February 20th, 2007

San Fran

"Home Again" or "Quickie Recap"

1. Went to SF for the weekend. Took Friday off from Smartbomb and flew out Thursday night. It was wonderful to spend some time with Lisa and enjoy the 78 degree Northern CA weather. Ah, le sigh.
She took me to her climbing gym...as always a delight to watch her scale things like the nimble monkey she is and then she took me to this raw vegan restaurant. I was more than a little dubious as I walked in...and was even more so when the menu has items called "I am Wonderful," ...which was like this salad that they called lasagna...and you had to actually ORDER it like that. You couldn't say "I'll have the lasagna," you had to say, "I AM WONDERFUL." And then they would smile passively at you and say, "Yes, you ARE."
So, hippy dippy patchouli smelling but the food was really quite wonderful. I quipped as I walked out, "I AM PLEASANTLY SURPRISED!" and "I AM STUFFED!" They would look at me with the same half lidded look and say, "Yes. You ARE."

2. Friday I walked around Market. I stopped at a few banks searching for the George Washington dollar coins without any success. I wore my converse and about halfway into my journey, realized that I don't actually WALK around a lot in them. I was limping rather hard by the time I got home and had two enormous blisters on my achielles tendon and a bad one on my right pinky toe. It was bad enough that Saturday we stopped at this sports surplus store by the Bay Bridge and got me a pair of sandals to wear.

3. Saturday afternoon we ventured into Chinatown. This was some crazy go nuts big fun with minute long strings of firecrackers being lit and the markets crowded and people cheering back and forth, "Happy New Year!" I got me a new pair of pajamas and a jade necklade. The old man who sold us the necklaces was very cute. "For you, velly lucky! No tax! Happy New Yeah!" A guy, that cute, how could I not buy me a necklace? :)

4. Riding the bus was fun. Made me wish I'd had a sketchbook with me. SOOOO many interesting faces. It made me think of gigissand his former daily commute into SF. Also made me wish I could live there just doing freelance work. Workin' on it.

5. Sunday I accompanied Lisa to her church service. We got there 2 hours early...(well, almost.) so she could practice with her choir. I sat in the back, wrote on my laptop a little and then read a bit more into Fowler's Stages of Faith.
The sermon was really interesting. There was a reading done talking about the transfiguration and Elijah and Moses ministering to Jesus and how the apostles must've felt after that "mountaintop moment."
I thought about my last really strong definitive "mountaintop moment," ... the last time I felt really close and connected and drawn near to God...and found myself tearing up realizing just how long it had been since I had felt that close to God...very nearly a year and a half. I was kneeling and meditating on Mt. Tam, grateful for...the impossible miracles in my life.

I thought about things after that incredible "Mountaintop Moment," ...decisions I had made, the way other events played out. I thought about all my crushing doubts and crumbling faith. I thought about my anger, my frustrations...Sitting there though, in this congregation of strangers, in this service that was decidedly NOT my religious tradition I felt myself reaching out for God...hungering for Him and finding His presence. I felt myself thwacked on the forehead a little bit...a reminder to me that yes, He was read...that He was there to comfort me and I needed to seek him out.

6. Today there is no #6.

7. I doodled cariacatures of the staff at this little Italian restaurant we ate at and left them as part of the tip. They loved them. :)

8. The roommates BATHED Beowulf while I was gone. This annoys me. I feel like if someone had spanked my kid while I was gone. Um...you did WHAT to my cat? Could you not have called first asking me if you could bathe him after explaining the situation. You couldn't have waited a few days until I got home to assess my cat?

He was more than happy to see me when I got home though. He is cuddled up next to me purring his mighty heart out.

9. It is cold at home. Already I am missing the sunny CA weather.

10. Goodnight.
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"Time keeps on tickin'" or "Doings for the Day"

I have had a most productive day.

I animated the character we're working on doing a transition from a run to a roll and then back to a run. Reminded me of a 3rd year project we had to animate. We had to animate a run cycle for a character, transition him into a jump and then back into the run cycle. Gave us 2 weeks. I had to do this in a day.

All day I kept going over and over the mechanics of the roll trying to make it look believable, fast and fun. Back and forth, back and forth. Does it look believable? Does he have weight? Is the secondary working? Does he have personality?

After a while it gets very zen.

Animate the character, playblast to see how the motion looks in real time... (always important. It might look okay when you scrub through but it can look awfully awkward and poppy when played at proper speed.)
While animating I listen to various podcasts. Here are a few:

Riding with Robots (it's my brother in law's podcast and it's awesome! He interviews NASA people and everything!)
Mormon Stories
Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me
This American Life
A Way With Words
The Glenn and Helen Show


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Any others podcasts, you, dear reader, think I should be catching?

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I had lunch at Wendy's with my friend John today. He has not seen me since the company Christmas party. He looked at me and said "WOW!" John gets bonus points for THAT particular comment. :) We both got a Santa Fe salad. W00t.

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Karate tonight was BRU-TAL.

Sensei Evans had his Krav Maga instructor work with us tonight and he is a hard, hard taskmaster.

One part that was pretty cool though for the warm up was shadowboxing. We faced the mirror and he put on this CD where this guy called out various combos which we'd have to quickly execute. To make it even more of a workout we finished each combo with a knee. Between sets (every 3 or 4 minutes) we had to drop to the ground and crank out 10 pushups and 10 crunches. I want to get a copy of the CD. That sounds like an awesome way to greet the morning.

So, remember that roll that I was animating this morning? I was more than a little amused when we practiced our front rolls and then quickly getting into fighting position out of the roll. This is where my animation prowess exceeds my physical ability. Still, it was fun and I got better at the end.

We also did an exercise where you're on your back (didja notice how I correctly used both `you're' and `your'?) and your attacker is circling around you. We learned how to pivot around on your back and keeping one leg up as a defence. It's GRUELING. We played a game where one person is on their back and the other person tries to touch them on the head. It's tough but it's fun. My partner almost got me and I surprised both of us by doing a backwards roll out of the way. I was more than a little delighted.

My partner tonight (who has a black belt) said "We need to give you a little more training and get you a little more fit and wow, would you be a competitor!"

I'm not sure I want to enter in any competitions just yet...but it was nice to hear. I'm going to start taking the sparring classes on Monday and Friday. I fully expect to be knocked silly. :)

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I need an animating icon as well as a karate icon.
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    Wulfie purring on my feets.