Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Glad I'm in the car or I would've had to turn around

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Monday, July 17, 2017

Fixing Healthcare

First, I have no idea how to fix the US healthcare system.

Second, the Trumpcare proposal is a mess. Of course, the ACA has issues, and we are seeing problems with insurance costs. I have friends that are upset and see this as a huge failure, but I’d argue that many of them also had artificially low insurance rates before the ACA, slipping through life without major medical issues. We had plenty of problems and dramatically rising insurance rates in the decade before the ACA.

To the GOP, healthcare is much more complex than you realized, and you are seeing some of the failure of the last 7 years of GOP legislative effort. Holding repeal votes without making any substantial progress for a different plan was a mistake. Repeating the rapid passage and minimal debate times of the ACA is also a bad idea.

To the Democrats, you appear to be repeating the GOP strategy of blocking as best you can and providing no alternatives. Why haven’t we seen legislation introduced that could help the ACA? Who cares if the GOP won’t pass it? Provide some real alternatives and stop talking about bipartisan efforts. Make the effort yourself.

I would support some form of single payer system. I can’t see how we humanely provide care for all Americans otherwise. This works in the UK, and despite the complaints, people get care. They can also pay for more care. I’ve seen various notes about other countries as well, but these systems do work.

I’d also like to stop hearing about my friend saw this or other anecdotal stories. There are always people gaming the system. There are always people slipping through the cracks. That happens in the US as well. We should look to make the system work for most people and provide options for everyone.

Getting my sweat prepared for New Orleans

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Finally, A Swimmer Again

On Saturday I had planned to swim early in the morning. Tia was leaving the house at 6am for the horse show and I was thinking to leave with her, stop by the pool and swim and then meet her at 8.

I didn’t get up until 6, not out of the house until 6:40, and then didn’t want to be late since I was brining some saddle straps Tia forgot. Plus it was raining. So I skipped the gym, planning to go later. When Kendall wanted to leave (it was hot), we drove back together and she dropped me at the gym. That was cool. She took my car to Starbucks, and I went swimming.

The outdoor pool was still closed, but I ended up with a good swim. I started inside, going steady, and feeling good. I did a set of 8 laps and wasn’t too tired. Then I did a set of 10, since I was ok at 8, and finished with a set of 12, feeling strong. 30 laps (35.5 is a mile) and not too tired.

It’s nice to be able to do that. When I started swimming again in May, I struggled with 2 and 3 lap sets. Then I got to 4, with an occassional 5 or 6 lap set. However, once I could do that, moving past 6 becomes easier. I remember going from 6 to 10 without an issue years ago, and at that point, I could easily do 20lap sets.

I’ll either start going longer, or faster. Not sure which I want now, but I’m glad to have options. For most of the summer I’ve struggled to just get through my 20-24 laps, but not I plan on getting back to the pool twice a week and doing 30+ for my workout.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Ready for the turn

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Jumping show today

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Friday, July 14, 2017

Beer by text. Sent a note to my kid and he brought one out

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Afternoon chores

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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Watching afternoon sailing

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Breakfast at the lake

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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Morning mist

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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Hiking the national forest

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Crossing the river

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Evening entertainment

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Sunday, July 9, 2017

TryOuts–Part 2

All day at the Volleyball facility yesterday, watching girls try out for various teams. I hit the gym early, but had to cut my workout short to race to Rocky Select. The 14s were trying out at 11:00, and I just made it about 10 of. After talking with the director the other night, I need to plan on getting there early, which likely means carrying my laptop to work a bit in Castle Rock over the winter to ensure I’m ready.

We had a nice turnout of 14s, and some good prospects. We had offered 3 girls spots the other day, and one turned things down, but I wish we’d just offered two because there were a lot of choices.

The other coach and I ended up getting 4 or 5 girls we liked, and after all the tryouts, we narrowed this down to 4 girls to offer. However, later, over a beer, we added another. We need 11, have 6 (I think), so we’ll see what happens. Lots of raw talent and work to be done to coach them up.

I stuck around since the director bought lunch and I assumed Kendall was coming later to the 17s. The 15s and 16s were interesting and it was good to see girls I helped coach last year working hard and trying to showcase themselves as good choices for the coming year. I helped out with some drills, and got the chance to push and press girls a bit to work hard.

When the 17s came, I actually hit some balls and has they worked harder, I hit harder. A few went off chests and even the side of a few faces, but that’s the game. They’ll see some of that at higher levels, so they need to be ready.

Kendall was too tired after Friday’s two workouts, but it was still a good tryout. I can almost guess most of her team at the 17 Select level, but we’ll see. Her coach was helping out and she was a bit tough with girls, which is what Kendall wants.

Afterwards, I had the chance to talk about things and discuss coaching and girls with the director, which is always enlightening for me. He’s an amazing coach and tough, but fair. I’ve learned a lot from him and looking forward to learning more in the next year or two.

Saturday, July 8, 2017


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Just another clinic day at the ranch

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Friday, July 7, 2017

Hitting the pool for a swim

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Off to the Gym

Kendall started her training at the gym this morning. We signed her up for 3x/week training for volleyball, which should help her be ready for volleyball. Since she’s not playing high school this fall, it’s good that she has something else.

After the gym, there was a tryout for Rocky Select, but mostly a chance to get touches. We had a meeting with the director last night and he said today was just for anyone that wanted extra touches before tomorrow. He wasn’t making any decisions today.

So, at 8:30, Kendall left. By herself. She got in her car and drove away, not returning until after 4. She hit the gym, then the club, no issues, all by herself.

All while I worked here and hit the gym late myself.

Kind of amazing for me, with no disruption to my day while she was able to do what she wants. I’m excited to see how the rest of the summer goes with Kendall on her own.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Newly licensed driver

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Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Tired and Sore, but Satisfied

Yesterday was a busy day, an all day affair starting with morning yoga. Both Kendall and Tia came, and we enjoyed a good workout to start the day.

Then it was chores. Trying to fix the electric fence, cutting some grass, fixing sprinklers, and for most of the afternoon for me, I spliced in a line from one sprinkler to run a line to the garden. I’ve been wanting to do this, but was glad to get it done. I got the line cut in quickly, but then it was trench out to the garden about 40ft away.

Dug a 4ft by 6” trench, lay in some sprinkler hose, then fill it back and repeat. Some ground was tough, and I’m amazed anything can grow there. It was hard, dry, clay ground, while some was dirt and soft.

I finally got it done, showered, and then went to get some groceries to cook dinner. We had a nice cookout, eating on the back patio with all the kids. It was a great evening, and I’m glad we had everyone together. Not sure how often that will happen again.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Loading up

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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

First Driving Lesson

Kendall had her first behind the wheel lesson tonight. Two hours of driving around town, and she did well. The only complaint was the same one from the DMV tester. She needs to completely stop at intersections with signs.

Other than that, 1/3 of the way there.

First visit to the new library while KJ is in driving lessons

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Monday, June 26, 2017


My daughter passed her driving test today. Hurrah!

Unfortunately the Colorado government passed a new law that requires 6 hours of behind the wheel driver training if you live within 30 miles of a school. That’s annoying and upsetting, but it’s the law. At least they let her take the test.

This is crazy to me, since if she just waited 6 more months, with no more training or any other validation, they’d let her ignore the 6 hours of training.

In any case, there was a new school next door to the DMV and I scheduled her for a few appointments across the next week to get her driving in.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Plugged in and charging

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Saturday, June 24, 2017

Saturday morning sleep in

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Friday, June 23, 2017

The jump box glue up. We have four sides

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

A nice quiet evening

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Evening view

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Saturday, June 17, 2017

Saturday afternoon

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Limping Along

I pulled, or likely tore, a calf muscle a couple weeks ago. It happened in a Tabata class and since then I’ve been trying to take it easy. A little biking, more swimming,  limited yoga work.

Last weekend I went for a run on the beach in LA. Not the best decision, but I rarely get to the ocean and I miss those times. It pulled and hurt, and I ended up kind of limping down the beach, not really using my left leg, just rolling through it.

Today was the Denver Pride 5k, and I wanted to do it to support Kyle. He was going to run with me, and  while I should likely have taken a few more weeks off, I decided to try. Not 1/4 mile in, I could feel it tight and painful, so I ended up just doing the same thing as on the beach. Limping a bit, trying not to use my left leg.

I finished, a slow 40:15, and felt like an old man the entire time, moving slow, getting past walkers, but decent joggers overtaking me.

Still, glad to be there with Kyle, and it was worth it. Now I worry about actually being able to run in July. I’m guessing I need to push back to July 22ish for the next 5k and rest as much as I can.

Not remotely tired but running on a torn calf was not that smart

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Down at the capital for a 5k

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Someone wants to go outside

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

What's the rule with sleeping cats?

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Not a sleeping dog, but I'll let her lie

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Saturday, June 10, 2017

I do like to point

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When in LA, rent the penis car

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Apparently I pace quite a bit before talks

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Getting setup for the keynote

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Friday, June 9, 2017

No swimming today

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Another trip. Unfortunately this isn't my plane. I need this one to move so mine can dock

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New toy

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Thursday, June 8, 2017

Beautiful day for a swim

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Monday, June 5, 2017

Ended up being a most of the day project, but replaced and cleaned again piping

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Sunday, June 4, 2017

Well,I know why it won't drain

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Saturday, June 3, 2017

Saturday morning errands

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Friday, June 2, 2017

The runaway has been recaptured

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Thursday, June 1, 2017

Dried Out by Lightning

Tia will be glad I got out of the pool quickly. She doesn’t like lightning and while I’m not too scared, I have a healthy respect. Lots of deaths every year in Colorado from nature’s electricity.

It’s been an interesting workout week, and I hope I get more like this. Though I’d like to add in more yoga. Looking back to last Saturday, I ran a 5k, which was tough. Here’s the workout week

  • Saturday – 5k
  • Sunday – off, though on feet at the horse show most of the day (> 10k steps)
  • Monday – Upper body weights
  • Tuesday – Tabata
  • Wednesday – Lower body weights
  • Thursday – Swim
  • Friday – that’s tomorrow, so hoping to get to yoga.

A good week, and I almost didn’t swim as I could see clouds, but needed cardio and since I tweaked a calf at Tabata, I didn’t want to run/bike. So I went down, struggled through 18 laps, working in groups of 3 (150y each). I am definitely out of shape with the swimming, and tonight my shoulder aches a bit.

I was halfway through lap 19, aiming to stop at 20, when the lifeguard dropped a float in front of me. I stopped and she told me lightning was in the area, so the pool closed.


At least I got an outdoor swim, and it was close enough to the goal.


Boys riding away

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Uma killed a bear.

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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Interviewed on Channel 9

My interview is live on Channel 9, and I actually look ok.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Made a little phone stand for my desk

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No Fighting in Baseball

I'm a baseball guy. Played a good portion of my life, including 10 years as an adult. I've enjoyed the game, and while I appreciate the history, there are things I'd like to see changed.

Coming home tonight, I heard two people debating the Harper incident. A pitcher threw at a batter, and the batter charged the mound. A fight ensued, and the benches cleared. You can read here: http://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/19499351/bryce-harper-washington-nationals-suspended-four-games-hunter-strickland-san-francisco-giants-six

The first guy, an ex-NFL player, said that the whole process is silly. Anyone coming off a bench should be suspended as well. In every other sport, that happens. There's also no reason to throw at someone for staring at you, not running fast enough, or any of the other silly reasons pitchers get upset. Actually the team as well.

The second guy, supports the benches clearing, saying it's part of the baseball code. He's not an athlete, but has kids playing high level baseball. He also doesn't want to see a 1-on-9 situation when there's an issue.

I think throwing at a batter is silly, at a minimum, and really assault. You throw at me, I'm taking the bat out there and putting you down. My take is batters (or runners) throwing a punch get suspended. The umpire and go out there and give instructions to stop. Each time he does so, we get a multiplier of the suspension. The individual causing issues gets suspended as well, but pitchers get 3x the suspension. They've got a deadly weapon in their hands, and throwing at someone purposely shouldn't be tolerated.

Anyone off the bench, bullpen, or that joins the fight gets a 2x suspension.

No fighting in baseball.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Herd of Two performance team

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Saturday, May 27, 2017

Finishing. Running in Littleton, co is much harder than running in London

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Finishing. Running in Littleton, co is much harder than running in London

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2017 race number 5

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