being so vulnerable to people. But that's life I guess...The other thing that she made me see was how lost I am...I don't really feel like I have identity with anything...I just feel like some guy trying to make it through life. I want to change this...but I have a very destructive nature and one that is prone to depression...I never used to be, but ever since Afghanistan, that's changed. But hey, as long as she's happy, then that is what matters.
Maybe I just need to leave everything behind and
start fresh...move to one of the other corners of the country with no ties to anyway and never come back...who am I kidding, I'll never get out of the North East. The song of choice that would describe how I feel would be this song...
But yeah...my mind is in knots right now and I can't organize my thoughts...so this will be the end of this post till I can straighten my thoughts out...