Over the past year, I’ve had an energetic back-and-forth with someone who I’ve grown fond of. A year ago, I didn’t even know what she looked like, though we were FB friends for a couple of years (I wasn’t even sure if “she” were even a “she”…that is, was this an “alternate account”?). So our FB relationship has grown and evolved; right now I play the part of a clueless, infatuated, socially awkward male who constantly gets rebuffed…but still doesn’t learn. This has generated a series of memes, and here is one of the latest ones:
I admit that I like this one as I am a fan of “over the years” photos; I’ll post another one as a “PS” to this post.
But behind all of the joking is the idea of “unrequited love”, which the Main Ingredient sang about so well:
And this has been a big part of my life, albeit NOT in terms of human relationships. Oh sure, many (most?) of those I had a crush on did NOT have crush on me. But hey, that is life for most of us. I am thinking more along the lines of my life and professional aspirations.
Yes, for most of my young life, I really, really, really wanted to be a professional athlete. And I did all of the “right” things: I ran wind sprints, lifted weights, practiced my football drills. And it paid off: I stared two years of JV an one year of varsity football in high school.
But, well, college competition was a different story, and, in all honesty, I didn’t have even enough ability to play Division III ball. There just isn’t a market for those who take 5.8-5.9 to run a 40 yard dash (to put this into perspective, linemen usually run 4.8-5.0, backs 4.3 to 4.5).
So now, yes, I do hear from professional sports teams….when they have ticket specials. 🙂
But this has a happy ending. You know all of that running and weight lifting I did? Well, I am still doing it, albeit at a more age appropriate level. I grew to love working out, and I still do.
So, sometimes unrequited love really does have a happy ending. In my case: no broken body (though I have a few aches and pains…that is normal for someone in their late 50’s), no concussions. No athletic performance either, but I can still run a 5K at 8:30-8:40 mpm (yeah, that used to be 6:20…but never mind) and I can still do sets of 10-15 pull ups.
You will be sorely missed.
Ok, time to get to bed as classes start tomorrow.
I’ve had some interesting political discussion today and…ok, watched a lot of short videos about some of the “100 greatest NFL players” and focused on the linemen, especially the offensive linemen.
Workout notes: 5.1 mile Corntalk course; jogged to the start of the dogpark hill, and then ran the uphills hard; walked, then jogged to the next uphill. I did that workout on December 31’st. Felt good.
Time to get it..lots of admin stuff to do.
So for a bit of “mathematical physics” humor:
So go ahead and unfollow this blog. 🙂
1.5 hour department meeting, plus an extra 20 minutes for us older folks…
Workout notes: run on the treadmill (to break in new shoes): 5 minute segments for the first 50 minutes (0.5 incline)
5.2-5.3-5.4-7.0-5.3-7.0-5.3-7.0-5.3-7.00, then walk jog for 4 minutes, 6.7 for 3, 6.8 for 2, 6.9, 7.0 for 1 minute each; 6 miles in 1:00:04
3 mile walk (I think) and it felt good…until I tried to get up after sitting down. It WAS work but work that left me feeling refreshed.
Time: about 52 minutes (by the time of day), or 15:0x ish minutes per mile, which felt like the pace I was walking.
Yes, I’ve watched some Olympic action (in particular, boxing, swimming, gymnastics, court volleyball). I remember watching these when I was a teenager…and watching NFL games and thinking: “wow, with some work, that COULD BE ME.” I still remember using my Exergym rope exerciser while watching NFL games on the black and white television in my bedroom.
This was on the weekend; I used my high school universal gym during the week, as well as running the steps, running the track, doing agility drills on my own, etc.
I remember when I was on the JV: our games were on Wednesday night. On Sunday evening, after the NFL game, I’d go to the track and do 2 miles, reasonably hard (13:30-14:00 was my time, as a 220 lb. offensive tackle).
No one was going to outwork me! My motto was “you can do anything if you want it badly enough and are willing to work hard enough.”
That, of course, is complete and total bullshit.
The reality is: “if you see someone on TV because they are good enough to warrant TV coverage, that will NEVER be you…unless you are one of those “1 in 1000” outliers.
I eventually found what I was best at (mathematics) and even that, I was nowhere good enough to be, say, a MIT professor. Getting the Ph. D. and getting a few new results published was about my talent level; it is a bit like the 2:25 (male) marathon runner who dreams of sneaking into the Olympic Trials, though he knows that he has essential zero chance of making the team, or the baseball player who peaks out at playing, say, A or AA ball. It is still damned good, but not “TV good”.
So, would I have been happier (and better off) had I known that early in life? It is hard to say.
On one hand, I would have been more relaxed. On the other hand:
1. I grew to love lifting weights and running because I did these things to get ready for football. I enjoy these activities to this day; my first weight room workout was in 1972!
2. I can sympathize with the student who, say, is enrolled in engineering but doesn’t have the talent for it. I can explain that there are other rewarding paths to a college degree and that humans tend to have different talents.
And yes, I am getting ready to go lift, work on my math paper, watch some more Olympics, and see yet another class A baseball game this weekend.
I’ve seen so many “please understand me because I have condition X” memes on the social media. I’ve seen only a few that exhort the reader to treat others better. here is one:
Am I there? Uh…no; I have a ways to go. But it is a worthy goal.
Here are a couple of my attempts; they need work.
Two weekends ago, it took me 3:01:30. Today, the same course took me 3:04:25 (12:05 pace, not a misprint). I was 1:32 at 7.6 miles. 3:00:21 at 14.95 miles. The return was slightly faster and when I finished, I had a deep cough and drainage all over the place. It was disgusting.
What was fun is that I saw some other runners along the way and passed a couple of pretty bespandexed women on the way up from Affina to the Tower section, and then I ran into T and her crew at the tower. Sadly, T had the “dreaded coat around the waist”…that made me sad.
And when I got home…it wasn’t quiet like it was in recent weekends but instead there was the drone of Barbara babbling on the phone and waiting for kids/grandkids, etc.
Just beware: I got a mail notice claiming to be from the IRS saying someone had tried to set up an online account.
But when I called the listed number: they first wanted stuff on the letter…then wanted my full SSN at which point I hung up.
I went online to see the official IRS numbers; this wasn’t one of them.
Oh, I got some official good news today, and I still have a lot to do. Nevertheless….no more home basketball or other things for a while…
Perhaps I can do a medium long run this weekend. Still have a very sporadic, light cough.
Well, the spring races aren’t that far away, and neither is Chiefs baseball. And I’ve got stuff to work on.
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