Monthly Archives: October 2013

Explaining Debt

Just stumbled across this.  It’s a couple of years old, but still applies… Awesome.

Training Update

About 10 days or so ago I either strained my upper back/shoulders dragging the prowler, or I fell asleep on the floor in an odd position.  Either way, my right shoulder was jacked, then my neck and upper back.  I’ve pretty much worked it out now, so should be back in the gym tomorrow.  Nothing serious, so a little rest and some active recovery (stretching and mobility) seem to have resolved the issue.

Also, I’m making some adjustments to work a little on body composition… I’m making some small adjustments to diet, mostly just paying more attention, and I’m committing to improving my conditioning (via prowler work on training days, and walking (graduating to running) on non lifting days.  Goals are still the same, so you won’t see me running a 10K anytime soon, but I need to get a little leaner and improve my work capacity, as well as keep an eye on health.

Training has been going well, slow steady progress is building; I’m looking at maybe a meet in the spring.


We Are Governed by Simpletons

Just so we’re all clear:

After weeks of a standoff, with Republicans fighting the Democrats to reduce spending and possibly alter or marginally improve the disaster that is Obamacare, yesterday Congress reached a compromise.

That compromise increased spending by $3 billion.  No changes to Obamacare.  No cuts in spending.

So they would have gotten closer to what they want had they just agreed three weeks ago.

Those Republicans sure drive a hard bargain.

This is why my blog is now pretty much just a training log.  I’m not going to change anyone’s mind, and certainly y’all don’t seem to have a plan that would stop electing these clowns.

Update:  The money went for a project in Mitch McConnell’s home state of KY.  If you don’t know, he’s the minority leader of the Senate (a Republican).  Apparently he needed the payoff.  I look forward to the Republican party standing behind a challenger in the primary.  (LOL)

You Say You Want Change

But you never actually do anything about it.  Oh, sure, you elected that hope and change guy, but he ended up pretty much like the rest; in some cases worse, as no President before him ordered the assassination of children by drone.

Yet you clamor, you complain.  You do everything except take responsibility.  See, the responsibility for the failing of the US Congress and Executive branch, heck, the failures at all levels, can be directly traced back to your action.

You elected these people.

Sure, you had to pick from the lesser of two evils in some cases; maybe you even believed what they stood for, or believed they were fighting the good fight, and it’s the other team who is to blame.  While one team is more a passing team, and one is more a running team, they are both playing football when we need to be playing, I don’t know, cribbage.

I’m here to help!  If you follow these simple instructions at all levels of government the next opportunity you have to vote, we can slowly, steadily, create change.  (Note:  I’m using Maryland as an example.  Rules in your state primary elections may differ.)

Step 1:  If you vote in the primary election (are a Republican or a Democrat) go to the polling place.  NOTHING changes if you don’t bother to show up

Step 2:  For each office, find the name of the person holding that office.  Vote for someone else.

Step 3:  If there is no incumbent running for office, vote for the one who does not have the same last name as someone who is in office or has been in office (In Baltimore, those names might include Rawlings, Curran, Mitchell, etc.)

Step 4:  In the General Election, for each office, find the name of the incumbent (unless that person lost in the primary!).  Vote for someone else.

Step 5:  Again, if there is no incumbent, vote for the one who does not have the same last name as someone who is in or has been in office.  Include in this group anyone running who was in a lesser office previously (For example, the Lieutenant Governor running for Governor, or Congressman running for Senate).

Step 6:  Repeat as needed, most likely for twenty to forty years.

You don’t have to vote against your conscience, at almost every level there are “third party” candidates running who closely mirror your political viewpoints.  On the off chance there are not certainly in most instances, the R and the D on the ballot agree on 80% or more issues.  If you really just can’t vote for the other team, then just don’t vote for that office.

The key here is to STOP REWARDING THESE PEOPLE YOU SAY CONTINUE TO FAIL.  Stop treating politics like it’s your team vs their team, and for goodness sake, stop giving your team a free pass.

Maybe your children will get to see some real political change.

Education By Housekeeper

Our housekeeper is from Poland. She gives an excellent 5 minute talk on socialized medicine. I can not do her accent justice, but I will try to sum it up:

Is okay for the rich people, and is okay for the very poor people, but for the working people, they take half of the money you earn at your job, and you have to wait six months for a CAT scan unless you pay them more.

Of course, I’m sure the people in the US who will eventually run our health care system are much smarter and much less corrupt than the people who run the Polish system; you can tell by the complete lack of corruption in government as it stands now.

She also has a much better understanding of the Second Amendment to the Constitution than virtually anyone I’ve ever met.

We could not have the guns, and sometimes, the police and the military were not on our side.

Training, 10/9/13

Bench Press

2×15 @ 45


2×3@ 135

8×3 @ 175, 3 grips, less than a minute between sets.  Good speed.  Bumped the weight up a bit this week to keep it around 60%.

JM Press


3×3 @ 135

T-Bar Row (old school, with the barbell in the corner, bro)



3×8 @ 135

Seated DB Press


2×15 @ 30

These were really uncomfortable, shoulders felt tight

Hammer Curl

2×15 @ 30

Prowler drag, rows, 4 trips, 90 pounds.



Training, 10/7/13

Box Squat

2×5 @ 45




8×2 @ 225, 1 minute rest between sets




8×1 @ 275



These sucked today for some reason.

Side Bend

2×10 @ 40


Training, 10/5/13

Bench Press

2×10 @ 45








280×2 (PR)

Pretty happy with that.  I tested my bench at the beginning of June and got 275×1.  Today the plan was to simply beat that by 5 pounds.  Instead, I beat it by 5 pounds, and then did another rep.

DB Bench







4 x 15

Face pulls

3×10 @ 150

Prowler drags – v grip rows

4 trips, 90 pounds

Training, 10/3/13

Safety Squat Bar Low Box Squat (pins in hole 2)

2×5 @ 45








Hack Squat Machine (bro)

Sled x 10

2×5 @ 135

45 degree back extension


Incline situp


Prowler dragging

90 lbs down and back, forwards down, backwards back

180 lbs x 2 down and back, forwards down, backwards back.



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