Errors eclipse Chiefs’ chances of winning

Two days prior to classes: I decided to make a noon baseball game (12:30 start due to rain) and an eclipse watching party (30 minute break in the game to watch). I had some old glasses from 2012.

In fact, this was my 3’rd Chiefs game in a row. On Saturday, we took Tracy and the Chiefs lost 7-6, despite a grand slam. 4 errors killed them.
Sunday: pitcher’s duel. The Chiefs won 2-0 but committed 3 errors.
Today: lost to Clinton again 7-6; a disastrous 2n’d inning which saw 3 errors and the Chiefs leave home plate uncovered cost them 3 runs, and the game. There were 4 home runs, 2 by each team. One of the Clinton home runs cleared the second green fence that was to the left and behind the large visual screen. One of the Chiefs homeruns hit that said screen.

Now games where you have 4, 3 and 4 errors all in a row…there is a problem. I noticed and said something…yesterday and today.

And my thoughts: well, that team that fielded so well is now at Palm Beach! (the “advanced A” Cardinals affiliate). Ok, that is an exaggeration, but the Cardinals are good about promoting the players and a few Chiefs have earned promotions this season. This can lead to growing pains for the team that is left behind. Ah, the life of a minor league baseball fan. 🙂

Workout notes: 4 mile walk yesterday. Today: almost full weight workout: rotator cuff, hip hikes, toe raises, pull ups (5 sets of 10: went ok), bench: 10 x 135, 4 x 185, 8 x 170, incline: 10 x 135, rows: 3 sets of 10 x 200 Hammer machine, military (dumbbell, standing) 10 x 50, 10 x 45, 20 x 40. 2 sets of rope skips (16, 22), 2 sets of squats (50’s, 20 inch, windowsill).

Yes, I have a cold. So I drove to a game I normally walk to. Easy for the next few days.

August 21, 2017 Posted by | baseball, walking, weight training | | Leave a comment

Whiny workout

Course: basically like last Saturday, though after the 18.75, I did the 1.1 + .4 to get over 20. It was starting to warm up and I wanted to be done. I had to stop to adjust might right shoe..I had to do that twice. And (TMI) I did have a small problem with gas around 3:30 or so..fortunately that is all it was.

I did the tablets and the nutrition and that helped; my main challenge was basic fatigue and not getting overheated.

Of interest:

1. I found a 10 dollar bill near the Bob Michael Bridge (no one nearby).
2. About 10 miles into it, I saw a woman running in what looked like “bra and panties”; when she got close, you could see that she might have had 1-2 percent bodyfat and appeared to be going 6 mpm-ish..and just behind her was another slender woman (more clothes) running at a similar pace. They were too old to be university runners; have to be elites visiting the area.

Back to my workout: it was not a disaster (though doing squats yesterday was a bad idea). but it wasn’t a confidence builder either. And, as usual, I had a couple of rough patches to push through. And that is something one cannot teach a new walker; everyone has to figure out where that “push through the discomfort” vs. “quit and train another day” line is for themselves.

August 19, 2017 Posted by | walking | Leave a comment

Trump voters and personal malaise

The personal malaise: for some reason, I’ve had a bit of tickle in my throat over the past few days and haven’t felt good at all. I am, well, kind of antsy, throat has a tickle, eyes burn a bit. BUT, my workouts have been fine, and when I am really coming down with something, my workouts usually tank.

Yesterday’s weights and run were good, today’s walk: 2 outside, 1 track (13:03, off/on), treadmill walk (start 10 minutes at 4.6 mph, then upped it..37:35 at 3, 38:50 5K) was fine. Last night’s yoga class exposed my weaknesses, but it was fine too.

Is it allergies, or do I have some sort of low-grade “something”?

Trump voters: this is a decent read. Roughly speaking: they don’t like the KKK or the Nazis, but they think Trump is doing ok and that Obama was divisive.

About the latter: I think that it stems from what I call “cultural inflexibility”. They see “true America” in one specific way and too much deviation from that box is “unAmerican”. So if a president says something to the effect “you know, African Americans might have a legitimate grievance here”…well, if it is a Republican saying it, they might raise an eyebrow. A white Democrat: well, they see it as political pandering. And a black Democrat: DIVISIVE! HE IS TEARING THE COUNTRY APART.

To them, BLM is criminal coddling (“if you’ve done nothing wrong, the police won’t do anything to you”) And very few of them are persuadable…and none of them would ever be persuaded by me.

Anything that they haven’t experienced, well, just isn’t true. And if Fox News tells you, well, they are telling the truth. I’ve had a few of them actually tell ME what I do in my own classroom! I tartly retorted that there isn’t some unAmerican way to solve a calculus problem.

August 17, 2017 Posted by | illness, walking | | Leave a comment

Blind spots, mob actions, and memories

Mob actions: evidently, a small mob pulled down a statue in Durhan, North Carolina. While I agree that these statues should come down, I do not approve of this action. Think of it this way: this small mob speaks only for themselves; they represent no one. A society that agrees to do this represents all of us; society doing this legally makes a much stronger statement. Of course, getting society to do this legally requires time, effort, coordination, gathering allies, at times: organizing economic boycotts, and the like. And there is no instant gratification.

And yes, the statues should come down. No, this is not whitewashing history; after all, we can (and should) study history and be frank about our “sins of the past”. But statues are to honor, and the confederates deserve no place of honor.

And this comes to something that used to surprise me: most of my childhood was on Air Force bases; the Union was good; the Confederates were in the wrong. President Lincoln was a revered hero. That wasn’t the case at all with many southern people I met later (10’th grade and beyond). That just stunned me. I suppose that it shouldn’t have.

I went to school at the Naval Academy and graduate school at the University of Texas, Austin. Both places treated me well. But as for Texas: if one renamed every building named after a racist, well, that would be the majority of the buildings. The school used to defend segregation; I even saw some of the original documents on display. That was icky.

Then I remember the first college football game I ever saw in person: Texas vs. Rice in 1969. There was exactly ONE black player on the field…and he played for Rice (I later found out that he went on to start for the Dallas Cowboys). And Rice used to not admit blacks..they had to wait until Mr. Rice (the founder) died before they removed the “no blacks” from the charter. And yet, Rice is now one of the top schools in the nation; I was accepted there and seriously considered it.

And that leads me to thinking: so many that I met defend that legacy…and these are people who appear to be nice and polite! But they have this massive blind spot in this one area.

What blind spots do I have? And how open would I be to those blind spots being pointed out? I believe that we all have them.

I don’t know; I suppose it is tough to admit when one was fundamentally wrong, and it is tough to not act like a sanctimonious jackass when one is “in the right”.

Workout notes somewhat more intense 10K hilly walk; I did Lynnor hill repeats without Lynnor. 🙂

August 15, 2017 Posted by | politics/social, social/political, walking | Leave a comment

So so walk and the Chiefs split a pair of pitching duels with the Bees

Baseball: I got to see two long games. Last night, the game was tied 2-2 at the end of 9; the Chiefs lost 4-2 when the Bees got a couple of runs in the top of the 12’th.

The Chiefs were hurt when they twice loaded the bases but got no runners in. The Bees made 4 errors (very rare) including some puzzling errors on ground balls. But the Chiefs could not capitalize.

The Chiefs took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the 7’th and a closer took over in the 8’th..and so it was 1-0 going into the top of the 9’th. But some walks and a couple of RBI singles off of the first relief pitcher gave the Bees a 2-1 lead; the Chiefs tied it in the bottom; had some base runners but couldn’t bring them in.

Today: this time it was 1-1 at the end of 9 before a walk and a double in the bottom of the 11’th won the game 2-1. In this game, the bullpen looked sharp.

And we have a fighting chance for some playoff baseball!!!! The Chiefs are one of 3 teams fighting for 2 wild card spots.

One of Barbara’s sons and family

Saturday night: Chiefs lead 1-0 at this point and had the bases loaded..but failed to score. This cost them the game, I think.

The “Jump on It” part of the 7’th inning stretch.

Barbara arranged a group outing for the Saturday Night game. Great time.

Walking: I was a bit tired after yesterday’s 20.5 mile training walk and opted for a slow 10 (16 minute pace) today. I forgot that I had to build up to doing doubles, and I did a double last weekend (half on Saturday, 15 slow on Sunday).

August 14, 2017 Posted by | baseball, walking | | Leave a comment

Realistic Optimism

Upshot: 15:02 pace for 20.5 miles (5:08); first 11 was in 2:47, 5 miles from Lake to home were 1:12:36 (14:31 pace; had found my groove a bit); kind of let up on the final 1.7 (14:54 pace). Weather was perfect.
Good news: nutrition tablets REALLY helped (ate 3 at 3:15 into it).

Realistic: when I was walking 5:15 marathons, this would have been 4:40-4:50 with this effort in this weather. The age group equivalent calculator predicts about a 5:46 marathon (based on a 2:45 half; I have one faster than that this year). That is about a 13:12 pace. Yes, that calculator showed a good correlation with past half marathons and marathon walks.

Course: Cooper, Union, MLK, Kumpf, trail at Hooters, in front of the Riverplex (as opposed to behind, due to set ups), around the goose loop and around the ball field wall (port-o-potty), up Abington, back to the trail through to Springdale, past Affina and the trail to Prospect, to the Tower, up Glenn to the trail again, across the Knoxville bridge, to the Sheridan/Northmore intersection, then back to the Tower, Prospect, Marietta, Monroe/Central to Forrest Hill, Bigelow, Corrington, Bootz, Hansler, Broadway, Columbia Terrace, Maplewood, Laura, Cooper. (18.75). Then Cooper to Moss, MacArthur, Bradley Ave., to Cooper and home.

Yesterday: weights only: rotator cuff, hip hikes, toe raises, pull ups (5 sets of 10), bench press: 10 x 135, 5 x 185, 8 x 170, incline: 10 x 140, military (dumbbell) 10 x 50, 10 x 45, 20 x 40 (standing), rows: 2 sets of 10 x 65 dumbbell, 10 x 110 machine, abs: 2 sets of 12 twist crunch, 10 yoga leg lifts, 10 moving bridges. Headstand (shaky, at first), rope skips: 13, 16, 20, 51. Getting better, but no one asked me if I used to box. 🙂

August 12, 2017 Posted by | marathons, walking, weight training | Leave a comment

Pre workout thoughts: graphic software and North Korea …

Just so you know where Korea and Guam are; many Americans do not.

I am not worried about North Korea attacking the United States; having a reliable ICBM with a miniaturized warhead is a huge technological task. But a new Korean war would be a human disaster for not only Korea but possibly for those in Japan and other nearby states. The first one devastated Korea, burned down almost every major town and killed more than 1,000,000 people.

In times such as these, I want cool heads to prevail.

Graphic software: in the days of old, if you wanted to get a mathematics paper published, you’d send out the paper, get it refereed, and if it was accepted, technical typists and artists would write up the paper and you would review it.

Now, it is up to the author to type set it (I can do is a minor pain) and draw it…and well, it is tough to make good drawings with just “Paint”. I am trying to learn Inkscape and am running out of patience. I am sure I will be a pro when I finally learn it but ugh…that isn’t how I want to spend my time.

Workout notes: yesterday, 8 miles of hills; untimed but it was a steady effort. Great weather for it; I could not make myself go into the gym to do timed laps.

August 11, 2017 Posted by | mathematics, politics, walking, world events | | Leave a comment

A Trump-free issues post…

This made me chuckle and cringe. Yeah, you see this, though I don’t see much of this in pure math. Once in a while, an especially hostile student might claim that I made some logical blunder (yes, I make a “go too fast” arithmetic error from time to time). But for the most part, I am shielded from this. Other professors do encounter this though.

The Google memo: you can read about the situation here and a critique of the memo itself here and another one here.

No, I did not read the memo and so won’t comment on its merits or lack thereof.

I will say the following: if one wants to try to be as fair as possible to underrepresented groups (a good thing) one has to find where the problems are. Is it that one isn’t getting many qualified applicants, OR is it that qualified applicants are declining your job offer, or is it that they are either choosing not to stay at your job, or is it that they have a lower than predicted success rate at your job? Those are different situations which require different remedies.

And it is possible for a well intended “increase diversity” program to be poorly designed, ill conceived or poorly executed. A worthy goal does not an “effective program” make. And a harsh critique of a program is NOT always a rejection of the program’s goal.

Workout notes: AM: weights then a 4 mile walk; I couldn’t make myself run:
hip hikes, toe raises, rotator cuff, pull ups (15-15-10-10), incline: 10 x 135, 5 x 160, 10 x 140, military: 10 x 50, 10 x 45, 20 x 40 (standing dumbbell), rows (Hammer) 3 sets of 10 x 200.
rope skips (9, 17, 36, 33, 30), goblet squats: 10 x 50 (20 inch depth), 10 x 60 deeper, 10 x 70 (20 inch), 4 mile walk.

pm: Mama T exercise class; got two “spandex babe” hugs today (Cassie spotted me in the parking lot)

August 10, 2017 Posted by | social/political, walking, weight training | Leave a comment

Will Trump realize my worst fears?

My fear of Trump was not his agenda; we’ve had presidents with conservative agendas before. I disagree with the approach, of course. But I realize that I won’t agree with the policies of every president.

It was Trump’s lack of stability and his unwillingness to listen to those who know what they are talking about that troubled me the most…by far…and more so than his vulgar social media persona.

I was reminded of the Vietnam war which killed between 1.3 and 4.2 million people. It was sold to the US as “Communism vs. the West” when, in fact, Vietnam wanted self determination (who doesn’t?) The Vietnamese and the Chinese were ancient enemies and there was little chance that they would have anything more than a brief “alliance of convenience” to get rid of the US. The Fog of War discusses this. If you haven’t seen it, it goes 1:45 but is well worth it.

Now Trump is irresponsibly shooting his mouth off with regards to North Korea. That is just so irresponsible and childish…exactly what I don’t want a President of the United States to be. This is NOT a Rambo movie.

No, I doubt that North Korea can actually hit the US with anything resembling a reliable weapon. And yes, North Korea will be annihilated if they fight the United States. But at what cost, especially to those in South Korea and Japan (and other nearby countries)?

I sure wish that we had a stable person as President right now.

But I suppose it is one way to rally the rubes.

Workout notes Running was too painful, so I walked a hilly 5 mile course (Cornstalk) at right around a 15 minute pace. I felt much better afterward.

August 9, 2017 Posted by | politics, politics/social, walking, world events | | Leave a comment


I had a great weekend of walking…albeit one with a poor race (ok, poor final 5K..and I wonder how much of that was nutrition)

today: mostly upper body: hip hikes, toe raises, rotator cuff
pull ups (5 sets of 10, good)
bench press: 10 x 135, 4 x 190, 8 x 170 (lazy, empty gym), 10 x 135
military: 10 x 50 standing, 10 x 45, 20 x 40 (standing)
rows: 10 x 60, 10 x 65 (dumbbell, each arm), 10 x 110 machine
abs: 2 sets of 12 twist crunch, 2 sets of 10 yoga leg lifts, 10 sets of moving bridge
headstand (tough getting into it at first, but ok)
rope skip: 50, 50 33 (went well)
goblet squats: 10 x 50 (20 inch), 10 x 50 deeper, 10 x 70 (20 inch)

Then I walked with Barbara just a tiny bit.

August 7, 2017 Posted by | walking, weight training | Leave a comment