Monthly Archives: July 2012

Training, DE Squat/Dead, 7/21/12

Box Squat

3×2 @ 45

2×2 @ 95

2×2 @ 135

2×2 2 185

8 sets of 2 @ 225, 1 minute or less between sets



8 singles @ 225, 30 seconds between each.


3×10 @ 100

Side bend

2×10 @ 20

Incline Situp


Training, ME Bench 7/19/12

2 Board Press

45×10, 5









3 Way Shoulder

2×10 @ 10

DB Triceps ext

3×10 @ 15


ME Squat/Dead 7/16/12

I found my way back to the gym.  Still there.  Max Effort isn’t really what this was.  Took it really easy, but I’m still going to be pretty sore tomorrow.

Low Box Squat

45×5, 5, 3






Good Morning

3×5 @ 45



45 degree Back Raise


Pull Down Abs

3×20 @ 100



Things That Will Never Happen: Healthcare Edition

228,000 Medicaid records were accessed unlawfully by a state employee.

But, that will never happen when the IRS has access to the information, right?

Things that will never happen

The Government will never abuse it’s power to stop you for not wearing a seatbelt.

We see stuff like this, and either say “it won’t happen here because we have the right people in charge”, which is just stupid, or we don’t make the connection between this obvious overreach of power and giving the government more power.


It’s About Time

It’s about time the US Army stopped (some) of the advertising spending.  And it’s about time one of the Tea Party folks in Congress actually did something to cut spending, even if it’s just a little bit.

Oh, wait.  She’s not a Republican.

Rep. Betty McCollum, D-Minn., who tried last year to end military sports sponsorship programs before her amendment was defeated, commended Tuesday’s announcement that the Army would end a 10-year run of sponsoring NASCAR.

“This program was not effective,” McCollum told USA TODAY Sports on Tuesday. “By eliminating a wasteful program, they’re protecting taxpayer dollars and they can refocus those dollars on recruiting efforts that bring in well-qualified recruits to keep our Army strong.

“The Army now joins the Navy and the Marine Corps in pulling out of NASCAR as far as sponsorships go. Now I’d like to see, as they haven’t been able to show us any numbers that any of these sports sponsorships work, that we bring an end to the sports sponsorships.”

Where is the Tea Party, anyway?

You are too stupid to handle your health care choices

The people who think the government needs to be more involved in our health care need to see  things like this

The approval is an unambiguously good thing—or so you would think. The saliva test in question, made by OraSure Technologies and known as OraQuick, costs less than $60 and takes just 20 minutes to self-administer. According to statistics an FDA advisory committee presented at a hearing in May, it holds the potential to prevent the transmission of more than 4,000 new HIV infections in its first year of use alone. That would be about 8 percent of the roughly 50,000 new infections we currently see annually in the United States. (About 1.2 million people in the U.S. are now living with HIV, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, of whom about 20 percent don’t realize they have it. Since the epidemic began in the early 1980s, about 1.1 million people have been diagnosed with AIDS, and more than 619,000 have died from it.)

The scandal is that the approval of a rapid home test for HIV did not occur until last week—about 24 years after the FDA received its first application seeking permission to market one.

24 years.. Why?  Because the government thinks you are too stupid; so stupid, in fact, that it’s better you spread HIV than know you have it.

There was great concern that the patient receive proper counseling, both before and after the test. The patient needed to appreciate the possibility of false positives, so he wouldn’t panic unnecessarily if he got one. He needed to appreciate the danger of false negatives, so he wouldn’t become reckless, endangering sexual partners. And he needed to understand the options and support groups available in the event he received a true positive. (On top of all these concerns, many AIDS activists at the time were opposed to almost any form of HIV testing out of fear that results could be used to ostracize and persecute HIV-positive people—though one hopes that public health concerns were paramount to the FDA, rather than political pressure and hysteria.)

So naturally, we want to entrust the government with more decisions about health care.  Because if the right people are in charge…?  I don’t understand.



I’ve hinted a few times here and on Twitter that some big change was coming.  So it did.  After 11 years with the Coca-Cola company, I resigned from my position as Market Unit Director, Field Service.  I gave notice on June 13, and my last day was Friday, July 6.

I am going to partner with my lovely wife, Jamie Mason, in the real estate sales and staging business, as well as spend more time on our personal investment portfolio.

I am very proud of my accomplishments in the corporate world.  For nearly 20 years, I added value to what is now Farmers Insurance, ADP, what is now a part of Northrop Grumman, and Coca-Cola.  Coke does business differently because of work I did to develop new, more meaningful, measures of customer satisfaction.  I was also part of the team that developed capability of our service network for Coca-Cola Freestyle.

But during the last 18 months, there was a great deal of change, both within the company and in my personal life.  The company purchased the largest bottler, and created Coca-Cola Refreshments.  As part of that integration, I got a new job (a promotion) that I considered a developmental opportunity to get me where I wanted to really be.  After 18 months in the new organization, however, I decided that what I thought I wanted… well, I didn’t.  I didn’t want to move to Atlanta, and I didn’t want to do what I always thought I wanted to do.  It happens.  The culture of the new company was also a significant change; and I didn’t feel like I fit in any more.

This isn’t a bad thing.  It’s got nothing to do with Coke, which is a great company.  It has everything to do with me figuring out what I want to be when I grow up.

So, instead of adding value to corporations (which is noble), I want to add value to individuals; I want to keep the value closer, so I can really experience it.  I want to engage with people, not on conference calls or meetings, but in living rooms or over meals.

I also needed to regain control of my life.  I was working too much and had completely lost the work/life balance that Gen Xers find so important.  I need to lift.  I need to cook.  I need to blog, to write.  I need to enjoy life.  My weeks had become 50-70 hours Monday-Friday working, leaving only time to eat and sleep during the week.  Then on the weekend, I would need one full day to do nothing, then by 5PM on Sunday, my head would be back to work, thinking about what I needed to do Monday.  (Assuming I didn’t have to work  on the weekend, something that happened pretty regularly).

In my new life, what day it is doesn’t matter.  There will still be hard work.  I will still hustle.  But I won’t get stressed out on Sunday night because I have to go to work on Monday.

I’ll post more on how I was able to walk away from the corporate world, and some of the challenges my wife and I may face as entrepreneurs.  I’ll also be back to regular posts about whatever strikes me as interesting, everything from sports to politics to food and wine.  And the training log will return as well (I’m taking Monday and Tuesday of this week as days to do nothing; tomorrow I’m going to go to the gym.)

I will also be back at The Grand Crew to get some action going there as well.

I’m really looking forward to living again.

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