I couldn’t find the gym that I was looking for, so I took advantage of the cool weather to run on the track.
I had to stop and loosen my back (mild pain and stiffness; perhaps from the batting cage yesterday).
1 mile warm up
4 x 800: 3:54, 3:53, 3:57, 4:05 (dead) rests: 2:54, 3:16, 3:43,3:53. Cool.
so this was about 4 miles.
The last couple hurt. The rests: first two: 100 walk, 300 jog. Last: 200 walk, 200 jog.
Once I loosened up, I was fine.
So now I am in the library.
Misery of friends
One friend has a teenage kid who has had back surgery; maybe there will be full recovery but this kid will have a bad back for a lifetime. One friend was hit by a car while running and has a broken pelvis. And one of my wife’s friends (40’s) has gone into hospice; she has cancer and while she attempted aggressive treatment, it didn’t work.
Cancer is so nasty; the cells mutate so fast that the genome of cells at one part of a tumor might be different from the genome of the cells in another part of the same tumor.
That, plus human variation means that what works for some in one clinical trial might fail for someone else.
I found lots of used books here (cheap):
Terry Bradshaw’s book (the football player)
Talking Irish: oral history of Notre Dame football
Sand Pebbles (the book which the movie was based on); it is about a US Navy gunboat in China at the time of the Boxer rebellion.
Bait and Switch: this is another Barbara Ehrenreich book; I’ve read Nickled and Dimed and Bright-Sided
In Defense of Elitism
Now, for one dollar apiece, I picked up Bowling Alone and Barack and Michele.
Seven books: 21 dollars, and I am almost through with one of them.
I am sitting outside of our motel since the Wi-Fi reception is better out here. In the general strip mall area some guy is parading around with a leaf blower just seemingly blowing at random. We hear about unemployment but from the army of seemingly useless leaf blowing wielding warriors….maybe employment is too high? 🙂
Just kidding; I know that many see professors as being mostly useless when they aren’t actually teaching in the classroom.
52 minute walk (over 3 miles; perhaps 3.5 or so) around the bike paths here. The back is a bit tender though and I had some trouble with the toes (ragged nail) that bothered me a bit; lube helped.
Later I went to a batting cage while Barbara and her brother played mini-golf.
When she does this, she is very careful to NOT face away from me. 😦
But I spent my time at a batting cage; I took 200 pitches (sets of 20) spread between the 40 mph (3), 50 mph (3) and the 60 mph (3) and the “girls fast-pitch softball” (1). For the baseball I wiffed a few times until I got the timing down. The softball: my reactions were good enough to hit from the get-go. Then I did another 20 pitches in the soft ball while Barbara watched.
Surprisingly, I got tired while in the cage; I am just not used to it. But I am a bit surprised I got to where I could at least connect a bit.
For the 50, 60 mph cages, I wiffed about 20-25 percent of the time.
We ate at a Indian restaurant (pretty good) and there were a few signs that we were near a university (Eastern Kentucky in Richmond)
Workout notes On the treadmill; 20:25 for the first 2 miles (0 to .5 elevation), 17:16 for the next 2 miles (.5 elevation) for quality.
Then We took I-75 to Berea, Ky. We took lunch and I found a used/new bookstore right next door; I came away a bit poorer.
Then we drove to the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame in Mt. Vernon.
There was much more here than meets the eye at first; the text next to the displays was outstanding: well written, informative and entertaining. I was surprised at how tied to US history the evolution of “music delivery” of bluegrass was; basically the depression drove potential bluegrass fans to the cities, which lead to country music being offered in the large cities, then the idea to have “destination” music halls in the country was born.
This is MY list and I admit that I am not consistent. Some I just find creepy; some I just like. You have professional killers, ruthless people, stalkers, sex criminals, rapists, cranky computers and…frogs. (ok, toads).
No, it isn’t a complete list, and these aren’t the most vile ones I can think of (at least some of them). But they are CREEPY….or…hoppy…or…not of this world….or…ok, plain ridiculous in a few cases.
Here they are, in no particular order:
Ok, he was your run of the mill James Bond Henchman.
The reason I like him:
Yes; he won a silver medal in the 1948 Olympic games in weightlifting (light heavyweight). He really was a strong man! He also did professional wrestling. And he was popular enough to have a commercial.
Blowfeld (various James Bond episodes)
Best quote (from You Only Live Twice): Chinese representative upon Blofeld changing the conditions of the deal: “That’s Extortion”. Blofeld: “Extortion is my business”.
This guy was a psychopathic killer and child rapist with no remorse; just plain creepy.
Anton Chigurh from No Country for Old Men
He is a professional killer who would kill you as easily as he’d look at you. But he is even creepier because, well, he kills on the principle of it…just because…well, he feels obligated, or, in his twisted mind, it is the right thing to do, or because a coin flip went a certain way.
This scene is among the creepiest:
First of all, I am talking about the *character* Salieri, and not the real person (who struck me as a pretty good guy). True, Salieri didn’t kill anyone, but he was a self-pitying, sexually repressed (*), back stabber who couldn’t be content with his own (considerable) success.
Note: to see what a complete worm he is, watch the “director’s cut” of Amadeus. It doesn’t come out as clearly in the usual version. Example: in the director’s cut, you understand why Mozart’s wife was enraged to find Salieri with Mozart at the end; Salieri really cruelly humiliated her in the director’s cut.
Here is Salieri getting “showed up” by Mozart. Note: in real life, the initial piece was a real Salieri piece and what it was turned into was a real Mozart piece.
(*) the real life Salieri had lots of kids and so wasn’t too sexually repressed. 🙂
Daniel Plainview: There Will Be Blood
This guy didn’t kill as many as the professional killers in other films, but was still cruel, cold-blooded and ruthless.
He is probably most famous for this:
Baby Jane Hudson in Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?
Jane Hudson is a child movie star who flopped as an adult whereas her sister did well. So she torments her sister mercilessly. Ok, you might cry “foul” as this movie has a surprise ending; things aren’t as they seem.
Here is a famous scene:
Annie Wilkes: Misery
A lonely fan rescues a famous writer from a car crash….but then….well, watch the film. The “hobbling” scene is tough to watch. She is almost as creepy as the book character.
General Jack D. Ripper: Dr. Strangelove
Well, he went crazy and started a nuclear war; he felt that because he couldn’t…”get it up”, there must have been some Communist conspiracy to spike the water.
“Alex” Forrest: Fatal Attraction
This is a later version of Play Misty For Me, except this time, the guy is married and the villain doesn’t something very mean to the family bunny.
Evelyn Draper: Play Misty For Me
This is the psycho stalker character:
Mrs. Mott: The Hand that Rocks the Cradle
Mrs. Mott is married to an obstetrician who has a bad habit of sexually molesting his patients. He gets turned in, and commits suicide. Mrs. Mott no longer has access to her husband’s assets due to lawsuits…and so decides to take a long, drawn out revenge on one of the whistleblowers.
Anyone who has a baby and suffers from asthma will find this beyond creepy.
And I remember these scenes:
Martin Burney: Sleeping with the Enemy
Wife beater and creepy stalker; he has the black mustache Wagner listening Hitler like presence. She fakes her death to escape. But it doesn’t quite work out and he ruthlessly tracks her down….
Grady: The Shining
You’ve seen this: the Jack Torrence character who goes crazy while care taking a mountain resort during the winter:
And he does kill and tries to kill his family:
But to me, the REAL villain is Grady who has, well, an interesting way of “correcting” his daughters:
Roman Castevet: Rosemary’s Baby
Ok, now we are in the realm of the “supernatural”. And Roman has a plan for Rosemary and her baby; this is one of the few “supernatural” movies that can still creep me out.
Ok, Ash was really an android:
But he was ruthless and completely willing to sacrifice the crew of a ship to obtain these aliens as a biological weapon. I didn’t see the aliens as villains as they were acting in their own self interest, just as humans would.
And I remember this:
(and yes, the science was pure BS but the movie was a thriller)
Hal decides to kill the crew of a spaceship going to Jupiter when they decide that Hal has made a mistake.
Hal does kill many of them.
The Frogs: Frogs
Ok, the Frogs are mad as hell and aren’t going to take it anymore. Ok, this is a movie about nature’s revenge because of bad ecological practices and the villains are frogs…which are, in reality, cane toads (an invasive species, by the way).
The Frogs direct various assassinations by “ribbiting” (dubbed in Pacific Tree Frog ribbits) and end up ribbiting the main human villain to death.
Bernard Posner: Billy Jack
Bully, Rapist and Murderer. The spoiled son of the local Sheriff; ok, he is a cardboard villain for Billy Jack extract justice from.
Bernard gets rejected:
See Bernard getting beat up (among others)
And the final humiliation:
Ok, this is a bit of a cheat because Hitler was a historical figure and probably one of the very worst monsters of all time. But I am referring to this character, whose famous rant has been made into many parodies. Google “Downfall parody”
Hit Man (unnamed): Bullitt
There were two hit men in Bullitt and a main character that Bullitt was after. My favorite: the character played by professional driver Bill Hickman in this famous scene (he is the driver of the Dodge Charger)
I’ve got an assortment of “workouts you can do when traveling”; the idea is to not have to get up so early that I fall asleep at 8 pm that evening and not not make my spouse fume.
OUr hosts are an athletic family and I took advantage of their treadmill. One decent travel workout:
warm up for about 10 minutes
Do 15 minutes (about) at whatever pace I could sustain for a 30 minute race
Cool down for 5 minutes
Today I modified that just a bit; 10:50 mile, 17:00 2 mile, cool down mile of walk .5 miles, jog .5 miles at a 10 minute pace.
I kept a 2 degree incline for most of the run. It was just enough to be a workout, and not so much that I am tired and my back tolerated it well.
I think some of my back trouble came from over striding.
Note: the back is slightly stiff, but I didn’t take Naproxen last night nor this morning; i’ll attempt to do without it. (I was on it for about two days)
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