Since I was so long winded with the question on Milton Friedman, you have the enjoyment of a part two to Coach’s corner.

So… onward!

Macie McNichol (note this was the question that spawned these two posts)

“What kind of music do you like?”

First off let me give a big “thank you” to Good Buddy Isaacc for really helping me refine my music tastes as long as we have been friends.  It’s not that I liked Nickleback before then (I didn’t), but he has really helped me to move outside of the box that I grew up in.  Still can’t stand Nirvana, though.

I don’t want to get too long winded here, so I’m going to list my top five six seven eight nine [no seriously this is hard] however many albums.  I enjoy most music genres, with a few exceptions.  No country (sorry paw paw and nana) – but I do greatly enjoy blues (Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters) and bluegrass (Soggy Bottom Boys)!    Most of the hip hop that I like is pre ~2006. I think that pop music was absolutely ruined by The Black Eyed Peas when they released “Boom Boom Pow” in 2009.  This was a huge turning point for mainstream music (at least how I feel) and when popular music started converging instead of sounding different.  I.  Hate.  That.  Song.

And actually because I’m not sure if any metal bands are going to make this list [edit: they did], I absolutely must confess how much I LOVE DOUBLE BASS DRUMS.  WOW!  SUCH GOOD NOISE!  I’ll provide a bonus track at the end right here for example: Amon Amarth – The Pursuit of Vikings

Instrumental bands – Explosions in the Sky, Sigur Rós both get honorable mentions.  Explosions was my first exposure to this music style (thank you kindly, Isaacc) and Sigur Rós holds a near and dear place in my heart since Melissa and I visited Iceland (you should go).

Without further ado, and not in any order:

  • Metallica – Metallica (1991) also known as (the black album).
  • Feist – The Reminder (2007).  If you like this then please also listen to  Let It Die (2005).
  • This Will Destroy You – Young Mountain (2006) however a very close second is S/T (2007).
  • Queen – Greatest Hits.  I know I’m not supposed to list a “greatest hits” album but get over it, Mark Melchior supports me here, I just know it!  Note that I have not verified this statement with him, but as he is the best Karaoke singer I know, I believe he has my back.
  • Linkin Park – Hybrid Theory (2000).  Meteora has also been immensely influential in my life.  
  • Rage Against The Machine – The Battle of Los Angeles (1999).  Are you kidding me, this band only ever put out FOUR albums!  That was tough.
  • Freedom Call – The Circle of Life (2005) – German power metal band that I found in High School.
  • Killswitch Engage – As Daylight Dies (2006) I LOVE THE DOUBLE BASS DRUM!  
  • Dream Evil – Dragonslayer (2002) – Have you noticed that I LOVE METAL yet? (read this next part in my voice in your head) These guys have songs about how metal they are!  They SING about SINGING ABOUT METAL!  DID I MENTION HOW METAL THAT IS!?!?!

Where is the hip hop?  How about a link to my Spotify playlist!  It is appropriately titled “Hip Hop Golden Age”.  In short, I adore intelligent rhyming and competent lyricists.  I love all of The Neptunes’ beats.  Other notable and awesome producers – (I generally like the song no matter the artist): Dr. Dre, Mel-Man, Suge Knight, David Banner, Bangladesh, Timbaland

To close, below is the coolest video I’ve seen explaining clever, intelligent rap (you should also understand that I have zero musical talent).  They hit a few (in my opinion) rap geniuses, notably Rakim, Mos Def, Andre 3000, Kendrick Lamar, MF Doom, Busta Rhymes, and rap battle MASTER Eminem.  Delivering a sentence across the bar line: “The rhyme can’t be kept inside” SO MUCH TALENT!!!

Mike McConoughey

“If you could have dinner with two classic villains to plot revenge on the heroes which two would it be ?

What color would your lightsaber be?

What is your guilty pleasure song?

If you could go back in time (not to change anything) but just to observe an event which event would it be?”

Let me give you two villains from different universes.  

  1. The aliens from Independence Day need a hand… i’ll meet up with them and advise them to run some antivirus so that they can avoid binary based destruction that was written on some dinky Apple PowerBook.  So many things wrong here….
  2. The second villain that I would meet up with is George Lucas.  I’m not plotting revenge on anyone except his stupid self for coming up with this “midi-chlorian” idea.  Stop it George, stop it!  And while I’m at it, I’ll deal with Jar Jar Binks, too.

I’d have a red lightsaber.

In lieu of a guilty pleasure song, I’m going to refer you back up to the music section because I have included loads of info about me that you probably didn’t know.  But if I could throw one out, I’d say some Disney music from Mulan or The Prince of Egypt.  Or, you know, video game music (of which there is a massive amount that I love and too much to write here).

Now this final question is really tough!  Every historical event that I can think if is war-related.  I’m going to try and think of some that are more pleasant.  [I’ve actually came back to this question last to think about it]  Would like to watch Queen, but more specifically Freddy Mercury live.  Would also like to have seen what the Mongols assembled on horseback looked like, and how good of marksmen they were (and at such a young age!)

Bonus:  I’d like to go back in time and watch the original Star Wars again without knowing who Luke’s father is. Since I was raised on Star Wars from the womb, I actually don’t remember the first time I saw (or understood) the reveal!

Sami Lynn Kaiser

** insert question about homemade flip flops and contact solution**


Brett Thornton

“What is the meaning of life?”

To find what you enjoy, and become proficient at helping other people by doing what you enjoy.

Kelly Zagar (I missed this one the first time)

“Are those curls natural or is that a perm?”

Nana got a perm.  I do not perm.

Isaacc Lakes

“Pls demonstrate how Game Theory was used at the end of the film “The Dark Knight.”

Why does Harry Potter wear the traffic cone hat? Is it magic?”

I’m going to be honest, I can explain game theory pretty well but I thought that “The Dark Knight” was a bit underwhelming.  I don’t even care to look up stuff about it.  In short – two parties choose their best outcomes and thusly the worst outcome for them both occurs.

Harry puts the Sorting Hat on his head so that he can find out which house at Hogwarts he is forced to join.  I don’t think he has any say in the matter.  I have no idea how this traffic cone has been modified to read minds of the kids, see the future, or if it just rolls a four-sided die (1D4) and makes up some explanation.  However, if you want to go talk to it, you need to go to Dumbledore’s office and say Fizzing Wingding.

David Schmidt

“Is it a faux pas to equip myself with several go pro cameras while I workout so I can live stream?”

This is a great idea.  With how many odd sportsball things people enjoy to watch (throw this thing for your team but only after we agree to start moving and we take it to the colored grass) you could surely be successful with this.  If you develop a good enough system then HQ might want to use it for next year’s CrossFit Games!

Sydney Shein

“1. What’s your favorite/least favorite movement/lift in crossfit?

2. Accurate description of your college experience

3. Favorite Harry Potter character and why?

4. Favorite part of being a small business owner and the hardest???”

Favorite movement: clean.  Least favorite: thruster

College was too many video games, not enough sports, student ambassador at the Union, and lots of Salsa dancing

Lupin!  HE IS A WAREWOLF!!!  I want that.

My favorite part of being a small business owner is the same reason that I started a business: to make people smile!  My least favorite part is social media (Can you tell? I’m trying to get better at it!).