Jump Rope Review

I have rediscovered the cardio power of jumping rope over the last few months. Forget the treadmill. Forget the stationary bicycle. If you want to get the most pulmonary, and cardio, bang for your workout minute — pick up a rope and start jumping!

What you see below is my favorite — and most expensive, at $88 — jump rope. This beautiful Infinity Rope from Crossrope arrived with a set of weighted ropes, and the handles action is so smooth there’s no excuse not to jump rope ten times a day. Some “weighted ropes” only have heavy handles — you want a weighted rope where the weight is actually in the rope. Sure, you can get fancy, and do crossovers, and double-unders, and around-the-worlds, but just a simple, two-footed, single jump, per whip cycle, is plenty good enough to get your entire body moving — and heaving for air! Start slow. Build up your stamina over time, and you’ll be feeling stronger, and more powerful, before you know what whipped you. Your chest will also begin to get excellent definition that no other exercise scheme can carve so quickly, and so fluidly. Remember, you get what you pay for, and getting quality in your hands, and a weighted rope your heart, is worth more than the money you spend. This Infinity Rope is not adjustable. You order the right size for you, and it arrives pre-cut and measured. You want that. You want your rope to be three feet taller than you, so make sure you know your height.

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Out of Many, One: Pete Buttigieg for President!

The time for change is upon us, and Pete Buttigieg is one of the brightest, most interesting, candidates for President of the United States I can remember in my lifetime. I fully support him for the run of his life, and I urge you, too, to consider him as your next President. I’ve only contributed money to two Presidential campaigns in my lifetime. The first was Barack Obama. The second is Pete Buttigieg.

Here are some of the reasons I am voting for Pete — as detailed in my latest Human Meme podcast:

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The David Boles Blogs Single Malt Scotch Whisky Review!

I’ve never been much of a smoker or a drinker, but after a good friend gifted me with a $200 bottle of 18-year-old — The Macallan — scotch whisky, I began to rethink my posture in life when it came to becoming fine associates with some of the best single malt scotch whisky alive today. There’s a history and a culture in sharing a dram — you touch the ancient world with each swallow back in time and here’s my yeoman’s review of six single malt scotches — and please realize I have no established palate or trained knowing about anything whisky. Enjoy my amateur responses and then, ever-so-gently, correct me — and set me right in the comments stream below — if you so feel the need.

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A Letter from Joyce Kohl

If you were a reader of David Boles Blogs back in the day when we were more formally known as — GO INSIDE Magazine in the early 90’s — you will be as delighted as I was to hear from our venerable friend, and early ally, Joyce Kohl, who touched in this morning via the Boles Blogs Contact form to give us an update on her wonderful life.

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No Pension for You

It has always been a fascination when I read about pensions — especially forced pension payments from those who are made to pay as a requirement of their continued employment, with some paying over $800 a month into State “pension” coffers — and how those workers are demonized by the Far Right who believe public servants and private pensioners are somehow taking advantage of those who do not pay into a pension program. Pensions are not payoffs or welfare. Pensions are earned investment money entrusted to public or private equity.


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The Last of My Treasures from Pau

These are little treasures as opposed to the wonderful wooden artifacts and furniture I was gifted, they are personal gifts to me from Mr P’s mother that she squirreled away for me as a thank you for my help.

She knows of my love of glass, especially as she heard all about our adventures in Murano several times over!  In light of this, and Mr P’s love of wine, we were gifted a beautiful set of cut crystal wine glasses that have been in the family for many years.

They have followed her on her travels from France to Morocco to Portugal and then back to France again.  I am so glad that after all that traveling I managed to get them back to Portugal all in one piece. They are quite exquisite and have a gorgeous feel to them and an incredible tone when “pinged”

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Year of the Tongue: Winding 2013 Back in the Mouth

2013 is finally winding down and, I hope, away from our convenient memories forever.  When I think of unlucky 2013 — as I write this article on a blackened Friday, December 13, 2013 — I can’t get images of Miley Cyrus off my mind as I try to reflect on the year that was.

It felt like Miley ruled us all year long with that obnoxious coated tongue — you couldn’t turn around without getting licked! — and I think we’d all prefer to see her wind the white back into her mouth.

Our politics didn’t fare much better than Ms. Cyrus.  The obstructionist Republicans in congress were happily biased against our first Black President — and so we all had to watch the GOP try to bring down the man because of his skin color and not his deeds.

In many ways, Barack Obama is what a true Republican used to be — and watching radical liberals forced into supporting his policies because they loathe the Racist attacks on his character — is something the history books will reek of when cracked opened in a century.

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