Today's ride of 35.1 miles gives me 6,288.0 miles for the year, which breaks my all-time record of 6,205.9 miles, set in 1990. I rode 182 times in 366 days this year, which is roughly every other day. (Had I known I was so close to 183, I'd have ridden an extra day.) I averaged 17.18 miles per day, which makes my average week 120.2 miles. I'm pretty sure I rode more miles this year than I drove my car. I rode on a day when the official high temperature was 38º Fahrenheit and on a day when the official high temperature was 107º Fahrenheit, and everything in between. I rode in gale-force wind and in calm conditions. I rode many times in the rain and occasionally when I was sick with sinusitis or bronchitis. I've been a veritable riding machine for the past four years. From 2013 to 2016, inclusive, I pedaled 19,314.7 miles. Since taking up cycling in August 1981, as a 24-year-old, I've pedaled 90,749.1 miles. Is it possible both to love something and to be addicted to it? It must be, because I still love cycling after more than 35 years and can't imagine living without it. (Click the image to enlarge it.)
Addendum:Here is my blog post of a year ago today, in which I set forth my goals for 2016. I'll set forth my goals for 2017 in a day or so. My next ride is Tuesday.
Many people who voted for Donald Trump this past November did so because they despise the media (understood as television networks and major newspapers). We (Trump's voters) love it that Trump thumbs his nose at reporters. Why should he give them the time of day? They did everything they could to ridicule, abuse, and defeat him, and they failed to derail his candidacy. When journalists stop being partisan (don't hold your breath), they'll get the respect they once had.
This song appeared on the 1985 EP Wide Awake in America. The version posted here appears on the bonus audio CD of The Unforgettable Fire (2009). I have loved this song for more than 30 years. The harmonies are exquisite; the bass is crunchy; the main guitar refrain is sweet and delicate; and there are shards of guitar scattered about. All in all, an amazing song.
The many cases I have seen over the last six months seem to be primarily delusional in nature, characterized by a complete and utter inability to recognize statements made by President-elect Donald Trump for what they are. Many of those who voted for Trump did so based upon his ability to “say what he means,” except now it seems no one wants to admit the he “means what he says.”
The primary and secondary stages of TAS, while not generally dangerous, can be extremely annoying. Later stages, however, are thought to be fatal to the general health and well-being of the country and its political system.
When coming in contact with anyone who is in the throes of TAS, it is best not to excite them too much; under no circumstances should you cite facts or statistics, and please do not quote Trump in the presence of the patient.
Thomas Sexton, Huntington Beach
Note from KBJ: What Thomas Sexton really hates is that, after eight years, we finally have a president who loves his country and wants to make it great again. Get some help with your Trump Derangement Syndrome, Tom. In the meantime, stop making a fool of yourself.
Michno, Gregory. The Mystery of E Troop: Custer’s Gray Horse Company at the Little Bighorn. Missoula, MT: Mountain Press Publishing Company, 1994. Pp. xv+349. (1-9-16)
Myers, John Myers. The Saga of Hugh Glass: Pirate, Pawnee, and Mountain Man. Lincoln and London: University of Nebraska Press, 1976 (first published in 1963). Pp. 237. (1-17-16)
Punke, Michael. The Revenant: A Novel of Revenge. New York: Picador, 2015. Pp. 262. (2-10-16)
Karnos, David D., and Robert C. Shoemaker. Falling in Love with Wisdom: American Philosophers Talk About Their Calling. New York: Oxford University Press, 1994 (first published in 1993). Pp. ix+261. (4-18-16)
McInerny, Ralph. Ethica Thomistica: The Moral Philosophy of Thomas Aquinas. Rev. ed. Washington, DC: The Catholic University of America Press, 1997 (first edition published 1982). Pp. xi+129. (5-10-16)
Ostler, Jeffrey. The Lakotas and the Black Hills: The Struggle for Sacred Ground. The Penguin Library of American Indian History, ed. Colin G. Calloway. New York: Viking, 2010. Pp. xvi+238. (5-16-16)
Mackie, J. D. A History of Scotland. 2d ed., revised and edited by Bruce Lenman and Geoffrey Parker. New York: Dorset Press, 1985 (first edition published in 1964; second edition first published in 1978). Pp. 414. (5-24-16)
Custer, General George Armstrong. My Life on the Plains: or, Personal Experiences with Indians. The Western Frontier Library, vol. 52. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1962 (first published in 1874). Pp. xxvii+418. (6-24-16)
Kagan, Shelly. The Limits of Morality. Oxford Ethics Series, ed. Derek Parfit. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1989. Pp. xiii+415. (7-7-16)
Rescher, Nicholas. Presumption and the Practices of Tentative Cognition. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2006. Pp. xiii+181. (7-24-16)
Martinich, A. P. Philosophical Writing: An Introduction. 4th ed. Walden, MA: Wiley Blackwell, 2016. Pp. xii+221. (9-23-16)
Hammer, Kenneth, ed. Custer in ’76: Walter Camp’s Notes on the Custer Fight. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1990 (first published in 1976). Pp. xii+303. (10-7-16)
Kneale, William, and Martha Kneale. The Development of Logic. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1962; paperback ed., 1984. Pp. viii+783. (11-4-16)
Taylor, Michael. Community, Anarchy and Liberty. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1982. Pp. vii+184. (11-23-16)
Larrabee, Harold A., ed. Bentham’s Handbook of Political Fallacies. New York: Thomas Y. Crowell Company, 1952 (Apollo ed., 1971). Pp. xxxii+269. (12-9-16)
Rawls, John. Justice as Fairness: A Restatement. Edited by Erin Kelly. Cambridge and London: Harvard University Press, Belknap Press, 2001. Pp. xviii+214. (12-16-16) (first read on 11-15-05)
These are just the books. In addition, I read dozens of articles, reviews, judicial opinions, and miscellaneous items.
You make Donald Trump’s ethical problem a bigger conundrum than it actually is. (“Trump hasn’t even been sworn in yet and his conflicts of interest are already unacceptable,” editorial, Dec. 27)
Citing “ethics laws,” you seem to accept his theory that conflicts of interest do not raise the same ethical concerns for the president as they do for the rest of us. But the very term “ethics laws” harbors an inherent contradiction, conflating one’s ethical obligations with his legal duties.
Ethics relate to what is right and moral, and laws make some unethical behavior a crime. Society calls upon everyone to behave ethically, regardless of whether a criminal statute applies.
Congress did pass laws making it a crime for federal employees to take official action in matters where they have a financial interest, and it did exempt the president from prosecution for conduct violating those laws. But that doesn’t make such conduct any less unethical; it simply means the president can get away with it.
The idea that Trump is free from meeting ethical standards simply because he can’t be prosecuted for violating them is dangerous, especially since he has kept his finances largely a secret. If a president holds personal interests that conflict with the nation’s interests, serious impropriety is a risk, and the appearance of impropriety is a certainty.
Russell S. Kussman, Santa Monica
Note from KBJ: Where were you, Russell S. Kussman, when Hillary Clinton was taking bribes from foreign countries?