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Daddy's winning the whole race!!

 it was another great day at the races in our beautiful Pacific back yard.... we all were practicing the course warming up in the ocean swimming, board paddling, rowboating and the ski paddling ( on the surf kayaks) hours before the race started.. there was a friendly enthusiasm and excitement among all the club competitors from up and down the 36 kilometers of gorgeous beaches!   it is the Gold Coast Titles this weekend... the masters (old people) surf events were today and the junior events will be tomorrow... I came in 2nd in the surf swim for the 50-54 age group ( I missed the cutoffs for my age group since my birthday was two months too late)  and 3rd in the tube rescue race The surf has been such a great metaphor for finding the best plan for life's perfect race... !

we have a limited time to beat our competitors in the race of life..
while 20 or so racers lined up and sprinted directly into the sea I had a plan to sprint past the…
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day before the Gold Coast titles... Ill be in 4 surf events, the Tube rescue race, the surf swim race around the buoys past the breaking waves, and 2 relays...

in the meantime , across the ocean in our seriously declining empire:
The Athens Banner-Herald in Georgia reports that a shocking question was asked at a town hall event held by Rep. Paul Broun (R-Ga.) on Tuesday. According to the article, an audience member asked the congressman, "Who is going to shoot Obama?"
Broun's press secretary, Jessica Morris, confirmed that the question was indeed, who is going to shoot Obama? "Obviously, the question was inappropriate, so Congressman Broun moved on," she said.However, rather than confronting the questioner or condemning the question, Broun instead acknowledged "frustration" with Obama, according to the Banner-Herald. The paper reports that Broun responded to the stunning inquiry as follows:

"The thing is, I know there's a lot of frustration wi…

it's become a class war with republi cons attempting to destroy unions in many states!

The Republican party is continuing to attempt reducing wages and limiting the freedoms (especially economic freedom) of the working middle class...the difference between the  rich and endangered middle has become a wide chasm..people will be pushed and walked over until they reach the breaking point...this breaking point has arrived in many countries of the middle east and Africa.. it is beginning to happen in the former economic power of the United States.. we are at the breaking point where the line has been crossed and we won't take it anymore!

(from Huffpo)

Seats on one side of the Indiana House were nearly empty today as House Democrats departed the the state rather than vote on anti-union legislation.


A source tells The Indianapolis Star that Democrats are headed to Illinois, though it was possible some also might go to Kentucky. They need to go to a state with a Democratic governor to avoid being taken into police custody and returned to Indiana.


The House came into session tw…
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" I would never trade my amazing friends, my wonderful life, my loving family for less(what) gray hair or a flatter belly. i had to read this essay that steve crowmac might have wrote(?) and put in my own italics with my personality(?)  As I've aged, I've become kinder to myself, and less critical of myself. I've become my own friend.. I don't chide myself for eating that extra cookie,(that extra TIM Tam when my wife gets those infamous chocholate cookies) or for not making my bed (or change the sheets), or for buying that silly cement gecko that I didn't need, but looks so avantégarde on my patio. I am entitled to a treat, to be messy, to be extravagant. yeh, im messy, a slob and I certainly am extravagant about this holiday(? that will eventually have to be work)
but just the idea of living on the beach..!!


I have seen too many dear friends leave this world too soon (Alene and my mom, Ailsa); before they understood the great freedom that comes with aging. (althou…
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I wonder about how I might grow old gracefully(?)
I realize that I have a few things that I really enjoy...
One enjoyment I have discovered in my second half is the thrill of swimming in the ever changing ocean with a good bunch of blokes...
we swam last night as the storm hit us around 5pm... there were 5 of us.. it was a sense of camaraderie that I havent experienced since being captain of my tennis team in the Okie Zone
or the feeling of being on a team is that warm fuzzy feeling i've been missing for so long...
just being at home in my surf, with the handicap race
just outside in my backyard view..

ON ANOTHER NOTE FAR AWAY IN THE NORTHERN HEMISPHERE:

From: Randy Ford Subject: Fox News and NWYC To: "Randy Ford"
Date: Tuesday, February 22, 2011, 11:41 AM

Dear National Write Your Congressman Member,

As a member of NWYC I wanted to extend a special invitation to you to appear on Fox News as part of a focus group with Dr Frank Luntz. You may have seen Frank perform one …
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and the following has been what's happening to our country since the great actor , Ronnie Reagan, followed the great script for the downfall of our once great economy: Starve the beast Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Part of a series of articles on
United States

Bush tax cuts · Starve the beast

"Starving the beast" is a fiscal-political strategy of some American conservatives to create or increase existing budget deficits via tax cuts to force future reductions in the size of government. The term "beast" refers to the government and the programs it funds, particularly social programs such as welfare, Social Security, Medicare and public schools.

The tax cuts of former US President George W. Bush's administration, still in place, are an example. He said in 2001 "so we have the tax relief plan [...] that now provides a new kind -- a fiscal straightjacket for Congress. And that's good for the taxpayers, and it's incredibly positive news if you'…

The fall of the working middle class.....

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Psycho lady showing how she strangles the working class:  it is really sad what is happening to the middle class in the States,,,
we are like lobsters gently placed in warm comfortable waters while the powers that be gradually increase the temperatures until we are boiled into oblivion...the top 1% are controlling most wealth and power in our human pecking order... the difference between us and the very wealthy will continue to increase
as people try to control limited commodities for our survival and way of life

it will finally come to a head when the working class will finally revolt ...it happened in Egypt and is happening in many countries in the middle east and the world... when people say they have had enough
and will no longer be controlled by these corporations and corrupt governments
we will finally say enough!
necessity to survive is the mother of invention
 and our creative ways  will help us survive!

MADISON, Wis. — Sarah Palin says union members protesting Wisconsin Rep…

As For Us...

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Hey Garvald!It appears as though you have found the true meaning of inner peace; your son running free style on the beach and you with the late summer tan.I trust your beautiful wife is enjoying life in the garden as well. I wish it were true for us.The snow disappeared two days ago, and we’ve seen the sun, a seemingly rare commodity here in the Midwest.But the Iowa caucuses are on the horizon and shadowy figures are stirring up the sheep. Crooked fingers are pointing in the direction of the usual suspects, and nothing that is wholesome or good is safe. Woe be unto the unions, Planned Parenthood, educators, honesty and integrity.Puppets belonging to corporate America and the very rich are dirty dancing in spiked shoes on the well being of the middle class, and the sheep are readying themselves for the alter. Other than this, things are going okay.Keep in touch.CrowMac
Thanks, Crowmac, for your heartfelt post!  It is a scary world Colin is inheriting... gone are the good republican leader…
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who would of thought id be out here in sub paradise while I was toiling away teaching angry students?? who would have thought Id be a father??...that possibility always intrigued and eluded me...until my biological clock started ticking away...realizing our own mortality and after my Dad leaving... the chance to start out new in a new land... who wudda thought??


who wudda thought Id taking my son for swimming lessons  in the surf everyday!!
 I like the pics that this new camera takes but its hard figuring it out... its a full moon on the beach and its so gosh darn moonmerizing..shimmering over the Pacific that I have to share with an irate neighbor and another young neighbor who resent sharing their yard...but its communal so Im gonna enjoy the light of the moon while my son sleeeps and my honey has a night out at a concert with a friend.. my good deed for the day... I had a barbecue in our yard this early avo before the others came back...we had fish and I brought it down to our little …
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The findings aren’t likely to surprise anyone who is married. It can be pretty tough to escape the blues when your spouses is down or depressed, (as we discussed recently on the blog.) However, the study sheds light for couples and for health-care and mental-health professionals on how one partner’s well-being might shape the other partner’s health over time. It also could help couples understand what is happening when they hit the emotional skids.

Researchers on the study, published in the journal Developmental Psychology, gathered self-reported happiness ratings from 178 couples at seven-year intervals over as long as 35 years, then compared them with random pairs of men and women in the same sample who weren’t married to each other. The ratings were based on participants’ responses to a request to rate their life so far on a five-point scale ranging from “very happy” to “very unhappy.”
Researchers found “sizeable spousal similarities both in reports of happiness and in how happines…

nice post, steve!

" I would never trade my amazing friends, my wonderful life, my loving family for less gray hair or a flatter belly. As I've aged, I've become kinder to myself, and less critical of myself. I've become my own friend.. I don't chide myself for eating that extra cookie, or for not making my bed, or for buying that silly cement gecko that I didn't need, but looks so avantégarde on my patio. I am entitled to a treat, to be messy, to be extravagant.

I have seen too many dear friends leave this world too soon; before they understood the great freedom that comes with aging.

Whose business is it if I choose to read or play on the computer until 4 AM and sleep until noon? I will dance with myself to those wonderful tunes of the 60 &70's, and if I, at the same time, wish to weep over a lost love ... I will.

I will walk the beach in a swim suit that is stretched over a bulging body, and will dive into the waves with abandon if I choose to, despite the pitying g…
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I was chatting with my good friend, Neil, last night and we must have  had a couple liters of inexpensive tasty fruity wine (called Koolibah!)...
drinking it like we would be chugging down 4x beers!
 looking at the surf ... and reminising...
we are both going through a lot
as fathers...


 

I could go into detail...but instead Ill just show some photos of where we are now!!
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winning the handicap surf swim race!!

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I was chatting with my good friend who's been a  veteran lifeguard for well over 3 decades about the perfect surf race...He had written an essay about making everything right for that winning race... and believe it or not today was the most perfect day to win that race that ive been dreaming of for years!!... finally figuring  the strategy!!   ... i will go into more detail as i let my wife know if she wants to go to church with  some other veterans of the surf club... what a place.!! (especially on Sunday!)..i think she's getting it that you cant find a better place... at least in our lifetime!! ive took some pics of our beach tent while my honey relaxes in our little living room right at the edge of the rising tide!!
ill write in more detail about the winning race lata mates!!