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Random Friday Thoughts: 1/2/09

Written on January 2, 2009 at 8:21 am, by Eric Cressey

I’m back after the holiday hiatus from blogging.  Over the Christmas holiday, I actually slept in three states (MA, CT, and ME) in three days  and four different houses in five days in light of all sorts of gatherings in different places.  Needless to say, it was quite a bit of travel, but well worth it.  I’m back and feeling pretty refreshed as 2009 gets underway.  So, without further ado, it’s back to the madness.

1. Today’s music selection goes back quite a few years, but it’s a classic that’s gotten some play around the gym recently: Only by Anthrax.  Press play, if you want:

I’m really not an angry person, I swear.

2. I got an I-Pod for Christmas and finally caught up with the 12-year-olds of the world.  If I can actually figure out how to use it, I suppose that I’ll be considered an adult.

3. On Christmas Eve, my older brother commented on how I was getting “thin up top” – confirming a suspicion that I’m gradually losing my hair (my girlfriend thinks I’m nuts when I say it).  I mentioned it to Brian St. Pierre the other day, and he told me to bump up my flaxseed intake.  I guess it can’t hurt.  Hmm…

4. Speaking of Brian, he was the inaugural Cressey Performance Fantasy Football League Champion.  Thanks for keeping the hardware in the family, dude, and congratulations.


5.  I was asked the other day what I thought of online master’s programs, and here was my response:

“My first recommendation, above all, is that if you want to do graduate school, you should absolutely, positively do it IN-PERSON, if possible.  There are a lot of online master’s programs, but none of them hold a candle to the experience that is graduate school.  At UCONN, I had daily interactions varsity athletes, the best professors in the country, and experienced researchers in the human performance lab.  The coursework was valuable, but was secondary to the tremendous benefit I got from those opportunities.  You just can’t get that online.

“The online master’s route may be appropriate for someone who is already working in a position – such as collegiate or professional sports – where those experiences are already taking place.  If you opt to go the online master’s route, I’d also highly recommend you apply for an internship somewhere under someone who is doing what you’d like to do.”

6. Here’s an old article of mine that deserves a mention in light of all the New Year’s Resolutions that are going around:

Rotten Resolutions

The goals might be outdated, but the message isn’t.

7. My girlfriend and I asked for a food processor for Christmas, and my grandparents came through with a nice one.  Of course, I chose to christen it by gashing open my thumb as I took the blade out of the box.  Luckily for us, the Gourmet Nutrition Apple-Cinnamon Bars we made with the new toy (once I had clotted) turned out great.

8.  I coined a new term today: scromelette.  A scromelette is what results when you screw up while making an omelette, and after some cursing, wind up with scrambled eggs and vegetables.

9. Another great article (this one more recent) from Mike Robertson worth reading:

Facts and Fallacies of Corrective Exercise.

That’s all for today.  Have a great weekend!

4 Responses to “Random Friday Thoughts: 1/2/09”

  1. Dan Says:

    Haha, nearly every omelette I make turns out to be a scromelette.

  2. michelle Says:

    I think you’re a closet angry person

  3. Chet Says:

    Balding? I can tell you all about balding. Your fine Eric, at least for the time being. Being a “bald dude”, one of my pet peaves is guys (like my two brothers) who deny their baldness and walk around with two patches of hair on the side of their head. Also guys who are obviously thin on top, but don’t acknowledge it, and keep forking out $20 every other week for the same bad haircut. My advise, shave that dome. First step, go as short as possible. Get used to it. At this stage you need to analyze whether you have a good shape to your head. If you do, your in luck.
    Then you”ll transition easily to the next step. Lather up that dome, and pull out a razor. You”ll have an amazing feeling of independence and not caring what anyone thinks of your dome. People also so you a new respect, “Don’t mess with the bald guy, he might be crazy”. One of the first things you”ll notice is how cold your head gets, but don’t dispair. Just pick-up a good looking “CP” stocking cap. You”ll look cool while promoting the best gym in the country.

  4. Regina Hurley Says:


    congrats on getting the IPOD. I got mine in 2006…once you get how to use it its fantastic. For me who is technically challenged. still don’t have the DVR thing..and still tape shows old school with a timer and VCR 🙂 apple has a great site with FAQs, I loaded all the CDs I have and got rid of those big speakers and all the stereo equipment which saves space.

    now about the scromellette. I got some tricks

    even though the pan might stay non stick, spray it either with Pam or coat the pan with olive oil or any oil you consume…2nd, the trick is to get the right spatula… william sonoma’s flexible spatula they run between 8 and 9 dollars…here is the link


    is a huge asset in omelette making. I have small hands so I got the smaller one.

    3rd trick is patience, you can usually let it sit in the pan on medium heat for about a minute or two. check it depending on pan and how your stove works..

    only when you see that the edges are starting to get crinkly and wrinkly, that is when you are close to creating the omelette…I usually add the veggies at this point, than another 30 seconds, I check… once the egg starts to pull away from the edge of the pan, and the circumference gets smaller, its time…move the spatula around the edges to make sure nothing is running or sticking..I like my omelette really dry, so I tend to let it cook longer. than you work around one side with this spatula and guide the edge over.. viola omelette.

    As far as the balding goes, (your girlfriend is right on! you are nuts)… ..B vitamins and magnesium… I was shedding a lot of my own, this took care of it. also don’t over do the vitamin A, too much can create the same thing…

    Happy New Year EC and continued success to you.


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