Giving thanks for America, and its exceptional people

What are you giving thanks for today? Family and friends, certainly.  Our communities and churches. Our leaders. For health if we have it, or for the past years when we did.

For me, the appropriate giving of thanks is for America, for American Exceptionalism.  And in that exceptionalism it must be recognized that it is its people and its Judeo-Christian roots from which this exceptional country has risen. Thus I give thanks for growing up in such a country, surrounded by the people and the ethical structures which have made America exceptional — unique in the history of the world — for such is, fundamentally, the source of all else for which we traditionally give thanks.  Is all of that in danger? Continue reading “Giving thanks for America, and its exceptional people”

Bynum beats the hill

On a sunny Friday afternoon in November Don Bynum, David Nantz and myself took advantage of the day to rip through 18 miles of back country roads Southeast of Burnet. After all, my court docket was done, the sun was shining, I just “happened” to have the bike at the office — what else was a fella to do?

Then there’s “The Hill.”

Using SportTracks program for exercise analysis

SportTracks by Zonefive software is a very interesting program. I use it with my Garmin Forerunner 305 (FR) sport watch and my Garmin Oregon 400t handheld GPS (as a backup). The FR comes with a nice program for downloading exercise/training logs (Garmin Training Center) but SportTracks (ST) is far more detailed and flexible. Does it help you in your exercise regimen? I think so. Whether you are exercising to lose weight, to just tone up a bit, or to get ready to run competitive races it gives you useful data. Continue reading “Using SportTracks program for exercise analysis”

New ride distance for me, and new route – beautiful cycling weather

Working steadily toward my goal of riding 67 miles on my 67th birthday, Don and I had a great 44 mile ride today. It was a new area for me — West Lake Buchanan around the back way to Llano and back. Started off in 56 degree weather with my new cold weather duds from Performance Bicycle and was comfortable the whole way. Riding through the winter is now assured.  It was also a new distance for me as my prior longest trek had been 32 miles. Continue reading “New ride distance for me, and new route – beautiful cycling weather”

I do love October

As long as you can sneak in between the little cold fronts that start whipping down this way, October in Central Texas is a month during which you can do just about anything outdoors you think you’re big enough to do.  Well, maybe not a lot of swimming. Like yard work (yuk!), motorcycling, fishing, running, and today it was perfect for a bike ride on a new route. Continue reading “I do love October”

Time for a non-partisan attack to eliminate earmarks

Regardless of how you view the Nov. 2, 2010 election results, we still have the future to worry about; and one of the most worrisome features of Congress is the concept of “earmarks” a/k/a “pork barrel projects.”  I suggest that earmarks constitute the most divisive, dishonest and dangerous of procedures threatening the republic. Why do I say that? Continue reading “Time for a non-partisan attack to eliminate earmarks”