Social and political rants and quips

Yes, COVID is back; yes, that is hospitalizations too. The rates are still much lower than what they once were but they are creeping up again. This time: few care. Yes, I am masking up when indoors around others but I am one of the tiny percentage that still does so.

Curiously, people see me masked and tend to give me a wide berth …no ridicule as yet.

Social/Political: I find the discourse to be amusing.

And I think Republicans understand this better than Democrats do: Hence, our inability to communicate effectively with voters.

As bad as Republicans are on policy, they will annihilate us on things like this:

Republican ad: “Democrats think that men have babies. Can you trust them on important issues?” D’s will respond either by screaming “transphobia” or with a power point science lecture about gender dysphoria and how someone can have a vagina and a uterus but have “male” characteristics in other ways.

But..Republicans have Q-anon and other things, right? But there are two huge differences:

  1. The Republican party is more homogeneous; they have the wealthy and the white working class..quickly adding working classes of other ethnic groups.
  2. The Republican crazy is kind of out there (until abortion..ok..that deserves its own post). Democrat “crazy” appears to affect daily life more closely: “Defund the Police => less safety”. “Transwomen ARE the same as genetic women” => your daughter has to compete in sports against genetic males. “Wokeness” => dreary, insulting “Diversity and inclusion training” and 40 pronouns.

What Republicans can get away with is not what we can get away with.

I know people don’t like Bill Maher but:

Respite?

Well, what is going right:

COVID is down locally; now about 50 cases per day.

So, tonight, I’ll mask up and go to a men’s basketball game.

The academic year: ok, so far.

Glute: well, it hurt..well, the pain migrated to below the hip, on the side of the leg. BUT I seem to have found stuff that helps. Stay tuned.

Workout notes no cyling for a while.

Friday: pull ups (2 sets of 10 singles, 10, then 6 sets of 5, including wide grip and chins), push ups 25 flat (before pull ups), 30 sissy, 30 feet elevated, 15 deficit.

bench: 3 sets of 5 x 166, single with 184

rows: 3 sets of 10 single arm

curls 3 sets of 10

shoulder: 10 x 99, 10 x 104 (questionable ROM, 10 x 93 (better ROM)

Saturday: deadlifts, rehab and yoga
rehab included fire hydrants, clam shell, banded walks, dead buts, twist crunches, side leg lifts etc and yoga poses including Frog pose. (I keep my upper body higher and on a level with my butt..kind of resting on my elbows.) (source)

Headstand: 1:40 worth (not hard); did some sun salutes, warrior 2-triangle, pyramid, reverse warrior series, trees, and single leg Romanian deads (weightless)

I really felt some release.

Deadlifts: 10 x 134, 10 x 184, 10 x 234, then sets of the 3 minutes
280 x 3, 3, 3, 3, 4 (didn’t want to press my luck with a 5’th rep)

Note: deadlifts were first; rehab and yoga/stretching came later.

Whack a mole with variants

Cases are falling; the indoor mask mandate (which is often not followed here) will go away on Feb. 28; our society is “over covid.”

But COVID is not over us:

And so the careless (and the immuno-compromised) will discover this; some the hard way. The medical profession is already weakened by burned out nurses and doctors…so …and those who want open, unmasked schools, might find that the increasingly understaffed schools don’t have enough healthy staff to stay open.

And so it goes…enjoy the lull (relative lull, anyway) while it lasts.

Me: N-95, KN-95 and KF-94 masks, choosy about things (no being unmasked indoors around strangers) and I’ll withdraw from large gatherings when local cases/infection rates are high.

We are all Florida now.

Workout notes pull ups, push ups, rehab, deadlifts. Glute pain: much reduced but still there.

I started with 25 push ups, 40 single pull ups outside (10 seconds), set of 10, set of 5 wide, 5 chin ups, 30 sissy push ups, inside for 25 more, then 2 sets of chest-tap push ups.

Deads; 10 x 134, 10 x 184, 10 x 234, then 10 x 280 high.

Digging back out.

Yes, we are still paying the price for the December/January wave, but things are much better …there will be less death in the near future.

And I am thinking about going to men’s basketball games again, with KN-95 of course.

Workout notes: I’ve had to cut back on the cycling; I think that I increased intensity and duration too quickly. So, it might be a warm up, rehab, short (30 minute) type of thing. I don’t feel that bad this evening.

And I am getting about a mile of walking every day, just going to and from work a couple of times. It isn’t much but I might deliberately extend this when the snow finally leaves.

Today, it was 16 minutes (5 miles), rehab with banded walks, etc., then 30 more minutes. (10 miles).

BU Women win!

In what has been a hard luck season with injuries and transfers, it was nice to see the team beat Evansville by 10.

I feel safe going to these; now where I feel safe enough to watch the men play at some point…maybe the game after next?

Workout: slacked..though I did some academic work this morning. 15 minutes, 30 minutes of rehab (clam shell, banded walks, some one legged forward bends) then 1 hour for 25 total fake miles (ok, perhaps 27?), all at medium intensity

Who is wrong?

I think Bill Maher gets some important things right. But he is spectacularly wrong here:

Yes, some are more vulnerable to COVID than others; in fact, I tell my students that I have to take precautions that might not make sense for them.

But…with his take on what President Biden said about the vaccines: the vaccines DID have 90-95 percent efficacy with respect to getting infected..PRE DELTA. New variants came along, and now, the efficacy with respect to infection appears to be 50 percent or so, though efficacy with respect to death is about 95 percent.

Now his swipe at the hypocrisy of leaders and politicians (bipartisan): ok, THAT was well deserved.

Maher also seems to discount morbidity; even if you are young, COVID can cause conditions that can become chronic. This country will need a lot of oxygen tanks in the near future.

Workout notes

some slight shoulder soreness…I wonder…seems to coincide with doing too many “to the floor” push-ups. Glute: tingles still there, though I did feel a pop and some relief last night..and I noticed that when I stretch the back in different ways, the pain is relieved or alternately, reproduced. So there is an interplay with the lower back.

Today: light stretching, deadlifts:

10 x 134, 10 x 184, 10 x 234 (latter was more work than I had anticipated ..but no back pain, at all)

then 3 sets of 5 with 280, new set every 3 minutes, used a belt. These were ok, but were work. I had some in the tank when I finished, but..maybe next week, IF all goes well, seek a 4’th rep. on set 5?

muddling through

I went to a Women’s game today: lots of social distance.

Well, it ended 60-36 and was never close; it was 31-11 at the half and BU shot 21 percent from the field; finding the right mix has been a struggle. The women played hard but were overmatched.

Yes, I do not feel comfortable going to men’s games at this time. I’d like to see cases back down to early December levels; pity we don’t enforce the mask mandate nor do we have a vaccine mandate for fans, the way that the University of Illinois does.

Yes, I sure wish the government or private entities would enforce mitigation measures but they won’t; the depth of public support just isn’t there. So it is just “protect myself”. So, while I am vaccinated and boosted; I limit what I do based on current conditions. I went to football games but sold my Jan 3 Colts vs Raiders tickets as omicron was in full fury by then.

And basketball games went on hiatus; I recently started back with women’s games.

I teach in a N95.

Workout notes: deadlifts, rehab (clam shell, leg lifts, dead bugs, bridges), 1:02:30 (22 fake miles) on the bike; all at medium intensity.

10 x 134, 10 x 184, 10 x 224 warm up

belt: 3, 3, 3, 3, 5 x 275 with belt.

25 Jan: moving onward

The hospitalized numbers have dropped; ICU and ventilator numbers are grim but …well, and to keep it in perspective: 57 percent community vaccination rate.

If you want to get disgusted, you should read the OSF facebook page; lots of “in denial” trolls there. Resisting feeling schadenfreude when one of them ends up on a ventilator is tough.

Workout: 5 fake miles, lots of PT/yoga (30-40 minutes worth), then 20 more fake miles in 59 min. Breakdown: first session was 2.5-2.5-0, second was 2-14-4 (easy, medium, hard)

I had some tingles during the walk to and from..and some honest to goodness muscle soreness.

24 January …weekend

Well, yesterday: visit with Tracy, which I enjoyed, and some great football; close games everywhere; lots of drama.

Workout: 1:04 on the bike (22 fake miles) and not enough stretching; felt it in the glute today; I did have pain after bragging about the pain being mostly gone.

Cold, cold, cold; the cold snap continues after a morning of respite.

Mood: well, complaining..to whom, exactly?

Lots of IT hardware failure today, though I got the math right.

Workout today: weights only; kind of went through the motions:

pull ups: 12 sets of 5 total; not great..and a set of 30 push ups outside.

Decent rehab inside, with 3 sets of 25 more…these ARE getting easier.

Bench: 5 x 156, 5 x 161, 5 x 161

rows: 3 sets of 10 x 60 each arm

curls :3 sets of 10 x 50

shoulder: not great sets: 3 sets of 10 x 99

Life after NSAIDS

I stopped. slightly achy shoulder when I woke up; not that bad but I need to do those banded chest stretches.

But overall: so stiff! I know: too much sitting; Tu, Th, I will have to make myself move every so often.

Workout notes: 22 fake miles in 1:03: I had 4 .5 mile easy periods in the first 20 and 18 medium (fake) miles; then .5 hard, .5 medium 1 hard for the final.

So, 2-18.5-1.5 was my total, then some very half hearted stretching.

COVID: 20.7 percent positivity.

These would have been dreadful numbers a month ago..now they are “not as bad as feared” numbers.