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Snarky Grumpy Meme Two

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When people post stuff like the meme on the left, it is time to click “unfollow” or “unfriend”.:-) Seriously, if you want to be liked, become likable. If you want to be accepted, earn acceptance.

May 2, 2016 Posted by | humor | | Leave a comment

Snarky Grumpy Meme One

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Ha ha ha ha…:-)

May 2, 2016 Posted by | humor | | Leave a comment

Democratic endgame and resentments…

Correspondents Dinner This is President Obama’s speech. It is hilarious.

Yes, President Obama said that, with regards to who will be doing the President’s speech at the dinner, we have no idea who she will be, and yes, Hillary Clinton has a 2 standard deviation lead on Donald Trump in the polls, and that translates into about a 93 percent chance of victory. and I will say that Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are both well known, so perhaps there won’t be too many surprises.

However those backing the Sanders campaign have yet to concede. Oh, the signs are there; for example the Sanders campaign has reduced staff. Still, you see stuff like this from Sanders supporters like Robert Reich:

I’m getting lots of emails and notes on this page from those of you who say you’re feeling discouraged, given the diminishing likelihood of Bernie’s nomination. And from others of you who ask me what you should do in the event he doesn’t get the nomination. To both, I have these three suggestions:

1. First, continue to work hard to increase Bernie’s chance of success. (Despite what you hear in the media, he still does have a chance.) California’s June 7 primary will be critical.

2. If Bernie doesn’t win the nomination, you have to decide for yourself how active you’ll be in supporting Hillary Clinton. If Trump is the Republican nominee, my personal view is Hillary’s election to the presidency is absolutely essential to the future of this nation and the world.

Though I welcome point 2, point 1 is just plain irresponsible. Sanders is at “winning the lottery” degree of probability. He has to win something on the order of 60 percent of the remaining delegates, and he is trailing in California. Remember, just winning impressively is no longer good enough to catch up.

Hence, his “Bernie or bust” supporters are talking about “burning it all down”. Seriously? Ok, we’ve been through the PUMAS of 2008 and guess who won the general election? And yes, I was sore at Hillary Clinton..but then again, she didn’t trail as bad as Sanders trails. And now, look who I am backing!

Now some have become very bitter toward Senator Sanders. I can recommend this very long, but fact filled essay. All too often, Sanders supporters accuse you of being a “sell out” or “closet Republican” if you reject their plans which make…some rather rosy assumptions. In fact, the 2016 Democratic debate is really between the pragmatists and the idealists. Or views of the problems facing the United States and where we want to eventually end up are remarkably similar.

But as far as Sanders goes, this meme sums it up for me.

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He is no revolutionary nor is he a saint (neither is Hillary Clinton). He is a politician and he is fighting to win..and politics can be bare knuckles at times.

May 1, 2016 Posted by | 2008 Election, Barack Obama, political/social, politics | , , | Leave a comment

Walking, running and Bradley Baseball (personal and trivial)

Bradley Baseball: scroll down.

Today ended a step back week:
Monday: weights and light swimming (sore shoulder: 1000 yards)
Tuesday: 8 miles running, 1 walking
Wednesday: am: 4 mile harder walk (with weights). PM: 2 mile walk with the group
Thursday: 8 miles running
Friday: weights only
Saturday: 6 miles (5K race in 26:04)
Sunday: 15.7 mile walk

Total: 44 miles, after having been in the 50s

Today’s walk; overcast, light headwind early: I wend down to the river path via the goose loop and then continued to the Heights Tower and then returned via the Boredom to my House via McClure

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I extended it by 1.1 miles by adding a Cooper/Ayers segment:

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4:03:44 total (15:32 pace); I was so sluggish when I started. The last 4 miles of the Boredom part took 57:14 (14:19 mpm) and the final 1.09 miles was done at 14:35. But I was really, really sluggish on the first 10 miles. I think that I needed a step back week.

Running
Yesterday’s 5K Yes, it rained pretty hard. And there is something I want to say. First, the “social photos”: I’ve cropped a few of these

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As you can see, it was quite the downpour. Now for some Cassie:

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Then for Tracy (you can see me over her shoulder; I went back to bring her in, as I often do.

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Now for some commentary: I followed this young lady for a while; I remember thinking “she isn’t going to last”. It turns out that I did catch her and pass her and finish 4 seconds ahead of her, “by the gun”. But my chip time was 1 second SLOWER than hers; evidently she started behind me and blew past me quickly. And she did stay ahead of me for about 60 percent of the race.

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Now yes, she is 32 years younger than I am; she *should* be faster than I am, but, as you can see, she doesn’t have a classic runner’s build and I *thought* that I should have taken her.
But I have to remember this: when I was just a bit older than her (she is 24; I was 26) I weighed 230 pounds (45 lbs. heavier than I do now) and I was THREE MINUTES faster in the 5K. Yes, a 23 minute 5K is NOT a good time for a man in his 20’s. Time marches on…though I wonder what sports that young woman plays/played. She must have been an athlete of some sort.

BRADLEY BASEBALL
Bradley played an 8 pm, and the weather was foggy and chilly.

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And Bradley trailed Dallas Baptist (ranked 17’th in the nation) 1-0 going into the bottom of the 8’th. But a 2 out run tied the game.
Then came the bottom of the 9’th, after Bradley made them go 3 and out in the top of the 9’th. It was 2 outs, no one on base and I had resigned myself to “extra innings.”

Then came a singe. Then the runner advanced on a wild pitch, and the Bradley coach put in a fast pinch runner. Then came another single and the fast runner was able to score.

Bradley won 2-1 to take its first “conference series). The game was way more exciting than the 2-1 score would indicate; though the pitching was good on both sides, both team’s batters hit the ball well only to be robbed of hits by excellent field play (on both sides).

It was just an excellent, exciting college baseball game in..less than traditional baseball weather.

May 1, 2016 Posted by | baseball, running, Uncategorized, walking | , , , | Leave a comment

Wet Run to Remember

Day: 47, rainy, windy. Tells you what you need to know. Nevertheless, Tracy was a trooper and didn’t back out, so we went and I managed about 2 miles or warm up. My legs: felt surprisingly good.
The race: it was smaller than usual and I was surprised to be as close to the front as I was. Then I remembered that the winning time was a time that I had run in the (distant) past. So I got to see first hand how much I’ve slowed.

Nevertheless, I felt ok upon finishing, given that it was a 5K. I did run reasonably hard and did ok, given the win and the rain. I took the first mile in 8:11 (downhill) and held on to finish in 26:04, which was about 14 seconds slower than what I had hoped for on a good day.

I cooled down by going back for Tracy and walking her in. It was good to do a race with her again.

I had thought about trying to compete with Steve, but he is just way to good for me right now; he was exiting the turn around circle as I was entering. I did chase a couple of younger women and got both; a couple of younger guys got me on the last uphill and a couple of kids sprinted past me at the finish.

Tracy got 3’rd in her age group.

Cassie was a few seconds behind me but won her age group; I sort of wish she had set a 25:45 pace:-)

I hope that the rain clears off for tonight’s Bradley Baseball game.

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2015
2014
2012

2016 26:04 8:11, 8:30, 8:30 (25:12) 0:52 place 25 of 177, 20 of 102 men 4 0f 8 AG
2015: 26:59 8:10, 8:24, 9:31 (26:05) 0:52 place: 74 of 303, 58 of 172 men, 4 of 8 AG
2014: 24:17 7:37, 7:37, 8:11 (23:26), 0:50 place: 35 of 343, 30 of 187, 7 of 13
2012: 24:34 7:54, 7:45 8:04 (23:44), 0:50 place: 66 of 272

This year:

Interplanetary March 19: 25:50
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April 30, 2016 Posted by | running, Uncategorized | | Leave a comment

Bringing it home

End of the semester. My shoulder hurts a bit so I took some Naproxen.

Weights only: rotator cuff, 5 sets of 10 pull ups (done slowly)
bench press: 10 x 135, 4 x 185, 7 x 170 (careful)
10 x 135 incline (slowly)
military: 3 sets of 10 x 40 standing, rows: 10 x 40 (each arm)
side plank, headstand, twist crunches, yoga leg lifts.

April 30, 2016 Posted by | weight training | Leave a comment

Nostalgia and Victimhood

My victimhood and whining: well, it was overcast and sort of cool. I “ran” (slogged?) outside at a bout 11:30 mpm; I chose my Cornstalk 8.1 mile course (1:33 or thereabouts..this was time of day. I didn’t start my stopwatch).

About .6 miles into it (1 km) I turned onto Parkside and a university runner came running by; she had on cropped shorts and it was easy to see how athletic she was. She smiled and said “hi” right about the point where we were side by side and within a minute or so she was already at Main Street and I had advanced about half of the distance she did.

Oh well…what are you going to do? My options: quit or be content to manage the pace that I can manage.

That reminded me of this article: in politics, some politicians pine for a “return to…and earlier era”. Now that did NOT work with my parents; they grew up dirt poor during the depression era. Personally, I wouldn’t mind returning to an era when I was faster, stronger and my mind was a bit quicker, but I don’t think that a politician is going to help with that.:-) And I rather like the internet, modern medicine, and more tolerance.

Now, of course, some may really be pining for a less diverse time in US history; e. g. not putting up with accents, people who dress differently and who either worship no god at all, or worship differently. But seriously, what some politicians call “Real America” really isn’t. THAT might be what some are nostalgic for. Not me.:-)

Example: I like our first black president and am looking forward to electing our first female president this year.

But alas, those who might be on the losing end of an election are…well, “victims”. So they say. Hey, I know that losing an election hurts; I felt like crying after the 2004 loss. But instead I joined the local Democratic party and worked to help make 2008 different.

Another topic This is an interesting article as to why one should…ahem…be skeptical of skeptics.

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

The FAILS of desperation and other nonsense…

Workout notes: sore right shoulder so I took it sort of easy:

Weights: 5 sets of 10 pull ups (slowly)
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incline press: 10 x 135, 7 x 150, 10 x 135
military press: 2 sets of 10 x 40 standing (dumbbells), 10 x 45
rows: 3 sets of 10 x 40
head stand (sort of unsteady)
twist crunch (2 sets of 12), yoga leg lifts (2 sets of 10)

Walking: 52:10 for 33 laps of lane 1 on the track (just over 4 miles) 12:57/12:55/12:30/12:15/1:30

Later: 2 miles with the group.

Posts and FAILS

Dennis Hastert: former Speaker of the House and convicted child molester. Note his wheelchair: an attempt to garner sympathy?

On less severe levels
Ted Cruz: syas that Carly Fiorina would be his running mate if he is the nominee. This helps…how?

Our Republican friends: some of them are claiming:

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So, now cartoons “prove” things. No wonder so few scientists are Republicans.

But some Sanders supportersare equally delusional:

Imagine, if you will, a vocal and disenfranchised block of voters disgusted with their party’s primary process and the anointed nominee, after watching the man who embodied their hopes and dreams being cast aside.

Imagine their calling for him to run as an independent, to stand for them and against an establishment that has been in the driver’s seat far too long and does not represent their interests.
I give you independent third-party candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont.

“Disenfranchised”? So, your candidate losing an election is called being “disenfranchised”? LOL.:-)

Now for some WIN

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Hillary Clinton: 1/3; those are the best odds yet. Yes, she had a good night, losing only Rhode Island and piling up massive margins in Pennsylvania, Delaware and Maryland. She padded her lead by 53 pledged delegates and now leads by 297. We are now at a place where Sanders needs to win on the order of 65 percent of the remaining pledged delegates to draw even…not going to happen.

Donald Trump: crushed Cruz and now has a massive lead.

April 28, 2016 Posted by | political/social, politics, social/political, walking, weight training | , , , | Leave a comment

Time to carry Sanders out on his shield?

If polls or demographics are a any guide, Hillary Clinton stands to pad her pledged delegate lead by another 40-50 (or more!) tonight, and she seems to poised to win at least 4 of the 5 states (possibly lose in Rhode Island). Even more telling: there will be far fewer delegates left for Sanders to catch up with:

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Nate Silver’s graph shows the percentage of the remaining pledged delegates that each candidate must win to secure a majority of pledged delegates. And after tonight, that number could well shoot to 65 percent for Sanders.

It may not be a knockout, but it is poised to be another 10-8 round for Clinton.

April 26, 2016 Posted by | political/social, politics | | Leave a comment

Bernie Math Joke

Workout notes: beautiful day so I took it outside for my hilly Cornstalk 8.1 mile running course, followed by a 1 mile walk.

1:26:13 (44:12/42:01); last 1.03 miles was done in 9:06 (8:50 pace…THAT is picking up the pace?:-) )

the 1 mile (plus) walk was untimed.

There are a series of primary elections today. One poll came out that showed Sanders ahead in Rhode Island, so perhaps I should walk back my prediction for a sweep? Still, Maryland should be blowout and Pennsylvania should be more or less like New York, so I see Hillary Clinton adding 40-50 pledged delegates to her lead..and more “delegates in play” will come off of the table.

It is getting time for us to carry Senator Sanders off on his shield. Yes, he fought hard, and I respect the campaign that he has run. But today should be yet another 10-8 round for Clinton.

Don’t expect the more hard-core Sanders supporters to accept it though:

April 26, 2016 Posted by | politics, politics/social, running, social/political | , , | Leave a comment

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