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    I wasn't in the best of moods this morning as I headed for the gym. The passing of the healthcare bill is going to cost me plenty, I have not had any luck renting an apartment in my house, and the gym is an escape from all the garbage in my day.

    I am by no means a monster, but I have developed some strength over the years. I did some bench pressing and dumbell lifting then proceeded to an area with fixed barbells to work my biceps. The barbells are on two racks and range from 20lbs to 110lbs. I use 100lbs, and less depending on the day. Today I noticed all of the barbells over 60lbs were missing from the racks. When I questioned the staff, I was told they would no longer have the heavier barbells because they did not want to encourage bodybuilders and powerlifters.

    I cancelled my membership on the spot, and the purpose of this story is not about the gym and barbells, but rather about getting what we pay for and are accustomed to. I am sick and tired of getting smaller quantities at the food store and paying the same money. I am sick and tired of the ever rising costs for the same or less service or product. The fruit that is rotting the day after I get it home from the store!

    I have weights at home and while I will miss the eye candy, I will still exercise. I think most of us are too willing to accept the injustice that presents itself everyday. I'm not suggesting we get upset and all out revolt, but where and when possible we should stand up for ourselves.

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    Re: I Ain't Gonna Take It

    Call Fox news!

    They probably make this the dems fault some how

    OR -

    You could just chill and watch this video, take a deep breath and relax ;-)

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    • #3
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      Ever since I saw that twisted sister video so many moons ago I have always called guitars repulsive electric twangers and I could not count all the 18 year old's I told "I was carrying an M16 when I was your age."

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      • #4
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        Frank You're not Irish! I'd Put a 60 through the plate glass about 3 AM.

        Dad taught His Boys well.
        I can build anything You want , if you draw a picture of it , on the back of a big enough check .

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        • #5
          Re: I Ain't Gonna Take It

          Originally posted by saysflushable View Post
          Ever since I saw that twisted sister video so many moons ago I have always called guitars repulsive electric twangers and I could not count all the 18 year old's I told "I was carrying an M16 when I was your age."
          I swear to God, I grew up in the strangest time possible: 1979 to today. Old enough to catch the tail end of an era likes the 80's, yet young enough to pick little pieces of today's internet trends. From a tool site like this one, to downright juvenial forums such as the various "chan" networks.

          So, in regards to the M-16 comment, if some older goon came to me and exclaim such a statement, I'm wise enough to retort, "Oh good, unlike you, at my age, I don't have blood on my hands!".

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          • #6
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            Originally posted by Frankiarmz View Post
            *Rant*

            Wait, you have the free time to hit a gym?

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            • #7
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              I guess I am surprised they let you cancel and gave you your money back (I do think you deserve it because they changed the "product" midstream). I thought most of those places lock you in for a year at a time.

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                Originally posted by cpw View Post
                I guess I am surprised they let you cancel and gave you your money back (I do think you deserve it because they changed the "product" midstream). I thought most of those places lock you in for a year at a time.
                I think they try to avoid bad press since they work on a volume sales system. The franchise is called Planet Fitness and the monthly dues are very cheap, but still as you said they changed the facility without notice.

                The lady who manages the place responded to my e-mail to corporate and said she was sorry to lose me since I was helpful in several situations at the gym. They have to follow the corporate mandates or they can lose the franchise and the weight limit on barbells was one of the rules.

                I try not to act in hast, but it really bothers me when there is a change such as the one I described. It's very difficult to please everyone, and I understand how some folks new to a gym atmosphere can be intimidated by folks lifting what appear to be heavy weights. This was just another incident that compounded an already negative string of events. I need some distraction from money problems, health problems, family problems.......

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                • #9
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                  Originally posted by tailgunner View Post
                  I swear to God, I grew up in the strangest time possible: 1979 to today. Old enough to catch the tail end of an era likes the 80's, yet young enough to pick little pieces of today's internet trends. From a tool site like this one, to downright juvenial forums such as the various "chan" networks.

                  So, in regards to the M-16 comment, if some older goon came to me and exclaim such a statement, I'm wise enough to retort, "Oh good, unlike you, at my age, I don't have blood on my hands!".

                  Tailgunner,
                  So your username has nothing to do with the reference to the most dangerous/sacrificial service a crewman could risk his life at in a bomber.

                  Am I correct in presuming that it only refers to the fact that you appreciate being known as a guy enjoying tail that men did shed their blood for?

                  Bummer

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                  • #10
                    Re: I Ain't Gonna Take It

                    Originally posted by tailgunner View Post
                    Wait, you have the free time to hit a gym?
                    I'm retired, and my wife works full time. Just me and the little dog at home during the day and it gets real boring. I go from watching Fox news, or some other tv program to the internet. I blog here and end up annoying folks, or me and the dog watch porn which believe it or not gets very boring.

                    I get upset with you at times because of your youth, strength, health and opportunity to work and socialize. I'm stuck at home staying faithful to my wife and bored out of my mind. I have some health problems but can still manage to hit the gym an hour each day. Not the retirement I had hoped for and I strongly suggest those who are able to work, keep working! I often look out the window and wonder if I'm observing the view, or if I'm the fish in the fish bowl?

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                      Re: I Ain't Gonna Take It

                      Originally posted by tailgunner View Post
                      So, in regards to the M-16 comment, if some older goon came to me and exclaim such a statement, I'm wise enough to retort, "Oh good, unlike you, at my age, I don't have blood on my hands!".

                      Amazing.. I wasn't here for WWII or the Korean conflict. Was way too young to serve, much less understand, what was going on in Viet Nam, and too old for any of the more recent conflicts.... but I would NEVER disrespect those who served their countries in time of war, the way you just did.
                      Brian

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                      • #12
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                        Originally posted by Brian Shepley View Post
                        Amazing.. I wasn't here for WWII or the Korean conflict. Was way too young to serve, much less understand, what was going on in Viet Nam, and too old for any of the more recent conflicts.... but I would NEVER disrespect those who served their countries in time of war, the way you just did.
                        I'd like to add some comments about what was said. I don't think it was meant as a insult to all vets but it is still a very delicate subject for many. Back in the 70's I just missed being drafted, but I did work with many returning Vietnam vets and some of these guys were haunted for years from what they had lived through. I worked with these guys side by side for twenty years, though difficult street and work situations and labor disputes which has a way of bonding folks. It was not until many, many years of friendship and trust that we could somehow joke about things from that time.
                        I believe time can heal most wounds, but not all. When returning vets were called "baby killers", it must have been worse than getting punched in the gut. One guy told me you try not to get friendly with other guys because they would get killed, another said you were always afraid, or when you were short time to come home it was the worst time. Unless we lived through those kind of times, we really can't imagine what it was like. I hope Tailgunner explains that he meant those comments in a juvenille way when he didn't know any better. I think that's the case and that he's a good guy.

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                        • #13
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                          Originally posted by Frankiarmz View Post
                          I'm retired, and my wife works full time. Just me and the little dog at home during the day and it gets real boring. I go from watching Fox news, or some other tv program to the internet. I blog here and end up annoying folks, or me and the dog watch porn which believe it or not gets very boring.

                          I get upset with you at times because of your youth, strength, health and opportunity to work and socialize. I'm stuck at home staying faithful to my wife and bored out of my mind. I have some health problems but can still manage to hit the gym an hour each day. Not the retirement I had hoped for and I strongly suggest those who are able to work, keep working! I often look out the window and wonder if I'm observing the view, or if I'm the fish in the fish bowl?

                          How come you retired? If you don't mind me asking
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                            Frank - I stay away from the 100's. I'm not worthy. But I do hit the free weights and cable machines after I do my cardio. I really do not enjoy the cardio.

                            I don't socialize at the gym. I try to get in, get sweaty and sore, in under 90 minutes. Chit chat would slow me down. We do have a number of guys that use the 100's and I just kind of weave my way around them. They're cool for the most part, doing their thing. I can't imagine why a club would want to discourage these type of customers. Perhaps it's because these guys actually use the gym? I get my moneys worth out of my membership.

                            Hang in there bub. Have you considered doing some volunteer work to get you out of the house, take your mind off all the bad news you see every day?

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                              Re: I Ain't Gonna Take It

                              Originally posted by PlumbingSkool View Post
                              How come you retired? If you don't mind me asking
                              I don't mind sharing if you don't mind reading. I had twelve abdominal surgeries when I was a kid, serious stuff. I always had a bad stomach problems throughout my life, but I was able to build myself up to do some very physical work. I had 24yrs at NYTEL when I was in a car accident near my house. T-boned by a soccer mom speeding on an ice covered road, totaled my car and herniated discs in my neck and lower back. No more pulling four hundred pound manhole covers or shouldering a telephone pole to a backyard. Bosses agreed to let me work inside, if I agreed to take the first retirement package I qualified for. That package was nine years ago, I was 47
                              I know how to operate rodding trucks, aerial bucket trucks, polecats with augers, underground cable pulling trucks and just about everything else, but with a bad neck, back and gut I'm useless! I did try to get some handyman jobs but they say they're looking for light carpentry, plumbing and electrical skills then you find out the job is moving furniture and filing cabinets all night.
                              Retirement at any age requires adjustments, we transition from being producutive and respected for that usefulness, to something very different. I take care of my home and property, help prepare meals and such, but it's much different than when I used to go to work. Very important to retain a sense of self worth because family and other folks can sometimes say some real hurtful things.

                              I retired at a relatively young age, but I observe other men who are retired and the patterns are similar. Wives who still go to work are not too happy to have their husbands at home, they expect them to become househusbands. When we were young and married our value to the marriage was different, we were going to father children, and build lives together. Things change when that is all behind you, and if you are not mentally prepared you could be in for trouble. Well, that's my retirement story, hope it didn't bore you too much.

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