As some of my readers know, I have been on a largely corporate mainstream media free lifestyle for some time, and lately I have really started to notice the benefits. My mind and thought processes are cleaner and more focused, for one. Some of that can be explained by just having more brainpower bandwidth to direct at other things. However, some of it is also definitely having less anxiety and worry and fear about things going on in the world that I literally cannot do anything about, so I can worry about things that I can control and that matter. For example, my first semester of grad school in marriage and family therapy was challenging and I felt like I didn't know what I was doing half the time (very anxiety-inducing), but I studied super hard and somehow aced every single class I took. Full time course load, no less. Granted, as a self-employed free agent in the cosmos, I am lucky to have a flexible schedule and a fantastic support network. Even so, the stress reduction that comes with mass media fasting has allowed me to overcome the fear of pursuing the life I want in favor of the one corporate media, and their advertising overlords, would prefer that I had.

Honestly, I have no use for the corporate mainstream media. They essentially gave us Donald Trump and I don't want to hear anything from them until it is "Donald Trump has been removed from office for high crimes and misdemeanors." I can't fully escape corporate media advertising, unfortunately, since their ads pollute a lot of the media sites I use in pursuit of my music projects, such as Youtube. However, since those ads are pay-per-click and cost the advertisers money, I have gotten into the habit of clicking on the short ads that preamble, say, Youtube videos. This serves two purposes. It truncates the ad so I can get to the content I really want more quickly and it also, albeit penny-by-penny, drains to coffers of the charlatan advertisers, none of whose products, as advertised, make my life better.

And speaking of better and rebellious lifestyles, are you following my Fortnight of Fitness challenge on the CJ Scientific Communications blog?

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Terror at the Gymnasium

I had a terrifying experience at the gym tonight.

After completing my workout and swim with my wife Deborah, I returned to the locker room to shower and change.

The gym is overrun with new year's resolutionaries at this time of year, many of whom apparently don't know the tacit unspoken rules of gym etiquette. They are as follows:

1. No political speech of any kind, anywhere, ever at the gym. EVER!

2. No speech of any kind with strangers in the locker room, especially if one or more party's wangs are hanging out.

I had just toweled off after my shower and was pulling on my underwear when an old man entered the locker room and proceeded to violate both these taboos.

"Did you hear about that bogus missile threat in Hawaii?" the guy asked.

My scrotum shrank to one tenth its normal size and scurried up to hide inside my body cavity when I realized he was talking to me.

"I might have heard something about that," I politely replied, with minimal engagement, then began to dress at a frenetic pace.

"Apparently, the guy who sent it out was shutting down his computer and accidentally sent the warning," the guy continued as I hurriedly tried to finish dressing so I could flee this extraordinary violation of my human rights. "It even asked if he was sure he wanted to do that and he clicked YES."

"Wow," I said. And that's all.

"Sounds like someone needs to get a pink slip," the guy said.

"True of many things in this world," I said. He chuckled. I was close to being almost fully dressed. "Well, I hope your weekend is better than that guy's," I said, by way of exiting the locker room as quickly as possible.

"Have a good weekend," he called after me.

It took me several hours to get past the trauma of that conversational incident. I wish more people understood how much mental pain they can inflict with their words. The man was oblivious to the cultural norms that guide locker room behavior and totally insensitive to my alternative lifestyle that precludes consumption of corporate mainstream news media and its distillates, as filtered through the generally ignorant minds of the common man.

I suspect most of the newbie members of my health club will either learn proper behavioral norms or stop coming to the gym around mid-February, per the implicit guidelines of new year's resolutions that limit follow through to 20% or less of the resolute populace.


Newbie Resolutionaries

It's that time of year when the health club that my wife and I belong to becomes overrun with what I call "newbie resolutionaries." These are people who made New Year's Resolutions to get fit in 2018 and joined a health club, in this case ours. I speculate that about 80% of these individuals did the same thing last year and then lost their resolve around mid-February 2017, not to be seen again until after New Year's Eve. I don't hold any resentment toward these people. Sure, they crowd the locker room and the workout floor at the gym for a couple of months. However, they also infuse our health club with capital in the form of new memberships, which translates into infrastructure improvements (as evidenced by the several new exercise bikes that have appeared, replacing older models). If the 80/20 Rule holds, about 20% of the newbie resolutionaries will succeed at making regular exercise an integral part of their healthy lifestyles going forward.

Deborah and I are doing a fortnight fitness challenge starting today. We are going to quantitatively and qualitatively measure the effects of a plant-based, whole food diet on our health and wellness. For details, GO HERE.