Liking Tragedy

Ok peeps, it’s time to get on the same page here. The FB has been around for a while and we’ve all become adept at sharing our food, our dogs, or cats, and our rants. We know how to ‘facebook officially’ break up and make up (or maybe that’s just us:/) and join (and unjoin) groups. We let the FB make us a movie and relived some fun moments of our FB past and then figured out how to share them. Admit it, we love the FB (most, I know two people who don’t Facebook. How do they live?)

But seriously, why cannot we not figure out the age old question: DO WE ‘LIKE’ SOMEONE’S SAD FACEBOOK POST? 

Do I “LIKE” that your dog died? No, of course not. But I don’t want to comment because then I get notifications when the rest of the world does that and it’s a pain in the ass. Do I “LIKE” that someone you know and is a legend in sport dies or is struck with disease? No, of course not. But a quick flip of the keyboard and I can let you know that even though I didn’t or don’t know them, I’m sending them good thoughts through the universe. And, oh by the way, for those of you who don’t believe that being on the receiving end of good thoughts sent your way is a comforting thing? I feel bad for you. There are times where good thoughts, wishes, vibes, etc. are all that holds us up on our feet.

So yes, I  will “LIKE” your tragedy. Not because I’m happy that you’re going through it, but because a quick wish of strength and peace sent your way means something to me and I believe it will be received as such. It’s the one thing on FB that’s special, a connection. Well, the food porn pics are pretty cool too but not the same thing. Heh.

I stopped believing in Santa Claus when I was six. Mother took me to see him in a department store and he asked for my autograph.

Shirley Temple

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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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