Wednesday, May 24, 2017

like a rainbow melting an electron

Yep, so this Saturday I am doing a Spartan Race - Sprint distance.
This Sunday I am doing a Spartan Race - Super distance.

The Sprint distance is described as this:
5-8 km
20-23 Obstacles
40 minutes Fastest Time

The Reebok Spartan Sprint: This is our shortest distance. It is perfect for athletes of all levels; from Spartan first timers to seasoned racers. The 3-5 Mile Sprint may be our shortest distance but it packs more than 20 Signature Spartan Obstacles. If you think you can’t do it, you’re wrong. Get to the starting line and show yourself what you are capable of.

The Super distance is described as this:
13-16 km
24-29 Obstacles
80 minutes Fastest Time

The Reebok Spartan Super: This is our middle distance course. With a longer distance than the Sprint and more obstacles, the Super will test your endurance, perseverance and grit. The 8-10 Mile Super packs more than 25 Signature Spartan Obstacles through tougher and more rugged terrain. The Super is the test en route to your Spartan TRIFECTA.

I think of the Sprint as being a warm-up to do the Super.

I have not been able to train as much for the race this year as I did for the race last year.

What will also be a different experience is that last year when I did the race I did it with a group of about 10 other coworkers; completing the last 4/7ths of the course with one particular coworker with whom I teamed up. This coming weekend there isn't anyone else going apart from me.

In August I will be doing a Spartan Race - Beast distance, described thus:
20-23 km
30-35 Obstacles
3 Hours Fastest Time

The Reebok Spartan Beast: This is our most difficult of the three. The Beast will test not only your endurance, perseverance and grit, but also your mind. The 12-14 Mile Beast packs more than 30 Signature Spartan Obstacles and your final hurdle to Spartan TRIFECTA glory. It won’t be easy but you can’t believe how good the medal feels at the finish line.

By doing all three distances within the same calendar year I earn the 'Trifecta'. Whoop de do.

In 2018 I hope that we'll be able to get a group going again from my work and I would probably only do that race, having experienced the other races in 2017.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

another year

So last year saw the passing of David Bowie and Prince among many others.

Now Chris Cornell is gone.

I liked the sound of both Soundgarden and Audioslave.

I hope he is in a better place now.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

pack up your meat, place it in a strawberry

I have not been as active here as I have been in the past.

There is likely a reason for this.

Being a snail named Gary doesn't make the hole grow any faster. I'm amazed that Musk took this idea and is now running with it. Of course, his idea with the sled to carry the car through the tunnel is a variation of what I thought of back in 2006 when I first wrote this.

There are too many wishes that a person like me can plan for. Next year also has in it a sturgeon.

Leap Frogging someone or something to get ahead does not bode well for the frog involved.

There is something to be said about using a general purpose broom to sweep out the laundry.

I hope you have a day today.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

let the plaintiff eat soup

Outside my work window today there was a fundraiser. As more money was raised the jumper jumped from higher and higher; he did four jumps in total. The video below is the last one where he jumped from the highest. It looks better if you put it to full screen.

They announced over and over again that if you text to 20222 the word 'POW', instructions would follow for you to contribute 5, 10, 20 or 25$ to some sort of Cancer Research foundation. I ended up contributing and the amount I chose will be added to my mobile device bill.

It's too bad that this wasn't something I could have brought my kids to, I think the younger two would have enjoyed seeing this.

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

three times three is blue

A red and yellow striped awning woke up on a five-spoked rolling chair descending a very gradually sloped hill heading towards a report card that had below average language scores but above average science and math scores.

It seems that there is even some room for those of us who think of ourselves as peripheral.

An oxymoron has very little to do with oxen.

My work got in the way of my going to the gym today. I am not too thrilled about this, but hey, what can you do?

There is nothing else to be said about kelp regurgitation.

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

celebrating piety in and among the pies

Being surrounded, and yet escaping, is the least dangerous of icons that a breath of sour air can ignite.

I'm dreaming of living in a condo in the city. Then, I awoke to find myself dreaming of living in a condo in the city.

Walk to work, walk to shops, walk to the movies, walk a block. Yes, noise, yes, neighbours.

No, cutting grass, no, shoveling snow.

Building a boat to Oslo, one of the ones made of quack and slippery.

Pink is the colour. I should know.

Monday, May 01, 2017

breaking the wrist watch into one piece

A soliloquy and a radish went on a date, eating dates. They discussed the parenthetical meaning of braces, in between other topics of lesser importance. They ended the date by ending it.

The soliloquy, to herself, thought the date went enigmatically.

The radish was eventually consumed.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

brand names without the meringue

Let's talk about getting to go camping this weekend. I have a sleeping bag rated for -7C which is handy, as I'll be in a tent over night Saturday night where it is forecast to go down to -1C. It should warm up to about 11C on Saturday and Sunday, and there doesn't appear to be a forecast for rain, so that's good.

I'll be leaving Saturday morning and coming back Sunday after lunch. There may be some drinking involved.

There won't be any kids around, just three other dads; we'll get to commiserate about our lives together.

It is 23:41, about time for me to go to sleep.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

chicken fried harpoon

My home is currently empty of people apart from me.

It is sunny and warm today (14C).

I am thinking of going to have a nap.

Yes, zzz's.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

when going deeper into muck you find

Tomorrow I am eligible to give blood again as 56 days will have passed since my last donation.

I will not be giving blood tomorrow as I have to leave work early to then retrieve C-Ling so that the two of us can then go to our bi-annual dental cleaning and checkup. The appointment is at 14h50 so I'll have to leave work early, retrieve her from school and head straight to the dentist.

The Canadiens are playing again tonight against the Rangers in game four of the first round. The Canadiens, favoured in this series, is ahead, two games to one. I have not been able to watch any of the games so far, and tonight's game will be no exception.

The federal minister of finance, the premier of Ontario and the mayor of Toronto met today to discuss what can be done about the exorbitant rate increases concerning the price of real estate. The media last week indicated property values went up 33% in the hottest Toronto markets as compared to last year. I do not know what can really be done about this that would also not have unforeseen side effects that would haunt a subsequent generation. Fortunately, I do not live there.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

A Pirate's Life for Me

C-Ling played the character 'Belinda' and she did an amazing job.

In fact, the whole play from beginning to end was smoothly done, well received, with some truly star performances and a few less stellar ones.

The kids performing in this play are all from grade six, 11 or 12 years old. C-Ling told me on the drive home that the play they performed is typically performed at the high school level (ages 14-15) but their main director felt that the kids had the capacity to do it.

I suspect it was just at the edge of their ability, but within their ability as clearly the show went on very well.

Thanks, Deb, for being the one to reply, reminding me that I'm not posting out into the ether.