Month: December 2011

Dorian Grey…

So… secret of youth… Honeybadger style.

yes, i do keep a painting but its not in the closet, its on the mantle, to remind me…

that birthday i mentioned.  the big 4-0.   ouch.  it kind of pains me to admit it.  My dad and I have a pact tho, he’ll never turn 80 and I’ll never turn 40,  (80 just seems SO OLD!) so, i guess for the ‘record’ that was uh, 39, again… or as the sweet german put on the cake… 29…. he must want a blow job 😉  (hey! never said this was PG13)

Diving.  Saltwater may suck for your color job to hide the greys, but its great for your skin

Gym membership.  USE it asswipe.   you are not gonna be able to maintain like you did when you were 20, and I promise it’s gonna be about 5,000 times harder to ‘get it back’ when you let it slide.

Botox.  god must have been a woman.  for all you who say age gracefully, bite me.   Botox will give you the single most awesome improvement sans surgery of any other cosmetic intervention i’ve ever seen.  Botox prevented me from getting the “FURROWS OF FURY!”  AKA the deep glabellar canyons known to women of my genetic stock.   Just like a car maintenance fund, set aside some money for your botox quarterly or 2-3 times a year depending on how your muscles respond.

Obaji   ya, i’ve mentioned it before in previous blogs.  If you do the whole nu-derm system, be prepared for your face to have dandruff for the first skin cycle…  but then be ready for people to ask you if you are in LOVE…    I have not needed any of their fancy peels… i’ve watched women be transformed beyond belief by the regular nu-derm + retina-A program.   i forget from time to time and give in to ‘product’ that is purchased at sephora or elsewhere, but  I have simply never found anything that delivers its promise as solidly as Obaji.    it is not cheap, but its a lot cheaper than some of the other options.   consider it preventative maintenance.

staying youthful in appearance is simply that.  Preventative maintenance.  i slack off from time to time and pay the price.  I gain a few pounds and realize how much harder it is to get rid of them.  I realize what it ‘feels’ like to not be 20 anymore after kicking my own ass and swimming a mile or running 10k or lifting weights ‘again’ after being lazy and thinking ‘oh, diet will take care of it’  “eat smart and you don’t need to work it..”   BULLSHIT.  you need to eat smart AND exercise.  thats just how it rolls.  sorry.

Find something you believe in… be it a process, a project, a business, a volunteer project…  believing is passion… passion keeps you young…

make sure you have passion at home.  I’m not gonna tell you who or how.. just have it.   be it a long term friend, be it your partner, be it your spouse, be it your significant other… however you roll, make sure there is passion…   if you spend too many days without it, it becomes so very hard to find…

Make sure you’ve got mojo.  don’t let go of it, and if you happen to loose it, FIND IT!  Mojo is better than almost any cream or injection…  that swing in your step, that moment of distraction when you remember ‘it’…. that is simply priceless…

Do take pride in your accomplishments and where you’ve gotten yourself in your life/job/career, but i promise you, beyond a shadow of a doubt, when you are 60-70-90…  what you are left with is what you started with…  No matter how rich you are, or how smart, or how beautiful… all you have is you.  Your mind and your body.    What you do for it NOW, today, the day you are reading this, and each day forward will count towards how you feel when you are 80 or 90.

I’m not just telling you this for your vanity, i’m telling you this for my benefit.  In addition to wanking around with an UW camera and tilting at windmills on conservation projects,  I am a surgical tech in the Operating Room.     When you gain 300lbs because your job was so stressful and/or your life was so miserable, I still have to help hold your 100lb limb.   I still have to worry about your ‘complication rate’.  I still worry about whether or not i’m doing the right thing being a part of your surgery.  I watch the surgeon i work with, have to work about 25 times harder for a BMI >40.   He may be the best I’ve ever seen at the procedure you are having, but 200lbs of fat is going to hinder even the most golden of hands.

You are your outcome.   take care of yourself.   find something in your world that tips the balance and helps you improve your fitness… even if it is just 10 min of walking more than you did yesterday… Do it!

Getting older sucks.  Fight it.  Make it work for each and every pound it adds… inch it removes from your flexibility…   view it as the enemy of your mobility…    view yourself as worth every single battle.

most importantly though… in the honeybadger rules of fighting aging.    Surround yourself with people you love.  increase your interactions with those who ‘recharge’ your batteries as opposed to drain them.   Tell those people how much they mean to you.   The friendships may not be conventional  or fit into of the specific ‘tapes’ you had rolling in your head when you were 25 or 30… but they are the important ones.    treasure those who bring you joy beyond all else… money, prestige, big fancy life…   You can’t take it with you…

All you can hope for is to live your life as you, without apologies, without too many regrets…

ok, ya, this post is probably why they encourage me to not blog very often 😉  <just kidding> ….sorta.


Another holiday season survived….

Apologies for the disjointed nature of this post, i’m kind of covering a 2.5 week stretch of time and getting back in the swing of blogging…

Each year, from Dec. 23 – Jan 2, I would like to run away… maybe a diving trip, maybe a cross country motorcycle trip, maybe somewhere warm and tropical or even polar ice caps…  In any event, anywhere that is not in the midst of the chaos created by a facade of a holiday that makes people feel guilty by design.  Guilty about not seeing family enough, guilty about not liking some of their family, guilty about not buying people enough gifts,  guilty about not catching up with old friends that drove them nuts…    (or maybe that’s just me, but as we know, I’m getting in touch with my inner honeybadger so for the most part don’t give a shit, just have to watch everyone else as they get wound up in it)

Luckily despite the German’s desire to have a traditional little xmas holiday, he is reasonably understanding of my distaste for the whole business.  I give a little and decorate a tree complete with scuba bubbles (clear balls) for ornaments and lots of lights.

oh ya, the other problem with the holidays, is holiday hours at the gym.

how am I supposed to stick to my routine when they monkey with the hours! (ok, that almost sounds like whining)

Lucy-badger is totally crashed out, she got to play with sara the border collie mix and a lab at doggy-daycare today…  out cold.

Alex is off hunting coyote, his present this year was a ‘predator call’ from Foxturd Er.. Foxpro, a spitfire that was able to call in half the crows in west seattle in a matter of minutes when we tested it out in the back yard.   it also garnered the attention of a few neighbors which was mildly amusing “what is he hunting?  crows and neighbors?”

I’ve been on a movie watching binge.  Those who know me know that it has to be a simply AMAZING movie to get me to the theater.. Well, two great movies AND my holiday avoidance led me to TinTin (ok, and my brother got me tickets) and “the girl with the dragon tattoo”.   Can i just say i love the Cinerama in Seattle?  THANK YOU PAUL ALLEN!  (he saved it and restored it)   Sadly i get a bit fixated tho, and after watching GwtDT, i proceeded to stay up all night catching up on the swedish series 🙂  this meant yesterday was a wash, and today i had to nap after working an early morning shift in Federal Way.

Tomorrow i work with one of my all time favorite surgeons…  That is like a xmas/birthday present all in itself.  I always enjoy hanging out with someone as cynical as I am, even more so when I get paid to… (JUST KIDDING!)

From that point of view, this was a wonderful holiday season, I got to spend the surrounding time catching up with friends and family that ARE in fact very dear to me.   That was my birthday present..

Now all we need to do is get the city council to let Alki Crab and Fish Co. stay at Cove 2 and it will be a good start to the new year…