Tuesday, January 29, 2008

A Place to Start

My choice for fastest female slammer, Michelle Barton, My Buddy ;-)

Holy Guacamole Batman, there are 38 of us! Last year there were 31. What? Where? No, not at the Jon Docs annual clothing optional 5K and hookah hat dance, (that was 63) but there are 38 of us entered in the Grandslam.

I'm the only cat from Florida. Most are from California.

Check it out, I know 9 of them (they don't all know me, but I know 9)

Starting with my excellent friend, Michelle Barton. Besides me, I'm cheering harder for her than anyone. I was there for her first full 100, and I hope we are running side by side at Wasatch and snagging that crow, or Egret, or Eagle, or whatever it is. I miss you Mischa!
......Michelle Barton (aka Mischa Redblurr) Gordy and Me at WS Camp....

I believe I also put some miles in at Western States camp with her friend Rob Cowan, I have his picture around here somewhere.

Then there are the excellent Arkansas race directors Stan and Chrissy Ferguson.

Now here's a big name, (Gawd, I hope he aint writin' a book about this, it's wreck my deal, or pleeeese, pleeese, keep it to a short article, a man can only spend so much money!) Dean Karnasas. Karno, throw a brother a bone man. I don't want to do it, but if you are writing a book about this, I'll throw your rich butt off of a mountain. It'll have to be at Leadville, because that's an out and back course, and the man is way too fast for me to catch, I'll have to set up a Karno trap. Maybe a snare with a two-million dollar bill as bait, yeah, that's the ticket.
Me: I rock!

Fred Pollard- I ran Rocky Raccoon with he and Michelle and Xy and Leigh back in 2006. Fred and I shared a room, he didn't snore too much. Good luck Fred, you are a gentleman (but could you please throw Karno off of cliff for me, it might look too obvious if I did it. I mean I like Dean, I really do, but....)

Karsten Solheim: Did a post on him last year. Karsten son of Karsten founder of Ping. Old dude, keeps on chugging like a frat boy at a Sewanee kegger!

Xy Weiss- The Dirty Girl her self. I love Chrissy Weiss. She always makes me feel good when I see her. She's generous (1/2 my running friends are in DG Gaiters free of charge thanks to Chrissy), she's a great runner, and she puts the bad guys in the slam (not in my slam, but in the jug, in the greybar hotel, sends them up way up the river!)
I'm going to improve this post over the ensuing days, dig up and post pictures, so keep looking back to see pictures of my friends/bastards that want to take my trophy or steal my book deal!

Hey, best of luck to every one of them, even Karno, and the other 29 (but aint it something, 38 will line up at Western States, and only 13 will make it, well me and 12 others, I hope, I hope, I hope!)

10 comments:

superdave524 said...

Okay, the Sewanee kegger reference was impossible for me to avoid. Ah, the lack of memories. For better or worse, the party-Sewanee that Faulkner referenced and I attended is fading; giving way to the more politically correct institution that your Godson attends. No coats and ties required anymore. No classes on Saturday. And (gasp!) no kegs allowed. Really (but I think the drinking clubs are intact). Anyhoo... Kick some *ss ("Ass" is a tough word to asterick. *ss looks like a Nazi footnote. A*s looks like a baseball team from Oakland. As*? Well, that just looks like "as" followed by a footnote. Next time, I'll just write ass. Not this time, though).

Star said...

Deano-schmeeno. I'd be happy to take him out, if ya know what I mean. I'm sure I could keep him busy..............Oh yeah, I forgot about your post for a minute there.

So why only 13? Do that many people fall off the mountain??

PS: superdave: you can always go with my favorite: @$$

professoracg said...

I met Douchebag-Dean last August at The North Face Endurance Challenge in Washington District of Columbia...I'm pretty sure that he put on bronzing oil and teeth whitener before the race...it was so nice to watch Leight Schmitt beat him by almost 90 minutes in a 50-miler. Dean made sure to remind everyone at the aid station to drink plenty of water...thanks Professor Karno, I wasn't right sure how these whole ultra-type marathons really work...

Chase Squires said...

For a minute there, I thought you meant Fred Willard ... Now that, I'd like to see!

(aw, cut Karno some slack, professer, his book was pretty entertaining, and he was nice to me the one time we chatted ,,, besides, I wear bronzing oil, but I like to sort of reverse it, you know, gold up the parts that's typically pale ... gives me an unusual tan line!)

AndyMan said...

Hey, I agree about cutting Dean some slack. It's not that I don't like him. My two interactions with him have been fine, he can be charming as hell when he wants to be, and He's hot! I'm not gay, but.... Oh, I forgot about my post for a minute. My only reason to bring him up, When Karno farts, someone is going to analyze what he ate and it's a best-seller. As cool as I am, I can't compete with Dean. Sorry Chase, but Karno's book sucked. I read 1/2 and that was enough, it was rubbish, yet, it was a runaway best-seller.

Yet, I must cut Dean some slack too, because without his book, publishers would just look at me like some whack-job without a prayer of selling a book. I really should be sucking up to Dean, but am I that smart? It's rhetorical, read above, there's your answer!

Arlene said...

I read Karno's book too. Barnes & Noble let me borrow it while I was working there. Yes, it was entertaining.

Then again...so are the Andyman's blogs. And I have two autographed copies of the Andyman's writings from Marathon and Beyond. I don't have anyhing autographed by Karno...

AndyMan said...

Well, there you go, I got Karno beat two to zip! But like I said, I have nothing against him up to now. As long as he runs quietly he'll be my bud, he talks, well, you know what we do with people that talk, picture Monty Python and the bridge and Karno not knowing his own favorite color!

Star said...

Uhhh, wasn't it a few posts ago that you showed us your preg-o belly? But, if with all the running you're doing, you have abs-o-Dean, you'd better start running shirtless my friend. I'd definitely keep up with you then :)

Lynne said...

He does have abs-o-Dean ! I know from the picture :) Actually, Dean has abs-o-Andy !

AndyMan said...

Shoot, I got Dean way beat. He's only got a six-pack, I've got a KEG!