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Be careful in strange lands...

Monday, July 20, 2009

I used to watch Survivorman. Not sure if I will anymore.

Yesterday I visited a local state park because they offered several mountain bike trails of varying difficulty. After riding several miles to the park I then proceeded to meander through the more touristy parts and the lake. With the sun quickly setting I decided I better get going to the trails. Once I got in the trails, I didn't pay much attention to the
thick brush and many tall trees. I went on several trails, some I had no business being on, but it was fun, challenging and I survived.

Ok, now how do I get out of here? The trails had taken me deeper into the maze of trails towards the center of the park and light was fading fast, more so with the trees blocking what little there was. Another sign that I should have noticed: no other riders...NONE! The forest started coming to life and the trails were getting harder to see. At one point had to use my cell phone as flashlight just to see the trail map I was lucky enough to grab earlier. Honestly, if there weren't some well placed signs, and there weren't many, or I didn't have that map or my phone or didn't keep my cool I really don't know if I'd be here typing this. Things could've easily gone further south than they already had. Basically had to hike it out with the bike because the paths were rooty, uneven and now unseeable at speed. And I knew if I added an injury to the mix, things could get really ugly. It took about an hour but I eventually made it back to the trail head. It was beyond twilight but I was overjoyed. Never been so happy to see car headlights or the big dipper.

Back to Les Stroud and Survivorman. I used to think putting yourself in those situations was somewhat exciting. If you love adrenaline and that unique emotional smorgasbord, it is. What happened to me was trying to do too much too late in the day with little forethought for my safety. The fact that he does this repeatedly makes me wonder. Guys and gals, be careful out there.

  
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KATANA_X 8/9/2009 3:53AM

    Wow, this sounds remarkably familiar. My SO and I were recently very, very lost in a state park, and had to be rescued by a K-9 unit. I had a lot more fun than I should probably admit.

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NEVERFORGET911 7/20/2009 3:27PM

    Don't know if it's true, but I heard that Survivorman goes off to a hotel if it gets too hot to handle.

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MONIQUE138 7/20/2009 3:16PM

    Wow Thanks for the heads up. That sounded pretty scary. I am glad you made it out safely. emoticon

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Today is Bastille Day...so what?

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Today in 1789 the French stormed the Bastille, a fortress/prison, kicking off the French Revolution. Things must've been pretty bad for the people to take on the army in such a fortified position. I believe this feeling is what brought many vs here: fed up of being sick and tired. Some will say anger is one letter away from danger. Used properly, I think it can be a great motivation for change.

  
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KATANA_X 7/15/2009 9:29AM

    Yes! An excuse for my rage! Unfortunately, one of the top sources of my rage is the unaccountable success of one Ms. Brooke Shields. That's not particularly motivational. That broad'll promote any product under the sun. I mean, really. Come on, Brooke.

Let's overthrow the government! I mean...uh...get healthy! Go team USA!

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CHBADILLO 7/14/2009 11:21AM

    That was deep...

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Rest in peace Michael Jackson

Wednesday, July 08, 2009



Despite how you feel here are a few things he managed to do in his life: he made us sing, dance, buy leather jackets (some bought the pants too), moonwalk, wear ONE glove, sport jerry curls, grab our crotches and scream. I like this line used in a recent Car and Driver editorial, "He is saintly but he is not a saint." That writer was referring to the head of GM but I think it's fitting for Mr. Jackson as well. In spite of his flaws he did so much to entertain, support via philanthropy and inspire a generation and the world. That's all any of us could hope for in this life: do more good than harm and what a better place the world would be if more believed in that ideal. His legacy will be long lived.

  
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CHOCMOM 7/19/2009 6:46AM

  Very well said. 3 weeks later and I am still saddened at our loss.

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LOVESLIFE48 7/8/2009 11:03AM

    I agree, well put. I watched the farewell ceremony yesterday and was so moved. I didn't realise how close the brothers and sisters were. MJ will be missed.

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SUSAN134 7/8/2009 12:21AM

    So well put. I particularly like the quote about the CEO of GM....it is so fitting for Michael Jackson. A brilliant but tortured soul, gone too soon.

RIP MJ!

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Wow, didn't think I'd be listening to country...

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Just heard the song by Serena Ryder "Little Bit of Red" and was hooked. Some good songs on the album "is It OK?" I like the opening track "Sweeping The Ashes" I think it was bold opening with the type of song most albums bury in the middle or at the end. That's what I get for keeping an open ear :)

  
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CHRISTINE86 6/29/2009 11:27AM

    I just can't do it....I can't get into any Country song no matter what. Few musical things I can listen to but unfortunalty country is just one of them. Must be the city girl inside me that won't let the twang in.

Have a fabulous Monday!

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HEPKITTY 6/28/2009 1:48PM

    I love country music! Well, a lot of it, not all of it. They can pull things off with lyrics and subjects that no other genre can!

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Walk Away The Pounds...Anywhere!

Friday, June 26, 2009

Sometimes you want to get a quick workout in and you may not be at home, at lunch or traveling. Something I've tried is ripping the audio track from a fitness DVD like Leslie Sansone's Walk Away the Pounds 3 Mile. It's a good one because there are just a handful of movements and she cues every change verbally so you don't have to see to do. There are a lot of free audio recorders out there (check CNET's download.com and type in audio recorder). If you want more features you may want to check out programs like Audacity, Winamp or Totalrecorder. Once you get the recorder installed and test that it works by recording some audio hit record and let your favorite fitness DVD play. You could also use the record feature of your mp3 player if it has one but the audio quality is much better if you do it "in the box." If the software doesn't have timed record you'll have to set a timer or alarm to remind you to hit stop. If you record too much many of these programs also include an editor which will allow you to easily "cut" the parts you don't want like an intro or dead air if you didn't hit stop in time.
I love walking but it doesn't come close to the workout I get from Sansone's 3 Mile Walk. If you're a beginner or have limited time check out her 1 and 2 mile Walks. Good stuff! You're next Billy Blanks.

  
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MISSBERRY1 7/10/2009 11:10AM

  I love this DVD! I have all of her exercize programs. I am going to do one today. Thanks!

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