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  1. 91 points
    So I'm not sure exactly what I'm hoping for out of this thread, but here goes. Maybe somebody else has a similar story and will find this helpful. Or maybe it can just be used to promote acceptance. Some of you may have seen me mention my 16-year-old daughter Talia in the past, mostly in the Political Subforum. Most notably here in the Pete Buttigieg thread, where @Sinn Fein managed to get the architect of Pete Buttigieg's campaign to shoot a happy birthday video in an attempt to dispel the conspiracy theory that Buttigieg was just faking being gay. Anyway, in late March, the child I had previously known as Talia came out as trans to me, my ex-wife, and my younger kid. We now use male pronouns and he has taken the name Peter. This has all gone on during the pandemic so he's not out at school yet. Other than my ex wife and daughter and me, I think the only people that know are two or three of Peter's closest friends and some doctors and mental health professionals. Nothing is set in stone yet but my expectation is that Peter will start hormone replacement therapy in the next few months and will present as male for his senior year of high school. He desperately wants to start hormones as early as possible. The process of coming out at school and to grandparents and others isn't something he's looking forward to, but his hope is that he can attend college as a male, and that most people will just see him as male and he won't need to be constantly coming out to people. I'm actually not sure how colleges assign trans kids to dorms -- I assume there must be some guidance there. Ideally he would be in a dorm with male roommates, but maybe the roommates are notified in advance that he transitioned? I guess we'll figure it out. Anyway, we've had discussions here about transgender military service and transgender bathrooms and all that, but I can't remember anyone ever talking personally about a trans family member. It feels different when an issue is personal. I'm incredibly proud of my kid (for lots of reasons) and I guess I felt like sharing this info with the FBG community because I've been here so long a lot of you folks are like family. And honestly, all that transgender stuff always just seemed like an abstraction back before I had a trans kid, so I'm still in the process of learning and sorting through things myself. If you have any questions or comments, even if they feel dumb, feel free to post in here. I know there's likely to be at least a handful of hurtful posts given the subject matter but that's OK, please just let people post stuff and try not to turn this into some sort of combative thread. This can be a beautiful thread. I know this place is generally supportive and I expect the vast majority of people to have Peter's best interests at heart. He's an awesome kid and I'm hoping this thread can also be used to document his transition so I can look back some day and read how I was thinking and feeling at the time. Thanks for reading this.
  2. 45 points
    It looks like my unemployment has been fixed? I see 5 weeks worth of money in there and it says I was paid today. I called a friend because I do not see the money in the bank yet. She told me it takes a couple of days to get there after DES pays you. So it sounds like I am on the road to getting paid. It is not the pay I am used to but it will get us through this. I thank you all for listening to my whining and for all the beautiful offers that came my way. This is a special place that I have found much comfort in. I really do not think I can say thank you enough.
  3. 41 points
    Peter is incredibly lucky to have you as a dad. You're smart, insightful, thoughtful, funny and understanding. I wish your son all the luck and may he encounter a world that is kind and understanding. You guys got this....
  4. 39 points
    I'm an architect with specialty in residential, and primarily residential interiors (the architecture, not the furniture). and at this point, the only thing I'm worthwhile at given my seniority- I'm not a guy as senior hire who's going to get you senior level work doing offices, retail, healthcare or some other stuff/sectors. I got laid off from a new job April 1 after both of my job sites closed up, and felt like my particular residential sector was going to be in dire straights for a while. who's going to have the money after this to want to spend on what is purely luxury at this point- people will be looking at ways of cutting costs and not hiring an architect to redo your apartment or house is an easy one. hell- not redoing your apartment or house is another easy one. I was figuring it will be months before I see any want-ads for me. but yesterday *bam* three. heard back from one immediately and have a zoom interview set up for monday with the least interesting/probable paying of the three. but at this point, I'll take anything. nice psychological boost too, regardless of whether I get offered anything.
  5. 29 points
    NOTES: - These are intended as rankings for generic PPR leagues where QB/TE are relatively devalued. If those positions are stressed in your league, these rankings don't necessarily apply. - I spent very little time evaluating QBs this year. QB is the position that takes the most time to evaluate. I think you need to watch 3-4 full games, and I'm simply not willing to put in that work anymore. I'm being upfront about it instead of pretending like I know these QBs really well. Where I rank them here is based on a combination of their generic traits, the small sample that I watched myself, and my sense from other scouting reports. - Overall, I am relatively down on this draft class. I think most of these guys are not as talented as you would expect given their draft slots, but some of them will inevitably hit big. FIRST TIER 1. RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Chiefs - The first RB off the board is also the first name on my board. In a draft full of mysteries, this is one of the few guys who looks like a safe projection. He's a short, but powerful back with good agility and balance. The 4.6 40 time is a bit of an eyesore, but he broke plenty of long runs in college and his high marks in the vertical leap and broad jump suggest he has some fast-twitch explosiveness. The player comparison I would make is Mark Ingram. Both are compact, elusive backs with enough explosiveness. With Mahomes in town, stopping the run will be an afterthought for opposing defenses. I like CEH's chances of locking up the starting job and becoming a perennial top 10-15 RB in FF. He's not Barkley or Peterson in terms of talent, but he's solid and worthy of top 30 overall consideration in startup drafts. Nice synergy of talent and opportunity. 2. RB Jonathan Taylor, Colts - He's the second coming of Ryan Mathews: a prodigious height/weight/speed/explosiveness athlete with just okay agility and cutting skills. He's not going to be LeSean McCoy or Darren Sproles in terms of cuts, but the combination of size and sheer straight-line speed is special. Marlon Mack has been better than I expected, but Taylor has a higher ceiling and should eventually be the main guy for the Colts. I expect multiple 1,000+ yard rushing seasons in his career. He's as close to a franchise back as you'll find in this draft. SECOND TIER 3. WR CeeDee Lamb, Cowboys - His reputation is that he's explosive, but I would actually say play speed is his biggest weakness. He's not super fast off the line and has to earn yards through RAC and guile. His speed will not scare NFL DBs. There's a natural comparison to DeAndre Hopkins in terms of body type and play style, but it's important to note that Hopkins has about 15 pounds on Lamb despite being the same height or even a little shorter. Lamb has some 'tweener qualities. He's not blazing fast and he's not a truly big receiver. I'm not sure he's a #1 guy in the NFL. For what it's worth, Oklahoma's offense is also notorious for inflating WR production and yielding ovedrafted NFL busts. I think he carries more bust risk than the consensus would indicate. That being said, there is still plenty to like. Though not big, he has a strong lower body and is very agile in space. Very athletic. He can cut on a dime and creates problems for defenders with his quickness. You can envision him being successful as a high-volume possession WR working the middle of the field. If it works out, you are getting a Tyler Boyd or Keenan Allen type of performer. 4. RB JK Dobbins, Ravens - A nice synergy of situation and talent. Nobody will confuse Dobbins for LaDainian Tomlinson. He is a second tier talent without the special something of an elite pro back, but he's an efficient runner with solid versatility, size, power, quickness, and speed. I think what you're getting is basically another Austin Ekeler, and in a potentially high-scoring Baltimore offense, that could be very valuable. We know that RBs who catch passes are gold in PPR leagues, and Dobbins roughly fits that mold. The main risk stems from long-term JAG and RBBC possibility. Dobbins is good, but he's not great, and if the Ravens find themselves in position to draft a true franchise back in the next year or two, he could quickly become a niche weapon ala James White. I like him, but as much for the situation as the actual talent. For a long-term approach, look at a WR here instead. 5. WR Henry Ruggs, Raiders - He's an interesting one because his strengths/weaknesses profile is very clear. We all know he is fast. He has the most vertical explosiveness of any WR in this draft. Teams will constantly have to respect his speed and one mistake can become a 60 yard play. He's a much better pure WR than other track types like Marquise Goodwin and Ted Ginn were at this stage of their development. He has natural hands and is an okay (not great) route runner. The question marks relate to size and possession skills. He is not big and does not profile as a guy who could obviously handle 90 receptions without breaking down. He can be bullied and pushed off routes. His lack of plus size limits some of his ceiling in the possession game. Faster-than-quick. He has just average lateral quickness. So what are you really getting here? Some say he's a bust risk, but I think he has a high floor. His speed and athleticism will be good for 800-900 yards per season in bombs and big plays. The question is whether or not he can be more than just a deep threat. It may be scheme and situation dependent, but in a worst case scenario you are getting another Will Fuller. In a best case he could be Isaac Bruce. I shade more towards the low end of that range, but he's probably falling too far in rookie drafts considering he was the first WR selected and he has a compelling overall set of skills. He may be a high-floor/low-ceiling FF WR3, and not the boom-or-bust pick people make him out to be. 6. WR Jerry Jeudy, Broncos - A truly odd prospect who evokes no immediate NFL comparison. He's very lean, with a thin lower body. His play style involves a lot of violent plants and cuts, using active legs and feet to create space. Jeudy is functionally quick as a route runner, but it doesn't always look pretty. He's not smooth in the way that other successful thin NFL receivers like AJ Green, Chad Johnson, and Reggie Wayne were. However, he has quality speed and was a prolific college player, holding down the #1 role in an Alabama offense that featured 3-4 future pro WRs. The Broncos liked him enough to spend a mid 1st on him, and he projects as an instant starter opposite Sutton. Working in a complementary role means Jeudy won't have to shoulder the sole burden of beating top corners. I wouldn't necessarily bet against him, but he has body type and play style red flags that make him difficult to project. 7. WR Justin Jefferson, Vikings - On the lean side, but sneaky athletic, with some suddenness in his routes and movement that evoke memories of people like AJ Green and Reggie Wayne. On first blush I wasn't blown away by anything he does, but I liked him more as I watched more of him, and the draft slot suggests a strong evaluation by the league. His best football may be ahead of him and you can envision him slotting into a downfield passing game as a high-end 1B. 8. WR Brandon Aiyuk, 49ers - Big guys with RAC skills usually translate pretty well to the next level. Aiyuk's skill set, style, and role are very well-defined. He's a solidly-built possession WR who can handle a high volume of targets and create yards after the catch with his open field running ability. He's a B+ version of Michael Crabtree or Hakeem Nicks. Like those guys, he will probably be more of a "1B" type of option in the NFL instead of a dominant #1 who can carry a passing attack on his shoulders, but I like the overall skill set and think he's a high-floor prospect with a decent ceiling. 9. WR Jalen Reagor, Eagles - When you look at the overall combination of speed, strength, explosiveness, RAC ability, and size, he's the most athletic WR in this draft. He reminds me more of Tyreek Hill than Henry Ruggs does, even though Ruggs is the one who draws most of the Hill comparisons from evaluators. Like Hill, Reagor is a shorter-than-ideal explosive weapon with deceptive strength and return man, catch-and-run, and deep threat skills. He'll be a useful weapon for Philly out of the box handling gadget plays and short throws, but his long-term FF ceiling will probably depend on whether or not he can become consistently effective as an outside WR. Right now he's spotty in that department. I view him as a boom-or-bust prospect with a high ceiling and a very wide range of potential outcomes. Not the choice if you are looking for a safe pick, but at some point the upside is too tantalizing to pass up. 10. RB D'Andre Swift, Lions - Swift offers a lot of positives, but there's something missing for me to consider him an elite franchise back. He has a compact frame with versatility, okay cutting skills, and enough speed. He's not a GREAT athlete, but he's a pretty good one. He can catch passes out of the backfield and was consistently productive in a tough conference. He's fully capable of thriving in spurts. I think he's going to have an Eddie Lacy type of career where he has stretches of high level productivity that fool people into thinking he's a top tier franchise back, but I don't think he's going to be a guy that we look back on 5-6 years from now as a smash hit. He wasn't a first round pick and he's not a first round talent. If you draft him, hope he breaks into the lineup quickly and consider selling high when his value spikes. If you need a RB, I do think you can take him higher than this (maybe in the 5-6 slot if he's still there). Kerryon is not a monster, but could be a big enough obstacle to slow down the immediate jackpot potential. 11. QB Joe Burrow, Bengals - The book on him is that he's a smart QB with average physical tools, but good command of the offense and football IQ. I get a Matt Ryan vibe, meaning high-floor leader who may not have a top, top ceiling. The late-bloomer factor is a little frightening and he played with an elite supporting cast at LSU, but most view him as a future franchise QB and potentially a star at the NFL level. The sense I get is that he's more of an Eli/Ryan #1 than a Luck/Peyton #1, meaning quality starter but not necessarily a top 5 NFL QB. 12. QB Tua Tagovailoa, Dolphins - A better pure athlete than Burrow, he has the speed and mobility to evade the rush and buy extra time. Injuries have been a problem, but he has a compact and solid body type. I watched the 2019 LSU game and he had active feet in the pocket and was moving through progressions when his first option was covered. Accuracy looks solid. His production was off the charts, though some of that may be attributed to his supporting cast. Evaluators seem to have Burrow as the clear #1 in this draft, but a part of me does wonder if a healthy Tua might have made it a compelling debate. He looks like a potential franchise QB with a high ceiling. 13. RB Cam Akers, Rams - I used to play in devy leagues that drafted HS players and Akers is one of the last high schoolers I ever scouted. He was a big-time recruit. I liked him back then, I liked him after his freshman season at FSU, and I'm still intrigued now. The first big positive is his overall athleticism. He has the physical look of an NFL player, with quality explosiveness and fluidity packed into a solid frame. His speed is above average and he can make nice east-west cuts. The problem is that his performance never lived up to what you would expect from someone with his athletic talent. He had a pedestrian YPC throughout his college career and was shockingly ineffective at creating big plays. Year after year they would feed him carries without much to show for it. His supporting cast and coaching were far from ideal and it may simply be that his low production is a byproduct of his bad environment, but even on a poor team with little help, you would expect a difference-maker to show up more in the box scores. The story of his college career is that he should've been much better than he really was. That's scary. It gives him a latent bust vibe. While he's a jack-of-all-trades with no glaring athletic weaknesses, it's also true that he's not dominant in any way. His speed is good, not elite. His moves are okay, but not great. He's solid, but not overwhelmingly powerful. The fear is that he's another Tre Mason, a compact and athletic back who simply isn't special enough in any way to really dominate at the next level. There's a Devonta Freeman type of upside if some coaching staff can figure out how to unlock the talent here, but the track record of Akers underwhelming is terrifying. Probably a bust, so proceed with caution, but the draft slot/situation/tools can't be completely ignored. THIRD TIER 14. WR Michael Pittman, Colts - Tall with above average strength, Pittman has good quickness in his routes and gets out of breaks well for a big WR. He doesn't have the special qualities of a true #1 WR in the NFL. His RAC skills and downfield game are just average, but he can make a steady living as a reliable #2 target. In a friendly scheme there's the upside to have a TJ Houshmandzadeh type of impact, but this is not an elite talent with strong #1 potential. A safe pick and high floor guy who is unlikely to become a star. 15. WR Devin Duvernay, Ravens - Of the day two WRs, this is the guy whose tape really won me over. People talk about him like he's an undersized slot WR, but that's misguided. He's only 5'10", but he's rocked up at 200+ pounds, looking less like a jitterbug slot WR and more like a scaled-down version of Andre Johnson. His BMI is in the 28+ range, which is VJax/Dez/Fitzgerald territory. In other words, he is BIG. He ran 4.39 at the combine and 10.3 in the 100m in HS, so the height/weight/speed combo is freaky. Duvernay is a straight-line powerhouse. He will threaten people off the line and can make big plays downfield. On the downside, his route running is just average. I watched some of his Senior Bowl 1v1 reps and he struggled to consistently beat the corners there. You see flashes of good routes in his games, but he's not consistently dominant in this department. Texas utilized him heavily on screens, but he's more fast than elusive. His open field moves are nothing special. Overall though, he just looks like an NFL player and Harbaugh was so excited to draft him that he was literally fist-pumping while making the selection. The presence of weapons like Andrews, Dobbins, Brown, and Lamar on this Ravens team means Duvernay will be low on the list of defensive priorities. Baltimore can play to his strengths and use him as a chess piece to create mismatches. I'm intrigued, but he was a four year player at a major AAA program, went to the Senior Bowl, and still fell all the way to WR17 in this draft and the 92nd pick. What's more likely: That he's a hidden gem or that he's just not that good? The answer is probably in the middle. I don't think he's a top tier prospect or a can't-miss talent, but I'm going to be a huge buyer at his ADP and would recommend looking at him in the 15-20 range of your PPR rookie drafts. There's real upside here to be a contributing starter on a high-powered offense and to flirt with top 20-30 FF WR seasons. 16. RB Antonio Gibson, Redskins - The upside play of the day two RBs. He has jaw-dropping tools on paper and the Redskins spent a high pick on him. He's a solid 220+ pounds with 4.3x speed. He's versatile and can catch passes. So what's not to like? Well, there is a very big difference between flashing talent on a handful of carries and actually being a full-time RB. The nightmare scenario is that Gibson is merely a stockier and faster Ty Montgomery, a 'tweener with intriguing athletic tools who doesn't actually have a pro position. I don't think he can play WR in the NFL. Like Montgomery, Gibson shows some tightness in his cuts and movement. He's tightly-wound and doesn't have true east-west cutting ability. That can be the kiss of death for RBs in the NFL because the demands of the position are very high. Rosier lenses are going to have dreams of the next Alvin Kamara, another college RBBC guy with versatile skills who went on to huge pro success. At times, some of what Gibson does reminds me of other plus-size, plus-speed, mediocre-cuts NFL backs like Mendenhall and Hunt. There's a scenario where he sticks. If you want to swing for the fences, there's a huge ceiling here, but my guess is that he ultimately won't make it as a featured back in the NFL. It's a big jump from flashing in college spot duty to being a consistently productive pro runner and the pure run skills may not be there. 17. WR Chase Claypool, Steelers - Workout warrior type whose functional athleticism on the football field isn't as impressive as the raw numbers would suggest. He has an elite frame and excellent stopwatch speed. Actual play speed is good, but not great. He's not a bad athlete. He's just not a great one. He's not elusive, not a threat after the catch and runs mediocre routes. It feels lazy to compare him to another Notre Dame WR, but there are actually a lot of similarities between him and Miles Boykin. Both have Pro Bowl frames and workout numbers, but don't dominate on the football field in the way that you would expect. Claypool gets bonus points for being drafted a lot higher than Boykin was. Overall, he looks like a catch-and-fall #2 target who can potentially have some decent seasons as a second option. Extreme optimists may see parallels between him and Vincent Jackson, and he may have a little more upside than I've given him credit for here, but Jackson was a prolific return man at Northern Colorado while Claypool is not a creative player with the ball in his hands. 18. WR KJ Hamler, Broncos - His appeal is that he's impossible to cover. His instant speed and quickness will be a nightmare for defenders all day. He can create yards on short throws or simply beat people downfield. His tape is electric. However, there are plenty of negatives to go along with the positives that he provides. He has a tiny frame and will never be well-suited to a high target volume. He has spotty hands. He goes to a team that presumably has two guys locked into the depth chart ahead of him (Sutton and Jeudy) and another (Fant) who should vulture a lot of looks. You get the sense that there won't be a big enough slice of the pie to make Hamler relevant. He's a niche player in the mold of John Brown or Titus Young. The absolute ceiling is DeSean Jackson. How much are you willing to pay for a guy whose best case scenario is probably being an FF WR2-3? FOURTH TIER 19. WR Denzel Mims, Jets - Tall, but not bulky. Fast, but not quick. Mims presents an unusual set of traits. People will characterize him as a "big" WR because he's 6'3", but he's light for his height. A strider who doesn't have elite quickness or route ability. What I like about him is his feisty competitiveness at the catch point. He has good contested catch skills and more possession game than you would expect from a WR with a 25.9 BMI. He's a funky collection of disparate parts, but there's an outside chance of a Michael Gallup or even Marques Colston type of outcome where he becomes a productive system player. 20. QB Justin Herbert, Chargers - Herbert is athletically in the same mold as Carson Wentz, with a tall frame, good mobility, and noticeable arm strength. He's a four year college player with a wealth of starting experience. He's considered more of an enigma than Burrow or Tagovailoa, but his overall statistical production at Oregon was not bad. However, from the game I watched (2019 vs. Auburn) much of his production was manufactured via simple play calls, and he looked a little more panicky when forced to improvise. Lots of QBs have the physical ability to thrive in the NFL. It is typically the mental aspects that separates the successes from the failures, and that's where Herbert is most suspect. The overall vibe I get from Herbert is of a player with plus tools and questionable intangibles, who has a high ceiling, but also a much lower floor than the QBs selected ahead of him. 21. RB Zack Moss, Bills - Compact build, carrying a lot of bulk on a 5'9" frame. Not a plodder and has okay feet and adjustment ability behind the line of scrimmage. When he gets into his stride, he runs a bit tight and doesn't have natural open-field cutting skills. A little more explosive than his modest 40 time would indicate, he showed some big play flair in college, but is still just average in this department. A useful part of a rotation at the next level, but doesn't have obvious starter-level talent. With Singletary already in the fold, it's hard to envision him as an immediate home run, and the overall ability level may not justify extended patience. 22. WR Laviska Shenault, Jaguars - Very bulky for his height. He's a few cheeseburgers away from being a TE. Speed and mobility are just average. His ability to consistently win on the edge with routes and speed is suspect. He looks more comfortable working the middle of the field. Unique guy. He's a big target who can move a bit, but may be too much of a 'tweener to hold down a relevant full-time WR role. I'd feel more comfortable if he had a more conventional set of skills, but it's hard to say exactly what he is, and purely as a WR his mobility may not be enough. I did not like him as much as most scouting report like him. I lean towards him busting, but there's a high ceiling if I'm wrong. 23. QB Jordan Love, Packers - The book on him is that he's a raw, but athletic QB who needs extensive work on decision-making, reads, and consistency. He should get at least a year to develop in GB before he's thrown to the wolves, which is nice. People compare him to Kaepernick. Seems like a decent pick if you need a high-upside backup QB for your dynasty team, but don't assume he will pan out. 24. WR Tee Higgins, Bengals - I don't really see it happening for Higgins, a stringy WR who lacks the precise route technique and athleticism needed to thrive in the NFL with his body type. He has the same body as AJ Green without any of the route running or fluid athleticism that make Green special. I think he's the Zay Jones of this class, an overdrafted wispy WR who lacks the right athletic parts to thrive against pro corners. 25. RB Ke'Shawn Vaughn, Buccaneers - He's not bad, but I think ultimately he's just a body in the NFL. There are so many guys like this that his value is tied to the immediate opportunity and any future draft or free agency period will represent a big threat to his value. If you're in desperate need of RB2 production right away then maybe you can steal a good season or two here, but I'm betting against him being an enduring starter. The Zac Stacy regen. 26. WR Van Jefferson, Rams - Like the other Jefferson, appears to be a jack-of-all trades with a modest ceiling and no glaring weaknesses. Probably just a complementary target in the NFL. The most compelling thing about him is the combination of the late 2nd round draft slot and the friendly situation with the Rams, who have made some less-than-perfect WRs look very good. Over-aged without a huge upside. 27. TE Devin Asiasi, Patriots - Everything he does is smooth. He runs nice routes and is a threat after the catch. Not a truly explosive athlete and doesn't have the special traits of a top tier Pro Bowl NFL TE, so the FF ceiling may be modest. Speed is good, but not elite. Not a jump ball monster in the red zone. There's a high floor and he can become a 700-800 yard TE in the NFL, but this isn't a guy who's going to win your league for you. Consider him much higher than this in TE-premium. In standard formats, look at him in the 20-30 range if you need long-term TE depth. One of the safer picks in this tier, but not a guy who is likely to carry you. 28. RB AJ Dillon, Packers - Once again, it feels lazy to compare a player to another prospect from the same school, but he really is the second coming of Andre Williams (Boston College/NY Giants). Hulking frame with nice north-south burst, but a very heavy and deliberate running style. Not an elusive or sudden player. He will get tattooed frequently in the NFL. This type of back is a bit of a dinosaur in today's league, so the most likely scenario is RBBC duty and fading into obscurity. OTHERS: QB Jalen Hurts, Eagles - I didn't really evaluate him. Nothing to add beyond the generic draft slot. RB Darrynton Evans, Titans - Too small. Gadget player. RB Joshua Kelley, Chargers - JAG-y to me, like Paul Perkins all over again. RB Anthony McFarland, Steelers - He shows flashes and could have spurts of value. Long-term, you'd bet against him ever being the guy. Alex Collins-like. WR Lynn Bowden, Raiders - It's really tough to make the jump from "slash" player to full-time WR and I think the odds are against him. WR Bryan Edwards, Raiders - Labors in his routes and may struggle to create space at the next level. I wasn't wowed by him. WR Quintez Cephus, Lions - Ugly 40 time, but competitive possession WR who could fight for snaps. Relatively good value for day 3. WR Joe Reed, Chargers - Athletic traits are intriguing. 6' 220 and he can move in space. Probably just a return man in the NFL though. Limited WR production. WR Quez Watkins, Eagles - Has some decent athletic qualities, but probably not worth a roster spot unless your league is ultra deep. TE Cole Kmet, Bears - I was not impressed and will be fading him at his ADP. TE Albert Okwuegbunam, Broncos - Doesn't play up to his 40 speed, but a unit with upside. Good value and worthy of a stash.
  6. 29 points
    Removal of Yoga Pants thread
  7. 26 points
    I liked the yoga pants thread but the one you're talking about sounds even better
  8. 25 points
    "I know, dear, but I'm trusting Chet on this one. Yes, Chet. From the internet. "
  9. 23 points
    My cousins (and aunt and uncle) moved to Gainesville, Florida when they were youngsters, because my aunt got a job working at the University of Florida, and then my uncle attended the school (cause he got kicked out of the University of Tennessee). My cousins are a bit older than me and my siblings. During a visit, my cousin Wendy turned us on to Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' debut album. I thought they were great. Fast forward three years and this album came out. I loved it. It reminds me a lot of my high school years. Round 9 Damn The Torpedoes - Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers (1979) Louisiana Rain Here Comes My Girl
  10. 22 points
  11. 21 points
    What seems odd to me is that those who insist on not wearing a mask at a store ... They drove to the store, generally obeying the speed limit; they stopped at red lights; they parked between the yellow lines; they wore a shirt and shoes into the store. But wear a mask? "Don't tell me what to do!"
  12. 21 points
    Last run complete. Fastest run of the whole thing at 7:17/mile, and my last mile was the fastest mile of the whole thing at 6:57. Overall average sub-7:50 for the 52.4 miles. Beer me.
  13. 20 points
    The rheumatologist office called and they can see me on June 10th. She said they were backed up due to all the cancellations they had to do earlier due to Covid19. I told her if she can get me in earlier to let me know, and she said the waiting list is long, but she'd put me on it.
  14. 20 points
    Just got this in the mail; a friend made and sent it to me as a surprise!
  15. 20 points
    FBG 2020 10K Report Alright, here we go. My original plan was to run on Friday, but the weather here in Chi-raq looked more promising on Saturday. Hoped to get some extra sleep the past two nights to rest up, but that's not the way we roll in the APK household. Kids were up in the middle of Thursday night panicking about thunderstorms, and then last night neither kid was willing to hit the hay before midnight. 🙄 So I stayed up late re-watching Heat, while Mrs APK sat around doing random stuff to stay busy. "Why are you watching this again? Haven't you seen it like 12 times? Wait, what? No, I don't think re-watching Carlito's Way would make the situation better." (Mrs APK walks away mumbling something) Woke up this morning around 7:15am. I don't really like to eat before running, but today I just felt hungry beforehand. Had to do a quick phone call at 8am anyway, so I ate half of an english muffin with butter. Did the phone call, dropped a deuce (2x) -- didn't feel the need, but mostly just want to fit in the group here. I'm trying to copy what y'all do, so why not go all out? Very lightly jogged out the door about 9:10am. Plan was to very casually run north a mile, to the start of my carefully chosen, mostly flat course. Mile 1 (8:09) Body felt good at the start. I was worried about having tired legs, after Mrs APK made me move 3-4 cubic yards of mulch earlier in the week. But I felt loose and strong. Breathing was good. Ran down a wide open, mostly empty street from lily white Wilmette down toward mostly white Evanston. Only glitch -- my plan was to start at around 8:30-8:40 pace for the first mile. Phone showed me at around 8:35 the two times I checked......and then later jumped to 8:05/8:10. Kind of annoying. Mile 2 (8:00) Body still felt great......mostly. It was in the middle of mile 2 that I realized something was wrong and my pace wasn't right. At around 1.4-1.5 miles, the phone "jumped" and said that I was running slightly faster than an 8-min pace. Uh, that couldn't be right. How? My breathing should be worse, etc. Note: this is why I should have a heart rate monitor. Mental note to ask this group for suggestions. I tried really hard to slow down and pace myself a little better the 2nd half of mile 2. Mile 3 (8:15) Settled into a good rhythm during the next two miles. Very slight downhill. Had a little traffic light snafu somewhere in here, but slowed down very slightly and kept going. The same bridge that was in my 5K route showed up here, and it didn't phase me this time. Kept going. Determined. Almost half way through. I did some mental math and thought "if I can keep this pace up the rest of the way....." Famous last words. Mile 4 (8:15) A tale of two halves. The first half mile of this leg was good. Steady breathing. Good stride. No doubts. Ran into a couple of friends who live near this route, out for a walk. One is a hot mid-40s brunette, divorced in the past year. Pretty sure she's now dating my buddy (who was with her at 10am this morning). Good for him. Second half of this leg....I started to have doubts. Had a run-in with a group of moms pushing strollers. I got out of their way, but they didn't like that I was running without a mask. WTF. It messed with my head briefly. Still.....finished this mile in decent shape. Mile 5 (8:20) Ok, I knew from reading previous race reports Thurs/Fri that mile 5 is where the mental aspect comes into play. I also knew by this point that my too-fast-pace in miles 1-2 could hurt me. But screw that nonsense. Just over 2 miles to go......mind over matter. My brain began to jump around randomly -- first it focused on breathing and stride, only to shift 1 minute later into thinking how much I hate my boss (which fueled a very brief surge in energy), only to then think about how much I didn't want to fall apart and let down the team. This went on the entire mile. Back and forth. All while trying to run south through Evanston, avoiding what would probably be a crowded lakefront path. Mile 6 (8:39) My body was tired at this point, and I could feel it. Just kept telling myself "quick feet, quick feet." I checked the mileage way too frequently during this mile.....until a miracle occurred at around the 5.5 mile mark. I haven't always been a big believer in miracles.....but sometimes.....they happen. A trio of mid-30s women out for a run appear out of nowhere, at most 30-40 yards in front of me. They aren't moving super fast, but fast enough that they can pace me through the home stretch. It was like the scene in Die Hard 2 where John McClain blows up the plane and says "there's your ####### beacon" or something to that effect. I followed them for the next 1/2 mile or so, until they turned off to a side street. This left me with a painful 0.2 miles to go. Note that my breathing still was pretty good -- my muscles were just falling apart. Final 0.2 miles (8:21 pace) I don't really remember much. For anyone who knows North Chicago/Evanston, I was running right next to the lake where the Evanston-Chicago border is. I thought my route would end before hitting that stretch - it's super narrow, next to a cemetery that was probably built to keep Chicago people from easily crossing the border into Evanston. Anyway, I had to dodge like 7 people during this final stretch. One guy had a mask & was walking his dog. He was super pissed at me for not having a mask on. I apologized and kept going. Wrapped up the final 0.2 and then sat down in the wide, raised median between traffic to get away from people. Literally sat there for 4-5 minutes just trying to gain focus. Called Mrs APK and she agreed to pick me up. Ran about 1 mile to the rendezvous point. Final result 51:25 (thanks for the extra 2 seconds whoever that was) Overall, felt really good about this run. I can't say enough about what you guys have done for my running the past couple of months. gianmarco in particular has given some awesome advice via PM, but all you guys are super supportive and inspirational to me. Christ, I ran my fastest 10k by 65 seconds (previous best was last June, 52:30 in the Ricky Byrdsong Race Against Hate) and still felt ok. But despite that, you guys are cranking out times a full 1-2 minutes per mile faster......lots of room to improve here. Best part about the 10k, as opposed to the 5k, is that this time I didn't have to hear Mrs APK go on and on about how amazing tri-man is. I'm sure she was thinking it, but at least she didn't verbalize it. Seriously guys, thanks for the past couple months.
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    I mean, when you don't require people to engage in good faith discussion this is what you get. Not every person in a discussion has an equally valid argument. It seems like there has been a continual allowance of people to make unsubstantiated claims without reasonable sourcing, and then allowing them to continue to post debunked or the same unsubstantiated claims without evidence. When someone does make a high effort 2000 word post with sourcing of data you allow someone to counter it with an emoji as if that is worthwhile discussion. High effort posts should require a high effort counter post or discussion, and by constantly saying that the answer is somewhere in the middle or that everyone is equally wrong you are lowering the discourse of this board because then people no longer need to be factually correct. It seems like preserving board decorum is more important than factual accuracy.
  17. 20 points
    the author lost me when he put quotation marks around experts. Sorry, I will not take any article seriously that does this. The whole theme of disrespect of expertise is one of the worst things about modern America, IMO.
  18. 20 points
    35. Abbey Road - The Beatles When it comes to artists or bands they are my favorite. I would be happy with most any of their albums, but since this is one of my favorites and it is still available, I might as well take it. I'd choose the medley as one of my two samples, but I don't think that would work right on the spotify list. I'll go with these two... Here Comes the Sun You Never Give Me Your Money
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    Sex takes 30 seconds, the woman is satisfied and exhausted, and no one is concerned about the mess.
  21. 20 points
    Sigh... My, how this thread has gone downhill since Feb. You guys are losing your #### over a percent or two on a completely unprovable statistic at this point. Chill... it's purely a pride fight at this point and it's bringing the thread down. 65,000 Americans are dead of this and that number is climbing by thousands daily. We are experimenting with opening things up to varying degrees in varying places. Let's talk about stuff other than the same back and forth on a stat that neither side can prove 100%... and it doesn't matter.
  22. 19 points
    He and I had like two weeks of discussions about what name he wanted. Eventually he picked Peter. Which led to the absolutely greatest discovery by me a few days letter: Jennifer Lopez (first initial, first syllable of last name) = J-Lo Alex Rodriguez (first initial, first syllable of last name) = A-Rod The first syllable of my last name is "Ness."
  23. 19 points
    10.39 Smashing Pumpkins - Siamese Dream (1993) Formative album for me. Maybe no longer cool. Cherub Rock Mayonnaise
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    I got a two week vacation for saying this last time, but I’ve got to ask again... I can understand being a republican and having a republican mindset. I cannot at all understand how anyone can be in favor of Trump. He’s such a child. The only thing I can come up with is the people that love him are the same adults that still watch wrestling. They don’t care about politics, they don’t care about people, they just care about the spectacle and when Trump comes out and slams someone with a chair they start cheering.
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    Time for some piano. I met Ben once a long time ago at a party. The bass player in the band, Bobby, is the brother of my friend Martin, who was roommates with my friend Charlie at ECU, who I also knew from high school. Martin was in a band at ECU called The Stegmonds. Charlie was a student and salesman (of illegal substances). Round 10 Whatever and Ever Amen - Ben Folds Five (1997) One Angry Dwarf and 200 Solemn Faces Evaporated
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    It's hard to tell because I don't always know what they're saying anyway but I think rockaction and wikkid are fighting
  27. 19 points
    1.27 Led Zeppelin - Physical Graffiti I got my hands on this sometime late high school.. 88 or so.. it wasn't my first Zep cassette but it was the one I wore tf out in the car for a year As close to a must have as I can come up with.. it's just a solid gold double volume of cockrock, friends Of course I'll have to put up Ten Years Gone then how about to balance it out, one of the handful of tracks on this record that was a holdover from earlier sessions The Rover
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    1.12 David Bowie, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (1972) Moonage Daydream Suffragette City As with Stevie, considered waiting 'cause there's so much to pick from with Bowie, and there are individual songs on other albums of his that I wish I could take too, but if I'm keeping it real, this is the one that got me into him and the one I've played over and over and over and over...and over and over and over again (/Marshawn) for...damn, roughly the past two decades now. Others could easily make a case for other Bowie albums as superior, I'm sure. He's one of my favorite artists of all time, and I've mentioned in past threads that I think his '70s run is nearly unparalled as far as single-decade production goes, and yeah, I could listen to this on repeat. So many killer tracks. @Anarchy99's Bowie recent countdown thread was , by the way, and I'm glad it didn't get any of y'all to jump on it before the 1.12.
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    number of hot dogs not matching number of buns
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    Hard shells only. LOL. Delete this thread.
  31. 18 points
    Put it in the books, 5:42. 1 second PR. @gianmarco, you’re a BMF.
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    The Doors - Strange Days Strange Days -- Love Me Two Times year of our lizard 1967
  34. 18 points
    FBG Virtual 10K My HR's been running a bit hot this week. Maybe I'm just not running enough miles - or maybe I just push it too hard early this month. I've been lacking energy, my legs haven't been popping, and I've had more than a few moments in which someone in my family's looked at my side eyed wondering why I'm moving around like an old man. All of these things went through my head during the 15 minute warm-up to the starting line. And I'm not sure exactly what reset my mind, but I suddenly remembered what many of my teammates are going through...and you're really going to ##### about...**checks notes**...being tired! Stop being a ####### #####! Okay. Race start - after that mini pep talk I popped in a cherry dum-dum and waited for the gps buzz. It was warm enough that I knew this was going to suck at some point, but reading early reports helped in reminding me that no matter the conditions miles 4 and 5 are going to suck anyway. Went with a white tech tank, black head band, and opted out of the compression socks in favor of shorties because of the anticipated heat. Like everyone else I knew I was going to start off hot, but I chose this side of the road because there is a 15-20' incline about a quarter mile in that isn't there on the other side. I'd use this as a heat check and settle into a groove. HR already up into the 160's and I was happy to see 5:47 when I checked my watch at the top of the incline. So no matter how fast I started that incline knocked me back to near where I wanted to be. Mile 1 - 5:51/158 HR/87' elevation drop - at this point I shifted gears to HR watching. It was a balancing act of sorts - I wanted sub 6 minute miles, my HR into the 160's but not too close to 170. Yet anyway. And each time I checked I was between 163 and 166 and my time right around 6 flat. So when I got 1.93 and saw 5:59 I picked it up a nose to make sure I got in under 6. Mile 2 - 5:56/164 HR/76' elevation drop - I originally was happy about this mile on the route because most of the first 2 miles didn't have much shade. This one would. But we got a lot of rain the last couple of days and apparently people in this hood were doing landscaping work beforehand and didn't clean up. Puddle jumping was one thing, but there were more than a half dozen steps in which I kinda had to wide step-and-slide into the stride because of piles of mud on a type of sidewalk that is already more prone to being slick. Writing this out I am starting to understand why my inner thighs are unusually sore this morning. But positive spin, all of this balancing distracted me from the suck. I remember the first time I looked at my watch this mile because I recall looking down and being happy I had less than a quarter mile to go and I was on pace. Mile 3 - 5:58/165 HR/51' elevation drop - Once crossing the last problematic intersection at mile 3.4 I executed the pre-planned racing decision to start making it hurt. Not to say it didn't hurt at this point, but my HR was steady in the mid 160's. I know I can get to 170, so it was time to start working towards that number. I was really cooking for about a half mile, but next level uncomfortable started hitting me about 3.8. I looked down and saw 5:50 pace and a 169 HR, so I took the foot off the gas a nose to ensure I didn't blow up too soon. Mile 4 - 5:55/166 HR/62' elevation drop - I got things back down to 165 about mile 4.2, so it was time to lock in and really focus on this next mile or so. I intentionally plotted out the greatest decline for the end - I just needed to get there. At this point, it wasn't warm; it was hot. Then those opening cords to Rearviewmirror hit my ears. I remembered why I put this here on the playlist. It's my Kesha. It's my Meatloaf. Let's ####### go! I don't recall how deep into the 6's I was here, but my foggy memory is saying 6:19 so we'll go with that. Saw things so much clearer (once you-one you) REAR VIEW MIRROOOOOR. By the time I got to the end I looked down and saw 4.95 and 6:03 so I pressed down hard to try and get in under 6. Mile 5 - 6:01/HR 168/46' elevation drop - Just missed, but that was the boost I needed to get to here. It was time to suffer. Peak down every minute and make sure that number says 170. I don't remember anything else about this next half mile - just periodically saying to myself get to the decline-get to the decline-get to the decline. Then i got there and looked ahead and realized I was going to miss the light. I had it plotted out so I had 2 options here, but I really wanted one. It's a wide and usually clean path managed by our Metroparks system with no momentum killing bump. I had to go to plan B and I fought up that bump, but I was much more concerned about the final descent. This was Cleveland proper 'managed' territory. Which meant over grown trees, a damaged fence intermittently protruding into the sidewalk with loose gravel and broken glass everywhere. There usually isn't anyone using this sidewalk (for good reason!) but if I encountered anyone while careening down this thing we all were in trouble. Mile 6 - 5:47/HR 169/122' elevation drop - I felt my watch buzz, but I was much more concerned about where my feet were going and what may be 10' in front of me, so I didn't look down. I finally got into a partial clearing at 6.1 so I looked down to see the good news. But let's finish this thing - and I laid the hammer down. A 4:30something mile pace into the finish. Bam, mother ####er. Mile 6.2 - 5:04/HR 169/68' elevation drop Unofficial time - 36:32/5:53 pace/506' elevation drop That hurt. Everything about it hurt. During, after, and especially today. And I'm usually overly self-critical, but there is nothing to pick apart about that effort. My planning was on point and I pushed myself to my limits then sustained. There wasn't another second in those legs yesterday. Well, unless I had done the 600' elevation drop anyway.
  35. 18 points
    Hot and Fresh FBG BMF 10K Race Report Woke up not wanting to run at all. Have recently stepped into the most intensive marathon training so far for me and have been working back into fitness since time off at the end of Feb through April. Muscles were tired from the week and had not done any speedwork in ages but couldn't let TeamGrue down so after a 2x poop (I couldn't be left out of the double poop gang) and a bit of energy drink I stepped outside on a beautifully sunny day and made my way up to the highest point in Paris, Sacre-Coeur in Montmartre. I had thought about if this was really where I wanted to start for a variety of reasons but in the end it was not too far from home and provided a good mental mindset to know I wouldn't be overworking it in the first few km. I made a little gesture of goodwill to the big guy in the church to get my through this self-inflicted torture and was on my way. KM 1 & 2 (4:12, 3:58) If I had to do it over again, I would not start where I did for two reasons. Montmartre is full of old cobblestones and the first 500m were entirely on the cobbles. I was more focused on not twisting an ankle and just getting through it. At the same time, parts of Montmartre are incredibly steep and I found myself putting on the brakes and it took a bit to get to a comfortable pace. Found my stride once I was able to move to a proper sidewalk and maybe overcooked it for the second KM but still feeling alright at that point. KM 3 & 4 (4:14, 4:04) I had a route planned out and actually turned south sooner than I had wanted. Because of that my downhill route was a quick flameout after the first three KM. Tried to head back east a bit on KM3 to put me back on track but ended up a little short distance-wise at this part of the course. Would come back to get me at the end. My times saw me ease up a bit at KM3 as I was focused more on the route and once I had a holeshot to my next turn KM4 was back on a solid pace. KM 5 & 6 (4:13, 4:00) I don't race many 10Ks, fewer than five ever, and this was the point where I had to mentally suck it up. KM5 got to me a bit (this sufferfest is only halfway over!) and KM6 saw me power through down towards the river, right through some red intersections and luckily hitting the spots where the little man was red for me but it wasn't quite green for the cars. KM 7 & 8 (4:17, 4:16) CONTROVERSY ALERT! At the beginning of KM7 I hit an intersection that had just turned green. Cars were already on their way. Could I have made a u-turn or a left or right? Sure, but when you are balls deep in your own mind-#### and your heart is going full throttle, you're only focused on your game plan and the route that you had pre-determined to get you to 10KM. I waited until I could make my move and kept going. Happened again two minutes later. Was stopped for 40 seconds in total and completely ruined any momentum that I had going. I'll let the judges rule on this one. The river has some ups and downs as you approach and move away from the bridges but I was glad for the ups at this point as they allowed me to keep focus. All I could think of at this point was to keep turning the legs over. KM 9 & 10 (4:11, 4:12) Was able to find a smooth transition to the running path right along the river and gave it my all from there. With about 700m to go there was a turn into the tunnel and a split. Either take the tunnel with the smooth roads and have the GPS all screwed up or go left onto the small, cobbly slice along the. river with literal waves of cobbles from old tree roots. I needed my GPS integrity so I took the ccbbles and that last bit was like a strange urban trail run. That was my payment for missing my turn earlier and lengthening the end of the course. No matter how you shake it with the stopped watch and/or downhill route it was an all-time PR for me in the 10K by a lot so really stoked about that! One of my lifetime running goals is to break 40 minutes and hopefully by the end of this marathon block with some added speedwork I should get there. Proud to be amongst all of you guys that got out there and did this. Awesome group we have here! #TeamGrue4Lyfe
  36. 18 points
    2020 FBG10K Race Report To be honest, I had no idea what to expect from this event. I've never run a 10K before, so I had no idea how to pace the thing. So as I thought about this race, I just figured that I'd try and keep my pace in the 7's somewhere - 7:55 - 7:59 on my watch and see what happens. I figured my fitness (or lack thereof) should be at least good enough to keep me in this range. I also decided I was going to really test my mental game here and try and "think" my way through each segment. Woke up at 4:19 this morning when my son got up to pee, so I laid there for awhile listening for that thunderstorm that was supposed to be rolling in all morning. Finally got out of bed around 5:30 or so. Apparently that thunderstorm that was rolling was in my lower intestine, as @Zasada and I went dump for dump there for awhile. I was happy to win that event, but I should win that event. What you guys are to racing I am to pooping. Yeah Me! Checked the forecast and I was all clear, so it was time to go. Started my warm up jog and my heart rate was cooking. That's usually normal for me on a Saturday morning, but when you have a balls-out 10k to run - not good. After I'm jogging for about 1.3 miles, I'm nowhere near my planned starting point. WTF. I guess I forgot how far it was from my house. I turned off my watch and walked the rest of the way to just try and calm down. This was probably a good move. .7 more miles later I was at my starting point. Mile 1: 7:48 Pace, HR 173 This was a steep drop right off the get-go, so I knew I had to come out hot here. After about .25 mile is the one intersection I had to worry about. I come up to it and there are cars at every light waiting to do something. So I knew they were on turn arrows. Did a quick risk assessment and decided to blow through. I timed it perfectly and broke 3 jaywalking laws at the same time, but I'm a bad mother ####er and no cop wanted anything to do with me wearing my Chicago Marathon running shirt. #ChiefDApproved intersection crossing. It was during this mile where I flipped my watch to read Pace instead of Average Pace. If you recall, I started using Average Pace during the marathon for Carmel, but when I do that my pacing tends to be all over the place. I'll go fast, then slow down, then go fast - especially on a shorter distance like this. I wanted to try and just see my current pace so I could stay below that 8:00 number. Mile 2: 8:09 pace, HR 183 This mile was going to have some rolling hills and was mostly downhill, but I knew going in that this was going to be my toughest mile. I had to do a road crossover here to avoid a light later on, and that went perfectly. It was during the beginning of this mile where I developed my strategy. Take each mile as it's own entity. I also decided to play the undulations a little bit. When I saw a little incline coming, I gave myself a little rest - "ok, slow down about 10 seconds here and catch your breath, then pound the downhill." I repeated this mantra for the rest of the race. Mile 3: 7:45 pace, HR 181 This is where I turned the corner and this was all downhill - go time. I ran this mile as fast as I thought I could. I rolled through this mile like it was butter. When I was coming up to mile 4, I actually thought to myself, "wow, these runs go by much quicker when you run faster". Mile 4: 8:02 pace, HR 186 I am now on the flat part going in. It was a net downhill, but once again I'm on rolling undulating paved path. A beautiful place to run. All of my systems are checking out and rolling along. I'm feeling it here - I know I'm gonna be a sub 8 pace the rest of the way. I know this road pretty good and know there are really no pitfalls here - only me and my mental game. But my mental game was strong on this one. One of motivations at this point was: "I'm crushing this race and I can't wait to text it to @gianmarco when I'm done." I also thought of @Zasada here - I was hoping he didn't drop another deuce on his route and catch me for the tie. I guess it would have been a thrice for the tie... Anyway, back to the race. Mile 5: 7:59 pace, HR 188 Just cruising along. I'm hurting but nothing my mind can't overcome. To be honest, the only pain really came from the humidity and dew point. My legs were strong, but I was having a hard time catching consistent breathing. But when I felt myself drifting breath wise, I thought of @tri-man 47. I know he has some breathing pattern he uses when he runs, and I've always been meaning to ask him about it to really dig into that. Probably should have done that before now. Anyway, just thinking of that got me back on track. I would just try and pull a deep breath and really slow the breathing down and it worked just fine. Mile 6: 7:59 pace, HR 188 I'm in la-di-da land now. I'm smiling thinking of this report. At this point I KNOW I have paced this thing perfectly. I have just enough in the tank to finish, and just enough. .22: 7:40 pace, HR 189 The final kick and I'm done. 49:17, HR 183 Summary Obviously a PR since this is the first 10K I have ever run. I am pretty proud of this race - this may be honestly the best pacing job I have ever done. I learned some things today, which to me is the most important thing. One of my motivations was to try and keep our team alive in this game and not blow it up. I guess we will find out later if that was the case or not. At any rate, this is also one of those bittersweet results: I'm proud of the race I ran despite my poor fitness and commitment BUT I'm angry at myself for not committing more to my running and being more fit. That's the conundrum I will always fight: there is potential in there that I haven't even begun to tap. I just need to want to.
  37. 18 points
    Johnny Cash - At Folsom Prison So many directions to go, but I think I just have to take this here. I've got some other country records in mind for later, but can't pass this up. Not sure what I can say here that hasn't already been said about it. Cocaine Blues Jackson
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    5.26 Curtis Mayfield - Superfly Pusherman Freddie's Dead @JZilla
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    Disclaimer: Opinion on opening up. For what it’s worth. Watching how the “opening up” of states is unfolding raises the concern that we’re collectively missing the point of “re-opening”. The point is to get people back to work. 30 million unemployed? Not acceptable. We need unemployment to begin falling, so in re-opening we should be wisely opening businesses to get as many people as possible back to earning a living again ASAP. The point of re-opening is not to initiate “happy fun time” again. People need to be focused on getting back to work safely, as many people as possible working, as quickly as possible. Not to run out to some bar to drink, socialize and spread the virus while one bartender gets back to work. Not smart. The point of re-opening is not to head to the beach as quickly as possible, or to go to Disney soon. The point is to get as many people back to work as quickly as possible, safely, go to sleep, and do it again the next day, and the next day. Get off of unemployment, get back to work. Not “party fun time” right now. Stay healthy and safe. Hopefully better times are ahead.
  40. 18 points
    10K Race Report - warning - looong Course Selection This one definitely took up a lot of my headspace in the last few weeks. I went through endless route possibilities in my head, but as I opined on here I wasn't really happy with any of them. A week out, I was sort of leaning to doing it on the track per tri-man's suggestion. Two things were bothering me about that, though : 1. I worried there would be too many people there, as I'm wasn't going to run anytime before 10AM, 2. It really bothers me that the GPS is so off on the track, and the thought of having some stupid fake 10K record that wasn't true but I didn't want to delete on Strava filled me with dread. The wife actually suggested a local rail trail on Monday morning. Checking it out online, it had a nice stead decline, no major road crossings, and with a NNE direction could potentially give favorable winds. So, I tried it out on Monday, and it is quite wide and scenic. The only problem is that it is almost all gravel, so I knew that would counteract some of the downhill benefit, but it still seemed like my best option. Pre-Race I didn't want to wait until the weekend, and was originally targeting late Friday morning, which would have the most favorable wind, but weather forecast was warm and humid, so yesterday I switched to planning a Thursday evening attempt with a slightly favorable wind. Finished my work around 4:30, wife had some pizza ready for me. Had some espresso around 6:00 and did a quick warmup around the neighborhood, then got in the car with the wife. Strategy Pacing was another thing that was driving me a bit batty. No 10K race experience. My 10K record was a half marathon split, so I was pretty sure I could beat that, and was also confident I would go sub 43:00 unless something was terribly amiss. How much would the downhill help? Tailwind? How much would the gravel hurt? No race environment? My half marathon PR calculated to 41:55 equivalent, 5K PR to 40:43 on Jack Daniels. I decided to set my watch for a 6:30-6:45 band and see what happened. Race Not much traffic, so got there a little earlier than I planned, but no sense sitting around with dread. Emptied the bladder, jogged about 30 seconds to the start, then started the watch as the wife drove away. Mile 1 : 6:24 (3:13, 3:11) This was the biggest downhill, but still probably a little hot. Also my only traffic snafu - at the very first road crossing, perhaps the most blind one, there was a truck coming around the turn at almost the worst time. I high tailed it across as he approached and easily crossed, but I felt a little guilty as it sounded like he slowed down, probably worried if there was another runner behind me. Didn't have traffic at any of the other crossings, though. Mile 2 : 6:32 (3:15, 3:17) Settling in, though still not sure of the pacing - definitely felt less painful than a 5K at this point, more painful than a half, so we're good, maybe? Mile 3 : 6:42 (3:17, 3:24) This contained the only paved section and also the only hill as the course detours through some soccer fields and parking lots. The distraction of having to focus to follow the course was nice. Mile 4 : 6:39 (3:23, 3:24) Definitely started feeling it pretty good here, and I lost the tailwind here and was feeling the difference. Counting down the distance to the finish. Mile 5 : 6:55 (3:24, 3:30) After my recon I was worried about this mile - road crossings were done, and the trail just goes on and on between some houses and a golf course here, and there are just no landmarks at all. Very tough mentally. Mile 6 : 7:02 (3:23, 3:38) I was happy with my run except for the second half of this mile. It actually pisses me off looking at and I don't have a good explanation - just lost focus. I was gassed, but I definitely could have run this mile 10 seconds faster. Last .21x : 6:31 pace Spied my wife at the finish line, gave what little I had left. Done! Hooray! Thank you Springfield, there will be no encore! 10K are teh suck. 41:39 Final Thoughts Thankful for this series to give me something to push for. I'm happy with the time and my effort. I definitely noticed some slippage on the gravel, but I don't think I would have beaten this time on the track. Pacing wasn't great, but from experience I tend to be better at hanging on than trying to negative split. Garmin had my HR 193-195 between miles 2.5-6.2, and that matched the Fitbit so I don't think I had much left. Go team Juxt!
  41. 18 points
    10K Race Report I've only run one 10K, a turkey trot back in 2015. I ran a 52:04, but I was at least in decent shape at the time having run 4 ultras that year, including a 50M in October. So I really had no idea what to put down as my estimated time for this. Because I've been on the roads I've been running a lot more miles in the 10s than I usually do on the trails, but I still rarely have a mile quicker than 9:30 or so, and that's not easy. So I, somewhat jokingly, just estimated 1 second less than @BassNBrew for each of the distances. But I haven't really been "training", just trying to run a few times a week for stress relief and to not lose all fitness. My diet has been crap (I'm a bit of a stress eater with a default for comfort foods), so I'm 25+ pounds over where I was for States a few years back. I did actually look up some 5K workouts last month, and had my watch programmed for some intervals when I hurt myself getting dressed for that run. That led to taking 13 days completely off last month, and only running 5 of the last 11 days of the month as I eased back into it. And I obviously missed the 5K. But the last couple of weeks I've been a little more consistent, although I never did an actual workout - just a few strides here and there. This morning I was feeling ok, I hadn't run yesterday, so after a shorter walk with the pup I decided to give the 10K a go. It had started to rain at the end of our walk, so it was probably as cool as it was going to get over the next 5 days. I figured I'd just start out at a pace I thought I might be able to hold, and see how it went - if I screwed up I'd just pull the plug and try again Saturday. I obviously don't have any examples of pace, and as I started I realized my Fenix HR monitor wasn't working - it was showing in the 120s when I knew I was at least in the high 150s. So I just went by my breathing - from the few tempo runs I've run over the years I know there's a hard breathing pattern I can maintain for awhile, and if I go above that I start to almost gasp a bit with each breath. So the plan was just to try and stay as close to that line as possible. First mile - 9:05. Felt ok, nothing hurt, effort level seemed manageable. Let's pick it up a bit. Second mile - 8:45. Still alright, but now it's hard. Had my first thought of pulling the plug. Nah, let's at least get to 5K and see where we're at Third mile - 8:29. Ok, this kind of sucks now. Where's that hill I can power hike? Is there an aid station coming? Can a bear get in my way so I can stop? Fourth mile - 8:19. A slight downhill here so the pace picks up, but about the 3 1/2 mile mark I started having serious doubts about holding the pace. But I also started thinking that it's going to suck just as much if I try this on Saturday, and I don't want to do this again. So #EmbraceTheSuck Fifth mile - 8:26. Slipping into that gasping breathing pattern a couple of times, so had to ease back just a bit. Listening to a podcast and realize I haven't heard anything that's been said for about 15 minutes. Sixth mile - 8:20. "It never always gets worse" is one of my favorite mantras in ultras. This mantra does not apply to 10Ks. Final .22 - 1:44 for a 7:47 pace. I really had no idea when to break into the "finishing kick", if you can call a 7:47 pace that. But as I hit 6.22 and hit stop on the watch I doubled over gasping, so I think I did it right. Then again I didn't puke, so maybe not. 53:12 for an 8:33 overall pace. It's pretty embarrassing how hard that was for me, when for almost everyone else in here you're running your easy runs faster than that. But I feel good about the effort I put out there today. Thanks all for including me, and letting my slow, ultra ### muck up this thread of you real runners every once in awhile.
  42. 18 points
    My first pick influenced the Mansons but I need some real evil on my island. 2.35 Black Sabbath - Paranoid War Pigs/Luke’s Wall Jack the Stripper/Fairies Wear Boots @KarmaPolice
  43. 18 points
    1.08 Songs In The Key Of Life (Full Album) - Stevie Wonder "Too long". "Too many songs". "Songs are too long". Too much fresh air, I guess. There are a career's-worth of stone cold classics here - "Love's In Need Of Love Today", "I Wish", "Sir Duke, "As", "Isn't She Lovely", - that'll be played on the radio as long as some form of radio exists. There are other, more compact, LPs I considered here, but I get a doubler from my favorite artist. A couple of lesser-known tunes that match anything Stevie ever did: "Knocks Me Off My Feet". One of his best ballads. "Another Star". 8+ minutes of goodness that still ends too soon.
  44. 18 points
    I have mixed feelings about opening up. I have seen an uptick over the last week in cases, but that's anecdotal. On the other hand, I don''t think it's practical to stay totally closed indefinitely for economic reasons. If more people come in, I'll treat 'em. If the numbers go up, we increase staffing. The PPE situation is far from ideal, but it is better than it was. But i say this as a front line doc, not as a public health official. The rush to open is clearly going to kill tens of thousands of people. That's not politics, just facts. The two things that infuriate me is first - the anti-mask crusaders - the masks in public protect other people, not so much you. But if everyone wears a mask, then everyone is much better protected. I mean, we are all in this together. The pictures of nutjobs with the AR-15s don't infuriate me because they are right wing nutjobs. They infuriate me because they stand in front of police without a mask yelling at them, endangering their lives. Then they stand around for hours protesting together not wearing a mask because american excellence is their protection or some other misguided idiocy.. The second thing is that when these ###-hats come to my ER in 2 weeks I have a small risk to my life intubating them, for a dumb choice they made. I frankly never considered that aspect too much, in that it's a part of what I signed up for becoming a doctor, but I had to admit one of my friends and ICU doctor colleagues to his own ICU two nights ago and I'm still depressed about it and frankly a little bit anxious about it happening to me too
  45. 18 points
    I have received my unemployment. Yayyyyyyyy
  46. 17 points
    I can't stay home. I have to go to work every day to take care of some of these people showing up sick in my office. 10-20 a day. Some have COVID19. And then I get to go home at night to my wife, daughters and an elderly mother-in-law. There are many people like me out there in the herd being thinned not of our own volition. And not just health care providers but all front-line/essential workers. This is why the Darwinism analogy doesn't work here. So, yes, these photos upset me a lot.
  47. 17 points
    First, I read this when you first posted it and it was such a heartwarming post to read. Your acceptance and love shone through your post and Peter is lucky to have you. Peter is also undoubtedly the special kid he is because of the role modeling you provided. Best wishes to both of you moving forward. From the medical perspective, especially for those that are likely unfamiliar with the process and transgender issues in general, I'll point out a few things. These decisions, especially a young ages, are not taken lightly. The care teams that take care of transgender patients who wish to undergo a change are comprised of multiple physicians and ancillary support that work together. You don't just come in and say I want to change and it just gets done. It involves countless visits and significant time to make sure it's the right decision. Research has also shown that the effects of not listening and helping patients change is far more detrimental. I know the belief for those that aren't familiar with it is that hormones and surgery is extreme, but the reality is that not doing so is actually more extreme for them. As pointed out already, the overwhelming majority of patients that undergo gender change are completely satisfied and would never want to go back. It speaks to how real this is even though that's difficult for most of us to comprehend. Bottom line is that children that go through this (both younger as well as teens) have experienced and well rounded medical teams that are taking care of them and ensuring it's the right decision at the right time. There has been lots of research into this and these decisions aren't ever taken lightly. The evidence shows that, when appropriate, it isn't too early even in younger children if they truly fit criteria to change.
  48. 17 points
    It was fall 1990. I was in the second grade, in my bedroom, struggling to come to terms with the word homework. My older brothers were upstairs, avoiding me like usual. Then I heard this noise. It wasn't uncommon, but I had learned to tune them out through my young years. But this particular noise was different. It grabbed my attention unlike any other noise before. And that was the day I figured out what music would influence my life. I just didn't know it yet. Señores y señoras Nosotros tenemos más influencia con sus hijos que tú tiene Pero los queremos Creado y regado de Los Ángeles, ¡Juana's adicción! 3.34 Jane's Addiction - Ritual de lo Habitual Stop! Three Days
  49. 17 points
    raise your glass... 3.11 Rolling Stones- Beggars' Banquet sympathy for the devil salt of the earth 1."Sympathy for the Devil"6:18 2."No Expectations"3:56 3."Dear Doctor"3:28 4."Parachute Woman"2:20 5."Jigsaw Puzzle"6:06 Total length:22:08 Side two 1."Street Fighting Man"3:16 2."Prodigal Son"2:51 3."Stray Cat Blues"4:38 4."Factory Girl"2:09 5."Salt of the Earth" I know the others get more love, but this is my favorite stones album... and these are two of my absolute favorite rock and roll tunes- period. the rest of the record, I love- even though it gets a bit blues picky for my tastes. but even if I didn't like the rest of the tunes (and there are some heavy hitters on it- street figting man, factory girl and jigsaw IMO)- I ultimately picked this one over some others based on the sheer magnitude of those tunes and getting a shot at my favorite album by a great band. eta ...iirc, sympathy for the devil was the first song I ever drafted here. still stand by that pick, regardless of the draft.
  50. 17 points
    2.21 The Cure - Disintegration Fascination Street The Same Deep Water As You All 3 of my other choices I was considering at 1.16 remain available to me here. Tough call. Pretty sure this is the album that I've listened to the most times. I bought the cassette in May of '89--I'd just graduated from college waiting to start med school. I played it repeatedly that summer as I painted my grandparents' house in Seattle (they weren't big fans) and worked a job in a blueberry processing plant in a rural WA town (no internships for regular college students in those days). This was a great soundtrack for that job . It's one of those albums that as soon as the song is ending I already hear the beginning of the next. I can play this one when it's raining, I'm sad, or on a bright sunny day. I could randomly pick any two songs for the play list and be very happy. Can't not have this one on my island. @Chaos Commish