Tired from last weekend

I went to the Peoria Chiefs game last night; the Chiefs lost to Cedar Rapids 7-3 (Cedar Rapids is a playoff team). Most of the damage was done in the second inning where the Chiefs gave up 6 runs (5 earned); there were several “ground ball hits”, one off the wall triple and one (of 2) errors by the all-star second baseman. It was that kind of night.

But I noticed I was very tired; I had thought about going and doing a tune-up marathon and, while I hate to admit this, the long stuff takes a lot out of me. So I’ll stick with my plan to just do long training walks.

This morning: too tired to swim so I lifted and did a light 15 minutes on the bike, as well as some yoga. Headstand is getting easier.

rotator cuff
pull ups: 5 sets of 10, one of 5 (as my last set of 10 was sloppy). These were difficult.
Super set: machine rows, machine military presses, machine pull downs: 3 sets of 10 with 110 (row), 2 sets of 10 presses (100 each arm), 150 pull down.
Dumbbell military: 10 x 40
incline press: 10 x 135 (hard), 4 x 150, 3 x 150 (fatigued)
10 x 70 dumbbell bench press

bike (15 min, 4 miles (15:20)

I felt better afterward.

Posts Jerry Coyne presents a nice chart that shows the gap between what scientists believe and what the general public believes. And as far as what the public runs with? Well, it is an influence of many things, including religion and the American public believing that expert opinion is not really more valuable than “what makes sense to me”.

August 31, 2015 Posted by | science, social/political, walking, weight training | , , | Leave a comment

56 years old and…

Well, I woke up and was on my walk by 6:45 am. I started from the Riverplex:


Around the goose loop, around the ball field wall, up to the track, 4 laps there

27:30 (2 mile, lane 2)
27:57 (2 mile, lane 2)
2:02 (from the track to the Heights tower park via the path; a few bikes here and then back)
29:02 (2 mile track, lane 2)
36:51 back, which included a short out and back from my car to the edge of the lot

Total: 4:40:41 for 18.63 miles, which is 30 km (the 6 miles on the track was 6.07). Pace: 15:04, which was too slow. However I had stomach trouble; I felt a bit bloated from yesterday.
Weather: 69 F, 90 percent humidity at the start, 75 F with 76 percent at the end. It was sort of sticky. I was not feeling great on the “out” part but then realized it was just the long climb.

I did the track segments to “shame” myself into walking faster; doing nothing but slow walking on the long walks doesn’t really prepare you for the marathon.

August 30, 2015 Posted by | walking | , | Leave a comment

2015 Zoo Run Run

I’ve done versions of this race many times; the last time I ran this particular course was 5 years ago.

Just the facts: 28:55 for the 3 lap course; my laps were 9:25, 9:51, 9:38. I finished 41 out of 81; the median runner! It was 71 F and 78 percent humidity.


I got in some brisk walking and jogged one of the loops, plus a bit more to warm up. I felt ready. The course is 3 1.03 mile loops and features some up and down; the course starts with a drop. I managed to let everyone go and just stay moderate on the first loop; I knew that it was a tough day to run. The course had some slightly slick spots that really didn’t give me trouble.

On the second loop I started to look for people to pass; I got some of them and didn’t get passed back. On the third loop I saw Tracy in the distance (she won 1’st in her age group and was to finish about 2 minutes after she had finished her second loop. I came back to get her later.

I didn’t put that much into the second loop and probably was too late in starting my pick up on the 3’rd loop.

Now here is my critique of the race itself:

Packet pick up (both the day before and on race day): pretty bad. I described what went wrong here. And the promise to “have the numbers on the table where they can be picked up real quick (sic)” did NOT materialize. That wasn’t a surprise.

The Race itself Excellent traffic control, volunteers to keep you on course, water every that went fine. The course itself featured small (but frequent) hills and ran past trees and parkland; it was interesting, if tough. Many of the top 19-22 minute runners were 50 seconds slower today. This is NOT a fast course.

Post race good pizza, bagels, fruit and some sweet stuff; it was an excellent spread. Timing: the results were posted pretty quickly.

So the race experience was very good; it was excellent event. The application/packet pick up: bad.

Post FANS 24 hour 5K races
Firecracker, July 4: 26:48 (similar weather)
Pearce Run for the Health of it 27:06 July 11: (same temp, more humid)
JT’s 5K 27:59 July 18, very hot (82 F, 82 percent humidity)
Brimfield 29:06 (hot, muggy)
Hanna City Hustle 26:38 (cooler)

Note: I was the median runner for the second race in a row.

August 29, 2015 Posted by | running | , | 2 Comments

Trump trumping political correctness?

Yes, I know..I am talking about Donald Trump way too much. But I admit: I am fascinated by him.

I don’t know why he is leading; my “best guess” is that it is a combination of Mr. Trump’s savvy (and he is a smart guy, like him or not) and the fact that he offers the combination of social conservatism with a desire to fix our decaying infrastructure, tax the wealthy and to strengthen social security and the like. Heck, even I like these positions!

S. E. Cupp brings up another aspect: Mr. Trump is pushing back on the overreach of political correctness.


I think that she has a point.

Now, of course, there are those who rush in to defend “political correctness”, but I think that this defender is wrong:

I can see it raising a lot of hackles. But let’s continue:

I’m sorry, I don’t buy it. The Trump supporters and proto-Trump supporters I know are upset by things like having to listen to Spanish-language messages on customer service lines, not being able to call women “chicks” without someone frowning at them, and having to stop telling racist jokes at work. That’s what “political correctness” is code for: having to worry about the sensitivities of people who were invisible or submissive not that very long ago.

If Cupp is right and I’m not, then let’s all cooperate in convincing Republican politicians and conservative pundits to stop using the term “political correctness” and come right and and tell us what the beef is about. Is it really “trigger warning” requirements at scattered liberal arts colleges? Or is it this whole new world we’re in where people have to question old habits? When Ben Carson calls inhibitions about torturing terrorism suspects “political correctness,” it’s pretty clear he’s yet another apostle for the Church of the Day Before Yesterday, when America was never wrong and dissenters kept their mouths shut.

I could do with a little less speech policing from all sides, frankly. It gets a little tiresome sometimes. Still, the truth is that Ed is right: for the vast, vast majority of us, it leaves our lives entirely unaffected as long as you can avoid flat-out slurs against women, blacks, gays, Jews, and so forth. Really, that’s about 99 percent of it. Is that really so hard?

Here is why I disagree: political correctness (from BOTH the left and the right) has affected basic research (from the right: think “climate change”, or think about the pushback against the finding that our big domestic security threats come from right wing groups); read Steven Pinker’s book Blank Slate to see how leftist political correctness has affected research on things like rape.

You see it in the culture as well. Example: Yes, I think that it is impolite to verbally chastise fat people. But now, we are told that obese people are sexy and have perfect bodies. We are told that it is bad form to criticize irresponsible behavior and that a low level criminal is a hero. PC-ness has gone way past a “don’t be a jerk” request.

So, that might be part of Mr. Trump’s appeal, but it is far from the whole story, otherwise we might have had, say, Andrew Dice Clay running for office.

August 29, 2015 Posted by | politics, politics/social | , , | Leave a comment

Getting the blood pressure up…

Today’s race: no, I won’t be able to stay up with her.

And this lass has some…uh…interesting tattoos (photo: borderline NSFW) ) If she were wearing different socks, I might have thought it was Cassie. 🙂

August 29, 2015 Posted by | big butts, bikinis, butt | Leave a comment

The power of an apology…

I’ll be the first to admit that I make mistakes. And though it can be tough, I always try to own up to them.

Last night, I found out why that matters, even in little things.

I went to the Peoria Zoo to register for a race and pick up a friend’s packet. It turns out that they would register me but that they wouldn’t give me my friend’s number because she needed to sign a new waiver that they had on the initial application was the wrong one (or did they switch to a new finish line company?)

The zoo employee working the packet pickup was going “we’ll have those numbers out on the table; she’ll get them real quick” ..and I shook my head and said “that’s unfortunate”. There was just something about that person’s conduct that bothered me.

Later, I discussed it with someone. Then it hit me: she never said “I am sorry for your inconvenience” or “we messed up”; never accepted responsibility at all.

I admit that I have a dislike of such people and I try to avoid interacting them when I can.

Note: no, it isn’t a big deal; I get that. But I was wondering why this exchange bothered me. And now I understand why an apology can really smooth things, even if it is an apology over a very minor inconvenience.

August 29, 2015 Posted by | social/political | | 1 Comment

The Genius of Donald Trump, a Sanders score and teachers…

Workout notes: 3 mile walk (to lower Bradley Park and back) followed by weights:

5 sets of 10 pull ups
rotator cuff
bench: 10 x 135, 3 x 185, 3 x 185 (bodyweight: 187, home)
incline: 10 x 135
military: 2 sets of 10 x 85 barbell, 10 x 40 dumbbell (standing)
rows: 2 sets of 10 x 60 each arm, 10 x 110 machine
pull downs: 2 sets of 10 x 160, 10 x 150 alternate machine
yoga with head stand.

Gym: pretty empty.

Teachers: there is now a teacher shortage; frankly few want these jobs anymore. My prediction is that the same will happen for higher education, at least at the non-elite, non-Research I institutions.

Election 2016: this is hilarious; the liberal social justice warriors can’t seem to figure out why everyone else isn’t outraged that Donald Trump isn’t following their approved scripts.

And, of course, why is Mr. Trump getting away with it when others can’t? There is a method to his madness, as Scott Adams (creator of Dilbert) points out. I disagree on one point though: if nominated, Trump will lose and lose big no matter who he selects as VP.

Bernie Sanders: calls out CEOs who call for austerity. Sen. Sanders is correct here.

1. While these CEOs are business geniuses, running a national economy is different than running a business. Example: government spending can percolate up and have a multiplier effect.

2. A CEO can be indifferent to the fate of laid off workers. A government shouldn’t be.

Good for Sen. Sanders for calling out these people.

August 28, 2015 Posted by | education, politics, politics/social, walking, weight training | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Day two: survived

Admin projects loom large and I need to get more conversant in life contingencies class.

I did “run” 6 miles this morning and did some yoga on my own. Tuesdays and Thursdays will be long days for me.

Election: we are hearing lots of things (Trump leads! Sanders had a rally and has filed a “free college tuition” bill!) but right now, Hillary Clinton is leading.

But a lot can happen between now and next June and yes, I expect her to lose a few states.

August 28, 2015 Posted by | hillary clinton, politics, running | | Leave a comment

The Appeal of Donald Trump

As Donald Trump continues to dominate the Republican field (with a double digit lead in most polls), people ask: “why”?

There are probably several reasons he appeals to such a wide audience. Paul Krugman weighs in:

Frank Bruni marvels at polls indicating that Donald Trump, with his multiple marriages and casinos, is the preferred candidate among Republican evangelicals. Others are shocked to see a crude mercantilist make so much headway in the alleged party of free markets. What happened to conservative principles?

Actually, nothing — because those alleged principles were never real. Conservative religiosity, conservative faith in markets, were never about living a godly life or letting the invisible hand promote entrepreneurship. Instead, it was all as Corey Robin describes it: Conservatism is

a reactionary movement, a defense of power and privilege against democratic challenges from below, particularly in the private spheres of the family and the workplace.

It’s really about who’s boss, and making sure that the man in charge stays boss. Trump is admired for putting women and workers in their place, and it doesn’t matter if he covets his neighbor’s wife or demands trade wars.

The point is that Trump isn’t a diversion, he’s a revelation, bringing the real motivations of the movement out into the open.

That is part of it. Part of it is Trump’s positions themselves:

The matrix here shows the possible positions. A welfare state available to all is the Democratic position, which is pretty much what other Western countries call the social democratic position. The dominant role in the modern GOP is played by a faction that links de facto disdain for Those People with a desire to slash social insurance. Libertarians are, in principle, small-government without the undertones; they are also basically absent from the actually existing electorate.

And then there’s the empty box. Once upon a time that box was filled by southern Democrats, who preserved Jim Crow while supporting the New Deal. But they’ve all moved over to the GOP now, and in the process become anti-social-insurance. But there are plenty of voters who want Social Security and Medicare for people who look like them, but not those other people. And at some level Trump is catering to that unserved population.

Remember that things like cutting entitlements are deeply unpopular positions. Some put up with it because of what comes with it:


But, well, there is part of him that I actually like.


This first came about with his first exchange with Megyn Kelly at the first Republican debate

Now don’t get me wrong: insulting people is tacky and boorish; I don’t approve of the public name calling. But the “evil” (if you will) is only so big and, yes, there are more important things to talk about.

And, in my opinion, calling his subsequent “twitter attack” on Ms. Kelly is absurd. I think it is juvenile, silly and stupid, and certainly not at all presidential. Do you want this man with the nuclear codes? But bullying? She doesn’t work for him, he can’t have her fired, and, well, she doesn’t have to read his tweets.

Then there is Mr. Trump throwing out a reporter who tried to jump his turn and speak over other reporters at his press conference. No, a reporter doesn’t have an inherent right to the floor nor does he have the right to hijack an event.

So I approve of what Mr. Trump did here.

Now, of course, my opinion on this issue is deeply unpopular among “progressives”. But sorry; people don’t have the right to hijack an event and hold others to a captive audience.

I was disgusted by this:

And this:

And this:

Life is too short to give self-aggrandizing “activists” a captive audience.

So, I am glad that Mr. Trump threw that reporter out.

August 26, 2015 Posted by | politics, politics/social, social/political | , , , | Leave a comment

Old man thug life…

Ok, I noticed but didn’t say anything.

A young woman was doing cable pulley crunches:


But had her back to the support pole:


(she was kneeling instead of standing, but she was facing away, as above)

And was so close, she had a “butt grip” on the pole, that got deeper every time she bent forward:


Not sure if it was on purpose or not; not sure if the weight room supervisor would say something or not. 🙂

I was at the board, doing a numerical analysis calculation. Woman (not a student, but staff or faculty) walks away down the hall. She was wearing a tight white dress..(no slip?) with clear as a bell VPLs.

I finished the calculation and got it right. 🙂 (it involved the remainder term of the Taylor series)

August 26, 2015 Posted by | human sexuality, humor | , , , | Leave a comment