Setting records

Today was an absolutely terrible day. It all started last night. Wacker and I went to bed around 1:00 and I woke up at 2:30 with my stomach absolutely killing me. I got up, went to the bathroom, then proceed to take a 40 minute shower. During this shower I threw up twice and they were both extremely unpleasant (rec0rd). After the shower I went back to bed but only to keep waking up every hour or so to go to the bathroom. I couldn’t go to either of my classes today. If I wasn’t in the shower or on the toilet I was in my bed trying to sleep. From 2:30 last night to 1:30 this afternoon I diarrhea’d TEN times. Needless to say that’s a record. I slept from 1:30 to 3:30 and then made my way over to practice. There was no running that I could do today.

I ate a small dinner and headed back to bed after my fourth shower of the day (record). I’m currently studying for my History of Jazz listening quiz that’s tomorrow. There’s 17 jazz songs that I need to be able to identify by ear. I still feel like crap although my stomach has recovered somewhat. I can only hope that this passes by tomorrow or else I’m in trouble for this quiz. I also have conferences on Saturday so it would be nice if I was healthy for that. Figured I would just update my current condition.

 

Oscar Pistorius: My Take

I wrote about Manti Te’o and Lance Armstrong recently and how I feel about them. I talked about Manti’s story because it was just absurd and I talked about Armstrong’s story because I feel a personal connection to drugs in endurance sports. I wasn’t going to talk about Pistorius until the recent news broke.

As most of you probably have heard, Oscar Pistorius (AKA Blade Runner (double amputee)) who inspired millions at the Olympics this year with his feel-good story in the 400m, is accused of murdering his wife by shooting her four times and possibly beating her with a cricket bat (all details are not out yet). This in itself is beyond horrible. From what I’ve read he supposedly shot her once and hit her in the hip. She ran away and locked herself in the bathroom where he fired three more shots through the door and killed her. Somewhere along the line there’s a bloodied cricket bat in his home and police don’t really know how it was used yet. Oscar’s initial statement was that he thought it was a burglar and was acting in defense but that seems ridiculous. Obviously the white suburbs of Philly are way different than the culture in South Africa but I still have a hard time believing he thought it was a burglar the whole time.

His life is virtually ruined already, but to make matters worse police found steroids in his house. Now, not only is this ‘hero’ at fault for something entirely separate to his athletic career, but now even the feel good story of his rise to an elite level of athletics is permanently tainted. It was a great story to see a double amputee legitimately compete with the worlds best athletes but now knowing that it was aided by steroids is a disgrace.

Millions of people looked up to this guy and he fully accepted his role as a role-model, much like Lance Armstrong. Of course this is different from Lance in many ways. Lance went on huge crusades to crush the people who accused him of steroids. Oscar was never really accused of steroids but that doesn’t make it okay. Any amputee could look at him and say “There’s a guy who’s showing that yes, it IS possible for us” but now it’s “Well it’s possible if I want to betray my morals and use steroids, what the fuck is the world coming to?” It would be better having no amputee competing at that level than having one who’s roided out enough to murder his friggen wife. Now the message to kids is that the only way an amputee can compete is by using steroids. Also, even if he was not on steroids, he’s clearly not a role model at this point.

More details will come out in the future but this is my initial reaction to everything that’s happened so far.

Begin the dry week

This weekend was an interesting one. Because of conferences we couldn’t drink last night so we made up for that by drinking on Thursday night. A large portion of the track team was here to participate in the new rage that is the Harlem Shake. I don’t really understand all the hype behind this thing but a near-blacked out Sam was more than happy to join in. I woke up with a terrible hangover but still managed to make it to class. There’s really no reason I should have gone to Psych class. I was asleep for ~40 of the 50 minutes and there’s no attendance policy. Rob and Satchel made sure to tell me I was a loser for not skipping but at this point I’m just going to class to  keep my streak of never intentionally skipping alive.

The plan for Friday was to play wizards starting around ~5pm. Obviously anyone could have predicted that the start time was too early. A number of us were sitting in my room casually drinking and playing Guitar Hero. After a few hours I ventured to guess that it was around 10:00 but it was in fact 7:30, we were in for a rough night. People started showing up and drinking games commenced. We played drunk Jenga which we just made this week. People seem to enjoy it and it’s a change from the norm so that’s good.

I don’t know what time it was but eventually the race was on for Wizard between me and Slade. We were both around 10 when we started going at it. I was drinking Genny Ice and he was drinking Natty Ice. Neither of us wanted to lose but neither of us felt very good at this point. It’s a pain in the ass trying to chug when your staff is 10+ beers long because it’s difficult to pick it up. We hit 11 together and somewhere along the line I pulled ahead and hit 12 a minute or so ahead. While I won the battle, I lost the war. It’s funny because I remember getting to 12 pretty clearly but after that becomes a blur. I was passed out by 10 and my night was over.

Saturday was a recovery day. Satchel, Rob, Slade, Wacker, and I went to Taco Bell for a nice hangover meal which hit the spot. The night was about as good as I could have expecting for having to be sober. We played a ton of Guitar Hero and watched the Millrose games simultaneously which was an incredible meet. Around 10 I left Reimert to play basketball by myself for a bit and we made a Wawa trip at midnight. Mario Kart occupied the time between 1 and 2 and I was in bed shortly after.

Conferences is next week and I’m running the 4×8 and the mile leg of the DMR. I’m hoping I can get my shit together by then and actually have some good races. Workouts have been going really well so I’m optimistic. Until then I’m going to play a lot more Guitar Hero for no reason. I should have stopped playing this game years ago but I still find myself wasting hours playing it with Slade and Wacker lately. No Quas.

Trappe Beer & Soda

I just had a bizarre experience but it was genius in it’s own way. Slade and I went to the beer store to buy some beer. Naturally we wanted some Natural Ice but much to our dismay there was no Natty Ice left. But then, out of the corner of his eye, Slade spotted a skid full of Natty Light/Ice. We asked the guy in the store if we could take one or not. He told us to hold on a second while he brought the skid over, unraveled the plastic wrap, and stacked the cases. This took ~3-4 minutes. When he was done he told us to go ahead and grab what we needed. The stacking was not completed but Slade went to grab a case of Natty Ice that was awkwardly stacked and the case fell off the pile onto the ground. We were stunned.

We were apologizing as the guy picked it up and a beer in the case sprung a leak and was spraying everywhere. We continued to apologize while we grabbed another case and walked up to the cash register. He told us to hold on a second while he mopped up the busted case. While we were waiting Slade pointed out that they gave you a free glass with purchase of one particular case. With that said, I remembered that Tom got me a nice beer glass for Christmas that I forgot to bring to school. I verbally communicated this feeling as the guy was walking up to the front but acknowledged that the case was just too expensive. I paid for the case and he said something like “hold on a sec” and then proceeded to give each of us the free glass that was advertised with the expensive case.

So let’s recap. First we make the guy do 5 minutes of manual labor by demanding Natty Ice. Then Slade smashes a case of Natty Ice that cannot be resold. Then, as we’re checking out, he gives us two free glasses for no reason what-so-ever. This guy is a genius. I say that because I will ALWAYS go to that beer store when buying beer in Collegeville. Originally I went to Austin’s all the time but recently have been going to this new one by the Dairy Queen. After this experience I feel a moral obligation to go to this store instead. It’s called Trappe Beer & Soda and I recommend it to anyone and everyone. The guy definitely knew what he was doing to. It was not strictly an act of good faith (although I’d like to believe that), it was a smart business move that will pay off in the long term. He knows were young college guys who are buying beer every other weekend so why not do something nice for us.

Everyone should go to Trappe Beer & Soda.

Dom Mazzetti vs. One Night Stand

This, in my opinion, is the best Dom Mazzetti video yet. It was funny up to about 1:30 and then it just took off. I was dying, absolutely dying. I imagine girls will not find this nearly as funny as guys but it’s worth all 4:43 in my opinion.

Super Siblings

It’s quite often that when someone has huge success and becomes a celebrity, they have siblings who live the normal life just like all of us. However, sometimes the celebrity’s success is rivaled by that of their siblings. Here’s a small list of some celebrity siblings. Feel free to comment with more.
Eli & Peyton Manning

These two are incredible in two different ways. Peyton is a surgeon who has up incredible numbers over a very long time-span. He currently ranks 2nd in TDs (behind Favre), 3rd in overall pass yards (behind Favre and Marino), and 5th in pass completion percentage (behind Pennington???, Rodgers, Brees, and Warner). But what is the biggest measure of greatness in any sport? Championships. Peyton has one Superbowl win. Eli on the other hand has two and is four years younger than Peyton. Although Eli ranks 26th, 33rd, and 61st in the above categories, some may describe him as clutch. He took down the seemingly unbeatable Pats and Tom Brady himself TWICE so it was obviously no fluke. The guy gets the job done. I know who I pick for a regular season mean nothing game but when it comes to the playoffs I’m much more hesitant to make my decision.

Liam & Noel Gallagher

These two brothers formed one of Britain’s greatest modern rock groups. They formed in 1991 and although they played up until 2009, the 90’s were their wonder years with hits like Wonderwall, Don’t Look Back in Anger, Champagne Supernova, Live Forever, etc. While the music was obviously a huge part of their success, the constant tension between these two as front men made headlines all the time. I particularly like this incident where Liam pretty much gives up on the song Whatever live in concert to sit down for cigarette because he’s pissed. Noelle had the talent, he wrote the songs, played a solid lead guitar, and sang while Liam just sang, jumbled a tambourine around now and then, and lived the rock-star life style. They pretty much hate each other now with Liam saying “Fuck Oasis and Fuck Noel Gallagher” as recently as January 2013. Regardless, I love their music from when they were at their best.

Tariku & Kenenisa Bekele

What would this list be without an amazing running duo? Kenenisa Bekele is arguably the greatest distance runner of all time. He currently holds the world record in the 5k (12:37) and the 10k (26:17) which are absolutely insane time. He has two Olympic golds in the 10k as well as a gold and silver in the 5k and 5 WC golds and is undoubtedly the best cross country runner ever. Tariku is no slouch himself as he got bronze in the Olympic 10k this year (behind Rupp and beating his older brother by one place) and has a 5k PR of 12:52. It’s quite unfortunate that he will always be in the shadow of his older brother but that’s just how it goes sometimes (I wouldn’t know).

Venus & Serena Williams

These two rewrote the game of women’s tennis. Serena has 15 individual Grand Slam wins and an Olympic gold. Venus has 7 individual titles. The pair is undefeated in Grand Slam doubles finals with 13 victories. In this particular case, the younger sister (Serena) generally reigns supreme which is not the case above but regardless the two are extremely dominant. Tennis is a unique sport where you can voluntarily team up with whoever you want (well I suppose Lebron showed that basketball could do that too). This is a cool aspect because these two probably grew up playing with each other every step of the way going from amateurs to the best in the world. I imagine their chemistry and connection when in the game is unrivaled between any other athletes. For example, Manning and Harrison who hold the record for most TDs for a QB to WR combo played for only eight seasons together compared to the ~25 years of Venus and Serena.

Jessica & Ashlee Simpson

It was very difficult to find a picture where they both looked good. I’m including these two for a few reasons, but mostly because I find them both to be smokin’ hot. Although there’s not much going on up top, these two have some killer genes in terms of looks which they owe big time for their success. They both have somewhat failed music careers although I do know every word to Ashlee’s Pieces of Me and Shadow, both of which I highly recommend. I think Jessica has the upper-hand sort of by being a bit better looking and being a bit more famous but I personally root for Ashlee for whatever reason. As far as her acting goes, it’s terrible. She just stands there and looks good with her tits out the majority of the movie.

There were a couple of others that I thought about putting but they seemed unnecessary. Feel free to comment and point out other good ones.

Not that special

Two friends of mine just tweeted the following

Friend 1: “Ursinus is probably the only school where you can leave for a class at 10:58 and get there at 11.”

Friend 2: “Woke up at 8:55 today, got dressed, brushed my teeth, etc. and still got to my 9 o’clock class on time #smallschoolswag”

I have a problem with one of these tweets; the first one. Ursinus is most certainly not the only school where you can leave for a class at 10:58 and get there at 11. There are thousands of schools across the nation that have less than 2000 students and I would venture to guess many of them have campuses that are near the size of Ursinus’ where one could reasonably get to class from their room in ~2 minutes. The second tweet is nice because it acknowledges that. Small school swag is essentially saying “Hey other small schools, isn’t it cool that we can all do this thing that big schools usually can’t?” whereas the first tweet is being ignorant to that fact.

This extends far beyond that though. There’s a twitter page called Ursinusproblems that cites things that are problems specific to Ursinus. Some of them are legit such as “I miss Shriener.” Shriener is a house at Ursinus that someone apparently misses. While the tweet itself isn’t great, it is at least accurate and reasonable.

Tweets such as “Nothing like doing mathematical proofs on a saturday afternoon #thanksalotursinus #ursinusproblems” and “Hibernating for the past week to make up for all the sleep you missed during finals #ursinusproblems” are bogus. Ursinus is a nice school with a respectable level of education but we should be smart enough to realize that the amount of work we have is generally not up to par with that of a number of other schools. Your Saturday afternoon mathematical proofs likely pale in comparison to the amount of work being done by the thousands of kids majoring in engineering at an Ivy League school. And on the off chance your work load is similar to theirs, realize that it is not specific to Ursinus. Students all across the country have lots of work, not just those who attend Ursinus. And possibly the worst of the worst are the alcohol ones such as “I don’t understand what drinking responsibly means #ursinusproblems”. Pretty much every college in the world drinks a lot, this is not unique to Ursinus. A more appropriate tag for all the above tweets would be #collegeproblems or something along those lines.

Now, I would be foolish if I thought Ursinus was special in the fact that they think they’re special and these problems are unique to them. I’d be willing to bet there are a huge number of twitter accounts that are titled (insertcollegenamehere)problems that detail problems that exist at every college but act like it’s specific to their school. While things obviously differ from college to college, college itself is the unique experience. Sure there are things from Ursinus that don’t exist at other schools but things like getting drunk and doing work are not what separates Ursinus from other schools.

That whole thing was just an example. It extends past the idea of colleges, it goes to a lot of aspects of life I think. While this can be seen as a pessimistic outlook, most things that happen are not that special or unique to one person. As The Incredibles explains, if everyone’s special then no one is special, or something like that.

BUT I don’t know if I completely agree with that. The thing is you don’t have to be unique or special to be happy. Love is a feeling that almost everyone experiences but that doesn’t mean it’s not special. Getting wasted every Saturday with your friends and doing fun things isn’t special or unique at all to other college students but that doesn’t mean I’m not having a special college experience. I just think people should realize that the things they’re doing are not really that special but that doesn’t necessarily mean they’re not worth doing.

Friday Recap

For whatever reason I have a ton of trouble thinking of posts lately. I’ll do a basic recap of my last 24 hours. We had a meet yesterday and I ran the mile and the 800. They were both average. I ran 4:45 in the mile going out a tiny bit too slow which isn’t really good but I guess I’ll take it. We didn’t have much time in between that and the 800, maybe 40 minutes. Wacker, Vince, and I were all in the same heat which was fun. I was leading for 2 laps and then Vince blew by me. We were out in a weak 65. With a lap left I heard the clomping of Wacker’s feet coming up on me so I surged a bit but he made sure he passed me. I sat behind him until the last straight and outkicked him for 2nd in the heat and a mediocre 2:10.

After the meet was over I participated in the Sig Pi crate race. I was not in tiptop drinking form because I had just eaten dinner but it didn’t matter. While I personally did not cheat my team made sure we won by pouring several beers into the toilet. I didn’t really care because it wasn’t my crate race but we won anyway which was funny. Even though we cheated and most everyone knew it it was still fun to rub it in. After that I returned to 203 where Satchel and I played 90’s alternative songs and free-styled over them. We were mostly singing about Rudy but towards the end we switched it up to Wacker and Rob as well. For whatever reason it hilarious the entire time to me, Satch, Slade, and Wacker.

Eventually the crate race caught up to me and I blacked out but that’s to be expected. I made it longer than I thought I would anyway so I’ll take it. Today has been a very good day so far. Mark, Amos, Wacker, Slade, and I went bowling a few hours ago. Now I have sort of have this reputation of saying I’m really good at bowling and never backing it up. Mark and Amos both have beaten me way more than I have beaten them. We had a few bucks on the games for extra incentive. I threw up a 96 on the first game, embarrassing. Mark hit 100 and Amos hit a 141. The next two games however I would have my revenge. I bowled back to back 154s which surprised me and both were good enough to beat them. However it should be noted that Slade threw a 167 in the last game pretty much by accident. After that we all grabbed a bite to eat at the Trappe

We have a registered party with another team and a sorority tonight so we have that to look forward to. I don’t really know what to expect but I’ll probably get really drunk beforehand and not remember the majority of it which sounds like a pretty good plan. Until next time.

Toilet Seat

I’ve lived with 7 other males for the majority of the last three years and there’s one thing that still baffles me; peeing on the seat. I just don’t understand it. I would estimate that 99.9% of males on the earth would prefer a seat with no pee on it versus a seat with pee on it. With that said, I would estimate that way more that .1% of males on the earth pee on the toilet seat.

There is simply no excuse for this. Some may blame it on poor/lazy aim early in the morning or something like that but that’s BS because when you pee you should ALWAYS PUT THE SEAT UP! I don’t know how to stress that enough. There’s no reason why you shouldn’t put the seat up when urinating if you’re a guy. The one second of extra time it takes you lowers your chance of peeing on the seat to ZERO. Especially in my current living situation, us males don’t even have to worry about putting the seat back down for women. What baffles me more is the fact that guys will pee on the seat and then not clean it off. How do can they rationalize that? Are they really that lazy or do they not even realize that it happened? I don’t buy the idea that when it happens the perpetrator genuinely didn’t see it happen. Everyone looks down at some point and would see if piss got on the seat. They know it’s there but for some ridiculous reason they do not clean it off. An act like this speak volumes to ones character. It may sound like I’m up on my high-horse or something like that but if you can’t pick the seat up when you pee or if you can’t clean the pee of the seat when you do then you’re just not a quality living partner.

There’s one other related thing that I wanted to talk about. I don’t encounter this very often because I don’t really live with girls but the whole putting the seat down versus leaving it up is interesting. I’ve heard the argument that girls want us to put the seat down after we pee because it’s dirty and they don’t want to touch it. My argument against that is we’re putting it up specifically to NOT get it dirty. We go through one motion to put it up so it’s only fair that women go through one motion to put it down, right? I don’t know if people make the argument that they’ll fall in because they’re not looking and the seat is up but if so that’s just plain silly.

I’m Tired

Someone shared this on Facebook today and I read the whole thing. No TL;DR for me. I want to share it for two reasons which I will get to after you supposedly read it. The author is Bill Cosby.

“I’m 83. Except for brief period in the 50’s when I was doing my National Service, I’ve worked hard since I was 17. Except for some some serious health challenges, I put in 50-hour weeks, and didn’t call in sick in nearly 40 years. I made a reasonable salary, but I didn’t inherit my job or my income, and I worked to get where I am. Given the economy, it looks as though retirement was a bad idea, and I’m tired. Very tired.

I’m tired of being told that I have to ‘spread the wealth’ to people who don’t have my work ethic. I’m tired of being told the government will take the money I earned, by force if necessary, and give it to people too lazy to earn it.

I’m tired of being told that Islam is a ‘Religion of Peace,’ when every day I can read dozens of stories of Muslim men killing their sisters, wives and daughters for their family ‘honor’; of Muslims rioting over some slight offense; of Muslims murdering Christian and Jews because they aren’t ‘believers’; of Muslims burning schools for girls; of Muslims stoning teenage rape victims to death for ‘adultery’; of Muslims mutilating the genitals of little girls; all in the name of Allah, because the Qur’an and Shari’a law tells them to.

I’m tired of being told that out of ‘tolerance for other cultures’ we must let Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries use our oil money to fund mosques and madrassa Islamic schools to preach hate in Australia , New Zealand , UK, America and Canada , while no one from these countries are allowed to fund a church, synagogue or religious school in Saudi Arabia or any other Arab country to teach love and tolerance..

I’m tired of being told I must lower my living standard to fight global warming, which no one is allowed to debate.

I’m tired of being told that drug addicts have a disease, and I must help support and treat them, and pay for the damage they do. Did a giant germ rush out of a dark alley, grab them, and stuff white powder up their noses or stick a needle in their arm while they tried to fight it off?

I’m tired of hearing wealthy athletes, entertainers, and politicians of all parties talking about innocent mistakes, stupid mistakes or youthful mistakes, when we all know they think their only mistake was getting caught. I’m tired of people with a sense of entitlement, rich or poor.

I’m really tired of people who don’t take responsibility for their lives and actions. I’m tired of hearing them blame the government, or discrimination or big-whatever for their problems.

I’m also tired and fed up with seeing young men and women in their teens and early 20’s be-deck them selves in tattoos and face studs, thereby making themselves un-employable and claiming money from the Government.

Yes, I’m damn tired. But I’m also glad to be 83. Because, mostly, I’m not going to have to see the world these people are making. I’m just sorry for my granddaughter and their children. Thank God I’m on the way out and not on the way in.”

The first reason I wanted to talk about it is because it’s very interesting. Bill Cosby changed the game in many ways for many people and his opinion is certainly worth listening to. I never watched his show too much or listened to his comedy but that doesn’t mean I can’t appreciate what he’s saying. While his ending slightly depresses me because I’m a young person in this supposedly deteriorating (spelled that right on the first try) world, it is still an intelligent and well thought out view as to what’s going on in our nation.

The second, and more important reason that I want to talk about this, is because it was not in fact written by Bill Cosby. Bill Cosby is currently 75 years old. It was instead written by a guy named Robert Hall who severed five terms as a senator for Massachusetts. Now this will be similar to a post I made a week or so ago about the legitimacy of this golfing fail. Does the fact that this wasn’t said by Bill Cosby make it any less credible? The content of the passage remains unchanged so it shouldn’t matter right? On a personal level it does not change the message that is trying to be delivered.

As I sit here I’m having another thought. I’m in no way trying to be racist but the person who shared this was black. Black people have every reason to look up to Bill Cosby as an inspiration and it is black history month right now. I wonder if it would change a black persons opinion of the passage differently than a white persons because it was initially thought it was Bill Cosby but instead it’s some senator that nobody has heard of. Just a thought.

Regardless, this was not written by Bill Cosby but it no doubt gained huge popularity by someone saying that it was. As of right now it has over 200,000 shares on Facebook being falsely credited to Cosby. But if the content of a message is what will ultimately be interpreted with the author having no effect, I should start saying that this blog is written by Neil deGrasse Tyson or Edward Norton or someone obscure like that. All it takes is someone to think I’m credible, then they’ll read what I have to say, hopefully find me credible, and by that point it doesn’t matter if I am who I say I am right? I’m getting carried away and this post is already too long. I hope you enjoyed some of this.