wii is fun. beware wii injuries

I finally managed to buy a Nintendo Wii a week or 2 ago. It’s pretty cool.

The real story is the indirect Wii-related injuries. Being a particularly crappy day last Saturday I spent the morning and the better part of the afternoon playing some of the games — mostly boxing. I particularly like the heavy bag training mini-game. It’s the test where you punch different size heavy bags to make them explode; I got a gold metal on that one. That morning I also got to Pro level in boxing. Sadly, it took a long time because my reflexes are slow, especially for a 27 year old man in the prime of his life.

Anyway the next morning after my shamelessly long Wii session I went to Costco. While picking up a carton of orange juice (the Tropicana premium 4-pack) I pulled a muscle at my right shoulder blade and came up totally lame. The pain was pretty significant and I would have to say it is directly related to the amount of Wii I played the day before without stretching.

Monday at work I was messed up pretty bad because the pain was getting worse. To treat it I bought a large Bed Buddy heat pad ($24 at Walgreens) and found a bag of ice. The method is to alternate hot and cold at regular intervals: roughly 10-15 minutes. The next day, Tuesday, I was in decent enough shape to play some light real-world tennis (not Wii tennis). By Friday I expect to be back at 100%.

Probably the worst part of the story is I didn’t create a manly cover story to make me sound less pathetic. When a female co-worker asked me “What did you do to your shoulder” I told her I was playing too much video games. Hellz yeah.

Essential Ann Arbor

If you stop by Ann Arbor, MI you should know a few good places to get a drink, to eat, or to generally sit around. Check some of these businesses out on MerchantCircle and leave them a review.

Dominick’s. Dominick’s is the best place to get a drink in the summer. It has the best place to get drunk and talk with good friends. Sit out on balcony, on the front patio, or in the back garden. I prefer the front patio. They have good local beers but at least get a pitcher of sangria — it’s good and powerful stuff but expensive at $22 for half gallon. If you like sweeter stuff try the “constant buzz” it’s a frozen slushy type thing that’s extraordinarily strong. The place closes at 10PM sharp, but the ambiance gets annoying at about 9:30PM because the staff continually announces that they will close for the night.

The Brown Jug. The Jug is a good place to get a pitcher of beer and pizza. There isn’t anything special about the ambiance but I like this place.

Good Time Charley’s Charley’s isn’t the best place environment but it has good strong drinks. Go there, get wasted, then head off to the various parties or dancing places. Long Islands are usually cheap after 11PM if I remember correctly.

Conor O’Neill’s Irish Pub. Conor’s is a good Irish pub closer to downtown AA.

Old Town. Old Town is a nice place downtown that doesn’t get too loud and the service is friendly. It does not have the loud crazy college-bar atmosphere.

Fleetwood Diner. Fleetwood is downtown near all the bars and it’s open 24 hours so you can go there after a night of drinking. Get the hippie hash, it is awesome.

Northside Grill is a few blocks from the U-M hospital. The breakfast there is good. If you like hot sauce, make sure to try some of the Clancy’s Fancy hot sauce that is on the table.

Angelo’s is the premier breakfast place but it’s often crowded and quite pricey — That’s why I go to Northside all the time. I think it’s only open in until 2PM. Angelo’s is across the street from the UM hospital.

Zingerman’s Roadhouse is the restaurant arm of the famous Zingerman’s Deli. They serve up some awesome southern style food. The roadhouse and the deli serve slightly different foods. The deli specializes in big sandwiches — especially pastrami. The sandwiches can be pretty expensive in the $8-13 range. The roadhouse is out near Jackson road area. The deli is in Kerrytown.

Mr Spot’s is next to Pizza Bob’s. Get the buffalo wings at Spot’s, try the subs at Pizza Bob’s. They are located south of central campus and open late.

The Real Seafood Company is a decent place downtown suitable for semi-formal dining. Not bad, not fantastic.

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10 simple ways to save yourself from messing up your life

I read this today as I was surfing around www.digg.com. It actually makes a lot of sense! I’m really happy I read it.
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10 simple ways to save yourself from messing up your life

1. Stop taking so much notice of how you feel. How you feel is how you feel. It’ll pass soon. What you’re thinking is what you’re thinking. It’ll go too. Tell yourself that whatever you feel, you feel; whatever you think, you think. Since you can’t stop yourself thinking, or prevent emotions from arising in your mind, it makes no sense to be proud or ashamed of either. You didn’t cause them. Only your actions are directly under your control. They’re the only proper cause of pleasure or shame. 2. Let go of worrying. It often makes things worse. The more you think about something bad, the more likely it is to happen. When you’re hair-trigger primed to notice the first sign of trouble, you’ll surely find something close enough to convince yourself it’s come. 3. Ease up on the internal life commentary. If you want to be happy, stop telling yourself you’re miserable. People are always telling themselves how they feel, what they’re thinking, what others feel about them, what this or that event really means. Most of it’s imagination. The rest is equal parts lies and misunderstandings. You have only the most limited understanding of what others feel about you. Usually they’re no better informed on the subject; and they care about it far less than you do. You have no way of knowing what this or that event really means. Whatever you tell yourself will be make-believe. 4. Take no notice of your inner critic. Judging yourself is pointless. Judging others is half-witted. Whatever you achieve, someone else will always do better. However bad you are, others are worse. Since you can tell neither what’s best nor what’s worst, how can you place yourself correctly between them? Judging others is foolish since you cannot know all the facts, cannot create a reliable or objective scale, have no means of knowing whether your criteria match anyone else’s, and cannot have more than a limited and extremely partial view of the other person. Who cares about your opinion anyway? 5. Give up on feeling guilty. Guilt changes nothing. It may make you feel you’re accepting responsibility, but it can’t produce anything new in your life. If you feel guilty about something you’ve done, either do something to put it right or accept you screwed up and try not to do so again. Then let it go. If you’re feeling guilty about what someone else did, see a psychiatrist. That’s insane. 6. Stop being concerned what the rest of the world says about you. Nasty people can’t make you mad. Nice people can’t make you happy. Events or people are simply events or people. They can’t make you anything. You have to do that for yourself. Whatever emotions arise in you as a result of external events, they’re powerless until you pick them up and decide to act on them. Besides, most people are far too busy thinking about themselves (and worry what you are are thinking and saying about them) to be concerned about you. 7. Stop keeping score. Numbers are just numbers. They don’t have mystical powers. Because something is expressed as a number, a ratio or any other numerical pattern doesn’t mean it’s true. Plenty of lovingly calculated business indicators are irrelevant, gibberish, nonsensical, or just plain wrong. If you don’t understand it, or it’s telling you something bizarre, ignore it. There’s nothing scientific about relying on false data. Nor anything useful about charting your life by numbers that were silly in the first place. 8. Don’t be concerned that your life and career aren’t working out the way you planned. The closer you stick to any plan, the quicker you’ll go wrong. The world changes constantly. However carefully you analyzed the situation when you made the plan, if it’s more than a few days old, things will already be different. After a month, they’ll be very different. After a year, virtually nothing will be the same as it was when you started. Planning is only useful as a discipline to force people to think carefully about what they know and what they don’t. Once you start, throw the plan away and keep your eyes on reality. 9. Don’t let others use you to avoid being responsible for their own decisions. To hold yourself responsible for someone else’s success and happiness demeans them and proves you’ve lost the plot. It’s their life. They have to live it. You can’t do it for them; nor can you stop them from messing it up if they’re determined to do so. The job of a supervisor is to help and supervise. Only control-freaks and some others with a less serious mental disability fail to understand this. 10. Don’t worry about about your personality. You don’t really have one. Personality, like ego, is a concept invented by your mind. It doesn’t exist in the real world. Personality is a word for the general impression that you give through your words and actions. If your personality isn’t likeable today, don’t worry. You can always change it, so long as you allow yourself to do so. What fixes someone’s personality in one place is a determined effort on their part—usually through continually telling themselves they’re this or that kind of person and acting on what they say. If you don’t like the way you are, make yourself different. You’re the only person who’s standing in your way.
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