I might have to consider this new gym idea if I'm going to do more oly lifting. The platform at my gym is pretty precarious. Bars will bounce in funky ways if dropped because it's not even, so you need to do a lot more control of the bar on the way down from overhead, so you have more chance of tearing your callus on the drops, and this just gets unpleasant (and potentially bloody) quickly. But, on the other hand, after this meet, do I want to do more oly lifting? I had always sort of thought the answer was yes, but, honestly, my ratios seem to indicate that I'm a better powerlifter than weightlifter and I'd need some good coaching to do better at weightlifting. There's also the "summer" issue, AC and all that jazz.
So I've been reading Consider the Lobster. A few observations. "Up, Simba" is about McCain's 2000 campaign. One thing that always strikes me about revisiting the 2000 campaign is the whole issue of what to do with the budget surplus. I know I've remarked on this before, but, in retrospect, it just seems so silly as we were approaching what was obviously the bursting of a bubble to talk about ridiculous prosperity. And then another bubble burst and here we are drowning in an even bigger deficit less than a decade later, long after all their plans "ganged" agley. I may look into what, exactly, they proposed for further lulz. I remember being cynical about their plans at the time, but anything more specific than that would be reading my hindsight into my position. Also more interesting in light of the 2008 McCain campaign, the contrast between the two McCains and the things which stayed the same. "Host", an article about a talk radio host and the whole phenomenon of talk radio ca. 2004 mentions at one point ads for a bewildering array of mortgage products (this is LA). Ha! How times have changed.
No gaming this week. Maybe I should figure out 2-player Settlers of Catan with these rules (http://nick.borko.org/games/Catan2Players.pdf) and see if Teh Wife is interested. She doesn't like Settlers, but is willing to give it another shot, and I'm wondering whether the shot she's willing to give is worth wasting on a variation. Also, I'm wondering whether she might be interested in some expansion, like Cities and Knights or Seafarers or something, since those can have more action (note: I really only have experience with original Catan).
It's time for lunch. gzt out.
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