Bennies 2

By | May 15, 2019

Exactly what I was talking about below with my post about rent:

Always Wonder

By | May 15, 2019

It was the final depths of the early morning, sometime in 1997. The sky was moonless and the pines hugged that stretch of I-10 between Jacksonville and Lake City, Florida, my headlights dimly illuminating a straight line of muddy gray asphalt through the greater gloom.

Ahead of me as I drove, I noticed taillights lit up my own headlights. From a distance, it looked like a stopped car. As I approached I slowed down a bit to see a woman standing by the side of the road, seemingly distressed, hood of her car up, stranded.

If you don’t know, that stretch of I-10 is not a good place to be stranded, especially for a woman. It’s utterly empty — no towns or stops for miles — and this was a time before most people had cell phones (even today, that stretch does not have good reception). And many unsavory characters use this road as that’s how drugs make their way from Jacksonville to other parts of North Florida and southern Georgia. (And I know this because my mom transported some of them.)

I passed by the woman at first, not wanting to scare her. But I thought as I drove, Crap, I can’t just leave her there, alone. Not on this road. I’d driven less than half a mile. I could see the entire road behind me for more than a mile and over a mile ahead. Remember, Florida is very flat.

So I found a way across the median and turned around, driving east now. I got to the spot where the woman and her car had been — and nothing. No one. Not a trace. I crossed the median again to turn around west and I could find no sign at all of the woman or her vehicle ever having been there. I drove a bit more, though my memory was pretty clear to the location (I hadn’t traveled far) and there was just no indication of her presence at all.

I have pretty good night vision and I would’ve seen her if she’d driven away, even with her lights off. There was no way I was hallucinating her or the car in my original sighting. I was sober, not that tired, and drove by less than six feet from her and the car.

Nevertheless, she nor the car were there.

I have no idea where she went. It was as far as I could tell then impossible for her to have left in a way I wouldn’t have seen.

The only thing I didn’t check was that perhaps she was so scared when I turned around that she managed to roll or start her car enough to get it in the pine forest deep enough where I couldn’t see it. But she would’ve had to have done this very quickly, more quickly than I can really understand how it could be possible. It was perhaps flat enough there to do so, but how someone could do this with such speed, and a likely-disabled car, I have no idea. The forest was not that dense, so it would’ve have to have been driven or rolled in quite far for me to not see any sign of it, probably a hundred feet or more.

I always wonder where the woman and her car went, and what happened to her. It’s one of the strangest things that I’ve ever experienced.

Just Donated

By | May 15, 2019

Just donated to Planned Parenthood (Southeast). I don’t need any praise for this, but I am posting this because I hope it pisses off the right people. That’s far more motivating to me!

So go donate yourself, or if you’re pissed off about it, go fuck yourself.

The Benefits of a College Education

By | May 15, 2019

WHO GIVES A FUCK?

Rent has increased greatly in the cities and urban areas where any decent jobs are, and in the many areas that are on the decline it has fallen. It doesn’t matter that rent in Shitwicket, Iowa, is $300 if the only job available there is part-time assistant hay manager.

In the twenty most populous urban areas in the US, rent has far outpaced the CPI and median household income, which has barely budged since the late 1970s in real dollars. Easy to see if you just look at the data. Why this obfuscation and clever lies, I haven’t a clue.

If this is the best formal “education” can do, glad I stayed mostly far away from it.

Ban Can

By | May 15, 2019

Here’s the results of corporate censorship and allyship with the Fat Acceptance movement and food companies.

Note that I am just speculating here, but why else ban this? It’s just a regular carnivore type meal plan. Wasn’t spreading hate, etc.

What it would do, though, is significantly decrease food company profits (the important factor) and incense Fat Acceptance types. As a side point, I’m considering adopting a diet more similar to this as my muscle gains are being held back still by a diet that is not adequate.

(If you don’t understand why it’d decrease food co. profits, notice there are very few processed foods in the list. Processed foods cost much, much less to manufacture and are sold at very high profits. Moving people away from these to better-quality food en masse would be devastating to many food conglomerates’ profitability.)

More Boring

By | May 15, 2019

Ha, yes! When people ask me how I work out to get the results that I have and I tell them, their eyes literally bug out a bit because they can’t imagine themselves doing it.

But the truth is, it’s easy. I like working out and I really like being stronger and feeling better. Not hard to hit the weights when those facts hold true. Should’ve started up again sooner, really, as it’s much easier and more fulfilling than I expected. It’s much preferable when someone’s not forcing you to over-train, as occurred in the army.

Sure, there are days where I am lazy or unmotivated. But not many and if I don’t work out I start feeling worse and that’s encouragement to get back on the bar and the bench.

Fit It In

By | May 15, 2019

True. It’ll take you longer, but that is all you need — the bare minimum to get it done.

I’ve transformed myself a whole lot in about eight months with more equipment than this, but with the above list I think I could’ve done it in 12-18 months or so. More reps, more exercises to compensate for the lack of equipment is all it’d take.

When people say they don’t have time or the ability to become more fit, that’s just like anything — they’re really just stating that they don’t want to, and that they’d rather do something else. That’s fine but I prefer honesty.

Pig Out

By | May 14, 2019

I am sure the globalization boosters will shout “racism” from the rafters, but it’s absolutely fucking insane to allow a foreign power to have control of any part of the US food supply. This just should not be something allowed to happen, and any country that does so is in for a hard road ahead.

Tich

By | May 14, 2019

It’s fundamentally an odd idea if you think about it the belief we have (sub rosa but ever-present) that all scientists should be part-time mathematicians. Usually bad mathematicians, but that is the sorting mechanism we’ve chosen for whatever reason. I guess because what uses quantities is quantifiable.

What Show

By | May 14, 2019

I haven’t even watched all of Game of Thrones, but LOL at all of you who thought Dany was going to be some sort of Manic Pixie Dream Queen. Everything was pointing to that not being the case.

Did you forget which show you were watching? Come on.