This is where we open it. Welcome to 5 Round Friday. Time to get on the mat for some mental jiu-jitsu this weekend.

Okay, that sounds a lot more badass than it really is. 5 Round Friday is simply a list of things I’m digging on this week: music, books, recipes, quotes, podcasts, and various bits of brain food. Things I found value in and is making my life better, stronger, faster, or more enjoyable. Get it? Here we go…

Eyeballs |  General Mattis’ email on Reading
Just before General James Mattis deployed to Iraq in 2004, he sent an email to a colleague that went viral – even back then (remember, this is the land before Social Media). It stresses the importance of reading and study for leaders. Earlier this week, a friend of mine sent it to a group of us as required reading. It’s in true Mattis form and shows more of his character than internet memes can do him justice.
*NOTE: This may or may not become the subject of a full blog post. Just saying. It’s that good.

Earholes |  Black Flag: First Four Years
The founders of SST Records and iconic punk rock band are so worth going back to. Angst, intelligence, youth, fire, and the early days of hardcore still stand up today. Never mind today’s pop punk junk. Try fueling your next heavy lift day with Henry Rollins and crew.

Feeding |  Julian Bakery Paleo Protein Bars, Vanilla Cake
While not quite as cakey as Julian Bakery would like you to believe, they are softer and less blah than the other flavors. Paleo protein bars – especially some brands – tend to rubbery in texture and all taste the same. This one delivers 20g of protein in a… pleasant way.

Drinking |  Coffee via Aeropress
Granted, it’s one of a number of ways to make coffee now that the world figured out there’s more to life than Folgers made in a Mr. Coffee. But the Aeropress is well-priced option that gets all that bean has to offer into your cup. Check this version out.

Pondering |  Henry Rollins
“Half of life is fucking up, the other half is dealing with it.”


Please note: I an not making anything from these recommendations. They truly are what I have been enjoying and want to share with you.

Let me know your requests and suggestions. Which round is your favorite? What do you want to see more or less of? Let me know! Send a tweet to @getblacktoenail using #5roundfriday so I can find it.

Thanks for reading. Have a great weekend!


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