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Today’s Weight Workout 10-28-2014

October 28th, 2014 | No Comments | Posted in Uncategorized

It’s been almost 4 weeks since my last update and here are the changes:

Curls and Shoulder Press- Went from 10 reps with 35 lbs to 8 reps with 45 lbs. Ending set went from 5 reps with 45 lbs to 5 reps with 50 lbs.

Butterfly and Reverse Butterfly – No change.  10 reps with 130 lbs and 80 lbs respectively. Not ready to increase the weight.

Lat Pull Down – Went from 10 reps with 180 lbs to 8 reps with 200 lbs. MAXED THE MACHINE!

Seated Rowing – Went from 8 reps with 170 lbs to 8 reps with 180 lbs.

Seated Tricep Pushdown – No change. MAXING THE MACHINE at 10 reps with 200 lbs.

Standing Triced Pushdown – Went from 10 reps with 180 lbs to 8 reps with 200 lbs. MAXED THE MACHINE!

Chest Press – Went from 7 reps with 180 lbs to 8 reps with 210 lbs.


It’s been just over 3 months since I rejoined the Orem Fitness Center and started lifting in earnest again. I’m pleased with my progress, although there have been times in these 3 months that I haven’t been able to lift as often as I think I should. But the results are good, so maybe it worked out (pun intended) for the best.  I very pleased to be MAXING THE MACHINE on 3 of the lifts and have also been able to work up to curling the 50s.  Hopefully at the end of November I will be able to:

Curl and Press – 10 reps with 50

Butterfly – Same, unless I get motivated and give 140 and 90 a try.  Hard to imagine being able to max this machine, but…

Lat Pull Down – 10 reps with 200

Seated Rowing – 10 reps with 190

Tricep machines – Same

Chest Press – 10 reps with 225.  Another machine that is going to be hard to max…300 lbs.

As far as cardio goes, I’ve been pretty consistent the last few weeks with 20 minutes on the Helix Lateral Trainer.  The readouts at the end show 2.3 miles and 230 calories burned, but that amount isn’t adjusted for my 250 lbs and I’m guessing the true calorie burn is closer to 300-325. Then 10 minutes on a regular elliptical, 5 minutes each direction. 150 calories burned. The 450 or so calories burned is a far cry from the 2000+ I was hitting a couple of months ago, but this amount doesn’t wipe me out for the rest of the day. My heart rate ranges from 145-163 during the 30 minutes and I feel good, like I’m in a slow jog. Wind is good and sometimes I slow it down only because at 163 I am at 100% of my suggested maximum heart rate and there’s no reason to push any harder. Thank you Boston for the accompanying workout music.

Family History Research – Sallie Ammons

October 26th, 2014 | No Comments | Posted in Family History

I don’t know much about Sallie Ammons at this point, so I jumped in this morning to and FamilySearch to see what I could find. Not much. She is listed in the 1900 Census–a copy of the specific page which my grandmother Hucks had in the files dating back to the 60′s I’m guessing–as Sallie, born July 1861 in South Carolina, her parents also having been born in South Carolina.

So I changed gears and started looking for information on Gertrude’s siblings to see if perhaps there was a clue there. Her older brother is listed on the census as Stacy C, born Feb. 1885. Turns out the “C” stands for Cleveland, per a  World War I Draft Registration Card, 1917-1918, found on It also shows his birthdate to be February 28, 1885. At the time–October 1918–he was living in Florence, Arizona and listed his occupation as Oil Worker. He lists as his nearest relative “Mrs. J.D. Hucks” of Marion, S.C. That would be his sister Gertrude. Had his parents died by this time? If alive they both would have been 56 or so. also has Stacy listed as a Prisoner at Carson, Nevada in the 1930 Census. Find A Grave shows him dying on July 7, 1936 in Reno, NV. The Find A Grave listing says his nickname was “Tex” and the included obit lists his age at death as 52, although he was actually 51. He was married, but I haven’t yet looked for or seen any info on his family. BTW, the Find A Grave info seems to have been submitted by Robin Moore, whom I have contacted to see if she has any info on Sallie or the extended Ammons family.  Also, while it might not be Stacy, there is a S.C. Ammons listed in the 1910 Census as a Boarder in Caddo, Louisiana. Right age, born in South Carolina. If this is Stacy Cleveland and he ends up with the nickname Tex then maybe he worked his way west through Louisiana, Texas, Arizona and eventually to Nevada.

Gertrude’s younger brother (that we know of) was Boyd Dewey Ammons. Again, Robin Moore has provided the Find A Grave info, which includes a copy of his death certificate.  He was born on January 10, 1898 in Marion, South Carolina, and died of pneumonia on December 10, 1916 in Brittons Neck, S.C. The death certificate, filled out by “Dozier Hucks”, who was likely Jefferson Dozier Hucks, listed Boyd’s father as something that looks like “Fon” Ammons.  Go ahead and take a look for yourself and let me know what you think it says. His mother is listed only as Sallie Ammons.  So, if “Dozier Hucks” was actually Jefferson, we have to wonder why he signed it as Dozier. My guess is that as the Registar is shown as “W.J. Dozier” that perhaps Jefferson was inspired to sign with his middle name. And as Sallie was his mother-in-law, one would hope that he would know her maiden name. Which raises the question of whether or not her maiden name was Ammons and perhaps she was David’s cousin.

Next step on this line is to hopefully hear back from Robin Moore with info about the Ammons family. There are a couple of hundred Ammons listed in Find A Grave in South Carolina and perhaps I will step back a generation and see if I can identify who David’s father might be.  In my files I see note my grandmother wrote detailing military records for Ammons in South Carolina and I’ll see if those lead anywhere.


Speeders vs Tailgaters…Which Do I Loathe More?

October 25th, 2014 | No Comments | Posted in Musings

Yesterday I realized that I have been hating the wrong group of people, or maybe it was the right group of people but for the wrong reason.

I’m on side streets most every day driving someone somewhere, going to the gym, or going grocery shopping. Mind you I am not unaccustomed to life in the fast lane, and I mean literally in the fast lane on the 10 in Los Angeles, cruising at 60-70 MPH in commuter traffic, everyone watching 2 cars ahead because we’re only 2 car lengths behind the car in front of us. Lots of trust in one’s fellow man. Of course, that was 20-30 years ago and I can’t really speak to what traffic conditions are like in LA nowadays, much less whether my nerves would handle the wild driving I used to routinely participate in on the way to work.

So I certainly can understand that most driving behavior is contingent on several factors, not the least of which is the posted speed limit. Hence, tailgating is a forgivable offense when in traffic where leaving the “suggested” 1 car length per 10 MPH would result in cars repeatedly diving in front of you.  What is not so forgivable in my book is not the California roll-through stops, the late left turn on reds, the aggressive lane changers…no, these are irritating, but close enough to legal that it’s clear the drivers were just looking for a little edge or convenience. Instead, what deserves a special place in hell are those people who speed down the emergency lane/right shoulder past dozens of cars stopped and waiting legally to get to the off ramp.  Bad people. Bad, bad people. I’m guessing they are drug dealers or users, hit men, or other low life.

Sorry…I got off on that one a bit. But it really does get me riled when someone views they are more important than the rest of us and and willing to break the law to prove it. Not far behind in my book are tailgaters in every day side street driving.  I try and drive close to the speed limit.  No tickets for me since 1975, other than a bogus trap executed by the Nevada Highway Patrol wherein they ticket those people who don’t move out of the right lane when there is an emergency vehicle on the shoulder of the road. In my case there were 3 of Nevada’s finest playing leap frog on the last day of August, filling their ticket quotas.  The kicker is they weren’t even in the emergency lane but a good 10 feet from the edge of the right lane.  STILL NOT HAPPY.

Back to the tailgaters…I have been cursing the speeders all this time, mostly because I’m driving close to the speed limit and can see ‘em a coming in my rear view mirror.  They are closing the gap and typically end up about 1-2 car lengths off my rear bumper. Their message is clear…MOVE IT SLOWPOKE!  Only one lane so they can’t legally pass and their frustration is palpable. As for me, I’m wondering where the fire is and who in the heck do they think they are that they can blast down the road at 5-10 MPH over the posted 25 limit?

I could pull over and let them pass, and in fact did recently in Las Vegas, where admittedly I wasn’t as certain that the average resident there was as “safe” as I might find on the streets of Orem.  I did chuckle a bit when despite his driving 10 over I caught up to him at the next signal.  But if I start pulling over for every bone head speeder that comes charging up from behind I might be pulling over an awful lot.  So I don’t.

Yet I am certainly aware that the speeder is there, oh baby do I know he/she is there. Lurking like a land shark, cursing me for my insistence on driving 25-28 in a 25 zone.  Has it ever occurred to them WHY that is the speed limit? Like maybe barreling along at 35 in a residential area wouldn’t give them adequate time to stop?  And it’s not just Orem. I’ve been at my mom’s house and seen what I bet are folks headed to the temple blasting up her 25 MPH residential street at 40 so they can make it to the session on time. Sheesh.

I recognize that my own driving might actually impact those behind me at times, especially around traffic circles. I rarely use my brake, and in fact occasionally speed up for certain traffic circles. Some of the most fun one can have safely in a moving vehicle. (For those who live locally, my all time most favorite traffic circle is just south of Nielson’s Grove at 2000 South and Sandhill Road in Orem. Yee haw!) So, after I zig and zag my way through the traffic circle, I check my rear view mirror and lo and behold my shadow is now 8+ car lengths behind…at least for the moment. (Side note…why is it so many people can’t drive traffic circles very well? Sad.) Then old Lead Foot comes a roaring up to my bumper again in no time at all. Miss me? Where’d ya go big guy?

Clearly they were speeding, and perhaps I damaged their egos by zooming through that traffic circle and leaving them in the dust, legally. Maybe they perceive that I’m a player and the game is on. Sorry to disappoint…I just love curves, but prefer to keep it legal.

The epiphany was this: I’m not really bothered by speeders, it’s when speeders become tailgaters that it gets my attention. And true…they are probably the same group of people because it’s rare that I see a speeder come up from behind and stay the correct distance off my bumper. Oh, it does happen, and maybe more than I realize because they wouldn’t get my attention until they are filling up my rear view mirror.

I used to tap my brakes when someone got to close, just like my mother does at age 81. Well, at least she did until last year she got followed home by an angry tailgater. I have utilized the sun roof to salute the occasional tailgater too, although I’ve had to rethink that strategy since getting a custom license plate KYANI4U and a Kyäni sticker in the back window.  Bad for business.  I’ve wished for some of 007′s tricks, like being able to blast oil onto the road or maybe just a well placed missile.  Truly, I have no sense of humor or even decency when it comes to tailgaters. Please. Just. Die.

I was griping about tailgaters with my mother today whilst we were out driving around and mentioned that I wished that I could shoot them. With a gun. Her response was “that would be murder.” Yes, Mother.

I’m not really a violent person and I don’t own a gun. My son Kevin has a better coping strategy than I do when it comes to speeders and tailgaters. He just assumes they are on the way to the emergency room. That has now become a bit of a joke when he is in the car, yet I know that he is wrong. They aren’t going to the emergency room. As far as I’m concerned they are all going to hell.



Family History Research – Hucks, Ammons, Epps

October 19th, 2014 | No Comments | Posted in Uncategorized

Sunday morning is the best time for me to focus on family history research. Unfortunately, it’s also the best time to do a lot of things and I haven’t been very diligent about researching. So this morning I was determined to do something family history related.

Above my desk hangs my Ancestors Mobile, one of my best product ideas and a reminder of (a) how good I am at ideas and bad at bringing them to fruition; and (b) how surprised I am that no one else has brought this product to market. Gertrude Ammons is one of the folks floating in the air and that’s where I started this morning.

Records that I received from my Grandma Hucks (Mary Lucile Bethune Hucks) after she died show that Gertrude was married to Jefferson Dozier Hucks (my mother’s paternal grandfather) and had 5 children, the oldest of which was Howard Haskell Hucks, my maternal grandfather. (Joseph Emery, David Aubrey, Dozier Prentice, and Dorothy Alice were the other children.)  Grandma Hucks must have gotten a certified copy of Gertrude’s death certificate and it shows that she was in the Florence Infirmary from March 22, 1924 until her death on April 8, 1924 at what looks like 9:30 am. Cause of death is shown as Pelvic Peritonitis and Secondary Anemia.

Gertrude’s age at death is listed at 31 years, 4 months, which is significant because there is some confusion about her age. The 1900 census shows her born in December 1892 and 8 at the time of the census. However, there is a 7 written over the eight and it appears to be a correction as the census was performed earlier in the year and that would mean she was only 7 at the time.  The 1920 (done in January) census shows Gertrude’s age at 28 (which supports the 1891 birthdate). Her headstone in the Magnolia Cemetery in Hartville (where it appears they were living around then and where she was buried the day after she died) shows 1891 – 1924. The question remains which is right? Was she born in 1891 or 1892? Is it possible that the existing headstone was created years later and someone just made a mistake? (See the entry at for both a picture of the headstone and an image of the death certificate.)(Note: The 1920 census shows Jefferson as being 55 years old, when in fact he was only 35. Mistakes are common in the censuses.)

The 1900 census shows her father as David F Ammons, and the death certificate lists him as D.F. Ammons. Gertrude’s mother is listed as Sallie in both documents, no maiden name shown or known at this time, although she is listed as being born in South Carolina, same as David Ammons. Gertrude is actually listed on the census as Corine G or Corene G depending on who is reading it.

I found it interesting that Jefferson (rise up  Southerners!) Dozier signed the death certificate as J.D. Hucks, same as my cousin Joseph Daniel Hucks goes by. Makes me wonder if it was for convenience when signing or did he go by that nickname too? My mother says he was called “Pop” by the family.

After Gertrude’s death the four younger children were put in an orphanage until they reached 16 (?) and were old enough to work. Jefferson was a carpenter by trade. He was also an alcoholic and might not have been able to handle working, raising a family, and his alcoholism.

At some point–I haven’t been able to find any dates or documentation–Jefferson remarries. His second wife is listed as Mary Elmyra Epps but known to the family as Mamie. Her entry also provides a copy of her obituary from which we learn she was the daughter of David L. and Rebecca A. Epps. There isn’t any additional information in the family files about the Epps family at this point. Jefferson and Mamie did not have any children.

My next adventure down this road will be continuing the effort to identify Sallie Ammons lineage. I’ve given it a bit of a go so far without any luck and will try again next time.

Note about John Dockery Hucks: Lena Temperance Hucks, bless her soul, did a massive amount of Hucks family genealogy and is shown as the submitter for some family group sheets that have Jefferson Dozier Hucks listed as John Dockery Hucks. The dates are the same, the places are the same, the children are the same. She notes that she obtained the information from a family bible, and then “Lafayette, N.C. and Charlette (?) N.C.” are listed.  It is my guess that whomever wrote in the family bible got it wrong. I bring it up here because it’s possible that the kind reader might run across John Dockery and wonder who it was.


Hans Andersen and the University Place CDA

October 11th, 2014 | 1 Comment | Posted in Musings, News Commentary

Neighbor and Orem City Council Member came by the house last night with a petition in hand and a Provo Daily Herald photographer in tow. I saw him coming from the kitchen window and met him at the door with “Can I borrow a pen?”

I’ve known Hans for almost 20 years now and greatly admire his courage in standing up for the principles of government which he believes are correct.  I knew what the petition was about courtesy of Woodbury Corp.’s mailer that had arrived via USPS about 30 minutes earlier and contained several large pleas “Please Don’t Sign The Petition.”  Well, that alone might have been enough to get me to sign a petition right there. Yet I have somewhat been following the University Place CDA issue and knew that if Hans was showing up at my door it was because there were principles of correct government that he felt I, as well as all Orem residents, should be concerned about.

At first I assumed that the photo was someone aligned with Hans’ cause as he snapped some pics at my front door. Only then did he mention his name was Ian and he worked for the Herald and these photos might accompany an article about the CDA being written by Genelle Pugmire. And sure enough, a picture of me and another of my immediate neighbor to the east, Cheri White, are included in the online version.

Hans and I have talked occasionally over the past couple of years since his election to the city council and while I’m not nearly as fervent in my views on the proper role of government as Hans is, I appreciate that he is questioning decisions that otherwise would be rubber-stamped “Approved.” The Orem City Council has made some big blunders in the past decade or so that should concern all Oremites and to continue to let them do business as usual–whether or not that “usual” is descriptive of every other municipality in the state–is abdicating our role as citizens and residents.

Candidly, I don’t think Hans and his group will get enough signatures on this petition to force a referendum where Orem City residents have chance to vote on the CDA.  And while I am not very politically-minded, nor one to attend city council meetings, caucus meetings, neighborhood parties, etc., I am willing to put forth my name along with Hans and say “Let the people vote.” If the petition is successful and a referendum is scheduled and that causes Woodbury  Corp. to delay or end its development plans, then so be it.

Personally, I believe that Woodbury Corp. is merely looking for a deal sweetener and are committed to expanding University Mall regardless of the CDA.  With the massive construction of new office buildings slated for neighboring Vineyard, and with Lehi and American Fork better situated for drawing employees from both Utah and Salt Lake Valleys, I’m not convinced that there will be “2500 new, high-paying jobs” as a result of the development of University Place.

Hey, I worked for the Chamber of Commerce and it bothers me when the Orem City Council acts like a Chamber of Commerce instead of stewards over our city.  There might have been a time when Orem had to struggle to attract businesses and gave out RDA money like Halloween Candy, but we are a built-out, established city with a major university and a strong economic base. Let others cities hand out the candy as they build out their open space.

Don’t consider this at the jobs and city revenue level, because that’s not where the real disagreement is. Like most issues, the disagreement is much deeper at the assumptions level.  Just because there is $$$$ available from the feds, or a private entity is promising more tax revenue, doesn’t mean accepting it with all the attached strings and implications is the right thing to do.

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Batter Up!

October 9th, 2014 | No Comments | Posted in Motivation, Network Marketing, Strategy

Even though I was a Little League All-Star pitcher so good that no batter ever hit any of the curve balls that I threw (all one of them), I haven’t followed our former national pastime much since Fernando Valenzuela was on the mound for the Los Angeles Dodgers.  Yet, most of us are familiar with taking our “swings at the plate” regardless of how much organized baseball or softball we had the opportunity of playing.

It occurred to me recently that just as in baseball, even the best players in Network Marketing don’t get on base with every company they join, much less hit a home run.  It’s been my experience that the vast majority of folks who join network marketing companies end up as spectators, with some who actually dress for the game but never really get up to the plate.  Only a small percentage make it to the plate and of those most make an out, some getting some good cuts at the ball, others never lifting the bat off their shoulders and being called out on strikes.  Also, some have circumstances that give them a free walk to first base and might even end up scoring without having to do much at all except show up. Then there are those that get a hit–maybe with their eyes closed and clueless–and get on base. Others are naturals and have the right skills and training and get on base more frequently and with more apparent ease. Lastly, we have the All-Stars, those capable of hitting for power with consistency.  It is normal to want to be able to hit like them, to dream that their success could be our success.

So we give it a try, usually at the urging of a “scout” who encourages us and tells us all about the perks of being an All-Star.

Then we show up at the ballpark.  Wow! Now what?

If we’ve been on a team before we might have an idea as to what we are supposed to do.  Although, if we had little success before at the plate–assuming we even got that far–we likely blame the organization or some other factors for not achieving the success we desired. Maybe all we did was pay our entrance fee and sit in the stands, not sure where the locker room is or how to take the next steps. Even if someone explained to us what they did to make it to the plate we might have something holding us back from putting on the uniform and warming up on the field. Maybe we didn’t realize that we had to learn the rules of the game or that real effort might be required on our part.

Those that put on the uniform–whether it be ordering business cards, reading product brochures, attending meetings, listening to webinars, etc–still have to learn how to get a swing the bat, balance oneself in the box, read the pitch, and time the ball.  If they skip batting practice (training sessions with their sponsor or upline executive) they will be at a huge disadvantage. And despite all the batting practice and training in the world it doesn’t change how difficult it is to perform under pressure.

Ergo…most of us strike out. Is that discouraging? Why bother, you say?

Go ahead and talk to those players who routinely get on base and are making a business out of it and it’s likely that they will admit that this is not the first team they played for. They might also admit that the player they are now has little resemblance to the player they were when they first started. They struggled and learned from those struggles. They struck out plenty of times and still do! They probably “retired” from the game for awhile and only at the urging of a friend decided to put the spikes back on and give it another go.

Ask yourself what has your experience been? Have you been to the ballpark before and paid your $$$ and sat in the stands? Did you put on the uniform? Did you make it to the plate? Did you get some good swings? Did you get on base? Did you score and score often? Was it worth it?

Certainly there are differences in the opportunities presented by different companies/teams. Today’s All-Star might have never gotten on base with another team, and not due to their lack of talent. Sometimes circumstances beyond our control–like the ability of the opposing pitcher–can make it more difficult or nigh unto impossible to get on base–at least for us. Maybe we just weren’t ready, hungry enough, tenacious enough, or willing to do what it takes to be a success. Maybe we’d rather not admit that and it’s easier to come up with excuses. Maybe we really should just stay home and watch the game on TV.

Gotta go…I’m on deck and the ump just yelled “Batter up!


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BYU Loses, Ordain Women Attends, Gay Marriage Wins

October 6th, 2014 | No Comments | Posted in Musings, News Commentary, Religion

Life is full of ups and downs, advances and setbacks. Over the last few days there have been some setbacks for many Utah County residents that could darken one’s mood or ruin one’s day.  Rather than be a Gloomy Gus, let’s find some silver linings in these clouds.

) BYU Football gets thrashed by Utah State  - One of the most difficult games to watch in recent history as we’re reminded that the reason that they actually play the game despite one team being heavily favored to win is that they still have to show up, play hard, and win. BYU didn’t, Utah State did. And with Taysom Hill out and the unbeaten season spoiled, I see no reason for me to watch the rest of the games. Thanks for the fun while it lasted.

The silver lining: More time for other adventures, a renewed perspective on the importance of college sports.

2) Women are allowed into Priesthood Session…only not where it really mattered. Much like watching a train wreck I am fascinated by the Ordain Women movement in what to me is a misguided cause.  And while the OW group is declaring a “victory” this weekend one can’t help but feel badly for them as they march down Apostasy Avenue. The road to hell is paved with good intentions and there is no better example than the OW movement.

The silver lining: Multiple talks by prophets and apostles clarifying the role of women, the organization and function of the priesthood, the importance of revelation and order in the church, and a renewed call to follow the prophet.

3) Gay Marriage Wins – SCOTUS refuses to hear the appeals of  Utah and other states regarding the overturning of their gay marriage bans.

The silver lining: An end to fighting against the legalization of gay marriage as an institution and a shift to learning to love our neighbors regardless of their sexual orientation or marriage situation, at the same time holding firm in our belief that homosexual intimacy is a sin and that wickedness never was happiness.

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Today’s Weight Workout 10-1-2014

October 1st, 2014 | No Comments | Posted in Exercise

I’d be surprised that anyone cares about my workouts and it’s tempting to make these types of posts private. Yet having an occasional snapshot of what I’m doing in the gym makes for a good record over time. Maybe reading this will motivate someone to get to the gym or at least write about what they are doing.

I’m back at the Orem Fitness Center and am very familiar with these weight machines. This time around I am only doing 1 set of 10 (or whatever I can get to if I don’t make it to 10.) I try and lift 3x a week, but don’t regret only lifting twice a week. It’s not like I am trying to make a sports team or enter a body beautiful contest. For me it’s mostly about strength and making sure that ward off the normal muscle loss that occurs in old guys like me.

I typically do offsetting exercises like chest press and seated rowing, bicep curls and tricep pushdowns,  both directions on the butterfly, shoulder press and lat pulldown.  I try and use complete range of motion and good form…which actually isn’t all that common based on what I see other folks doing. The routine takes about 30 minutes and as I have my heart monitor for cardio I wait until my heart rate drops below 100 to start the next exercise.  I take a few cleansing breaths and exhale with each exertion, inhale on the return. My overall goal is to max the machine…partly to see if I can do it, and partly to be one of a few people in the gym who can.  Oh, and yeah I like to blow the minds of the young studs with the bigger arms who try and figure out how an old guy can lift so much more than they can. :-)

Dumbbell Curls and Lift to Shoulder Press – I’m working with 35 lb dumbbells and am alternating arms.  I’ll probably jump up to 40 lbs next week.  I also do this exercise at the end of the weights session, only with 45 lbs for 5 reps.  My goal is to get to where I can do 50 lbs.

Butterfly and Reverse Butterfly. This type of machine has little calibration between brands and on some machines I can do 300 lbs and others only 130 lbs on the butterfly/chest fly. The one at the OFC is of the latter type and I can recall a  couple of years ago maxing out at 100 lbs, although I think I was doing 3 sets of 10 instead of just one.  I also do the reverse fly at 80 lbs. Some experts hate this machine and while I understand their point, I’m comfortable it because I also do the reverse fly that should reduce some of the risk they are talking about.  It’s going to take a while–if I ever get there–to max out this machine at 200.

Lat Pull Down – I just bumped up 180 lbs this week after cruising at 150 for awhile. This is a challenging machine because I distinctly remember being able to pull the whole stack of 200 lbs a couple of years ago. I figure I just need to work my way back up to it.

Seated Rowing – Unlike the Lat Pull Down on the same machine, nowadays I can pull 170+ on the Seated Rowing exercise, whereas a couple of years ago I was maxing out at 150.  I anticipate maxing this machine too.

Tricep Push Down – Currently at 180 and headed to the max of 200 that I used to do. I use a straight bar to grip in front of me, whereas many other people use the rope and a slightly different motion.

Seated Tricep Dips – This is a rare machine and I had a hard time even finding an image online of anything similar. On this machine one’s weight dictates how much one can max at as there is no counterbalancing bar of any kind, so anyone who weighs less than the 200 max is not going to be able to stay seated. At 250 I don’t have a problem with lifting off the seat and am able to push it comfortably at 200. I say comfortably, but actually, due to my summer shoulder injury I feel just a bit of a twinge doing this exercise.

Chest Press – This is another exercise that brings my shoulder injury into play a bit. This week I moved from 165 to 180, although today I only got 7 reps.  This machine maxes at 300 and I’m not too focused on being able to max it.

One day maybe I will move to dead lifts, squats, and bench presses like the big boys do. For now I am comfortable with my routine and my progress and that to me is the most important part because it keeps me going back to the gym.


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News Commentary 9-30-2014

September 30th, 2014 | No Comments | Posted in News Commentary

Women in the Economy CommitteeDeseret News

A newly formed female-only panel is taking aim at issues facing women in Utah’s economic landscape.” 

“We have an entire human infrastructure and skill set, and we’re not utilizing about half of it,”

“Women are not aware that their (male) contemporaries are paying themselves a little bit more,”

Talk about a “feel good” committee! And another case of reverse discrimination against men. No way in today’s world would there be a by design male-only committee on anything that wouldn’t get blasted in the media for not having a female on it. Yet we are supposed to believe that there are no men who would be qualified to help this committee? Sheesh. And these women are not likely representative of women at large in Utah due to the very fact that they have chosen to serve in the legislature or work in business, all with the implication that if a women doesn’t do the same somehow their are being underutilized (read unfilled) in life.

For the record: I see no reason that gender should be a factor in determining salary or opportunities.  I have worked for both men and women throughout the years and have found that gender didn’t play into how good an owner or manager they were.

2014 Ryder Cup – USA Loses…Again

September 28th, 2014 | No Comments | Posted in News Commentary

Despite thinking I might otherwise, I ended up watching some of the 2014 Ryder Cup. Generally these days I don’t watch golf unless Tiger Woods is playing and as he wasn’t involved in this Ryder Cup I wasn’t too interested in the outcome.  The Euros have now won 3 in a row and 8 of the last 10 and I for one am getting tired of this “entertainment.”  There are plenty of explanations about why the US keeps losing and truly it looked like they got outplayed this time, unlike 2 years ago at Medinah when they allowed themselves to be beaten.

The last couple of Euro wins on European soil before this one had me somewhat irked, what with the smugness of Sergio Garcia and Ian Poulter among others. Sergio has been playing better of late, but these two don’t have careers that come close to Tiger and Phil and I wonder if winning the Ryder Cup is something like redemption for getting beaten in major tournaments by the top US players.

I’ve heard about how many of the Euro pros had to claw their way onto the tour and haven’t experienced the same success as their American counterparts and as such find it easier to gel as a team. Lots has been made about Phil or Tiger taking their private jets to the Ryder Cup and how the Americans aren’t hungry enough to win this team competition. Yet I’m floating another idea as to why the Euros seem to rise to the occasion:

Europeans hate America.

We’re so arrogant. Not just the golfers…our entire country. Imagine Spain or France or Ireland in comparison to the United States and generally they come up lacking and they ain’t happy about it. From an American perspective, what do we care about England or another other Euro country? Sure, they are our allies, but it’s not like they are at our level as an economy or world power. That makes it hard to hate Europe, whereas there are plenty of folks around the globe that HATE the USA.  So deep down inside I think the Euro team can pull together in a way that the Americans can’t. Occasionally sheer talent or good play from the American millionaire golfers results in a win at the Ryder Cup.  Cheerio! But for the Euros it is about pride, beating those darn Americans who dare to act as if they are the top dog.

So I will give the Euros their bi-annual victory and relegate them to where they belong: superstars in their own little countries who occasionally get to pull on the tiger’s tail and get away with it.

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