Thursday, July 30, 2009

Lets Laugh

Well today I needed a good laugh so I decided to share one my favorite ways of cheering myself up.

Its called Wal-Mart bingo. Just click the game card below and head out with someone to your local Wal-Mart. The premise is the same as your traditional Bingo. Read the boxes on the game card and when you see one of the listed boxes on your game card scratch it out. First one to cover all wins!

Monday, July 20, 2009

Fight For Your Right To Live

I don't have much to say about this but how stunned I was to hear this news. Beastie Boys have been a favorite of mine since seventh grade when a friend made me a tape copy of Licensed to Ill. Now I don't want to eulogize Adam because I am sure that he will have a full recovery.

Beastie Boys' Adam Yauch Has Cancer - News Story | Music, Celebrity, Artist News | MTV News

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Thursday, July 16, 2009

Why Cycling?

Now this is a question that came to me as I watched the Tour de France today. Why do I think this could be something that I could enjoy as I get older? Because lets face it I am not what you consider having a cycling frame. I am fat. Oh sorry I am big boned.

I think to really analysis these questions there are a few things you need to understand about me. First of all ever since I can remember I have been a husky guy. I love that word husky. Reminds me of school shopping as a kid and having to buy the husky size in my Catholic school required dress clothes. Next item of note would be I have never really participated in sports that require you to be a super fit to just to participate. Baseball and Football you can have a gut and still be a champ.

Now I am a huge support or of Livestrong and a fan of Lance Armstrong but why do I need to ride a bike? I can enjoy Lance and other cycling superstars without owning a bike and subject myself to embarrassing escapades on local country roads. I am sure I am a prime example to passer bys on why they would never take up cycling. My hope is they see me and think, "if that husky guy can do it, I can too." Then continue on the road considering themselves lucky that wasn't them almost in cardiac arrest and doing it willingly.

One possible answer to the above question is that I believe that just by having a bike and riding it occasionally that I will get fit. You know the whole " if I sleep with my history book then I will ace the test tomorrow" kind of mentality. Now we both know this doesn't work. To be successful in cycling it requires a lot of individual dedication and it is super hard work. Also it requires, and this is were I fail horribly, that I have to eat much much better. Unless you ride everyday and burn mass calories you can't enjoy Dairy Queen daily. Or shove pizza down your pie hole. Pie hole reminds me of Chris Farley. Another guy, like me, who really wasn't born with the ideal cycling frame.

In closing, let me say that by no way am giving up cycling. I love this hobby, even if it is not the best choice for my chubbiness. And you never know, someday I might just shed a few pounds and make it out of Huskyville.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Repost: Laugh, Love, and Cry

On March 4, 1993, Jim Valvano was awarded the inaugural Arthur Ashe Courage and Humanitarian Award at the first annual ESPY Awards. Following is his acceptance speech

I can't believe it has been fifteen years since I watched that speech on ESPN. It moved me then, and it still does today. I have never forgot the quote at the end:

"Cancer can take away all my physical abilities. It cannot touch my mind, it cannot touch my heart and it cannot touch my soul. And those three things are going to carry on forever".

The Jimmy V Foundation

Sunday, July 5, 2009

The Lance Armstrong Drinking Game

Hello there, well I have to say we are two stages into the Tour de France and I am almost tired of hearing the name Lance Armstrong. I know, I know, how can that be? Well let me explain.

First of all Versus, the network carrying the TDF, is playing up the return of Lance so much it seems its all they want to talk about. Now I not saying they should dismiss the return of the seven time winner of the TDF. It just would be nice to not hear his name every 3 minutes.

Another reason is that I like my sport teams and figures to be low key. In a way that they go out and perform but they never really gain too much fame or celebrity. I find that I tend to like the shut your mouth and do your job athletes. Now Lance has no control on how is he covered so this is no fault of his but to the networks covering his return to cycling.

The final reason is that they are putting so much press on the fact that he could win another TDF. This is highly unlikely. Even Lance has said he is riding in support of Albeto Contador. There are a lot of great professionals in this Tour and it would be nice if they would highlight them instead of Lance. For some of these guys this is the biggest stage they have all year in their sport.

In closing I know it is only two stages in and maybe I am mouthing off too early, I tend to do that a lot. Although they are saying Lance Armstrong so much its almost time to make a drinking game out of it.