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So, it’s been a few weeks. Ugly weeks, for the most part. Why? Well, I’ve been having struggles with stomach issues. I’m going in tomorrow to see what it is. It hasn’t been fun. I am not eating much at this juncture. Again. I really want to be over the GI drama. The GI has other ideas. Enough of that crap.

What’s been going on? Well, I taught a fitness class on Friday called “Strength Training for Librarians”, and it went pretty swimmingly. We only had an hour, so I couldn’t get far into the whys and wherefores of things, but I showed them quite a bit, and gave them a handout that ran about 4,300 words, so I did what I could.

I’ve also been shooting as much as I could, and actually having some good success. My arrow groupings are tightening up, and I think my form is as good as it’s been thus far. There will be some videos in the Archery 2 segment reflecting this very soon.

Except for a few days when I just felt flat awful, I’ve been ripping phone books like a great big phone book ripping thing. Because of my difficulties health-wise, I haven’t yet settled back into any kind of workout routine. I’m hoping that the doctor will have some remedy for the stomach problems in hand, and that I can get back to normal (at least as close to normal as I ever get). I’ll keep you updated about what’s going on, and hope to have some fun stuff to share soon.

Happy lifting, good shooting, and take care.


This morning, in a chilly, almost-raining atmosphere, I took my Bowtech Black Knight 2 out for a few shots. I don’t shoot it all that much, as a rule, because I know that it needs new strings and cables before I put much mileage on it. That, and I have so many toys to play with that I can’t get to all of them that often. Also, the rubber tubing that makes sure that the peep sight on the sting turns in the right way snapped a while ago, and I haven’t fixed it. All that aside, I thought I’d put a few shots through the old beast and see how it did.


Hey, folks. I know it’s been a while, but I’m just checking in and giving you some idea of where I’m at physically at this point. Let me take you through it as it happened.

First, I had a week in which I was really starting to feel better. That was where we left off in the story.

The next week, I developed about a ten-day back ache that just would not quit. It was a really bad time. I had to take a lot of meds to keep things going that week.

The week after, the trouble moved to the lower abdomen, where I had a minor bout of IBS. Awesome.

From there, I found the trouble spot moving to my stomach, as I had a reoccurance of the symptoms that I had assumed were part of the gall badder issue. Eh…they’re still around, and certainly made worse by stress situations in my environment. Those issues have calmed down a little, but my stomach is still in some turmoil. The stress came from work, of course, and from being worried about my aunt, who was going in for the same operation I just had. She’s 78, see? Anyhow, she came through fine, and is tougher than I am, so she’s cool.

I’m trying some medicine that is for acid reflux right now, though my problem isn’t exactly that. If it doesn’t work, I’ll have to go back to the doc and seek redress another way. I’m hoping to avoid that, but for now, I’m back on very carefully-planned rations, and not eating anywhere near bedtime. That seems to reduce the discomfort, but I’m annoyed with my body that it isn’t doing everything I want it to, when it’s convenient for me.

Anyway, I did a little weight-hoisting today. I can still put the 90lb dumbbells over my head with some facility, and can do the k-bell stuff about as well as I did before. Some heavy movements cause me to feel little, odd sensations here and there, but they don’t seem to be anything more than lights being switched on for nerve endings down in the boiler room.

I have been shooting a lot and making videos, as you may see if you skulk around Facebook or on Vimeo. I’m in good shooting form, which is nice, and I’m doing what I can to make the most of the late-season afternoons. It’ll soon be cold and yucky, and that tends to curtail the shooting a bit.

Finally, my phonebook ripping deserves mention. I am really having a great string of rips. I haven’t failed on a big (1,600 page) rip in weeks, and I’ve been doing one after work every day. It’s sweet.

All right. That’s all for now.

Hope you’re all well.

You’ll all be glad to know that I have found the fitness room at the Peppermill resort. I gave it a quick once-over, just to get the lingering feeling that I’d ridden in a car all day out of my system. I did chest, back, shoulders, and arms, all on their machines. I did sets of ten, working upward toward a challenging weight, where it was available. The chest machine didn’t quite have enough stack to get me all the way there, but it was fine. I wasn’t looking for a massive workout, just a bit of heaving to get me into my happy place for the evening.


Over the last week or so, it’s been tough for me to work out. I somehow ginked up my foot, and it’s been painful to put a lot of weight on it, walk around a lot, or go up and down stairs. Bummer. I think it’s almost better, though. So that’s part one.

Part two is that I’m on vacation, and getting ready to go off to Reno and have fun at the WorldCon Sci-Fi convention. It’s going to be great.


So, yeah. It’s been quiet here on the Caveman Gym, huh? Let me explain.

1) It’s the summer. Things come up. Like nice weather, and the need to fix the sprinkler system.

2) I am doing the work of three technicians at work. It’s super fun. I’ve been exhausted by the time I get home.

3) I’ve had some actual writing work to do. Yeah! Turns out, you need to put your butt in the chair and your hands on the keyboard.

4) I’ve been helping a family member get to and from doctor’s appointments, and that sucks up a lot of time. (It’s okay, though.)

5) I have been learning to build my own bows. There, I’ve said it. Building bows. In true caveman fashion, these bows can be made without sophisticated tools, master craftsmanship…shoot, without a steady work area, even. I’m not ready to divulge all the secrets just yet, but videos, stills, and an article are forthcoming. At this moment, I have built and shot four of my own bows. Two of the four work shockingly well, while two are…interesting. The Caveman Gym has, of late, been the Caveman Workshop. You guys will dig this, I believe.

Finally, I did “real” hammer curls with the 90s on Saturday. Fun.

Happy Shooting/Lifting/Frolicking!

I’ve been shooting my bows quite a bit of late, and have some broad-spectrum thoughts to share. I’ll be staggering from one point to another like a drunken sailor, though, so hold on and hope I get to the point somewhere during the following blather.