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February 7, 2012 - 10:28 am

Karl Strauss Brewery here in San Diego bought a former Japanese restaurant and turned it into a Karl Strauss restaurant. The entire backside of it is open to a really nice koi pond, so customers can enjoy their meal or have a pint or two and watch the fish. Most are quite large and colorful, and the fish are, too!Laugh 

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February 6, 2012 - 8:50 pm

Supernova said:

I had 52! but one day the timer on my air pump busted and I lost half of them! on a very hot night 3 years ago.

CryCryCryCryCry

 A few years ago, there was an ice storm on Christmas eve. It knocked out power for half of our city, and the electric company was swamped with calls. They told us it would probably be more like days than hours before we were up and running again, because our particular neighborhood didn't have very many homes out of power. We spent Christmas eve in the house, but when we woke up on Christmas morning, it was down to about 55° inside of the house (it felt like 30°!) We decided to make an effort to save my marine aquarium (but we wrote off my stepson's freshwater tank.) We put some water and live rock in a couple of buckets, and took all of the fish, corals, and invertebrates to a hotel. We put heaters and filters in the buckets, and hoped for the best. It was a shock to us that we only lost 1 fish, and everybody else pulled through! When we got the power back we went home and found all of the freshwater fish still alive and kicking! It was a Christmas miracle. Smile

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February 6, 2012 - 3:49 am

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And can be worth some big bucksSurprised.

I had 52! but one day the timer on my air pump busted and I lost half of them! on a very hot night 3 years ago.

CryCryCryCryCry

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February 6, 2012 - 2:20 am

And can be worth some big bucksSurprised.

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Supernova
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February 6, 2012 - 1:39 am

Koi can live for up to 90 years.

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February 6, 2012 - 1:09 am

I won two fish at a carnival ten years ago. One didn't survive the insane 4 hours in the bag, the other lived 5 years and grew to being 5 inches long or something insane. Carnival fish NEVER live that long-they usually live for a month or so! Then, we had to get a few more fish for its buddies, and it outlived 3 generations, and passed away during the beginning of the fourth. The crazy thing is, you'd think fish are stupid, but they're fairly inteligent--that fish taught all of the other fish that when they're hungry and they saw somebody, to rush to that corner of the tank to get our attention. The fourth generation was in training, and only learned the first couple of lessons, but not the detail of "only when you're hungry" Then, we got two more fish after one of that generation passed away, and they learned about it, and figured out to only do it when hungry on their own! (of course, the one was a creepy looking sunbleeched one that ate the 4th gen one... and now passed away, and we're on the last fish)

 

Shoulda seen the look on that fish's face yesterday when I was flying my 102 in my room! LOL!

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February 5, 2012 - 9:47 pm

Just thought you would like to see my Koi in my back garden pond.

This is my old Youtube account Smile

 

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February 5, 2012 - 2:11 am

Oh, yeah. NOTHING beats the scent of fresh cut pine--Except for the scent of cutting down, then cutting up a live pine. Oh yeah. That's about the best smell in the world.

 

(although a well made smudgepot with the correct mixtures of kero, deisil, and whatever else you're supposed to mix in)

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February 5, 2012 - 12:38 am

Love the smell of a wood shop. You know I talk to people all over the world and going broke seems to be a theme I hear all to often, especially us guys who were in construction or related fields. Also funny how our passions change, never thought I'd give up shooting or hunting, but there you go. Never even heard of kettlebells, wouldn't know one if it fell on me, but you can bet I'm gonna check them out, still in pretty good shape for an old fart and plan on keeping it that way as long as I can. Went to the local Dojo , but they only do 1 year contracts and man that's a lot of money.

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February 4, 2012 - 5:59 pm

Well, lessee. I like to make things out of wood, and I have a nicely equipped shop. Lately I've been turning pens, mostly because they are fast to make and they make great gifts. A friend and I made 25 pens for Christmas last year, and not one got thrown back at us. I also like to make furniture, and had a furniture repair business until the economy tanked and I went broke. Cry

I have a "few" firearms as well, and shot IDPA (International Defensive Pistol Assoc.) matches with .40 S&W Sig-Sauers. I also shot Small-bore (.22lr) Silhouette matches for a couple of years. Then a wildfire came through our neighbor hood and burned down my shop and wrecked all of my guns. I've since rebuilt and replaced everything, but I just never got going again with shooting.

I also tinker with computers. I've built quite a few over the years, and I'm also Mr. Lifetime Tech Support for my family. Tell you what, don't ever build a computer for a friend or family member, or you'll end up like I did. Have you ever tried to walk an 87-year old man through a simple computer problem over the phone? It will make you crazy! 

My most favorite thing to do, though, is work out with kettlebells. 2 years ago I found an amazing gym close by my office, and I work out 3-4 times a week. I've never been much into fitness, and never went to a gym more than a few times before I would stop, but I am hooked on kettlebells. I've improved to the point where I deadlifted 300 lbs, and did 92 kettlebell snatches in 5 minutes with a 16Kg kettlebell. I'm training for the next competition in April- max deadlift, max pullups, and 5-minute snatches. I'm no match for the younger guys; in fact, my lift was the lowest one there by 15 lbs, but at 54, it sure made me happy!Cool

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January 30, 2012 - 4:04 am

SF, thank you for the advice 🙂 I'll keep that in mind. Right now, I can't lift over five pounds, and I'll never be able to twist my torso, but I can do some things with martial arts, like the basics. I'm actually looking more into Thai chi than anything else, cause at least I can do more moves and I'll be able todo most of the movements. I figured I'll either have my physical therapist or my doctor right down a list of things I can and can't do, then I'll show that to the instructor, and he should work around that.

Bvc, writing music was always what I enjoyed the most lol. My drum teacher would sometimes make me write down and learn my own drum beats using what he gave me about the last two weeks. I was a funk drummer, sometimes jazz. Both where hard, it was just a difference in speed, jazz mainly used fast ride cymbals, and more toms. funk used off beats, the snare and bass drum would sometimes be used on and off and back on then off again, and you hit the bass twice in a row, or you would hitter snare twice in a row, ect. Nothing was aligned.

I would ion the military, but they said, "no one with more than two spinal plates fused can join." and that's impossible.

Golf is a VERY expensive sport to start! And the better you get the more exencive it gets! Again, I'll be limited with that, but I can still play.

God bless,
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January 29, 2012 - 4:30 am

Old_Iron_Spine said:

I like music, I play the drums. I'm not a huge athlete, but I do play golf and LOVE it. I like martial arts, but I won't be able to do that cause of my spine. Doing any type of high-velocity-high-impact sport has the tendency to loosen the screws in my back and bad things will happen. My physical therapist doesn't even know if I can do golf anymore, for at least three more months. Even still, I'll have to work around my back being stiff. I'm also interested in the Bible and in God. My surgery was a big wake up call from God for me to focuse on him. I work the sound board for our Church youth group, and LOVE it! I had to take a break due to surgery. I'm interested in cooking, I love to cook! I would like to own a sushi restaurant some day. I also like aviation and would like to learn to fly. I'm interested in cars, mainly classic cars. I like ANYTHING from WWII! Airplanes, cars, boats, clothing, anything and everything!

I hope that gave you enough info! God bless,
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We have a few things in common.

I love music too. Was my life until I was alone, having a 'breakdown', and met Jesus at 2AM on the side of the road at age 22. I'm 42 now. I tried the recording/writing for a while a few years ago but it consumed me and took too much time from family.

I also used to do sound at my church.

I'm a bible/christian theology nut.

I also love golf, but its too expensive. I started when I was 5 years old with a real set my dad had cut down for me. He broke several on a tree, so got a new set, and cut down the old for me. I grew up playing the best courses in Texas, so I am ruined. I can't afford them and cannot stand to playing lesser courses.

Aviation. I tried to join the Army to fly heli's, because I was not smart enough and too tall for fighter jets, but not even they would take me because I have a slight case of spina bifida and a nerve slightly between two discs. 24 years later and driving a truck you can image the shape my back is in now.

Grace and peace to you!

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January 29, 2012 - 4:21 am

Great video John, but forgive me I Never noticed the girl with the short skirt walking past from left to right Laugh Yell

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January 29, 2012 - 4:14 am

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What a boring life I have, My other interests are Bonsai Trees, Koi carp, (I have a 4,000 gallon pond in my garden), Astronomy, Astrophysics, Tropical fish, Model R/C Gas Power Boats, Electronics, Electric guitar and Acoustic guitar, and also My Wife.

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Doesn't sound boring to me. I also like astronomy. Sold my stuff. Wish now I didn't but every time we went out at the best time of year (cold) we got a cold. I love astronomy, but not enough to be sick all the time. I still have my starry night program and read up on things when I can though.

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January 29, 2012 - 4:02 am

CPD said:

I could spot the Marlin 30/30 leaver action a mile away in that photo!

 

One of the best carbine light hunting rifles out there!

Me too. It was my first rifle, I used to take down mt first whitetail.

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@CPD Good well explained post-took some time to word that so well: I am as said many times in awe of you guys and your honest comments posted from the heart to help each other-pretty neat to see this all happen on a blog built for fun on the Syma 107 now a year old.

@Old_Iron_Spine I also did Thai-Chi but just could not do all the high hand moves,eventually left all martial art classes and at 17 years old living alone with my Mum as my Dad died when I was 13,took over the garage and with some help from a metal worker in my village in the UK set about building all types off muscle building machines,from pull down weight pulleys to split leg machines-as missing part shoulder muscles ended up at 19 with a 16 inch neck and a bean pole body-then I found some yoga positions that stretched my already bent spine as with out shoulder muscles and no biceps to mention had to keep leaning backwards to reach up-

to cut a boring story short,Yoga and Kick boxing changed my body to look more in harmony-Kickboxing had 3 good moves,front kick,side kick,back kick,the first ones were taken from the leading leg,not as taught in say Karate from behind leg,did not telegraph my moves-all kept at waist level to opponent,nothing flash,managed to get a few right hooks in-

All sounds violent but it was not,I had no interest in hurting anyone and like you would rather talk things out than fight,all my life been in one fight in a pub,guy made a mistake on identity and king hit me on my bar stool,I was out like a light!!

What I did learn was the mental attitude-One was to like myself and others,I progressed to meditation,have been doing that off and on for nearly 36 years just to find that quiet place with in-

Start any form of Martial arts or any exercise easy,do not listen to other negative influences, do it silently one move at a time-In France had to do Karate Kata's,they said if you were not throwing up at the end you did not try harder enough-bloody rubbish,that was back in 1966-things change-

I will say the learning of body control is crucial,what I mean by that is,other body muscles take over from those not working as well-there is a trick-I might just show me now on a video flying a plane-not for tickets on my self.far from it,more to inspire people to realize there is nothing you can not do if you tap into your brain and believe in you-thinking about deleting this post! only reason guts myself a bit and hope I do not offend any one-

hell here is a video -my flying friend did for me-and what a friend-saw all my problems,built me a remote tray,taught me how to fly a plane from my crook left hand,and how to fly helis with total relaxion,if you smash them,repair them-that is me out of this topic,just wanted to say OIS you will be ok-

Keep your eyes off the girl crossing the park,I was more scared to crash into her-lol First part my mate showing off his new plane-Really neat flying machine made from balsa not foam-Then me-crashed the plane same day-all rebuilt again-!!

Always stay positive guys and believe me you are all unique in this world,just like your fingerprint-yours for life!

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January 28, 2012 - 5:00 pm

I figured I'd tell my doc about this school specializing, I think my friend was just saying it doesn't involve as much movement as soft style. I also planed to start out with private lessons just so the instructor gets an idea what I can and can't do, and so I can find my rhythm and how the art works. I can bend and twist at the hips, and only at the hips. Which is about 75 degrees, anything after that I have to break my knees. That's it though. My physical therapist said he could see me doing Thai chi for a martial art, so I may look into that. I would like to see Thai chi in a MMA fight 😛

I am limited, and at the same time, I'm not. I can do anything I want if I can find my way around it, but finding my way around it is the challenge. I'll think of something. There are a google martial arts out there, at least 7 for every country, so there has to be one out there for me.

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January 28, 2012 - 3:44 pm

MMA, in my opinion is good for show, but that's it.

 

Now, Tang Soo Do is, until you reach 2nd Dan or so, purely releasing your entire body into every technique. If you train hardcore enough, you should be able to break an oponent's bone for every single technique. 1 block=1 broken bone, 1 strike=1 broken bone, and if you need more than one block and one strike to end a fight, you didn't train hard enough. That said, in reality, that's nearly impossable, except for the 1 block and 1 strike-that's not too hard when you know what your doing. Not a KO-who needs that when you can make their, well, make them bend over, or knock the wind out of them. (the face is the WORST place to hit somebody, except with a knee)

 

The only problem with it for you would be that 90% of the power in every technique comes from the hip. If you're worrying about spinal problems, and if you can't twist it, it might be a little hard to pull off unless you don't put the insane power us youngins do.

 

The basics are doable, but mostly you might have to stick to the linear ones. A good instructor should be able to know this and keep it in mind. A bad instructor will want you to try everything like you're 16. (that's about the peak age for martial arts ability- 17 you're too distracted and don't train, 18-22 ish, you're in college and never able to train and go back to square one) If they want you to do anything more than your comfortable with doing, other than just lightly trying something once only to asses what you can do, tell them. They should be able to assess what you can and cannot do, and should be able to tell you what to do.

 

I would ask your doctor, and then find a highly reccomended school in whatever art you have available locally, watch a class, take some notes of what looks doable, and what doesn't, and talk to the instructor for a good, long time. Feel them out. If they have different instructors different days or, like where I go, have an instructor that deals with kids classes and one for adult classes, talk to the ones you would be dealing with. See how long they've been training, what all they've studied, (if they've only studied one art, or have experience in many different arts and are well-rounded in the way that they train and conduct the class) and most important for you, how old they are and what problems they have had. If they've been in a number of car wrecks, they'll know a lot better what you're going through. They should be old enough to have experienced enough to  know your situation, yet be young enough to keep training with the class. (granted, make exceptions for ones who've been there enough to need knee surgery and other operations)

 

Sometimes, your doctor'll have a wrong impression, and say you can't train, when in fact not only can you train, you can help with whatever problem you have by doing so, and an instructor should be able to correctly determine whether or not you can train.

 

One thing I'll caution against is classes mixed with kids and adults. It's nice for parents, but should be a red flag for you-if they don't offer adult-specific classes, don't choose that school. Occasionally, you'll hear horror stories of 25 year old instructors, who aren't even master rank, runing classes with old guys with problems like yours, and they don't know what its like to be old an not keep up with the 10 year olds. (I've heard many) Annother red flag is either large ammounts of black belts that look like they don't know what their doing, or are not acting their rank, -excluding kids-they act like kids- or a very low number of black belts. Too high, and with low quality or unprofessional blackbelts, and you may have too low of standards. Too few, and you have either a low retention rate or too high of standards. Plus, any "guarentee" of a blackbelt, and get up and walk out then and there. Nothing worse than a paper blackbelt. And, see how long you have to train for bb- it should be about 4-5 years, with 2nd degree taking 2 more, 3rd taking 3 from 2nd, and so on. Some of these places are guarenteeing blackbelt, if you train 4-5 times a week for the classes, in a year and a half at the earliest and two and a half at the latest.

 

One thing I'll have to correct your friend on, though, is that hard style is primarilly blocking. If you are in any style like the school in Karate Kid, where it's no mercy, atack first, strike hard, you're in the wrong place. It is self-defense, and as such, it is based on ONE block and the fight is over.

 

In the classic words of the adult class instructor where I go- "Martial arts is something that you have with you for your entire life. The only time you stop training is when you fall over and they put you in the box." Literally, if you train right, you can actually train until the day you die. You have to be in a body cast, paralyzed, quadrapalegic and whatnot to need to stop training. (I say quadrapalegic because there was this one guy in a wheelchair from a different school that got attacked and just laid the guy out, and annother without arms that flattened the guy attacking him with one jump front kick, so you really need to loose all four limbs. Sidenote there is, howdja like to be the guy flattened by a guy in a wheelchair or without arms?)

 

But, I'd see what's avalable around you. It'll be $50-$60 a month, which is a lot, but it'll be well worth it in the end, if you find the right school.

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January 28, 2012 - 8:55 am

I'll ask my surgeon, then! Thanks for the advice, my friend takes soft style karate, I used to take that and I told him I would like to get back into it, but I can't cause of the spinal movements ect. He said that there is hard style karate, and that doesn't require much blocking and moving, and that it's mainly focusing all of you're strength into one punch or kick. So I was thinking about that. I'm not a fighter either, I'm a chicken when it comes to fighting. I just like the sport, and I always enjoy a good match of UFC or MMA from time to time. Mainly MMA because you get more off variety of martial arts.

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January 28, 2012 - 1:45 am

I'm going to have to say from 10 years of experience, at least with well-done and well taught martial art, a proper instructor will know what you can and cannot do. (I like Tang Soo Do-been doing for 10 years, and its more based on actually practical stuff, while tai-kwon-do (olymic-cized Tang Soo Do) and Shotokan Karate Do (Okinawin karate) is fighting based and has little use for physical training and anything more than how to beat the snot out of somebody)

 

The instructor should be able to decently assess what you can and can't do, and you should be able to train and at least do limited martial arts.

 

That said, if it gives you too much trouble, or a doctor tells you to stop, then you stop. You should be able to do at least limited stuff, like basic motions and basic punches and kicks.

 

We had one guy where I go for a while that was trying to come back from major heart surgery, and he was pretty darned good. Couldn't remember to keep his hands closed, but other than that, he was good. Had to stop, though, because he needed annother stent and ended up not being able to do about anything.

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