Monday, February 5, 2018

6 MILE WALK IN 13°F CHICAGO

Once again, when I thought there would be no walk in my day, as I just didn't feel like it...my soon-to-be sixteen year old daughter asks me: Can we take a walk?  My promise to never (or virtually never) say no, meant that we bundled up in the 13°F cold and walked 6 miles. She is as nuts as I am. Oh yeah.

Sunday, February 4, 2018

SATURDAY WEIGHT

Weighed myself on Saturday 252.2 lbs.
Since I have been spending a bit more time gaining weight than losing weight.
It is time for my blog to take a break for awhile again.
I expect to return before the month ends....
See you soon.

It is time to exit off this highway and find a new road... I will be busy working, driving, and seeing lots of customers this week. Since I know I will have almost no daylight to get in any meaningful exercise and my week already includes two early evening appointments... I know in advance that there are no major urban, suburban or real nature hikes in my immediate future.

Friday, February 2, 2018

SIX MORE WEEKS

Bad news for those of us hoping for an early spring. Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow earlier this morning, which foretells six more weeks of winter. Nevertheless spring is on the way. We are now in the month of February.  Before this month is over pitchers and catchers report to their various ballparks in Florida and Arizona for Spring Training. Nothing foretells the coming spring better than this news. Before too long, it will soon be time to lock away all the North Face gear and dig out those short sleeved shirts.


from usatoday.com
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YORK, Pa. — The results of Groundhog Day 2018 are in: According to legend, we're in for six more weeks of winter because Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow. That's in spite of forecasts that predicted a cloudy, shadow-less morning.
The Pennsylvania groundhog isn't the only weather-predicting rodent in this quirky American tradition, but he is the most famous. And according to the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club, his opinion is the only one that matters.
He's not always right. But he's always popular.
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Thursday, February 1, 2018

CIGARETTE SMOKING MAN

It is expected that President Donald Trump will authorize the memo some time today which will show that the FBI, did in fact, have a bias against Trump and has behaved in a dishonorable way during the most recent presidential election campaign. Who is responsible for this? Mueller? Comey? I think it was Cigarette Smoking Man. Conspiracies always seem ridiculous, until they are proven true. Our FBI has been tainted. One more way that Obama, weaponized parts of the government against his political enemies. We are very fortunate to have Donald Trump sitting behind the Resolute Desk these days. 




Cigarette Smoking Man
Fictional character
Cigarette Smoking Man is a fictional character and one of the primary antagonists of the Fox science fiction-supernatural television series The X-Files. He serves as the arch-nemesis of FBI Special Agent Fox Mulder.
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Your Food Diary For:


BREAKFAST Calories
kcal
Carbs
g
Fat
g
Protein
g
Sodium
mg
Sugar
g
Instant oatmeal - Apples and Cinnamon 780 162 9 18 1,020 72
Bread, raisin, toasted, enriched 200 38 3 6 253 4

980 200 12 24 1,273 76
L U N C H
Subway - Seafood Sensation 820 100 38 26 1,480 16
Subway - Sun Chips- Harvest Cheddar 210 27 9 4 320 3
Jason's Deli - Fire Roasted Tortilla Soup 300 30 14 11 1,890 8

1,330 157 61 41 3,690 27
D I N N E R
Oki Sushi - Spicy Tuna Maki 800 80 32 41 0 0

800 80 32 41 0 0


 
Totals 3,110 437 105 106 4,963 103
Your Daily Goal 2,034 254 67 102 2,300 76
Remaining -1,076 -183 -38 -4 -2,663 -27
Calories
kcal
Carbs
g
Fat
g
Protein
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Sodium
mg
Sugar
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*You've earned 104 extra calories from exercise today         




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Wednesday, January 31, 2018

SAY IT AIN'T SO, JOE!

Last night, our leader, our President, Donald Trump gave a speech that was meant to be unifying. He spoke about many accomplishments and milestones that our country has experienced during the past year. One great example, was when he touted the lowest unemployment rate among African-Americans in history. The camera panned to the Congressional Black Caucus who sat looking like someone had just whispered to them that their dog had just died.  You see, good economic news for America is disastrous news for the Democrats.  You might say, well isn't the reverse true when there is a Democrat president?  It might be.  There is no way of knowing. Democrats traditionally damage and destroy economic prosperity. No surprise to any of my readers that I thought Donald Trump gave a great, positive uplifting speech last night....  But what about official Democrat response given by Joe Kennedy III.

That hateful, speech given my Joe Kennedy who was spewing so much bile, it literally leaked from his mouth in some kind of glistening spittle. And I want to give credit to the producer of the Imus in the Morning Show, Bernard McGuirk who asked this question, which I will paraphrase:

What was with the broken car in the background? Did they fish out his uncle's car from Chappaquiddick?  

You need to have a twisted sense of dark humor to find that funny. I found it funny.

Really, what was the point of the car with its hood up serving as background to the  Democratic response to the State of the Union address?  I am sure it was a very erudite and scholarly metaphor for something. Obviously I am too stupid to understand it.

Your Food Diary For:


BREAKFAST Calories
kcal
Carbs
g
Fat
g
Protein
g
Sodium
mg
Sugar
g
Instant oatmeal Apples and Cinnamon 780 162 9 18 1,020 72
Met Rx Big 100 Chocolate Cookie Dough 400 58 6 31 167 28

1,180 220 15 49 1,187 100
L U N C H
Subway Sun Chips Harvest Cheddar 210 27 9 4 320 3
Subway Seafood Sensation 820 100 38 26 1,480 16

1,030 127 47 30 1,800 19
D I N N E R
Subway Sun Chips Harvest Cheddar 210 27 9 4 320 3
Subway Turkey Breast Foot Long 560 92 7 36 0 14

770 119 16 40 320 17
S N A C K S
Ben and Jerry's Chunky Monkey, 1 Cup 600 60 36 8 70 56

600 60 36 8 70 56
Totals 3,580 526 114 127 3,377 192
Your Daily Goal 2,210 276 73 111 2,300 83
Remaining -1,370 -250 -41 -16 -1,077 -109
Calories
kcal
Carbs
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Fat
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Protein
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Sodium
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Sugar
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*You've earned 280 extra calories from exercise today         






from thisdayinquotes.com


One of the most famous quotes in sports history is linked to the date September 28, 1920.
On that day, “Shoeless Joe” Jackson supposedly admitted during testimony to a grand jury that he was one of eight Chicago White Soxbaseball players who took bribes to let the Cincinnati Reds win the 1919 World Series.
It came to be known as the Black Sox scandal” and it was devastating for baseball fans.
A crowd of fans were gathered outside the Cook County Courthouse where Jackson was testifying.
Word spread among them that their hero had admitted he’d helped throw the series to the Reds.
According to legend, as Jackson left the courthouse, a heartbroken young boy went up to him and begged: “Say it ain’t so, Joe.”
It’s legend rather than fact because there are holes in various aspects of the story.
For one thing, there’s no court record of Jackson admitting he was involved in fixing the game – and, publicly, he always denied it.
In fact, in 1921, he was found innocent by a Chicago jury.
In addition, quotation experts have determined that the legendary quote is a misquote of a quote that was probably fabricated by a reporter in the first place.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

STATE OF THE UNION

Tonight is the first State of the Union Address to be given by our recently elected President, Donald Trump. There are a dozen unpatriotic, anti-American, moronic Congressman who are refusing to attend. What dopes! Another moron, this time a Philadelphia Eagles player has already announced that if his team wins the Super Bowl and a White House invite is coming, that he won't go. What a dope! America is in the middle of a Civil War, let's hope that the good guys win. Again.




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Your Food Diary For:


BREAKFAST Calories
kcal
Carbs
g
Fat
g
Protein
g
Sodium
mg
Sugar
g
Bagel With Cream Cheese, 2 bagel 800 116 24 26 1,560 8

800 116 24 26 1,560 8
L U N C H
Subway - Seafood Sensation 820 100 38 26 1,480 16
Subway - Sun Chips- Harvest Cheddar 210 27 9 4 320 3

1,030 127 47 30 1,800 19
D I N N E R
Kroger - Chicken Pot Pie 700 59 45 15 933 11

700 59 45 15 933 11
S N A C K S
Met Rx - Chocolate Cookie Dough  400 58 6 31 167 28

400 58 6 31 167 28
Totals 2,930 360 122 102 4,460 66
Your Daily Goal 2,029 253 67 102 2,300 76
Remaining -901 -107 -55 0 -2,160 10
Calories
kcal
Carbs
g
Fat
g
Protein
g
Sodium
mg
Sugar
g
*You've earned 99 extra calories from exercise today         
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Monday, January 29, 2018

NINE MILE HIKE

Finally after another week of way too much inactivity, I got myself outside for a brisk nine mile urban hike in Chicago yesterday.



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Your Food Diary For:


BREAKFAST Calories
kcal
Carbs
g
Fat
g
Protein
g
Sodium
mg
Sugar
g
Instant oatmeal Apples and Cinnamon 780 162 9 18 1,020 72

780 162 9 18 1,020 72
L U N C H
Hissho Sushi - Sushicado Tuna Roll 800 143 10 28 1,337 0

800 143 10 28 1,337 0
D I N N E R
Campbell's - Wedding Soup 400 52 10 24 1,640 16
Sheetz - Bagel With Cream Cheese 800 116 24 26 1,560 8

1,200 168 34 50 3,200 24

Totals 2,780 473 53 96 5,557 96
Your Daily Goal 3,593 449 119 180 2,300 134
Remaining 813 -24 66 84 -3,257 38
Calories
kcal
Carbs
g
Fat
g
Protein
g
Sodium
mg
Sugar
g
*You've earned 1,663 extra calories from exercise today 
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Sunday, January 28, 2018

STAR TREK DISCOVERY

For much of 2016 and virtually all of 2017 I was casually looking forward to watching the newly announced Star Trek series being produced by CBS. The series premiere aired on CBS last September. It was OK, but it was not enough to inspire me to sign up for cbs all-access to watch additional episodes.  I am currently enjoying a five week free trial of cbs all-access and I caught up on the series and have been watching it week by week for the past three weeks. The series is beginning to grow on me. It uses a much more modern storytelling technique than the original Star Trek from the 1960's, Star Trek Next Generation or Star Trek Voyager.  Star Trek Discovery has a 15 episode story that it has been unfolding and it is compelling. As different as this Star Trek is form its earlier incarnations, it is still Star Trek.



Your Food Diary For:

BREAKFAST Calories
kcal
Carbs
g
Fat
g
Protein
g
Sodium
mg
Sugar
g
Apples and Cinnamon 780 162 9 18 1,020 72
Met Rx Chocolate Cookie Dough 400 58 6 31 167 28

1,180 220 15 49 1,187 100
L U N C H
Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich 700 55 31 17 286 31
Libby's - Sweet Peas 245 42 2 14 1,050 21

945 97 33 31 1,336 52
D I N N E R
Panda Express Brown Steamed Rice 440 75 11 10 420 2
Panda Express Honey Walnut Shrimp 400 30 26 16 520 10
Panda Express  Broccoli Beef 300 26 14 18 1,040 14

1,140 131 51 44 1,980 26

Totals 3,265 448 99 124 4,503 178
Your Daily Goal 2,038 255 68 102 2,300 76
Remaining -1,227 -193 -31 -22 -2,203 -102
Calories
kcal
Carbs
g
Fat
g
Protein
g
Sodium
mg
Sugar
g
*You've earned 108 extra calories from exercise today         


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Saturday, January 27, 2018

STAR TREK BOLDLY GOES INTO THE CLASSROOM

I was not the best student in grammar school, although I skated through with a some timely help from my parents as well as on the strength of my innate intelligence. This plan kept me going into high school, although it sputtered  quite a bit once I hit biology, chemistry, physics and calculus.  My college career was not an overwhelming success as I had not developed the proper study habits required.  Obviously, I was taking the wrong courses.  I am sure I could have easily 'aced' a class on Star Trek, like the one currently offered at UC Davis in California. Now that's something I could have easily sank my teeth into.
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from theaggie.org (The California Aggie)
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Star Trek as a Social Theory: To Boldly Go Into the Classroom

  UC Davis students learn how fictional universe mirrors our own
For over 50 years, the science fiction franchise “Star Trek” has captivated millions of fans worldwide. And at UC Davis, you don’t have to travel across the universe to take a ride aboard the USS Enterprise. There’s a class for that.
Anthropology professor James Smith, a “Star Trek” fan himself, is the Captain of the ANT 191: Topics in Anthropology starship crew. The course title is “Star Trek as a Social Theory.”
“This course uses ‘Star Trek’ as a vehicle for understanding critical themes in social theory and anthropology, while also teaching students how to think about ‘popular culture,’ television, and daily life anthropologically,” Smith said.
Each week, students watch a single, 42-minute “Star Trek” episode in addition to assigned readings and in-class discussions analyzing social and anthropological theory. The series acts as a cultural map, mirroring the social constructions of one universe and comparing it to our own.    
“It reflects the optimism of the Kennedy era in the U.S., and also presents an opportunity for us to question some of the assumptions informing that optimism,” Smith said.
Students examine questions like: Should there be a universal standard for making ethical decisions? Does technology make us “more human” or does it enslave us? 
“I want students to think seriously and critically about what these imaginings of future entail so they can learn to understand some of the cultural assumptions that are packed into them,” Smith said.
Currently, the class is watching episodes from Star Trek: The Original Series” and “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” but Smith says he may explore more of the franchise in the future.  
On Dec. 4, the UC Davis Human Rights Lecture Series explored how “Star Trek” can be used as a tool for students to examine human rights-related topics. And now, for the first time at UC Davis, “Star Trek” has become the framework for an academic course.
Human Rights Studies Director Keith David Watenpaugh and Chancellor Gary May co-hosted the event at the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento. The title of the series was “Star Trek/Human Rights: To Boldly Go to Human Rights for All.”
“Certainly in the 50 years since ‘Star Trek’ appeared, talking about, contesting, fighting, and dying for human rights has been a definitive element to being human,” Watenpaugh said.
The “Star Trek” franchise inspired May to pursue the sciences at a young age. With a background in electrical engineering and computer science, May did just that.  
“I’m thrilled to hear about the new ‘Star Trek’ class and I hope to visit it, along with another class called the Science of Superheroes,” May said. “As many people know, I’m a ‘Star Trek’ fan — the original series — and one of the reasons I like it so much is because it deals with broader issues of the human condition: rights, race and ethics.”
As such, May jump-started a 10-year campus-wide initiative entitled, “To Boldly Go.”  The plan seeks to increase UC Davis’ national ranking by strengthening the university’s research expertise and growing a diverse community that represents the demographics of California. A final plan is scheduled to completed this July.  
May is also an aficionado of other superhero franchises like the “Avengers,” “X-Men” and “Justice League” because of their pursuits for good.  
“I want students to feel empowered to be like superheroes — agents of their own success, their careers and their destinies — to do some good in the world,” May said.  
The class will also explore the more specific themes of “Star Trek” such as politics, freedom, translation, empire, capitalism and more. 
“The numerous episodes that responded to human right issues in the 1960s still resonate with us today, and also give us a sense of how people in that era were thinking about rights and also the timeless nature of human rights questions,” Watenpaugh said.
The end of the course entails a creative writing assignment in which students imagine that they are a part of a Klingon or Vulcan High Council. As a member of the council, the students must go revisit the year 2018 and write an ethnographic report on some aspect of the community from the lens of either a Klingon or Vulcan standpoint. The assignment gears students to explore the issues inherently constructed in our society.
“In the Star Trek world, this utopian future emerges after apocalyptic events in our current near future, so there is a message about the end of the world not in fact being the actual end, but rather the beginning of something else,” Smith said.

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Your Food Diary For:

BREAKFAST Calories
kcal
Carbs
g
Fat
g
Protein
g
Sodium
mg
Sugar
g
Instant oatmeal - Apples and Cinnamon 780 162 9 18 1,020 72

780 162 9 18 1,020 72
L U N C H
Subway - Seafood Sensation 820 100 38 26 1,480 16
Chips - Chips 375 38 23 5 425 3

1,195 138 61 31 1,905 19
D I N N E R
California Sushi Sampler 600 92 18 12 1,800 16

600 92 18 12 1,800 16
S N A C K S
Klondike - Klondike Bar, 1 bar 250 29 14 3 70 23

250 29 14 3 70 23
   
Totals 2,825 421 102 64 4,795 130
Your Daily Goal 1,972 246 65 99 2,300 74
Remaining -853 -175 -37 35 -2,495 -56
Calories
kcal
Carbs
g
Fat
g
Protein
g
Sodium
mg
Sugar
g
*You've earned 42 extra calories from exercise today         
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Saturday Weight 251.3 lbs

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