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I’m into yoga and meditation now

Greetings, readers. Since my message therapist, Alan, retired a few years back, I have had to find ways to keep myself feeling healthy and energized. Alan did chakra and energy work on me and it was truly a wonderful experience. He was able to open everything up and allow my natural body energy to flow. It has been forever since I’ve done chakra work and I need it badly.

Thanks to several channels on YouTube, there are numerous relaxation and yoga videos on offer. Ninety-nine percent of them are free and range from 20 minutes to 10 hours. One night I feel asleep to soft deep relaxation music especially created to help people sleep better. It worked for me, I was visiting the sandman within minutes.

I’m thinking of actually taking a yoga class, but they are probably $60 an hour, which is not in my budget. So for now I am going to have to keep myself healthy by eating better and watching these wonderful videos to help me relax, focus, and keep my chakras open the way they should be.

When I was younger, I did not believe in any of the Eastern medicine practices. Today, they are intriguing and enlightening. I believe in them very much. I had a friend tell me once that they are hypnosis; that is incorrect. It is true that they are for deep meditation, but it comes from the inside instead of the outside.

I have tried hypnosis videos and, at least on me, they don’t work. One that I viewed told me that I wasn’t going to be able to move. After watching the twirling spiral for 15 minutes, I stood right up. Another said I was going to bark like a dog; no such happenings. Those videos are just for fun. The yoga, relaxation and meditation videos do have merit and worth for well-being.

With all of my medications for my health issues, I’m constantly seeking ways to feel better. Is my diet the best that it could be? No, but I am working on that. Am I going to do three hours of deep meditation every morning? Doubtful. For now I think I will use it when I need it. But if I notice a marked improvement in health, I shall increase the number of times a week I participate with meditation.

On a side note, for any of my friends who read my blog who are Bear Spring Campers and did not hear the news, long time head cook Mr. Pearl passed away a day or two ago. So sad. Rest in Peace my friend.

Next week I’m anticipating a regular work week. I’m going with Traci to her doctor on Monday and there will be work days on Wednesday and Thursday. Until next week, I bid you a happy weekend, do take care, and as always happy reading.

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This morning I had a minor health issue while playing my new video game

Greetings, readers. I’ve never enjoyed talking about my cerebral palsy and all of its side effects. But this morning something happened which really had me concerned. I had slept in a wee bit and had taken my meds later than usual. I then settled down with some coffee for a few hours of my new game, WWE2k16. After the first 40 minutes, even with that annoying screen shake toggled off, I felt a seizure coming on. Everything started to go black, I felt shaky, and I instinctively grabbed both chair arms and held on for dear life. It didn’t last very long, I must say, since I was able to ward off the actual seizure. I immediately turned the game off, shut off all the lights in my apartment, and did what I do best, took a nap.

When I awakened at 11:15, all was normal once again. I’m really going to have to watch myself when playing this game. I can play MLB baseball indefinitely with no issues. I think in this wrestling game, the flashing lights of the arena and all the simulated pyrotechnics are just a little bit too much. From now on, I’ll play for an hour or so and then take a break. I am really enjoying this game and want to get better at it, but to do that I have to play. It is frustrating when I have to stop all the time because of my condition.

I first saw this game on YouTube, being played by a gamer who calls himself CMPuLs3 (pronounced c.m. pulse). His channel is excellent and his wrestling videos are introd by the actual WWE champion, Seth Rollins. Way cool! I want to thank CMPuLs3 for getting me into this game and making super cool videos, especially the James Falcon series.

I’ve written to this person on Facebook, asking him for any help on how to play the game for people with bad hands. Luckily, and to my surprise, the game will play computer versus computer, so I can watch and at least learn the moves. Next, I need to know how to do them, quickly enough. I’ve played four matches now. I am 0-4, with an average losing time of 8 seconds.

How cool is this? I created my own character called Thunderbolt Jimmy Storm, paired him with Stone Cold Steve Austin, and we are now a tag team tentatively called The New Foundation, working our way up the ranks to hopefully take the title.

Lastly, it is a rainy day here in State College and I might have to keep the gaming machine off. That is probably a good idea considering what happened this morning.

Until Wednesday, when we’ll be back to a normal week, take care, have a great weekend, and happy reading.

One video led to another

Greetings, readers. Last night I had a little bit of a set back in my routine. I was watching fun YouTube videos, mostly baseball bloopers and people giving foul balls to other folks. My favorite was from Fenway Park in Boston, where a 12-year-old boy handed his souvenir baseball to the little girl behind him. She looked at him and smiled with a facial expression that said if I was older I would mary you. The TV announcers were so impressed that they made sure the boy received one baseball from each of them.

The way my TV/PS3 set up works is that when a video is finished, it says on the screen ‘you may also like this’ with a selection of several video choices, and it is up to me to choose one. As the videos went on, I watched a military dad surprise his daughter during a baseball game, a military mom surprise her daughter at a football game and, after ten minutes, the suggestions turned into just war veterans returning home.

After fifteen minutes of watching kids cry as their mommies and daddies surprised them, I found myself getting into a melancholy mood and the tears started flowing. I took my psychologist’s advice and stopped. It was time to find classic NFL games and watch them instead. One problem, I got lost in the game and when I looked up at the clock it was quarter to one in the morning. Way past my bedtime.

I am very proud of the fact that I have kept my promise not to sleep in this year. I will get up no later than 8:00. Needless to say I was a little bit cranky when the alarm went off this morning, but that is my own fault.

As far as YouTube videos go, the other night I typed in the word Reba and watched several episodes of Reba McEntire’s wonderful show. From there it was on to some of her concert footage where the actress who plays Barbara Jean joins her in singing the show’s theme song, called “I’m a Survivor”. But as happens with me quite a lot, that song struck a sad chord, and I became emotional.

When I get back from camp this year, I think I will have a new routine in place, for evenings will be spent either reading or writing. It just seems to me that once I get onto YouTube, I either depress myself, lose all track of time, or both. Something to talk to my therapist about. Ha ha.

Next Wednesday, I’m expecting to have a top ten list for you, so look forward to that. I wish you a great weekend, take care, and as always, happy reading.

I defeated the computer!

Greetings, readers. Welcome to this rare Thursday blog entry. I thought I would share with you what happened this morning. I started off at my usual 6:45 wake up time, which I’ve been trying to hold to. I washed up and made coffee and was planning to put four or five videos from YouTube to my Facebook page. That would consist of me singing the songs, typing in the information, up-loading the video to YouTube, and then when it was finished being processed it could be transferred to Facebook. That was the plan.

At 7:30, I turned on my computer and was going to spend the morning singing and enjoying myself, knowing that friends and family on Facebook had been waiting to see a few of these videos. They are selections of songs from my previous show, which I perform in my apartment sitting down, for people who couldn’t make my show. I have what I call morning throat. Because my allergies don’t drain very well at night my voice sounds like a scratchy old bear. With coffee and water, I got that part of the dilemma cleared up by 8:30. Then I had computer issues.

First, Spotify music would not open, and once it did, YouTube malfunctioned half-way through my first recording. Once the technical problems were solved, you would think I had it made. But no. I then became hopelessly tongue-tied and forgot the words of the song. Back to Spotify I went to activate the lyrics; thank goodness for that function.

Finally, at 11:25, I was able to put one video up on Facebook. I was actually considering calling Rebecca to change our meeting plans. But it wasn’t necessary. I won out over the computer.

On Friday, along with a possible other topic, I’ll let you readers in on a minor dilemma of mine, which is me learning how to make ends meet until next Wednesday. Mr. Silver-Spoon Kid still has a lot to learn.

Until tomorrow, take care, have a great day, and happy reading.

Beautiful sunny day and my weekend plans, including the Super Bowl

Greetings, readers. This is today’s blog entry take two. I’m waiting on someone’s permission to write on a sad event that happened to her and my feelings about it. I was going to write it today but then realized it was inappropriate to do so without her knowledge and consent. So here is the back up plan.

After eight plus inches of snow in a couple of days, I was pleasantly surprised to wake up to a beautiful sunny morning today. I’m always much happier when it is sunny with blue skies. This afternoon I have very little to do but I will enjoy a walk to the bank, perhaps a light snack out, and then back to the apartment. Upon getting back it will be time for Keekee’s dinner and a few chores to tidy up the apartment. Then the rest of the day is mine. I think I’ll continue to search YouTube for ambiance videos and then play some PS3 baseball.

My weekend plans are as follows. I’ll be getting back to D&D gaming on Saturday; we were snowed out last week. My character Catrana and her partner Tessara will battle the evil monsters once again. It really is a fun way to spend an afternoon.

When Sunday rolls around, I have two choices. If the weather holds, Darren has asked me to come over and watch the Super Bowl with him. Wouldn’t you know though, we are expecting another big snow storm. If that happens, I’ll watch the game in the apartment building’s community room, where friends of mine are throwing a party. There’s a slight dilemma in our building right now, no names used here, but if I attend the Super Bowl party here at home, I’m going to help clean up.

I’m going to be rooting wholeheartedly for the Seattle Seahawks. The whole Deflategate thing has me so annoyed that even though I vacation in New England and love their other sports teams, I will not root for the New England Patriots until steps are taken to straighten that franchise out. I don’t know if that means a change of coach, owner, quarterback, ball boy or all of the above, but a small fine just won’t cut it for me. My office manager told me she heard that only $2,500 would be the penalty. Unbelievable! What I am looking for is the fine of half a million dollars and loss of draft choices. If it’s true that 11 out of 12 footballs were under-inflated, in my eyes they cheated to get into the Super Bowl. Shame on them.

Readers, please feel free to chime in with your opinions in the comments. I would love to hear them. Until Friday, take care, dig out of the snow if you are in it. Be well, and happy reading.

Ambient nature sounds have come to my rescue

Greetings, readers. Thanks again to YouTube. Last night and this morning I discovered a plethora of wonderfully soothing videos to watch. My favorite is a four-hour video of a rain storm, complete with thunder. Some of my favorites came from two people whose YouTube handles are TexasHighDef and YogaDuke. As I was going through all the choices, I came upon someone with the YouTube handle 8 Hours Of, who makes videos, most eight hours in length, of such sounds as airport background noise and microwave sounds. I actually laughed out loud as I listened to about two minutes of his eight-hour video of cat purring. I turned that one off quickly because Keekee ran out into the living room thinking I had brought home a new cat. You should have seen the look on her face.

I typed in the search words ambient with Star Trek and came up with some doozies. I can now enjoy twelve full hours of engine noise from the U.S.S. Enterprise D, from Star Trek: Next Generation. Also available are crew quarters, Ten-Forward, and the bridge from both Next Generation and the original series. Very cool.

Back to nature. Before Rebecca arrived, I had on the rainstorm video. It did precisely what it said it would do; I began to get sleepy and had to turn it off. It and videos like it will be wonderful for nap time.

Over the weekend, I’m planning to sit down and really search this category, and compile myself a wide variety of soothing background noise videos. I almost feel like I have a Star Trek holodeck. Isn’t technology wonderful? I would be here for six hours if I tried to list everyone whose videos I’ve taken a look at. So one big generic thanks goes out to everybody.

As a person who struggles with stress and depression I have found myself a wonderful way to alleviate the daily ailments that can get to me. I’m not going to get rid of my therapist or my anti-depression medicine just yet. But so far YouTube is free; that’s the ticket.

Lastly, Rebecca told me that we might have snow tomorrow for gaming day. That may throw a monkey wrench in the plans. After this blog post gets put up, I plan to check the weather on my computer to see exactly what’s coming. If the word ice is mentioned, all plans will be shelved.

I bid you a good weekend, be safe, take care, and happy reading.

My thoughts on YouTube

Greetings, readers. My fascination with YouTube grows more and more every day. Very rarely have I typed something into the search box and found zero results. And believe me, I have typed in a lot of things. This medium has proved invaluable during my practices for my Beatles performance. I simply typed in the name of a song, added the words “with lyrics” at the end, and voila, up popped exactly what I wanted.

Such things that I have searched for include concert clips of my favorite rock bands, short videos of other people’s flight simulations doings, videos about old cars (yes, I’m an old car buff) and oddly enough, one video from Bear Springs Camps in Maine.

I have recently made attempts to create my own short videos to post on YouTube. Well, something is going amiss in my computer, because every time I make a video and play it back to see how it looks, the audio and my mouth don’t sync up. Before I put any videos up on YouTube I must figure out a solution. (If there is anyone out there who can help me with this, it would be greatly appreciated. Jake, hint hint.)

I’ve often thought about what YouTube will do next. It seemed not too long ago a person could only put on there a video ten minutes in length or shorter. They must have solved that problem because I’ve watched full length KISS concerts roughly an hour-and-half long. It is much nicer than trying to load ten segments and then watch them. However, something I am finding when I download a full Beatles LP, for example, is invariably two or three days later it has been removed due to copyright infringements. As I understand it a person gets three warnings about copyright infringements before their account is closed permanently. I guess for movies and specials, businesses like Netflix and Hulu have nothing to worry about just yet.

What would I love to see on YouTube? I would thoroughly enjoy seeing full length classic football and baseball games. They can go ahead and buy the rights. I’m sure they are for sale for the right price. Also, I would enjoy seeing rare shows and films. There are a couple of titles I can’t seem to find anywhere.

What do I not want to see on YouTube ever? Porn, even soft. We have enough of that already in other media channels. YouTube is fun, informative, and can be very addicting. Believe me I know. I’ve sat at my computer many an evening watching vids, as they are called.

Next time, my thoughts on Facebook. Until then, take care, have a good day and happy reading.