Friday, November 28, 2008
The funny thing is that I couldn't really see behind me very well, so I kept thinking that he was RIGHT behind me! So, I couldn't do anything but keep pouring it on with a 45 min finish in mind.
Overall place: 195/2141
Gender place: 164/1080
Age group place: 18/136
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
So, I need ideas from the blogosphere on what I should do! I'll likely do lots of fun man things including:
Go for a nice long run
Spend some quality time writing up some blogs
Watch a movie where everything eventually explodes and everyone dies
Go to the wine store
Drink wine purchased at the wine store
Drunk post some things on facebook
What else do I need to add to the list!?
Activities for this week of
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Things on the leg front are good. My leg didn't bother me too much. It didn't bother me enough to slow me down. I think tomorrow will be the real test... if it isn't sore at all, I know that I am on the mend. However, if it is sore, I may have to amputate.
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Until I start running on a regular basis, daily running posts for me! I'll go back to weekly once I get back on a routine. Hopefully my foot/leg issues are on the mend.
However, this post isn’t about my lost money. No, this post is about those “sad stock broker” pictures that you see in the paper or on the web when things are bad. Who are these guys and why are they always rubbing their head when things are bad? I’m not sure, but I think that there is a Budweiser real men of genius commercial in here somewhere…..
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Everyone knows that email is not a private form of communication. I understand fully that every email that I send out using my work server gets saved forever. For example, a very long time ago on one of my first projects, a teammate got into a bit of a sticky situation because of some joke forwards that he had sent a client. My firm was able to pull the emails out of the archives and ‘prove’ what he was doing. However, just because it isn’t totally private, that doesn’t mean that the President should have to totally abandon what is a very efficient form of communication.
Sure, face to face communication is great, but if the President could sit down an hour a day and knock out a few dozen emails I’m almost positive that we would have either solved world hunger or accomplished world peace.
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Overall there was no "pain" my left leg/foot just felt a little odd. I could tell that there was a bit of tightness in it, so it was probably good to get out on it.
I'm still going to try to build up enough to run the 10k - time will tell!
Monday, November 17, 2008
If I had to use a word to describe my recent New Orleans trip, I’d have to use “amazing”. I had a great time and have lots of fun pictures to prove it. Check them out here.
If you don’t like to click on links (and who does) here are a few of my favorites in chronological order:
The hotel that we stayed in was the Pierre Marquette Renaissance hotel. We were upgraded to a suite upon check in which was probably bigger than my first apartment.
Friday started with some beignets at Café Dumont and a tour of the French Quarter which included St Louis Cathedral in Jackson Square.
Next up was lunch and dinner. What would New Orleans be without a bit of brown bagging on the street?
We went out that night to bourbon street (among other places). While I didn’t have a hand grenade, I did have a hurricane!
Finally on the trip, we spent some time in Cajun country and had a real live crab boil. It was an experience to be sure.
Thursday, November 13, 2008
The thing that frustrates me the most is that the training has been very poorly planned. The training was short notice, the duration is continuously changing, and they just seem to have locked down what we are going within the last two days. In fact, I got an email on Tuesday saying that we will be going to a jacket required restaurant on Thursday night. Now, I’ve been to this restaurant and it is incredible. It is great that the firm is taking us there and I am very appreciative. However, since I am already in St Louis at my client, I will have no way of obtaining a jacket. Therefore, I have to wear a loaner. Annoying. I’ve joked with friends that I hope it is either a plaid jacket or one with a big security badge on the breast pocket. Maybe I could valet a few cars and make a few extra bucks!
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Yeah, well I can buy beer, so suck on THAT! :-D
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
I have really grown to enjoy Kansas City and agree with a teammate that the move is almost like a slow death. I finally decided to move to PHX a very long time ago however it won’t be complete until June. Parts of me wishes that it would just happen now where as other parts of me want to enjoy the last moments that I have in KC. My wife and I have created a home where we are now and it will be hard to leave. Hopefully June will come soon so that the anticipation will be over.
Monday, November 10, 2008
I had two options as a result of my canceled flight and missing my connection. I could spend the night in New Orleans and try again the next day or take the first leg and spend the night in Dallas, get up and fly to St Louis. My wife was coincidentally on the same plane as me for the first leg of my flight, continuing on to Kansas City. If I could get to KC, I could just catch the early 6.20 flight and be into St Louis by 7.20. I proposed this to the gate agent only half expecting that she would be able to do it. She was. Southwest enabled her to check flight availability and book me an entirely new one way flight from KC to STL on the spot. No charge. I think that everyone should be empowered in their work. I try to manage that way because I feel that when you give people control most often than not they will make the right decisions.
So, while it was a sucky situation, there was nothing anyone could do about it (a pito tube was broken), Southwest made the best of it. Now, getting 4 hours of sleep after a fun weekend? Not exactly a full reversal of the sucky situation.
Friday, November 7, 2008
Nobody says that they wish they hadn't run today….. I could go for a run right about now....
11/4 – 15 miles on the bike at ~20 mph
11/5 – 26 miles on the bike at 22 mph
My knee was a bit sore after the ‘long’ ride on the 5th. I think that the cause is a combination of things, but I suppose that the good news is that I will likely not be doing anything until Monday at the earliest.
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Nick: Have a safe trip, get some beads for me
Adam: What I just read was ‘Frunk dial me from Bourbon St’…... Consider it done!
Nick: I am not sure what ‘frunk dialing’ is, but it sounds illegal
Hopefully I don’t get too frunk - whatever that is.
- Box in the closet
- Pin them to a corkboard
- Hang them in my office
- Give them to my kids
- Put them in a scrapbook
- Donate them to the Special Olympics
I was honestly hoping that more people had good responses on the scrapbook front. I will admit that the following metal wall hang things made by “Luv Pre” are VERY cool. I am thinking that I may hit him up to see what it would cost to get hold of one of them. It could be something that I could hang in my office at home. That way, not many people would see them (I try to not be overly boastful about my running), but at the same time I would be reminded of my past accomplishments. More to come on this I am sure.
Luv Pre's medal displays:
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
No, actually I don't want to download the newest iTunes 8.01. I was totally content with the last 56 versions you produced. Unfortunately I've checked your website and there doesn't seem to be a "Download iTunes once then leave me the fuck alone" option. With all these asinine upgrades it's a good thing Apple didn't invent the wheel...
The only thing worse than being laid off and looking for a job in this shitty economy is having people enviously talk about the amount of free time you must have. The next person that asks what I do all day is going to get smacked in the face with the "help wanted" section.
The worst consequence of the American election being almost over is that Saturday Night Live is going to start sucking again.
I recently got engaged and the ring was inscribed with the words PAST, PRESENT, FUTURE. We took the ring to get sized and when my bf gave it back to me, the past and present were erased and all that is left of our future... F U.
A friend of a friend recently sent out a survey asking a few brief questions about everyone’s restaurant tastes. She ultimately wants to open her own place and is doing some very wise due diligence. (If you are interested, send a note to firstname.lastname@example.org and tell her that you want to take the survey.) One of the questions asked what my favorite restaurants were and why. Below are my responses. It was actually quite a bit more difficult than I thought that it was going to be. I went back and forth on type of food vs atmosphere of the place, vs a million other factors. Try it yourself! I think that you’ll be surprised at how hard it actually is:
Name your 2 favorite restaurants for each meal: (it is okay if a restaurant makes more than one list!)
- I’m not picky here. It is really hard to screw up eggs – usually when I go somewhere for breakfast it is with people that I enjoy so they all seem good!
- I will say that any breakfast place that also has good coffee (maybe even a special roast) is usually pretty high up on the list. Bonus points for calling me ‘hon’ when I order. “Whut can I getcha hon?”
- Subway. Cheap, easy, simple…..fast, customizable, gosh I could think of a million adjectives! Honestly though, there is a local chain in KC that beats subway hands down – Mr. Goodsense. They slice their meat/cheese off of block meat/cheese right in front of you!
- Any Mongolian BBQ (flat top grill) place. I like it because if you screw it up, it is your own fault!
- If I am going to splurge, I really love fondue. It is more of a dining experience. It takes forever, so you can’t shovel food in – you actually have to talk to the person that you’re sitting with.
- Cheesecake factory. Not for the deserts though – they have SO many choices for entrées that I have yet to find something that I didn’t love.
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
So, against my wishes, I’m not running on it until there is no pain at all. Unfortunately, I think that this means that I probably won’t put any real weight on it until Thanksgiving or so. So, I probably won’t be “running” the 5K/10K that I wanted to but I may walk it with my wife. My goal of a 20min 5K and a 45min 10K will have to wait.
However, I anticipate that I will eventually get back on the wagon. So, I have started to look for some spring races. I am almost certainly doing the Fargo, ND marathon on May 9th but would also like to find out in the April timeframe. Does anyone have any suggestions??
Monday, November 3, 2008
The sad thing was that only one kid recognized who I was when we were handing out candy..... however 2 or 3 parents recognized me. Bummer.
Sunday, November 2, 2008
My car has been broken into before. After I got into the car, I was struck by a very odd feeling. I wasn’t mad that my car stereo was gone. I was mad that someone had been inside of my car without my permission. I expect that once the dust settles, my in-laws will feel the same way. Either way, it is a shitty situation. My wife and I spoke and other than a pool, a security system is a must in our new house.
Once I figured out why she was yelling, I immediately sprung into action - however my efforts were for naught. He was too fast for me. So, I sent my wife to Wal-Mart to get some mouse traps. We baited them up and set them everywhere. The mouse however would not be caught that night. So, while I was getting my hair cut the next day, she did a little bit of online research. She found a battery powered mousetrap that seemed to be very bizarre. It shocks and kills the mouse. How did it work? Yup, you guessed it….. Dead mouse on Sunday morning. So, I had to eat some crow AND empty out the dead mouse. Loose loose.