A man must be made of steel so that when the fires of life come, he emerges stronger and without defect.These are the chronicles of my time in the flames.I am the Acolyte now but will not be so for long........
I dont watch many reality TV shows but there is one that I never make a point of missing....The Ultimate Fighter.The whole concept is that a group of martial artists who tale part in mixed martial arts are divided into 2 teams.There are two weight classes and fighters in the two different weight classes from different teams go up against each other in the octagon (the fighting cage). The winning fighter from each weight class gets a 6 figure contract with the UFC. Anyway with that out of the way, the house has quite a big assortment of characters and this was brought out best in last weeks show.Now the team that is leading in number of matches won has this student that the coach has as a personal favourite.This fighter is deaf and was a collegiate champion but has only 6 years experience and the trainer sees himself in this dude and gives him more time in training in comparison to the other fighters.The other fighters are not impressed with this at all and to make things worse this fighter has been developing and ego based on the attention and the fact that he thinks he is the best fighter in the house. His team member think that the deaf fighter (Matt) trains too hard and is hurting the other team mates. The team mates decide they have had enough and decide to give Matt a taste of his own medicine.During sparring one fighter parries his punch and gives him a hard kick to the head and this is followed by a hard uppercut to the jaw during the next session from another fighter.Their team coach is worried there might be some damage so he sends Matt off to the hospital. When the Team arrives at the house, everyone is quick to tell the rest of the fighters about Matt getting injured in practice. Everyone is elated to hear that Matt is not so invincible after all, everyone except Danny (The only fighter who likes Matt). Matt finally comes home and heads up to bed. Danny joins him to help keep an eye on his friend. Meanwhile, Matt is being waited on hand and foot by Danny, who brings cereal and sandwiches to his convalescing friend. The rest of the house thinks that Matt is taking advantage of his injured jaw. They’re determined not to do anything to help him out. Unsympathetically, they all lament about how nice it would be if someone made them sandwiches. Anyway an envelope arrives at the house for one of the fighters. The fighters goof off in the house as they are stir crazy. Noah (the dude who got the letter and had qualified for the next round) hides in the bathroom to read what was in the envelope. When he reappears, he seems quite stunned.One of his team mates tries to talk to Noah but all he will say is that something bad happened back home. Everyone starts speculating as to what horrible incident must have happened back home for Noah to be so distraught. Noah finally reveals that someone has accused him of cheating on his girlfriend and she is upset. He is not sure he is going to be able to continue training unless he can talk to her. The next morning, Dana (The owner of the UFC who is running the show) arrives at the house to talk to Noah. Noah wants to be allowed to call his girlfriend, but Dana tells him he can’t allow it. He explains that everyone in the competition would love to call home too but they can’t. That’s not why they’re all here. He tells Noah to get his head on straight or head home. Noah decides to leave and says that he’ll either be viewed as a coward for walking away or a hero for doing something he believes in. Dana calls the fighters to the gym. He explains that Noah left this great opportunity for a girl he’s only been dating for six months (6 frigging months!). The guys can’t believe it. They all thought he’d been seeing this girl for a really long time. Their team coach explains that you can’t become a championship fighter unless you are willing to sacrifice. Dana then goes on to explain that Noah’s departure means that someone gets to come back. He calls out for the fighters to enter the gym. The door opens and we see that the replacement fighter is… What gets to me is that this Noah chap had to work for months and go through audition and audition to get where he was and he throws it all away!As I watched the show, Dana told Noah that making a phone call would not solve the problem but make things worse as he would still be in the house.I feel that he should have waited for the show to end and then sorted out his troubles.6 months!They had only been dating 6 months and this dude throws away an opportunity that thousands would kill to get!For me I feel that Noah was an idiot to leave, would any of you give up the opportunity of a life time to go do damage control about rumours?For me Noah is the Honorary Punk of the Month!
After pulling back from 2 goals down and scoring an equaliser in stoppage time (scored by none other then Super Stevie Gerrard!) and playing most of extra time with 10 men, we took the game to penalties and thanks to saves from Goalie of the season Jose Reina, we won the game and the FA Cup! Unfortunately being stateside and not having the soccer channel meant that I had to follow the game on the net via live commentary. It seems that I will have to wait for the highlights to be posted on youtube and other video share sites.I can only imagine the atmosphere in the Nairobi bars at the moment.Well at least I have an excuse to have a beer or two tonight! Liverpool rocks and are the comeback Kings! This is a classic qoute by the people from soccernet.com who give live game commentaries on the site... Gerrard cannot contribute to the game anymore and cannot be substituted as Benitez has used all his substitutions.Liverpool are effectively playing with 10 men.Which they are well used to following Djimi Traore's many matches for them. And despite his condition he went on to score one of the penalties during the shoot out!If that isnt heart then I don't know what is! Anyway time to leave, the librarian is wondering why I am jumping up and down like I'm high on crack!
No it can't be!Blogger's block is checking in!I guess it is because I do not have much going on at the moment.Since I got a library card sometime back I think I will go to the local library and see if they have anything interesting for me to read for the weekend. Also Liverpool play West Ham in the FA cup final tommorrow.Go Liverpool! Have a good weekend people and don't forget you have to work on Monday!
The scion of the Delamare family is back to his murderous ways!Thomas Patrick Gilbert Cholmondeley has once again taken the life of a Kenyan.His account says that the deceased was among a group of armed poachers that attacked him on his expansive farm, but the account of one of the wounded survivors disputes this.The survivor says that they had surrendered when they encountered the Baron, and during questioning the deceased attempted to escape and that is when the Baron shot him.The body of the deceased had a bullet wound in the back near the pelvis that led to his death. The previous case against Cholmondeley was dropped and the the inquisition into the murder has faded into a legal mist generated by the AG. This time justice must prevail!There should be justice for all, no matter what the color of their skin or station in life. Story here...
My sister had a numerology chart analysis done for me.It was really interesting as it was spot on in some areas and off in other areas.But I will share it bit by bit over here and my honest opinions about the reading.
Birth name: Acolyte
Short name: Acolyte
Birth date: April 17, xxxx
Your Life Path is 19/1 5
Your _Expression is 11/2 6
Your Heart's Desire is 5 8
About your Personal Reading
This reading was composed for you personally, Acolyte, and is based on your full name at birth, your date of birth, and the name you now use to introduce yourself. Acolyte, your Personal Numerology Reading describes all aspects of your chart as they are understood in numerology, accurately and in-depth. Each chapter starts with a short introduction telling you where this particular number is found and how it affects you. This is followed by the number itself. Often, you will find a double digit number followed by a single digit. The meaning of your number is then explained in easy to read language. Acolyte, you don't need to know anything about numerology to be able to enjoy and benefit from this reading. I hope you will enjoy your reading.
Your Life Path is 19/1
Acolyte, you are a born leader. You insist on your right to make up your own
mind; you demand freedom of thought and action. You have drive and
determination. You don't let anything or anyone stand in your way once you are
committed to your goal. (I have to admit that is kind of true but I must admit that I am wanting in the drive and determination section!)
You assume the responsibility to be the protector and provider for those you
love. You demand respect and attention and become irritated and even
domineering when important things do not go your way.
You need to feel in command of important undertakings, and resist supportive
roles. You seek the forefront and the limelight. ( Only when the people in charge are idiots, otherwise I am happy to make things work from the background!But I am in no way domineering!)
You are exceptionally creative and original and possess a touch of the
unusual. Your approach to problems is unique and you have the courage to
wander from the beaten path. You can be impatient with your shortcomings and
those of others. (Very very true, I admit, patience with other people's shortcomings and my own has never been a strong point!I am creative, original and most definitely unusual! And I do think outside the box most of the time!)
You are very concerned with your status and foster the appearance of success
and self-satisfaction. The need to appear well off propels you to strive for growth,
success and the finer things of life. (Hmmmm appearance doesn't mean that much to me as peoples' opinions don't mean that much to me but I do like some of the finer things in life)
You should watch out for selfishness, conceit and the over-concern with
appearance. You must guard against overzealous behavior, anger and
aggressiveness. If these qualities are not brought under control you could
become excessively domineering, vindictive and even violent. (selfishness and conceit I agree to but the rest I dont!Zeal and aggression are emotions that don't exist in the life of this laid back dude!But as for pay back let's just say that I think that revenge is a dish best served cold...)
You perform best when you are left to your own devices.
Ideally you should own your own business
and be your own boss. Hold fast to your life's dream and work with the
determination you possess to realize it. You can become overly stressed by your
driven nature. (Yes I do work best when left to my own devices, I have noticed that even in group work I tend to seek out a niche where I can work on my own and then rejoin the group when my work is done but like I said, stress isnt part of my vocabulary!)
Be careful about the food you eat and maintain an exercise
program you enjoy. Competition sports are often a healthy outlet for a person with
your drive, particularly sports involving running and swimming. Don't let pride and
overconfidence be your masters. Remember, your talents and abilities are a gift
from a higher source, which should promote gratitude and humility, rather than
pride and conceit. (Now this reader is getting on my nerves!I am the most humble person that I know! In fact I am yet to meet someone as humble as me!But sports are a good outlet of energy that I enjoy.)
More often than not a person with a 1 Life Path will achieve much in life as long
as the drive, creativity, originality and pioneering spirit are fully employed! (I agree with this as when I put even 70% into something I achieve more then some people who are putting 100% into it!And I do enjoy being a trailblazer!)
Your Life Path number 19, while identical in many ways to the Life Path
numbers 1 and 10, also reveals the presence of a Karmic Debt. The person with
the 19 Karmic Debt will learn independence and the proper use of power. You will
be forced to stand up for yourself, and often be left to stand alone. Difficulties will
be faced and overcome through personal struggle.
One of the central lessons for people with the 19 Karmic Debt is that you
stubbornly resist help. Much of your independence is self-imposed; you simply
don't want to listen to others, or accept the help or advice of others. Your 19
Karmic Debt can become a self imposed prison if you do not open up to the
reality of interdependence, and the mutual need for love. ( I do agree with this as I do tend to be a lone wolf and think that I am self sustaining. I tend to think that I can solve my own problems with as little help as possible.)
The most important lesson for the 19 Karmic Debt is: While you seek to stand
on your own feet, you are still a human being, deeply connected with others and
in need of the support, assistance, and human understanding that all people
need. Those with the 19 Karmic Debt will learn the hard way that "no man is an
island," and that we are, indeed, "all bits of the main!" (Yes this is a lesson that I am learning slowly and at times deliberately unlearning, I think that is why the move abroad has not been that traumatic for me because I seek sustainance and solace from within and not from others and my environment. But slowly I have been learning the importance of making bonds with others, I am a very different person from 2 years ago)
I went to visit the other Kenyan pal today at his new summer digs and after lunch he was walking me back to school and we ran across a tree that had these...
Being that it had been sometime since I had tasted some loquats we shamelessly picked some as we walked, but my pal made a vow to come back under the cover of sunset to strip the trees of as much as he could carry! I remember we had a loquat tree at one of the houses we lived in as kids, so these fruit do bring back memories!Hmmmm I think I have to take a walk somewhere in that area tommorrow!
Well onto part 2! I once had this fly mama pal who was saved.She used to regal me with storos of how "brothers" would come up to her and tell them how God had shown them that she was the One.She got so used to it that she used to tell them that when God gives her the same messages she'd get back to them!Plus I think it was just lust that sent them there as there is no way God would send 5 dudes to the same chic (unless polyandry is part of christianity now!). Then there are these kubaffs both male and female who believe in the business of laying out fleeces.Like a dude who put out this fleece that the first "sister" who came in wearing a red dress.When the first chic who came in wearing a red dress looked more like one of the Easter Island Statues as opposed to the vision of beauty he had in mind; the brother rebuked the works of the devil and went back to prayer! Then there are these weird churches where the Pastor proclaims himself as match maker!I mean that's just plain pathetic and un-biblical!But anyway faith has often become a substitute for logic! Then there was this Pastor who had the audacity to tell a chic that I knew that she was committing a sin by being single.How now?Well according to him that by being single, this gal was leaving a man single and as a result this single man was going to have to resort to sinful practices to slake his lust!A load of B.S if you ask me! I once went for a church camp and I remember the lady who was talking to us telling us that it is God's will for us to be married.I put up my hand and with the patent Aco grin on my face asked her, "Can it not be God's will for some of us to be single and for our God filled lifestyle to be a testimony on how we can rely on God and not someone else to live a spirit filled life; much like Paul himself did?"It was fun watching the self righteous grin she had slide off her face as she grit her teeth and agreed with me. Also let's look at it this way, for every christian to be maried people have to accept salvation in equal numbers across genders.This isnt Noah's ark so someone's going to lose out and it is going to be the ladies!On your marks, get set, start praying!People need to learn that there is more to life, having a big white wedding and whelping out a couple of brats! ps:People say you will want to get maried when you meet that "special" person.That's another big bag of horse piss if you ask me.Once a lone ranger, always a lone ranger!
Today is one of those days when inspiration for posting flies out of the window but I have decided to give it a shot none the less. I remember in my church going days the way the Pastor and the rest of the church would hype marriage.These folk used to make it look like if you are not married that you are missing the greatest party ever, you are incomplete and that you need to be praying. I once recall the Pastor telling the people who are married to stand up and that the young and singletons should give them a big hand!One would have thought that mob had singlehandedly started a war on poverty and death! Another pal of mine told me how he went to a singles ministry at NPC and how the Elder leading the meeting had called the single men forward and laid hands on them praying for God to give them utterance so they may find favour with the ladies.I mean if you are so tongue tied around women that you cant get your groove on, then indeed only God can help you! Then we all know that ladies make up around 70% of the church or more.So when an eligible "brother" checks into the scene claws will fly.But since we are in the church that can't happen.What happens instead is that prayers fly.I once recall one girl "binding" other gals prayers' with hers so that the "brother" would be blind and deaf to all other girls apart from her.Some other girl went to extent of draping herself on a dudes car for a few minutes (in his absence of course), that was her way of claiming him for herself spiritually. Of course the "brothers" can't be left out of this.I will lay into them and the rest of the church folk tommorow!Feel free to share your adventures!
End of semester grades came in the other day!All I can say is, no progress and no back sliding.My grades remained the same, funding continues for one more year!Woo hoo! But I am disappointed with myself slightly because most of this semester I coasted.I have this bad habit at times of not exerting myself to my full potential.In looking back I could have clearly gotten 3 As this semester. But instead I chose to ride on sheer talent and intelligence instead (I am not blowing my horn but you would be surprised at how uselful the tools that you are given by the 8-4-4 come in helping you get ahead in this educational system!).Anyway what's done is done, I have learned my lesson! Saturday I went with a friend of mine to their home town.I thought I lived in the country, but I was wrong!You know you are in a country town when there is only one stop light and the city hall is more like a city shop.But on the plus is that people seem to be real close and know each other.I mean my friend actually stopped their car in the middle of the road and talked to one of their cousins for 5 minutes.That lets you know how much traffic there is in that town!Plus there is only one stop light in their part of town! My friends relatives live a few houses away, in fact some actually did drop in when I was there.Life in their area is nice and quiet, affordable,the air is fresh and the crime is really low.To some extent I think I could live in such a place but I have to admit the Nairobian that is in me is really strong and it would only be a matter of time till I began to miss the anonymity that comes with living in a city.The different sights and sounds, malls and skyscrapers. Well the usual solution that meets both criteria for most is living in the suburbs.But life in the suburbs comes with its' own set of problems. Anyway time for me to enjoy my short holiday before I start my summer classes and job.