Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Rolling on Dubs, race approaching, and my First World Problem


This past weekend we did end up buying a new (to us) car.  As a nearly 31 year old man, it was probably time that I got rid of the car that I bought when I was 19.  It isn’t anything fancy, a Honda Pilot, but it will certainly get me as well as the ‘Boring clan where we need to go.  Strip clubs.  I have to admit that I’m not overly environmentally conscious, but I am horribly cheap. It doesn’t bother me in the least that I’m driving an evil SUV but I do like that it will cost less to fill up than a Hummer or a helicopter.  Heaven help the environment if it is found that it is cheaper to burn baby seals in this thing instead of gas.  Next up? Putting bags on it, dropping it to the ground, and throwing on 24s*. #InMyDreams

I complain about it every few months, but my running playlist is getting tired. It’s started to get to the point that if I hear one of the songs on the radio, I expect the next song in my playlist to play next. As much as I hate to admit it, I know all of the words to way too many of LMFAO’s songs.  #Help!!

I’m 4 weeks out from my next key race – the Eugene marathon.  I’ve had a training cycle with ups (winning a race) and downs (bronchitis, pooping mid run, a sore knee, did I mention pooping mid run?) but overall I’m feeling pretty good about my chances in Oregon.  Unfortunately though, right now is a little bit of a “hurry up and wait” situation.  There is very little that I can do in these last few weeks to effect my marathon performance – but I can certainly do things to screw it up.  It is sort of like going through airport security. You hustle all you want through the airport only to get to the security line and trapped behind the 80 year old man with $4.38 in nickels and what he claims is one of the most rare pennies the world has ever seen.  Complain too much or too loudly (push too hard on a run) and you’ll be in a TSA side room getting a full body cavity search.  I have to think that body cavity searches would screw up my running form.  So, my goal for the next two weeks is to get in solid workouts, but be slightly cautious and then taper all the way to a massive PR.   Seriously, who has THAT much change in their pockets?!?! #LikeACokeMachineServiceman

If you think this is big......
You should see how big Tom's crazy is!
Finally, I think I have one of the BEST examples of a “First World Problem” that I’ve seen thus far. (A first world problem is a complaint that only someone who has never had to worry about lack of food or money would make)  Since my son became mobile and decided to start to carry around my wine bottles like a renaissance man carries around a turkey leg I had to get rid of my freestanding wine rack and shove everything into my wine fridge**.  By doing so, I had to make some tough choices and only put the good stuff in there and drink the rest***.  This means that I have an abundance of “good” wine (Read: $20+/bottle) that I’ve received as gifts and not much cereal for dinner drinking wine (Read: $5 - $10/bottle).  On Sunday night, I decided that I was tired of waiting for a “special occasion” and decided to crack open a $40 bottle and watch reality TV on the couch****.  It was good, but the mix of a nice Pinot Nior and some reality show that my wife had on about getting tested for STDs was a strange combination.  #FirstWorldProblems


*Blog triple word score if you understood any of that
**First World Problem “Waaaa, I have so much wine that it doesn’t fit into my wine chiller”
***First World Problem “Waaaaa, my son made me go on a 2 week long wine bender”
****First World Problem “Waaaaa, I have wine, but none of it is cheap enough to drink on a Sunday evening”

18 comments:

Rose @ Eat, Drink, and Be Meiri said...

I find Mary Prankster and NoFX to be excellent running music, but both might upset your delicate lady sensibilities.

Raina said...

Well, if you can play your cards right, you ought to have a perfect course for a big PR. :) Sounds like it's a case of avoiding potholes from here on out.

pensive pumpkin said...

we have a bottle of wine labelled "save for a very good day" that was a wedding present when my husband got married. the first time.

it makes me giggle every time i see it, and by this point we wonder what sort of amazing thing we're saving it for. it's bound to be vinegar.

i've been running to lots of journey lately, so clearly i have no taste.

XLMIC said...

Getting stuck behind that guy is almost as bad as getting stuck behind a family with four little kids with strollers and car seats and all the other crap you need for when you travel with kids. But you could make is worse by having one of the kids barf in front of the metal detector arch right as all of the family's crap is going through the x-ray thing. Talk about slowing down a line...

yeah, I've been there. We were THAT family :(

MotherRunner said...

We have these little mini bottles of wine we received as a gift somewhere down the line, and I keep them on the bottom shelf of my fridge. Every time the fridge opens, a toddler runs up, steals the wine, and tips it back like a pro. I try to scold them, but seriously. Babies fake drinking baby-sized wine: hilarious.

Kovas Palubinskas said...

The worst part of airport security is you have to chug all your leftover wine since they won't let it on the plane and then you feel sick.

Jeff Irvin said...

I love #firstworldproblems

Check out the website: whitepeopleproblems - quite enjoyable as well!

Barefoot Neil Z said...

The bottle is actually regular size. Tom Cruise is just tiny.

Kate said...

That reminds me...we have a bottle of wine in our refrigerator that we were given last April. I usually just buy/drink cheaper stuff, but perhaps we should drink it. Or I should...my husband isn't a drinker. #moreforme

TriMOEngr said...

Never short of funny stuff here. Love the 1st world problems and the airport security analogy. As for running music, should I be ashamed that I've downloaded some of my daughter's (age 8) current faves? Victoria Justice has a nice beat and is easy for me to run to. And she isn't the only tween bop music I run to, but is my current fave.

Jason said...

I need a f'n abacus b/c this sh*t don't add up:

$4.38 in nickels and what he claims is one of the most rare pennies

Nickels are still worth 5 cents right? And one penny is still only one cent right?

What am I doing wrong?

Half-Crazed Runner said...

Never heard of the term "1st World Problems" - just in the name itself, there is arrogance and a claim to superiority. So, I'm wondering, if you drink Jack Daniels and run out, is it more of a second or third world issue? Or just like a 1st World B rated problem?

Kathy said...

for those of us living outside the Hueited States (as my kids refer to it), 1st world problems are glaringly obvious. Is it really that difficult to figure out? Has nothing to do with arrogance, just a realization that your (first world) problem is a LUXURY to most of the rest of the world.

Shannon said...

I love to run to a variety of music...who knows if I have any taste...Sweet dreams by the Eurythmics is a favorite...Good luck in Eugene (I'm an Oregonian)...blessings! Following you now!

Jamoosh said...

Brilliant! You just gave me another reason beer is superior to wine. Great beer comes in 12 ounce bottles, hence you can enjoy one on a Sunday evening.

Mark Matthews said...

Just stumbled on your blog. Love your posts and your style. My first world problem is trying to sync my words with friends game from my android to my Ipad. Damn it!

Shauna @ Balancing Bites said...

I just found your blog and love it. My husband and I just got back from Total Wine to stock up on our every day ($5-$10/bottle)wine. Drinking a $50 bottle of wine and watching Tosh.O just didn't seem right. My first world problem at the moment is trying to figure out Twitter, damn # and RT.

Joni said...

My newest addition to my playlist is PitBull's Back in Time...not really a rapper chic but this guy's def on my playlist!