Monte Alen National Park – Equatorial Guinea, Africa

If you in EG and want to go to Monte Alen National Park, from Bata, head to Niefang, then head south.  You will see old signs on the right hand side of the road proclaiming the park and that no hunting is allowed and on the sign is an albino gorilla.  Not long after you see the first sign, there will be an area on the opposite side of the road which is the park entrance.  It threw me off as to why the park is on one side and the entrance is on the other and nothing is clearly marked.  This is what the road looks like once you turn off of the highway.  If the barrels are up with the stick, that means the park is “closed” and it’s always closed during the rainy seasons.  Now, that being said, I was there last week and took this picture in the rain and we met a nice man who would be happy to take us into the park, but he said its about a 4 hour round trip.  All he needed to do was grab a machete and we could go.  But since it was raining and already in the afternoon it didn’t seem like a good idea.  He also said that the park is never closed because they get their food from there (I don’t think the “no hunting” sign means much to the locals).  This is one of the places where there are mountain gorillas, so I’ll be headed back, with mosquito spray and a LOT of water.


Monte Alen National Park - Equatorial Guinea
Monte Alen National Park – Equatorial Guinea

Dr. Jared Carey – AMIT Pics: Before, During and After

Joel before AMIT
Joel before AMIT

Joel is about 4 inches from being able to touch his toes…


Joel getting worked on - Jared syncing up those neural loops
Joel getting worked on – Jared syncing up those neural loops
Joel now being able to touch the floor with room to spare!!!
Joel now being able to touch the floor with room to spare!!!

With just a few minutes, Joel extended his range of motion by 6-7 inches.  CRAZY STUFF!  See the post below where I describe AMIT and link to Jared’s page.

Dr. Jared Carey – Advanced Muscle Integration Techniques (AMIT) – Next level ‘Discovery Channel’ type stuff

Lubbock, Texas Dr. Jared Carey.

AMIT is some crazy neural loop, pressure point magic.  Every year a bunch of guys that went to college together (Lubbock Christian University) get together for a long weekend and do guy stuff.  We shoot things, play poker, eat red meat, some of them fish and we all have a great time.  This past trip, Jared enlightened me on this crazy stuff he does.  First, he is a chiropractor that learned about this, went to school and now offers this treatment.  When he was explaining this, I sounded AMAZING!  But it also sounded crazy and far-fetched.

He then asked if I had lower back problems, which I do, but not to much.  He put me through some isolation exercises and found out that I had a few muscles not working.  He said that when your muscle get’s injured or about to, the brain will shut it down to prevent injury or further injury.  He said that in many cases the brain needs help re-activating that muscle, which is where he comes in.  Each muscle has these neural loops, all over the body, that has these electrical impulses going through them, when the muscle is damaged or not working right, those impulses aren’t in sync.  He presses on the loops and get’s them to sync up.  When he did the ones in my hand, I could feel them off sync, then as he presses, they sync up.  The muscle is back to operating and that muscle isolation exercise that you failed earlier, now you can pass.

When he is done, you feel amazing!  I know that I’m not explaining this properly, which is why I have his link here.  Check it out and see for yourself.  He did this to just about everyone of us and it worked every time.

I have some pics of my buddy Joel, who wasn’t in any real pain, but I wanted him to experience this crazy technique.  Joel hadn’t been able to touch his toes since high school and just figured it was because of tight hamstrings.  In the before pics, Joel is about 4 inches from being able to touch his toes.  Jared does some of those isolation exercises and finds out it is some muscles in Joel’s lower back and butt.  In about 5 minutes or so, once Jared is finished, in the after pic Joel can touch his fingers to the floor, even his knuckles.  Pretty amazing stuff.

Check out Jared’s site and pay him a visit.  It is truly remarkable!

I’ll add the pics in another post.

Center for Sustainable Shale Development – Changes are coming to the shale plays

Center for Sustainable Shale Development.

For those of you that think some sort of “SEMS” model isn’t coming to land, take a look at this website.  Currently it is solely dealing with environmental standards (15 standards instead of elements like SEMS).  They also are bringing in Independent 3rd Party auditors (I3P’s) and the only one approved by the CSSD is Bureau VERITAS, which is also one of the 4 approved I3P’s for SEMS.  The big operators in the region, which is the Appalachian Valley, is Chevron and Shell.  I’ve heard that other Shale plays are looking at adopting this model or something similar.  Who knows, but one thing is for sure, changes are coming.

New Blog Site – And I finally graduated from college

Well, Go Daddy changed everything regarding their blogs, so I had to get a new one.  Let’s try this out and see how it works.  Bear with me as I keep adding stuff.  In other news, I graduated with honors (Cum laude) with my B.S. in Environmental Management with a concentration in Safety from Columbia Southern University.  The company I work for was quite happy, Wood Group ODL (which is the consulting division of Wood Group), we work with most of the major oil and gas companies, a vast majority of the mid-majors and a few of the smaller guys.  I’m the lead HSEQ Consultant for WG ODL.  I told WG that It only took me 21 years to accomplish this task, but I have become so accustomed to learning, that now I don’t want to stop and I’ll be beginning the pursuit of my Masters within the next 2-3 months and hopefully it will only take 2-3 years to finish.  It will be in Occupational Health and Safety, unless I decided to go with Emergency Management.  I enjoy both fields immensely.  Anyway, I’ll talk to you guys later.