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Project FREEZE! is onto something here.  Support to Florian Jenett.


Spending the weekend with the wife and her family out in cow country doing some camping.  I am not really big on camping but once a year for a few days;  it’s nice.  It’s also a good way to wind down the “summer” months.  While the wife, sister-in-law and mother-in-law will be frequenting the shopping outlets, I plan to stay put.  I’d love to think I will get in some cardio via early morning runs but I doubt it.  More likely I will sleep in a little, have a light breakfast, fish some, gorge myself on SONIC and then kick back some beer around the fire.

I hope you all have a drunken mess of a holiday weekend!  There will be your normal “would you rather” post tomorrow but nothing after that till Tuesday.

Cat’s do not normally surf and I don’t normally read.
  • Mohr, Jay – No wonder my parents drank
  • Smith, Martin Cruz – Wolves eat dogs
  • Pasricha, Neil – The book of awesome
  • Doctorow, Cory – For the win
  • Gutfeld, Greg – The bible of unspeakable truths
  • Slash – Slash
  • Adler, Steven – My appetite for destruction
  • Lansky, Doug – The Titanic awards : celebrating the worst of travel
  • Thompson, Chuck – Smile When You’re Lying : Confessions of a Rogue Travel Writer
  • Christopher Hitchens – The portable atheist.

This was my summer reading list that I never got to.  I just started and am about to finish ” Smile When You’re Lying : Confessions of a Rogue Travel Writer” & hope to attack at least 2 of the others in the next month.

Going to visit my dad’s beach house on Topsail Beach for some nice R&R.  It’s not far from Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune.    Full days on the beach and BBQ at night with some fishing sprinkled in with liberal amounts of booze.  Many photo’s of the actual unit can be found here.  I know the owner, I can get you a good rate!

Must do’s:

  • Boogie Boarding like it’s 1992.
  • Water Gun fights like its 1988.
  • Getting some color for the 1st time this year.
  • Taking a much needed break from exercising.
  • Ghost Crab hunting.
  • Catch something while surf-casting.
  • Buying utter crap from 1 of 4 Dollar Store’s.


Yes there is such a thing as the World Sauna Championship.  Want to sit in a sweat box that reaches 110 degrees celsius in a battle of who is left standing?  Well your fucking crazy/moronic.

11 years and no incident, till a few days ago.

On 7 August 2010, Russian finalist and former third-place finisher Vladimir Ladyzhensky and Finnish five-time champion Timo Kaukonen, passed out after six minutes in the sauna, both suffering from terrible burns and trauma. They were both rushed to the hospital but Ladyzhensky died en route. Kaukonen was reported to suffer from extreme burn injuries, and his condition was described as critical, but stable. Just a few minutes before the finals, Kaukonen told the Norwegian newspaper Verdens Gang that the saunas used for the 2010 championship were a lot more extreme than the saunas used for previous competitions. The competition was suspended and the organizer, Ossi Arvela, said that there will probably never be another sauna competition. Two days later City of Heinola noted, that there are no official decisions about the future of the event, and the decisions will be made after the incident has been examined.

Pictures but I must warn you are graphic.

Most of the blogs I read are merely time fillers. Not the case for Raptitude.  His posts are always thought-provoking and his lifestyle post about how and why we work is particularly poignant.

Keeping free time scarce means people pay a lot more for convenience, gratification, and any other relief they can buy. It keeps them watching television, and its commercials. It keeps them unambitious outside of work.

We’ve been led into a culture that has been engineered to leave us tired, hungry for indulgence, willing to pay a lot for convenience and entertainment, and most importantly, vaguely dissatisfied with our lives so that we continue wanting things we don’t have. We buy so much because it always seems like something is still missing.

Western economies, particularly that of the United States, have been built in a very calculated manner on gratification, addiction, and unnecessary spending. We spend to cheer ourselves up, to reward ourselves, to celebrate, to fix problems, to elevate our status, and to alleviate boredom.

Can you imagine what would happen if all of America stopped buying so much unnecessary fluff that doesn’t add a lot of lasting value to our lives?


Posted: July 20, 2010 in Nature / Human Interest


6 months AFK and a lot has changed:

purchased 1st home.
renovated said home.
increased my commute to work from above stated new home.
become a slave to new aforementioned home.

Oh yeah I also turned 30, had some health issues where I was prescribed pain killers for the 1st time and booked a solo trip for myself scheduled this September.

When I said a lot had changed, I meant it!  Stay tuned.

So I have spent the last 2 months being counter productive.  Yes, I see this now.


  • Eating small and light through the day only to heap on an extra-large portion at dinner and then snack between dinner and bedtime.
  • Game (Call of Duty, WoW and even Farmville) into the early hours of the morning robbing myself of sleep.
  • Working out infrequently and overtraining when I do work out.
  • Consuming copious amounts of alcohol in one sitting thereby insuring a 24hr+ hangover the next day.



See the thing is, I know better.  I should know better at least.  All the above activities coupled with a stressful work environment have made me quite the irritable young man.  It’s time to do some introspection and weed out the cancer.

Finding My Way Back

Posted: December 1, 2009 in Nature / Human Interest

The burden of the unmaintained blog can make anyone want to stop.  While I am on hiatus here are some other blogs I can turn you onto that actually have content:

The $1500 QLOCKTWO

Posted: October 2, 2009 in Nature / Human Interest
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It certainly is slick. Check it out.