Sunday, September 25, 2022

Class Rings



My daughter just got her Josten's Class Ring order package.  The timing was interesting as I just grabbed my Dad's North Carolina State University class ring from Memphis.


I have had a few opportunities to buy a class ring, but never took advantage of them.  My glory days could arguably have been in High School and I designed a ring for fun, featuring Cross Country and Track as well as academics.  

While college rings can be just as extravagant, the official class rings are quite simple.  I certainly have the strongest attachment to Purdue, getting my BS in Mechanical Engineering from there in a standard four year curriculum.  At Northwestern, I earned an MS in Biotechnology in a one year curriculum.  Finally at the University of Colorado, I earned an MBA as part of an evening program for working professionals over the course of three years.

Germantown High School and University of Colorado sell rings through Jostens.  Purdue and Northwestern sell rings through Balfour.  Among college class rings, Northwestern is the nicest, with Purdue a distant second and CU's downright weird.  High School rings are pretty standard and in retrospect, a high school class ring would be pretty cool even if it were not worn often.

Ring Size
Ring Finger - 9.5
Pinky Finger - 6.5 (left) 7.0 (right)

Thursday, September 22, 2022

Art of Manliness - 10 Names to Have in Rolodex

I came across an interesting article from the Art of Manliness.  

I am certainly falling short.

Lawyer - I defer to my wife
Accountant - Wife has the contact name for our accountant
Barber - Stylist of the day at Great Clips
Butcher - King Soopers
Tailor - Last time I had clothes tailored at Nordstrom's
Auto Mechanic - I have come to trust Firestone
Handyman - Wife has the contact name for our handyman
Spiritual Mentor - Should find somebody
Career Mentor - Should find somebody
Wizened Neighbor - I usually just wait to run into Steve from across the street

Sunday, September 18, 2022

USAWA Third Quarter Postal

I finally found a good day to do the USAWA Third Quarter Postal.  

I warmed up with Crossover Symmetry and then jumped right in.

Cheat Curl

Warm up with 31, 51, 61, 81#

Attempt 1 - 101# made
Attempt 2 - 111# fail
Attempt 3 - NA


Press from Rack

Warm up with 45, 75, 95, 105#

Attempt 1 - 115# made
Attempt 2 - 125# made
Attempt 3 - 130# made




Deadlift - Ciavattone - One Hand

Attempt 1 - 165# (left) made
Attempt 2 - 175# (left) made
Attempt 3 - 185# (left) made


Weighed in at 187.7# (85.1kg) 90kg weight class

Saturday, September 10, 2022

2022 Littlefoot Triathlon

Saturday, September 10, 2022

Water Temp - 70 degrees
Air Temp - 50 degrees (overcast and drizzling)

Bib 224
13/17 (50-54 year old male)
147/166 (all men)
216/261 (overall)
750m swim (22:07)
T1 (3:29)
15K Bike (43:15)
T2 (2:34)
5K Run (37:39)

This week I did 3 Crossfit workouts and took the day off Friday before the race.  
Last swim was 8/31 (10 days)
Last bike was 8/13 (28 days)
Last run was 8/27 (14 days)

I ate light the night before the race and slept reasonably well.  I woke up a few times anticipating my 5 AM alarm, but felt rested.  I took my daily meds, had a donut hole and started loading the car.  I had a good bowel movement, but still opted for an Imodium.  It was a cold, foggy morning.  I wore my running shoes, sweatpants, ATC track jacket and a baseball cap.  I arrived at the venue around 6 AM and grabbed my race packet and t-shirt.  I started setting up transition around 6:20 AM and had plenty of time.  I urinated around 6:40 AM.  I kept most of my stuff covered as it was raining.  I had some fun chatting with the other racers and spectators.

Around 6:50 AM, I donned my wetsuit and got body marked.  It would have been nice to have disposable flip flops and sweatshirt, but I was otherwise fine.  Race briefing was at 7:10 AM and the first wave left at 7:15 AM.  There was a long gap between wave 1 and wave 2.  I was in wave 3 took off at 7:35 AM (about 10 minutes later than planned).

Water was nice and warm, but the overcast conditions did not do my goggles any favors.  I would have preferred clears.  Sighting was OK on the orange buoys, but more difficult on the lime green bouys.  I felt smooth and confident and did not get bumped nor did I jostle others.

Transition 1 was good.  I got in OK, put on helmet and sunglasses (orange tint) and then smart wool socks and shoes with Pearl Izumi toe caps.  I zipped up my windbreaker and then secured my Excel full finger gloves.

The bike was cold.  I would have liked to layer up more, but did not have any good ideas.  Maybe knee sleeves and warmer gloves.  Maybe I should have put on the skull cap.  The course was wet and chilly and I coasted the ride.  I am surprised that my Garmin pace was 12.3 mph.  I was very comfortable with the course which was out and back in one direction and then out and back the other direction.

Transition 2 seemed fast, but wasn't really.  I parked my bike and removed helmet.  I donned my visor, took off my gloves, swapped shoes and grabbed my race belt.  I grabbed my gloves on the way out, put on my sunglasses and left transition.  I urinated before getting on the run course.

The run was a plod.  It felt like my shoes were really pounding the pavement, kind of as if I were running in dress shoes.  I started to loosen up around mile 0.5 and then kept up a steady 12 minute mile.  It was an out and back on a familiar concrete path.

I took a few minutes to collect myself and then gathered up my bike and loaded everything in the car.  I changed back into sweats and a jacket before going back for food and checking on awards and raffle prizes.  It would have been nice to have a dry knit cap and warmer gloves.  Campus Cycles was a no show, but they may have still given a bicycle away.

The volunteers were great and the Mustang Cadet chapter of the Civil Air Patrol was on hand as course marshals.  The pancake breakfast really hit the spot.  All in all a very fun Racing Underground Event.

This was my first race using my Garmin Fenix 6.  I set up triathlon mode the night before, but would forget to hit the lap button between events.

Mike Ricci won the M50-54 category in 1:10:22 (14:16 swim, 0:53 T1, 28:31 bike, 0:47 T2, 25:23 run).

Overall I had a great race.  I trained consistently all summer and felt good to finish a sprint triathlon.  I was not prepared for the weather and typically will not train in cold and drizzly conditions.  I will be careful signing up for late season events.  This is not hugely unusual for September, but felt unusual.  I am glad it was wet suit legal.

This marked my triumphant return to racing after a 7 year hiatus.  My last event was the My Way or the Tri Way 8/30/2015.  I became very interested in Crossfit in 2015 and planned a race calendar for 2016, but then bagged it.  In 2017 I was laid off and working in the oilfields through 2018.  2019 was marked by a 5K and a mountain bike relay race.  2020 and 2021 were "pandemic" years and I did not even consider racing.  2022 allowed me plenty of time to train and enjoy Crossfit, scuba, tennis, golf and archery.

Tuesday, September 06, 2022

Kissimmee Labor Day Weekend

Friday - 1100 - Leave for airport, Centurion Lounge, stomach distress, fly to Orlando, pick up RAV4 rental car, arrive at Storey Lake, pizza for dinner

Saturday - Check out club house, Storey Lake pool with all of the kids, sandwiches for lunch and Indian (Punjabi) food for dinner

Sunday - Chilled at the small pool at the house, mini golf at Pirate's Cove, watched India - Pakistan All Asia T20 match, Thai food for dinner

Monday - Checked out of rental house at 1000, drove to Minneola, went to Temple, drove to Airport, arrived back home at 2 AM.  Ratna not feeling well with sinus symptoms

Overall it was a fun trip.  We played some Code Names and I learned a new card game called Judgement.  The kids were better behaved, but I am still very set in my ways and the joys of traveling and spending time with extended family are eclipsed by the uncertainty and chaos of large get togethers.  It is really important to maintain relationships, but I need to be a little judicious in the frequency and duration of my participation.

Thursday, September 01, 2022

Latin Phrases

From Art of Manliness.  Latin Phrases every man should know:

  1. a posteriori — from the latter; knowledge or justification is dependent on experience or empirical evidence
  2. a priori — from what comes before; knowledge or justification is independent of experience
  3. acta non verba — deeds, not words
  4. ad hoc — to this — improvised or made up
  5. ad hominem — to the man; below-the-belt personal attack rather than a reasoned argument
  6. ad honorem — for honor
  7. ad infinitum — to infinity
  8. ad nauseam — used to describe an argument that has been taking place to the point of nausea
  9. ad victoriam — to victory; more commonly translated into “for victory,” this was a battle cry of the Romans
  10. alea iacta est — the die has been cast
  11. alias — at another time; an assumed name or pseudonym
  12. alibi — elsewhere
  13. alma mater — nourishing mother; used to denote one’s college/university
  14. amor patriae — love of one’s country
  15. amor vincit omnia — love conquers all
  16. annuit cœptis –He (God) nods at things being begun; or “he approves our undertakings,” motto on the reverse of the Great Seal of the United States and on the back of the United States one-dollar bill
  17. ante bellum — before the war; commonly used in the Southern United States as antebellum to refer to the period preceding the American Civil War
  18. ante meridiem — before noon; A.M., used in timekeeping
  19. aqua vitae — water of life; used to refer to various native distilled beverages, such as whisky (uisge beatha) in Scotland and Ireland, gin in Holland, and brandy (eau de vie) in France
  20. arte et marte — by skill and valour
  21. astra inclinant, sed non obligant — the stars incline us, they do not bind us; refers to the strength of free will over astrological determinism
  22. audemus jura nostra defendere — we dare to defend our rights; state motto of Alabama
  23. audere est facere — to dare is to do
  24. audio — I hear
  25. aurea mediocritas — golden mean; refers to the ethical goal of reaching a virtuous middle ground between two sinful extremes
  26. auribus teneo lupum — I hold a wolf by the ears; a common ancient proverb; indicates that one is in a dangerous situation where both holding on and letting go could be deadly; a modern version is, “to have a tiger by the tail”
  27. aut cum scuto aut in scuto — either with shield or on shield; do or die, “no retreat”; said by Spartan mothers to their sons as they departed for battle
  28. aut neca aut necare — either kill or be killed
  29. aut viam inveniam aut faciam — I will either find a way or make one; said by Hannibal, the great ancient military commander
  30. barba non facit philosophum — a beard doesn’t make one a philosopher
  31. bellum omnium contra omnes — war of all against all
  32. bis dat qui cito dat — he gives twice, who gives promptly; a gift given without hesitation is as good as two gifts
  33. bona fide — good faith
  34. bono malum superate — overcome evil with good
  35. carpe diem — seize the day
  36. caveat emptor — let the buyer beware; the purchaser is responsible for checking whether the goods suit his need
  37. circa — around, or approximately
  38. citius altius forties — faster, higher, stronger; modern Olympics motto
  39. cogito ergo sum — “I think therefore I am”; famous quote by Rene Descartes
  40. contemptus mundi/saeculi — scorn for the world/times; despising the secular world, the monk or philosopher’s rejection of a mundane life and worldly values
  41. corpus christi — body of Christ
  42. corruptissima re publica plurimae leges — when the republic is at its most corrupt the laws are most numerous; said by Tacitus
  43. creatio ex nihilo — creation out of nothing; a concept about creation, often used in a theological or philosophical context
  44. cura te ipsum — take care of your own self; an exhortation to physicians, or experts in general, to deal with their own problems before addressing those of others
  45. curriculum vitae — the course of one’s life; in business, a lengthened resume
  46. de facto — from the fact; distinguishing what’s supposed to be from what is reality
  47. deo volente — God willing
  48. deus ex machina — God out of a machine; a term meaning a conflict is resolved in improbable or implausible ways
  49. dictum factum — what is said is done
  50. disce quasi semper victurus vive quasi cras moriturus — learn as if you’re always going to live; live as if tomorrow you’re going to die
  51. discendo discimus — while teaching we learn
  52. docendo disco, scribendo cogito — I learn by teaching, think by writing
  53. ductus exemplo — leadership by example
  54. ducunt volentem fata, nolentem trahunt — the fates lead the willing and drag the unwilling; attributed to Lucius Annaeus Seneca
  55. dulce bellum inexpertis — war is sweet to the inexperienced
  56. dulce et decorum est pro patria mori — it is sweet and fitting to die for your country
  57. dulcius ex asperis — sweeter after difficulties
  58. e pluribus unum — out of many, one; on the U.S. seal, and was once the country’s de facto motto
  59. emeritus — veteran; retired from office
  60. ergo — therefore
  61. et alii — and others; abbreviated et al.
  62. et cetera — and the others
  63. et tu, Brute? — last words of Caesar after being murdered by friend Brutus in Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, used today to convey utter betrayal
  64. ex animo — from the heart; thus, “sincerely”
  65. ex libris — from the library of; to mark books from a library
  66. ex nihilo — out of nothing
  67. ex post facto — from a thing done afterward; said of a law with retroactive effect
  68. faber est suae quisque fortunae — every man is the artisan of his own fortune; quote by Appius Claudius Caecus
  69. fac fortia et patere — do brave deeds and endure
  70. fac simile — make alike; origin of the word “fax”
  71. flectere si nequeo superos, acheronta movebo — if I cannot move heaven I will raise hell; from Virgil’s Aeneid
  72. fortes fortuna adiuvat — fortune favors the bold
  73. fortis in arduis — strong in difficulties
  74. gloria in excelsis Deo — glory to God in the highest
  75. habeas corpus — you should have the body; a legal term from the 14th century or earlier; commonly used as the general term for a prisoner’s right to challenge the legality of their detention
  76. habemus papam — we have a pope; used after a Catholic Church papal election to announce publicly a successful ballot to elect a new pope
  77. historia vitae magistra — history, the teacher of life; from Cicero; also “history is the mistress of life”
  78. hoc est bellum — this is war
  79. homo unius libri (timeo) — (I fear) a man of one book; attributed to Thomas Aquinas
  80. honor virtutis praemium — esteem is the reward of virtue
  81. hostis humani generis — enemy of the human race; Cicero defined pirates in Roman law as being enemies of humanity in general
  82. humilitas occidit superbiam — humility conquers pride
  83. igne natura renovatur integra — through fire, nature is reborn whole
  84. ignis aurum probat — fire tests gold; a phrase referring to the refining of character through difficult circumstances
  85. in absentia — in the absence
  86. in aqua sanitas — in water there is health
  87. in flagrante delicto — in flaming crime; caught red-handed, or in the act
  88. in memoriam — into the memory; more commonly “in memory of”
  89. in omnia paratus — ready for anything
  90. in situ — in position; something that exists in an original or natural state
  91. in toto — in all or entirely
  92. in umbra, igitur, pugnabimus — then we will fight in the shade; made famous by Spartans in the battle of Thermopylae and by the movie 300
  93. in utero — in the womb
  94. in vitro — in glass; biological process that occurs in the lab
  95. incepto ne desistam — may I not shrink from my purpose
  96. intelligenti pauca — few words suffice for he who understands
  97. invicta — unconquered
  98. invictus maneo — I remain unvanquished
  99. ipso facto — by the fact itself; something is true by its very nature
  100. labor omnia vincit — hard work conquers all
  101. laborare pugnare parati sumus — to work, (or) to fight; we are ready
  102. labore et honore — by labor and honor
  103. leges sine moribus vanae — laws without morals [are] vain
  104. lex parsimoniae — law of succinctness; also known as Occam’s Razor; the simplest explanation is usually the correct one
  105. lex talionis — the law of retaliation
  106. magna cum laude — with great praise
  107. magna est vis consuetudinis — great is the power of habit
  108. magnum opus — great work; said of someone’s masterpiece
  109. mala fide — in bad faith; said of an act done with knowledge of its illegality, or with intention to defraud or mislead someone; opposite of bona fide
  110. malum in se — wrong in itself; a legal term meaning that something is inherently wrong
  111. malum prohibitum — wrong due to being prohibited; a legal term meaning that something is only wrong because it is against the law
  112. mea culpa — my fault
  113. meliora — better things; carrying the connotation of “always better”
  114. memento mori — remember that [you will] die; was whispered by a servant into the ear of a victorious Roman general to check his pride as he paraded through cheering crowds after a victory; a genre of art meant to remind the viewer of the reality of his death
  115. memento vivere — remember to live
  116. memores acti prudentes future — mindful of what has been done, aware of what will be
  117. modus operandi — method of operating; abbreviated M.O.
  118. montani semper liberi — mountaineers [are] always free; state motto of West Virginia
  119. morior invictus — death before defeat
  120. morituri te salutant — those who are about to die salute you; popularized as a standard salute from gladiators to the emperor, but only recorded once in Roman history
  121. morte magis metuenda senectus — old age should rather be feared than death
  122. mulgere hircum — to milk a male goat; to attempt the impossible
  123. multa paucis — say much in few words
  124. nanos gigantum humeris insidentes — dwarfs standing on the shoulders of giants; commonly known by the letters of Isaac Newton: “If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants”
  125. nec aspera terrent — they don’t terrify the rough ones; frightened by no difficulties; less literally “difficulties be damned”
  126. nec temere nec timide — neither reckless nor timid
  127. nil volentibus arduum — nothing [is] arduous for the willing
  128. nolo contendere — I do not wish to contend; that is, “no contest”; a plea that can be entered on behalf of a defendant in a court that states that the accused doesn’t admit guilt, but will accept punishment for a crime
  129. non ducor, duco — I am not led; I lead
  130. non loqui sed facere — not talk but action
  131. non progredi est regredi — to not go forward is to go backward
  132. non scholae, sed vitae discimus — we learn not for school, but for life; from Seneca
  133. non sequitur — it does not follow; in general, a comment which is absurd due to not making sense in its context (rather than due to being inherently nonsensical or internally inconsistent); often used in humor
  134. non sum qualis eram — I am not such as I was; or “I am not the kind of person I once was”
  135. nosce te ipsum — know thyself; from Cicero
  136. novus ordo seclorum — new order of the ages; from Virgil; motto on the Great Seal of the United States
  137. nulla tenaci invia est via — for the tenacious, no road is impassable
  138. obliti privatorum, publica curate — forget private affairs, take care of public ones; Roman political saying which reminds that common good should be given priority over private matters for any person having a responsibility in the State
  139. panem et circenses — bread and circuses; originally described all that was needed for emperors to placate the Roman mob; today used to describe any entertainment used to distract public attention from more important matters
  140. para bellum — prepare for war; if you want peace, prepare for war; if a country is ready for war, its enemies are less likely to attack
  141. parvis imbutus tentabis grandia tutus — when you are steeped in little things, you shall safely attempt great things; sometimes translated as, “once you have accomplished small things, you may attempt great ones safely”
  142. pater familias — father of the family; the eldest male in a family
  143. pecunia, si uti scis, ancilla est; si nescis, domina — if you know how to use money, money is your slave; if you don’t, money is your master
  144. per angusta ad augusta — through difficulties to greatness
  145. per annum — by the year
  146. per capita — by the person
  147. per diem — by the day
  148. per se — through itself
  149. persona non grata — person not pleasing; an unwelcome, unwanted or undesirable person
  150. pollice verso — with a turned thumb; used by Roman crowds to pass judgment on a defeated gladiator
  151. post meridiem — after noon; P.M.; used in timekeeping
  152. post mortem — after death
  153. postscriptum — thing having been written afterward; in writing, abbreviated P.S.
  154. praemonitus praemunitus — forewarned is forearmed
  155. praesis ut prosis ne ut imperes — lead in order to serve, not in order to rule
  156. primus inter pares — first among equals; a title of the Roman Emperors
  157. pro bono — for the good; in business, refers to services rendered at no charge
  158. pro rata — for the rate
  159. quam bene vivas referre (or refert), non quam diu — it is how well you live that matters, not how long; from Seneca
  160. quasi — as if; as though
  161. qui totum vult totum perdit — he who wants everything loses everything; attributed to Seneca
  162. quid agis — what’s going on; what’s up, what’s happening, etc.
  163. quid pro quo — this for that; an exchange of value
  164. quidquid Latine dictum sit altum videtur — whatever has been said in Latin seems deep; or “anything said in Latin sounds profound”; a recent ironic Latin phrase to poke fun at people who seem to use Latin phrases and quotations only to make themselves sound more important or “educated”
  165. quis custodiet ipsos custodes? — who will guard the guards themselves?; commonly associated with Plato
  166. quorum — of whom; the number of members whose presence is required under the rules to make any given meeting constitutional
  167. requiescat in pace — let him rest in peace; abbreviated R.I.P.
  168. rigor mortis — stiffness of death
  169. scientia ac labore — knowledge through hard work
  170. scientia ipsa potentia est — knowledge itself is power
  171. semper anticus — always forward
  172. semper fidelis — always faithful; U.S. Marines motto
  173. semper fortis — always brave
  174. semper paratus — always prepared
  175. semper virilis — always virile
  176. si vales, valeo — when you are strong, I am strong
  177. si vis pacem, para bellum — if you want peace, prepare for war
  178. sic parvis magna — greatness from small beginnings — motto of Sir Frances Drake
  179. sic semper tyrannis — thus always to tyrants; attributed to Brutus at the time of Julius Caesar’s assassination, and to John Wilkes Booth at the time of Abraham Lincoln’s assassination; whether it was actually said at either of these events is disputed
  180. sic vita est — thus is life; the ancient version of “it is what it is”
  181. sola fide — by faith alone
  182. sola nobilitat virtus — virtue alone ennobles
  183. solvitur ambulando — it is solved by walking
  184. spes bona — good hope
  185. statim (stat) — immediately; medical shorthand
  186. status quo — the situation in which; current condition
  187. subpoena — under penalty
  188. sum quod eris — I am what you will be; a gravestone inscription to remind the reader of the inevitability of death
  189. summa cum laude — with highest praise
  190. summum bonum — the supreme good
  191. suum cuique — to each his own
  192. tabula rasa — scraped tablet; “blank slate”; John Locke used the term to describe the human mind at birth, before it had acquired any knowledge
  193. tempora heroic — Heroic Age
  194. tempus edax rerum — time, devourer of all things
  195. tempus fugit — time flees; commonly mistranslated “time flies”
  196. terra firma — firm ground
  197. terra incognita — unknown land; used on old maps to show unexplored areas
  198. vae victis — woe to the conquered
  199. vanitas vanitatum omnia vanitas — vanity of vanities; everything [is] vanity; from the Bible (Ecclesiastes 1)
  200. veni vidi vici — I came, I saw, I conquered; famously said by Julius Caesar
  201. verbatim — repeat exactly
  202. veritas et aequitas — truth and equity
  203. versus — against
  204. veto — I forbid
  205. vice versa — to change or turn around
  206. vincit qui patitur — he conquers who endures
  207. vincit qui se vincit — he conquers who conquers himself
  208. vir prudens non contra ventum mingit — [a] wise man does not urinate [up] against the wind
  209. virile agitur — the manly thing is being done
  210. viriliter agite — act in a manly way
  211. viriliter agite estote fortes — quit ye like men, be strong
  212. virtus tentamine gaudet — strength rejoices in the challenge
  213. virtute et armis — by virtue and arms; or “by manhood and weapons”; state motto of Mississippi
  214. vive memor leti — live remembering death
  215. vivere est vincere — to live is to conquer; Captain John Smith’s personal motto
  216. vivere militare est — to live is to fight
  217. vox populi — voice of the people

Monday, August 15, 2022

Landscaping Project




As should be abundantly clear, I am not a big fan of landscaping projects.  However, I was finally inspired to rock over the dying grass adjacent to the concrete walkway we installed in April.  Four months does not seem like much time, but I was getting tired of looking at it.

The project started innocently enough digging up the dying grass a few inches below grade to match the rock that was already there.  Pulling out the metal stripping was incredibly painful and took the help of my 15 year old.  Once excavated, putting down the weed barrier fabric was effortless.  The real effort was "foraging" and placing rocks.  We had some extra river rock from the walkway project when a bush was removed to make room for a trash can landing.  Then we just started thinning out river rock from around the property rather than purchasing.  We sometimes carried and sometimes had a fireman brigade line going, but they did all get placed.

The final step is cleaning and disposing.  I still have several garbage bags of dirt in the garage that need to be disposed of along with the metal strips.

The project was about 8 hours in total family labor plus $25 in materials for the fabric and strips.  Hopefully it holds up well.