Monthly Archives: October 2011

Training, 10/23/11, Press

Press
2×5 @ 45
65×5
95×3
100×5
115×5
130×9

Dips
3×5

Did a set of 3 chins in between each set of presses and dips, so 10 sets of 3

Pull Down
3×10 @ 150

Face Pull
3×15 @ 120

Hammer Curls
2×15 @ 20

30 mins bike

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Training, 10/22/11, Squat

Squat
2×5 @ 45
95×5
135×5
185×3
225×1
255×5
285×3
320×1
Easy, fast, solid.

Good Morning
3×4 @ 135

Seated Leg Curl
50×15
60×15
2×15 @ 70

Pull down abs
2×10


WTF?

Man choosing to live like a baby remains eligible for Social Security Disability payments.  He runs a website and builds furniture, but is not capable of working.  Maybe being really weird is a disability?


An Illustration

The difference between me, a Director level leader in a global corporation, and a Leftist government worker.

Me:  Someone who works for me does something really, really stupid, perhaps even illegal.  I take responsibility and am rightly held accountable.  I’m responsible even if I didn’t know about it, but if it’s a big project involving lots of people and money, I probably did.

Leftist Government Worker, represented in this example by our Dear Leader, the Greatest President of All Time:

Well I heard about it from the news reports. This is not something we were aware of in the White House and the Attorney General it turns out wasn’t aware of either. Obviously Eric Holder has launched a full investigation of this, it is not acceptable for us to allow guns to go into Mexico. Our whole goal has been to interdict aggressively in the flow of weapons and cash flowing south into Mexico because the Mexican president, President Calderon, has done a heroic job of trying to take on these transnational drug cartels. So this investigation will be complete, people who have screwed up will be held accountable but our overarching goal consistently has been to say we’ve got a responsibility not only to stop drugs from flowing north, we’ve also got a responsibility to make sure we are not helping to either arm or finance these drug cartels in Mexico. So it’s very upsetting to me to think that somebody showed such bad judgment that they would allow something like that to happen and we will find out who and what happened in this situation and make sure it gets corrected.

He heard about it from the news?  I would (rightly, by the way) lose my job on the spot if I said something that stupid, true or not.

Oh, and I’m pretty sure if my global corporation was involved in something this big/illegal/immoral they wouldn’t cut it from the televised interview with the CEO.


An easy 9 out of 10 on the Stupid Meter

I’m sure I’m not the only person who was looking forward to Joe Biden as Vice President, given the spectacular stupidity, bigotry, and anger with which he speaks.

Selling the jobs bill to fourth graders is just regular old not much worth noticing Joe.  What he said recently about crime sure is, though.  It’s full on Joe:  facts are wrong (violent crime is down nationwide) and angry (“don’t screw around with me”).  He also includes some of that new civility, blaming Republicans for rape, and wishing Republicans could experience a rape.  He’s such a down home nice guy, isn’t he?

At least this administration gives us a little more entertainment value than the previous one while continuing the same policies.


Training 10/18/11; Deadlift

Deadlift

2×5 @ 135

185×5

225×1

275×5

315×3

350×1

Easy, didn’t push it.

1 leg Press

4×5 @ 90

Pull Thru

2×8 @ 120

Shrugs

2×15 @ 225

30 mins treadmill


Think of all the jobs you could save

Don Boudreaux at Cafe Hayek writes a letter to an idiot in Congress.

Fred Barnes reports in the Weekly Standard that you refuse to use computerized checkout lanes at supermarkets (“Boneheaded Economics,” Oct. 24).  As you – who are described on your website as “progressive” – explain, “I refuse to do that.  I know that’s a job or two or three that’s gone.”

Overlooking the fact that you overlook the lower prices on groceries made possible by this labor-saving technology, I’ve some questions for you:

Do you also avoid using computerized (“automatic”) elevators, riding only in those few that still use manual elevator operators?

Do you steer clear of newer automobiles equipped with technologies that enable them to go for 100,000 miles before needing a tune-up?  I’m sure I can find for you, say, a 1972 Chevy Vega that will oblige you to employ countless mechanics.

Do you shun tubeless steel-belted radial tires on your car – you know, the kind that go flat far less often than do old-fashioned tires?  No telling how many tire-repairing jobs have been destroyed by modern technology-infused tires.

Do you and your family refuse flu shots in order to increase your chances of requiring the services of nurses and M.D.s – and, if the economy gets lucky and you and yours get seriously ill, also of hospital orderlies and administrators?  Someone as aware as you are of the full ramifications of your consumption choices surely takes account of the ill effects that flu shots have on the jobs of health-care providers.

You must, indeed, be distressed as you observe the appalling amount of labor-saving technologies in use throughout our economy.  It is, alas, a disturbing trend that has been around for quite some time – since, really, the invention of the spear which destroyed the jobs of some hunters.

Ms. Lee is easy pickins… she’s a moron.


Training: 10/16/11, Press

Back after a break.

Press

2×5 @ 45

65×5

95×3

110×5

125×3

140×6

Chins

6×3

Face Pull

4×10 @ 120

Hammer Curls

20×10

2×8 @ 40

30 minutes treadmill


Some Advice for the “99%”

Quit complaining about what other people have that you don’t.  Instead, go out and try to get in the 1%.

You probably won’t make it.  That’s OK, I probably won’t, either.  But you’ll do a ton of good along the way as well as (obviously) make yourself better off.

Most of the people in the 1% got there by creating value (either a product or a service) for other people.  Steve Jobs did that.  Even the hypocrite Warren Buffett does it indirectly.  Are there bad people in the 1% that took advantage of government bailouts?  Sure.  So what – many of you elected the people who gave them the bailouts.  Instead of complaining about it, start taking power away from the government so they can’t bail them out, and put the power in your own hands to do as much (or little) good for others as you like.

The closer you get to the 1%, the more you are able to give money and time to those less fortunate.  Isn’t that a better use of your energy than protesting something you can’t change by protesting?  You can change the world by participating in the process (vote, petition, etc), by removing the power from the elite and putting it in the hands of the masses.  You can change the world by earning and producing enough that you meet your needs and can help meet the needs of others!  The nice thing is, the more power you retain, the more of your wealth will go where you want, not where central planners want.

As you inch towards the 1%, you’ll be happier and healthier.  Yeah, I know money doesn’t by happiness, but it sure doesn’t hurt.  And there’s plenty of research showing there’s a link between good health and wealth, not because of better access to care, but because wealthy people worry less about money!  Being happy and healthy is a great thing, I wish it for everyone, even those who want to use force to take my things.  (Selfishly, I know that the happier, healthier, and wealthier other people are, the less they will want to use force to take my things.)

So spend your time wisely, not by protesting some random injustice, but by going out in the world and making a real difference.

And quit talking about taking wealth by force from the 1%.  That will not work out well for you, I promise.


My First Wine Express Tasting

Wine Express is a local wine tasting/retailing company.  They host regular tastings at Silo Point in Baltimore.  For a reasonable cost in an awesome setting, you can taste a number of wines and discuss both with the host (Rita Blackwell) and the other participants.

It’s a great concept, and they execute it well.

A couple of comments on that execution, then I’ll run down the wines.  The setting is outstanding.  Silo Point is a spectacular building, and the tastings are hosted in a warm space on the 19th floor.  The view is spectacular, and the space is large enough for the group, with plenty of seating options.

The folks running the tasting do a very nice job keeping things moving… I never waited more than a minute or so to get a pour of the next wine, and the wines were served at appropriate temperatures in appropriate glassware.  Everyone had some knowledge of the wines, and had clearly tasted them.  From a service perspective, the tasting is very well done.

Rita Blackwell, as the host, engages every guest.  She’s got an uncanny ability to recall people, she remembers small details that matter.  Clearly, she’s about service first.  That said, she provides background and educates in a manner that everyone can appreciate, from novice to the experienced oenophile.

Most striking is the diversity of the group.  I was really happy to see a varied group; instead of the wine tasting of your old perception (a bunch of wealthy white people over 40 with their pinkies in the air), this was a racially diverse group ranging from 20’s to 70’s.  Everyone was friendly, and we had a great time talking wine with each other.

Wine is fun, and this tasting made fun the focus.  I’m looking forward to attending more. Continue reading


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