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My 2016 in review, in pictures…

First, my review, in words (just a brief summary)

Athletics: swimming stopped at the end of April with a pop in the shoulder and I haven’t gotten back into the water.
Running/walking: running and walking miles: 2046. That is the most miles I’ve had in a year since 2008.
Performance: dismal. 38 miles in the “24 hour” at FANS (36 in the first 10 hours) 25:50, and one 25:59 for 5K. Marathon: one hot weather DNF at mile 20 and 5:52 on a very humid day.
Weights: got 205 on the bench press (at 197 bodyweight); missed at 210. Trying to add leg work.

Professional: no new publications, though I do have one in the process of getting written up. I got promoted.

Social: see the photos; I got to know some old friends better, and had one new friendship develop. Watched a ton of baseball games (Peoria Chiefs), football (mostly Illinois, but some Illinois State and one Western Illinois game), 2 Bears and 2 Colts games; with one more Colt game to go and I went to a bowl game.

Goals for 2017: finish my professional project and submit it for publication. Read a book on “advanced differential equations”. Run a sub 25:30 5K and then sub 25. Break 8 minutes for the mile run. Finish a marathon.

Photos
I started this practice in 2015. I will not caption these photos; I want to see what I can remember. Note: though it is clear what are the most important things in my life: daughter, wife, job, health, much of what I think about and have feelings about might not be “that important” as far as being essential to my survival or to the health and well being of my closest loved ones. But I am human…and I suppose that our memories are not always about the most *important* aspects of our lives.

Not every photo (or meme) is from the exact time of the event, but rather might be representative of the said event.

January

tracyandme

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whatglobalwarming

coldrun

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February

cherrycokefortracy

heishotterthani

entrance

books

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annsoffice

lunchdate

babsbeach

bernieevent

mewithbernie

southcarolina

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valentinesdaybahhumbug

barbara and linda

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lynnandmeone

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catarina

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March

kynnandne

thewholegang

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mach19win5k

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April

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May
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June

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fansscroingcrewjune2016

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babs4milejune2016

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PENTAX Image

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wheredideveryonego

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July
babspathyams

BUCKY

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austinnewboardwalk

july8pearce

carmenbaseballgamenotwithyou

tracymegamejuly2016

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barbarasuit2

bunchpool

August

metheoldgoat

oldgrouchselfie

chiefsrainbow

poll bounce

horribletraffic

clippersgame

columbus

mathfest2

goodcrowd

ohiostadium1

huntingtonpark2

tandme

annbabsoliviaaug2016

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oliviahouse

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august2016start

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babstracyaugust2016

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September

homerandme

insideout

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picnic20162

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October

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finish

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November

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bunov13

carmenmemenov11

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slow10knov14

cassiejennov14

cassiemammatnov14

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barbaratitanscolts

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lucaswindownov20

nov20coltswithboys

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babsfoelipibutt

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babsmamat

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December

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bears495touchdown

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coltscrewdec11

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buckyandme

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redsky

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babsshirley

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babsmeselfie

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babsjacobmechirstmasdinner2016

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postchristmas

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decemberdogpark

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December 31, 2016 Posted by | 2016 | , | Leave a comment

Final workout of 2016

It was 36 F (just above freezing) and a sunny day, so I walk/jogged my 5.1 mile course, ensuring that I ran up each hill fast enough to get heavy legged, out of breath and to need a walking break at the top of each hill. The final 3 hills HURT. I also did one “flat” interval from the bottom of Cornstalk hill to the end of the parking lot, just prior to the footbridge. The faster segments:

Dog Park Hill: gate to crest
Cornstalk 1: gate to gate
Flat: gate to edge of lower parking lot
Cornstalk 2: gate to gate
Dog Park Hill: old bridge barrier to crest
Lower to Upper Hill: gate to first parking lot exit.

I felt heavy legs and some lung burn. I made it a point to lift my knees and to not overstride; I don’t want to strain a hamstring.

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Yearly Totals

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December 31, 2016 Posted by | running, walking | Leave a comment

Bradley wins its conference opener 60-51 over SIU

Bradley beat Southern Illinois 60-51; it was 23-23 at the half. Basically, BU took the lead early in the second half and then, when the time came, closed it out.So now Bradley has won MORE games …in the 2016 half of this season, than they did all of the previous season.

No, Bradley is not ready to challenge for the MVC crown, but BU is no longer an easy win for most MVC opponents, at least not at home. Sure, Bradley was overwhelmed by TCU, Mississippi, Nevada and Delaware. But BU can now hold its own with typical mid-major teams. It was nice to see.

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Workout notes: weights and a 2 mile walk.

Weights: pull ups (tough 3 sets of 10 then 2 sets of 10), rotator cuff, lots of kettle squats,
bench: 10 x 135, 1 x 185, 1 x 200, missed at 210, 5 x 185. incline: 10 x 150
military: 10 x 50 dumbbell (standing), 20 x 50 seated, supported, 7 x 110 different machine.
rows: 3 sets of 10 x 200 Hammer
headstand (better), 2 sets of abs: 10 yoga leg lifts, 12 twist crunch.

Then 2 mile walk outside.

Note: I now have 2041 miles for the year; the most I’ve had since 2008.

December 31, 2016 Posted by | basketball, walking, weight training | | Leave a comment

windy walk…whew

Ok, with regards to weather, I cannot complain. It hit 40 F. But oh, my, that wind:

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It took me 2:41 to walk my 10.2 mile course (one loop of the Goose Loop..to the end of the dam and back). Wow…that wind was tough at times…even when at my back, I had to avoid being knocked over by it.

And my pace…OMG, was I slow.

I was on my “vacation mode” and I slept in until 7 am…very late for me. I don’t do well when I am not disciplined.

And yes, I’ve gained weight …too much eating out.

But this was my longest walk since October 16 (the marathon). Gads.

December 29, 2016 Posted by | walking | Leave a comment

An economy based on jobs, self esteem, automation and all that…

Donald Trump was elected, in part, to bring good paying jobs back to America. Sure, the Obama administration has shown some job growth, but, in general, the new jobs simply didn’t pay as well as the jobs shed under the Bush administration. And there are some real questions with regards to Trump’s promises. He has promised faster economic growth which can occur either by making workers more productive (and thereby reducing the need for having as many) OR by increasing the size of the workforce (which will mean more immigration).

The promise of increased automation might lead to an interesting quandary: what if this means that even more well paying blue collar jobs disappear? So assuming that we will still make new human beings (else where is demand going to come from?) this can lead to some serious issue. How can one who doesn’t have the rarer high tech jobs make ends meet? One answer might mean that governments might provide some sort of universal basic income.

Now, of course, this can lead to some issues as well. Here is one big one: in our society, you ARE what you DO, so what if you “do nothing”, even if your basic income needs are met? I can see this being a devastating emotional development for males (though females who have suffered long term job loss have reported self-esteem effects to me). One might even call this a “spiritual crisis“. Now, I don’t agree with some of what the article I linked to says; after all, part of the blame for the rift in our society…perhaps most of it (?) can be laid at the feet of our overglorified “white rural/working class”. The idea that THEY are “real America” and the rest of us are some type of “guests” is bullshit. But, the main point, and yes, Rep. Ryan made this, is that there is some type of dignity that comes with a good job (still...not a good reason to cut safety nets).

So, while there will always be a need for some to work (and I sure hope that I am one of them!), are we approaching a time that goes beyond “everyone has a job” era?

There is a lot to think about here. I probably won’t live to see the “post job” era and I might not want to see the “growing pains” period, if one such era indeed comes.

Now as far as the self esteem thing: yes, people will be drawn to successful people; there is really no way around that. That, IMHO, is harsh reality. You might think of yourself as having all of these wonderful attributes. But ultimately, at least for males, you are what you do. You are your performance; “you are your W/L record” as they like to say in the NFL.

On the other hand, well, one’s success is often tied to factors well beyond one’s talent and one’s willingness to work hard.

Of course, there is society itself. For example if most of one’s day is devoted to gathering food and finding shelter so as to survive another day, one is not going to have the time and resources for “self improvement”. And there is era. Example: Larry Bird is certainly wealthy, and he was known as a hard working basketball player who developed his talents. But what if he were born, say, 80 years ago? It is highly unlikely he would be such a success; professional sports (save baseball) were not that big of a deal then. The ace computer programmer or the successful hedge fund manager would probably not have flourished 100-200 years ago.

So there is the factor of having a “talent suited for the times” as well.

In my case: yes, I am affected by the choices I made. I chose a lower paying, lower stress path for my specialty (pure math rather than applied math or engineering). But I had the type of talent needed for this time; there was a market for college mathematics professors. Yes, I worked hard to exploit my talent, and I was fortunate to have a public university and NSF money to help me along the way. I am doing ok, though that could change in a flash! And I believe that most who are doing ok to “much better than I am” fall into a similar category.

Others have skills that are less marketable in this era, or have had bad luck (e. g. serious illnesses, accidents).

Don’t get me wrong: some don’t have much talent, and some have made some terrible choices, and some of the “good for nothing” crowd (most?) will not accept responsibility for their own actions. I know such people; they are not pleasant to be around. We’ll always have those: I might call them “members of the basket of deplorables”.

But that is hardly everyone who is struggling. And many good people are down on themselves.

Note: I have no answers and make no predictions; many of these ideas are new to me and I have not thought them through.

December 28, 2016 Posted by | economics, economy, political/social, politics, politics/social, social/political | , | Leave a comment

I am a whale…no…fatter than that.

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198.8 prior to weights; 197.3 after weights (and peeing away some of my morning coffee).

Weights: rotator cuff, light squats throughout
pull ups: 5 sets of 10 (I’ve done better, I’ve done worse)
incline presses: 10 x 135, 5 x 160, 10 x 150
military: 10 x 50 dumbbell standing, 20 x 50 seated, supported, may have forgotten my third set
rows: 2 sets of 10 x 50 single arm, 10 x 200 Hammer Machine.
abs: 2 sets of 10 yoga leg lifts, 12 twist crunches
headstand: lots of trouble at first; never got up and steady until AFTER abs, then when I finally got up there, it was good.

Then a 5.1 mile walk on my Cornstalk course.

I had better trim down some if I want to stay up the pack this coming spring:

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December 28, 2016 Posted by | big butts, running, spandex, walking | Leave a comment

Not my bubble…

Yes, many Americans ARE hopeful about the upcoming year. Just not the ones that I routinely talk to.

Nearly three-quarters of Americans, or 72 percent of those polled, say they are feeling hopeful about 2017, according to a new Morning Consult survey.

Sixty-one percent of respondents say they are feeling optimistic about the upcoming year, and 51 percent of people are feeling excited.

But half of the respondents say they are feeling anxious about the coming year, according to the poll.

Twenty-three percent reported feeling sad and 19 percent reported feeling angry going into the new year.

Personally, I feel as if our system gives way too much power to rural voters (disproportional representation to the small states in the Senate and to rural Congressional districts)

But mostly I am numb. I tend to agree with this: the bad stuff that will come will mostly be the result of having an amateur in the White House and the effects might take a while to show up.

December 28, 2016 Posted by | political/social, politics, politics/social | | Leave a comment

Surviving the Holidays

Well, I feel as if I weigh 300 lbs. and I felt it during today’s shuffle (10K, Cornstalk 5.1 plus 1.2 mile loop). But it was a pretty day, and the end of the 2016 holiday season for me. Will we make it to New Years? I hope so.

December 27, 2016 Posted by | running | | Leave a comment

Not much

Still in the “family stuff” mode. I did get in my first “real workout” in quite a while: full weights then 5 miles in relatively warm weather along the river (1:21 for 5.1, easy)
rotator cuff
pull ups; 5 sets of 10..tough until I rested.
bench press: 10 x 135, 4 x 190, 9 x 170
incline press: 10 x 145
military: 10 x 50 dumbbell standing, 20 x 50 seated, supported, 10 x 180 machine.
rows: 3 sets of 10: machine (machine weights)
abs: headstand (not good), 2 sets of 10 yoga leg lifts, 12 twist crunches, headstand (much better)

Then the walk. I saw Bob, Rich and Nancy and got to chat some.

Then off for some Christmas brisket..am sleepy.

December 26, 2016 Posted by | family, walking, weight training | Leave a comment

Armed Forces Bowl 2016: Navy loses a heartbreaker to Louisiana Tech 48-45

One of our mini-vacations was to go to Fort Worth to see the Armed Forces Bowl between Navy and Louisiana Tech. Navy came in with losses to Temple in the AAC Championship game (34-10) and to Army 21-17. Louisiana Tech lost a shootout to Western Kentucky in the Conference USA championship game, though they had defeated WKU in the regular season. I saw this bowl in 2013.

So it was no. 2 Conference USA vs. no. 2 AAC, and it was a great game. Navy piled up 459 total yards, including 300 on the ground; Louisiana Tech got 497, with 409 coming via the air.

Tech won 48-45, but it was quite a shootout, with the winning points coming on a field goal on the last play of the game.

The Bulldogs started things off with a big kick return from half of their two man wrecking crew; that set them up at the Navy 16 and the Bulldogs punched it in. Navy fumbled on their second play from scrimmage and the Bulldogs answered with a field goal to go up 10-0 early. The teams settled down, and aside from a rare punt, it was score, score, score.

Navy went in to the half trailing 31-24.

The second half saw Navy eat up 7 minutes to tie the game at 31. Tech fumbled in scoring position on their next position but Navy had to punt. Then Tech scored to go up 38-31; but the Midshipmen answered.

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Tech scored again in the 4’th to take a brief lead. Then the Mids got the ball back, lost their starting quarterback (who was 3’rd team at the start of the season) only to have the backup run for a touchdown on his first touch. 45-45! But that left 3:46 on the clock, and the Midshipmen had used their timeouts. So the Bulldogs moved the ball and wisely milked the clock, which enabled them to kick the winning field goal on the final play of the game.

Overall, it was wild. Navy complained about some calls. One pass interference call, you can see in a gif file. The Navy defender did tug at the arm..which is a penalty.

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But this hand fighting was overlooked on other plays; my guess is that the Tech receiver, being an outstanding player, got the benefit of the doubt. And no. 5 just killed up; 200+ receiving yards.

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My photos

The game itself

The Bulldog offense lines up

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Navy’s offense

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Navy’s defense regroups

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High drama at the end; 17 seconds to go; the Tech band in the background.

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Before and after the game

Where I did my exercise walk prior to leaving for the game: this old golf course has been converted into a park with sidewalk trails; it includes a dog park.

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Barbara and Jacob near the Davy O’Bryan statue on the TCU campus.

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The opposing band

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The Brigade contingent at the game. This was me 36 years ago (at the old Garden State Bowl in December 1980)

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Navy enters the field!

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Halftime enlistment ceremony

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Selfie at the game

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On the way back to the car: note the purple (TCU’s color)

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Mexican food after the game

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December 25, 2016 Posted by | college football, football, travel | , | Leave a comment