I've been experimenting with the ZMA and the sleep mask. I can't tell if the ZMA makes a measurable difference. If I were serious about the whole thing, I would keep detailed notes about my sleep. The sleep mask helps when I wake up, like, at 3-4am, because it makes it easier to fall back asleep and stay down. I'm usually too lazy to bother with either. Still, the sleep mask was probably a good investment and the ZMA wasn't a complete waste of $11. Other people have reported immediate substantial results with ZMA, so I wouldn't completely discount giving it a shot. Other notes: I sleep much better on my left side than my right. I always have. I think this may have something to do with my back, it's the right side of my lower back that bothers me. It could also indicate a problem with my right shoulder, which is possible, as it's my throwing arm, not that I've thrown much lately. The left shoulder is the one with noticeable problems.
Speaking of throwing, I've been thinking about disc golf again. I'm a fan of Dan John for his Olympic lifting and general strength-and-conditioning information, but his real forte is throwing, particularly discus throwing. Disc golf throwing and discus throwing are, in most ways, I presume, quite different. But, you know, no matter the implement, there are probably some things that carry over universally, and there are certainly more that carry over from discus to disc golf disc than shotput to disc golf disc, and I had a good time yesterday reading through Dan John's notes on discus throwing. I presume, at least, since I only have experience throwing baseballs and frisbees. Anyway. If I have time this summer (and don't put it aside for more interesting goals), I think it'd be cool to try to work up to 400' raw distance and probably about a 370' useful straight shot. That might be ambitious, I'll have to adjust accordingly. One of the reasons I have my doubts about this goal is that there simply isn't a way to get out to a course and play all that often, and if I'm not playing, there's not much of an incentive to practice throwing.
While I was standing at the pisser the other day, one of my coworkers started complaining, in confidence, about how his boss had been riding him lately, and I was like, man, I don't know what to say, I'm kind of a captive audience here. What happens in the bathroom stays in the bathroom, I guess, but I prefer people not tell me emotional things while my fly is down.
The Storm is pretty decent so far. It's mostly exposition at this point, but I'm definitely interested in the characters and want to see what's going to happen to them. This is more than I can say about a lot of books I have read. Certainly more than anybody could say about The Phantom Menace, excepting, of course, the natural interest in Natalie Portman.
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