Sunday, November 25, 2018

Roller Skating Adventures

Last night, I took the kids to Skate O Rama in Shepherdsville, Kentucky. Roller skating rinks will be my special tool for getting two things done at once. Time spent with the kids while getting a cardio workout.

I found the experience to be bittersweet, as I hadn't been to this place since the late 1980s, where I spent much time skating with my aunt and cousins. From the best of my memories, the owner's name was George (he's still there, in advanced age and using a mobility scooter now). His son Rodney was the deejay in a booth with vinyl 45 singles. At some point, a movie screen was installed and I vividly remember the music video "I Can't Drive 55" by Sammy Hagar showing on the screen. I remember Joust and Centipede in the arcade, and it was a blast back then. The place was hit in an ice storm in 2004, causing the roof to cave in and doing a lot of damage. They have framed pictures of the damage inside the skating rink.

I've been to a few skating rinks in recent years and I can't help but miss the music of my youth, especially Rodney's mix of Camaro rock. I remember 38 Special, Blue Oyster Cult, Van Halen, Triumph, etc. in between some disco here and there. As far as roller skating rinks go, the music wasn't awful. There was some AC/DC and Joan Jett on the playlist, the UK vs. U of L football game on the screen. I brought in a Bluetooth headset and cued up some late 70s/early 80s radio rock for a while, while mostly feeling depressed about it. Trying to grasp at nostalgia and really feeling my age. Instead, I brought up the "Bad Magic" album, Motorhead's final recording, and skated to that for a while.




Overall, the kids had a blast and I was happy to see them enjoying something that was such a big deal in my youth back in the 80s. The turnout was a little disappointing. Not as many people coming out to skate as there were in roller skating's heyday. I believe I will use roller skating as a way to slip in some fun cardio during the winter months until spring when I can hike and bike again.

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Introduction

Happy Thanksgiving and welcome to my new blog.

I have some big plans, beginning on January 1st, 2019. 

Inspired by the book "The Year of Less" by Cait Flanders, I will be doing a shopping ban to save money and begin the whole "minimalism" lifestyle next year. I will be allowing myself to purchase a Gretsch Electromatic hollowbody guitar and a Roland Micro Cube bass amp next year, but otherwise, I will only purchase the minimal necessities. It's going to be really hard for me to stop buying Kindle books! I will still be allowed to purchase gifts for people and have the occasional restaurant dining experience. The hardest part will be eliminating purchases of beer and nicotine products (I am currently using a Boulder Rock vaping device, used to wean myself off Camel menthol cigarettes)

I will also be working through the Daily Stoic Journal by Ryan Holiday, and using the Inner Guide 2019 as a planner throughout the year. 

Why? 

Quite frankly, my life has been a mess for about the last 4 years. I just passed the one year anniversary of my second DUI arrest, and I have been hospitalized 3 times in last few years for psychotic breaks that are the result of schizoaffective disorder. I am now receiving treatment with Aristada injections and things are starting to improve. This year, I've had three basic goals:

  1. Stay out of jail. 
  2. Stay out of mental hospitals. 
  3. Hold down a job. 
Following a hospitalization in February and a leave of absence from work, I've slowly made a comeback from the chaos early in the year. I'm back to work, working in a warehouse (somewhat of a sweatshop environment!)

Right now, I am considered overweight and I'm still battling depression the best I can. I've spent some time looking through some various tools to help me start off the new year with some goals and some work to do. I will likely spend the remainder of 2018 working hard during the retail peak season. 

This blog will be my journal, as I work on healing and strengthening body, mind, and spirit, and just trying to get my shit together too. 






Roller Skating Adventures

Last night, I took the kids to Skate O Rama in Shepherdsville, Kentucky. Roller skating rinks will be my special tool for getting two thin...