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Sunday, November 26, 2006

NCR Trail Marathon 2006

It was a secret, and I kept the secret almost. Todd ran the NCR Trail Marathon yesterday as a "training run." I worked the water stop for Fleet Feet, which was at mile 8 and also mile 18 on the course.


Kim, Todd & Lori

The race started at Sparks Elementary School. We picked up Lori from the parking lot where runners were parking and I parked at the school. The race premium for runners was a NICE fleece gator (kinda like a hat/scarf thing), fleece gloves, and a fleece blanket. As a volunteer, I got the gator and the gloves, but not the blanket. Debbie, Karl and Alla were also running the marathon and we saw them at the elementary school. Chris and Theresa were running the relay.

Once the race started, I headed out to the water stop.


The group at the water stop.

We were set up with food, music, water and gatorade. I was on the gatorade side. I think that I have never said "gatorade" so many times in my life. The water stop was so much fun! If you have the opportunity, definitely try it sometime. Kathy was working the intersection and nearly got run over, but it was all good.

Todd and Lori came by at mile 8 and were looking great. Lori was happy as always. Karl and Debbie were also looking good a while later. Alla had come by as well and was... Alla.

Once the last of the runners had passed going north, we shifted efforts for the southbound folks. I must admit that it's a little intimidating when the winning runners come through and you try to get out of their way but also give them hydration. More than once, gatorade was splashed up my arms.

Alla came by going south. She was in fourth place for the females at that point and would end up fourth.

Todd and Lori were next. I have to admit, I was concerned. He seemed ok, but was tired. Granted, I didn't see him at the later stages of the Marine Corps, so I have no comparison. He assured me he was ok and continued on. Debbie and Karl came through, seeming frustrated. I took off right after Debbie passed because I wanted to try and catch Todd and Lori farther down the course.

I had a volunteer map, so I studied the course and decided on Corbett Road and (thankfully) saw them after I'd only been standing there about 5 minutes trying to decide if I'd missed them or not. I ran up the trail and Lori said that Todd was fine, but was "psyching himself out and telling himself he was tired..." So, I asked Todd how he felt. He didn't look good. He continued on and I headed to the finish line.


Lori and Todd running up the hill to the finish

At the finish, I found Todd's parents and talked to his mom for a while before walking farther down the course. The last mile was pretty much uphill and I was worried. Really worried. Chris showed up and waited with me. Finally, I saw them coming up the hill, with Lori being totally awesome and cheering Todd on as he ran up the hill.

They finished 22 minutes faster than Todd's Marine Corps time at 4:33.


Lori and Todd at the finish line.


Hooray for them!! A great job and congrats to both of them. Todd's doing mostly ok, just somewhat sore. No, I still don't agree with the fact that he ran a marathon as a training run, but he did a good job and I'm proud... and glad that he didn't get hurt...
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Monday, November 20, 2006

Mountains

By Lonestar

Lucinda Jones workin' at the IHOP:
Ten years worth of bacon, eggs and tears
She's waited on every creed and color,
While waiting on this day to get here
Graveyard shifts to big tips,
Making every quarter count,
Was worth it all to see her son,
In that cap and gown.

There are times in life when you gotta crawl,
Lose your grip, trip and fall.
When you can't lean on no one else,
That's when you find yourself
I've been around and I've noticed that,
Walking's easy when the road is flat
Them danged ol' hills'll get you every time.
Yeah, the good Lord gave us mountains,
So we could learn how to climb.

Bobby, Bobby Dunn came back from the war,
Lost his leg but they couldn't take his will.
Hell bent to run in that local marathon,
He trained through the endless pain an' pills.
It hurt so bad that sometimes,
He just had to cry,
He didn't stop until he crossed,
That finish line.

There are times in life when you gotta crawl,
Lose your grip, trip an' fall
When you can't lean on no-one else,
That's when you find yourself.
I've been around and I've noticed that,
Walking's easy when the road is flat.
Them danged ol' hills'll get you every time.
Yeah, the good Lord gave us mountains,
So we could learn how to climb.

This world ain't fair,
It can knock you on your butt.
You can just lie there,
Or you can get back up.
You gotta get back up.

There are times in life when you gotta crawl,
Lose your grip, trip and fall.
When you can't lean on no-one else,
That's when you find yourself.
I've been around and I've noticed that,
Walking's easy when the road is flat.
Them danged ol' hills'll get you every time.
Yeah, the good Lord gave us mountains,
(The good Lord gave us mountains)
So we could learn how to climb.

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

50 Worst Songs Ever

So, a while back someone put the song "We Built This City" in my head. And then for some reason I was googling it and I came across Blender's 50 Worst Songs of All Time. OMG... there are some guilty pleasure songs of mine on this list, so I thought I'd discuss...

#50 - Celine Dion's "My Heart Will Go On"
I have to admit, this is a guilty pleasure song of mine and I've got it in my iTunes playlist (that and the South Park version). I don't listen to it anymore (current play count since January is 3), but I kinda do like the song...

#49 - Right Said Fred, "I'm Too Sexy"
This is Dave's song, LOL. I agree that it's a bad song, but in a good way. Know what I mean?

#46 - New Kids on the Block, "Hangin' Tough"
Oh, come on, "The Right Stuff" wasn't cheesy enough?

#44 - Meatloaf, "I'd Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That)"
Uh oh. Another guilty pleasure song. I don't have it on mp3 and haven't heard it in years, and I was ashamed that I liked it even back when it was new... I can't believe I'm mentioning that I like this song.

#43 - Uncle Kracker, "Follow Me"
At Cancun Cantina, circa 2001 or so. This song was on.
Kim: This song is an ok song.
Chris: No. No, it's not.
Kim: It reminds me of getting up in the morning for some reason.
Chris: And then what? Shooting yourself in the head?
Maybe Chris has better taste in music than I do.

#42 - Simon & Garfunkel, "Sounds of Silence"
I've never liked this song, but I must say that I am shocked to see Simon & Garfunkel on the list.

#40 - Color Me Badd, "I Wanna Sex You Up"
Another album I'm ashamed to say I own. But, you know, I was in the 7th grade when this was out. But, I love how the Blender article says that Color Me Badd "looked like rejects from a Benetton ad and sounded like flunkies from the Keith Sweat School of Horny Jamz." LOL!

#39 - Ricky Martin, "She Bangs"
... a great line dance at Cancun Cantina. That is all. I am relieved to hear this song done by Ricky Martin and not what's his name. You know who I'm talking about.

#38 - Rednex, "Cotton Eye Joe"
Yep, go to Cancun Cantina and see dances performed to any number of cheesy songs.

#34 - Dan Fogelberg, "Longer"
I don't care for the song, but Blender's description cracked me up. That's how I feel about Kenny G.

#28 - John Mayer, "Your Body is a Wonderland"
Don't get me wrong, I LIKE John Mayer, but am I the only one that gets creeped out by a lot of his songs?!

#23 - Corey Hart, "Sunglasses at Night"
The CD that I have that has "We Built This City" on it also has this song on it. I put it in my CD player once in the car and you'd have thought I was hitting Dave with a taser.

#22 - Toby Keith, "Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue (The Angry American"
Ugh. Ok. In November of 2001, Jess, Vicki and I went to see Toby Keith perform at the Naval Academy. It was awesome. The midshipmen were there. Toby Keith had JUST written this song. It hadn't been released and he wanted the first time he sang it in public to be for the military and this is where he did it. Which is really cool. And I have to admit that the first time I heard it I was like "HELL YEAH!! SHOW THOSE TERRORISTS WHO'S BOSS!" Fast forward to 2006 and I'm tired of American ignorance and war and celebrations of violence and I now disagree with the entire premise of this song. But, it was good for me for a while.

#21 - Spin Doctors, "Two Princes"
I like this song, and I'm not going to apologize for it.

#16 - 4 Non Blondes, "What's Up"
When I was in Lucerne, Switzerland in high school, we were walking around and heard this song being performed. We walked into a bar and swore up and down that it was actually 4 Non Blondes - the real band - and not someone just doing the song. I'll still never know, but regardless, this song always reminds me of that trip.

#12 - The Beach Boys, "Kokomo"
OMG. I really don't like the Beach Boys. I admit, sometimes, I hear a Beach Boys song at an appropriate time (at a beach) and get kind of into it and enjoy it. But, the vast majority of the time, I don't like them. Especially "Good Vibrations" and "Kokomo." Kokomo is the worst song ever. I would have put this in the top 10, but whatever.

#7 - Bobby McFerrin, "Don't Worry, Be Happy"
What, another song from the Cocktail sountrack? Shocking!

#5 - Vanilla Ice, "Ice Ice Baby"
Oh come on, this song is bad in a good way.

#2 - Billy Ray Cyrus, "Achy Breaky Heart"
This song is good because it introduced the world to country line dancing. This song is BAD and VERY VERY VERY BAD because every frickin' moron that hates country music uses this song as the reason that they hate it. In other words, if you only know ONE country song, THIS IS THE PIECE OF SHIT SONG YOU KNOW. And that sucks. For the record, this song came out in 1992 and I haven't heard it played on country radio since 1993. They DON'T play it at Cancun Cantina, and I have a feeling that if they did, everyone would walk out. Country people DO NOT listen to this crap. But, I'll never convince some people of that fact and so this is just some random scar that country fans carry around. Suck.

#1 - Starship, "We Built This City"
Yeah, this song sucks. I would argue that there are worse songs on the list, but that's ok. Right now, First Mariner Bank has a commercial where they say "We Built this Bank..." and that's it. And it's on in the morning, and it puts this song in my head for the entire day. Damn them.
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