Monthly Archives: May 2010

Business Trips

I don’t know if this happens to everyone, but traveling out of town for more than a night really takes it out of me.  I flew to Atlanta Tuesday afternoon and returned home yesterday morning, and today I’m still not back to my normal energy level.  I’m pretty sure I’m not going to make it to the gym; I have a couple of errands to run, all I want to do is nap.

There are a couple of things I think I can do better, things everyone should probably do when on the road.

Sleep

I have a hell of a time sleeping the first night I’m in a hotel room.  I don’t know what it is;  I’m normally in bed asleep by 10:30 and I get up at 5.  (Most nights I’m sleeping before 10:30).  On Tuesday, I got up at the normal 5am, worked for half a day, and left for the airport at 12:45.  I had a 2:45 flight that got in around 4:30, then I picked up a car and went back to the airport to pick up a coworker coming in on a later flight.  After getting to the hotel, checking in, and going out for a beer, I was in the room at 10pm.  Couldn’t sleep.

One bad night of sleep isn’t a problem, though.  It happens, even at home.  The problem is that when away from home, for some reason I have trouble getting to bed at a reasonable hour.  On Wednesday, we left the hotel at 7, got to the office at 7:20, and our meeting started at 8.  Meeting finished at about 5, and we were meeting a group for dinner (right next to our hotel) at 7.  That’s a long day for someone running on 5 hours sleep, but one day is no big deal as long as you get a solid 8 that night.  We were back from dinner by 9:30, and I could sleep until 6 the next morning.  So, as I’m getting into bed, I turn on the TV, and get sucked in to something on HBO and stay up until midnight again.  Continue reading


Focus

I think everyone knows if you try to focus on everything, you won’t get anything done.  In my case, recently, I’ve found myself focused more on my training, my enjoyment of life, and work than anything else, including blogging.

Frankly, I’m a little tired of it.  There are plenty of voices saying what needs to be said, most of them say it better than I do; and not much is going to change.  The same people who elected George W. Bush elected Obama.  Those same people elected Republicans to control the Congress and they spend out of control, then they elected Democrats who spend out of control.  They are all the same; the goal is to take power from the individual and get it to the government.  I’m optimistic there will eventually be a move for limited government, but we have to be realistic; it’s a 50 year movement, not a 4 year movement.

(The two main things recently that have driven me to this are the “Rand Paul/Libertarians are racists” stories and the Mayor of Baltimore pulling out the old “we’re out of money so we are grounding the police helicopter and closing fire stations… or…. we can raise some taxes” play.)

Since not much will change (even with the groundswell of anti incumbency that will hit in November), it’s best that we focus on what we can control, which in my case is my own life.  I need to get strong, I need to have fun, I need to be good at work, I need to control what I can, and prepare for what I can’t.

So blogging will slow down a little for a while, and I think the subject matter will shift to more personal development, interesting or fun stuff, training, and personal stories.  I’m sure a couple of Libertarian rants will sneak through, though.  Blogging is all about my enjoyment, so I should do what I want, anyway.

I’m going to be off the grid starting this afternoon, be back on sometime late Friday, so expect light posting until then.


Picked the Wrong Car

Late last night, an off duty police officer shot a man he caught breaking in to his car.

According to Guglielmi, the officer involved in Friday’s incident was eating dinner at an area restaurant, when he heard a car alarm go off just before midnight. He went outside to investigate and discovered it was his car alarm.

The officer approached the vehicle, parked in a community lot behind North Charles Street, and found the front driver’s-side window smashed and the suspect inside the car, headed out the rear passenger-side door.

The officer identified himself and told the suspect to “stop,” Guglielmi said. But the man allegedly reached for something, and the officer shot one round, hitting the suspect in his right knee. The officer was not injured.

The suspect, in his 30s, was found to have “a screwdriver on his person,” Guglielmi said. He’s expected to be hospitalized for several days.

I have no problem with this, other than another example of BPD officers having poor aim.  What troubles me is the idea the thief picked ‘the wrong car’.  Why?  Because if it were my car, and I caught him, and he reached for a screwdriver, and I shot him, I would go to jail.

Every car should be the wrong car, and every person should be able to protect his property and his person, not just off duty police officers.


Stuff I’m Spinning, Dio edition

As you may or may not know, Ronnie James Dio passed away this week at age 67.

So we’ve got a little Sabbath – Dehumanizer

Also –

Antrax – Sound of White Noise

AC/DC – Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap

Machine Head – The Blackening

Clutch – From Beale Street to Oblivion

And a bonus:

1 East Guitar Quartet


Training, 5/21/10

Bench Press
45×15
95×5
135×5
185×3
225×3
245×3
250×3
Not too bad, left a little in the tank

DB Incline
65x 12, 9

Pulldown
130×12
140×10
150x 8, 7

Pressdown
3×10 @ 110

Face Pull
5×12 @ 120

No cardio, had to boogie, I’ll do something tomorrow.


Training 5/19/10

Squat
45×10
115×3
135×3
205×3
225×3
275×3
315×1
335×1
345×1

Leg press
1pps x 15
2pps x 15
5×10 @ 4pps

Standing leg curl
4×5 @ 40

Incline situp
3×10

Stepmill
6:30 minutes
15 minutes recumbent bike


Don’t let the door hit you…

Arlen Specter, on why he moved to the Democratic party in April of 2009:

In the course of the last several months … I have traveled the state and surveyed the sentiments of the Republican Party in Pennsylvania and public opinion polls, observed other public opinion polls and have found that the prospects for winning a Republican primary are bleak.

Plan didn’t work out so well, did it?  Voters are starting to wake up and realize this is all about getting re-elected and about power, not about anything else… and they’re coming to throw more of you out.

That’s Change(tm).


Quote of the day, Ego edition

From Don Boudreaux at Cafe Hayek.

Yes, egos are at work in markets.  But egos are no less at work in the public sector.  The big difference is that the egos at work in markets spend their own money and deal with other people consensually.  The egos at work in government spend other people’s money and deal with other people at gunpoint.


Recent lack of blogging

For those regularly visiting to read wealth building articles, I apologize for the last couple of weeks and the lack of new posts. I’ve got a couple of series bouncing around in my head along with wealth building (the born in 1970 series and a couple of things on time management and personal development), but I just haven’t had the opportunity to sit down and write for a while.

The job that pays tends to be the one that comes first, and I’ve put training and some other personal stuff in front of making sure I get a blog post out every day (or a series post done for every week).  I honestly haven’t been keeping up with my feed reader or the news, so I haven’t had much current event stuff, either.

Training is going well, though, so there’s that.  I am still updating Twitter a bit, so I’m there if you’re looking for me.


Training, 5/14/10

Bench Press
45×15
95×5
135×3
185×3
225×3
245×3 This was kinda hard today
265×1
270×1
The 270 was just about all I could muster today, hoping it was just a bit of an off day, but I didn’t train consistently for four months, so I may just have more ground to make up than I thought.

DB Incline
4×8 @ 60

Pulldown
100×12
110×12
120×12
130×12
140×8
150×6

Pressdown
3×15 @ 100

Face Pull
5×15 @ 110

20 mins treadmill.


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