Today’s post inspired by the writings of Keith Norris at Theory to Practice, Ken O’Neill at Trans-Evolutionary Fitness, Chris Guillebeau at The Art of Non-Conformity, and apparently Woody Harrelson from Zombieland.
For the past two semesters I helped as a research assistant in a social psychology lab at UVa. While I learned a lot about psychology research from the experience, the most important lesson I took away is that I am not ready to commit to a Ph.D. program right now. Too much time spent indoors, head buried in books, stressing over numbers and theories, and not enough hands-on application, performance, moving, interaction, etc. Perhaps in the future a more fitting opportunity will show itself, but for now I will not be applying to any Ph.D. programs.
That said, it’s now time to “nut up or shut up” as Woody Harrelson so eloquently states in Zombieland. What do I mean by that? Consider Chris Guillebeau’s article “How to Put Off Making Decisions About Your Life”. Rather than applying for another program (like I did for UPenn’s MAPP), I am actually going to get the ball rolling on a series of ideas and projects that have been brewing for quite some time now. Long work: check. Hard work: on deck.
So here’s what we got:
- Compile a comprehensive collection of rudimental and rhythmic grids, to be published in a book for percussionists.
- Teach the drumlines at UVA, GMU, and Spirit of Atlanta, helping turn young men and women into mature performers and educators.
- Pursue my own education in movement, athletics, training, and fitness: CSCS, PICP, OPT CCP, FMS, RKC, Precision Nutrition, Feldenkrais, Alexander Technique, Rolfing, Z-Health, and any others I discover along the way.
- Help in the development and growth of CrossFit Charlottesville.
- Record albums, tour the country playing live shows, and produce genuine music with The Anatomy of Frank.
So the table is nice and full. I am looking forward to the PaleoFX12 Symposium in March in Austin, TX as well.
Lastly, I will leave you with a quote from Clifton Harski’s recent post “80/20” on his blog, Strong. Naturally:
I don’t like the minimal effective dose attitude at all. It annoys me. Why are we encouraging people to move as little as possible? We should be encouraging people to move as much as possible. I’m disinteresting in perpetuating a lazy, pathetic culture that wants easy minimal effort approaches to getting the things they want.
Thanks for reading,
So far on tour with The Anatomy of Frank, we have played at:
- Rivermont Pizza, Lynchburg, VA (delicious local pizza)
- Green Bean, Greensboro, NC (had an awesome Italian cappuccino)
- Elliott’s Revue, Winston-Salem, NC (crowd really dug the songs)
Each show has been slightly different and had its own unique performance energy. Personally I really enjoy the opportunity to express myself artistically and emote each night, in addition to the fact that as a band we are getting much tighter and really starting to live our music. During the days we have:
- Eaten brunch in Lynchburg
- Done yoga / gymnastics and played frisbee and soccer in Winston-Salem
- Hung out at Kyle’s house (pool table, awesome food)
The bonding we’ve experienced during the day really comes out at night, which is great. We have spent many hours rehearsing the finer intricacies of songs (and are continuously doing so with newer material), so now we are able to improve through emotional and social cues, not just technical improvements.
And last but not least, we have a new EP available! Relax, There’s Nothing Here But Old Pictures can be found here. We are incredible grateful to Lance Brenner, our producer, for recording and mixing these songs; it’s really exciting to have a physical product to deliver in addition to our live shows. Yesterday we also talked with Allen Ferro from Los Angeles who might become involved with our band in a managerial role.
Hey there! Lots has happened since I last updated this blog:
- Recorded an album and filmed a music video (see below) with The Anatomy of Frank
- Finished the indoor drumline season with George Mason University
- Traveled to Guatemala with Jenni Gabriela
Lots is also on the way:
As I’ll be away from CrossFit Charlottesville for most of the summer, I plan to modify my training accordingly. I hope to run the Trail Runner Ultra Race of Champions in September (50K trail option), so I will do one sprinting session and one long run each week. Without ready access to weights, I will be doing lots of bodyweight exercises, including working on skills from Ido Portal’s Floreio Art, Gymnastics WOD, and Gymnastics Bodies. Given that eating well and sleeping enough will be challenging, I expect to lose some strength and weight.
Okay, as promised, here is “Saturday Morning” by The Anatomy of Frank. Much thanks to Brian Witmer for filming and editing!
I am playing drumset for two Charlottesville bands nowadays, The Anatomy of Frank and Stories in Stone. Both are playing at UVa’s Battle of the Bands on Friday, February 25th from 8-11 pm at the Student Activities Building.
I also took the GRE’s last week and did pretty well: 800 quantitative and 610 verbal. I could have studied more vocab, but I’m pleased with my improvement from some practice tests (which were in the 500’s). They are changing the format of the exam come August, so if I end up applying to Ph.D. programs in Social Psychology I might re-take the exam.
In the next week I’ll be writing my Penn application essay based on how I became interested in positive psychology. I’ll post it on here when I’m done. Thanks for reading!
I will be doing some work as a research assistant in Jonathan Haidt‘s Morality and Positive Psychology Lab this semester. Specifically, I’ll be helping out Jesse Kluver with some of his studies on synchronous behavior and groups, and we might even study CrossFitters and marching percussionists.
And, oh yeah, I’m applying to UPenn’s Master of Applied Positive Psychology program this spring. The application is due March 1st, so it’s time to take the GRE’s, ask for recommendations, and do my best to sell myself on paper!
Toss in some CrossFit classes, rehearsing and recording with The Anatomy of Frank and another band (tentatively) called Stories in Stone, and teaching George Mason University’s indoor drumline and Spirit of Atlanta Drum and Bugle Corps on the weekends, and you have the next several months of my life.
Did I mention Jenni Lopez and I are going to Guatemala in May?