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Back in Portland

August 4th, 2011

I just got back yesterday, the 2nd, to Portland. I had a chance to get a free flight since they overbooked in San Fran, but I was ready to get back. It was late. Had it been earlier, I would have taken it…and the hotel, and the free food. Actually, that’s what I always say. I’ve passed up about 3 times on that in my time travelling. Next time, I’m in. That adds up over time. How many times did I use the word time in those last few sentences?

I really did enjoy the trip and time spent in KC. Back here, the weather is real nice, about 80ish and sunny. I guess it was could and mild most of the summer. I didn’t realize that since I was sweating bullets all summer long in KC. I’ve got a few more weeks until we go back for work. Mundane details: went to the library to get dvd’s. Watched Benjamin Button yesterday…about 5 hours worth. Got my tags for my car, went to Trader Joe’s (which they have now in KC), and paid some bills.

 It was great to catch up with folks during my visit. If I didn’t catch up with you this time, hopefully when I come back again.

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Pics and Videos

July 21st, 2011

Posted some recent Portland and KC pics, new videos feature Billy Mills running the

10,000 meters in 1964 as we prep for the World Championships later this summer.

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Recent Reading

July 21st, 2011

Books I’ve read the past while:

Blue Like Jazz, Crazy Love, The Case for Christ, and I’m working on Mere Christianity.

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Modified Fitness

July 21st, 2011

I’ve also managed to create some new ways to “work out”. I’m glad that I don’t run anymore, but I tell you, it does get harder to walk up and down stairs, as I learned at the Royals game yesterday.  So, here are my games that I would recommend if you’re looking to be active, but don’t want too much exertion:

Frisbee Golf- I need to get into this in Portland, but I’ve played at Swope Park and Shawnee Mission Park in KC. Great way to walk a few miles and get the legs moving

Air Hockey/Bowling- Good arm workout, and it can get the heart rate up if you have an intense game, but otherwise, really not much going other than some good fun

Wii or Kinect Dance- Good overall workout, legs and arms, and also gets the heart rate up. Even if you can’t dance, this is fun.

Batting Cages- I recently went to the cages off of 97th Street out West by 3 and 2. It was fun, and works the shoulders. I suggest stretching if you haven’t swung the bat in a while

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It seems that October was the last post that I made. Oh where the time has gone. I’m back in KC for a visit. I’ve been here since Late June, and staying until Aug 2. I’ve still not readjusted to the heat. I can’t believe how hot it has been. I’ve had a good trip, able to catch up with a lot of folks. Managed to make it to a couple of Royals games. I really like the new stadium. I recommend the fountain view standing in right center field, and also a visit to the hall of fame, especially if it’s hot. You can still  see the game from inside, and the ac is pumping. One thing I can’t believe is the helmet sundae. 8 bucks. No way. I’ll pay 5. Still, the chicken strip basket is the best meal deal for $8, with fries. Also, water stations for free is key.

Getting back to eating out, I’ve made it to a few of my favorite spots:

Spin off the Plaza, Johnny’s BBQ (short end sandwich every time), Taco Via for a flat nacho, DQ for a mini-blizzard, and of course my mom made tacos. It’s good to be back in KC. Played some golf at Painted Hills. Shot an adjusted 61. I layed some balls up, moved a few for an easier shot. Took a penalty shot each time, but it sure did make for a more fun round of golf. I’m not all for shooting behind a tree when I haven’t played in a few years. Since I don’t run any more, maybe golf is gonna make a comeback.

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