Thursday, November 27, 2008

Turkey Day 8k...well, almost

Spartanburg Running Club puts on an 8k run each Thanksgiving morning. Will and I headed downtown to meet some other folks and go for a run. It's a pretty low key event. The only race entry is a canned good that goes to the local soup kitchen. Scott Wolfe and his boys showed up in some festive holiday hats.

It was butt freakin cold, but we had a good time. I told Will I'd run with him which I did for the first three miles. He was going good for him, averaging about 7:10 for the first 3 miles, but I could tell he was going to fade some more to the end. So, I decided to pick it up. I ran the next 1.5 mi at about 6:35. The course ended up short by a lot. It was 4.5 mi, my time was 31:25 for an average of 6:58/mi. I think I was 14th OA, but I didn't really have any goals other than to have fun.

After the run what else is there to do but visit the local refueling center:

Once home I did a sissy version of a Crossfit workout. 10 pushups, 1 situp, 9 pushups, 2 situps, etc to 1 pushup, 10 situps for time. My time was 5:23 and I was hurting!! I haven't done these in a while!

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Hope everyone (read as: "the two people who actually read my blog!") has a great Thanksgiving Day tomorrow!!!!!!

I'm heading into downtown Sparkle City (Spartanburg) for the Turkey Day 8k at 7:30am. It's a cool "race." A canned good for the local homeless shelter is the entry fee. The course is through downtown areas and the top 60 finishers get a t-shirt!
Plus it's a good way to make yourself feel better about the copious amounts of food you're about to spend the rest of the day stuffing your face with!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Where to this Christmas?

How about Kauai, HI!!

Julie and I are making our second trip to the islands of Hawaii the Sunday after Christmas. We went to Oahu and Maui for our honeymoon, nearly seven years ago. The plan was to go back around 10 years, but with the possibility of another munchin on the horizon, we figured it was now or wait another ten years. So, we're heading here:

We'll be on the island 7 days and 6 nights. I found a "cottage" near the beach for a good rate. I've stayed in hotels around here for more per night. Here's the view from the deck and the inside of the studio/loft style accomodations.

Tons of pictures and stories to follow! Aloha!!

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Taxes/Economy Explained

The simplest explaination of taxes I've ever seen:

Our Tax System Explained: Bar Stool EconomicsSuppose that every day, ten men go out for beer and the bill for all ten comes to $100. If they paid their bill the way we pay our taxes, it would go something like this:

The first four men (the poorest) would pay nothing.
The fifth would pay $1.
The sixth would pay $3.
The seventh would pay $7.
The eighth would pay $12.
The ninth would pay $18.
The tenth man (the richest) would pay $59.

So, that's what they decided to do.The ten men drank in the bar every day and seemed quite happy with the arrangement, until one day, the owner threw them a curve. 'Since you are all such good customers,' he said, 'I'm going to reduce the cost of your daily beer by $20.' Drinks for the ten now cost just $80.The group still wanted to pay their bill the way we pay our taxes so the first four men were unaffected. They would still drink for free. But what about the other six men - the paying customers? How could they divide the $20 windfall so that everyone would get his 'fair share?'They realized that $20 divided by six is $3.33. But if they subtracted that from everybody's share, then the fifth man and the sixth man would each end up being paid to drink his beer. So, the bar owner suggested that it would be fair to reduce each man's bill by roughly the same amount, and he proceeded to work out the amounts each should pay.And so:

The fifth man, like the first four, now paid nothing (100% savings).
The sixth now paid $2 instead of $3 (33%savings).
The seventh now pay $5 instead of $7 (28%savings).
The eighth now paid $9 instead of $12 (25% savings).
The ninth now paid $14 instead of $18 (22% savings).
The tenth now paid $49 instead of $59 (16% savings).

Each of the six was better off than before. And the first four continued to drink for free. But once outside the restaurant, the men began to compare their savings.'I only got a dollar out of the $20,'declared the sixth man. He pointed to the tenth man,' but he got $10!''Yeah, that's right,' exclaimed the fifth man. 'I only saved a dollar, too. It's unfair that he got ten times more than I got' 'That's true!!' shouted the seventh man. 'Why should he get $10 back when I got only two? The wealthy get all the breaks!''Wait a minute,' yelled the first four men in unison. 'We didn't get anything at all. The system exploits the poor!'The nine men surrounded the tenth and beat him up.The next night the tenth man didn't show up for drinks so the nine sat down and had beers without him. But when it came time to pay the bill, they discovered something important. They didn't have enough money between all of them for even half of the bill! And that, ladies and gentlemen, journalists and college professors, is how our tax system works. The people who pay the highest taxes get the most benefit from a tax reduction. Tax them too much, attack them for being wealthy, and they just may not show up anymore. In fact, they might start drinking overseas where the atmosphere is somewhat friendlier.

You have heard the old commercial "This is your brain on drugs." The last half, with out the rich guy "is our economy on Barack."

Btw, keep an eye on my Feed-jit tracker for a D.C. view following this post. I've seen it happen to some other folks who "commented" on the state of the union...don't think it was coincidence. Unless they have half a brain to block their view on the feed since I called them out ahead of time.

Saturday, November 8, 2008


Ok, so admittedly I've been taking it pretty easy for the past 3-4 weeks since the triathlon season ended, but I think that's ok for a little break. I had a good season with a lot of improvements over last year. I know I'll be doing some road races of various distances from 5K to Half Marathon this winter. I'm going to take a winter off from the full marathon and try and keep up with my swimming and biking.

For next year, I have two questions of which the answers will shape my racing and planning:
1) Will I get picked to race for the SCTS team? A yes, will cover my race entries and require me to race out of the series in two large (600+) events.
2) Will I be able to upgrade my bike with a sponsorship? This is a mental and motivational upgrade as well as a mechanical boost.

I should know something on both in the next few weeks, so I'll sit down and plan '09 out after that. Btw, I'm not sitting on my butt completely...I knocked out 8 miles this morning in about an hour!
Everyone wants to win, few want to prepare.