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weekend fun 
19th-Jun-2005 08:52 pm
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Friday night I went out to dinner with my friend Mike. He just broke up with his partner of over four years, so he needed to get out of the apartment. We had thai food, then bopped around some Castro bars. I totally kicked ass playing the Theatre of Magic pinball game at Moby Dick's. He got pretty toasted on cocktails, but I stuck to sodas (drinking alcohol gives me an eye-ache these days) so I was able to make sure he didn't get into too much trouble.

Saturday afternoon I went out and picked myself up some simple home gym equipment. Yoga is good for most of my workout, but it's no good for getting bigger arms. However, I refuse to join a gym just to do an arm workout. So I got some PowerBlock dumbbells and a fold-up adjustable bench/chair. The PowerBlocks are pretty cool - they are a single handle with adjustable weights. Very compact, easy to use, comfortable to hold. Back when I did weight training, the dumbbell workouts were usually my favorite part of the session. I still remember a ton of different exercises, so I'm sure I can keep things mixed up enough that I don't get bored.

Saturday night I finally got to see the Kinsey Sicks perform their fab show I Want to be a Republican. I took navyboy along, and he enjoyed them a lot too. The show was soooo good. The best part was when Rachel was trying to do a song and everyone was trying to get her to crack up. I laughed for about 5 minutes non-stop, so hard I was crying. The singing was good too :-)

Today I hung out with saintmichael. We started the day with brunch at Luna. Oh, the Castro was so pretty today. It's like warmup weekend for Pride. Everyone was out looking cute and working it. On our way out of Luna we ran into a coworker of mine and his wife and their toddler. Small town!

Then saintmichael and I caught the F streetcar down to the Metreon to see the new Miyazaki movie, Howl's Moving Castle. We got there with plenty of time, so I had to introduce Michael to the joy of Dance Dance Revolution. He'd never played before, but quickly became an addict. Good footwork too.

Howl's Moving Castle was typically wonderful Miyazaki. The voice talent was great, from Billy Crystal to Christian Bale to Lauren Bacall. The feel of the movie was a cross between Castle in the Sky and Spirited Away. The story moved well, but it didn't really get to me the way those other two did. But I liked it enough I'll certainly add it to my collection when it comes out on DVD.

Now I'm really, really tired. I almost fell asleep watching X-Men reruns on Jetix. I think I'll curl up with The Amber Spyglass and read a bit before I pass out.
Comments 
20th-Jun-2005 03:00 pm (UTC) - Re: Powerblocks
WTF is "heirloom quality" in freeweights? Does that imply that someday their value will increase because they're "antique"? Talk about lame marketing propaganda...
20th-Jun-2005 05:22 pm (UTC) - Re: Powerblocks
Perhaps, like heirloom tomatoes, these are irregularly shaped but with greater flavor. I haven't noticed that myself, but I haven't tried tasting them yet.
20th-Jun-2005 05:27 pm (UTC)
X-Men reruns? Cartoons or the comic books?
20th-Jun-2005 05:33 pm (UTC)
Cartoon - Jetix (Disney) is running them again.
20th-Jun-2005 05:53 pm (UTC)
Old 80s or the newer stuff?
20th-Jun-2005 08:45 pm (UTC)
> Saturday afternoon I went out and picked myself up some simple home gym equipment

hmm.... I've never heard of a trick referred to as such before.
20th-Jun-2005 08:50 pm (UTC)
I usually call those "workout partners".
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