Soft Suburban Dad Syndrome questionnaire answers

I’m sure this gets a lot harder once you have kids running around ruining your perfect sleep schedule.

From https://www.artofmanliness.com/articles/soft-suburban-dad-syndrome/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+theartofmanliness+%28The+Art+of+Manliness%29

Physical

  1. Do you do at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day?

Easily.

  1. Have you gotten your testosterone tested — and is it at a healthy level?

Haven’t gotten it tested, but I’m sure it’s at a healthy level.

  1. Is your waist bigger than 40 inches?

No.

  1. Can you hold a squat for 30 seconds?

Yes.

  1. Can you hang from a bar for 30 seconds?

Yes.

  1. Can you do at least five pull-ups?

Yes.

  1. Can you pick up your body weight and carry it for distance?

Yes.

  1. Can you standing long jump your own height?

Let me see…yes, 6’9″.

  1. Can you bench press your bodyweight?

Yes.

  1. Can you deadlift 150% of your bodyweight?

No, that’s a weak area for me.

  1. Can you get off the ground without using your hands?

Yes.

  1. What is the ratio between the time you spend watching other men play sports and the time you spend playing sports yourself?

I don’t watch other men play sports. Whether I play sports myself depends on whether you count triathlon training as playing a sport.

  1. When was the last time you pushed yourself so hard you couldn’t help but put your hands on your knees?

Yesterday.

  1. When was the last time you did a flat-out sprint?

Yesterday.

  1. When was the last time you crawled on the ground?

Couldn’t say.

  1. When was the last time you jumped up to something? Down from something?

Couple weeks ago in both cases.

  1. When was the last time you climbed something other than a ladder?

About a month ago.

  1. When was the last time you did an explosive movement — kettlebell swing, plyometrics, ect?

That standing long jump I just did counts. Before that, it had been a couple weeks.

  1. When was the last time you felt you couldn’t do one more repetition of a weightlifting exercise, but dug deep and ground out another rep anyway?

About ten minutes ago. (Whenever I step away from the computer I do a set of something.)

  1. Do you spend at least an hour of time outside each day, or do you spend more time inside than the average prison inmate?

I get outside for at least an hour, but not much more than that most days, unfortunately.

  1. When was the last time you did a workout outside a climate-controlled building?

Yesterday.

  1. When was the last time you swam in a natural body of water?

June. I only did one open-water swim this entire year for various reasons.

  1. How many miles did you walk over non-man-made surfaces last week?

Probably added up to a mile.

  1. How many miles do you think you could walk in a day — could you make it fifty?

Geez, that’s a lot. You’re talking a 24-hour day at a decent pace. Probably not. We’ll say maybe, and I’d be off my feet for a week afterward.

  1. When was the last time you did something that truly made you physically uncomfortable?

Yesterday.

Mental

  1. How often do you feel bored?

Never. I haven’t been bored in decades.

  1. When was the last time you changed your opinion about something?

Maybe two weeks ago. If we’re talking a strong opinion, that would be Trump, maybe late 2018.

  1. When was the last time you read an entire book?

Yesterday.

  1. When was the last time you read a work of philosophy?

I’m very slowly reading through The Hero with a Thousand Faces.

  1. When was the last time you read, and finished, a book you truly found challenging?

I finished the KJV Bible just before the new year. That was a slog.

  1. When was the last time you spent more than five minutes, without distraction, simply thinking about an idea?

This morning.

  1. When was the last time you wrote something, just because you wanted to — a poem, an essay, a journal entry?

Yesterday.

  1. When was the last time you learned a new skill?

Yesterday. I learned to calculate hypothesis testing statistics in Excel for a class.

  1. Do you have a hobby?

Yes. (The MT in me says “unfortunately”.)

  1. Do you engage in any pursuits you can sincerely call “creative”?

Yes, a couple of them.

Social

  1. You still count your buddies from high school and college as your best friends — but have you actually kept in regular contact with them?

Yes.

  1. When was the last time you called or texted an old friend just to catch up?

We did a meetup a week ago.

  1. Do you have a few close, local friends who you can do things with on a day-to-day basis?

Yeah, I’m close enough with my neighbors here that we hang out every couple of weeks.

  1. If you had a problem, do you have a friend you could call up to talk about it?

Yes.

  1. Are you a part of, or have tried to start, a slightly more formal group of men organized around some activity or interest?

Yeah, I’m in the college’s coding club. All they talk about is gaming gear though, it’s a little depressing tbh.

Miscellaneous

  1. When was the last time you took a genuine risk, whether social, financial, professional, physical, or otherwise?

Last year when I quit my job with basically no plan except the goal to become a professional programmer.

  1. When was the last time you did something that truly made you nervous?

There are levels of “truly nervous” so that’s hard to answer. Hitting a pothole on a Michigan highway and losing control for a second can be pretty nervous-making.

  1. When was the last time you undertook an outing/trip you could legitimately describe as an adventure?

A month ago.

  1. Do you have future plans for undertaking something that could legitimately be described as an adventure?

Ooh, good question. No.

  1. How many hours a day are you on some kind of screen?

About six hours.

  1. If you made a list of all the tactical, survival, and DIY skills you’re adept at, how long would that list be?

About a page long, and it wouldn’t be a terribly impressive resume. I can sew tears in clothes, for example.

  1. Do you seek to live simply and minimally, or have you accumulated a lot of stuff that weighs you down?

It’s getting a little crowded in my apartment.

  1. When was the last time you entered a competition — athletic or otherwise?

Probably last year. I wouldn’t count things like the chinup competition with Boneflour (which I’m currently winning, of course).

  1. Do you currently have any goals you’re working towards?

Yes.

  1. Do you have a strong sense of your life’s purpose?

Maybe 75%. About as strong as it can be for a turtle shaman.

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3 Responses to Soft Suburban Dad Syndrome questionnaire answers

  1. Miu Ayano says:

    > Geez, that’s a lot. You’re talking a 24-hour day at a decent pace. Probably not. We’ll say maybe, and I’d be off my feet for a week afterward.

    50 miles walking takes like 16+ish hours with some rest. Did 100k steps recently and it was just shy of of 50 miles. Isn’t too bad if you start at 4 am in the summer. Can finish before dark.

  2. bicebicebice says:

    Health ends where it begins; if you have two arms two legs a functioning brain propelling yourself forward 1-10km per day after 75+ you literally won @ life, a toddler on steroids.
    I have changed my workout schedule because I recognize and admit that a +bmi of muscles still be a +bmi and thats just unnecessary, even if you can genetically naturally muscle maxx it eventually becomes a full time job just to be able to do the exact same thing again the next day. With 85% of the global pop over 35 at risk of diabets type1, just don’t be a fatass, man.

    If I didnt have interests or hobbies I too would die a roided out asshole at 75 or younger faith in God notwithstanding.

    https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/humans-could-live-up-to-150-years-new-research-suggests/

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