Graduation exercises done…various topics

Grading done, graduation exercises done. So, aside from some “less than pleasant” family obligations I should enjoy a pleasant month.

Sexual Harassment We are seeing lots of accusations and resignations..and in one case, a female was the accused.

I hope that we haven’t arrived at a place where an accusation is sufficient to tank someone’s career.

Example: 20+ years ago, I had a faculty friend who liked me well enough to sit in on one of my classes. She talked about a bunch of stuff..and in a conversation she had mentioned that she felt weak from a religious fast. I replied “yes, you are looking a bit thin”.

Later she asked me to come into her office. I did..she asked “do you know why I want to talk to you?” I responded “I guess it is about the course”. She went on to tell me that my remark was sexual harassment. I was astonished. I said “I meant…” and she said “I KNOW what you meant..” ..Eventually I had enough. She tried to shake my hand but I refused..and I broke off all unnecessary contact with her. No, no charges were ever filed and no official complaint was ever made.

By the way, she is a respected scholar (by our standards) but her personality…not as well respected. turns out that she HAD suffered some genuine sexual harassment; she was asked out by a senior faculty member; when she declined he told her that the tenure decision, in part, depended on her being “collegial”. So, it isn’t as if she always “cried wolf”.

So sometimes, people can honestly interpret the same situation differently:

So people who think that the issue can be resolved by hashtags, “zero tolerance”, “non-negotiable demands” and the like are delusional; the situation is way more complicated than that.

Republican Tax Scam Yes, they did fix some of the hits to higher education, but it is still a big giveaway to the wealthiest and will probably explode the deficit…which will lead to them cutting Social Security, Medicare and safety net programs because “we are broke”.

Oh, it is a wildly unpopular bill and might cost many of them their seats in 2018..but will also lead to some cushy K-Street jobs and the like. So the unpopularity of the bill bothers them not at all.

Bradley Basketball We saw the men demolish Arkansas Little Rock 86-46 despite clearing the bench.

They won big at Chicago State, though Chicago State got blistered by Northwestern 96-31..trailed 55-8 at the half. Still, the team is winning.

The women lost big at Green Bay, but Green Bay is ranked no. 21 for a reason.

Workout notes: yesterday, routine weight session. Usual PT, 5 sets of 10 pull ups, bench: 10 x 135, 6 x 185, 5 x 185, incline: 10 x 135. Military: dumbbell: 10 x 50, 10 x 45, machine: 10 x 80 (each arm), 3 sets of 10 x 110.

Today: easy 4.2 mile run prior to graduation exercises; clear and crisp.


December 17, 2017 Posted by | basketball, economy, education, political/social, politics, republicans, running, social/political, walking, weight training | , , | Leave a comment

still grading

Not quite done with finals…still addition, grade calculation…should be done in 3-4 more hours.

Lots to talk about later…

Workout notes: yesterday, weights plus 2 miles plus (outer lane) in 28:40 on the track); usual pt,
pull ups: 5 sets of 10; ok
dumbbell bench press: 10 x 70 (2 sets)
incline bench press: 3 x 150, 10 x 135
military press (dumbbells) 10 x 50, 10 x 45 (standing)
military press (machine) 10 x 110
rows: 2 sets of 10 x 70 dumbbell (each arm), 10 x 110 machine.

Today: 4.3 mile run..had to stop due to unusual lower GI issues. (rare for me)

Selected photos from the ultra (36 hours of Jack) They show the start (navigating uneven terrain..there is where the bent knee is), mile 3, and the finish.

December 15, 2017 Posted by | marathons, running, walking, weight training | Leave a comment

Trump trolls and Warren (and others bite)

Ok, Trump acts like, well, Trump:

And…well, many women HAD to make this a sexual innuendo (the “would do anything for them”) though this phrase is often used to describe power hungry male politicians, crooked football coaches..even driven athletes. And yes, other liberal WOMEN have told me that they don’t see this as an inherent sexual innuendo (though many that I like and respect do).

So how do national Democratic politicians respond? Senator Elizabeth Warren:

Oh dear.. SLUT SHAMING???? is 2016 over again, and once again, Democrats are doubling down on what FAILED in 2016. They are going to paint Democrats as wildly out of touch kooks that try to make everything about misogyny, sexual harassment, etc. This really doesn’t sit well in the context of the Al Franken flap, where…even Republicans are making more sense than many mainstream Democrats.

I am so despondent right now. The Republicans have dreadful, simply dreadful policies. But the Democrats seem to insist on running as if the nation were a liberal arts college, which it isn’t.

At least the Alabama election between Jones and Moore is close, at the time being. Jones has a genuine chance as of this writing.

Workout notes: morning: I went to the treadmill; ran 10 minutes at 5.1, 10 more at 5.2, some at 5.3 (23:00 for 2 miles) then did 7 at 6.7, rest at 6.8 to get to 3.1 in 33:03. Walked to 46:40 for 4 miles.

noon: hike at Forest Park Nature center; 3.5 outer loop. It has been to long since I’ve been there.
Photos part I:
Photos part II:

December 13, 2017 Posted by | Democrats, hiking, political/social, politics, running | | Leave a comment

More on blocking, etc.

This block …looked legal to me at first (shoulder to chest) but later I saw the helmet to helmet. Yeah, we used to do that (albeit at a much lower level) but that is indeed illegal now.

Not that I have much sympathy for the person getting blocked on this play.

But now I’ll talk about another type of block: social media. I view social media as my recreational tool and if someone is too annoying, I block. This includes people who give unsolicited advice, give unsolicited negative feedback, “know-it-alls” who in fact, know little, and dummies who want their opinions taken seriously.

I do give slack to those I like as well as those who are dear to those I like.

Workout notes easy 4 mile run (Cornstalk classic); toward the end I was passed by an athlete as if I were standing still. Then again…if they couldn’t do that easily, they wouldn’t be an athlete. πŸ™‚

December 6, 2017 Posted by | running, social/political | | Leave a comment

Blues and greens…

Well, the Senate passed their version of the tax bill. My guess: the Republican House will rubber stamp it…but..we shall see. I think it is done. But you never know.

But..I have a pretty walk on the way home from the office:

I was struck by the colors.

I shot this through my office window sort of as a joke (my wife is in Florida and posted a genuinely pretty sunset photo) and liked the reflection; you can see the photos that I have on my office board. I sometimes post “fake office wall” photos but this is genuine.

I saw some Bradley Basketball too:

The Men beat a decent Eastern Illinois team and looked reasonably good in doing so.

The women pulled away at the end to handle Illinois-Chicago, in a high intensity game that saw lots of diving for lose balls, players hitting the floor, etc.

This is Kaboom, the Bradley mascot. It is a gargoyle; the name “kaboom” comes from what the Bradley radio announcer yells when someone dunks the ball.

Workout notes:

I did shuffle 5 slow miles on my own though.

December 2, 2017 Posted by | basketball, Personal Issues, politics, politics/social, running | , | 3 Comments

“Believe the woman”: to the degree that you believe any human

I’ve been hearing about all of those allegations of sexual misconduct by celebrity men.
Now, for sure, some were made up for political gain and some (e. g. the Al Franken “sloppy hug” allegations) I find, well, questionable.

Yes, and I’ve said this before, people sometimes lie and sometimes people interpret facts differently and have divergent, but honestly believed memories:

But as far as the allegations

Hmmm, ok, the Franken “boob grope on the other side of the flak jacket” photo looks bad but come on, the other stuff is basically hugs that may have brushed a butt (yes, that has happened to both directions)? That compares to a 37 year old hitting on 14 year old girl?

That being said: Yes, I have friends that have told me about their pasts. I believe them, but it is because I see them as trustworthy human beings, and not just because they are women.

Workout notes weights this morning (pull ups, 5 sets of 10, went well, incline: 10 x 135, 4 x 160, 6 x 150, fixed hips, military: 10 x 50 standing (thick handles), 10 x 50 regular handles, 10 x 45, rows: 3 sets of 10 x 110 machine, track run: 10:42/9:19 for 20:01, then yoga with T in the evening.

November 30, 2017 Posted by | political/social, running, social/political, weight training | | Leave a comment

Workout catch up post (way late)

I’ve been busy (on the go) but I’ve made time to work out.

Saturday: 10.14 mile walk in 2:26.

It felt great.

Sunday: off

Monday: weights plus a 2 mile treadmill run (11:16/9:20) increased the pace at mile 1…out of gas.
weights: rotator cuff, pt, pull ups (5 sets of 10: good, weights: bench: 10 x 135, 6 x 185 (strong), 10 x 170, incline: 10 x 135, military: 10 x 50 standing dumbbell, 10 x 45 dumbbell, 10 x 90 (each arm) machine, rows: 3 sets of 10 x 110 machine. Yoga in the evening.

Today: brisk 10K walk in Cornstalk.

Overall: I haven’t been able to get below 200 lbs. I am stuck at 200-205 and my waist is now a 36. But: pull ups are getting good again (usually I struggle with pull ups when I gain..that has not been the case this time)..not sure as to what is going on.

November 28, 2017 Posted by | running, walking, weight training | Leave a comment

There are days like that

Before Saturday’s football game (post to come), I went for a 5 mile run in heavy rain…(chilly too; high 30’s to low 40’s). Ok, it wasn’t that bad but I was soaked.

This morning, I tried walk moderately long and was just plain sluggish after 5 miles. I went to the Bradley gym and tried to pick up the pace; treadmill (15:03), track (16 minutes?) and just quit..I did not feel good at all. 7 total. On the treadmill I got weird lower abdominal gas like pains.

I think that I need more sleep and that my body is tired.

But after lunch and after watching the Bears vs. Lions game, I went for 4 miles outside and it was delightful.

This was just about 1 minute away from my house, on the Bradley campus.

November 20, 2017 Posted by | running, walking | Leave a comment

Watching what I say….

Ok, I made a couple of basketball games over the past couple of days. The Bradley men whipped Delaware 61-53 (after getting hammered by them in the previous 2 years) and the women beat a D-2 opponent (Lincoln, Missouri) 88-44 in a game where they lead by 50 points with 4 minutes to go. (yes, Bradley played everyone and made no special effort to run it up).

Attendance at both games was…sparse and I sent photos to empty seats galore (along with the obligatory “fans fed up” joke remark)

It turns out that the Woman’s Basketball Team coach saw my tweet and responded. She was polite and gracious (pointed out that Lincoln was a last minute substitute for a D-1 team Valparaiso who is now a conference member). But…that tells me that I had better watch what I say in public. What I see as light hearted fun might be painful to someone else.

Now about the game against Lincoln: this shows how important recruiting is. They were competently coached; they simply didn’t have the players we have.

And folks, this applies to other areas too: talent matters! If your response is “well, duh”, there are people in positions of authority who do not understand this.

Workout notes: weights yesterday; usual Wed. workout (incline presses: 10 x 135, 4 x 160, 10 x 150 (good), pull ups went very well (for a change); it all went well. Then a 3 mile run on the treadmill (5k in 32:40; 31:40 for 3 miles, 22:07 for 2. ) Today: 1 mile walk on the treadmill (12:15), 5.1 hill miles outside.

November 16, 2017 Posted by | basketball, running, social/political, walking | | Leave a comment

Indiana 24, Illinois 14: an awesome first play of the second half.

Ok, at the end of the first half, it was 14-0, Indiana. They hod out gained the Illini 266-72, but mistakes and a dropped “potential pick 6” kept the score down.

Then came the second half.

Wow…14-7 and for the rest of the period, Illinois appeared to sort-of control play.

Indiana got a field goal but Illinois answered.

Look at this one handed catch:

And the touchdown to cut it to 17-14.

But Indiana rallied to get an insurance TD and two turnovers (fumble, interception) sealed the deal.

How the game went: early, the Illini defender fell down leaving the Indiana receiver wide open. The ball hit him in the hands..and he dropped it. It was that kind of game.

Note: the Illinois quarterback was sacked 7 times.

Most of my photos are of the bands; Indiana brought theirs (and a few fans…there weren’t many fans there)

Yes, technically, I am in the photo, on the left side, 32 yard line or so, right under the overhang of the upper deck.

Late arriving crowd; it did get a bit more filled than this…

Armed Forces medley by both bands at the same time.

Cold, discouraged fans leave with 4 minutes to go after Illinois turns it over.

It was Big Ten Football weather.

Before the game: the Illini Band marching to the game.

Oh yes, I did 4 treadmill miles (running) in 45:30 prior to the game.

November 12, 2017 Posted by | college football, football, running, Uncategorized | | Leave a comment