The Marriage Boat: On Reconciling Love and Adventure

first_imgIf you’ve ever paddled in a tandem canoe with your significant other, you know why it’s called the “divorce boat.” Adventures of any kind in the outdoors can either make or break a relationship, so we sat down with three active couples to learn how they navigate the turbulent waters of married life.There’s no better analogy for marriage than sailing the open sea. To quote the 1973 classic hit “Rock the Boat” by Hues Corporation, “Our love is like a ship on the ocean. We’ve been sailing with a cargo full of love and devotion.” But sometimes, the sea, like life, can be a capricious thing, and no matter the amount of love and devotion in the hold of that ship, a little adversity can be all it takes to rock the boat.Early on in their relationship, Harrisonburg, Va., locals Anna and David Landis, were exposed to many a stormy sea. Just a few months after the two started dating, they packed their bags and moved to the Middle East, where they spent nearly a decade living as expats in Israel and Palestine.Anna and David Landis.“When you’re living abroad for that long, your friends cycle in and out, and it can be really refreshing and helpful to have a partner there with you, but that also makes it harder when you have a conflict,” says Anna Landis, “because then, you’re each other’s only steady companion.”Still, living thousands of miles and seven time zones away from family didn’t keep the Landis’ from pushing their limits, both individually and as a couple. In 2009, they each hiked the Camino de Santiago separately, and later returned to hike it together in 2011 and the Camino del Norte route in 2012. They’ve since hiked the Annapurna Circuit, toured cross-country by bike, road tripped throughout Europe and Alaska, and self-published two guidebooks on the Jesus Trail and the Camino de Santiago under their publishing company Village to Village Press. Landis has done more than 20,000 miles of bike touring and has developed a number of long-distance hiking trails in the Middle East, including the Jesus Trail and the Jordan Trail.While they each have fond memories of these adventures together, there was no doubt there were trying times. On that cross-country bike tour, for example, which the couple took just a week after being married and with David’s two sisters and their husbands in tow, Landis remembers feeling self-conscious about her pace.“We were loaded down and averaging 80 miles a day for seven weeks and I was just exhausted,” she says. “This was my first huge tour, and a lot of the times, I would be straggling in after everyone else. I was always the slowest one. It’s already kinda stressful to do those big long days, but to feel like you’re letting people down, that was tough sometimes.”Lydia Wing of Saluda, N.C., remembers that feeling of insecurity, which is why she didn’t paddle with her then-boyfriend Chris, an experienced kayaking instructor and Wave Sport sponsored freestyle competitor, when she was first learning to kayak. She paddled with her parents instead.Lydia and Chris Wing“The beginner progression can be challenging and frustrating and sometimes you feel embarrassed holding the group back,” she says. “I tended to funnel those frustrations into anger, so I started paddling with my parents a lot because my mom couldn’t break up with me if I got mad at her while we were kayaking.”Once Lydia felt confident on the water, she and Chris started paddling harder whitewater together, but even then, the two encountered a different set of challenges, namely, how to continue giving Lydia the room to develop herself as a competent paddler.“Whether it’s in the eddy above the rapid or picking up the pieces at the bottom, being able to sort through what you’re feeling and have your counterpart listen and not just tell you what you want to hear but empower you and validate how you’re feeling, that’s really important,” says Lydia. “We weren’t good at that for a long time and there were times on the river that were stressful and heated.”“There is no hiding your emotions while kayaking,” says Chris. “All of your insecurities and fears surface, no matter what, and it comes out in different ways. Sometimes I’m too empathetic because I coach and teach so much. I have to be able to turn off that coach and be a husband as well, and that’s my biggest challenge.”In 2012, Chris and Lydia started H2o Dreams, a kayak instruction school offering everything from beginner roll clinics to international paddling trips. All of a sudden, the couple wasn’t just living and playing together—they were now working together, too. Not long after the two embarked on this entrepreneurial enterprise, Lydia started having doubts.“A lot of people will laugh when I say this but I really experienced a quarter-life crisis,” Lydia says. “I freaked out because I went to college and then I met this guy and this job working with him totally fell into my lap. I started to wonder what I would do if it weren’t for Chris, like who would I be and what would I be doing?”[nextpage title=”READ ON!”]The All-or-Nothing MarriageWhat Lydia experienced is something an increasing number of modern day couples are having to confront, and that is the question of whether or not your significant other should help you achieve self-actualization. Last year, Northwestern University social psychologist Eli Finkle published a book called The All-or-Nothing Marriage. In it, Finkle compares the history of marriage to Maslow’s hierarchy of needs.Up until 1850, a successful marriage was defined by the meeting of basic needs such as “food production, shelter and protection from violence,” writes Finkle in a 2014 New York Times op-ed. From 1850 until 1965, “marriage increasingly centered around intimate needs such as to love, to be loved and to experience a fulfilling sex life.”But from 1965 until today, Americans, who more or less had those fundamental needs met, looked to marriage for self-discovery, the pinnacle of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. That, according to Finkle, is leading to either record-high levels of marital quality, or marriages that fall drastically short of a partner’s expectations.Lydia, recognizing that Chris couldn’t possibly answer those questions for her, made a leap. She started working for a non-profit, and although she didn’t work there long, it returned that sense of sovereignty over her life that had been missing.“I recognized pretty early on that John couldn’t be my everything, which is probably why I’ve survived being a weekend bike widow for so long,” says Rebecca. “Before, because I was so profoundly unhappy in my career choices, I was resentful of this great joy that John had. But if you stop thinking about the things that take your partner away from you and start thinking about the space that that gives you to find your passions, you’ll come much closer together.”Rebecca Herod of Morgantown, W.Va., had a harder time making that dive. She and her husband John had, by all appearances, a successful life. She was the Director of Marketing and Communications at West Virginia University. John had his own lucrative contracting business. The two owned a house and doted on their two dogs. Despite the unquestionable love they had for each other, John had another love, too—mountain biking. The sport was part of John’s very essence, an activity he’d been doing since he was just a child. He’d been a competitive downhill racer for years, traveling almost every weekend during the season, but even now as co-founder of the West Virginia Enduro Series, he was out of town a lot.“Early on in the relationship he was out having a good time [mountain biking] and I was working all of the time and not having fun,” says Rebecca. “That wasn’t his problem though. That was my problem. His happiness didn’t need to get smaller. Mine needed to get bigger.”When the stress of her work started to negatively impact her physical and mental well-being, Rebecca turned to yoga. At first, yoga was purely a personal pursuit, but she felt such fulfillment from her practice that she decided to quit her job and begin teaching yoga.“I left a very lucrative position at the university to be a yoga teacher which, contrary to popular belief, is not a money-making venture,” she says. “I was worried when I did that because we had a certain lifestyle and that was going to change. I was afraid that would put strain on our marriage and our finances.”As a self-employed entrepreneur and downhill mountain biker, John was no stranger to risk. He understood Rebecca’s fear of the unknown and her simultaneous need to confront that uncertainty head-on. Much like mountain biking served as an outlet for stress relief and purpose in his life, he recognized that yoga played a similar role in Rebecca’s.“Although we don’t do those two things together, it works for us,” he says. “Everyone needs mind-cleansing activities. You can’t always rely on your partner to make your world perfect.”Shifting the ParadigmWhether you’re in a relationship like John and Rebecca, who maintain separate passions, or like Chris and Lydia, who live, work, and play together, time spent outdoors shouldn’t cause stress on the relationship. If it does, the first thing you should do is set a regular date night.According to a 2012 study released by the University of Virginia’s National Marriage Project, date nights can improve the overall quality and stability of relationships and marriages. Spouses who spent deliberate “time alone, talking, or sharing an activity” at least once a week “were approximately 3.5 times more likely to report being ‘very happy’ in their marriages, compared to those who enjoyed less quality time with their spouse.”Life for Anna and David has changed dramatically in recent years. For starters, the couple now has two kids under the age of three, which make scheduling date nights seemingly impossible. And while David decided all of those years ago during his first thru-hike of the Camino de Santiago that he preferred to adventure with his wife by his side, he’s had to adapt the activities that give him such fulfillment to be more inclusive for his family. This past summer, the four-person tribe headed West so that David could bike the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route in the company of Anna and their two kids, who met up with him along the way.“I like going hard and going fast, there’s no doubt,” he says, “but I think the greater value is being outside and being together.”John and Rebecca make a point of designating Thursday nights as date night. The evening’s activities must be “neutral ground,” which means no yoga and no mountain biking. The two typically go out to dinner, see a concert, or simply stay at home and binge watch Stranger Things and Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency.Chris (right) and Lydia Wing live, work, and play together, which makes time for date nights more important than ever.Chris and Lydia admit that date nights are few and far between. “We’re married and we kayak together and we started our own business together. There are a lot of blurred lines,” says Lydia. But when they first started dating, and before Lydia began kayaking, the couple went on really cool dates and shared new experiences, which they say they’d like to return to.“It’s systemic in our culture that that sacred time is one of the first things that falls to the wayside,” says Chris. “We’re so motivated and so driven and so career-oriented that we forget about the things that bring real joy in our lives.”Additionally, social psychologist Eli Finkle argues that it’s perfectly acceptable for couples to look to each other for support in achieving self-actualization, if those expectations are clearly communicated and the couples are willing to put in the hard work (read “more date nights”) to make that happen. But, says Finkle, “if couples lack the time and energy, they might consider adjusting their expectations, perhaps by focusing on cultivating an affectionate bond without trying to facilitate each other’s self-actualization.”“I recognized pretty early on that John couldn’t be my everything, which is probably why I’ve survived being a weekend bike widow for so long,” says Rebecca. “Before, because I was so profoundly unhappy in my career choices, I was resentful of this great joy that John had. But if you stop thinking about the things that take your partner away from you and start thinking about the space that that gives you to find your passions, you’ll come much closer together. You don’t have to share the same love affair with biking, but you do have to recognize how that love affair enhances the soul. You want to be with somebody who’s got a soulful love. It just makes us whole people.”last_img read more

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Trail Mix – Davina & The Vagabonds

first_imgHer praise was well deserved. BRO – We are featuring “Devil Horns” on this month’s Trail Mix. What’s the story behind the song? Pipes for days. Lozier’s voice is transcendent, one of those rare generational voices, and she regularly draws comparison with icons like Etta James and Amy Winehouse. Her band of Vagabonds conjures forth a musical gumbo of New Orleans and Memphis soul to back her up, providing her to opportunity reach crescendos that leave one’s heart pounding. BRO – I want to up my vagabond game. Got any advice for me? DL – I was watching a documentary in bed about the history of why the devil superficially looks like our typical red faced horned devil and my husband was in the basement banging on his drums. I shut the iPad off and started writing the song to his beat while lying in bed. “How did the devil get his horns? He got them under my bed.” That was my first thought the very first time I heard Davina Lozier, of Davina & The Vagabonds, sing. A good friend of mine had booked them to play on Music City Roots in Nashville and raved about her voice and the band’s performance. DL – Pack light, have an open heart, a full tank of gas, and a killer outfit. DL – I drink as much water as I can and get as much sleep as I can. That’s about it. Some people tell me to not talk as much between shows. Not sure if that’s because they want me to keep my voice, though. I do talk a lot. BRO – Speaking of being on tour, how do you take care of your voice while you’re on the road? I recently caught up with Davina Lozier to chat about her band’s upcoming trip to Europe, the new record, and my own vagabond spirit. DL – There so many first time cities for me on this run. I’m excited for Budapest, so I can hear some of that harmonic minor gypsy music. I’ve never been to the Czech Republic either, and I’m looking forward to all of that historic architecture. And Paris, because I want to eat a million Nutella crepes, 6,000 macaroons, and a handful of baguettes with french cheese. BRO – I see you guys are heading to Europe next month. Got a particular city you can’t wait to visit? BRO – Vintage soul has experienced a comeback in recent years. What’s behind the resurgence? Davina & The Vagabonds will be live tonight in Chattanooga before heading across the pond for a big international tour that includes, among other exotic locales, stops in Jerusalem, Budapest, Paris, and Vienna. Davina & The Vagabonds recently released their latest record, Sugar Drops, on the Compass Records label. DL – I’m not really up on my new music, but I can say that I understand if there has been a resurgence. It’s honest, from the heart music with a killer feel. And soul is sexy. How can you beat sexy? For more information about Davina & The Vagabonds, how you can grab a copy of the new record, or when the band will hit the stage near you, surf on over to their website. And be sure to take a listen to “Devil Horns,” along with tunes from Chris & Adam Carroll, Nocturnal Blonde, Humbird, and many more on this month’s Trail Mix.last_img read more

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Joe Biden getting the Cabinet he wants

first_img– Advertisement – Consider Pennsylvania Sen. Pat Toomey, who is retiring rather than running again in 2022, and has been one of the few to say “yeah, Biden won.” In an interview Wednesday, Toomey said that Cabinet picks are a “shared responsibility” between the president and the Senate majority. Which is bullshit. The president picks his Cabinet. “So I think people who are well outside of the political mainstream don’t belong in really important, senior-level, Cabinet-type posts. And that’s why that will be an ongoing discussion, I think, between a Republican Senate and Joe Biden,” Toomey added.Then there’s Sen. Ron Johnson, the Republican from Wisconsin, who doesn’t even think Biden should be getting the intelligence briefings he is entitled to as president-elect—and who is far too stupid to be in charge of a committee like Homeland Security, which he is, indeed, in charge of! “In general, from what I’ve seen, intelligence briefings are really not worth a whole hell of a lot,” he told reporters. “Based on what we see in the SCIF, they don’t have much value.” If nothing else, we need to take the Senate back so this bonehead doesn’t do any more harm to national security.- Advertisement – So, yeah. Let’s get Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock elected!last_img read more

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Salmonella cases trigger almond recall

first_img The FDA said it was working with other health authorities to trace the source of the potentially contaminated products. About 57 people in Wheaton, Ill., became ill in February after eating basil and mesclun prepared by a restaurant, the FDA said in an alert to consumers. Twenty of the cases were confirmed as cyclosporiasis. The same month, 38 people in Irving, Tex., fell ill after eating basil and mesclun at a local restaurant, and 16 cases were confirmed as cyclosporiasis. May 24, 2004 (CIDRAP News) – Two outbreaks of gastrointestinal illness caused by the parasite Cyclospora may have been associated with raw basil and “mesculin [mesclun]/spring mix salad” served at restaurants in Illinois and Texas, according to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Cyclosporiasis, an infection of the small intestine, causes watery diarrhea with frequent, sometimes explosive, bowel movements, the FDA said. Other symptoms include loss of appetite, weight loss, stomach cramps, nausea, vomiting, muscle aches, low-grade fever, and fatigue. Symptoms usually appear about a week after eating contaminated food. Cyclosporiasis was little-known until the 1990s, according to a 2000 report in Clinical Infectious Diseases. In 1996 a multistate outbreak in the United States and Canada was traced to Guatemalan strawberries, demonstrating that the illness is spread by food, according to the report.center_img See also: The FDA said the infection can be treated with antibiotics. People experiencing the above symptoms after eating basil and mesclun or spring mix salads should consult a physician and notify their local health department, the agency said. May 21 FDA news releasehttp://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/2004/ucm108304.htmlast_img read more

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Clarion Gaming announces new consolidated event iGB Live

first_imgShare StumbleUpon iGB Live postponed due to COVID concerns July 31, 2020 Kambi and DraftKings agree on final closure terms July 24, 2020 Submit Kambi takes control of Churchill Downs BetAmerica sportsbook August 28, 2020 Share Related Articles Clarion Gaming has announced that the iGaming Super Show, EiG, and the Amsterdam Affiliate Conference will come together for a new consolidated event, iGB Live. The creation of iGB Live is part of the commitment made by Clarion to streamline the events calendar and provide stakeholders with the opportunity to engage across the entire iGaming space at a single event.Event Director, Shona ODonnell, who brought the iGaming Super Show to market eight years ago said: “Our pledge is to deliver a global events, knowledge and training strategy to what is a global industry. This involves exploring how we can deploy the power and influence of our brands to best effect on behalf of our customers.“From speaking with the market we know how much importance it places on reducing the volume of business events currently on the calendar but at the same time raising standards and improving ROI. The iGaming Super Show, EiG and the Amsterdam Affiliate Conference will retain their individual personalities, identity and vision that have made them three of the best known and respected brands in gaming. “This strategic move will enhance the value and appeal of attending what will be the biggest dedicated iGaming exhibition and conference for the industry and one which is guaranteed to meet stakeholder needs from a networking, education and business perspective.”She added: “The feedback to iGB Live from all sectors of the business – affiliates, operators, suppliers and regulators – has been extremely positive: our job now is to get on with the important business of delivering best value to our customers courtesy of a clearly considered and joined up strategy.  I am extremely passionate about the future of the brand and excited about overseeing its development. I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone that has supported our events over the years and look forward to discussing the developments with them all at EiG where I will be available to discuss and take feedback.”Tom Light, Vice President of Business Development at SBTech said: “EiG and the iGaming Super Show have been high quality events for many years and bringing them together under one roof will enable delegates and sponsors to meet even more key players in the affiliate and B2B space. SBTech is delighted to support and sponsor the event and make it even more of a must-attend for everyone in the igaming sector.”The first iGB Live, incorporating the iGaming Super Show, EIG and the Amsterdam Affiliate Conference, will take place 17 – 20 July 2018 at The Amsterdam, RAI.last_img read more

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Logan Paul vs. KSI 2 results: KSI wins after critical point deduction for Paul

first_img“Tonight will mark the end to the wildest journey of my life,” Paul said while thanking his fans.He also predicted this fight will be the “best show of 2019.”Logan Paul vs. KSI 2 start timeMain event: 11:15 p.m. ET | 8:15 p.m. PTMain card: 9 p.m. ET | 6 p.m. PTUndercard: 7 p.m. ET | 4 p.m. PTLogan Paul and KSI are expected to make their ring walks around 11:15 p.m. ET. Prior to the main event, there are three fights on the undercard, which starts at 7 p.m. ET. There are also three fights on the main card, starting at 9 p.m. ET with Billy Joe Saunders vs. Marcelo Coceres. Devin Haney vs. Alfredo Santiago is the last fight before Paul vs. KSI.Logan Paul vs. KSI 2 undercardDevin Haney vs. Alfredo SantiagoBilly Joe Saunders vs. Marcelo CoceresJosh Brueckner vs. Tyler SmithDiego Pacheco vs. Aaron CasperRonny Rios vs. Hugo Berrio KSI defeated Logan Paul via split decision in their highly anticipated rematch.MORE: Logan Paul wants third fight against KSI after controversial rematch result One judge ruled 56-55 in favor of Logan Paul, but the other two judges ruled in favor of KSI 57-54 and 56-55. Paul had a controversial knockdown in Round 4 where he appeared to hit KSI when he was down. As a result, the referee told the judges to dock two points from Paul. The ref could be heard telling Paul, “You can’t do that s—.”As you can tell by the scorecard, those two points were critical in the final decision as this nearly ended in another draw. When asked about a potential third fight, KSI said, “No it’s done” while being interviewed live on the DAZN telecast.Paul was upset with the decision after the fight, blaming the point deduction for his loss. The YouTube star said he was going to challenge the decision to the commission.While KSI says he’s done with Logan Paul, Jake Paul mentioned before the fight he wants to take on KSI. Jake Paul said he’s turned professional, so don’t be surprised if some sort of fight with the younger brother takes place in the near future.MORE: Watch the full fight replay, plus behind-the-scenes with KSI and Logan Paul, on DAZNLogan Paul vs. KSI 2 highlightsLogan Paul vs. KSI 2 scorecardLogan Paul vs. KSI 2 round-by-round resultsEnd of the fightKSI won via split decision with the judges ruling:56-55 – Logan Paul57-54 – KSI56-55 – KSI Paul’s two-point deduction in Round 4 (which can be viewed below) proved critical in the end. After the fight, KSI and Paul hugged each other.”You are one of the toughest people I know. As much s— as I talk, I don’t like being a dick to you,” Paul said after the match. He added that his harsh language to KSI leading up to the fight was for show, and he genuinely respects KSI.Round 6KSI was able to land a few solid jabs in this round. But as was the case in the first fight, both fighters looked tired by the time the final round came. The announcers claimed “a draw” didn’t seem too far off, which as we know was the result of the first fight. This will be a very close one.Round 5Both fighters are definitely tired at this point, but Paul was able to land a few solid jabs in this round. Paul has looked better in the later rounds after KSI looked strong in the initial rounds. Only one more three-minute round remains in this fight.Not much action in this round, overall.Round 4According to Sporting News’ Andreas Hale, a “F— you Logan” chant has broken out within the arena.With 42 seconds left in the round, KSI took a solid uppercut to the chin and went down. But KSI was also hit while he was down, so the referee rewarded Paul with a knockdown but docked two points from him. A critical decision in what’s been a close fight so far.With just a few rounds left, KSI looks gassed.Round 3Logan Paul went down to the ground for a brief moment in this round, but got right back up. The commentators alleged he was hit in the back of the head by KSI. Replay later on confirmed Paul was hit, and the commentators said it should be ruled as a knockdown. The referee, however, said it was not a knockdown. Paul went down again later, but that was an obvious slip.Round 2KSI landed twice as many jabs in the second round, according to DAZN’s telecast. KSI landed 41% of his punches while Logan Paul landed 31%.Both fighters were swinging for the fences, as it looks like they’re aiming for a knockout. But swinging this much will tire them both. Luckily for them, there are only six rounds, so low stamina will only be a storyline for so long. Round 1The fight has officially started.KSI had some big swings at Paul, but many of them weren’t able to land. Neither fighter was able to really land a huge punch on the other, but it was still an entertaining first round. KSI was breathing heavily after the first round, leading to some questions about his stamina. The first fight saw both fighters get tired at the end, so it’ll definitely be something worth monitoring throughout the next five rounds.Pre-fightThe undercard fights took longer than we anticipated, but the main event is finally here.Logan Paul comes out wearing an American flag outfit. He entered the ring with XXXTentacion’s “Take a Step Back” playing. KSI came out to his new song “Down Like That” featuring Rick Ross, Lil Baby and S-X.He wore a red mask and robe.Watch the Logan Paul vs. KSI countdown show11:49 p.m.:  Jonathan Batista was knocked down by Nikita Ababiy and was able to get back up. But as the round ended, Batista swung well  after the bell dinged and was disqualified from the fight. We now expect Logan Paul vs. KSI to start. You can read updates about the main event above.11:41 p.m.: Just kidding, a fight that wasn’t scheduled is now taking place before the main event. Logan Paul vs. KSI will take place after a quick fight between Jonathan Batista and Nikita Ababiy.11:30 p.m.: Devin Haney’s fight against Alfredo Santiago is over. Haney won by unanimous decision. Logan Paul vs. KSI is up next.11:20 p.m.: Devin Haney has surprisingly struggled with his opponent Alfredo Santiago as this fight looks like it’s going the distance. Expect the KSI and Logan Paul fight to start closer around 11:45 p.m. ET at this point.11:15 p.m.: Logan Paul vs. KSI is getting even closer now. Devin Haney is entering the ninth round of his fight against Alfredo Santiago.10:56 p.m.: Devin Haney enters the fifth round out out 12 against Alfredo Santiago. KSI vs. Logan Paul will start after the conclusion of Haney-Santiago.10:41 p.m.: The betting odds on the Logan Paul and KSI fight have changed, according to betting expert Rob Perez. Perez says Paul is the favorite (-334) while KSI is the underdog (+250). The boxing experts on the set also said they don’t expect the fight to last the distance.10:24 p.m.: Ryan Garcia reveals he bet $10,000 on Logan Paul winning.10:12 p.m.: In case you were interested in the undercard fights, Billy Joe Saunders knocked down Marcelo Esteban in the 11th round, leading to the fight being called.Devin Haney vs. Alfredo Santiago is up next, and then Logan Paul vs. KSI is up after that.The rest of the undercard results are as follows:Josh Brueckner def. Tyler SmithDiego Pacheco def. Aaron CasperRonny Rios def. Hugo Berrio10:09 p.m.: Justin Bieber has joined Logan Paul in his locker room. Jake Paul, who is on the broadcast, says Bieber knows his boxing well. He also compared Bieber’s history with his own as both of them have received plenty of criticism in the media.9:55 p.m.: In case you’re curious, here’s why the fight is not on YouTube.9:47 p.m.: According to Rob Perez, a betting expert, most of the bets tonight are for a knockout by either boxer. This is mostly due to the glove changes, which we’ve explained below.9:27 p.m.: The DAZN countdown show displayed a clip from “40 Days” which had Logan Paul trying on his 10oz gloves for the first time. Paul is wearing 10oz gloves tonight, which is different from the 12oz gloves he wore in the first fight.”These are legal? Holy s—,” Paul said in the show. “I feel like I’m holding a gun in my hand.”Logan’s brother Jake said there would have been a knockout in the first fight if Logan had these gloves.9:25 p.m.: Jake Paul said he’s ready to fight KSI, and lists other people he’d like to take on in the boxing ring.9:08 p.m.: KSI has also arrived, so both of the main stars for Saturday are in the building.Also, Logan Paul seems very relaxed for tonight.8:48 p.m.: YouTube star Josh Brueckner made his pro debut on Saturday against Tyler Smith, a former MMA fighter and won. Immediately after winning, Brueckner proposed to his girlfriend who said yes.8:40 p.m.: Jake Paul says he’s also turned professional and is ready to fight someone himself.”I’m ready for whoever, whenever, anyone can get the smoke,” Jake Paul said.But a little while later he was asked if he’d fight his brother Logan. He didn’t seem overly confident in that possibility, but said he’d win if that fight did take place. 8:27 p.m.: Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn wanted to explain a big difference between the first fight and tonight’s rematch. There’s obviously no headgear this time around, but another key difference is the gloves. The first fight was with 12oz gloves, but this fight is 10oz gloves.Boxer Ryan Garcia was on set to help explain there really is a big difference even if the 2oz difference doesn’t sound like much.”When you get hit with a 10oz glove with no headgear, it’s like getting hit with a rock,” Garcia said. “You can’t train for that. That’s why these guys don’t know what it’s going to be like when they get hit. This fight is too unpredictable for me.”8:22 p.m.: Justin Bieber is in the building.8:12 p.m.: Logan and Jake Paul have arrived to the scene.Logan Paul arrived wearing his merch and some shades. He was subdued walking into the arena. Once he got to his locker room, he was interviewed by DAZN and said he’s spent most of the day sleeping.last_img read more

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SHAY WANTS TO BE ‘GIVEN’ A TRANSFER FROM ASTON VILLA

first_imgShay Given has publicly stated that he wants a move away from Aston Villa, declaring he still has plenty to offer at the highest level in professional football. Shay Given still believes he has a huge amount to offer in a playing capacity, and isn’t ready to concentrate solely on coaching duties.Given has endured a frustrating spell at Aston Villa, and has been unable to establish himself as the first-choice No.1.Given had a very successful loan spell at Middlesbrough FC, and became a fans favourite during his short spell with the club. Given believes he has to move away from Villa Park in order to get regular first-team football.Given is also employed in a coaching capacity at the Villa Park club but is willingly to leave that in order to play regularly.Given said, “If I am going to play, I have to move away from Villa Park.“That’s something I have looked at, but it has to happen, I have been waiting for it to happen for two years now. “I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Middlesbrough, I knew when I went there on loan that I was still able to play as I slotted straight back into things, despite having not played for a long time.“I still want to play, I believe I still have a lot to offer as a player.“I have only turned 38, but I see Mark Schwarzer playing in a Champions League semi-final at the age of 41, Brad Friedel is 43 and still playing, so I have a lot more to do before I think about coaching.“I hope it can happen for me, I just need someone to have faith, to take a punt and bring me in, to get me playing again. SHAY WANTS TO BE ‘GIVEN’ A TRANSFER FROM ASTON VILLA was last modified: June 4th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Home-page SportnewsShay GivenSportlast_img read more

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Exceeding the Energy Code

first_imgSTEP 8: EXCEEDING THE ENERGY CODE (IECC)Code: N1101.8 A code official or local jurisdiction is permitted to allow a national, state, orlocal green-building or energy-efficiency program to exceed the energy efficiency required by the IRC or IECC. A building approved in writing by such a program will be considered compliant.What it means to you: This update ensures that builders who use LEED, Energy Star, or a local green-building program may be able to comply with all energy-code provisions of the IRC and IECC. The above code provision allows a building official to deem the energy-efficient program as exceeding the energy efficiency required by the code. The value of this provision is that while the energy requirements of both the IRC and the IECC change, other programs initiated by cities, counties, and states sometimes do not—at least not at the same pace. Builders can disregard the energy requirements of the code only if the locality has approved the alternative program.The 2009 building codes reflect practices that not only increase energy efficiency, like air sealing measures and increased insulation, but also address sustainable building practices, like moisture control.Other segments of this series:Part 1: Air SealingPart 2: InsulationPart 3: LightingPart 4: Programmable ThermostatsPart 5: Insulating Mass WallsPart 6: Efficient WindowsPart 7: Insulating Mechanical PipesPart 8: Exceeding the Energy CodePart 9: Vapor Retarders 9 Steps to A Greener CodeNew homes built using the 2009 International Residential Code (IRC) or International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) will be more energy efficient than ever. As a consequence, a builder’s world may become a bit more complex and, in some cases, a bit more expensive. last_img read more

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An Interesting Moisture Problem in a Trendy Restaurant

first_imgIt looked like there were a few drops of condensation on the diffuser closest to our table, which I’ve shown in the closeup photo (see Image #2, below). I really didn’t see much on the others in that row of diffusers by the windows. The outdoor weather that day was fairly dry, with a dew point of about 61°F, so maybe there’s more condensation when the dew point is higher.Another set of diffusers near the kitchen, however, seemed to be covered with condensation. Unfortunately, I didn’t take a photo of those diffusers, but there wasn’t as much discoloration on the drywall surrounding the diffusers. More drops of water on the metal; less darkness.Finally, the indoors was at a really high negative pressure. As I left the restaurant, I had to push really hard to open the door.HypothesesOK, let’s see if we can come up with a reasonable hypothesis as to the causes of the moisture problems here. First, where is the moisture coming from? One obvious potential source is the kitchen. Cooking produces a lot of moisture. The diffusers nearer the kitchen being covered with condensation supports the idea of moisture from the kitchen.But with all that negative pressure, how would any moisture escape from the kitchen? And why would the diffusers in the bulkhead on the exterior wall have more discoloration? Let’s take the questions in order.Just having really strong exhaust hoods pulling a lot of air doesn’t mean all the moisture and contaminants get pulled in. There’s this thing called capture efficiency. It’s a measure of how much of the stuff coming off the range or out of the ovens gets pulled into the hood. Lawrence Berkeley National Lab is doing work on this topic, so maybe someday we’ll be able to select range hoods based not only on how many cubic feet per minute they pull but also their capture efficiency.Restaurant exhaust hoods probably have better capture efficiency than what you have in your home, but I didn’t get a look in there to see what theirs look like. There’s a lot going on in restaurant kitchens, and even if the hood does a good job capturing the stuff coming off the range, cooks move steaming dishes around and dishwashers also put out moisture. So, it’s certainly possible that at least some of the moisture is coming from the kitchen.But the bulkhead diffusers don’t have as much hanging condensation and they have more discoloration. I believe the moisture there is coming from above. Even with a decent air barrier, the strong negative pressure in the restaurant could be pulling outdoor air into the bulkhead. If the ducts or boots (the metal part that the diffusers attach to) aren’t well insulated, the water vapor from the outdoor air is likely to condense on their surfaces. That water drips down to the drywall, keeps it wet all summer, and the result is the discoloration you see. Using zonal pressure diagnostics, we could measure the pressure inside the bulkhead with and without the exhaust fans running to test this hypothesis.Another possibility is that the conditioned air is too cold and all the moisture is coming from indoors. Maybe the diffusers near the kitchen had more condensation just because they were closer to the air handler and the air was colder when it got there. The discoloration in the drywall would come from water on the diffusers wicking into the drywall. I don’t think this is the answer, though, because the bulkhead diffusers had more discoloration, which tells me the water is coming from above over there.Potential fixesThe first thing I’d fix in this restaurant would be the negative pressure. Commercial buildings are required by code to have makeup air, but this one clearly doesn’t have enough. Adding makeup air and reducing the negative pressure may completely solve the problem with the bulkhead diffusers. It may even solve the problem with the other diffusers if the moisture there is coming from outdoors, too.If the zonal pressure diagnostics indicates an air leakage problem in the bulkhead, and adding makeup air doesn’t solve it, then the air barrier is going to have be tightened up there. I’d probably want to get rid of that drywall anyway, because who knows how bad the problem is above?If the air temperature from the AC turns out to be too low, the air conditioning system needs to be checked to find out why. That should be an easy fix.All buildings tell a story. This one is issuing a cry for help. Allison Bailes of Decatur, Georgia, is a speaker, writer, building science consultant, and the author of the Energy Vanguard Blog. You can follow him on Twitter at @EnergyVanguard. RELATED ARTICLESRaining, Dripping, Crying Duct Boots Q&A: AC register condensationKeeping Ducts IndoorsHumidity, Mold, and Indoor Air QualityPreventing Water Entry Into a HomeWhy Is It So Humid In Here?Indoor Condensation Plagues This Chicago HomeMakeup Air for Range HoodsThe Hazards of Cooking With Gas I’ve got the curse, you know. I can’t walk into a building and not check out what’s going on with ductwork, windows, and anything else that lets me apply what I know about building science.Recently, I went to lunch at a trendy restaurant near Emory University and of course looked up at the ceiling. You can see what caught my attention in photo at right. The restaurant is only three or four years old, so I’ve been watching this problem get worse for a while now.I have a few ideas about what’s happening here. Do you?The cluesBefore we get into the speculation part, though, let’s lay out the facts of the case. First, those are supply diffusers for the air conditioning system. They’re in a bulkhead over the windows on an exterior wall. The dark areas around the diffusers have been growing over the past few years. It’s hard to tell what those dark areas are, but it’s probably either dirt or some kind of microbial infestation (e.g., mold).last_img read more

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Buyer Interest in a Net-Zero Home Sags in Survey of Architects

first_imgA quarterly survey by The American Institute of Architects shows rising interest in solar panels and docking stations for electric vehicles but declining interest over time in the number of people who say they want net-zero energy or superinsulated houses. The findings for the third quarter of the year represent information that AIA member architects who design single-family homes gather in their dealings with clients. The survey, which measured changes in interest from 2018 to 2019, focused on a variety of home features. Other quarterly reports look at kitchens and baths, home and property design, and neighborhood and community design. Many of the subject areas probably aren’t of particular interest to designers and builders who specialize in high-performance houses or sustainable design. But there are a few topics that relate directly to that type of construction.RELATED ARTICLESA New Guide for Net Zero BuildersMy Net Zero ConundrumA New Net-Zero CommunityThe Evolution of SuperinsulationMaking Room for a PV Array As AIA Chief Economist Kermit Baker explained in a telephone call, the survey calculates the net difference between architects who report rising interest in a particular topic minus those who report declining interest. Here’s what participating architects reported in the last survey: Interest in net zero and superinsulated houses is going down: In the most recent survey, the net interest level was about 23%, the same as it was last year. But the four-year trend is off sharply. In 2016, a net of 43.9% reported increased interest in net-zero building. That dropped to 31.1% in 2017. By way of contrast, there was twice as much interest in two other features—accommodations for multiple generations and ramps/elevators. Interest in electric car docking stations is going up: Interest was up slightly this year, growing from 57% in 2018 to 61% this year. In 2016, it was 47.7%, which rose to 54.1% the following year. Solar panels are gaining ground: Up from 41% last year to 52% this year. What’s just as interesting is the proportion of architects who reported that interest was declining—13% in 2018, down to just 6% this year. Energy management: Down slightly, from 63% a year ago to 62% this year. Interest among prospective home buyers for technology friendly features—including extra outlet capacity and charging stations, wireless mobile charging docks, and USB wall outlets—dropped by five percentage points but remains strong at 64%. The AIA has been conducting the surveys since 2005, Baker said, with the purpose being to learn “what’s hot and what’s not.” In the area of solar panels and net-zero energy and superinsulated homes, Baker said trends could be partly explained by relatively low energy prices. “Solar panels make a lot of sense if energy prices are high,” he said, “not that much if energy prices are low.” Ditto with net-zero construction, and interest could surge rapidly with a spike in energy prices. Baker said the survey should not be viewed as a personal wish list from single-family architects. “It’s not designed to be, ‘What do you think is going to be popular in five years, or what should be popular five years from now,’ ” he said. “It’s very much, ‘What are you seeing in your current practice and projects you’re working on.’ ” What millennials don’t want Over at realtor.com, another survey charts home upgrades that millennials say they don’t care about. There’s no mention of energy efficiency, air tightness, or indoor air quality either way. But we do learn that there are five things that actively repel potential homebuyers. They include: “Over-the-top” landscaping: Out with tidy, well fertilized lawns. Instead, millennials are said to prefer growing plants indoors and having an outdoor space that doesn’t require too much maintenance. Formal dining rooms. Let’s cook up a storm and eat in or near the kitchen. Rigid floor plans: Millennials would rather have open floor plans and rooms that can be used for a variety of functions. Brand new carpeting: Bare floors with “statement rugs” are more appealing and better for their pets. Memorabilia and game rooms: These are areas where you put a pool table or show off stuff you’ve accumulated, like golfing trophies. Millennials are more taken with digital things, so a big screen TV or media room is more likely to please, according to the report. Realtor.com wasn’t specific on exactly when and how it gathered the information. -Scott Gibson is a contributing writer at Green Building Advisor and Fine Homebuilding magazine.last_img read more

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