Before And After

As you can see from the above photo, there’s a fat guy on the left and a not-so-fat guy on the right.

Well, that’s me.

Yeah, big damn difference, isn’t it? Then again, 50 lbs is a whole lot of weight. By anyone’s measure, it’s good.

So let’s talk a little bit about what happened with all of this, shall we?

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A Lack Of Planning On Your Part Is Not An Emergency On Mine

The title of this blog post is brought to you by a chief I had in the Navy. This was one of his favorite things to remind people as he instructed us in the art of becoming pharmacy technicians. I, personally, never heard him drop it when someone was actually panicking, but I do like to keep this phrase in mind.

The reason it comes up today, though, was because of a TV show I recently binge-watched when I had time. It’s on the Discovery Channel and it’s called Homestead Rescue.

On the show, a man and his son and daughter travel around the country to bail out modern homesteaders who are in over their heads and are about to lose their homesteads.

Much of the time, the problem is that they’re not utilizing the land correctly or they lack certain skills or something, but for the most part, these are people who jumped feet first into something they didn’t really understand.

And then they need someone to bail them out.

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When Their Dogma Runs Over Their Karma

While I’m not writing as much here as I did in the past, it’s because I’ve been busy with other kinds of writing. For example, I finished a fantasy novel just before New Years that include a lot of the principles you’ve seen here. I’ve also been busy with the day job, which is writing.

But writing doesn’t take all day. I just can’t do it all day, even.

That means I spend far too much time on social media, and there I often see the dogmatic nature of so many who are trying to lose weight.

What I often see is an almost dogmatic approach to weight loss where what they do is easily the bestest option possible.

And it’s dumb.

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Thirty-Nine

Phobias are defined in psychology as an unreasonable fear of something. It’s not like being terrified of bees because you’re allergic and don’t carry an Epi-Pen with you everywhere (hint: You actually can’t).

No, it’s something where your level of fear goes well beyond the norm, and not necessarily because of what you’re afraid of, but of just how afraid you are of a thing.

Being afraid of going outside (agoraphobia) can make sense in some contexts, but not to the point where you absolutely refuse to leave the house, for example.

Well, for a while, my big phobia was turning 39-years-old, and there’s a reason why.

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A Few Thoughts On Christmas

It’s that time of year again. Trees are set up, mistletoe is hanging in strategic places in your home, and presents are probably already wrapped up and hiding under that big, green piece of vegetation (faux or not) sitting in your living room.

I don’t have a lot to offer this holiday season, but I do have a few thoughts about it.

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Reevaluating Biases

If there’s one group of people in this world that I’ve given more grief to than Justin Bieber fans, it’s hipsters.

Far too often, I encounter them and immediately rule them as pretentious snobs who are more about virtue signaling than anything else. To be honest, I stand by that assessment.

But then I think about how society is fragile, how civilization is a delicate glass construct that could shatter at any given moment. Should that happen–and I’m not saying it will, mind you, or that I want it to, just that it might–do you know the one group of people that will probably help civilization return more than any other?

It ain’t necessarily the preppers. It’ll be the hipsters.

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Dialing Back A Bit

I love writing. It’s what I do for a living, after all.

I also love writing for this site. I hope I’m able to help other people as I get my own crap in line. It’s a sincere desire or mine, and I truly enjoy it.

However, I’m burning out.

I have my day job, which pays my bills, and I have this site which might make some money some day, but isn’t about to do it just now. Which writing has to be my priority is obvious.

Additionally, while I don’t have to write as much for this site (just one story compared to six elsewhere), I do have to come up with topics from the top of my head. 

Some days, that’s easy. Other days, not so much.

As a result, writing here can be a little stressful, which is fine. I don’t mind stress. 

But I do mind when the stress of trying to come up with stuff lures me into writing crap, into writing stuff you guys aren’t interested in reading, and that’s happening a fair bit lately.

So, I’m going to take a step back. I think I’ve been sacrificing quality for quantity, and that’s a bad way to go about things, so I’m going to reverse that.

Instead, I’ll be writing much less. There will be something posted on a regular basis, but not every day. I’m going to shoot for one great post per week, rather than a so-so one every day.

I hope you’ll all understand.