Current Marathon or Beyond List, 2017

Maryland Marathon: 3:33

San Antonio Marathon 3:48

East Lyme Marathon (CT) 4:24

1998 (2)
Quad Cities Marathon 3:55 (hot: 207 out of over 1000)
Chicago Marathon 3:46

Quad Cities Marathon 3:45

2000 (2)
Lake Okoboji (IA) 4:25
Indianapolis Marathon 3:38

Lake Geneva Marathon 3:40

2002 (4) (13 total)
San Diego Marathon 3:57 (run)
Fairfield (IA) 50K 6:22 (walk)
Quad Cities Marathon 4:44 (walk)
Rocket City Marathon 4:04 (run)
(injured going in; had to run/walk)

2003 (5) (18 total)
McNaughton 50K (run) 7:04
Ice Age 50K 7:18 (walk)
Park City Marathon (UT) 5:17 (walk)

Judy Birthday 50K (walk; informal-Fat ass type)
Quivering Quads (MO) 50K 8:11 (walk)

2004 (7) (25 total)
McNaughton 50 mile 12:46 (walk)
Cornbelt (IA) 24 hour (101 miles), walk
Wandleweekend (NED) 24 hour (88 miles) walk

Fairfield 50K 7:16 (walk)
Quad Cities Marathon 5:13 (walk)
Chicago Ultra 50K 6:20 (walk)

Ultracentric (TX) 24 hour 81 miles (walk)

2005 (8) (33 total)
McNabb (IL) FatAss 50K 6:25 (run, sort of)
Chicago Ultra 50K (spring) 6:42 (walk)
McNaughton 100 34:16 (walk)
Andy Payne Marathon (OK) 5:25 (walk)
Lean Horse 100 (SD), 29:34 (walk)

Quad Cities Marathon 5:34 (walk)
Chicago Ultra 50K 6:29 (walk)
Ultracentric 24 hour 70 (walk)

2006 (5) (38 total)
McNabb (IL) FatAss 50K 6:37 (run, sort of)
Houston Ultra 24 hour 76 mile (walk)
Stigma 8 hour 27 mile (trail) (walk)
McNaughton (100 DNF), got to mile 50 then 20 more.
Ice Age 50K 7:36 (walk)
FANS 24 hour 83 miles (walk)

2007 (4) (42 total)
FANS 24 hour 66 mile (walk) (couldn’t train until 5-6 weeks prior)
FX 12 hour 34 mile (walk)
Farmdale 33 miles 9:27 (walk)
Ultracentric 24 hour 58 mile (walk)

2008 (3) (45 total)
McNaughton 50 mile (staged; 31:37 walk)
Andy Payne Marathon 6:16 (walk)
FANS 24 hour 47 miles (walk)

2009 (5) (50 total)
McNaughton 100 miler (47:45; staged, walk)
(brutal conditions; the drop out rate was astounding: 74 started the 100 and 27 finished; 47 started the 150 and 27 made it to 100 (including the 12 who finished all 150); in total 54 out of 121 starters made it to 100 miles and I was one of these)
Rockford Marathon 5:14 (walk)
FANS 24 hour 66 miles (walk)
Mulshoe 44 (DNF, ran out of time at mile 29) walk
Quad Cities Marathon 5:28 (walk)
McNot-aGain 30 mile 8:55 (walk)
(fought through injuries for these last two; almost no training was possible)

2010 (51)
McNotagain 30 mile 9:52 (knee surgery 3.5 months prior)

2011 (52)
Fans 24 hour: 54.5 miles

2012 (53)
We Walk Lake Wobegone marathon 6:58:58

2013 (54)
River City Marathon (run/walk) 5:44:55

2014 (55)
McNotAgain 30 9:54

2015 3 for the year (58 )
FANS 24 hour 59.9 miles

PNC River City Marathon (walk) 5:49:23

McNotAgain 30 (walk) 11:03

2016 2 for the year, (60 and counting)

FANS 24 hour walk 38 miles (35.9 in 10:40)

PNC marathon (run/walk) 5:52

2017: 2 DNF, one 50K
36 Hours of Jack Monkey Flunker 50K 8:42.


December 18, 2017 Posted by | marathons, running, ultra, walking | , | Leave a comment

Liberals attack Doug Jones…it was bound to happen

Oh JFC…our morons can’t help themselves. A Democrat squeaks through a red state and now liberals are already on his case for not getting with a MoveOn style agenda.

What in the hell did they expect would be competitive in Alabama? Argh!!!

Cluelessness is indeed bipartisan.

December 17, 2017 Posted by | Democrats, political/social, politics | Leave a comment

Will Mueller be fired? My guess: no..but…

Here is a short video that explains why it might be tough for Trump to have Mueller fired (he cannot fire him directly) and IF he manages to get that done, why the investigations won’t stop.

This tweetstorm talks about ways Trump could get around current law (e. g. by appointing a new AG by executive order)

Long shot? I do see a lot of posturing. But I wonder if the current Republican political leadership understand that 45 would gladly throw any of them under the bus if it would make it easier on them.

Workout notes: easy 10 mile walk; almost 10.0 as measured by the mapping device. It was partly the first 4 miles of the W. Peoria course with a Cemetery loop and a second loop thrown in, then the 3 mile out and back on the hills in Bradley Park, one pit stop and a quick trip back via Maplewood. It was 2:45; leisurely pace.

December 17, 2017 Posted by | political/social, politics, politics/social, republicans, social/political, walking | | Leave a comment

Graduation exercises done…various topics

Grading done, graduation exercises done. So, aside from some “less than pleasant” family obligations I should enjoy a pleasant month.

Sexual Harassment We are seeing lots of accusations and resignations..and in one case, a female was the accused.

I hope that we haven’t arrived at a place where an accusation is sufficient to tank someone’s career.

Example: 20+ years ago, I had a faculty friend who liked me well enough to sit in on one of my classes. She talked about a bunch of stuff..and in a conversation she had mentioned that she felt weak from a religious fast. I replied “yes, you are looking a bit thin”.

Later she asked me to come into her office. I did..she asked “do you know why I want to talk to you?” I responded “I guess it is about the course”. She went on to tell me that my remark was sexual harassment. I was astonished. I said “I meant…” and she said “I KNOW what you meant..” ..Eventually I had enough. She tried to shake my hand but I refused..and I broke off all unnecessary contact with her. No, no charges were ever filed and no official complaint was ever made.

By the way, she is a respected scholar (by our standards) but her personality…not as well respected. turns out that she HAD suffered some genuine sexual harassment; she was asked out by a senior faculty member; when she declined he told her that the tenure decision, in part, depended on her being “collegial”. So, it isn’t as if she always “cried wolf”.

So sometimes, people can honestly interpret the same situation differently:

So people who think that the issue can be resolved by hashtags, “zero tolerance”, “non-negotiable demands” and the like are delusional; the situation is way more complicated than that.

Republican Tax Scam Yes, they did fix some of the hits to higher education, but it is still a big giveaway to the wealthiest and will probably explode the deficit…which will lead to them cutting Social Security, Medicare and safety net programs because “we are broke”.

Oh, it is a wildly unpopular bill and might cost many of them their seats in 2018..but will also lead to some cushy K-Street jobs and the like. So the unpopularity of the bill bothers them not at all.

Bradley Basketball We saw the men demolish Arkansas Little Rock 86-46 despite clearing the bench.

They won big at Chicago State, though Chicago State got blistered by Northwestern 96-31..trailed 55-8 at the half. Still, the team is winning.

The women lost big at Green Bay, but Green Bay is ranked no. 21 for a reason.

Workout notes: yesterday, routine weight session. Usual PT, 5 sets of 10 pull ups, bench: 10 x 135, 6 x 185, 5 x 185, incline: 10 x 135. Military: dumbbell: 10 x 50, 10 x 45, machine: 10 x 80 (each arm), 3 sets of 10 x 110.

Today: easy 4.2 mile run prior to graduation exercises; clear and crisp.

December 17, 2017 Posted by | basketball, economy, education, political/social, politics, republicans, running, social/political, walking, weight training | , , | Leave a comment

still grading

Not quite done with finals…still addition, grade calculation…should be done in 3-4 more hours.

Lots to talk about later…

Workout notes: yesterday, weights plus 2 miles plus (outer lane) in 28:40 on the track); usual pt,
pull ups: 5 sets of 10; ok
dumbbell bench press: 10 x 70 (2 sets)
incline bench press: 3 x 150, 10 x 135
military press (dumbbells) 10 x 50, 10 x 45 (standing)
military press (machine) 10 x 110
rows: 2 sets of 10 x 70 dumbbell (each arm), 10 x 110 machine.

Today: 4.3 mile run..had to stop due to unusual lower GI issues. (rare for me)

Selected photos from the ultra (36 hours of Jack) They show the start (navigating uneven terrain..there is where the bent knee is), mile 3, and the finish.

December 15, 2017 Posted by | marathons, running, walking, weight training | Leave a comment

Trump trolls and Warren (and others bite)

Ok, Trump acts like, well, Trump:

And…well, many women HAD to make this a sexual innuendo (the “would do anything for them”) though this phrase is often used to describe power hungry male politicians, crooked football coaches..even driven athletes. And yes, other liberal WOMEN have told me that they don’t see this as an inherent sexual innuendo (though many that I like and respect do).

So how do national Democratic politicians respond? Senator Elizabeth Warren:

Oh dear.. SLUT SHAMING???? is 2016 over again, and once again, Democrats are doubling down on what FAILED in 2016. They are going to paint Democrats as wildly out of touch kooks that try to make everything about misogyny, sexual harassment, etc. This really doesn’t sit well in the context of the Al Franken flap, where…even Republicans are making more sense than many mainstream Democrats.

I am so despondent right now. The Republicans have dreadful, simply dreadful policies. But the Democrats seem to insist on running as if the nation were a liberal arts college, which it isn’t.

At least the Alabama election between Jones and Moore is close, at the time being. Jones has a genuine chance as of this writing.

Workout notes: morning: I went to the treadmill; ran 10 minutes at 5.1, 10 more at 5.2, some at 5.3 (23:00 for 2 miles) then did 7 at 6.7, rest at 6.8 to get to 3.1 in 33:03. Walked to 46:40 for 4 miles.

noon: hike at Forest Park Nature center; 3.5 outer loop. It has been to long since I’ve been there.
Photos part I:
Photos part II:

December 13, 2017 Posted by | Democrats, hiking, political/social, politics, running | | Leave a comment

One more Moore vs. Jones post

Yes, I expect Moore to win (say, 3-5 points) but an upset is POSSIBLE. Stranger things have happened.

Ironically, Moore’s overt bigotry and his being backward is probably an asset in this “closer than one might expect” race: people can say, hey, “he isn’t perfect, but he is on OUR side” (the side of the conservative white Christian who is completely anti-choice).

December 12, 2017 Posted by | politics, politics/social, social/political | Leave a comment

And I grow more and more intolerant of…

The Al Franken debacle has sure helped me purge my friends list on Facebook (I’ve blocked a few and made my wall “friends only” again). Now as far as “the issue” goes, I like this take:

Zero tolerance should go hand in hand with two other things: due process and proportionality. As citizens, we need a way to make sense of accusations that does not depend only on what we read or see in the news or on social media.

Due process means a fair, full investigation, with a chance for the accused to respond. And proportionality means that while all forms of inappropriate sexual behavior should be addressed, the response should be based on the nature of the transgressions.

So I brought this up and one of my friends posted some photos that showed Leean Tweeden, one of those who made the first complaints, in some sex shots (thong butt shot, her groping a guitar player, giving sexual hugs to men etc.). He was attacked by someone who brought out the usual stuff (e. g. sexy photos is not permission for sexual abuse ..which I completely agree with but saw as irrelevant here). In the discussion, I mentioned the “staged fake groping” photo of Franken with Leeann Tweeden, (yes, the PHOTO was genuine; his hands are poised to look like he was touching her breasts, but she was wearing a flak jacket at the time) and said that “this is not abuse”.

He responded “all touching without consent is abuse” which, is factually incorrect. (online law dictionary definition here) and pointed out that I have been touched, sans consent..and this case was NOT abuse.

Well, that brought another “SJW” on who said my example was “fantasy” (it wasn’t), doubled down on saying that the first person was right and attacked my friend for “slut shaming”, etc. So I blocked him (and said some impolite things in the process) and when the first SJW person returned and doubled down, blocked him too.

And I blocked someone who “liked” one of the SJW’s statements (I was cranky).

But here is my point: my Facebook wall is my space. If someone wants to engage me with a different opinion, fine. But they have to have at least an elementary command of logic and reason.

If they make a statement “touching without consent is abuse” and I point out that there are instances where I’ve been touched without consent and it was NOT abuse, that makes the original statement logically false. If someone cannot understand that, I don’t want to talk to them about issues.

In the past, I’ve mostly blocked Bible beaters, creationists, and the like. In these times, I am mostly blocking “social justice warriors”.

Oh yes, I blocked a Moore supporter on Twitter too, but that is more SOP for me.

December 12, 2017 Posted by | politics, ranting, social/political | | Leave a comment

Hoping against hope in the Alabama Senate special election

Yes, state polls are more volatile than national polls, and I remember the 1990 Texas election where Ann Richards came from behind to upset Clayton Williams (after many Williams gaffes). And I remember the 2010 Illinois governor election when Pat Quinn defied the polls and narrowly, narrowly, held off Bill Brady.

And so it is in Alabama, where Roy Moore leads in most polls against Democrat Doug Jones, though the latest Fox News polls has Jones leading by 10.

My best guess, upon seeing the data, is that Moore has about a 3-5 point lead. But again, the data is volatile and I made similar incorrect predictions in the two aforementioned governors races.

Personal note: final exams begin for me an hour or so. I’ll be grading, grading, grading away.

Workout notes Weights only. My body weight is about the same (206 with shoes and clothes; that is about 203 without) and though I was tired, it did NOT show up on what I could lift.

usual PT, pull ups: 5 sets of 10 (went fine), bench: 10 x 135, 6 x 185 (strong), 10 x 170, incline: 10 x 135, military: 10 x 50 standing, 10 x 45 standing (dumbbells), 10 x 90 (180 total) machine, rows: 2 sets of 10 x 50 single arm, 10 x 110 machine. Some light stretching (“down dog, up dog”) for the hamstrings.

I did the “split sleep” with an awake time at 1 I usually do when I am tired.

December 11, 2017 Posted by | politics, politics/social, weight training | Leave a comment

Accurate self-expression vs. winning politics…

One of my fears after the Trump disaster (his getting elected) was that liberals would double down on a losing strategy. And sure enough…we didn’t disappoint.

So sure, a pussy-hat march might rally the troops and might make those marching feel better, and if that is the goal, well, I suppose “why not”? But that is not a winning political strategy.

And so we see Democrats throwing Sen. Al Franken under the bus BEFORE there could be an investigation. (yes, if there was an investigation and he did what he was accused of, then…fine..kick him out).

Some might see that as a difference maker in a future close race. But is it?

Remember that conventional sexual harassment training often makes things WORSE.

So, now we see a powerful man losing his position based on skimpy evidence. If it can happen to him…and you see potential sexual harassment but then think “wow..if I say something, he might lose his job over what turns out to be nothing…” I would think it would make it less likely that you’d speak out.

And as far as politics; I wonder how many votes this will LOSE for the Democrats as opposed to gain…

And yes, in the Alabama race, Moore leads Jones almost 60-40 among white females.

More about harassment discussions

Of course, harassment issues has caused a lot of discussion on social media..and some puzzling things came out.

One person said something to the effect: when he went on his first date with his wife, he patted her butt and she liked it because she likes men…evidently this guy was unaware of the difference between an office setting with coworkers or subordinates and a romantic situation between consenting adults.

But this lead to a discussion about butt pats and women saying that they thought that butt pats on the first date..or prior to a date were rude.

That struck me as strange because, well, IMHO, dynamics between different people are different. I’ve had “first dates” that went much further than a butt pat; it has to do with the dynamic between the people involved, the nature of the relationship between the people prior to the date, attitudes about the body, etc.

And there are different public dynamics as well. Yes, I’ve seen/heard off inappropriate, unsolicited groping. But I recently remembered:

1. Once, at a party, the wife of someone else attempted to “grind me” with her butt as I walked past. I was with my future first wife so I jumped out of the way..and even had I been alone and the woman had been single, I still would have, being that I did not know her. Now were I single and she were one of my single women friends…different story.

2. When I was on office duty as a young officer (recent Naval Academy graduate), there was an “older” (early 30’s?) enlisted woman who made it a point to walk between me and my computer screen when she wanted to pass, even though there was a LOT of room behind me. Her supervisor (a warrant officer) told her to cut it out. It didn’t bother me but, in this case, had I stroked her when she did this, would I have been 100 percent to blame? I think that many of my feminist friends acquaintances simply do not accept that this dynamic is sometimes in play.

The public, at large, does understand that this is sometimes the case though.

Sometimes, I think that the Democrats are the ones “out of touch” with women, though they might better understand the lives of professional women.

December 11, 2017 Posted by | Democrats, politics, politics/social, social/political | Leave a comment