1. 5 Guns Every American Should Own [Video]

    “Last but not least, everybody needs some kind of combat weapon.”

    I am a gun owner. I love them. I have become skilled with them over the years, and I keep them for personal defense in my home. That said, I think part of the disconnect in the national conversation about guns and gun safety roots from comments like the ones made in this video.

    “You could buy a crate of these things [Mosin–Nagant rifles] and about five cases of ammo for about $2,000. That’s a real good, cheap way to arm about 10 men. You all get your technique down, and train properly on this gun and you’ll be very deadly in large numbers.

    This gun will kill just about anything in North America… two legged game of all sorts.”

    Really, so, you’re not actually all about hunting. No, you have an interest in arming people with guns so they can create their own little nut-bag militias. This statement, and many more parts of this video are simply enraging to me.

    It is harder to get a drivers license than it is to get a gun in America and when you start suggesting that Americans need combat weapons, and that they need silencers on their guns, you are treading down an irresponsible — frankly idiotic — path.

  2. “Yes” on Ref-74

    There is only one thing that I truly care about in this election and that is that Washington’s Ref 74 passes.

    It would be a shame to deny people that I truly care about the equal rights that the rest of us enjoy because we don’t identify with their sexual orientation.

    Passing this law is the right thing to do, and helps guarantee both the rights of same-sex couples and the freedoms of religious groups.

    In the grand scheme of things, it doesn’t matter who wins the White House. Good and bad things will happen — no matter who is in elected — and we’ll keep moving forward. However, no matter how jaded you are with the political system, Ref 74 has a chance to bring real, meaningful changes to the lives of people around you. It’s something that you do have the power to change.

    Hopefully those of you who haven’t voted, or who are on the fence on this issue can find the moral fortitude to make the right choice on Tuesday.

  3. Why I Exercise

    Each week-day, at 2:50pm I switch my status to “Away”, switch my iPhone to “Do Not Disturb”, change my clothes, and head off to my gym.

    It’s sometimes hard to leave, especially when I have multiple “fires” to put out, but I rarely break this routine and I’ve discovered huge benefits to doing it:

    Confidence — Over time, as you exercise you begin to lose weight, gain muscle and develop a sense of confidence about yourself. This confidence can translate to other areas of your life, including decision making skills and leadership ability.

    Reset your Brain — By doing my gym time during prime day-light hours, I am making my work-out as important as any other task I perform during the day. By allowing myself to re-focus on a activity that honestly requires very little brain function, I am giving myself a chance to reset my brain. I’ve found that one of the best ways to improve your problem solving skills is to simply “do something else” and the gym has proven to be a fantastic place to come up with ideas to solve the problems of the day.

    Sex Life — One of the biggest benefits of regular exercise is a marked improvement in your sex-life. A good cardio workout improves your blood flow, and can help you build physical endurance. This can help translate to better sexual performance.

    Live Longer — Let’s face it, most of us sit at a desk for well over 8 hours a day. There are credible studies that suggest that this can shorten your life span and increase your likelihood of developing certain heart diseases. I view my time in the gym as an effort to stay physically healthy for myself and family.

    Obviously, there are many other benefits to exercise, but the 4 above, are the core reasons for my workout regime.

    Getting Into the Routine

    Many people who know my work/gym-ethic have commented that they want to do something like that, but they never can get into the habit. I’ve never really had a hard time establishing routines for myself, but I have found that there are some tools that can help you get started.

    Due – I use an iOS app called Due to remind me when it’s time to go to the gym. Sure, it’s on my calendar, but on those days when I don’t feel like going to the gym, calendar warnings are too easy to ignore. I’ve found that Due’s reminders and alarms are harder to ignore..

    Motivation – I thrive on negative motivation. My Due alarm for the gym is an alert that says, “Go to the gym you fat bastard, don’t you dare ignore this alarm!” Others may want to go with a more positive tone to their alerts.

    I really doubt that there is any aspect of this post that is ground-breaking for anyone, but I do hope that this provides some catalyst for you to get out there and start establishing a healthy workout routine.

    If anything, your sexy-time friend will thank you.

  4. Hearts & Brains

    “If you are young and not liberal, then you have no heart; but if you are old and not conservative, then you have no brain.” – Benjamin Disraeli

    Honestly, I can’t tell if this quote is brilliant, or just an example of a bitter man with a political agenda. Regardless, I think it is unfortunate that many people feel they need to abandon their heart in an effort to listen to their brain.

  5. Jiro Dreams of Sushi

    “Once you decide on your occupation, you must immerse yourself in your work. You have to fall in love with your work. Never complain about your job. You must dedicate your life to mastering your skill. That is the secret of success…”

    I recently watched Jiro Dreams of Sushi [Netflix], a movie about a 85 year-old man who creates the world’s best Sushi. His restaurant has three Michelin stars and a meal starts at $300 per person, and lasts 15 minutes. I started the movie out of curiosity — I wanted to know why the sushi cost so much — but watched the entire thing because Jiro kept dropping such amazing pearls of wisdom.

    The movie is long, but well worth it.