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November 26, 2007

Maggie gets a third set of tubes

Maggie gets a third set of tubes

November 25, 2007

Gators 45 FSU 12

Gators 45 FSU 12

Go Gators!

November 20, 2007

UN providing inaccurate data?

These are the people who are saying global warming is a foregone conclusion? Maybe we should check back in a couple of years. . .

AIDS Cases Drop, but Bad Data to Blame
Some critics have accused the U.N. of inflating its AIDS numbers, and say the revised figures are long overdue.

Heading home

I'll be home later today after 5 days on the road (except for a brief respite Sunday afternoon where I went to the Jaguars game with Pete). Friday was crazy busy working on a big project. So crazy, Karen almost went to Grandmama's in Cairo, GA without me. I was able to wrap up and pack quickly, though it was tempting to stay home and rest.

Training - Cairo, GA 11-17-2007Saturday morning I was able to go for a 32-mile bike ride across some southwest Georgia country roads. I almost didn't get to do that either because my doggone Garmin 305 had a dead battery, and I had downloaded my course into it so I wouldn't get lost. I let it charge for 30 minutes and once I saw I had 2 out of 4 bars, I decided I had enough of a charge to give it a try. About 12 miles into the ride, the Garmin gave me a LOW BATTERY warning. Ugh. I guess the second bar I saw was just barely above a single bar. When I got to the intersection where I was supposed to turn left to Calvary, I decided to eliminate that spur and head home. That cut my ride by 10-miles. No big deal, I still had a great ride on the rolly hills. I saw cows, cotton, horses, pigs and sugar cane. Folks on tractors waved to me and for the most part, vehicles gave me ample room, albeit they were going 80-miles an hour. I was chased by a couple of dogs, some fierce looking. I saw MX Ranch, apparently the Motocross capital of the world. My chiropractor told me on Friday to look for it when I went in for an adjustment. His sons participate in motocross competitions around the Southeast. The weather was cool, and my ears were freezing in the shade, but overall it was really nice.

Karen's Dad picked up Grandmama and brought her over to Aunt Margie's. Aunt Margie prepared a terrific spread later that afternoon and we had a terrific day of hanging out and watching football. If only Kentucky could have pulled the upset.

Training - Columbus, OH 11-19-2007We left early Sunday morning so I could meet up with Pete at noon to go to the Jaguar game. Good game and the Jaguars won. Then hurry home to catch a flight to Columbus, OH for meetings on Monday. I got into my hotel at 11:00, and was in bed by midnight. I woke up at 5:50 the next morning to go for a run around the Ohio State University campus. I got to see the stadium up close and had a smug feeling of satisfaction when I thought back to the National Championship game. Meetings were good and I spent part of the afternoon working on an RFP response. Early dinner and then back to the hotel to pack. This morning I had to wake up at 4:15 to catch a 6:30 flight. Ugly. I'm now in the Tampa airport waiting on my flight back to Jacksonville. The scheduling stinks, I could rent a car and drive back to Jax before my flight leaves at 11:50. Oh well.

Looking forward to a relaxing Thanksgiving (after the half marathon), and then another busy week next week in Minneapolis and Ft. Lauderdale.

November 18, 2007

Jags v. San Diego halftime show

Jags v. San Diego halftime show

November 15, 2007

Open house at Emily's acrobatics class

Open house at Emily's acrobatics class

She's much more flexible than her Dad.

Planned ride for this Saturday: Cairo to Calvary

I took a look at the elevation on the MapMyRide website, and it is a bit hilly. Compared to riding in Jacksonville that is.

November 11, 2007

Fred Taylor breaks 10,000 yards

Fred Taylor breaks 10,000 yards

The hospital tried to poison Dad

When Dad was in the hospital earlier this year recovering from his heart attack, I removed the toothpaste from the toiletry kit given to him. Sure enough, this was one of the brands that included antifreeze. Thanks China.
Poison 004 Poison 003

Heading to Columbus, OH next Sunday

After yesterday, the glibness has hopefully subsided. However, a victory against Michigan on Saturday will give OSU fans the Big Ten title and a trip to the Rose Bowl. I think I'm going to buy this t-shirt for my trip:

November 10, 2007

Trip to Georgia

Trip to Georgia

Started the morning in Quitman, GA at my Aunt Sandra and Uncle Alan's
house. Went for a 4-mile run down some country roads and met Willie the
goat. Willie is my late Uncle Norman's pet goat, who acts more like a

We then loaded the girls in the truck and drove 100 miles to Hickox,GA
for an early Thanksgiving dinner at Karen's grandmother's house. Hay
rides and a tasty lunch.

Now back home watching the Gator game. Go Gators!

November 8, 2007

River Run finish May Move To Inside Jacksonville Municipal Stadium

This would be really cool:

One of the most exciting changes to the race in years could happen this year! At the time this newsletter is published, we are still working on the details and thought you might want to add your input. Do you think we should make this change? Send us an email and let us know your thoughts. The 15K, 5K, and Junior River Run would all finish on the football field allowing spectators to view from the East Club seats. The Publix Post-Race Celebration and MPS Group Runners' Expo would still be held at the Jacksonville Fairgrounds. This would require a little walking after you finish, so we want to know if you think the walk will be worth the finish on the field. Our plan is to turn on the Jumbotrons so that spectators can watch the live coverage provided by WJXT TV-4, and then all finishers could see themsleves finish as they enter the stadium.

November 1, 2007

Breast Cancer Marathon team logo idea

I like it for it's roundiness:

Happy Bulldogs?

"I guess they lost so much to Florida they got to the point they said, 'Hey, let's try something different,'" Spurrier said. "Let's all run out there and go crazy and act like a bunch of happy Bulldogs or something, and don't worry about the 15-yard penalty."

Nice. Emphasizing the sheer volume of losses over the last 17 years and then characterizing their actions in terms that make them sound like a bunch of dorks. The kicker is the OBC knows he beat'em again this year. Gotta love Spurrier.