Quick Note

After completing the LOTR trilogy, I watched the last 20 minutes or so of a movie called “The House of Sand and Fog.” All I can say is….

Ah, no. I won’t say it.

However, I can see why the Academy nominated Ben Kingsley.

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So, here’s the deal. I didn’t do anything yesterday except lay about the house and watch the LOTR movies. That’s because I was alone. Tina went to be with her family this Thanksgiving. I had planned on having the traditional meal with my family down around Grantsburg. However, turns out my sister Faith is in Boseman, MT. It’s where my niece is going to college. Meanwhile, my dad is in the hospital. He’s having issues with water retention and problems with his kidneys. So he was shipped down to Abbott hospital for emergency dialysis. He’s not looking to be released anytime soon. Wendy was going to go to The Pour House in Siren Wisconsin for their Thanksgiving buffet, but it felt like too much work. It’s a long drive. It meant showering and shaving. It required getting dressed! Thus, the whole spend time with the family thing fell to the side.

Now, don’t get me wrong. I enjoyed my time alone. It was fun to watch all three “Lord of The Ring” movies in a row. They are just one story. And the ending of “The Return of The King” is just that much more potent as a result of watching them one after another.

Okay, I didn’t entirely enjoy my time alone. I miss Tina. Granted, I wouldn’t have been able to pull the wing-backed chair to the middle of the living room to enjoy the glory of my HD TV. Yet it would have been nice to have watched the movies with her. Thankfully, she’ll be back on Saturday. Hopefully before dark.

And yes. I spent the whole day in my pajamas. Deal with it.

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Fitness Center

The problem with using elliptical and treadmills is that the pace does not convert easily to comparable outdoor running. So, I am using heart rate as a means to determine overall effort. Today, for example, I ran at an average of 6.2 mph while not exceeding 156 heart rate. I even managed 2 minutes at 7.5 mph and still didn’t break 156. Had I pushed myself to those speeds for any length of time while running outside I’m sure my heart rate would have been over 175.

Anyway, I have been maintaining at least two thirds of my workouts at cardio heart rates.

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Okay, okay. I finished all my assignments. Including an extra one. I didn’t think one of the classes had a project for today. Thankfully it wasn’t that hard.

Now, how about you all just get off my back about homework, okay?


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What is this homework you speak of?

Yes, I am supposed to be working on my school assignments. So, that means cleaning my office and desk.


I blame you.

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Pretty Much

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Old Navy Joke

I heard a joke in the Navy: A detail of Marines is marching along at the San Diego Naval base. Suddenly a sailor appears on top of a hill nearby and starts screaming obscenities and insults at them. The detail’s commander send a Marine to take care of him. They disappear behind the hill. After a moment the sailor appears and resume the obscenities and insults. This time two Marines are sent. The sailor and the marines disappear behind the hill. This time there are blood curdling screams and then silence. Then, the sailor once again appears and resumes his behavior. This time three Marines are sent. The same thing. Blood curdling screams followed by silence. However, this time a Marine crawls up onto the hill and yells “It’s a trap! There are two of them!”
Hardi Har Har. I know. Totally not realistic.

Well, it’s now 2017. The Marine is Mueller. He is sent. He and the sailor disappear behind the hill. There are blood curdling screams. Silence. And then Mueller reappears without a scratch and returns to the detail. “That was quick.” The commander says. “Yeah, I know. There were only 15 of them.”

Totally realistic.

If you think Mueller is going for Jared and the sons, you are sorely mistaken. Mueller is going for Trump. THAT is the end game for him.

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When it Rains

It pours? I mean…… WOW! Hell of an opening act.

Let’s get something straight – despite the soon to be pearl-clutching Trump supporters claims otherwise – this is no small fry. He was the Chairman of Trumps campaign. On top of that, another man also arrested. And a third pleading guilty in another court? Much more than I expected. And I expected more than small fry, but not this big. Not yet. I figured Manafort was the one they were going to pressure with others below him.

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Future Postings

I’ve got a bunch of runs saved from the past two to three weeks that I will eventually get around to posting. With winter here (for the moment) I’m taking advantage of my Anytime Fitness membership. Nothing too extreme though. Just used an elliptical and did some pushups. I can tell I took too many days off – my pushups were far short of what I normally can do. Yet, it was nice to take a few days off from working out.

On the school front, I continue to complete my work on time and not at the last minute. Hopefully I can continue that trend. Also, I managed to get up early enough to journal. It’s been a while. Once a part of my daily morning routine, I had put it aside to concentrate on school work. However, it soon became apparent I wasn’t really getting up and doing school work anyway. So, this morning I reinstated morning journal writing. Surprisingly I found I had time for both the journal and my school work. And the workout!

Who knows how long this will last. But, I seem to have the energy, so I’m not going to let it go to waste. For all I know, tomorrow I’ll be back to my usual slacker self.

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Another Successful Completion

I am most happy. I managed to already complete my assignments that were due by 11:55 PM tonight. I even managed to do so without feeling rushed or under the gun. Granted, I could have done a more thorough job of my Pro position paper for one class had I done the research earlier. But to be honest I would probably had over thought the damn thing and made it worse than what I produced tonight. Besides, I’ll get some direction from others and be able to craft a better finished product. It was a draft, after all.

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