June 20th, 2003


Gym. Session 40 of 124. Shoulders, triceps, and back.

I must have really hit my legs hard last Wednesday, because they certainly have the "second day soreness" today.

Today was shoulders, tris, lats, and lower back. It was fun. Put a little bit less counterweight on the assisted pullup machine. Maybe a few more months, and I will be able to do free pullups. I've never been able to do more than one free pullup in my life.

Did pretty good at judging the weights, in that went to failure at the end of the 3rd set nearly every time.

Stronger and stronger, harder and harder.

The Friday Five (http://www.fridayfive.org/), on hair

1. Is your hair naturally curly, wavy, or straight? Long or short? Naturally straight. Very straight. I have no idea how long it "naturally" is, I've always worn it short in the past.

2. How has your hair changed over your lifetime? It used to be finer, which made my cowlicks stick out more. It's gotten heavier, and in the last few years it's actually starting to form locks. I've also just started in the last year getting the rare occasional white hair at my temples.

3. How do your normally wear your hair? Parted on the side. In the past, short off the ears, but long enough to part (what Mormon culture calls "Mission Spec"). A few years ago, I started wearing it too short to part, but then last Christmas I stopped having it cut, and I'm now growing it out as long as it will go.

4. If you could change your hair this minute, what would it look like? kI'd run it out to the end of this "grow it long" experiment.

5. Ever had a hair disaster? What happened? I've had perms inflicted on me. I didn't like it at all. Never again.

Today's media. The Hulk by Ang Lee.

It was fun. Lots of fun. It was a love story wrapped in an action story, and an action story wrapped in a love story, a lot like Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.

(In fact, as I think about it, it has a LOT in common with CTHD, including a magical "green destiny", a secret real self under an unlikely exterior, a love that is awkwardly unsaid because of emotional withdrawal, a murdered mother, and some amazingly impossible leaping about.)

Lots of kids in the theater. Lots of teens too, it was being used as a date movie for the local early high school set, and it works surprisingly well for that, appealing both to the boys action power fantasies, and the girls impossible sad romance tame-the-beast fantasies.

And leaving the theater, I had to swim through a crowd of younger kids, all done up in costume, waiting for the bookstore next door to open at the stroke of midnight to sell the new Harry Potter book.