Dear Tony/P90X: Kenpo X

Dear Tony,

Oh, look a half hour late for the second day in a row. Today’s excuse: “B-b-but it’s SATURDAY!!!”

Ah, yes…life at 50 years old in the Age of COVID-19. No more Saturday morning cartoons, no more English Premier League soccer, no more drives to World Gym in St. Mary’s Square…just me, you and my DVD player for some Kenpo X.

Today’s issue was coordination, especially with the punch/kick combos. The first thing for me to remember is to punch with the side of the back leg. Second is to stop worrying about the speed of the movement. Get the punches and the direction of the kicks right first. Each punch requires you to turn your hips and drive your legs so you work your core and your legs as well as your arms. Once again, the mantra: form first, reps (and speed) later.

Also, because it was Saturday and a day off from teleworking was no excuse for me not to have the DVD in and fired up at 0500. The sooner I do the workout, the sooner I can get my protein shake and breakfast and then catch up on my sleep.

In other news, I have a ten-mile run in the morning. P90X offers a rest day or Stretch X. I have taken Stretch X before and it is NOT a day off; in fact, I was sweating bullets just like the other six days a week I rocked P90X. What I will do is pop in the Stretch X DVD to see how long the routine is. I may consider doing Stretch X about an hour before bedtime of my longer runs; I may also run through about 15~20 minutes before said runs.

Today’s life goal: Doing the game-mod SD card load for my Atari Flashback 9, this time on my PC laptop, since my iMac confused the process more than it should have.

Tomorrow’s life goal: making my “award-winning” chorizo chili, which will be the basis of my lunch and dinners for a few days next week. I call it award-winning because, between my office job and my apartment complex, I have had a couple of “podium finishes” in some chili cook-offs.

Anyway, tomorrow’s trot is the Southeast Loop 10. Willow Road south to MD-5 East/Point Lookout Road, to HWY-489, then north up Three Notch Road/MD-235, all the way back up to Great Mills Road/MD-234, then back down Willow Road and back home. Since Hospital Hill will have to wait until 2021, i will not worry so much about doing so many elevation changes for my training runs.

Okay, let me go look at that Stretch X DVD…see you next time, Tony!

Song of the Day: Mourning Ritual/”Bad Moon Rising:” This cover of the Creedence Clearwater Revival hit was the music for the Season 4 midseason trailer for The Walking Dead. 

Bonus SOTD: John Fogerty/”The Old Man Down the Road”: In honor of the CCR singer/songwriter/guitarist who wrote both songs, since they both have the same theme (something/someone wicked this way comes).

“Bad Moon:”

“Creedence Clearwater Revival have a sense of impending doom on their 1969 hit “Bad Moon Rising.” The song was the lead single from Creedence Clearwater Revival’s third studio album, Green River. The song reached No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart and No. 1 on the UK Singles Chart for three weeks in September 1969.

“Lead singer and songwriter John Fogerty told Team Rock that the name “Bad Moon Rising” came from a book of song titles that he kept. he said, “I didn’t even know what it meant, I just liked how the words sounded.”

“The lyrics were inspired by a 1941 black-and-white film Fogerty had watched called The Devil and Daniel Webster.
He said,

The scene I liked is where there’s a devastating hurricane; furniture, trees, houses, everything’s blowing around. That story and that look really stuck in my mind and they were the germ for the song.

“Fogerty allegedly wrote the song the same day Richard Nixon was elected president—he denies the song has a political subtext. However, the song still became an anthem both for troops in Vietnam and anti-war protestors across the country.

“Old Man:”

“It was originally believed this song sounded too much like Run Through the Jungle, but because Fogerty had performed both songs, no action was taken.

Will there even be a moon tomorrow morning? I know it will be cool and windy out.

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