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Jaybird is Birdmojo on Xbox Live and Jaybirdmojo on Playstation's network. He's been playing consoles since the Atari 2600 and it was Zork that taught him how to touch-type. If you've got a song for Wednesday, a commercial for Saturday, a recommendation for Tuesday, an essay for Monday, or, heck, just a handful a questions, fire off an email to AskJaybird-at-gmail.com

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  1. Avatar Maribou
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    My docket will also involve recovery, albeit from the far less glamorous actions of forcing metal bookshelves to hook into a frame they are *evvvver* so shortly too small for, and giving tours of the new building to our part-timers so they know how to run a quasi-library / quasi-construction-site after hours. Also I had enough time to unpack one whole box today.

    My knees and ankles are Very Angry and muttering things about being banned from a) stairs and b) standing for more than 5 minutes and c) lifting heavy metal and d) who do I think I am anyway? But it was all worth it.

    Reading reading reading, gaming Saturday night and the return of TV night on Sunday.Report

  2. Avatar North
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    Yeah rock climbing is reputedly a great full body exercise. My own weekend is gloriously unscripted at the moment. Hopefully I won’t need to come in to work.Report

    • Avatar Jaybird in reply to North
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      I thought, yesterday, that my body was only cranky with me a little bit.

      This morning I found out that, no, it is livid.Report

      • Avatar Miss Mary in reply to Jaybird
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        That’s how you know you got a good workout! Look at you! Jogging, rick climbing, what’s next?Report

        • Avatar Jaybird in reply to Miss Mary
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          At this point I am praying for a mercifully quick death.Report

          • Avatar Michael Cain in reply to Jaybird
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            You will be surprised at how quickly your muscles adjust to the new form of exercise. One of the things I find annoying about reaching a certain age is that muscles get much slower at adjusting.Report

            • Avatar Jaybird in reply to Michael Cain
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              I can’t wait to be surprised.Report

              • Avatar Michael Cain in reply to Jaybird
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                Climb hard once a week for six weeks. Double or nothing on the beer you already owe me that the day after the sixth climb you feel okay. (I’m going to be in the Springs some weekend in September or October to observe part of a fencing tournament at the Air Force Academy. Schedule’s not completely firm yet. Any chance of collecting the beer? I could also offer a bit of a guided tour around the tournament with descriptions of what you’re seeing.)Report

              • Avatar Jaybird in reply to Michael Cain
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                Absolutely! That sounds awesome.Report

              • Avatar Kimmi in reply to Michael Cain
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                I don’t believe once a week will do you all that much good. Exercise is a “every other day” or so type thing, if you want to do it right.

                Then again, I’m just a girl, what the hell do I know?

                (I never did get much stamina in my horse-riding muscles, once a week every week).Report

              • Avatar Michael Cain in reply to Kimmi
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                I don’t believe once a week will do you all that much good. Exercise is a “every other day” or so type thing, if you want to do it right.

                In this case, my side of the bet basically boils down to a subset of JB’s muscles developing a tolerance for a particular amount of anaerobic demand. Once a week won’t do much for cardiovascular (although there’s a growing body of research that says that any exercise is better than none in terms of avoiding heart attacks); it won’t do much for building strength; heck, it won’t do much for his overall tolerance for anaerobic demand. But his climbing muscles will get enough better that for the same amount of climbing he won’t be complaining bitterly about how stiff and sore he is the next day.Report

      • Avatar North in reply to Jaybird
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        Yeah I’ve found that the true feel of impact isn’t 24 hours, it’s closer to 48. After 48 hours if anything’s gonna hurt, it’ll hurt.Report

  3. Avatar DensityDuck
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    After I first went climbing, I thought I was doing fine until I tried to open the door of my car and my fingers wouldn’t bend around the handle without significant force of will.

    I actually didn’t have a problem with the heights, mostly because I never had the feeling that I couldn’t climb back *down* if I needed to.Report

    • Avatar Jaybird in reply to DensityDuck
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      I did not really experience problems with my hands since I took the equivalent of the “bunny slope” in skiing and the rocks they had there were effectively shelves with handles on them.

      Well, that and I never really made it much higher than halfway.Report

  4. Avatar Miss Mary
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    I can’t make any solid plans now that surrobaby is due in 23 days. I’m not so secretly hoping he comes a smidge early. Until then, taking care of my mother as she recovers from her surgeries. Hopefully she gets better in time to take care of me when I’m recovering.Report

  5. Avatar Fish
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    Good gravy but the next time you go CALL ME! I’m in!!!Report

  6. Avatar Aaron David
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    Over to the coast for chowder, I believe. It is a scorching 83 out here and we need a respite… (Mostly laughing to myself, as a year ago we were living in the land of 100+ temps. Its kinda funny for people to tell you its hot…) And then going antiquing with the wife, as we have become Those People. More will be revealed…

    Good on you for the climbing and jogging. My knees wont let me jog, so a bicycle is the one for me. Actually, you might like it @jaybird.Report

    • Avatar Michael Cain in reply to Aaron David
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      JB lives in the Bicycle God’s state. The Governor has announced that one of his goals for his second term is to make Colorado the best state in the country for cyclists. I have no idea how anyone that starts an exercise program here avoids at least trying bicycling on a borrowed bike.Report

      • Avatar Aaron David in reply to Michael Cain
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        Well, now I have a reason to go to CO! (As if I needed one.)Report

      • Avatar Kimmi in reply to Michael Cain
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        Mike,
        I live in Pittsburgh. the prospect of doing some of these hills on a bike terrifies me, and I live at the top of a very steep hill.

        Also the cyclists I talk to have “and here’s how close I got to dying” stories.Report

        • Avatar Michael Cain in reply to Kimmi
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          The longest period of my life that I went without regular riding was while I lived in New Jersey. For perfectly good reasons, eastern city/suburban streets are much more likely to be laid out in ways that present dangers to cyclists. Retrofitting is expense (and inconvenient for drivers, often). Older parts of Denver tend to be, IMO, much more dangerous for cyclists than Denver’s suburbs.

          If it’s the physical demands of the climbs and descents that scare you, let me roughly quote a friend who fits bikes to people and situations: “If you can walk up the hill but not climb it on a bicycle, you don’t have the right gears. If you can walk down the hill but not control your speed going down it on a bicycle, you don’t have the right brakes.” The bottom gear on my mountain bike gives a faster cadence than walking at the same forward speed.Report

      • Avatar Kimmi in reply to Michael Cain
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        Mike,
        By the way, that thread’s amusing, but never, ever use ImageMagick. GIMP, Irfanview, ton’s of programs that don’t insist on writing gadzillions of 0byte files to your hard drive.Report

  7. Avatar Michael Cain
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    A post on methane leak regulation on federal lands is half written. The Bicycle God demands tribute. The weeds — thistles and cockleburs mostly — think they are winning and need to be met with at least nominal resistance. All the pieces for a club-level fencing scoring box are sitting at one end of my desk, demanding that the first version be breadboarded. The second half of the deck restoration project needs to be measured so I can go order the lumber next week. Retirement funds need to be reallocated — any investment geniuses here?Report

  8. fillyjonk fillyjonk
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    It looks fun and someday, before I get much older and more fragile, I want to try it. Yes, “you could die,” I think I have a higher likelihood of dying because some idiot on the road decided their car could occupy the same space as mine, or didn’t believe I had the right-of-way at the four-way stop, or decided that they didn’t like my face or my car and decided to pull out their weapon.

    (I went shopping in the next-biggest-town to me. I do think the traffic has got worse, and with a larger number of bad drivers, in the past 10 years).Report

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