An Unbelievable Amount of Push-Ups

Let me tell you a story: when I was much younger, I took martial arts classes for about a year (Tang Soo Do to be exact).  When I first started, I couldn’t do even 10 push-ups or sit-ups.  By the time I quit a year later, I could manage to pump out 50 push-ups and 200+ sit-ups.  I don’t know how many more sit-ups I could do at the time since I didn’t stop at 200 because I couldn’t do any more, I stopped because I was bored.  My point is this: I don’t think I’ve ever been (relatively) stronger than I was at that time.  So when I’m told that there’s a training program that can get me doing 100 push-ups in 6 weeks, I call shenanigans on that.

And yet, for reasons undefined, I decided to give the 100 push-ups thing a try.  So I did the initial test to see how many push-ups I could do, which would in turn determine regiment to start on: I could barely manage 15.  I know, I’m so strong.  Terry Crews has nothing on me.  Unfortunately, the program agrees with me, so I ended up on the hardest regiment.  After barely surviving the first week, my muscles were telling me that this was an awful idea.  I was positive my body was going to melt if I did another push-up ever again.  Luckily, my body is still intact after week 2.  I can’t always be right, it seems.  I still don’t think I’ll be able to pump out 100 push-ups after 4 more weeks, but I’ll make sure to write all about it regardless of the results.  I also need to make a will, just in case.

Spirited Away

I’ve been neglecting my blog, I’ll readily admit that.  So I recently decided that I should stop being terrible and update it.  However, I was quite surprised to find out that my blog was in a state of non-existence.  Did I forget to pay some bill?  Of course not.  Did I ignore some email telling me that I should do something so my blog doesn’t die a premature death?  Nope, that didn’t seem to be the case.  What happened was my web host, E-Rice, just disappeared into the ether.  Poof.  Now, you’d think that I would have learned my lesson from the last time I almost lost my blog about a year ago (due to completely ignoring relevant emails) and regularly back things up.  That would be the sensible thing to do after such a situation, so I most certainly did no such thing.  I have a backup, but it’s not nearly recent enough.  So, I decided to just start over instead of trying to piece things together from my inconsistent backups.

So, I’m now using Nearly Free Speech for my hosting needs.  They’re a bit more expensive than the $10 a year I was paying for E-Rice (I get what I pay for, apparently), but their servers seem far less likely to be spirited away, so I’m hoping it’s worth it.  Also, I have ssh access to the server and can use Python, which is always a plus.  Since I’ve gone though all this effort, I’m going to make an attempt to post at least twice a month.  That’s 22 post over the course of this year.  Also, I need to find/make a superior template for my blog.  I think I can do better than the default template.  Big things are happening soon, people.  Big.  Things.