I was going to go on and on

But it is 9:50 pm and so I am going to go to bed instead after I catch up on workouts:

Sunday: 10 mile plus walk in slight drizzle/gloomy skies
Monday: weights; usual, blah, blah blah (bench highlight was 3 x 185, 6 x 150 incline, 9 x 165 decline; got 10 x 50 military, 10 x 45, and 10 x 110 machine)
Tuesday: routine untimed 5 mile Cornstalk hill run; felt good. But icy tonight; better lay out some salt.

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Courtside! Bradley leading Western Illinois early

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Courtside! Bradley leading Western Illinois early

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The women beat Western Illinois 82-68; they moved out steadily and lead 60-46 at the end of 3. But then Western rallied and cut the lead to 5 points with 6 minutes to go, but BU pulled away at the end.

December 5, 2018 Posted by | basketball, running, walking, weight training | | Leave a comment

Kicking myself out of the door

It is crunch time at my university; finals start next week AND we’ve had MANY long meetings for this and that.

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That time in the semester.

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And so I didn’t want to do much…weather has been gray but this time, not cold..just a ton of rain last night and chilly drizzle this morning.

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Not cold, but sort of gloomy.

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Still, I weighed in at 187.8 yesterday before running, and ran in lane 2 of the university track: 10:27, 9:50, 9:50, 9:40 (29:40), 13:30 walk/jog cool down (53:37 for 5, 40:07 for 4).

Yesterday I did catch some Bradley Basketball: The women defeated Oakland 73-64 in a game where they build up a nice lead and let them back into it. It wasn’t pretty and the competition wasn’t the best. But BU is 5-0.

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Stood up again! 😒😭

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Oakland at Bradley. Close early.

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Strong thunderstorms turned the gutters into small streams but I went to the Bradley vs. New Mexico men’s basketball. Frankly BU was outclassed by a taller, faster Lobo team that used the press effectively. They forced turnovers and forced the Braves into taking quick shots. BU stared 11-0 but trailed 41-32 at the half and the lead grew to 76-61 and ended 85-75.

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New Mexico and Bradley in a lively one so far.

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Though the men have 3 losses and the women have none, the men have played tougher competition, up to now.

I see the men finishing somewhere between 3-5 in the conference and the women, perhaps 1 or 2 spots lower. But we shall see.
What I can say is that the games are more interesting than they were 3-4 years ago.

BUT…as far as the game…do they have to put some sort of promotion in EVERY dead ball situation? What about some dead time so fans can discuss…you know…the actual game?

December 2, 2018 Posted by | basketball, running, walking | , | Leave a comment

And the level of discussion is depressing …

Now of course, the news isn’t all bad. Senator Tim Scott (R-South Carolina) stood up and announced that he would vote against the Farr nomination. Yes, I expect a Republican to nominate a conservative, but there are plenty of principled conservatives out there.

I am going back to the border fiasco. I am still hearing that those who climbed the fence “did nothing wrong”; in fact what they did IS illegal. Yes, this was only a small portion of the “caravan”. Yes, someone in the country illegally can seek asylum. But illegal entry is, well, duh, still illegal. You wouldn’t think this is a nuanced point but ..well, if that is what you hear in your bubble..or what you hear from members of Congress:

Yes, the goal might be legal, but one might be breaking the law to get there..and THAT is what was criminal.

Now my feeling is that they did the right thing by not prosecuting; I am out of my lane here but I think that the prosecuting attorneys have some discretion on what to pursue. I’ll leave that to the pros.

But we really don’t need dishonest or misleading statements from our members of Congress. I’d rather she merely applaud the decision to NOT prosecute.

Workout notes:
Tuesday: weights plus a 4 mile run in 42:07 (bench: 10 x 135, 3 x 185, incline: 10 x 140, decline 8 x 165, etc. pull ups were 15-15-10-10. rest was the usual routine.
Wednesday: 4 mile walk on the treadmill in 45:45 (8 am meeting)
Thursday: 6 mile walk in 1:10:24; 10K in 1:12:35 (just under a 12 minute pace)

Basketball note: saw a wonderful Women’s game: Bradley held off a spirited challenge by Eastern Illinois 67-64, playing sterling defense in the final minute.

November 30, 2018 Posted by | basketball, politics, politics/social, running, social/political, walking, weight training | | Leave a comment

Bumbling out of the Thanksgiving break (still a bit whiny)

No, the break was not a total loss; I got a lovely long walk with Lynnor, a Turkey Trot, (best 3 mile/5k of the year), no weight gain,

a basketball game (vs. an overmatched opponent) and an exciting NFL game.
I also got, well, a very long drive home which was “sort of normal rainy weather) for 170 miles, sucky snowstorm for 30 miles, and dreadful for the final 10 (blizzard, white out)
I was a bit like Mr. Magoo and drove about 20 mph for stretches. I was lucky it was 11:30 pm and hardly anyone else was on the road.

Oh yes, prior to the NFL game, I got in a nice 4 mile run (42:07) on the treadmill, even though the weather was good outside. And I treated myself to a nice burger at a gourmet burger place, though it was not as good as “Smokey Burger” in Peoria.

The Basketball game:

Bradley won 86-70; aside from early moments when Chicago State hit a few three point shots, it wasn’t that competitive. BU’s lead built up to the mid 20’s (and yes, the spread was 25).

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Chicago State at Bradley. CSU up early.

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Then came a long drive to Indianapolis that I talked about in my previous post…

The next day: NFL.

Dolphins at Colts

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Colts rally from 24-14 down to tie with 4:25 to go.

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Seats: section 529; not bad seats. Not quite as good as we had for the Bills game (one level up) but this section had two entrance and exits; very little bother with people coming and going.

The game: interesting; the Dolphins opened with an excellent drive; Colts responded and it was 7-7. Then came a punt, Colts fumble, then an exchange of punts until the Colts drove for a touchdown. But 2 plays later, the Dolphin wide receiver found single coverage with no deep help; made an excellent play on the ball and ran it in. 14-14 going into the half, though the final minute saw THREE turnovers: Colts threw an interception, Dolphins fumbled, Colts another interception.

Second half: a Colt punt was partially blocked which set up a field goal. The Colts drove but then what looked like to me as a partially blocked field goal (after a sack) put the Dolphins in business again and they took advantage, scoring a touchdown to take a 24-14 lead with 13 minutes to play.

But then the Colts rallied for a field goal off of a drive, and the Dolphins went conservative and got stuffed. A punt lead to a Colt touchdown drive. But on the touchdown pass, the Dolphin defender hit the Colt receiver late (after the end zone catch was secured) and drew a key penalty. So it was 24-24 and now the Colts kicked off from the 50.

They did a “pooch” kick that pinned the Dolphins at their own 6. They played it safe (4 minutes to go) and got nowhere and had to punt. The Colts drove it, hitting a key pass and the Dolphins had only 2 time outs left. So the Colts were able to run the clock down to 3 seconds before winning the game on a short field goal on the final play of the game.

So the game WAS exciting.

The drive back…ugh…been through that though.

And so today…I did not do much; too tired and sleepy; did some shoveling and taking the hostage to the doctor for a procedure (senior citizen’s date?)

November 27, 2018 Posted by | basketball, family, football, NFL, relationships, running | , | Leave a comment

Some joy too…

Despite the football disaster this Saturday and the impending doom of Thanksgiving (argh!) I had some fun too.

There was the Saturday run with Cassie (5.5 miles with her prior to the game), and today’s 11 mile walk with Lynnor.

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Lynnor and me. She is on the right. 11 miles done.

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I think it is awesome that someone this interesting and popular would spend time with me; and yes, she is easy on my eyes. πŸ™‚

Other workout: weights yesterday; usual pre and post (rotator cuff, headstand, plank) pull ups (5 sets of 10), bench: 10 x 135, 2 x 185, 7 x 165, decline: 9 x 165, military: 10 x 50 standing, 2 sets of 10 x 45, rows: 3 sets of 10 x 110.

Sports: some of my teams won…on Friday, Bradley Volleyball swept a strong Illinois State team 3-0; this gives ISU red a 16-2 conference record (BU is 13-5)

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Bradley Volleyball. BU up 1-0 over Illinois State!

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There was a good crowd for this one.

On Sunday, the Bradley Women defeated Rockhurst (D-2) 83-40 in a game where many women got to play quite a few minutes.

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BU controlling the action vs. D2 Rockhurst.

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The men’s basketball team lost by 1 at Illinois-Chicago but won 75-62 against SMU in a tournament.

November 21, 2018 Posted by | basketball, Friends, running, walking, weight training | , , | Leave a comment

Pelosi wars.. ugh…

First things first: 58 minutes for 5 miles walking; my weight loss to just around 190 has helped. Dropping 10 more pounds would help even more.

And last night, Bradley basketball won 74-65 over a pesky Jackson State team that would not go away; every time Bradley got a double digit lead, JS hit some 3’s to get right back in it. Bradley’s big guys had good nights (20 and 15 points) and several players had double figures.

Politics: great, now that the Democrats have the House (still more seats to be determined; 7 appear to be up in the air right now), there appears to be a fight over who should be Speaker. Normally, the caucus votes and then the winner of the caucus moves forward to the whole House voting, at which case whoever gets the majority of votes wins. Evidently some want a change where someone needs 218 votes (out of 230-235 or so) to be advanced out of the caucus, a very high standard. That strikes me as nuts.

So we go to the arguments. Much of the anti-Pelosi sentiment appears to be “too old”, “old guard”, “grip on power”, “corporate”, “establishment”, etc. But the pushback, or at least MUCH of it is “sexism, misogyny”, etc. It is a battle between two “woke” factions. At times I wish I believed the trickle down economics bullshit so I could just be a Republican and be done with it.

About Pelosi: sure, the threading of the needle for the ACA was a historic feat; IMHO she’ll go down as one of the great Speakers for that feat. But is her time past? I do not know. Should we groom new leaders? Of course.
But do we need to change at the moment? Well, “would someone else be more effective”, to me, is the ONLY consideration (and yes, there is some debate as to what “more effective” means). No, she is NOT “owed” anything AND “change for the sake of change” is stupid.

We will see how it plays out, but the quality of the discussion is lacking.

November 15, 2018 Posted by | basketball, Democrats, politics, politics/social, social/political, walking | | Leave a comment


First the workouts: Saturday, run on the treadmill, walk on the riverplex track (18 F, single digit windchills): 53:03 for the 5 mile run (22:20 then 30:43 for the final 3 miles), 16 minute walk on the track. Today: it was in the 20’s and sunny so I walked my West Peoria to Cornstalk 8.3 and added a 0.7 hilly loop and then an out and back along Bradley (16 minutes) to get to 10 miles.

Weight: Riverplex scale 188.9; I have lost most of the old extra. Now to remove the “old man” blubber as I now longer have the muscle mass I once hand.

Late night tomorrow night as she comes in. I’ve accepted it.

Weekend: dinner tonight (Mexican) with Tracy.
Yesterday: I got to watch Bradley win a couple of basketball games, both against Southeast Missouri State.

Both games were competitive for most of the way; the men used their defense to pull away 68-57; BU shot 38.8 percent but limited them to 31.6 percent. The lead reached 19 with 3:30 to go; it was only 5 early in the second half.
The women was a bit more back and forth for much of it. It was only a 1 point game going into the 4’th but BU won 85-79.

November 12, 2018 Posted by | basketball, Friends, running, walking | , | Leave a comment

Catch up on personal stuff

Interesting evenings. Wednesday: Bradley basketball vs. D-2 Wisconsin Parkside. BU raced out to a 12-0 lead; it took Parkside 5:20 to score. Eventually, they came back to make it a 2 point game at 28-26, but BU took better care of the ball to lead 40-28 at the half. In the second, the lead built to 69-42 with 5 minutes to go before BU cruised in to a 74-58 win. The defense looked sharp at first, but BU did have some trouble with turnovers and did give them some open looks at the 3.

I love all of the colors when the teams are out there warming up.

Early action.

Yesterday, I figured that I’d have a lazy evening. But in the morning, Ms. Vickie called and said she had an extra ticket for Chicago. So I went…and wow…they put on a show.

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Theresa and Jim at the Chicago concert.

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Above: Ms. V and me; below: Mama T and Jim.

The first half was mostly Chicago II; the second half had many of their hits. Most of the band is intact, but not all. I saw them when they played at the Naval Academy in the late 1970’s.

Workout notes: Thursday: 5.1 mile Cornstalk Hill walk in 1:12:28; I was 35:40 half way and took 36:48 for the return leg (14:08 finish for the final 1.03 let; 13:50 out). But of course, the return leg is net uphill so I’d expect the return to be slightly slower.

Today: weights only (late night) rotator cuff, plank, head stand, 15-15-10-5-5 pull ups, bench: 10 x 135, 1 x 190, 2 x 185, 7 x 170 bench (slightly sore left shoulder), military: 10 x 50 standing, 10 x 45, 10 x 40, rows: 3 sets of 10 x 50 dumbbell. I moved through the sequence quickly.

Note: I am now at 189.3 (before the workout); the lightest I’ve been in a while. And I haven’t started long training yet.

November 9, 2018 Posted by | basketball, Friends, walking, weight training | | Leave a comment

Workout catch-up and some sports

Workout notes: 31 October: 6 mile (6.3 actually) walk in the morning; later yoga with Ms. V. 1 November; untimed 5.1 mile run; saw some of the women’s track team doing hill repeats. 2 November: weights; kind of off. Pull ups: ok; 5 sets of 10. bench: 10 x 135, 2 x 185, 3 x 185, incline: 6 x 150, decline: 10 x 160, military: 8 x 50 dumbbell, 10 x 45, 10 x 45, rows: 3 sets of 10 x 110. plank, bow, head stand, etc.

I weighed 191.3 this morning..still a bit bloated.

I’ve been kind of off mentally. I drove myself crazy trying to derive Snell’s law from the “least time path” principle of light travel; had to remind myself to look at the triangle and then deduce the “sines of the angles of incidence ratio is equal to the ratio of the speeds through the medium” from that.

Sports: I saw Bradley handle Carroll University (D-3) 81-31; it was 27-5 early and never got more competitive than that. The team played smothering defense almost the whole way.

Tonight: I caught Bradley Volleyball’s 3 set loss to ranked Northern Iowa; better team won though our team fought hard.

November 3, 2018 Posted by | basketball, running, walking, weight training | | Leave a comment

April 1?

And yes, in the afternoon, several of the major bridges crossing the Illinois River were shut down due to accidents. Oh boy.

Still I got out for my walk before it all happened (10.1 miles in 2:50 or so; I slowed toward the end). Foot: some aching afterward…some whinyness around mile 7-8. But mostly, I am just out of walking shape. About 3.5 miles into it, I got passed by the University women’s track/XC team. They were very nice to me…as they always are.

Personal/Issues: I am writing up my talk, but I took time to watch the awesome Mississippi State vs. Notre Dame NCAA Women’s basketball championship game. It was one for the ages; ND rallied from 15 down to win with a buzzer beating 3 pointer with about 1 second to go.

I also thought about some of the infighting between the social justice warriors and the scientists. Many of the SJWs are upset with David Reich’s article about “how to talk about genes and race”. The fundamental issue: if you look at two clusters of humans that evolved separately for a long time (say, a few thousand years), you’ll see some difference in the frequency distribution of alleles between the groups, and it makes sense that there might be some statistical genetic differences between the groups.

The SJWs can’t stomach that..thinking that if this fact were accepted, well maybe some claims made by the racists are right (and no, they aren’t). Nevertheless, they want to be given some influence over the work of scientists:(via Jerry Coyne)

Their main beef seems to be that those like Reich who unravel the genetic patterns of our species need to constantly consult with people like cultural anthropologists and social scientists. I’m not sure this is good advice, since those people have, by and large, tried to foist ideological views onto research on human groups. The bit below, for example, smacks of an unwarranted hubris:

Precisely because the problems of race are complex, scientists need to engage these issues with greater care and sophistication. Geneticists should work in collaboration with their social science and humanities colleagues to make certain that their biomedical discoveries make a positive difference in health care, including the care of those studied.

Of course discoveries should be used constructively, but is that the responsibility of people like Reich, who simply look at the frequencies of disease genes in different groups and the pattern of genetic differentiation across the globe? I don’t think so. How to use the findings of geneticists in medicine is the purview of bioethicists and physicians, not paleoanthropologists.

This push-back against science sure seems to give right wing criticisms of academia some merit (yeah, I know,..some of those right wingers are those getting their feelings hurt because intelligent design and creationism are treated as crackpot ideas..which they are).

April 2, 2018 Posted by | basketball, social/political, walking | , , , | Leave a comment