Seattle Half-Marathon

November 27th, 2005

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Today was the Seattle Marathon…. a long-ass run around Seattle and Lake Washington. They also have a half-marathon course, which is only 13.1 miles instead of the longer 26.2 mile course. Let’s go back about 7 weeks… one of my co-workers, Stefany, told me she was planning on running the half-marathon and I thought it sounded like a cool idea. I’ve run 5 or 6 miles before, so the entire 13 couldn’t be that bad…right? During weekends in Oct & Nov, I would attempt longer runs, 7 then 8 then finally a 10 mile ordeal while home in Hawaii in early Nov. Since then, i’ve been working a bunch and have not been able to run during the weekdays and only got in a 6 mile run in once. Fast forward to this morning. I met Stefany at the start line and we were about 50 yards behind the actual start line due to the thousands of people running with us. When the starting gun went off, we immediately went… nowhere. It took a little bit for the crowd to move and for us to get to the start line. Once there we got a medium jog going, since the pack was so thick. After a couple miles, it thinned out and Stef and I were having a nice run and conversations that got our minds off of the distance left. At mile 5, i realized Stef was keeping a slower pace than I wanted, so we wished each other well and i took off ahead. Even though this was my first organized run of any kind, I still wanted to make good time, and for me, that was under 2 hours. That’s just a round number that sounds good. The rest of the run wasn’t too bad, except my left knee started to feel like jello after mile 10….

The last mile seemed the easiest, since there was no pain after seeing the finish in sight. Lee and Sachi were there to cheer for me as I approached the finish line and they got a good picture of me passing by. I crossed the line at 2 hours, 2 min, 14 seconds…. Sooooo close to my sub-2-hour goal. Afterwards, when my legs started to rest, it hurt to bend my left knee…. and now (10 hours later) it just hurts to move in general…

And to follow a relaxing 13.1 mile morning run, I met some friends for a Seahawks tailgate and then went to today’s 4 1/2 hour game (which the Seahawks finally won in overtime!). Not the best way to recoup from a long run (especially walking up 8 flights of stairs to get to our upper-level seats), but I had a blast today. Maybe I’ll sign up for next years run…. maybe.

Last 50 yardsFinished

Can cook…. need eaters

October 23rd, 2005

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Recipe books are nice, in fact they’re great if you ever seem to have all the ingrediants listed for a dish. I like to take a recipe idea and get a general feel of what should be used and how it should be prepared. On Saturday, I tried making a few dishes. There weren’t recipes per se, but amalgamations of ideas retrieved from other dishes i thought were cool. I prepared some halibut and tossing in a few sides, nothing too fancy. I realize now that i don’t eat out because i can’t cook, i eat out because cooking requires two things, 1) time to purchase, prepare and cook the food, and 2) ability to think of something to cook. That’s really the hard part. If someone would say, “cook lobster thermador on Wednesday”, that would be fine by me. Granted I have no idea how to make that, nor do i wish to toss a live lobster into a boiling pot…. but it helps to have someone say what they want cooked.

With a whole house under my control with a very nice kitchen, I may need volunteer mouths to eat whatever i can create from this kitchen. I used to hate cooking when i lived by myself, since if i made something that tasted bad, i was stuck with 4 or 5 servings of it that i dreaded for days. Until Lee & Sachi leave, I have them as guinnea pigs to try whatever i make (when i do get around to cooking that is). Not that this will turn into Aunt Bea’s diner where any of my friends can just come over for dinner… not at all. But when I do cook, it’d be nice to get some mouths to partake in the fun. And fun consists of first identifying the cooked item, then taking the chance and tasting it (at own risk), and finally trying to smile and say “mmmm, uhhh interesting” in the most honest face possible. So if you’re interested in putting your appetite where your mouth is, let me know. If you haven’t had a good home-cooked meal in a long time, don’t despair just YET…. it’s just a dry-spell and i’m sure a home-cooked meal is just around the corner. Chances are, if you’re not near home, the nearest home-cooked meal may be at your friend’s place. Friends that can cook is a great benefit to have. Find someone that can cook and make them cook for you, or at least learn from them before you let them go. Otherwise you may not eat a good meal for years….. yikes!

Get flying out of my system

October 17th, 2005

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With about 53 days left before Lee & Sachi leave for their 12-month world tour….. i’m seeing the writing on the wall. Soon, I won’t be able to leave Seattle since I’ll need to be here to take care of Amos, the lazy black lab who sleeps at least 22 hours a day. He’s a part of the family, so it’s more fun than obligation. But not taking any trips seems like a hard ordeal…. especially with the crazy amount of vacation days my company gives me each year. So to get it out of my system, i’m going to be taking trips whenever i can over the next 53 days. Already i have planned a trip home to Hawaii, a quick jaunt to Vegas and now a scamper to the Sunshine state to catch-up with distant family.

Make this be the open invitation to any friends wanting to visit Seattle in 2006. There’s plenty of space available and the weekends last all the way through Sunday….. All you gotsta do is give me a heads-up before you show-up. Seattle has espresso to wake you up, good food to put you to sleep, and in-between a plethora of in-and-outdoor fun to keep you busy. What else do you need? Forget about the rain, it’s just a myth. It rains less than you think, but don’t you blink, or you’ll miss the fun, under the sun, and if you wait, you may be too late, so get on your saddle, and come visit Seattle.

Sideswiped

August 19th, 2005

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I awoke this morning to an unfortunate sight…. someone sideswiped my car last night while I was sleeping. I park on the street in front of the house, but since there’s always the concern of getting hit by cars on my street, we all park our cars with the right wheels on the sidewalk. I guess I need to start parking my car with more of the car on the sidewalk. Maybe all 4 wheels need to be off the street. No note was left… which figures. All I know is that it was a black/brown color car that hit me, since that was the paint left on my driver door. I would take pictures of the damage to show you… but my car doesn’t like to pose for pictures when she’s not at her best.

The driver door panel is scratched up, but the left front panel is bent a bit, so they’ll replace that… plus a new driver’s side mirror, since the existing one is hanging by a few wires and in about 100 pieces on the ground. 3-days to get fixed and $1800… sure doesn’t seem fair, does it. Yea for Allstate. I knew insurance was a good thing. I’m never worried about my driving (knock on wood), I’m only concerned with other drivers…. and nothing epitomizes that more than my car getting hit while I’m in the house sleeping. F$&(*$#%@ (I do run a PG-rated site here…)



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