Catching up

Long hiatus with my blog posts..though it isn’t as if I’ve done nothing.

Workouts: Thursday: morning yoga, then a 5 mile walk outside after taking someone’s 9-10 am class. Slow walk (W. Peoria course)
Friday: weights (rotator cuff, 5 sets of 10 pull ups, 10 x 135, 3 x 185 (ugly) bench, 10 x 135 incline, 7 x 50, 10 x 45, 10 x 40 military, rows: 3 sets of 10 x 110 rows machine, plank, etc, knee stretch, etc. I had slept in somewhat.

Saturday: 5 mile run Riverplex treadmill (54:50 had to kick it in to get 5 under 55); warm, 3 mile walk (24 laps lane 1) in 44:53, 2 mile hill walk 29:10.
Sunday: 4 mile run in 41:50, included 10 minutes from 6.7 to 7.1 mph (19:40 2 mile) 2 mile walk track.

Also: I’ve made it a point toward to trying to work to being able to sit on my heels. I am a long way from getting there. But practicing seems to be helping me with flexibility.

Personal: I had partner yoga with Ms. V. on Tuesday night. Valentines date with B. on Thursday night.

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Valentine's Day date.

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And, well, some Bradley Basketball.

Loyola visited Bradley and lead by 8 early. But toward the end of the first half, BU got some momentum and scored just before halftime to cut the lead to 26-22.
In the second half, Bradley took control pushing the lead to 11 points with just over 2 minutes to go. Loyola rallied but couldn’t closed the gap. Bradley won 61-54

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Late game drama. BU up but lot of game left.

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61-54 Bradley over Loyola!

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Saturday We took the trip to Normal to watch Bradley take on Illinois State at Redbird arena (a great place to watch a game).

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Player introductions.

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You know the drill: Illinois State came out on fire and got open looks for their 3 point shots..burying them and running out to an 11-0 and 15-4 lead.

Bradley made some adjustments and hit some 3’s of their own and cut the lead to 20-16. It was competitive for the rest of the half and just prior to halftime BU pulled even at 30..and hit a big 3 just before half time to lead 33-30.

The second half: all Bradley; BU took away the Redbird inside game and found shots. The lead reached 10 points with 7:41 and 5:50 to play. ISU cut the lead to 4 with 2:37 but BU matched every run and built the lead back to 6 with 30 seconds and 8 with 19 second to go. The final was a hard fought 65-59 win.

BU got great play from various players throughout and played excellent zone defense, which forced ISU into taking low percentage 3 point shots.

February 17, 2019 Posted by | basketball, Personal Issues, running, walking, weight training | | Leave a comment

Women’s basketball, snow and men

This is how I remember them:

Andrea McAllister was a senior when I got to Bradley and a scorer; she got 33 points in one of the games I attended (vs. Missouri, I believe). Vicki Hall was a big time scorer and star on Jody Conradt’s powerhouse Texas basketball team; they habitually went to the regional finals (and won it all the first year I was there; made the final 4 the second year I was there). Good stuff. In one of Hall’s games, she played in front of 14,000 spirited fans.

Well now they are college coaches and today, McAllister’s Bradley Braves beat Hall’s Sycamores (Indiana State) 61-46, to complete a two game sweep of the Indiana trip (to move to 12-3 and 2-2 in the Missouri Valley). Bradley beat Evansville 75-68 (EU is not a good team right now).

Time flies.

I can’t wait to see ISU blue visit Bradley. Of course I’ll cheer for the Braves, as usual. But this is the first time the opposing coaches would have been players that I used to cheer for!

Oh, yes, I (and perhaps 2000 others) made the snow-affected (attendance wise) Bradley vs. Missouri State game.

Bradley lead by 2 at the half (30-28) and had a 14 point lead with 14:46 to go (48-34). I thought “ok, this is just what we need to snap out of our funk; the team had been 2-7 over the past 9 games..after a promising start. With 12:40 to go the lead had been cut to 9. And so it went..Missouri State gradually chipped away and took the lead with 43 seconds to go and BU withered. Final was 69-64, with BU being outscored 35-16 over the final 15 minutes of the game.

I did not like the team’s body language; it appeared to be one of those “here we go again” reactions.

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Snowmageddon game. Mo. St. at Bradley.

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Was it something I said?

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It WAS a 14 point Bradley lead. Now we trail by 1.

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Oh well.

Snow affected the attendance ..I was able to catch a ride from the Field House shuttle.

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We got 10.7 inches in a day, slightly above the 95 percent confidence interval.

Workout notes; cursing and snow shoveling yesterday and last night..and this morning…
10K walking on the treadmill (1:11:40 for 6, 1:14 for 10K with the final mile in 11:15). It was a quick but not “all out” walk. If/when I can build up to 20 in 4:15 on this treadmill (yes, I’ve done that before), I should be ready for a good walking marathon.

January 13, 2019 Posted by | basketball, Peoria, Personal Issues, walking | , | Leave a comment

Workout catch up

Of interest only to me.

December 22 (Saturday) 10 mile walk (9.96 or thereabouts) in 2:36; my new course downtown, to the goose loop, etc.
December 23 (Sunday) hotel treadmill: 5K run in 29:45 (29:00 3 miles) for 3 miles; 20:15 at mile 2.
December 24 (Monday) weights in Riverplex (S. O.’s procedure…over lunch) Weight: 189.1 (before) usual rotator cuff, pull ups (5 sets of 10), bench: 3 sets of 10 x 70 dumbbell, rows: 10 x 70, 10 x 70, 10 x 60, military (machine) 10 90, 10 x 110, 7 x 160.. had to finish quickly.
December 25 (Tuesday): 5.1 walk in 1:19 (Bradley Cornstalk hill course) Kind of sore.

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Merry Christmas! 😘

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Christmas Eve dinner.

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Glad that hassle is over with.

December 26, 2018 Posted by | Personal Issues, running, walking, weight training | Leave a comment

not much to say but

8 mile Cornstalk hill “run” in perfect weather. I almost quit…I wasn’t tired, I wasn’t injured, the course was all but car free and the day was..perfect running weather (sunny, 40’s). I just wasn’t into it. I got bored, and disgusted my my 1:45 for 8.1 mile pace (clock ran through stops for traffic, etc)

I just…really went through the motions and made no effort at all. Still the sun felt nice.

I am getting ready to see some Bradley Basketball tonight and then some Bears vs. Packers tomorrow…the Cowboys at Colts HAD to be on the same day. 🙂

December 16, 2018 Posted by | Personal Issues, running | Leave a comment

stumbling and bumbling into the end of Thanksgiving break (whiny)

First: workout notes: easy 5 mile run in the morning; no watch. I was about a 12 mpm shuffle.

These holiday breaks have almost been a “ok, you think that you’d like a break from work, so let’s ensure that you look forward to work again” type of thing and this year has been no exception.

Oh, I’ve enjoyed some things about it (the Turkey Trots and the occasional live football game) and this year:

1. I had a lovely 3 hour walk with a dear friend that I don’t see often enough..followed by coffee and photo sharing and conversation.

2. There was the Turkey Trot where I saw a ton of cute spandex and ran reasonably well (averaged under 9 mpm, which is good for me right now)

3. Basketball game yesterday.

4. Hopefully, an NFL game today…albeit with …well…never mind.

Downers: daughter couldn’t make the trip and the usual family gathering stuff…and in a blended family, there is no “shared history” to connect to.

Then, when I tried to prepare lessons…I got stuck on a problem..or so I thought. After running the problem through the spreadsheet, I think the key may be in error or there may be some unstated assumption.

And…well…let’s just say that I am in a hotel room..alone…after driving an intellectually challenged individual for 3.5 hours to his place. I made the mistake of stopping to eat at a place where you are supposed to read the menu on the wall and order and he didn’t think to tell me he couldn’t read the wall because he didn’t have his glasses on. We got it figured out..eventually.

Then I incorrectly entered a hotel address into my google maps and was directed into an apartment complex. I managed to look up the correct hotel and get there, but that was an extra 15 minutes I didn’t need when I was getting cranky.

And then the drive back tonight: snow is forecast. Oh joy..followed by a prompt 8 am meeting at work, which is being held because two Ph. D. adults cannot work things out, followed by…well, never mind.

Oh, not a single one of these things in and of itself is a big deal, and I suppose all taken together, it still isn’t a big deal. But I don’t understand why the ritual of stressing yourself out without adding any benefit.

Next year’s holiday, I may well just pack a bag and leave…alone…even if it is to a hotel room in town. And those who enjoy the socialization can do so…without Mr. Grumpy Goat. Win/win.

November 25, 2018 Posted by | Personal Issues, whining | Leave a comment

Yadda, yadda, yadda

Personal and trivial I’ve been out of sorts the last few weeks; my guess is that the gloomy weather (darkness) and cold weather (snow, again…albeit light snow) has me down a bit. Oh yes, the spouse has been gone, and her return is an adjustment. But there ARE things to look forward to: football this weekend, basketball tomorrow night and I do have some NFL games this December.

The roads are a bit slick outside.

Workout: weights; usual PT stuff with plank at the end, pull ups (15-15-10-10), bench: 10 x 135, 3 x 185, incline: 7 x 145, decline: 8 x 165, military 9 x 50, 10 x 45, 10 x 45 standing, rows: 3 sets of 10 x 110 machine. Weight: 189.6 before. getting there, even though I am not training.

November 13, 2018 Posted by | Personal Issues, weight training | Leave a comment

Watching dreams die

I’ve been fascinated by this topic for a long time; here is a post that I wrote 13 years ago.

What I am talking about: a young person grows up and maybe has a bit of success at something, be it academic, say, musical or in acting, or sports. They see the world around them and see the most successful getting public adoration and start thinking…”hey, that could be me!”

And the people around an attempt to pump up their confidence, encourage them. The result is predictable.

And yes, it is common…students routinely spout out lofty goals…and I smile and think to myself “if you achieve even 10 percent of that…you would have been successful.”

I posted some stuff about my life in the above link. The “TL;DR” version: making the varsity as a 10’th grader at a small high school doesn’t not mean that better things are ahead. And merely getting a Ph. D. from a genuine R-1 university in a STEM field is decent…but few of these are destined for science or mathematical greatness. I wasn’t.

And I see this is sports. I remember reading the account of a Hall of Fame football player’s son finding out that while his son was good enough to start for a SEC school (an awesome achievement), he simply wasn’t NFL material.

I remember watching a heavyweight boxing match. A prospect was making his first step to higher competition (but below “contender” competition). But he didn’t have it; the journeyman he was facing had little trouble with him…and afterward the boxer broke down and cried..realizing that his dream would be forever out of reach.

And I am seeing it in a former college player. He came to a Big Ten university having been “all state” in high school. But as time went on..his playing time went up, peaked..and went down in his senior year as he was beaten out by new prospects. But still, he had NFL dreams and the local media carried stories about his quest to get noticed by the NFL (participated in his university’s “pro day”…he talked about “IF he got drafted” or “what teams he might be called to try out for”.

Reality: he was not getting many snaps for a 2-10 team that failed to win any conference games. True, an Ohio State or Alabama might have 2-deep NFL talent at some positions, but not 2-10 teams, especially when they are coached by someone who has proven ability to recognize NFL talent.

And so the calls never came..and now he is on Twitter still begging NFL teams for a chance that will never come.

Facing up to “it is over..time to do something else” is very, very tough to do.

And yes, I’ve had to make adjustments at my profession.

Workout notes: weights and a 2 mile walk.
I was a bit bloated; 194.5 but..well, TMI…
PT, pull ups 5-5-5, 15, 10, 10, bench: 10 x 135, 4 x 185, 6 x 170 (out of gas), 10 x 135 incline, military: 10 x 50 standing, 10 x 45, 10 x 45, rows: 3 sets with 10 x 50 dumbbell.
plank, headstand.

October 1, 2018 Posted by | college football, NFL, Personal Issues, walking, weight training | , , | Leave a comment

Onward to Fall, 2018

I spent much of my time getting my stuff ready for Fall 2018. I’ll have to spend more time tomorrow..and then review my paper again. Summer is all but over. 🙂

I was sore and stiff from this weekend’s walking so I just lifted; usual PT
pull ups (5 sets of 10)
bench: 10 x 135, 4 x 185, dumbbell: 10 x 70
incline: 10 x 135
decline: 10 x 165
military: 10 x 50 dumbbell, 8 x 50 dumbbell (standing), 10 x 45 dumbbell
rows: 3 sets of 10 x 110 machine

plank, twist, headstand, more back stuff.

August 13, 2018 Posted by | Personal Issues, weight training | Leave a comment

Yes, many on the left wing deserve contempt. But that is not a reason to support Trump.

Let me make this clear: this is not one of those “white men are victims” posts. I honestly believe that racism’s primary effect is against “people of color”; in particular, black people. As Chris Rock says “none of you (white men) would trade places with me, and I am rich!”

Yes, issues of race, class and sex/gender in society should be discussed and honestly debated..and honesty does NOT mean “immediately accept what comes out of the mouth of a liberal”. Yes, some who think that they are arguing against racism or sexism or religious prejudice make stupid statements, get facts wrong, get on high horses and..some are walking, talking examples of the Dunning-Kruger effect. Having a moral or ethical goal does not make you neither informed, smart nor does it make your arguments correct.

I remember something that happened in a faculty gathering many years ago. One of our women’s studies professors was talking about moving and made a somewhat anti-male joke (something about an activity elevating their testosterone thereby giving them negative male traits) and I joked “oh, so you became more logical and accountable too?” That did not sit well with her..she tried to explain to me that, as a woman, her “invoking male stereotype joke” was, well..strength..sort of a truth to power thing. I responded something to the effect “save that bullshit for your impressionable undergraduates”.

I noticed later that the department sponsored some, well, I think, very ill conceived posters. I even complained about one of them to her. She was skeptical. So, to her credit she asked some students for their opinions..and she was shocked that the students saw them the way that they did. All her posters did was to alienate potential allies.

But she ASKED.

And yes, I’ve been wrong about how things would be taken; I do NOT claim a perfect track record. In fact, I’ve had my own bad ideas challenged and ..yes, changed by intellectual honest colleagues.

IMHO, we ALL have bad ideas from time to time.

But, as I said, that was years ago. These days, all too often, dumb and sometimes prejudicial behavior is tolerated if it comes from someone from a “victim class”. Here is an example of that.

And I think that this is on point:

In my opinion, this issue really reared its ugly head in 2016. The Republicans elected someone who ran, in part, on a platform to “oppose political correctness”..this was from the FIRST political debate of the 2016 election season (from August 2015)

Of course, this blew up in our faces (ok, one of many, many, many factors)

All too often I’ve heard those who voted the same way that I did respond with a cry of “that is racist”, “that is sexist”, “that is misogynistic”, “that is islamophobic”, etc. as if it were some sort of trump card that would end the argument in their favor. And surprise, surprise, the USA is not a liberal arts department; the voters are not humanities professors.

And so the Trump voters decided to give us the finger.

And hey, I get it. My “blocked list” consists mostly of stupid, sanctimonious liberals; I don’t like them any better than you do. And I get it: some safety net programs benefit at least a (statistically) few horribly irresponsible people, and yes, many of my friends (include some that I haven’t blocked) will go through hilarious gymnastics to avoid criticizing.

So to you who are disgusted by Trump’s arrogance and incompetence but loathe us liberals: yes, many of us are unpleasant people. I don’t want to associate with them either. But reelecting an incompetent is NOT the solution. By all means: make fun of me and my Prius. Avoid socializing with me. But please…if you want to back a conservative, back a competent one. But the current POTUS is doing damage to our country.

August 4, 2018 Posted by | Personal Issues, politics, politics/social, social/political | Leave a comment


Dang it…appears that I lost a couple of my favorite books. I need to learn to not take them with me when I travel…anywhere.

workout notes: easy 5.2 mile walk on flat ground (W. Peoria course).

August 2, 2018 Posted by | Personal Issues, walking | Leave a comment