Saturday, August 31, 2013

Quote of the Day

This power over the purse may, in fact, be
regarded as the most complete and effectual
weapon with which any constitution can
arm the immediate representatives of the
people, for obtaining a redress of every
grievance, and for carrying into effect
every just and salutary measure.
(via npr)
James Madison, Jr.

Friday, August 30, 2013

Quote of the Day

You cannot find peace by avoiding life.
(via The Guardian)
Adeline Virginia Woolf

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Where did I leave my RbAp48?

(via Warrior Fitness)

So nice of them scientists to say I gots that age-related forgetfulness.  Sounds a whole lot better than when students call me senile.

Read more about the condition and a possible remedy here.

Quote of the Day

When I was in baseball and you went
into the clubhouse, you didn't see
ball players with curling irons.
(via ESPN)
Walter Lanier "Red" Barber

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Quote of the Day (thanks, DJA!)

A society of sheep must in time
beget a government of wolves.
Bertrand de Jouvenel des Ursins

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Fantasy Foosball 2013

It's time to sign up for Texas Swimming fantasy foosball.

Once again, it's free!

Champ will receive a custom trophy.

Past winners:

2005 - Hill (dirtybuttcrackheads)

2006 - Hill (dirtybuttcrackheads)

2007 - Montoya (The Slum Lords)

2008 - Button, Jr. (YouAllSuck-JustQuit)

2009 - Button, Jr. (YouAllSuck-JustQuit)

2010 - Tonya S. (sugar hiccups)

2011 - Button, Sr. (Mansfield Maulers)

2012 - Katie (Smack&Cheese)

Sign up through your Yahoo! account:

League Name/Link: Texas Swimming

Password: reformtitleix

Live Draft: Monday, September 2, 6:30 p.m.

Flickr Finds No. 34

Check out Colossal's latest Flickr Finds here.

Quote of the Day

When you reach for the stars you may
not quite get one, but you won't come
up with a handful of mud either.
(via Wikipedia)
Leo Burnett

Monday, August 26, 2013

Bobby & Leon

From last week.  About to clean some fish:

Late Donations for Hospice

SZ commented on One More Time!:

is it too late to give? if not, please repost the link SZ

Not too late at all!

There's an address toward the bottom of my sponsorship page so that y'all can send any late donations directly to the folks up there.

Might want to put something in your memo line that it's for the lake swim.

Make checks to Ontario-Yates Hospice.

Their address is:

756 Pre-Emption Road
Geneva, New York  14456

Bobby's kayaker last year, Lloyd, and I listen intently to pre-swim instructions*:

(pic via DJA)
*Probably shouldn't give my students a hard time for listening this way...

Quote of the Day

Kindness is a language which the deaf
can hear and the blind can see.
(via Global Annal)
Samuel Langhorne Clemens, a.k.a. Mark Twain

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Open Water Swimming Manual:

An Expert's Survival Guide for Triathletes and Open Water Swimmers is reviewed by Andrea Kannapell here.

(via My Hero)

Lynne Cox has spent more than four decades swimming past the known limits of human capacity. Driven by an explorer’s voracious desire to do what has never been done, and frankly obsessive about mental and physical preparation, she has completed scores of pioneering swims, most famously the frigid Bering Strait in just a suit, cap and goggles.

One More Time!

(via DJA)
Wanted to thank each of my sponsors in the Canandaigua Lake swim.  Can't remember that far back?  Catch up here.

Total raised this year's group of 40 swimmers was $10,034.

Thanks again to my sponsors who helped support Ontario-Yates Hospice:

Aunt Mert
Dana A
Pat H
Mark O
Brian D
Scott S
Polly W

Quote of the Day

It's never too late to become
what you might have been.
(via Webspinners)
Mary Anne Evans, a.k.a. George Eliot

Friday, August 23, 2013

Quote of the Day

An object in possession seldom retains
the same charm that it had in pursuit.
Gaius Plinius Caecilius Secundus,
a.k.a. Pliny the Younger

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Quote of the Day

I must say that acting was good training
for the political life that lay ahead of us.
John Anthony Burgess Wilson

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Quote of the Day

No one party can fool all of the
people all of the time;  that's
why we have two parties.
(via SMU)
Leslie Townes "Bob" Hope

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Quote of the Day

The great thing in this world is not
so much where you stand, as in
what direction you are moving.
(via Wikiquote)
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Four for Four

Bobby went four bests at US Open.

One was in the 200 free (prelim heat):

E22 H04

Quote of the Day

If the fans don't wanna come out to
the ballpark, no one can stop 'em.

Lawrence Peter "Yogi" Berra

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Quote of the Day

The strokes of the pen need deliberation
as much as the sword needs swiftness.
Julia Ward Howe

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Quote of the Day

Transparency and the rule of law will
be the touchstones of this presidency.

(via Whitehouse)

Barack Hussein Obama II

Friday, August 16, 2013


Today's quote is about preparation, right? coaches already have your short course season planned, right?

UH hired Augie's replacement.  Dynamo's Rich Murphy taking the reins.  More here.

Washington & Jefferson's Bob Filander takes over at Austin College.  More here.

Not sure if UTPB has found their man/woman yet.  Job listed here.

(via My Extra Life)

Fall clinics that might interest y'all:

August 28 - 30

ISCA Hall of Fame Coaches Clinic
in Clearwater, Florida

September 3 - 8

ASCA World Clinic in New Orleans, Louisiana

September 13 - 15

TISCA Clinic in Austin, Texas

October 18 -  20

Regional Clinic
 in Corpus Christi, Texas

2013 UIL state meet slide show is hereLeaguer article on Texas Swimming & Diving HOF's high school display here.

After US Open, we took a look at some big trees:

See Clare?

Blue Tide needs a head age group coach.  More here.

First Colony needs an age group coach.  More here.

Dallas Mustangs need an age group coach.  Contact Mook Rhodenbaugh

HEBISD needs a head swim coach.  Job posted on both THSCA & TISCA sites.  Contact Mary Kearney at 817-399-2322

The City of Lubbock needs an aquatics supervisor.  More here.

Klein Collins needs an assistant coach.  Contact April Bryan

Quinn Carrozza (TXLA), Brett Ringgold (NTN), & Jonathan Roberts (NTN) made the Team USA World Juniors roster.  Complete listing here.

Want to have a little input on Austin public pools?  Info on upcoming public meetings concerning pools and splash pads is here.

Ever ride the Mighty Axe at Mall of America?

(via Theme Park Review)

Years ago, it got stuck upside down for a loooooong time with Leon on it.

(via Theme Park Review)

That was the same year the Kamikaze caught fire with him on it at the Matagorda County Fairgrounds.

...memories...of the good old days...don't play video is you're easily offended...

Results Roundup

TAAF State

Games of America


TXLA Senior Circuit

FCST Gulf Summer Champs

PEAK Gulf Summer Champs

TWST Sectional

Southern Zone Senior

Southern Zone Age Group

US Open

US Open Time Trials

AAAA End of Summer Splash

Junior Nationals

Junior Nationals Time Trials

MARS B/C Champs

YMCA Nationals

COPS B/C Champs

Border Champs

USMS Nationals

FINA World Champs (pool)

FINA World Champs (open water)

MAC A/BB Champs

Quote of the Day

Give me six hours to chop down
a tree and I will spend the first
four sharpening the axe.
Abraham Lincoln

Thursday, August 15, 2013


Just back from the 8,000+ mile adventure.  Will be playing catch-up for several days (pics, results, jobs, etc.).

First, though, I'd like to thank everyone who sponsored me in the hospice swim.

We surpassed my individual goal and our group of forty swimmers raised over $10,000 this year!

Quote of the Day

You will do foolish things,
but do them with enthusiasm.
Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette