Yup. I ran again. This week was the Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis at Central Park in Schenectady. This was my second run in Central Park, my first being the Run 4 Your Life at the end of March, also a cold race.
You would think after my experience running in the cold last week that I might be smarter about this, but no.1
The race started late, due to a “safety issue” on the course. Translation for the runners and walkers? Stand shivering in the cold while the police run around and make sure the course is safe. People disbursed to go stand by the fireplace in the pavilion, and I lost my wind blocks.
Once we were all set to start, off we went. I went out with a friend from work, and when we hit the first mile marker, I was at 6:45. This was the fastest I had run in a while, so I made the (potentially bad) decision to drop off my pace buddy and fall back to something I thought was more sustainable. Turns out mile two was my slowest. Whoops. I was able to find a more comfortable groove by the third mile.
For the last half of mile three, the guy on the right side of the picture above had been behind me. I know this because he was wearing the most annoying bells ever made. When we made the turn after the three-mile mark, I heard him try to accelerate past me. Try. I haven’t run this fast in a while… Sub 6 minute! I guess a little motivation (or the worlds most annoying bells) can make you really move.
As I got to the finish, I looked up at the timing clock… “Holy crap, that can’t be right!” It was 22:40. I crossed the timing mat 12 seconds later, for a time just shy of two minutes better than my last PR, which I had just set last Sunday on the bike path.
Another race next week as Cate and I run though Capital Lights in The Park.
So cold, that when Cate took a picture of me at the finish, you can see the frost on my hat.
If I look miserable in this picture, it is because I am. I mean, seriously, look at what is in the Forecast.io Time Machine!
I felt pretty good going out. Traffic thinned out pretty quickly, and I was able to move along pretty well. It’s hard to believe that there were 1,313 finishers, it went that smooth.1 Last year when I watched the event, they did 2 laps of the 5K course. Since that’s what we do at work for our 10k, I was expecting it to be like that again. This year, they changed up the course: now, it starts as an out and back over the Green Island bridge (which was freezing), then an out and back up to Lansingburgh around Powers Park. 2
After the first water stop where they served water with ice in it (intentionally or not I’m not sure), I had ignored the second (and later, the third). Right after the turn back on Second Ave, I started to feel fatigued and get the twinges of abdominal cramps, so I pulled back a bit. I took it easy for a mile or so, then started pushing for the finish. Pushing for the finish right through the wind tunnel of the downtown Troy buildings.
Two minutes off my PR, a week after having the “flu”3, in the miserable cold. Not complaining at all.
I found this. Instead of using it as an excuse to get out of work, I’m thinking I might see if I can play “stump the IT guy with it.”
When I wrote my last rant, I was ever so slightly skeptical that there might be some part of the story that is being left out that might, somehow, justify the actions taken.
Yeah, no. This story from The Daily Beast was on Digg.
Late last year, a New Mexico woman described as a homemaker in her mid-50s was crossing from Juarez, Mexico into El Paso, Texas when a detector dog on the scene, according to the ACLU, signaled that drugs were present near her. [...]
“She was stripped naked, asked to spread her genitalia, and cough. Federal agents pressed their fingers in her vagina and anus,” [...] Despite the fact that nothing was revealed, and in the absence of a search warrant, the officials continued their search. The woman was transported to University Medical Center in El Paso, where authorities subjected her to a bio-manual cavity search of her anus and vagina, an extensive search of her bowel movement, and eventually, a CT scan.
That doesn’t sound familiar, not at all. Oh wait:
As detailed in the formal complaint Timothy Young was pulled over on October 13, 2013 for failing to use his turn signal while making a turn. After finding an “open container,” as the complaint states, in Young’s vehicle, the officers once again called on K9 Leo. Once again, Leo alerted the officers to drugs. Once again, he was wrong—a conclusion that was not reached until Young was taken to Gila Medical Center (the same facility Eckert was taken to) and subjected to similar humiliating procedures to search his anus for drugs.
Amendment IV to the Constitution of the United States of America
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
New Mexico State Law
30-9-11. Criminal sexual penetration.
A. Criminal sexual penetration is the unlawful and intentional causing of a person to engage in sexual intercourse, cunnilingus, fellatio or anal intercourse or the causing of penetration, to any extent and with any object, of the genital or anal openings of another, whether or not there is any emission.
B. Criminal sexual penetration does not include medically indicated procedures.
4 On Your Side investigates traffic stop nightmare:
But physicians at the Gila Regional Medical Center in Silver City agreed to perform the procedure and a few hours later, Eckert was admitted.
While there, Eckert was subjected to repeated and humiliating forced medical procedures. A review of Eckert’s medical records, which he released to KOB, and details in the lawsuit show the following happened:
Eckert’s abdominal area was x-rayed; no narcotics were found.
Doctors then performed an exam of Eckert’s anus with their fingers; no narcotics were found.
Doctors performed a second exam of Eckert’s anus with their fingers; no narcotics were found.
Doctors penetrated Eckert’s anus to insert an enema. Eckert was forced to defecate in front of doctors and police officers. Eckert watched as doctors searched his stool. No narcotics were found.
Doctors penetrated Eckert’s anus to insert an enema a second time. Eckert was forced to defecate in front of doctors and police officers. Eckert watched as doctors searched his stool. No narcotics were found.
Doctors penetrated Eckert’s anus to insert an enema a third time. Eckert was forced to defecate in front of doctors and police officers. Eckert watched as doctors searched his stool. No narcotics were found.
Doctors then x-rayed Eckert again; no narcotics were found.
Doctors prepared Eckert for surgery, sedated him, and then performed a colonoscopy where a scope with a camera was inserted into Eckert’s anus, rectum, colon, and large intestines. No narcotics were found.
Throughout this ordeal, Eckert protested and never gave doctors at the Gila Regional Medical Center consent to perform any of these medical procedures.
What Is The Quantum of Proof Necessary for Police to Rape and Torture you in New Mexico? | Popehat.
These are the race bibs that Cate and I have collected, just in this year. And we’re probably still going to collect another four, maybe five if I sign up for one extra.
So, thanks to a rambling discussion while waiting on a project to compile, I got a real name for my blog!
The phrase comes from a declaration added to Fortran 90:
The implicit none statement is used to inhibit a very old feature of Fortran that by default treats all variables that start with the letters i, j, k, l, m and n as integers and all other variables as real arguments. Implicit None should always be used. It prevents potential confusion in variable types, and makes detection of typographic errors easier.
I scored 12/20. Cate would be ashamed.
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So I don’t remember where I found this… But it’s pretty funny.
A family cartoon show, Mr. Simpson was in his house totally nude & went outside naked while his neighbor was watering her grass. Then his wife ran out of the house trying to cover him with a towel.
Informal complaints received by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regarding the television show ‘The Simpsons,’ 2010-2013