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If you don’t know Alex, I suggest you read up on him. Because yeah, sure, any parrot can mimic, but Alex was one of the first to prove on many occasions that he understood the meaning behind the words he said.

With that in mind, just think about what he said for a sec. Alex had to understand on some level that death means leaving. That’s fucking mindblowing.

Alex also was shown to have the intelligence of a young child, anywhere from 3 to 5 years old. He could do basic addition and subtraction, and independently taught himself the concept of zero (something that most CIVILIZATIONS couldn’t do!) He had a vocabulary of thousands of words, some of which he made up himself, and had deep interpersonal bonds with many scientists and trainers, as well as other parrots. 

Alex the parrot is basically the coolest bird ever.

Progress…

It has been a few months and having hit a nice “round” milestone I thought it was time to check in. To date I have lost a smidge over 30 pounds! I literally feel like I’m rolling back the clock to previous times in my life as I’ve never really consistently lost and kept weight off. To have done so now for several months is encouraging and exciting.

I am now at about 25% of my goal and under 100 pounds to my goal weight. I believe the most exciting thing of all is the loss of over 4 inches at my waist. This is, of course, challenging for clothes but my wife can attest to my pack-rattiness so I do have some clothes from when I was smaller. Belly fat (as it is usually called) is a particularly dangerous type and place to have fat. It interferes with organ function and is a key risk indicator for several major and fatal conditions. To have lost so much of it already is exciting and a bit of a burden (and weight) lifted.

There is still a long way to go on this journey and transformation but today is a good day. I continue to simply watch how many calories I eat and when I eat them and to exercise frequently via Taekwondo (5-6 hours a week over 4-5 classes). As my calorie limit decreases it necessitates healthier foods to keep feeling full so the makeup of my diet is changing as well. It isn’t perfect and I’ve faltered many times but hard work and dedication will prevail in the end.

A new journey…

It started with a simple interest; an outdoor hobby. “I can do this and get into shape!”, I thought. It’s been two years and that didn’t work out. The hobby is strong and branched to other related facets. I throw boomerangs and now I’ve been making them. That’s great — but it didn’t meet my goal.

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This is the fifth week now that I’ve came in late twice a week and sat on my couch wreaking of sweat. After a brief moment and, if I’m lucky, some good night wishes to the family it is off to the shower. Cleansing myself of perspiration is bitter sweet. I didn’t get this way by accident and I don’t want to so cavalierly whisk that work down the drain. On the other hand, I smell like a gym so in I go.

Along my journey over these several years I have had some key motivators:

* Being denied for whole life insurance

* Being recommended for Gastric Bypass

* My mom’s 2 heart attacks

* My grandma’s heart attack and subsequent… afflictions as a result

* My wife having to think and prepare for when I’m not going to be around after I’m 40

* A wonderful new community of active and passionate new friends (I’m talking about you, fellow boomers)

* A rally of support from new friends, old friends and my family

Some of these motivators speak to situations about myself that I can control and, indeed, have been controlling my whole life. I’ve just been choosing food and slothfulness over hard work and dedication. I’ve chosen food and slothfulness over years with my 2 kids and my lovely wife. I’ve chosen food and slothfulness over all those that love me and have ever invested in me in any way. With each passing year I ate my way higher up the scale. Actually, I ate my way right off my bathroom scale to a staggering 319 pounds. It is very much a poor way to show how much you value those that value you.

I say these things in a hope that someone out there can relate; that someone out there needs a push, a nudge, a pull or a shared experience. I say them so that they are real for me and that I am openly honest with and about myself.

If you’ve made it this far: thank you. It’s the good stuff. It’s the progress. It’s the hard work and dedication. It’s the results. I’m coming home twice a week after working all day to a family usually in bed for a reason. It isn’t because I don’t love them; it is because I do love them very much.

An old flame was rekindled 7 weeks ago during a Taekwondo demonstration at my local library by Grand Master Chung and his students. It was small and simple and I couldn’t have been more enraptured. After some deliberation I decided to go back to martial arts and to do it by studying Taekwondo with Grand Master Chung. I’m 5 weeks and 7 pounds in. A friend of mine (Ben) is in no small way to thank for this also. We began a journey of health at work together (walking, tracking and encouraging) on January 3rd. Ever the opportunist, he seized on my passion for martial arts and my new desire to push myself forward. I’ve lost 12 pounds since we started in January. I continue to receive encouragement from my wife, Misty, as she has always provided me. She’s stood beside me and one day I hope that she can stand beside me with some greater comfort that I’ll be here longer then my 40’s. It is never a guarantee but it sure is a goal.

I have NEVER in my life felt more dedication to getting this done and putting in the hard work needed than I am right now. My road has just begun. I feel like I’m still in the honeymoon phase and I know the day will come when my enthusiasm will wane. When it does I will need you. I will need the strength, encouragement and love of you; you who continues to read my story and to care for me. Thank you for that.

Despite all the stories and encouragement of others throughout the years what I was doing never really mattered and I never fully appreciated who I was doing it to. I don’t expect this story to inspire and ignite the passion required to commit yourself to health but I do hope that it breaks down one more barrier for someone who desires it deep inside. Find your passion, find yourself and you’ll find happiness.

It’s official: training season is open. I spent about an hour today practicing Aussie Round and Trick Catch with these boomerangs. The largest one (rainbow colored) is an “Island Omega” (design by Chet Snouffer), the one with the Universal paint job (made by Gary Broadbent, designer is unknown to me at the moment) is a “Binghi”, and the two flanking the rest are some phenolic insiders carved by Greg Snouffer, given to me by Patrick Howser at my first competition last year.
The blue phenolics are for Trick Catch and the Island Omega and Binghi are for Aussie Round. That is a standard 12” ruler in the middle for scale. The largest there by wingspan is the Island Omega at about 14”
Today felt more like I was practicing to practice and getting into the groove after really throwing nothing but Roomerangs for the past month or so. The next few days will provide mildly favorable weather for practicing so I plan on taking advantage of that.
I’ve got several competitions “booked” for this year. It’s going to be a good year for traveling. I think I’m going to miss the World Boomerang Championship in Itu, Brazil (just outside of Sao Paulo)
Let the games begin!!
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It’s official: training season is open. I spent about an hour today practicing Aussie Round and Trick Catch with these boomerangs. The largest one (rainbow colored) is an “Island Omega” (design by Chet Snouffer), the one with the Universal paint job (made by Gary Broadbent, designer is unknown to me at the moment) is a “Binghi”, and the two flanking the rest are some phenolic insiders carved by Greg Snouffer, given to me by Patrick Howser at my first competition last year.

The blue phenolics are for Trick Catch and the Island Omega and Binghi are for Aussie Round. That is a standard 12” ruler in the middle for scale. The largest there by wingspan is the Island Omega at about 14”

Today felt more like I was practicing to practice and getting into the groove after really throwing nothing but Roomerangs for the past month or so. The next few days will provide mildly favorable weather for practicing so I plan on taking advantage of that.

I’ve got several competitions “booked” for this year. It’s going to be a good year for traveling. I think I’m going to miss the World Boomerang Championship in Itu, Brazil (just outside of Sao Paulo)

Let the games begin!!

A New (Old) Boomerang
Well, this Thanksgiving felt more like Christmas!
I was given an old boomerang today. I don’t know much about it so if any of you do please feel free to comment and let me know!
It’s a bit of 17” wingtip to tip and about 8” from elbow to wing  edges. It does return and is made from a brittle material. It does have  some flex to it if you try.
The stamp reads:
Jack ThomasMK1Authentic BoomerangModele DeposeMade in France
The top side features a red and yellow Boomerangman sticker and  adhesive residue for what was probably two stripes (one toward the end  of each wing). The bottom has a large, circular adhesive residue spot,  also.
I’ve got not back story on it unfortunately.
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A New (Old) Boomerang
Well, this Thanksgiving felt more like Christmas!
I was given an old boomerang today. I don’t know much about it so if any of you do please feel free to comment and let me know!
It’s a bit of 17” wingtip to tip and about 8” from elbow to wing  edges. It does return and is made from a brittle material. It does have  some flex to it if you try.
The stamp reads:
Jack ThomasMK1Authentic BoomerangModele DeposeMade in France
The top side features a red and yellow Boomerangman sticker and  adhesive residue for what was probably two stripes (one toward the end  of each wing). The bottom has a large, circular adhesive residue spot,  also.
I’ve got not back story on it unfortunately.
Zoom Info
A New (Old) Boomerang
Well, this Thanksgiving felt more like Christmas!
I was given an old boomerang today. I don’t know much about it so if any of you do please feel free to comment and let me know!
It’s a bit of 17” wingtip to tip and about 8” from elbow to wing  edges. It does return and is made from a brittle material. It does have  some flex to it if you try.
The stamp reads:
Jack ThomasMK1Authentic BoomerangModele DeposeMade in France
The top side features a red and yellow Boomerangman sticker and  adhesive residue for what was probably two stripes (one toward the end  of each wing). The bottom has a large, circular adhesive residue spot,  also.
I’ve got not back story on it unfortunately.
Zoom Info
A New (Old) Boomerang
Well, this Thanksgiving felt more like Christmas!
I was given an old boomerang today. I don’t know much about it so if any of you do please feel free to comment and let me know!
It’s a bit of 17” wingtip to tip and about 8” from elbow to wing  edges. It does return and is made from a brittle material. It does have  some flex to it if you try.
The stamp reads:
Jack ThomasMK1Authentic BoomerangModele DeposeMade in France
The top side features a red and yellow Boomerangman sticker and  adhesive residue for what was probably two stripes (one toward the end  of each wing). The bottom has a large, circular adhesive residue spot,  also.
I’ve got not back story on it unfortunately.
Zoom Info

A New (Old) Boomerang

Well, this Thanksgiving felt more like Christmas!

I was given an old boomerang today. I don’t know much about it so if any of you do please feel free to comment and let me know!

It’s a bit of 17” wingtip to tip and about 8” from elbow to wing edges. It does return and is made from a brittle material. It does have some flex to it if you try.

The stamp reads:

Jack Thomas
MK1
Authentic Boomerang
Modele Depose
Made in France

The top side features a red and yellow Boomerangman sticker and adhesive residue for what was probably two stripes (one toward the end of each wing). The bottom has a large, circular adhesive residue spot, also.

I’ve got not back story on it unfortunately.

My First Boomerang Competition
These pictures have been a long time coming. This was an early and late day for me.
I left from Dayton around 6AM and got home around 11PM. I had never been more exhausted and it was an absolute blast.
I met some fantastic new friends and competitors (well, I wasn’t much competition this time around).
I tied for last place out of 10 competitors and that’s a smidge better than I expected!
I owe a big thank you to everyone who lent me boomerangs for competition: Patrick Howser, Tom Howman, Mark Legg and Gary Broadbent.
Patrick graciously gave me my new doublers - much appreciated. Mark Legg let me borrow the Accuracy boomerang above, his Biter 9. I later bought it from him and it’s been a great performer for me in light to medium winds.
Special thanks to Chet Snouffer who organized and hosted the event. I’m glad I was able to make it!
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My First Boomerang Competition
These pictures have been a long time coming. This was an early and late day for me.
I left from Dayton around 6AM and got home around 11PM. I had never been more exhausted and it was an absolute blast.
I met some fantastic new friends and competitors (well, I wasn’t much competition this time around).
I tied for last place out of 10 competitors and that’s a smidge better than I expected!
I owe a big thank you to everyone who lent me boomerangs for competition: Patrick Howser, Tom Howman, Mark Legg and Gary Broadbent.
Patrick graciously gave me my new doublers - much appreciated. Mark Legg let me borrow the Accuracy boomerang above, his Biter 9. I later bought it from him and it’s been a great performer for me in light to medium winds.
Special thanks to Chet Snouffer who organized and hosted the event. I’m glad I was able to make it!
Zoom Info
My First Boomerang Competition
These pictures have been a long time coming. This was an early and late day for me.
I left from Dayton around 6AM and got home around 11PM. I had never been more exhausted and it was an absolute blast.
I met some fantastic new friends and competitors (well, I wasn’t much competition this time around).
I tied for last place out of 10 competitors and that’s a smidge better than I expected!
I owe a big thank you to everyone who lent me boomerangs for competition: Patrick Howser, Tom Howman, Mark Legg and Gary Broadbent.
Patrick graciously gave me my new doublers - much appreciated. Mark Legg let me borrow the Accuracy boomerang above, his Biter 9. I later bought it from him and it’s been a great performer for me in light to medium winds.
Special thanks to Chet Snouffer who organized and hosted the event. I’m glad I was able to make it!
Zoom Info
My First Boomerang Competition
These pictures have been a long time coming. This was an early and late day for me.
I left from Dayton around 6AM and got home around 11PM. I had never been more exhausted and it was an absolute blast.
I met some fantastic new friends and competitors (well, I wasn’t much competition this time around).
I tied for last place out of 10 competitors and that’s a smidge better than I expected!
I owe a big thank you to everyone who lent me boomerangs for competition: Patrick Howser, Tom Howman, Mark Legg and Gary Broadbent.
Patrick graciously gave me my new doublers - much appreciated. Mark Legg let me borrow the Accuracy boomerang above, his Biter 9. I later bought it from him and it’s been a great performer for me in light to medium winds.
Special thanks to Chet Snouffer who organized and hosted the event. I’m glad I was able to make it!
Zoom Info
My First Boomerang Competition
These pictures have been a long time coming. This was an early and late day for me.
I left from Dayton around 6AM and got home around 11PM. I had never been more exhausted and it was an absolute blast.
I met some fantastic new friends and competitors (well, I wasn’t much competition this time around).
I tied for last place out of 10 competitors and that’s a smidge better than I expected!
I owe a big thank you to everyone who lent me boomerangs for competition: Patrick Howser, Tom Howman, Mark Legg and Gary Broadbent.
Patrick graciously gave me my new doublers - much appreciated. Mark Legg let me borrow the Accuracy boomerang above, his Biter 9. I later bought it from him and it’s been a great performer for me in light to medium winds.
Special thanks to Chet Snouffer who organized and hosted the event. I’m glad I was able to make it!
Zoom Info
My First Boomerang Competition
These pictures have been a long time coming. This was an early and late day for me.
I left from Dayton around 6AM and got home around 11PM. I had never been more exhausted and it was an absolute blast.
I met some fantastic new friends and competitors (well, I wasn’t much competition this time around).
I tied for last place out of 10 competitors and that’s a smidge better than I expected!
I owe a big thank you to everyone who lent me boomerangs for competition: Patrick Howser, Tom Howman, Mark Legg and Gary Broadbent.
Patrick graciously gave me my new doublers - much appreciated. Mark Legg let me borrow the Accuracy boomerang above, his Biter 9. I later bought it from him and it’s been a great performer for me in light to medium winds.
Special thanks to Chet Snouffer who organized and hosted the event. I’m glad I was able to make it!
Zoom Info

My First Boomerang Competition

These pictures have been a long time coming. This was an early and late day for me.

I left from Dayton around 6AM and got home around 11PM. I had never been more exhausted and it was an absolute blast.

I met some fantastic new friends and competitors (well, I wasn’t much competition this time around).

I tied for last place out of 10 competitors and that’s a smidge better than I expected!

I owe a big thank you to everyone who lent me boomerangs for competition: Patrick Howser, Tom Howman, Mark Legg and Gary Broadbent.

Patrick graciously gave me my new doublers - much appreciated. Mark Legg let me borrow the Accuracy boomerang above, his Biter 9. I later bought it from him and it’s been a great performer for me in light to medium winds.

Special thanks to Chet Snouffer who organized and hosted the event. I’m glad I was able to make it!

My current boomerang kit.
The items, from the top and left to right:
Kendall Davis Fever
Darnell Pro Fly: Orange and Red
Pegasus on either side of my kit bag
Darnell Air Dancer (1.25 oz version)
Zippy X Stick
Teacher’s Pet
Darnell Air Dancer (0.75 oz version)
Darnell Tri Fly: Red
Spirit Stick (for the kids, not a boomerang)
Darnell Tri Fly: White
Scimitar (Air Dancer modified with LED lights in the wing tips for night use)
Thanks to my friend Rich Harrison @ www.theboomerangman.com for his fast, friendly service, great advice and a good selection! I buy all my boomerangs from The Boomerangman and recommend you do the same! (Not a solicited or paid endorsement)
Updated: Added links to the boomerang list. All point to The Boomerangman site.
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My current boomerang kit.
The items, from the top and left to right:
Kendall Davis Fever
Darnell Pro Fly: Orange and Red
Pegasus on either side of my kit bag
Darnell Air Dancer (1.25 oz version)
Zippy X Stick
Teacher’s Pet
Darnell Air Dancer (0.75 oz version)
Darnell Tri Fly: Red
Spirit Stick (for the kids, not a boomerang)
Darnell Tri Fly: White
Scimitar (Air Dancer modified with LED lights in the wing tips for night use)
Thanks to my friend Rich Harrison @ www.theboomerangman.com for his fast, friendly service, great advice and a good selection! I buy all my boomerangs from The Boomerangman and recommend you do the same! (Not a solicited or paid endorsement)
Updated: Added links to the boomerang list. All point to The Boomerangman site.
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My current boomerang kit.

The items, from the top and left to right:

Thanks to my friend Rich Harrison @ www.theboomerangman.com for his fast, friendly service, great advice and a good selection! I buy all my boomerangs from The Boomerangman and recommend you do the same! (Not a solicited or paid endorsement)

Updated: Added links to the boomerang list. All point to The Boomerangman site.

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