Will Mueller be fired? My guess: no..but…

Here is a short video that explains why it might be tough for Trump to have Mueller fired (he cannot fire him directly) and IF he manages to get that done, why the investigations won’t stop.

This tweetstorm talks about ways Trump could get around current law (e. g. by appointing a new AG by executive order)

Long shot? I do see a lot of posturing. But I wonder if the current Republican political leadership understand that 45 would gladly throw any of them under the bus if it would make it easier on them.

Workout notes: easy 10 mile walk; almost 10.0 as measured by the mapping device. It was partly the first 4 miles of the W. Peoria course with a Cemetery loop and a second loop thrown in, then the 3 mile out and back on the hills in Bradley Park, one pit stop and a quick trip back via Maplewood. It was 2:45; leisurely pace.


December 17, 2017 Posted by | political/social, politics, politics/social, republicans, social/political, walking | | Leave a comment

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

36 Hours of Jack Monkey Flunker 50K…almost dead last BUT…

I had not planned on this race, but when I bombed out of both of my marathon attempts (too hot for attempt 1..90 F, and went out too fast for attempt 2 due to the 6 hour cut off), I wanted to keep my streak of “at least one marathon finish or longer each year starting in 1998” streak alive.

So I searched, found this 36 Hours of Jack race which had an associated 50K with a 12 hour cut off and decided to give it a go.

Up shot: 8:42:42 for the 50K, via splits: (each is 12.5 km) 2:01, 2:05:46, 2:15, 2:20:50. Slow downs were 5, 10, 5 minutes respectively. I walked 100 percent of the time. I was 7:16 at 42.5 km (just past a marathon).

The course: downhill from the start line to the trail, via a park road (maybe 200 meters?) then about half a mile along side roads with moderate traffic; aside from one street crossing, you had the grassy shoulder which was suitable for running/walking. There was a short trail to the main trail, and that was crushed limestone/gravel, similar to the Rock Island trail near Peoria, IL.

There were a few very shallow inclines/declines that were not significant; the closest thing to an uphill was along the road from the trail back to the park, and it was, at most, a minor hill.

Aid stations: one at close to mile 3, one at the turn around and one at the start/finish (hot food). Volunteers were outstanding.

Oddities along the trail: near the start, you pass by an automobile junkyard. And I did see some goats actually on the trail; they moved off as I went by. My photos: the finisher’s award (unusual, and the goats)

More detail: the 100 milers start 1 hour earlier; we started with the 100K and the 75 K; a 25K and 15K (and 30K) started an hour later.

I was a little annoyed that 2 of the people behind me dropped down to the 25K; I finished ahead of a lady being dragged along the course by a male (husband? friend? coach?) but didn’t catch her until toward the end of the first out and back.

I saw many in the longer races and a few speed burners in the shorter race while I was out there; I had long stretches of “alone” time out there. 23 finished the 50K.

Going out one could see the “5K turn around” check point, the “last lap of the 100 mile” check point and the “15K turn around” checkpoint. In a way, these were good because you could see where you were. But they were also bad because you could see how much longer it took you to get to each point; the slow down was real, and frustrating. Yes, I used to slow down when I was younger, but well, it isn’t fair to have to slow down when you are slow to begin with!

My Walter Mitty goal was 3:45/4:10; my “b” goal was 4:00/4:25 and what I got was 4:06/4:36. Yes, I know; I was 7:11 for the opening 50K of my “101 miles in 24, and my best 3 50K walks were 6:20, 6:22, 6:29. What can I say? (those were in 2004, 2002, 2005).

I never got nauseated; it was cool (high 20’s at the start, low 40’s later); I ate a small bag of pretzels at 7.8 miles and at 19 miles; had some juice at mile 15.5 and some Heed at mile 23. I was able to have soup at the finish. I did feel slightly sick later; more on that later. Chinese buffet on the way home helped.

My legs started to get heavy half way, but I told myself “you didn’t drive all that way just to do 25 km” and at mile 23.5, I was determined to finish. My feet started to hurt around then; I felt the pebbles and stones.

What can I say? In away, I was embarrassed to be so slow. But part of me feels like an “old warrior” and I feel good about completing another one, even at a pace slower than one of my 100 milers.

Effect on my older body
I had an interesting effect. I thought that I would drive at least part of the way home after the race (drive is about 6:30 total) but, on the highway, I started having double vision (side by side); I was seeing a second set of lane stripes which went at an angle and I had a hard time seeing what lanes the cars ahead me was in.

Stopping for food helped only momentarily. Stopping for gas and to clean my glasses really didn’t help much either. So I pulled into a hotel to sleep it off and that did the trick. I suppose that I was both “jacked up” and “so tired I couldn’t see straight” at the same time. And today, I am much more fatigued that I feel that I should be, though…I am not that sore.

About the 36 Hours of Jack event: it was well organized; good aid, good trail markings, etc. I’d do it again. But for my politically minded friends: it is conservative (National Anthem, a prayer before the start of the 100…very churchy and religious). Since it is a private event, that didn’t bother me, but some might be bothered.

What I would do differently next time: I’d go ahead and arrange for 2 nights in the Carthage hotel (I used the Quality Inn) instead of attempting to make it part of the way home.
I like the barbecue place in Carthage.

December 10, 2017 Posted by | marathons, travel, ultra, walking | Leave a comment

Same old scam and they get away with it…

Ok, the Republicans take office. They get pressure from their big donors to cut taxes on the wealthy.

So they argue something like this: “hey, you are overtaxed…and paying for THIS”

YEAH, cut our taxes and make her act more responsibly! (pg version of what is really said)

And so we get: this. Oh, depending on what the House and Senate do..>IF they can come together (and they might not be able to} we get a plan that is a windfall to the wealthiest and cuts many important benefits used by the lower to middle classes.

Oh, and some of the rank and file might say “well, I’ve never seen a poor person offer someone a job”…it is almost as if the principle “demand matters” is lost on them. Businesses can’t stay open if few have money to patronize them. The whole exercise is ridiculous.

And we fall for it…every time.

Now there is the Al Franken thing. This reminds me a bit of the Sen. Packwood (a Republican) stuff. Now there are calls for him to resign..calls mostly from Democrats (but some from Republicans). What he is accused of: let’s investigate, and if he is guilty (in the informal sense), she should step down. But we’ve been rolled before.

But, oh no. As Oliver Willis likes to say, Democrats act as if there is some judge that will score a political action “fair or foul” and that somehow pressurign Franken to step down will make it easier to defeat Moore (and IMHO, Moore will win…it is Alabama, after all). And, of course, there is the “always believe the woman, 100 percent of the time” faction of liberals. Our hearts are in the right place, but we suck at politics.

Workout notes: yesterday, steady 4 mile walk. Yes, I’ve cut back, for now.

December 7, 2017 Posted by | Democrats, political/social, politics, politics/social, republicans, republicans politics, social/political, walking | Leave a comment

Onward to finals

Today: 4 mile walk (Cornstalk classic) after weights; later yoga with Ms. Vickie.

usual PT, pull ups (5 sets of 10; later ones were easier), bench: 10 x 135, 6 x 185 (couldn’t try for 7), 10 x 170, incline: 10 x 135, military: 15 x 50 seated, supported, 10 x 50 standing, 10 x 90 machine. Rows: 2 sets of 10 x 55 dumbbell, 10 x 110 machine.

Ah…now to finish up writing up exams. I’ve got time.

December 5, 2017 Posted by | Personal Issues, walking, weight training | Leave a comment

Onward through interesting times (all over the place)

Workout notes 3 mile walk..but first came weights; usual PT stuff, pull ups (5 sets of 10: went really well…USUALLY that means I’ve gotten lighter), bench press: 10 x 135 , 7 x 185 (strict, hips in about a decade): usually that means I’ve gotten heavier? incline: 7 x 150 (strict hips), 10 x 135, military 15 x 55 dumbbell, seated, supported, 10 x 50, 10 x 45, rows: 2 sets of 10 x 55 each arm, 10 x 50.

Walk: went fine; to lower Bradley park.

I am not sure about the weight room; why did pull ups get stronger but the bench too?

Political ramblings:
Two big things: the tax bill in the Senate that sure looks as if it will pass (Corker is the only R “no”). Why the rush?

Oh Flynn pleading guilty: will this lead anywhere? My guess: “yes”, but we’ll see. Will the R’s throw Trump under the bus if they get their tax bill? Remember that even if we somehow get rid of Trump, the Republicans are still delusional loose cannons.

Or will Trump get us into some war as a diversion?

There is just so much going on. Other thoughts:

The Republicans are desperate to please their upper income donors. So they don’t care about “the deficit” right now. But when it soars..THEN they will “care” and they will cut safety net programs and “entitlements”. Such programs are reasonably they will need some excuse to attack them.

That is all this really is. We need to win back Congress and defeat Trump in 2020 (and no, he will probably not have been removed from office by then…though if you were to believe my twitter feed, his being gone is imminent ๐Ÿ™‚ )

Yes, Trump’s approval ratings are horrible (about 40 percent) but remember that some approve of Trump’s POLICY PROPOSALS but not tone, and others are angry that he doesn’t have that wall built as yet.

December 1, 2017 Posted by | Democrats, politics, politics/social, walking, 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

My Thanksgiving 2017 post..

TL;DR rambling to follow.

My feelings about Thanksgiving continue to evolve.

1. Eating: yes, I can understand why stuffing yourself might have had an appeal, back in the days of scarcity. But I live in an affluent society and I can overeat at any time. And frankly, the feeling of an overfull belly just has no appeal. I just don’t want to. Now, there are some foods that I might eat that I don’t normally (e. g. stuffing).

2. Time off of work: yes, I do like that, though I spent some of the holiday working (trying to make sense of a calculation that I was doing improperly; I enjoyed having the time to focus). And I plan on enjoying two “live” football games this weekend, though “my” teams are likely to lose.

3. Socializing: well, both of my parents are dead, and my daughter lives a healthy distance away, and she really didn’t “grow up” here, so to speak (I was the non-custodial parent). So, aside from my daughter, I really have no family (aside from a few cousins, a couple who I really, really like but don’t see much of due to distance). The local family is my wife’s. And….she invites her mentally retarded adult nephew to stay with us. So…. well, let’s just say that I got what I wanted two days ago; 6 blessed hours with great company, 4 of those while running/walking. That made the break worth it. ๐Ÿ™‚

Side note: I think that smart phones are the old “photo albums”; we had a good old time showing each other our photos on our phones.

But whether I like someone or not has little to do with genetic distance or the genetic distance to others. So, for me, this is more or less a duty.

We ate at a Chinese restaurant (which offered turkey and stuffing) yesterday and we noticed an elderly woman (who appeared to be reasonably well off) who was eating by herself. My wife seemed to feel bad for her, but to me, I *thought* that I saw the joy of “finally, some me time” to her face (possibly caretaking someone else?) Solitude is not bad, when it is optional or a treat.
But alas, loneliness is real and a genuine health risk.

Where I am different is that my remedy for loneliness is the companionship with a small number of people (say, 1-3 others). I love “couples dates” or “1-on-1” outings.

4. Personal prejudice: yes, I have these; I really do not like underachievement. Now, of course, there are many reasons for this, not all of which are under the control of the person. And, some whose company that I now LOVE to hang out with had periods in their life where they weren’t doing so well for one reason or another (abuse, poverty, sickness, among other things). So, things change, and sometimes they change for the better. Looking down on someone while they are down never helps anything, and if I want to enhance my self esteem, I should improve myself so I can have something to feel good about.

5. Others: I do know that there is some pain during the holidays (dead family, divorces, acrimonious family splits, genuine loneliness for some). And there are those on duty (e. g., when I was in the Navy, or when my dad was in the Air Force, first responders, etc.).

Workout notes: yesterday, slow 4.2 mile run on the Cornstalk classic course. Today: weights: rotator cuff, 5 sets of 10 pull ups (first 3-4 went very well), bench press: 10 x 135, 5 x 185 (wanted 6, didn’t risk it in the empty gym), 2 x 170, 1 x 170 (not sure what happened here), incline: 10 x 135, military (standing dumbbell) 10 x 50, 10 x 45, 20 x 40, dumbbell rows: 2 sets of 10 x 50, 10 x 60 (single arm).

November 24, 2017 Posted by | family, Friends, social/political, walking, weight training | Leave a comment

One thing to be grateful for…

No, I’ll never run 19 minutes for the 5K again, nor will I ever break 4 hours for the marathon run..or 5 for the marathon walk. Heck, even 6 hours for a marathon walk would be good for me.

I can’t do what I once did.

But I can still walk/run 15 miles (more or less) at a good pace with someone who can go much, much further than that and still enjoy it thoroughly.

4 hours on the road..2 more in the coffee shop. Note: today’s photo albums are smart phones. ๐Ÿ™‚

I have much to be grateful for.

I do not know what the rest of Thanksgiving break will bring, but I’ve already had a wonderful break! (ok, that also included a lovely lunch the day before).

November 22, 2017 Posted by | Friends, walking | Leave a comment