Friday, March 17, 2023

Books, Podcasts, More Books, Music.

 Just finished Turning Feral , a damn good book by Zachary Craig Hanson. At only 234 pages, it's too short. I could have read another 200 pages and would not have gotten tired of it. 

It's about a corporate guy who chucks his suburban life and moves to Idaho to a cabin in a mountain village of 36 people. He learns to hunt, trap and be self sustained. I really liked it because he admits he is an amateur at all of it and talks about his mistakes as well as his hard earn success. He gets into detail about the animals he kills and he is honest about his feelings but also understands the cycle of life. It is just damn good. Read it if you have ever dreamed of a life such as his. 

What else? I am a podcast freak. Jocko, Paul Saladino, Bongino (when I want to hear bad news), Art of Manliness, Unashamed with Phil Robertson, Duck Call Room, Eastman's Journal, Three of Seven , Jack Carr, Eyes Wide Open, The Original Gangsters Podcast, Plant Free MD,  Huberman Lab, Mike Drop, Westside Barbell, Nock On Archery, Bodybuilding Legends, Bone Collector, and my new one, Steel Reflections. I listen to podcasts when driving. I like Rogan too, especially that he has realized how messed up everything is. When he started hunting he lost all (most ) of his liberal tendencies. Because when the MOB turns on you, you start to "get it".

What else? My buddy Frank Bill is getting ready to release Back to the Dirt, and I have an advanced copy and it KILLS. It's beyond hardcore and real. Preorder that bad boy.

Short stories? Mark Powell's Blood Kin is crazy good. Brilliant , disturbing and real. He is gonna be a guest on my podcast. I'll post it when it comes up. 

Who else should I get on the podcast? Email me at with suggestions, I will email or call anyone, I don't care. 

And Knockemstiff is amazing. If you haven't read it, get on it.

John Hamilton just came out with a new book, Ballard Redoubt. He is an excellent writer and his last book, A Hell Called Ohio was so damn great that I interviewed him for this website. He is also a Seabee, so just because of that, I love the guy. Being a Seabee is legit badass occupation. I should get him on the podcast. 

What else? Listening to The Chesapeake by Michener. He is so detailed it is crazy. Worth it for sure.

There is more- I have been listening to Aaron Lewis, Paycheck, Jerry Reed, Jamey Johnson( I mean, DAMNNNN!), Clint Black, Ward Davis, Jarrod Birmingham, Derek Jones (FREE TO LEAVE).  All good music. Of course, HANK is always in the rotation. 

Check out some of my recommendations if you would like. I think you will dig 'em.

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.