Monthly Archives: December 2009

Hey Tiger!

Hope that tail was worth it, ’cause it looks like it’s gonna cost you.

(In case you’re wondering, I don’t care about Tiger’s love life or about his relationship with his wife.  He’s the best golfer, ever, which earned him a lot of endorsements.  I’m simply commenting on what appears to have been a pretty costly decision.)

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Best I Tasted in 2009

2009 was a big wine year for me; I’m building my wine palate, knowledge, and cellar.  These are the wines I scored over 90 points in Cellartracker.  They are not all the wines I loved, as I had wine I did not track, these are only wines I purchased for home consumption.  Out of 70 wines I tracked, 12 scored 90 or more.

I won’t be scoring any wines tonight, I’m just enjoying the evening with friends.  All the best anyone reading this for a fantastic 2010! Continue reading


Things the Mainstream Media won’t mention

Yet another broken promise.

This is not the change we hoped for. President Obama rose to power on the basis of his early opposition to the Iraq war and his promise to end it. But after a year in the White House he has made both of George Bush’s wars his wars.

Speaking of Iraq in February 2008, candidate Barack Obama said, “I opposed this war in 2002. I will bring this war to an end in 2009. It is time to bring our troops home.” The following month, under fire from Hillary Clinton, he reiterated, ”I was opposed to this war in 2002….I have been against it in 2002, 2003, 2004, 5, 6, 7, 8 and I will bring this war to an end in 2009. So don’t be confused.”

The MSM can act like we no longer have any activity in Iraq, but we still do.  So this goes in the file along with posting bills on the internet, the open debate on health care, the no tax increases on people making less than $250k per year, and a host of others.

Making promises is easy.  Knowing you can’t deliver and making promises is criminal.


Training Template

If you are following my training, you’ll see it’s changed a bit in the last couple of weeks.  As with anything, you need to change your strategy and approach as your goals change or evolve.

For most of 2009, I trained using the basic programming from Wendler’s 5/3/1.  No doubt, this is an outstanding training philosophy, and was exactly what I needed to rebuild my base and get back in the training habit.  I highly recommend training this way if you have diffuse goals.  However, I was getting to the point where I was dreading Squat days, which is a sign that a percentage based program with linear progression is ending its useful life for me.  The idea that I had to hit at least 5 reps at 85% made me not want to go train, which becomes counterproductive. Continue reading


Tasted: 2008 Salvador Poveda “Centacion” Monastrell

2008 Salvador Poveda “Centacion” Monastrell
Appellation:  Alicante
Tasting Notes: 100% Monastrell. 14.0% ABV. Dark violet in the glass.  Nose is candied red fruit, dust, and some cedar, smells like an old fruit rollup, but not unpleasant.  At first, I taste lots of red fruit, then overwhelming sweet tannins, a little cedar, then back to the fruit rollup on the finish, but dusty and dry. Disjointed. Interesting, but disappointing.   Seller said this would be one for lovers of cabs and big Bordeaux;  I would say that is true if one loves bad Bordeaux. Was $8.99, will not buy again, and probably will dump this bottle out unless my wife likes it.
Rating: 2/5;  8/20;  74/100
Price: $8.99 at Bin 604 (Baltimore, MD)

A note on ratings:  I use the 100 point rating for Cellartracker, even though my palate is still developing.  As a statistics geek, I know that the variability in scores works itself out as the number of scores increases.  However, my score may not be yours, or Robert Parker’s.  I much prefer to use a 5 point (or star, or whatever you want to call it) scale, as it more represents my reaction to wine, which is more simple than a 100 point scale represents.  I like the 20 point scale as the more detailed score.   On this site, I will provide all three, although the most meaningful are the 5 and 20 point ratings.

Crossposted at The Grand Crew


Training 12/28/09

Low Box Squat (pin in second hole on EFS Box)
5×5
95×3
135×5
185×3
225×3
275×3
315×3
I think my PR triple is 335, I’ll easily beat that next week; didn’t want to push this given how long it’s been since I’ve done these or trained this way… using my head and being patient, the PRs will come.

Leg Press
5×10 @ 270

Dimmel Deadlift
2×10 @ 135

Situps
2×15

HS Standing Shrugs
3×15 @ 180

Got winded after the leg pressing, need to get back to doing some form of cardiac work.


Trading Down?

New post over at The Grand Crew asks, “What are you drinking for NYE?”


Top 3

The top 3 posts (by pageview) from last week:

Financial Planning for ObamaCare

“Tastings” is no more

Clean it up yourself, Arnold


Bad Business

Generally speaking, it is bad business to sell a product you can not support.

I said the other day I thought AT&T sucked.  They just confirmed it.


The Anti-Guru

If you have to tell me you are an expert, you aren’t.


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