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We’re Not Dead

As some of you may have noticed, we’ve been a little absent for the past…many…months. Luckily, it has not been due to death and disaster, but to growth, change, and well, yes, some minor annoyances, but mostly the growth and change stuff. As you might imagine, the great struggle...
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Man of Steel

I’m going to stream of consciousness a little about Man of Steel, and it’s going to include some mild spoilers, so if you want to avoid those and care at all about my opinion, I’ll say just this: it is an uneven film that’s greatest strength is in almost...
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Making a Good Movie

I am a huge comic book nerd. I think I’ve made that clear by now. So, it shouldn’t be much of a surprise that my excitement for this summer’s crop of franchise films was rather…fervent. On the one hand, we had The Dark Knight Rises, the follow-up to the...
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What We Do

  I get asked what I do a lot. And I always give a terrible answer. Like, how-do-I-run-my-own-business terrible. The thing is, it’s not that I don’t know what to say (sometimes it is), it’s that I don’t know what not to say. When we started Level Up, it was...
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Real Life Superheroes?

I recently sat down to watch HBO’s documentary Superheroes. While a flawed, if interesting, film, seemingly more focused on the simple documentation part of ‘documentary’ than on illuminating much about the greater phenomenon, it did serve to rekindle my interest in a movement I spent some time investigating back when we...
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Zombies, Zombies Everywhere and Something Something Crowbar

Having just wrapped up our first series of Zombie Survivor Training classes, I feel pretty safe in saying I know who I’m getting to help me defend [redacted], while trying to get to [redacted]. Every class we run ends up being insanely fun for us, and we hope that it’s the...
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The Adventure Begins…

I want to thank everyone who’s come out for the Living Social Ninja adventure. This is our biggest event to date and it wouldn’t run so smoothly if we didn’t have a wealth of bad ass students making it happen. If you are coming in the next couple of...
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Level Up is Goruck Tough

A couple of weeks ago I had the opportunity to complete a Goruck challenge. Goruck is a manufacturer of battle-ready backpacks run by Jason, a Green Beret and all around pain-enthusiast. He runs Goruck Challenges in cities around the United States to make “Good Livin” available to anyone who...
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Startle Flinch and Muhammad Ali

This is something I’ve been thinking about for a while, without quite finding the proper way to express it. Luckily, fellow PDR Coach Jake Steinmann did it for me. But that comes later. An older gentleman started a conversation with me a few weeks ago and, after a bit,...
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Choose Your Own Adventure

I loved these books as a kid.  I probably read every single volume at the library down the street.  The trouble was, over half the time, you died a horrible death at the hands of a diabolical and counter-intuitive trap created by the author.  In order to combat this,...
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