Half a race

A friend of mine walked the half marathon here in Eugene last Sunday. It took her about four and a half hours to finish it. She worked hard, around a very busy schedule, to be able to. She challenged me to run it with her next year. I can’t say the idea appealed to me much, but now I’m starting to give it serious thought. Generally, I run a slowish 5K (3.1 miles) three times a week and run in the occassional 5K race held for charity. The thought of running for over two hours sounds really, really boring. I’m fairly sure I can get my middle aged body in good enough shape to do the run itself, but I am having a harder time imagining myself not getting bored to tears while doing it.
I have learned to cherish my morning runs as pure “me’ time. I usually listen to podcast while I run. My favorites while running are the Escape Artists trio: PodCastle, EscapePod and PseudoPod. It’s really to perfect time to listen to a story.
I suppose I could just get an audiobook or two to listen to as I work my way up in the length of my runs.
I suppose I will have to changed the way I eat at some point too. That, actually, might be the most difficult part. I love to eat and tend to overeat. I know nothng about eating healthy. This will take some research and discipline. Oi.
I think somewhere in writing this, I committed myself.

Free Comic Book Day

After a lovley Geek Brunch at Brail’s with lots of nerdy talk, Lala and I took Owen to Emerald City Comics to get his free comics. He chose a nice selection; including Spider-Man, Fraggle Rock, and The Tick. The last one was at my suggestion though.


Owen couldn’t wait to check them out.


I love comics and think they’re a fantistic medium. I’ve read them on and off for most of my life. It all started with a big box of comics my grandfather bought at someone’s yardsale when all of us grandchildren were under 10 years old or so. It had a huge variety of old comics. There were books aimed at little kids: Richie Rich, Little Dot, Archie, Hot Stuff, the Little Devil, Wendy the Good Little Witch, Casper the Friendly Ghost etc. And books aimed at the older kids: Superman, Batman, X-men, Spider-Man, The New Gods, Magnus Robot Fighter, etc. I read every single one many many times. We read them until they fell apart then we ttaped them back together and read them again.

I “collected” them for awhile in the early 90s but it was always really about the art and stories for me. I ended up practically giving my collection away when I moved out on my own. Now, I mostly read them in trade paperback collections or online. I hope my boy learns to love them like I did. I’ll be sure to give him plenty of opportunities.

Starting from scratch

So my original blog here died when I was updating it to the newest version of WordPress. I didn’t lose too much, however, since it had mostly just been gathering dust in a subfolder.
As much as I’ve liked 1and1.com and their hosting, they do NOT make it easy to upgrade. Their help desk’s support wasn’t particularly helpful with it either. It felt like I was getting the bare minumum effort. Working in tech support myself, it was easy to recognize. I would probably have just switched hosting providers but, to be honest, I purchased my domain through them as well and I’m not sure how to separate the two. Something I will need to learn, I guess. That and how to migrate this to a new server at some point.
The main reason I restarted the blog was that I was having so much fun being able to post via my Droid’s super cool WordPress app. (So many apps!) I like the ability to write here while I’m sitting idle someplace. Currently, that place is next to my 3 year old waiting for him to fall asleep, but I love the idea that I could blog from anywhere I have a signal (or just composing a post if I don’t).
I think I’d also like to add some kind of twitter widget and maybe a YouTube plugin. I don’t really have a goal for the blog other than to amuse myself.

So there you have it, a fresh start.