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Ya Can’t Have Too Much Bacon

How much is enough when it comes to bacon? You can never have too much bacon as far as I’m concerned. Bacon is one of the three essential B’s in life: BACON, BUTTER, and BUNYAN’S The Pilgrim’s Progress.

When I was told that bacon was trending on YouTube and Facebook I thought, “Well, of course, why wouldn’t it?” Imagine my surprise when, lo, I realized that I had fallen prey to one of the classic blunders… the most famous of which is never get involved in a land war in Asia; but only slightly less famous is this: never assume they are speaking of that most delicious part of a nutritious breakfast when they tell you that bacon is trending on social media.

As it turns out, even with all the wonderful sights and smells of pig night behind us, and having been awakened with the smell of strong coffee and the crack and sizzle of bacon, you had just better toughen up buttercup and wipe the sleep dust from your eyes, breakfast is not yet served, because it’s Kevin Bacon…

Jumpin’ Jehosaphat! Kevin Bacon? “Chip” from Animal House, “Thank you, sir, may I have another?” Kevin Bacon?

Yup, none other. Seems he did a parody on the forgotten 1980s on YouTube that has gotten the online video world footloose and fancy free. I was in the Navy during the 1980s and the only thing I remember about that decade was that it was ushered in by Jack Nicholson and Dan Aykroyd and that it was ushered out by Jack Nicholson and Dan Aykroyd.

Jack Nicholson ushered in 1980 with the his portrayal of “Jack Torrance” in The Shining and closed out 1989 with his portrayal of the “Joker” in Batman.

Jack Nicholson

Dan Aykroyd ushered in 1980 with the his portrayal of “Elwood Blues” in The Blues Brothers and closed out 1989 with his portrayal of the “Dr. Raymond ‘Ray’ Stantz” in Ghostbusters.

Dam Aykroyd

Sorry. I digress. So what’s all this hubbub over Kevin Bacon? Appartently, Kevin Bacon is hot and trending. He stars in a hot television show, “The Following.” Not only that, but this year is also the 30th Anniversary of his movie, Footloose. Kevin Bacon was Jimmy Falon’s special guest on The Tonight Show and the hooplah was reported by The New York Daily News yesterday. Kevin Bacon’s exciting entrance on television was uploaded to The Tonight Show’s YouTube Channel, and at the time of this writing, can boast over 4.7 million views. Check out the video below.

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To Be a Pilgrim Novel Project

Chris Bent graduated from Yale and became a Navy SEAL UDT-21. He had the honor of recovering several spacecraft, including Gemini 6/7 & AS-201, the very first Apollo Spacecraft to go into space. After the Navy he worked in retailing in various stores including Lord & Taylor, B. Altman, Brooks Bros, J.CREW, and even the World Wrestling Federation. He and his wife now run one of the most successful independent women\'s accessory stores in the country. Troubled by all the pain and injustice in the world he is driven to write in brief chapters that touch universal truths. Helping us search and find where we are meant to go. Helping us make a difference. Helping us not to quit. Hopefully.
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DOB: 02/13/2014
OK, so you are unhappy..... Who isn\'t? 1-800-I-AM-UNHAPPY (Volume 1) is the first in a series of volumes of writings by a former Navy Seal, Chris Bent, who over his lifetime has served country, family, and the poor. He is known for writing inspirational books that instill leadership qualities and a sense of spirit, regardless of religious faith or not. The books inspire a person to become a leader in their own life, to make a difference in their own town, neighborhood, and family, and set a good example for their children. We all need places to go to find out truths, to find out what we are doing right…and wrong. Lives can change if they get back on the right track. These books, along with other inspirational books, spiritual books, religious books, and books on leadership are places not to ignore if you want a better life. These books are inspirational, straight-talking, often irreverent and humorous insights of self-discovery about life as we should know it. If your spirit needs or wants to be revitalized with: Inspiration Leadership Self-Discovery Humor Happiness Hope Success Then this series of books by Chris Bent may be just what you have been looking for! Written in short, insightful chapters of what Chris Bent refers to as his "writs and wit," this book invites examination of, and self-discovery about, modern day issues that are present in everyone\'s lives that bear looking at in an honest, straight-talking way. You won\'t find any sugar-coated, politically correct, or inhibiting false diplomacy in the impactful, straight forward views of events and issues that are shaping our world\'s morality and its very future. "Originally written for his children, Candice and Courtney, it now will be shared as a private conversation with each reader. It was always meant to be personal."
Published by: Chris Bent
Date published: 12/17/2013
Edition: 1
ISBN: 978-0991332809
Available inEbookPaperback
Book review of Chris Bent\'s inspirational and motivational tome, 1-800-I-AM-UNHAPPY (Vol. 1). Bent is a Yale graduate and former Navy SEAL.
I came across this author and was intrigued for several reasons. The author’s background- former Navy SEAL and spacecraft recovery was one I found interesting. I found this book to be a great collection of musings on life. Straightforward and to the point, he says it “like it is”. Quips like a man’s handshake used to be his word. Today a man’s word is his attorney. This Statements like these while humorous, are also realistically true. The author fills the book with numerous comments and stories that really make you think. From love to the workforce to beauty to low wage workers, the author muses and every single musing made me think. Some made me smile and others made me think how right he is. The extra bonus is, this is a book you can open to anywhere and read a chapter or two. You can even read it from back to front. The musings are a nice mix of topics. All in all- a good book.
1-800-I-AM-UNHAPPY - Volume 1
Date published: 02/09/2014
5 / 5 stars
On June 28th, 2005, during an infamous mountainside battle with Taliban forces, Lieutenant Michael P. Murphy was killed while trying to protect his Navy SEAL team. In 2007, he was posthumously awarded The Medal Of Honor for his bravery, the first ever given for combat in Afghanistan. This powerful documentary features interviews with LT Murphy\'s friends, family and teammates, and reveals the remarkable life of the son, brother, neighbor and warrior known to all as Murph; a man who made the ultimate sacrifice for his country and the cause of freedom to become a true American hero. This is the story and legacy of MURPH: THE PROTECTOR.
Directed by: Scott Mactavish
Michael P. Murphy
Marcus Luttrell and his team set out on a mission to capture or kill notorious Taliban leader Ahmad Shah, in late June 2005. Marcus and his team are left to fight for their lives in one of the most valiant efforts of modern warfare.
Directed by: Peter Berg
Mark Wahlberg
Taylor Kitsch
Emile Hirsch

A Book Review of 1-800-I-AM-UNHAPPY (Vol. 1)


“We have become a culture of chameleons adapting to the perceived feelings of others!”Chapter 19, “Too Bad”

I find that the opening quote for this review comes as an interesting observation from a man who used to be a “frog.”

Chris Bent1-800-I-AM-UNHAPPY (Vol. 1) is a collection of things, thoughts and other stuff from Yale graduate and former Navy frogman, Chris Bent– 67 chapters of reflections and ruminations to be precise; but to merely call this book reflections and ruminations would be a disservice to what author Bent serves up. To call them random thoughts would be an insulting injustice altogether, in my humble opinion. There is nothing random about the Navy’s diver community, whether it be SEALs, salvage diver, or EOD. There is always a method to the madness. In order to get the gist of what this book is about, first we need to understand a little bit about the scribe behind the words.

Chris Bent was a Navy “frog” who served in Underwater Demolition Team Unit 21 (UDT-21, later SEAL Team 4). He graduated from Basic Underwater Demolition/SEALs (BUD/S) training with Class 31E. To give you an idea of the time frame, Richard “The Rogue Warrior” Marcinko graduated with Class 26 and Jesse “The Body” Ventura graduated with Class 58. I was a Navy diver in the 80s and 90s, a generation behind Chris Bent’s era. He was the old school Navy, of whom we young guys (back then) would reverently refer to as the “men of iron who sailed ships of wood.” You need to keep this in mind when reading his book.

The book is a delight. Whatever your background; whatever your religious perspective; you should be able to read author Bent’s book and come away with something. Even if you disagree with everything he has written, I believe that at the end, you must set your book or eReader down, stand up and applaud with a chest swollen with heartfelt gratitude to thank men like Chris Bent for defending and representing your right to vehemently disagree with his perspective.

His book provides 67 vignettes into the soul of today’s America through a sometimes staccato rat-tat-tat of M16 fire straight for the heart. Bent is the warrior’s Andy Rooney because he’s not just ranting about what’s gone amiss– he inspires us to pull from within the mettle that will empower us to soar on high. Like a BUD/S instructor, pressing us on to drive out the pain with even more pushups, as he describes when he writes about rules in Chapter 25, “Red Light District”:

“You can be sure you paid a price when you broke [the rules]. Now in SEAL training if you so much as winked it was an extra 50-100 pushups or a dip in the icy ocean and rolling in the sand and then some run up a stupid sand dune…. You learned fast or failed. Failure sucks.”

1-800-I-AM-UNHAPPYI laughed. I nodded (yup, been there; done that; bought the t-shirt). There were even a few tears of joy and sadness. I don’t know Chris personally, but those who have served the U.S. Navy are always shipmates for life. Therefore, I say gratefully: Hooyah, Chris Bent. Hooyah, old shipmate.

I-AM-SO-HAPPY that a friend told me about this book. I heartily recommend it, not only to all my shipmates with whom I served back in the day, but to anyone who might like to feel the pulse, the real heart and soul at the core of the men portrayed in recent movies such as MURPH the PROTECTOR and LONE SURVIVOR.

I have already purchased 1-800-I-AM-UNHAPPY – Volume 2 and will be reading it shortly; and you can bet that I’ll read Volume 1 again. Having said that, I’ll leave you with this quote from Chapter 38, “DDG 112 Hooyah”

“What one does for others is the measure of one’s life. You can take bullets on a hill or you can take criticism in your home. It does not matter as long as you are standing for good. Calling a spade a spade… calling bad for what it is, period.”

You can purchase Chris Bent’s book at (here’s the link) or wherever good books are sold.

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