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  1. I’m a redneck (okay, maybe not really. But sometimes!) so I burn stuff for cheap fun. Well, Jon builds the fire, but I watch.

    We built a big fire pit in our backyard last spring, and at least once a month or so we have a bonfire night. Last night Little Bit ran around the back yard, chasing fireflies and making up songs that her dad and I are supposed to rate (but not below a 7 on the 10 point scale evidently.) Jon tended the fire, and I played DJ and danced with Little Bit between her sets.

  2. Have you ever tried geocaching? You can do it for free if you have a GPS unit and an internet connection. GPSs are cheap, and I know you got the other one. 😉

    There’s a whole world of acronyms and terms for people who are hardcore into geocaching. One of them is CITO – Cache In Trash Out. The idea is you go to an out-of-the-way place to find the cache, and bring a bag to pick up trash as you go along. It’s a good way to clean up and see some pretty cool places right in your own backyard.

    I once found the end of a multi-mile giant 15′ diameter pipe in the middle of Alaska starting at the top of a hill. There wasn’t any barriers around it or anything. I always wondered how many squirrels fell in and never came out again.

    • Mr. Groovy

      Wow, Lindsay. I never heard of geocache or CITO before. Thanks for pointing them out. I especially like the CITO one. Just bookmarked a couple of CITO sites. Perhaps I’ll incorporate a CITO event in one of my future Trash Talking videos. Life keeps getting better and better. I owe you one, Lindsay. And your 15′ diameter pipe adventure sounds awesome. Do you have any pictures of it?

    • Mr. Groovy

      Hey, Erik. I did a lot of experimenting over those two years. Here’s what finally got me over the hump.

      1. Weighted pull ups. I needed to get stronger so I could pull my chest above the rings.

      2. I started doing assisted muscle-ups with resistance bands. This helped me develop a feel for the movement. Here’s a link to a good YouTube tutorial.

      3. I lost a lot of weight. When I started my quest for the muscle-up I weighed 215 lbs. Then in the early part of 2015, I stopped drinking sugary drinks and I cut way back on the carbs. The weight started falling off. When I got down to 185-190, I got my first muscle-up.

      I think if you start doing these three things, and focus most of your effort on losing weight, you’ll conquer the muscle-up in no time.

      Thanks for stopping by, my friend. Let me know if this helps. Cheers.

  3. Those videos!! Thanks for the entertainment, Mr. Groovy. I remember my dad watching the Incredible Hulk when I was young – that creature scared the bejesus out of me. Now I know why.

    Oh, we love cheap/free weekend entertainment!!! Last weekend, we hiked, biked, fished and gardened. It was perfect! 🙂

    • Mr. Groovy

      Haha! I think the Hulk scared the bejesus out of a lot of kids back then. The series started in 1978 when I was a senior in high school. The next year I was off to college, so I never watched it. For some reason I found keg parties more interesting. But when I watched it the other day, I couldn’t believe my eyes. That mannequin scene was very creepy. Thanks for stopping by, Amanda. And thanks for sharing your examples of good, cheap fun. I love it.

    • Mr. Groovy

      Hey, Mrs. PP. I had a great day on trash patrol. During my first take, I found a lot of great trash. I even found this tarp embedded in the ground that I had to wrestle out. It was beautiful. A great action scene. But I started mangling my words worse than normal and had to do another take. Damn! No one ever told me this vlogging stuff was hard. Have a great weekend.

  4. I tend to play old computer games and write blog posts apparently. Games tend to get released for free over time or I have a prior copy from long ago allowing me to play a rom version. Like music I don’t like games newer then the early 90s.

  5. I like free concerts and community events for cheap fun. The thing is so does everyone else, so be prepared for a crowd!

    As for the male rompers, you won’t catch me wearing one, but there have always been trends among the younger generation that the older generation doesn’t like. Back when I had long hair and bellbottoms, my father absolutely hated it. So I say let them wear what they want to wear.

  6. OMG that romper video was hilarious! Thanks for the suggestion. 🙂 “Wanna get romped?” Hilarious!

    The only people I see in rompers are usually under 3 yrs old, like our son when he would wear his. 🙂

    As far as cheap fun stuff we like doing “picnic movie nights” where we put a blanket down in the living room floor on friday nights and have dinner on it like a picnic while we watch a movie. Usually either redbox or something free from Amazon Prime.

    On a side note, our 3 yr old mentioned (out of the blue) “if you take care of the world, the world will take care of you.” So in an effort to help take care of the world, the kids want to pick up trash over the summer and are shooting for 1000 pieces. I had to tell Mrs. SSC about your talking trash series and how it inspired other bloggers to do the same. There’s now 1 more set of people picking up trash, and I’m pretty sure it won’t stop after the summer since we walk to and from school so much.

    • Mr. Groovy

      Could the male romper be this year’s Snuggie? That’s scary. Or maybe the male romper will be a big hit at this year’s FinCon get-together? Could you imagine Joe Saul-Sehy in a male romper? Now that’s scary. Anyway, I love your “picnic movie nights.” What a great idea. And I love the sentiment of your son. “If you take care of the world, the world will take care of you.” Made my week, my friend.

  7. Brian Doyle

    I combine free fun and picking up trash. My town has a transfer station (read: dump) and I’m always finding stuff there to upcycle or create a piece of furniture out of. Doors, dressers, pallets, scrap wood, etc. I either steal an idea from Pinterest or just nail things together until I think it looks cool. Sometimes I slap some paint on it and sell the transformed trash.

    • Mr. Groovy

      LOL! I haven’t heard the word “dump” used in years. When I lived on Long Island, our town had a “transfer station” too. And I love the way your mind works, Brian. I’ve grabbed some pallets recently and have started experimenting with some pallet furniture. I’m making two end tables out of pallets and plumbing pipe. So far they look pretty cool. Thanks for stopping by, my friend. It’s always great hearing from another trash transformer. Cheers.

  8. 9 muscle-ups, not bad at all! Almost the entire population can’t do 1, so that’s quite a feat. And yeah, I’m seeing a lot of stuff everywhere about male rompers…I doubt it’ll gain any traction. It just looks wrong. My wife agrees =)

    • Mr. Groovy

      Thank you, Tim. Nine muscle-ups is pretty cool. I took the winter off because my rings are in the garage and it was just too cold to workout in that unheated space–at least for my old bones, anyway. Well, I just started up my muscle-ups again a couple of weeks ago. I could only do four in a row. But, hey, if I get into it this summer, maybe I’ll try another push for ten. Thanks for stopping by, Tim. It’s always a pleasure hearing from you.

      P.S. Your wife has a good head on her shoulders. For the sake of mankind, the male romper must die a quick, painful death.

  9. Dukes of Hazzard and the Incredible Hulk made up a good number of my Friday nights as a kid. 🙂 I’ll skip the romper.

    Volunteering my time and walking my dog have been some good free entertainment for me recently.

    • Mr. Groovy

      I’m shocked, shocked I tell you, that there’s no love for the romper. Maybe there is still hope for America. Thanks for stopping by, my friend.

  10. What a week you had and those videos, too funny!

    During the summer we spend lots of time at the family cottage on a lake for a great deal of fun. Lots of hiking, kayaking, and other outdoor activities.

    We also enjoy doing upcycling projects – which actually involves all 3 of the things you mentioned. We combine things that weren’t before, sometimes we are trying new things that stretch our skill levels, and it’s creating something new.

    Great job on the artwork by the way and bless you for continuing to pick-up trash!

    • Mr. Groovy

      I was such a moron when I was younger. When I was in college, I didn’t believe you could have a good time without getting drunk. When I was out of college, I believed that fun was perfectly correlated with spending money. The more you spent, the more fun you would have. Oh, man, what a fool I was. Anyway, I finally woke up, and now I see the joys of simple things. Give me a hiking trail over a shot contest in a bar any day. And you are so right about creating things, Amy. Man was born to create. By subduing that impulse, we cut ourselves off from one of the surest paths to happiness ever conceived. Meh. Thanks for stopping by, Amy. Anyone who gives a thumbs up to one of my humble paintings is all right by me.

  11. In 2016, my resolution was to do a plank a day and add 15 seconds per month – going from 2 minutes in January to 5 in December. I didn’t manage – not even close. BUT – I did succeed in holding a 5-minute plank at the end of December. Something I had never done before. (And I’m over 50 too .) Setting goals too high is not a bad strategy : )

    • Mr. Groovy

      That’s awesome. I haven’t done planks in a while. The last time I did, I was able to do one for a minute–barely. I like your idea of increasing the duration 15 seconds every month. I think I’ll give that a whirl. Maybe I can get to 3 minutes by the end of the year. Thanks for stopping by, Ruth. And thanks for sharing your plank achievement. Five minutes is a very impressive time.

  12. LOL, we’re thanking God that they finally took The Incredible Hulk off the air on MeTV’s Sci-Fi Saturday Night and replaced it with Battlestar Galactica. That’s our cheap/free entertainment. 🙂

    LOVE the flag pic that you painted – it’s phenomenal!! And that romper video made me a bit sick to my stomach. I think I’m going to go out and get some more free entertainment and try to get the romper images out of my head by washing the truck. 🙂

    • Mr. Groovy

      Haha, Laurie! My sentiments exactly. First, skinny jeans, and now the rompHIM. Meh. What good will possibly come from making American males even more effeminate?

  13. I feel like male rompers are trendy because they’re so stupid. I feel like you get them to be funny and I hope they don’t last past this year. Heck I think they look stupid on women as well. But clearly I don’t know what fashion is.