General stuff

I walk the spine

I get to know the most interesting people on my commuter train.  All I have to ask is “Where ya headed?” and then listen.  This morning I sat next to an older, rugged-looking dude named Brad. He was kind of thin, and had a long, greyish beard and receding hairline.  He wore a forest green hooded sweatshirt…

Charles Atlas Day 28

Chapter 4 is underway and my stomach hurts.  The Charles Atlas nine-exercise ab workout is surely just as tough as any Hip Hop Abs or P90X infommercial would boast.  I also just experienced the first exercise that I cannot do – the equivalent of a gymnast doing an “L Sit” on an armchair.  Not only am I…

The eyes have it

“Look me in the eye and tell me you did not hit your brother!” Any parent knows that the eyes are the ultimate lie detector.  They are the mirror to the soul, the barometer of emotion and the great revealer of attention deficit. Likewise, if you want to show someone your passion, confidence or sincerity,…

Charles Atlas Day 13

I wasn’t kidding… I am sticking with it!  Two weeks down and ready to move on to Chapter 3.  Each section gives new exercises to add to the daily routine, but not before being treated to nutritional and motivational advice. Overall the advice has been pretty solid – no white flour, watch the bad carbs, etc.  …

A new bar with Avatar

Spoiler Alert:  This blog will reveal plot elements of the movie.  Then again, if you’ve seen Dances with Wolves, Pocahontas or Fern Gully, you’ve already seen some of the plot elements anyway.  So what?  If we banished movies based on borrowed plot elements, the theaters would be empty. Seeing James Cameron win a Golden Globe…

Charles Atlas Day 5

Five days into the Atlas program.  It’s definitely NOT easy, and I’m doing my best to follow the instructions to the letter.  I’m putting pep, punch, vigor, vim and snap into every movement. The toughest advice Atlas gives is not an exercise.  He says you must get right up out of bed immediately when you…

The bright side

“I’m just sick of it!” my teenage daughter exclaimed from across the dinner table.  She was having a tough time with something and letting the rest of us in on her misery.  Remember when you were young… how you felt the whole world could be against you and you had no power to change it?…

Top 10 of 2009

Everyone else is doing a year-end countdown, so here is mine.  For the benefit of newer readers, you may have missed one of these ten most visited stories since I started the blog last January: 10.  That’s a stretch – One of many posts dedicated to dedication… and reaching goals you thought you’d never reach.…