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The NFL protests: disappointment

When I first saw the NFL protests I was hopeful. After all, the NFL fan base is very diverse and I thought that we might finally get some meaningful discussion between different types of people. Yes, I knew that a large subgroup of fans would be upset; there is a reason the NFL does the “canned showy patriotism” stuff.

But, alas no such luck.

Even among some who believe in freedom of speech: they claimed that an employer has a right to enforce PR actions of their employees (I agree with this) but then go on to say that the protests are deeply unpopular with “NFL fans”.

This misses a key fact: not all NFL fans feel the same way.

No, I am not talking about liberals like me; I know that I am in the minority.

I am talking about the large African American fan base; the NFL needs them too..and can’t afford to alienate them. That is probably the main reason you haven’t seen a major crackdown, aside from the Cowboy’s owner (who even agreed to a compromise “kneeling before the anthem and joined the players in doing that).

In short: same old stuff; people refuse to look beyond their own statistically small bubble.

Here is one poll which shows that the country is split.

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November 8, 2017 Posted by | football, NFL, social/political | | Leave a comment

Both up and down…

Personally: I’ve been sort of “bleah” and distant from most lately. This isn’t a depressive episode as I still enjoy things and am very much looking forward to this weekend of football. (Illini, then Bears..always love a football double, the latter with a dear friend). I really enjoyed last weekend too. It isn’t a relationship/friendship thing either; might be a combination of things including lessening daylight, professional stuff, it might be adjusting to aging; who in the hell knows?

But today’s elections in Virginia and New Jersey are making me feel a bit better; even some Republican areas are rejecting Trumpism. But the real proof will come in the 2018 House races.

But many political discussions disgust me. For one, there are many who “just know” false things (example: creationists) Talking to them is, at best, futile. And here is the rub: a lot of what one “knows” is what one picks up from the environment.

Think about it: there were smart people who lived 10,000 years ago, and what did these people know about the world they lived in? So if someone is socially isolated and those around them believe certain things, why should they listen to you if you tell them something different?

It is very, very tough to change one’s mind about an important belief. I’ve done so from time to time, but usually it has been a gradual process. And yes, sometimes I get an insight that I was blind to for a very long time.

Workout notes: yesterday: weights; usual PT, pull ups (5 sets of 10, good), 10 x 135, 6 x 185, 9 x 170 bench, 10 x 135 incline, military: seated, supported: 15 x 55, standing: 10 x 45, 10 x 45, rows: 2 sets of 10 x 55, 1 set of 10 x 60, goblet squats: 10 x 45, 10 x 50, 10 x 54 (sill), yoga later in the evening.

today: easy 6 mile walk.

November 8, 2017 Posted by | political/social, politics, social/political, walking, weight training | Leave a comment

Walking and thinking

It was chilly (50’s) and rainy; drizzle to hard rain to..well, long enough for my shorts to dry?
I quickly measured it at 14.8 but it will do down as 15 (4:10). Again, it was a struggle for the first 90 minutes but then got better.

the course: usual to the goose loop and up through upper Glenn Oak. But I needed a second bathroom break and the bathrooms are closed for the season, so it was up Prospect to the Heights Tower, back on my usual modified Boredom then I turned left on Columbia Terrace; to Sheridan, then to Moss and back the usual way.

My left heel is sore (PF, my guess)

Along the way, I thought about politics.

Yes, there is Democratic infighting and many who supported Sanders are claiming that the DNC rigged the primary for Clinton. That, of course, is nonsense. Yes, there were fundraising agreements and perhaps the Sanders campaign didn’t like the debate schedule. And sure, most in the DNC preferred the party insider Clinton to Sanders.

But the bottom line is that she had broader support.

BUT….while that is true, well, some who supported Clinton can get unreasonable too. In my opinion, she is not a great campaigner and she has the kind of personality that enables negative perceptions, fair or not, to stick (Al Gore was the same way). She also did not come across well from the podium. And, too often, her desire to answer questions accurately and completely made her appear to be evasive. A good politician knows how to simplify and go into “bumper sticker/slogan” mode.

But it appears to me that many of her more rabid supporters are loyal to HER rather than to the party/country (that is, finding someone who can beat Trump and stall the toxic parts of the Republican agenda…assuming, of course, that there are non-toxic parts).

Yes, I am ready for fresh new blood in the Democratic party but that does NOT mean accepting nonsense and fantasy.

November 5, 2017 Posted by | Democrats, politics, politics/social, walking | Leave a comment

Trip to Iowa vs. Ohio State: wow!

My friend Tracy is an Ohio State graduate (Woody Hayes days). She wanted to see Ohio State play this year and when I saw that they were going to be playing at Iowa, I got tickets.

(tip: I paid face value for end zone tickets via the school; row 31 of section 215. I could have gotten sideline seats for the same price (with fees) the week of the game via the secondary market)

I’ll post my photos below. The game: it ended 55-24, Iowa; I sure did not expect that. It was a combination of big plays (4 interceptions by the Iowa defense, including a one-handed interception at the Iowa one; see the highlights at 10:50, a big trick play (polecat) off of a field goal formation (see 7:30 of the video) and domination of the line of scrimmage. Iowa running backs had huge holes to run through for most of the game.

It started with a pick 6 on the first play of the game. But 2 minutes later, Ohio State completed an easy long drive; receivers were wide open on almost every play. So, I settled in for a shoot out at 7-7. And so it went; the teams matched drives, field goals and touchdowns until Iowa took the lead at 24-17. With 1:4x to go, Ohio State started their drive, only to throw their second interception. Iowa cashed in with a last second touchdown to take a 31-17 lead into the half; both teams had a ton of yards.

So I figured it was still a competitive game.

Second half: Ohio State kicked off; pinned Iowa inside their own 10 and kept them bottled up. But the Iowa defense stopped them and wouldn’t let OSU take advantage of their field position. Then with 6 minutes to go, Iowa mounted a drive, mixing running and passing; that made it 38-17 and OSU was in trouble.

Another stop and Iowa was driving again and scored just into the 4’th quarter to make it 45-17. Another interception set up a field goal to make it 48-17.

Then Ohio State tried to rally; an interception (one handed) ended an OSU drive at the Iowa 1. A bizarre call (fake punt with 4’th and 9 at the Iowa 12) was stopped and gave Ohio State a touchdown. But an onside kick failed, and Iowa completed the rout with another drive (running up the middle) to complete the scoring at 55-24.

Now about the trip:

Tracy and me on the Hawkeye Express train from a remote lot to the stadium (15 dollars each way; kind of fun..and yes, this was an honest train on train track)

Tracy and me at the stadium; note that Iowa fans get there early.

The “hospital wave” between the first and second quarter.

Ohio State participated in the wave.

Early action

Toward the end of the game; the empties you see in the opposite end zone were where some Ohio State fans were.

Bedlam. Fans storm the field.

Yes, I got in a 4 mile Bradley Park run prior to making the trip. I got in a 15 mile walk this morning too.

November 5, 2017 Posted by | college football, football, Friends, running, travel, walking | Leave a comment

Dumbsplaining, Purpose and DNC…

Dumbsplaining On social media: I have decided to cut off (e. g. block) anyone who attempts to “dumbsplain” me. That is, if I raise a point (e. g., the person who reported this incident has told a lie) and the person responds “well, you must be an x-ist”, I just block. Life is too short for me to spend it in optional conversations with dumb, sanctimonious people. I have to put up with some stupidity at my job (and fortunately, I talk to a lot of smart people too), but I am not going to engage in such discussions on my own time.

Purpose

I find this point of view on life to be, well, a bit strange. I really do not think that things happen for some purpose that involves me; that just sounds illogical (and “acting as if” inflames my egomania). I do think that, at times, we can learn a lesson from our failures; sometimes it can be “next time, do it this way” or sometimes it might be “hey, this was never going to happen, no matter what you did”. So yes, sometimes disappoint can mask a potential growth opportunity and this meme may have been a poetic way of saying that.

DNC:
Many of my political friends are up in arms over this:

“Rigged”? There were some financial agreements (HRC donated money to the DNC for other races) but things like debate schedules and “primary/caucus” elections were NOT affected. This thread has more on that:

But, of course, the Berniebots are going crazy and the imbecile in chief is trying to get the DOJ involved …in what, I am not sure…there were no laws broken. This sure seems like banana republic stuff.

And, as disgusting as this is, what is far worse is that so many in our country is ok with it. Our very country is sick; we have first world technology, first world nuclear arms and a 4’th world caliber population.

Workout notes: weights this morning; usual PT, pull ups (5 sets of 10; now the “rotated arm pull ups are harder than the wide grip?) bench press: 10 x 135, 6 x 185, incline press: 5 x 155, 10 x 135, military: 10 x 50 standing dumbbell, 10 x 45 standing dumbbell, 10 x 90 machine, rows: 2 sets of 10 x 50 dumbbell (single arm), 10 x 60. Goblet squats: 10 x 50, 10 x 60, 10 x 60. Light yoga.

Yesterday: 6 mile walk; 4 on the treadmill (58 minutes; varied incline up to 5), 13:3x track walk (200 on, 200 off), 13:3x treadmill walk.

November 4, 2017 Posted by | Democrats, political/social, politics, politics/social, republicans, walking, weight training | | Leave a comment

How science could help workplace and social relations…

One of my favorite twitter people is Prof Helen. She is an expert on health care policy and a professor at Cal-Berkeley, one of the finest R-1 universities in the world. So when she says something, I take it very seriously.

The subject of “me too” (sexual harassment and sexual assault) has been in the news lately and Prof Helen said this:

This reminded me of this blog post by Marta Iglesias:

It is my goal to explain why the causes of male and female difference are not merely cultural or the product of patriarchal indoctrination. Separate athletic competitions and distinct medical disciplines of gynaecology and urology testify to the most obvious biological differences between men and women. But the scientific method − a co-operative, critical, and self-correcting process which has midwifed huge technological and medical advances − can also help us to understand more subtle differences between the sexes in interests and aspirations. And it is understanding what we really are that will make us free.

Now this is NOT a “well, boys will be boys ergo we should just accept certain behavior”. It is more like this: statistically speaking, male brains are wired a different way. We are hard wired to view women, at least in part, sexually. Here is a joke meme along those lines (involving yoga class)

But FEELING does not excuse actions; we are men, not rabbits. Sexual harassment is unacceptable, period. It is up to men to adjust and to treat women fairly.

And yes, I know, there are some women who flirt and some who intentionally dress to provoke sexual arousal. But many times, the arousal is internal to the male…in short, it is OUR problem and it is up to adjust to it. We are to keep our hands and words to ourselves.

Feelings and urges do not have to be acted on.

And, it isn’t all about sex.

For example, my wife has a Facebook account and, from time to time, she will start a social/political discussion that gets very emotional. She flat told me to resist the urge to “ride in to save the day” when it appears that someone making a comment is being disrespectful. She is an accomplished professional; she does NOT need my help.

Workout notes:
Weights, 3 mile walk; yoga. Usual PT, pull ups (5 sets of 10; last one was 8-2 (narrow to wide grip), incline presses: 10 x 135, 6 x 155, 10 x 140, military: 15 x 55 seated, supported (dumbbell), 10 x 45 standing (dumbbell), 10 x machine (90). rows: 2 sets of 10 x 55 dumbbell, 10 x 110 machine.

Walk: West Peoria.

November 1, 2017 Posted by | human sexuality, social/political, walking, yoga | Leave a comment

Does “what you are” matter to that “significant other”?

Something puzzles me. When it comes to romantic relationships, of course how one gets treated matters. But is that “all” that matters?

Personality matters too, but that isn’t what i am thinking about.

Do things like “this person is a professional” or “this person is educated” or “this person is a deep thinker” or “this person is knowledgeable” or “this person is liberal/conservative”, “religious/not religious” matter?

November 1, 2017 Posted by | relationships | Leave a comment

Beating Trump…

Yes, Mueller should continue his work and bring people who broke the law to justice. But I doubt this will remove Trump from office; after all, Congress remains in Republican hands and even if the D’s take back both chambers in 2018 (doubtful; ONE chamber is POSSIBLE) you still need 2/3 of the Senate for removal. And most Trump voters see this process as some sort of witch hunt. Our best bet is to win Congress and win that 2020 election.

I just hope that our purity trolls don’t blow the 2018 midterm elections for us.

Workout notes: easy 10K walk in the chilly morning hours.

November 1, 2017 Posted by | political/social, politics/social, social/political, walking | | Leave a comment

A non-Trump post..

Yes, I am aware of the recent developments. I am not sure as to what it means, though I would expect this when you have an unqualified amateur as POTUS. I am still disgusted that so many thought him qualified.

But for now, I’ll discuss working out and talking to beginners about it.

Yesterday’s walk: I kind of ran low on energy about 90 minutes into it, but knew enough to adjust the effort, relax and get 3 more hours of walking. But I’d never advise a beginner to do that; I’ve been doing things for so long I have an idea of when I *really* need to call it a day.

Today’s weights: I felt tired at the start but it went well: pull ups (5 sets of 10) went well; bench press: 10 x 135, 6 x 185, 10 x 170, went well…inclines: 10 x 135, standing military (10 x 50, 10 x 45, 10 x 45), rows: 3 sets of 10 x 110. Then goblet squats: 10 x 50, 10 x 60 (to the sill), leg presses (10 x 210).

So, I had more than I thought.

If there is a moral: fatigue is sometimes mental, and if one waits until things are optimal, one will never train.

October 30, 2017 Posted by | political/social, politics, walking, weight training | Leave a comment

Wisconsin Freezes Illinois 24-10

First things first: I did get in a 4 mile run before the game, and a 16 mile walk this morning; did 4.3 first, then 11.5 plus a bit more. I did throw a mini tantrum when I thought that I had lost my glove (first bathroom stop); my course was the Cornstalk 4.3 followed by to the Heights Tower and back. Sunny and chilly; my pace was uninspiring.

The game:

Ok, yes, Wisconsin has a solid team. But Illinois played them by stacking 7-8 men near the line of scrimmage and dared them to throw..and they couldn’t..at least not consistently. But they do have better players, and, as usual, Illinois made key mistakes (12 man on the field on 4’th down kept a Wisconsin TD drive alive, and two rather bad interceptions) and ended up losing 24-10. Illinois did have a touchdown in the final minute to make the score closer than the game really was.

Neither team did much early, though the Illinois defense stopped the Badgers after they got an interception. But the aforementioned penalty kept a 92 yard Wisconsin drive alive for a 7-0 lead; eventually it was pushed to a 14-0 lead. Illinois got a field goal near the end of the half, but Wisconsin got a good drive with less than a minute to go and kicked a 52 yard field goal as time expired in the half. Illinois tried to “ice” the kicker with 3 time outs, but as cold as it was, it did not work.

The last Wisconsin drive featured a nifty 3x yard run by the backup running back (see it at 45 seconds into the Wisconsin highlight video from Wisconsin) and ended with a trick play: a backwards pass to a tackle for a 4 yard touchdown.

Big Ten highlights

Illinois did have some highlight plays and the backup quarterback did some good running. But the quarterbacks were sacked too many times.

Full game:

Photos:

Yes, there were some snow showers/drizzle.

I must be nuts.

Few fans lasted the whole way.

42K was the official attendance. Guesses: maybe 1/2 to 2/3 of that.

October 30, 2017 Posted by | college football, football, running, walking | | Leave a comment