Tuesday, February 14, 2012


Wow. I am just finishing up The "S" Word: A Short History of an American Tradition... Socialism. Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Paine and Benjamin Franklin figure pretty prominently in this very interesting book.

It's pretty well documented that Lincoln and Karl Marx were mutual admirers, but I think they would have dropped their Communist meanderings if there were real vampires to slay, not just the metaphorical kind.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Still swimming a lot.

Plan on hitting the 100 mile mark before St. Patrick's Day. Did a 4 mile swim last week. That's 287 flipturns - one after the other, after the other, ad nauseum. I really don't stop until I am done, unless I need to drink some supplement. I haven't used any flippers, floats or paddles in this endeavor. Most of the weeks, I put in 12 miles or more.

I would like to do a 10k sometime. Maybe in a couple of weeks. It would take me a little less than 4 hours, I think, to do the 6.2 miles.

A couple of weeks ago on another long swim, for just a second, I thought I saw a black cat running across the bottom of the deep end. That was at the three and a half mile mark. Tried to find a picture of what I saw on the Interwebs. This is close: