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Christianity, Swimming, and Current Events from Right of Center



Last Build Date: Wed, 22 Mar 2017 22:21:26 +0000

 



Where In the World

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 22:21:26 +0000

So my daughter’s and I are heading South to go on a two to three day backpacking trip. In previous years we have gone on canoe trips in the Boundary Waters (BWCA) which I recommend highly if you do the backwoods thing. In conversations the girls indicated a desire to try backpacking. This past January […]



Swim Log: 3-21-17

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 14:11:03 +0000

An interesting development today. Main set and warmup went as usual, did a batch of 100s and some 50s. Then … instead of doing 10×100 kick keeping just under 2:00 for the kick set I decided to do 5×100 but after the first one I tried see if I could break 1:50. Well, the first […]



What’s Opera Doc

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 20:23:40 +0000

Tonight I’m going to my first opera with my oldest daughter. We are seeing Eugene Onegin by Tchaikovsky as performed by Lyric Opera of Chicago. I’ll report on that tomorrow.



Swim Log: 3-20-17

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 20:22:18 +0000

Worked this weekend, no swimming. Actually will be backpacking downstate later this week. Swimming -> after warmup did 650 yards of 2×50 on 1:00 with a long rest. If the first 50 wasn’t either :46 or :47 … waited the long rest to try again. Made sure the 2nd 50 was *also* the same time. […]



Swim Log: 3-17-17

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 18:32:00 +0000

Main set: 2×50 on the 1:00 repeated three times with a 1 minute break. Trying to keep :44 on the swim part. I think I’ve figured out how to practice pacing. The start interval was consistently :43 and the 2nd :45 on the above set. I need to work towards being able to complete 4×50 […]



Mental Schism

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 00:24:16 +0000

So apparently Mr Trump is a fascist. He is actively working to reduce the size of the federal government and the regulatory state. Every other fascist in history collected and centralized power. It is in fact one part and parcel with the definition of fascism. Of course the (currently insane) liberal press has been firebombed […]



Swim Log: 3-16-17

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 23:42:54 +0000

Main set … 10×50 first 5 on 1:15 (:46-:48 swim) 2nd 5 on 1:30 (:42-:44). Didn’t do well to hold low :40s for the 2nd set so … since yesterday’s 10×100 kick set left me wobbly I did it again … a little faster I think. Total yardage: 2600.



Swim Log: 3-15-17

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 21:45:21 +0000

Too much lunch (was traveling in morning so I couldn’t eat my normal pre-workout prep/food). So … after warm up (6×100 easy free/breast) and 8×50 drills … I did 5×100 at about a 1:46 pace with 30 seconds rest. Then did one 100 at my hoped for 200 pace (1:34) with a attention on keeping […]



Swim Log: 3-14-17

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 01:06:22 +0000

Main set (breaststroke still) did 10×50 on the 1:15 all :45 or just under. Followed by 5×100 descend on 50. Finished with 6×25 (odds @ 100%, evens freestyle ez). Those 3 25s I did my best ever, breaking :19 on all of them. Started with w/u, drills and ended with kicking. Total yardage: 2400.



Election Meme Still Required

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 00:22:48 +0000

A blog I’ve followed, “Just a Earth-bound Misfit, I” has forgotten a meme from the election. On of the differences noted between those who had positive things to say about Trump and the reporters and left was that those who supported him took what he said seriously, but not literally. Those reporters and those who […]



Drugs and Crime

Tue, 14 Mar 2017 01:26:23 +0000

Mr Borepatch is apparently for decriminalization. I have in the past had sympathy for that notion. Until I read the statistic that 90% of the money spent on legal marijuana in those states is spent by people devoting 80% of their income to the stuff. The problem is that we don’t have enough responsible adults […]



Nationalism and Common Sense

Tue, 14 Mar 2017 01:15:40 +0000

Our former sexual predator-in-chief, err, former President Clinton recently pontificated quoted here as saying, ““taking us to the edge of our destruction.” Mr Trump’s campaign slogan “make America Great Again” and the left reaction that this is tantamount to fascism stems from some pretty wobbly thinking on the left’s part. It is a common and not […]



Swim Log: 3-13-17

Mon, 13 Mar 2017 18:07:28 +0000

Easy day. 1,000 yards warmup (6×100 easy, 8×50 drills). 3×100 under 1:40 breast (1:39 1:38 1:32) 4×50 pace (:44 to :46) + 5×100 kick. Total Yardage: 2,000 yards.



A Remark on Candles, Incense, and Crossing Self

Mon, 13 Mar 2017 02:43:16 +0000

Recently a young man who frequently visits our parish asked why we light candles during services. He didn’t mean the altar candles, but many people purchase candles and light them near the icons of Christ or the Theotokos (the Virgin Mary, from the Greek literally Birthgiver of God). The short answer is that a candle […]



Swim Log: 3-12-17

Mon, 13 Mar 2017 01:04:11 +0000

LSD day, did 70×75 on 100 seconds + another 750 various. A few breaks in there. Twice I lost count(!?). Total yardage: 6,050.