What is #BenchPress?

In July of 2010 my wife and I decided to make a lifestyle change. We started working out, eating healthier, and taking care of our bodies. Since my lifestyle change I’ve been a regularly gym goer. One problem I have always struggled with is trying to stay (semi) healthy when traveling and attending events.

Fast forward to the WordCamp London afterparty, and I was having a conversation with Mendel Kurland about this struggle. Mendel, who travels to way more events that I do, was also struggling with this exact issue. When attending an event in a different city, it’s so easy to eat garbage food, drink garbage drinks, and just treat your body like garbage, if only for a few days.

After a few more drinks (I get the irony), #BenchPress was born! So, what is #BenchPress exactly? #BenchPress is an informal group of WordPress community members who want to help each other live a healthier lifestyle.

The rules of #BenchPress are simple:

  • If #BenchPress members are at the same event, they must participate in at least ONE workout together. This could be a walk around the city, a hike up a mountain, a morning jog, a Crossfit class, or anything that gets your heart rate going!
  • You must help motivate other #BenchPress members to workout. This is true whether you are at an event are not.
  • Tag all workouts with #BenchPress

Pretty easy right? We want to create a group of individuals to help keep each other motivated and work together to stay healthier when on the road. #BenchPress doesn’t mean you can’t indulge in some good local eats and drinks, but imagine how much more accomplished you would feel if you knew you ran/walked a 5K before you ate some of that local delicious BBQ? I know I would!

If you are interested in joining, please check out the #BenchPress Facebook Group. If there is enough interest I’ll launch a website to help track our progress. Are you ready to take the #BenchPress challenge?

ToeJam and Earl are Back!

One of my favorite video games growing up as a kid was ToeJam and Earl for the Sega Genesis. I spent hundreds of hours exploring the various randomized levels, opening up presents, running from nerd herds, and throwing tomatoes at earthlings.

toejam-and-earlI’m really excited to see that ToeJam and Earl are coming back with a new Kickstarter campaign created by the team behind the original game. The goal of the crowd-funding campaign is to raise $400,000 to fund a new ToeJam and Earl game in the same style as the original.

The funding rewards are actually really good. I decided to go with the Bling Master reward level, which includes ToeJam and Earl vinyl figures as well as the Rapmaster Rocket figure. These collectible figurines are going to look awesome on my desk!

If you enjoyed this game as a kid, be sure to help fund the Kickstarter campaign. I can’t wait to check out the new ToeJam and Earl game! Jammin!

Goodbye Camaro

This past weekend I sold my Chevrolet Camaro. It was a sad day, having owned the car for 15 years. I bought my Camaro brand new back in 2000 when I was in the Marine Corps. The car was a stick shift, which I had no idea how to drive, so my friend had to drive the car off the car lot for me. I spent 15 minutes in the Sam’s Club parking lot learning how to drive and off I went. I’ll never forget the joy of driving that beautiful car on base for the first time.

2000 Chevrolet Camaro

2000 Chevrolet Camaro

When you own a car for a long time, 15 years in this case, it becomes a part of your family. My Camaro was with me through a lot of ups and downs in my life. Over the years we shared some great road trips driving across the United States. I even drove from North Carolina to Indiana and back with two very large dogs in the back seats.

I sold the car to my cousin, so I’m really happy the Camaro is staying in the family. It’s still a great car and has many years left on the road. I have a feeling this won’t be the last Camaro I own. :)

My Blogging Challenge for 2015

It’s a new year which means it’s time to set new goals for myself. This year one of my goals is to blog more. I published 4 posts in 2014, which I think we can all agree is pretty terrible. It’s time to dust off this site and start blogging more in 2015. I want to challenge myself to write more in the new year and the best way to do that is to make my challenge public. This year I’m challenging myself to publish 100 blog posts on my personal blog.

I’ve always enjoyed writing about my life, technology, WordPress (obviously), and many other topics, yet I never seem to dedicate the time to do so. My plan for success is to set aside specific time each week for writing. I’m hopeful that having a a set time for writing will help me stick with my challenge.

I’m really excited for my blogging challenge and already have a lot of fun ideas for new blog posts. Stay tuned to this blog for more awesomeness in 2015!

Gobble Gobble

Gobble Gobble!

Is This Thing On?

I’ve been pretty bad at blogging lately, but I’m really working to change that. Stay tuned!

Grub Soda

One of my favorite drinks lately has been what I call: Grub Soda. It’s a delicious, refreshing, and low-calorie drink for any occasion. If you’d like to try it follow the instructions below.

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Ingredients:

  • Club Soda
  • Grape Vodka

To make, simply mix 1/3 parts Grape Vodka with 2/3 parts Club Soda. I prefer Three Olives vodka, but really any grape flavored vodka will do. Mix with a spoon and enjoy!

May

May was a very busy month for me. Stay tuned!

WordCamps I’ve Attended

Recently we decided to create a new page on WebDevStudios.com highlighting all of the ways WDS team members contribute back to the WordPress Community. One of the items we highlighted is WordCamp presentations.

I sat down and listed out every WordCamp I have attended since my first one in 2009. I also noted which events I presented at and co-organized.

2009

WordCamp Mid-Atlantic – presented
WordCamp Montreal – presented
WordCamp Chicago
WordCamp NYC – presented

2010

WordCamp Boston – presented
WordCamp Chicago – presented
WordCamp Raleigh – presented
WordCamp San Francisco
WordCamp Mid-Atlantic – presented
WordCamp Philly – presented / co-organized

2011

WordCamp Phoenix – presented
WordCamp Boston
WordCamp Raleigh – presented
WordCamp San Francisco – presented
WordCamp Philly – presented / co-organized
WordCamp Las Vegas – presented

2012

WordCamp San Diego – presented
WordCamp Baltimore – presented
WordCamp NYC – presented
WordCamp Philly – presented / co-organized

Misc Events

BlogWorld Expo Las Vegas 2010
BlogWorld Expo NYC 2011
South by Southwest 2011
Pressnomics 2012
WordPress Community Summit 2012

I’ve always enjoyed attending WordCamps and tech events. If you’ve never attended a WordCamp I highly recommend it. The amount of knowledge gained in 1-day of WordCamp is unmatched.

My plan is to create a custom section on my site to help track events I’ve attended, presentation slides, and videos if available.

September

Was busy.