So I’ve decided I was going to do something insane. Â Come mid-May, I’m going to pick up a 180 lb log that’s about 16 feet long, and throw as far as I can. Â Now, as you might imagine, only the Scotts could come up with something as insane as this – it’s call a Caber Toss.
I’ve been lax on my workouts for a while now – I might do one every two weeks at best. Dealing with the farm and various other things, I’m not exactly sedentary, but I’m also not doing any of the stuff I should.
Then I talked to a friend who’s going to be dealing with a scottish festival here locally – which should be announced late next week, depending on if he gets me the information to finish the website.
I don’t have a bucket list really – at 38 years old, I’ve probably not even hit the half-way point for my lifespan, based on my family history. Â And I kind of plan on putting off death as long as possible anyway. Â But I do have a list of things I’d like to do – the caber toss has always been one of them. Â And lets face it, you don’t get a whole lot more manly than wearing a kilt and tossing a big ass log. Â Unfortunately, I’ve never been big enough to do it – and realistically, I’m still not.
So it’s training time. Â I’m on day 4 (well, it’s after midnight, so day 5) of my training. Â To say I’m pushing muscles hard is an understatement. Â I actually popped capilaries in both biceps last night. Â And my pain started from just below my ass to just above my neck. Â Everything hurts. Â On the other hand… good lord I can tell it’s made a difference. Â I’ve reverted back to 16″ biceps already. Â (At 17 inches, I will finally allow myself to get a tattoo after I can afford it 🙂 Â I may hurt, but damn I feel massive. Â And if I really do manage to follow through with my current workout plan, I will BE massive – picking up 180 lbs isn’t hard. THROWING 180 lbs 20 or so feet is! (BTW – I don’t know if that’s what the caber will weigh. Â A practice caber is 85lbs, and 14 feet long normally, but caber used in a tournament is anywhere between 100 and 180 lbs, and 14 – 16 feet long. Â I’m going to find out ahead of time 🙂
I do plan on doing the rest of the events too – hammer throw, or whatever else is going to be there. Â But the caber toss is what I’m really after. Â And I figure I have met my other goal – by my birthday this year, I wanted to be “done” with building myself up. Â Though, that damned gut just won’t flatten enough to satisfy me, I think!
And if you’re wondering – I don’t plan on winning, just doing it and not looking TOO stupid doing it. Â There’s no way in hell I’m going to beat some of these guys who do this a lot more often. Â But if I pull it off I’ll be happy to have done it – and love the side effect this particular training will have on my body 🙂
OK, here we go again…
Yeah, I can already see this one coming. Â There’s about to be another “interesting female” in my life, I think. Â I did the service call (pizza, beer, and $30 to fix a router), and we chatted for a while.
Start off with, she’s got a damned cool place, and a really cool dog 🙂 Â It’s a second story apartment in college hill in one of those houses where people turned the upstairs into a place for rent. Â She’s got a very cool sense of style, based on how she decorated the place – I was pretty impressed.
I got dressed up for a service call, I’ll admit. Â Nice shirt, etc. Â Hey, might as well leave a good impression, just in case she did happen to be interested, right? Â Anyway, I get there, and she’s dressed fairly nice – she commented that it was “a casual day”, dress wise. Â OK, now, she didn’t LOOK casual – she was actually dressed quite nicely, her hair was done, makeup on, etc. Â But I really didn’t think too much about it – it’s not completely unheard of for a customer to be dressed up when I show up at an in-house service call (particularly female customers) and she’s got a job that requires her to be pretty dressy most of the time.Â
It didn’t take long to get things up and running, and we sat down and enjoyed supper together – not only did she get pizza, she also got salads for both of us (from Knolla’s pizza. YUM – they know how to make a good salad, and damned fine pizza!) Â And before I got there, she had to find out what my favorite beer is (Rolling Rock is my preferred beer for “easy drinking” – it doesn’t make ya’ feel bloated), and got a 12 pack of that – for me alone. Â She was drinking wine (I was sure to tell her that next time… I mean, if she happens to need to get me over here again, wine is just fine. Â She grinned a bit at my stumble.) Â And she sent the Rolling Rock home with me, so I’ve got beer in the fridge – bonus! 🙂
She had commented at one point about getting a wireless adapter for her printer, and that I could put that in on my followup call. Â I grinned a bit about that – I don’t normally do “follow up calls”, but I might make an exception here 🙂
When I was leaving, I was just at the doorway, and turned around “So do you still want to do Final Friday?” Â A broad smile came on her face as she nodded and said “Yes”
There was something about the smile, and what the event is. Â Really, up to that point I really didn’t really see anything I felt was any indication that this really could turn out to be something interesting. Â But… well, the theme for this Final Friday is “The Art of Relationships”. Â And that smile was one of those “really looking forward to this” sort of smiles. Â Hm. Â
Who knows – might turn out interesting, it might be nothing. Â But the next day, I decided to go just a little bit out on a limb and send her a txt: Â “Hey – the next time you’re looking for some company and a wine to drink, give me a holler. Â I’ve got a bottle of Erath Pinot Noir lurking in my fridge, and I don’t drink wine alone – I’d be more than happy to bring it over and share it! :-)” Â I got a response back of “Thanks, Davis!” Â OK, well, that didn’t tell me much! 🙂 Â
I probably shouldn’t let myself get distracted at the moment – money is tight, and I really need to get Workout2L and a few other iPhone apps out the door. Â But ya know, on the other hand, a distraction that would actually turn into something for once would be nice. Â Not gonna hold my breath here though. 🙂