It was Saturday, 3pm, watching some "Modern Family" with my
girlfriend Ashley and just relaxing after a long midterm week for
both of us. She had 6 tests and I had 5. Suddenly, her brother
walks into the room and declares he's going to Detroit and has 2
free tickets to the Red Wings/Blackhawks game! Ashley and I looked
at each other simultaneously and yelled, "We're in!"
Danny was almost caught off guard by how quick we spontaneously
made a decision to just drop what we were doing, get ready in less
than an hour, and drive 5 hours that night to Detroit. If there was
ever a time to say it, "YOLO!" You Only Live Once.
I had never been into the great (kidding ;) state of Michigan so
this was a great adventure for me if you know how much I love
bucket list items! When I lived in New Jersey when I was younger I
loved Steve Y and Brandon Shanahan (Red Wings) so I was even more
excited to see the Wings and Hawks play. In addition, the
Blackhawks were on a 21-game streak without a loss!
The three of us got to Danny's Gf's house just outside of
Detroit late Saturday night and went out for drinks with some of
their friends with some live music, which was a great time. There's
something hilarious and exhilarating about waking up on a
stranger's couch knowing you're about to have an awesome
The hockey game was a well-played, hard skating game that peaked
when the Blackhawks were down a goal on a power play with 2 minutes
left. A big shot from the point redirected right onto the stick of
the very skilled Patrick Kane who punched it in for an unlikely
game tying goal and shocked the rowdy Joe Louis Arena. The game, to
my pleasure, went into a shootout that once again featured the
brilliant hands of Patrick Kane who finished a dirty move that
catapulted the Blackhawks streak to 22 games without a loss in
To add to the shenanigans, Ashley and I even got interviewed
between periods for Comcast Sports Network! I'll try to find the
YouTube video for next week's post!
Have a Great Week!
This past Memorial Day weekend my best friends and college
roommates came to visit me in Chicago! They got in on Friday and we
rounded up an epic weekend bucket list of items we wanted to cross
off before they left on Monday. They've never been to Chicago and
may never have a chance to come back so we wanted to do a fun mix
of touristy and shenanigan-filled adventures.
Our List Looked Something Like this:
WHEW! We were EXHAUSTED come Monday morning… So much traveling
(we don't believe in cabs)... So much walking... So much FUN! My
stomach hurt from laughing so much. It was a great weekend and
definitely filled my "JMU friends" tank as I hadn't seen these
characters in 13 months and they are like my brothers after living
together all 4 years of college. Fun Fact: Luke was my random
assigned roommate freshman year and Faraaz was our suitemate. Total
Chance. I'm very thankful for meeting great people and having them
as friends years later.
PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT
NEVER, NEVER, NEVER TAKE TYLENOL AFTER DRINKING. NEVER. The
liver needs to use the same enzymes to break down both the alcohol
and the drug and it can cause the liver cells to lyse (think: blow
up/die) and that is BAD! Tens of THOUSANDS of people are
hospitalized because of Tylenol toxicity yearly and this can be
PREVENTED with a little education. So, I'm doing my part. If you
really need to relieve that hangover headache take IBUPROFEN, it's
easier on the liver. NEVER TYLENOL. Unless, in Dr. McRae's words,
"You want your liver to look like chocolate pudding at autopsy."
Yeah, how's that for a visual! HA HA.
Peace out Lions,
Christian the Lion
This will be the final installment of my 3rd trimester here at
NUHS. The end of the summer semester has brought a bittersweet
taste to my mouth.
On one hand, I'm totally stoked that I get to move on and go
home to spend time with family and friends and recharge. On the
other, the end means that fall and cooler temperatures are on their
way. A small confession, I love the warm, sunny days. No surprise
there! With that said, I think that I was able to find a solid
balance of fun, schoolwork and side projects/interests this
The beginning of the tri took me way of out balance as I was
still so burnt out from the Neuros of Tri 2 that study mode didn't
kick in till later than it usually does. However, I was able to
kick it back into gear at the end of the trimester with a lot of
things including my side projects all coming together nicely.
What Are You Doing This Break?
I know I am going to try to do a bunch of things. I'm most
likely going to be doing some nerdy studying of biomechanics and
gait analysis because I don't think our school gives us enough of
this valuable tool. I plan on going to a Red Sox game, chilling
with family, going to NYC to see my old best friends, as well as
relaxing at my grandparent's house at Cape Cod. I can't
One thing I will absolutely recommend when coming out to Chicago
if you're not from the area, is make lots of friends and
participate in the variety of activities the school offers. Whether
its joining clubs, going to tri games, rounding up friends for a
cookout, going out on a weekend, all are vital to your sanity here
at NUHS. That may sound a little funny, but with the workload it's
easy to get caught up in the grind and not have a balanced life of
laughter, fun activities and great friends. Great friends end up
becoming your family away from family so choose wisely, laugh often
and don't judge!
Have a great break!
It was Friday afternoon when I picked up my two JMU buddies
(Astin & Shawn) from O'Hare airport. They immediately jumped in
and made a viral YouTube video joke. The laughter didn't stop until
Monday afternoon when I dropped them off for their flight back to
Washington D.C. What a weekend!
We started the shenanigans by going out to watch the Bruins game
7 of the Eastern Conference Finals with about 10 other NUHS
students. They, of course, had to try the deep dish pizza and the
coined phrase, "When in Chicago..." was used frequently those 4
days. Thank God the Bruins won! We are going to the STANLEY CUP
Our Saturday was easily the most ridiculous day I've ever been a
part of. For reasons different than this blog's policy, I will
merely give you a small recap. Astin and Shawn are huge baseball
fans so one of the bucket-listed items on their Chicago trip was
Wrigley Field, of course. We crossed that off Saturday. I've never
been to Wrigley and I must say it rivals Fenway Park (my hometown's
historic ballpark) in its uncanny ability to make you feel a part
of its storied history. Another small perk was that the tickets
were a heck of a lot cheaper than Fenway tickets because the Cubs
are abysmal. They lost 10 to nada at the hands of the
just-better-than-awful Pitt Pirates. Somehow in the midst of it we
witnessed the Cubs get held to a complete game - 3 hit shutout by a
mediocre Pirates pitcher.
After the game we met up with National students in Wrigleyville
(who also had friends visiting) for some post-game festivities.
There's plenty more to the story but we'll leave that out for
All in all, the weekend was extremely fun and recharging (well,
kind of) for me. I got to see a few faces I haven't seen in over a
year, witnessed my first Wrigley game, saw the Bruins advance to
the Stanley Cup for the first time in 21 years, got fried like a
lobster at the pool, finalized a deal with Ori Hofmekler (more on
this in later posts), got some good PubMed research for my new case
study experiment, and am ready to start ramping up studying for
Did I mention the shoulder seminar is next week in St. Louis? So
pumped. We'll talk seminar next week.
Hope everyone had a great past week and enjoyed St. Patty's Day.
I had a different reason to celebrate on Thursday, I got my
completed "after" blood work back. I'm happy to report the
possibility of man boobs, a higher voice, and emotional roller
coasters are all OFF the table! My testosterone is successfully
back to normal at 607!
Just a quick recap of the events, my "before" blood tests
revealed that my testosterone was 615, which was a very good
number. Thirty days later, and 20 lbs. more lean mass, my levels
dropped to 298? (FYI, Normal Range: 280-900) So technically, I was
"within normal" BUT I was in a downward spiral that raised some
alarms. My hypothesis was my over-consumption of flax. So, I cut
out flax and 2 weeks later my levels went back to 607! That's a
doubling in 2 weeks, which is pretty epic in itself, unless the lab
test was faulty (another plausible, but less likely scenario).
I will report that I feel much more grounded, if that makes any
sense. It's hard to describe but I feel like I have my "will power"
back, and when I need to pull a long day of studying I can now,
whereas 2 weeks ago I felt "funky" and "unmotivated." Whether or
not that is just a placebo will remain a mystery, but I'm just
happy I got my T levels back to normal because I could really use
it gearing up for the next 27 days leading into final exams.
On the bucket list front, my buddy Kendall, who played Div 3
college basketball, has put together a 10-week plyometric workout
to see if I can jam a volleyball! Jamming anything has been a goal
of mine since I quit basketball in the 9th grade because I was 5'0"
tall. I have, of course, grown since then, but my maximum jump ever
is just clipping the rim. In short, this is going to be an athletic
performance experiment and come the beginning of next tri I will
attempt the "impossible" and try to jam a volleyball for the first
time in my life - not long after I thought jamming was going to be
one of those things that stay permanently on the list. Cheers to
March Madness, Adjusting, and Dave's
On the social front, this past weekend was really fun. On
Friday, a bunch of us got together and played a little Texas
Hold'em (I placed second behind Steve). Steve = GOOD. I haven't
played poker since high school, back in the days when Chris
Moneymaker won the Main Event and catapulted everyone and anyone to
think they could play at a high level with little to no previous
experience (if you played poker in high school you know what I'm
talking about). My only good poker skill is that I can read people
pretty good, but the one skill I've lost is figuring out the odds
and combinations of hands that the other players could have based
on the flop and turn. Either way I was happy to double my money as
it will pay for tutoring next week!
I'd also like to give a shout out to Canadian Dave! Happy 25th
Birthday! We celebrated his birthday on Friday after poker and then
laid low all day Saturday and watched March Madness and practiced
adjustments for the better part of 5 hours.
That's it for me this week. Hope everyone starts enjoying the
somewhat warmer weather!
• MPI Gait Seminar
• Trimester Wind Down
• Chiro Games
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