Staying fit (at 55) while guarding a cargo ship against Somali pirates

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Combat kegels.

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The resistance will be tanned.

Business travel can push a person out of his or her “comfort zone” and temporarily trash a carefully established, healthy routine—which, for many of us, includes exercise workouts. Hitting the road for a paycheck, however, does not mean your painstakingly achieved fitness has to decline significantly—and, maybe not at all. I speak from experience.

In November 2012 I returned home from what would be my ultimate business trip: a two-month, maritime-security job on the Indian Ocean. I came back in perhaps slightly better shape than when I left, too. I had swapped my normal, twice- or thrice-weekly workout routine—kettle bells, calisthenics, and Nordic Track at home; dumbbells and weight machines at a local gym—for an improvised, shipboard routine. I used minimal personal gear and a variety of metal fixtures on the lifeboat deck and navigation deck of the Asian-flagged cargo ship I helped guard against Somali pirates.

You do not need a gym to work out.

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Tactical mountain bike!

That thar is a Mon-ti-gyoo bye-cycle.

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Abandoned Russian naval base

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This is a somewhat familiar sight to me, the abandoned military complex. We’ve talked about this type of urban exploration before and have even put together this guide for people who decide to poke their heads underground for a quick look-see.

I gotta remind you, though, everything down there is falling apart, including much of what you’ll be standing on. And the surface of everything is going to be rusting and growing weirdo no-light-needed life that’s guaranteed to be bad for you, and anything you’ll be standing in won’t be water, but some really damp heavy metals and other shit that is toxic in ways medical science has yet to fully understand.

And that’s assuming you don’t fall; falling being one of the greatest killers of mankind.

That being said, there’s only one way to get these pictures and go on this type of adventure, so get your fookin’ rope and goggle up, ’cause these places won’t be there forever. More pictures after the jump.  (more…)

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Secret Service gun inadvertently left in Romney plane lavatory

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The SIG P229 DAK, chambered in .357 SIG, is the standard-issue service pistol for the Secret Service (img by SIG)

tl;dr airplane bathrooms are tiny and guns get heavy @CBS News:

A gun belonging to a member of Mitt Romney’s U.S. Secret Service detail was found unattended in the bathroom of the candidate’s charter plane Wednesday afternoon. The Republican nominee was traveling from Tampa, Fla., site of his party’s convention, to Indianapolis, Ind., for a speech.
The weapon, presumably left behind in the bathroom by accident, was discovered by a CBS News/National Journal reporter, who alerted a flight attendant about the gun. A member of the Secret Service on board the plane was informed and retrieved the gun.

Romney has traveled with Secret Service protection since early February and has an armed detail assigned to him at all times. His wife, Ann, was just assigned her own detail – albeit a smaller one – last Friday.

Secret Service spokesman Ed Donovan told CBS News/National Journal in a statement: “We are aware of the incident. We take the care and custody of our equipment, especially firearms, very seriously. We will deal with this matter internally and in an appropriate manner.”

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Lessons learned infiltrating an abandoned rubber factory

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I love the smell of industrial solvents in the morning. (img by Eric Jusino)

Before I knew urban exploration was a thing and before my friends and I toured an underground nuclear missile silo, a photographer friend of mine (we’ll call him Steve) and I “broke” into an abandoned rubber factory to take pictures.

If you’ve been in Denver, you’ve probably seen Gates Rubber Factory, a Gotham-looking building complex right off Broadway:

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When the sun goes down, Batman comes out and plays here. (img by Beth Jusino)

It’s a superfund site full of hideous chemicals known for slowly killing Denver residents (don’t drink the Platte), making and breaking the fortunes of real estate developers, and killing urban explorers.

At the time (a few months before the urbexp guy bit it and security went through the roof), it was stupidly easy to get into. Here are the lessons I learned getting in and checking the place out: (more…)

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How to ride a skateboard down a flight of stairs

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