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Some thoughts on the day of the workout “Big Floyd”.

We have an enormous problem in this country. The systemic, centuries-ingrained racism and inequality is staggering. …


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Photo by Lenart Lipovšek on Unsplash

I feel as though I am experiencing some weird blossoming of wisdom as I crest the hill of my mid-50’s and careen toward 60. Call it coming to terms with mortality, call it accumulated knowledge, call it the ever-increasing percolation of senility. Whatever it is, I am learning finally, at the ripe old age of 57, to give zero fucks.

This seems to have manifested itself in the concept of not sweating the small stuff, to-wit:

Someone “zipper-merges” from a lane where they should have gotten behind me? Who cares. Neighbors leaves blow into my yard? Meh. Someone loves Trump…


I am not a religious person, but I have always appreciated the teachings of Jesus. The lessons and wisdom he imparts in the Gospels are really a wonderful guide for living and how to treat others, regardless of one’s level of religious belief.

In Matthew 18:12–14, Jesus is telling his disciples the story of the lost sheep, in which he implores them to leave the 99 — the sheep that are doing just fine — to find the one who is lost. …


What thoughts raced through Tsar Nicholas II’s mind in the brief moments between the time Yakov Yurovsky read aloud his death sentence in the basement of the Ipatiev House, and the firing of the first shot into Nicholas’ chest?

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Getty Images = Hulton Archive Laski Diffusion

One can only assume that his first and likely most overwhelming realization is that his entire family was about to be slaughtered, and there was nothing he could do to protect them. His wife, Alexandra. His daughters — Olga, Tatiana, Maria, and Anastasia — children still. And his son — Alexei — helpless, sickly and suffering. All about to die.

A…


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Hear me out.

Every list that has ever existed as the “100 Greatest Pop or Rock this-or-that” of all time runs on the fuel of subjectivity and personal opinion. I get that. Rolling Stone released a list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time in 2011 and there are a dozen other similar lists out there, and by their very nature, they are subjective. If there were accurate quantitative means by which to rank music, the lists would all be identical.

However — all these lists get the top song wrong. Subjective or not.

The Rolling Stone list has…


There is a growing chasm between me and the base. I am reasonably certain that the divide is too wide, the fissure too deep, the differences too many, that there is no turning back.

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The “base,” as you may have guessed, is that ubiquitous avatar that still supports Donald Trump. Now, mind you, there are certainly conflicted conservatives — those individuals who begrudgingly voted for him out of duty to the party or because of the certainty of conservative Supreme Court justices — but generally speaking, they don’t qualify as the base. …


After Thanksgiving 2018, I saw no less than three CrossFit “Brands”* post the same Instagram grift: standing in or near tropical water, with either a bikini or similar crop-wear, they look down at their tanned, flexed and posed 6-pack with the caption “post Thanksgiving abs-check!”. That is followed by some lightly-camouflaged spin about how “my diet went off the rails, time to DIAL IT IN and by the way, use this coupon for 10% off the product I endorse!”

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“POST THANKSGIVING ABS CHECK!”

Happy horseshit. This image was taken in June, you are sprayed three shades darker, you have professional lighting, and chances are…

Patrick McCarty

CrossFitter, Competitor, Writer, Stirrer of shit, GRID Analyst, Web Developer

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