May 25, 2007

Bulk view


I’ve always been fascinated by the flashing lights and mechanical
contraptions of pinball machines, so it was with great delight that I
noticed that Timezone in Greenbelt 3 had two spiffy new machines:
Pirates of the Caribbean and Lord of the Rings. I had been a little
out of sorts that evening, but I couldn’t resist trying both of them
out. My dad played as well, and it was fun reminiscing about the
pinball machines we played in France and the computer game we used to
play all night.

I remember figuring out the exact timing I needed to hit the bonus
ramps over and over and over again. Computers allow you that kind of
consistency. The physical world is more random but also more fun as
you deal with the chaos of balls cascading down and careening around
the playing field. Besides, the cost (the equivalent of CAD 0.50 for
three balls) adds spice to every game.

An arcade hidden along Yonge Street has a good array of pinball
machines, and I seem to remember that you could play them for a
quarter. I should make a trip back there sometime.

A pinball wizard I am not, but I do like the game.

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Driving me crazy

The acrid smell of burnt rubber filled the driveway of our Alabang
house, testimony to the difficulties I was having with hanging starts.
I kept releasing the clutch prematurely, resulting in rapid
backsliding down the steep incline. I think I spent half an hour on
that slope, and had to content myself with the awesome achievement of
slipping back only a foot before the car started moving forward again.
I need to work on that more before I trust myself out in traffic.

I had no problems driving around, though, aside from always wincing
whenever I thought I passed something a little too closely on my
right-hand side.

I wonder if I still remember how to park.

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We sometimes do high-five pushups during krav maga
exercise/self-defense classes. I haven’t gone in a while, but feeling
an itch to do something active today, I decided to do some of the
warmups. This time, however, I incorporated the book that I was
reading. For example, I turned the high-five pushups into page-turn
pushups, turning the pages with one hand. I did leg raises while
reading, situps while reading, side leg raises while reading… you
get the picture. This made the exercises a little more interesting.

Hmm, maybe I should revive my iPod and speech-synthesize some text

I still haven’t worked up a sweat. It would be better to do this in
clothes that I don’t mind sweating in. I did manage to get my heart
rate up, though.

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