Friday, January 26, 2007
So it has been two long months since I updated my online journal; my apologies, but "real life" has been hectic. I was promoted at work, in late September ... since then, I work five times as hard, for what seems like less money. And I have been waiting for three years to get a promotion at this place? :-(
Actually, work has caused a little scare in the Sugar household: I spent more than two hours in the Emergency Room yesterday. I have been suffering a lot of tension headaches lately, and they have blossomed into a full-on migraine that has caused me to miss the past few days of work. The hospital had me under observation, to see if it was something worse than a migraine ... but after a shot of something-or-other, the doctor doesn't think a CAT Scan (or god forbid, a Spinal Tap ... and I ain't talking about the band) is necessary at this time.
So while I sit at home and watch one of the hundreds of wrestling DVDs in my rapidly-expanding collection (NOW PLAYING: Disc One of a seven-disc Rick Rude comp), I thought I would help give the Sugar Addicts a quick fix. Let's start by going back to December 2, my last match of 2006. This was a milestone match for me, for several reasons:1. It was my sixth match of 2006;The match itself was a Six-Man Elimination Match; originally it was only supposed to have five men -- Barry Goode, Cremator, Deuce Savage, Junior and the Big Bad Sugar Daddy -- but the returning Idol was added at the last minute. I was eliminated first, by Barry: I was disqualified for "using" a chair, in a great tribute to Eddie Guerrero's legendary trickery.
2. "Six in '06" equals my total number of matches from 2003 thru 2005;
3. It was my first match against Aaron Idol;
4. It was my first Main Event at the In-Pain Asylum;
5. It was my last match at the In-Pain Asylum.
Before I was eliminated though, I got to interact with Idol, which got a good response from the crowd and my peers. I have been told that with more dedicated training, I could become a solid competitor ... as I have already been commended on my ability to work a crowd. Unfortunately, the In-Pain Asylum in Whalley is now no more; ECCW is looking for a new training facility, but I have not received any updates from Disco Fury at this time. I anxiously look forward to training more in the near future, but without a venue I am a little screwed.
To make up for that, I have decided to learn a little "real" fighting ... to kind of "fill the void," so to speak. Tuesday (January 16), I went to my first jiu-jitsu lesson, at Frederiksen's Combatative and Martial Arts Nanaimo. I was hoping to keep a low profile and just learn some basic grappling; for the most part, that was the case ... until somebody realized that not only was I "in the paper," but that I was a professional wrestler. Luckily, nobody tried to chase me off or break anything; the trainer himself, Ole Frederiksen, did tweak my left shoulder a bit ... but my shoulder has been a mess for three years, so it's nothing new on my end.
I am really not a fan of wearing a gi, though ... especially since I had to borrow a sweaty one from the gym itself. And while I don't mind buying a mouthguard, cup, and possibly some wrestling headgear (these hoops in my ears aren't coming out for anything!), I dont' want to shell out big dough for something that I am not planning to pursue full-time: I have no delusions of becoming a dedicated jiu-jitsu competitor; I just wanna learn some grappling. The facility does have non-gi training on Thursdays, however, so I will be sure to check that out soon. I am in the process of finding all the gear I need; I won some ear guards on eBay two days ago ... spending only $25.00 in total to get them shipped from Oklahoma. The store in Surrey that sells them wanted $60.00, before shipping was included. Shop local, my ass!
Obviously, I didn't really have any idea what I was doing during my first jiu-jitsu lesson ... and since I outweighed everyone I was grappling with by at least 60 pounds, I didn't want to go charging in like some bull moose. Luckily, everyone was really helpful and friendly. Plus, I got a great workout ... struggling for breath and wriggling like a friggin' worm to escape several attempted armbars and choke-holds. ;-)
Meanwhile, Kid Xtreme is trying to get me to check out his MMA training; supposedly they have a wicked cardio warm-up. I am not a big fan of the MMA style ... mostly because I am not big on punching people in the face, or kicking them in the knees. But I might give that a shot in the near future, depending on how I feel ... I have put on some pounds over the holidays, and just can't get into a rhythm of diet and exercise to break the lethargy I have been feeling for the past few weeks.
Of course, the aforementioned headaches have been a major contributing factor to this overall late-winter malaise. Luckily, the Sugar Family will be taking a week-long vacation to Kelowna, come February 11.
In other news, I shaved my head last week ... just for the Hell of it. My buzzcut makes my beard look even bigger -- much to Mrs. Sugar's chagrin. However, it's kind of got a Mad Dog Vachon look that I am really digging. Plus, I will finally be able to get my third tattoo (the devil daughter), colored in on February 25. That "new tattoo" pain always perks me up a bit.
Until next time, Sugar Addicts.