End of the “Summer”

September 8, 2016

For me 9/2 may be the end of summer but for me it is the start. 

Since late February or early March the pools I frequent daily have been flooded with oblivious kids, transients, and people who stand in the water without moving and complain how cold it is.

Since school started and football games are on attendence is way lower and its great. I will not get tired of hearing lifeguards blowing their whistles saying “no running” “floats are only allowed on this or that end of the pool” “no gainers”   etc. Those are the most frequent I hear from the guards.

.I will not miss from the summer people “It is freezing” and their bluetooth speakers, huge Johnny Manziel swan blow up floaties, bascially everything else they do too. 

I will miss their conversations I ease drop on after I swim and am laying out about “Oh Bro I am so hungover. How you feeling?” Well, maybe..yes I won’t miss that. The coeds for sure although they tend to come more that not as many people are going. 

Basically now until February is the regulars time. Sept – Nov more so where Dec – Jan its sporatic. Now I can do laps and not play frogger. 

In a few months I will be ready for the people to come back though. Hey not many places have a nine month summer or for some of us a twelve month summer.  

Bigger and Better?

July 25, 2016

Last Christmas 2015 I went to my grandparents house for the first time in a long time. They usually come to my parents house but it was more fitting for us to go visit them.

First, we went to my moms mothers house. I have a lot of good memories from there and going back much older it looked and felt the same but it wasn’t. 

My dads parents live in the same town but closer into town than my mother. On the ride there, my parents were like “Do I want to go drive by our old house?” I said no. I’d rather keep the good memories I had than see that the house and neighborhood had become since we moved in the early 90s. 

If I were a kid like many kids here during the summer I would think the place that I swim 6 days a week to be the size of an ocean and literally freezing but in reality its 200 meters in length and 68 degrees year around. 

Sometimes I think the world is better perceived as if you are the kid and everything is so big because once you realize its not you realize you are no longer as big or small as you once did.

 

On the fourth of July

June 28, 2016

It seems like yesterday but it was over a decade ago that around this time we were awaiting campers. It was one of my most sleep deprived but yet one of the happiest times in my life.

I worked at Camp Oakhurst , a camp for disabled kids in the NY/NJ area. I am proud to say that I still keep in touch with many of the staffers still.

When the camp was going on or while the staff would hangout it was like nothing was wrong. We were all equals. That is a feeling I loved and it let me be me..which is hard.

I probably spent the majority of my money earned going to nyc, ottos and other places but I wouldn’t miss out on those experiences ever.

The camp is a easy 2 or so mile jog to the ocean…where those who lived in manhattan would retreat. I remember Billy Joel’s house. It was shaped like a piano.

I used to get up crazy early to run though. Man, if only I would get up like that now.

I miss Oakhurst and the people. I have random distorted dreams of it from time to time.

Time?

June 19, 2016

So is age a milestone or just a mile marker?

In pro sports if you are in your 30’s and are doing well it is often talked about how old they are and how much “time they have left”

In a pets life, if they are 10 plus they are considered old.

I just stopped counting for me and my dog long ago. 

Baseball 

May 26, 2016

Baseball is really the sport of America. 

I remember when I was a young kid and before you even practiced or got on a team, all of the kids (I think) got to go out on the field and the coaches gathered around to decide on who to pick for their team.

This is coming from the memory when I was say 6 or 7 so it could be different. I remember being picked last and the coach saying yeah I guess we will take him.

I hope it still isn’t like that.

I was stuck in left field and rarely got a ball hit to me. During practice I would get so bored that I would take my glove off and then the coach would hit the ball out to me. 

I also remember at some baseball tournament I was in the dugout and the coach started yelling at me or something like that and my  dad saw it. I remember he had some words with the coach and I am pretty sure I didn’t play anymore. 

That man and all of the coaches for that matter were not nice men (even though “nice” is subjective) and in all likelihood are dead or close to it..so don’t feel bad. 

It was in a tiny town in NW Louisiana where the oil field was the business of the town. We moved from there in the winter break of my sixth grade year to Texas. 

Then, the only baseball we would get on TV was the Braves so I became a Braves fan. When I got older, we got season tickets to the Shreveport Captains, a minor league team who had ties with the Texas Rangers. I got all their autographs. 

When we moved to Texas we would go to Ramgers games. I had seen some of the players in the minor leagues…like Will Clark. 

I still watch baseball now and most other major sports. 

On a nearly eight year stop, the Dystonia Medical Research Foundation decided to have another symposium. It used to be every other year and then nothing. 

My first time to attend one of these was one of my best weekends I can recall. As the years went on, I still went. It was the same people for the most part and the same content from the speakers. 

It came to the point to where I was like ok I will know what they are going to say, do I want to go and see the people? The last time I went it was like the people I have known were in this transition period and now have gone through at least one or two more. So who knows who will show up? Likely a lot of young families but beyond that I don’t know.

As for my apperance, it is highly doubtful. I don’t think I can justify spending a grand on travel, loding and food for a weekend to hear doctors trying to sell naive families on how they can cure your kid or make them more “normal”. 

Its a shame for the DMRF too though because it is donor driven so as the older people die off they need people to replace them..who feel wanted from the DMRF but unless you are a pseudo celebrity your voice isn’t heard. 
But hey, good for them starting it up again. Maybe its not too far gone from the last time.

…Not all of Austin just where I swim.

 As I have talked about in numerous posts, there is a 1/8 mile in length pool right downtown. I go there most days in the summer and in the winter when it is warm enough. 

This is my fourth year of going year around and I have noticed its the same people everyday no matter the season. They just come there say around noon and stay until dark. Everyday.

I go to workout and layout but I am only there for say 1-3 hours as opposed to the others. The demographics varies but the retirees stick together and then the rest of us have the rest.

 I’d say  the group I am thinking of ranges from 20s-40s. They are all a golden hue too. They either must have money or live in a rental with many roomates. Its like I am an observer of a 2016 hippie commune. 

Maybe America won’t look like Austin because Austin is pretty great but its almost a certainty that the majority of the patrons are Bernie supporters. 

Its just a shame they are waisting their lives napping and talking about herbal suppliments everyday. Its one thing to not be able to work but to choose not to work…that is what really bothers me about people. 

Lately there have been a few older guys who sit at the top and talk loudly saying things Trump would say. Its funny to see the people look at them and give them dirty looks. 

Hey, hello

February 13, 2016

Its been several months since I last posted anything and its mainly because I havent had anything I feel like writing about. So I will give you a summary of what has been going on:

1. The same. Literally. I swim 5-7 days a week still but unlike other years where I went to a heated pool, I stayed in the spring fed pools. Even in 40 degrees after a few feet you will get acclimated to the temperature. 

2. I dont remember of any series that I was watching but I finished Nurse Jackie a few weeks ago. It was alright but watching it continuously there were a lot of holes in the plots from season to season. Maybe the writers were thinking of keeping on with this or that but didn’t? I dont know. It was alright though. 

3. The weather has been strange this “winter” the coldest day was the day after thanksgiving at 40. The week before Christmas it was in the 80s and we have already been in the 80s since several times. 

4. Election. They should all just drop out and I don’t see why we still use the electorial college if “every vote counts” is going to be the slogan. Its not going to change though. I think popular vote would get rid of this party bias though. 

5. Thats all. Ill write whenever I feel the need.

I watch sports a lot and one hundred percent of the time when something happens where someone is hurt the talking heads say that phrase and its followed with are with x,y z. 

While its a useful phrase to coin I don’t think they should use it unless their thoughts and prayers are really going toward the thing they are talking about.

Also, after a game the star player is often interviewed and they say “I just want to thank God..” 

I am pretty sure God has more important things to worry about than giving someone a good game or letting them luck out a win.  

Its a Dogs Life

September 17, 2015

So, here pets are considered equal to or greater than people. 

Anyway, I ran to Target with my dog in the back around 7 pm with the ac still on even though it was in the 80s. When I came back to my car, there was this lady hovering around my car. 

She was like “Is your ac on?” I was like uh yeah and then she was like “I saw him painting and got worried so i went inside and told someone.” For one, all dogs paint and more importantly, mind your business. It would be different if it was hot out or if I didn’t have the car running.

I bet I know what political party lines she votes.