Read the Article Here – From author and former literary agent Nathan Bransford’s blog. Good points.
Being chased by rabid zombies in the night – running through woods and stomping through murky waters. Running for your life from Zombies whose skin is falling from the bone. That’s what people want when they sign up for a Zombie run. They want to be scared out of their minds. They want to run for their lives.
My teenager who loves all things Zombie and her big sister signed up for the DFW Zombie Run. They’ve been looking forward to it for months. They dressed in black so as not to be seen in the dark. They liked the rain – it would be so much more fun in the wet and mud. They were strategizing before they left – if one of them were cornered by an undead hoard, would the other leave her and go on? But…
Not much strategy required when you’re just running down a sidewalk in the semi-dark. Turns out, the race was pretty lame. Not like the video which inspired fear. The only fear inspired would be for skinning your knee if you happened to slip on the concrete. The course was just a normal sidewalk, with barely any trees or bushes behind which Zombies could hide. The Zombie’s flesh was not putrid and decayed; only lame face paint signified who the Zombies were and who were not. The runners only got three flags (lives), not four. And even though my girls didn’t care, there were no rest/water stations as advertised.
This race boasted that they are the only one which gives cash prizes. But the only prize my girls were really interested in was that of escaping the grasp of deadly Zombies with their lives. Well, they sure escaped with their lives, that’s true. But turns out, the only thing they had to be concerned about was whether they could finish running a 5K – the pseudo Zombies waving as they passed (well, I exaggerate some, but still…) Is it a wonder that the DFW Zombie Run FaceBook fanpage has already been removed??
Are the other races any better? I don’t know. But the video for RunForYourLives.com looks a little more intense. But videos are staged. Who knows? My girls wanted a challenging and horrifying race, and all they got instead were sore legs.
Life After Service: Health Risks For Veterans
– by Emily Walsh
Veterans give a lot to their country. Their sacrifice extends well beyond just the time they spend in active duty. These individuals face long-term health risks many years after their service. From Iraq veterans who run the risk of mesothelioma to all combat veterans who struggle with a host of mental and physical ailments, the price is great. It is important for veterans to stay on top of their health once they leave the military. Regular doctor’s visits are important for picking out problems before they are too serious to fix. Veterans should also focus on eating right and maintaining an exercise routine.
Long-Term Mesothelioma Risks
Many veterans are exposed to the risks of cancer. This especially true among people who have served in urban warfare areas like Iraq. Many of the buildings in Iraq are old and full of asbestos. This means that when those buildings are destroyed, harmful things enter the air. Veterans who work on demolition teams are more apt to contract mesothelioma cancer. A smart veteran will stay on top of these problems by taking on routine doctor’s visits. Even if you don’t have a horrible disease, seeing a doctor is a positive for your health.
Keeping Up With an Exercise Plan
One of the primary problems for veterans in the wake of service is keeping up an exercise plan. Many veterans run into a problem faced by former athletes. They are accustomed to burning thousands of calories per day with physical training and combat operations. When these veterans get out, they maintain the same eating habits without the old exercise routine. This can lead to many health problems, including heart disease and diabetes. A good exercise routine will ensure that you avoid the long-term problems created by poor lifestyle choices.
Staying on Top of Mental Health
A white house release detailed some of the mental health risks faced by veterans. That report, which can be found here, provides guidance to veterans on how to seek the proper mental health support for their issues. This is one of the important and often overlooked aspects of health that many veterans ignore. It is important to get any potential issue checked out before it becomes a major problem. Veterans have the power to improve their mental health. Eating right, getting on a structured schedule and sleeping the proper amount will bring about better mental health. Professional assistance is important as well.
Veterans have given a tremendous amount to this country. When they return from war, they still face many barriers that civilians can never understand. Long-term health risks persist for these individuals. As a veteran, it is important for you to understand these risks and do your best to mitigate them. See your doctor as often as possible to get out in front of problems before they get too serious. Develop a serious exercise routine to keep your body in shape. Don’t forget about your mind and the mental health risks that can act as pitfalls for veterans in your position.
When he’s 6-1 and 300 pounds. However……unfortunately, he really IS on a 12 and under pee wee football team. On our opponents’ team. Yesterday.
Standing an entire foot taller than any of the other kids was a 12-year-old boy with the body of a man. No one could believe he was only twelve. And aren’t there weight limits? There is a reason for the names PEE WEE and LITTLE LEAGUE.
I wanted to learn more about weight requirements for pee wee football, so I did some research this morning.
I think the boy we played must be the same boy who was banned from the Mesquite, Texas league in August of this year for being almost 165 pounds over the weight limit. His coach and mother protested for him, because he cried over the decision; football has been his dream, and he is still just a 12-year-old boy.
Apparently, some leagues have limits and some don’t. And some leagues just require that the extra-large player put an X on his helmet, to indicate he is only eligible to play certain positions. (The X is definitely not for the players’ notice; believe me, they didn’t need any extra help in noticing this boy. One of our players facing him even called a “time out” himself!- forget waiting on the coaches! )
Although admittedly my child is on the smaller side, this boy weighs almost 4 times what he does, and at least 3-4 times more than most of the other boys on our team.
We had three injuries yesterday; our kids were absolutely getting run over by this boy – what were they supposed to do with him? I think our kids were very courageous; this big boy was scary. (He was bigger than our coaches, and we have an ex pro player and a current pro player as coaches!!).
I get the fact that this boy’s dream is to play football, and that his mother supports his goal. I want to help my child fulfill his dreams as well. But I also want to keep him in one piece. To protect him from getting a broken neck or back from being crunched by a 300-pound 12-year-old! I get the dream fulfillment thing, but come on guys – SAFETY HAS TO COME FIRST!
I’m sure some people who support the “no weight limit” contend that football is a dangerous sport – live with it. But I would say to them that my boy knows football is dangerous, and accepts that fact. He tries his hardest to be brave and suffer through the tackles and stompings. It’s a given in football – as long as the players are all on a relatively equal footing. But 300 pounds??? Seriously??
The boy banned in August says he’s not ready to play older kids – he’s still inexperienced in football, and needs to get experience and improve his skill by playing with kids his age. But how much skill and experience do you need when you’re a 300 pound player tackling 75 pound boys? You just have to fall on them and that pretty much does the trick – not much skill needed there. And you don’t have to worry too much about getting tackled – it would be like your opponent running into a brick wall.
And what about the 300 pound player? I know he wants to play, but won’t injuring one opponent after another after another cause him to feel some guilt? What if he seriously injures someone? As his mother said, he’s only 12, with the feelings of a 12-year-old. Well, I have to say that my 11-year-old would be distraught if he permanently injured another kid, not to mention causing less serious injuries over and over and over. (A skilled tackle on our team almost quit football because he is so good at tackling opponents, but was upset when they got hurt.) I would think that after a while, this mammoth 12-year-old will have to deal with some self-esteem issues.
I am fascinated, captivated, enthralled and mildly obsessed with all things related to quantum physics.* Understand that I’m not really actually smart enough to wrap my mind around most of it in any coherent way. But I’ve done a fair amount of reading and I’ve applied my newly acquired knowledge to my life in some practical ways. I thought I would share.