Saturday, June 30, 2007

huh huh... yeah!

I wonder if anyone remembers the Beatles cartoons from the 60's? We loved them. The post title is one of Ringo's regular lines. We got the full two series on eBay.

And what a find! How's this for a list: Prince Planet, Marine Boy, Kimba The White Lion, Gigantor, Speed Racer, Astro Boy, 8th Man. Plus interviews. Recommended and here's the link if you are interested. All of these are in the public domain and so are not pirated. This guy seems to churn them out regularly. The artwork is great, the information sheets useful and the DVD quality is just fine. I'm not sure if they play only on multi region DVD players, but you could always ask him.

Tesso, we haven't forgotten the Brady Challenge. W'e'll PM you with a few starters, probably next week. And I hope you did well in the GCM. I'll check tomorrow's news.

Running has been pretty good over the last two weeks: 134k in 13 runs, with a good mixture of locations. After my last post, we were hit with wet cold weather, and that prompted me to take off two consecutive days - a real challenge emotionally and one which was a real struggle. At least I'm not obsessive...

A couple of home/M7 runs followed on that weekend, which were surprisingly enjoyable even though they were in non-ideal conditions. The following week I headed to Melbourne for work, and managed two decent runs: South Yarra to The Tan (2 laps), and the following morning the Yarra's bike path. It was 7 degrees, but warmer than here around the Clean Streets. Lots of other runners and walkers, but no CR gear except me with my cap. And no CR greetings either. Still, The Tan is one of the best places to run in Australia, and very motivating.

Later that week, and back home, I did a couple of runs to netball training and then YD's game the next day.
This week, a couple of M7 runs at lunch time, including another PB: this time, 42:20 for 9k, with a 20:55 negative split.
Today, back to the M7 again from Bella Vista while Son's U9/6 team he coaches got hammered. I think I made the better decision to run and not watch. Perhaps if his charges listened to his instructions and applied what they learned at training, the team may perform slightly better. Still, this gives him a whole new dimension to life and ideally will ensure he doesn't choose teaching as a profession. Too many in my family for yet another one.

The Cities Marathon is coming up soon (29/07). I know NTR is doing it, and I hope to get to one of the vantage points and check out the action. Once that's over, I'll see if we can't hook up for a 12-18k run together - probably on the M7!

A final note: it would appear that frivolous suing is alive and well in USA. I wonder if Malcolm Fraser thought to sue for his lost trousers too? The moral is:

Semper ubi sub ubi ubique

"Exit, stage left"

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Triple Treat

Short post:

1. Yesterday did 9k in about one degree just before 6am. Freezing. Today, I went at lunch-time. M7 north and cracked a PB over the course! 10k in 47:20 min (split 24, 23:20). It was sunny but cold. Where was Nite_time-runner?
2. Headed to Dr Pullen to get a sore tooth fixed. Worries about Root canals surfaced all day long (work colleagues have enjoyed these forms of dentistry and waxed lyrical about them). A minor filling "add-on" followed a full X-Ray, then a full clean. The best part? The Gap (after Private Health Cover) was $220. But wait, they waived it!
3. Just won the pair of cycle shorts I wanted on eBay. The same seller has a new pair each day. I've missed out on the last few, but this time I won, and picked them up for $5 less than others! Not bad - $28 all up with postage.

"Virtvtis fortvna comes "

Exit, stage left

Sunday, June 10, 2007

Police don't hurt my mutt

A slightly longer break between blogging than planned. eBay has taken up a little time - defeating those nefarious competitor bidders is challenging but often rewarding. Occasionally, the item requires one to walk away with calm and dignity, saying "it's all yours #@*!"

Running has been quite consistent, with 12 runs for 116k. Hmm, that's close to 10k average again. Mixed into these have been
* four local runs 8-9k, generally in the wee hours of morn, with long tights, gloves and two layers of top. There's a calmness out there that would be peaceful if I wasn't focusing on staying warm. No dogs to annoy, hardly any walkers, definitely no runners. Those runs become enjoyable about 6k in, at 6:30am, when the sun is just starting to rise and the air seems clearer. It also gets colder then because of the evaporation and hot air rising. That's a common theory.
Whatever the reason, it's colder when Mrs BB heads out than at my 6k point...

* five M7 runs of 10k each at lunchtime. Very motivating course, even with few others out.
* 13k around my old suburb - interesting noticing the subtle changes and seeing which places were now on the market.
* today was a relaxing 12k up Windsor Rd to Vineyard, where Mrs BB and YD waited to transport us on to Richmond and shopping, plus lunch.

The cool, still conditions made a wonderful change from the shocking ones of the past three days. Things have been pretty bad for Newcastle and Central Coast residents in particular, and it's great to see the SES volunteers and others rushing to help. It's always inspiring to see how they are quick to act in these sort of emergencies.
Nine dead; five killed when their car was swept off a bridge that collapsed.
Here in Sydney, it's been nothing like that, but many have been without power. We were very lucky. Friends were spending yesterday planning a winter torch-side BBQ, as they had no electricity, and most local shops/restaurants were also powerless. Most power in the NW came back on before dinner time.

Ww bought a new DVD to watch: Countdown The Wonder Years 2. Looking forward to seeing Billy Field, having recently purchased the newly-released double CD "Bad Habits/Try Biology" (and sold the Try Biology LP on eBay afterwards).
There seem to be quite a few tracks that will be interesting to watch as the Peter Principle applied itself: those bands/artists had previously reached their peak and we see their final crack at fame - but their singles flopped. If only they had stayed with what turned out to be their penultimate single (but then who ever does?). I hope Tesso enjoys Iggy Pop. He's probably the fittest looking old druggie I've ever seen on music video.

I'm avoiding posting about Federal and State pollies for now; it's all very flat and predictable. At least Paul Keating livened things up this week. Love the "tea-leaf reading, focus group-driven " bit...

I thought I'd finish with a story that puts a whole new slant on animal cruelty. Look into my eyes - woof!

Canis timidus vehementius latrat quam mordet

"Exit, stage left"