A New Gig

Just a quick post to let everyone know that I've got (yet another) new gig.

I am the new Denver Examiner Fitness Columnist!

Check out my first column here.

Let me know what you think!

Ciao for now!

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A friend sent this to me, and it made me laugh, so I am sharing it with you!

Fight for Kisses

Damnation

As you can tell it's been awhile since I've posted on my blog. Lots of things going on, not the least of which is that I've been spending more time on sites like Facebook and Twitter, microblogging, and learning to use Web 2.0 social networking sites, than on more "macro" sites like my blog here or my athletics blog.

So, here's what's happening: first up is I finally got a job — back in the training industry. I am now a trainer at Gold's Gym in Loveland, so far only working part time, specializing (for those of you who might want to know) in corrective exercise (post rehab only), S&C, and fighter conditioning. I am also working on setting up kettlebell group training and to establish a class that I am (tentatively) calling Ground Games, which is a collection of solo drills pulled from my years in Judo, BJJ, Submission Grappling, Aikido, as well as stuff I've learned from Russian Sambo and Systema. If you have any interest in joining me, please let me know.

Secondly is that I've once again submitted my first novel to a publishing house called Damnation Books. They are a new publishing house specializing in "dark" fiction (where KOSC and ADR should fit right in). They publish in e-book and print on demand (POD). I sent my book in about ten days ago, so according to their website I have about seven weeks left until I hear whether they are interested in the novel. Wish me luck!

Thirdly, between job hunting, starting the new position, writing, training, commodity trading — you know the daily deluge that has been my life the last few months, I've also had to deal with an acute case of Insurance Industry bureaucratic dumbassery, an ongoing SEC investigation (of the company my wife and I invested with last year), another criminal investigation (where I've been called on to be a witness)… And I may have jury duty this coming week… Too much stress. Especially of an unnecessary nature — man made self-important dipshittery… 

So, that's what's been going on here at case Kechter since the last time I wrote. I hope things are more settled and saner where you are!

Ciao for now!

An Old Farmer’s Advice

I got this in an email yesterday and have been thinking about it since… So here it is:

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Your fences need to be horse-high, pig-tight and bull-strong.

Keep skunks and bankers at a distance.

Life is simpler when you plow around the stump.

A bumble bee is considerably faster than a John Deere tractor.

Words that soak into your ears are whispered…not yelled.

Meanness don't jes' happen overnight.

Forgive your enemies. It messes up their heads.

Do not corner something that you know is meaner than you.

It don't take a very big person to carry a grudge.

You cannot unsay a cruel word.

Every path has a few puddles.

When you wallow with pigs, expect to get dirty.

The best sermons are lived, not preached.

Most of the stuff people worry about ain't never gonna happen anyway.

Don't judge folks by their relatives.

Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.

Live a good, honorable life. Then when you get older and think back, you'll enjoy it a second time.

Don't interfere with somethin' that ain't bothering you none.

Timing has a lot to do with the outcome of a Rain dance.

If you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is stop diggin'.

Sometimes you get, and sometimes you get got.

The biggest troublemaker you'll probably ever have to deal with, watches you from the mirror every mornin'.

Always drink upstream from the herd.

Good judgment comes from experience, and a lotta that comes from bad judgment.

Lettin' the cat outta the bag is a whole lot easier than puttin' it back in.

If you get to thinkin' you're a person of some influence, try orderin' somebody else's dog around.

Live simply. Love generously. Care deeply. Speak kindly. Leave the rest to God.

Don't pick a fight with an old man. If he is too old to fight, he may just haveta kill ya.

Josh Waitzkin Interview

I just finished Josh Waitzkin's fantastic book "The Art of Learning" and wanting to learn more about him, and his approach to learning, I found this video on Tim Ferris' site


Josh is a former child chess champion, as well as a Tai-Chi push hands champion (national and international)… He has now taken up Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and is looking to compete in 2010, or 2011…


Check out the following video! It is a very good interview about his approach to learning, keeping composure during competition, with brief mentions of neuro-plasticity, Buddhism, Robert Thurman's "Tolerance of Cognitive Dissonance," and more…

Highly recommended! 

(Note: I hope to have a review of his book later this week)