TimovieMan

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  1. I didn't need any painkillers. I had the procedure in the evening, after work. Entire thing took like five minutes. Once the local anesthetics wore off, I sat on the couch with a pack of ice (which wasn't even really necessary as it didn't really hurt - it just felt a little uncomfortable). In the morning, everything felt back to normal again... But no, no bowling.
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    Jett takes new steps

    Yay for the new job assignment and the testosterone therapy! Also, following!
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    TimovieMan on the Road to AwesomeDad™ - Pt. III

    None. People with low iron levels would even benefit from using my blood (if only temporarily). The problem lies with newborns and young babies. Their bodies can't handle those levels of iron yet, and there's a risk at brain damage if they'd use my blood. I think the reason why my blood can't be used is that they don't want to have to label the packs of blood with more than the blood type. When there's the need to use a pack of blood, it's always going to be in an emergency situation, so they need the blood *immediately*. Having to check more than just the blood type loses precious seconds that could mean the difference between life and death. So anything that *could* pose a problem (even if only in a specific set of circumstances) gets the "can't use that - toss it" treatment. At least, that's what I assume the reason is. Don't know for sure. If my ferritin levels are well within the normal range for three tests in a row, then my doctor could give me a note that would allow me to donate to the Red Cross. They changed the law here specifically for people with hemochromatosis, because it would potentially mean 6000 extra packs of blood per year donated in Belgium and the Red Cross need any blood donations they can get. I'd have to renew my doctor's note yearly and could only donate max 6 times a year (with 2 months inbetween donations). That's more or less the frequency I'm at now so I might qualify as a donor eventually. I haven't reached a consistent enough range, though. I'm only "within normal range" half the time. The other half I'm just above it, which isn't good enough for the Red Cross yet. I'm actually hoping that losing weight and getting in shape might help here as well.
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    Ensi And The Dimension Of IRL

    Gaah, not that song! Finkers is great. And he speaks überhaupt only one word of German.
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    Ensi And The Dimension Of IRL

    I think I've seen his face before. Haven't heard any of his work, but my German isn't really good enough to get most of the jokes. The church bit had me in stitches, though. "Jener Theo, der in so wunderbaren Worten vorkommt wie Theologie, Theodorant, The oder Kaffee." The only German comedian I really know is Henning Wehn.
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    Ensi And The Dimension Of IRL

    Fach instead of Kasten, but otherwise the translation seems pretty correct. I was actually quoting Dutch comedian Youp Van't Hek with that word.
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    Ensi And The Dimension Of IRL

    We can do that too in Dutch. Kuikenversnipperaarvertegenwoordigersdeclaratieformulierenbakje. Fantastic for Scrabble.
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    Ensi And The Dimension Of IRL

    We do use "je" and "jij". "Gij" is archaic but is very much used in the local dialect. Although we turn it into "hie". Oh, another fun fact about my local dialect: we conjugate "yes" and "no" as if they were verbs. Ja -> joak - joag - joaj - joas - joat - joam - joag - joans Nee -> neink - nieg - neij - neins - neint - niem - nieg - neins And then we're surprised that our dialect gets mocked everywhere in Flanders.
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    Ensi And The Dimension Of IRL

    It's the same in written form, though. "Clean" Flemish should be perfectly understandable in the Netherlands, though. It's the many dialects, especially West-Flemish (the one where I live), that make it hard to understand. Fun fact about my local dialect: we pronounce every G as an H. "Gij hebt geen geheugen, gij." becomes "H'è hin heheuhen, hie." Exemplified by this (locally somewhat known, but otherwise VERY obscure) song. Common misconception: "West-Flemish" uses an H for a G and a G for an H. WRONG! We use an H for a G, and we drop the H altogether in most cases (unless it's absolutely necessary to link different syllables together).
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    TimovieMan on the Road to AwesomeDad™ - Pt. III

    I had to chuckle a little at this line. I get what you're saying, but I'm only participating in the local tournaments (and there are only a handful of clubs locally, so there's very few tournaments). "Almost silent" is VERY far from that tournament reality. The only difference with training is that there's less talking at the shooting line, and less shouting from the back to the shooters while they're at the line. All other background noises are pretty much the same and silent it is not. Also note that I said "less", not "none". My tournament shooting is above all more inconsistent. A lot of that has to do with me being able to iron out some of those inconsistencies at training (and thus my training results being skewed in my favour). At a tournament, I get 6 practice arrows. In training, I rarely start marking my scores after just 6 arrows, often it's 30+ arrows. That gives me a lot more time to get in a good flow. At a tournament, there's 3 shooters on the same target, each taking turns (with the shooting order changing each end). So I shoot 3 arrows in 2 minutes, then wait 4 minutes for the others to shoot, fetch my arrows, wait 2 minutes on my turn, shoot 3 arrows in 2 minutes, wait another 2 minutes, fetch my arrows, wait 4 minutes, shoot 3 arrows in 2 minutes, fetch them, and repeat from the start. In training, early on it's more crowded, so there's a bit more waiting, but the latter half of a training is pretty much: shoot 6 arrows in (probably less than) 2 minutes, fetch arrows, shoot immediately again. That makes it easier to be consistent, too. Less waiting around, less time to unconsciously change tiny aspects of your stance, less time for your muscles to grow cold. But I've only got 2-and-a-half hours of training each week (unless I shoot at home, where I would get complete silence, but would also be shooting outside and over a much shorter distance). So waiting around and losing practice time is probably going to hurt my form even more. But like I already said earlier, both my grip and my release still need to drastically improve, and those are the biggest causes for inconsistencies anyway. They're the two biggest points of contact between me and my bow and arrow - anything I fumble up there results in a poor shot. Yes, exactly like blood donation, but without the actual donation, and with "throwing in the bin" instead. I've got a condition called hemochromatosis, which causes my organs to store too much iron. If unchecked, this would eventually result in my organs storing so much iron that they start to oxidise (yes, seriously), most often causing liver damage and cirrhosis. A phlebotomy makes my body use its own iron supplies to make new blood, so it's the most effective treatment. I have one every six weeks or so, depending on iron levels measured. The only time where the procedure has ever caused me issues (light-headedness, mainly) was when it was first discovered, and I had 4 bloodlettings in 5 weeks. The day after the fourth, I became light-headed after the warm-up in table tennis practice and had a "I"m done for the evening" reaction. Generally, the very second it's bandaged (or the puncture has solidified), I just jump up and go home. Thanks!
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    TimovieMan on the Road to AwesomeDad™ - Pt. III

    I'm actually doing the same thing that I did back when I was playing table tennis. Instead of training for match conditions, I aim to train in worse conditions. More noise, more distractions, so you have less issues with crowd noise and have an easier time focusing during the match. It's the same in archery: noisier training environment, shooting faster, shooting more arrows, WAY more distractions, etc. So that when the match comes and there's an actual 2 minute timer for your 3 arrows, I can scoff at the insane amount of time I get, and I don't get distracted easily by anything that's happening in the room. And shooting more arrows in less time in training also means that fatigue won't ever be an issue in a tournament. I've always trained like this...
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    JonFirestar: Countdown to Awesome (181 days to Oblivion)

    Caught up with the thread. Holy crap, it's made of win!
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    Ensi And The Dimension Of IRL

    Just butting in on the language talk (yeah, had some thread catching up to do). I'm a native Dutch speaker (well, actually Flemish, and a dialect that's so distinct that I doubt they'd understand a single word I'd say in the Netherlands if I didn't clean it up a little ), but like everyone here, I'm also fluent in other languages, mainly French (although not to the extent I'd like to) and English (movies helped greatly here), and I can manage in German. The fun thing about native Dutch speakers is that you can make yourself understood in German just by speaking Dutch, but giving every word a more German pronounciation. Jean-Marie Pfaff (Belgian goalkeeper in the 70s and 80s, played at Bayern Munchen for a while) excelled at this, and while he's severely mocked for it here, he always got away with it. Still hilarious, though.
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    TimovieMan on the Road to AwesomeDad™ - Pt. III

    So, with me no longer logging, the challenge gets changed for the remaining two weeks. Less specific and measurable (because no longer measured/tracked), but based more on what I think / how it feels. For the most part it's "keep doing what you have been doing" without the burden of constantly logging stuff. I'm maintaining the "EQ 100XP" total, thus I'm looking at 22 XP/week for the next two weeks. Nutrition: - Eat well (portion control, intermittent fasting): 1 XP/day -> 7 XP/week - Don't drink calories: 1 XP/week - No snack binges: 2 XP/week Moderate snacking during social activities and light snacking in general is allowed. This means that unplanned snacking (where I eat an entire pack of cookies just because it was opened, for instance) costs me 3 XP (2 XP for the snack binge and 1 XP for the day's "eat well" task). Sleep: - Get to bed at a respectable time: 1 XP/day -> 7 XP/week - Get an increasing sleep length trend: 1 XP/week Getting to bed at a respectable hour is similar to the curfew, but without really tracking it myself. Just the general "tired -> bed" mentality. My activity tracker will do the tracking for me. The sleep length trend is also going to be based on what my activity tracker says. Exercise: - Minimum 7500 steps/day and 70000 steps/week: 1 XP/week - Doing enough bodyweight exercises (whether as a workout or as part of the mini-challenges or PvPs): 1 XP/week - Max 1 day without activity per week: 1 XP/week - No days without activity per week: 1 XP/week The epic goals remain unchanged: Epic goals: - Weight under 97 kg: 6 XP - Weight under 96 kg: 3 XP - Burpee AMRAP of 25+ reps: 3 XP