Summer has begun

So even though only a few days ago I was riding an elephant in Kanchanabari Province in Thailand it seems that my summer has officially just kicked off.

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Classroom is cleaned up, books are returned, grades are done, things are good. I have some big summer plans! Not really, but this is the first summer in a while that I don’t, and I am equally excited about the down time. Also will be heading up to Long Beach, NY for a few weeks with Steph for great relaxation and beach time, hopefully we’ll have some waves too, but I’ve been real unlucky lately. Here’s a pic from our last trip. Don’t think for a second that Long Island beaches aren’t the best in the world.

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I’ve already added some upgrades to the house and the hammock is set up nicely for some serious reading sessions of a undoubtedly “Nobel” lineup. It’ll start with a 4 book line-up that were gifts from John Prendergast and Don Cheadle’s non-profit Enough. Then I’ll finish up Jay-Z Decoded and my head will spin around like a whirlwind trying to make sense of all the lyrics I’ve been able to recite for the past 10 years. Then I’ll be watching the season of Brave New Voices, a reality show based in a US high schools of kids competing for a Slam poetry contest and a spot on HBO’s Def Poetry Jam. We will be doing a Slam contest at next years One World Symposium.

Also life training and fitness will be a main focus for my summer off. Here’s my summer kickoff workout, gonna be a rough one because of the heat.

Two rounds for a time:

3 Static Line Attempts

10 pullups

20 burpees

30/60/90 decline sittups

2 mile run

This will be followed by about 30 minutes of handwork on the Wing-chun dummy and 30 minutes of heavy bag striking

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