The Muscleheaded Blog

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Welcome to the new home of the Muscleheaded Blog.

My name is Chris, and I’m a mature Southern powerlifter who likes to hear himself write.

I’m a veteran of the U.S. Navy, a graduate of Brown Institute, and currently compete in Masters Strongman.

Snarky humor, vintage pinups, and weirdos in the news are just a few of the things I like ……

And I’ve been known to sneak all kinds of things in this here blog.

You really never know what’s gonna be showing up next.

So, my advice would be to subscribe, and try to visit right-regular like.

My blog theme is called ‘Dusk to Dawn’, and it’s kinda appropriate, since I’m usually here in the late evening/early morning EST.

It’s also rather androcentric and iconoclastic— so, if you offend easily, can’t stand sexual references, or if you just hate men, please take a raincheck on the follow, with no hard feelings.

How you read my posts, whether you want to take them at face value, or whether you want to look harder, well, I leave that up to you.

Art, if that’s what it is, always means something different to the viewer than the creator… so, don’t let that worry you none.

If you want to know more about the Muscleheaded Blog,
you can read my post:  ” Just What The Hell Is It All About Anyway?
or
a random passerby’s opinion: ” The Bastion of Bad Taste ” .

You can also visit my online gym, which features articles about fitness, strength, and gym culture–
at http://muscleheadgym.wordpress.com .

Check out this week’s Muscleheaded Blog ‘featured post':
” What Color is Your Rose? ” on most of these fine stations.

I love motorcycles–
my most popular post, on British Motorcycles, is here.

How about a post about travel…
like: ” The Beaches of St. John, USVI

Like Pin Ups?
Check out : ” The Pin Up Art of Gil Elvgren ” –

or– ” The Sensual Art of Raphael Kirchner ” .

( There’s an index on that post that will lead you to a lot of other posts about Pin Up Artists, too. )

……… or check out one of my favorite pin-up posts,
Pinning Down What Makes A Pin Up “.

You can read what I like to call my best general art blogs:
The Art of Maxfield Parrish
or
The Poster Art of Leonetto Cappiello” .

Or, one of my humor blogs like:
Weirdly Radioactive

If you’re an adult, you might want to read:
How to Throw a Bachelor Party
or
Wake Up, You’re Dreaming
or
Give Us a Kiss

Yeah…
I’m thinking one of those posts might let you know what you’re really letting yourself in for.

Hey, like it or lump it …
I never said this blog was for everyone.

Submissions are always welcome-
I’m trying very hard to make this blog interactive, and I love to get mail !
Please send them to carolinamuscle@outlook.com .

I sincerely appreciate visitors, and enjoy reading comments to my posts.

So, jump on and hold tight…

The only thing I’ll promise ya is a wild ride.

HOY!

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Elizabeth Gilbert says:

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“I thought about one of my favorite Sufi poems, which says that God long ago drew a circle in the sand exactly around the spot where you are standing right now. I was never not coming here. This was never not going to happen.”

Life Making Change

“For everything you have missed, you have gained something else,
and for everything you gain, you lose something else.”
(Emerson)

bearIt’s been much weirder than usual around here lately.

Without going into — such detail– that doing so would cause several of my friends and co-workers to never speak to me again,

I can only say this:

I chose to reject your reality and substitute my own, thanks.

‘Cause I’m not digging it….
……. hell, I don’t even understand it, man.

I wrote somewhere in a previous post that I personally don’t adapt well to change.

As a matter of fact, my exact words were:
“… I find adjusting to change harder than getting the bank to give me a hundred dollar bill just ’cause I’m good lookin……………. ”

( I’m not, and they won’t! )”

And its absolutely true.

I mean, I don’t dispute the nature of reality or even the necessity of change…
…… I JUST DON’T LIKE IT ALL THAT MUCH.

If you read the above quote from Emerson, you might understand why -
— in order to gain something, you have to give up something else.

changeI’m all for gaining -

That aspect of change is totally groovy with me.

I just don’t like giving things up,
…….. once I become attached to them.

…… people,
…. dogs,
…. cars,
… motorcycles,
…. bad habits,
….. tastykakes,
…. crazy redheaded nymphomaniacs…… fear

——- but especially people – -

Once I care about them,
no matter how badly they hurt me -
I find it impossible to give them up.

Also, change is a function of the passing of time -

– and the passing of time brings changes to my body (the ravages of age)…..

– and to my mind (the ravages of hard living) that I just didn’t VOTE for.

Still, some changes are easier to accept than others.

I’m quite happy with changes I have made in my lifestyle in the last 12 years,
–and my health, strength, personal and muscular development have all come along nicely.

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I have done things,
gone places,
and talked with people
I never would have gotten near when I was younger.

I have opened myself up …
my choices, and thus my options, are much different today.

Interestingly enough, these changes were a direct result of other changes in other people -

.. that forced me to reevaluate my own life, personal relationships, happiness and health.

I would have never initiated those changes
… without that powerful, intensely negative, external impetus.

I wouldn’t be writing this today..
I wouldn’t be WHO and WHAT I am
— I’d be someone different.

Of course, I understand that it was my passions that were the ultimate driving force…
those things inside me that I most care about -
… that I would rather die than lose…

Life without Passion?

Eh. No thanks.

…… but that’s another post entirely.

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And yet, I can’t help feeling wistful about those things I’ve had to let go…

no matter how negative or destructive they were, or seemed to be at the time.

As Anatole France wrote:
“All changes, even the most longed for, have their melancholy;
for what we leave behind us is a part of ourselves;
we must die to one life before we can enter another.”

Not that I’m wishing I could turn back the clock.

Nope…..changefrog

( although I wouldn’t mind having my 21 year old hormones and metabolism back…… )

I’m actually better, stronger, smarter, personable and happier today than EVER.

(not to mention modest…)

Yet, I somehow have
less money,
less energy,
less job status,
… and less curvy gym bunnies chasing me…..

Go figure.

And change, by it’s very nature, IS PAINFUL.

It can make you feel that nothing is ever gonna be right again.

I can still remember complaining about the changes I was going through, when a good friend of mine, M.L, gave me some advice that I’ll never forget.

And I’m gonna give it to you–
….  free, no charge, gratis .
Just don’t tell anybody.

M.L. said:
“Change is the wheel -
— with time, patience, and perserverence, one can accomplish all things.”

He was right.

Damned smart guy, that M.L.

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Now, what is it that I’m forgetting…

hmmmm…..

Oh, yes.

We need a Daily Archive suggestion… how about this one?

And , of course , a vintage pin up.

This one is by Robert Skemp.

HOY!

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