No, I didn’t see her…


But I did lift. It was a bit unusual; my university gym has one decent pull up bar, and that is on the power rack. The other devices are poor for doing pull-ups.

So I did 3 sets of 10 (different groups) and 6 sets of 5. Not good.
rotator cuff
bench: 10 x 135, 4 x 180, 9 x 165 (not bad)
incline: 10 x 135, 9 x 135
military: 2 sets of 15 x 45 dumbbell, 1 set of 10 x 70 (each arm) machine
curls: 1 set of 10 x 70 machine, 10 x 52.5 pulley, standing EZ curl bar 5 x 65, 5 x 50 pulley
rows: 3 sets of 10 x 65 dumbbell (each arm)
pull downs: 3 sets of 10 x 160 (one with rotated grip)
abs; the down dog/up dog makes my back feel good.

Then 3.14 miles on the treadmill. 28 minutes were at .5 incline; the first 15 minutes felt TERRIBLE; heartburn, sluggish, etc. I almost quit. But I kept going and ironically, INCREASING the pace made me feel better.
10:23/9:40/8:48; I was feeling good at the end.

Helicopter Parents:

Catherine Venusto, a secretary with the Northwestern Lehigh School District, was like most parents in that she wanted to see her children succeed in the classroom. Sure, she could help them with their homework, or hire a tutor. But why not cut out the middleman? So, using the superintendent’s username and password, she sneaked into the school’s database to alter her children’s grades over 100 times.
Eventually, Venusto left her job at the school to work for QVC. But even there, she continued to log in remotely to fiddle with grades. In one case, she changed her son’s grade from a 98 to a 99, because damn it, any asshole can get a 98. She also changed one of her daughter’s failing grades to a medical exemption. In this case, the medical hardship was presumably that she has a mother who is out of her mind. […]
Her defense was that she didn’t know that breaking into a computer system and changing grades was against the law.

….Hiring managers say they’re running into applicants whose parents conducted the job search, as well as wrote and submitted the resume on their kid’s behalf. Some of them then sit in on the interview itself and will actually attempt to negotiate salary and benefits on behalf of their children. For example, an HR manager received a call from the mother of an intern they had hired, informing her that her son deserved to be paid more because he was so talented. Not talented enough to negotiate his own salary, though, apparently.


Professional tutors have always walked a fine line between empowering students to do better in school and actually doing the work for them. Wealthy parents in New York City have been caught hiring “tutors” to do just that — complete their children’s work for them. So concerned are they with being able to brag to their friends that Junior is attending Harvard that they couldn’t care less if they literally buy his way in. Hey, the sooner the kids figure out how the real world works, the better.
One medical student tutored students from wealthy families and made over $150,000, which he used to put himself through school. He started off working for a standard tutoring agency, but the prospect of making tons of cash by doing unethical things like writing college entrance essays for students was too enticing to pass up. After all, if he didn’t do it, someone else would. One mother, a college professor, hired him to “tutor” her son through high school. But once her son graduated and moved off to college, he promptly flunked out without his tutor’s assistance.


This is astonishing to me; my parents completely stayed out of my educational experiences from junior high onward. They went to games and PTA meetings but my grades were completely up to me.


February 11, 2013 - Posted by | big butts, education, politics/social, running, social/political, spandex, weight training |

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