Saturday, June 26

Today was my birthday, and I got a pretty nice present in the form of a decent sale, the oft-postponed one mentioned in yesterday’s entry.  The other agent called me at 9:30 and said we were on for ten, which occasioned a bit of scrambling on my part as it’s just about a half-hour drive away.  It was a somewhat more complicated transaction than usual because there were three parties involved. The policy itself is on a 17-year-old, his mother is the policy owner, and his father is the payor.  During the course of the hour-long appointment a question arose that required looking up information on XYZ Insurance’s site.  As neither me nor the other agent had brought computers, we hadn’t anticipated any need for such, another family member lent me her iPad.  To my surprise the much-maligned device was very easy to use.  Much easier than using my cell phone’s browser, which I what I would have had to use without the iPad.  It’s not as if I’m going to rush out to the Apple Store and buy one, but I don’t quite see why they’ve come in for so much criticism.  After leaving the house I talked briefly with the other agent about my recent sale that the underwriters had rejected.  Coincidentally it had been just a few blocks away from where we now were.  The other agent, who has been in the business for several years, confirmed my suspicion that the most likely reason for the rejection was the youthful applicant’s familiarity with non-legal refreshments. 

I may be a year older but I’m not any more decrepit, judging by my late afternoon gym session.  Bench press: 6 x 135, 4 x 185, 4 x 205, 11 x 3 x 225.  Now that I’ve gone beyond the 10 x 3 at 225, I might try it at 235, at least for some of the ten sets.  Neutral grip pull-ups: 2 x 5, 2 x 4, 2 x 3, 2 x 2, 2 x 1.  I had been planning on doing T-bar rows but a group of three or four people were hogging the appartus, so I decided to do pull-ups instead.  Hammer Strength shrugs: 4 x 10 x 320.  I finished the session with 20 minutes on the stationary cycle at 18.8 mph.

Published in: on June 28, 2010 at 3:06 am  Comments (2)  

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  1. I thought of you when I read the recent T-Nation interview with Dan John. He closed it with one piece of advice for over-40 lifters: scrap the bench press. Raised my eyebrows, that did. I took a quick look at my workout notebooks, though, and realized that I’d pretty much done exactly that. A wide variety of push-ups and dips seem to suffice for me, but I’m guessing you’ve got the bone structure to handle the heavy iron into midlife and beyond (a la Bill Pearl).

    Happy Birthday.

  2. Thanks.

    Sometimes I’ll do dips as a bench press substitute, but the lure of the bench press always seems to call me back. I actually find dips more intimidating than benches, dunno if the injury statistics bear this out.

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