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Spent Spectating

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When I was a younger man I loved watching sports. I watched football and basketball regularly. I used to love my teams and I would make it a point to catch as many games as I could just like a good fan should.

Then my football team the L.A. Raiders left to go back to where they came from and once again became the Oakland Raiders, (or as I like to call them, the Chokeland Traitors). So I stopped watching football on a regular basis, and lo and behold I had 16 beautiful sunny Sundays in which to enjoy my life.

I still watched basketball though, and for many years I loved to watch the Lakers play, partly because of the game but mostly because that was when I would get to hang out with my friends. Eventually however, for one reason or another I fell off the bandwagon, and stopped following basketball as well.

It’s a bit of a drag to not see my friends as much, but I sure have had a lot of fun doing other more productive things with all the time I would have spent spectating.

And speaking of time spent spectating, check this out…

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January 29th, 2016|Clarify your MIND, Reclaim your BODY|0 Comments

Circumcision Can Suck My D!ck

Of all the things that I’ve written about which I find unacceptable in the world this is one of the most distasteful and disgraceful. I can’t believe that I even have to take a stand against the involuntary genital mutilation of anyone at any age, let alone a newborn baby. It upsets me greatly that I live in a world where I have to say for the record that mutilating a newborn baby’s genitals is wrong.

If you are an adult and you want to modify your penis then by all means go right ahead. Who am I to stop you? It’s your penis do whatever you want with it. Split it down the middle and tie it in a knot for all I care. But as far as I’m concerned infant circumcision is a human rights violation. End of story!

However, this is just the beginning so strap in. This is going to be a long article because it addresses the topics of religious nonsense, the medical industry’s greed, and society’s overall insanity. Let us begin…

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May 25th, 2015|Reclaim your BODY|27 Comments

Driggling

I came up with a new way to skate. I LOVE the bike path by my house but I was getting a little bored with just speed skating so I threw in some juggling / dribbling, or as I like to call it Driggling.

Driggling is something that I have done for almost 15 years. With the help of director Larry Clark (Kids, Bully, etc.) and some other good friends I have finally put it on film. I am currently shoping the concept to ad agencies for $trictly arti$tic rea$on$.

March 13th, 2015|Reclaim your BODY|0 Comments

3 things to spend money on

My grandfather has given me some great pieces of advice over the course of my life, and this is one of the greatest.

I have given this advice to my clients throughout my career, and I have seen it help some of them greatly.

Here it is…

Spend good money on three things: your bed, your shoes, and your chair.

It seems like just good ol’ fashioned common sense, but the best advice usually does.

Don’t skimp on your bed, your shoes, or your chair because you will spend 1/3 of your life sleeping, 1/3 of your life walking or standing around, and 1/3 of your life sitting down.

It is simple, and it’s useful, and it has done me right. I hope it serves you well as well.

November 29th, 2014|Reclaim your BODY|2 Comments

Would you eat a dryer sheet?

Savior Self is dedicated to helping you clarify your MIND, reclaim your BODY, and liberate your SOUL.

So far this blog has focused on mental and spiritual health. Now it is finally time for me to share some of the things I have learned about physical health over the last 12 years of being a personal trainer.

I’d like to begin by asking you once more, would you eat a dryer sheet? Would you crumple up a Snuggle or a Bounce and cram it down your gullet? Regardless of whether or not you know anything about health and fitness, I’m willing to wager that inherently something inside you says “Hell no!”. So, if you wouldn’t put one in you why would you put one on you?

Your skin is an organ, your largest organ, and anything that you put on your skin goes through your skin and into your body. So essentially when you use drier sheets you really are ingesting them.

For some dastardly reason drier sheets don’t have to list all the chemicals they contain. Perhaps it is because they are full of toxic chemicals, and if people knew what was in them they would never use them.

Here are just 5 of the chemicals found in fabric softeners and dryer sheets:

1. Camphor: On the US EPA’s Hazardous Waste list. Central nervous system stimulant, causes dizziness, confusion, nausea, twitching muscles, and convulsions.

2. Ethyl Acetate: A narcotic on the EPA’s Hazardous Waste list.

3. Chloroform: On the EPA’s Hazardous Waste list. Neurotoxic and carcinogenic.

4. Alpha-Terpineol: Causes central nervous system disorders. Can also cause loss of muscular coordination, central nervous system depression, and headache.

5. Pentane: causes headaches, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, drowsiness, and loss of consciousness.

These chemicals build up in your body over time and wreak havoc on your health and nervous system. Pretty grim right?

Not only do all those toxic chemicals get into your system through your skin, they also get into you through your olfactory system. Apparently these toxic chemicals themselves are incredibly pungent, hence the need for so much fragrance to cover them up, and of course the perfumes they use to cover up the toxic chemicals are toxic as well.

Which brings me to the stench. Even before I knew that drier sheets were terrible for your health, I absolutely hated the smell of them. Few things are more annoying to me than when the wind blows just right and I am forced to endure a cloud of toxic shit blowing through my living room care of my neighbors laundry room.

I used to go to a gym where the towels were soaked in drier sheets so intensely that when I would wipe the sweat off of my face I could feel myself wiping waxy fragrance onto my face. When I asked the gym manager about why the towels were so overly “softened”, she said she liked the smell and that she put 4 or 5 sheets in every dryer load. She had developed such a tolerance to the the intense fragrance that she had to keep adding sheets so she could smell anything at all. Needless to say, I found another gym.

Another thing that I find offensive to my senses is when you can smell drier sheets on someone in public. They are standing there in line or in an elevator and don’t even realize they stink like the Snuggle Bear just pissed all over them. Barf!

So what to do? Well, I don’t bother putting anything in the drier with my clothes and I don’t think that they are that “hard” of in need of fragrance.

However, there are some natural options to using drier sheets and/or fabric softeners, because even if you don’t feel the effects of those horrid chemicals today, they can affect you gradually over time, and children, whose systems are still developing, are particularly at risk of serious neurological disease. Some natural options include:

– Add a quarter cup of baking soda to wash cycle to soften fabric.

– Add a quarter cup of white vinegar to wash soften fabric and eliminate cling.

– Check out your local health food store for a natural fabric softener that uses a natural base instead of chemicals.

-Use wool balls in place of dryer sheets. You can add a safety pin to the wool ball to also help with the static.

-Make your own dryer sheets, by spraying vinegar and/or essential oils (such as lemon or lavender) on a cloth and tossing in the dryer with your clothing.

-Air dry your clothing.

Modern life is toxic, and while there is no way to eliminate all of the environmental toxins we are forced to live in every day, we can choose not to literally clothe ourselves in poison.

Remember, don’t put anything on you that you wouldn’t put in you.

 

 

November 21st, 2014|Reclaim your BODY|1 Comment

The cure for all your ills

STOP WATCHING THE F#%KING NEWS!

October 24th, 2014|Clarify your MIND, Liberate your SOUL, Reclaim your BODY|0 Comments

TREEmarkable!

I just got back from Sequoia National Park.

Below is a picture of me hugging one of the smaller trees. What a blessing to be around the largest and oldest creatures on the planet!

Nature is the best!

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September 15th, 2014|Reclaim your BODY|0 Comments

An army of oneness

It’s President’s Day and I am going to unveil my new shirt/sticker idea today with the hope that the Commander in Chief will someday see and understand.

My ultimate intention is that eventually not just the president but every soldier on either side of any war will see this image and realize that as separate as we may seem we are really all reflections of each other.

We could end every war before its begun if only the ones with the guns would see that we are one, and “you are me”.

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February 17th, 2014|Clarify your MIND, Liberate your SOUL, Reclaim your BODY|0 Comments

I’m not childless, I’m childFREE!

I am about to turn 40, and I have no children. Not only do I not have any children, I went so far as to have myself sterilized to ensure that I will not be having any children. People with kids ask me all the time if I have kids and I say no, this then triggers the apparently inevitable question “Why don’t you want to have children?”

Well…

1. I just don’t want to have children. Period. I don’t want to deal with the hassle and the mess, and the responsibility. I’ve never had a pet, why would I have a kid?!

2. I want to be able to do whatever I want whenever I want for the rest of my life. If the time ever comes when I want to shape young minds I will either become a teacher, a coach, or adopt.

3. I think this is a pretty shitty world to bring a child into. Don’t get me wrong, I have the utmost love and gratitude for the natural world and the glorious wonder that is the universe I live in, however I also know way too much about the way that humanity is destroying this planet to feel like bringing a child to it. We are poisoning the water, destroying the trees, genetically modifying the food, tinkering with the atmosphere and killing off species after species everyday.  Why would I want to have a child in a world that will have no tigers or blue whales? Why would I bring a child to a world so overpopulated with people that humanity itself has become an endangered species?

4. There are enough people on the planet as it is. It seems to me like we need less people nowadays and I think that not having children is the most GREEN thing a human can do.

5. I will not supply one more wage slave for the millitary-industrial-corporate nightmare that is human society. I will not bring another whore to the capitalist gangbang. I wont have a child and then tell it to get a job because you have to work to make (fake) money in order to live on this planet. They say the only two things that are certain in life are death and taxes, well I guess I got them on that one. I will not be the cause of any more death or taxes and that is for certain.

The list could go on and on, but mostly the main reason is number 1. I just don’t want to deal with it.

I know it is like the all-too prophetic movie Idiocracy when smart people who don’t breed are out numbered by dumb people who do, but the fact is that it makes no sense to have a kid without really putting some serious thought into it. The question is not “why don’t you want to have children?”, the question is “why DO you want to have children?”. People should at least have to write out an answer that question before being allowed to have a kid. There should be some sort of test. You have to pass a test to drive a car, you have to fill out paperwork to buy a gun, but any two dipshits can squirt out a kid whenever they want. People act like having a kid is hard, but its the easiest thing in the world to do. Insert tab A into slot B. Raising a kid is the difficult part and unless you are ready for that commitment you should not be having kids. That’s all there is to it.

In writing this out I have probably put more thought into why I don’t want to have kids than most people put into why exactly they do want to have kids.

Ultimately, for me it comes back to reason number 1. I just don’t want the responsibility. I am not childless, I am childFREE!

 

February 13th, 2014|Clarify your MIND, Reclaim your BODY|0 Comments

The journal of a thousand entries begins with THE SECOND STEP

They say that the journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step, but the way I look at it the journey doesn’t begin until you take THE SECOND STEP.

It is easy to take a first step in any direction, but unless you pick up and move your other foot you are basically just shifting your weight around. With that second step you commit to a direction and move away from where you started. With the second step your journey has truly begun.

February 11th, 2014|Clarify your MIND, Liberate your SOUL, Reclaim your BODY|0 Comments