Let me start of with a confession:
(1) My family, the love of my life, is intact, flourishing and being fruitful!
(2) I'm still running (and racing) ... and PR-ing BTW
(3) I've had to let a lot of the online social behavior slip because of time restraints and I didn't want my family to think I had time to blog but no time to hang out with them
(4) no real time to watch the stars, but we did do a little Jupiter watching in September with the family
Now, back to the regularly scheduled programming.
I'm sad to see Chris K disappeared, but happy it was for a good reason - golf clubs (those in the know, know; and those not in the know, don't). Happy to see that Adam R is still crazy. I see Emz and SUAR on Facebook sometimes, as well as Gene (who recently ran his first Marathon). I've kept off dailymile but still live on Garmin Connect. J. P. is turning me into a running machine. Watch out Olympic try-outs-when-I'm-50! I've seen a lot of you on Google+ like E. B., Matty O and Tim W.
In the last 4 months I've discovered some very annoying things:
(1) the Garmin has way too many features I don't use or need, and they are always in the way of the stuff I want to get to - let me change the menu system.
(2) the Garmin has this thing with me in long races or runs ... once I get into a stretch of running ... I get the message that the split database is almost full - Hey Mr. Garmin, I just had you linked to my computer to upload data, you know how often I run, can't you give me a message that says "backup or erase your on-watch database now since it will probably give you a message tomorrow when you run"
(3) my mizunos have to be the hardest shoe I have ever run in - it's like they've been steam rolled into hard plates of steel ... I put some gel inserts into them, but they're not as springy as my last pair of Asic Gels
(4) my ipod is not made for ease of use while strapped to my arm ... I'll need to write my own program for big fat buttons, no stupid graphics or animations, and no 20% power remaining beep or dialog box
One thing that is awesome though: when I get home my wife make s a protein shake for me. Running in the sub-zero drizzle and wind is all worth it to see her do this. She is the most awesome Angel on this planet!
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I looks like blogging is an important part of what I do. I've spoken with several colleagues and business associates (who don't run) and they've all mentioned I need to keep blogging. The see me quitting. I never felt I quit. But apparently in the upper echelons, they don't like it when one of their underlings quits.