Bill of Rights Day, 2004

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Wed, 15 Dec 2004 13:00:00 GMT
# Mike Luckovich at Marc Brands Liberty - Rumsfield the Reindeer - cartoon commentary on job retention by Bushnev's Secretary of Defense. Hehe. [smith2004]

# Matt Furey's Combat Conditioning book arrived yesterday. Very interesting. He recommends starting with a month of 15 minutes per day of the "Royal Court": Hindu Squats, Hindu Pushups, and the King of the Royal Court, the Back Bridge. I intend to do this, though I don't last for anywhere near 15 minutes now, being as fat and out of shape as I have become. My son touched his nose to the floor on his first try at the back bridge. I can't even push myself up. Guess I need to get a "stability ball" and work up. Don't know yet whether my $35 was well spent, but the squats and pushups were definitely invigorating on my first try.

In college, I used a Bullworker isometric excercise device (that my Dad bought but never used) to work up one summer to being able to do a handstand pushup. I lifted weights after that, and got to the point where I could do ten hand-stand pushups against the wall. Now I can't do one. Time to get back in shape. I really like the idea of body-weight excercises that I can do anywhere with no equipment.

Ever marketer that he is, Mr. Furey included an essay entitled "How to Eliminate Shoulder Pain", recommending the Lifeline USA Power Pushup 2 and Chest Expander. These look interesting, but I don't intend to buy anything else (except the stability ball) until I've proven to myself that I'm serious and that Mr. Furey's excercise recommendations work for me. Wish me luck.

# Burnley Knives sells the handcrafted creations of 22-year-old Lucas Burnley. Pictured below is the Scorpion. The February 2005 issue of Blade magazine advertised this knife at $185, but the web site says $210. Yum. [blade]

Burnley Scorpion

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