Got Ruck?

How many of you out there enjoy rucking for exercise? I’m hoping it’s not just the former military guys that do it. Check out this article about me that just came out recently. I hope it will stoke your fires!

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This message was written by a team of geeks, nerds, gamers, and Dr. David Powers. You can always find us at Thanks for reading!

PS…This article makes my baby girl’s first appearance in the media!

Are You in the Right Place?

I just moved to Chattanooga TN a year ago, mainly due to some advice from my friend Dan Miller. It’s not been easy. As a matter of fact, many aspects of it have been pretty hard because we had no family or support system where we moved. But still, it’s worth it.

I feel I have to ask, are you in the right place for your calling?

Where you do what you do matters

This message was written by a team of geeks, nerds, gamers, and Dr. David Powers. You can always find us at Thanks for reading!


Check out Dan Miller. Scroll down and you’ll find a link to him.

Taking the Adventure Indoors with Breakout Games

I’m a smart guy. I watch Sherlock. I not only have a collection of Sherlock Holmes books but also quite a few on critical thinking as well. I’ve had to think my way out of situations where others died.

I thought I was ready for Breakout Chattanooga.


My wife bought me a pass for 4 people to Breakout Chattanooga for my birthday. It’s a place where, in their words, you step into a real life escape room adventure and…

“work together as a team to escape the room before time runs out…You’ll solve puzzles, crack codes, find hidden items, and more in order to escape. You have one goal: escape the room in under one hour.”

My wife and I along with a friend and his wife signed up for the Island Escape experience and totally did not rock it. It was so hard! We’d never done anything like this before and went in pretty much completely unprepared. At least they were. I binge-watched Lost and Airplane vs. Volcano to get ready, so I was way ahead of the game.

But my point, and the point of my popular keynote lecture on adventure, is this…You don’t have to climb Everest to find adventure. Adventure is to be found by simply stepping outside of your normal routines. So, if you ever get the chance to experience Breakout at any of their locations, check out a murder mystery theater, or anything of the kind then go for it!

Don’t worry about feeling stupid (we did several times).

Don’t worry about not winning (it’s debatable if we opened the door in time or not, hence the question mark on our sign).


Don’t worry about anything other than the fact that you need some adventure in your life.

Me…I climb mountains, dive with sharks, and get shot at regularly. Those are adventures. But you know what, don’t discount safer things like this in your life. I’m already planning to go back and try out their Casino Royale mystery.

This message was written by a team of geeks, nerds, gamers, and Dr. David Powers. You can always find us at Thanks for reading!


Want to think like Sherlock Holmes?

What in the world is Airplane vs. Volcano?

How do I find a Breakout near me?

Do Not Trust the Military with Guns

It’s a weird statement, right? Don’t trust the military with guns.

Although it’s an easy subject to politicize, I want you to try to read the rest of this post and put your politics aside. I want you to think about what you’re reading from the point-of-view of simple logic. Ask yourself if what people are saying makes sense.

I moved to Chattanooga TN days before the shooting event that occurred at two area military centers. Five brave military men were killed. They were unarmed at the time, so obviously the debate immediately began regarding the question of arming members of our military.

  • Should they be armed on US soil?
  • Do they even need to be armed at all?
  • Why aren’t they armed?
  • Why aren’t they protected if they’re not armed?

Despite your opinions on those questions and the event itself, I want you to really think about this next part. The following is a direct quote from the newspaper…

“But others have raised concerns about arming soldiers, citing issues ranging from accidents to mental illness, PTSD and workplace violence.”

Seriously? People, including those high up at the Pentagon are nervous about arming soldiers. Does this even make sense? Doesn’t the word soldier pretty much imply armed?

They’re afraid of handing handguns to soldiers who are…

  • Trained to use them
  •  Required to qualify with them annually
  • Often carry much larger weapons
  • Often use and control massive weapon systems

If you can’t arm soldiers, then what can you do? Can you even call it an ‘Army’?

Do you run into this at work or in your own life? People don’t trust you with simple things, simple machinery, simple tasks, or simple responsibilities? Even if it’s necessary for your job? Even if you’re asking for it?

What do you do?

One of the Naval officers fired back using a weapon he was not supposed to have on the property and likely saved lives. What rules are you willing to break at work to do the work that is needed?

This message was written by a team of geeks, nerds, gamers, and Dr. David Powers. You can always find us at Thanks for reading!