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    Bodybuilding and male muscle growth, particularly my own!
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    Good stories and good commentary. NO flame wars, please!
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    Big chest, v-taper; muscle butt, wide shoulders, big arms, thick neck - all good!

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  1. Mdlftr

    The Arab Prince

    Wow - you really have a terrific imagination. You clearly know something about how the news media works and how stories are assigned. You also have a unique understanding and insight into Middle Eastern cultures, customs and rulers! <wink wink> Well done idea. Funny dialog in spots helps to make the muscle growth scenes even more effective. Thank you for sharing your story with us!
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    Halloween Idea

    OOLD idea here - 1980s Chippendales? HINT: I DON'T mean these guys:
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    Bodybuilder vs Fat Thug

    I'd go with your friend. He looks like he'd be more mobile and light on his feet. I doubt "fat Thug" could FIND his feet....!
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    Ask the natives

    Hialmar, Thanks for the stats! I'm guessing that the popularity of certain sports depends on where they originated. For example, basketball and baseball originated in the U.S.; soccer can trace its origins back to ancient Greece, China, and central America, but the modern form of soccer, aka "football" is largely due to British influence. Are there any "new" sports being developed? I'm talking about something that either requires equipment plus some form of activity and scoring points. Under that rubric, then Parkour** would qualify as an activity, rather than a sport. Maybe skateboarding and snowboarding qualify as relatively new - they are scored and have competitions. **Fun fact - definition of Parkour - Parkour (French: [paʁkuʁ]) is a training discipline using movement that developed from military obstacle course training. ... Parkour was developed in France, primarily by Raymond Belle, and further by his son David and the latter's group of friends, the self-styled Yamakasi, during the late 1980s.
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    Ask the natives

    I have a question: Do European countries play American - style baseball, or is more likely to be English cricket? I know that Japan has a strong baseball tradition, as do countries in South American, but I'm curious about Europe. Thanks, Mdlftr
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    Ask the natives

    Hjalmar, As a follow on, the cost of college or university education has gone up astronomically in the U.S. in the last 30 years. Part of the rising costs is attributed to inflation (the cost of everything always increases (sometimes true, sometimes not - think of the decreasing costs of technology - but I digress )) and the increasing rates of pay for instructors, plus the growing competition among colleges for students. Colleges increase their amenities on campus, such as by serving better food in the dining halls, building more sports facilities, providing more extracurricular activities on campus, etc. to attract more students. Having a winning sports team to brag about is just part of the package. Mdlftr
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    Ask the natives

    HJalmar, to answer your question - American university costs are very high, since they must be paid for by private citizens, typically. The high costs may be offset by student loans (often underwritten by the government so that that interest rates charged on the loan amounts are theoretically lower than they would be in the case of a commercial loan from a bank). In addition to loans, students may earn scholarships. Scholarships may be based on academic achievement or on athletic ability. Universities, particularly large universities with a national presence, often have athletic teams that compete at a high level of skill, with other university athletic teams across the United States. These sports events may be broadcast by national networks. The universities earn millions and millions of dollars by charging media outlets large fees to have the rights to broadcast their school's team events. In order to recruit athletes to these national caliber teams, they give scholarships to the most promising high school players to come and play for them. It gives the school prestige and helps to attract other students to the schools if they have winning athletic teams. A good example of this is American college football. Big universities have formed sports leagues where teams set up schedules based on the degree of difficulty and competitiveness for each league In 2018, 120 colleges have formed 11 leagues: Atlantic Coast (ACC) Big 12 Big East Big Ten Pac 12 Southeastern (SEC) Conference USA Mid-American (MAC) Mountain West Sun Belt Western Athletic (WAC) Independent FBS Teams An athletic scholarship can mean the difference between getting out of an impoverished or challenging situation, and also expose a talented athlete to opportunities to make a lot of money if they turn professional. Theoretically they can also get a "free" college education out of it, but that often depends on the student being able to maintain their eligibility by being able to play for the team for the time necessary to earn their degree. From the university's perspective, the emphasis is what the student-athlete can do for their teams and how they can enhance the prestige of the university by winning sports titles. Whether or not the student actually earns a degree is given token support.
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    Being an online expert does have its pitfalls!

    Just weighing in here-- very old movie, "A Man Called Horse" stars Richard Harris (the first Dumbledore in the "Harry Potter" movie series) as an initiate to some group in the American Plains indians. He is suspended in the air for some time by ropes attached to wooden stakes that have been driven underneath his pectoral muscles. I don't remember anything else about the movie. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Man_Called_Horse_(film)
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    A little life, the book

    In The Atlantic, Garth Greenwell suggested that A Little Life is “the long-awaited gay novel”: “It engages with aesthetic modes long coded as queer: melodrama, sentimental fiction, grand opera. By violating the canons of current literary taste, by embracing melodrama and exaggeration and sentiment, it can access emotional truth denied more modest means of expression.”[10] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Little_Life#cite_ref-10 The rest of the review that I read makes the book sound INTENSELY depressing. In an article written for New York Magazine, Yanagihara states that “one of the things [she] wanted to do with this book was create a protagonist who never got better… [for him] to begin healthy (or appear so) and end sick – both the main character and the plot itself”.[4]
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    What draws you you to muscle?

    Equus - you've said the most important thing about working out - "...the most important thing is that I'm enjoying it." THAT'S WHAT MATTERS - that YOU enjoy it. YOU is who you are working out for, first. Go with that idea. That will do more for you and your own self esteem and peace of mind than anything else. I've been there myself, so I know what I'm talking about. Good luck. Mdlftr
  11. Oh Wow! I can't believe this homage elicited this reaction! I guess humor needs to be labeled as such: **GUARANTEED NO OFFENSE INTENDED POST** But seriously, as Scriptboy noted, I made a point of listing all the typical "RPJay-isms" in one of his stories. Doesn't that make the point that I've read 90%+ of everything he's ever written - and liked it? I'm beginning to understand his reaction to criticism.... I'm sorry he left. I look forward to the day he comes back. I know I don't have the prolific capability to put out that much content. He's in a class by himself. Mdlftr
  12. [Adapted from an answer to another string] How to Write and RPJ muscle story == 1. The main character should usually be named "Roger." 2. "Roger" is always a relatively happy, uncomplicated muscle bear of a guy who is strong, or able to put on muscle. 3. "Roger's" "tragic flaw" is that he is lonely - he needs a kindred spirit or a sole mate. 4. He always finds one, usually in the context of the gym, or some other physical situation. 5. Although Roger may sometimes engage in intellectual pursuits (he's been a librarian a few times, I believe) the emphasis of the stories is always on his life outside of work or the office. This became really apparent to me, when I compared the recent excellent series "The Librarian" which actually dealt with what a librarian actually does in a typical day, and the co-workers (admittedly based on "Sex and the City"-style characters,or like "Karen" from "Will and Grace") with a typical "Roger" scenario. Roger is definitely all about the extracurriculars. If he's ever shelved a book as a librarian, it was probably in the context of a power lifting meet! 6. Of course, Roger is always gay and unconflicted about his sexuality. He always seems to fall in love with a gay guy. No complicated "falling in love with a straight/married/unavailable guy". No "lost loves" for Roger! 7. Rarely, the formula is varied. Instead of Roger as above, RPJ has varied his story line with a time travel element. Those versions are clear winners, in my opinion. My favorite in that genre was a series where the self-sacrificing hero always managed to influence the course of history (JFK assassination, Civil rights era, etc.) before dying abruptly and "re-setting" in another historically significant setting. 8. Roger is always about the stats: reps,sets, poundages lifted; body weight; occasionally height; body part sizes - limbs, organs, etc. The effect is kind of like listening to a friend who really, really REALLY loves baseball stats - kind of there. The stats may or may not advance the story and may or may not add some detail to show progress. It depends on the setup - sexy growth in size and strength, or boner-killing tedium. The effect varies, but it's a constant feature. 9. RPJ stories are prolific --- there's always another one coming out. 10. An RPJ story is always positive -- it emphasizes the positive aspects of life and muscle growth (no Overdoses , no deaths from organ failure or heart attacks, no arrests or jail time) as we wish it was. Thank you, RPJ, for all you do to make this genre "a thing" that endures. Yours in flexing, Mdlftr
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    What started this for you?

    Yeah, well, the whole "1980 Olympia - fix is in, followed by 1981's even MORE egregious 'Let's give this title to Arnuld's buddy Franco, even though he has major leg imbalances'" just convinced me and reinforced that the Olympia is only a marketing tool for content publishers! It's about as fair and balanced as Fox News or MSNBC! With all the self promotion out there, I think we have a million "mr. olympias" in people's minds - with no consensus! Ba da BUMP!
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    What started this for you?

    Tom! Yes, your recollections of the muscle mags being slightly above porn in the magazine hierarchy triggered memories for me. I always paid for mine, though. You were 5'9" and 140#? Try being 6'2-3" and 140# ! Not exactly a Mentzer-est physique! Imagine my surprise in the years since, where I"ve read that Mike was only 5'8" and 210#! The whole Mentzer hero worship thing really illustrates for me, how misleading bodybuilding magazines were in promoting the idea that, given the "right" exercise routine and diet, "ANYONE" could big HYUGE muscles. Uhh, NO. I remember spending YEARS wondering why my triceps didn't grow like Mentzer's, no matter how much I worked out. Well, when your triceps muscle stops 4 inches before your elbow, while Mentzer's continued to the joint - that explains the difference! Both Mentzers were definitely genetically gifted, particularly in the arms and calves. They also had dark good looks that heightened their masculine credentials - sort of like dangerous, insanely muscular, sexy pirates! Bottom line, they were inspiring. I"m sure they are right up there with Schwarzenegger in terms of inspiring people to work out. They were a lot handsomer, IMO, than Arnuld. They just weren't as good at marketing themselves like he is. Just yesterday (Sept. 8 2018 ) I saw a workout magazine with a picture of Arnuld on the cover. He must have been in his late 20s in the picture. In real life he's over 70! Talk about marketing! What other sport uses 40 year old pictures of past champions today - Golf maybe (Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus) I couldn't even tell you who Mr. Olympia is this year without looking it up!
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    What started this for you?

    http://www.gmv.com.au/default.asp?pageid=products&amp;template=PRODUCTCAT&amp;catid=8&amp;prodid=962&amp;site=1 This is the link to Gallash Muscle Videos. The video with Mike oiling up his pecs is "On the Beach" As Arpeejay would say, "SWOON!" Mike Mentzer was the epitome, for me, of masculine beauty and muscle developed to the utmost!

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