Link : After the president’s tweet, I must withdraw my support for everything but his agenda

This opinion piece by Alexandra Petri really nails the contrast between what the Republicans say and what they do. Now that we live in a country run by a misogynistic, racist, uneducated liar, it is important for all of Congress to speak out against the president’s crack-pot, late-night sober tweets. But Republicans are not doing that. Instead they are supporting version 3.0 of the Muslim Ban, version 2.5 of the so-called “health care” act, and any other legislation eliminating any semblance of scientific research or environmentalism. You don’t need to be a tree-hugger to support science and environmentalism. You just have to be a common-sense human. Apparently, Republicans do not possess either of those traits.

Take notice of the actual actions politicians take to the president’s rants and offenses. Actions matter. Words do not. If you don’t hold them accountable, this ignorant hatred will be normalized, and it will define our country for a long time.

Hummingbird Feeds Her Babies

This third video is an update on the hummingbird family in our backyard. In this video, you can see her feeding her babies.

If you missed the previous videos, you can see them all here:

Aggressive Coyote Encounter

Today, the two dogs and I went for a run at Pt. Sal just outside of Santa Maria, CA. On the way down the hill, we had an encounter with a coyote. Luckily, everyone is fine. You can see and hear about it here.

Link: Last Week Tonight on Vaccines

This video by Last Week Tonight hits the problems with anti-vaxxers so many times, I don’t have a “best” line to share here. Vaccines save lives.

If you don’t vaccinate your child, you are contributing to the problem, and you are endangering the life of your child as well as many, many others. The rise of vaccines in the 50’s, 60s, and 70s have saved the lives of hundreds of thousands of children worldwide, at least. That can be tracked and proven using data over those decades and the decades since. But there is not one single case of autism that has ever been proven to be caused by vaccines. Not one. Zero.

The thing I like about this particular video is how the statements being made can be applied to so many other psuedoscientific areas. Please watch this vide, even if you don’t have children or any concern for vaccines.

The Hummingbird Eggs Have Hatched!

About a week and a half ago, I posted a video of a hummingbird in her nest. The two tiny jelly bean sized eggs finally hatched. The result is super cute. Check it out in the video above.

20 Miles at Orcutt Hills

On Thursday evening, I headed out for a 20 mile run. You can read my post about it here, see the stats on Strava, and watch the video right here.

Trump’s Lies

It is well past the time that Trump’s Lies get much more coverage. We are already getting desensitized to the inhumane actions of the Republican party as they are reinforced by a jackass president. The fourth, fifth, or sixth version of the Obamacare killer is yet another example of their disconnection with the general public. But Trump drives it all. Sure, there is fake news, but Trump is a downright liar like the United States has never seen before. He contradicts himself constantly. He lies to make his own life easier. If you choose to be blind to this fact, you are part of the problem.

Take a look at all of Trump’s Lies, as reported by one of the most well-respected news organizations in the country. The New York Times is not fake news. If you think it is, you are a conspiracy theorist, and probably nothing can save you. Click here to read all of them..

Here is an excerpt:

Many Americans have become accustomed to President Trump’s lies. But as regular as they have become, the country should not allow itself to become numb to them. So we have catalogued nearly every outright lie he has told publicly since taking the oath of office.

20 With a Snake and a Cat

This was a tough one for me. Well, actually, it was easy until about mile 15. Then it became exponentially more difficult each mile. The good news is that I tried to talk myself into a shorter run more than once, but I declined my own request every time. That’s the way it had to be. I just had to cover the distance by running or walking, but I was able to run a lot of it. I met a big gopher snake and a bobcat on the route, which was interesting. I believe that is only the second time I have ever seen a bobcat at Rice Ranch Park. I also ran into a nice 1 year old German Shepherd, but he was not as friendly as ours. It was 10:15pm when I finished, but I covered the distance without compromises. The tough ones are great.

It’s Payback Time!

Right now, I’m eating a “superfood” salad from a nearby restaurant while I’m out of town on a business trip. It’s part of my masochistic plan to run my second ultramarathon. The salad is not masochistic, but the running is. My body seems to have made some changes to metabolism since I turned 42 (I’m 43 now), so it has been an uphill battle. But I’ve been maintaining my long runs, and they have actually been enjoyable.

Today, I took a leap. I signed up for my second ultramarathon. But it isn’t just an ordinary ultramarathon. It is a double rematch!

  1. As mentioned above, I’m fighting an uphill battle. I’ve gained more weight over the last year and a half than ever in my life. It bothers me because my lifestyle has not changed. I still run. I still eat relatively healthy and vegan (mostly). I don’t eat fast food, drink sodas, or binge-watch TV. Why is this happening? So I have to prove to myself that I can still do this. 43 is still young. I still have big plans. I love doing long runs. I need to do this.

  2. I signed up for the Crystal Springs Trail Run. And I have history with this run. Back in 2012, I signed up for the Crystal Springs marathon distance. I started having knee pain around mile 9, and it only got worse over time. I pushed through, but at mile 21, I pulled out because I thought I might be doing permanent damage to my knees. It is the only DNF I have ever had. Worse yet, I was wrong about the knees. I recovered very fast. I could have made it another five miles easy. It was a mistake to drop out.

Now, it’s time to bitch-slap the Crystal Springs run. I am not doing the marathon distance. I am doing the 50k this time. And I’m going to finish even if I have to crawl. I love those trails through the tall redwood forest. It stays cool and shaded, and it’s beautiful. It gives me a lot of motivation to go back to these trails five years later to get my payback. This 50k is going down.

This is a strategic selection. It gives me enough time to prepare and gives me enough reason to push through this one. I almost guarantee that I will not be getting any PR on this route, but I don’t care. I have a lot to prove to myself. This is the perfect situation. I have a 20 mile training run tomorrow after driving home for 5 hours. I’ll be running into the night on my home trails in Orcutt. Wish me luck. Updates to follow.

The Tree of Contemplation

Don’t be too impressed (or disgusted, please). Only the color is mine. This one was done using the Pigment iOS app on the iPad. It was really relaxing to do this tonight. I like the outcome even though I learned of additional ways to make it better as I completed the above. But I like it. I hope you do too.