Monday, September 8, 2014


I know that I need to write a new column, so I am sitting here, and I am just writing.

I am looking forward to Benjamin Whitmer's new book, Cry Father. He is a tremendous talent and the author of one of my favorite books, Pike. It's coming out next week. I will order it on day one. I will go broke buying books. It is a disease. 

Training is a funny thing. It is not for all people. It is my observation that most people do not understand that sometimes you will be very, very, sore. It does not mean that you are injured. It means that you haven't done a damn thing in life that requires tough, tough work. But that's okay. Quit because you are sore. More room at the squat rack.

I never had a pacifier. My mom thought that they were gross. I stuffed a blanket in my mouth instead.  I Just felt like sharing that fact. Maybe because I just washed 20 pacifiers in between pulls of Budweiser. Yes, watching the kids by myself again.

Been listening to KIX, baby! From Maryland, the hair metal band with the feel good tunes from hell! New album out. So I have an eclectic mix- Southern rock, Death/Black/ Thrash Metal, Hair metal. Alas, still no rap. Alas, never, ever any rap.

The best squat program? No, the best overall program to get an intermediate Big and Strong? NEVER fails- Hatfield's 80 day program. It is amazing. Look it up.

Ray Donovan is the show on TV with the most potential to be a great show. But his wife? She is ruining the show. She is so nuts, so garish, so over the top, that I forward through her every scene. How about a little cunning, or a little less anger and more intelligence? Nope, just off the wall wackiness. Damn! And her look.  She is tough to take. She looks like a camel smoking/Killer Weed smoking girl from Adelphi in the 70's.

Joe Rogan has the best podcast around. 

I love when I tell people that I have frozen ducks and pigeon in my freezer so that I can play fetch with my dogs. Priceless looks of "what did he just say?"

I went to look at some land the other day. It was 10 acres. Supposed to be a hunters paradise. It was not. It was bunch of vegetation and a few deer tracks. But, it did have a building on it that had LUCIFER WAS HERE, 666, LUCIFER WAS HERE, GET OUT, spray painted on the inside. Now, if you were trying to sell it, wouldn't you paint over that particular message?

Also, a Water Moccasin appeared at one point. I am not a fan. The sighting had my son James trying to climb up my head at any sound in the bushes thereafter. I mean, he was clinging to me something fierce. 

Are you training? Is your life not so great? Is stuff going so badly/poorly that you can not seem to get through a day without doubting yourself or just feeling like crap?  Feel like anytime that you want to get started that the road just seems to difficult, too arduous, too long of a haul to just make a little progress? 

You are not, definitely not, alone.  Breath deep, take the step, go to the gym. Or just do 10 pushups. Or just 5 pushups. Or just 1 pushup. And tomorrow, do 2 pushups. And just keep going. You will find that you will feel better about yourself, and problems will not seem so big and your improvement will let you know beyond any doubt that you can accomplish things with a little action and dedication and consistency. How bad could it be? Don't change anything right now but your training habits. Change those first. Train. Pushups, freehand squats.  Lift weights. Walk or ride a bike. Then worry about diet later. Right now, just train.

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.