Wednesday, December 31, 2008

NYED, Great Fun

We had great fun out at Croom today for the 10th annual NYED run.

Becky, Steve, Davo, Woody, Maureen, Dan, and I answered the call. Elaine and LunaLou were out there too, but you know the Luna Chicks, they were doing their own thing.

The run was fun for 13 miles, but the last three, well, they got to me. I am gonna work through it because already I see progress. My 12 milers have been hard, and this didn't get too hard till one mile longer than that, and I'm out of shape. Soon I'll be able to run Croom Mountain! Then on to Cali for a shot a Western States, woo who!


Tuesday, December 30, 2008


For the last 8 - 9 years the Beckster has headed up this New Years' Eve Day Run up at Croom, it's really quite the way to end the old year. One year we even had an official Marathon up there on that day, but then our good friend E put the Kibosh on that by having her Luna Chick race on the same day for a couple of year in a row and Becky sorta kept the tradition alive solo. Well, I made E promise not to have her race on NYED this year so we could revive this run.

Don't know how many are coming out, but I can't wait. I have more than my share of demons to exorcise (or is that exercise, I guess that depends on who comes out :)

I can say goodbye to: Foot injuries

Goodbye to: Failed Slams

Goodbye to: Burning Western Woods!

Goodbye to: Leadville, yuck!

Goodbye to: Doubt

Goodbye to: Regret

While I'm saying Goodbye I can say Hello to: Balance. I do plan to keep ultra-running a part of my life, without making it my life, ever again!

I can say hello to: Acceptance. This is what is, now deal with big boy!

I can say hello to: Appreciation. Roof over head, Food on table, Daughter (they don't come any better!), Friends (hubba, hubba!), Health, thanks, God!
Yep, I'm looking forward to the NYED run, hope to see a few of you there, we start at 7:30!
oops, I forgot about revenge against my enemies again!

Monday, December 29, 2008

Chase and Andy, Outside Looking In!

When you look at and vote in my Super Bowl Poll you won't see AndyMan's Buccaroos in there. Nope the team that was once 9-3 and the #2 seed in the NFC lost their last 4 to finish 9-7 and out of the playoffs.

Chase's home squad the Denver Horsies had to put down after they blew a 3 game lead with 3 games to go and were ousted by the 8-8 Chargers. Yoikes. Chase's real team the Pats are in the poll, but I wouldn't vote for them because they didn't make the playoff's, but Bellichick is such a hot coach he still has a better chance of winning the Superbowl then the Fins, the Ravens, the Chargers, the Cardinals or the Vikes, none of whom made the poll. I mean the Pats finished 11-5 with me at quarterback. They were only the 2nd 11 win team to ever miss the playoffs.

So vote in the poll if you like, I'm voting for the Panthers, though the way the Bucs folded down the stretch (like a K-Mart lawnchair), that Monday night win isn't as impressive as I thought at the time, they've got a good mix of defense and effective running, this seems to help in the playoffs. Yes their quarterback is nothing special, but here's a list of nothing special quarterbacks that have won a Superbowl: Brad Johnson, Trent Dilfer, Mark Ripen, Joe Bag of Doughnuts, Doug Williams.
And for the rest of us, better luck next year!

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Now I can Say it...

Merry Christmas to everyone.

I'm such a lucky guy. My ex's stepfather (does that make him my ex-stepfather-inlaw, once removed, I'm really not sure) sent me a couple of photos from Christmas night (post movies).

Here's my favorite:
You know, Nancy and Her husband Jeff aren't required to be so darn nice to me, but I sure am glad they are.

It would be nice to have money, but money can't buy the wonderful things that I have. When I ever I complain I should just punch myself right in the head!

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Santa's Done

Well, Santa's done and gone, maybe really gone. He got waxed in my pole. Maybe it was the warm weather that done him in. Maybe it was that stinker Fred Clause. Maybe it's just time for me to grow up.

Time to grow up, oh, that'll be fun, thanks a lot Mr & Ms Grinch USA 2008! Anybody want to go ahead and tell me that there is no such thing as true love too. Yeah, that's what I thought.

Friday, December 26, 2008

Celbrating the Christmas Movies

Yes, it was definitely Chase hell, but not for a LOT of people.
I'm 47 years old. I've been to a few movies. I sat in the balcony at the Tampa Theatre and watched as Chitty Chitty Bang Bang flew straight at me at that movie's opening. I was there when 4 movies meant a megaplex (though that word hadn't been invented yet.) I remember going to the movies for half a buck.

I saw Smokey the Bandit 1 and 2 open (yeah #3, even though it was in 3-D didn't catch my interest as Burt Reynolds skipped it, may he RIP, but Jerry Reed as the Bandit?)
Any way, I've been to some movies. You'd think I'd know a thing or twelve about the movies and I do, I know when to buy and how to use the all-day pass, I know you don't even have to smuggle in water, all you need is a water bottle, but I didn't know that there are a lot of losers who spend all day at the movies on Christmas.
In my 47 years I have never been to a theatre that was as crowded all day long as the theatre was yesterday, and I can speak on this because I was there from 11 - 7. Er, wow, that's 8 hours at the movies, of course I think 1/2 of that was at the Curious Case of Benjamin Button (in the movie the character aged in reverse, I wasn't that lucky, I left that movie much older, hello, do they still edit movies? If you can't say it 3 hours, maybe a rewrite is in order?)

It was wild, every movie was crowded, there were lines to get in. Curiously, the longest lines were to see Sean Penn in Milk. I didn't think that would be a big draw, particularly in a state that overwhelming voting against giving gays any basic rights. Perhaps this movie should have come out of the closet before the November elections where Florida's amendment 2 got stomped like a Nark at a Biker Rally (l love that line.)

So it was crowded which I quickly found out meant I had a choice; either be at my movie before the ticket start time and catch all of those annoying commercials and previews or sit up front.

I was a little late for the start of Doubt, so I slid in to the second row, and couldn't handle it. I remember sitting up front as fun when I was a kid, as an adult it meant motion sickness. I had to slide out of that and into Adam Sandler's Bedtime Stories. It was a typical Adam Sandlar movie, stupid, but not in a funny way. I imagine it was ok if you are 10. But if you are 10 you aren't reading this so let me save you some time, he gets the job, knocks out the bad guy, saves the school and gets the girl. Just saved you 90 minutes.

Of course switching from Doubt meant I was off-schedule and ultimately I would only get to 3 movies, but hey, life moves pretty fast when you are at the megaplex and you have to be able to adapt. Which I did.

Next was Frost/Nixon. It was slow, it was historical, I really liked it. Go figure they portrayed Nixon as less than honest. But I certainly learned a thing or three and for a history teacher that's not a bad thing.

The last movie was the ever-long Curious Case of Benjamin Button. It was ok. It would have been good as a two-hour movie.

There you have it. It was 7:15 on Christmas Day 2008 before I even saw a person I knew. The first person I said Merry Christmas to was Jon Snader. A nice guy, he's someone my ex-wife used to do aerobics with. This is not how I ever pictured Christmas going. But, then I had a nice if not entirely "comfortable" meal with Ali's family. I made a quick side trip on the way home to drop off a couple of gifts and I was back in time to watch the Santa Clause triple feature (I, II, and III, the Escape Clause.)

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Chase's Hell is My Christmas`

Ok, it's 80 degrees here today, not a snowball in sight.

Oh, it's a White Christmas for me though, I'm going to Sarasota (old people do NOT live in Sarasota, but their parents do!) so I'll see plenty of white (and a few shades of Blue) in the hair of the residents.

Ok, there's two reasons why it's Chase Hell

Now Reasons 3-6, I'm off to the movies (Chase HATES the movie theatre, and doesn't really like movies much, except Cloverfield, and that wasn't so much a movie as it was a silly joke played by a dude with a camera, I went and saw that one and the producer actually sent me a note that simply said, "Gotcha!"). Why is that 4 reasons? I'm buying the all day pass!

Here's the line-up:
11:10: Doubt- Meryl Streep as a nun that runs the catholic school system in New York, Phillip Seymour Hoffman is a popular priest that Streep thinks may have Father Doyled (screwed) some young person. Chase went to Catholic school and the only boobs we are likely to see are the MOOBS of Hoffman, strikes one-two-and and emphatic-THREE, for Chase.
1:10- Frost/Nixon. Got great reviews, but as Chase was a small boy and there are not likely to be boobs in this, I can't imagine Chase'd like it.3:30- The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. Brad Pitt lives his life backwards, he starts as an old man and dies as a child. Doesn't intrigue me so much, but the timing is right and there is a chance of seeing boobs.
5:30- Either Bedtime Stories w/Adam Sandler or 4 Christmases with Vince Vaugh and that actress that killed somebody with her knife, that Reese...... come on you know her that Reese... Jeez, I can't believe that I can't think of it, it's Reese...... ...what is it...... No I already told you WITH A KNIFE! Get it, you were yelling at the computer Witherspoon (With Her Spoon) and I said up there she did it, with her knife (Make clever joke reason #7 for Chase's Christmas Hell!) With her knife, Gawd, but that's funny!

I know what you are thinking why am I quitting at 4 movies (I mean the pass is good for all day) well, from there I guess I cruise by Ali's house and do a little bit of Christmas. Ali's mom and step dad are great people, but I'll only be able to handle a little. Even though it used to be my house, I don't belong. I guess there's only place I belong this Christmas that's with Sean Penn, and Will Smith (oh Christ, there are two more I should have worked in! Well there's always New Years Eve.......)

Oh Poor Santa

Santa I never thought it would come to this.

You're taking an arse-kicking! So few believe, so few believe. We can believe in Trickle down economics, we can believe in Dick Trickle, we can even believe in those furry tribbles from Star Trek, but people just don't believe.

Ali and I believe. Michelle believes. A whole band of elves believe. There is a group in North Carolina even training to become elves on Elf School Road (The Elf School Inn & Restaurant ( )
982 Elf School RoadHayesville, NC 28904 .) But as for Bloggers, they don't believe.

Come on, get in there and use your last few hours of voting time to put Santa back in the North Pole, because if we all quit believing he goes bye-bye. Nooooooooooooo!
Is it hello or goodbye? You decide.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

The Long Walk Back

No one to blame
that I'm so lame
I can't get into the game
I don't even know if it's a shame

Western States
Western States
Maybe Not

Ran today with me (I'd say with Davo, but that was for like 8 seconds)
Run was much better than last Wednesday but not good enough to make me want to do it again. What I need is a good run with Star or Maybe the good Doctor. Better than all of that would be a hike with that someone special. Now that would be fun. Bring a picnic lunch, ahh, I think I could do that. But that doesn't do crap to decide about Western States.

Wait, it's decided, I'm doing States. The indecision, it just stopped, did you see that? Well, of course you didn't, only I could physically see it. Ok, Croom alone tomorrow unless anyone wants to go.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Best Christamas Song Ever!

Ok, some of you scrooges don't even believe in Santa Clause, well, whatever, I think we all believe in Christmas Songs.

Here's one of my favs:How about you, got a favorite Christams song.

Send it to me. Now......... I'm going for a run!

Sunday, December 21, 2008

The Run Around

Hey, I haven't been around running, but at least I have been running around!

Saturday, wicked Vertigo.

Sunday, geez, bro's in town with three teenage boys. Kinda hard to negotiate the whole running thing. Plus I've just gotten lazy, used to sleeping in. But hey, at least my car made it up to Croom this weekend as Jon took advantage of my absence and took the Honda Fit joy riding. I did get to see my Fit briefly when it showed up, at Jon't direction, at Davo's Birthday party on Saturday night. I was lucky enough to catch a ride with a lady with a big heart, great looks, and apparently lousy eyesight. My friend, and excellent race director, Jim Hartnett says, "It's a good thing to overachieve in the Romance department." I know he did! And he's right. Hey, you know I'm about as average as they come, and this one, well, not like I'm overachieving too much, but she's the reason that cavemen chiseled on walls. And she's a great designated driver!

But today there was walking at the Mall, my favorite, I love the Mall (like a duck loves a June Bug that is, I see it and I want to destroy it. My great friend Steve Davis and I often used to talk about what store and department would go in first if we had 1/2 hour, a baseball bat and immunity. He was going for crystal and china, it was TV's all the way for me.) Regardless, mall walking is good exercise. Tomorrow will be even more exercise, I'm taking Ali-Cat to the most magical place on earth, well, EPCOT anyway. Last time I went to EPCOT, I'm pretty sure I was running the Disney Marathon, this won't be that much exercise, but it'll be enough.

so, it'll be at least Tuesday before I can run, then I have to make it part of my routine again, jeez, I don't want to lay an egg at Western States. Really want some type of a buckle, Sliver is probably out of reach, but hey, I've already got one of those anyway. Bronze could be cool.

Ok, you are updated. See yall later. Out

Saturday, December 20, 2008


Jimmy Stewart (I think it was him, mighta been Cary Grant) climbing that tower, and then, he's so dizzy his head is spinning.

AndyMan putting on his shoes this morning, and BAM, vertigo hits me like a ton of bacon fat. I tumble onto the bed and watch this Spin-Spin. I've had Vertigo before, I know what happens next. First we get the spinning, then the profuse sweating, then the nausea. In short, no run for me today.

Well Damn. Damn, damn, damn, damn, damn, damn. Already got dressed, packed a bag, taped my feet with this really damn expensive tape that the Doctor made me buy. Got my new shoes, and these are kicks, they aint no hotboxers! But, even though the Vertigo rarely lasts more than an hour and I can have Jon drive, not a good idea to go up and get dizzy while in the middle of the woods. Plus when it hits, I can't walk and it's hard to even crawl, just gotta lay on my back and wait. So, I loaned Jon my car to get up there, aw, he'd do it for me (course, most of you have seen his car, you hit something with it and the value of the car actually increases!)

Oh, well, reckon I'll have to rendezvous with Star tomorrow for sure now.

Damn you Alfred Hitchcock, why'd you have to go and invent this crap anyway?
And one more thing, vote in the Santa poll will you. I know you don't all believe, but I site as evidence Santa's appearances in Miracle on 34th Street, The Santa Clause (I and II) and don't forget the most excellent Elf. Say I believe, say I believe, say I do believe!

Friday, December 19, 2008

All I want for Christmas Is...

All for Christmas is.... A Really good pair of running shoes... BAM! My good buddy and awesome race director, Jim Hartnett, sends a coupon for a free pair of Vasque shoes because I like helping him at races.

Now, all I want for Christmas is..... for Ali to do well and enjoy school.... BAM! Kid's got straight A's. On her semester exams, low score was a 92, and two 100's! Wow. I'm taking her for whatever she wants!

Now, all I want for Christmas is.... well, I'm keeping that one to myself, but lets just say that one is covered better than ever! How I got sew lucky eye dew knot no!

Guys, I guess I just want you all to have a Merry Holiday Season. That's what I want...

Oh, and revenge against my enemies, I always leave that one out, Santa is it too late? You fill in the blank: All I want for Christmas is ______________________!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Staying on the Porch

In Alabama we used to say, "If you can't run with the big dogs, stay on the porch!"

Well, I can't, but I won't! I have been having a whale of time running with Star. We did 12 miles at Croom, she waited on me, and didn't make me feel like a slug. So, I tried maybe 4.5 with Davo today and well..... I can't run with the big dogs.

Really, for the first time in forever, I understood why people don't run. It was hard. It was almost like I couldn't do it. But, this is important, I kept trying. Even though Davo was jogging and I was throwing everything I had into it, I couldn't keep up. Jeez, but I was embarrassed.

I kid you not, I wanted to just quit. I didn't even want to try, but I got through it. And next time I'll be better, and my foot didn't hurt. And I may never be able to effortlessly run again, but darn it, I've signed up for Western States (again) and somehow I've got to get from -Z to A to +Z. Stay tuned.....

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Oh Yeah, It is and I'm Not!!

Wooo Who! I have the Net at the home!

It's working and I'm not. I'm on break, other than a few protecting and grading assignments , I'm done until Jan. 05, 2008.

Sometimes, I just love being in education!

Friday, December 5, 2008

Play or Playground?

Ok, I have a choice for tomorrow.
I can either:

A- Go up to Croom for opening of the running season.
B- Go to inner city Tampa with members of my Key Club and help build a play ground.

Let's vote and comment shall we.

Welcome back Chase, Love you man!

Monday, December 1, 2008

Up and Runnin' (Sort of!)

Ran on Wednesday. 4 miles, had to keep checking behind me to see if I was dragging a refrigerator. Nope it was all me.

Ran twice on Friday. 2 miles with SuperDave and then 1:06 with Davo. Felt a little better was only dragging a truck tire behind my behind.

Ran for 70 Minutes with Star on Sunday. Felt much better still, was only dragging a car tire behind by behind.

Foot held up like the Bucs defense (very well) even as I ran like the Bucs offense (very poorly)

Other better stuff is happening besides running though, the kind of good stuff that makes running seems more like a good way to exercise rather than the only reason to live! More on both later.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

For a Good Time, Racing Limo's

Ok, SuperDave is in the Sunshine State, and he came down living large.

He arrived at my house in this contraption:
Hey, Ford F150 Pick-Up trucks, Nascar, Alcohol and Limo's, these are a few of my favorite things, well, cept for Nascar!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Gotta Keep on Keeping On!

Keeping on.

Ouch my foot hurts, feel sorry for me. Looking back it was whining and I'm sorry I did it.

So what? When I look back so what? I put a year of my life into the slam and I failed. I failed my body and my body failed me. It hurt, it hurt a lot. I shared, and yeah, I guess I whined.

My good friend Cindi, she has now survived breast cancer for 7 years. She in now a cancer survivor. She's also's been fighting ovarian cancer for 2 years now. She will never run 100 miles. She just wants to get into remission.

My good friend Greg just had 40% of one of his lungs removed. He developed tumors in one of his lungs while he was serving in our military over in Iraq. Greg wants to run Western States in 2010, and I'll be damned if I won't do everything I can to help him accomplish that goal.

Use your time wisely, try new things, love things besides work and money and stuff.

Sometimes you have to step back before you can see. I can see clearly now, the rain is gone.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Oh Hell Yeah!

I ran 5 miles on Sunday.
I ran 5 miles on Sunday and my foot held up.
I ran 5 miles on Sunday and my foot held up; and my foot isn't hurting today.
I ran 5 miles on Sunday and my foot held up; and my foot isn't hurting today; and I have been exercising my foot today and it still isn't hurting.

Look out world, I'm almost ready to re-emerge! Oh Hell Yeah!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Friends Who are Rocking

Chris Wedge, you are going to Boston!

Man, I know the name of that tune. Took me 1,2,3, ............ 16 tries before I qualified. Glad you could do it more quickly. Makes me want to run fast again, shoot, makes me want to run again!

Andrea "Star" Risi, you broke 6 hours at the 1/2 IM in Miami! I believe it took me 6 hours to do the 30 mile ride around San Antonio, and yeah, you went farther, faster, morer!

What do they have in common?

Them two had goals!
Chris had a goal, he made a plan and he rocked it.

Andrea had a goal, she even said it out loud. And then she trained. The GD bailed on her. I bailed on her, but she didn't need us, she did it all by her lonesome.

Congrats guys. I think I'll get me one of them goals....

...........And I had This much to spare! ..............

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Celebrate Good Times, Come On!

Yeah, well, I barely believe it myself.

There was a time when it seemed normal to think about, to want to, to train for and even to run an ultra marathon. Now, I feel like those dudes at the Riverhawk Music festival... Nope, I don't believe you! That's what everyone of the five chicks working the beer tent with me said. Hey, I didn't want to tell them about my sickness in the first place. But one of them asked about my "Don't Quit" bracelet. I tried to cop out with, "My daughter made it for me." But no, these weren't dudes, "Cool man." End of story. These were chicks, and they wanted "the Story."

Ok, so I give them the story, half-way expected them to be impressed, half-way expecting them to think I was Looney Tunes. They were neither impressed, nor did they think I was Looney Tunes, they just thought I was a liar. I guess after watching me swill beer all weekend.....

So, the next day I put on my Vermont 100 Mile Run Shirt, sucked in my belly, puffed out my chest and...... couldn't find even one of those broads to set straight. I was starting to doubt this "Hunnert" mile stuff myownself.... until I went to Publix and musta been 4 people notice the shirt, "Wow, You ran 100 Miles."

"Well, er, yeah, it was a while ago."

And then last night at a TC function.

"Mr. Mathews, my son had you over at Jesuit, and he has your St. Pete Times article on his wall, you are his role model."

Course, I guess Robby never saw me swill 100 oz of brew.... still, can't tell you how good it felt, it was Kool in the Gang baby!
Be well, I'll be back, just you wait!

Monday, November 10, 2008

It's Time

Ok, I qouted from Stephanie Meyer.....

It's time to start running again.

Don't worry, I'll have a real post regarding the Riverhawk Music Festival tomorrow.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

I Voted not Once but Twice!

Ok, now that's just a lie. I voted exactly once in this election, and there was never a question, it was.......

I had to vote for him, he's with the Party Party!

He'll lower taxes, he'll get us out of war. He WON'T build a wall between the US and Mexico (what are some of these candidates 11?) He's El Vez. Live hard, die young and leave a good lookin' corpse. He's the man!

Monday, November 3, 2008

Broken Hearts and Healed Heals

Well, it aint all bad. She may have broken my heart, but she fixed my foot.

She got me doing this balance exercise, and it's working like no body's business! My foot feels better than it has in a year! The ice wasn't helping. The sock wasn't helping, the toe crunches, well, they were helping, but not this fast! I will be running by the weekend, how cool is that?

Very cool!

Sure, the exercises bring back memories of Ralph Machiccio and Pat Morita, but who cares.

Now, anybody got some exercises for a broken heart :-(

Friday, October 31, 2008

The Loneliness Of Ultra Running

Because, the loneliness of the long distance runner was already taken.....Nice little piece of info came across the computer the other day. Andy Barrett, whom many know and all who know love, just ran his 10,000th mile. Wow! Way to go A2! And he ran them all looking so good (I wonder if he's ever had a run like I did on my B'day? The kind where well, er, well, let's just say farts aren't supposed to have lumps, I wish I'd have known that!)

Anyway, a name from the way far back, Ruben Rodriguez e-mailed Andy saying, you should have some buddies come out and run that 10,000 th with you.

Should he have? Gee, I don't know, we run so many miles alone, perhaps it's fitting we cross that line alone. In 2000 I decided I was going to run 2000 miles. I crossed that milestone on New Year's eve on 2000 running my regular route in my then neighborhood. That was really cool, and when I look back and read that log it was neat.

Yet on the other hand (there's my sex-life, but that's another story) we run many events, birthday runs, Croom and Que's with company. And Company is cool too.

Well, regardless, Andy, I was there with you. I mean I really was. Great Job, I am proud of you Brother! Way to Go! Way to Go!

Thursday, October 30, 2008

So What's it Gonna Be?

So, what should I become for Halloween?

We get to dress up, I'm stoked. Ok, I can't be a cross-dressing runner, that was last week.

I'd like to be something that involves muscles, since I already have the suit.

Your thoughts.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Maybe You've Forgotten

Maybe you've forgotten, life is jolly rotten....

Hey, life got you down?

Job sucks?
Wife an RB?
Stock Market Down?
401K looking like a 200.5 F?
Foot Hurt?
Team losing the big game?

Well, it's not all bad, somebody loves ya..............................Give a whistle..............

Monday, October 27, 2008

Ha, It's A-Man 1, You Squids 0!

Yeah, oh yeah. You all owe me beers. The fierce Sasha Knowles post was vintage me baby. And you guys thought it was a Shammer.

Next time you see me, I'm drinking on your tab-tab-cola man.
What's happening now?

Is it a real dog if you can punt it more than 10 yards?
........... Rex and Ringo say, vote No on 2! I agree with that!........

I'm watching two yapping little dogs for some friends. I'm trying to good job, but I had them outside and one was yap, yap, yapping and I guess he upset nature's balance and a fly came out of nowhere and knocked one over. I cheered for the fly! Long hair isn't any better on a Chihuahua than it is on a teenage boy, go fly, fly.

Anyway this gig is ending tomorrow, along with it ends my ability to check Internet at all hours. The Internet guy hasn't come out yet, but it's ok, I'm not actually paying him yet. The longer I wait, the longer they wait. Ha!

Ok, the next post will either be me or a sham, if you want to pull the ole flim-flam sham let me know, and I'll hook you up.

Andy, aka, Sasha Fierce USA, 2008, you guys owe me!

Sunday, October 26, 2008


I guess there's no escape from one's density, er, a make that destiny (couple of little letters in the wrong place that's what starts wars, "Hey didn't I see you going down on the dwarf? Er, a Wharf, I said Wharf.")

I reckon my bro, what a good guy, has roped me into doing this again, arg! But, I definitely encourage you to contact me, or my bro to set up a mock post. If you wanna host and you get away it, you win a beer, not a glass of wine, no starbucks, but a beer, and ask Chase, when I lose a bet I won't cheat you out of it (Chase, really, I owe you, I haven't cheated you yet!)
Get aways with it? Well, I'll run a poll, AndyMan or Sham. The public will vote, early and often and will guess if it's me, or a sham. If they think it's me and it's you, you win. If they think it's you and it's you, well, if I see you and I have the money and if there is beer, then... buy your own damn beer!
What will I talk about?
Well, I'm definitely in the slam with this injury, not running, the only thing worse that not running, may be running! I strive for the innocence that one of my cross country runners, Mike has. As the boys team is lining up for the start of the 5K race, Mike's dad was giving him last minute motivation, "We want a PR Mike, You can do it, a PR, come on Mike, Time for a PR!" Mike, who had not run well last week said, "Ok, dad." He then turned to his teammates, "Guys, what's a PR?"

Yoikes! Well, he ran much better than he did last week, but like the definition itself, the PR plum alluded him!

3 weeks from today I hope to be running again (don't freak Candi, it's just a target date, not an absolute.) Until then I've got plans to do a full post on texting, Ali went to Homecoming and I have pictures from that. We have districts in two weeks for Cross Country, I'll keep you posted and you guys can keep me entertained!

Friday, October 24, 2008

Call Me Sasha Fierce.

Dammit, I'm tired of the charade. From now on, I shall be known as Sasha Fierce. Oh, sure, Beyonce' might try to claim this, but she's never run a hunnerd miles in a day like I have. So screw her.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Identity Thief in the House!

AndyMan, I am a space alien who has been following your blog. I will not allow you to shut down!

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Shuttin' it Down

I'm thinking it's time to shut down the old Blogger.

Since I'm not running, not training, I guess I don't have much to say, all I can do is get myself in trouble.


So, lately, I been doing a lot of Racing

Smart Car races, they are all the rage at TC.
I like to Race Smartcars on my Smartboard.

I have many many tokens with which to race:
Turtle, Yellow Smart Car, Pink Smart Car, Rabbit, snail, racecar (oops, I spelled it backwards!), Carl Crawford, Indiana Jones, Tugboat, cheetah. Well, I guess that's about all the game pieces one needs. If you're ever over on North Rome Ave, I challenge you to a Smart Car race! I get the yellow one!

Monday, October 13, 2008

AndyMan Update

Ok, I have a new goal, not as ambitious as the Slam....

I want to get my home Internet working this week! I know, it's not an easy goal, what with having to work at an actual place of business and all (I don't get to sit around in my underwear and make fun of my on-line students like some, and soon to be more of you do!)

There's one goal. Here's another, take another 3 weeks off of running. My foot feels so much better, but it still isn't healed. I gotta hang in there for the rest of October, then come back cautiously.

I gotta say, the best thing about the time off, I don't have to update things like mileage on the blog. I am not keeping track of weight (though my clothes are starting to fit again, and I don't like that at all.

Also, it will help to stay positive! PMA (no it's not Pick My @ss! It's Positive Mental Attitude, you people make me sick!)

Goals I can handle, the New Grand Slam:
Don't Run
Be Positive
Two out of three aint bad!

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Ok, So it was me, I'M The Jerk!

You ever have something happen, and you gotta go, you know, it was really nobody's fault.

Well, if that's true than yesterday I was nobody! I screwed everyone at the John Holmes 50K, I was supposed to guide them onto the trail a mere 1 mile in to the race. I goofed. I couldn't find the trail. But to be fair; it is a trail I've only run 179 times run before. It's the blue trail not like the Orange trail that I've run 714 times, that one I could have found.

No excuses, I messed up! Boy did I feel like a ________________!