Democratic Debate Tonight…

Frankly, I am just not that interested. I’ll force myself to watch, but there will be only one viable candidate there. Sen. Sanders has attracted a moonbeam following and as far as the others: why? Personally, I find the Republican debates to be much more fun and interesting.


Compared to the Obama vs. Clinton clashes of the 2007-2008 cycle, this will be a varsity vs. the JV scrimmage.

True, afterward the Berniebots and Sandfleas will be gushing about his performance but anyone can file bills that will go nowhere and deliver stuff that people want to hear.

Here is the one question that I would be interested in hearing the answer to: “How will you work with a hostile, dysfunctional Congress?”

Yes, President Obama was naive; he thought that his running with Republican ideas would get Republican support. But a huge part of the GOP has no interest in governing, at all, unless THEY are in power. Republicans who compromise are seen as being weak by their base and their donors.

October 13, 2015 Posted by | hillary clinton, political/social, republicans | | Leave a comment

back in town…

Ran an easy 3 in Middleburg prior to leaving.

Drive back: ok until I-74. In Indiana, it was bad in spots (one lane). Awful in Illinois.

October 13, 2015 Posted by | running, travel | | Leave a comment

Berea OH, day II

Workout notes
5 mile plus walk (1:15)

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I saw several deer. It was a pretty course.

Then I went out with my daughter to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Yes, I’ve been there before but my daughter has not.

After dropping my daughter off, I caught the Baldwin Wallace JV game against Case Western; there was some drama as Case held on to win 16-14, with the winning margin coming from a 42 yard field goal.

This was college football at its purist; guys lost balls in the sun; kick return people ran into each other and knocked each other down..and the opposing quarterback wore a red “don’t hit me” jersey (and it did cost them a TD as he was called down when a pass rusher missed him and he hit an open receiver in the end zone).

I was close enough to the benches to hear the coaches and players talk and to see one young man rip off his jersey and shoulder pads in disgust (prior to the game ending) because he was angry about a lack of playing time. One other teammate just shook his head in disapproval.

Ah, the memories….

And the time with my daughter: I was reminded that when I think back to my undergraduate days…I do remember the good but often forget the negative emotions…loneliness, stresses, social pressures, etc.

Oh sure, I realize that other young people are serving in combat zones…I get that.

But college life isn’t all “happy go lucky-no cares in the world” days either, even if it is greatly preferable to other things.

October 11, 2015 Posted by | college football, family, travel | | Leave a comment

In Berea

I spent a good and interesting day with Olivia at Baldwin Wallace University. We had dinner and a football game and a walk around campus.

The Yellowjackets defeated Marietta 38-0; though Marietta controlled the action in the first quarter and hit a nifty 47 yard pass play, they came away with turning it over on downs and missed 43 yard field goal attempt. The BW started to drive and got a touchdown, and then blocked a punt to set up a second score.

Third quarter: BW started to own the line of scrimmage; they took advantage of a short field on a kick off to move up 21-0.

4’th quarter: BW finished a drive with a field goal and then put the game away with still another TD drive. The reserves added another score.

We had 50 yard line seats on the first row!

Interestingly enough, I was hearing alumni complain about the team; that much they have in common with higher division programs.

My time with my daughter was nice; I took her and a friend out to dinner and tomorrow we go to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Workout notes 2 miles on the hotel treadmill in Columbus: 10:45 opening mile; 8:40 second mile (increased the pace every 2 minutes until 1.5 miles then 7.1 mph.

October 11, 2015 Posted by | college football, running, travel | Leave a comment

In Columbus…I-74 is a joke

Well, I made it out of Peoria ok; but…

1. Between Peoria and the Indiana state line, traffic was shunted to a single lane on 5 different segments. Ok, one was some sort of accident just past Morton…though there was a disabled vehicle on the left side of the road, and about .25 miles further up, on the right side.

2. Between the Indiana State line and Indianapolis, single lane traffic on 2 different occasions.

3. Then on I-70: orange barrels and concrete walls galore, but no single lane stuff.

The irritating thing about I-74 is that the stuff around Morton has been going on since fall of 2013.

4. Going through Dayton; there was a jam going the other way and I counted 100+ semi rigs in the space of well less than 1 mile. It was as if there was a factory outlet nearby.

But I made it to Columbus and hope to make it in to Berea, OH by 11 am or so.

October 10, 2015 Posted by | Illinois, travel | , | Leave a comment

Letting the air out of my balloon…

Today’s workout went fine: 1 mile of swimming (1800 yards) followed by weights.
Weights: rotator cuff, pull ups (5 sets of 10), incline presses: 10 x 135, 7 x 150, 10 x 140, military presses: 3 sets of 10 x 40, rows: 2 sets of 10 x 60 dumbbell, 10 x 110 machine. Yoga stretches.

Swim: 500 easy, 5 x 200 on the 4: 3:50, 3:48, 3:46, 3:42, 3:35, 300 of strokes.

Note: I didn’t use the fins today; both lower calf areas/Achilles are just a tiny bit sore. There is no “scrunching” but I don’t want to inflame the area, at all. I wonder if I did too much kicking with fins on Monday.

Weight room note: there was a young woman (very slender) doing unassisted pull ups. She was doing sets of 5-8, I think. That is good to see.

Today, as usual, I swam next to a religion professor who is about 15 years younger than I am. He is very fit (3:15 marathon in September!) but today, I really was faster in the pool ..and by quite a bit.
But…I found out that he ran 15 miles at a good pace last night…I knew there was a reason for the increased speed disparity. :-)

But that got me to thinking about all of the times I’ve had my ego deflated…and not because someone else deliberately put me down or was mean to me.

I remember back in 2000 I was at a hotel. The elliptical trainers were on the back row and the treadmills were in front of those. I noticed there was a woman wearing headphones on one of the elliptical trainers when I got on the treadmill. As I got going I heard …

“Shake is BABY…nice butt!” said in a tone that one uses when one is wearing headphones and one doesn’t realize it is audible.

Well…I just cranked up the pace a little..increased the elevation and my pride started to swell….

Then I looked at the TV: there was a professional athlete on television. :-(

Oh well…

The increased intensity did me some good anyway.

October 9, 2015 Posted by | swimming, weight training | , , , | Leave a comment

An interesting article on Sen. Sanders…

From someone who knows him: evidently he has a reputation for being a moralizing scold.

I have heard him called a “sourpuss” by a member of Congress. But never mind.

Note: I am ok with that personality type; after all that is, well…ME. But I admit that I’d be a bad politician.

Here is the issue: to me, political skill matters, and not just positions. I do not consider him to be a serious candidate, no matter how annoying his supporters on social media are. Evidently the bookies don’t either:


But the Sandfleas and Berniebots can be pests; they remind me a bit of the rabid anti-GMO woo-woos. They might not know a statistical p-value from pea pod, but by Jove, they KNOW that they are right and are always willing to go the extra mile to “educate” you.

October 9, 2015 Posted by | politics | , | Leave a comment

Politics, bodysuits, minimum wage, etc…

Evidently, a grade school teacher stripped down to a skin tight “human anatomy” bodysuit to teach a lesson on human anatomy.


In my teen years…I’d be praying that she turn around and face the board. :-)

Here is another view of them:


Minimum wage Right now, there just isn’t much economic mobility. Getting beyond a minimum wage job can be difficult.

Politics The top Republican candidate to replace John Boehner as Speaker of the House has withdrawn. Some have suggested Paul Ryan, who Paul Krugman calls the “flim-flam” man. Might there be a deal in the works for a bipartisan “coalition speaker”? As nice as that sounds, I doubt it.

October 9, 2015 Posted by | economy, politics, politics/social, spandex | , | Leave a comment

A blessing and a curse

During marathon taper time I tend to stare at my navel a bit more; it keeps me from running and walking too much.
One of our long time local runners posted this:


This was someone who was a 17 minute 5K runner as a middle age adult who became a 21 minute 5K runner as a 70 year old. He then suffered a horrible accident (almost killed by a car), could barely walk afterward…and is now running..8 minute miles while in his 70’s!!! To the rest of us: he is remarkable.

But he admits to being aware of other people gaining on him at races.

It happens.

My running buddy was an 8:30-9 minute per mile runner while in her 40’s. She now takes about 12-13 minutes per mile in her early 70’s. Privately, she has admitted that the smaller races are no longer fun for her as she ends up alone. I remind her that, for her age, she is a gazelle.

And yeah, where I was never a good athlete, it is happening to me too.


Now there are many reasons for this. Age, of course, lessens our abilities. Injuries do too; I had knee surgery in 2010. But, in my case, age lessens my ability to train; I simply can’t run as much as I used to. It takes a mental toll too; I don’t want to push as hard in training as I once did. So, as one ages, natural ability plays a more important role and I am not really built like a runner. That is one reason why my lifting and swimming has not taken as big of a hit as my running, though those have gone down too. My “11 reps with body weight” in the bench press has become 4.

But there is a blessing too. First note that I am wearing the same shirt in both photos. And, while it takes me longer to finish a set distance, I am still out there.

And a “good race” still has be doing a “happy dance” afterward..though these-a-days, my “happy dance” comes from breaking 25 minutes in a 5K (did that in 2014) instead of 20 minutes (did that in 1998).

And I still love my morning workouts; I love being on the roads as the sun is coming up and seeing that change in the sky.

October 8, 2015 Posted by | running | | Leave a comment

Flu shot and ..

Yes, I got my flu shot. My left arm aches.

Workout (9 am): weights then 3 miles of running, 10 minutes of cycling.

Weights: 5 sets of 10 pull ups (strong), rotator cuff
bench press: 10 x 135, 3 x 185 (didn’t push for another rep), 7 x 170, then 10 x 135 incline (very easy)
military presses: 3 sets of 10 x 40 standing.
rows: 2 sets of 10 x 60 each arm, 10 x 110 machine.

Run: 11:06 mile on the treadmill, followed by 2 miles (16 laps of lane 2) in 17:43 (8:48, 8:45), 10 minutes on the bike.

One retired engineering professor even timed my laps and wondered if I was walking or running (it looks similar).

While I was going, a (staff? faculty?) 30-40 something year old woman was on her phone, talking and not really doing anything. She was on it when I was on the treadmill and still on it when I got off of my bike. I wonder if she bragged about being “in the gym” for X minutes.

Being in the gym doesn’t mean that much (in terms of exercise anyway) unless you are, well, actually working out while you are there.

October 8, 2015 Posted by | running, weight training, workouts | | Leave a comment


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