20170515 Books and Broz and Back

Finished grifters. Good but bleak. pop 1280 compelling so far. Hilarious at first but getting bleaker by the minute. That Jim Thompson is something.

Still training every day. Back to doing a Broz type program. It makes me happy.  I guess strange masochistic things make me happy.  I know i disparaged daily maxes last week. Hypocrisy is okay when i do it. If i hit any good lifts I’ll let you know.

Speaking of hypocrisy or maybe wishy-washiness i guess I’m back already. 

Brown Ease

Q: Did you hear about the new laxative?

A: It’s called Brown Ease!

get it – brownies. copyright.


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reviewing search terms that lead people to your blog can always be enlightening.


I very much wanted to see this animal, especially the new historic game of baccarat, and this was a good place, for it ranks next to Monte Carlo for high play and plenty of it. But the result was what I might have expected — the interest of the looker-on perishes with the novelty of the spectacle; that is to say, in a few minutes. A permanent and intense interest is acquirable in baccarat, or in any other game, but you have to buy it. You don’t get it by standing around and looking on.
-Mark Twain (from Europe and Elsewhere)


Reading The Grifters now, is pretty good.  I think i watched a little of the movie but all I remember is John Cusack getting hit in the stomach.


wt: 161.8

tried some rack bench today pressed 340 a quarter inch or so.  squatted 390 to some pins did 350 high bar squat, 345 SLDL x 3

 

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Posted partly because Coach Jr looks cute with his little Easter bucket but mostly cause vainly (pun) pleased with forearm development.


This was taken on a day when Karena and Rex were at a boy scout thing. I was gonna take the littles to the playground but it started to rain, so i invited us over to my in-laws house. My FIL put on this video. It’s extremely important to Quincy. Here my FIL was trying to tell me a story about crab fishing but Quincy is outraged because we’re not paying proper attention and respect to the video. Coach Jr stares dully.


Reading a Jim Thompson book. Reminds me a little of Bukowski but grimmer so the jury is still out.


I have made an important discovery: The Men at Work song “the land down under”  is about hell and not Australia as is commonly believed.


Let me tell you who suck, like banana Now and Laters

~ The Game (92 Bars)


Scout Leader: Why aren’t you a boy scout leader?  You were the army weren’t you?

Me: do you know the difference between a hunter and a butcher?

New games

The box of Catan was badly damaged so i had to send it back. The new one came today and we played already because Rex had the day off. I won even though Karena “cheated” by building her houses illegally close (i didn’t notice until long afterwards and she didn’t know better)

I’m 3-1 at Waterdeep and 0-2 at Puerto Rico so it’s clear which is the better game and which is totally unfair and rigged.

A new board game and bookstore opened in our town and they have game rentals. We rented Machi Koro which was fun/quick but there’s like an optimal strategy or seems to be and a lot of the cards don’t get used.  Online they said the expansion pack solves this.

Reading “The Seven Basic Plots” by Christopher Booker.  Highly recommend so far although it’s long and I’m only like 10% done.

Anyway good times.  Fun fact: a cup of movie theater popcorn has 82 calories.


wt: 164.0

CPP: 165,170,175 x 2

Squat: 325,345,365 x 3

SLDL: 225,230,235,240 x 4

PU55 x 9

SH: 4 min

time: 0:58

Faloosafee

Reading this philosophy book. I’d long ago given up hope on anyone in my family being remotely interested in anything I read, but Rex is kind of hooked. Then i discuss it with him “how do you know you’re real and not an illusion created by an evil demon” and Karena can’t help but jump in. It’s kind of nerdy to talk about philosophy at the dinner table but secretly pleasing. Poor Quincy is  left out and talks to herself about her imaginary friend. Coach Jr, of course, just wads pork in his mouth until it’s plate throwing time.

Quincy (reading spine of book): Fa-loo-sa-fee?
Me: aw don’t worry your pretty little head about it that stuff is not for girls.

Haha just kidding i didn’t actually say that. She’s doing first grade stuff in home school. Here’s a picture of her in her pajamas.

Me: Look smart. It’s for the blog.

Karena took Rex to a Pokemon party at the library.

Coachstradamus (via text message): Did he immediately rush off and begin jabbering in what sounds like a foreign language?
Karena: YES. EXACTLY.

Coach Jr, um well he has a big head so that’s promising. When you say “brush teeth” he says “Ah?” and trundles towards the sink. The problem is if you say “brush” “teeth” “ah” or any word that sounds remotely similar, he does the same thing and is disappointed that he can’t brush his teeth fifty times a day.

This whole thing sounds like a Christmas card, ugh. Oh well, the family that nerds together uh herds together, i guess.


Wt: 166.6 maintaining faith in my fitness pal, i know it’s working because I’m starving and miserable brb  watching clock til dinner time 749 calories remaining, still need 14 grams of fiber looks like beans and two ounces of meat and an onion FML. I’m not really whining okay I am. Enjoy my self inflicted misery.

T/h: 42/67

Cgb: 230,235,240,245,250×3

Hbps: 205×6, 215,225,235,245×3

Btn: 153.5,155×1

SGDL: 375, 385, 395 x 1

Pullups: 0x5; 35×5

Time: 1:09

Breaking Concrete

Me: (Swinging the sledgehammer) It’s pretty tiring. After a few minutes I’m sick of it.

Karena: SO HIT IT FOR LIKE THREE MINUTES, THEN TAKE A BREAK, THEN HIT IT SOME MORE.

Me: that’s what she said


On a somber note, RIP Roy Innis. I suppose a very small handful of men led lives as distinguished, or accomplished so much in the field of civil rights, but nobody else beat up both Al Sharpton and a white supremacist on national television. You will be missed, sir.


Read War Dogs which I highly recommend. I know they made a movie about it which I’m sure is stupid and inaccurate like most movies.


Also read 7 habits of highly effective people. Some of it was familiar so i must have read at least part of it before and i guess was satisfied with 2.6 of the habits.  Anyway, 11/10.


wt: 168.0

t/h: 59/100%+ actually above 100 this means of course that I worked out underwater today

FP: 275,280,285,290 x 2

Squat: 315,335,355 x 3

MP: 180,182.5 x 1

SLDL: 285,305,315 x 2

Pullups: 0x10, 25 x 5

time: 1:04

Bookman

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In the Rex Powerman mythology there is a Rex alterego/Mary Sue character i made for Rex named Bookman (pronounced bookmin not Book Man).  Bookman is a mild-mannered, sensible type (compare to Powerman who is insane) who is cooler than SuperWhy because in addition to the “power” of reading (unimpressive since almost everyone can do it in RL) he also throws books at villains. Smaller books he throws really fast iot give the enemies painful paper cuts.  For a big boss, he’ll throw the OED which if someone could actually throw that with velocity accuracy and distance, it would be awesome.


Before the drum machine, Coach Jr’s favorite toy was a series of rubber squeaky books.

Me: He’s eating his words, hehehe.

Me: He’s reating – get it? – it’s a portmanteau of read and eat!

Karena: SIGH


I don’t know, i have tons of things to say about these books but then when i get down to it, I’m suddenly lazy. i mean, what’s the point?  If you want to know more about the book, read the reviews on Amazon. If you disagree with my two word assessments or still have questions I’ll be glad to argue with you or address your concerns in the comments.

Grit – amazing. Worth buying.

Steven pressfield “motivational” series (war of art, do your work, turning pro) – these are really good and profound but a bit thin, so i wouldn’t pay more than five bucks for one.

God’s debris by Scott Adams – enjoyable.

How to succeed while failing at everything (i think that’s the name but too lazy to verify; also by Scott Adams) – good, has some insights in it but i was a little self-improvemented out after ego is the enemy, grit, and the pressfield ones.

The obstacle is the way – also self improvemented out, I’ll give it another chance later

I’m lying to you (unsure exact title; Ryan Holiday) – interesting but depressing because unlike other “there’s a problem with society” books he offers no solutions

Ask the dust – got bored, maybe later

Reading a Bobby Fischer bio, endgame, it’s great so far

Ego is the Enemy

https://www.amazon.com/Ego-Enemy-Ryan-Holiday/dp/1591847818

awesome book.  going to buy hard copy.

Honestly I was skeptical going in.  How can someone who is 29 have wise thoughts?  Don’t successful people have big egos?  Didn’t this guys’ previous career = working for American Apparel and writing fake blog posts?

Also there’s typically two types of self-improvement literature/life philosophy/you know what I mean.  One is stoic and scoldy and depressing.  The other is achieve your dreams and reach for the stars and etc.  Holiday does a good job of tying the two together and making sense of things.

thank you dilletante.  (btw his blog is good, lots of interesting thoughts and suggested reading, he or the amazon reviews can explain EitE better)


wt: 169.4

t/h: 53F/68%

fp: 245,255,265,275 x 2

sqt: 325,335,345,355,365 x 2

sldl: 175 x 8; 185,195,205,215 x 4

mil press: 177.5,180,182.5 x 1

ohs: 135 x 10

ws/sh: yes

time: 1:26

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The Art of Rex

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After the peaches incident, my mother-in-law taught Rex to draw people.  Posting the results since it’s well-known that the worlds foremost thinkers in Freudian psychology, early education, subversive political cartooning, and advanced huery are readers of this blog.


Skimmed through Influence by Robert Cialdini because Dilbert persuaded me to.  It was interesting but because it’s kinda old a lot of the tricks were obvious.  Or I’m just clever and cynical and special.  You choose.  Gonna try to get a copy of Pre-Suasion and see if it’s better.


wt: 169.8

t/h: 51F/68%

CGB: 225,235,245,255 x 2

MRS: 315,325,335,345 x 1

BTN: 138.5,140,141 x 1

SGD: 315,325,335,345,355 x 1

OHS: 115 x 10

SH/WS

time: 1:02

Bug Week

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…Also selfishness week.  Reading Ayn Rand (The Virtue of Selfishness and others) and Richard Dawkins’ “The Selfish Gene” simultaneously.  Will let them fight it out in my head.


Wed 10/26/16

wt: 173.0

Floor Press: 265,270,275,280,285,290 x 1

Squat: 270,275,280,285,290,295,300,305,310 x 3

BTN: 161,162.5 x 1; 111 x 6

SGD: 300,305,310,315,320,325,330,335,340 x 1

Shrug: 295 x 10

time: 1:25


Thu 10/27/16

wt: 171.6

CGB: 190,195,200,205,210,215 x 3

MRS: 265,270,275,280,285,290 x 2

Mil Press: 136,137.5,138.5,140 x 3

SLDL: 170 x 8; 175,180,185,190,195,200 x 4

Neck Harness: 55 x 10 this was the hardest set I’ve done in like 6 months

Rex: Dad, uh, is your forehead bleeding?

so found a new way to become uglier through an activity which most people take up to improve their aesthetics. brb bouncing sledgehammer levers with nose. brb finding deodorant that smells worse than B.O.

time: 1:18

 

 

Why didn’t someone tell me?

There is basically a sequel to Dreadnought called Castles of Steel.  Which renders moot my criticism about Massie skimping over the actual start of WWI.  Still wish he were more interested in the land battles.  Started reading it today.  The Kaiser was such an interesting guy.  You can’t just label him as an “idiot,” or an “boor,” or a “warmonger.”  He certainly did do things that could land him in all three categories; but he also was an intelligent man, could be gracious, and genuinely wanted only friendly relations with England.  I hope to read everything Robert Massie has written.


I’m going to dual boot Linux Mint and Windows 7 for a while.  If all goes well I’ll eventually get rid of the Windows.  If some stuff doesn’t work, I’ll continue to dual boot and just trim down Windows for only the program/peripheral that I absolutely need.  I’m getting a new SSD and Mint is going on there.  Kinda done with Windows.

The Day of the Jackal & T-Nation’s "Shadow Pro"

I don’t know why I bother with these long-ass book reviews.  The only time it was fun was with Rise and Fall of the 3rd Reich vs. Evans Book 1.  So – if you haven’t read The Day of the Jackal, you should because it was awesome.  If you have read it, post in comments and we’ll discuss.  If you have no intention of reading it, all I have to say to you is that the only thing it has in common with the Bruce Willis movie The Jackal is that the one-sentence summary for both could read: “Law enforcement officials attempt to prevent a professional assassin with a specially made gun from killing a political figure.” After that, they differ, most notably in that the movie was a piece of shit.  The only memorable part was this.  Literally the only thing I remembered about the movie.  I didn’t even remember that Bruce Willis had that ridiculous mustache. 


Bought two new 4×6 mats to expand the gym.  Was gonna buy a third and cut it for use as intermediate rack heights.  The mats are 1/2 inch thick so if I cut it in half and stacked them, it would be 4x3x1″.  Instead, TSC was selling 4×3 mats so I bought 3 of them and now I can make 1/2 inch intervals and didn’t have to cut.  (hmm, but spent twice as much money)


I know it’s easy to beat on T-Nation.  I could write a post like that one every week.  One of my favorite part of T-mag used to be when they had gossip about IFBB bodybuilders, and interviews with (anonymous) steroid dealers.

Now they have this guy Shadow Pro writing these shitty articles that I always click on.  But they are totally uninteresting and reveal nothing of any substance or value.  This was one of the worst:

The only people who I’ve seen suffer from serious health issues are combining steroids with recreational drug use or narcotic painkillers.

Guess he never saw Andreas Munzer.

It’s a recipe for disaster.

I’m surprised to learn that combining steroids and narcotics is unhealthy.

The media likes to blow up stories like this and blame steroids immediately, without any kind of investigation into the subject. The people who are writing these stories have no educational background in sport.

The person who is writing these articles has no personal bias and never exaggerates.

I think any steroid – or any other drug for that matter – can put you at risk if it’s abused.

Don’t go out on a limb there.

This is an example of a common pro-bodybuilder cycle [cycle follows]. It’s something I’ve done before and I do not recommend this for anyone!

::Yawns:: It’s a list of a bunch of drugs, not anything I’ve not read before.  This would have been interesting to read online in 1994, maybe.  Even guys who do juice probably will learn nothing.  However, teens and novice lifters take note:  If you are really committed to competing in the IFBB, you need to step your game up.

Insulin is very dangerous if the bodybuilder is uneducated. If you really know what you’re doing, you can use it safely.

Cool, I’m 17 and I’ve been reading T-Nation for 2 years.  Pretty sure I qualify.

Insulin – For advanced lifters only! 5-10 IU pre-workout followed by drinking Plazma ™ right away.

TC reaches a new low by inserting supplement plugs into this article.  “Hey folks, when you’re shooting unprescribed insulin, make sure you take our supplement right away.”  Imagine TC Luoma working for Hanes (not sure why he’d interview a dead serial killer but roll with it):

Q: Mr. Bundy, what did you use to strangle those women? 

A: Usually rope – or L’Eggs brand pantyhose which are known for their durability and fit. 

Best Tip for Gaining in the Off Season

Humalog and Plazma combination: 5-10 IU 10 minutes pre-workout followed by 2-3 servings of Plazma. (Not for beginners!)

Why do I feel that this is not just sloppy editing and they intentionally phrased it like this to make it seem that Plazma is the part of this combination that’s not for beginners?

The Day of the Jackal & T-Nation’s “Shadow Pro”

I don’t know why I bother with these long-ass book reviews.  The only time it was fun was with Rise and Fall of the 3rd Reich vs. Evans Book 1.  So – if you haven’t read The Day of the Jackal, you should because it was awesome.  If you have read it, post in comments and we’ll discuss.  If you have no intention of reading it, all I have to say to you is that the only thing it has in common with the Bruce Willis movie The Jackal is that the one-sentence summary for both could read: “Law enforcement officials attempt to prevent a professional assassin with a specially made gun from killing a political figure.” After that, they differ, most notably in that the movie was a piece of shit.  The only memorable part was this.  Literally the only thing I remembered about the movie.  I didn’t even remember that Bruce Willis had that ridiculous mustache. 


Bought two new 4×6 mats to expand the gym.  Was gonna buy a third and cut it for use as intermediate rack heights.  The mats are 1/2 inch thick so if I cut it in half and stacked them, it would be 4x3x1″.  Instead, TSC was selling 4×3 mats so I bought 3 of them and now I can make 1/2 inch intervals and didn’t have to cut.  (hmm, but spent twice as much money)


I know it’s easy to beat on T-Nation.  I could write a post like that one every week.  One of my favorite part of T-mag used to be when they had gossip about IFBB bodybuilders, and interviews with (anonymous) steroid dealers.

Now they have this guy Shadow Pro writing these shitty articles that I always click on.  But they are totally uninteresting and reveal nothing of any substance or value.  This was one of the worst:

The only people who I’ve seen suffer from serious health issues are combining steroids with recreational drug use or narcotic painkillers.

Guess he never saw Andreas Munzer.

It’s a recipe for disaster.

I’m surprised to learn that combining steroids and narcotics is unhealthy.

The media likes to blow up stories like this and blame steroids immediately, without any kind of investigation into the subject. The people who are writing these stories have no educational background in sport.

The person who is writing these articles has no personal bias and never exaggerates.

I think any steroid – or any other drug for that matter – can put you at risk if it’s abused.

Don’t go out on a limb there.

This is an example of a common pro-bodybuilder cycle [cycle follows]. It’s something I’ve done before and I do not recommend this for anyone!

::Yawns:: It’s a list of a bunch of drugs, not anything I’ve not read before.  This would have been interesting to read online in 1994, maybe.  Even guys who do juice probably will learn nothing.  However, teens and novice lifters take note:  If you are really committed to competing in the IFBB, you need to step your game up.

Insulin is very dangerous if the bodybuilder is uneducated. If you really know what you’re doing, you can use it safely.

Cool, I’m 17 and I’ve been reading T-Nation for 2 years.  Pretty sure I qualify.

Insulin – For advanced lifters only! 5-10 IU pre-workout followed by drinking Plazma ™ right away.

TC reaches a new low by inserting supplement plugs into this article.  “Hey folks, when you’re shooting unprescribed insulin, make sure you take our supplement right away.”  Imagine TC Luoma working for Hanes (not sure why he’d interview a dead serial killer but roll with it):

Q: Mr. Bundy, what did you use to strangle those women? 

A: Usually rope – or L’Eggs brand pantyhose which are known for their durability and fit. 

Best Tip for Gaining in the Off Season

Humalog and Plazma combination: 5-10 IU 10 minutes pre-workout followed by 2-3 servings of Plazma. (Not for beginners!)

Why do I feel that this is not just sloppy editing and they intentionally phrased it like this to make it seem that Plazma is the part of this combination that’s not for beginners?

Dreadnought

So finished reading Dreadnought; here are my thoughts:

I liked the mini-biographies of all the players, from King Edward (player) to the Kaiser (hater – if 10% of the anecdotes are true, he was a ninny and buffoon – but he didn’t want war) to this guy (just looking at this picture will tell you that he ruled German foreign policy for 30 years from this back room – btw also not a warmonger). Not that fond of all the British politicians, though I learned a lot. I did very much enjoy reading about Jackie Fisher and his naval reforms.  Every branch of every country’s military needs someone like him on the job at all times.  (Also, way to predict the Battle of Jutland 5 years in advance and only be off by a few weeks)

However, I feel this book fell down on the job at the end in two major ways.  First, the book is about the coming of the First World War – and the British/German naval arms race.  So you’d think Massie would link the two together in an ironclad (hue!) way.  However, if Germany had not built a single battleship, WWI would have still started on schedule, and the outcome would have been the same.  I guess you could make the argument that if Tirpitz hadn’t insisted on building battleships and needing Britain to serve as an enemy, they might have had an alliance – but with everything else going on, it just doesn’t seem likely and is really “what-iffing” to a large degree.

Second, he really moves at a fast pace at the end.  Doesn’t make much sense because the book is already 914 pages long (the other 70 mentioned are appendices and so forth) I think this is because the actual start of the war doesn’t really bear out his thesis, like it would if Germany or Britain had made a pre-emptive strike on the other’s fleet to kick things off.  Like we don’t even get the mini-bio of King George at all, even though he’s been King since 1910.  Several other major characters (like Von Moltke) are similarly rushed onto the scene, and we lose track of others like Fisher and the Kaiser (though one could argue that the German military also intentionally lost track of him)

Reading the critical review on Amazon from the Library Journal makes me want to pick up that Paul Kennedy book badly.  That guy wrote the Rise and Fall of the Great Powers book which is a masterpiece.

Still, I’d give this book 5 stars (and I’m not sure why I’m writing this here and not on Amazon).  One of my favorite history books that I’ve read, though my combined ignorance and interest of the time period definitely play a part.


Started reading some book called Liason 1914 by Edward Spears, who was pretty much the first British soldier in continental Europe at the start of the war.  I saw why the French were pissed: 150 pages in, and he still hasn’t seen any action.  True, he was a staff officer, (at least in the beginning, I skimmed ahead to see if there would EVER be any fighting and it didn’t look like it, so I stopped reading) but there’s only so much I can take of his intricate maps and “moved our headquarters from Champagne-aux-Folieux to Eau-de-Chatte on the 21st; the roads were quite the mess; tried to convince General Fromage to push ahead with a flank attack against the German I Corps, but Joffre sent orders that…” Also, all the French officers are excellent, all the troops are excellent, all the equipment is excellent; the guy never has a bad word to say about anyone.  Which would be fine except this is August 1914, not 1814 – something about the French army was clearly NOT excellent.

Picked up Storm of Steel by Ernst Jünger instead.  It’s like a more real, more fast-paced All Quiet on the Western Front.  Also, the Nazis liked it better.  I don’t like to agree with Nazis about anything, but so far – so do I.


Training: took a few days off and travelled for Xmas.  Yes, Xmas.  All the non-Snopes reading Baptists down here are convinced that this is not an abbreviation, but rather a secular conspiracy of the devil.  I do have some videos to post soon.

Home Gym and World War II

ahhh workout logs – boring and uneventful.  For a while I was throwing them away as I diligently logged my progress on here, now I guess i gotta save like 2 weeks worth bc the sheer tedium of typing them in is too much.

fine: at the Y, squatting like 385 for doubles, then benching 315 for singles and doubles, then working up to speed pulls with 390 or something.  Then a few days off as I set up my home gym, or really waiting for it to arrive – just the thought of driving somewhere to work out is now literally painful; and once it came, I set it up in a few hours.

Then here worked up to a 415 squat single, benched 330 but lifted my butt, deadlifted like 385 because i don’t have enough bumpers+35s and too lazy to load on lots of 45s.

i weigh about 165.  yesterday I worked out twice.  I may be able to low bar squat again.  I taped my workout today.  Will post vid maybe tomorrow.

HSilman or others, what do you want to know about the stuff I bought?  I was going to do a comprehensive review of everything but … nah.  However I will if you ask.  Everything’s generally good. 

The $300 titan “CROSSFIT SQUAT BENCH DEADLIFT POWER OLYMPIC CROSSFIT” rack (that’s pretty much the name of it – it’s apparently named after powerful internet SEO keywords) is sweet.  You do need certain wrenches which I can now advise on (and Celica could always have)

The $125 CAP OB-86B barbell is good – I ordered another.  It’s a little dark, and my garage is dark, so it’s hard to see the knurling or the lines.  I did make a mark in the very center of the bar with a gold marker so I could be straight.

It’s funny that the rack and the barbells are budget but they are both a lot better than anything I have used in a commercial gym.  I think Fatman predicted this.

The bumper plates I got are good but I coulda saved like $15 (total) if I’d ordered them from the company instead of Amazon.  My bad.

The spring collars and weight tree are good.  I may have to get another weight tree. 

The flooring from the tractor supply company is awesome.

The Adidas bench is very good and low to the ground for short-legged types like myself.

Okay the one shitty thing was some of the weights.  One of the 45s (gray CAP, no grips) is bent like a record that was left out in the sun.  Will try to return it if feasible.  Another one weighs 43 (UPS weighed it right – they’d marked the wt on the package)   Haven’t weighed anything else; kinda don’t want to know.  I don’t know if the black CAP ones from Walmart (35s and down) are actually better or if I was just unlucky but I would NOT order gray CAP weights from Amazon ever again.


Been reading Rise and Fall of the 3rd Reich.  I’m about halfway through.  No spoilers please.  ha. Some things I noticed/learned:

  • Hitler totally clowned Roosevelt in speeches.  Like reading a letter from FDR in a speech to the Reichstag line by line, then mocking each line while they laughed at him.  The letter was pretty naive TBH, like “Please promise you won’t invade the following countries…”
  • I always knew Chamberlain was a pussy.  I always knew that he let the Czechs & others get fucked up.  And I knew that if he or the French had the balls they could have stopped Hitler much more easily at any time between 1933-1938.  But I didn’t realize this do-nothing attitude basically drove Russia to take their chances with Germany.  Which then led to Hitler invading Poland, etc.
  • The author (William Shirer – you can google him – he was an american journalist who lived in Germany for years before and during the war) tends to repeatedly describe people the same way.  For example, Goering is “the fat field marshal”, Ribbentrop is stupid/arrogant, Hindenberg is/was “ancient”.  He’s called Goering fat at least 8 times so far.  It reminds me of Beowulf where they’ll say “stout-hearted Beowulf” or something similar to make the meter correct.

Welcome Home, Boosie

I know there’s a discussion on another post between Fatman and Wo where they discuss my recent struggles, percentages, daily maxes & etc.  I decided that I would keep on doing what I am doing and just try harder.  Then if I succeeded I could hue, and if I failed after a sufficient period of time, I would admit defeat and maybe do less weight/more weight for backoff sets.


Got a lot of reading done while I was lying in bed.  Trying to read (or re-read) the bigger books I own IOT pack them away:

Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy: I have a volume of all 5 or 6 books in one.  I’ve read it a few times before.  After 1200 pages or so I realized that I only like the first two books.

Raymond Chandler: This is a book of all his Marlowe (originally Mallory) stories.  For those who don’t know, he’s the major inspiration for all those parodies you see where there’s a detective drinking liquor in an office, and a hot chick walks in and a saxophone plays and the gruff voiceover says something clever in the sense that pick-up lines are clever.  I tried reading this before, but I didn’t like the first story, “Blackmailers Never Shoot” (which is the first short story Chandler ever wrote, I think).  However, this time I skipped it and read the other 800 pages, all of which I loved.  First of all, if someone parodies something it’s generally because the original was so influential.  Second, Chandler was among the first authors to make mystery gritty and realistic (it’s always a thug with a gun/knife, never the butler with a blowgun).  Highly recommend. 

About Face by David Hackworth: I actually started reading this after I was ambulatory.  I hate most military memoirs (typically a combination of boasting, acronyms, and stock characters).  But I got it for a quarter because I remember that he wrote awesome columns.  (Here, but most of the links don’t work)  I’m still 100 pages from the end, but it’s one of the best books I’ve ever read.  Will discuss it more later if I feel like it.


Saturday

wt: 176.8

Squat: up to 420; 430x5x1

Bench: up to 325; 330x2x1

elbow no longer sore, but had to stop after 2 singles with 330 😦

Sumo DL: 355 off 5″ deficit, 380 off 4.5″, 390 off 4″

Time: 2:05


Sunday

wt: 177.8

Squat: up to 425; 430x6x1

BTN Press: up to 150; 155x4x1

Sumo+monster: 255 off 5″ deficit, 275 off 4.5″, 315 off 4″

Time: 2:00


Monday

wt: 178.2

upward trend, i think, is a result of trying dextrose again during workout.  back to water

Squat: up to 425; 430x7x1

Bench: up to 325; 330x3x1

Sumo+lite band: 250 off 5″ deficit, 270 off 4.5″

Time: 2:10


Tuesday

wt: 178.8

Squat: up to 435; 430x8x1

BTN Press: up to 164; 155x6x1

Sumo+avg band: 235 off 5″ deficit, 245 off 4.5″, 260 off 4″

time: 2:10


Wednesday

wt: 176.6

Squat: up to 440; 430x9x1

Bench: up to 325; 330x7x1

Sumo+ strong band: 170 off 5″ deficit, 180 off 4.5″ deficit, 190 off 4″

time: 2:10


I’m pretty happy and feel like I’m back in the game.