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Swimboy Pictorial

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Leaving tomorrow to interview Mr. Lochte; hoping, upon return, for advice and commentary on this and that regarding hodge podge below:

Picture 1.




Note: this first picture is the only entirely swimming related-part of today's vlog, so readers who can respond with advice to the questions raised therein will be excused from continuing onwards into what, even I concede, is ultimately a dark place indeed beginning around Picture 5.



Picture 2.




Artists abound within our swimming ranks. At our recent Y championships at Clarion University, an incredibly affable swimmer named Mike Genz drew the following for my coach's 6-year-old daughter, Ciara. Mike was an animator for Disney till carpal tunnel forced him to take a break. He got a tenured position at Edinboro University teaching animation, and that's how he wound up in our hickish neck of the woods. While employed by Disney, he worked on numerous films. He did, for example, all of Ariel's sisters in The Little Mermaid, plus all the eels!


Picture 3.




Another great swimmer-illustrator is our very own D.B. "Doug" Dowd, who posts under the name Red60.


Picture 4.




Red it is! Anybody with an interest in graphic design and a wonderful way of bringing travel to life should contact Red for a copy of Spartan Holiday!
You can send him a private message here: http://forums.usms.org/private.php?do=newpm&u=4764

Picture 5.




Hypothesis: you don't need to be talented to be a good artist. Example: I happened upon the following picture of myself and noticed that the bottom half of my upside down face had a certain science fiction quality that was more attractive, or at least more commanding, than the top half.


Picture 6.




Using Microsoft Paint, I surgically excised the unwanted parts of my face, added a new forehead, sketched in a little mouth, and added some arms. It occurred to me that upside down, and with half my head removed, I looked exactly like one of my pugs!


Picture 7.




Hypothesis: Disproven. You do need to be talented to be a good artist. I sent my concept to my twin brother, John "Rusty Scupperton" Thornton, who brought the Pug Jim chimera disturbingly to life!


The picture reminded me greatly of a poem most of us read in college, which sounds a powerful cautionary note against the bestial impulse that, quite frankly, is universal in human males:


The Pug Child

WITH APOLOGIES TO JAMES L. DICKEY
Pug owners wild to couple
With anything with soft-curly tails
With mounds of earth mounds
Of pinestraw will keep themselves off
Animals by legends of their own:
In the dog nest dark
And dung of yards, they will
Say I have heard tell

That in a museum in Ambridge, PA

Way back in a corner somewhere
There’s this thing that’s only half
Pug like a worried baby
Pickled in alcohol because
Those things can’t live. his eyes
Are open but you can’t stand to look
I heard from somebody who ...

But this is now almost all

Gone. The boys have taken
Their own true wives in the city,
The pugs are safe in the west hill
Kennel but we who were born there
Still are not sure. Are we,
Because we remember, remembered
In the terrible dust of museums?

Merely with his eyes, the pug-child may


Be saying saying


I am here, in my father’s Dog-gloo.

I who am half of your world, came deeply
To my mother before her bowl
Of Science Diet, where she stood like moonlight
Listening for pussies. It was something like love
From another world that seized her
From behind, and she gave, not lifting her head
Out of the kibble, without ever looking, her best
Self to that great need. Turned loose, she dipped her face
Farther into the Kennel Ration, and in a sound
Of sobbing of something stumbling
Away, began, as she must do,
To carry me. I woke, dying,

In the summer sun of the hillside, with my eyes

Far more than human. I saw for a blazing moment
The great dog run world from both sides,
Man and wolves in the round of their need,
And the hill wind stirred in my coat,
My paw and my hand clasped each other,
I ate my one meal
Of Purina Chow, and died
Staring. From dark meat I came straight

To my father’s house, whose dust

Whirls up in the halls for no reason
When no one comes piling deep in a hellish mild corner,
And, through my immortal waters,
I meet the sun’s flesh eye
To eye, and they fail at my closet of glass.
Dead, I am most surely living
In the minds of pug owning boys: I am he who drives
Them like wolves from the sow and hen
And from the chaste bitch in the wind.
They go into woods into bean fields they go
Deep into their known right hands. Dreaming of me,
They groan they wait they suffer
Themselves, they marry, they raise their kind.

Picture 8.




Chances are that anyone who has continued reading up to this point will enjoy the bejesus out of my wonderful brother's latest movie, itself a tremendous gem of activist art! How I love the good nature and earnest bonhomie/sensibility of this American Baby!


To complete your Easter journey, simply click on here to find out that there are worse monsters afoot in these United States than the odd, short-lived Pug Children who live for a day among us before expiring!


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qrpQ...V6qahcFfHS-cI=

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Updated April 8th, 2012 at 04:09 PM by jim thornton

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  1. jim thornton's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Kurt Dickson
    Your baby is on crack and helium...the government has mandated all be seen by ERs but has not funded this law in the like 25 plus years since it was enacted which I think would include a few democratic majorities and administrations. No other "right" we have obligates another, say me for instance, to perform a service and not get payed for it and have the opportunity to get sued for it as well.

    Since you love Santorum so much...here is a good one..."Rick Santorum" — A BLR Soundbite - YouTube
    It's a bummer, man, I know when the thrill is gone, but just grab another lolli, take it out on the street where Scalia implies the future mortal cases can soon be left. When the dying child screams, drop the pop and ease her on down to the other side. The hippocratic oath must needs glide a bit when all the money gets grabbed by the few bad men.

    I will never sue you, fellow traveler, who does his best day in and day out! And sees only the best in people, like rick santorum's lip reader.
  2. Kurt Dickson's Avatar
    children dying in the street? I love you man but you are killing me.

    hey...we all leave skidders...I'm crazy and I'm right...
  3. swimshark's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by jim thornton
    And some say I have lost it! These Brony people are out of control!

    P.S. What is a Brony? I get that the "ony" is the back half of "pony" but what is the Br part?
    I think the BR comes from brother, but don't quote me on that one. They are big enough to make the front page of the Style section in the WA Post on Sat. They have t-shirts and everything.

    PS I don't think you lost it. Not sure you ever had it
  4. jim thornton's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Kurt Dickson
    children dying in the street? I love you man but you are killing me.
    Kurt, I wasn't joking. During the SCOTUS healthcare arguments, this exchange occurred:

    “[The uninsured are] going into the [health care] market without the ability to pay for what [they] get, getting the health care service anyway as a result of the social norms…to which we’ve obligated ourselves so that people get health care,” explained Solicitor General Donald Verrilli.

    “Well, don’t obligate yourself to that,” Scalia countered. “Why — you know?”

    So instead of requiring the uninsured to obtain health coverage, Scalia would rather fix the cost shifting problem by letting hospitals deny emergency medical care to anyone who cannot pay the full cost of their treatments.
    The callous stance taken by Scalia and opponents of the health care law prompted Justice Sonia Sotomayor to ask, “What percentage of the American people who took their son or daughter to an emergency room and that child was turned away because the parent didn’t have insurance — do you think there’s a large percentage of the American population would stand for the death of that child…?”

    from: http://www.whatthefolly.com/2012/04/...are-guarantee/

    I'm not saying that Scalia will prevail on this, but if five of the Supremes agree that the 1986 Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act (EMTALA) is somehow unconstitutional, it's not an entirely crazy leap to suggest some poor kids might die untreated.
  5. jim thornton's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by swimshark
    I don't think you lost it. Not sure you ever had it
    I fit nicely within the long admired role of the wise fool, Alison. And I thank your for acknowledging my sagaciously foolish contributions to society!
  6. jim thornton's Avatar
    Okay, I am not sure anyone is still commenting with flip turn advice, but here is a 500 I swam in 2010 that shows my angled flip turn in all its eccentric lack of glory.

    Again, comments would be greatly appreciated!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature...&v=gfi1biu0uUs

    Note: you don't have to watch the whole thing--just a few flips should give you the idea.
  7. Sojerz's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by jim thornton
    Okay, I am not sure anyone is still commenting with flip turn advice, but here is a 500 I swam in 2010 that shows my angled flip turn in all its eccentric lack of glory.

    Again, comments would be greatly appreciated!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature...&v=gfi1biu0uUs

    Note: you don't have to watch the whole thing--just a few flips should give you the idea.

    1. Looks like my flip turn too, i think (pretty old-school). I've practiced coming straight over with a few sdks, but i seem to resort to what i know when i'm tired or trying to push it. My old turn seems faster, but it may be just comfortable and not faster. Im also not sure what the advantage of coming straright over is, unless for back or side sdks after push-off?? You don't look to me like you are coming off the wall for circle swimming.
    2. I think "dispiriting" doesn't say enough about my emotions associated with the supreme court's health care arguments. Disgusted and outraged come to mind. These are supposed to be the 'best and brightest' legal minds in the country??? The suggestion that mandatory healthcare insurance could set a precedence leading to a govt. requirement to buy/eat broccoli??? Absurd??? (a much better suggestion would be mandatory Milky Ways with dental floss)
    3. In addition to the issues associated with emergency care, there are 50 million people who receive no preventitive health care and wait until it's virtually too late to seek medical attention. The lack of health insurance can and does frequently cost them their lives. They find a lump, experience some pain, bleeding, etc. and ignore it, because they have no primary physician and then months or years later wind up in the emergancy room to seek medical attention for a problem that is now very serious or fatal.
    4. We're the richest society in the world, and our 'best and brightest' want hospitals to turn the people away at the door?? I'm not sure for which circle in the "Inferno" this qualifies, but don't think it's very high.
  8. Kurt Dickson's Avatar
    I would agree EMTALA has forced scumbags to get a heart and work, but it has also caused hundreds of ERs to close. This is because if you tell a hospital (a business) they must provide care to everyone but can't force the individual to pay for it (a situation unique to the entire business world), then inner city ERs will and are going broke.

    EMTALA while noble in its intent, in order to work must be funded. At my hospital yesterday we saw the same "person" 4 times in less than 24 hours (seen by me twice). He came in by ambulance twice. Who do you think is paying for all that? Our pediatric department is always packed with patients (and dutifully seen by me and my colleagues) who can't pay who don't seem too shy about coming in with runny noses, fevers, and other non-lifethreatening conditions...children dying in the street? I think not.

    Now Ruth Bader Ginsberg...that's one scary justice.
  9. Sojerz's Avatar
    Kurt ER Drs deserve sainthood in my opinion from experiences with my family, but I'm lucky and have insurance. Agree, there are no children dying in the streets and surely there is abuse of the ER privledge, but as you indicated the system we now have is not sustainable. At one point, I thought the problem was insurance companies, but believe now it is more complex. Obamacare may not be a complete solution, but the problem can't be ignored even if the supreme court chooses to stick their head in the sand. What does a strict constitutionalist on the supreme court do? Bloodletting was still in vogue at the time, so perhaps that's what they will conclude is the limit of mandatory healtcare.
  10. rxleakem's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by jim thornton
    One more: Natalie C.

    She also does the 12 o'clock high push off, but she begins her SDK on her side, swiveling to freestyle position in the process.

    Pretty impressive, I must say.

    Natalie Coughlin Swim Tip #5: Flip Turn - YouTube
    I'd like to think that my turns look somewhat similar to these. I working on "bowing" to initiate the turn, a strong pull into the flip, off on my back with toes pointed up, and then use the momentul off the wall to turn over.

    I thought about it today at practice, and I didn't notice any significant stress of my knees. The SDK's help to start the rotation towards my side, and then once there I use the arm closest to the bottom of the pool to take the first stroke and that flips me the rest of the way to the surface.

    It takes some work, but I'd suggest that you remember to
  11. jim thornton's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by rxleakem
    I'd like to think that my turns look somewhat similar to these. I working on "bowing" to initiate the turn, a strong pull into the flip, off on my back with toes pointed up, and then use the momentul off the wall to turn over.

    I thought about it today at practice, and I didn't notice any significant stress of my knees. The SDK's help to start the rotation towards my side, and then once there I use the arm closest to the bottom of the pool to take the first stroke and that flips me the rest of the way to the surface.

    It takes some work, but I'd suggest that you remember to

    Just got back from my interview (and short swim) with Ryan Lochte. It turns out this is exactly how he does flip turns--hits wall with toes pointing up, pushes off and roles towards side, glides for about one second, then initiates a series of SDKs that start on the side and continue till he's back on his stomach.

    I got some video, not great, but hopefully it will accompany my article.
  12. Jim Kellam's Avatar
    Jim, where will your article be published? I don't know which magazines/websites you write for.
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