Sunday, March 24, 2013

Big Poppa

One of the joys of having a Nexus card when traveling is that you get to bypass the long lines at the security check ins.  Not to mention, you get to skip the other long line ups in front of the customs people.  It is a handy little card that saves so much time, I can't even describe. Well on my recent trip to the USA, I wasn't so lucky with my Nexus card.  

I have to keep his in bullet form or else I will be writing forever.  Let's start when I enter the airport:

1.  The ticket agent at Air Canada sends me to a US ticket agent (after waiting 20 mins) even though my ticket has Air Canada written all over it.  

2.  The US agent can not find my reservation and proceeds to tell me I can't get on the plane without a valid reservation even though I have my e-ticket, price paid, address, travel locator number...etc. right in front of her.  Seems my reservation belongs to some asian or middle eastern man.  After 20 mins of calling around and making me panic, they provide me with a new one.  

3.  I get through security in seconds with my Nexus card.  Yay

4.  The customs agent stops me and asks me to follow him.  Hmmm  He takes all my stuff and documentation and I end up in a small room.  I wait.  The whole time I am not panicking but I am certainly wondering WTF is going on.  Am I getting a prize?  Finally another agent pulls me in a room and informs me that I have to answer some questions with a yes or no answer.  #1:  Confirm I am not 360 pounds, #2:  Confirm I am not african american, #3:  Confirm I have blue eyes, a beard...etc.  #4:  Confirm I do not have the following aliases:  Nat, Big Nat, Big Poppa.  As I joke throughout this process, mister agent is not smiling.  However, at the end, he offers me a set of plastic gloves to add to the excitement of the story that I will no doubt be telling all my friends.  It seems there is a large black man in the states that has my name.  Or is using my name.  So now, every 2-5 times I travel, I will be pulled aside for questioning.  Now my Nexus card doesn't seem so awesome anymore.  Grrr.

5.  During all my flights, Air Canada sucked.  Sure their planes were the only planes on time but strangely their service this time around was not as good as normal.  Ends up my reservation number from #2 above was an AC number that could not be referenced by the US carriers.  So I had to shuffle from USA agents back and forth for the entire trip.  Note to self.  Never book a multi carrier trip from AC and its partners.  Next time, I am flying to the US from a US carrier.  Sure I will be a day late probably but at least I will save myself some sanity.

Rest of the trip was awesome.  Americans eat lots of food.  Or I should say, the portion sizes are crazy.  And I couldn't bring myself to try grits.  They just looked so gross.  

And Louisville is the cutest little town.  So colonial and sprawling, friendly and clean.  It was a nice get away.  I hope I get the chance to go back soon.  

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Bad Habits

This was supposed to be the end of week 1 of my next P90 challenge but with playing tennis so much, I haven't been able to get my required workouts in.  So I can't really call it week one.  I am thinking that this round two might be a bit eager.  With tennis gearing up and the bike season just around the corner, I am not sure I am going to be able to set aside the time needed to finish a full round.  Time will tell.

Anyway, that is not why I'm here.  Today's theme is about gluttony.  lol  Since I was playing tennis so much this week often for 3 hours a night, I was stuck to a fast food diet.  Pizza slices, McD and Thai Buffet were staples this week.  Sad to admit it I know; especially after all the hard work I put in last round.  For some reason I justify it in my head that with all the tennis, things equal out in the wash.  Foolish I know.

Anyway, I am here to testify that I will be snapping back into reality today.  Good food is defrosting on the counter for this week and the protein shakes are ready to go.  No more thai buffet damnit!!  (although I ate pretty well when there...lots of veggies)

Spandex season is upon me so I need to get this shit together fast.  No one like a fatty in lycra.  Eeek.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Round 2 and other things.

So back into round 2 of P90X.  This time with a stronger focus on diet.  AND I have decided to go the 5-8 route in my reps.  Although I like the "cut" results from the last time, I miss stretching out my tshirts with my big pipes.  ;)

So I am pumping out 40s on most of my arm exercises but need much heavier weights for my shoulders.  Since I am not buying any more weights however, 40s will have to do.  Just keep the reps high for this round.

And finally, I am not allowing myself any pushups on my knees.  I am just one of those guys who can bench 300 lbs but can't do 5 pushups.  This is very common it seems.  Who knew?  Seems like bulkier guys, stocky men, have a much harder time than skinnier or more trim men.  Go figure.  So for this round, I am doing the real deal push ups.  Sure I can only do 10-15 at this point but you have to start somewhere right?

P.S.  I might buy myself (or steal from work) a step.  That way I can really get some deeper extention on my lying down tri-cep work and I can incorporate some flys for chest.

In non workout life, tennis is going awesome.  Found a new hitting partner who really tests my limits.  He is much younger and not as fit as me but man, can he hit the shit out of the ball.  I am impressed.  If he continues to develop like this, he will be a strong contender for the club champion.  I haven't held that title for a while but I am still the king of the winter league.  lol

Winter is almost over here which is awesome.  Can't wait to get back on the bike and see my friends again.  Snow keeps us apart.  Not to mention they all have wives, husbands, partners, kids, dogs...etc. that eats up their time and I am pathetic and single.  lol

I have been tasked to design a new jersey for the inline team and already have a few ideas.  I don't have the software I used to since my system crashed last year so it looks like good ol fashion paper will be the technology on this one.  Stay tuned, I will share the final design here.

Thats it for now folks.  Keep pressing play...just do it on mute.  ;)