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Grizzlypuff's Yum Yum Journal


what i do in my free time...
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So if you know me from my old LJ days, I used to be very into Wushu, or Chinese Martial Arts. I still love it, but I'm older now and also a father which means I have zero time for it. Also, my old teacher/coach Zhang Ling Mei, is sort of in half-retirement, still teaching in SF, but I can't go do to my family responsibilities. So... I decided to learn Taichi or Taijiquan, depending on how correct you want to be. I started going to Wushu West, where Patti Hao Zhi Hua teaches Wushu as well as Chen style Taiji. I've been going since July and I like her class a lot. Mainly, it has gotten my butt off the couch and doing something active again and it feels good to do a martial art again, especially from her since she is a professional wushu athlete and coach. I still miss Coach Zhang very much though and I would go back to her classes if it were logistically possible. I stopped playing badminton for now, until I can find a consistent group of players, and I haven't been running much since Flite's running club.

Besides doing Taiji, I'm thinking of starting a side project. I feel the need to have some good projects just to play around and have something I can show to others either for professional reasons or just to have fun. One thing I've been wanting to do is to start a simple web app either on Heroku or Google App Engine. There are a couple ideas I have kicking around, nothing earth shattering, but would be interesting in that it'd be different from what I normally do at work. Also, if anyone out there wants to work on something together, contact me!

Lastly, art. I've been really itching to get back into art. I took a painting class, I dunno, ages ago, and ever since I've been wanting to do a series of paintings. The theme I had in mind was poker and animals... yeah, kinda like the whole dogs playing poker thing, but I guess without the dogs. First step though is getting all the art stuff into my house where I can actually start on it... one day, I hope!

Ok, time to clean the house... laters!

btw, here's the link to Wushu West: http://wushuwest.com/

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Wow, LiveJournal still lives!
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Ok, I thought LJ was going to disappear from the internets, which is why I moved on to other blogging sites. I had given Posterous a try, then they dissappeared, migrated to WP, but wasn't happy with them. So now I find myself back here! Glad to see it alive and kicking!

My last post was from 2010, when Peyton Manning was still playing for the Colts! A matchup between Rivers and P. Manning, wow... Well, just recently, P. Manning lost in the Superbowl, as a Bronco, and played against the Chargers several times... 3 times to be exact in the 2013-2014 season. My how times changes things.

I came back here, not only to continue blogging, but also because I had something I wanted to blog about... An old friend of mine started kickstarter project for a game called, Lagoon. I encourage you to check it out, https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1619383091/lagoon-land-of-druids There's even a character named after my moniker, "Grizznant"... so even more reason for you to check it out.

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Ok, thanks for reading! I will continue using LJ now that I know it still works, heh!

NFL - Week 12
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It was billed, "The Duel" on Monday Night Football, center stage were 2 of the league's premier QBs: Peyton Manning and Philip Rivers, but it would not be a night of great QB performances. Instead, Manning threw for a "pedestrian" 285 yards and 2 TDs, but also threw 4 INTs, 2 of which were returned for San Diego TDs. Rivers only had 185 yards and no TDs but had an 82% completion percentage. I have to say that Norv Turner coached this game to perfection. He knew the Colts would not have a running game, and they didn't. He knew that they would be able to exploit the run and dominate the time of possession, which they did. And credit to the entire SD team because it was a team effort. No inflated egos from the offensive side, they stuck to the game plan and ran the ball down the Colts' throat... Tolbert had over 100 yards rushing and was a human wrecking ball, blasting Colts' defenders all over the field. His short yardage TD run from within the 5 was most impressive. Nate Kaeding was also a perfect 5/5 on field goals as the Bolts kept piling on points and piling on the pressure for Manning who was unable to throw against the anticipating SD secondary. Beautiful game strategy and perfect execution by the Chargers and they played like a championship team. Whoever says Rivers is overrated or is a showoff has to be completely humbled by this performance. Rivers, who usually throws for over 300 yards per game (he also just threw for 4 TDs in back to back games) and had an opportunity to do so against Manning and on televised SNF, opted to stick to the game plan and gave the ball to Tolbert, Hester, and Sproles who did an awesome job in stepping up. It just shows that every player is willing to step up when called upon and help the team *win games*. Not going for super star stats and that sort of thing... I'm really proud of this win.

Next up, the Raiders at SD... it's payback time!

NFL - Week 11
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San DIego played a magnificent game on Monday Night at home against the Denver Broncos. They defeated their woeful opponents, 35-14 in a game where Rivers threw for 4 TD passes and doing so without their star players Gates and Jackson. There were also a few Chargers who were injured and did not play. I expect that they will be even strong once they come back. They are now only 1 game behind KC in their division, tied with the Raiders. If they can continue to streak through the rest of the season, they should win their division. I know it's still early to say it, but I have confidence in them. Rivers is playing spectacular football and analysts are already saying he could be on pace to break Marino's single-season passing yards record. Around the rest of the AFC, it's Colts and Jags in the south, Pats and Jets in the north, and Ravens and Steelers in the east. Among those leaders, here are my predictions: Jags - even with Manning, the Colts seem to be spiraling a bit. SD plays them this Sunday and if the Chargers win, it could send them into an unrecoverable tailspin. Pats - it's tough because the Jets have been playing really well too. But Brady is having a great season and I think he will continue to play even better as the season progresses. Jets might end up in the playoffs on a wild card. Steelers - I think Rothlisberger and the strong defense of the Steelers will get them there. Ravens are having issues with their defense and I don't see them getting far without it.

There are 3 games scheduled for Turkey day and I really want to see at least the Jets/Pats game. The NO/Dallas game should be a good one too. The Cowboys have won 2 straight since firing their head coach.

NFL - Week 8 & 9
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San Diego has been on a roll... they've won back-to-back games for the first time this season... if things go well, hopefully it will be the start of a long winning streak, similar to the 9-game win steak they had for the latter part of last season. Things are looking good, save for maybe Antonia Gates' foot injury... but when he recovers, it's good to know that at least the back-up tight end can get the job done. Last week, they beat the Titans at home... this week they beat a good Houston Texans team on the road and came from behind at that. Rivers threw for 4 TD passes! What a player... and I was finally able to watch him play on TV as CBS aired the game Sunday morning... the guy just looks like he *wants* to win... you can see his passion and spirit. This is why I love this guy. With other QBs, you just don't see their excitement. Just watch Peyton Manning. Arguably the best active QB in the league, but he just looks like a jerk... always so serious, when things don't go his way, his face shows it... and when the things go well, he's got no emotion, just walks off the field. Rivers is totally opposite, he was running onto the field and pulling his guys back from the refs when they were on *defense* because of a close call... that's passion. The Chargers are also showing signs of improvement with their running game. They are definitely utilizing the FB Tolbert who has been proving he can get those short yards when they need it. The defense is also looking good too, despite not having Merriman, but then again, I've always thought that he was overrated and unproductive anyways. I'm glad they let him go. So I'm excited, the division looks winnable... KC and the Raiders both have 5 wins so SD is only one behind. Next week is a bye, so Gates has time to rest up and get better. I'm very hopeful!

NFL - Week 7
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"Bumbling", "Clumsy"... were just some of the words used to describe how the Chargers played at home against the now division leading New England Patriots. They almost came back late in the 4th... but a missed field goal that hit the right upright, would not send the Chargers into overtime. But it's not like they deserved it anyways... they played awful and I am thankful that I had to watch the Raiders play in Denver instead than to watch another Charger train wreck... It's sad because statistically, Rivers had a great game... it's sad because SD is now at the bottom of the division with the Raiders and Chiefs on top. Before the game the analysts at CBS were saying how things are going in a bad direction for SD, with no sign of change... well, I guess they were right. The way they're playing it's gonna be a long season.

Next up: Titans at Chargers
I don't even have to say it, the Chargers need to clean up their act... no more mistakes people, they are fully capable of winning games... they are totally capable of winning their division... it's all on them. This next one is gonna be a gut check. Do they actually want to win or do they just like losing?

NFL - Week 5 & 6 and other ramblings
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Looking back at my last post, I guess I really am just a "fair-weather" blogger when it comes to the Chargers... they've lost their last 2 games and both times I didn't blog... shame on me. But for what it's worth here are the reasons why: Week 5 vs the Raiders, the Chargers were 2-2 and were in position to beat Oakland, a team that they've literally owned for the last I dunno how many games, be one game over 500, and one game back of the division leading Chiefs. That all went away when they lost, mainly due to mistakes on special teams again. What hurts even more is that it was Oakland, a team I pretty much have zero respect for... even though they are technically my "home team". Anyways, I was disgusted with that loss and felt no desire to blog about it. The next week was against the St Louis Rams... again a team that I have no respect for. So here we have 2 weeks in a row where the Chargers played, in my mind, nobody teams that have no playoff potential or any kind of prospect and they go ahead and lose... what is going on here??? And to top it all off, the Charger's star TE, Gates is injured. The only silver lining in all of this is that in terms of the standings they are still in OK shape. Everyone in the division is 2-4 with the exception of the Chiefs, who are 3-2. So the Chargers, if they get their act together, are still in the running.

Next game is against the Patriots at home... and thankfully, the Chargers are 2-0 at home. The Patriots will be a tough team to beat, but the Chargers, as always, has the keys to win this game. They just need to cut down on their mistakes and get their special teams in order. No excuses!

In other happenings, I have moved to Alameda and this is my second weekend here. I've moved into my pop's place, a 3-br apt that's part of a 4-unit building. My dad lives right above me. Things are starting to settle down here and it's starting to feel a little more like home. Still need to get a few things in order but the essentials are here. Moving into a new place with 2 little kids to take care of is also very challenging, to be sure. I got my internets although it's sometimes flaky... and I also got cable TV, which I hope will also lead to more sports! Just today, I've watched a lot of ESPN and the 2nd half of the Rangers/Yankees game... woohoo!

Oh yeah, I also just got a MacBook for and from work and I'm using it now for, um... personal stuff. heh. It's a bit weird going (back) to the Mac after such a long time. It's a long story, but I've been bitter with Apple since I bought an iMac about, oh, 6-7 years ago... the old "lamp" style body and the last to run with PowerPC processors. I was so upset at the fact that Apple basically abandoned support for all PowerPC... I couldn't upgrade my iMac to the newer OS, I couldn't even upgrade my iTunes or FireFox either! I was pretty much stuck with an obsolete computer and it wasn't even that old! Since then, I've been very against all things Apple. At work I used a trusty Windows XP laptop... now at least I could upgrade iTunes and FireFox (and even install newer browsers like Safari and Chrome) on it... and we're talking about an OS that came out, what in 2001??? That's just something I couldn't understand about Apple. And also, I was very against the whole marketing position Apple was taking at the time... you remember the whole "I'm a Mac, I'm a PC" thing? Well... I thought the whole thing was silly, pretentious, and elitist.... c'mon, what does the kind of computer you use have anything to with anything? Does using a Mac somehow make me a better programmer? That's like saying, if I wear Air Jordans I can play better basketball than you? NO! Of course not! So anyways, before I go off on a rant, I supported and used Windows for a long time, but it finally came to a point where I needed new hardware and I know something with Windows 7 was not going to fly, it's time to switch to a Mac. So here I am... it feels weird, but vaguely familiar. There's a lot to get used to about it, but so far I'm liking it. In terms of how it effects my work productivity, it's much faster, but that's more hardware that it is the software... I pretty much just use the same programs and such. Apple of course makes using a computer a much cooler experience and certain things are easier. But so far nothing ground shaking about how I go about doing my work. If anything, maybe I won't get teased about using a PC anymore at work.

So that's pretty much it... The weekend is officially started and I fully intend to watch as much sports as possible, save for maybe a few mandatory trips to IKEA to buy stuff for the house. But other than that, it's going to be a rainy weekend so might as well stay indoors next to the TV set where it's warm and dry!

NFL - Week 4
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It's hard to blog about the Chargers when they lose, but I don't want to be a blogger that only writes when they win. But they did win today and they won big. They crushed the Cards 41-10 at home and improve to 2-2. Here are the things I liked about the game: Rushing - they rushed for almost 200 yards and 2 TDs (Rookie Ryan Matthews, his first pro TD). No silly mistakes on special teams - this is what hurt them the most in their last 2 losses. Rivers/Gates - These two are consistent, reliable, and explosive. my co-worker has both players on his fantasy team and for good reason.

The Chargers have had a history for slow starts in the season. I hope they start to heat up now after this win. They are tied for 2nd in the AFC West and KC is doing surprisingly well so far. Next games is vs the Oakland Raiders in Oakland... but that game will probably be blacked out. Boo.

Writer's Block: Fall Footwear
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Are you a boot person or a shoe person? Why?

For the Fall/Winter, I like boots... I just recently got these:

NFL - Week 1
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feels like whenever I come back to LJ, it's football season! I am following the SD Chargers for the 2 season now... I'm really starting to like this team even though they aren't even local. I tried to support the Chicago Bears, but they just didn't do it for me... I dunno why. I love Rivers, he's exciting to watch and he always seems to be able to turn it on when they're trailing late in the game or bust open a big play. Then there's A. Gates who reminds me a lot of Mark Bavaro in his heyday and when I was a big NY Giants fan. Tall, strong, and sure handed. This year, SD is without their legendary RB, LT, who went to the NY Jets. He's probably near the end of his career and the Chargers now have a rookie, Ryan Matthews, a Fresno St alum and California native. I've got high hopes for this guy and will be cheering for him. I think he's got ROTY potential.

The first game of the season did not go well for SD. They played a weaker KC team (in my opinion) but lost at Arrowhead because of a few key plays/factors. 1) the weather. it sucked and this probably favored the Chiefs. 2) 1 key turnover by the rookie, Matthews, that converted into a KC TD. 3) special teams: KC punt returners scored a TD and gave KC very good field position many times. 4) home field: KC fans probably was a factor in disrupting the offense who committed 3 delay of game penalties.

Besides the turnover, the rest were all sort of fluky things in my mind. Looking at the stats, SD *should've* blown these guys away. SD had almost 2:1 in time of possession, twice as many first downs and total net yards, and 4.5 times more passing yards. So I really don't get it. OK, KC had a great goal line stand at the end of the game to seal it... I give their defense that. But c'mon! It just doesn't add up. Anyways... it's over and I'm over it. SD should bounce back and get back on track. The game at least showed that they can move the chains and produce offensively. Their defense wasn't that bad either, which I was a little worried that it would. They still need some work against the run though. Next up, JAX.

I'm predicting Matthews will have a better game now that his debut is out of the way, his first fumble is out of the way, he ran for a respectable 75 yards (3.9 yards avg. To put it in perspective, LT ran for 3.3 avg last season).. he will have a big game on his home field.

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