Hospitalized with Rhabdo After Break from CrossFit

After work on Black Friday 2012 I drove to Santa Barbara City College to workout. My brother and I were going to tag-team the Spartan Sprint in Malibu the following Saturday. I’d been losing fitness since my August move to San Luis Obispo removed me from my workout community and routine at CrossFit Pacific Coast (CPC) in Santa Barbara (a poor excuse, I know). I prescribed my own body-weight CrossFit workout to prep myself for the Spartan Sprint. Little did I know my 18 minute dose was about to come with a side effect of 5 days in the hospital.

Coheed and Cambria - The Afterman (lyric video)

October 9th can’t come soon enough.

Enjoy your burrito.
Chris Hardwick, Nerdist
A man should never be ashamed to say he has been wrong, which is but saying in other words that he is wiser today than he was yesterday.
Alexander Pope via my Honest Tea cap

My body is a bomb
A big ol’ bag of bombs

Prorate Your Last Month’s Rent of a Month to Month Lease in California

If you’re on a month to month lease in California and give your landlord 30 day notice mid-month, rent for the following month is prorated based on the number of days you’ll occupy the property during that month. Said differently, you can move out at any time during a month, after giving 30 day notice, and pay only for the time you occupy the rental. The lease agreement being “month to month” does not mean that you have to stop paying rent on the day of the month your rent is due (usually the 1st).

When I ran into this issue I couldn’t find a solid answer on the web. So, I’ve documented my experience in hopes it will help someone out there work through the same issue faster and with less stress. My experience follows:

So I’ve been thinking about this whole “being happy” thing and I feel like people get lost when they think of happiness as a destination. We’re always thinking that someday we’ll be happy. You know, we’ll get that car or that job or that person in our lives that’ll fix everything. But happiness is a mood, and it’s a condition, not a destination. It’s like being tired or hungry, it’s not permanent. It comes and goes and that’s okay. And I feel like if people thought of it that way, they’d find happiness a lot more often.
Julian Baker  (via soul-surfer)

Bears of Manitou Interview

This St. Patty’s Day I skipped the corned beef and cabbage and went straight for the good stuff - a delectable interview with Maria and Gabe of Arizona folk rock quartet Bears of Manitou. Ride the link over to Music Passion Magazine for the read.

Bears of Manitou Gabe WIlliams Maria Sais de Sicilia

Interview with Seth Williams of Details Details

While my beautiful Tama Starclassic acoustic drum kit patiently awaits my return to small time rockstardom in my parents’ garage, I’m taking my passion for music to the interwebs. My review of States’ “Line ‘Em Up” impressed the staff at Music Passion Magazine and they asked me to take part. My first assignment: to interview Seth Williams of Details Details. Dust off your spectacles and let me know what you think. You might even discover your new favorite musician - especially if you’re into Mega Man 2, delicious synth-pop, and The Postal Service.

Seth Williams Details Details

States “Line ‘em Up” EP Review

States "Line 'em UP" EP

The Skinny:

Unless you’re a Mindy White fan (and with her looks and voice, what’s not to like?), pass on this EP and hope for a more mature Mindy and States sound on a future release.

The Thick:

States released their 6 song debut EP, “Line ‘em Up,” on October 12th, 2010. I downloaded my copy from Amazon for $5.94.

This new band showcases the talents of Mindy White, whose voice I fell in love with during her time layering vocals with Leighton Antelman in Arizona-based indie/emo/ambient act Lydia.

How to Find a Room to Rent Fast

On Monday, August 16th 2010 I accepted a job offer from The Territory Ahead. I had bounced back from unemployment in just 2.5 months <dusts a little dirt off my shoulder>. I told my new manager I could start in two weeks, on Monday, August 30th.

All great and dandy, right?

Well, mostly…

When I became a man I put away childish things, including the fear of childishness and the desire to be very grown up.
C. S. Lewis

When I was 18, I was in this band called Suburban Affect. This is a video of a personal favorite, “Map to the Derby”, live from Melanie’s tennis court in Newhall, CA.

Reemployment and Eligibility Assessment Appointment

Note: Don’t be fooled by the date of this post. I wrote it a couple of week backs, for a prior incarnation of marcasmus.com. I’m just now porting it over to the new marcasmus.com!

About a week and a half ago, I received three letters from the California Employment Development Department. Inefficiently enough, the first informed that I would not receive unemployment benefits for the first full week of my unemployment while the second warranted its own envelope to hold check for my second week’s unemployment benefits. The third basically threatened to stop my benefits (see: “the only thing keeping me afloat here!”) if I don’t show up for the reemployment and eligibility assessment appointment (REAA) they graciously scheduled on my behalf.

<sarcasm>Great.</sarcasm>

Declaration of (SEO) War Against Marc Asmuses of the World

I don’t think myself vain but my work has raised my search engine optimization awareness and standards. Appearing anywhere but first in Google’s search results for “Marc Asmus” is no longer acceptable when everyone who is anyone turns to search engines first for information. Bet you didn’t know that Google accounts for 71.43% of searches by volume.