Random Review: 2014 Tough Mudder Virginia

Tough MudderNext, up on my OCR sampler year is Tough Mudder.  The most convenient location for me was Tough Mudder Virginia in Doswell.  An overnight stay was required, so at least the rest of the family could enjoy Kings Dominion while I ran TM less than a mile away.

I signed up for the 8:15 a.m. wave on Saturday June 14.   At that point in my training I had 4 consecutive 20+ mile-weeks and twice a week strength training that included sets of pull-ups.  This TM course was described as “Arena” style at a fairground.  It was a little over 10 miles and generally flat.

We booked a hotel right across the street from Kings Dominion, so I planning to save $15 on parking by walking to Meadow Event Park, the “birthplace of Secretariat.”  I made it there bright and early and found a spot in the check-in line with dozens of others before the event opened.

Check-in was smooth.  I got numbered, applied my wristbands, put on my OCR shoes, and and paid $10 for the privilege of checking my bag.  Read more »

Your Ice Bucket Challenge is So Cute

100 Ice Bucket Challenges Tough Mudder Arctic Enema

MLB Power Rankings for August 15, 2014

Major League Baseball Power Rankings for August 15, 2014

We’re heading into the heart of the pennant race. Some teams have — perhaps foolishly — added some pieces before the trade deadline. Will the risks pay off? The biggest risers are the Rays; biggest falls go to Texas and San Francisco.

I’ve divided the rankings in to 4 tiers of teams. The “Elite” are the best of the best right now. The “Contenders” are in the thick of the pennant race. Those in the “Meh-zo-sphere” cling to dreams of playing relevant September baseball, and once mathematically eliminated are shooting for .500. The “Suh-diddly-uckleheads” are already looking forward to October golfing.

Records through August 11.

Rank Record Team Rise/Fall
The Elite
1.
72-46
Oakland A’s +1
2.
68-52
Los Angeles Dodgers +6
3.
68-50
Baltimore Orioles +7
4.
66-53
Milwaukee Brewers -1
5.
68-49
Los Angeles Angels
The Contenders
6.
63-53
Washington Nationals +3
7.
64-53
Kansas City Royals +10
8.
63-53
Detroit Tigers -2
9.
63-55
Pittsburgh Pirates +9
10.
62-55
St. Louis Cardinals +3
The Meh-zo-sphere
11.
62-56
San Francisco Giants -10
12.
63-55
Seattle Mariners
13.
63-57
Toronto Blue Jays -9
14.
61-57
New York Yankees -3
15.
60-58
Atlanta Braves -8
16.
60-58
Cincinnati Reds +4
17.
59-59
Cleveland Indians -3
18.
58-60
Tampa Bay Rays +12
19.
58-60
Miami Marlins -4
20.
57-62
New York Mets +5
21.
56-63
Chicago White Sox -2
22.
55-62
San Diego Padres +5
23.
53-64
Minnesota Twins -2
24.
53-66
Philadelphia Phillies
25.
52-65
Boston Red Sox +1
The Suh-diddly-uckleheads
26.
51-67
Arizona Diamondbacks +2
27.
50-67
Chicago Cubs +2
28.
49-70
Houston Astros -5
29.
46-72
Texas Rangers -13
30.
46-72
Colorado Rockies -8

Yet Another Opinion on the Mike Brown Shooting

The exact details of what happened in Ferguson, MO, have yet to be confirmed, but we know enough to be sure that whatever Mike Brown did or didn’t do, he did not deserve to be executed on the spot.

The officer — for now, let’s call him Turd Ferguson — was ridiculously incompetent or suffered either a severe mental or moral condition (is he a racist or did he snap under some kind of stress?)  It’s hard to believe that his supervisors would not have noticed his state before the incident.  Of course, there have been reports that he might be just a little on the fringes of the mainstream Ferguson police culture.

This incident reminds us how some individuals should not be trusted with power.  We need to be more careful who we trust with a gun and a badge, just as we should be very careful letting some billionaire sociopaths wield too much influence over our democracy.

“Don’t Shoot!”

 

I hope the “don’t shoot” pose/meme continues to grow.  It’s a lot more meaningful than Tebowing.  In fact, if you are ever in the presence of an “open carry” activist, this would be an amusing response.  Then walk up to him and introduce yourself.  “Hi, I’m WiseFather.  This is WiseBoy.  We will be some of the folks killed in the crossfire if your juvenile shootout fantasy becomes real today — just thought you should know that.”