23 06, 2017

Jiu Jitsu Over Everything

By | 2017-08-08T17:20:08+00:00 June 23rd, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

Well, internet, I've made up my mind. I'm selling off all of my airsoft stuff. I'm finally going to ditch the rest of my Harley gear. I'm gonna purge the big bin of my unused tactical gear. I'm investing my time, mind and energy fully into Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. The more I roll, the more I think about it - and the more I think about it, the more I start forming a picture of my place in the BJJ world. I've got a neat idea, and I might start saving for it. A dream I had last night, the [...]

19 06, 2017

Shaving down interests; focus on few.

By | 2017-06-19T10:21:54+00:00 June 19th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

Anybody that knows me will tell you that it's a pretty regular thing for me to be 'into' new activities. In most cases, 'into' roughly translates as 'completely overwhelmed, consumed or otherwise obsessed with'. I've got a bad case of Hobby-ADD and I know it. Lately, I've been thinking about consolidating, and I figure there's probably some other guys like me out there who could stand to sort themselves out too, so let's have at it publicly, shall we? Between airsoft, painting, miniatures, guitar and the leagues of other interests, I simply don't have the time to be actively chasing [...]

23 05, 2017

Rucking and Learning to Push Through

By | 2017-05-23T00:15:12+00:00 May 23rd, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

For an activity I'm sure to despise later in life, I'm excited to take on the next month of training in preparation for the GoRuck event being held on Canada Day in Toronto. It should be different, difficult and revealing. I signed up for GoRuck much before I finally made the decision to apply to the armed forces. Now, only a week or so away from my interview and aptitude test, I'm starting to really ramp up my training in preparation for both. I've gotten my distance running up to 20k and have been rucking after lengthy Jiu Jitsu sessions [...]

11 05, 2017

A Man’s Struggle

By | 2017-05-11T01:49:50+00:00 May 11th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

Unsurprisingly, I choose to write. At a time like this, where I've become so befuddled by life and it's complexities, I'll choose to write about it. Not because I aim to aid anybody else through something similar - but to sort out my own thoughts. I think I've found a deep cut in modern men. Not to say it's an original thought, but I guess a better way to describe this might be that I've found truth in it. Modern men - and especially men - lack character-defining struggle. With struggle, we lack the opportunity to sacrifice. In times past [...]

28 04, 2017

The Decision to Serve

By | 2017-04-28T11:43:50+00:00 April 28th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

Been a while, eh internet? As stated in the little 'about' section, I'm a study case for hobby-add. On and off again, I always come back to writing. So, what's up? Well, we're starting the 2017 garden. Lots of veggies planned and some to a larger growing scale with a sinister little plan to win a ribbon at the Burford Fair. I've taken up baking as a sideline passion to the regular cooking routines I'm duty-bound to as the resident foodie in House Dungey, too. If the winds will carry the idea, I'd like to sell a few loaves at [...]

24 10, 2016

A modded Fallout 4 is exactly the game I wanted.

By | 2016-10-24T11:46:48+00:00 October 24th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

I was one of the types that badmouthed Fallout 4. Fanboyism aside, can you blame me? Let's look at the details - I held tightly the factors that most seemed to ride on about FO4 that didn't quite sit with me right. First, it was the story - it felt like it was sold to me. Like the main audience who had played FO3 years before might have grown out of a story line that had the player chasing daddy and, with many of those original gamers now daddies themselves, what better plot than chasing a baby this time around? [...]

11 10, 2016

Harvest Festivals and World Building

By | 2016-10-11T10:35:22+00:00 October 11th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

As you approach the gates of Rastfull, the small village on the outskirts of the Pall district, the capital is only a days journey away. The sweet smell of roasted apple tarts and a spitted hog fill your nostrils as you weave through a swarm of dancing children, faces ripe with inked pastes in the shape of monsters, birds and mammals. A bazaar has been set up just inside the open gates with local sellers showing produce, grains and baked goods. A local man and his brother play a tune for some dancing farmfolk as preparations are made for the [...]

2 10, 2016

Fear and fighting the urge to run

By | 2016-10-02T19:40:12+00:00 October 2nd, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

Want to know, ahead of time, what the hardest thing you'll ever have to do really looks like? What a gift, what a curse! Here it is. Knowing full well, the idea that you're about to face a challenge, yet deciding to do it anyways. That's the hardest part. Knowing that you've got uneven, rocky ground in the path ahead and deciding to forge onward with little deviation. Last week, I embarked on a new (and old) passion. A martial art I've long wanted to go back to since pausing my involvement in college. I went down to D&D United [...]

19 09, 2016

For shame: An average guy’s struggle with fitness.

By | 2016-09-19T10:29:48+00:00 September 19th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

Earlier this week, I read an article about the effects of shame and guilt on gym memberships, particularly for men. Since then, I've been practicing a particular strain of mindfulness; when I'm eating and when I'm feeling fat. Here's a little context. About two years ago, I made a series of decisions to start really losing weight. Prior to that driven part of my life, I had tried and failed to make a routine out of eating well and working out many times over many years. Here's what worked for me, condensed into a few statements; I stopped drinking beer, [...]

16 09, 2016

Atlantik: The first post.

By | 2016-09-16T09:47:05+00:00 September 16th, 2016|Atlantik|0 Comments

Here's something a little different. I've been writing a story. Instead of traditionally keeping it a secret, I'm opting to share it. When it's all done, I'll self publish it and you'll be able to buy it. Keep in mind, this is a first draft. Unedited and raw. Lots of stuff is likely to change as I finish it up and paw through a second draft. Atlantik is the story of the Battle for Normandy. In this story, history is changed and created for entertainment's sake, not by any means to take away from the sacrifices made or anything like [...]

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