Then again, its a good opportunity to upgrade to one of them newfangled fancy flat panel displays!!
So, I figured if ya can't have lunch with the Korean, then at least have a Korean lunch. So I walked over to Cathy's Wok and ordered a huge bowl of Sa Ma Noodle Soup (or is it Tsa Ma??). Anyway, the soup was absolutely fabulous with big pieces of scallop, shrimp, crab, pork, along with the secret Sa Ma Sauce. Wow, Five Stars! Joe Bob says check it out.
Unbeknownst to me, the QA Team Lead on my project decided to create a 'report card' that he now sends twice a day to my boss, the director. Here is my first report card (since graduate school that is...):
Hmmm...I have not had a report card this bad since High School! Acckkk! Unreal. Just shoot me. Please.
I woke up shortly after 5. Lightning was flashing outside as a front was moving through. No problem I thought, the storm will blow through, then I'll head out. At 0530 the storm had cleared, so I got up got dressed, then just for good measure I checked the Dallas Radar (left). There was a nasty storm cell heading straight for my area - probably 45 minutes away. That did not bode well for my planned 90 minute jaunt. So I climbed back into bed and 45 minutes later the storms were indeed raging outside.
Fran was up at 0700 trying to figure out what was going on with the Marissa's Tournament. Soon I got the word that the games were delayed until at least 10. I got up around 0800; it was still raining but soon it stopped again. I went back and checked the radar and it looked like there was a window to get a run in. There was another cell heading our direction, but it looked like it might be 90 minutes away. Around the same time Fran got the word that the games were delayed until noon. Shortly before 0900 I headed out.
It was still drizzling a little bit but not too bad, when I headed out. I hit Breckinridge and was halfway through the park when I heard the north Lightning warning station sound. I was right underneath the south warning station. It never went off. In fact, in the three times that I have heard the north station sound, never has the south station joined in. That makes me wonder if one of them is defective.
Firewheel was apparently closed which made it really nice to run the golf course! About an hour into the run, the rain started to pick up. When I got back to Breckinridge I could hear the damned North lightning alarm. And once more the south alarm was still silent. Then I saw another runner, in fact we had passed each other an hour earlier - Its good to see some other hard-core runners out here. When I finally was able to see the North lightning alarm - I noticed that in spite of the horns, the lights were not flashing. That damn alarm is definitely screwed up!
There was no one from the Spring Classic on the fields at Breckinridge. It was raining hard, and there was LOTS of water on the fields. I knew right then that the tournament would be canceled. Sure enough an hour later we got words to that effect.
It was a good run; I was about a half mile longer for 90 minutes than the last time I ran this loop. I'm three weeks behind in my running logs - but when I get around to dumping my Polar, I'll post the HR profile.
Marissa's first game was against Sting. Three of the Sting girls had previously played with Marissa last year at FC Dallas. Their goalie was the girl who broke Marissa's arm last summer. Marissa's team drew first blood early in the first half. They held until late in the first half, when Sting Stung. In the second half, Marissa got a jump on their defender, but lost the ball to the evil Sting keeper. The Horns played tough until very late in the second half, when Hanna, one of the other girls that Marissa played with, put the ball in the net. Final Score - Horns 1, Sting -2.
We had to wait two hours for game 2, which was against Granbury United. The Horns jumped to a 1-0 lead early. And just as against Sting, they held that until late in the first half. It was tied 1-1 at the half. The Horns came out strong in the second half and went up 2-1, and then five minutes later added an insurance goal. Marissa played hard and was instrumental in several key attacks. Final Score was Horns 3, Granbury United 1.
Tomorrow Marissa will have two more games. The first one is against Andromeda (Logan's Club) and a team coached by Marissa's old FC Dallas coach. She will know several players on that team as well. Then they will play a second game against Texas Spirit. I'll take some photos tomorrow.
The Cats have played in four NCAA games in the last three years. All of those games were against National Champions. First was against Arizona, then the defending champion. Then UConn, who went on win the championship that year. Then Syracuse, champion two years ago. Finally Michigan State, the 2000 champions. Sheesh!
On top of that over the last two years, the Cats also traveled to UCLA, Carolina and Nevada.
Footnote: Ben and Jerry's have created a new flavor in honor of Tom Brennan - RetireMint.
Check out the excellent piece by Andy Katz.
PS: if you follow the link to the Lightning Detection System, you will wind up on the RSA's "Lightening Policy" page. I suppose if you don't follow the Policy, the consequence will be a "Lightening" of ALL of your responsibilities in this world. ;-)
Marissa played aggressively at forward.
Each corporate team was consisted of eight team members plus one celebrity and one special olympic athlete. Our celebrity was Mark Moses, from Desparete Housewives. Our athlete was a downs kid named Devin. The race course was in a dual GS setup. Each team member would do one run on each course. The combined times from the first two runs would determine the top four teams, who would qualify for the finals. There would be one run in the finals to determine the top teams. The total team time for each run is the sum of the fastest eight racers. The last two times are thrown out.
I had qualified seventh on my team. The top two skiers on our team are in different league. I had thought with practice I could beat the rest of them. We were the first team down the hill and it was 'icy'. After the first round we were in third, eight seconds out of first and 2 seconds out of second. And, I had the third best time on my team! Yea!
The snow had softened considerably for our second run. We had the second best run on the second run - we were 17/100's behind the Special Olympics Board of Directors team. That also put us in second place over all. We had qualified for the finals!
For the finals we were staged against the Cingular team, who were in third. The racer that I was against had posted a time a full second better than mine on the second run. I let him get out of the gate first, then I focused on running a smooth fast run. About halfway down I realized that he was out in front of me. I was catching up though. I ran the last three gates perfectly and caught him at the line. Awesome!
We had to wait until the celebration dinner to learn who the winning teams were. In third place was Singular. Second place was SONC. Could we have won? Could have the fourth place team moved to first? Naw.... Sure enough we took first!!! :-) :-) :-)
On our first day skiing just before noon, I saw Marissa as I was riding up the Comet Chair. It looked like Marissa was heading in for lunch so I headed down to the lodge to see what they were up to. Sure enough I found Marissa waiting for lunch.
Marissa had one boy in her class and their instructor, Hagen reported that there were doing really well. They would not let Marissa use polls, and boy was this a sore subject with her. Hagen said he would give her poles for day two - so that made her happy! I made arrangements with Hagen to meet Marissa at the end of the day at the top of the gondola. That evening Marissa and I skied Liz's, a very challenging blue run. Marissa skied very carefully, carving turns all the way down.
I did not see Marissa on day two until the end of the day. She had a different boy in her class and Hagen was still her instructor. Hagen reported that Marissa had been working on speed and small bumps that day. We decided to do repeat runs off the Tamarack lift. There are two moderate blues, not as hard as Liz's that are serviced by this lift. Marissa was more aggressive than on Wednesday, but was still skiing pretty conservatively. There was a long flat spot at the end of the run to the base of the lift. I told Marissa to get into a full tuck to pick up enough speed to get the lift. There was also a big bump at the base of the hill, so when I demonstrated this, I popped some big air off the bump. Marissa practiced this several times, and I think that this was a defining moment in Marissa's ski career.
Again I did not see Marissa on the hill Friday until I picked up at the end of the day. Hagen reported that they had skied some black runs that day, and they worked on skiing bumps and "connecting short radius turns in the steeps!" Marissa and I headed to the runs off of Tamarack once more. There was a big mound where the lift dumped at the top of the hill. It was a blind drop to a connecting trail, so I always skied around it. Marissa just blasted right over the top and hit a big hockey stop with a BIG GRIN. Then Marissa blasted down the hill, really fast. This was a change for sure. On our second run, Marissa did the same thing over the mound, but she got a little off balance and took a nice face plant and tumble. But she came up grinning. The photo to the left was taken just before the spill.
Marissa was really carving her turns, skiing fast, and eating up the bumps. In this photo she is demonstrating good form and balance, she has her outside ski on edge and is moving her inside ski to set up her next turn. Hands forward. Awesome!
Saturday was my race. I had given the kids option of coming to the race, or taking another day of ski school. All of them choose ski school, and Marissa had made sure that Hagen was going to be her instructor. Marissa had Hagen take her down to where we were racing, and I saw them after my first run. There was no one else in her class! Hagen reported that Marissa had been skiing some blacks including The Milky Way Bowl (photo below.) When I showed her this photo, Marissa denied skiing Milky Way Bowl – but you don’t have this kind of view when you are going down the hill. Hagen wrote this on Marissa’s final report card, “Awesome! Marissa is a great skier! Today we skied lots of black runs, bumps, steeps, and went really fast!” That’s my kid!! :-)
Bob has been officially retired as Marissa's ski idol. I have a feeling that I will be hearing alot about Hagen from now on!
Update Aug 2009 - moved images from geocities to flikr
What a game.
At Heavenly, Logan started on the Magic Carpet. Her instructor was amazed at that she was able to follow her down the hill making turns the whole way. Logan has very strong legs and good motor control developed from soccer. Logan's instructor our first day was Connie. She wrote:
"Logan is an awesome skier with a great attitude. She progressed very quickly and picked up new skills as if she was born to ski. [ed: of course she was born to ski!] It was a pleasure skiing with her."
Logan was subsequently moved to the "mountain cruisers" class, where she rode the lifts and skied Greens and Blues. On Friday I saw Logan’s class on the Big Dipper (a challenging blue run.) Logan was doing great. I followed them down the East Peak lodge and joined them for lunch.
Saturday Logan's instructor wrote, "Awesome job skiing blue runs and small bumps."
Needless to say Logan had a blast and is ready for more next skiing next year.
Two years later, this past Wednesday, I sent Reagan to ski school. I checked in on her class around 10am. The following photo shows what I saw:
The kid is a natural! By Friday RK was riding the chairlift! Her coach wrote:
Reagan did an EXCELLENT job today!! We practiced stopping and made small turns on bigger slopes.
Sadly, Reagan is less than enthusiastic. When I asked Reagan about skiing again, she said that she did not like the boots, the clothes or the snow. Of course I gave her the option of skiing or hanging with mom on Saturday. She chose skiing, so I don't think that she is a lost cause just yet.
So here is a quick running note. While in Tahoe, I managed to run four of the five days there. Not far mind you, but I logged six days running last week, which was excellent. Tonight I reported for duty at Norbuck for a 6x2:30 workout with Coach Vaughan. The rest of the group had the day off because last week was their final hill week. So it was just me and the coach. I had a good effort, and coach had nothing but great things to say. So we will mark that one in the log book and put it in the bank.
I felt good, but my legs were dead from four weeks of hills. It turned out to be 66 which I logged as 9 miles. Then I went to help train Marissa's Soccer Team. I ran 3 more miles with them. That capped a 48 mile week. I'll be happy to have a light running load next week while I'm skiing in Tahoe!
As usual, here is the graph:
Longhorns North drew first blood coming on a play off a corner kick. Then they repeated the very same play to go up 0-2. Navy came back and with a nice attack to win a goal before the half. The second half was scoreless.
Marissa had a nice attack where she divided two defenders but she lost the ball to a third defender close to the goal.
The Catamounts had two great games in the America East Tourney. Coppenwrath scored over 30 points in each game, after being named the America East player of the year. Vermont gets to host the championship game for the second year in a row. BU lost their first game, so the cats will play the winner of the Maine, Northeastern Game. Northeastern is the tougher team, but the Cats have beat them twice this year. The Cats have the one loss to Maine, but that was a gimmee, when Brennan decided to rest Coppenwrath and Sorrentine for the last regular season game with nothing on the line to play for.
Sadly, I'll miss the championship game, as I'll be representing Remedy in the Celebrity Winterfest ski race!
Fran told me that the tow truck driver, an alleged former diesel mechanic, thought it was the rear main seal. Replacing the rear main would require pulling the motor. Luckily it turned out to be a high pressure oil hose that had blown off. Thankfully that is a much smaller job!
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