Interesting, saw an ad for "Can you deadlift your bodyweight? Life insurance for weightlifters.".
Curious, suspect the life insurance companies have mortality/health statistics on this particular demographic. Googled and found many results from the life insurance companies on this.
Special Rate Life Insurance for Weightlifters - Health IQ. Lifting reduces your risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and arthritis while strengthening bones and improving sleep.
Yep, that's what I thought. Given Jack Lelaine's extreme fitness and longevitity, I knew that muscular strength was probably important to good health.
That's why I think "Holding back on the hardwork" with health problems isn't necessarily a good idea, at least not in the longterm. I think it's important not to "overdo it" in the shortterm, but neglecting it altogether is risky in the longterm.
And, I think building a pond and simultaneously creating a mountain is a good lifelong project to gain muscles and maintain them for life.
And, while grocery shopping today, I remember that insight I had, as to why this one particular organic cocoa powder tasted so delicious compared to its competitors - They didn't press out the cocoa butter and sell it separately so it contained more fat making it taste better. Anyway, while looking at cocoa powders at the store, I noticed that the ghiradelli cocoa powder (I always loved ghiradelli brownies) had 3x as much fat as the other cocoa powders. So, I'm suspecting that ghiradelli will taste a bit better; it should, it's about $1.50 more expensive.
Anyway, I'm going to try to pick up the rainbarrels tomorrow morning all the way in downtown Houston.
And, I just figured out the technique for getting UPS to delivery to PO Boxes. (Seems to be the bane of anyone online with PO boxes.)
It goes like...
Address of Post Office
Don't mention "PO", as long as there's a valid street address for the post office on the first line, it's no problemo and will process like any ordinary address. Of course, it might help that this is a "tiny town PO", so I can (probably) get away with this addressing style as they know me by name.
Update: (Next morning, apr 21,2017)Oh yeah, baby, the ghiradelli cocoa is tasting pretty good. Anyway, found a water tank supplier in Conroe which is a lot more convenient location to access (Not only is it closer, the traffic levels also doesn't mean I'm wasting half the day trying to get out of Houston, lol.). I just need one water tank to get these showers going,
As to keeping algae under control, I guess maybe I'll use chlorine. But, then I don't think it's a good idea to give to gardens (If it inhibits algae growth, it likely affects other chlorophyll based plantlife.). So, thinking I'll try the "block the light out" methods. I'm thinking tarp will likely work (The people used pond liner, but I'm getting tarp anyways; seems you can't really have too much of it in this area.).
So, need to get.
-IBC water tank
-several tarps (Got two piles to cover, might as well pick up another for the tank) from wallie world.
Anyway, the only notable thing today so far was sitting in bed after getting up and it felt like some kind of immense pain was brewing deep in my chest. It subsided pretty quickly after I stood up, not really sure what it was, but I have suspicions.
The greenhouse was feeling 3x lighter than I last remember it (When I picked it up from Walmart back in Spokane). Methinks I've definitely gained a bit of functional muscle. My muscles aren't really "showy" like you see with bodybuilders, but they are definitely strong.
UPDATE: Okay, it's now 1 p.m. and I just got back from picking up the IBC water tank. 275 gallons for $80. This will be intended for use with the garden and temporarily for use with showering (Until I get a shower barrel; a white barrel painted black, salted? I don't know if salt is suitable for algae prevention, but I'd prefer it over chlorine, that's for sure. Okay, just checked, salt does not prevent algae.) and I might pick up another one, I will have to see what my actual water needs are when I start gardening, and expand as need be. The IBC water tank pretty much filled the entire back of the van. (The IBC water tank is designed to fill up a standard truck bed and my van is built on a chevy truck platform.)
While driving there, I noticed a place about 8 miles east of Conroe that sold plastic barrels and metal barrels and all sorts of barrels for $20 each. Wow, didn't see this guy on craigslist! Methinks I'll have to help him advertise online. (His place is "Call-Mark Appliances".)
Anyway, doing it again, I would definitely avoid the Conroe and especially Lake Conroe area after 11 a.m., so definitely an "as early in the morning as possible" kind of thing. Left at 10:20 a.m., came back at 1 p.m., so about half as much time as going to downtown Houston.
Anyway, my kayak isn't really well camaflouged in my backyard; the bright blue kind of shows through 100 foot of leafy brush. So, yes, will need to improve the hiding of my things soon enough. It seems that hiding is my only realistic security plan while I'm away; being gone in the middle of a weekday is also a relatively good time (People are working, it's not 3-4 p.m., so the ATVs aren't going by yet.)http://www.foodrenegade.com/chlorinated ... gut-flora/
This website shows that chlorinated water enters into the body affecting the biota. So, I guess I might be looking at another way to control algae. Looks like a UV filter would work, so I guess I /could/ possibly create a solar powered self-contained pump+UV filter mechanism on the "shower barrel" to keep the water clean of algae and bacteria. Might want to use the same technology on the drinking water barrel. Heck, I could source the shower and drinking water from the same barrel with this method, keeping the components cost down.
Well, except I'd want to keep the "cooler" water barrels (For drinking and cooking) separated from the "hot water" shower barrel.
So, yes, I thought about my occasional preference for fruit with a liquid feel to it (Like, grapes, apples, pineapples,watermelon,etc.; not bananas) and I just realized that ants seem to have the same love for those same fruits. Because, ants won't attack bananas, but they will attack the hell out of a watermelon, lol. Yep, so methinks that those fruits are possibly special. Just don't know exactly how; seems that bananas have all the same important nutrients as other fruits.
Anyway, I was wondering about soda's bacterial properties yesterday. It seems like it's pretty acidic (Maybe it's just the carbonation), so I wonder despite the abundance of free sugars, it might not be as prone to growing bacteria like I suspect? I don't really know. Guess there's one way to find out; pour coke into an agar petri dish with existing staph aureus and strep mutans colonies and see what happens to colony sizes. I'm missing a bit of important equipment, like a capable microscope, lol. Staph aureus is quite small. (.5 um)
Anyway, my neighbor is starting to shoot his 22 in the forest in front of my property, and he seems to be shooting as if he's arcing around my property. I don't know if he's just hunting on ground he never really hunted from before just because he feels like it, or because he's encroaching in the area near my property for some reason (As in, to give a warning; my generator is working at 60% load, which is a little louder than its previously normal 40% load.). He definitely seems to be shooting a bit more frequently, about once every 1-2 minutes. He usually shoots one or two different times a night, often multiple shots in quick succession, as if he was shooting an animal.