|Trust - Tuesday April 25th 2017||Rant|
The notion of trust is crucial when you wrestle someone. You can trust them on various grounds: a common first indicator is to agree on a "safe" word, especially when doing submission wrestling. The plea for a safe word like "Stop", 3 taps on the mats or a random word like "Red" or "Peanut Butter" are usually a good way to start.
When I start a match, I often start it defensively to let my opponent attack first. It gives me an idea of his strength and aggressivity. It allows to me to gauge my counter-attacks based on his style. Sometimes, I would let my opponent put a submission on me first to get his reaction when I tap out. How safe is he? How fast does he respond to a submission? Does he break immediately or does he keeps on the pressure?
I've spoken previously that some holds such as the Torture Rack requires the opponent's trust, because his insecurity could cause imbalance and consequently cause injuries. I like to call this one cooperative trust. Some moves can only be pulled off if both work together and both know what they are doing.
There are other holds like a simple Headscissors or a complex Reverse Indian Deathlock that could have other significant repercussions if say, the opponent doesn't release the hold when you ask him to do so. I mean I've known this through the Surfboard, where one of my opponents took a long time to release me and he would keep on the pressure after I asked and yelled at him to stop several times. That's usually a sign that you should never wrestle him ever again.
Taking pictures and videos requires a different form of trust. When you do this, you need to agree on the terms. Is it okay to distribute, to keep only for ourselves, should faces on the images be blurred? Should someone wear a mask to preserve his identity? Usually, your opponent is trusting you a lot when you ask him for pictures, so it's your duty to make sure that he is very comfortable with the idea and that every precaution is taken to protect him.
Unfortunately, I've seen a few cases where trust is one-sided. A particular opponent would ask me if it's okay to take pictures, but he tells me that he would be the only one to keep them... meaning that he would not provide me a copy. I suppose that in the least, he is telling me this in advance so I can determine if pictures should be taken or not. But really, trust usually has to go both ways. If you don't trust someone to have a copy of the pictures taken together and for them to keep a copy, then might as well not take any pictures at all. That way, you won't end up offending your opponent.
You can still be a good sport and tell him that it's okay, if it really doesn't bother you. Most people would accept this one side deal because they don't want to alter, affect or break the wrestling relationship between the two. And I have to admit, this is myself included. I would shut up and wrestle, let them take pictures which I know I will never get a copy.... and in the long run, there is this grudge that builds up, that digs it's way through me and creates a long-term silent rift between me and my opponent. Yeah, now that I look back, I probably should have said "no". It's unfair, but I suppose this is a minor trust issue compared to the other ones I've listed above. In between having an injured shoulder for life or not having pictures, I'll take the latter.
One of the worst case scenario I've seen is people promising me to send the pictures and then never do so in the end. So yeah, this is very deceptive and it's the worst kind of way you can show your trust (or mistrust) to someone. I've heard of common answers after the facts such as "I had to delete the whole content of the memory card because I had to take family pictures and I have to show my camera to my family." Then, when you tell them that there's software to un-delete files and to recover images, and that you're actually offering them to reverse the deletion on their memory card, they actually shut up and never talk to you again because they never wanted you to have a copy of the wrestling pictures in the first place. Wow. Selfishness at its best.
Anyway, if you do happen to take pictures, be punctual and be responsive, send your opponents the entirety of the content taken together as fast as you can. It's a gesture of courtesy, a way to express your appreciation of their cooperation with you. The first thing I do when I return home from a wrestling match is to plug my memory card on my computer, put the files on the Dropbox, MS OneDrive, or Google Drive and send a link to my opponent. If I do it now, I won't forget it and I won't risk pissing off my opponent and losing a wrestler. Also, do yourself a favor, let the person who is more comfortable with information technologies deal with this. While I don't mind getting multiple e-mails and individually download my pictures, e-mail has the same security guarantee than an online private file-sharing server that will allow your opponent to download them in one shot... or without even touching his computer.
In order to save space and reduce transfer time, I often resize my images before I share them. However, this is a detail that needs to be discussed with your opponent. Some wrestlers are very picky with photo quality and they would like to have the originals even if they are 5 MB each and even if they are at a 6000 x 4000 pixels resolution. Most people I've dealt with prefer their photos at 200-300 KB with a resolution of 1200 x 800 pixels (or 800 x 600).
By the way, the bad events I've listed happened more than five years ago (some more than 10). I'm just sharing them so that you guys are more cautious about it and hopefully don't share the same bitter experience that I've felt in some of my past matches.
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|Home setup - Monday April 24th 2017||Blog entry|
This is my home setup. It consists of one desktop connected to two screens in extended mode and one laptop that I always take with me during my wrestling travels. When I come back from a trip, it goes back here and I re-sync up everything.
On the back, you'll see a couple of my trophies from the Clash. The mostly hidden Stormtrooper unit near my head is actually holding my Monica Lewinsky medal, which I am not ashamed at all to have or to show off (even though my shoulder is hiding it partially, not on purpose, I swear! You can still see the white, red and blue ribbon though). You can then spot the toys that uncovers my geeky video game side: there's Pikachu on the left, a fake Mario mushroom near the top and the T-shirt I am currently wearing is Ryu Hayabusa's eyes from the first Ninja Gaiden on the NES.
The pile of DVD spindles, covers and envelopes you see is very old school, I know. The binders actually contain a lot more DVDs. I need to convert all this crap into content I can access from external hard drives. Most of these DVDs contains data I almost no longer use. This was at the time where I ordered entire WCW/WWF seasons just to access two or three shows that actually have bearhugs in it. There's also near the mushroom one of my few remaining VHS tape. I just looked into it and it's JPWA's February Fallout. It's worth nothing now, not to mention that my last videotape player is now broken so I can no longer read what's on that tape anymore. If you see the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary book on the right hand side, underneath it is that broken videotape player (it's actually a VHS tape to DVD converter), plus two DVD players (who uses those anymore?). Yes, I guess I'm due for a cleanup, but these old clunky devices are great to hold my monitors in place.
In case you're wondering, the red thing on the left is a safe that contains... Mars mini-chocolate bars. To make a long story short, I hide these chocolate because my roommate Be-Bear (id 2910) is diabetic and he'd often go in my room to steal chocolates.... Sounds like a lame excuse, I know.
On the middle screen that has characters that look like it came from a Matrix movie, it is simply running Bash on Ubuntu on Windows 10. The right screen is currently on my blog and the left screen is on the main page of bearhugger.net - it is currently showing the Top 30 vote ranking contender stats... nothing important, really. Near my elbow, you'll see another DVD spindle, but under it is three external hard drives of 4 TB (Terabyte) each. They contain both personal and site backups, backups of backups, software, shitty games, multimedia content (video, music, photos) and a lot more junk. Not shown in this photo under the desk is two more external hard drives of 4 TB. You can never have too many of those... Plus, memory is so cheap nowadays that I got one for free when I opened a box of Frosted Flakes cereal ... Just kidding.
The books holding the screens make my setup very ghetto and unstable. A friend asked me if I would be afraid of earthquakes making my screens fall... I actually never been through one yet with this current setup, so I can't tell. Beneath the screens, keyboard and mouse is more books and plastic containers that elevate my setup. Yes, this is a standing setup. I already sit about 40 hours a week, so I prefer to stand up when I use a computer at home. I also like to think that standing makes my body scissors (and consequently, my head and leg scissors) stronger.
When I actually do work on the site, I would usually only do it with my desktop and invest about 30 minutes a day, mostly on the main sections of the site which consists of approving profiles, entries and images, replying to mail and occasionally adding new content. On week-ends, I could spend anywhere between two to six hours depending on what I do, but it is not uncommon that I would take a break and not touch the site for a couple of days, or a whole week-end.
On my blog, for example, I spent a hour today updating the title animations you currently see at the top of this page and on the other ones (pics, clips, matches, bearhugs, etc.). It seems like a lot of time for something minor, but for me, every detail counts. It's what makes the site different and not taken from a template like every Facebook, Tumblr or Instagram account.
You'd think after 18 years, I'd put this away, but no, I've already put so much into it and it represents a lot of my time and sweat, my life and my passion so I'm not ready to let it go. I'll stick to it for quite a long while and I know I still have a long road ahead.
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|It's Racking Time! - Saturday April 22nd 2017||Racks|
Actually, I'm just consolidating all my torture racks in my Hall of Racks. I've even added to it a shiny new animating logo! Now, I can look back and remember who I racked, how heavy I was able to rack through standing or kneeling and the last day I've racked them. By the way, the images are sorted by date with the latest racks on top and the oldest racks at the bottom.
Some of the racks below were in my matches, but they were never listed in my Hall of Racks. For example, this one is from Match ID 283 with HeadlockMeHard (id 2511) in March 2015. In this particular match, I really went overboard with Photoshop lighting, flare, fireworks and special silly effects. I took the non-modified version for the shot below, but if you're curious, you can go read the match.
This one with DCBearWrestler (id 2843) dates as far back as in February 2011 during Wrestlefest.
And this last one is fairly recent: it was taken in May 2016 with the very handsome Swiss wrestler: Versus (id 5004). You can find more of his unfortunate torture in Match ID 317.
If you're wondering why... (spoilers)... he lost that particular match, Versus told me that he usually heels for most guys, so he asked me if I can specifically be the heel so he can experience being the jobber for once. Hey, I can't complain. I'll certainly heel him anytime!
So how did I win this match? Well.. by... (spoilers).. using chloroform, shackles and ropes. Foreign objects of course, any items that would give me some random advantage!
I actually just edited that match to change the line of text where I used the chloroform cloth:
- "Yes, breathe this. It's called CHCl3 and it's also known as "Trichloromethane", or "Chloroform". It has a molecular mass of 119.38 g/mol and a boiling point of 61.2°C. But all you really need to know is that it's good for you and helps you sleep better at night."
The end result is an even campier match... and you guys know how I like my matches campy!
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|Loserboy vs Elrac: Part 3 - Friday April 21st 2017||Scenarios|
I have to admit that I am not too happy how this one turned out. There are just days where I am lacking the inspiration to write up a scenario. It's also because the sets I do with Elrac (id 692) are often identical. In any case, I need to take the initiative to suggest him different moves and a different scenario. I'm thinking some ring action will probably help. I am due for a match with him and we've been in contact recently to make that happen.
The match was held back in April 2012, so I am to blame for not following up for almost 5 years. You can see the final outcome in Match ID 328.
The pic below was unused because I couldn't fit it anywhere in the story.
In the least, you can see the progress starting from Chapter 1 with Elrac and onwards. That particular one was held in 2008 where I was still camera shy and I was still wearing those wrestling masks.
In my queue, here is the order I've pre-determined for my next scenario write-ups. The photos are ready, I just need to edit them, place them and write something (...and hopefully, I do this when I have better inspiration). Priority goes to wrestlers where I haven't written up any chapters yet between me and them.
- Loserboy vs BeastMtl (id 10067)
- Loserboy vs CanWrestle (id 9693)
- Loserboy vs Fun4Us (id 8822)
- Loserboy vs Marty (id 6169) (Chapter 2)
- Loserboy vs JobberBoy (id 482) (Chapter 3) [JobberBoy wrote chapters 1 and 2]
- Loserboy vs Vicious (id 5128) (Chapter 2)
- Loserboy vs EvilDark (id 1077) (Chapter 5)
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|SamuraiWrestler, round 4 - Wednesday April 19th 2017||Recent matches|
SamuraiWrestler (id 10716) was in town again today, mostly for business, but we managed to slip in a match.
I had forgotten to take a look at my previous encounters with him, so I couldn't really pinpoint and shape him in my head. He doesn't put a face pic online so my recollections of him are always fuzzy... until he opened the door of his hotel room. Then, all the missing pieces of the puzzles were there. Everything came back and my head sort of immediately brought back to the front my previous experience with him through some sort of automatic wrestler scan.
Having the above in memory, I didn't hesitate to exploit it to the maximum, being the evil Terminator that I am. SamuraiWrestler was however in an advantageous position because I was at 70% of my strength. I caught a cold since Monday, but he has accepted to wrestle me anyway. He told me it's been a long while he has caught a cold, he takes preventive measures to protect himself: an apple a day, daily yogurt, daily run and many other good habits that I should also follow, since he's a pretty good example compared to me.
This is what I needed though.. at this weakened state, I needed an easier match and SamuraiWrestler was overall nicer. With now our fourth encounter, we pretty much know each other well enough. He hasn't forgotten to use his elbows to break away from my scissors, which still did not completely prevent him from tapping one or two times anyway.
We've developed this complicity and this is when you know that you've wrestled long enough someone to be comfortable with them, to talk with them with ease and laugh and to cuddle them afterwards.
My time with him was short. I kept it to two hours so I can get back home and get the rest and sleep I need to contain my cold.
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|Selfies - Sunday April 16th 2017||Something silly|
Today is my last day of daily blogging... after that, I'll go back to my usual pace of either weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly... or whenever I have a match. Having 3 matches last week, I've decided to take a little bit of rest this long Easter week-end.
When I have to go through my archives to look for superficial selfies, it's because I really ran out of things to post.
I am very fond of dogs, but I unfortunately don't own one. I'm too irresponsible for that. Pets require attention and daily care and I'm bad at that, really. But whenever I approach a dog or a cat, my IQ suddenly drops to near 0 and I start doing those "Ooooooh! Here kitty kitty kitty kitty kitty kitty! Come here you cute little doggie..." The dog below is a cute female husky that belongs to my older sister.
For the particular pic above, someone told me that it looks like the dog is eating something else...
I don't know how my sis does it, but this dog sheds so much fur. Your t-shirt and pants would literally be white if you dared approaching or touching this dog.
The pictures were taken with my Nintendo DSi in 2011. You could edit the picture with the device to add silly icons and all sort of things to make you look funny or ridiculous. I used to play Pokemon with this device. I played it night and day, wasting several months of my life, until I suddenly lost my DSi somewhere... After that, I felt so freed! I've told myself I would never play Pokemon again because I am so horrible that I can't control my addiction for silly video games. I still had a nice time with it, though.
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|A bit of my past history: How it started - Saturday April 15th 2017||Anecdotes|
When I was 14 (back in June 1994), I saw my first bearhug on TV. It featured a big goon known as Duke "The Dumpster" Droese crushing the lights out Reno Riggins. Something happened that day and I fell in love with the bearhug. I replayed it and re-watched it so many times during my childhood. Then I secretly kept recording on VHS tapes the WWF Superstars shows on a weekly basis hoping that Duke would give bearhugs to more of his opponents. Why did I do this secretly? Well, because my mom would tell me it was bad to watch people fighting and I didn't want the rest of my family to suspect that I might be gay.
A year later, I recorded a WCW show and stumbled on an inverted bearhug that Dave Sullivan gave to Dino Dimeglo. I was surprised to see that you could come up with a different variant to the bearhug. Being inverted meant that you had less chances of getting out of it and that you would struggle some more... I promptly followed Dave and was ecstatic that he used his bearhug relatively frequently. It was however how he did it that made it captivating for me. He'd jump repeatedly, squeezing rapidly using a bouncing movement that made the hold looked really painful... or in my case, really exciting.
Another bearhug that marked me later on was from a Mexican match where Cien Caras bearhugged Rayo de Jalisco Jr. in a reverse-inverted bearhug. I remember ordering this tape because back then, there was no such thing as YouTube, and I was very curious how this looked like. I've only read about it in several reviews and I knew I wanted to see this bearhug. My heart was beating fast when I received the VHS videotape and when I was viewing the sequence leading to the bearhug. I felt that paying 30$ for a tape for 5 seconds of bearhug was totally worth it.
Not long after that, it was a video from a Japanese adult wrestling company (I believe it was PAPW) that really confirmed to me that it was more than just the bearhug that was appealing. There was a twist to it that you'd never see on TV. One of the wrestlers from PAPW regularly took his opponents in an inverted bearhug and sometimes, he'd use his right hand to grab a hold of his opponent's prized possession... Squeezing him multiple times, grinding him and hearing him panic, pleading for mercy, before letting him go.
Video games also had an impact on my preference for bearhugs. In 1994, 16-bit arcade cabinets were still popular and one of my favorite video games was Saturday Night Slam Masters. I saw Jumbo, a pretty big wrestling character apply the bearhug. I inserted coins myself to control the character and had him bearhug Scorpion, a slim, yet agile wrestling opponent, but made sure he did nothing to defend himself against Jumbo. The bearhug sequence was short: 3 squeeze and Jumbo would throw his opponent away, but that was all what I needed back at the time. I even creamed my pants once just for that short sequence. Nowadays, emulators can easily be manipulated to repeat that sequence until the opponent submits.
The arcade cabinet Wrestlefest also played a noteworthy role when I was young, but for some reason, I didn't see this one often around my area. All the wrestlers in that game were beefier and the bearhugs they had were also very nice, considering the quality of graphics during that decade. In order for me to have access to that cabinet, I would have to travel to the US. My family would often go down south for long road trips to visit relatives, we'd stop at service areas and I'd occasionally bump onto Wrestlefest, or Pit Fighter or The Avengers.
It came to a point that stopping at service areas was my favorite part of the trip. Pit Fighter had a piledriver that you could almost consider a bearhug, but it was rather rare so I was just as happy to see the regular beat up sequence where the good guy lost to the basic, generic and easiest goon of the game. Or, an unfair double-team sequence. The Avengers had a bearhug that technically lasts forever until your energy reaches 0 (you would have to insert coins if you wanted to extend that time). If I was lucky enough to fall on Wrestlefest, I was too shy to play it, so I only observed in excitement other people playing it instead. The bearhug submission hold in that game was a move that was rather difficult to pull off because you could only apply it if the opponent was low on his energy gauge.
Back on to real video content, BG East wasn't really big yet, but I did remember when the CAL video company was around. I had my eyes for Mike Pope and read the description of his videos promising scorching hot and long held bearhug submissions. I couldn't afford them because they were 100$ a pop (yes, per match, per tape). If that happened past 2010, most of their content could have been found on YouTube, or pirated in one form or another, or made available through peer-to-peer file-sharing networks... but no, we were still in 1994-1995.
Switching again to pro, I had spent time researching for the big heavyweight guys that were known to use the bearhug as a finisher. I was obssessed with Ted Arcidi [+] and Bill Kazmaier [+] who were at the top of my list, with good reason. These guys were so dreamy for me (still are for me today, actually). Their bearhug content were largely inaccessible because it was produced between 1986 to 1992. I didn't watch wrestling yet at that age, so the only way I could access those matches was through more custom VHS videotape orders. My most memorable matches from these two guys were the ones where Ted Arcidi bearhugged Tony Garea to submission and where Bill Kazmaier made Mike Thor submit in an inverted bearhug.
All of the above were consequential milestones that directed me towards this one project: about four years after (in 1998), I founded this site. It all started with a very primitive picture gallery page housing a few bearhugs that I've gathered from various websites. I couldn't share the videos yet. Nooooooooooo! With 56k dial-up screeching modems, it would have taken hours to download a video clip. But the feedback I received just from the bearhug pictures alone was enormous and overwhelming. People were telling me that they thought there were the only ones who enjoyed this hold. Many asked me to tweak the site to include wrestling personals, to allow other wrestlers with similar interests to contact each other.
At the beginning, the process was entirely manual. People would send me an e-mail and I would write out their profile in a file and upload it to the site. If someone wanted to make some changes, they would e-mail me again and it would take me up to a year to update it because the process was tedious and I was procastinating...
It's only in 2008 (10 years later) that I learned enough about programming languages, databases and other information technology concepts to be able to have everything automated so that people can edit their profiles themselves. You can see from the site statistics and demographics that the amount of profiles back then jumped from 158 wrestlers in 2000-2007 to 524 in 2008 and then doubling up for the following two years, because I no longer had to do everything by hand.
7 years after that, in 2015, I created this blog to separate the site-related posts from my personal wrestling life.
Fast-forward to today, I realize that bearhugs require so much strength to be effective. Hence, as the years went by, I grew fonder of other holds like the body scissors and the torture rack. Mind you, I still love bearhugs, especially if someone is strong enough to make me feel something. The body scissors is just higher up on the scale because I have an easier time finding opponents that are stronger in the legs than in their arms. Most people tend to have a stronger body scissors than a strong bearhug. After all, your legs supports your whole body whereas your arms don't really need to carry anything throughout the day. The body scissors has also worked for me very well against bigger opponents: I get to see them struggle in it and occasionally, give up (yes, I'm THAT mean). If done correctly on me, you'd probably hear me laugh because the body scissors can produce an enjoyable type of pain.
The rack also has a warm place in my favorite holds: because it is impressive when a smaller guy can bend a bigger guy. You can clearly see the size difference. I will however give credit to Lex Luger for making me fall in love with the rack. It was always astounding to see him lift his adversaries, no matter their size, then watch him in awe as he flexes them repeatedly over his shoulders. The fact that he continued racking them after the bell rings and after the referee tells him to release made it even hotter. This particular video on YouTube sort of explains what I'm trying to say. It's one of my favorite rack from Lex: AJ Styles here is completely defenseless. He was already beaten-up, double-teamed, exhausted, lost the match, yet, they would bully him some more by racking him even though the bell already rang.
The rack is one of the few holds that I usually prefer giving than receiving. The reason for this is that very few people know how to do this properly and the risk of falling, hurting or tumbling through an improper rack is significantly higher than any other wrestling holds. I even remember EvilDark almost injuring his shoulder in the process. With the bearhug, you can just wrap your arms around your opponent and the lifting is optional. Voilą. With the rack, you'd have to feel comfortable enough to put a good amount of weight on your shoulders and you should be experienced or feel confident enough to distribute the weight evenly to keep your opponent balanced and aligned in the air. If you lose the trust of your opponent or if he struggles and make sudden movements, you both can easily get injured in the process. Yes, this is one of the holds you usually don't try at home.
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|Sleeper with body scissors - Friday April 14th 2017||Video clips|
My last clip was posted on March 2017, but before that, it was in December 2016. It's not as if I have unlimited content to post, but I do get quite a few complaints that I don't post enough. With an era where you have millions of videos uploaded everyday on YouTube, I just think that people are getting more difficult and want more content quicker.
Here's one where EvilDark (id 1077) locks me in a sleeper with body scissors combo in the ring. You can view this clip under Clip ID 306.
In case you are wondering, I actually tell him in french in the video to switch arms because, given his position, it was better that he applied the sleeper differently. You'll see him jerk the sleeper several times while maintaining or pushing a few spams with his scissors, crushing and tiring me slowly. I've also put some nice and calm music on it to make me go to sleep...
EvilDark comes back often in my videos and matches, but that's because I see him the most, so we produce the most stuff together. His scissors is still among the strongest in all the wrestlers I have fought. Effective and squeezed in such a way that I do ask him for more. He can prolong it to make the feeling enjoyable without exceeding my tolerance threshold. This is what many wrestlers describe as "Long held submission hold" where you don't put 100% in one shot, but instead, you apply a gradual pressure to keep your opponent in check, staying around 70-90% of his limit.
On rare occasions, I sometimes leave a wrestling week-end with a sore on my sides, but it's usually a good sore and a good memento of our fight.
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|Profile focus: RickSF - Thursday April 13th 2017||Profile focus|
There are two particular wrestlers that were great hosts for me whenever I visited them: they are EvilDark (id 1077) and RickSF (id 8839). I already spoke about EvilDark a lot previously, so I'll focus on RickSF today.
I've wrestled RickSF (id 8839) about 4 times: two times at the Wrestlefest (WF 2014 and WF 2016), one time at the 20th Clash and one time at his hometown of San Francisco (hence RickSF). My trip to San Francisco was in November 2014. My blog started in December 2015, so I never really had the opportunity to write down in my journal the things that happened during that particular travel. Now's my chance.
When I came to visit San Francisco, RickSF offered me to stay at his place, but I had several matches planned so I opted to have my own hotel room, not wanting to disturb him with other wrestlers. I however reserved my last portion of the trip with him, and we had a marvelous time. I think we spent two nights together, we wrestled quite a bit, rolled around, took pics... I do remember he had an affinity for gut punches, so we did a few of those. He started to know my wrestling style very well because he became tougher to fight against. Rick also had this habit of nagging his wrestlers and his most popular word was "Really?", as in, your wrestling move is utterly and absolutely useless. This has a side effect of pumping you up, but that's really what he wants. A better challenge.
When we were tired out, he brought me in downtown San Francisco to show me his place. He then was my tour guide and brought me to the Golden Gate and to The Castro (SF's gay neighborhood). We ate at a nice restaurant where he paid for my lunch. We also visited a farmer's market, went across The Great Slope (I can't remember how this street was called, but I've never seen anything like it so steep). He explained to me the history of the various buildings as he drove around the different districts and he introduced me to the subway/rail system of SF.
I remember he tried to set up matches in a ring, but my visit was a bit at the last minute to make that happen. We eventually went back to my hotel room and wrestled some more.
Prior to the trip, RickSF saved me a lot of trouble by making recommendations on who I should wrestle, which of the locals in SF are the reliable ones and which ones were the time wasters I need to avoid. As a reference, during my trip to SF, I was able to wrestle Rookie408 (id 10139), MattZ and this mysterious bear.
By the way, RickSF adores this pin hold, if you ever face him, make sure you do this to him.
The ones with the bed on the floor was taken during the Wrestlefest of Feb 2016. In the pic below, I think he was experimenting different types of scissors.
I'll finish up with this silly little selfie we took.
RickSF made sure that I enjoyed my time at SF and he even accompanied me back to the airport on my last day. He's a great talker, often made me laugh, absolutely nice, enthusiastic and passionate about wrestling and has... a cute goatee/beard hehehe. He'd go with me everywhere I went. He made sure that I crossed the security checkpoint before turning back. It's people like RickSF that pushes me to become a better host and to treat wrestlers the same way he treated me.
People who travel already spend a lot on flights, transportation and accommodations. Some travel for work, others for leisure, but some have came all the way specifically for you. I think RickSF has clearly showed me in great ways that it's courtesy to be there for wrestlers coming from afar by spending time with them, invite them to eat, don't let them pick up the tab, introduce them to other wrestlers in town and help them explore the city.
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|Teddy bears - Wednesday April 12th 2017||Off-topic|
So I ordered a pink teddy bear to be shipped at work. Why work? Well, whenever they ship it at home, I have to go pick it up at the post office because I'm not home to receive it, whereas at work, the receptionist is always there to receive the parcel. Why go through the trouble?
Colleague 1: What's that?
Me: Oh it's a care bear.
Colleague 1: Why did you get yourself a care bear?
Me: It's not for me, it's for my step niece.
Colleague 2: Yeah, yeah, we all know it's for you.
Me: Yeah, sure. I sleep with teddy bears *sarcasm*
Honestly, I do. They keep me young, happy and silly. I have fun with them and my roommate. We tease each other a lot about it. Sometimes, I like to put his favorite one sitting on top of the door of his bedroom. Each time he walks in, it falls *splat* on his face.
I have updated the pic here because there is a new member in the family.
Truth be told, four of these belong to me and the rest belongs to my roommate.
And honestly, the pink one is not mine!!! lol
Yes, that's a very geeky t-shirt and you'll only really know the real significance of it if you played Contra on the NES.
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