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I'm generally of the opinion that engaging in a direct debate on political or religious issues is a waste of time. It generates a lot of heat and very little light, and by the end of it both sides are more firmly entrenched in their existing opinions and probably pissed off at the other guy. So I don't get into it.

Every once in a while, though, somebody will say something that really just sticks in my craw and it becomes very hard to stay disengaged. Usually it comes in the form of self-serving ridiculousness such as "Anti-harassment policies are part of a deliberate campaign to oppress white men, the real minority!" or "I don't have anything against gays, I just want them to be silent, invisible, and totally divested of most of the rights I take for granted every day! Or just quit being gay. That works too." or "[People of opposite political stripe] do nothing but call us nasty names. What a bunch of assholes!"

My response to this sort of short-circuited thinking is to head for the keyboard for the literary equivalent of "It's high noon, and I'm callin' you out!" But I know from bitter experience that this doesn't solve anything, and just makes for bad feelings all around. So I stop, take a deep breath, and do my best to let it go.

Occasionally I write about how hard it is not to get in a fight about it.

Just sayin'.

Anyway! On to the workout report.

Lower Back: 2 sets 10 reps @ 75 lbs (medium)
Arm Extensions: 2 set 10 reps @ 95 lbs (medium)
Upper Back: 2 set 10 reps @ 80 lbs (medium)
Vertical Traction: 2 sets 10 reps @ 115 lbs (medium/tough)
Shoulder Press: 2 sets 10 reps @ 45 lbs (medium/tough)
Chest Press: 2 sets 10 reps @ 60 lbs (medium/tough-- different machine than usual)
Cable Cross: 2 sets 10 reps @ 70 lbs (medium/tough)
Squat Lift: 2 sets 10 reps @ 50 lbs (medium)
Arm Curls: 2 sets 10 reps @ 40 lbs (easy/tough)
Leg Press: 2 sets 10 reps @ 160 lbs (medium/tough)
Ab Crunch: (skipped)
Weight: 322 lbs

It took a lot of discipline to go into the gym this morning. I'm still recovering from last week's franticness, and the desire to goof off is strong. But I managed to go in anyway. I notice that Skippy the Wonder Scale says I've regained 13 pounds since Sunday. Dorky thing.

-The Gneech

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maxgoof
Aug. 8th, 2012 12:23 pm (UTC)
I have noted that about you, Gneech. The times when you inadvertantly have called me out, you were right, and I admitted it.
the_gneech
Aug. 8th, 2012 01:00 pm (UTC)
I'm not calling anybody out today at all, inadvertently or... advertently? ...if I can help it. To quote Bob Hope in The Road To Yukon, "I'm not lookin' for trouble, but if trouble comes lookin' for me... I'll be mighty hard to find!"

-TG
oceansedge
Aug. 12th, 2012 06:32 pm (UTC)
I try, I really really try..... still sometimes I lose that fight with myself and end up writing the diatribe anyway...
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