Being sure and being exasperated

1. Most important issues are very complex, with many layers to them. And often there is no one optimal answer; often the choice is between “less evil” solutions. And there are many factors, some which are missed by some smart people who have thought long and hard about such issues.

Therefore I am surprised…(ok, disgusted) that so many, well, non-experts are so confident in their opinions on such subjects. Yes, I can see rejecting crackpot positions (creationism, anti-vaccination views) but many issues go well beyond “rejecting the crackpot”. And when the issues have any brush with politics, the zealots are the most likely to be uninformed.

2. I do have one advantage: while I tend to associate with liberals, I grew up on Air Force bases and spent some time in the Nuclear Navy. So I had the pleasure of having some brilliant, accomplished conservative friends, and I got to know at least a bit of their frame of reference, even if it is one I do not share.

3. But when I find myself getting exasperated by liberals…well, the conservatives I end up attempting to talk to online,…well, for the most part…tend to be downright awful. In their world: the political process gives slackers, deadbeats and losers too much say in things like tax policy, taxes are theft from the winners to give to the losers, white Christians are the most discriminated against group in the United States, Trump is a “man of the people” and the US is constantly being picked on by other lesser, green-with-envy countries. Black Lives Matter is just police hate and criminal coddling and statistical black underachievement in the economy is mostly the result of bad culture, sloth and bad attitude.

Oh, and science is “junk science” when you talk about climate change and evolution..but to believed when it backs up what they believe. (ok, liberals too, are pretty selective when it comes to accepting science)

And of course, we are a Christian nation, and while some other religious people (Jews) are tolerated, atheists are really heathens who are merely defiant about the One True God. Oh sure, Trump isn’t religious at all…but you know, he is the “broken vessel” in the way that King David was.

Anyhow, there is nothing for me in modern conservatism (Trumpism).

June 13, 2018 Posted by | politics, politics/social, ranting, social/political | Leave a comment

Confessions of a wimpy lifter…

Ok, an older wimpy lifter.

No, I am not this bad.

But I’ll confess to a few things:

1. I often quit a set when I still have a few reps to squeeze out. Yes, I know this goes against everything I believe in. But here is an example of what usually happens: I was doing decline bench presses.

No, I look nothing like this guy. 🙂

I had 7 reps with 170 and felt that I had a few more in me. But, I also remember tweaking my shoulder a few weeks ago…when I tried to squeeze out those final two reps. So I just set the bar on the rack.

I am at the point where the extra potential gains from an extra rep or two do not offset the potential of having to lay off a month or two due to injury. That is just how it is.

2. I haven’t improved in years. Oh yes, in 2017 I did get up to 7 x 185 in the bench (do 4-5 reps lately) but I had let my weight get up to 205 lbs. That hasn’t changed since, oh, about 2009-2010 or so. I’ve been weak for a long time and it isn’t getting any better. I do hit mini peaks and mini valleys but those are really local.

3. Pull ups: those last couple of reps in each set; probably would not count in a competition..especially on my 4’th a 5’th set of 10. I do NOT swing much though; too afraid to. And yes, the middle finger of my left hand is a bit sore right now, so I used a grip that protects it.

4. I am embarrassed at how weak I am; I try to get to the weight room when there are few people there. Reality: a younger guy who lifts regularly and is within shouting distance of my weight (200 lb or so, though I’ve been as light as the high 180’s), well, they will be a LOT stronger than I am.

5. The weights do not feel any heavier than they once did; it is just that I don’t have enough strength to make the lift. E. G., 200 lb. on the bench feels like it always did; but now I can get it..ONCE as opposed to the 11 times I could get bodyweight when I was in my 20’s. And forget 300-310…that felt heavy to me, but I got it (albeit at a bodyweight of 226). Now I could not even get it off of the rack.
It is as if someone put a straw into my muscles and sucked out all of the muscle and filled it with jello. My height, weight, and even waist size hasn’t changed much but the “filling” has changed.

Workout notes: weights (usual pt and abs, yes, I did plank and yeah, I hated it (2:30)), pull ups: 4 sets of 10, 5-5, incline: 10 x 135, 7 x 150, decline: 7 x 170, military; 2 sets of 10 x 50 dumbbell, 10 x 180 machine, rows: 3 sets of 10 x 200 Hammer, walk on the track: 2 miles in 27:47 (14:15, 13:32), lane 2, deliberate to modest effort. Did enough to get sweaty.

Baseball: caught a game with Barbara last night; Vickie was there too but did not sit with us.

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Early before the Chiefs vs. Snappers.

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Though the Chiefs started out with a 1-0 lead in the first inning, Beliot rallied and just whipped the Chiefs 6-3. Sometimes a team with a worse record whips a team with a better record. The Chiefs started a pitcher that threw a no-hitter a week earlier; he gave up 8 hits and 3 runs this time. Beloit got strong relief pitching.

The game lasted 3:10 and the stands were pretty empty toward the end.

June 13, 2018 Posted by | baseball, walking, weight training | | Leave a comment