My first year of CrossFit, and what comes next


One year ago today I stepped in to a CrossFit box for the first time. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a bit nervous. Everything I heard or had seen online about CrossFit made it seem like an extreme sport. What I found instead was a group of people very similar to myself […]

How to painlessly shop on craigslist


When I think of online shopping, I immediately think Amazon. If I think of an item I want to buy, I check amazon first. Having had Amazon Prime for the past 6 years or so, I’ve become quite accustomed to free two day shipping. Plus returns are about as painless as it comes. So of course […]

I’m coming for you, Fran


At the CrossFit box I go to, we have a goal board where everybody writes down a few things they want to accomplish. Some people write about a certain skill they want to master. Others write about an amount they want to lift. I currently have 3 items written on the board. I’ll talk about the others in […]

On to the next big adventure


In the summer of 2009, together with a couple friends we came up with the idea to start a side business offering WordPress consulting and development. We officially kicked things off on October 1st that year and by January of 2010 we had all quit our jobs to work full time at this tiny speck […]

Wedding rings and sports


I should start by saying, I haven’t worn a wedding ring in a long time. That started when I worked in a fish market where it can be dangerous to wear rings because they can get caught when moving heavy boxes and can lead to serious injury. I had heard stories of guys losing fingers […]

Plugin-A-Palooza entry: CC: Devs


This year for WordCamp Orange County, the organizers have put together an event called Plugin-A-Palooza. To enter you simply needed to come up with an idea for a plugin, write it and release it to the WordPress plugin repo by a certain date. When I first heard about it I thought to myself, “This is […]

First CrossFit comp. Didn’t die.


When I first signed up at my new CrossFit box, a few guys were talking about an upcoming competition that they were planning to go to called The Axel CrossFit Showdown. It sounded like fun, so I signed up. A few weeks later they started posting the workouts that we would be doing at the […]

I’m breaking up with beer

beer is being poured into the mouth from bottle

Last June when I started losing weight, I cut back on the amount of beer I drank, which in turn helped with the weight loss. No shock there, right? No, the shock for me and beer would come several months later. I don’t recall the exact event, but I’m sure it had something to do […]

My CrossFit Honeymoon

John working out.

Six months ago today I stepped in to a CrossFit box (that’s a gym in CrossFit parlance) for the first time. I hadn’t had much success with memberships at other gyms in the past, but my friend had been telling me about how much CrossFit had helped him get in shape, so I wanted to give it […]