PANKO Strength & Speed lost one of its most loyal proponents.  After five years and more than 15,000 hours of solid service, the stereo system died.

A loyal family generously filled the void and donated a system they were looking to upgrade.

The old system had an FM radio.  This system has AM/FM radio.  The old system was compatible, via an adaptor, with any downloaded digital music and online streams.  The new system is the same.  The old system had a three disc changer.  The new disc has a 50 plus one disc changer.  Fifty plus one. A six disc changer used to be a big deal; this holds eight times that plus three.

Even though having 51 CD’s in a system is a cool, quirky thing.  There are not 1,000 songs on the 51 discs so the storage has nothing on the technology of 2015.  It’s not the number of discs, but the meaning behind the discs.

The collection started in 1997 with the acquisition of Back in Black.  It grew exponentially in 1999-2000 when VH1 came out with “The 100 Greatest Songs of Rock ‘n Roll” and was capped off in 2001-2002 during the era of free downloads and burnt CDs.  There are over 100 discs, many of them were burned.

It was not exactly known what was on each disc; they haven’t been played in over a decade.  There is only one way to find out exactly what is on the discs and at PANKO Strength & Speed everyone is learning together.  It has been invigorating to go back to the thought processes of a 17-19 year old.  There were no concerns about Obamacare and government regulations, no ideas about self-employment taxes, business property taxes, social security taxes, making sure every 1099 gets their information right or the breadth and depth of corporate taxes.  When the CDs were made there was no awareness of search engine optimization, database management or the lifeblood of small business and why it’s crucial.

In fact the CDs are energizing because they are a reminder of the genesis, the beginning, of an adventure.  They are an aide-mémoire of passion, a craving that existed before the trials of small business tend to make many somewhat jaded.  They are a symbol of drive and big dreams.  The CDs bring back memories of the Training Zone – a hole-in-the wall garage gym with rusty weights and unmatched dumbbells.  The music prompts training after college football games (instead of going to fraternity parties) and being in the weight room at 7AM on Saturday mornings in the off-season.

The Lesson of the 50+1 has brought this whole experience back to its raw roots, a forerunner for the purpose of the CARNIVORE Culture.  The Lesson of the 50+1 has proved the necessity of the CARNIVORE Culture.  The remaining 49 should do the same.