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

Warm walk

66 F, 73 percent at the start, about 78, 54 percent at the end. A bit sticky.

Course: my warm up ended being 45:15 (about 5K) and my cool down about 1.1 (16:03) (1:01:19 for 4.2). 20 laps of the West Peoria track (8.4 miles) in 1:50:27, doing on (to the parking lot), off each lap.
27:39, 27:47, 27:39, 27:31 (2.1 mile segments) total time: 2:51:56 for 12.6 miles, 13:09 for the 8.4 segment, 13:38 for the 12.6. Yes, this was less of an effort than last week’s half marathon, but it was supposed to be.

Ok, I looked it up. When I was walking my best, those 2.1 mile segments were in the high 24, low 25, perhaps a “slow” 26 range. Oh well…that was 12-13 years ago.

I did get warm. My primary focus was posture. No, this was NOT like “the old days” but that would be unrealistic.

June 10, 2017 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

My Syria post

Ok, President Trump launched some cruise missiles at an airstrip from which the chemical weapons attack originated. Because the Russians were there, they were given advance notice. And, evidently, the airstrip/base remained operational:

And yes, the rubes cheered…hey, he did SOMETHING.

Oh, the options were not all that good.

And ISIS took advantage. Let’s face it: things are complicated. One has the so-called government which Russia, along with Shiite groups backs. The Rebels are mostly Sunni (backed by Sunni groups) and ISIS has a foothold as well. It is complicated.

In the US: the support really isn’t strictly along party lines; the Freedom Caucus is upset but the old guard seems ok. Given what the strike accomplished (basically…nothing…) and deterred (basically nothing…) well..

And how legal was it? Here are what some top legal minds say. And the politicians are split (here and here): we have the War Powers Act of 1973 (which specifies that the President is authorized to start limited military action IF several conditions are met and it is in our national interest (e. g. retaliate for a state sponsor murder, protect US citizens, etc) and there is the authorization of use of military force (used for the Iraq invasion) to generally fight terror. appears to me that the real criteria is for the President to say “it is in our national interest” and for Congress to not object and for it to be over quickly.

Who in the hell knows. I’d like to think that Trump was not that unethical, but his repeated, foolish tweets give me reason to doubt his personal stability. I wish that I had more confidence in him.
Yes, I can see other Presidents doing something *similar* (execution? targets? effectiveness?). So my questions are more about the President that ordered it than anything else; he just has no “benefit of the doubt” from me..the way that other presidents (of either party) had.

April 8, 2017 Posted by | political/social, politics, Uncategorized, world events | , | Leave a comment