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 Word up my little droogies. It's your old pal Jeffy returning from a bit of a hiatus in order to resume the dispensation of The Wisdom of the Elderweird. I also got sick of looking at pictures of DUDES WEARING DIRTY SHIRTS littering the frontpage so I dug into my bag of "random chicks in underwear photoshopped next to the RSD logo" pics and threw that up for you. HUZZAH

I'm sure some of you have been eagerly anticipating my homecoming for some time. I'm also sure there are some amongst you who are like, "Oh fuck, I hate this motherfucker, he looks like a fuckin bird." (this is my actual favorite trolly comment ever left on my Youtube channel).

Anyway, what's been goin on, for those of you who care, was this: after my Hotseat run, I decided to step down and let the other guys have the spotlight for a while. Take a bit of a sabbatical to spend a bit of the Hotseat cash on shit like soda makers and furniture, and more importantly to get my health back in line. I got injured last year and then went traveling, so things had gone sideways a bit. In the midsection mainly.

So, I'm getting back to fighting form now, and ready to resume posting here on the frontpage. Frankly, I could... and SHOULD... have started back up a month or two ago. I've got a shit ton of content in the pipeline, free tour videos as well as vblogs, but I just got caught in a loop of procrastination. Video editing is a monotonous task and I'd been consistently doing new vids up for about 20 weeks straight, so I did need a little break. However, when it was time to start back up, I found it difficult to break out of that inertia. There was always something, some rationalization I'd come up with to put it off.

"Well, you know, the other guys are still promoting their shit, it's not good to muddle the message too much."

"I have to go to the gym. After I check Facebook and read Grubstreet. And ten other blogs about food."

"I will edit the video later. I have to watch Game of Thrones."

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Anyway, it doesn't matter now, because I'm back; I have broken out of the cycle of doom and procrastination. Which segues nicely into the subject of today's video. I just spent a week hanging out with my family up in Anchorage, Alaska, and decided to do up a quickie video blog about something that had happened the night before.

I was out with my cousin and my uncle at Humpy's, a local institution. Pretty uneventful night as I was mainly catching up with the guys and drinking heavily. Weren't really any hot chicks in the place, aside from the married waitress who I perfunctorily flirted with, no big deal. But then, a vision of glory walked in the door, sauntered directly past our table, sat down by herself at the bar, and began texting. There was an empty seat next to her. It was literally the perfect logistics for an approach. Then, something happened that may SHOCK you. Check it out:



So you may be asking yourself: "Self, what the fuck is going on here? How can a guy who is a PROFESSIONAL INSTRUCTOR of this stuff, and who has been one for ten fucking years, still make this very basic mistake? And what hope is there for me, a new guy just starting out, if that's the case?"

Well, to me, it comes down to this: game at an advanced level is really a continual RE-LEARNING of the fundamentals. I see it in Tyler, I see it in myself. You realize that perfection is an ideal, one that exists only as a concept and you might get glimpses of from time to time. Hell, you might even go on insane runs where everything is perfect and you're hitting on all cylinders racking shit up like the ultimate boos for weeks at a time, and then out of nowhere you make some bonehead mistake.

It reminds me of when I was at the ballpark a couple weeks back watching the Giants lose to Denver. Over the course of the game San Francisco made some very basic errors that ultimately cost them the game. Stupid shit like dropping an easy pop fly. Sitting in the stands I was incredulous. I screamed at the field, "HOW MUCH DO YOU GET PAID TO PLAY THIS GAME?!!" Yet it happened... a guy getting millions to catch a ball, a guy who is good enough to get to the elite ranks and who practices these action on a daily basis, dropped the fuckin ball. It just goes to show that ultimately there is both a human element and an element of randomness that makes perfection, even if attained, a short-lived phenomenon.

In the game there are a million ways this might manifest... you fail to take action and lose the window like I did at Humpy's. You fumble an easy pull by not paying attention to the logistics. You lose your cool in the endgame when you get LMR. etc etc.

Point is, as long as you are taking action (AND being intelligent about your growth - this means HONESTLY assessing where it is you're fucking up) mistakes like these really don't matter.

Now let me clarify... I don't think it's ever a good idea to get into a headspace where you think it's OKAY TO LOSE... that's just pathetic... but at the same time, you can't be AFRAID to do so.

So you play the game, and when you commit an error, you acknowledge it and commit to strengthen that particular habit or tenet of proper game, you RE-ETCH THAT NEURAL PATHWAY, and move on. The game continues, unabated, until you're in a fuckin hole in the ground. Game on.

Anyway, I'm here in the Hamptons now, believe it or not, and I'm literally sitting alone on the computer like an antisocial douchebag while a full raging barbeque party is happening around me, so I'm gonna call it a day here. Will do up another vblog later this afternoon, and have more content coming out next week. I am actually DRIVING back to San Francisco tomorrow and when it's not my shift to drive I'll be editing up the new vids. Lots of interesting tales to tell so stay tuned.
love,

jeff
PS - I forgot to mention that I have a VERY IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT to make.

After several months of toil and refinement, I am almost ready to release my new line of BEASTMODE T-SHIRTS, just in time for summer.

I never thought I'd be involved in fashion, of all things, but late last year my friend Fortez (who was the guy I burned at the stake in the backyard fifteen years ago in the punk rock hovel in Nine Ball) came to me with the idea. He loved the term Beastmode and wanted to produce some shirts. The basic ideas were:

1. We were going to make shirts that WE WANTED TO WEAR.

2. The shirts would embody the spirit and ideas of Beastmode.

So we went ahead and designed them over several weeks, then screen printed them up. Originally we just wanted to make enough for ourselves and maybe some to hand out to friends, but they came out so good, we decided, fuck it, let's mass produce these things and make them available to the public. We shopped them around and they are now available at select stores in San Francisco.

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However, we also wanted to make them available to a larger audience, so we put together a website. It's in its final stages of development putting on the last bells and whistles, and the site looks beautiful. It should be up and running in under a month, and you will be able to get them directly from the site.

These weren't cheap to make, especially doing a limited run and what with the meticulous dedication to quality we insisted on (hand printed, best quality American Apparel shirts, exhaustive back and forth with design team), but at the same time we're not doing this to make some killing here. There's not much of a profit margin we're working with, we basically would just like to break even, and the prices reflect that.

In the next few weeks leading up to the launch of the site I'll be releasing photos of the various designs. There are five main designs: Heart to Action, Gladiator, Lion's Beard, Broken Glass, and Take Flight. Below is the Lion's Beard:

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What we've found is that the designs are all different, and there's kind of something for everyone... everybody has their own personal favorite. So check back in in the coming weeks to see the rest of the designs. We will also be doing a limited bonus with the launch where if you get a shirt in the first two weeks we will also send you a special video from myself.

Beastmode: individually hand-printed, custom artistic processes and champion designs. Engage.
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3rd

Beastmode!!!
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I am so glad to see u back Jeffy, the beast lives on #durrr
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I totally understand what you mean.

I have times where I'm playing it like a complete rockstar day by day for a significant period of time and then all of a sudden my ego will creep back in and I'll get all apprehensive about it.

I think the point is just not to let these moments of weakness drag you back into negative thought patterns which can totally fuck up your inner game.

You learn from it and you move on.
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6th  
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well said bro...glad to see you back...

jeffy's not old!


make your t-shirts available online so I can cop one...

when I step it's like a fucn bomb goin off....(the jeffy show)
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Ooow shittt RSD is getting into merchandising. :D
I'd personally love a  'Why-not' bracelet or a 'Plow & Pull' keychain.
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 Jeffy!!! The Beast is back!
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11 damn ! one day I'll be 1st !!!!!!!!!!!!
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Great vid, one of the core core core concepts. You only ever regret not doing it. I fucking have the same situation as you, saw a girl outside in club literally made my dick set on fire. I was in my head a little bit and didn't step up and I got to watch her walk out the club slowly away into the distance and I was reminded very painfully how much of a fucking phaggot I Was in that moment. Ever since then? never again. NEVER.
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haha.. "he looks like a fuckin bird" .. where the f*** did that come from :) 

Oh well, post numero 100 and senior member status, bitches.. external validation ftw!!!
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Return of da 36 Durrrs!
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jlaix wrote:
 I also got sick of looking at pictures of DUDES WEARING DIRTY SHIRTS littering the frontpage so I dug into my bag of "random chicks in underwear photoshopped next to the RSD logo" pics and threw that up for you.
Had to laugh when I read that.

Welcome back!
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Loved the vid and how jeffy has changed and become nicer and more positive - awesome 
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You try to dislike him but its not possible. Jeffy is a cool dude.
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How come you are always on the forums, even when you should be hanging with your family in Alaska, he he...? (And I don't mean "hanging" literally, like they probably used to hang polar bears in Alaska in the 19th century!)

Btw, I was just thinking about your videos being very "congruent" (as your game is) - you speak with this slightly bored, but also self amused demeanor and it comes across like you are just speaking your mind.

Welcome back, Jeffy! It was about time.

PS: What does your family think about what you are doing? Are they going to read that article? Just curious.
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 Awesome re-entrance :D Thanks!!
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 This is straight dopeancy.
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 JEFFAYYYYY!!!!!!!
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Nice to see you back Jeff.  Hey Jeff.  How did you get such a good vocabulary?  Do you read dictionaries?
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 what if girl see shirt and ask "what is beasts mode?"
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Getting in shape!

Video looks bomb.  Mountains wooo!

I bet in Alaska you REALLY feel the pain of not stepping up to an opportunity, since there's probably ONE GIRL in the fucken bar!

As far as guys thinking we always take action, they don't realize that the human mind is the human mind.  It doesn't matter who you are, the reality is that if you're just sitting there and allow yourself to fall prey to inaction, your brain goes further and further into "reactive mode" where you overanalyze and then stall out.

The baseball analogy reminds me of all the basketball games I've watched, where you see even the top NBA players become reactive and get dominated by the opposing team.  They fail to stay in their own sort of "proactive rhythm" and start reacting, next thing you know a guy who can knock down a 3 pointer from 10 feet behind the line (and the clock winding down) is missing a simple lay up.

Carmelo Anthony was remarking after a loss that they needed to "Act....not react..." and it struck me how similar it is to terminology we use to describe success with girls.  It's probably a very universal principle in many aspects of life.

The unthinking masses think there's these special people who are above them and don't have to manage this stuff, but reality is people are people.  If you do the right things you have a higher chance of getting the positive result, and if you don't then you're likely to fail.  Nobody is going to manage this perfectly all the time, you just enjoy the successes and learn from the mistakes to continually improve.

Tyler
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Welcome back...

Gift~
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 So basically the moral of the story is:

"Never let family or friends get in the way of pimping"

...got it!

Good thing I have no family or friends he he he...
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Nice video!

I still remember clear as day all the moments I failed to take action when an opportunity presented itself with MY perfect 10's, even from many years ago aswell.
It sucks to know that I will likely acquire more of those memories somewhere down the road. fuuuuuck.

And that is actually a pretty sick shirt dude!
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Love this topic.

Missed opportunities.  Something every RSD self-developer has experienced, and as the article and Tyler have explained, continues to pop up even with the best.  Starting out, this was my biggest sticking point.  Watching the door open, and close, and not taking action.  For me, my biggest problem was thinking "what am I going to say?" which will inevitably cause you to think too hard and will cause you to miss the right moment to jump in and say ANYTHING.

A big turning point was when I started to utilize the "Hi, I'm______" opener.  Instead of just knowing that yes, I could open girls simply by introducing myself, I decided to make it my default opener.  Now, if I notice an opening, and nothing else is flowing out of me in that moment, I just straight up say "Hi, I'm ______," and start talking.  It works, it's natural, and it "lands the plane."  In fact, so much hectic stuff is usually happening when first opening a set, that any sort of contrived line or routine can make things too complicated.  When you're landing a plane, sometimes there's rain and wind, sometimes there's a stewardess asking you to put your seat-back up, and sometimes, there's even terrorists.  Why make the landing any harder than it needs to be?

Also, as an aside, I feel that a girl knowing your name adds a level of instant rapport that can really work to your advantage, whatever the loss of mysteriousness you may percieve occurs.  Further, a man who is so congruent and confident with himself that he directly approaches and introduces himself with no need for any type of a "pick up line" seems to me to be the kind of man I'm trying to be, the kind who knows what he wants and is not afraid to go right for it and take it.

So, if anyone is having problems with missing opportunities for want of nothing good to say, the best advice I can give is to spend an entire night (or even a weekend, as I did) using the "Hi, I'm ________" or "Hey, my name is ________" approach (remember to be making solid eye contact).  I'm talking about every single girl you see (although be careful not to be parading around the room just introducing yourself and shaking hands like a politician on a rope line).  That being said, EVERY 9 or 10 in the bar better know your name.  Doing so will ingrain it as your "nothing better to say" opener.  Better yet, you'll be yourself and won't care who knows it.  And most important, if you really commit to it, you won't miss a whole opportunity the whole time (whether or not you crash and burn in flames at the end of the runway).

Keep it sexy,

BLife

"The right thing to say is what you say when you don't care what you're saying."
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jlaix wrote:
I'm sure some of you have been eagerly anticipating my homecoming for some time. I'm also sure there are some amongst you who are like, "Oh fuck, I hate this motherfucker, he looks like a fuckin bird." (this is my actual favorite trolly comment ever left on my Youtube channel).
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YES!  THE RETURN OF JEFF!  ALL IS RIGHT WITH THE WORLD!

Regarding the shirts, please, please, please tell me you will be selling the "Durr" shirt.  I will buy that in a heartbeat!
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I just clicked because of the photo of the hot babe, and suddenly there was a ton of text! WTF
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this dude is so badass, impslapping annoying little boys, getting hookers to fall in love with him and such. jeffy is short so from now on he reminds me of jeffy.
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I always remember Jeffy saying this at hot seat and promised my self I will NEVER let the Unicorn get away.
Where I live we get no tourist the other night I met a Polish chick on the street while she was in a almost running motion HOT AS FUCK.    I tried every fucking thing to get her to stop and she could barely speak english "speaking fast didn't work so well"   Finally I said "HAVE YOU EVER SEEN A ALBINO BEAR?"  If you did would you want it to stop so you can look at it?  She stopped.
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 Glad you're back. 

I want to see more of these mystical beast garments.
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He is not fat anymore.
But hey! I am a bear and my picture is on his hat smile
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 damn, i seen a dude w/ one of those shirts in vegas last weekend.
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 Yo! what select stores in SF!! I need to know I want my BM shirt tomorrow!!!
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 Great to be reading your posts again, Jeff; they are always both thought provoking and fucking hilarious. Good call on the BM shirts! Any plans for others with famous quotations? i.e. "irrelevant. T2F" :-)
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You really do look like a bird.

And who gives a shit about your t-shirts
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 Maybe I should fly to SF to buy a shirt early. 
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