Drinkin wine cause, why not..

Drinkin wine cause, why not..

My new Vault-Boy tattoo.  More pics once it heals.

This Week Marvin Learns:  Stock Car Racing

Going big instead of going home as this week I do 20 laps of Stock Car Racing.  I’ll be the first to tell you, I’m not even remotely a fan of NASCAR; the ideal of watching cars go in a circle just does not tickle my fancy.  Now that’s totally different when I’m the one doing the driving.

The class portion was spent with us learning the proper procedures while we’re on the track.  The reason for this being in our ears there was someone coaching us during our race.  As much as I love going fast I wish I would have pushed the car more while I was driving.  I got passed a couple of times, and it definitely hurt my ego.

Side note, unless you’re gonna drive insane DO NOT GET THE INSURANCE.  They try to sell you insurance beforehand in case you wreck/damage the car, but like most insurance, it’s not worth it in my opinion.

Where to Learn - L.A. Racing
Cost of Activity - $145 ($399 w/o the GroupOn)
Cost to date - $1946.93

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-M

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This Week Marvin Learns:  Glass Blowing

So many terms tossed around this week as I learn how to “catch” molten glass all for the sake of glass blowing.  My weekly activities are coming to an end and glass blowing is one I really wanted to try before it was too late.  It was only a two-hour class but I was the only one in it, so that made up for how short it was overall.

Around the studio I went in a flurry, being introduced to the kiln, workbench, glory hole (no jokes), and other things I don’t remember the exact name(s) of or how to spell.  I got to make a lot of things for the two hours allotted to me.  I made a paperweight, a Christmas tree ornament, and a drinking tumbler.  All in all, a lot learned and a decent amount created with the time given.

Where to Learn - Revolution Glass Studio
Cost of Activity - $200 ($100 per hour)
Cost to date - $1801.93

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-M

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This Week Marvin Learns:  Rubik’s Cube

Oh boy, I’m gonna look hella smart now.  Like Will Smith from The Pursuit of Happyness only with a better mustache.  Sorry, I’ve gotten ahead of myself.  This week I learn the ins and out of the Rubik’s Cube and how to solve that mofo.  When talking with people about this activity, I found that a lot of them didn’t know that there’s a set way to solve a cube.  And the method I learned is called Roux.

My friend Ajay gets the credit for showing me how to solve, and pattern recognition.  In my opinion the most important part about solving (apart from knowing how the cube works) is recognizing what situation you’re in and knowing the algorithm.  And now that I have the fundamentals down, the next task for me is getting to know the algorithms by heart so I can solve without referencing a cheat sheet.

Where to Learn - Know Someone
Cost of Activity - $10 (cost of Rubik Cube)
Cost to date - $1601.93

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-M

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This Week Marvin Learns:  Bullwhip

And it wouldn’t be a bullwhip if you couldn’t hear the crack!

This Week Marvin Learns:  Bullwhip

This week I channel my Indiana Jones as I learn how to crack and safely use a bullwhip.  My initial fear of course was that I would pull a young Indy, and end up with a nasty scar.  But all was good and this beautiful face is still just as gorgeous.

This lesson was provided by Jack, the same person who taught me how to throw knives.  I must say, learning how to throw knives before the bullwhip definitely came in handy.  A lot of the motions, the stance, and other things were very similar.  Almost immediately I was able to get it down and break the sound barrier to create that crack that we’re all familiar with hearing.

Where to Learn - Jack Dagger
Cost of Activity - $100
Cost to date - $1591.93

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-M

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This Week Marvin Learns:  Gun Cleaning

No correlation with Veterans Day intended, but this week I embrace the 2nd Amendment as I learn how to clean and dissemble a few firearms.  My friend Matt (and owner of the guns) has been telling me to do this since I started learning new things, so this week I take him up on it.  Now let me say, I’m not really a big gun guy, though I do like to shoot but probably won’t be purchasing one anytime soon.  But like many other things I’ve learned, I feel knowing how to maintain a firearm is a pretty solid skill to have.

And thankfully Matt has three different types of firearms, thus I was able to experience each.  For the non-gun enthusiasts, the three shown above are: a Marlin .22 rifle, a Mossberg 500 12g shotgun, and a CZ75B 9mm handgun.  I’ve shot all these guns before, but never got to delve inside till now.  It was pretty straightforward, and I likened it to taking pens apart.  Something I did a ton of in school.

Where to Learn - Know Someone With Guns
Cost of Activity - FREE
Cost to date - $1491.93

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-M

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This Week Marvin Learns:  The Thriller Dance

Of all the things I’ve learned this year, this is by far the one I’ve looked forward to the longest.  I’ve been a huge Michael Jackson fan since forever even having a Thriller jacket as a boy and sharing his birthday.  So when I set this goal for myself, learning the Thriller dance was one of the first things I put on the list.

Thankfully I work on a show that often has dance numbers, so I enlisted the help of our choreographer to teach me and some friends the steps.  And I must tell you guys, after two hours of learning, we’re pretty bad.  Probably not the worst ever, but definitely far from being Asian prisoner good.  But I’m so happy to know the steps and with practice I hope to be at least Indian Thriller good.

And here it is my Thriller video!

Where to Learn - Know a Choreographer
Cost of Activity - $37.00 ($260 divided by 7 people)
Cost to date - $1441.93

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-M

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This Week Marvin Learns:  The Thriller Dance

Of all the things I’ve learned this year, this is by far the one I’ve looked forward to the longest.  I’ve been a huge Michael Jackson fan since forever even having a Thriller jacket as a boy and sharing his birthday.  So when I set this goal for myself, learning the Thriller dance was one of the first things I put on the list.

Thankfully I work on a show that often has dance numbers, so I enlisted the help of our choreographer to teach me and some friends the steps.  And I must tell you guys, after two hours of learning, we’re pretty bad.  Probably not the worst ever, but definitely far from being Asian prisoner good.  But I’m so happy to know the steps and with practice I hope to be at least Indian Thriller good.

Where to Learn - Know a Choreographer
Cost of Activity - $37.00 ($260 divided by 7 people)
Cost to date - $1441.93

DO MORE!

-M

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