Note: this joke post makes no sense unless you know that I have a tendency to overreact to small discomforts and that my “online persona” is a very stupid, very smelly, ornery, self-pitying goat. I doubt that real goats suffer from self pity; I probably just offended them. So if you are a goat or love a goat, I apologize.


I feel like complete crap at the moment (cold level crap). So I had enough; I braved the cold temperatures and walked to the slaughterhouse.

The officials sized me up, pinched their noses and sent me away…”too smelly, too rancid, too old for human consumption” they said.

They did drive me to the woods and leave me out where the local coyotes can get to me.

They came up, howled in pain (stinky) and ran away…”too smelly, too old, too rancid for predator consumption” they concluded.


The game warden came by, put me in the back of a pick up truck, tethered…and drove me home where I head butted my way back into the house and am typing this.


February 22, 2015 Posted by | illness, whining | , , , , , | Leave a comment

I am getting too darned old…

1. Yes, I gave blood on Friday. Today is Monday: I got up early, shoveled snow ($%#@!), cleared most of our long driveway with the snow shovel, then lifted weights. This afternoon, I went to write up some early notes, decided to “rest my eyes” for a second and then…zzzzzz……

2. About this article about men who don’t work:


Look at what is considered “prime age”:

At every age, the chances of not working have changed in the last 15 years. Teenagers are far more likely not to work. Older people are retiring later and working more. In the ages in between — the periods of life when most people work — the changes have been smaller, but they are still substantial.

In the late 1960s, almost all men between the ages of 25 and 54 went to work. Only about 5 out of every 100 did not have a job in any given week. By 2000, this figure had more than doubled, to 11 out of every 100 men. This year, it’s 16. (People in the military, prison and institutions are excluded from these figures.)

Of course, the economy was stronger in 2000 than it is today, with a lower official unemployment rate — the share of people not working and actively looking for work — than today. But for prime-age men, the rise in official unemployment explains only about one-third of the increase in not working.

“Prime age men” are men from 25 to 54….. oh *&^%!!

3. I now have received a “senior discount” twice in my life (at IHOP).

4. Look at my weight workout:

pull ups: 5 sets of 10, rotator cuff
bench: 10 x 135, 1 x 180, 8 x 160 (rotator cuff rest)
incline: 10 x 135
super set: rows/pull downs/military press: all on the machines: 3 sets of 10 each. (110 rows, 130 pull down, 90 each arm (180 total) military.

My calves felt a bit heavy so I skipped running or walking. I hope to go longer tomorrow, or perhaps do a swim/run combination.

January 12, 2015 Posted by | weight training, whining | , , | Leave a comment

first static shock of the fall/winter season

I sure wish I lived somewhere warm. I hate this static shock…and now it means I’ll have this happening to me constantly for the next 7 months. :-P

October 10, 2014 Posted by | whining | , | Leave a comment

Heavy rain, treadmill and groaners….

We had some very heavy rain last night and more this morning; the streets have standing water.

So I took it to the treadmill and indoor track.

Treadmill: I started at 5.3 mph (11:19 mpm) and increased the pace by .1 mph every .25 miles; I did this until I got to mile 4 (almost 40 minutes on the button). Then I did 4-5 at 6.9 (8:41) and 5-6.5 at 7.0 (8:34); that meant I did a 3 mile segment (3.5 to 6.5) in 26 minutes. Then I slowed down to 10 mph to 7.25 then did the last .75 at: 6.1-6.2-6.1 (average about 9:45 mph) Total: 1:16:30 for 8 miles.

Then I walked 2 miles on the track (29 minutes).

It was enough to be exercise but not enough to sap me.

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Though I’ve been told that I remind people of the “Rat” character, I also have a bit of “Goat” in me as well….:-)

April 3, 2014 Posted by | running, whining | , | Leave a comment

Rocks in the shoe…ok, sand grains really…

Last night: my wife had her phone in the bed room…it kept going off. I ask her to turn it off so she mutes it instead and the vibration wakes me up. Grrrr….finally she shuts the damn thing off…or leaves the bedroom; didn’t care which.

Up in the morning: see an e-mail from a student who flunked exam one; he dropped this course last year with a different instructor. Doesn’t have the prerequisite credentials but told the department chair he was “convinced” that he’d pass with a different instructor. He managed to find an empty slot in my class….

Get outside: fresh snow. :-P

Weight room; had to work through the ROTC group again. :-P

So I did almost a full workout: I only did 2 sets of pull downs and machine rows but did everything else (curls: dumbbells, bench: 10 x 135, 2 sets of 7 x 170, etc.)

Swam: 500 warm up (pushed by a young woman), 500 drill/swim (fins), 6 x 100 on the 2:10 (last two were 1:45-1:46; rest were 1:43-1:44), 100 fly practice (fins), 100 IM.
That is 1800 yards; my first time over a mile in a long, long time. :-)

So…today, no making a mountain out of a few grains of dirt. :-)

February 21, 2014 Posted by | swimming, weight training, whining | | Leave a comment

Shiver…but yet….the globe warms….

I am delaying going outside. Yes, I am only going to the indoor rec center where I hope to run and walk a bit. I’ll cook up a workout of some sort (tempo intervals?)

Today in Peoria, IL:

(-23 C).

And from my smart-ass California friends;


In fact, we are shivering because of the location of that jet stream; arctic air is cold, even if it is a degree or two warmer than it was a few years ago. So that arctic air mass is parked right over us. :-P

As much as I’d love to ship our snow to those who miss it, it doesn’t work that way.

February 11, 2014 Posted by | Peoria, Peoria/local, whining | , , | Leave a comment


Cold. -6 F this morning (-21 C)

Got to the gym; it was ROTC in the weight room day
Still: all exercises but curls; rotator cuff and abs (full sets), pull ups (5 sets of 10), bench (135 x 10, 180 x 4 (weak), 170 x 6 (weak))
military: 3 sets of 12 x 50 seated, upright rows: 3 sets of 10 with 25, bent over row: 3 sets of 10 with 65, pull downs (sets of 10 with 160).

This took me 46 minutes. Then swimming: 1500 yd.
500 w/u, 6 x (25 drill, 25 swim fins), 8 x 50 on 1:10 (50-52 each), 100 (1:43), 2 x 100 IM on 3.

Got woman was there early and had torn up the kitchen right when I was attempting to get ready ….so while I remembered to pack my lunch, I left in a huff and forgot to eat breakfast.

Last night: e-mail from a student: “I wasn’t there for your 1.3 lecture; could you give me help with the 1.3 homework assignments (due today). I didn’t answer the e-mail.

Even better: this was our SENIOR class, not a freshman remedial class. And this was an international student, not some homegrown “helicopter parent raised” snowflake.

I think that this will be a “NO PARTIAL CREDIT” type of day. :-)

February 10, 2014 Posted by | swimming, weight training, whining | Leave a comment

We should have elected Mitt Romney


He would have fired the jet stream for not doing its job.

February 10, 2014 Posted by | whining | , | Leave a comment

Republican: my GOP opponent is too rich to understand you!


Our streets: neighborhood streets are basically compressed snow/ice; the plows merely put the looser snow on the sidewalks. Sidewalks along main street are buried…I mean completely unwalkable. This has to be the least pedestrian friendly city I’ve seen. The university has its walks clear at least.

Workout notes: weights: rotator cuff (full set), hip hikes, Achilles, NO ABS (get them tomorrow)
pull ups: 10+5, 4 sets of 10
dumbbell super set: 3 sets of: 12 x 50 military (supported, seated), 10 x 25 upright row, 10 x 65 bent over row, 10 x 70 bench
superset: curls and pull downs: 10 x 160 pull down (3 sets), dumbbell curl 10 x 30 (2 sets), pulley 10 x 57.5 (one set)

Then swimming (early):
400 warm up (slow)
400 drill/swim (fins), 4 x 25 front, 25 swim, 2 x 25 side kick, 25 swim, 2 x 25 3g, 25 swim
400 in 8 x 50 on the 1:10 (53-55)
100 in 1:52
2 x 100 IM on 3 (2:30 each)

It went fine; I don’t want to hurt my rotator cuff. NO paddles, NO pulling. :-)

Illinois politics
Kirk Dillard ran this ad against Bruce Rauner (the front runner)

What do we have here? We have a REPUBLICAN calling another REPUBLICAN “too rich”????? Seriously? Why that is CLASS WARFARE!!!! (ROTFLMAO !!!!!)

February 7, 2014 Posted by | 2014 midterm, Illinois, swimming, weight training, whining | , , | Leave a comment

So cold the Chicago zoos are bringing the polar bears inside



It’s so cold, even polar bears and penguins were being kept indoors Monday.

Ok, ok, you scolds might tell me that the wild polar bears live in much colder temperatures than this. That is true; the wild polar bears eat a high fat diet (fat seals) that enable them to survive much harsher conditions than this.

And yes, we’ve routinely had worse 3-4 decades ago:

As the world warms, the United States is getting fewer bitter cold spells like the one that gripped much of the nation this week. So when a deep freeze strikes, scientists say, it seems more unprecedented than it really is. An Associated Press analysis of the daily national winter temperature shows that cold extremes have happened about once every four years since 1900.

Until recently.

When computer models estimated that the national average daily temperature for the Lower 48 states dropped to 17.9 degrees on Monday, it was the first deep freeze of that magnitude in 17 years, according to Greg Carbin, warning meteorologist for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

That stretch — from Jan. 13, 1997 to Monday — is by far the longest the U.S. has gone without the national average plunging below 18 degrees, according to a database of daytime winter temperatures starting in January 1900.

In the past 115 years, there have been 58 days when the national average temperature dropped below 18. Carbin said those occurrences often happen in periods that last several days so it makes more sense to talk about cold outbreaks instead of cold days. There have been 27 distinct cold snaps.

Between 1970 and 1989, a dozen such events occurred, but there were only two in the 1990s and then none until Monday.

“These types of events have actually become more infrequent than they were in the past,” said Carbin, who works at the Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Okla. “This is why there was such a big buzz because people have such short memories.”

For you stats geeks: a back of the envelope calculation shows that having this long between harsh cold snaps is about a p = .09 event (Poisson events).

But then I got this from one of my Minnesota ultramarathon friends:


January 23, 2014 Posted by | Peoria, Peoria/local, whining | | Leave a comment


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