Saturday, March 07, 2009

Saturday run in Blue Bell, PA

Update: I ran really slow, like 9-minute miles. Part of this was due to the heat: I have been used to 20-30F and it was in the mid to high 60's. The other part was that this is unfamiliar countryside for me and I didn't want to push myself to the edge of death on a run where there was a good chance of getting lost--and thus not finishing at the expected time.

Today I ran in the cold, it was snowing and there was slick ground, but I still ran much faster than last Saturday. I need to get acclimated to the heat since late April can be pretty hot here and I have a marathon of reasons for wanting to be prepared.

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Wednesday run


I thought I was doing better, but about half the distance was on snowy roads and that must have slowed me down.

Update: Thursday run, 4.25 miles in 33:07 for roughly 7:48/Mile. I didn't feel as if I could go much faster since I was just below my aerobic limits--as judged by how out of breath I was.

A Pile of Boxes




Added, this is especially welcome when the outside world is a frozen wasteland, as it is now.

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

I'm not loving the symbolism...

Comrade, all projects will be stamped with the ARRA logo. This stands for the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, otherwise known as the fulfill all of the Democrats' dreams for the last 20 years Bill.

Okay, it is bad enough that most of the money in this "Recovery Bill" will do absolutely nothing to stimulate the economy, but wasting some of it to propagandize for the rest is downright sinister.

Also, look at the symbols they use: The stars. Okay, I don't have a problem with that part--evokes the flag, this is good. Then, some kind of plant thing. Maybe this represents ecology or farming. Last, the machine parts; leaving aside that the gears don't mesh, which may be the only truthful part of the whole emblem. It would appear to represent industry.

This reminds me of another set of symbols: The hammer represents industry, and the sickle represents farming. They should have just used that. It is more graceful and most importantly, we already know what it means.