Before all this fake-armed-robbery-then-sprained-ankle shit, I went for a gentle jog in Central Park.

The weather wasn’t perfect, but I took my Polaroid XS100 with me. The video footage I took is pretty much unusable (action cameras and running do not play nicely together), but some of the photos I took were cool.

As tonight I won’t be running or going to the gym, I’m going to pick the best and post a few more.

Well, bad news is that I definitely felt the ‘pop’ described in more serious sprains, but the good news is that I can still walk/hobble on it as long as I don’t bend the ankle joint and didn’t have ‘severe pain’.

Well, bad news is that I definitely felt the ‘pop’ described in more serious sprains, but the good news is that I can still walk/hobble on it as long as I don’t bend the ankle joint and didn’t have ‘severe pain’.

My luck clearly isn’t in at the moment. 

Despite the concerningly tight left hamstring that has stuck, yesterday I was able to run 4.5 miles through Central Park with absolutely none of the calf pain that I’ve felt for the same amount of time.

I chalked that up as a victory, particularly as the weather was glorious (photos of that later) and headed down to Lower East to start the Spring season with my 7-a-side soccer team. 

I was having a good game, and was containing their fairly out-of-shape offensive threats pretty easily. The problem occurs when I pushed forward and picked up a loose ball just over the half way line. I had no options the way I was facing, so went to cut back before rolling my ankle, at which point I felt a pop. 

It wasn’t immediate pain, but it was uncomfortable and I knew I’d done something, so I jogged off the pitch. After 5-10 minutes of discomfort when rotating the foot a little I decided to try putting weight on it - a little sore, but not awful. It was only when I tried rolling it gently in the same way I had originally; basically it just kept going, there was no resistance to pull the foot back into place. 

It’s now quite swollen and definitely a bit sore - but I can hobble around the city. I bought an ankle support so I can  I’ll ice it during work and hope it feels like it’s improving in the next couple of days! 

Oh, and we conceded two goals after I came off, losing 2-0.

My luck clearly isn’t in at the moment.

Despite the concerningly tight left hamstring that has stuck, yesterday I was able to run 4.5 miles through Central Park with absolutely none of the calf pain that I’ve felt for the same amount of time.

I chalked that up as a victory, particularly as the weather was glorious (photos of that later) and headed down to Lower East to start the Spring season with my 7-a-side soccer team.

I was having a good game, and was containing their fairly out-of-shape offensive threats pretty easily. The problem occurs when I pushed forward and picked up a loose ball just over the half way line. I had no options the way I was facing, so went to cut back before rolling my ankle, at which point I felt a pop.

It wasn’t immediate pain, but it was uncomfortable and I knew I’d done something, so I jogged off the pitch. After 5-10 minutes of discomfort when rotating the foot a little I decided to try putting weight on it - a little sore, but not awful. It was only when I tried rolling it gently in the same way I had originally; basically it just kept going, there was no resistance to pull the foot back into place.

It’s now quite swollen and definitely a bit sore - but I can hobble around the city. I bought an ankle support so I can I’ll ice it during work and hope it feels like it’s improving in the next couple of days!

Oh, and we conceded two goals after I came off, losing 2-0.

What did you do today?

*SLAM*

"GIVE ME ALL THE MONEY IN THE REGISTER NOW!"

That’s what I heard behind me as I perused the chocolate bar section in the BP gas station on Houston Street today.

I froze, felt a sizeable level of barely controllable panic rise up within me, then slowly looked over my shoulder, expecting the worst.

What I saw was a guy with a hat obscuring his face, arms outstretched into the cashier desk’ security window, holding (presumably) a gun in the cashier’s face.

I didn’t really have time to think; at this point I still had my back to the events that were unfolding in the tiny gas station store and was aware the guy didnt seem to have any interest in me.

The only thought I remember running through my head was ‘if I stay calm, don’t move and do what he says, I should be okay’

The cashier, obscured from my angle behind his window, had yet to make his move.

"HAHA, OH MAN, YOU GOT ME" the cashier erupted with relieved laughter.

I felt my shoulders drop with relief. The guy pulled his arms back out of the window to reveal hands, holding an imaginary gun. It was a joke. The most inappropriate, authentic joke I’ve ever been a part of, but at joke at least.

"Fucking hell!" I muttered, turning to face the would-be assailant.

At this point, he burst out laughing and starting laughing at the additional unintended victim to his prank. “This kid jus’ came to play soccer and was like ‘damn I’m gonna get shot’”

I joked that I hadn’t didn’t even want to play yet, and he fist-bumped me on the way out of the store, but I can honestly say that for about 15 seconds, I truly believed that I was a part of an armed robbery.

It was probably one of the scariest moments of my life, up there with aqua-planing on a motorway at 80mph and driving my car into the side of another car who pulled out in front of me whole I had right of way and was driving at 40mph.

At least I know what I would do in an armed robbery now. Calmly freeze.

This will likely be of zero interest to ninety percent of people who follow me, but I never play video games any more.
That may seem like a strange comment, but it’s because I absolutely *loved* them as a kid. Everything from the first computer (Commodore 64 that my uncle gave me), the first family PC (Windows 3.1, 486SX) my Gameboy, to the first one I bought with my own money from my first summer job (Dreamcast) and my Xbox that got me through university, I loved them.
Since turning about 23, I’ve had less and less time or desire to play them. I really don’t have the time to invest in games that I won’t enjoy, and to be frank, the number of games that I seem to enjoy are dwindling. This is frustrating because as a kid I had very limited money to spend on games, but all the time in the world to play them - now I have all the money in the world to spend on games, but very limited time to play them.
I’m a nerd about three things in life: music, gadgets and video games. While it may seem like I’ve just stated that I’m no longer interested in the latter, in fact, there is still a part of me that harbours some hope I will rediscover my interest in playing. In fact, I still read about video games and watch YouTube videos about them. See: nerd.
Anyway as the XBOX ONe* gathers dust in the living room, I have discovered a gem on Xbox 360 Live Arcade: The Wolf Among Us.
It is delivered in episodic format, which perfectly fits my ‘3 or 4 hours every 2 or 3 weeks’ time allocated to playing games. It also is the same genre as my old favourite games like Full Throttle, Sam and Max, Monkey Island et al.
Finally, it’s set in New York and, after returning to the gym and finding myself with a few hours free time, I’m playing it while staring out at the New York skyline. Hur hur.
Download it. It’s great.
*How many times do you have to cry Xbox On in an exasperated manner until the bloody console listens to you and turn on?

This will likely be of zero interest to ninety percent of people who follow me, but I never play video games any more.

That may seem like a strange comment, but it’s because I absolutely *loved* them as a kid. Everything from the first computer (Commodore 64 that my uncle gave me), the first family PC (Windows 3.1, 486SX) my Gameboy, to the first one I bought with my own money from my first summer job (Dreamcast) and my Xbox that got me through university, I loved them.

Since turning about 23, I’ve had less and less time or desire to play them. I really don’t have the time to invest in games that I won’t enjoy, and to be frank, the number of games that I seem to enjoy are dwindling. This is frustrating because as a kid I had very limited money to spend on games, but all the time in the world to play them - now I have all the money in the world to spend on games, but very limited time to play them.

I’m a nerd about three things in life: music, gadgets and video games. While it may seem like I’ve just stated that I’m no longer interested in the latter, in fact, there is still a part of me that harbours some hope I will rediscover my interest in playing. In fact, I still read about video games and watch YouTube videos about them. See: nerd.

Anyway as the XBOX ONe* gathers dust in the living room, I have discovered a gem on Xbox 360 Live Arcade: The Wolf Among Us.

It is delivered in episodic format, which perfectly fits my ‘3 or 4 hours every 2 or 3 weeks’ time allocated to playing games. It also is the same genre as my old favourite games like Full Throttle, Sam and Max, Monkey Island et al.

Finally, it’s set in New York and, after returning to the gym and finding myself with a few hours free time, I’m playing it while staring out at the New York skyline. Hur hur.

Download it. It’s great.

*How many times do you have to cry Xbox On in an exasperated manner until the bloody console listens to you and turn on?

Well, I just ran 4 miles and it didn’t hurt (just a little tight in left calf/hamstring) so I was pretty enthused about that, then I realised I took no photos to accompany it, nor is my laptop working, so I can’t upload the run.
Instead I’ll just talk about the last few days briefly.
As part of my job, if I hit my target at the end of each year, I’m invited to join the rest of the target-hitters in a tropical locale for a few days. Thankfully, my first full year in my NYC job was a successful one (albeit not without its drama), so I was whisked away (flown by plane) to Mexico with the girlfriend in tow. 
We stayed in an incredible resort in Puerto Los Cabos called Secrets. It was the first time I stayed at an all-inclusive resort, so I couldn’t get over the free drinks, completely free restaurants, free mini bar, free room service and no-tipping (we were actually instructed not to), the weather was heavenly, the rooms were incredible and we actually had a jacuzzi on our balcony! I mean, I truly felt spoilt every day.
After the winter we have had, it was badly needed. Mohitos as 11am, sunbathing, beach volleyball, giant infinity pools, swim-up bars, great food, open-sea snorkelling and a gala awards dinner to finish the trip.
I had an amazing time, and while a resort may not be the best way to ‘experience Mexico’, the experience I did have was amazing. I would definitely do it again, and I’ll be on the hunt for all-inclusive resorts in the future!
I feel like crap now because - well, the free drinks bit - so the run this evening was needed. The weather is starting to behave itself in NYC now, so here’s to a great Spring!

Well, I just ran 4 miles and it didn’t hurt (just a little tight in left calf/hamstring) so I was pretty enthused about that, then I realised I took no photos to accompany it, nor is my laptop working, so I can’t upload the run.

Instead I’ll just talk about the last few days briefly.

As part of my job, if I hit my target at the end of each year, I’m invited to join the rest of the target-hitters in a tropical locale for a few days. Thankfully, my first full year in my NYC job was a successful one (albeit not without its drama), so I was whisked away (flown by plane) to Mexico with the girlfriend in tow. 

We stayed in an incredible resort in Puerto Los Cabos called Secrets. It was the first time I stayed at an all-inclusive resort, so I couldn’t get over the free drinks, completely free restaurants, free mini bar, free room service and no-tipping (we were actually instructed not to), the weather was heavenly, the rooms were incredible and we actually had a jacuzzi on our balcony! I mean, I truly felt spoilt every day.

After the winter we have had, it was badly needed. Mohitos as 11am, sunbathing, beach volleyball, giant infinity pools, swim-up bars, great food, open-sea snorkelling and a gala awards dinner to finish the trip.

I had an amazing time, and while a resort may not be the best way to ‘experience Mexico’, the experience I did have was amazing. I would definitely do it again, and I’ll be on the hunt for all-inclusive resorts in the future!

I feel like crap now because - well, the free drinks bit - so the run this evening was needed. The weather is starting to behave itself in NYC now, so here’s to a great Spring!