There is something seriously wrong with the world today. For some insane reason perceived slights are more dangerous and offensive than actual, physical threats, even murder. This is hysteria (a word that some assholes will find offensive), and it will lead to totalitarianism. It will also lead to violence. It always has and always will. Reason, religion, and ideals are good things when taken in moderation. They are deadly when taken to extremes. The 30 years war, the French revolution, the World Wars and the Communist revolutions all started because people were thinking the "wrong" things and people who thought the "right" things wanted to make the wrong thoughts punishable by death. Thinking should never be against the law. There are people out there who want it to be, people on every side of every issue. There is no middle ground any more. As one side becomes more strident and sharp, the other becomes more and more recalcitrant. The problem is that there is no benefit to society, no necessary change, it's simply a matter of forcing the extermination of ideas. The only way to completely exterminate ideas is to exterminate the people who have them. It's been that way since people have had ideas. This is happening in our society while the basic tenants of western civilization are being attacked, literally, by barbarian hordes. The circle of Western influence and learning is shrinking, slowly but steadily, day by day. While here, in the belly of the west, our time is taken up with the complaints of children over playground teasing. I'm terrified. War is coming. Maybe not for years, but unless something changes and quickly, it will be certain, massive, and bloody. Everyone will have to pick a side. Pick yours carefully.
Monday, in a futile attempt to get back into shape, I started a new challenge. 100 reps. Basically a dumbbell circuit. 75% of max for 10x10. Serious burn, I'm impressed. I picked dumbbells because I'm trying to repair my shoulders. I haven't been able to bench anything on a barbell for months because my shoulders have been killing me. The doc gave me some steroids for the inflammation and I have been doing wall slides, band work and light shoulder raises, which have helped a bit. But, I'm still worried what heavy benching will do, no matter what grip or elevation I pick. So I found the dumbbell workout. I'm still using a bar for deadlifts, but dumbbells for squats. Honestly, the dumbbell squats are a lot harder than I would have thought. I don't have enough dumbbell plates to get as heavy as I should be, so I may go buy some today but it's still a ton of volume in a short time. Benching 45 (the max I have) in each hand for 100 reps with a 30 second rest between each 10 Burnssssss. By the 6th set of curls (same weight) I'm struggling to keep form. I like it. It's different. I even started keeping track again. Basic bench, curl, overhead press, bent over row, squat (can be goblet squats), get ups. 10x10 at 75% of max. I alternate days with heavy deadlifts, cardio, leg lifts and pull-ups. I have a long way to go to get back to normal, but I already feel better.
Just something I'm thinking about. Sisyphus wiggled his lying ass to the front of my brain yesterday while I was trying and failing to get a plane ride to DC. Then this morning, my work credentials were rejected by my work computer, so I had to work on my phone. Now, normally, that's OK. But not today. If I had managed to get on that plane, I wouldn't have been able to get my credentials fixed at all. That would have been bad. I've been "working" with our "IT" dept. to get my account back since 7am. That's three hours of dick scratching. I could have been finished with all the Powerpoint bullshit I was going to do in the hotel last night that I didn't get to do because in between driving to various airports I was on the damn phone trying to get a flight, and if I couldn't get a flight, at least not have to pay for the hotel room. You see where this is going. When I did finally get somewhere that I could do some fucking work, my account was LOCKED OUT and even though I took a picture of the screen that said YOUR ACCOUNT IS LOCKED THE FUCK OUT and sent it to the damn trolls who work in "IT", they were insisting that I WASN"T LOCKED OUT. I worked in IT for a long time. I drove a cube for companies big and small. I had at least three ways someone could get in touch with me. Email, website form, desk phone, pager, yelling over the tops of the cube farm, post it note stuck to the Victoria's Secret catalog in the Men's john. Any or all were acceptable. This company? Internal website and email. There's no phone. So if your email is locked up, and you can't connect to the network to leave a comment on the internal website, you're fucked. Or someone else is, because you have to call someone else and have them fill in the form at 4am Pacific Time. Idiotic. What's even more idiotic is that it took 3 hours this morning to get my account unlocked. 3 hours. Almost makes me wish I had an office to go to. Almost.