Pedram's stream of consciousness

Friday, January 27, 2006

Sleepless in San Carlos


Last night was the worst ever. After 2 consecutive nights of light sleep, I was determined to get in 8 hours of Zzzzzzs. Last night I made myself a bloody Mary to help with the effort which only succeeded at inebriating me for a few hours. Around 11 I started to sleep just to wake up at 2am with a sore back because I fell asleep on the couch, thankfully Rah put a warm blanket on me so I wouldn't freeze. So it is 2am and am wide awake with no clue how to fall asleep. First I grab the new issue of Wired magazine and read it on my thrown until both my feet fall asleep. Now I am faced with the dilemma of where to read. I can't read downstairs because it is freezing cold and I can't read in the bedroom because Rah is alseep so what do I do?.... What do I do is right, I just sat on the edge of the sink for an half an hour and read about new gizmos, how some VCs are looking for gold in the bust, and how Lego was collaborating with some of it's most creative customers to revamp mindstorm. Then I read this cool article about the Dali Lama, meditation, and the brain; It was great and inspired me to go down stairs and meditate. That lasted for 5 minutes until my neck and back started to hurt and goosebumps started to grow on my chest like a field of mushrooms. Here I am at work feeling like crizzap and trying to get my head on straight so I can tackle the massive list of things I need to get done today.

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Dancing like a spazz

My gangsta friend Ping just sent me this funny video that is a fake commercial for "how to dance like a white guy". While a bit racist, it is very funny :-)

Rock climbing

Last night I took a class on belaying. Belaying is the process where you maintain a support rope for a climber so that if the climber falls they don't die. At some point in the class the instructor told me to climb up this wall that is about 25-30 feet high and once I was at the top he said to "let go of the rocks and just lean back" at this point I remembered that I am afraid of heights and had the hardest time letting go. But once I did, they got me to the ground and I got over that fear.

After the hour long class I went climbing with my friend Chris and it was so much fun! At first I was a bit hesitant to go rock climbing because I didn't think I would be able to do it because of my weight. Indoor climbing gyms have a rating system for how difficult a climb is 5 being easy and 13 being the most difficult. At first I did a few 5 courses but they were too easy so I tried more difficult climbs and climbed an 8+ in difficulty. Afterwards, I did pullups until my arms felt like jelly.

If you can't tell, I really had a fun time and got some good exercise. I'm thinking of joining this gym and climbing a few times a week.