End of Week 278 – More of the Same…


Last week went better for working out than the week before.  I made it everyday but Saturday, and that was because I pulled something in my right hip/lower back.  It won’t keep me out of the gym next week.

My first week on Weight Watchers didn’t work well.  I signed up because my buddies at work asked me to, and because I thought it might help in getting me to start recording what I’m eating.  I’m going to have to invest in non-starchy veggies even if I’m the only one who eats them.  What I can’t figure out is how to get the protein I need and still keep the calories down.  Protein is notoriously calorie heavy.  The only things worse are carbs/sugars.

And that brings us to this week’s picture.  I’m going to try to keep this in mind as I try to increase my activity and work out my diet.  It is a motto that was posted on my gym’s web site, and I really like it.  We have to answer to ourselves first, last, and always.

We are in the middle of another heat wave.  It really isn’t too bad – low to mid 80s for highs, but very humid.  Not unusual for September in this area, but because our entire peninsula is a wetland and we have a man-made pond right next door, the “no seeums” are out in force.  Some call them sand mites or biting mites.  They are so small they fit through window screens, and they fly everywhere trying to go up your nose and in your eyes.  There is no controlling them because apple vinegar traps work, but there are just too many of the little suckers.

We have to put up with this for a few more days.  By next Friday the jet stream pattern is supposed to shift and we are finally supposed to get some fall weather.  We just have to hang in there a little more.

Let’s hope we make it to next Friday.  We have SCROTUS calling Kim Jong Un “Rocket Man”, and we have Kim Jong Un saying he is going to detonate a hydrogen bomb over the Pacific Ocean, in the atmosphere.  I don’t know about Un’s advisors, but the guys around SCROTUS are going nuts trying to keep on a diplomatic path with sanctions and other peaceful steps.  I appreciate the intent, but like I pointed out last week, sanctions and diplomacy work only if the country on the other end gives a shit.  Kim Jong Un does not care what the world says about him.  It seems that he feels like a child being scolded by his mother, while trying desperately to grow up.  Un does not care what it costs his already beleaguered people – he is going to spend all NK’s money on its military and its nuclear weapons program.

Of course, if you want something a little more ridiculous and a little less earth shattering from the political front, there is always the recently erupted war between SCROTUS and the NFL.  SCROTUS is of the opinion that players who “take a knee” or otherwise protest the national anthem at the beginning of football games should be fired.  Naturally, he didn’t say it quite that simply.  In his usual offensive manner he called those protesting “Sons of Bitches”.  He also made some nonsense elaborations, but you get the general idea.  To make matters worse, he said this at a campaign rally in the south, and then tweeted it, putting it out in the internet universe.

I’m in a lose/lose position on this topic.  No one likes my ideas on it.  First, I support freedom of expression, and if a player is on his own time there should be no question that he can protest the anthem if he desires.  However, I also feel that it may be wrong for a player to do that during a game.  This has nothing to do with honoring the anthem, or the flag, or our military (I’ve ranted about that before).  This has to do with being an employee.

If a player is on the field, for a game, and, geared up or not, representing the franchise that employs him, then it is part of his job to adhere to the policies of that employer.  What’s important is how the team owner feels about these protests.  If the owner says it’s ok, then go for it.  If the owner says his team will stand for the national anthem, then those players had better do it since that is the person who “signs the paycheck” so to speak.

So, as you can see, I don’t completely agree with either side.  Consequently, neither side likes my position.  Oh, well.  They’ll get over it.  I already have.

Until next week….











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