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tri-man 47

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  1. Quite a few years ago at the university, I was walking down a hallway at from the locker room to the pool for a midday swim. Coming down the hall were my boss, the VP, and a couple of guests who were with her (maybe contractors). We all chatted for a moment, but it was more than a little awkward, trying to act normal while standing there in my speedo (though with towel in hand).
  2. Don't talk to @El Floppo about workouts right now. He's a little down-in-the-heel on the topic.
  3. I wore a shirt yesterday, and that was one of just a handful of days since back in June or so ...just too hot and humid. My shoulders and biceps are definitely marathon-scrawny, but at least I have some definition in my pecs.
  4. As someone tweeted ...lots of folks (like us) talking about "tax the rich." So, yeah, she made her point.
  5. Worst case, I'm about 5 miles from the start line. #50K #Bostonultra
  6. Tough call. With a slightly smaller crowd and the rolling start, you might enjoy the race in an entirely different way. But I think it'd be hard on you to run an 'easy' marathon that might not be all that easy, given the training. I still haven't seen anything on race day logistics ...feeling rather anxious about whether they'll run the usual suburban shuttles from the Southborough train station near the AirBnB I rented.
  7. What’s fun with domestic travel is to drive the state roads, not the interstates. You see SO much interesting stuff as you cruise through Americana. I highly recommend it.
  8. We’ve throughly enjoyed the empty nest. A challenge, though, is: What do you talk about? My wife and I never had the kind of relationship where we talked about anything and everything, so that part of the adjustment was kind of tough. It’s like rekindling your friendship. But it’s an interesting new chapter. To a degree, though, she does her thing and I do mine. The carrot: some years down the road can result in grandchildren and that’s the absolute best.
  9. @ChiefD you need to “la-di..” this one.
  10. Unfortunately, rolling/massaging doesn't work with a tendon, does it.
  11. So hamstring tendinitis …the pain is kind of deep in the butt where you really can’t put pressure on it (which is unlike a sore muscle in the hammy or glutes)? My case of this is effectively gone. But, yeah, it really hindered any attempt to lengthen the stride. Sitting for extended periods of time was not fun.
  12. So hamstring tendinitis …the pain is kind of deep in the butt where you really can’t put pressure on it (which is unlike a sore muscle in the hammy or glutes)? My case of this is effectively gone. But, yeah, it really hindered any attempt to lengthen the stride. Sitting for extended periods of time was not fun.
  13. I do live within a mile of where Tony Accardo had a couple of his homes.
  14. My overall awesomeness was rather late-blooming. I actually did exceed the SS cap for the last paycheck in 1986 ...and then entered higher ed and have been chasing it ever since. Fun fact: College student workers are exempt from social security withholding (makes sense ...part-time work, and a long way from retirement). Also exempt, as I recall, are newspaper delivery workers, fishing boat operators, and members of the Communist party. When I was a university controller, I explained all this to a parent at one point. He went crazy ...all his kids had delivered newspapers when they were young, and he had diligently paid in SS for all of them. Oops.
  15. So, yes. When I was young, I didn't think about SS or, more generally, about retirement. I don't recall when I started tucking away funds or using the employer match of 401K contributions. That's arguably a positive aspect of SS ...the gov't is essentially 'forcing' us to save, starting at an early age when we otherwise might not prioritize it.
  16. Yes. As it is right now, SS taxes have been withheld for decades ...and in five years, I'll start collecting. I have *no* idea how well the amounts withheld over the decades (plus interest??) compare to what I'll be receiving. Is it a wash? Dunno. So if it's imbalanced to some degree (15%?), I wouldn't notice. And if I were making more than the current cap of $142,800 (which I'm not because I work in higher education ) the benefit of having the extra 6.2% in some late-year paychecks wouldn't have a significant effect.
  17. I lean toward giving him credit. Bottom line, he ended the war and our involvement. Bad intel to not anticipate the swift movement of the Taliban; bad strategy to close Bagram; bad luck that a suicide bomber struck. But he got us out through an overall impressive effort at the airport. History will judge, though.
  18. Hence the "and/or." Kind of funny ...my wife is retired, and found out almost by accident last year that she was due a pension from the bank where she worked at the start of her career. That was a pleasant surprise.
  19. IMO, such an 'easy' fix: Just increase the income cap (or restart it again for a higher income range). Someone who is regularly making a six-figure income is probably also eligible for an employer pension and/or retirement match. I.e., they won't be hurting come retirement age. Let 'em pay in more, even if that means they're effectively subsidizing some of those who are less well off (the horror!). Starting this now would call for a less extreme adjustment than waiting 15-20 years.
  20. Love it! Way to go, @Dark Matter!!! I especially like the way you took time to enjoy the end of the run. Thanks for the report!
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