Monday Bacon: Cool Things

Have you ever noticed that there are one or more ‘cool things’ about people we know? For example, my brother Jerry. If you are lost anywhere in the north metro or downtown Minneapolis area; pull over; take note of the nearest intersection; call Jerry. He will direct you out (by street names) to the closest highway without pause. It’s the coolest thing ever. I know, I’ve put it to use often.

With my Bigg guy, I can read up on something and ask if he’s ever heard of ‘this’ person and he’ll list the 18 different things this guy or girl has done over the last 30 years. Once he reads something, it’s in his brain for good.  It’s pretty cool.

And that’s how people roll. Get to know them; their ‘cool’ factor. It’s worth it.

My Oz man? Any WWII fact pertaining to Europe…pretty much. My Z’s? Great music they’ll know I love or movie lines from anything funny after 1995. Our friend Heath? Any fact or fiction related to Superhero movies. Swede? Whisky. Fact.  One of my clients? He’s a clock maker AND a drummer (but a Pharmacist for his day job.)  He always has good stories.

A co-worker of Biggs whom I’ve met and is a decent guy. Cool fact? His brother is some type of manager at one of our favorite Cold Spring, Minnesota breweries. One of our Kuvasz breeders has a wood working shop and installed their Koa wood floor in their home. She also rides a motorcycle. She’s awesome.

A friend I met while traveling to barbell seminars? Her hubby restores pinball machines. SRSLY. Who does that? Too cool. My ‘Sconny buddy Clay? Plays the bagpipes AND used to play with McBob. Cherry.  Bigg has a client out in Cali who has his own train engine. SRSLY.  I’ve seen pictures, it’s badass.

All you have to do is talk a bit to someone; ask a few questions and you’ll find out. I don’t know what my cool thing is, maybe that I love giving prizes? Dunno. I talk to myself all the time and still haven’t figured it out. Heh.

Maybe some folks are alcoholics and others are just voluntary drunks…Maybe some have drinking problems while others have problems enough to drink.

George Jones

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For training opportunities at tosabarbell, call or text Juli at 320-296-9313. e-mail to At tosabarbell, I build relationships cultivated in a strength and learning environment. There is no 12 week magic pill program to strength but rather a lifetime commitment to be the very best and most useful human you can be. tosabarbell is a private, home grown gym with three lifting platforms; squat rack; prowlers; throwing implements; bars, bumpers and everything else needed for an effective strength and conditioning program. Straightforward barbell programming including the Olympic lifts; sound (read: not fancy bullshit) diet advance for weight gain or loss; and strong coaching will ensure you will meet your goals such as becoming stronger, more explosive, and better conditioned. I have been coaching teams and athletes for over 30 years. I grew up participating in various sports at various levels but was always drawn to those that require strength training. I have multiple local, national, and world records in the sports of Weightlifting and Highland Games Heavy Events as well as a combined total of 5 World Championships. My 5 years of training and coaching under Mark Rippetoe provided a wide range of influence from some of the top strength & conditioning and throwing coaches in the country. I will strongly encourage tosabarbell athletes to compete (and prepare you to do so.) However, tosabarbell is also for those who wish to be stronger and go through life feeling better. Matt WanAt is a retired Professional Strongman who competed frequently with Strongman Champions League in Europe. He played a year of D1 football with Iowa before concentrating on his Chemical Engineering degree in Iowa City. He is a native of Wauwatosa and still remains a staunch supporter of Tosa East. This blog will be a mixture of strength notes, coaching and nutrition tips, personal shit; bacon delicacies, and a whole lot of fun.
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