Errors eclipse Chiefs’ chances of winning

Two days prior to classes: I decided to make a noon baseball game (12:30 start due to rain) and an eclipse watching party (30 minute break in the game to watch). I had some old glasses from 2012.

In fact, this was my 3’rd Chiefs game in a row. On Saturday, we took Tracy and the Chiefs lost 7-6, despite a grand slam. 4 errors killed them.
Sunday: pitcher’s duel. The Chiefs won 2-0 but committed 3 errors.
Today: lost to Clinton again 7-6; a disastrous 2n’d inning which saw 3 errors and the Chiefs leave home plate uncovered cost them 3 runs, and the game. There were 4 home runs, 2 by each team. One of the Clinton home runs cleared the second green fence that was to the left and behind the large visual screen. One of the Chiefs homeruns hit that said screen.

Now games where you have 4, 3 and 4 errors all in a row…there is a problem. I noticed and said something…yesterday and today.

And my thoughts: well, that team that fielded so well is now at Palm Beach! (the “advanced A” Cardinals affiliate). Ok, that is an exaggeration, but the Cardinals are good about promoting the players and a few Chiefs have earned promotions this season. This can lead to growing pains for the team that is left behind. Ah, the life of a minor league baseball fan. 🙂

Workout notes: 4 mile walk yesterday. Today: almost full weight workout: rotator cuff, hip hikes, toe raises, pull ups (5 sets of 10: went ok), bench: 10 x 135, 4 x 185, 8 x 170, incline: 10 x 135, rows: 3 sets of 10 x 200 Hammer machine, military (dumbbell, standing) 10 x 50, 10 x 45, 20 x 40. 2 sets of rope skips (16, 22), 2 sets of squats (50’s, 20 inch, windowsill).

Yes, I have a cold. So I drove to a game I normally walk to. Easy for the next few days.

August 21, 2017 Posted by | baseball, walking, weight training | | Leave a comment

Whiny workout

Course: basically like last Saturday, though after the 18.75, I did the 1.1 + .4 to get over 20. It was starting to warm up and I wanted to be done. I had to stop to adjust might right shoe..I had to do that twice. And (TMI) I did have a small problem with gas around 3:30 or so..fortunately that is all it was.

I did the tablets and the nutrition and that helped; my main challenge was basic fatigue and not getting overheated.

Of interest:

1. I found a 10 dollar bill near the Bob Michael Bridge (no one nearby).
2. About 10 miles into it, I saw a woman running in what looked like “bra and panties”; when she got close, you could see that she might have had 1-2 percent bodyfat and appeared to be going 6 mpm-ish..and just behind her was another slender woman (more clothes) running at a similar pace. They were too old to be university runners; have to be elites visiting the area.

Back to my workout: it was not a disaster (though doing squats yesterday was a bad idea). but it wasn’t a confidence builder either. And, as usual, I had a couple of rough patches to push through. And that is something one cannot teach a new walker; everyone has to figure out where that “push through the discomfort” vs. “quit and train another day” line is for themselves.

August 19, 2017 Posted by | walking | Leave a comment


I cannot keep up with the administration without a scorecard; evidently Bannon is now out.

Who knows what else is in store.

I was going to write about white supremacy and how white supremacy is a superset of bigotry; it is really more or less a base assumption that what the average white person experiences in life is more or less what everyone experiences (i. e., if you see law enforcement as a friendly presence, then everyone who isn’t a criminal ought to see them that way as well, ergo, BLM must be bad), and that assumption is unwarranted and has immoral consequences.

But…wow…things are moving so fast.

And the semester looms…

Workout notes: rotator cuff, pull ups (5 sets of 10, less rest than normal), bench press: 10 x 135, 4 x 190, 8 x 170, incline: 10 x 135, standing military (dumbbells), 10 x 50, 10 x 45, 20 x 40. dumbbell rows: 3 sets of 10 x 65. abs: 2 sets of moving bridge, twist crunch, yoga leg lifts. Headstand (better), rope skips: 33, 47, 26, 35, goblet squats: 10 x 50 (20 inches), 10 x 40, 10 x 50 window sill (lower)

August 18, 2017 Posted by | social/political, weight training | Leave a comment

Trump voters and personal malaise

The personal malaise: for some reason, I’ve had a bit of tickle in my throat over the past few days and haven’t felt good at all. I am, well, kind of antsy, throat has a tickle, eyes burn a bit. BUT, my workouts have been fine, and when I am really coming down with something, my workouts usually tank.

Yesterday’s weights and run were good, today’s walk: 2 outside, 1 track (13:03, off/on), treadmill walk (start 10 minutes at 4.6 mph, then upped it..37:35 at 3, 38:50 5K) was fine. Last night’s yoga class exposed my weaknesses, but it was fine too.

Is it allergies, or do I have some sort of low-grade “something”?

Trump voters: this is a decent read. Roughly speaking: they don’t like the KKK or the Nazis, but they think Trump is doing ok and that Obama was divisive.

About the latter: I think that it stems from what I call “cultural inflexibility”. They see “true America” in one specific way and too much deviation from that box is “unAmerican”. So if a president says something to the effect “you know, African Americans might have a legitimate grievance here”…well, if it is a Republican saying it, they might raise an eyebrow. A white Democrat: well, they see it as political pandering. And a black Democrat: DIVISIVE! HE IS TEARING THE COUNTRY APART.

To them, BLM is criminal coddling (“if you’ve done nothing wrong, the police won’t do anything to you”) And very few of them are persuadable…and none of them would ever be persuaded by me.

Anything that they haven’t experienced, well, just isn’t true. And if Fox News tells you, well, they are telling the truth. I’ve had a few of them actually tell ME what I do in my own classroom! I tartly retorted that there isn’t some unAmerican way to solve a calculus problem.

August 17, 2017 Posted by | illness, walking | | Leave a comment

Corporate America: more responsive than Congress?


Now think about it: the Louie Gohmert’s and Joe Shimkus’ of the Congress really don’t care about what I think; they reflect their own constituencies. But a corporation very much cares about sales; it really doesn’t matter if they sell the item in Oklahoma or California. The profit is roughly the same. So here, the number of people who have money to spend matters, hence the opinion of such people matters. There is no gerrymandering to skew things, at least for national brands.

I know that this is not perfect, but wow…

Workout notes: weights then running on the treadmill:
weights; usual PT stuff (shoulder, hip, feet), pull ups (5 sets of 10; less rest…very tiring), incline presses: 10 x 135, 5 x 160, 10 x 140, dumbbell military: 10 x 50, 10 x 45, 20 x 40 standing, Hammer machine rows: 3 sets of 10 x 200.

Then treadmill run: 4 miles in 45:09. I did 5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5.4 (increase every 10 min to 3 miles) then increase every 0.25 miles. That was my first “run” in a long time; I thought that I had lost the ability to run.

Weight: more or less the same; ok, down slightly.

August 16, 2017 Posted by | political/social, politics/social, running, social/political, weight training | 1 Comment

And THIS is why I am cautious about “Crying Wolf”

So Trump took up for the neo-Nazis and other white supremacists by saying “there was guilt on both sides” because, well, some of the counter protesters didn’t act optimally at all times.

“You had people in that group who were protesting the taking down of what to them is a very, very important statue,” Trump said, before suggesting that Lee and other Confederate-era generals, including Stonewall Jackson, are the victims of historical revisionism attempting to delegitimize their roles.

Speaking rhetorically, Trump asked reporters whether George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, both slave owners, should suffer the same fate and have their statues removed. “You’re changing history; you’re changing culture,” he said.

Trump reiterated his condemnation of neo-Nazis and other white supremacists. But he also made clear that he believed that some of the counterprotesters were armed and took aggressive actions that helped spark the violence.

Hmmm, so Confederate leaders are on the level of our founding fathers? Yes, you sometimes heard such nonsense in southern circles.

Well…back to the point in my post:

I’ve heard all sorts of things called “bigotry”; they range from being skeptical of using pronouns, wondering if transwomen with male genitals should use women’s “gang showers”, pointing out that the ACT and SAT really do have predictive power (with regards to future success in STEM fields) or for pointing out that, statistically speaking, there is more social pathology in the lower economic classes (though research suggests that poverty is the cause, not the effect), my contempt for the cries of “cultural appropriation”, etc.

I am loath to scream “bigotry” because, well, when one over uses the word, it loses its power for when it truly applies.

And I have a hard time distinguishing unusual amounts of anger for the usual, run of the world noise I hear from my fellow lefties. If the background is full of constant static, it is tough to distinguish a real signal.

And see how Americans are reacting to Trump…I am turning to…the feed of “mainstream Republicans” more so than the feed of my fellow Democrats.

August 15, 2017 Posted by | racism, social/political | | Leave a comment

Blind spots, mob actions, and memories

Mob actions: evidently, a small mob pulled down a statue in Durhan, North Carolina. While I agree that these statues should come down, I do not approve of this action. Think of it this way: this small mob speaks only for themselves; they represent no one. A society that agrees to do this represents all of us; society doing this legally makes a much stronger statement. Of course, getting society to do this legally requires time, effort, coordination, gathering allies, at times: organizing economic boycotts, and the like. And there is no instant gratification.

And yes, the statues should come down. No, this is not whitewashing history; after all, we can (and should) study history and be frank about our “sins of the past”. But statues are to honor, and the confederates deserve no place of honor.

And this comes to something that used to surprise me: most of my childhood was on Air Force bases; the Union was good; the Confederates were in the wrong. President Lincoln was a revered hero. That wasn’t the case at all with many southern people I met later (10’th grade and beyond). That just stunned me. I suppose that it shouldn’t have.

I went to school at the Naval Academy and graduate school at the University of Texas, Austin. Both places treated me well. But as for Texas: if one renamed every building named after a racist, well, that would be the majority of the buildings. The school used to defend segregation; I even saw some of the original documents on display. That was icky.

Then I remember the first college football game I ever saw in person: Texas vs. Rice in 1969. There was exactly ONE black player on the field…and he played for Rice (I later found out that he went on to start for the Dallas Cowboys). And Rice used to not admit blacks..they had to wait until Mr. Rice (the founder) died before they removed the “no blacks” from the charter. And yet, Rice is now one of the top schools in the nation; I was accepted there and seriously considered it.

And that leads me to thinking: so many that I met defend that legacy…and these are people who appear to be nice and polite! But they have this massive blind spot in this one area.

What blind spots do I have? And how open would I be to those blind spots being pointed out? I believe that we all have them.

I don’t know; I suppose it is tough to admit when one was fundamentally wrong, and it is tough to not act like a sanctimonious jackass when one is “in the right”.

Workout notes somewhat more intense 10K hilly walk; I did Lynnor hill repeats without Lynnor. 🙂

August 15, 2017 Posted by | politics/social, social/political, walking | Leave a comment

Confronting white supremacy: the messenger matters.

This video was from 1947 but is still very relevant today:

but note the tone: it was “peer to peer”. I think that is the most effective type of messaging.

The above is from my 1976 (junior year of high school) yearbook. Yes, we were The Rebels and I even had such flags on my bedroom wall; it was a “school pride” thing with me.
Now that you are seeing pushback against confederate monuments, well, you can just see the whining and complaining. Bottom line: many truly believe that “their heritage” is under attack. Yes that really isn’t what the flag was about. But, since I’ve been away, I’ve really become an outsider; they do not trust me as being “one of them”.

And that is my point.

When it comes to something as sensitive as race relations in the United States, the messenger matters.

Example: I have white friends who really have few, if any, good black friends. They simply do not accept that racial profiling by law enforcement is even “a thing”.

Yes, this is a conservative Republican. I agree with him on almost nothing. But listen to his experiences.

Here, there is no substitute for having different kinds of friends who experience life in the US differently than you do.

But when it comes to condemning white supremacyj, I’ll just say it. People will be more receptive to the message if it comes from a peer.

You know that your fiend likes you and understands your values. So you might be more likely to really listen to them.

Yes, my Facebook wall is full of old liberal hippies condemning white supremacy. But they are saying what you expect them to say. The person who is at every protest…well, their speaking out surprises no one; they are part of the background.

But a white conservative businessperson might have some personal pull with other white conservatives. A white Republican talking to a predominately white church might get listened to.

The messenger matters.

Workout notes weights only;

hip hikes, toe raises, rotator cuff, pull ups (5 sets of 10), bench press: 10 x 135, 5 x 185, 8 x 170, incline press: 10 x 135, dumbbell military press: 10 x 50, 10 x 45, 20 x 40 (standing), rows: 2 sets of 10 x 65, machine rows: 10 x 130 (up), goblet squats: 10 x 50, 10 x 55, 2 sets of 5 x 60, abs: 2 sets of: 12 twist crunch, 10 yoga leg lifts, 10 moving bridge, headstand (ok), rope skips: 2 misfires, 50, 49 (missed on skip 50).

August 14, 2017 Posted by | politics/social, racism, social/political, weight training | Leave a comment

Denouncing white supremacy is not “political correctness”

You’ve probably heard about the events in Charlottesville where white supremacy groups were protesting..and the next day one of those racist thugs ran over counter protesters with a car, killing one and injuring several others.

Please make this as simple as possible. White supremacy groups are to be condemned, period. No “ifs”, “ands”, “buts”, “butwhatabout”, etc. It really isn’t that difficult and no, 45 has not issued such a straight forward condemnation whereas many other top Republicans have.

Yes, white politicians will go to black groups and to black churches and tell them how terrible racism is. Guess what: they need to do this in WHITE churches, especially conservative white churches. (UCC, UU churches do not count). Frankly, that probably will not happen, at least in any large numbers anyway.

This is about white supremacy and text book racism.

This is not about principled debates over: tax structure, what sort of social safety nets to have and how to implement them, affirmative action (what type, if any and how it is done), crime (declining, but still an issue) etc.

Dear conservative reader (if there are any): I am not trying to turn you into a liberal. I couldn’t even if I tried.

This is about condemning this. It is a very low bar to clear.

August 14, 2017 Posted by | racism, social/political | Leave a comment

So so walk and the Chiefs split a pair of pitching duels with the Bees

Baseball: I got to see two long games. Last night, the game was tied 2-2 at the end of 9; the Chiefs lost 4-2 when the Bees got a couple of runs in the top of the 12’th.

The Chiefs were hurt when they twice loaded the bases but got no runners in. The Bees made 4 errors (very rare) including some puzzling errors on ground balls. But the Chiefs could not capitalize.

The Chiefs took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the 7’th and a closer took over in the 8’th..and so it was 1-0 going into the top of the 9’th. But some walks and a couple of RBI singles off of the first relief pitcher gave the Bees a 2-1 lead; the Chiefs tied it in the bottom; had some base runners but couldn’t bring them in.

Today: this time it was 1-1 at the end of 9 before a walk and a double in the bottom of the 11’th won the game 2-1. In this game, the bullpen looked sharp.

And we have a fighting chance for some playoff baseball!!!! The Chiefs are one of 3 teams fighting for 2 wild card spots.

One of Barbara’s sons and family

Saturday night: Chiefs lead 1-0 at this point and had the bases loaded..but failed to score. This cost them the game, I think.

The “Jump on It” part of the 7’th inning stretch.

Barbara arranged a group outing for the Saturday Night game. Great time.

Walking: I was a bit tired after yesterday’s 20.5 mile training walk and opted for a slow 10 (16 minute pace) today. I forgot that I had to build up to doing doubles, and I did a double last weekend (half on Saturday, 15 slow on Sunday).

August 14, 2017 Posted by | baseball, walking | | Leave a comment