Typing Is Hard

My heart is beating hard and fast as I type this.  I am in the middle of doing exercise and am taking the time between sets to write a little here and a little there.

After the first set of today’s exercise, which is chin-ups, I found I was hungry (initially typed decided instead of found, still dunno why.) Talk about bad timing.  As it is getting late for me, and I have only a little while to exercise and do everything I want to do, including write this, I say the hell with it and eat.   That was perhaps the fastest bowl of cereal I have ever eaten.

It’s a little bit after 10 pm, and I am doing sets of 10 chin-ups.  I’ve done five sets so far, in about 10 minutes.  I’m not trying to set records either with the amount of chin-ups I do, or the amount of time I do them in.  Wife is giggling at me, saying this is hella multi-tasking, writing and exercising at the same time.   I tell her that’s what I’m writing about.  She giggles again.

It is very difficult to type right after doing chin-ups.  My fingers don’t want to move the way I am asking them to.  Typos a plenty.  I miss keys, type the wrong thing, type in extra letters not meaning to… at a far greater rate than normal.   The word late isn’t supposed to have a semi colon in it, and the word wrong does not have an I in it, but you would not have known that I knew that, looking over my shoulder as I was typing just a moment ago.


I spent the time before I started doing the exercise and the eating writing more stuff in the long form running story I’m writing on the “Story of the month” page.  I’m up to 6,000 words.  I haven’t read it.  It is probably crap, but it’s my crap and I like it.

I think.


After my 7th set, I am wondering if I’ll have it in me to do 3 more sets.  Not as in actual capacity, 100 chin-ups is not that hard to do over time, it’s wanting to do it, and within forty-five minutes of going to bed.

Oh hell, now I have to.  Can’t sit here and say I can do 100 chin-ups after doing 70, without doing the other 30, even with my stomach muscles bothering me.  I did something to them.  Whenever I cough, I double over in pain, and I can feel them, feel the soreness in them when I start running.


Typing is hard. Especially when you beat your fingers by doing chin-ups right before typing.  More properly put, chin-ups + typing = exercise in futility.  🙂

I’ve been reading books on putting together a novel, how to work out characters, how to focus on creating them properly.  It sounds a hair more complex than I had initially thought, though doable.  Complexity won’t stop me from writing a book, or just much longer form stuff than I write here.  And I am not sure if I want to write fiction or non-fiction.  I could do both. My grandfather’s story sounds fascinating, and I could do that.


I could try for 120.  But I won’t.  I think.


That feels good.  Almost as good as getting the run story to 10,000 words will feel.  I honestly wonder how long I can make it last.  Like I said, I’m 6k words in, but what I didn’t say is that I have described less than half of the 6 miles run that I am writing about.

Having fun with it, even if it sucks, even if typing is hard.


That’s it from here, America.  G’night.

November Running Commentary, Part I

   Once a month or so, I clear out some of the pages and place them here on the blog to make room for fresh content on those pages.  This is the First of two parts from the page “Running Commentary”, this section having been posted from Nov. 2nd through the 13th.  Enjoy!

   Mon, Nov. 2nd:  5.7 miles in 48:39.68, an 8:32.22 m/m pace.  52 degrees, cloudy, windy.  First run back after over two weeks off due to pain in my right ankle and Achilles tendon.  Pleased that the run was non-stop, usually a first run after injury, there is a need to take breaks, none here. 

   Tue., Nov.3rd:  5.7 miles in 48:11.87, an 8:27.34 m/m pace.  55 degrees, sunny, breezy.  Hammies, quads, and calves all sore from Monday’s run, no pain in injured ankle/Achilles area though.  Soreness was expected, and not a concern.  I had energy at the end of this run, and told myself that tomorrow I either run longer, or faster.

    Wed., Nov.4th:  8.3 miles in 1:10:33, an 8:30.00 m/m pace.  50 degrees, partly cloudy, breezy.  My quads are fried, my calves are sore as hell, and my soleus muscles feel like they’ve just been beaten with a bat, but my hamstrings are actually fine at this point. I’ll stretch when I’m done writing here.  I actually felt a twinge in the injured portion of my right ankle/Achilles, but it went away after a few minutes.  I’m pretty happy about that.

    Thur., Nov. 5th:  7.1 miles in 57:59.13, an 8:10.02 m/m pace.  50 degrees, cloudy, breezy.  Feeling much better than the last two runs,  there is soreness, but nothing like yesterdays.  Pushed harder, because I could. My hamstrings were looser, and as a result, i was able to open up my stride and move quicker.  Hips felt looser as well, which is a rare and happy thing, made the run feel easier.  It helped me take 20 seconds per mile off of yesterdays time.  No run tomorrow, I have an appointment at the Canyon Of Heroes at 11:00 am. 

    Sat., Nov 7th:  9 miles in 1:13.42, an 8:11.33 m/m pace.  48 degrees, sunny, windy.  I wasn’t sure I was going to go this long today.  I was kinda tired walking out the door to start up, and both calves and soleus’ were sore, and my hamstrings were tight before I even got out the door.  Loosened up as I warmed up, but I only started to feel right after getting a few miles under my feet, and it was only after about 6 miles that I decided to go add that 2 extra miles. The turnoff for the shorter run would have happened at the 6.4 mile mark. 

    November week 1 mileage 35.8 miles.

    Sun., Nov 8th:  6.9 miles in 55:35.24, an 8:03.37 m/m pace.  50 degrees, sunny and breezy.   Everything from the knees down was sore before I started and is sore now.  Soleus’, calves, gastroc’s, feet, everything, AND my right quad is a mess.  And what happens? I run hills today, AND i run my fastest since I started up a week ago.  Instead of the 1.9 mile park loop (closer to a figure 8 but I won’t quibble over minor details), I ran the 2.3 mile hill loop that incorporates the hills on Victory blvd and Slosson Ave and ½ of the park loop.  Go fig.  Maybe it was the perfect run weather that got me that extra burst of speed.  It is a great day for a run, and that made this a surprisingly good run, given the amount of pain I was in early.  Painkillers now, a calf massage and a cold bath later should fix everything.  No worries. 

    Mon., Nov 9th:  5.2 miles in 41:35.74, a 7:59.94 m/m pace.  65 degrees, cloudy and breezy.  Hot damn I didn’t think I’d get sub 8(OK , Barely sub 8, but it’s still sub 8 today, or in fact, anytime soon.  I was feeling less than 100% heading out, with both of my soleus muscles feeling like crap and my calves in need of a healthy massage and some painkillers.  They got 5 miles of me pushing instead, and they responded well.  I actually feel better now than I did before i went running.  Nice!

    Tues., Nov 10th:  9.5 miles in 1:17:21, an 8:08.52 m/m pace.  63 degrees, cloudy, breezy.  Extraordinarily happy with today’s run.  I could have gone longer than this, I actually had something in the tank after this one.  Nice. I did have some soreness early and I did have some pain in my right soleus, but it wasn’t anything major.   I was motoring at the end of the run, much faster than the 8:08 I ran.  Double nice.

    Wed., Nov 11th: 5.2 miles in 41:38.92, an 8:00.56 m/m pace.    51 degrees, cloudy, no wind.  Left soleus, left hammy and right ankle were all sore today.  Made what should have been a relatively easy run something of a pain in the ass.  The time was pretty good, but it would have been better had I been able to concentrate more on running and less on my aching f****** fibula and whatnot.  Still a damn good run.  No run tomorrow, I think.  We’ll see how I’m feeling.

    Fri., Nov 13th:  No run.  After taking yesterday off because I needed one, it seems I am going to get some unwanted time off as well.  Something seems to be wrong with my left foot.  It began yesterday.  I was fine all day, went shopping, did all the stuff I had to do, walked around, whatever. After taking a shower though, I sat down to put socks on, got up, and suddenly couldn’t put any weight on my foot and there’s a small lump on top of it.  Out of the blue this comes, I was sitting when this happened, didn’t hit anything, didn’t twist it or hear or feel anything go. It came out of nowhere.  It had me hobbling along on a cane.  I figure I just tweaked a tendon, I’ve done it before. Last time anything like this happened, I went to sleep that night and next morning woke up 100%.  Not this time though.  Will resume running after I can walk without a cane and/or leaning on a wall or a doorknob to get around the house. 

    Dammit.  Knowing me, it’s probably gout or something stupid like that, too much meat or sugar or some such bullsh*t.

   November week 2 mileage: 26.8 miles  November mileage so far: 62.6 miles

November Running Commentary, Part II

   Once a month or so, I clear out some of the pages and place them here on the blog to make room for fresh content on those pages.  This is the second of two parts from the page “Running Commentary”, this section having been posted from Nov. 16th through the 30th.  Enjoy!

    Mon., Nov 16th:  ARGH, One more day without, dammit.  I’ll start back up tomorrow.  Splitting headache that won’t go away is keeping me off the road today, foot is 100% though, there is that much good news.  I’m back out on the road tomorrow, regardless.  My promise.  I never break a promise.

    Tues., Nov 17th:  5.7 miles in 47:33.87, an 8:20.67 m/m pace.  51 degrees, partly cloudy, no wind.  Any day when you can get out and run is a nice day for a run, and having not been able to run for the past 5 days, I’m pretty damned happy to be out and about again.  I wasn’t thinking about pace, stride, form, or any of the other stuff.  I just went out there to sweat and have fun pounding the asphalt.  Nothing sore, though I felt the left soleus tighten up a bit on me early.

    Wed., Nov 18th: 5.2 miles in 43:00.79, an 8:16.30 m/m pace.  48 degrees, cloudy, no wind.  Left soleus was sore and almost got me to stop before I was 30 seconds out, but I figured it would get better as I went, and it did.  I have some calf tightness, but i always have that.  The 8:16 is something of a surprise, I was expecting to be slower today. Beautiful day for a run in the park. Longer and slower tomorrow, 1 hour minimum … if I have it in me and have the time, we’ll see.

    Thur., Nov 19th: 9 miles in 1:15:47, an 8:25.22 m/m pace.  51 degrees, cloudy, rain/drizzle, winds a bit gusty at times.  Nothing was sore before the run, or is sore right now… well, the soleus was a hair cranky when i stepped out, but nothing serious.  That made this run an easy one to do.  Didn’t push hard, but that wasn’t the point of today’s run.  I wanted to just head out and do an easy run with some distance in it, to get me acclimated to longer runs again. That this is my favorite type of run weather made it that much easier.  This was a FUN run.  SPLOOSH SPLOOSH BAYBEE! 

    Fri., Nov 20th: 5.85 miles in 48:50.78, an 8:20.98.  54 degrees, partly cloudy and windy.  Sore before and after the run, during, not so bad.   Today I had to stop the run short due to circumstance.  My park path was blocked by 3 trucks and a car, taking down parts of trees at 1:30 in the afternoon.  They blocked off a 1/4 mile of park to take a tree down. Good run otherwise.  I had scheduled today for 7.6, but the parks department had other ideas.  I could have gone around, but that would involve stopping, doing a ½ mile turn just to get bac…It would be a hassle. I decided to just workout today and run longer tomorrow. WORKOUT:  50 push-ups, 50 squat thrusts, 75 crunches, 600 deep knee bends.

    Sat., Nov 21st: 7.1 miles in 58:44.34, an 8:16.38 m/m pace. 45 degrees, cloudy, breezy.  My right calf and soleus are sore, otherwise no worries.  Curious because it has been the left one that has been bothering me lately.  I pushed hard in a few spots, but only a few, on the third park lap, when the soreness I was feeling went away and I felt like I could push harder.  I wasn’t thinking of doing anything but ”keep moving” out there earlier than that.

   November week 3 mileage: 32.8 miles   November mileage so far:  95.4 miles

    Sun., Nov 22nd:  5.7 miles in 45:10.19, a 7:55.47 m/m pace.  50 degrees, partly sunny, some wind.  This is as fast as I am capable of going right now.  I left it all out there on the road, and it felt good.  I have been faster, but surprisingly not all that much. A quick note about my time:  I have put my run numbers on facebook before, where my distance estimations were off, and it threw the times i put down off.  Example: This run before i recalculated distance(I used to think this 5.7 miles was 6 miles), would have been a 7:31.69 m/m pace.  Regardless, I was ZOOMING out there, and my calves are  toast right now.  Gonna stretch,go workout, and watch the Giants/Falcons game.  GO GIANTS! WORKOUT: 60 push-ups, 60 squat thrusts, 100 crunches, 800 deep knee bends.  Easy workout made tough with what appears to be a strained right teres minor.  Hurts to turn my head or look down, but i managed to go non-stop for 33 minutes.

    Mon., Nov 23rd: 6.4 miles in 53:56.33, an 8:25.67 m/m pace. 46 degrees, cloudy, windy.  This one was difficult but good.  My upper back is still sore, and it still hurts to turn my head and look down, so I had issues there.  The outside of the back of my left ankle is sore, first felt it around mile 4.  But ya know, I had more than enough to finish this run.  The slow pace helped.  I did push a bit near the end of lap 3 in the park.  This would have been a 5.7 milers like yesterday, but I decided to tack on the uphill run home onto the end of the 3 lap park run.  Workout: 1500 deep knee bends. couldn’t do anything else with the back acting up, really.

    Wed., Nov 25th:  7.6 miles in 1:03:53, an 8:24.34 m/m pace.  48 degrees, cloudy, drizzle, breezy.  My left soleus was very sore before I started and after I finished, but during the run it was fine.  The first half I felt like crap, and ran around an 8:35 pace, but things got easier after I got past the half way point, and as things got easier I stretched out my stride and sped up a bit.  The second 3.8 miles I ran in 31:16, an 8:13 pace.

    Thur., Nov 26th: 6.4 miles in 51:59.08, an 8:07.35 m/m pace.  51 degrees, cloudy, no wind.  Nice.  This run was initially going to be a 5.2 mile run, but got longer when I saw a race taking place in clove lakes park when I got close.  I ran the 2.5 mile hill circuit that circles the park instead, Along with the 7/10 of a mile run to the park and back.  Fairly fast as well today…well…faster than I was expecting, especially hill running when I haven’t done much of that lately.  The soleus issues I have been having seem to be getting a wee bit better, I’m still sore, but the level of soreness is decreasing.  T’was a good run.  HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

    Fri., Nov 27th:  7.1 miles in 56:29.54, an 8:05.85 m/m pace.  44 degrees, cloudy, windy.   Not too bad today.  Cooler and significantly more windy for today’s run.  20 MPH winds gusting to 40 made this one a bit of a challenge, but nothing I couldn’t handle.  I increased my stride pace a bit out there today, not too much but I was pushing over 190 steps per minute.  I felt better than I have in a while out there today, it seems the  issue with the soleus has for the most part abated, to the point where I am essentially pain free.  Nice.

    Sat., Nov 28th: 5.2 miles in 40:46.37, a 7:50.45 m/m pace.  47 degrees, partly cloudy, windy.  Nice.  Short, relatively fast run, in blustery conditions.  Winds were the story today.  15 mph winds gusting over 40mph seemingly blowing in my face the whole time, and when it wasn’t it was like there was no wind at all.  I don’t recall any wind at my back, pushing me.  Would’ve been faster had I had more tailwind and less headwind.  On a very positive note. there was no pain, no soreness!  Most excellent! The workouts, which I do every day, but only put here occasionally, are small and weak but they are helping.  I am feeling better out there on the road, I have less soreness, less injury, and my stride is getting longer and faster…at least it feels that way, and I won’t argue with that feeling.

     November week 4 mileage:  38.4 mile November Mileage so far: 133.8 miles

    Sun., Nov 29th:  7.6 miles in 1:00:25, a 7:56.97 m/m pace.  57 degrees, sunny, slight breeze.  This is a tale of 2 runs.  The first half was run at a nice, if unspectacular pace.  An 8:06 pace for the first 3.8 miles.  Pushed hard but not all that hard.  I felt good so I decided to see what I had in the tank and lit it up.  I ran the second half 1:11 faster than the first half, for a 7:47 pace.  An almost warm day, no pain or injuries to speak of, and a good night’s sleep all made for ideal conditions for a good run.

    Mon., Nov 30th:  5.2 miles in 43:03.72, an 8:16.86 m/m pace. 43 degrees, cloudy w/ wind and rain.   Between  rain, wind and a sore lower right leg, I decided to just take my foot off of the gas and take my time out there today.  First time i’ve had pain in a while, but it isn’t altogether surprising, because i’ve been pushing fast in comparison to my normal run speed.   One day off and I’ll be fine, and I have a day off scheduled for tomorrow. 

   November’s total mileage: 146.6 miles in 22 runs. 6.66 miles per run on average.   Not too shabby.

Anagram: Huckabee Can Win/Cue Hick Wannabe

Benjamin Franklin  Yes folks, I think that Mike Huckabee can win the Republican Nomination.  If you look carefully, you will see that Mike Huckabee is taking a sizeable portion of The Conservative vote in every state he runs in.  And he Is reaching out to the Conservative party, and using every tool in his considerable arsenal to make sure that people think of him as a viable candidate and to think of him as The Conservative candidate.  He is reaching out to all those alieneated Republicans who are disenchanted with the party right now, and that is a Not inconsiderable amount of people.  Newt Gingrich today at CPAC made the following statement, quote courtesy of Cnn:  “On Super Tuesday, there were 14.6 million Democrats who thought the presidential nomination was worth voting for, and there were 8.3 million Republicans” who felt the same, he said. “That is a warning of a catastrophic election.” end quote.   Mike Huckabee is reaching out to all of those who didn’t vote then, and there brethren in all the states that have yet to vote and is saying to them that there is a candidate you can trust, a candidate you can look to to keep the faith.   And I think his message is reaching the right ears.  Mr. Huckabee has won the Kansas GOP Caucus by a margin of 60% to 22% over John McCain.  Look out Sen. McCain.  You have company.

I still have every confidence that the Democrats will win the White House In November.  I believe that the current Impasse is temporary and that whoever emerges will be stronger Because of all the Fighting that they are doing now.   Sens. Obama and Clinton will be better candidates because of the strength it takes to fight every single day for every single vote.  We Democrats are Not conflicted as far as what we want from our president is concerned.  We are conflicted about which excellent candidate we want to lead the Charge to take back the White House and America away from the Conservatives who want to put us deeper in debt, and take away our freedoms and our rights.  The Conservatives wave the flag hardest and scream the loudest to hide the fact that they are the ones who are the most active in the destruction of the rights and freedoms which they claim to cherish.  Is it the Democrats who argued that it is legal to wiretap Americans?  To take away habeus Corpus? No! It was the Conservative president George Bush Who took them away, and if we vote for a Republican that trend will continue and will worsen.  America is Losing Its freedom Under the Republicans.  Take Your freedom Back America.  Vote Democratic! Save America!  Save The World!

That’s It for Politics.  Onto The Personal Stuff.

5.45 miles in 43:26.50  7:58.25 m/m pace.  My lower left leg was sore before the run today, but I decided to go for it anyway.  It stayed sore the entire run, but the soreness lessened after I did a Mid run Form check and found that I was doing several things wrong.  I was leaning forward when i was running, I was Hunching my shoulders and I was breathing out of sync.  After I fixed those three issues, The run became a Fair bit easier.  I was running, prior to the form check, at about an 8:05  –  8:10  M/M Pace, and afterwards i got faster as the run got easier.  Truly nice.  Gonna have to form check more often.  I should do it every day, but I haven’t been.  That’s gonna change.  Workout.  A short one But it beat my ass.  The whole thing took 15:48.7  The plan was real simple.  100 Squat thrusts and 100 Deep knee bends, and then the usual stuff after wards.  Man it was hard.  Got to 50 Squat Thrusts and I had to stop.  Went to the Deep knee bends early.  Had to.  I had no idea it would be as hard as it was.  It was just as Hard to do the second 50 as well.  had to stop for a few seconds to catch my breath about 1/2 way through.  Busted My ass, and Dammit! It was Good!

I didn’t play the guitar much today.  I played more than the Normal Pentatonic scales today.  Five versions of them instead of the Usual two.  Major and Minor scales.  all scales in all keys, as usual.  Played one or two chord progressions, and noodled a bit.  call it 25 minutes worth of playing.  I don’t like shorting myself of playing time, but Time was short today.  I was busy from when I woke up to when I left for work today.  And what’s worse, I haven’t recorded in better than two weeks.  I need to get back on that horse and start recording again.  The reason i haven’t recorded is that My computer has Vista and I cannot for the Life of me figure out how to record without echo.  The echo is bad enough that it throws off my Timing.  And that makes it impossible to record what I’m playing and have it timed right.  Gonna have to fix that.  I haven’t found a way to yet.  Hopefully i will. 

That’s It for me.  I am at the office and I have work to do.  Surprisingly Not much, But I do have work to do, So I am off.  Jam On!

Today’s Nuggets, courtesy of Wikiquote:  We have abundant reason to rejoice that in this Land the light of truth & reason has triumphed over the power of bigotry and superstition, and that every person may here worship God according to the dictates of his own heart. In this enlightened age & in this Land of equal liberty it is our boast, that a man’s religious tenets will not forfeit the protection of the Laws, nor deprive him of the right of attaining & holding the highest offices that are known in the United States.   George Washington

So convenient a thing it is to be a reasonable creature, since it enables one to find or make a reason for everything one has a mind to do.   Benjamin Franklin

Anagram: Nothing But Fluff/Buff Nun Got Filth

Calvin and Hobbes Dancing  Nothing much That i really want to talk about today, hence the title. Yeah there is a Bunch of stuff going on.  They Include:

McCain not taking Huckabee for granted, despite the fact that it seems to be all over but the shouting.

The Democrats, Echoing what I said here a day or two ago, saying it may not be good for the Party or America that this fight between Obama and Clinton is so close, that no clear frontrunner has emerged.

Recent Polls showing that Obama Would defeat Sen. McCain while Sen. Clinton would be In a statistical dead heat if the election were held today.

People seem to think that Former President Bill Clinton went too far defending his wife prior to the South Carolina, and the Former President agrees. 

The Stimulus package will give me $600. My wife gets Nothing.  From the Stimulus package that is. 

Ok, On Huckabee not being taken for granted, It would be stupid to take a man who is getting attention as “THE” Conservative candidate in a political party that considers itself conservative for granted.  That John McCain isn’t seen as a Conservative is odd, because Sen. McCain is actually a pretty staunch conservative, He gets a pretty High rating from the American Conservative Union. It is perception, not reality, that makes him look liberal.  His opponents make him Liberal, despite his conservatism.

Ok, On the dems not having a clear front runner, The dems can have this thing work out relatively quickly, meaning a front runner emerging, by simply letting the people decide.  Don’t let those who support or endorse a candidate sway you.  Don’t let Speeches sway you…I know that is difficult, but you can try America.  Look at what they plan to do when they become president.  Then choose.  My choice was and is Hillary Clinton.  But if you should choose Sen. Obama, don’t choose because he talks of hope.  Don’t choose him because he is supported By Oprah, or By the Kennedy’s or anyone else.  Choose him because he is the best person for the job.  Choose him because he has the track record and the plan to do the job.  Because if you don’t use those criteria, you are choosing on the basis of something other than his capacity to do the job, and that is just silly.  Choose who you like, but choose well.

As Far as Polls go, They are relevant when the poll is taken for an event a few days away.  The presidential election is 9 months away.  The person they say who can win now doesn’t matter a damn  if people don’t still feel that way in 9 months.  and look at how people felt about candidates nine months ago, and who they thought would be the next president.  It was Clinton or Giuliani.  Time changes people, both short and long term.  Today’s poll only matters for today.  It mean nothing for events 9 months from now, except to skew the perceptions.

As far as Bill goes, I STILL Haven’t heard exactly what he said, and i will not judge until I know.  But if he apologized, then I presume he is guilty of whatever he was accused of.  Bad President Clinton! Making your wife’s job of getting nominated more difficult.  The man needs to try to blend into the background and watch what he says more carefully now than ever before.  And remember Mr. President, Sen. Obama is a candidate for president, he’s Not the Enemy.  Play nice bro.  I know it’s your wife.  But Play nice anyway.

As Far as The stimulus package money.  Thanks!  It’ll be going into the bank.  I’ll pay bills with it, i think.  I need the Money more than Best Buy or sears or macy’s or any other retail chain does.  I’m poor.  They aren’t.  I’m NOT spending My money at a store or buying things for myself that i would not normally get myself. I am more disciplined than that.  I Might give some to my wife and let her spend as she pleases.  But I wont be spending. 

That’s it for that stuff.  Onto Personal stuff.

3.45 miles in 27:02.82   7:50.38 m/m pace   Good run.  Nice weather, 43 degrees and no real winds to speak of.  The plan is to go longer tomorrow, 5.45 i think.  Today i was too tired to go long.  4 hours sleep after being awake for 26 hours made that an easy decision.   36:58.04 long workout today.  11 minutes worth of push-ups and deep knee bends, that would be 110 push-ups and 275 DKB’s, then 10 minutes worth of Punch and Kick drills, then 10 minutes of light weighted punches and deep knee bends, then the usual Crunches, lateral bridges and chin-ups.  Good healthy sweat today.  Any day when you end up soaked in your own sweat because you wanted to is a good day. 

Guitar:  I didn’t play alot but i played well and I had fun, and that’s the important bit,right?  exercises? Yeah.  Single string alternate picking chromatic exercises.  Scales?  Yup.  Major, and Minor and Two pentatonic scales.  Arpeggios?  Some, but not much.  Major 7th arpeggios and one or two arpeggio runs in both major and Minor keys.  Nothing exceptional.  Songs? One or two, but nothing i haven’t done 10,000 times.  Nothing major.  Chord Progressions?  a few, including some finger-picked with moving bass lines which then became static so the melody over the top could play out.  Gotta work out how to do the two simultaneously.  Dammit that would be nice.  I am closer to doing that, but i’m not quite there yet.

That’s It for me.  Gotta go snooze.  Jam On!

Today’s Nuggets, Courtesy of Wikiquote:  I can embarrass myself very easily on guitar. It’s funny because people say to me I can play anything; I’m God on the guitar. But I could make a big list of everything I can’t play… I’m grateful that people don’t notice that.   Joe Satriani

Practice. I used to sit on the edge of my bed with a six-pack of Schlitz Malt talls. My brother would go out at 7pm to party and get laid, and when he’d come back at 3am, I would still be sitting in the same place, playing guitar. I did that for years — I still do that.  Eddie Van Halen

Anagram: And Then There Were Four/Owner Feared The Hunter

Classical Guitar  And then there were Four….

Within 6 hours of each other, John Edwards and Rudolph Giuliani both called it quits for their respective parties nomination.  Mr. Edwards did it First, In the still ravaged lower 9th district in New Orleans where he launched his bid for the Democratic presidential Nomination a Little over a year ago.  He asked those who came to see him off to Continue the fight, but failed to Back either Obama or Clinton.  I think that He would have had a horrendously bad Super Tuesday, and Wanting to save himself the Humiliation, not to mention the Money it would take to run a serious attempt for delegates in all 24 super Tuesday states, decided to simply save himself, and something of a legacy for himself, not wanting to go out with the Moniker of the Guy who lost in every single state on Super Tuesday.  That would have made any future bid at Just about any seat anywhere difficult to win.  and I’m sure he has designs on some type of run for office somewhere in his future.  He is too good and too well known, and wants to do good for the people. he’ll run somewhere for some seat, watch and see.  He was quite eloquent and impassioned in his speech to the faithful few he had with him in New Orleans.

Rudy, while less eloquent, and less wordy, was also lavish in his praise for Mr. McCain, calling him a hero, and saying that if he hadn’t made his attempt at the republican nomination, he would have Backed Sen. McCain from the Get-go.  He gave the speech in Simi Valley, at the Reagan Library, the place where there is a Republican Debate going on as we speak.  Speaking of the debate…

I’ve missed a fair bit of it, but I’ve still caught enough to get a sense of what’s going on.  Basically tit for tat between McCain and Romney, Romney calling McCain a Liberal, and McCain calling Romney out on his bad job running Massachusetts and his tax record.  My personal favorite quote was From Mike Huckabee, who said it was equally the fault of the Congress and the president that the economy is in the mess it’s in.  Fine as far as it goes, but it is the Implication in the way he worded it.  The Implication he made was that it was More the fault of the Democratic Congress than the Fault of the Republican President.  First things first. There was for the Majority of the Bush Administration, a Republican Majority In the House and The Senate, and it was Just as Much the Fault of these Congresses as this Latest Incarnation of the Congress as far as that is Concerned.  But It is still In the Hands of the President to Sign off On these Spending bills.  There is enough blame to go around, Mr.  Huckabee, don’t point the Finger at the Democrats when it was the Republicans who were in Power.   …

I’m sorry, I can’t Listen to this Bullshit anymore, their words twist the truth in ways that hurt my head.  It does make me happy too tho.  Happy that I am No Longer a Member of that Political Party, of which I was a Member from when I came of age in 1985 until the Mid 1990’s.  It was then That I began to watch with greater care the actions, and listen to the words of those who run our great nation.  There was, and Is something completely wrong with the Rhetoric of the Republican party.   It seeks to Blame,  and to shift focus away from the truth, and from their failed economic policies and to issues that are less then Important to the american people.  Case In Point.  The Flag burning amendment.  There’s a real threat to America. NOT.   While I am Wholeheartedly against the Practice, Are there really that many people doing it?  Is it THAT Much of a threat to the peace and stability of this Nation? Not the last time  I Looked.  I have never Once seen anyone even attempt it.  And if anyone tried, they would get their asses kicked.  At least here in new York City they would.  Don’t know about how it is down in republican country.  Maybe they are so fed up with the Republican Bullshit that they’ve taken to burning flags.  I don’t know tho.  But this is how the Republicans are, create divisive bullshit to cover their inability to bring effective leadership to the fore.

ENOUGH!  On to more personal matters…

Good run in less than perfect Conditions today.  3.45 Miles In 26:58.98  7:49.26 m/m pace.  It was 40 degrees when I went out today.  Nice actually. But It was Raining, and the Winds were HOWLING.  Winds were at 20 MPH, Gusting to the upper 40’s.   I have Very strong legs, but these winds were strong enough to move my legs, actually felt them move in a direction I did Not ask them to move, In stride, Moved them to the left when a Strong gust came through.  I have felt that Maybe once or twice.  It is an Odd feeling.   No Stops, No Pain!  Nice!  That is truly a Happy thing.  Hopefully I can start doing longer runs On a regular Basis Now.  That would be Nice.  Workout was Good.  Busted my ass Today.  did 20 minutes worth of Burpees and deep knee bends…. Lemme restate that, 20 minutes worth of Squat thrusts and deep knee bends.  There is No jump at the end of the Movement, and as such Cannot be called a Burpee.  Gonna have to start Jumping at the end of the Movement, If for no other reason than to see if it’s that much harder than a straight Squat thrust.  Getting back to the Point, after the 20 minutes of that, 150 Squat thrusts and 375 DKB’s, I did 12 minutes worth of weighted punches and Deep knee bends, call it 35 per minute for 12 minutes, I did My Usual Crunches, Lat. Bridges, and chin-ups.  The whole enchilada took 38:02.74.  A nice sweatfest Indeed. 

Guitar:  I played a bit, but Not as much as I would have liked too.  Second day in a row that I played Mainly on the electric guitar.  Did My scales,  2 versions of the Pentatonic Scale, as well as Major and Minor Scales in all keys, several different arpeggios, 2+ octave Major arpeggios, as well as Major 9th arpeggios in several spots on the fretboard.  Dunno why I went solely with Major today. There is still time to remedy that, and I think I will.   I did a fair number of Chord Progressions, Not Songs yet, Just chord progressions, but they were all Nice. Some fast and Nasty and maybe a Little sloppy on purpose, all Distortion and speed and Anger, and Some with just a Bit of Chorus and delay and reverb, clean and precise, just a Little Somber.  Also worked a Little bit On My two handed tapping and speed picking.  It does sound crappy when I do the speed picking clean, but with some distortion and some palm Muting, It comes out Nice and precise sounding…. Maybe I should try more Palm muting when I run clean… Didn’t do that before.  Maybe I’ll give it a Shot on Friday.  Gonna play acoustic for the rest of today and tomorrow.   The taping was fun.  Nothing more to add to that thought really.

That’s it for me.  Go Jam!

Today’s Nuggets:  Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.  Thomas Paine

The fact that we live at the bottom of a deep gravity well, on the surface of a gas covered planet going around a nuclear fireball 90 million miles away and think this to be normal is obviously some indication of how skewed our perspective tends to be.    Douglas Adams

The system of life on this planet is so astoundingly complex that it was a long time before man even realised that it was a system at all and that it wasn’t something that was just there.    Douglas Adams

Anagram: Rudy Giuliani Quits/Ugly Daiquiris Unit

Gibson  This story that just came across the ticker, From Cnn:  “Rudy Giuliani may drop out of the Republican presidential race and endorse John McCain, perhaps as soon as Wednesday, GOP sources tell CNN.  One source says there have been “ongoing discussions” between the Giuliani campaign and McCain campaign manager Rick Davis about the move.”  This is Double Good News, First off, it means that one of those candidates who is Least fit for the Presidency Is Out of the Race for the White house, and it means that those people who would have voted for him would now in all likelihood, if they follow his lead will put his clout behind one of the better Candidates for the White House.  The Best the Republicans Have, in My opinion. ….   And It’s official.  Nbc and Abc are both reporting it as a done deal.  Rudy Is Done.  Rudy, you would have been a Bad president, but you are still a good man and your resolve and strength were a wonder to behold.  You just played the 9/11 and florida cards too hard.  Diversification would have done you much good.  Thankfully you didn’t  do it tho. Like I said,  In My Opinion, you would have made a bad President.   

Clinton and McCain win Florida.  John McCain won florida with  more than 75,000 votes, or 5% more of the Republican voters than Second place finisher Mitt Romney.  Not The largest margin of Victory, but Impressive nonetheless, seeing as how this race was a Dead heat as late as two days ago.  Congratulations to John McCain On an Excellent Victory.  Clinton’s win doesn’t mean quite as much as McCain’s does here, due to the fact that The democratic party seems hell bent on marginalizing a state that has well over 1,250,000 democratic voters voting today, and that’s with 72% of the vote in, but it is still an impressive Victory.  Hillary is currently Beating The Pants off of Barack Obama, Winning by, at this point in the proceedings, 249,262 votes,  Winning with an  18% Margin, 50% to 32%.  Well Done Hillary!  Way To Go!

I Unfortunately have not had a chance to re-listen to the state of the Union.  If I get a Chance to I will.  Not that it matters much tho, but I want to break it down, if only for myself.  Bush is a Lame duck.  His day is done, and I am happy about that.  Anyone will be better than Georgie Porgie.  The Future looks bright just with him almost out of the picture.

Now Onto personal stuff.

Longest run in several months, and No Pain! Nice!  5.45 Miles in 43:40.59   8:00.84 M/M Pace , 36 Degrees and a Little drizzle.  No Pain in my lower left leg, or my back, or my neck.  I had one stop at the four mile marker, and it was a Nasty one.  Nasty in that I actually got sick to my stomach after i started coughing.  Apparently the Gag reflex kicked in and next thing Ya know,  There’s my coffee and snacky cakes, there on the side of the trail in the park.  It just wasn’t right, and it did affect the rest of the run, insofar as I had an acid reflux type of thing for the rest of the run.  I wasn’t running fast today, so I guess it must have just been from running this distance for the first time in months.  No real worries tho.  5 1/2 miles is good for The Rhino. I am happy with my effort.   My workout was semi light today.  20 minutes of  kick and punch drills, 10+ minutes worth of Pushups and Deep knee bends, call it 11 sets of each, and then the usual crunches, lateral bridges and Chinups.    36:56.32 total sweat time.  First time in a while that i’ve pushed over one hour 15 minutes total run and workout sweat time.  I’m a little sore, but ya know…I Like It.   Feels like I’ve been working hard, and that’s always a Good thing.

Played some guitar today, not much tho.  One good thing is that almost all of it has been On the Electric guitar.  scales, both pentatonic and regular major and minor in all keys,  No modal work yet,  Think I’m gonna hit lydian today. there is some stuff in Guitar world done in lydian that I want to check out, jazz stuff, that looks interesting, lydian arpeggios, and semi arpeggiated riffing.  looks nice.  Gonna give it a shot.  I did do some arpeggio work on the electric, some large ones, 2+ octaves in major key, and a few smaller ones, Those were minor 7th arpeggios. Did some speed work, and I have to be honest, a small amount of effects goes a long way towards making it sound good.  The same stuff I do on the acoustic when done on the electric, with only a bit of chorus and a fuzz box, sounds a Million times better. The speed work was a wonder to behold.   Truly nice.  I did some hard and fast metal rhythm work as well, Ripping at 8 billion miles an hour.  Chromatic.  Atonal.  Evil sounding.  FUN!  The Rhino was Making Thunder Tonight! 

That’s about it for me.  Gonna go play the acoustic some and watch  and or listen to some more election news.  Go Jam!

Today’s Nuggets, courtesy of http://www.friesian.com/quotes.htm:   Mankind soon learn to make interested uses of every right and power which they possess, or may assume. The public money and public liberty, intended to have been deposited with three branches of magistracy, but found inadvertently to be in the hands of one only, will soon be discovered to be sources of wealth and dominion to those who hold them; distinguished, too, by this tempting circumstance, that they are the instrument, as well as the object of acquisition. With money we will get men, said Caesar, and with men we will get money. Nor should our assembly be deluded by the integrity of their own purposes, and conclude that these unlimited powers will never be abused, because themselves are not disposed to abuse them. They should look forward to a time, and that not a distant one, when a corruption in this, as in the country from which we derive our origin, will have seized the heads of government, and be spread by them through the body of the people; when they will purchase the voices of the people, and make them pay the price. Human nature is the same on every side of the Atlantic, and will be alike influenced by the same causes. The time to guard against corruption and tyranny, is before they shall have gotten hold of us. It is better to keep the wolf out of the fold, than to trust to drawing his teeth and claws after he shall have entered.   Thomas Jefferson

Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of Congress, but I repeat myself.    Mark Twain