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deejay K

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Seattle & Canada

deejay K
Besides one really terrible thing, this trip has been a lot of fun! I've gotten to hang with a bunch of my close friends, explore some places I've been wanting to (both new and newish-to-me), and pick up a few things for myself that I've had my eye on.

Tuesday was Elly & Sara's 21st bday at Baltic Room. It was a fun night and I was quite happy to be able to be there to celebrate with them! I got to reconnect with a lot of people I hadn't seen in awhile.

Wednesday was Dohmer night with Powermitten. We watched Dohmer on Netflix and it was pretty intense... Highly recommended. That guy was a genius. Dohmer brilliant, if you will. I'd seen most of the movie once before and had been wanting to finish it, so that was nice :P

Thursday was sPiN! sPiN! SuPeR! at Jodi & Elly's place. Besides some drama later in the night, everything went pretty awesomely and I got to spin a lot of Electro Swing, Bassline House, and Speed Garage :) Sadly, Sara couldn't make it, but a bunch of my AO family was there which made it the best <3

Friday was Exit Canada up in the Vancouver area. We went to this place and the premise is you and 5 others get locked in one of 4 scenario rooms and have 45 minutes to escape using logic, puzzle solving, and other skills. We went into the Jail scenario and had to get out of our cells and continue our way through the facility in an attempt to escape. We didn't make it all the way out, but our team was happy with its progress. We did pretty well together :) We're definitely going back to try some of the other scenarios, and eventually try the one we attempted again. Dragon housed us and it was awesome.

Saturday was return to the US and adventures are Unicorn Meat Parade and Monkey Loft! On the way back from Canada, we stopped at this awesome dumpling place and it was legit. Def going to stop there again in the future. I got to UMP a bit later than everyone else, but it was just in time to have an awesome late afternoon and lead-in to the evening. Pizza madness ensued and then we got ready and headed out to Monkey Loft for a night on the town! I love Monkey Loft- I'd been there once before quite late at night and had vowed to return for a full experience and this was it. The bartenders were awesome- they had all the proper tools to make fantastic craft cocktails and they made them proper. The decor of the place lends itself to fancy cocktails, but for some reason I hadn't expected it. The music was awesome most of the night and the crowd included a lot of people who knew how to move on the dance floor. I love watching people dance :) It was an all-around fun evening.

Sunday and Monday were Rozi fun time and resting up at Fizzbetch Flat over in West Seattle! We were going to check out one of my favorite bar/restaurants in West Seattle, The Matador, but apparently they had closed the night before for week-long renovations, so instead we headed across the street to West 5 to see what it was all about. What we found was a nice craft cocktail bar that also happens to serve really delicious food! I may be going to The Matador a lot less now... Pleasant surprises are always the best :) Monday morning was all about sleeping in because I was feeling retty under the weather, but that dissipated by early afternoon. LEGO movie happened (3rd time for me) and then we spent some time afterwards self-pampering. I got a rad safety razor and shaving brush along with a 3 month supply of all the fancy oils, creams, and aftershaves I will need to properly use said fancy new tools! (Thanks Deo!) Very excited to try them out once I get home!!!

Monday night I headed up to Mason's new place and got to meet the cute guy he's into. We had a chill night and then I got some more much needed rest.

Tuesday was mostly a work day, though I'd been working between fun things on most all the weekdays I'd been up here anyway... Work still needs me and I love doing my job :P

Flying home tomorrow morning with kind of a mixed headspace... I'm glad I have the amazing friends I do up here and for all they did for me all week. I love you guys <3

See you soon, SoCal!

These Are My Brighter Days :D

deejay K
As many of you know, I've been on an emotional rollercoaster the past few months. I'm happy to say I really think things are starting to even out! (Finally!)

I've been doing a lot of introspective thinking recently, and obviously some of that ended with rambling on here that probably didn't make sense or just sounded stupid. I like El Jay because I can just write what's on my mind, even if it's way out of left field, and then feel that weight be lifted off my mind. Usually this process helps me come to enlightenment thanks to having my mind a bit more free, and also thanks to sincere statements and suggestions from friends- whether they are something pleasant or not. I really appreciate that.

Since the accident I haven't been able to work out, and my work hours have been a lot lower than I would like. I've needed a lot more rest than usual, and frequent naps are commonplace as my body does its healing thing. I'm not the type of person who can just stay in and not do things, though. Thanks to my awesome friends I've managed to get out of the house and do a lot of low-impact things like enjoy theater shows and have a nice dinner here and there. I can't thank you all enough for being the best friends I knew you already were, but am still constantly surprised by :)

Today I went to the beach with a few Oceanside area friends. It's the first time I've actually been able to do anything remotely exercise-ish since the accident and it felt amazing! I love battling the ocean and its immense power :D I feel rejuvenated and hopeful for my recovery. Also, I am now not as super white as I was yesterday. LOL.

Looking forward, I have a lot of exciting change and growth to accommodate. I'm working on some new music stuff (mixes!, learning some production stuff, etc), starting to feel like I'm back on board at work, and am super excited to take on my next form. Innovate, redefine- what it takes you will find :D

Blue Beard, out!

"I'm Gonna Wreck It!" -Semitruck to Prius

deejay K
Semi swerved extreme left and rolled into Flapjack's Prius as we were on our way north this evening. It's one of those accidents you see on the side of the road and just wonder how the fuck it was even possible for everything to end up where it did. My chest is so sore, but other than that I feel okay. I think I'm still in shock.
deejay K
I had a fantastic arm and back workout this morning. My arms feel like Hulk arms right now, but I'm sure they will be jelly within the next two days... I just took my time and did some extra reps and really concentrated on the muscles each exercise was working and tried to milk as much umph as I could out of every rep.

Legs are tomorrow... (and shoulders!) Last week my legs were in a constant state of jelly which made carrying heavy boxes up stairs and other normal tasks very cumbersome. I'm hoping I'll be at a point very soon where there is just sore and not a lot of jelly and giving out.

I ate pretty well last week with some totally acceptable allowances... I had one fancy meal (first time at Napa Rose!) and one total junk meal (Pizza Pirates with friends after our recently deceased friend's viewing and funeral service) and a cookie or two (movie night at Casa Chihuahua). Still on the wagon and doing totally fine with that! No alcohol = less calories going to waste or pushing me past what I should be consuming :) With that said, I will be enjoying a libation or two at our long overdue CCCP (cocktail club) meeting on Wednesday, as per my original plan allowed for :) Just gotta make sure to do some evening exercises afterwards to account for the intake and be okay with said libations. May 4 is this weekend, here so soon... I will be enjoying some rum with RyanKore at the event we are spinning at, also per my original plan. Afterwards I'm pretty sure I will be back on the wagon with a few libation allowances here and there. Before I started this get in shape kick I was downing too many empty calories on too many days a week (especially Thursdays) to be able to maintain my weight... As long as I keep it down to wine or beer (preferably with meals, accounting for calories with extra exercise if necessary), CCCP meetings (with evening exercise afterwards), and an event or weekend get together here and there (cheat day!), I will be okay with that. Of course this is all subject to change as I make progress and get in better shape. The goal here is to keep moving forward, and that's what I intend to do.

I think I will be very happy come Burning Man time :D *score*

BAM!

deejay K
Achievement Unlocked: Worked out 5 days in a row.

Ab Ripper X tomorrow with Cousin :D

Turning a New Old Leaf: Week 2 (So Far)

deejay K
Week 1 was a success as far as I'm concerned. I didn't workout all the days I wanted to, but things were crazy so I let it slide. By the end of the week I was making some adjustments to my diet based on how I felt and what was available to me. Saturday kind of took me off guard as I was out of the house a lot longer than expected, so I wasn't prepared with snacks or water while I was out. I managed with a bun-less grilled chicken sandwich, though, and I felt good about that. I'm not 100% avoiding wheat or anything, but I have significantly downsized my consumption of it. Plus, buns add a ton of calories I'd rather fill with something better. Sunday I tried some delicious vegan pizza and I managed to make this "raw cookie dough" type stuff from peanut butter and chickpeas that was surprisingly spot on and also delicious. Score one for Pinterest!

Week 2 has been a lot more awesome. Monday was a wash... I slept in and ended up spending the whole day attempting to put together some stuff for a fellow raver who passed away over the weekend. We got a fund setup to help his family pay for the funeral and burial as well as got an event put together for the ravers to celebrate his life and to generate more funding. I didn't work out, but I did do 10x pushups a few times throughout the day. I didn't eat much throughout the day, but again, so much was going on. I think I just needed a day to put myself back together. Yesterday I woke up, worked out (back, chest, and arms), drank my first protein shake in awhile, and managed to eat spot on throughout the day. After my dinner meal I decided to go for a brisk walk. I ended up crossing under the 57 and making my way through the CSUF campus with a stop at Target to pick up a few groceries I needed on my way home. Today I woke up early (before 8, and not cranky or unrested!), worked out (Ab Ripper X), and have thus far been eating well. I think I will do another brisk walk tonight after dinner as I felt pretty awesome after yesterday's adventure.

Go Team K!

How is everyone else doing with their fitness and healthy eating goals?

Turning a New Old Leaf

deejay K
I haven't been great about fitness or eating well since I moved to California. Hopefully, that's about to end.

Before I moved, I was in the best shape of my life. It took almost a year of healthy eating, 6 days a week of workouts, and cutting out alcohol completely. It was easy because I had Cousin there. We worked out together, prepare some of our meals together, and supported each other throughout.

This is round 2. It's not going to be easy, but whatever. I started this past Monday, April 15.

While I don't believe it necessary to cut out alcohol completely this time around, my plan includes drastically reducing my alcohol intake; mostly cutting the mindless over-drinking. Until May 4th, I'm attempting to not drink any alcohol unless it's at a CCCP meeting. (I'll flesh out the rest of the alcohol plan when I get through to May.)

I've cut out soda, anything with high fructose corn syrup, most drinks with artificial sweeteners (I will make an exception for the necessary sugar free energy drink here and there, but I'm definitely cutting back on Crystal Light). I have been making infused water and making sure to drink a lot of it. My favorite so far is lemon cucumber ginger mint water! It's fun trying different combinations of fruits and veggies. I'm not huge on normal water, so this is a game changer. My fridge is stocked with so many veggies! I've been eating greek yogurt with banana and some chia seeds in the mornings with a small glass of orange juice. Salads and raw veggies throughout the day. A spoonful of natural peanut butter (the kind with only peanuts and some salt) here and there for some extra umph. I've also been buying the roasted chickens from the grocery store and eating a serving of the meat without the skin once a day. I also have tuna, dill relish (one of the few processed items I decided was okay here and there), and if i really need it (rarely), I have some olive oil mayo to drop in as well. So far so good. I feel good. I eat something small about every 2 hours in hopes of boosting my metabolism, and am getting better about not eating late at night. So I'm happy on the food/drink front.

My sleeping schedule is still in flux, but I'm hoping to get a good 7 hours most nights. Working on that...

I did my first workout today. Need to come up with a real plan, but for today I just followed my old Ab Ripper X video. (And by followed I mean attempted to keep up with, but it was a bit much!) I need to get some protein powder to make it legit.

All in all, I'm excited to be getting this all underway finally. Check on me. Bitch me out if I fall out of step. I'd appreciate it.

Love you guys <3

P.S. Advice and suggestions are welcome! I know you guys know stuff I don't, especially about healthy food prep!

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deejay K
As SuPeR K!, I've spent many years spreading my love of Happy Hardcore near and far. Today I'm presenting two exciting new side projects: Subaroo & K Line- spinning Electro Swing & Bassline House, respectively. Opening Act is my first foray into these genres. It's heavy on the Electro Swing with a tasty Bassline House finish. Listen, dance, groove, enjoy, and spread the love :)

-Keith

P.S. Expect individual mixes from these two side projects as I grow and cultivate my collection of tracks in each of these awesome genres!

Check it out now on Soundcloud!

Thoughts

deejay K
Lately I've been thinking a lot about maybe moving into a new apartment... I love my apartment, but I'm craving change. There are some really cool ones I'm interested in looking into- like the 2 story with bedroom loft layout in the complex Mark and Lance live in. They are a bit more expensive, but I'm still actively looking into it. Not too far from where I am now- more south, near the 22 and Grand. We'll see what happens there. I've also been thinking a lot about getting a house. I know it's not anywhere near feasible at the moment, but it's something I'd like to do in the next couple of years. It would be amazing to have my own place that's actually mine.

Downsizing and actually following through with some plans to build myself new furniture are currently on the front burner. I want to build a slightly lofted bed with a cozy workspace below that includes a lot of storage space, placement of all my current and future deejay equipment, and has the bed part not super high off the ground. I drew up the plans before I moved to California, just haven't executed them yet. I'm excited to start working on this :)

I've also got a list of some things I'm hoping to purchase in the next few months... 2 Pioneer CDJ-900s, some new Ikea bookshelves, a wine fridge to properly cellar my preciouses, a trash compactor, and possibly a new energy efficient freezer-on-the-bottom double-door fridge to cut back on noise and energy consumption. I also really want to get the controlled-by-your-iPhone Phillips LED bulb system. Maybe I'll end up with that first. I dunno. I've been really good about keeping up with work hours and doing side jobs in my off time, so I should be able to afford all of that stuff by spring!

I'm told that a work order has been put in to fix hose fountain, but the company our complex hired to do all our fountain maintenance has not made any moves yet. Hopefully that will get remedied soon as well.

sPiN! sPiN!'s 9 year anniversary starts on Thursday!!! We're going to have special shows every week through the end of November, details forthcoming. I've got a ton of programming work to do before then, though, so hopefully we can launch our new show interface in time. I just need to make it happen. This is my baby. I'm excited to celebrate 9 years of this marriage of things I love- music and web development. The great friendships and memories of the past 9 years through sPiN! are something I truly cherish. Looking forward to many more years of awesome!

In other news, today my cousin Jim and Amber are getting married! The wedding will be the first time my entire immediate family and step family are all at the same place at the same time. My mom is in from Georgia, my full brother Kevin and my dad will be there, as well as my stepmom, my half bro Keenan, and my stepbro Brian/Keith. It should be interesting to say the least. The wedding is also forcing all of my aunts and uncles, who all seem to have some kind of drama with each other, to man up and hang out together without excuses. I'm expecting an eventful day- hopefully in a good way! I'm excited for Jim and Amber- they are both really awesome and I'm looking forward to being able to call Amber my cousin :) Welcome to the family!!!

There's a lot of awesome about to happen, and I'm diving in! Let's see how successful I am in a few months... LOL

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