Progress: but is it the correct kind?

Workout notes well, workouts for the next 2-4 weeks will be lighter than normal.

Bodyweight: 184.0
Weights: 3 sets of 10 pull ups
Bench: 10 x 135, 1 x 185, 1 x 195 (hard), 3 x 180, 10 x 155 (rotator cuff)
pull ups: 1 set of 10, 2 sets of 5
military: standing, 3 sets of 10 x 40 dumbbell
rows: 2 sets of 10 x 200 Hammer
pull downs: 2 sets of 10 x 150

That isn’t that much easier than normal, but it is a start.

Then running (pouring rainstorm outside)
treadmill run: 3.11 miles (5K) in 28:56; first mile was 11:04 then 2 miles in 17:00 (.5 6.8, .5 6.9, .25: 7-7.1-7.2-7.3, .11 in 7.4)
1 mile walk on the track (started going the wrong way for Tuesday: I was using Monday’s direction) Ooops!

Afterward, my legs felt refreshed.

The bench press (195) was my best of 2015; I am going to have to see when the last time I got 200. In August 2013 I got 205. (August 23). I haven’t seen heavier since then.

May 26, 2015 Posted by | running, Uncategorized, weight training | | Leave a comment

Poverty, Baltimore, disagreement, TPP, etc.

Baltimore protests and riots (which are different things)

The American Renaissance has a reputation as being a white supremacist site/publication. But some of what they say might appear to be merely “uncomfortable truth” that others are too polite or cowardly to say:

Discovers why blacks riot.
An article from yesterday’s New York Times about the relative calm in Baltimore stumbled by accident onto something like the real reason why blacks were rioting. Near the famous burned-out CVS–the city had begged the company to “invest” in a dodgy neighborhood–the Times reporter found someone it identified as “Robert Wilson, a college student who went to high school in Baltimore.” The article concludes with Mr. Wilson’s explanation of why blacks rioted. He said nothing about Freddie Gray or police brutality. Instead, he said this:

We’re just angry at the surroundings–like this is all that is given to us?–and we’re tired of this, like nobody wants to wake up and see broken-down buildings. They take away the community centers, they take away our fathers, and now we have traffic lights that don’t work, we have houses that are crumbling, falling down.

After the riots in Baltimore in 1968, whites panicked and sold their property at desperation prices. Now, these houses are “broken down” because blacks didn’t maintain them. This pattern of white flight and “broken down” houses was repeated in Detroit, Philadelphia, Chicago, New York, Washington, St. Louis, Memphis, Atlanta, Birmingham, Jacksonville, and countless other American cities. Some of the best city housing in the world was handed over to blacks who wrecked it. Neighborhoods filled with irreplaceable architecture are now wastelands.

Mr. Wilson complains that “we have houses that are crumbling, falling down.” The remedy for crumbling houses is for the people who live in them to fix them, but instead, Mr. Wilson asks, “Is this all that is given to us?”

This quote almost perfectly captures the black mentality that leads to rioting. Blacks live in neighborhoods that they, themselves, have wrecked, and then ask, “This is all that is given to us?”

Hard-working white people built the “broken-down” buildings Mr. Wilson is complaining about. Many had parquet floors, high ceilings, and fine moldings found today only in the most expensive new construction.

Like so many blacks, Mr. Wilson doesn’t realize how perverse it is even to think in terms of pleasant houses and neighborhoods being “given” to anyone. Does he imagine the white authorities “giving” nice neighborhoods to whites and cruelly handing out slums to blacks? They didn’t start out as slums. Whites saved and worked hard to build those neighborhoods. They maintained them, repaired them, and loved them.

But in today’s world of welfare, food stamps, government housing, and white guilt, Mr. Wilson doesn’t know any better than to ask for handouts.

Ok. Yes, it is true: those houses were once nice houses and now they aren’t; they weren’t kept up and yes, blacks were living in them when they went downhill.

But that is, at best, incomplete information.

For one: if these houses were rented (as they surely were), who is responsible for the major upkeep? Yes..the landlord. Who actually OWNED those houses?
And as far as the poor blacks that moved in: what we really had was well paying blue collar jobs leaving. Remember that higher education was less accessible to the poor, especially the black poor. They weren’t in a position to follow the paths of the well paying jobs.

Now as far as social pathology: yes, it is there. But the best evidence is that the dearth of employment opportunities and poverty come first; the social pathology follows. It is time to act economically. And yes, our poverty reduction measures have worked better than some claim.

TPP: Yes, much of this is about intellectual property and though this is not likely to be a disaster, Paul Krugman wonders why President Obama is spending political capital on this.

Robert Reich is a more passionate critic.

Me: sort of on the fence; I tend to give President Obama the benefit of the doubt based on how his other programs have worked out or are working out.

May 5, 2015 Posted by | economics, economy, political/social, politics, politics/social, poverty, racism, Uncategorized | | Leave a comment

reality: more of it

Not quite long, not quite short walk: 13.3 in 3:30.

Highlights: 3 times around the Goose loop (almost) plus one out and back.

Temperature: overcast, high 50’s, some breeze. I didn’t exactly push but I was very slow; 15:47 pace. The last uphill leg was 39:29.

Reality: my “just walking” pace was 14-14:30 mpm back in 2004-2005. Now it is 15:30-16:00. That pretty much coincides with the increase in my easy running pace. Over the past decade I’ve suffered about an 11 percent slow down.

So I can either accept it or quit. And the latter isn’t an option. :-)

And the good news: I enjoyed the walk.

April 12, 2015 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Why I am boycotting our 5K runs and my gym; how they can get me back

5K run:

I went to a 5K run; after I finished I stuck around for the food, the raffle and the awards. They called people up to get medals…by “age group.” Then I noticed that they did not call my name.

I went up to ask why. They told me that the fastest man, the fastest woman, and the fastest person in each respective age/sex group gets an award. The FASTEST.

Now how is that fair? I was out on the course longer than my age group winner (a whole lot longer!). I pointed out how unfair that was!

The race director told me that the age group winner could get like me by gaining weight and reducing his training. That was uncalled for!

Then I saw the race results. They were listed by time….in order of finish…with the fastest runners listed at the top!

Why, that makes me feel bad! Such practices should be stopped immediately!

The gym
I can’t use the gym anymore either. In the weight room, they have all of these big plates for the barbells:


And you have guys doing bench presses with 3 (or more!) of these on each side of the barbell.

That makes me feel bad!

I’m writing a petition to the gym to get the excess 45 pound plates removed so that there are only 2 per bar; I am tired of getting shamed.

April 1, 2015 Posted by | Uncategorized | | Leave a comment

Change of heart….


I’ve decided that the critics are correct: running isn’t good for you. So no more running for me. Instead I’ll sleep in and eat a hearty breakfast:

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My back is a bit sore, so I figure some homeopathic remedies and some reflexology will help. I know what scientists say, but they have such closed minds.

Personal changes
No football for me this year.

I’d say that I’d boycott gyms that allow spandex to be worn as outer wear, but I no longer work out hard. Perhaps I can find a Planet Fitness somewhere where the weights are light and no spandex is allowed. Besides I am tired of being intimidated. Every time someone bench presses 300+ pounds, it hurts my feelings.

And I am going to quit walking to work and I am going to sell my Prius and buy one of these:


Political and Social

Here is a great article about why the newly passed Indiana law is an excellent idea (via: an op. ed. by Governor Pence in The Wall Street Journal)

We have a Presidential Election coming up next year. I am backing Ted Cruz. Here is why. (via Newsmax)

This is the sort of leadership we need in the Senate: Senator Jim Inhofe exposes the “global warming hoax” very convincingly.


April 1, 2015 Posted by | Uncategorized | | Leave a comment

Weird anxiety while running

My workout went fine. But …well..

Weights: pull ups, 4 sets of 10, then one “almost 10″ (8 then 5-10 second rest followed by 2 more), hip hikes and Achilles.
bench: 10 x 135, 4 x 170 (weak), 8 x 155 (weak), rotator cuff
incline: 8 x 135 (weak)
military (3 sets of 10 x 40 dumbbell, standing), rotator cuff
pull downs: 2 sets different machine (130), 1 set 7 x 160 traditional, 7 x 100 low
rows: 3 sets of 10 x 110 (machine)
I did some back exercises as well.

Note: though the gym was sparsely populated, there were still a few students there, and many (most?) bring their smart phones and just thumb away at it between sets. That is the downside to using the university gym.

But then as I went to run (outside, good day for it)…I got pretty anxious for the first 3-4 minutes; I almost turned around and went home; it was almost a “I can’t do this” panic attack.
I reminded myself that I merely had a recent virus for a couple of weeks and that prior to that, I wasn’t exactly an invalid.

I forced myself to get going and 3-4 minutes later, I was fine. The run went reasonably well (though hardly fast) and on one stretch, I even turned to look at a woman running in shiny red tights.

So I finished fine..but wonder what the anxiety was about. It is almost as if I’ve become addicted to the treadmill and the serenity of just zoning in on my effort.

March 12, 2015 Posted by | running, Uncategorized, weight training | , | Leave a comment

Missouri State catches, outlasts Bradley 80-77 in triple overtime.

Grumble…crummy weather; still not well…minor exertion makes me cough and my lower abs are killing me from coughing. I do feel better though…a lot better. Tomorrow: I’ll clear the walk for my workout; it is cold, fluffy stuff and shouldn’t be too taxing though it will make me cough, and my wife is worthless when it comes to helping out.

I’m still glad she is home though. Still, it has gotten to the point whenever I am injured or sick, we have two weak people, not just one. And, she is coughing worse than I am due to the lung irritation she got while on her trip.

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I wish that stupid jet stream would do its job. Gads, this is ANOTHER “winter that will never end”. Most of the planet is roasting, and we have that arctic air mass parked right over us.

Now about the basketball game:

Before the game, I posted this on the fan board:

Betting line: Missouri State favored by 3.

Sagarin ratings suggest a 5 point Mo. State win.

Jones expected to start in place of Grier.

MSU got hammered 78-43 by Drake; it was 35-14 at the half. Drake blew open an 11-11 game with 61.9 percent 3 point shooting.

Mo. State beat ISU blue in their last home game.

Prediction: Mo. State 50, BU 48

Yeah, it went 3 overtimes and I watched all of it on the TV.
Mo. State shot 50 percent from the field to take a 32-23 lead at the half; BU’s shooting percentage was abysmal (34.5 percent)

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Still; Missouri State, mostly on strong put backs under the basket, did get out to a 20-6 lead and so at 32-23, BU had some momentum going into the half.

In the second half, BU challenged MSU’s guards away from the basket and forced the Bears to take some really awful shots. They weren’t going inside as they did before.

So Bradley crawled back into it and even built a 4 point lead with 5 minutes to go. MSU came back to regain the lead but never lead by more than 2, and a jump shot with 20 seconds tied the game.

So, it ended 50-50; BU had fought all the way back.

First overtime: back and forth; BU’s rebounding kept them in it (star freshman forward had 21 rebounds to go with his 15 points); neither team could lead by more than 3 and it ended tied at 58.

THEN came the second overtime. Bradley OWNED the first 2:26 of the second overtime and took a 65-58 lead; I even said “I think BU is going to win this one.”

I spoke too soon; a 3 point shot (by someone who was struggling to hit them) pull them to within 4. A stop, they get it and score 2 and now it is 65-63. Foul, one of BU’s stronger shooters split the pair to make it 66-63.

They FINALLY nail another 3 (late in the game, MSU shot better) and it is 66-66. But BU draws a foul and goes to the line: 1 of 2 again and now BU leads 67-66 with 57 seconds to go.

Then comes the final sequence of events. MSU with the ball. BRADLEY steal and a foul! BU hits both and now it is 69-66 with 18 seconds to go. Missed 3, rebound BU and a foul! Two shots!!! And….

Two misses.

Still, 14 seconds are left in the game and…they….NAIL a 3. 6 seconds are left and that is how that ends.

Third overtime:

The go out to a 3 point lead on a 3; BU gets fouled on a 3 and makes 2 of 3. So it is 72-71 Bears. Still BU claws back to take their last lead of the night with 2:28 to go on two free throws at 73-72.

it goes back and forth …and at 73-73

Then starts the turn of events; BU guard gets his pocket picked; lay up plus a foul. Now it is 76-73 with 1:53, and BU starts missing shots.

Rebounding (that Bradley freshman forward again) gets a put back and it is 76-75 with 23 seconds.

BU tries to trap; fouls their best free throw shooter who puts it to 78-75…and ANOTHER down the stretch turn over. It is now 80-75 with 15 seconds to go…a miss, rebound and now there is only 1 second left. Mo. State fouls a desperation 3 point attempt and the BU shooter hits 2 and tries to miss the third as there is no time to do anything else…but the miss doesn’t draw iron.

So it ends 80-77, the 3 point spread that the gamblers predicted.

Well, on one hand, I am proud that the team didn’t quit. On the other hand…second overtime…it was BU’s for the taking.

Oh well…that kind of winter around here…

and the white BS continues to come down from the sky.

February 26, 2015 Posted by | basketball, illness, Uncategorized | , , | Leave a comment

Bradley Basketball looks like Bradley again


The view from our seats during warm up; I always get there early. Bradley played well (especially on defense) and won 63-44. Now time for some shuteye and a date at the Lucas Stadium for the Colts vs. Bengals tomorrow.

January 4, 2015 Posted by | basketball, travel, Uncategorized | | Leave a comment

Illinois breaks even; whips Northwestern 47-33

Allow me to quote myself after Illinois beat FCS Youngstown State and Sun Belt Western Kentucky:

So, attempting to be realistic:

Illinois should be favored against Texas State and Purdue.

Based on ON THE FIELD PERFORMANCE in 2014 and NOT “reputation”:

Illinois should be “in the hunt” in the Washington, Iowa and Northwestern games. (say, 1 or 2 of these)

I think Illinois has a valid “upset possibility” against Minnesota, Penn State and Nebraska. (1 of these)

The “forget about it” games: Wisconsin and Ohio State.

So, I think that 6-7 wins is a realistic possibility, though so is 4-5 wins.

So, The got 1 “in the hunt” game, 2 of the “upset possibility” games, but lost to Purdue.

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I watched this one on television and completely enjoyed it. Yes, I know, NW played without their starting quarterback, but Illinois used the quarterback who was the back up at the start of the season.

Bottom line: Illinois outgained Northwestern 438 to 372 yards and got 5 turn overs and stayed in control of this game pretty much the whole way.

How it happened: Illinois played field position after exchanging some punts and eventually drove it 56 yards for the first touchdown. Then they got an interception and drove it for a second touchdown. A missed extra point kept it at 13-0.

Then in the second quarter: on three consecutive drives, NW had a fumble, interception and fumble. But that only needed Illinois 6 points and a missed field goal.

Then NW returned a kickoff for a touchdown to cut it to 19-7.

But Illinois responded with an 82 yard touchdown drive to go up 26-7.

The Illini got great running (291 yards!) from their quarterback (147 yards) and from both running backs (95 and 51 yards) and passed just enough to keep NW off balance.

The second half: more nervousness as Illinois threw an interception which NW converted into a field goal. But Illinois responded with a 75 yard touchdown drive to get it to 33-10. But NW got their first good drive (75 yards) to pull to within 33-17, which was the score going into the 4’th.

NW got a stop and then another touchdown drive with 2 point conversion; it was now 33-25 with a ton of time left in the 4’th.

But then the offense stepped it up and responded beautifully with a long drive. It was now 40-25.

Then the defense stepped up. They forced a punt.

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Illinois punted and on the ensuing NW possession, the star Illinois linebacker intercepted a pass and ran it back for a touchdown. It was now 47-25 with just over 6 minutes to go.

NW still had one drive left and scored with 1:28 left in the game and hit a 2 point conversion. But Illinois recovered the onside kick.

What a way to end the season: two Big Ten wins in a row. Illinois opened the Big Ten season with 3 discouraging losses (Nebraska, Wisconsin and Purdue) and went went 3-2 the rest of the way.

Other games
Navy broke open a close game against South Alabama to take a 42-27 lead and then barely held on to win 42-40 when USA’s had TWO consecutive two point scores nullified by penalties.


Notre Dame: bombed by USC 49-14; they were down 35-7 at the half. ND just doesn’t have the depth to recover from injuries; they are like an FCS team that has good starters but not much after that.

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Notre Dame is 7-5, Texas is 6-6, Illinois is 6-6, Navy is 6-5 with Army coming up in two weeks.
Frankly: right now, AT THIS point in the season, I’d rank them: Illinois, Texas, (yes, I saw the TCU game), Notre Dame and Navy (latter two are close). Two months ago, I’d never dreamed that I’d be saying that.

Look at the wins:
Illinois: Minnesota, Penn State, Northwestern, Western Kentucky, Texas State, Youngstown State (FCS)
Notre Dame: Stanford, North Carolina, Navy, Michigan, Rice, Syracuse, Purdue
Texas: West Virginia, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech, Kansas, Iowa State, North Texas
Navy: Georgia Southern, Temple, San Jose State, Texas State, South Alabama, VMI (FCS)

Note: Northwestern beat Notre Dame, Western Kentucky beat Navy, Purdue beat Illinois

Photos: Navy vs. USA: Rest:

November 30, 2014 Posted by | college football, football, Uncategorized | | Leave a comment

Neither liberals nor conservatives are inherently dumb. But their knee jerk reactions are.

There are smart liberals and there are smart conservatives. There are also dumb liberals and dumb conservatives. I really don’t see much of an intelligence difference between the two groups, though it appears to me that the intelligence manifests itself in different ways (e.g. top scientists lean liberal; top CEO’s lean conservative).

However, the two groups are prone to knee jerk reactions that ARE dumb. On the right, you see the old “If Obama is for it, it must be ultra liberal, etc.” Never mind his economic plan (in particular, infrastructure rebuilding) and Obamacare have conservative elements to them.

On the left: once a group has achieved “underdog/victimhood” status, they become protected. Hence some liberals conflate discrimination against Muslims (e. g. protesting the building of a mosque) with criticism of Islam as it is widely practiced. And, “innocent until proven guilty” is just fine, UNLESS the accuser is a woman and the accused is a man and the accusation is some hot button “issue crime”.

I think that “innocent until proven guilty” is even MORE important when one doesn’t like the accused or the group that the accused belongs to.

October 28, 2014 Posted by | ranting, social/political, Uncategorized | | Leave a comment


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