Thursday, November 23, 2017


I guess that I should write about the holidays. I am fascinated by the whole Black Friday thing, where people go absolutely nuts over buying some crap that they won't even care about next year. Material things don't mean very much too me, never have, never will. I do have a nice truck and I will spend money on hunting stuff. But I don't care about wearing a brand name on my chest. Congrats to the big clothing/shoe companies, you have managed to brainwash the youth of today and 99% of all adults to spend inordinate amounts of money to buy their clothes and advertise the company at the same time. What a scam. And then the shoes fall apart just as fast as shoes from Target or Walmart.

And an iPhone 20 or 30 or whatever. Hate it all. Keep putting them out and we will keep buying and buying and wanting and wanting and buying and wanting. I despise the phone. I hate answering the phone, I hate the fact that people can get in touch with me whenever they want to. If I didn't have kids, I would not have a damned phone.

I like the attitude of one of my friends. No texting at all, email once a day, and phone calls returned within 24 hours. I HATE IT. Its messing us up, I'm telling ya. Its gonna screw up generations forever. No personal contact just texting and social media. I get caught up in Instagram and I feel weak and soft and it makes me pissed off at myself. What is the use of it all? To make the owners more rich. Do I really need it? Has it enhanced my life one bit? I think that I would survive without it. I think that I could make it! Oh it would be so tough! I would miss the instant gratification of seeing who "Liked" my post. What another weak ass thought process. It is weak and soft , all of it and my kids are hooked and everyone I know is hooked and somewhere it needs to end . My phone buzzes and then my phone rings and I am like, really? Now? What is so urgent? I used to just show up at my friend's houses when I would come to town, and it would be no big deal. Now, it feels like we should just text instead, that visiting is too much of an invasion or something. It's weird, but that's how I feel. I am gonna leave my phone in the truck! It is unheard of, it is blasphemy! 

And another thing- I am no prude, but sometimes, enough is enough. I joined a local gym in the summer, it's a nice gym, nothing fancy, just solid powerlifting equipment. Problem is that the owner is never there, and the members pick the music. Website says family friendly, but the music played in there is beyond x-rated. So I have my kids in the lobby and this music is playing like it always is, and I'm like, ok kids, never repeat those words that you hear, and the people in there, including the girl at the desk hear the music and see my kids and nothing is done. So I'm doing some dumbbell shoulder presses and I'm listening to this mindless drivel and I'm like just what am I doing? This goes against everything that I believe in and I put the dumbells down, tell the girl at the desk that I want to cancel my membership and then fill out this sheet with the reasons why. I put the words used in the "song"(no instruments or singing) on the paper in quotes and the girl reads it and says " you could have changed the music." and I say NOPE. And I grab my kids and we are off. It's my place to turn off the music? It's my place to have you realize that its not right to have that music blasting? But let me tell you something, I really think that people don't realize that there is anything wrong with it at all. They don't see it, they have been deluged with it forever, and this is something that is accepted by almost everyone as, oh that's ok. Well, its not. It never will be with me...its ..its rude. Its common and for some reason, I still think that there should still be gentlemen out there. You are playing that music because it makes you tough and fired up with your 275x2 half squat, I get that, but when you see two little kids come in, you go, oh, ok, lets change that, that's not right.  If you think that you need it to get fired up, you are a total joke as a lifter.

Whatever, whatever, it's an uphill battle and it probably doesn't really matter when it comes to the big old picture of  life and although I truly believe that the rise of that awful music and the content therein have contributed to the moral decay and decline of our country, I'll acquiesce to the masses and I'll just check out. And I'll just lift at 5 in the morning at work and that will be what is best for me. Archaic in thoughts, odd man out. Just the way that it should be.

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.