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Gag…gag…

Ok, perhaps it isn’t THAT hot..for my 8.3 mile walk (W. Peoria plus Bradley hills) it was 76 F, 87 percent at the start; 80 F, 76 percent at the end, and for the walk home from Dozer, 89 F, 63 percent.

The walk (in the morning); somewhat tired legs, but still 2:03 for 8.3 miles (14:50 pace) and untimed from the park.

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Sunday action at Dozer. Hot.

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A fan got in a quick stretch:

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Stretching between innings. Peoria leads 2-1..still.

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And the Chiefs won a fine pitcher’s duel 2-1; the first runner got on base when the batter alertly swung on a wild pitch for strike 3 and got to first; a single got him to 3’rd and a sacrifice fly brought him in.

The heat caused the fans to drop like flies; this was the 7’th inning stretch and even Barbara had gone home.

Baseball commentary I’ve read that actual attendance at games is down. My guess: our part of the country had a frigid “spring” that was really an extended winter followed by a hot, humid summer. This season has not been a pleasant one to be outside (for the most part). Will this be the norm for future years?

Now the walk home: featured Peoria’s perpetually “under construction” streets.

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Welcome to my world. This is the norm.

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July 15, 2018 Posted by | baseball, Peoria, Peoria/local, walking | | Leave a comment

Brrrbaseball and other trivial topics

The unusually wet, cold and snowy spring has played havoc with baseball schedules and kept fans away in droves.

But ironically, I got one free game out of all that: Wisconsin played the Chiefs this past weekend, but faced heavy snow at home.

So, some calls were made, and Wisconsin stayed in Peoria and “played host” to the Kane County Cougars. I couldn’t make today’s noon game but I did make yesterdays “clear but chilly” game.

It was a wonderful game; the Timberrattlers started strong and took a 4-1 lead; they hit a couple of home runs. But the Cougar relief pitching was strong and their bats woke up; Wisconsin also made some fielding errors. Kane County took the lead in the 8’th and held on. Still, the game was fun to watch.

It was even colder for tonight’s Western Illinois at Bradley game and there was some snow showers in the last hour. Western started quickly and scored 2 runs in the first inning; BU helped their cause with a walk and an error. But with bases loaded and 1 out, BU got a double play. Then BU promptly got 3 runs (first two batters got hits) and lead 3-2 after one inning; that inning took about 38 minutes to play.
From then on Bradley’s defense dominated and though the Braves came up empty when they had the bases loaded with no outs, they scored enough in the rest of the innings to win 9-2. BU had a bit of everything: bunts, a home run, extra base hits, etc.

I was impressed that Western had some fans; many (most?) of the BU fans took advantage of the “suite” seats that had an indoor section.

And yes, at the start, the snowflakes were very well defined.

Workout notes
The shoulder continues to improve.

Usual PT, pull ups: 2 sets of (5-5-5-5), 1 set of 10. Note: the 5-5-5-5 were a bit higher quality and burned in a good way.
bench: 10 x 135, 8 x 165, not much pain at all…very slow reps. 10 x 135 for the incline.
military: 10 x 50 standing, 15 x 45 standing, 10 x 90 (each arm) machine. Rows: 3 sets of 10 x 200 Hammer. Usual abs; did the plank at first; everything else burned.

I didn’t want to run so I walked 5K outside, briskly.

April 19, 2018 Posted by | baseball, Peoria, Peoria/local, walking, weight training | , , , , | Leave a comment

Tragedy strikes

An otherwise fine day (save a baseball game getting..yes, snowed out…due to incoming weather and the visiting team’s travel plans)…a day which featured lunch with a very dear friend and a nice (but snail slow) 11 mile walk, partly in West Peoria and partly in Bradley park…heel wasn’t even noticeable until mile 8…

was marred by the shooting death of a student and another young person.

This took place about 3-4 blocks from my house, along my usual walking route.

I do not know the circumstances but do know it was a tragic, senseless loss.

April 8, 2018 Posted by | Peoria, Peoria/local, walking | , , | Leave a comment

Voting: it matters.

We had primary elections yesterday; none of my major candidates won (or even came close), though the incumbent governor almost got beat in the primary by a whack-job.

So, now it is the “battle of the unqualified billionaires” for governor.

But of local interest, there was this referendum on the ballot: should Peoria County make “auditor” a professional, non-political position (one that is appointed). I voted “yes” to make the auditor to be a professional, appointed job rather than an elected one. More than 22,000 people voted and “no” won by 14 votes.

14 votes!

Workout notes:

weights (usual pt), pull ups (5-5-5, 5-5-5, 10, 10) decline press: 10 x 135, 10 x 165, incline press 4 x 155, 10 x 135, military (standing: 10 x 50, 10 x 45), seated: 15 x 50, rows: 3 sets of 10 x 50 (single arm) with dumbbell, 10 x 110 machine.

abs: twist crunch (50, 24), yoga leg lifts (10, 10), moving bridge (3 sets of 10), headstand (tough to get into), plank 2:20, side plank

run: treadmill: 5.1-5.4 5 minute froggy, then 6.1 then 6.2-6.5 every .25 miles (31:58), 32:55 for 5k, 45:25 4 mile (walk final .9 miles).

foot: ok, iced.

March 21, 2018 Posted by | Peoria, Peoria/local, politics, politics/social, running, weight training | , , | Leave a comment

If this surprises you, you are delusional

Hmm, let’s see: kids survive a mass shooting that kills several of their class mates.
So some of them speak out.

And you expected the gun nuts and conservatives to do..what exactly?

The best you could hope for is that most might say “ok, let them grieve and vent..they have reason to”. But to expect for these kids to not get critiqued and attacked…is beyond delusional.

Yes, they are kids with immature intellects; almost all of us were that way at that time in our lives (myself included). And yes, they have no clue as to the meat grinder they are stepping into when they go public in this day and age.

And, well, the attention span…

And, in my opinion, there is this: there is the “cosmic justice fallacy” which makes people think “I am in the right therefore I will win”.

Yes, I agree with the kids, but winning will be difficult.

If you have nothing they want, they have no reason to listen to you. And really: we have the ballot box and we have economic power. So unless we punish the miscreants with our votes and use our economic power to influence corporate America, we will lose on this issue..again. But we are winning on many other social justice issues.

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I did enjoy the Peoria Democrats dinner: we had Cheri Bustos, Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth there. Quite the contingent!

We sat with Clyde Gulley and his wife.

Gerry Hall got these photos:

February 20, 2018 Posted by | Peoria/local, political/social, politics, social/political | , | Leave a comment

Gray day…

We have an unusually warm day for February and hence, rain instead of a blizzard. So..that is a bit of a mixed bag.

Bradley Basketball:

The men’s team lead Valparaiso by 10 late in the first half when Valpo started to attack the basket. BU’s defense didn’t adjust, but the offence kept them in the game for most of it; Valpo got the lead with 7 minutes to go but BU rallied and lead by 4 with 5:56 left to go.
The next 4:30 or so saw Valpo go on a 21-0 run to lead 77-60 and they won going away 77-64.

That was on the road.

Next day: went to see the women host Indiana State: the women have won 6 conference games, all against the bottom 4 teams in the conference (4 against Evansville and Valpo). BU lost by 15 at ISU-blue.

So, Bradley raced out to a 31-16 lead early; ISU had open 3 point looks but missed.
They stopped missing in the second half and BU fell apart and trailed in the 4’th quarter. BU still pulled to 71-70 with 18 seconds left but ended up losing 74-70. ISU is no. 4 in the MVC right now. BU is now 6-9 in MVC play but still has a home game against Illinois State, a team that they beat by 20. BUT…that was some time ago; ISU-red has improved.

Workout notes
It was weird..I slept a long time last night…too much?

usual pt
pull ups: 5 sets of 10 …not as peppy as I’d hoped but I got them all..no problems.
bench press: 10 x 135, 6 x 185, 4 x 185 (not my best, not nearly my worst though)
incline: 10 x 140 (ok)
military: barbell: 8 x 95, 10 x 85 (good), 10 x 90 (each arm) machine
rows: 10 x 110 3-sets (machine)
goblet squats: 10 x 53, 10 x 62 (to the window sill)
abs: 2 sets of twist crunches (50, 24), yoga leg lifts (10), moving bridge (10)
headstand: ok..a bit frantic getting into it but I calmed down
side planks, 2 minute front plank (that went well?)
bike: 35:27 for 10 miles (about 1 minute slower than last Wednesday)

heel: some whining …

I just feel a bit..well, not quite light-headed but not quite right either.

February 19, 2018 Posted by | basketball, bicycling, Peoria/local, weight training | , | Leave a comment

Post Independence Day

West Peoria had its annual 4’th of July Parade which featured an interesting float:

Its reception? I’d say, mixed. It was “respect for the holiday” vs. “Trump sucks”.

Yesterday, I saw a ball game. The Chiefs won a pitcher’s duel 1-0; the starter went 6 innings and struck out 9. The Chiefs lone run came on a home run.

There were fewer people than on the 4’th of July game:

Workout notes: tested my new shoes. 2 miles outside, 5K “Deek” workout (walking), 1 mile cool down: 12:03, 12:11, 11:58, 1:20. (36:13, 37:34). Basically, 10:45 ish for the 400 on, 14:45 for the 200 off. Focused on posture.

July 6, 2017 Posted by | baseball, Peoria/local, political humor, political/social, walking | | Leave a comment

Peoria Democrats Presidents Day Dinner 2017 version

It was the usual; good food, nice company, VERY sectarian prayer (have any of these pastors ever heard of the word “ecumenical”?), Cheri Bustos was the main speaker and she filled us in as to what is going on in Washington. She alerted us to the fact that Trump won IL-17 (Obama won it easily).

Socially, it went much better for me than last year, though I did socialize a bit more with others already at the dinner.

This time, Tracy was available and Larry met us there.

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The largest crowd ever: almost 500. Open seating was in the back.

There was a lot of fried chicken there. Yeah, this photo was a bit blurry.

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Maria got this one of me.

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Here I am with Tracy.

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I won the flower place setting in the raffle.

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Here is Larry and Tracy together.

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Oh, I did work out in the morning: 6 miles easy and some “no weight” squats.

February 21, 2017 Posted by | Democrats, Friends, IL-17, Peoria, Peoria/local, running | | Leave a comment

Caterpillar moving its headquarters to Chicago

And that means leaving Peoria, where they started. Though many Caterpillar jobs will remain, for now…this is a shock to the Peoria community and economy.

So, how long will it be before Caterpillar is totally gone? I was reminded of this post at Gin and Tacos:


These places are dead and dying because economically there is no longer any reason for them to exist. They were established at a time when their location near resources or now-outdated transportation links made them important. Now, and no politician will ever admit it in public, there simply isn’t any reason for Altoona or Youngstown or Terre Haute to exist anymore. The jobs are never coming back. Nothing is coming back. The Democrats have not given the white Rust Belt working class an answer to their problems because there is no answer. Nothing will resurrect these places, all of which have long since crossed the point of no return in their economic and population decline. Automation, union-busting, outsourcing (much of it within the U.S., to impoverished Southern states) and race-to-the-bottom subsidy wars among state and local governments are ensuring that the situation isn’t about to improve.

And Peoria’s inherent backwardness doesn’t help matter. After all, we have a mayor who sent the police to raid someone’s house, because of a twitter account (50-55 followers!) And we have a lot of people in this town who did not realize…do not realize..what a ridiculous thing to do it was..or how this made us a nation-wide laughing stock.

Why would highly educated people even want to live here?

Oh, Peoria isn’t all bad but, but…oh, don’t get me started.

January 31, 2017 Posted by | Peoria, Peoria/local, social/political | Leave a comment

Sluggish 10 mile walk

Today’s 10.1 mile walk took 8 minutes longer than a walk on the same course back on December 29, but it did come after leg work and some intervals two days ago. And this was certainly “comfort, not speed” today. It was just under freezing and there wasn’t much wind. Footing was excellent; almost no ice was left on the sidewalks.

Below is a couple of photos of the “sort-of” frozen Illinois River. In the second one, there is a barge in the distance and some geese (hard to see). This is less frozen than it often is at this time of year (mid January).

Of interest:

1) There are some “labrador black” squirrels in the grass next to MLK just as I was turning onto Moss. They’ve spread; I did not see them 20 years ago; about 5-6 years ago I saw a few in Bradley Park.

2) No runners or walkers on the bike path..with one big exception. As I passed by some flocks of geese, I noticed that they were very, very agitated; much more so than when it was just me. It turns out that the Bradley University Men’s track/XC team was out training (perhaps 5:45-6 minute per mile pace) as a group; I moved over for them and many greeted me. I could lie and say something about age, but when I was their age, my “cruise training” pace was 7:30 mpm-ish…considerably slower than they were going.

Still, there was a “cycle of life” aspect to this encounter though.

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January 15, 2017 Posted by | Peoria, Peoria/local, running, walking | Leave a comment