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April 23, 2005

Not bad for my first 10K, if I do say so.
It was chilly this morning about 7C but nowhere near the temperatures from the last race I ran. There were about 60 or so running the 5K/10K in total, and the whole race was pretty casual and low-key on the part of the organizers. I didn't finish last, though it was fairly close -- only four behind me. Overall, I was pretty pleased with the result (completing, not competing, was the order of the day). I did have two grumbly moments, however:

bemidji.jpg- Having not one, but TWO iPods die on me in the race (my battery kaffed out 10 minutes into the race, and Frances' locked up hard 10 minutes later, and refused to respond to any efforts to reboot it). I swear, I'm destined not to be able to use an MP3 player in any race. I think I'm going to be in the market soon for a Shuffle soon.

-Watching the 75-year-old guy pass me at the 6km mark, and stretch out his lead to about 300m by the end. I wasn't competing, but it did make me feel a little pathetic.

And, I'm a little sore this evening. I'm really, really not looking forward to tomorrow. I may be immobile -- and I've got a 20x20 garden to dig up and move.

[From the 'Lincoln' Section]
Posted by Lincoln at 10:25 PM
April 22, 2005
The Roulette Wheel

Since November, when one of our two local video stores closed (ahh, the vagaries of living in a town of 1500 people), we've subscribed to, A Canadian answer to Netflix.

Cost-wise, it works out to be a little cheaper than renting from a video store. And, you can usually keep a fairly steady flow of movies coming and going.

But the best part of Zip's service is the randomness of the titles that arrive. You can specify two titles at a time for "ASAP" delivery, but the rest come from your list of titles. Frances and I spent an evening going through and playing our own version of six degrees of separation, picking over 200 titles to put on the list. And they include movies that are everything from "I really should see this, but haven't bothered yet" titles, to "The terrible movie that I can't resist renting" titles. Zip has removed the barrier for renting ridiculous nostalgia titles like Summer Rental -- just for the hell of it.
Here's what we've seen since November. Notice the prediliction towards Buffy. Man, I wish we'd watched the show when it was running -- we both love it now:
Shark Tale
Buffy The Vampire Slayer: Season 2 Disc 3
Shaun of the Dead
Matchstick Men
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Buffy The Vampire Slayer: Season 2 Disc 2
Project Greenlight's Stolen Summer
Buffy The Vampire Slayer: Season 2 Disc 1
The Day After Tomorrow
Buffy The Vampire Slayer: Season 1 Disc 3
The Triplets of Belleville (Les Triplettes de Belleville)
Shrek (Full Frame)
Escape From New York: Special Edition
Stuck On You
Buffy The Vampire Slayer: Season 1 Disc 2
Buffy The Vampire Slayer: Season 1 Disc 1
Mona Lisa Smile
Stuck On You
Anger Management
Clifford's Really Big Movie
Something's Gotta Give
The Cooler
Arthur's Snow Day
DodgeBall: A True Underdog Story
Pieces Of April
Clifford: Clifford Saves The Day!
Max & Ruby's Christmas
Care Bears: Adventures in Care-a-lot
Honeymoon In Vegas
A Charlie Brown Christmas
V: The Final Battle Disc 1
Bulletproof Monk
Memphis Belle
Super Size Me
The Man With One Red Shoe
The Incredible Adventures Of Wallace & Gromit

[From the 'Miscellany' Section]
Posted by Lincoln at 10:23 AM
Striding into Spring

This weekend, the four of us (minus the dog) are overnighting in Bemidji, MN so that I have a cheering squad as I run the Stride into Spring 10k. After the disappointment of only being able to run the 5k race at the Freeze Your Gizzard race in January, and the subsequent two months of physio to try and get my calf back in shape, I need to do this run. Did 8k on Wednesday, and I'm feeling good -- haven't actually done a full 10k, but felt so good after the 8k, I know it won't be a problem (thighs are sore though, ouch). Besides, for me, it's about completion, not competition.
As we were packing a bag last night for the trip, Frances asked the funniest question:
"So, how long will the run be? Half an hour?"
I looked at her and said, with incredulity, "Half an hour?"
"What? Fifteen minutes?" she responded quickly.
"FIFTEEN MINUTES??? Frances, it's 10k!"
"Oh. Right."

[From the 'Lincoln' Section]
Posted by Lincoln at 09:05 AM
April 18, 2005
An Open Letter to David Lincoln

Mr. Lincoln:

I find that etymology, especially as it pertains to names and naming conventions, is a fascinating subject. I find it moderately interesting that you and I share a commonality in our name. It is, after all, somewhat unique.
What I don't find much interest in is receiving your correspondence.
Whether it's about your search for a used Lexus, your speaking schedule, or something you've ordered online I really don't want to receive it. It's your stuff, not mine, and I get enough of my own to deal with daily.
So for the love of Pete, stop using my email address when you fill out forms.
Now, back to our regular infrequent programming...

[From the 'Lincoln' Section]
Posted by Lincoln at 03:34 PM