Wednesday, December 18, 2013


I took this picture of Cristi yesterday-

and because she was wearing a Black Label Society shirt (BLS), I tweeted it to Zakk Wylde. I am new to Twitter. I resisted it forever because Randy White and my Father do not Tweet and that is  how  I measure what is manly or unmanly in this world when I am making decisions.

 Anyway, I have been a huge Zakk fan forever. In fact one of his songs from  his album Book Of Shadows was my wedding song (second marriage). And I met him and he was super cool to me and wanted to meet my Rottweiler but Zakk was drunk and didn't understand that if I brought my dog in during an autograph signing around hundreds of people that she would rip someone's arm or leg or gawd knows what else off of someone. Fortunately I talked my way out of that one. But the fact that he was so damn cool to me went a long way. I love when you meet famous people and they aren't jerks,when they appreciate their fans.

Anyway, I tweeted that picture to him and he retweeted it to 250,000 other people, his followers, and Bas' Barbell was actually on his home page for a day. That was bad ass! Zakk is just cool because speaks his mind and he actually lifts weights. He had a Rotty named Dorian (after Dorian Yates) and loves Jack Lambert and Randy White. I do not know a damn thing about music but I know that he can play guitar and I like what he sings about, his lyrics. Listen to 13 Years of Grief some time. I buy all of his stuff: shirts, coffee mugs and Valhalla Java (his coffee) . And Cristi likes to train to his music, so I give her BLS shirts as gifts. So he lifts, he loves dogs and plays good music. And he retweets Cristi's pic. Badass.

                                                                        Zakk Wylde

Also we are gonna have some really great hoodies for sale real soon.  I just met with the guy who makes them and they will be perfect. I will need to know sizes, I have no idea about that stuff. In a few days (hopefully), I will have a post about the whole thing regarding prices and shipping so I can get preorders. That way I can know what sizes to get. Man, I am excited about these hoodies.

What else? Been listening to Steve Austin's podcast. I am really enjoying those. He interviewed Kerry King from Slayer, but the best one was where he talks about his lifting and his diet. He has just started deadlifting for the first time and he loves it and has noticed that he has put size on his back that he wasn't getting from rows and lat pulls and machines.

I finished Frank Sinatra in a Blender. That is a good book! Rough, hard hitting, humorous and real. The main character is a private detective who stays drunk and snorts Oxy's and still can fight his ass off. I emailed the author Matthew Mcbride and he told me that has another book coming out in 2014. I can't wait.

Also found a guy in Texas who sells dvd's of old Cowboy's games. I finally found the 1986 Eagles vs Cowboys contest, which I have been searching for forever. It is supposed to be Randy White's greatest game ever. It may come in today. I am pretty excited, very excited, beyond excited. And I squatted 135 for 5 sets of 5 the other day. What could be better?

 This is what I got Cristi and Tracy for Christmas. It's from Maryland and the name of  it has nothing to do with how they really are as people.



All About Being a Lifer

What's a Lifer? Someone who isn't in to something for just a day, a month, a's for life. Whether its training or your family or your doesn't matter. You work at it, you build on it, you see the big picture . You don't miss workouts because it means something to you. You are like a Shakespearean actor- no matter what is going on in your life, you block it out when it's time to train. You walk into the weight room and all else disappears. Worry about it later.