Day after Thanksgiving

Workout notes: weights at the Riverplex (mostly empty gym) then a 3 mile walk outside.
goblet squats: 6 x 30, 50, 60 (taking it easy)
pull ups: 4 sets of 10, 2 of 5
bench: 10 x 135, 1 x 185, 10 x 155
incline: 8 x 135
military: 10 x 45, 10 x 45 dumbbell, 10 x 85 barbell
rows: 3 sets of 10 (modest resistance)

Weight: 189. Ok for after Thanksgiving.

Politics I find it astonishing that Trump supporting people get on someone else for being disrespectful. I just don’t get it. Are they blind or just hypocrites?

And speaking of politics: I see quite a bit of discussion about why this person proposes better policies than some other person, but, for me, the best proposals mean nothing if the candidate cannot get elected or if the proposals are DOA in Congress. To me: political aptitude matters quite a bit.

Thanksgiving..went ok..

I didn’t stuff myself..maybe I am a bit too full…but a lot of it is simple salad.

Chocolate Turkey run, 2019

Well, I did hex deadlifts yesterday and felt it today; yes, I was out of breath early (9:12 mile) and hung on for 28:10.

It was 32 F. I jogged from home to warm up, walked back home to cool down (7 miles total) and, well, I was hurting just a bit in the first mile. I did see people on the return leg; I kind of like the new course. And it was the largest of these I have done.

I did walk briefly during mile 2 but that really didn’t slow me much.

Past versions of this race (different courses)

2013 24:56
2014 24:53
2015 26:02
2016 26:54
2018 26:43
2019 28:10

Oh boy…not the best progression; I really think the weights had something to do with it.

Later: lunch with the whole crew at Alexander’s then football on TV.

Thanksgiving Dawn

Got my Chocolate Turkey race packet (3 mile race); bought some shoes; the kid who waited on me was born in 2002. Oh well. I did buy a new kind as well as my old NB model.

I should be set for some time WRT to running shoes.

Thanksgiving: no, I won’t be arguing with anyone over politics; I tend to carefully select who I discuss things with..though I’ll be polite if someone asks me.
I doubt that many people are open to persuasion though sometimes activists who come out strongly against someone might get me to see that person MORE favorably. Seriously: with such people, not going into enough detail so as to check every required box means you must be mistaken, delusional, etc.

Who I like: Klobuchar (my favorite):

(she zings Trump’s putting his head or Rocky Balboa)

Booker, Biden not Buttigieg (something about B’s?)

Warren: I like her personally and I think that she is brilliant, but I have doubts about her political aptitude.

Dark moods..

Every now and then I get in super dark moods…these aren’t depressions though as I can usually work through them by getting out and getting tasks done. In this case: workout and grading and some house chores.

Workout notes: yoga, then 5 plus miles on the Riverfront in 1:03; I did the course in 1:08 the week before (day after sore legs).

I might go on Twitter and start some stuff up; it seems as if Twitter is a giant “see how intelligent, informed and virtuous I am” contest (at least politics and social issues..sports can be more discussion).

Just a bit irritated

Well, the “bluetooth” student showed up to lift but fortunately, irritated me just enough to be a bit stronger than normal. Or THAT, plus yesterday being a football day and maybe a 1-2 weekend weight gain gave me more “umpf”.

I changed the order a bit:
pull ups with rotator cuff: 10-10-10-10-7-5
goblet squats: 2 sets of 6 with 25
hex dead (handles down); 6 x 135, 6 x 185, 5 x 195, 2 x 205 (all decent)
bench; 10 x 135, 4 x 185 (one more than normal)
incline: 10 x 135
decline: 9 x 165
military: 2 sets of 15 x 50 seated, supported (dumbbells), 10 x 45 standing
rows: 3 sets of 10 x 50 single arm
2:30 plank
Then 2 mile easy walk.

Weight: 191.

Bears outlast Giants 19-14

This should sound familiar: Giants strike first; Bears rally just before the end of the half, build a lead in the 3’rd then hang on for dear life in the 4’th, giving up at TD while up two scores and then stopping the opposing team on the final drive.

This was an interesting game that featured two bizarre kick offs by each team..that fluttered out of bounds. Also, the Giants missed two 42 yard field goals, one wide right; the other wide left, and that kept the door open. And the Bears defense got a strip sack to set up a score.

Sayers/Butkus bobble head dolls

Early action

First blood goes to the Giants. And yes, the Bears dropped an early TD pass and threw an end zone interception.

Final rally comes up short.

Fans: somewhat rowdy; we gave fist bumps to the rowdy Giants fan sitting near us.

Matters academic

Diversity: attacking a policy intended to increase diversity is NOT the same as attacking the concept of diversity.
Yes, I think that most math professors are willing to spread the love of our discipline to all who want it or to all who *might* want it but aren’t really aware of it or what it has to offer. And yes, this means most of us approve of and, yes, many of us (myself included) participate in activities to encourage under represented groups to give our field a try.

But that does not mean that ALL policies aimed toward this goal are necessarily good policies: some might be ineffective and some might have unwelcome side effects.

Think of it this way: I have a chronically sore back (comes and goes). I had some exercises that were given to me back in 1978. The last time I took PT they gave me different ones to do. Their saying “don’t do the original exercise” doesn’t mean that they are pro-back pain. In means that there was a better way.

And that is how I see this AMS (American Mathematical Society) letter from a famous mathematician in my discipline. She questioned the wisdom of having mandatory “diversity statements” from applicants and the rubric that they were encouraged to use. Interestingly, I used a fellowship aimed at increasing minority participation. But what I wanted was to be taught well and treated fairly, and I was. I did NOT want people to make assumptions due to the color of my skin..even if such assumptions were to be “an ally.”

Now, OF COURSE, this mathematician was attacked by the “woke” community and accused of many things.

And it is reactions like these that keep me from overreacting when someone really does hold backwards views, such as the case with this Indiana University professor. And yes, it is a public school, yes, he does have tenure and free speech rights. And of course, many of the blowhards on Twitter and other social media do not understand that.

But…not all reactions were bad; a self described feminist, no less, was very thoughtful.

The professor responded to some of the criticism with this post on his website. And here is one place where I have some agreement: if a university decides to take a chance on a student by admitting them to a program ..and their entrance credentials are a bit lower than average (say, they cut the student a bit of slack on their ACT score), the probability of that student being successful IS a bit lower. No, it isn’t zero, and sometimes such students not only thrive but even excel. But it is “taking a chance” and universities that do that should be prepared to add additional support (tutoring, mentoring, etc.) to such students. Happily, my university does that (extra support for students struggling to find their balance). Sports coaches do that from time to time (e. g. recruit a “diamond in the rough” and “coach ’em up.”)

And sometimes, universities and students overreact to overt racism. What I mean by that: yes, racism has no place, but at the same time, we should not let the neo-Nazis, KKK, etc. disrupt our academic lives and make us live in fear, as evidently they did here. Yes, I’ve been the target of neo-nazi attention (fliers distributed in my neighborhood denouncing me). But if you live in fear, stop classes, stop doing the things you love, they have won. They WANT to disrupt us.

Sure, take common sense safety precautions and let law enforcement do its work. But live your life, learn, enjoy your studies and your friends, etc. Don’t let the hate groups win.

And about racism: yes, these ex players are discussing an on the field incident where a defensive player said that he was reacting to racial slurs when he took an opposing player’s helmet off and tried to hit him with it.
These players take opposing viewpoints, but they discuss racial matters with an honesty and clarity that I find missing in academic circles.

Raising standards: if you raise standards, someone will object. The University of Chicago made the Dean’s list harder to make, and of course, some were unhappy.

Program cuts
Many universities are feeling the squeeze of shrinking enrollments, fewer foreign graduate students and less subsidies. Tulsa is going a major revision of its course and program offerings and the University of Alaska is undergoing some major cuts, though they weren’t as drastic as first announced. I think that, now, more than ever, we need to keep the quality of our education high.

Basketball and hills

Workout notes: I walked/jogged 8 miles this morning outdoors; I walked to Bradley Park and ran up each of the first 5 hills; that HURT. I walked the second hilly stretch so total was 8 miles. But I was surprised at how out of breath I got; I need to do more workouts like this one.

Friday and Saturday saw two Bradley Basketball wins: On Friday night, Bradley built up a 16 point lead and then held off a Radford rally to win 70-61; note that Bradley was only a 3 point favorite and Radford owned a win over Big Ten member Northwestern. Bradley shot 49 percent (compared to 42 for Radford) and had a 13 rebound edge; free throws were even.

Saturday: the Braves beat Miami of Ohio 79-68 in a game that wasn’t as close as the final score might indicate. With 2:19 to go, Bradley lead 74-54 and the coach cleared the bench.

It was a good weekend for Bradley Basketball.

Deadlift: perhaps some improvement?

I am trying to get a more neutral back.

Rotator cuff, pull ups (5 sets of 10: good)
bench: 10 x 135, 3 x 185 (good), 9 x 165 (almost 10), military: 10 x 50 standing, 15 x 50 seated, supported (50’s in each hand), 10 x 45 standing, rows: 3 sets of 10 x 110 machine.
goblet squats 2 sets of 6 x 25, 6 x 50, then later, 6 x 70 “to the sill.”
hex dead: handles up, 6 x 135, 6 x 185, handles down: 6 x 175; tried to get the butt up, belly between the legs.
2 mile walk.
weight: 189

Interesting day otherwise; I have more to say later.

Catching up

Workout notes: today: slow 1:08 slog (5 miles’ish) after yoga ..wet, windy but no drizzle.
Yesterday: 2 mile walk after weights: rotator cuff, pull ups (5 x 10, 1 x 5), military: 10 x 50 standing, 15 x 50 seated, supported, 10 x 45, rows: 3 sets of 10 x 110 machine, goblet: 6 x 25, 6 x 50, hex dead: (handles down) 5 x 175, 3 x 195, 5 x 185, 6 x 175, handles up: 5 x 185 (not as easy as I had hoped). incline: 10 x 135, 10 x 165, plank, head stand. Legs were tired from the day before.

Fun: ok, I admit that I like leggings on women and I detest leaf blowers. So what does a friend do?

I love the sense of humor.