March 10, 2014
Before I moved to Austin, I had my views and most of the people where I lived had the same or similar views. But once I moved, people have views all over the map and I have found myself more “knowledgeable” in the political area. While my views have not changed I think it becomes more of a requirement to have some sort of knowledge in the area of political games.
No matter the party or affiliation, we are just pawns when they need a vote.
March 4, 2014
I have noticed that more often than not after people are diagnosed with a disability of any type, they always seem to blame the disability on everything. I think if they really want to do something they will find a way to make it happen.
Then again, I don’t take much credence in doctors or the like. I have found they try to make you feel you need them more than you really do so they can try to push new medicines and procedures on you. While I could try new things, I don’t want to. I just want to maintain where I am. There is too much “Hollywood” in the medical community.
February 14, 2014
Its strange how in Texas the racing season is from Oct to Feb or maybe a little longer. I mean we embrace the heat and despise the cold. Numerous times this winter the schools have closed not becasue of snow or ice but becase it was too cold. It does not make sense to have nothing during the summer..but I am not big racer anyway.
I started started swimming last March but not that consistantly until people stopped laying out..so October? Anyway, I was running and then after the run I would swim a few laps. I found out I liked swimming and as it got cooler, I started swimming more and running less.
The races that I would have done were much like the weather in Texas. In November the day of the San Antonio marathon it was freezing and this weekend is the Austin Marathon and the high is supposed to be close to 80.
Last year, SA was warm and Austin was cool.
That being said, I am glad I have learned to enjoy something new.
February 8, 2014
Granted I live in Texas where the high during the “winter” is more often than not in the 40s and up but this winter, it has been cooler than normal. I can handle a mid 40 degree day at the pool but like today when the high was in the 30s, I wasn’t about to go swimming or running for that matter.
I can’t imagine how stir crazy I would be if I didn’t workout most days of the week. Being on disability feels a lot like I am stuck in these walls – no opportunity no real possibility of getting out even though I hate being on it. Working out has enabled me an escape…a way to establish goals, meet and pass goals and set new ones.
I have done well swimming and if you look at each month, I have swam March of last year to present..although I really started swimming after the swim season say Sept or Oct.
Thankfully its about to warm up. I have swam in mid 40s and up in a outdoor heated pool. You know its cool when the water is steaming because its much warmer than the air.
February 4, 2014
I hear stats like everyday 75 to over a hundred people move here daily but the two sports talk radio stations that are here are bad..I mean really bad. They have no real content. They just talk about the same thing over and over: the new coach and what he is going to do. Stop. They might think they know what he may do but he is unproven. Maybe talk about the basketball team if you must talk Texas all the time? I only listen to local radio in the car. Thanks to the internet I can listen to far better stations.
With the influx for people I would think they would want to cater to all people..especially the new people.
January 11, 2014
Years ago there was the movie Boiler Room about the stock market and selling fake stocks. On Monday, I went to see Wolf of Wall Street and it was pretty much like Boiler Room. Wolf had a lot of nudity, drug use, and it was nearly three hours long. Save your money and see something else or just watch Boiler Room.
December 22, 2013
I am certainly not one to cast morality on someone or say you can or can not say this and that but ever since the whole Duck Dynasty thing hit the “news” or rather social media it has become a subject that everyone seems to have an opinion on.
In my opinion the whole gay rights thing has become such a hot topic the last few years that whenever someone – especially celebrities – says something anti gay they are automatically bigots, hypocrites, ignorant mean spirited people. I think this is hardly the case in this situation.
However, when someone on their side says something “out of line” its never mentioned.
The magazine is known for “setting” their interviewees up. Its no secret Duck Dynasty’s beliefs. I mean even though the show is scripted at the end of every show the last scene is everyone having a meal and praying. Also, if you look on you tube at their talks they are all about their faith.
I was going to post some of the blogs and videos that I have seen this week but if I did it would just be continuing the misinformation.
If people get so fired up about such a small issue why don’t they get excited about things that are actually going on in this country or world for that matter that could be helped if the same media and social outcries happened.
During the Texas v Michigan State basketball game today, a CBS announcer used the phrase coined on the show “That’s a Fact Jack”. Who knows if it was just one of those things or if it was someone showing support.
December 17, 2013
I have wondered what is the all mighty governments plan about disability benefits. Right now under the plan given to me, I am given less than what it takes to live on so I have to rely on others to “help”.
Every year the social security administration will call and ask the same questions. Why? I do not know. They have programs that tell them the answers. But they ask like in the past year have you been out of the country for more than 30 days? Really? How would i pay for it? Stupid. They also ask really really impractical questions.
My question that I have say in x years when I may get money will I be disqualified because I have too many sources of income? Or what happens when the money runs out? Why not screen everyone to see if they are truly disabled or just have no desire to work?
I feel like I live in the early century when people buried money because they did not trust the banks. Now for me its not the banks I don’t trust it is the government.
By the way, that show Doomsday Preppers is so funny. If things get as bad as the preppers think I would rather just live and let live instead of living in some bunker buried. Those people have too much money on their hands and have watched one too many episodes of walking dead.
November 17, 2013
This past summer I got into going to city ran pools. Two are fed by a natural aquifer and the temperature is always between 68 and 72 degrees. One is a lap pool 33 meters in length and has lanes with a concrete bottom. Its called Deep Eddy. The other is over 300 meters in length and it has a natural bottom. Its a cool place to go during the spring-fall. It has large hills and lots of areas for laying out. Its called Barton Springs Pool.
I recently found another pool that is heated by a hot spring. It has lanes and its concrete. Its chlorinated though so when they use more heat, they use more chlorine. Its called Big Stacy Pool.
All three of these pools are at most 5 miles away from me and are open year around. If they charge to swim it is only three dollars and it is only at Deep Eddy and Barton Springs but from the end of November to April its free. Big Stacy is always free.
I still run every other day too. Sometimes I’ll do a couple laps after I run or I will go on an off day from running. I’m not really too concerned about doing x miles a week. Now its more like I want to do x miles because I do.
I am kind of fond of the cooler untreated water.
Its pretty cool that Austin has a lot of athletic things to do for not much or any money.
November 3, 2013
I enjoy running but the sport I could take it or leave it. I run a lot but I am more of a zen runner than a runner with a specific plan for everyday. Zen running is just running to how you feel most comfortable – no watch just to run. There are books about it but I haven’t read any. I just feel like people become too consumed with their watch and to post what they did on social media. I don’t like the whole dog and pony show that running has become. If you can do it there is no need to brag about it. People will realize you are fast or whatever without you posting your workouts online.