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Old 02-26-2007, 10:41 AM   #1
James Besenyei
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I've been curious about the composition of Crossfit Nation since I first discovered it a few months ago. Namely, I wonder what everyone does for a living: are we mostly trainers, physical therapists, business men & women, gym owners, police officers, military personnel, or is it as I suspect and Crossfit Nation is really a very representative sampling of America, encompassing most job descriptions, ways of life, etc? And I wonder how everyone would describe themselves, as in who they think they are? IF this thread goes nowhere, that's fine. But here's who I am, if I were describing myself in generalizable, social terms:

James Besenyei
-Husband, brother, son, uncle, friend
-Citizen of the United States of America
-Student
-Sales Associate at Home Depot (the guy you talk to when you have a Lumber question)
-Mountain Biker
-Armchair philosopher/historian/politician
-Member of Crossfit Nation

Like I said, don't know if this will go anywhere, but I'm happy with who I am and I'm extremely happy to have found a community of individuals who share the same desire for self improvement through shared physical activity.

--Jim.
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Old 02-26-2007, 11:15 AM   #2
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Crossfit Nation - Interesting term? I prefer Crossfit Community?

Sure I'm game I'll use your template if you don't mind:

Allen
-Husband, father, brother, son, friend
-Citizen of the US by proxy not by birth, Taiwanese by birth
-Electrical Engineer for the Naval Research Lab
-Army Reservist - Enlisted Military police soldier
-geek/dork - Comic books, sci fi and fantasy are my things


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Old 02-26-2007, 11:42 AM   #3
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Member of the Human Race
Student for Life and it's Many Lessons
Occupation is whatever puts food on the table

no other definitions, groups or titles that I need.
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Old 02-26-2007, 12:48 PM   #4
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husband, father, brother, son. owner of, or owned by 4 boxers--you decide.
U.S.
Attorney, represents learning and otherwise disabled children. (formerly D.C. corporate pirate).
Rugby player until recently, have always loved combat sports, and now unfortunatley I am looking for a new one at my advanced age.
Like Allen I love scifi, fantasy, and really all books.
Student for life, like Mike, and like Mike, I have done whatever put food on the table, from hauling sheet rock to corporate VP and all points in between. Including a long stint as a trainer--back in the day when Nautilus and HIT were a pseudo religion.
Specialization is for Insects.
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Old 02-26-2007, 01:00 PM   #5
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Husband, friend, brother, soon-to-be-father (scared outa my mind)
Worked all through college, cleaning toilets, maintence man, pool cleaner, doorman, bouncer, bartender, para-legal, waiter, now working for a book store on a college campus.
"I do what I gotta do to get by"
Followed D Silver and left crossfit board for a long while, lurker by trade.
Fellow geek, like sci fi, reading and blowing up things up(on my PS2).
Judo player, first choice, BJJ second.
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Old 02-26-2007, 01:24 PM   #6
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Mike, congratulations!!

Allen, I stole "nation" from the Jim Rome radio show, where fans of teams are referred to as a particular nation. Community is definitely more descriptive of the purpose of Crossfit, I agree with you wholeheartedly...I suppose I was seeking a term to grab people's attention.

I think it's going to be interesting to view the various roles people have played in their lives, and to discern just how much members of this community have in common outside of Crossfit. Example: I too love Sci-fi & comic books and have worked in various positions to make ends meat, cook, Ironworker, janitor, AAA trip-tick maker, etc. And the armchair sociologist in me is excited to see such a diverse demographic with only a few replies.
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Old 02-26-2007, 02:11 PM   #7
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Well, as long as we are on Sci Fi--I think the nation thing first came up on a show called "Alien Nation" about aliens who crashed to earthand lived as sort of a refugee/servant population. So--it was a nation within our nation. Obviously a broad metaphor for immigrant populations in general.
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Old 02-26-2007, 02:15 PM   #8
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Husband, father, brother, son, friend (Mike, it's a life change, but a darned good one)
Citizen of US 3rd Gen Californian (part native american)
Chemical Engineer/CTO of a couple small tech co's
Founder CrossFit Marin (WOHOOO!!!)
Gymnast/gymanstics coach
Musician (keyboards, winds, vocals)
Total band geek/computer nerd/sci-fi/techy junky


James, how do you make ends meat? Do you have a recipe?? :-)



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Old 02-26-2007, 02:47 PM   #9
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This is an old family recipe for ends meat: Take two cups hard work and mix with 1 cup of whatever job is currently available, add a pinch of necessity. Mix ingredients into bowl and bake until a better opportunity comes along or you are able to do what you love for a living :happy:.


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Old 02-26-2007, 04:01 PM   #10
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Happy husband, proud father, brother and uncle, favorite son-in-law!, friend until the end.
US Citizen, why in Cleveland I have noooooo reasonable explanation
25+ years in technology services and still trying to figure out what I want to do when I grow up
Can fix anything, can't build sh.t
Love to watch same movies over and over, can hold entire conversation using tv & movie lines, DOH!
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