* Good news at the doc's today. Bronchitis, not pnuemonia. And probably a sinus infection. And the flu. But at least my STD test came back negative! The truth: I didn't take an STD test.
* Ever take the little blow test at the doctor's? I had to today. It's like a Powertap for your lungs. You think you'll do better... yet there are the numbers staring you in the face. The truth: just like the Powertap, you will start making excuses for your performance. "I have pneumonia. I haven't trained for this. It's my "C" priority test."
* I could barely breathe. The doc was a little panicky because I looked a little cyanotic. I blew a 450 - which apparently is pretty close to what a normal human blows. The doc looked less stressed. Then I explained I'm competitive cyclist and that's about a third of my normal result. Then she got real nervous again. The Truth: docs aren't used to dealing with athletes. They haven't a clue what's going on with us. Even weekend warriors.
* I blew like 1100 on the blow tester after an albuterol treatment. It felt like I could breathe better too - and well I should have, it was a 200% improvement in lung capacity. The Truth: once you start paying attention to the meter, you will probably start ignoring the reason you're metering things to begin with.
I was listening to a lot of old school hip hop tonight. None of this is safe work so check your volume level before you start blasting this across the office.
Let's start with a little Ice Cube - Check Yourself. A classic hip hop track that has aged pretty damn well. "You betta check yo self before ya wreck yo self."
Along the same lines... the Wu Tang Clan urges you to protect your neck. You think they mean you should wear sunscreen?
No, me neither.
That's nice. But along with urging greater thoracic protection, Wu Tang frequently brings the ruckus, as well as bringing the mother****in ruckus too. It's nice when all sorts of ruckuses are brought in equal proportions.
Don't forget about Dre, either...
It's cool seeing Eminem rapping with Dre, but Dre is only old school if you are real young. Real old school is stuff like Grandmaster Mel Melle and the Furious Five.
I think that holds up better than anything Kanye or 50 Cent are doing today will hold up. This one by A Tribe Called Quest seems to have aged pretty well too:
I like how Ice T holds up too. It's a bit ironic that he recorded Cop Killer, then went on to make his living portraying an NYPD cop in a police procedural drama...
Then there's this:
Guess I'll wrap this up with Ice Cube again, Today Was a Good Day.