I don't surf well but I like to be a part of the crowd. Feels like the thing you are supposed to do. And its just fun being out on a board in the ocean.
I had to talk Sydney into getting on a board this year after she watched Bethany's movie about losing an arm to a shark.
I took Reagan out surfing. She was having a great time. We caught the first wave and went a good distance. She was so excited. She went in an bragged to everyone what a great ride she had.
Everybody (but Mom) goes. No choice.
Live action video of me with the kids with the GoPro.
So the next day, we went out again. Reagan and I immediately got pummeled by a big wave. She freaked out after getting knocked from the board. And my camera was off my head and into the surf. With another wave approaching and Reagan freaking out, I went for the kid instead of the camera to help her. She had a vest on and would have been fine but I felt like going for the camera was going to scar her for life. So I got her up on the board. I paddled around looking for the camera and she yelled at me about wanting to go and and something about not caring about my stinking camera. Pacific Ocean wins this time. A new GoPro will be on my doorstep when I get home.
Back to the bay!
The kids always enjoy snorkeling here. Plus, its one of the only spots I can get Kim in any kind of deep water because sharks don't come here. But you all go play. I will just take photos of my feet.
iPhone 5 panorama. One of the better ones.
Live action video of the event...from underwater! GoPro was perfect. Fun to use it for what it was intended for.
Reagan was my buddy today and we had a great time together. She was over reefs and feeling comfortable. Probably more than I was!
...by mail, again.
My neighbors are all breaking out the signs. So I felt like I had to join in the fun once again. This doesn't really result in any political discussion when out in the neighborhood...except between the kids. They say "we are voting for Obama" and then their buddies in the carpool say "we are voting for Romney". Then chaos ensues because none of them have a clue what they are talking about.
Abbreviated. As always.
It was the week before our annual Halloween run and it was warm and sunny out. I knew that would end. Every year since I have been apart of this thing, its been cold, wet, or snowy. I run in that all winter so I long for a pseudo-final long run in some warmer weather to top off the fall and welcome winter. But Mother Nature says fuck that and we get snow. Oh well.
This was the most runners in one spot since my Leadville parties. It was good to see everyone before we all hibernate. I was lamenting with Tony that it was 60 just days before.
Apparently, folks thought my "jingle balls" was funny. They are lucky I had pants on.
I shortcuted the route with GZ and Footfeathers after 2.5 hours on my feet. Good enough for me. Saving it for...something?
I went 11.46 miles with an elevation gain of 3,131 feet in 02:30:12, which is an average pace of 13:06. Heart rate average was 145. View my GPS data on Garmin Connect.
Well, I mean that in the sense of laws too. We have 2 ATVs and in Leadville I can't quite figure out the rules up there. They seem welcome on roads but I am always nervous when a law enforcement officer is nearby. I always wonder if I am getting away with something. Turns out I have been more than legit for a long time now on our ATVs. I stay off anything paved but that is no longer the case it seems...officially. Caught this article in the Leadville paper. I am printing it and putting a copy in the ATV for future reference. Pretty great news! This opens up the west of us without trailering now too! I had figured out how to cut to the east side of town on dirt paths already. Can't wait for the next ride!
Danny Ramey, Herald Staff Writer | Posted: Wednesday, October 24, 2012 2:06 pm
The Lake County Board of Commissioners approved an ordinance establishing multi-purpose use on all county roads at its regular meeting Oct. 15.
Under the ordinance, county roads are open to off-highway vehicles such as dirt bikes and all-terrain vehicles for use in getting to recreation destinations. A previous resolution opened county roads to use by these vehicles, but putting it in the form of an ordinance makes it easier to enforce, Commissioner Mike Bordogna said.
Use of off-highway vehicles comes with several provisions. Some of these include that all operators must be legally licensed, that vehicles can only be ridden single file on the right-hand side of the road and that use of these vehicles is only allowed during the day unless the vehicles have a headlight and a taillight.
Anyone caught violating the provisions of the ordinance will be assessed a fine. A first offense will result in a $100 fine, a second offense in a $500 fine, and a third offense in a $1,000 fine, according to the ordinance.
At the first reading of the ordinance on Sept. 17, Leadville District Ranger Jon Morrissey expressed concern about designating all county roads open to off-highway vehicles. He had particular concerns about county roads 4, 9 and 24 around Turquoise Lake.
Allowing off-highway vehicles on these roads could make exiting and entering campgrounds around the lake difficult, he noted.
Morrissey also said that paved roads and off-highway vehicles are not a good fit because they were not made for that kind of road service.
The commissioners addressed Morrissey's concerns during this meeting.
In relation to the vehicles being dangerous on county roads, Commission Chair Carl Schaefer noted that the resolution had been in place for awhile and he hadn't heard of any injury accidents with the vehicles.
Bordogna also said that he didn't want certain roads excluded because he didn't want to see people who were following the law ride dangerously through closed areas in order to get to their destinations.
That was fun.
After a lot of hard work, a team of 4 traveled to Baltimore this week for the NARCA convention to demonstrate what Local Counsel Collective has to offer. This was a big deal for us as it was the first time we went for national exposure after starting as a regional offering. We got a good reception and learned a bit. But mostly validated that we are on the right path.
I hadn't done exhibit booth duty in a few years. The first night was like drinking from a fire hose with a gaggle of attorneys drinking at the open bar and visiting us with rapid fire questions. The next day was more normal where we sat around for hours in between opportunities to meet as the attorneys were in sessions. The booth ended up coming together wonderfully thanks to Angela's planning and execution. It was nice to not have to deal with this aspect of the show as I had in my other endeavors.
But the real work started when the lights went off. Trying to make contacts outside of the show. Thursday night was the wilder night as we started at a dinner party for about 20 at around 9:00 PM. It was a 5 course pre-selected deal. Met some great folks at dinner and finally wrapped up and walked out of the restaurant at midnight after the final bite.
I was prepared to walk to the hotel and crash after the long day until somebody said something about an Irish pub and the crew quickly veered in that direction. The bar was packed after midnight...downtown...on a weeknight. Nice. We found our way in and before long drinks started coming to the table. Hence the realization that these attorneys come here to drink and party. And maybe make some contacts.
When in Baltimore...you do car bombs?
It was this vendor's turn to buy. I thought buying 15 car bombs looked hilarious at the time.
The next day was sort of a haze as we got in around 3 AM and were up at 6 AM to host a run for the show. That turned into a long day on my feet at the show. Finally, we wrapped things up, ate some tacos and hit the sack. That's it from Baltimore. Thanks to Angela, Steve, and Tracy Jo for coming out to support.
More pics on our Facebook page.
The next show is in Las Vegas. That shouldn't be too insane? Ouch, my liver.
After being turned away from the closed Fort previously, I returned during the day on my next run. I knew the route this time so there was less dicking around. But man, urban running sucks. Ducking cars and stop lights. Anyway, I got out there and they wanted $7 to go into the Fort. Nah. I just wanted to jog around and peek. I don't have time for the full tour. And I love how the $7 gets you in as much as you want for 7 days. Maybe at a National Park but here its a "leave the car running" sort of stop. I took the outer loop around the Fort to get a good look around. Nice cannons.
On the way back, I saw something cooler in the harbor. This big ship had pulled in. It was from Brazil apparently. We just got attacked by Brazil I guess. And the cannons at the Fort were covered up and we didn't attack back.
5 minutes from the hotel I got a call from my team. Our DB server just went down. Oh good. We have demos in a few hours. Nothing like a good crisis to end a run.
I went 8.01 miles with an elevation gain of 50 feet in 01:08:16, which is an average pace of 08:32. View my GPS data on Garmin Connect.
After arriving in Baltimore, I got out to see the city on foot. That has become such a tradition and I haven't been to anywhere new in quite a while so it was fun to explore a bit. Downtown is nestled around a small bay which has a nice area surrounding it. There are many shops and attractions. Lots of runners out too. Probably more than I have seen anywhere as they seem to all come down to this area to run. I was prepared for a bad scene because that was the common perception but its actually rather nice.
A few maritime displays along the water. Here is the USS Constellation. That had a band playing on top when I returned for a private party. That sort of means that this boat must not be that legendary if you can rent it out for the night.
On the south side, I got up on a hill to overlook the bay a bit. I started the run across the water on the right out of frame. A couple miles gets you a long way in city running. Weird. I wouldn't even be off my block at home yet.
There was a pick-up game of hoops going on right there. I didn't jump in but liked the court surface. That triggered my memory. Under Armour is based here. That's cool. Surfacing the courts.
Spinning around I noticed a sign way down the harbor. Zoom in...
With that discovery and knowing that Fort McHenry was down there, I went that direction in search of more goodies. On the way, I found this bedazzled bus.
And then I arrived at the Fort to find it was...closed. 5PM. I saw lots of runners doing an out and back to the fort. Bummer its closed. Couldn't really tell what was in there. Looks like a fort out on a point. Check.
A couple zig zags and I found myself down in Under Armour HQ. I was all dressed in my run gear so I sort of looked like I might be someone. Everyone was all smiley. I found a turf field with some unrecognized folks jogging around on it. I tried to see if somebody wanted to have a meeting with me about a sponsorship but couldn't find the right door. Oh well.
Time to get back downtown. I forgot. I am here to work.
I went 7.24 miles with an elevation gain of 52 feet in 01:08:50, which is an average pace of 09:30. View my GPS data on Garmin Connect.
If you keep asking, once in a while, you get lucky.
So I always ask Kim if she wants to go to rock shows with me. I usually get a big "nah" and then come home to find her asleep or in bed watching some chick flick. What happened to the girl that introduced me to Metallica? I guess she had 3 kids. As soon as these venues allow me to take kids (16 and over here), I will take all the ladies that want to go.
Anyway, Kim bit on the invite so I got a babysitter and we were off. Had dinner down in LoDo then proceeded to the Filmore. I wasn't needing to see the early acts of Evil Empire, Kyng, and Sick Puppies. We arrived in the middle of the Kyng set. Ugh. Kill time. Sick Puppies was OK but I am not up on all their stuff. Will need to dig in a bit later on. Good set though.
Finally, Seether was up. They started with "No Jesus Christ" which was a great choice. Its like my 2nd favorite song of theirs. I saw these guys at a festival a few years ago and promised to see them headline when they came back to town. Tons of songs that everybody just knows. Lot of radio play. I hope Kim enjoyed it. I did. Even though I was forced to be mid-floor out of the sweaty spot I usually lay claim to. It was OK but let's not make a habit of it. I like it up front.
On our way out of the Filmore, Colfax Ave was taped off with police tape. All cars were stopped and there was one car sitting there with the window all smashed in...in a body formation. There were a pile of clothes in the street and a shoe. Hmmm. We walked 100 feet past and saw another shoe about another 100 yards down the street. The match! Somebody didn't look both ways I guess. Nothing in the paper the next morning.
Thanks for joining me, Honey. Maybe next time?
Before you hedge those bets you placed against me
Be reticent of fortunes they foretell
Your verbal defecation i can't wash away despite myself
Your vanity, it seems, has served you well
This is an oldie but I just ran across it on YouTube and wanted to post. Not sure if my Dad ever saw this one.