To those of you who started reading this post because you are fans of Richard Farina – my apologies. This post will not discuss his seminal novel of the same name/title (see above). For some reason when I sat down to ponder reverse culture shock this phrase/title literally popped into my head. Score one for […]Read More Been down so long looks like up to me
The purpose of this post is share my all time best literary “finds”. My definition of a “find” is a work that is not mainstream but undeniably brilliant. These books are, in my opinion, masterpieces. A masterpiece is, in my experience, a book that is usually not very accessible at first but once […]Read More The best books you’ve never read
This post has been ruminating for some time now and has been inspired by conversations with my kids, some great feedback I received a few weeks ago from a fellow blogger and, believe it or not, the latest Chris Rock special on Netflix. Chris has this riff about how bullies provide an essential part of […]Read More Obstacle or opportunity?
Over the last few years I have realized that I tend to watch more Youtube content than I do mainstream TV. My habit began when I realized that YouTube contains some fairly solid powerlifting content. Then I discovered a number of good cooking resources, some excellent podcasts, alternative journalism and down the rabbit hole I […]Read More Down the Youtube rabbit hole
What motivates people to train in the strength sports? Ask 100 different lifters why they lift and you will no doubt get a 100 different answers that are just variations of the same theme. The common thread running through their answers would be that it’s that it’s just flat out fun being strong. Being stronger […]Read More The unexpected consequences of lifting.
The topics for this blog will range far and wide but suffice it to say I’ll spend a fair time talking about strength training, politics, culture, the expat life, languages, cooking, wine and anything else that strikes my fancy. For now I’ll do this on a somewhat anonymous basis as I plan to keep […]Read More Random Musings