Why I Love KG

June 19, 2008

A very nice homage to Kevin Garnett on Slate‘s site.  Be sure to watch both video clips.  He’s way over-the-top in just about everything he does and says…but, unlike Kobe Bryant, you get the feeling that he’s 100% genuine.  I’m glad he ended his 2 weeks of sucking in the Finals and come up big in Game 6.  Never have I been so happy that a team not named Bulls or Spurs have won the title.


Stoopid Iowanz

June 17, 2008

We now step away from our 24/7 coverage of the Floods of 2008 to remind you that not all Iowan institutions have are able to grasp the subtleties of the 21st century.  Way to go, DSM Register.  Thanks for not only demonstrating a significant level of ignorance on how your own website works, but you are clearly void of perspective, given all the tragedy that has happened in Iowa over the past few weeks.  Complaining about a blogger using your video footage – even if it was copyright infringement – seems somewhat out-of-touch when people are losing their homes, businesses, and livelihoods.

DSM – Jackson, MS

June 17, 2008

Here’s how I’m planning to get from Des Moines, IA – Jackson, MS

We normally take I35 – I70 through Iowa & Missouri. This will be shorter, but I haven’t traveled these roads before. Any thoughts, suggestions, criticisms from people who have taken highways 163 – 63 – 34 in Iowa? Also, does anyone know if the Avenue of the Saints is completed south of Iowa City?

Check back here next week week for my thoughts on my week with Voice of Calvary Ministries in Jackson, MS.

Rain Anyone?

June 4, 2008

In case you’re wondering, we’re looking forward to sunshine on June 13.

WDM Weather

Parkersburg Video

June 4, 2008

Pretty wild video of the Parkersburg tornado, courtesy The Des Moines Register

I Want To Ride My Bicycle

June 3, 2008

This evening I went on a long-ass bike ride through Yuppieville (West Des Moines).  Aside from the stupid people in SUVs who don’t pay attention to large white dudes on large black bikes, it was a rather pleasant ride.

Oh, I guess there was one other thing.  It took me 4 attempts to find a gas station with a properly functioning pressurized air hose.  Not a huge deal…but a little annoying.  Eventually, I found on at the Kum & Go on 50th and Mills Civic Parkway.  I even avoided the temptation to go into the adjoining McDonalds and buy a Double QPC and a McFlurry.

Here’s hoping for a relaxing evening of leftover pizza, beer, and “Syriana“.

Dam Tired

June 1, 2008

Yesterday was my 4th consecutive year of participating in the Dam to Dam run. Known as “Iowa’s Distance Classic”, the race gathers over 5,000 people on a point-to-point route from the Saylorville Dam north of Des Moines to the Locust Ave. Dam downtown. Here’s the route…

I started preparing for this race about 10 weeks ago. About halfway into the training, I started experiencing a lingering issue with my right calf. With the “injury”, I reduced my running from 5 times / week to barely 2 times. It turned out that this made me barely more prepared for the race than last year’s ill-fated attempt at running without any sort of preparation.

I’m not sure what was more disappointing – finishing poorly, or letting it bother me that I finished poorly. The Dam to Dam is such an overwhelming experience; the numbers, the distance, the volunteers, the cheering crowds. It is both awe-inspiring and humbling to be part of such an event…just to be able to finish the race upright is no small task.

And yet, I had hoped for more. It’s easy to make excuses, but there really are none worth making. It’s just as well. I’m glad I was able to complete the race, and now I set my sights on the Des Moines Half Marathon in October. I can only hope I fare better in 20 weeks…