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Comprehensive Soldier Fitness program
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Image by The U.S. Army
One of the five posters available to help promote understanding about the Army’s Comprehensive Soldier Fitness program. The poster can be downloaded from the program’s Web site: www.Army.mil/csf.

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A new course: resilience school to open on Fort Jackson

Camp Taji obstacle course
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As the sun rises, Soldiers weave through an obstacle course on Camp Taji, Iraq, March 23, 2010. The soldiers, assigned to the 1st Cavalry Division’s, Company F, 3rd Battalion, 227th Aviation Regiment, 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, worked together to complete the challenges during eight events. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Travis Zielinski

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Sweet Home Hua Hin
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Image by Shaojin+AT
Picture: Scenery around Wat Huay Mongkol
Location: Hua Hin, Thailand

Hua Hin (Thai: หัวหิน, IPA: [hǔa hǐn]) is a famous beach resort town in Thailand, in the northern part of the Malay Peninsula, some 200 km south of Bangkok. It has a population of 84,883 in an area of 911 km², and is one of eight districts (Amphoe) of the Prachuap Khiri Khan province.
Hua Hin is closely associated with the Thai royalty. Merely 25 kilometers apart, Hua Hin in Prachuap Khiri Khan province enjoys a wealth of satellite attractions; prominent among them are national parks and historical cities.

In 1834, before the name Hua Hin was coined, some agricultural areas of Phetchaburi Province were hit by severe drought. A group of farmers moved southward until they found a small village that had bright white sands and a row of rocks along the beach. They settled here and gave it the name Samore Riang (Thai สมอเรียง), which mean rows of rock.
In 1921 the director of the state railway, Prince Purachatra, built the Railway Hotel close to the beach. King Prajadhipok (Rama VII) liked the place so much that he built a summer palace there. The palace was named Wang Klai Kang Won (‘Far from Worries’). It is now the full-time residence of His Majesty the King of Thailand. His Royal Highness Prince Krom Phra Naresworarit was the first member of the royal family to build a group of palaces at Ban Laem Hin, called Sukaves, and he give the name Hua Hin to the beach next to his palace.
In 1932 Hua Hin was part of Pran Buri district. In 1949 Hua Hin was promoted to be a district of Prachuap Khiri Khan province. After the building of southern railway, Hua Hin became the first and most popular beach resort of Thailand.
[edit]Hua Hin Town

Hua Hin Town (เทศบาลเมืองหัวหิน) is on the coast of Hua Hin District. With an area around 86.36 km², the town has 50,169 inhabitants. It is a popular beach resort getaway for Bangkok residents. The Railway Hotel, now more generally known as The Sofitel Hotel, is a famous old building which was used as The Hotel Pnom Phen in the film "The Killing Fields".

Hua Hin has a tropical climate with high humidity and occasional rain. It is typically pleasant. Generally, the cool season is from November to February. The hottest months are March thru May. The rainy season begins in June and ends in October, however, since the weather is tropical, the rain outbursts are short, sporadic and heavy.

The district to the north is Cha Am. The district to the south is Amphoe Pran Buri.

Hua Hin district is located in Prachuap Khiri Khan Province and consists of 2 sub-districts; Hua Hin and Nong Khae. At the top of Hua Hin administration is Lord Mayor of Hua Hin Jira Pongpaibul. He is supported by three Vice Mayors Khun Artikhun Bootying, Khun Suwit Liennloongrueng and Dr. Roongroch Srilueng-Swasdi. President of Hua Hin Assembly is Khun Pathom Pudam and Vice President of Hua Hin Assembly is Khun Prapa Nortes.

Hua Hin Beach (ชายหาดหัวหิน) Hua Hin Beach extends some five kilometers southwards from a rocky headland until Kao Takiap, a southern headland where a Buddhist temple clings to the cliffs.
Hua Hin Railway Station (สถานีรถไฟหัวหิน) This is Thailand’s most beautiful train station. The wooden building used to be a royal pavilion in Sanamchan Palace, Nakhon Pathom province. It was rebuilt at Hua Hin in 1968.
Nightly Street Market (ตลาดโต้รุ่งหัวหิน) a popular shopping market allowing people the opportunity for shopping, native-style seafood cooked on the spot and to witness local people’s lifestyle.
Takiap Hill (เขาตะเกียบ) This hill, 4 kilometers from Hua Hin town, supports Buddhist temples and offers a commanding view of the resort, particularly early in the morning.
Hin Lek Fai Hill (เขาหินเหล็กไฟ) Situated 3 kilometers west of Hua Hin district, Khao Hin Lek Fai or Flint Mountain is 162 meters high. On the mountaintop, there is a public park and scenic spots from where the scenery of Hua Hin and its surrounding area is visible.
Tao Hill (เขาเต่า) 13 kilometers south of Hua Hin, there is a 1- kilometer branch road on the left which leads to the spot with two beaches called Hat Sai Noi and Hat Sai Yai. Khao Tao is a trditional fishing village that also boasts spectacular temples.
Pa La-u Waterfall (น้ำตกป่าละอู) This 11-tier scenic waterfall, some 60 kilometres west of Hua Hin, is located within a yearlong verdant forest where various kinds of birds and butterflies are found, especially in the morning.

The statue of Luang Pu Thuat at Wat Huay Mongkol
Spirit Houses of Brassiere Beach were, according to legend, built to appease the spirit of a fisherman’s daughter who was once torn to pieces and her breasts fell into the sea. She was killed because she was desired by too many men. Until this day, the locals still hang brassieres to the spirit houses, but now they just pray for good luck.
Wat Huay Mongkol was home to the immensely popular monk Luang Pu Thuat was famed for his ‘miracles’. Commissioned by the Queen of Thailand, Wat Huay Mongkol houses the largest statue of Luang Phor Thuat in Thailand in a park-like setting. 10. Suan Son Pradiphat Beach, 8 km south of Hua Hin, is a peaceful location which is owned by the Army Welfare Office.
Hua Hin Hills Vineyard is the only vineyard in the area is located 45 minutes from downtown. It offers spectacular views, a restaurant and wine tasting of the local Monsoon Valley Wines.

Kiteboarders at Hua Hin beach
Popular activities in Hua Hin include:fishing, eco-cruising, kite-boarding, fitness, martial arts, elephant camping, Thai massage, spa, cooking courses, trekking, walking, cycling, diving, snorkeling, creative arts, water sports, pony-riding and golf.
Golf in particular is becoming especially popular, with Hua Hin increasingly being recognized as one of Thailand’s premier golfing destinations. The town hosted its first Asian tour event in 2009 at the new Black Mountain course, while other first class courses in easy reach include Royal Hua Hin, Banyan, Palm Hills, Majestic Creek, Lake View and Springfield. There are several driving ranges.
Some foreign tourists go to Hua Hin and learn something like Thai cooking or Thai boxing.
Hua Hin has close to perfect kiteboarding conditions. There are shallow warm water, consistent wind 12-20 knots, almost flat water and many kiteschools and shops.
Hua Hin is a popular place for shopping including contemporary art handicrafts, hand-woven printed cotton, silk fabric silk weaving, embroidery, basket making, pottery, wood carving, gemstones and jewelry (including sapphires and rubies). There is also a large shopping mall called Market Village
[edit]Local Products
Hua Hin’s most famous local product is Khommaphat printed cotton which can be made into shirts, handkerchiefs, wraps, even elephants or fish, as well as decorative pieces such as pillows, bags and fans. Other local products include hand-woven cotton and a traditional Hua Hin-style duster.
Most foreign-oriented nightlife is centred on Soi Bintabaht and Soi Selakam, where many typical beer bars are found. There are also the usual discothèques, karaoke bars, live music venues, hotel bars and even a lady-boy cabaret, the Blue Angel. The pace of nightlife is much slower than in the larger western-oriented towns of Pattaya and Patong, while the proximity to the Royal Palace means that there are no go-go bars.

Source from: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hua_Hin

Nice Gym Membership Prices photos

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McHugh Bluff Stairs for Fitness
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Do tax-incentives for fitness work? MLA claims they will.
May 14, 2008

Tory Calgary, AB MLA Dave Rodney is the first to propose legislation through the vehicle of a bill (2008-05-11) offering a maximum of 00 tax relief to those who purchase a limited number of eligible fitness-related services. Would a tax credit only push a few people to step away from their screens and go outdoors, the can-but-will-not?

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Purchasing a club, team or gym membership does not make the buyer physically fit. The same degree of fitness can be achieved on Calgary’s biking, walking and hiking paths and trails. People get fit by choosing to use stairs indoors or outdoors like those at McHugh Bluff. Others keep in shape through paid or unpaid work related activities. How do we monetize their contributions towards relieving Alberta’s ailing medical system? Do we have statistics on the demographics of health-care users specifically as related to income and fitness? Do we have evidence-based research that lack of physical fitness on the part of individual’s is a key component in weakening Alberta’s medical system? Who is driving this bill? Are community members concerned with individual well-being who are not linked to the sports industry (organizations and businesses who monetize fitness) actively engaged in promoting this bill? How will this bill facilitate fitness improvement as part of quality of life issues for city’s most vulnerable populations? Is there any evidence-based research that the the most vulnerable groups, the biggest consumers of public medical system resources, would benefit in any way from a tax-incentive? What percentage of the municipal population who have access to a disposable income required to access pay-per-use fitness activities would find themselves in the tax bracket where this would benefit them? What is the real saving? What are the real costs of this proposed tax-incentive, spread across the broad spectrum of the municipal community, to encourage those few people who have the buying power but not the will, to puchase fitness-related services? Once they have purchased them is their any monitoring device that they would use them? Is there evidence-based research to ensure that those best served by tax deductible fitness-related purchases (those who have disposable income) really require a tax-incentive? If the largest demographic group using health services is a specific income or age group, why not examine ways of reaching that group first by improving universal access to fitness-related courses or memberships by financially assisting those who would-but-cannot because of a price hurdle, then focus on the vague possibility that a tax-incentive might get some people away from their screens and outdoors, the can-but-will-not?

maps of lost places
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Image by rachelyra

What is R?

(Maps of lost places, closed chapters, the past, destroyed places, forgotten ideas, dreams discarded and otherwise rendered obsolete.)

For most people, this is a basic variable in their life’s equations. A simple monthly payment made to a property owner, landlord, or managing company every month. The fixed monthly cost for a place to live is most people’s single biggest expense, and the privately held container of the home is a keystone in the way our society envisions and apportions the use of space.

Shifting economies (which, let’s recall, are an architecture of the imagination) leave populations marooned, adrift in pockets of the economic past while select groups, defended, advance into the wreckage of other people’s lives and deem it virgin territory.

The joyful lushness of living is squeezed through concrete viaducts into the form of gaunt skin stretched tight over bones, and regardless of right, or fault, the city chases implacably and becomes a place filled with gauntness, its lush life contained by gates, counters, and glass walls.

There is hope in destruction, wrought as inevitably by time as by forces resisting imbalance. All desires, apportionment, and regrets are composted in the churn of the city as new life wells ever upward from the cracks.

The paintings in this collection are priced using a variable based on your cost of living. R=rent.*

Rachel Lyra Hospodar

* Here, "rent" is equal to the amount of any recurring monthly payments you make towards living, work, and recreational spaces. This may include any parking space rental, boat slip rental, storage space, gym membership, coworking or studio rental, and any other monthly space-use payments. If you pay rent in part or full through work-trade, R is to be negotiated. If you share a bedroom, use a multiplication factor of 1.6 for your housing rental number. If you are intentionally homeless, location-less, a digital worker of the 21st century, R is to be negotiated. If you pay a mortgage, R is to be negotiated. If you are a master tenant or leaseholder and accept rent monies from others to offset your rental cost, R is to be negotiated. If you provide for dependents, their costs are to be included in your own but R can be negotiated. If you are a clown, a health worker, a musician, a poet, a dreamer and elbow-greaser, if you have chutzpah or ovejas or reasons, R can be negotiated. R can always be negotiated.

And another one bites the dust
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Image by Ramones Karaoke
2 years and 5 months into the exercise kick, and I’m onto my fourth Steelbow.

As I keep saying, in some feeble justification, "it’s cheaper than a gym membership", but seriously, it’s a piece of exercise equipment, I’m 52 years old, in an office job, never any good at sports, one of life’s fat people, and the thing is made of f*cking steel. It even has f*cking steel in the f*cking name. TinBow, PlasticBow, SiliconeRubberBow, FeatherBow, SheepskinRugBow – these products’ names evoke softness, delicacy, a lack of structural integrity, an inherent breakiness. SteelBow – that’s a big, man’s name, full of testosterone and machismo. And I*R*O*N, the most stable atomic nucleus of all. Iron nuclei do not break. Ever. Forged in the hearts of exploding stars, able to survive the most ferocious explosions an angry universe can throw at it. SteelBow – it should not f*cking break.

One last time – it should not f*cking break.


And here I am, old and tired and useless and I’ve still ripped 3 of the damn things in half. WTF?! Let’s not distribute them to the national Decathlon squad, or the Iron Man Triathlon Summer Party. Or even the Pensioner’s Boxing Club. There will be laughing, weeping, a national outcry – "Look, these SteelBows are simultaneously awesome and yet useless – their built-in obsolescence is truly a thing to behold". A class action lawsuit would follow.

Fortunately I could tell it was close to expiration and ordered a new one from the US a couple of weeks back, and it arrived with 3 days to spare.

Maybe I need to get over it and consider the purchase price to be a subscription. It’s 9 months per SteelBow, £60 per unit, about £7 a month. Cheaper than a gym membership.

But – let me repeat – it should not f*cking break.