Serenity

There is a certain comfort in knowing that the human race is flawed and it is not my own fault that things are such a mess.  Remember it was progress that got us here.

End of Modern Civilization

Yes, we are polluting our environment, fouling our nest.  Fundamentally incapable of avoiding multiplication, and not willing to pay the long run cost of our survival.  It is coming fast, too.  I have seen a tripling of the human population, a vast loss of arable land, and reliance on a non sustainable food production system.  The Naked Ape is proving to be an evolutionary dead end.

Rules

Rules are needed for there to be a game, so why complain when the rules are enforced?  In powerlifting, it seems that whenever someone disagrees with a rule, another sanctioning organization is formed with a slight rule variant.  I don’t know how many variants of powerlifting there are, but more than the number of old guys participating.

Hope

Obamacare is a poor substitute for a universal single payer system like Medicare, but it is better than what came before.  Do I want to pay for maternity benefits? Yes, because I want to live in a country where everyone has access to healthcare.

exercise

I exercise everyday.  Some days more than others.  I have a routine of very light static stretches that are aimed at improving hip mobility.  Two days a week I do an hour of weightlifting.  Once a week an hour or so of powerlifting. That hour might take all day if it is also a powerlifting meet.  It seems the hardest thing about a powerlifting meet is missing my usual naps.  There are no napping rooms at meets.  Sigh.

Wars

Fred, my high school coach and history teacher used to say, “Aw gee class, Wars do not end wars.”  As I recall there was always a question on his tests, something like: True or False “Wars end wars.”

Age Grading

In some sports it is possible for people of vastly differing ages to compete as if their ages were the same.  The scoring is done by giving lifters a multiple of their actual score with better factors for the older lifters.  At my age I get a very nice multiplier. In powerlifting it is about 2 and in weightlifting about 2.5.   I comfort myself during a meet but comparing what is on the bar of the younger lifter to my adjusted value.  The factors are determined by statistical analysis of world championships at every age.  Masters Athletics, though, is a game of attrition.  People drop out for many reasons, so losing physical strength isn’t the only reason for the decline in championship performance.  It isn’t correct to reason that, since I am first now, I would have been first when younger.  Probably not.

Secrets

Secrets imply lies.  A government with secrets is a government that lies. Thou shalt not lie might as well read, Thou shalt have no secrets.

Chin up

Did my first chin up in a very long time yesterday.  Thanks to losing some weight, I think.  I wonder just how skinny I can get.  Hope to compete in 74kg weight class on Sunday.