Crossfit HQ retweeted some random blog post I made about Crossfit like 3 months ago. I figure that's a good time to update you all on my Crossfit adventures. The good news:
I have gotten much much better in the last 3 months and this makes me very happy! I can do muscle ups now. I just did an EMOM today of 2 muscle-ups every minute for 5 minutes, which I was not aware I could do yet. My next goals are to do that with 3 MUs per round, and then to string 10 straight MU's together. Pretty sure both of these will happen at some point, just a question of how long it'll take. I'm guessing the 3 per round is much easier. I have now done exactly 51 muscle-ups in my lifetime, and I'm looking forward to the day that I lose count. Please note that 3 months ago, after doing crossfit for an entire year, I had never done a single Muscle Up. Was scared I'd never be able to. But yay, I did it! :)
My conditioning has gotten a lot lot better also. Just beat my # of burpees in 3 minutes record by a bit today (54) (For comparison 4 months ago I got like 43) . I only got 54 because some very good athlete who is clearly better than me got (53) in an earlier class, so I was primed on that number as a goal. It's a HUGE advantage to have a higher score to beat, as it really makes me push myself just a little bit more, so probably for maximum scoring I should go to the later classes. My short term goal for this workout is (60) because one really good athlete in our gym did that last time we did this, and so I must do it too! Also it's a round number! Got 23 in the first minute today, and then slowed down a bit, but overall it was a good sign, as I think my previous high for minute 1 of this workout was 20.
I've finally figured out wallballs. Was ridiculously horrible at them before...like embarrassingly bad. But recently did a tabata with them and got 72 (I think my previous high was something like 50-55). Probably can improve on this in the future, but 72 is at least very reasonable I think.
Did this workout on Saturday, "DT", with prescribed weight, which I honestly didn't think I was capable of doing, but the coach suggested it and obviously I always greedily want to do the most weight possible. Took me 22 minutes which is a time that a ton of people at my gym can do a lot faster, but I was still happy :) DT = having a 155 lb barbell and doing the following 5 times as fast as possible:
9 Hang Power Cleans (you just take the weight from your knees and get it in your arms, around your shoulder level)
6 Push Jerks (basically means just pushing the weight over your head).
Lastly the Crossfit Total comes up in about 10 days. In that you try to get your max lifts for Back Squat, Deadlift and Strict Press (also known as Military Press). My current personal bests are:
Back Squat: 305 lbs
Deadlift: 375 lbs
Strict Press: 155 lbs
I expect to beat my back squat PR by about 5-10 pounds, and if I'm really lucky 15-20....but 20 is a stretch. I got 305 the first time like 2 weeks ago, so it's a pretty recent record, but it also wasn't unbelievably difficult, so should get slightly more.
I expect to improve on my deadlift PR by about 25+ pounds. Hoping for 400 lbs+ and based on how 365 lbs felt the past few weeks (pretty easy), I'm expecting I can do it or at least get very close. However it's hard for me to gauge because they never let me go above 365 lb, so who knows, maybe it starts to get heavy pretty fast.
I'm hoping to get 160 lbs for the Strict Press. I don't think any more than that is possible at this point (at least if we are talking about increments of 5). I've been very close to 160 in class....so hopefully in 10 days I'll be ready to do it. (even going to try it tomorrow). 175 lbs is my bodyweight, so that's the special amount I'm supposed to be able to do to be a big strict pressing champion. Hopefully someday, although somehow I don't care about this too much.
But mainly plan for next few months is to work on Olympic Lifting skills via private training (since I'm pretty bad at them and they are SUPER important in Crossfit!), continue drilling double unders at home (this is jump roping but rope goes under your feet twice each cycle...I'm OK at it, but not great....can do close to 200 in 5 minutes on a good day, would like to be able to do at least 250-300+...also need to be good enough to get through Flight Simulator which is a weird Crossfit workout that you can google). I am actually working on situps because magically I suck at them bigtime. They aren't very important but it's kind of embarrassing to suck at sit-ups. I guess I should get better at rowing too, as I'm certainly not good at it. However the Olympic lifting skills seem absolutely paramount to success, and I must improve at them immediately.
Other next step is joining the competitive/advanced team practices. There are very good athletes there but I basically have all the qualifications, just need to officially clean and jerk 175 lbs in front of someone, and it would be very weird if I couldn't do this. This will be super cool because it's obviously important to be around as many people as possible who are better than you at things if you want to improve. This is the same in chess, poker and every competitive endeavor.
That is all. Basically Crossfit is awesome because as long as you keep coming and are slightly (or very) obsessed, your results just get better and better and better.
I am just writing this blog to give some quick accolades to some fantastic authors on chess.com. I am constantly shocked at what a great job they do in their regular columns. For quite a few of them I am like "I could easily just take this column, and build a lesson around it at the United States Chess School" (and I'm sure I will do this at some point, thanks guys!). I am sure that there are many other great authors at chess.com, just somehow these 3 have really stood out to me, and I think that by coincidence, I have read their articles more often than others. Also I feel that their articles are very well geared to the 2100-2500 level player, which are always more entertaining to me.
Here they are:1. Bryan Smith. He chooses great games for his articles and annotates them well AND describes key psychological points constantly. Here is one example article that I enjoyed, especially his description of Kamsky's initial decision in his game:http://www.chess.com/article/view/a-slight-advantage-in-the-queenless-ending2. Iryna Zenyuk. I don't know how she does it, but damn she writes some good and unbelievably detailed articles. It just seems like an incredible amount of thought and detail go into these.
This one is fantastic, I especially like the final game with Nepomniachtchi vs Cheparinov. Probably the recent Carlsen vs Karjakin game from maybe 8 months ago would have made a good inclusion as well.http://www.chess.com/article/view/heritage-in-modernt-play-part-2
3. Gregory Serper. I have not read too many of his, but the ones I have read are always entertaining. My favorite is his analysis of an amazing game with Mark Paragua. What an amazing game, and it's really great that he is bringing it to the attention of the public, because stuff like this can easily just get lost in the databases.http://www.chess.com/article/view/the-enigmatic-grandmasterAlso I found the following article to be very entertaining, although probably not super instructive:http://www.chess.com/article/view/the-butterfly-effect-2So that's all. Someday when I have time, I am going to read every article these guys have written, and datamine them for instructional moments for teaching. I'm just consistently surprised by the high quality of articles by the chess.com writers. I am pretty sure if I randomly read other authors on there I may similar high quality stuff, it just so happens that I've randomly just clicked on these guys a few times.
I am going to say right now I do not think I would be capable of putting in the time and effort to make such impressive weekly/instructional material unless they paid me a lot of money (This stuff seems like it takes an unbelievable amount of work). Once a month maybe, but once every week? These guys all deserve a raise!
I find parents giving some pretty bad advice to their children sometimes. For instance, chess is not seen as a path to a decent career, so while a kid may be talented/good at chess, their parent is sometimes obsessed with making sure they stop playing at a reasonable age and then focus on stuff like schoolwork, college etc etc.
While in many cases this makes a lot of sense, in other cases it's horribly misguided. I am going to tell you right now that there are kids out there at the age of 10, who are already good enough at chess where they can basically drop out of school right now, focus on learning a few decent social skills and business skills, and can make 6 figures by being a professional chess teacher, probably before they are 20 years old.
This is not rocket science, there are dozens of people doing this all over the country, lots in New York. If I'm exagerating about the 6 figures thing, it's not by much. Also you don't need to have a boss, you don't need to go into debt, and as long as you are 2200+ (which there are plenty of kids under 16 who are this level), you have a serious profession that you can use to make a real living right now.
The keys are to also focus on:
1. Being a good businessman
2. Having good interpersonal skills
3. Learning to be reliable, disciplined etc (ie don't flake on people)
That's about it. Now you can just sit around and study chess, and plan on making 50k per year minimum by the time you are like 18-20. There are camps that you can teach at that may pay like 1000-2000 per week. You can organize your own camps during the summer and make even more. You can get lessons for $75-$100 an hour pretty quickly into your coaching career if you are good with people. You can probably make even more if you go into a school and teach an entire class. Also since you now have all this free time to study chess, since you don't have to worry about going to law school, medical school or whatever...you can probably get your rating up to 2400+ and command even more money as a coach.
This life path should not be underestimated. There are plenty of people who completely backed into it and are making very good livings, without the stress that so many other people have. They are also contributing to society in a positive way by educating children, as chess has been shown to have a tremendous impact on youth.
So if you have a child who shows great aptitude at chess, and they are less motivated at school work...I think you should take this seriously. It's not the most traditional life path, but it's a relatively easy job, that pays relatively well, there is a high demand that seems to only grow with time, it allows you to set your own hours, not have a boss and doesn't require an endless number of years going to college and getting into debt and etc etc.
Here is my usual disclaimer to make it clear that I am not suggesting that all these genius children drop out of school. They should go on to be doctors, lawyers, bankers, politicians, teachers, scientists and any number of other wonderful things that will contribute to our society. However being a chess teacher is real....it's a very legitimate and surprisingly high paying job. Don't sleep on it parents....if your kid is already 2000-2200+ and is under 16, they are already have a skillset that a very very small % of the population has. They are more qualified professionally than 99.9% of their peers and have an instant job at whenever the age arrives in which they master social interaction. And this isn't a minimum wage job either like the majority of young kids are working....this is a job in which even the lowest paid practitioners tend to get $20-25 per hour. Even when I was a dumbass kid 15 years ago and working for someone else who obviously took a huge cut, I still made $40 per hour doing this.
As many of you know, I was a professional poker player for eight years. When the Department of Justice came down on all of the offshore poker sites, many of my peers did radical things to keep their job intact, such as moving to Mexico, Canada, Europe so they could comfortably play poker. I had chess teaching as a fall back, so was able to comfortably go ahead and do that instead of uprooting my entire life. I am quite sure I could have also used this as a fallback even if I was 200 points weaker and not an International Master. I cannot emphasize how important it was for me to have this option in terms of my well being and mental state. I didn't have to constantly worry about what I'm going to do if my current job disappears (like poker did), because I always had an easy and reliable fall back. Being a chess teacher is an extremely underrated job by parents of talented chess kids.
Yooooo everyone! New blogging rule to be enacted immediately. I have set a chess clock to 15 minutes. When that clock runs to zero I will stop! I will not edit, I will not add more, I will just publish the blog as is. I don't have time to be spending 2 hours on every blog post and it makes me never blog.
Anyway......I have one secret of life I get to share with you all today, it is very fortunate for you to be reading this. What is that secret? Simple!!!!
"Admit that you are completely and totally wrong!"
Why is this the secret to life? Well let me tell you something....I am horribly wrong all the time. This is especially true on the Internet. When you are right in front of someone, and you start going on a 5 paragraph psycho rant, they can just stop you after 2 sentences and be like "huh what the hell are you talking about?", and say something that will get you to stop going crazy.
On the Internet....I can just sit there like a psychopath and write all of these paragraphs in a row, without anyone saying "Greg you are a crazy person", and then I can send them. This happens all the time. In fact I have 4 drafts on this blog of completely insane articles I have written that I don't think I can ever publish because they look more psychotic than my usual blog post.
So anyway, I do this all the time....the sending of insane emails that are way too long and have way too much craziness in them. All of them should maybe be 2 sentences long at the most, yet somehow they end up being 6 paragraphs. Let me repeat that this is completely normal behavior for me on the Internet. Sad, but true.
Whenever I do this, often the other person is like "What the hell, shuttup you psycho" and then gets really mad at me for being a psycho. Now here is the key to basically erasing all of the psychotic behavior you just exhibited. Just be like:
" Hi, sorry you are completely right, my email was completely insane. I have no idea why I wrote it". and then try to explain the reasons why you were so wrong.
However there are a few rules to this:
1. You must actually believe that you did something wrong. You cannot patronize. It's a very important skill to be able to realize when you are a complete moron, and most people don't want to do this.
2. You should not qualify your wrongness or try to justify it at all. You should just be like "I was completely and totally wrong, and I will try very hard not to do it again". Unfortunately the last time I sent an "I am wrong" email, there was too much qualification going on....but fortunately I got away with it anyway.
3. If you actually do not believe you were wrong in any way you should:
3a: Figure out whether the person who is upset at you is generally crazy. If they are a pretty normal person almost all of the time, you probably did something wrong. Try to figure out what it was and try not to do it again.
3b: Sometimes you still won't believe you did anything wrong. It's ok, this will happen sometimes, and you shouldn't admit wrongdoing that you don't understand. Honestly I don't know what to do in this situation, but I think that well over 50% of the time that I get an upset reaction from someone, I realize it's because I did something wrong. That's probably because almost all of my friends are very sane people.
I still have 3 minutes left to write this blog!! It will not be edited, so forgive all errors!!!
But yeah, basically whenever you screw up, just completely expose yourself and make yourself vulnerable to the other party. However if you do something like cheat on a partner, intentionally say something that you know will be hurtful or anything worse than that......this advice is not intended for you, you are simply an asshole and should stop being one before you start thinking about how to apologize and make people not hate you as much.
Ok 16 seconds left, hope this doesn't suck, I'm just posting it!!!!
Listen to me all you people. Everyone wants to talk about feminism and whether women have it too good these days, or whether there is still inequality or whatever. Listen to me right now! There is one very simple reason why everyone should be a raving lunatic feminist. And if you are a dude you know it's true....deep inside in the pit of your soul you will know that everything I'm saying is true. What is the reason?
MEN ARE GIANT FLAMING ASSHOLES!!!!
Everyone knows it, it's not a big secret. We cause 90-95% of the violent crime. We rape all the women. We go see all the child prostitutes and make sure that business thrives around the world. Our gender as a whole, is a bunch of lying, thieving, violent, murderous, rapists. Hey you....relax now, I'm not talking about exactly you. But let's just say if it was you and some random woman, and I had to guess who was more likely to go fly to Thailand so they can pay for sex with some 10 year old....pretty sure I know where to put my money.
Have you ever called a woman creepy? Maybe...maybe once or twice. How many times have you called a dude creepy? Like 8 billion million times.
Men have all of the control in the United States, anyone who doesn't see it is blind. Do guys have to change the way they dress because women are complete horndogs and can't control themselves? Nope. Do women? Sure do!
Do men comprise over 80% of the major ruling bodies of the United States? Yep
Has a woman ever in the history of our glorious nation been elected president? Nope. By the way everyone, this is not ok. That's 43 in a row you sexist assholes!! You can't let a woman be president one single time? Women should storm the white house today and demand to be president. In fact we should have two presidents from now on, one man and one woman, because it's sure as hell obvious that there's never going to be equal representation the way we've been doing things for the last 250 years.
Let's also admit to something that should be really obvious. If every powerful nation in the world decided that men were no longer allowed to hold office or any position of political power (because their chance of being a devious asshole is so high), we know the world would be a better place. Women should rule everything. There would be less wars, less corruption, less deceit, less of everything that is horrible. If men just decided as a group tomorrow to let women call all of the shots, it's a guarantee that this world would be a better place in 10 years. Deep in your unconscious soul you know that it's true.
So women should be able to wear whatever the hell you want, whenever you want. You shouldn't get fired for being a teacher and being too attractive, until the same thing happens to men. Dumbass boys should just learn to control themselves, you shouldn't have to foster your entire wardrobe around making sure they aren't turned on.
Women should be guaranteed equal representation in political circles. Obviously 100% isn't going to happen, but we have 50% men and women in this country. We should find a way to require that 50% of every ruling body we have is both men and women. Men sure as hell aren't more suited to be senators and congressmen, they are just more suited to being power hungry war mongers who will go through all the bullshit to get that job in the first place.
I could really go on for like 100 pages. Women....it actually does suck to be you. You get paid less money than us, you don't get to be president, you have lots of nasty words that exist only to describe you (bitch, slut, whore, cunt etc etc), men have zero commonly used nasty words that exist to describe them (maybe they exist but I just can't think of them, so they obviously aren't too common), you have panels of like 20 old dudes talking about whether you should be allowed to have an abortion. You should all revolt tomorrow.
Men are giant flaming assholes who don't deserve to have the giant monopoly on power that they have. They threw that out the window when they came up with the brilliant ideas of slavery, segregation, stupid ass wars that have killed millions of people, the Holocaust, the 9/11 bombings, and basically 95%+ of all of the murder, raping and torture that happens around the world. Ok women, we give up, we suck and the numbers prove it. Please take over for us so we can stop killing everyone all the time. Thanks!
PS - for more evidence go see "The Act of Killing" and tell me if a bunch of women would have been capable of that.
I'm gonna keep this short since I just wrote a draft that's like 100 pages long and no one wants to read that crap. Basically I've been doing Crossfit for the last year. I used to suck at it. Pretty badly (at least I felt like I did). Sometime in the last 3-4 months I've gotten a lot better so I don't feel like a total newbie anymore. It kind of snuck up on me...I was getting used to being slow at doing pullups and stuff like that, one day when I suddenly was able to string lots of them together I was looking at myself all confused like "what the hell is going on here?". I think it's mainly because I go basically every day now, sometimes two classes a day if possible. Crossfit is the only thing in my entire life that has me working out regularly and not only that, I'm like completely addicted to working out. All night as I go to bed, I think about the workout the next day (it's posted online) and what my strategy will be. I get sad when I'm done and I can't do more workouts each day, especially if it felt like a relatively tame workout and I have lots of energy left. Tonight I even dreamed about the workout. Today we were supposed to run a mile at the end of the class (before the run we tried to lift as much as we could for the back squat). It's not a real mile though, it's like 1.025 miles or something, and there are people everywhere and obstacles left and right since it's in the middle of the city. Anyway in my dream I was running and going pretty fast, but my pants kept falling down and I had to stop and fix them, thereby ruining my time.
I think I might have gotten hit by a car too at one point. But basically you should all do Crossfit because it's awesome. It's like a freaking real life video game! You should all expect to suck for about 6-12 months. Then expect to get a bit better without even noticing it and being like "wtf how come I can do that now?".
If you are already naturally athletic and currently work out then it's quite possible you can be good right away, but if not it'll take a while and it's normal to sit around and watch everyone doing 8 billion pullups in a row while you have a silly elastic orange band that helps you do them. I actually think I officially don't suck anymore. In fact I know I don't (at least on a relative scale) because anytime I go to a different Crossfit gym while traveling, I tend to be one of the best Crossfitters in my class. At my gym it's tougher, everyone is a big champion, but I can hold my own in some of the workouts at least. Also currently I am too weak. I need to be able to lift more weights. And do a muscle-up. It's very embarrassing that I cannot do one. Here is what one looks like
. Seems pretty easy no? Will fix all of these problems in the coming months.
Ok I'm feeling guilty because my blog, unlike basically every other personal blog I'm reading lately doesn't give lots of self help quotes and inspiring advice. Probably I should be telling you to fail lots of times as if you haven't heard that already like 6 billion times. In fact you have all heard it so many times that I doubt I even have to elaborate on what I'm talking about.
When I was young I was big on all the inspirational stuff. Young meaning maybe 3 years ago. I remember I'd sit around and occasionally stop and smell flowers on the street and then sit there, look around at everyone else and think to myself "I KNOW HOW TO BE HAPPY, BUT THESE MISERABLE FOOLS JUST WALK PAST THESE BEAUTIFUL FLOWERS!! I WIN THE HAPPINESS CONTEST!". It was good for my ego...so many different ways to prove I was happier then everyone else. For instance if there was someone paying beautiful music on the street, I'd stop and listen for a while. And of course I wouldn't only enjoy the music, I'd also embrace the fact that I was defeating everyone in life because here I was enjoying beauty while they all rushed off to wherever they had to go. Obviously I was completely full of shit (although I do recommend both of these activities, just not the egomaniacal reactions that went along with them).
Anyway away from the subject of happiness and more on self growth. I will tell you the big secret and it's all really simple. If you want to do something just do it. It doesn't an entire book of random quotes and self help advice. Here are all of my secrets:
1. You hate your job and don't want to do it anymore?
1A: Start planning to do something else. I could go on for 10 paragraphs but really all that needs to be said is you shouldn't be spending all your time doing something you don't like. THE END....no more explanation needed. No more wisdom necessary. No need to go out and buy the 4 Hour work week and listen to pages and pages of explanations of why you shouldn't spend your life doing stuff you don't enjoy doing. This should be really obvious. It is beneath you to have someone explain to you that you actually should be spending almost all your time doing things that you enjoy and are meaningful to you. Even if somehow you can't make it happen right away, you should be planning constantly.
2. You want to get good at some random skill.....
2A: Easy one...just do it! If you want to get good at chess just study chess all the time like a maniac. It's not that complicated. I could go on and on...its pretty simple. Also infuriating is the number of people who tell me they simply couldn't be good at something, like chess, poker, whatever.....I have to be honest with you...being the egomaniacal guy that I am, I dont know if there is anything that I wouldn't be good at if I put my mind to it. Actually let me rephrase that....I don't think there is anything that I wouldn't steadily improve at over time with deliberate training. And when you keep improving and improving at something....eventually you get pretty decent at it. I'm pretty sure that the same level of confidence should hold true for you too.
And I also don't think that any of these people who say they wouldn't be good at chess, or any other skill for that matter, have any idea what they are talking about (favorite reasoning is they don't have the patience for chess). YOU ARE ALL WRONG! You can all be very good if you are willing to invest a huge amount of time and this holds true for nearly every activity and skill that there is in life.
3. How do I become happy Greg?
3A: There is all the crap about writing some list of things you are grateful for each day, meditating etc etc.....but what do I know...I'm basically happy all the time. It's a curse because it means that I have difficulty understanding and empathizing with the people who have a generally pretty low level of happiness. Like what are you complaining about.....geez, just go online and play some video game or something until you feel better. If you are single go on some online dating site, screw around with your profile a bit, message 20 people and maybe you'll meet the love of your life. If not try again tomorrow. I mean holy crap once you've sent like 300 messages, just by pure chance you are going to meet someone awesome. Easy game.
But I try to listen to you, I promise...and I'll tell you how awesome you actually are (and I believe it!)...and how it's all going to be better eventually....usually that seems to help. I may not seem happy as I write these grumpy sounding blogs, but trust me when I say that deep in my soul as I write this, I am very satisfied.
Life is good...pretty much always....even when really bad things happen, things become good again pretty soon after for me. I think I have like at least a 9/10 in the baseline happiness score and therefore I've been happy my entire life just by virtue of waking up in the morning. That type of advice probably won't help most people (the advice of ...oh just wake up and be happy). But yeah..don't be lazy, an alcoholic, really out of shape, a drug addict, an asshole....pretty sure these things will specifically harm your chances of joy.
Sometimes I wonder why I was lucky enough to just be happy all the time....I feel like you don't get to hear much from the happy people, everyone wants to hear the depressed or the formerly depressed people talk about their life, I mean do you ever hear anyone talk about how they've basically been very happy their whole life and nothing has really gotten in the way of that? No, because everyone is embarrassed to say things like that because everyone loves an underdog, no one wants to hear about the boy who was always happy. Instead you want to hear some story about how I considered suicide 3 times in my youth (I DIDNT!), how I used to be a huge drug addict/alcoholic (have basically never had a sip of alcohol in my life), ruined all of my relationships and then found something that let me turn it all around. Well good news guys, because here I am blissfully clicking buttons on my keyboard, excited that tomorrow I get to back squat, study chess, go to sleep next to my girlfriend and...yay awesome!
ACTUALLY NOW THAT I CONSCIOUSLY THINK ABOUT IT I'M EXCITED ABOUT IT ALREADY....IM EXCITED THAT MY COMPLETELY NORMAL DAY THAT I HAVE PRETTY MUCH EVERY DAY IS HAPPENING AGAIN TOMORROW!! I'm running through my mind about how I'm going to back squat my personal record for one back squat twice tomorrow (we are back squatting for a peak set of 2,, meaning that it's hard to squat my one rep max two times...but I think I may do it anyway). I'm thinking about which chess games I'm going to look at, how many puzzles I'm going to add to my giant chess puzzle database. ***UPDATE*** - Failed at the back squat!!!!! But did a bunch of pullups to make up for it a little bit.
Ahh-ha! So I figured out the advice to give....set up your life so that whatever it is you are going to do on the following day, fills you with excitement and anticipation the night before..then you'll probably be happy most of the time. You are welcome!
My main point is that most self help stuff I read today annoys me. How many TED talks do I have to see about embracing your mistakes, searching out new ways to fail, experiencing gratitude, making checklists etc etc blah blah. Just don't be lazy all the time, work hard, identify what you want to do, have confidence that you'll be able to improve at whatever thing you put your mind to (you will be able to, I promise, just don't expect it overnight), do it...the end.
As I publish this blog post let me just point out that it feels very egotistical to me and I almost certainly will be repulsed by it in 2-3 years if not sooner. But I really can't waste any more of my evening constantly editing it and debating about whether to post it at all. So thanks for reading! (I wrote this paragraph like 20 minutes ago and obviously didn't stop editing).
Obviously I have nothing new to add that anyone else hasn't said already. People keep getting bogged down on details but one thing that's completely obvious to anyone with eyes and a brain is that black people are constantly racially profiled against, often by authority figures and often in ways that have very bad results for them. Can we all just agree to that without arguing the minutia of the law in Florida, and can we please do something serious about it? That's all, thank you!