Saturday, July 29, 2017

LSU 5k

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Early run at University Lake

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Friday, July 28, 2017

Traffic jam this am

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Thursday, July 27, 2017

Quarter of a full name job. I took apart one side to get parts. Tias guy putting the new parts on both sides

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First crisis of the day

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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Score. Clearance sale

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Monday, July 24, 2017

More chill

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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.