Harley J. Sims

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My Interests

      Aside from reading, writing, and studying languages, my interests include weightlifting and arbitrating disputes between my children. I grew up blue collar, and I'm ferociously proud of it. Teach me something about wine, and I'll teach you how to shotgun a beer. Then we can either compare DC and Marvel films, or talk about why Borges is the greatest Nobel laureate who never was.

I competed as a natural bodybuilder a couple of times in the early 2000s, and I still enjoy recreational powerlifting, though my PRs are long behind me (best gym total 702kg at 100kg bodyweight). Don't ask me for proof. I'm not one of those guys that takes a camera to a gym.

I've also been known to play a video game from time to time. Currently working my way through the new God of War, and trying to finish Detroit: Become Human without my kids hearing any more of the swear words. Fun fact: they learned the worst ones from overhearing me play Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. To this day, we call them ''Witcher-words' in our house.

Here are some pictures.

 Halifax Court House, February 2013

     Babysitting as my wife covers the espionage trial of Jeffrey Delisle. She's the one wearing the sling as she holds the camera overhead.


 Playing around at Jakaból in Reykjavík, May 2015


     Jakaból is Magnús Ver Magnússon's strongman gym, hidden under a supermarket on Arnarbakki. Hafþór Björnsson, who plays Gregor Clegane ("The Mountain") in Game of Thrones also trains here.

I'm sure my Norse professors would prefer I translate the 'Aumingjar' in the background of the left photo as 'wretches', but 'pussies' is more accurate here. The rubber-coated Atlas Stone in the photo on the right is 100kg (so, my bodyweight). It was the biggest one sitting out when my buddy and I were there. I imagine the 500-pounders were locked up somewhere. Good thing. 

Canoeing the Petawawa River, Algonquin Park, June 2016

Gray and me shooting the Rollway Rapids. Or it might have been The Natch. Either way, thanks to Clarence for the great shot.