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What Hunters Like About Hunting

Was determined to reach the gym—need two more visits this month to make eight total. But also wanted to practice archery in preparation for the turkey-hunting season, which starts on May 6th. So at 6:30 pm, I went out to the life-size, three-dimensional rubber turkey target and fired off a few arrows for the first time since last fall.

The first two hit the bird; then I started missing. In the second group of eight arrows, only three hit the target. But by the end, 8/8 were in the turkey. This is really good for me. So I stopped and raced off to the gym, which stays open until 10 pm.

I learned how to hunt in Connecticut (many many men do it here) with a shotgun in the early 90’s. My neighbor used to own a hunting and fishing shop, and he introduced me to this aspect of rural life. I discovered that I loved the outdoors, the silence, the aloneness, the commune with nature, bumping into deer and coyotes and bobcats and many birds singing their different songs. I learned that I loved the taste of wild turkey, which is nothing like a domestically raised bird. I loved the challenge of finding the turkey, calling it in close with a noisemaker that simulates a real bird, hitting it, plucking it, gutting and dressing it and learning the different ways to cook it.

It’s all part of a hunting/gathering tradition that humans have known for thousands of years, and almost all city-folks are totally unaware of. I felt like I was connecting with my roots, my past, unknown ancestors and the present natural world at the same time. I must confess that I was such a city guy, so naive and uninformed about the outdoors, that I did not realize until I was 46 that birds had different sounding songs that could be used to identify them. Can you believe that? I am still astonished that I was so out of touch with Mother Nature. Read the rest of this entry »

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Ever Use a Core Roller?

Good news: I made it to the gym again, spent an hour and a half working out, and learned that I signed up there exactly two years ago today. So in two years, I have made it to the gym eight times a month just twice–even worse than I thought. On the other hand, I am halfway through the month and have gone four times. Maybe I can reach eight this time.

Am doing longer sessions, because I have added abdominal exercises to my routine. Also added some weight to a few machines today. And a trainer there introduced me to a little device that is two 7-inch diameter wheels, each one-inch wide that are joined together with handles coming out either side that she said is great for abs. It is called a core roller.

core roller

core roller

I may order my own. I liked it. It felt great. In the power systems catalog, the picture shows and describes one two-inch wide wheel: http://www.power-systems.com/s-18-core-training.aspx

core roller 2

core roller 2


core roller demo

core roller demo

What I can see is that I like some machines and exercises and have no interest in, or satisfaction from, others. So I do the ones I like as long as they will add some bulk to my puny chest and now help build up my abs. Of course my lower body is getting the benefit of hours playing tennis.

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