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  1. Wet Tuesday

    by , June 16th, 2009 at 10:20 PM (Swimming, Life, and Other Stuff!)
    I was able to get my 1st half of the day outdoors with my summer school class before the rains set in today.
    From 10:00 am it has been raining steadily. I am getting sick of gloomy weather.
    Here's the LCM workout the few of us who showed up to swim in the downpour did:
    I was too late for the warm-up so I did it at the end!

    1) 12 X 100---(1-3 on 2:00, 4-6 on 1:55, 7-9 on 1:50, 10-12 on 1:45) that was challenging for me!

    2) Super 1,000 Free Set---(50-100-50-150-50-200-50-150-50-100-50) I was swimming w/guys who are faster than me so I did all free. Some of them did the 50's stroke.

    3) Warm-up (cool-down for me)
    200 IM moderate
    100 Free Swim
    200 Flutter Kick on stomach (no flippers)
    3 X 100 (fly, back, breast) 20 sec rest inbetween
    3,000 LCM

    The water was cold (77 degrees). I think 77 seems cold in a pool, but nice in ow.
    I like workouts in inclimate weather. You normally have no more than 1 other person in your lane. Usually only the hardcore nasti's show up.
    It makes you feel like a warrier!
  2. 6/16 SCY 6:30pm

    by , June 16th, 2009 at 09:41 PM (FREEDom)
    A double today. I'm trying to do a couple of doubles for a few weeks. Plus some upcoming travel, so not sure when I'll get back in the water before Monday.

    Swam the regular evening masters workout. Beth coached (welcome back!). Swam with Eduardo and Lisa W, next to Tim and Liz.

    Water temp 86F. Ugh.

    Warm up
    Swam about 500, but my jaw was nice and loose. I can't swim and talk at the same time.

    4 x 100 on 1:35, working between the flags
    200 drill
    4 x 100 on 1:50 non-free. Swam back
    200 drill non-free. back

    8 x 50 on 1:05, 50 easy, 50 hard. went 27s
    200 kick no gear
    6 x 50 on 1:00, desc 1> 3, 4> 6, went 27s
    10 x 25 on :30 kick w/ fins
    30 sec rest
    10 x 25 on :25 kick w/ fins

    3 x 50 on :40, desc 1> 3 Got a foot cramp on #2. 29 on the last one.

    200 easy
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  3. Tuesday, 6/16/09

    by , June 16th, 2009 at 06:39 PM (A comfort swimmer's guide to easy swimming)
    SCM, Solo

    300 swim free
    kick 3 x 100 w/fins w/15 sec. rest: last 25 fast, do these backstroke:
    (I did these with zoomers. Was coming in around 1:45 so did them on 2:00)
    2 x 75 on 1:40 alt. 50 drill/25 swim choice
    6 x 75 on 1:30 build to fast last 25
    (went around 1:03-1:05 on these)

    all free:
    200 swim on 3:30 (went 3:00)
    4x50 build on 1:00, desc. 1-4
    (from :45->:42)
    30 sec. rest
    50 fast off blocks 1:15
    (around :35)
    1:00 minute rest
    2 x 150 swim on 2:45
    (both 2:15±)
    4 x 50 build on 1:00 desc. 1-4
    (from :45->:42)
    :30 sec. rest
    2 x 25 on :40 fast: #1 off blocks
    (1st one under :15, second just over :16)
    1:00 minute rest
    200 swim on 3:30 (3:04)
    4 x 50 build on 1:00 desc. 1-4
    (from :44->:41)
    1:00 minute rest
    50 fast off blocks (about :34)

    150 swim down
  4. Tuesday, June 16

    by , June 16th, 2009 at 03:21 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Short swim amidst the chaos:


    Warm up:

    700 variety swim, kick, drill

    Main sets:

    20 x 25
    odds, shooter on back w/fins
    evens EZ

    50 EZ

    1 x 25 build + 25 EZ

    1 x 50 AFAP back w/fins, 25ish

    150 EZ

    3 x (25 AFAP free + 50 EZ)

    150 C/D

    Total: 1875


    Felt like crap in the water. I guess that's to be expected. Still hoping not to get mono, though I have a sore throat.

    Why when I'm resting for a meet is the rest of my life always crazy? I am looking forward to sleeping in Friday and Saturday though.
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  5. Been gone sailin'

    First time to charter a 32 foot Catalina in the Palmico Sound for a week. I was all set to do alot of swimming when jellyfish with two foot long tentacles had invaded the place. Found out the hard way and got stung first day in the water in the first few minutes. Finally, after all week on Saturday I get in the water as no sightings of the beasts except one or two that morning. I followed behind the boat for a little over an hour anywhere between .6 -1.8 knots. Just after I got out my brothers and sister dophins approached the boat and swam along with us. What a joy!
    The trip was not without its hot lulls and also wild hurricanes to bunker down in, plus lots of spinacker flyin. Got the boat up to 8 knots. I learn alot about navigation. Rugged, but fun trip.

    Hope to get back on track of getting faster....
    Today I swam in the outdoor summer pool just down the street. I can walk there and that is so tempting rather than having to go downtown.
    I like having a variety of choices...but must stick to goals when in the water no matter where:

    Swim four times a week
    At least 3000 which I did not do today.
    Ande's speed drills at least three times a week and get timed on the 25 and 50 at the end of each week.

    500 yards free
    200 IM
    12 x 25 as fast as I could
    250 kicks
    250 drills
    200 breaststrke
    200 backstroke
    100 cool down
    not such a hard 2000 yards...the next workout I do must work harder. I did concentrate on form however, and felt kind of speedy in a glidish sort of way.
  6. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 Workout - 6/17/09 - SCY/LCM

    by , June 16th, 2009 at 02:25 PM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 a.m. Workout)

    WARM UP:
    4 X 150 50 free/50 stroke/50 free 3:00
    4 X 50 kick 1:30
    3 X 100 free 1:45
    4 X 50 kick 1:30
    3 X 100 stroke 2:30
    4 X 50 kick 1:30


    2 X 100 stroke 2:00
    4 X 50 stroke descend 1-4 1:15
    Swim the set 3 times.
    Short break between each round.
    IM'ers: 1 round each, fly, back, breast.

    1 X 25 :30
    1 X 50 1:00
    1 X 75 1:30
    1 X 100 2:00
    Swim the set 4 times, choice.
    Round 1: 100 is fast
    Round 2: 75 is fast
    Round 3: 50 is fast
    Round 4: 25 is fast

    12 X 25 :40
    Sprint 20 yards, no breath.

    WARM DOWN: 4 X 50 easy 1:00

    4500 Y/M
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  7. Early morning LCM & Weights

    by , June 16th, 2009 at 12:57 PM (Swim like an Orca, but faster !)
    Lambic Aquatic Center - Folsom, CA
    Folsom Marlins Masters -
    forgot the coachs name (sorry)
    Warm up
    4x200 50fast/50 ez
    4x50 K 25 fast/50 ez

    2 x
    4x100 IM switch (50 Fly/50 Back, BK/BR, BR/Free, Free Fly)
    1x400 IM (fly gave out after 75m, switched to 2-2-2 drill)
    4x50 IM order (Fly first round, Drill second)
    1x200 IM (Fly first round, drill second)

    200 cool down

    3600 M

    We were about 6 mixed in our lane. I was number 3 in the intermediate lane, we didn't get intervals, however we didn't stop for more than 5 seconds ! We took a little break after the second 400 IM, which we unanimously agreed to a 400 pull. I was surprised that my 2-2-2 fly drill was able to keep up, this was the first time I did a 50m fly without a wall. What prevented me from completing a 100M fly was just plain running out of air, Ive got to work on breathing rhythm, I was too sporatic, so I found out that recklous breathing during the fly will catch up.

    Lords Gym -
    Did my usual sets without the initial warmup.

    way tired
  8. Tue Jun 16th, 2009

    by , June 16th, 2009 at 10:47 AM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    Tue Jun 16th, 2009

    What do I need to do to swim faster?

    + Keep training hard,
    + Lose weight, (5, 10, 15, 20 or 25 pounds)
    + 6 beat kick in practice,
    + improve flutter kicking speed,
    + SDK off walls,
    + improve breastroke.
    + split races right, split work out swims right
    + finish strong,
    + embrace Tip 165 [ame=""]Build a Better Boat[/ame]
    What else?


    6:30 - 8:00
    Whitney Coached
    TSC main pool
    swam with Tyler, Todd, Marcio, Nate, Larry, & UT swimmer Daniel Nyaradi
    Left home late, Dove in at 6:45

    Warm Up LCM
    missed it

    Main SET

    assigned: 4 x 400 fr on 6:00 desc
    did: this was my warm up
    350 easy,
    350 easy,
    moved lanes
    400 fr 80%ish went under 5:00

    100 easy

    assigned: 4 x 300 fr pull on 4:00 desc
    did: 4 x 300 fr swim, went 4th in my lane 5 behind Todd,
    got more rest than I expected
    went: 3:45ish, 3:40, 3:35ish & 3:25 on #4

    100 easy


    USMS South Central Zone Long Course Championship Meet
    Fri July 18 - 19 2009
    Woodlands, TX
    Meet Entry Form
    32 Days away

    Friday July 17th Aerosmith is playing with ZZ Top at the
    Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavillion in the Woodlands
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  9. 6/16 LCM 5:30am

    by , June 16th, 2009 at 09:03 AM (FREEDom)
    Went ahead and swam the practice this morning I posted for tomorrow since I'll be traveling and need to get my pool time in.

    Swam solo. Water was 84+ again. We have chillers and aerators but don't seem to be using them. Or they're keeping the water warm for the swim lessons.

    Weight 181 lbs. not bad. was running around 187 a couple of weeks ago, so getting back to competition weight. Dragging an extra 5 lbs through the water for a 800 or 1500 adds up.

    Warm Up [1000/1000]
    200 swim
    200 pull
    200 kick
    200 drill
    200 choice/IM

    Set 1 [1500/2500]
    3 x {
    3 x 100 on 1:30 FAST
    2 x 100 on 2:00 moderate recovery – maintain form
    Tried to hold 1:15s or better, but slowed to around 1:17s on some. Warm water, swimming solo, early morning,.. <insert additional excuse here>

    Set 2 [300/2800]
    300 choice/IM drill recovery

    Set 3 [1000/3800]
    20 x 50 on 1:00 STRONG
    IM order or choice
    I swam these as
    4 free w/ snorkel
    4 back
    4 free w/ snorkel
    4 back
    4 free swim

    Warm down [200/4000]
    200 easy

    Swim Workouts
  10. Tuesday, 16 June 2009

    by , June 16th, 2009 at 08:01 AM (TJ's Blog of Slow Swimming!)
    12:00 to 13:00 at Röthelheimbad mit Hannah-Stockbauer-Halle (in Erlangen, Germany) (LCM) on my own.

    600 free - alternate 100 swim/50 drill

    Main Set:
    4 x 50 fr build on 1:00 - :55s
    6 x 100 fr desc by 2s on 2:00 - 1:57, 1:54, 1:52, 1:52, 1:48, 1:47
    4 x 50 fr build - 6 beat K on 1:00
    2 x 50 fr all out on 1:00 - :47, :44
    1:00 Break
    2 x 100 – 50 fl/50 bk on 2:30
    2 x 100 – 50 bk/50 br on 2:30
    2 x 100 – 50 br/50 fl on 2:30

    200 easy free

    2500 meters

    Notes: This is the practice that I wrote for myself last week and could not finish it. Today, I finished it in a little less than 1 hour. Now I have to start changing it up a bit. And searching for a team to practice with! Backstroke goes on forever in a LC pool! But I can really concentrate for long(er) stretches of time on the things I need to work on.
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  11. Tuesday 6/16 - A night of tossing and turning

    by , June 16th, 2009 at 07:39 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    I can just imagine how much stress my old coach Rick went through and I am glad he has found a better place but it was my loss, his and the kids he coaches gain.

    500 Free EZ
    500 Free kick w/fins

    1500 Free w/paddles & bouy for time 23:53 my times at the 400's were 6:30, 6:25, 6:20 then just whatever I had left (best competition time was 22:35).

    6x100 Back Drills w/fins #1,4 fashion model, 2,5 partial recovery, 3,6 underwater recovery
    400 Free kick w/fins

    500 Free EZ

    Total 4000 meters

    Updated November 26th, 2009 at 05:39 PM by Donna

  12. mini taper for 5k swim?

    by , June 15th, 2009 at 11:26 PM (Swimming, Life, and Other Stuff!)
    I am cutting back a little this week. I've been working/swimming hard and decided to rest a bit for the 5k ow swim I am doing Saturday.
    I have been told you shouldn't taper for 5K races since there's no real speed involved. Is this true? What do you think.
    I feel like a person should take a light week if they're fatigued and achy. Maybe I should call it a "rest" not a "taper".

    I bought a kettle ball today! I like the exercises I did with it; I found them on the included dvd. I got a little nervous using the thing in the house; I was afraid one of my cats or the dog would accidently step in front of my and I would crack their head. I ended up going out on the pool deck and swinging away! I bet this would be a great activity for golfers.
    I have to teach 3 days of golf next week in summer school (woods, irons, and putting). I better go study since I'm not a linkswoman.
  13. Monday with the 'sol

    by , June 15th, 2009 at 10:32 PM (Swim like an Orca, but faster !)
    Aquasol Masters Evening
    Coach Janine
    I got in a bit early, to hear that the water is cold, but dove in anyways.

    Warm 400 mixed
    8x75 FR on 1:00 (made 2 then went 1:15)
    (held 1:00)
    3x200 IM FR/BK/BR/FR on 3:30 (did 3:15)
    2x100 (by 25s) K (Fly on back/on side)
    Vertical kick 1:00
    10x50 FR Pace on 1:00, hold :35 (think I slipped 1 or 2 :36)
    200 w/d
    2500 SCY

    Nice workout for Monday
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  14. Weights + Swim

    by , June 15th, 2009 at 10:12 PM (Elise's Fitness Fun)
    I burned a bunch of calories today, but didn't have time to eat as well as I would have liked. Son is at camp this week and I am ahead on my lecture notes for my class I am teaching, so I had lots of time this afternoon. I spent a good bit of it up at the Y working out. As a result, I didn't get the ideal lunch or mid-afternoon snack in that I should have gotten in. I just had my evening snack and have gone back and added up the number of calories I had today. Only had 1,850 calories. This was not intentional, but was just the way it worked out.

    First the weight room:

    One mile warm-up walk
    Bench press: 85 x 8, 90 x 6, 95 x 4
    Lat pull-downs: 130 x 8, 150 x 6, 160 x 4
    Military press: 50 x 8, 60 x 6, 70 x 4
    Triceps press: 30 x 8, 40 x 6, 50 x 4
    Alter. hammer curls: 2 sets of 15 x 10

    Core work:
    1 set of 30 push-ups
    25 crunches with Swiss ball
    15 push-ups
    50 good morning darlings
    5 push-ups
    100 bicycle crunches

    5 min. on stationary bike - maintain RPM over 100
    Hip adduction: 130 x 8, 150 x 6, 160 x 4
    Hip abduction: 120 x 8, 130 x 6, 140 x 4
    Seated leg raises: 2 sets of 20

    Swim workout:

    400 Reverse I.M. (one-arm on fly)

    10 x 100: broken at 50 with 5 seconds rest, negative split 50s, rest 20 seconds after each 100 (Did 5 free and 5 back.)

    10 x 50 kick on 1:00 - alternated 2 dolphin with 2 flutter kick

    2 x 200 pull - go faster on second 200 than first 200 - one minute rest between 200s

    4 x 125 I.M. on 15 seconds rest - double stroke in IMO

    2 x 250 drill or kick: worked kicking on side and hand entry in fly (Coach told me I was entering with my hands too close together and was still doing some S stuff on my underwater pull.)

    4 x 250 with 45 seconds rest between each - on numbers 1 an 4, swim lengths 1, 5, 9 full-stroke fly; on numbers 2 and 3, swim all free

    4 x 25 AFAP from a flat start - take an easy 25 between each fast 25 - did free, free, fly, back

    200 easy

    4700 SCY

    I was pretty tired after all of this, but still managed to walk the dog 2 miles.

    I'll probably be starving tomorrow. Looks like I was in serious negative energy balance today.

    Updated June 15th, 2009 at 10:35 PM by elise526

  15. Early post 6/19 LCM 5:30am

    by , June 15th, 2009 at 09:50 PM (FREEDom)
    Again, traveling, maybe I'll do this one if I get some time on the road.

    4/28 SCY Warm up [1000/1000]

    Transition set [600/1600]
    4 x 50 on 1:15 drill
    4x 50 on 1:15 kick
    4x 50 on 1:00 build

    Set 1 [1000/2600]
    2 x {
    6 x 50 on 1:15 desc 1 > 3, hold 4 – 6 at 200 pace
    2 x 100 on 1:45 – 2:00 cruise, hold perfect form
    may swim as free or choice... adjust accordingly

    Set 2 [200/2800]
    4 x 50 on 1:15 drill/recovery

    Set 3 [700/3500]
    2 x {
    3 x 100 on 2:15, desc 1 > 3 to 200 pace
    1 x easy 50

    Warm down [200/3700]
    200 easy

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  16. Early post 6/17 LCM 5:30am

    by , June 15th, 2009 at 09:49 PM (FREEDom)
    I'll be traveling Wed - Sun, so not sure when I'll get in the water. I hope to swim some on the road, but only if work cooperates.

    Here's some workout suggestions for Wed.

    4/28 SCY Warm Up [1000/1000]
    200 swim
    200 pull
    200 kick
    200 drill
    200 choice/IM

    Set 1 [1500/2500]
    3 x {
    3 x 100 on 1:30 FAST
    2 x 100 on 2:00 moderate recovery – maintain form

    Set 2 [300/2800]
    300 choice/IM drill recovery

    Set 3 [1000/3800]
    20 x 50 on 1:00 STRONG
    IM order or choice

    Warm down [200/4000]
    200 easy

    Swim Workouts
  17. 6/15 LCM 5:30a

    by , June 15th, 2009 at 09:45 PM (FREEDom)
    Swam with Big Mike and Lisa C

    Water is too warm! 84F... yes, I have a thermometer in my gear bag.

    4/28 SCY 600 warm up [600/600]
    I made up this workout a week or so ago...I actually did not see this warm up in the darkness, so I did the next set as the warm up. Oh well. I'll try the full workout again sometime. Probably the best thing, since I felt sloppy not swimming for 3 days.

    400 on 6:00 [1000/1600]
    300 on 4:30
    200 on 3:00
    100 on 1:30

    200 kick [700/2300]
    6 x 50 on 1:00 drill – L/R/Swim by 50
    200 kick

    4 x 100 on 1:40 desc 1 > 4 Free [1000/3300]
    3 x 100 on 1:30 , desc 1 > 3
    2 x 100 on 1:25, desc 1 > 2
    1 x 100 on 1:15

    4 x 50 on 1:15 kick [700/4000]
    6 x 50 on 1:00 choice
    4 x 50 on 1:15 easy/fast

    200 warm down [200/4200]

    Swim Workouts
  18. 6/12 - 14 No practice

    by , June 15th, 2009 at 09:36 PM (FREEDom)
    Traveling and at my daughter's college graduation (yeah!), so no training for a few days.
  19. 6/11/2009 Dryland 6am

    by , June 15th, 2009 at 09:35 PM (FREEDom)
    My typical routine 2x/week, usually Tues - Thurs AM

    My objective with dryland for the LCM season:
    - get some more tone
    - don't get too stiff
    - focus on middle distance style lifting - moderate weights, moderate reps
    - LCM season is too short for cycle training right now

    stretch 5 - 10 mins (I'm too stiff)
    On a cable cross machine:
    - shoulder abductors 2 x 20 rep, 25 lbs
    - shoulder adductor 2 x 20 rep, 20 lbs
    - 1 arm lat pull down (free pull motion) 3 x 12 x 60 lbs
    - twists 2 x 20 x 120 lbs

    Legs - my legs are weak, and my knees hurt
    - leg press machine 3 x 12 x 210 - 290, depending how my knees feel
    - leg extensions - I use a machine with adustable range of motion, do about 30 - 45 degrees... bad knees. Right now, I'm just using about 60 lbs, and holding leg extension for 30 secs 3 x each leg
    - hamstrings - 3 x 12 x 90 - 100lbs
    - hip abductor/adductor - 2 x 20 x 100lbs. I started these when my hip starting hurting, along with hip stretch (yoga "pretzel pose?"). Hips feel better now.

    Core - some variety beyond just sit ups. I usually do 2 sets of 60 sec of one of the below:
    - incline sit ups w/ 25 lbs disc
    - or Hoist crunch machine w/ 60+ lbs
    - extended sit ups on a back raise
    Then I do some back raises or back lifts of some type.

    Other exercises, depending on time:
    - shoulder shrugs
    - tricep extensions
    - dumbbell bench press (have not done much lately trying to watch my shoulders)
    - butterfly machine

    Then finish up with 15 - 20 mins of stretching
    - quads
    - hamstrings
    - back
    - arms/shoulders
    - hips
    - and some bad yoga

    Updated June 15th, 2009 at 09:52 PM by ImFree

    Strength Training and Dryland Workouts
  20. 13 ways of looking at catastrophe

    by , June 15th, 2009 at 09:20 PM (Vlog the Inhaler, or The Occasional Video Blog Musings of Jim Thornton)
    1. I can keep paying 33.16 percent of my pretax income for health insurance premiums until I have exhausted our home equity credit line, or I can go naked--no health insurance at all, since what I have is all I can get. In the case of the latter, I will be one medical catastrophe in the future away from bankruptcy. In the case of the former, I will undergo bankruptcy on the installment plan.

    2. Come and listen to a story about a man named Jim
    A one-time bourgeoisie, easily kept his family fed,
    Then one day he was shootin at some peasants,
    And up through the ground came a bubblin crude.

    Toxins, that is, black sludge, DDT.

    Well the first thing you know ol Jim's a thousandaire,
    Kinfolk said "Jim move away from there"
    Said "Mumbai is the place you ought to be"
    So they loaded up the boat and moved to India.

    Slums, that is. Dupont spills, slumdogs.

    Well now it's time to say good by to Jim and all his kin.
    And they would like to thank you folks fer kindly piling on.
    You're all invited back again to this locality
    To have a heapin helpin of their organs bodily.

    Livers, that is. Kidneys, too, Take your pick. It's all there's left to sell!

    Y'all come back now, y'hear?.

    A change to the living will of James S. Thornton:

    In case of medical catastrophe, I hereby decree that I want to be kept alive with every possible expensive high-tech gadget and drug now known and invented in the future, until the entire $25 million coverage I have paid for to Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota has been completely and utterly exhausted down to the final penny, at which point, I authorize plug-pulling from my exhausted remains. Moreover, I demand that even in the event that there is zero brain activity whatsoever measurable inside my ruined corpus during the decades that I am, quasi-posthumously, exerting my revenge, er, I mean, getting my financially obligated healthcare paid for by my usurious insurer, that I want the maximum sub lethal dose of morphine, Xanax, and (if legal) cocaine dripped intravenously through my system 24/7/365 till the $25 million is exhausted. (I want my estate to be provided with an exact accounting of every penny spent, too; no $4 aspirin tablets without justification for same in triplicate.) And finally, I would request that an ever-rotating squadron of Bible Thumping Palin-Supporter Abortion Clinic Bombing Evangelists be given access to my bed side during visiting hours to pray over me and do their best to stimulate my resurrection via the literal rhythmic thumping of their Bibles, not to mention a constant sneer of menace towards any doctor, nurse, orderly, or candy striper who even thinks of ending my so-called life before the $25 million is spent.

    4. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, of the estimated 50 million Americans currently without health insurance, only 1-2 percent are in the state voluntarily--i.e, they make enough money to pay for it, but just cavalierly choose not to pay for it

    5. Uwe Reinhardt of Princeton University told me that the current system is "cruel" and that the propagandists at the Wall Street Journal and the Murdoch Media Empire are reminiscent of infamous propagandists from his former country of Germany, but when I suggested the name Goebbels, he said, "You can't say that I said that."

    6. The little old lady that swallowed the fly is extremely familiar to me. Similarly, the sled dog that falls before its rapacious pack mates is a creature that I feel an almost Shirley McClain-like previous-life identification with. Between a hornet buzzing in my lungs, and scars on my jugulars, I am left to wonder: how many more incarnations before I get out of this hell hole?

    7. 13 ways is an awful lot of ways to look at something this revolting

    8. Who knows what combination of depression and sleep disorder throws cognition for a ringer? Who knows what causes these disorders? To make enough money to pay for their treatment, I asked my doctor about Provigil, a "wakefulness promoting agent" that is used by the military to keep our combat pilots awake and at peak mental functioning for days at a time. To prescribe it, he needed an FDA approved condition--take your pick, shift work disorder or narcolepsy. Alas, there was nothing on the form for "getting old, hard to think intensely hour after hour after hour, in the hope of eking out enough of a so-called living to pay for taxes and health insurance and social security I will never see, all the while crippled with sleepiness induced as a likely side effect of antidepressants." So he picked narcolepsy. Which I don't technically have, but nevertheless appears now to make me utterly uninsurable if I try to change health plans.

    9.As kids, my brother and I were once playing in a sewer pipe. I went in and got stuck. I could not back out. The only way out was forwards. But the more I tried to wriggle in this direction, the tighter the grip of the inside diameter. I can still remember that feeling of suffocation, a rat stuck, no exit. Somehow, miraculously, my brother managed to stick his legs in and push me out. I don't think I will get out this time.

    10. Most people, myself included, have felt some sympathy for the underclass--those who are stuck in horrible situations, in places where the nearest fresh vegetable, for instance, is three bus transfers away in the suburbs, and meanwhile they get criticized for eating junk food. I know my current situation is nothing like this. But I also suspect we are hardwired to feel worse about change for the worse than something bad that has been that way so long we are used to it. All I am saying is that when you feel things are rigged for the benefit of others, and when you furthermore feel that these other "beneficiaries" are cloaking their greed in virtue, wrapping themselves in platitudes like Freedom and The Unseen Hand of the Market, when in fact it is nothing but a license to grab for themselves not just an extra spot at the trough, but THE ENTIRE TROUGH, well it just makes you think how satisfying it might be to rise up and go berserk.

    O thin men of Haddam,
    Why do you imagine golden birds?
    Do you not see how the blackbird
    Walks around the feet
    Of the women about you?

    12. Prediction: depression, plague, World War, halcyon aftermath; repeat.

    13. Tonight's practice: 5000 yards.
    My fastest of our 14 x 200s was a mediocre 2:10. Must work and try harder. It is, I think, important that I keep my body in as close to age-adjusted superb shape as possible so that when the inevitable medical catastrophy strikes, the body will be able to survive long enough to exhaust the entire $25 million in lifetime benefits that my health insurer has promised is coming to me, and which I hope--with my last dying, brain-dead breath--to use to the final penny, out of nothing more than spite.