Friday Jams

When searching around for fun Irish bands to kick off the St. Patty’s Day weekend (yes, weekend. It officially starts around 12:30 at McBob’s on Saturday with the Tripoli Scottish Highlanders before embarking on a Blue Mound parade/bar crawl route. Yowzer.) The Dropkick Murphy’s are always a solid go to. They used to come to Minneapolis quite a bit, they’re pretty awesome live. Flogging Molly? Sure, they’re fun.

But then I remembered this band called U2. Sooooo, remember them?

I used to be a U2 fan. I wouldn’t say I’m necessarily not anymore but I lost interest about the time that things got SOOOO foking serious with them. But Sunday Bloody Sunday live at the Red Rocks (which I still haven’t been to, poor me) was fun music. The rain, the fog, the cute Irishmen, the Edge. OooooLala. It hit right at the time in my life where a little rebellion was fun but I was paying my own rent so a full on war on society wasn’t ok.

So for the St. Patty’s Day kickoff, U2.

Enjoy the weekend (and yes, Monday will still count as the weekend.)

Being Irish, he had an abiding sense of tragedy, which sustained him through temporary periods of joy.

W.B. Yeats

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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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