October 31, 2005

Have you ever been in that mood where you’re simultaneously okay with the world, but mildly depressed?

I ran the Fall Fest 5K this weekend. It was ice cold Saturday morning and there was no sun until about halfway through the race. I started out at a good steady pace, but I thought I might be running a little slow. Still, the first mile marker was 11:02. That was great, so I continued my pace, running to the second mile, finally seeing the sun. I thought maybe I had slowed a little based on the hills, but, I crossed the 2 mile at 21:58. I finished the whole 3.1 in 34:50 (unofficially) which is slightly off my pace for the first 2 miles, but not too bad. So, this morning, I checked the official race times and sure enough, there I was, with an official time of 34:35. Pretty good.

Now for the depressing part, I finished dead last in my age group. LAST! Every male between the ages of 30-34 who ran on Saturday morning, ran faster than I did.

But, I didn’t get into running to be the best, the fastest. I did get into running to lower my blood pressure (which I’ve done) and to lose a little weight (which I’ve done) and to look good doing it (Have you seen the pictures of me in my super suit?) So, I’m really okay with finishing 196 out of 281, because I finished. I ran the race in the 34 degree fog. I was determined to see myself complete something I set out to do…and I did. But, I still finished last in my age group.

Other news this weekend, congrats to K & TJ on their nuptials. I also worked a wedding with J, J and J…the three J-migos. I make a pretty good DJ if I say so myself. And S and I laid some serious smackdown on the ladies in “Hand & Foot“.

In TV news, why can’t all politics work like it does on West Wing? And why did Grey’s Anatomy have to be so sad?

And now, this has turned into one of those rambling posts that has no focus. Hence the rambling…and there I go again.

See you in the funny papers.

October 28, 2005

Good grief, there certainly are a lot of papers to write and books to read in my classes these days. Of course, I’m apparently very lucky in that I’ve not had to write as much as other people. I think this is the first semester since my freshman year, way back in the year of our Lord, one thousand nine hundred ninety three Aside:Yeah, go ahead and do the math , that I’ve actually had to write a paper. Plus, I’ve got at least 6 more papers to write this semester and it ends in a month or so. Redonkulous!

I’d also like to say Happy Birthday to my father-in-lawAside: Actual father-in-law not pictured who is currently basking in the mid-60s sun of South Carolina.

Now, on to the FRIDAY FIVE

  1. What if any instrument do you play? I play the piano, the kazoo, the slidewhistle, the pennywhistle, the combAside: thanks to Ma for that particular instructionand I sort of play the spoons.
  2. If you could choose to play an instrument what would it be? I’d love to be able to play the banjo, the clarinet and the cello. I’d be quite the ensemble. Can’t you just hear the recordings now? Best-selling Christmas albums baby!
  3. If you were in a band, what would your band’s name be?Gollum and the Hobbits!
  4. What type of music would your band play?We’d be a sometimes a capella group and sometimes a funk/soul group. Think a mix of doo-wop groups from the 60s and Parliament.
  5. Would you continue to be good for years to come, or would you and your band end up in Branson playing for bus loads of elderly?Well we’d only probably be one hit wonders, but we’d play Branson if that’s where the money was. Actually, we’d probably play Off-Branson, like Joplin or Arklatex.

Post your own damn answers in the forum! It’s not like there’s not space. First one to post gets…gets…dinner made by yours truly in the comfort of my very own home.

Currently Listening To:

Thinking About You by Ivy

See you in the funny papers!

October 27, 2005

Ordinarily I’m not a “blogripper”. Aside: And yes, I’m quite sure that I’m the first person ever to use that term, so just consider it copyrighted. Ya bastahds! Still, I think that in the interest of the betterment of humanity, the fact that I’ve borrowed this idea from annewho ostensibly borrowed it fromclaude le monde, I think I’m justified.

“make a list of three to ten things that you could think about that make you happy, that are productive, that are worth pondering…. i PROMISE you that just because obsessing over something feels all torturey and Victorian and inflexible, arduous, racking, brutal, chastening, fatiguing, and hair-shirty doesn’t mean that you are living some dramatic passionate poetic life.”

Well, here goes…

  1. My wife. Everything about her makes my life better. The smallest things, like leaning her head against me while we watch television or pulling the covers up close around us before bed, those are the things that make me love her. She is a joy minute by minute and I don’t think I’ll ever tire of hearing her.
  2. I occasionally find that I know what I’m talking about in a given conversation. Often times, I’m randomly giving out information and passing it off as expert opinion, but every so often, I know exactly what I’m talking about and the rush from those conversations can keep me awake for hours.
  3. Baseball is for all intents and purposes an allegory. A study of the throes of agony which depict our daily sufferings and the thrills of victory which detail our most heartfelt desires for acceptance and success. In addition, it’s a damn fine game.
  4. I have acheived a finely-tuned sense of humor which enables me to enjoy the company of the witty, witless and those at their wit’s end. I’m at ease with humans of all ages and part of that ease is my ability to engage them in laughter.
  5. A life spent in the comfort of t-shirts and jeans could be the answer to many of the world’s problems. Any time you see world leaders meeting, they’re wrapped up in the trappings of the “executive”. If they would all simply unwind with maybe a cool refreshing festive beverage of their choice, CNN might be a thing of the past.
  6. Singing my favorite songs in the car with the windows rolled down on a sunny day. It doesn’t get any better than that.

So that’s 6…I’ll have to do more thinking at a later time. I command you to discuss your “3to10” in the Forum. Also, be sure to stick around tomorrow for the Friday Five.

See you in the funny papers!

October 25, 2005

Rosa Parks died yesterday. The unknowing instigator of the Montgomery bus boycott, she was for many a true hero of the Civil Rights Movement. She will long be remembered for her courageous act.

Also, today is the 3rd anniversary of my having been engaged to the most wonderful woman in the world. Three years ago today, on a brisk fall afternoon at The Point at Hanover College Aside: the only place you can see the “S” curve on the Ohio., I knelt down and endured a few tense moments as C pondered whether I was really worth all the trouble. Plus, the infamous proposal line…”I don’t want to ruin your day, but will you marry me.” And the rest as they say…

RANDOM THOUGHTS

  • Somehow, bottled water just tastes better than tap water.
  • People will eat chocolate even if they’re full.
  • $7.25 is way too much to pay for one pint of beer, even if it’s Guinness.
  • The smell of onion is all pervasive.
  • I’m running an 11-minute mile, which is still slower than most.

Not much else to report. See you in the funny papers!

October 24, 2005

Well, the good news is that we’re not all going to die in a terrorist attack. But, you should make sure that you’re able to walk and that you have a jacket. Otherwise, you’re toast. Sufficed to say, the drill over the weekend went less well than expected. I suffered a gunshot wound to the chest and was allowed to expire by the emergency response teams. I hope to have a picture or two of my injury up at some point, so be sure to look for that.

After I got home from the drill, we went to the ballet which was FABULOUS! And I say that with all the gay pride I can muster. Be sure to check out my review on the Entertainment page.

Sunday, I had church and then went out to eat with my family for my Mom’s Birthday (see 10/21 entry) and then came home and took a 4 hour nap. Afterwards, we sat up and watched good TV, i.e. “Lost“, “Desperate Housewives“, and “Grey’s Anatomy” with the neighbors. It was a night of pajamas, pizza and brownies. I didn’t have to leave the couch all night and I got to wear my toe socks.

In other news, I’d like to express my joy that my wife answered the Friday Five and is thereby honored with the first shiny nickel. I’d also like to express my disappointment with the extreme apathy with which the Friday Five has been answered. Internet, I’m talking to you. You worldly people should have flooded that forum with answers to some decent questions. Or at the very least posed some questions that you might like to answer. Come on people…don’t make me find you. I will call you out in the journal if necessary.

Finally, the books section is still woefully out of date. I’m in the middle of Wally Lamb’s I Know This Much Is True and I’m hoping to finish it before November. I’ll try and get to the section soon.

See you in the funny papers.

October 21, 2005

First and foremost,Happy Birthday to my Mom! Also, Happy Anniversary to myparentsAside: Actual parents not pictured. A guy could not have asked for two greater parents…and I’m sure that C will agree that they’re two of the best in-laws around.

Checked out Le Petomane Theatre Ensemble last night in their production of Midsummer Night’s Dream. Or as the posters around town say…”GET PUCKED!” Take a look at my two cents in the Entertainment page.

POETRY MOMENT

The city is wet in the early hours. The stink of industry washed into the gutter and a new day dawns with the fresh scent of rain.

Somebody left an entire box of chocolate chip cookies on my desk this week. I think it’s some sort of tribute to my greatness. Regardless, I’ve eaten more than half of them. We’re talking about a box of 24 chocolate chip cookies. Actually I’m surprised I haven’t eaten them all.

Headed to Somerset, Lake Cumberland that is, for the weekend. Got big work-doings there over the weekend. Maybe you’ll read about it in the paper or something. I’d tell you more, but then I’d have to kill you. And I’m sure there are at least 3 people who read this thing every month or so, so I really don’t want to have to go to the bother of tracking you all down, plus gas is expensive and then there’s the blood cleanup. I mean, really, it’s not worth it.

And now, for something you’ll pay even less attention to:

FRIDAY FIVE (feel free to answer in the forum)

  1. What do you like or dislike about autumn? I like autumn chill. The time when you can open the windows and need a blanket to cover your feet and shoulders while you read a good book and drink hot tea. I also love the turning of the leaves. The tree leaves, not the tea leaves. I don’t know if tea leaves turn.
  2. Have you raked leavesinto a pile just to jump in them? I did that once…damn near broke my arm. Those commercials…they lie. Either that or we have cheap leaves in Kentucky. Maybe you need like an entire forest worth of leaves. Either way I don’t recommend it. It’s painful.
  3. Have you ever carved a pumpkin, and how did it turn out? I’ve carved several pumpkins. Most with the help of others. They generally turn out okay…the problem is that the pumpkin is a pretty tough gourd. It’s hard to keep the knife going along the guidelines of the face you’ve drawn. I recommend a jigsaw to complete your pumpkin.
  4. Have you ever eaten anything made from pumpkin other than pie? Well, I don’t know if this counts, but I’ve had roasted pumpkin seeds. They’re delicious and addictive. I can’t think of anything else I might have eaten with pumpkin in it…oh wait…pumpkin chocolate chip muffins. There we go. I knew I’d think of something.
  5. Where is a good spot to see the leaves change color where you live?Well, I don’t think you can actually watch leaves change color. It’s a long process, plus I think most of it happens at night anyway. But…if you want to see leaves that have already shed the green, check out Bernheim Forest. Word is that the peak time to see color is October 25, so you just made it.

So there it is. I think that one is much better than last week. The shiny nickel offer still stands, although it is arguably probably less shiny now that it’s a week old.

See you in the funny papers.

October 17, 2005

I see everyone beat down the gates to answer the Friday Five. So it’s not my best work. You could at least answer.What, shiny nickel not good enough for you?

I had a rough weekend. It wasn’t bad…it was just long. Friday night C was sick…which lasted into Saturday and part of Sunday. Even today she’s not feeling all that well. So, being the dutiful husband, I cared for her. Got her meals, got herflowers (yup, real life flowers…tell me ladies, when was the last time you got flowers?) Tooting my own horn, because it’s my website…so there, get your own box. Also, took care of the neighbor’s dog and the cousin’s young daughter for part of the weekend. It was like I was a full-fledged adult.

Anyway, back at work. Another week of insanity. Did see a couple of movies this weekend, check out the entertainment page.

See you in the funny papers!