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+Meeting New People
This past weekend was Labor day. I’ve recently reactivated my WoW account. Go ahead and judge lol. I activated it a few days prior to the weekend and I must say I forgot how fun it is for me. Anyway, a coworker invited me to his birthday party. I was debating on going or playing WoW. I told myself “Don’t you dare be one of those!” I was hesitant on going because 1, it’s pretty far from where I live and 2, he would probably be the only person I knew there. I’ve been trying to get out of my comfort zone so I wanted to see if I had the social skills to be around people I didn’t know and still have a good time. One of my other coworkers ended up showing up but leaving early. Another former coworker showed up as well. I schmoozed with the majority of people and had a pretty good time.
The next day, I was going to drop by work and then hit up the mall. My god brother wanted to come along so I ended up not going to work that day. I ended up buying two shirts. One is kind of small but hopefully I can slim down into it because I think it looks fresh. I feel like I’m starting to have a decent amount of pieces of clothing to begin to switch up my style on the regular. I’d like some dark brown pants, grey slacks and maybe some colored jeans.
Monday, I went to work and did a half day. People think I’m some kind of workaholic and I’m really not. It makes the following day easier for me and frankly I don’t really anything else better to do. I feel it’s good practice for being 24/7. I kind of want to be on at all times. Right now my only asset is myself so I gotta work that as much as I can until I can get other assets that can go 24/7 for me.
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+Getting into the 1k club!
Okay so for those who don’t know, (if anyone actually reads this) I’ve been trying to have my bench, backsquat and deadlift 1 rep maxes total to 1000 pounds. Yesterday, I set a deadlift pr. Today I was going to do my normal chest routine but ran into my friend there. I told him about how I was 25 pounds away and that I might chip away at it on my bench today. I realized I haven’t tested my bench in 9 months or so. I figured I could squeeze 10 or so pounds out of it and be closer to my goal. It turns out I hit the 1k club the original way I planned. 250 bench, 365 squat, 385 deadlift. For a while, I thought I might have to make up some of the pounds in the squat since it was my 4 rep max and I wasn’t sure how much more I could squeeze out of the deadlift. Needless to say, I was super happy today.
I did a 4 reps at 135 for warm up, 4 reps at 205, 1 rep 225, 1 rep 235, 1 rep 245 1 rep 250. My next goal is a 400 pound squat. Other than that, I don’t have any concrete plans as far as the gym goes. I’m contemplating going for 3,4,5 plates for bench, squat and deadlift. That’d be nuts if I could do that shit. It’d take a lot to get there. Pounds are at a premium. I feel like getting to this point took a lot in hindsight.
Earthquake in Union City around 3:21 AM PST. Let’s hope that’s all there is.
“Today was a good day.” Ice Cube
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I dropped by work today and since I was in the area I figured I’d hit up Valley Fair. Got there in the late afternoon but Santana Row and the mall had a pretty good amount of folks out still. In the future, when it’s time to ball out. I can see myself doing some serious shopping there. I could be the Silicon Valley version of Gucci Mane. I toured the mall as usual. Twice around because I like to shop like that. I ended up buying a short sleeve button up from Superdry. I also got a shirt from Express. I don’t really know how to describe it, its kind of like a button up but it has the cuffs that get rolled up and buttoned up.
After the mall, I went to the gym. I got a call from some of my friends in LA. They were about to celebrate one of their birthdays and called me up to try to facetime. I wasn’t able to because I needed wifi for facetime but I really appreciate them calling. I really enjoy little surprises like that.
It was time to get refocused. I was feeling pretty good today so I wanted to set a personal record for my deadlift. I felt like my deadlift and squat regiments were paying off overall since the last time I test it. The last time I set a PR for my deadlift was June 25. You can see the post here:
In that post I predicted a 385 1 rep max by September. I beat my expectation by 1 week. If I get 4 plates before the end of the year that would be epic. In hindsight, I realized that I had a lot more ramp up weight. Previously,I did 4 reps at 135 lbs for a warm up. Then one rep at 315, one rep at 335, one rep at 365. This time around I did 4 reps at 135, one rep at 225, one rep at 295, one rep at 315, one rep at 335, one rep at 365, and finally one rep at 385. Next time, I think I’ll take out the rep at 295 and 335. Right now my one rep max numbers are 385 for deadlift and 225 for bench. My four rep max for squats is still 365. I’m pretty sure I can dominate that since before I wasn’t able to do 4×4 at 315 for squats. Now I’m doing 4×4 325 multiple times a week. I was almost able to 4×4 335 before. I think a week or two more of the multi day 4×4 at 325 will help me secure that. 975 so close. I think I can do more on my bench too. When I did 225 one rep max, I couldn’t do 4×4 205 but now I can so I’m feeling pretty confident I can do at least 230. I think I can get to the 1k club sooner than I thought.
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+Going out more
So lately I’ve been going out a little more often. Recently, I went bar hopping out in SF with a couple of college friends. Originally I was going to go to a 90′s night at a bar I’ve been to a few times but that fell through. Luckily, my homie hit me up while I was at work (yes on a Saturday) and said my other friend was in town and they were going to go bar hopping. I thought Outside Lands might have a big effect on getting there/ getting around but it was fine.
It was my first time using Uber. It’s pretty cool I guess. I got my first ride for free so that was kind of dope. I wasn’t able to rate the driver though, not exactly sure what happened with the app there but I really don’t care. What I do care about was that I found parking pretty quickly. If anyone actually reads this, you should know that I don’t really like going to the city because it’s far, I have to pay toll, and parking is a beeyotch.
I’ve been eating out for lunch at work more often as well. We had a team lunch this week, my team doesn’t really have those for whatever reason. Our previous team lunch was 22 weeks ago whereas other teams have team lunches about twice a month. Anyway, I like getting out for lunch every now and then because in the event I ever want to Yelp I have something to Yelp about.
One of my homies now goes to the gym I go to on Thursdays so that’s pretty cool. It’s always great to have someone there to spot if you need it. I’m not sure if I’ll be able to 1rm 250lbs for the bench by the end of the year but I’m pretty confident I can 1rm 230 which is a 5 pound increase of my pr. For me on the bench, that’s a lot right now. I haven’t tested it but I was able to do 3 reps of 215 on my last set of my chest work out. That’s about it.
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+Friends getting married
Two of my close friends got married this past weekend. It was an honor and a blast to be in the wedding party. It was pretty cool, a couple of us chipped in to get him an Xbox One. He seemed kind of surprised to actually get one so that was pretty cool. Thursday night we met up at the hotel and went over the intro dance one last time. We kicked it in the room and rank and meandered about but nothing too crazy since we had the wedding the next day.
Friday was the wedding and it was cool. Saw all my friends at the church and what not. Took pictures and what not. It was kind of funny, I was drinking an iced coffee at the hotel while we were taking pictures and what not and some people assumed it was an alcoholic beverage. Maybe funny is the wrong word. I’d like to work on changing that image of myself. After the ceremony and pictures we went to the reception hall which was amazing. Had a blast and got drunk. Apparently I was super gone but caught a great second wind because I was fine for the rest of the night. Saturday was the gift opening party followed by my friend’s birthday. Sunday was a picnic party at a park I hadn’t been to in like a decade so that was fun.
Tuesday was flag football day. We lost. We did better this season even though our record doesn’t show it. It’s funny because our season was like direct reflection of our last season. Last season, we lost every game except the last one. Our team name was WhiteHat. This season our team name was Not WhiteHat and we lost every single game except the first one. Hah. I’m debating as to whether or not I’d like to keep playing. I’m kind of over it and it would be nice to free up a weeknight to do other shit.
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I started reading a little bit again. I’m not sure if I like the book I’m reading. It says to be a dick. Be mean. Be rude. Apparently a lot of successful people are like that. I wonder if it’s true. I’d like to think not.
I started watching an Anime yesterday called Aldnoah Zero. Some coworkers put me onto it. It’s pretty good and look forward to watching the next episode which is kind of weird because I don’t normally like to watch entertainment type stuff too much nowadays. I’m not currently watching any other shows so I don’t think I’m using up too much of my spare time.
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Did I talk about Hacker Kombat? It’s a competition at work. I wanted to get our CEO his first win (not like I could do it single handed but my enthusiasm is ridiculous) We almost won, which means we lost. We got second, I could have won by cheating but I wanted to do it legit since I really felt like we could win legitimately.
I went to Great America again today randomly. I had a flag football game at 9 after work so I figured I’d stay in the area but didn’t know what to do with all that time. I remember I had a season’s pass so I went there and rode Gold Striker then I rode Demon like 4 times in a row.
Then I went back to work and did some work and then learned one of the challenges from Hacker Kombat. Then I drove to flag football. The team we faced was undefeated so I thought we were going to get womped on. We lost but it was pretty darn close. I wasn’t too mad about that loss considering we had a back up qb and some of our folks weren’t there.
Well that’s that.
and a game like mine.
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+Dominating my name on Google
I have a pretty unique name. I’m sure there is another Larsen or Larson out there as a first name but in my journey this far, I have yet to meet another. It’s an interesting position to be in because when someone says your name you know they’re talking about you. There is no “which one?” response.
Up until now, I thought that the way I present myself in person was how a person would form their impression of me. I realize that if someone had never met me, but knew my name, their best bet to get information about me would be simply to Google my name.
In my 28+ years of life, the amount of people I’ve met so far pales in comparison to how many people are in the world. Luckily, I’m living in the age of the internet where a lot more people have a chance at getting to know me. Moving forward, I’m going to control what shows up when people search my name up. If a random person stumbles upon my name I need to make sure the message I want to convey is the one they receive.
To take up real estate on the front page I have this website, my Linkedin and my Facebook page. That means I’ll have to build up my Google+, Twitter,Youtube, try to get a wikipedia, and write a book so I can have an Amazon listing.
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Friday, I go to the gym and it sucked. This past week has been pretty crappy as far as the gym goes. I think I need to start back over and reprogram. Maybe Vegas took a bigger toll on me than I thought. I really think it was the sleep though. I wasn’t getting good rest the whole week but I don’t want to make excuses. Afterwards, I went to my god brother’s house who is also my neighbor. He had a bbq for his friends born in July. He used to be vegetarian but recently switched back so it was weird seeing him eat a burger and what not.
The next day I drop by work really quick since we’re going to Great America and get some work done. Then I meet up at my friends house and we go. It turns out it’s an island culture fest or something to that effect. We ran into a few people we knew. Rode rides, they were fun. We were also getting to know this chick my friend is seeing and pretending to screen her based on her answers to our questions.
After we part ways, my friend and I hit up Valley Fair for some Super Duper Burger. He also gets his fiance a gift and we window shop. I looked at this Roshe’s I wanted to get but I can’t really justify buying another pair after spending so much money and what not. It’d go great with this disco hoody thing I wanted to buy but oh well. We hit up Santana Row to look around and it’s pretty cracking over there. I ran into my team lead there as well. I’m pretty tuckered out after that so I head home.
The next day, I’m going to meet up with my same friend to pick up my suit for his wedding. On the way I get into a car accident. It was minor (for me) and nobody was hurt so that was good. I was almost in the clear but the fourth car involved slammed another car or something into me. I don’t know exactly what happened because it happened so fast but I went from “OH NO!” to “PHEW!” to “WTF?!” in a matter of seconds. We get the suits then I head on over to my sisters house.
She partitions my hair and cuts it so that I can donate it. It’s been I believe 1 year 8 months and 12 days. I forgot when I exactly started. It’s been fun and interesting but I’m glad to finally be able to donate it and help someone out. To that convict that was on Lock up. You’ll never see this but you’ve inspired me.