Up with the Upperdog!

Posted: February 14, 2013 in Goals
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While working on a project at work today, I came across a type-written script from an internal radio broadcast. It was in with some papers from the late 60’s early 70’s, so I thought I’d give it a read.

Two things struck me: 1) we used to have a radio station at our facility??? 2) this could easily have been written TODAY, as the same things apply.

Once home, I googled part of it, and was surprised to find a page from a newspaper called “The Andover News”, dated November 9th, 1967. It has a column called “For Society’s Sake: Up with Upperdogs!” Turns out it was written by the late Dr. Upton, President of Beloit University in Beloit, WI. (BOLD emphasis added by BigZig)

I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I did:

For Society’s Sake: Up with Upperdogs!

Dr. Upton

I have just about reached the end of my tolerance for the way our society at the present time seems to have sympathetic concern only for the misfit, the pervert, the drug addict, the drifter, the ne’er-do-well, the maladjusted, the chronic criminal, the underachiever, the loser – in general, the underdog.

We have lost touch with reality and become warped – if not in fact psychotic – in our attachments.

IT IS TIME for SOMEONE to stand up and say, “I’m for the upperdog!”

I’m for the achiever.

The one who sets out to do something and does it.

The one who recognizes the problems and opportunities at hand and endeavors to deal with them.

The one who is successful at his immediate task because he is not worrying about someone else’s failings.

The one who doesn’t consider it ‘square’ to be looking for more to do, who isn’t always rationalizing why he shouldn’t be doing what he is doing.

The one, in short, who carries the work of his part of the world squarely on his shoulders.

Not necessarily the wealthy, the ones in authority, the gifted. Just the doer, the achiever – regardless of his status, his opulence, his native endowment.

WE ARE NOT born equal; we are born unequal. And the talented are no more responsible for their talents than the underprivileged for their plight.

The measure of each should be what he does with his inherited position. No one should be damned by the environmental condition of his life – whether it be privileged or underprivileged.

It is a dying fashion to pay respect to those who achieve – who really ‘have it’, to use the vernacular. This the the day when the fashion is to be for the underdog.

The attitude is being developed that if you really want people to care for you – who doesn’t – don’t be successful. Be a misfit, a loser, a victim of one’s environment.

I’m not sure of the reason for what appears to be a general psychological aberration. But I suspect it springs from a massive social guilt.

THE ONE MOST CERTAIN point is that our problems will be solved by doers – not people with good intentions, but people with good deeds…not those who talk a good game but those who play a good game – the achievers.

We will never create a good society, much less a great one, until individual excellence and achievement are not only respected but encouraged.

That is why I am for the upperdog, the achiever, the succeeder.

I’m for building a better society. And this will only be done by those who take seriously their responsibility for achievement , for making the most of their native ability, for getting done the job at hand.


As profound now as it likely was then.

What say you????


Empty Places

Posted: February 11, 2013 in Goals
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Perspective. That’s what it is all about. At least for me, lately. I don’t know about you. I like to think that I am not the only person who sits around (stands) and thinks about decisions that I have made, decision that i NEED to make, and of course, cookies the pros and cons of both of those. And cookies.

While I try not to regret decisions that I have made but rather try to find the learning opportunity that they presented me, I am not always able to wrap my head around that perspective. Some are easier than others, but not all are simple. I have found that several of my choices have left me with certain feelings of emptiness, leading me to think that I must fill those voids with something new, with better choices, or with new people and experiences.

I’m learning that this isn’t always the case, and perhaps it shouldn’t always be the case. I have found myself thinking that there is no way that my life could be considered ‘full’ if there were still voids. There have been MANY sleepless nights and restless days trying to find something to fill those gaps. Please tell me I’m not the only one?

Then today, quite by accident, I found this in a book that had been lying on my desk at work:

“Even in the fullest life, there are bound to be empty places. Sometimes they become sacred ground; a place of memories. Other times they wait to be filled.”

I’ve been thinking about it all day, and shared it with a great friend of mine. Now, I share it with you. I encourage you to think about it, too, and if the mood strikes share it with some people who you are close with. I cannot give you a source, as the author was not credited (Google couldn’t even help me!).

Happy Monday,


Don’t Blame the Lettuce…

Posted: February 10, 2013 in Uncategorized

I posted this over at my old blog, and thought that today would be a nice day to posted it here as well. Comments welcomed! -g-

Another Pole who understands Japanese posted the following on her FB page on Wednesday. Credit goes to Ewa for posting it and to Thich Nhat Hanh for writing it.

I invite you to take a few minutes to read it. After that, read it again. Slower, this time. Go ahead. Sip your coffee or tea while you read. Think about how it can apply to you and the way you go about your day. I’ve been ruminating on it most of the day.

Which is why I want to share it with you.

When You Plant Lettuce

Thich Nhat Hanh

“When you plant lettuce, if it does not grow well, you don’t blame the lettuce. You look for reasons it is not doing well. It may need fertilizer, or more water, or less sun. You never blame the lettuce. Yet if we have problems with our friends or family, we blame the other …person. But if we know how to take care of them, they will grow well, like the lettuce. Blaming has no positive effect at all, nor does trying to persuade using reason and argument. That is my experience. No blame, no reasoning, no argument, just understanding. If you understand, and you show that you understand, you can love, and the situation will change”

Have a great day!!!


For the Love of Bits!

Posted: February 8, 2013 in Uncategorized

By now it is no secret that I have found another product and company that I really like. There have been few that I have actually continued to use, amoung them Generation UCAN, DesignerWhey, and of course ArcticEase. Besides the products actually doing what they claim they will do, the PEOPLE behind them are important to me. I mean, if the owners/creators/marketers are a bunch of jackwagons, I don’t care HOW good your product is (are you listening, CHOBANI???).

The new kid on my block (who i’ve been hanging out with for several months, actually) is ENERGYBITS. They have more than just energy bits, actually, but that’s the bit i like the best! Cruise on over to their site www.bitsofenergy.com to see more about their story. After you’ve done that, come back here. I have a bit of a give away going on. Yep. FREE BITS.

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I am offering up for grabs a sample package of EnergyBits from the folks at BitsOfEnergy. Yep. You’ll get a sample tin of bits along with some other goodies. Here’s what you have to do:

Leave me a comment (on the blog, NOT on FaceBook) saying you want in. In the comment please feel free to ask me any questions about the Bits that you might have. If I don’t know the answer, I’ll get in touch with the folks at BitsOfEnergy who will have the answers, and I will reply to you in the comments.

You can enter up to 5 times, contest closes on the 13th, and I’ll announce the winner of the bits on the 14th. Bits are GREAT for heart health, and it just seems fitting to give away some heart health on Valentine’s Day. Be sure to check back here on the 14th to see who won, as well as learn a few things about how algae can help improve your heart health as well as your overall wellness!!!


Are you NEEDY???

Posted: February 7, 2013 in Goals
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Recently I was told by a mental health professional, “you just described yourself as needy”. As if i needed to hear THAT…SOOO helpful, thanks. I pay you HOW MUCH??? Jackwagon.

Those were my original thoughts. I’ve had several hours to mull it over, and here’s my new reaction to what he said: SOOO helpful, thanks. I pay you HOW MUCH??? Jackwagon.

He had asked me a question to which I answered “because I feel invisible, like my ideas, thoughts, and comments don’t matter. I don’t feel like I bring any value to the table.” He looked right at me and said, “youjustdescribedyourselfasneedy”.

And you know what? I AM NEEDY. I NEED to have my thoughts validated. I NEED to at least believe that my input matters. I NEED to feel loved. I NEED to run/exercise/hike/play/have fun. I NEED COOKIES.

If we take a good look at ourselves, we ALL have needs that extend beyond food, oxygen, and shelter from inclement weather. We DO. And those needs help us define who we are to other people. Is there such thing as TOO NEEDY? Perhaps, but that is a subjective matter; we all have different levels of needy-acceptance for other people in our lives.

I am planning to examine my NEEDS versus my WANTS, and then go from there. I encourage you to do the same. Once we’ve decided which true NEEDS are not being met, let’s work on what steps we should take to FULFILL those NEEDS in a way that won’t cause others to push us away.

I think we can all benefit from this exercise. You?

This past Saturday morning I woke my cousin @JustSavyMama around 500 and we got ready to drive to Ragged Mountain Resort so i could take part in the 3rd race in this season’s WinterWild Series. Two weeks ago i ran in the second race, and that was such a blast I thought I’d have a go at this one.

Having some military experience, one would expect that i would do some RECON of the event site before i plopped down my cold hard cash typed in my debit card information. But I didn’t. I DID look at the trail map online, and thought, well, up, then down. One lap this time? Sweet.

After having driven nearly an hour, I blew right past the access road to the resort. I was looking for a sign on MY side of the road. It was on the OTHER side of the road. After we turned around, though, it WAS on my side… We parked and went to the lodge where registration was well under way. An empty table with cubbbies was right there, too, so we sat down and I began my pre-race ritual of pinning on my number (after i folded it, of course), making sure my layers were appropriate, chatting with others, cluing in my cousin on what was going on etc. Then I heard, “ALL RACERS BE ON THE SNOW IN FIIIIIIVE MINUTES!!!”

CRAAAAAAAAP. I didn’t even have my sneakers on yet!!!! Quick swig of water, shoes on, mini gaiters on, hugs, a quick pose or two for the camera, and outside we went.DSCN1985

BOOOOOM! COLD! oh, boy. cold cold cold cold…..My frozen cousin stood around and took a few pictures before the start, but then the batteries pretty much froze, too, then died, so there aren’t any of me crossing the finish line. Just some start shots..



The course took us up the main lift line, or FACE, as it is often called. If you are following along on the map, the first part was basically (for me!) a fast jog up Lower Exhibition, followed by a fast hike through the Six Pack and into Upper Exhibition. Raggedy Ann kicked my raggedy Azz, and I had to stop for a bit on that final push to the summit. The air was so cold that it hurt my lungs to breathe in as heavily as I needed to just to sustain life. I cursed myself several times for not having brought my inhaler, but i didn’t need it anyway. Phew!

The wind at the top was strong, and the view looking back toward the base lodge was fantastic. The sun was just hitting most of the peaks, and they were bathed in a wonderful purple. Maybe. That might have been from the broken blood vessels in my eyeballs. Who really knows? The course went around the top of the lift then down a gentle trail called Blueberry Patch. Gaining momentum and beginning to pass other runners, I began to wish that I had pushed myself a bit harder earlier in the race. At Suicide Six, I’d skied down many, many times, so pretty much knew what to expect and could budget my energy expenditure a bit better than I was able to here at Ragged Mountain. All part of the learning process, I suppose.

Short left onto Upper Chute, then a slight left onto Raggedy Andy. BIG patch of ice there, just as I was passing a snow-shoe-r. I really didn’t want to fall and take us both out, so i trusted my spikes and stepped heavily so that they could get a good bite. YIKES!!! Other runners had broken through the ice…CRUD! I stayed on the uphill side and stepped a bit lighter and faster as I negotiated the ice. OK! Back to the downhill sprint.

Nearing the base lodge I was picking off people as fast as I could, and then noticed a runner ahead of me waving her arms and slowing down. Turns out there was a photographer near where Main Street and Village Green come together. Maybe a bit closer to the bottom. Anyway, as you can see here, I took the opportunity to NOT get chicked…

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I finished 15th in my AG, but there were only 17 in the group. Wow. I thought I’d done alright, but the field was FAST. In the series standings, however, I am 9th out of 42(?) in my AG which I a very happy with! Next race is this coming weekend at Whale Back. This race is practically in my back yard as well, so you bet I’ll be there! I’ve already typed in my debit card information, so there’s no backing out!

Big shout out to @BitsOfHealth and @EnergyBits for helping to fuel my run. I’m a customer and big fan of their bits!

Next time, though, I think I’ll wear running pants that fit me a bit better…holy rag-a-muffin…

To err is human.

Posted: January 30, 2013 in Uncategorized

*this is NOT a feel good post. it is raw.*

Without going into detail, I’ve screwed up. I’ve made several bad decisions over the past several years, and innocent people have been impacted by my choices. It has been recently said of me that “…he never takes responsibility for his actions! He never admits when he’s done wrong, and never tries to actually DO anything about it.” (and no, some of you, it wasn’t who you might think it is who said that. But you are probably close).

I disagree with their assessment, but that doesn’t really matter; at least not to them. I don’t think that there is anything…ANYTHING that I could do to change their mind about the way things have been in the past. My only hope is to do things going FORWARD that help shape their opinion in the future. Because there’s nothing that I can do about the past. None of us can.

To paraphrase someone much wiser than I: “No one can change the past. But we can ALL make the decision now to do something about our future.” This post is part of my decision.

Thing is, that person will never likely read this. That said, am I writing this for them, then, or for myself? I don’t really know the answer to that just yet.

I am going to say this here, now, and then move forward. Yes, I will occasionally look back, but only to see how far i’ve come; NOT to languish, lament, or reside.

Events occurred in November, and I made some bad decisions that have had and will continue to have negative ramifications likely for the rest of my life. For this, and the way my poor choices have afflicted some innocent people, I wish to express my deep sorrow and regret. I will forever beg your forgiveness. To those who were not directly involved in the events, I apologize for bringing pain and stress into your lives.

In the months and years to come, I ask for everyone’s patience and perhaps some assistance as I try to move forward toward a better, brighter future.

Thank you for your time. I hope to make my subsequent posts MUCH lighter in tone.