Damn, I forgot how tiring it is to teach choreography as thoroughly as I do with those kids. Doing a swag piece full-out for four hours straight isn’t exactly a walk in the park, haha. Regardless, it was hella fun to teach these guys again, and I’m definitely looking forward to these next two weeks.
On the real tho, I’m gonna be fuggin’ sore tomorrow morning… and I gotta repeat everything again tomorrow for the kids who didn’t make it today, LOL.
My roster’s getting fairly Laker-heavy now, hahaha.
Battier only plays SF, while World Peace can play three positions (SG, SF, PF), offering me greater flexibility as far as line-ups are concerned. World Peace has been getting his game on lately as well, and I’m hoping he’ll continue to improve as the season goes on. Battier, on the other hand, is bench for some of the best wings in the League, and so he’s gotten extremely limited playtime on that account. Oh, and he’s injured too.
Hopefully this arrangement works out—especially since World Peace has been getting some heavy minutes in these past few games.
being a math major and all, you get really, really good at doing certain calculations in your head. Considering all that busywork that’s involved with simplifying problems, combined with the fact that most professors don’t allow calculators on exams and the fact that you usually don’t have much time to complete those exams, you get hella-fuggin’ efficient at adding fairly large numbers and multiplying decently-large numbers in your head.
For me at least, these skills really only came about as I took multi-variable calculus and linear algebra, simply because the homework problems tended to be long and tedious, and I wanted to get them done as quickly as possible. Hell, it got to the point where I was able to do entire integrals in my head because I’ve done them a billion times on paper.
It’s handy tho, especially when it comes to verifying you get the right amount of change and calculating tip at restaurants.
4 - Where did I meet my crushes? Mmm… I met one in high school, the other two at UCLA.
5 - Have I ever lost a close friend? It depends on what you define as “lost.” I’ve never lost a friendship due to drama and all that, but I have become distant from close friends just because I haven’t had the opportunity to talk to them as often as I used to.
9 - When was the last time I really laughed? I’d say yesterday, when I was sessioning with Philip at 24 hour. He was trying to show me his choreo, but failed epically. LOL.
13 - Angry at anyone? Nope.
15 - When was the last time you cried really hard? Mmm, it was the summer before college started.
20 - How many people can you tell just about everything to? There are a few, but that’s something I’d like to keep private.
29 - Do I act differently around the person I like? I do, but I’m very subtle about it. :P
“It hurts more when I fall on it with the impact below the wrist. When I fall and hit the ground, that’s when I feel it the most. It swells daily, it’s painful daily. I try to stay on top of it as much as I can. There are no excuses. You got to be smart about it. You can’t make it worse, but you got to go out there and play. This is painful and so forth. But it’s not going to be worse. You might as well suck it up and go out and perform. There are a lot of fans who expect me to go out there and play, play hard and play well… For me, the end is closer than the beginning and I want to enjoy every chance I can get.”—Kobe on the torn ligament in his right wrist (via aldwinron)
get your shit together. Hustle, damn it. You guys are giving away too many open looks, and not enough rebounds. Make those shots, too.
You guys are still a championship-contending team—you just gotta work harder to make everything fit together.
Although, let’s be real—the referees were biased against the Lakers this time around. The dude was wasting time in the final minutes of the game, forcing the Lakers to commit a foul, and the dude got fouled at least 5 different times over maybe 5 seconds or so, until the ref called it. All those free-throws at the end? Meticulous calling, I’d argue. While their calls were right for the most part, I didn’t see them call similar things against the Kings with similar frequency, and those would-be fouls did happen.
Whatevers, it was a sloppy performance by the Lakers, overall. Ya’ll needa close the game! There is no clutch basketball play, anywhere.
The draft went pretty well and I was able to build a relatively decent team, but I’m still learning as I go. This is my first time playing it, and it’s turning out to be far more complicated than I had initially thought. The draft took almost two hours, and I was stressing balls as I was trying to figure out who would be good for my team, LOL. This shit’s intense.
My team as it stands? I feel the team is okay, but it could be better. I didn’t do my research before the draft like I should have, so I was kind of going on a whim based on previous knowledge, potential for the future this season, and raw statistics. I’ll just list the roster as a whole, rather than who’s starting and whatnot, since it changes every single day, depending on who’s playing.
Rajon Rondo (Bos - PG)
Kobe Bryant (LAL - SG)
Devin Ebanks (LAL - SG, SF)
Caron Butler (LAC - SG, SF)
Mo Williams (LAC - PG)
Hedo Turkoglu (Orl - SF, PF)
Chris Bosh (Mia - PF, C)
Carlos Boozer (Chi - PF, C)
Trevor Ariza (NO - SG, SF)
Tyson Chandler (NY - C)
Josh McRoberts (LAL - PF, C)
Shane Battier (Mia - SF)
I have hopes for my Clippers players since the team is heading into the season completely revitalized, with the potential to go far into the postseason. Ebanks is a rookie, but he’s proved himself enough to start for the Lakers, so I’m hoping for big things in the near future. McRoberts is just solid overall, so he should be good for key rebounds and points, at least while Bynum is out. Rondo and Bryant are obvious—both great players and solid contributors for points and assists. Butler and Boozer are good for points and a few rebounds, and I’m hoping for Bosh to find his rhythm and start to really contribute as the season goes on.
Battier, Ariza, and Turkoglu were iffy picks, but we’ll see how they do as time passes.
Critiques and feedback are more than welcome, since I’m still learning the ropes to this whole thing.
No, I’m not bandwagoning. They’re an LA team too, and since I’ve grown up recognizing no sense of rivalry between the Lakers and Clippers, I’ve rooted for both teams. I’m a Laker fan at heart, but when they’re not facing each other, I always root for the hometown team.
They’re not a bad team this year, either. This season’s gonna be exciting watching them.
I’ve never been so pissed about the Lakers losing a game. It’s only the first game of the season, too. I guess I’m just really feeling this season. Still tho, that feeling of basketball magic every time Kobe makes a shot.
the last 8-count or so, is always the hardest part to do out of the entire combo. It’s like the conclusion to some bad-ass paper you wrote—you gotta make everything, well, conclude. Things need to wrap up and complete, connoting a sense of conclusion (or better yet, climax) while leaving the audience asking for more.
I gotta keep things simple for the kids so I can’t quite take the artistic liberties I want to, but everything absolutely needs to be and feel enjoyable.
Ngarg, I’ve been neglecting my daily swims these past few days because I’ve been so busy. Gotta get back onto that shiz. One mile per day. No excuses.
Oh, and choreography too. Practice (and maybe even hell-week[s]) with the St. Boniface kids starts next week, so I gotta get those pieces done and on lockdown. Blocking too. Apparently I’m choreographing a piece for a performance going down mid-January at UCLA, so I gotta get that shit done in the next two weeks also.
And then I gotta get some stock trading done this break, meaning these next two weeks will be hellafuggin’ work intensive. Market hours are from 6:30am to 1:00pm, meaning I’m not gonna be getting much sleep.
I guess it’ll be a repeat of July & August: 7 hours of stock trading, 4-6 hours of dance practice, and 1 mile of swimming, per day.
I went to Ground Zero, an all-styles & b-boy battle event near downtown LA with Philip, Kevin, and Hannah. It was craaazy.. so many good bboys, however nobody had good style. This one old dude though, Bboy Gonzo, did this crazy-ass power move in one of his battles where he started with a headspin with a bicycle helmet on, transitioned into a no-hands windmill while taking off his helmet, and fucking threaded the helmet in between his legs, over and over again, WHILE doing flawless no-hand windmills. Oh, and he put the helmet back on and transitioned into a headspin straight out of the windmill. What the fuck, dude. Seriously though, it was fun being around the underground dance community again, meeting all these crazy freestylers, sessioning a bit, and just watching people get down.
After that, Philip, Kevin, Hannah, and I headed over to k-town for some good ol’ kbbq, and we were soon joined by Kai, one of the judges from the competition (and a crazy-ass popper himself). We ate, then sessioned for a bit outside the restaurant, Kai went off to do his stuff, and we went to get some boba somewhere else in k-town. Afterwards, we dropped Hannah off at her place, then headed home.
Overall, I liked today. Good vibes with chill people.
Woke up at 2pm, and started my day by going over to Vicky’s “Bachelor Pad” for a good ol’ jam session and some catching up, which turned out to be really fun. It’s not often that I get to jam with people (especially girls) who listen to all metal/emo/hardcore stuff I listened to back in the day, and it was a definitely a refreshing experience.
After that, I headed over to JSab’s birthday party with Denice, which turned out to be really, really chill. Met a few people, played Taboo, talked about the randomest shit with Eric, Van, and Milk, and apparently got new names in the process from people we met, LOL. Eric was known as Brandon, Van as Dan, Milk as Andrew, and I was for some reason called Alfred. Yeahhh, idk. LOL. I definitely needed that bro-bonding time, tho. The car ride to and from JSab’s house was also suuper chill, we had one hell of a deep conversation, and it just felt good to get shit off our chests.
Overall, today was a good day to add to an already productive week.
Oh, and, HAPPY BIRTHDAY JSABS! Thanks again for inviting me! :D
I’m starting to feel like creating another blog for my more personal thoughts—this one’s getting just a little too public for my tastes.
Of course, I won’t announce its creation to the world if I do end up making it, but I’ll probably only follow my closest friends. It’ll probably password protected too, even though I won’t post anything too personal or incriminating on it.
It’ll be more like a “venting” type of blog, I guess. Lowkey, and hidden.