Thanksgiving past and present

LOL…just to remind myself that there is SOMETHING good about family dinners. 🙂

In all honesty: I remember that when I was a kid, I got so excited that I made myself sick BEFORE the meal and was often unable to eat.
Later..though high school the day meant football and possibly actually going to a game; in those days Texas vs. Texas A&M was the big rivalry.
While at Annapolis I went to a couple of “family” holidays; I welcomed a break in the routine. But as a senior, I stayed on campus to..yes, train for a marathon. It was fine; they had a nice meal for us.

Military: sometimes I came home, sometimes not. In San Antonio we hosted some new Airmen (from the Air Force base) and we had Turkey in our apartment and my parents came over.
Graduate school: sometimes my family; sometimes hers.

Eventually..well…as I’ve aged I started to sour on the large family gatherings. But I started to run in those “Turkey Trots” and I did the Austin one a few times; it was always a good time though my performances started to go downhill as I aged. I often entered the old “Longhorns and Aggies” division.

This time, the whole family did it.

I had older ones:

2006 (Austin)

2003: 38:51 (Austin, TX).

So, this one went and well, let’s just say that I am inflexible when it comes to being around people where there is no “common purpose” (e. g. academic, sports, events, shared history, etc.) I do much better when there is some of that.

This year:

This was my best 5k-ish (3 miles/5k) run in well over a year; 9:05, 8:53, 8:45. Yes, overcrowding slowed me down at first, but it left me with something for a negative split finish. And the fact that I am now down to 190 lbs. really, really helps.

And oh my…serious spandex induced eyestrain!

Past versions of this year’s race:

2013 24:56
2014 24:53
2016 26:54
2018 26:43

Workout notes; briefly, weights at the Riverplex yesterday (light bench: 10 x 135, incline: 10 x 135, decline: 5 x 165, 10 x 145) pull ups (5 sets of 10: went well) military: 10 x 45 standing, rows: 10 reps machine (3 sets), plank, headstand, then 4 mile walk. Wednesday: weights; similar, with a 2 mile walk.

Trivial stuff: survived the family dinner yesterday. got angry last night as I got stuck on a problem while preparing my Theory of Interest class; I might have it resolved now.

November 24, 2018 Posted by | running, Uncategorized, walking, weight training | | Leave a comment

Dang it…it is only mid November!

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If this were mid January I’d be “meh”. But it is too early in the season for this. (grumble)

The good news is that I have a “date” for this years Packers at Bears game, albeit not as an attractive of a date as I had for last year’s game.

Workout notes: 2 mile jog on the treadmill (22:07) then 3 miles in lane 2/3 of the track in 34:23..but it was done “800 lane 2” reasonably hard, walk 2 laps of the outer lane (save the last 2 laps). 4:31, 4:27, 4:24, 4:25. Not super. Weight: 188.6; definitely in the right direction. 10-15 more pounds to go.

November 15, 2018 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Toxic Trump takes his toll…

So, what is Trump about? Some claim he is mostly supported by the entitled “elite” (both elite by economic birth and achievement elite..those who have a achieved but still feel cheated of honors and station)

Some say he is mostly about white nationalism.

Others contend he is about male privilege and misogyny …after all, he insulted a FEMALE reporter and, lately, mocked Dr. Ford’s testimony.

He sure provokes outrage. But not all of the outrage is expressed coherently and, well, people aren’t always at their best emotionally and logically when they are angry. And, at times, I find myself being unsympathetic to Trump’s critics even though I think that Trump is an awful president and unfit for office.

He has a way in bringing out the worst in everyone, I think.

Workout notes: 4 mile treadmill run, 1 mile track walk.
run: 11 minute mile (5.2-5.5 froggy for 10 minutes), 10 minutes at 6.7 (almost 2 miles in 20 minutes), 28:36 for 3 miles, 29:27 for 3.1, walk/jog to 39:30 4 mile.

October 3, 2018 Posted by | politics, politics/social, running, Uncategorized | | Leave a comment

Post modernist “math”

Yes, yes, I mod 4 arithmetic, 2 + 2 = 0, and in base 2, 2+2 = 22 = 0. But…I don’t think that is what is going on here.

Hmmm, mod 3, 2+ 2 + 4 = 1 = 21+1 = 22. In fact, try mod 6 and mod 9.

July 15, 2018 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

W. Peoria Jamboree 2018

Past: I frequently missed this due to travel, FANS and other long races.

Last night: 84 F, 63 percent humidity. I “warmed up” just a bit, started out with a 9:30 mile (seemed slow) but it wasn’t slow enough for the conditions. So 4 minutes into the second mile I gave up and went into the old “walk and jog”; I was not exhausted but I could feel the heat building up and my legs getting very, very heavy. So my goal was to avoid feeling bad and little else. I ended up going back and forth with Marty Baker just a bit (he finished 15 seconds ahead of me)

I’d jog, walk, jog, walk, etc. 9:31, 11:11, 11:42, 11:41. 44:07.

I am too fat to handle this heat. Oh well. And the problem is that, at my age, it takes so long to adjust the body. But I am going to try.
Socially: I really did enjoy it: Cassie, Mat, Larry, Crystal, saw Herb helping out as a monitor….Mr. Bill and of course Tracy, who went with me to eat Mexican food afterward. We wore our race t-shirts…and really didn’t coordinate ahead of time.

Trivia: I looked up the conditions on Weather Underground. in 1981 I did a 4’th of July race in the evening in San Antonio, TX. It was 86 F, 64 percent humidity. My time: 26:3x. Age matters.

I’ve done this race (same course) several times. I walked it in 2010 (47 minutes, cool weather)
But as a runner:

1997: 27:55
1998: 25:58
1999: 26:56
2005: 30:53
2012: 33:52
2014: 33:25
2017: 37:21
2018: 44:07 (pm race)

June 3, 2018 Posted by | Friends, running, Uncategorized | | Leave a comment

-15: gag

Well, I need to get off of the computer and finish my reading list. Not that I will.

Workout notes: I was tired from the extra “fast” walking over the past couple of days so my 5 miles was a bit of a bust:

11:49 jog, (treadmill) then 4 more miles in 55:03 (mostly walking ..jogged a bit of hills, then reverted to 14-14:20 mpm walking on various grades, ranging from 1 to 5.
2 sets of 5 squats with 44 (to the sill to make my knees bend)

Tomorrow: got to be intentional with my workouts.

January 2, 2018 Posted by | Uncategorized | 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

Has Illinois Football hit rock bottom? Lose at home to Rutgers 35-24

Ok, my 4 mile training run prior to the game went ok. But in terms of college football: Illinois State got stomped 42-7 at Southern Illinois, Texas lost 29-24 to Oklahoma (but came back valiantly) and Navy’s rally came up short against a strong Memphis team 30-27. I saw the last quarter of the latter on TV and the last couple of minutes of the Texas vs. OU game.

But I was there for the Illinois vs. Rutgers debacle.

This is the kind of game it was: 54 yard field goal attempt hits the upright:
We had a fluky interception while the game was still competitive (sort of)
We also had a boneheded play on a punt.

But I suppose this blog post summed it up

Ok, how did it go, really?

Well, in terms of stats, Illinois had a slight edge, due to Rutgers sitting on the ball in the 4’th quarter and a couple of late touchdown drives to make the score slightly more respectable. But Rutgers rushed for 274 yards, including 106 in the first 17 minutes of the game.

The game started with an exchange of punts, then Rutgers fumbled the ball away at the 30. The offense managed to lose 7 yards on their drive and Illinois 54 yard field goal attempt hit the upright.

From then on: mostly Rutgers. A long drive (mostly running) lead to the 7-0 score; Illinois countered with a nice drive to cut the lead to 7-3, but then another long drive put Rutgers up 14-3.

The Illini hit some passes to get it down close, then on 4’th and goal, well, upon review..Illinois was given the touchdown..oh-so-close.

No problem..Rutgers with another long drive and they are up 21-10 at the half.

Illinois opening drive in the second half ended with a fluke interception.

But in this quarter, Illinois mostly stopped Rutgers…EXCEPT for this dreadful play on a Rutgers punt (what was the Illinois guy thinking?)

Rutgers punched it in and it was now 28-10 and the fans started to leave in droves.

Some nice passing put Illinois within 11 at 28-17 with about 8 minutes to go…no worries…another long drive put the game away at 35-17, though we did have one garbage time TD with just over a minute to go.



Our seats (white box)

The band.

Not a huge crowd at kick off.

Barbara was a good sport.

Click to see the larger panoramic photo of the emptying stadium..

October 15, 2017 Posted by | college football, football, running, Uncategorized | | Leave a comment

My vacation

Yeah, I did this in winter of 2016. Some ask me: “how are you doing with your spouse being gone for so long”? Answer: I manage. 🙂

With people:
21 July: Dinner with AG
22 July: Dinner with TH
27 July: White Sox game with PH
28 July: Lunch with MH
30 July: Lunch with TH
1 Aug: dinner and game with TH
4 Aug: dinner with AG
5 Aug: Half marathon with MT
5 Aug: dinner with TH


17 July: Chiefs
28 July: White Sox
30 July: Chiefs
31 July: Chiefs

And I had a conference in Chicago: 26-29 July. I have photos all over the place; I’ll post some here:

August 6, 2017 Posted by | Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Baseball and air conditioning

We are having a new, more efficient air conditioning system put in today, so I am at home.

Last night, I caught a baseball game.

Note the “PD” on the grass: that is for the Peoria Distillers, which was Peoria’s first minor league baseball team (back to 1894-1917); at the time, Peoria was a “wide open river town”.

The Chiefs lost 3-0. Though the Chiefs were out hit 11-3, good infield play (3 double plays) limited the damage. 2 of the Beloit Snapper runs came from solo home runs by their big right fielder, who also robbed Peoria of an extra base hit with a spectacular, leaping “above the padded portion of the wall” catch in the first inning. His first home run went over the second white picket fence and bounced off of the “Bradley B” in left field.

The Chiefs were hurt when the starting pitcher got injured during the first at bat in the second inning. And, as far as the bullpen: in the 8’th inning, the new relief pitcher walked the first batter but got the second to ground into a double play. Then he strikes out the next batter…but it was on a wild pitch. He then hits the next batter with a pitch and walks the next one to load the bases! But then he strikes out the aforementioned right fielder to get out of the inning with 0 runs, which, I suppose, is the point. But what looked to be an easy inning became a hard one.

Still, there was some good action in this game and even being outhit, Peoria had a chance to win in the 9’th. They got runners on 1’st and 2’nd with the tying run at the plate with 1 out…but BAM…double play.

Workout notes: easy 5 mile run this morning.

June 29, 2017 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment