In what may be one of the most ironic and distasteful ad campaigns I think I have ever seen, is the new Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) campaign “Buckets for the cure” where they donate fifty cents per bucket (a pink bucket no less…) toward breast cancer research via the Susan B. Komen For The Cure Foundation. It reads like a Saturday Night Live skit (and I really thought it was a joke when I first saw it!) but it’s for real.
Run it? Hell no. However, the marathon goes right by my house down Route 135. It’s about mid way in the race where I am. I got off to a late start, so the elite runners had gone by a long time ago when I showed up. Mid way through the course runners are all spread out by that point. I have to say, as much as I respect anyone who want to run 26 miles, seeing them doing it does not inspire me in the least to want to run. Good conditioning is fine, and important, but I’d much rather be able to claim 3 x bodyweight squat and dead lift, or 2 x bodyweight bench press. Regardless, the Boston Marathon is huge stuff around here. Took my cam and got some pics for the fun of it.
As some of you may know, I am an avid shooter and work with tactical law enforcement (e.g., SWAT/RRT, etc) and other groups regarding performance, health, fitness, and so on. If you want to try excellent test of your basic skills with a handgun, try the F.A.S.T. (Fundamentals, Accuracy, & Speed Test) drill designed by ToddG at Pistol-Training.com. Below is my video of my FAST scores and a few range drills also.
Don’t usually comment on such things…..What does he have to apologize for? He’s an athlete, not a politician where his judgments can impact others (even though most politicians are screwing everything that moves…) so I can’t figure why he, or others, apologize to the public like that. Just once I would like someone like him to walk up the mic and say “It’s between me and my wife and none of your damn business. I hit golf balls for a living, nothing more, nothing less. See you all on the golf course” and walk away.
BrinkZone Goes Polish!
As mentioned in other blogs, my articles have appeared in many different languages in various countries. A new Polish magazine, called Perfect Body, will be contain various articles and columns of mine. I can’t speak a word of Polish, so if any Polish readers out there get a copy of this magazine, let me know what you think!
As usual, truth is stranger then fiction. I’m listening to NPR radio, and they are discussing the 50th anniversary of the Barbie Doll. I’m just about to turn the dial, when they start to discuss the actual history of Barbie, and it reminded me truth is always stranger then fiction:
Drug Costs, a Major Driver of Health Insurance Costs
Health care is of course a very hot issue right now. It’s a hot issue for me personally, as my own health insurance – which I purchase privately as a self employed person – just went 28%. That’s not a typo. It’s always gone up 4-6% per year, this year, 28%, not to mention an increase in the deductible and other costs, and now exceeds my car payment…
I’m in the state of MA, which passed a universal health care law that everyone had to have health insurance (they will literally fine you $900 per year if you don’t BTW), with the state offering plans at lower premiums for those who qualified, etc.
This was supposed to lower insurance costs by making the market more competitive, etc. The result for MA, a huge increase in insurance premiums, and an increased state deficit to boot…
I don’t know the details of the proposed national health care plan yet, but I do recall a speech by Pres Obama making reference to MA as some sort of success story…
If the national system has any relation to the MA system, we are going to be in big trouble real fast…
I’m not at all against universal health care as a concept, but without major cost containment taking place, such as tort reforms, and other measures, in particular, drug costs, it’s a pipe dream.
Gang, here’s Part 3 of the conversation between our well informed intrepid hero and the clueless kid who falls for every new over hyped products that comes along….Same as before: before you watch this understand , this comes with an “adult” rating , don’t watch it then moan to me that I swore in it.
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Bodybuilding Supplement Animated Video – Enjoy
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BrinkZone Goes Italian!
I have been published in Power magazine in the past, but I thought readers who are not in Italy might enjoy seeing it. I have had articles published in a wide variety of publications and languages, including Italian, Polish, Spanish, Japanese, as well as others. I have one of the Japanese language columns framed and hung above my desk ’cause I just think it looks cool. Here’s the cover of Power Magazine:
If you can read Italian, or just want to check the pics and graphics, The magazine can be found online HERE
Looking Back On The Muscle Media 2000 days of Bodybuilding
Talk about a blast from the past! I was digging through some old boxes of office stuff, and found this Muscle Media 2000 audio tape interview I had done back in the mid 90s. I recall I had done a two or three part series, but I forget exactly which. Unless you were part of all that “back in the day,” it’s hard to convey to the reader how much things have changed since then. At that time, Muscle Media 2000 (MM2K) was THE magazine of the time, and by far the most influential. Bill Phillips and crew – which included yours truly – set the standard with MM2k with solid info people could really use to transform their body. They also had an audio tape series of interviews with various people on all manner of topics. These audio tapes were a separate subscription from the magazine and were very popular I recall.