Somebody asked. I answered. “Life is good, family is great, I run a lot, my job is terrible. That’s about it in a nutshell.”
4×1200, solo during lunch, at a park near my house today. Disappointing, averaged 4:04, spent too much effort.
Eight Spring Creek repeats on Tuesday, felt strong.
17 miles on Sunday. 5 warm up, 5 at 5:30, hour rest, 4 easy, 3 at 6:25. About that hour rest …. After my first ten, I was conscripted to run a leg in the marathon relay, so I stood around for 45 minutes until the original, better option showed up and I was no longer needed. Glad I didn’t race, it would have been brutal. I started the morning nearly quitting after 3 miles, feeling dizzy, lightheaded, bonkified. Ran through it and had a good run.
After the Sunday run I’m walking back to my car, which is parked on the otherside of Congress because streets are closed due to the relay race. As I’m crossing the street a man in a suit walks up to me, gets in my face and says, in a very unfriendly voice, “Hey, I know! Why don’t you people take over the whole damn town?! Oh wait, you already have!”
I was momentarily stunned … why would someone be such a jerk to a total stranger? I said, “what are you getting on me for? I not even a part of this race. Jackass.” He just looked at me like I stole his baby. Even if I was somehow responsible for the closure of city streets, what motivates people to act that way?
I’ve said it many times, I’ll say it again: “People.” (Followed by a shrug or a sigh or a shake of the head or spit….)
Even though I’m an active user, I have misgivings about Facebook. Talk about narcissism. And I’ve noticed that as I become friends with people I knew in high school, the more uncomfortable I feel. I didn’t have a particularly good high school experience, why would I want to revisit it? Whatever.
Here’s an interesting quote from the 1999 debate on banking deregulation. Can we elect this guy president?
“[W]hat we are creating now is a group of institutions which are too
big to fail,” he said then in words that sound unusually prescient
now. “Not only are they going to be big banks, but they are going to
be big everything, because they are going to be in securities and
insurance, in issuance of stocks and bonds and underwriting, and they
are also going to be in banks.
“And under this legislation, the whole of the regulatory structure is
so obfuscated and so confused that liability in one area is going to
fall over into liability in the next. Taxpayers are going to be called
upon to cure the failures we are creating tonight, and it is going to
cost a lot of money, and it is coming. Just be prepared for those
The whole thing is galling.