Believing the worst about those you hate..

First in the news: yes, the FBI raided the office of one of Trump’s lawyers. No: you do not have attorney-client privilege if you are trying to use a lawyer to commit a crime or cover it up.

This is old news, but I saw this on a friend’s Facebook wall:

There are a couple of things wrong here. One: not all of us would consider one unkind mocking a disqualifying event “on the spot”, though, IF true, it is a bad thing. This isn’t the same level, but remember Obama apologizing for making that “Special Olympics” remark (about how bad of bowler he is)?

But, more importantly, there is quite a bit of evidence that Trump uses this mannerism to mock *everyone* he wants to mock.

So, I really believe he was just mocking a reporter.

Now if you want to say that mocking people in this manner isn’t “presidential” behavior, well, I might agree with you.

I think the lesson here is that I (and many others) really want to believe the worst about those we dislike. Therefore, I must approach all “did you see what Trump just did” stories with a bit of skepticism.

Note: I really do not believe that Trump will be removed from office; I see that as a very remote possibility. And it probably isn’t helpful for Democrats to run “on impeachment”..especially those who are running in Republican held states and Congressional Districts.

But I do think things like this MIGHT help us beat him when he runs for reelection.

Personal and workout stuff (TMI)

For the past couple of days, I have not felt “Right”; lower GI while, not bad, I ache more than normal (joints, old injuries) and last night, after yoga, my right knee was somewhat unstable (too much kneeling in class?) The stomach stuff: probably our campus tragedy …that really, really bothered me. It still does..I just felt dejected .

Yesterday: weights and bike. Weights: usual PT, 5 sets of 10 pull ups (slow), military press: 10 x 50, 10 x 50, 15 x 45 (all standing), rows: Hammer: 3 sets of 10 x 200. bench press: dumbbell: 2 sets of 10 x 40 (full motion). incline press: Hammer: 10 x 90, 10 x 140 (45 + 25). full ab set (2:30 plank). Then 34:40 for 10 miles on the bike. Evening: yoga.

Today: swim: 250 (slow, off), 250 (better), 5 x 25 fist, 25 free, 5 x 25 drill, 25 free (fins), 3 x (100 free, 100 pull), 4 x 100 modified IM (free instead of fly), 100 pull, 50 free, 50 side.
run: 10 min: 5.1, 5.2, 5 min: 5.3, 5.4, 5.5, 5.6..up to 44:50 (4 miles), then 6.1-6.4 (every .25 miles) for 54:32

Note: this morning, my heel hurt a bit..was fine on the run for the first 30-35 minutes, then “there” for “faster” (less glacial) paced running.

April 10, 2018 Posted by | bicycling, running, social/political, swimming, weight training, yoga | , , , , | Leave a comment

What else am I going to whine about? (and protests)

Protests: I suppose one can do disruptive protests for many reasons: fire up those who think the way that you do, vent, deliberately anger others, etc.
But if you want society to come around to your way of thinking …well, maybe what you are doing does not work so well:

The backlash to violent protest may have changed the course of American history. For his own working paper on protest movements, Omar Wasow, a politics professor at Princeton University, carefully tracked both violent and nonviolent protests by African-American groups in the 1960s and attempted to measure their impact on white voters. His most important finding was that, as he explains in the abstract, “In presidential elections, proximity to black-led nonviolent protests increased white Democratic voteshare whereas proximity to black-led violent protests caused substantively important declines and likely tipped the 1968 election from Hubert Humphrey to Richard Nixon.” In other words, all else being equal, whites who were exposed to nonviolent black protests were more likely to vote for the candidate who was more liberal on racial-justice issues than were those who were exposed to violent black protests (and yes, Masow controlled for a variety of potentially confounding factors in his analysis).

Masow explains in the paper that this is, to his knowledge, “the first article to establish a causal effect of protests on voting,” and that his findings support that idea that “subordinate groups” like African-Americans, “can help shape national agendas and frame demands” in important ways — but that when it comes to big, broad movements, backlash can lead to severe consequences.

For what it’s worth, while Masow’s empirical approach may be new, the idea that the riots and violence of the 1960s sparked a white backlash isn’t: Among political scientists, this is a widely accepted idea. It doesn’t mean, of course, that the violence in question wasn’t often sparked by meaningful, urgent grievances — it means that there was a potentially preventable cost to expressing those grievances in a violent manner.

Now this is talking about rioting..and not less violent but disruptive things. I’d recommend reading the rest of the article.

It was icy when I walked to and from the gym, and to work. Ugh..

The workout: kind of a disaster. usual pull ups and PT went ok; bench: 10 x 135 (ok) 1 x 190 (ok), 5 x 185 (good). But then I attempted 10 x 170 in the decline, got a ding at reps 8 and 9 (left shoulder). That precluded doing any more chest pressing, though rows (2 x 200 Hammer, 1 x 110 machine) were ok, and careful, slow standing military presses with dumbbells (10 x 40, 10 x 45, 10 x 45) went ok too. Usual abs, 2:30 plank, 10 miles cycling (switched bikes to get one with the footstraps at mile 5) was ok.

Still that left shoulder..every once in a while I get careless and “ding” it. I might need 2-3 weeks rest..or to just be careful with my next set of presses.

So that is what I am whining about (someone asked me on Facebook: “what will you whine about next”. So now you know, Stripper Girl.

April 2, 2018 Posted by | bicycling, weight training | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Earth Wind and Fire last night and

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Well, I had a late start to the morning…too jacked up from the high energy concert (outstanding)

weights (no abs): 5 sets of pull ups (10 each), bench: 10 x 135, 4 x 185, 8 x 170, decline: 7 x 170, incline 10 x 135
military: 10 x 50 standing (dumbbells, 50 in each hand), 15 x 50 seated, supported, 10 x 45.
rows: 3 sets of 10 x 50 single arm. Usual shoulder PT

bike: 34:30 for 10 miles (4 minutes for mile 1). went ok.

I admit that I amused myself by doing more pull ups than some younger guys who were struggling…hey..I take victories where ever I can find them. 🙂

March 26, 2018 Posted by | bicycling, weight training | | Leave a comment


Workout: weights and 10 miles of cycling (34:30; stationary)

usual pt, pull ups (5 sets of 10)
bench: 10 x 135, 4 x 185, 8 x 170
decline: 8 x 165
incline: 10 x 135
military: 10 x 50 standing, 15 x 50 seated, supported, 10 x 45 standing
rows: 3 sets of 10 x 50 single arm, 10 x 110 machine
abs: twist crunch (50, 24), moving bridge (3 sets of 10), yoga leg lifts, (2 sets of 10), headstand
plank: side, 2:15 front
then the bike. Later: yoga with Ms. Vickie

I do have a tug in my right lower hamstring that I feel in triangle pose.

Other stuff: I admit that I am having trouble keeping up with Trump’s antics. That is really too bad.

I have no clue as to how tomorrow’s primary elections will go in Illinois; the suspense might be in the Democratic governor’s and attorney general races.

March 20, 2018 Posted by | bicycling, Illinois, weight training | Leave a comment

hanging on

I admit two things:

1. The fatigue of last weeks 24-30 hour bug is still with me…somewhat.
2. The foot is not 100 percent well; it was still oh-so-slightly sore from yesterday’s 7 miles.

Today’s workout was ok though sluggish: 2200 yards: 500 free, 100 back, 100 breast, 100 swim/drill, 200 in 3:36, 100 in 1:50 (fading), 100 back, 100 breast, 100 swim/drill, 7 x 100 on the 2:10 (1:50 each; one “lazy” one), 100 back.
I got through it ok with no “pop”.

Bike: 38:50 for 10 miles; I started so damned slowly it took me almost 5 minutes to go the first mile; didn’t average 15 mph until mile 7 (28:00). I was kind of dead afterward and ended up taking a nap! Had it not been spring break, I would have had do have done only one of these activities.

Politics: is sure looks as if Lamb pulled it out in PA-18. But he was the right kind of candidate for THAT district. The Republicans can spin it any way they want to, but the shift is toward the Democrats, though we should realize that the “red region” Democrats will be more conservative than I would like.

Personal Tomorrow, Barbara and I will have been married 22 years. We celebrated yesterday as we’ll be on the road. We went to one of our favorite restaurants and exchanged cards…and we got each other the same card! That is hilarious…

(the theme: seeing your spouse in a crowd coming toward you and just feel good when you spot them)

March 14, 2018 Posted by | bicycling, Personal Issues, swimming | , , | Leave a comment

first run in a while

No lifeguard at the pool. Grrr…but I used the time to get a 2 mile treadmill run (22:20) and 1 mile walk (5K total: 39:20) The heel burned slightly during the jog but it wasn’t severe.
Then 10 miles on a bike in 33:55; the heel felt good then.

So, I am getting closer to be able to train.

Though the run was, well, not very fast, I was a little surprised at how easy it was; evidently the swimming, elliptical and cycling have enabled me to keep some semblance of conditioning.

March 6, 2018 Posted by | bicycling, running, walking | , | Leave a comment

Working my way back…

Last day of freedom..I’ll watch the MVC game on TV and then do some academic stuff (some of it useful; some is “necessary bullshit..that happens when you have “shared governance”

Morning workout: just under 3 hours total time:

Swim: 1000 free, 100 back, 100 breast, 100 back, 100 breast, 4 x (100 pull, 100 free). This was mostly untimed; I used the pace clock to keep track of laps; that’s it. 2200 yards total (1.25 miles, or 2000 meters)

bike: 12.4 miles in 46:15. Started VERY slowly; 5 minutes for the first mile, 10 minutes for the first 2.5 miles or so. Stretched the foot (tight and sore)

walk: about 5K outside; too sunny and pretty not to (high 30’s, a bit breezy). Some stiffness and soreness but then at about mile 2 it went away; almost “one final cramp then done” as I did a bit on the grass).

You might call this my “I goat this” triathlon. LOL… working my way back from this will take a while.

Weight: 201.5 before swimming, 199.8 after (first under 200 in a while; I like the trend).

And the wife returns tomorrow….just as I got my “without her” routine down. No more “storing clean laundry in the dryer”. Sigh…

March 4, 2018 Posted by | bicycling, swimming, walking | Leave a comment

sunny day but..

Well, the snowflakes across the alley have started a loud party since about 8:30 am..??? Well, they had better be done by bed time or I’ll call the police on them. 🙂

I did get to the Riverplex a bit late so I chose to lift, cycle and walk (very sunny..though the water covered about half of the goose loop.)

weights: pt for rotator cuff, 5 sets of 10 pull ups, 10 x 135, 4 x 185, 7 x 170 bench, 7 x 160 decline, 10 x 135 incline, military: 10 x 50 standing, 2 sets of 10 x 45 (dumbbell), 3 sets of 10 x 50 rows.

Good news: there were three bespandexed women doing squat/butt exercises. That was at least entertaining. 🙂

Then to the cycle: 20 miles in 1:02:55 (32:25 for first 10). Sunny day so 5K or so of walking on the bike path. Pain: mild ..though when I stepped out of the bathtub “bad foot first”..EYOOOOW!!! It is not healed yet.

Now to the ISU vs. Bradley women’s game.

March 3, 2018 Posted by | bicycling, walking, weight training | , | Leave a comment


I may have overdone it yesterday; the heel was achier than it had been over the past 3-4 days. BUT…the heel tends to like my “house shoes” which cup the heel. So maybe it is time to try a heel cup?

Weights: kind of low energy today. Note: I don’t start sweating heavily until I squat..hmm…

usual pt, pull ups (5 sets of 10: ok)
bench: 10 x 135, 5 x 185, 8 x 175 (subpar)
decline: 2 x 175, 10 x 155
incline: 10 x 135
military: 10 x 50 standing, 10 x 45 standing, 10 x 180 machine
rows: 2 sets of 10 x 50, 10 x 60
squats: 10 x 45, 2 sets of 10 x 50 to the bench
abs: twist crunches (50, 24), yoga leg lifts (2 sets), moving bridge (2 sets) boat (30 seconds) plank (2 minutes), side planks,
headstand: went up easy today (?)

bike: 10 miles (34:30 or thereabouts..started slowly and increased to level 8)

February 26, 2018 Posted by | bicycling, weight training | , | Leave a comment

Hmmm…orthotic problems?

Heel saga: it burned a bit this morning as I walked from the parking lot into the gym and on the lower floors of the gym; then again I was wearing my orthotics and Sorbothane heel pads. I wonder if it is finally time to replace those old plastic, spenco covered orthotics?

Swim: 2000 yards; longest in a long time (18 months?): 600 free, 100 back, 100 breast, 200 of 25 fly, 25 back. Then 200 of drill/swim (practicing the “downhill” feeling).
now: “on the 1 minute per 50 interval) 2 x 200 (3:28, 3:30), 2 x 100 (1:43, 1:48 (died), 2 x 50 (54, 53), 50 back, 50 side.
Then on the bike: I set it for 1 hour and got 10 in 35:03, 12.4 in 43:03, 17 in 58:39, 17.4 in 1 hour, then 18.7 in 1:05. I couldn’t leave well enough alone so I did 4:30 more to get to 20 miles.

Bradley basketball later in the day. This may well be the last men’s game I watch this season as I do not anticipate nearby NIT action..nor any EIEIO tournament games. The women play their last home game next weekend.

February 24, 2018 Posted by | basketball, bicycling, swimming | , | Leave a comment