The square in Marietta, Georgia is one of my favorite places to run a race. God willing, that’s where I’ll be Saturday morning for a 5K. It’s scheduled to begin at 7:30 a.m. See you there!
Archive for September, 2012
The regular NFL officials returned to duty tonight (Thursday). They are not nearly as entertaining as the replacemens. But based on the crowd’s reaction in the Ravens-Browns game, the fans (fanatics) seem to like them better….for now. Wonder how long the honeymoon will last…or is it already over?
As you learned from studying history, the USA’s founding fathers decided on the electoral college process as a way of choosing the President. It’s a compromise between those who wanted Congress to pick the President and those who favored a popular vote. Voters actually vote for electors who are pledged to vote for one of the Presidential candidates. There are 538 electors chosen by the voters. The winning candidate must get 270 or more. This system often has caused me to feel my vote doesn’t mean anything. It’s because I live in Georgia which once was taken for granted by the Democrats. Now, Georgia is in the Republican column. My vote would definitely have meaning if we were a so-called “swing state” as are Ohio and Florida. Neither the Republicans or Democrats cam take those states for granted in our “winner take all” electoral system. I could move to another state but will likely deal with the frustrations and stay in Georgia.
You probably already know about the controversy surrounding the National Football League’s replacement officials. Their some say “incompetent” decisions are cheapening the NFL games. Maybe so, but the replacements sure are more entertaining than those locked-out regulars who bore us with those mostly correct calls. NFL games are entertainment. The replacement referees are adding another dimension. In the Monday night football game between Seattle and Green Bay, the replacement officials gave us fodder for conversation we never likely would have had with the regulars. So hooray for the replacements.
“I wish it were over. I’m tired of hearing about it.” Those are sentiments I’m hearing over and over as November 6th draws nearer. It’s not feelings unheard in the many past political seasons. With the slings and arrows often delivered with searing rhetoric it’s amazing that the USA’s democracy has survived all these years. There have been times when it almost didn’t. But we may take comfort in knowing that when the political season is over, more often than not, we come together as one people. I prefer to believe it’ll happen again regardless of the the winners in November.
Instead of “have a good day”, we runners often hear, “have a good run”. Starting and finishing is having a good run. We did just that Saturday at the Vibha 5K.
Vibha is my destination Saturday morning. It’s a 5K and 10K staged in metro Atlanta by an organization whose main goal is helping the underprivileged children of India. For the past 14 years, the VIBHA runs have been on the Georgia Tech campus in midtown Atlanta. With the hope of attracting more people, VIBHA is moving a little bit northeast to the Johns Creek community. God willing, I’ll see you there!
Now a con artist appears to have invaded the running community. We dedicated runners are an honest group. Honesty seems to be part of the makeup of a person who runs. At least that’s been my experience for more than forty years. For the first time, there appears to be someone who has betrayed our trust. He setup and advertised a race in metro Atlanta that was to happen this coming Saturday evening. The run was to benefit a charity. It turns out the charity and he were the same. Several people pre-registerd and sent a check or authorized a deduction from their credit card. He’s gone with the proceeds and the phones for him and the charity have been disconnected. The loss of the money for individual runners is relatively small, but the betrayal is immeasureable.
You may know about that very fat prisoner on death row in Ohio. He weighs almost 5-hundred pounds. His attorneys are trying to delay further his execution for a murder that happened more than a quarter of a century ago. In their petition to the court, his defenders claim that 53-year-old Ronald Post is too fat for lethal injection..that it would cause their client a “tortuous and lingering death”. Post already has lingered 27 years after murdering a hotel desk clerk in 1985.