When I was young I had no sense of myself. All I was, was a product of all the fear and humiliation I suffered. Fear of my parents. The humiliation of teachers calling me “garbage can” and telling me I’d be mowing lawns for a living. And the very real terror of my fellow students. I was threatened and beaten up for the color of my skin and my size. I was skinny and clumsy, and when others would tease me I didn’t run home crying, wondering why. I knew all too well. I was there to be antagonized. In sports I was laughed at. A spaz. I was pretty good at boxing but only because the rage that filled my every waking moment made me wild and unpredictable. I fought with some strange fury. The other boys thought I was crazy.
I hated myself all the time. As stupid at it seems now, I wanted to talk like them, dress like them, carry myself with the ease of knowing that I wasn’t going to get pounded in the hallway between classes. Years passed and I learned to keep it all inside. I only talked to a few boys in my grade. Other losers. Some of them are to this day the greatest people I have ever known. Hang out with a guy who has had his head flushed down a toilet a few times, treat him with respect, and you’ll find a faithful friend forever. But even with friends, school sucked. Teachers gave me hard time. I didn’t think much of them either.
Then came Mr. Pepperman, my advisor. He was a powerfully built Vietnam veteran, and he was scary. No one ever talked out of turn in his class. Once one kid did and Mr. P. lifted him off the ground and pinned him to the blackboard. Mr. P. could see that I was in bad shape, and one Friday in October he asked me if I had ever worked out with weights. I told him no. He told me that I was going to take some of the money that I had saved and buy a hundred-pound set of weights at Sears. As I left his office, I started to think of things I would say to him on Monday when he asked about the weights that I was not going to buy. Still, it made me feel special. My father never really got that close to caring. On Saturday I bought the weights, but I couldn’t even drag them to my mom’s car. An attendant laughed at me as he put them on a dolly.”
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If you can’t make it to the CrossFit Games, the next best experience is a viewing party with box mates to watch the action live on a big-screen TV. If you have yet to set up a TV in your home or box for Games viewing, now is the time. No more huddling in front of the computer or passing around the iPad.
1. Acquire a Chromecast media player. Chromecast is a small dongle-shaped device that plugs into your TV and is available from Amazon.com (http://www.amazon.com/Google-Chromecast-Streaming-Media-Player/dp/B00DR0PDNE/) and most electronics retailers.
3. Download the Chromecast install app onto your Android or Apple mobile device, run the app, and follow the instructions. This is a one-time procedure to put the Chromecast player on your wifi network in order to stream video.
5. Navigate to the official CrossFit YouTube channel from within the YouTube app on your mobile device and select the live stream (or archived content) you wish to watch. Current live streams will appear at the top of the video list within the CrossFit YouTube channel.
6. “Cast” the video onto the TV by touching the rectangular TV icon from within the YouTube app and choosing Chromecast for output. This will instruct the Chromecast player to begin streaming the selected video content directly to the TV. From this point forward, the controls in the YouTube app will act as a remote control for Chromecast to play, pause, rewind (etc.).
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