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A Perfect Opening Day for Fall Soccer

A Perfect Opening Day for Fall Soccer

My lineup for the first half of our game today

Our first game of the Fall season, and the first game for many of these kids in nearly a full calendar year, wound up a great success. Parents watching the game all seemed to keep at an appropriate social distance from each other and the kids played hard and had fun. And there were no injuries.

The game itself wound up in a tie, which I think is the best possible result. After all the way this season works is that we have 26 kids and we split them in different teams of 13 kids each week and them just play a game. A blowout game wouldn’t be fun for everybody. The icing on the cake was that my son scored a nice scorcher of a goal in the first half and generally moved the ball well.

For me it just felt nice to be out there with the kids, and doing my part to put them in places where they’ll have fun and be successful. The photo above is my attempt on paper for the first half to get kids as near equal playing time as possible. I think that went well too.

All in all it was a nice Saturday on the cusp of Autumn in Pennsylvania.

Putting On the Whistle One More Time

Putting On the Whistle One More Time

coach dribbling soccer ball with kids running alongside
Me coaching a few years ago

So, I’m coaching soccer again.

What with the global pandemic and all, things have changed everywhere in life, including youth sports. People are still a bit wary about things and so when we received sign-ups for our local soccer club our numbers were down a bit from years past. And there were just so many questions. So we decided to forego our usual travel soccer programs (travelling to other counties in Pennsylvania) and just do things in house as a club. Which means we needed more coaches.

So I’m coaching our U13 co-ed team. This was our first week, and it’s gone pretty good so far. It’s nice that a number of the kids in the program are ones I coached at the U8 level. They’ve all grown so much. And luckily they are right at the edge of still being young enough to be entertained by my corny jokes and general weirdness.

Our first game is tomorrow. Each week we are splitting up the 26 kids we have into 2 teams and then having them play against each other. No it won’t be like playing against kids from other towns, but hopefully it will still be fun and more importantly keep them progressing with their skills. And it gets me out in the nice Autumn air.

Communicating Danger to a Society Millions of Years in the Future

Communicating Danger to a Society Millions of Years in the Future

I came across this article a few years back and had to share. Just how exactly does one convey danger of something to an audience thousands or millions of years into the future? From the article, “Sandia National Laboratories charged a panel of outside experts with the task to design a 10,000-year marking system for the WIPP (Waste Isolation Pilot Plant) site, and estimate the efficacy of the system against various types of intrusion. The goal of the marking system is to deter inadvertent human interference with the site.”

This is part of what they came up with, also from the article:

This place is a message…and¬†part of a system of messages…pay¬†attention to it!

Sending this message was important to us. We considered ourselves to be a powerful culture.

This place is not a place of honor…no highly esteemed deed is commemorated here…nothing valued is here.

What is here is dangerous and repulsive to us. This message is a warning about danger.

The danger is in a particular location…it increases toward a center…the center of danger is here…of a particular size and shape, and below us.

The danger is still present, in your time, as it was in ours.

The danger is to the body, and it can kill.

The form of the danger is an emanation of energy.

The danger is unleashed only if you substantially disturb this place physically. This place is best shunned and left uninhabited.

Go ahead and read the article. I find it fascinating, even if I doubt intelligent life on this planet can survive even thousands of more years with us humans running around, mucking things up.

Jog Diary – Week 2 Day 2

Jog Diary – Week 2 Day 2

I feel like poo. Strike that. I feel like old poo.

I wound up running 3 miles today in 29 minutes. That’s not too bad, I guess. I was absolutely beat at the end of the run, though. I had to really push that last mile out to be honest. But I did it, and I’m happy about that.

The good news is I haven’t had any pain in my calves this week. The bad news is I have quite a bit of discomfort in the back of my left knee.

Speaking of discomfort. Actually no, this isn’t related to discomfort at all. However, while I was walking after my run I had an idea. You know Google Glass? I need Google Glass(es?). I think it would be awesome to have the Google Glass, connect it to my smart phone, and have a HUD (heads up display) of my stats while I’m jogging. No slowing to look down at my arm. Just a simple display of my time, speed, and distance. This would be rad.

On to the stats:

Created by Google My Tracks on Android.

Activity type: street running
Total distance: 4.81 km (3.0 mi)
Total time: 29:04
Moving time: 28:57
Average speed: 9.94 km/h (6.2 mi/h)
Average moving speed: 9.98 km/h (6.2 mi/h)
Max speed: 11.51 km/h (7.2 mi/h)
Average pace: 6:02 min/km (9:43 min/mi)
Average moving pace: 6:01 min/km (9:41 min/mi)
Fastest pace: 5:13 min/km (8:23 min/mi)
Max elevation: 313 m (1028 ft)
Min elevation: 275 m (903 ft)
Elevation gain: 73 m (240 ft)
Max grade: 17 %
Min grade: -11 %
Recorded: 8/28/2013 11:59AM

Jogging Diary – Day 4

Jogging Diary – Day 4

Today I went for my third run of the week on this crazy new adventure. Things were much better at the start of the run than on Day 2. That tells me that my day off yesterday with just a walk was the right thing to do. I’m curious to see how I feel tomorrow. It will tell me if I should switch to an every other day run or not.

The other thing to mention is that the students are returning to campus and traffic slowed me to a stop twice. I may have to alter my route for the next week or so. Anyway, I would up running 3.1 miles over 30:15 minutes. I’m happy with the distance but not the time. And that is okay.

Activity type: street running
Description: –
Total distance: 4.95 km (3.1 mi)
Total time: 30:15
Moving time: 29:34
Average speed: 9.81 km/h (6.1 mi/h)
Average moving speed: 10.04 km/h (6.2 mi/h)
Max speed: 11.86 km/h (7.4 mi/h)
Average pace: 6:07 min/km (9:50 min/mi)
Average moving pace: 5:58 min/km (9:37 min/mi)
Fastest pace: 5:04 min/km (8:09 min/mi)
Max elevation: 324 m (1063 ft)
Min elevation: 286 m (939 ft)
Elevation gain: 63 m (207 ft)
Max grade: 10 %
Min grade: -9 %
Recorded: 8/22/2013 11:55AM