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The threads on the steering wheel shaft and nut were in rough shape since the first time I took it apart after buying the truck. It got worse and worse as I worked on things in the steering column, especially since I’d been taking it apart so many times trying to get the horn button assembled properly (turns out one of the parts I have is from a different year). The other day it finally got royally fucked. In order to drive it over to Earl’s place for a fix, I used this spring clamp and was firmly pushing down on the wheel with both hands to prevent it from coming off. It was the most stressful 3 mile drive of my life. Luckily it’s a pretty straight shot from my house without much traffic.

Don’t try this at home!

Rehabbed Back

As I posted back in February, I’ve been following some Active Life programs since December to rehab my back. I finally finished up the programs on Sunday after dragging them out over the last 2 months. During these 6+ months I went through 40 Single Leg Bias, 40 Hips, and 80 Back Max workouts, usually with a Bax Max workout plus one of the others on the same day since each takes about 10-20 minutes.

The programming had a good mix of movements and rotated through them with clear progressions for reps and loading. This really kept it fresh and pushed me compared to other programs that have you doing the same thing every week. I’m really happy with the results. My last bad back tweak was in August and I had a minor tweak in January.

Another reason I know the programs worked is because of changes on the golf course that are a bit hard to explain. Over the last couple of years I’d feel things in my back while out golfing. Almost like minor tweaks from the twisting and bending over. These never affected my swing or caused any issues after the rounds, but I’d feel them here and there. I’ve had none of that this year.

I’ve learned to listen to my body much better and not to push my back on consecutive days. These workouts proved to me that most CrossFit programming doesn’t focus enough on single sided work, which ends up causing imbalances in our bodies. Then we try to compensate, making things worse.

Going forward I plan to substitute some of the movements into my regular workouts so my body doesn’t fall back into the condition I was in. I’d been doing most of the rehab work at home in my garage and only going to the gym twice a week, so I’m looking forward to getting back to the gym 4-5 days a week.

Since my membership to Active Life runs through November I’ll try out some of the shoulder programs to see if I can’t get rid of this impingement that’s been bothering me since the Open. I highly recommend checking out Active Life if you have anything you’d like to rehab on your own.

Link Dump – 2018/06/19

Middle Seat Belt

I questioned if I should get a seat belt for the middle of my 1968 Chevrolet C10 truck. I decided to go ahead and get it since it was only $30.

I may tuck it completely behind the seat so it’ll be out-of-the-way. It’ll only take a minute to feed it up through the seat if I ever need it.

Done With DIRECTV NOW

Well, DIRECTV NOW didn’t last very long. I wasn’t impressed with the service or the interface (Playstation Vue was 100x better), but it was useable. Last month they released a new app, finally with Cloud DVR support. The app removed ABC, CBS, and NBC from the channel lineup though. See ya!

I’m going to give YouTube TV a try. They don’t have the Discovery channel but I’ll have the Golf Channel again, so that’s a win. I’ll post an update in a month or two.

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New Radio Antenna

This old radio antenna had to go. It had some rust at the bottom and I didn’t like the look of it. The antenna couldn’t go any shorter than shown here, but it seemed to work fine in this position.

The next picture is when the antenna was fully extended. Did people actually drive around like this? It would easily hit my garage door.

This new antenna is much shorter and I think it really cleans up the look.

I’m Giving “Fear the Walking Dead” Another Go

When Fear the Walking Dead came out I watched every week, hoping it would pull me in. After the first episode of season 2 I’d had enough and gave up on it, which is hard for me to do with any TV show once I’ve gotten through a season.

With the end of The Walking Dead season 8 I knew I had to go back and give FTWD another shot. It didn’t take long and I was hooked. I’ve been working through seasons 2 and 3 for the last few weeks and have two episodes left until I can start on the current season. I guess I gave up on the show too soon.

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Season 2