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January 2007

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Another Reason to Wear a Helmet!

A day or two ago, a 50lb chunk of ice fell outta nowhere onto some poor Florida guy's red Mustang. The FAA are looking into the possibility of the ice having come off an aircraft above, having ruled out the chance of it being from a plane's lavatory as there was no bluish tint (ugh!).

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Music to exercise to - Rhapsody playlist

I subscribe to Rhapsody and was frustrated not to be able to find playlists to download to my mp3 player, so I thought I would have a go at sharing my own current favorites. I think you can get a free account and listen to 25 songs a month - enjoy and let me know what you think of my choices!

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Corpus Christi Grind Fine Smells at First Whiff

Oh I wish this were about fine grind espresso wafting through the air, but no. Of first blush it seems hopeful, even. I wonder. The City Council of Corpus Christi, TX has authorized the Police to write tickets up to $500 for skaters grinding city property. That's cool because it's about grinding not rolling, as Police Chief Bryan Smith explains...

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Minutes of CIC FIRS Meeting Show Efforts for Olympics, World Games

Minutes from last September's CIC Meeting show the efforts made by FIRS (International Roller Sports Federation) to get roller (inline) speed skating into the Olympic program. It is clear the CIC and FIRS representatives felt angry and perhaps misled about the opportunity...

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Human-Powered Circumnavigation by Pedalboat, Bike & Inline Skates (Rollerblades)

I'm so glad someone is living some of our dreams for us as we live some of theirs for them!

Jason Lewis is a British trekster (supertrekker some say) who has spent part (all?) of the last 13 years circling the earth by pedalboat, bike and inline skates, often joined by a friend on his journey. It seems the goal is to use neither wind nor motors in his quest.

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Santa and Skating to Work up Pleasant Hill

Yesterday Santa Claus came into the office where I work, to buy some German products. No kidding. A  man with silky long white hair and beard walked in, said he was Santa and that he'd ambled 2.5 miles from the Waffle House up on Pleasant Hill Road. And no, not in the snow. It was on the tip of my tongue to ask "What, no reindeer?".

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Michael Devlin, Diabetes, Smoking and Inline Skating (Rollerblading)

I don't wish to comment on much here about the particular criminal case, but do wish to point to some background on Michael Devlin, who was arrested (as of this writing he has not received his fair trial) for the kidnapping of Shawn Hornbeck and William "Ben" Owenby.

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Detroit and Farmington Michigan Folk Might Enjoy Metroparks Coffee Table Guide

Folk from Detroit, especially our pals in Farmington, might enjoy a book mentioned in the Farmington newspaper (not sure of the name but perhaps it's called HometownLife?). As the article states...

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Heelys, Childhood Obesity, Adult Prosperity, Botox, GB The Queen

With a couple of Roadskater.net team members hailing from the British Isles, we must keep up, we must, especially when the headlines are so dog-gone fun! At first it was an article on how Heelys (skate shoes) could be the answer to childhood obesity (question mark for safety).

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Rideau Canal Skateway Ottawa Canada to Open Soon

Climate change or not, those crazywonderful Canadians have been trying to get the canal ready for skating at least by their upcoming Winterlude festival on February 2. I love any article that says...

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24-hour Montreal race -- taking insanity to a whole new level!

Okay...  everyone knows I'm a distance junkie, and just a glutton for punishment in general...  Last year I did my first 100-mile skate and had intended to challenge myself by skating 100 miles on back-to-back days.  My "double century weekend" never happened unfortunately, but I have been pondering my next challenge for some time now.

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In love with my training partner

It's true I am in love with my training partner....

The one on my wrist!

He is in my GPS (Garmin forerunner 201) and whatever speed and distance I tell him to run he faithfully does. He never gets tired, he doesn't get slower in the cold, rain or ice, and he tells me how many feet behind me or in front of me he is for the whole run.

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The snow and what it told me about people's activity levels

As I run my route in the snow this evening it told me something....no I am not delusional again......I ran a portion of the route that I ran on Saturday morning just after the snow first fell. Then it froze and then it snowed again (kind of like a snow lasagna!) There were portions of sidewalk where the only footprints were the ones that I had left on Saturday morning, now covered with fresh snow.

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A2A & Ultramarathon Personal Psychology: Paceline or Go It Alone?

Sitting here safely in the inactivity of mid-winter, I've been pondering the subject of pacelines during A2A and other ultramarathon outdoor skate events. Since I never did the full 87 miles at a faster pace than 12.25 mph, my viewpoint is from the (s)lower range.

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Hyponatremia Rears its Ugly Head in Global News

If you haven't heard already, 28 year old Mother of 3, Jennifer Lea Strange, died of hyponatremia earlier this week a few hours after drinking nearly two gallons of water, in an attempt to win a Wii for her children. This was part of a morning radio show competition in Sacramento. Words fail me in describing this tragedy. The lengths radio shows will go to for ratings. 10 employees, including the radio show hosts, have been fired as a result.

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Free(*) Skating Workshop in Raleigh, NC -- March 24, 2007

I've been cooking this up for a little while now and want to make the announcement even though the website isn't quite polished yet....

I will be teaching a skating workshop in Raleigh, NC the weekend of March 24, 2007.  This workshop is targetting beginner speedskaters and recreational/fitness skaters.  The workshop is part of my fundraising for Tour to Tanglewood, which benefits Multiple Sclerosis Society.

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Climb detroit

A group of us skaters in Michigan are taking part in the first american lung foundation's climb detroit - a stair climbing event up 72 flights of the RenCen Marriott tower.

Exterior

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Half marathon running training

I have decided to run my first 1/2 marathon at the Martian Marathon on April 1st. This is a big decision and undertaking but one that I am quite excited about.

I have been a casual runner for several years - mostly in the skate off-season. Mostly running 5 and 10k's with various times and various frequencies of training!

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Running with ID my thoughts and conclusions during a nighttime run

I use my runs as thinking time - it is kind of like a conversation except it is just me talking and sometimes I argue myself around to a different point of view!

Recently I went for a run a dusk - something I generally try to avoid for safety reasons, but I also try not to allow concerns from limiting my ability to exercise. To put your mind at rest further I always make sure someone knows where I am going and how long I will be.

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Kids & Adults Criminals for Skating or Biking Commerce GA

Let's face it, when it comes to banning healthy if sometimes risky athletic pastimes of youngsters and adults, city councils are forgetting those freedoms they so often talk about at election time, when the specific freedom in question doesn't involve something they want to do. They even forget that adults are affected by laws they pass to control children. You can hear the "let's keep government off the little guy's back" whenever it suits them, but the really little guy or group had better watch out because everybody else for sure knows what's best for them.

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17-Year-Old Short Track Speedskater Gets Ready for Prague

Young short track speedskater, Trevor Marsicano, 17, is off to Prague soon overcoming serious injury to skate his first international competition abroad. This article by Ian Pickus for The Saratogian mentions his mentor, "popular coach and skate-maker Paul Marchese."

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From Skatetown USA 1979 to Bold and Beautiful Brooke and Hunter Tylo's Trout Pout

OK you know I love connections, but this is ridiculous. I didn't know there was a skate connection here. I just happened to run across The Bold and the Beautiful on my way across channels, looking for something interesting for a midday break. I have a rule against ever watching any soap operas unless they're in a language I don't understand or cleverly disguised as a night-time continuing drama, like with film-quality production values at least.

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Please Take a Moment to Read this Darfur Blog

While writing about all sorts of things in the absence of doing any skating, including researching a wide range of issues from the insignificant to the earth saving, one personal account provided some insights into the situation in the Darfur region of the Sudan in Africa. Read it all if you have time, but for a quick impact here are these points:

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If you Resolved to get out of Debt this Year

Oh boy!! I found some refreshingly useful blogs and articles to add some fuel to my getting-out-of-debt fire (got a traveling skate habit to feed, here). I'm so excited about them, I'm going to reference them here, so others who are sick of those lame 10-ways-to-get-out-of-debt lists can refuel their optimism too: "skip the latte from the coffee shop and brew your own!" - Oy! You mediocre journalist, last time I was given a Starbucks gift card worth $10, I had to use it to buy food for goodness' sake: 2 wet slabs of lemon pound cake, an espresso brownie and a migraine spread out over 2 meals thank you very much.

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A Couple of Canadians Betting on the Horses...Err...Short Track Speedskaters

Here's a ramble through a few things from a sports writer who keeps meeting women who say they prefer men, with a brief mention of an incident that happened at a short track speedskating race, and a guy from London, Ontario, who kept asking until he found his hook.
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Tony Danza Inline Skating on 7th Ave at the TKTS Booth

The net is catching up to the news of Tony Danza joining the cast of The Producers on Broadway. After a year of losing a marriage and a television show (one has to wonder if one might've survived without the other), the tiny dancer shows another facet of his extroversion of life.
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TV Weather Men and Weather Women and Global Dumbing

Finally someone said it in print. I don't claim to know the truth about anything, but I know how I feel, sometimes.

Recalling the movies, Network and Broadcast News and after recent viewings of An Inconvenient Truth and The Fog of War, it's not hard to notice how our television weather anchors are literally oxymoronically dead weight fluff (most of them), avoiding any weather issues other than the 3-degree guarantee. Of course they are just the break between advertisements, so what do we expect?

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Floyd Landis Defense Fund and Multiple Sclerosis Donation Link

Not much new here except the information that there is now a way to contribute to Floyd's defense. What would really be interesting would be if they would sell stock in the defense so that if he loses, you lose, but if he wins, you win too! Now that would really be an educational lottery!

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Rollerblading in Gay Paris, Tennessee Williams, Golden Panthers, Electric Smile

Now and then...OK every day...I'm transported back to moments...this time standing by the stacks in the library in grad school, reading the diaries of Tennessee Williams.  

I had an assignment to find out where Tennessee Williams and Eugene O'Neill were and what they were doing the night Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman opened on Broadway. (I think that was it, or something close; a great assignment that led me to the microfiche of the New York Times Broadway ads and much more.) Have I written about this lately or just thought of it? Never mind.

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Rollerblading (Inline Skating) Part of the Family Story

As I scan the news for inline skating stories, I simply can't believe how many people are remembered for something having to do with rollerblading (inline skating). Mostly of course it is when kids die that their family lists skating as one of the things they'll remember about the person. But what strikes me about it is that skating is so personal, so intimate, in so many of these stories. It's one of those things family or closest friends try together, with hilarious, exhilarating or sometimes dangerous results. One of those memories came across my screen, and while it is not great writing or perfectly told for effect, it speaks of the danger, the fun, the dearness, the challenging of self, the desire to be and look cool, and how a simple coasting device can be main subject of the heart when someone is gone. This from a funeral in early December:

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Kickbike Scooter Bike and Kickspark Scooter Sled

Check out this article on the Kickbike, which seems like a nice alternative in certain situations... It has brakes and a front wheel somewhat like a regular bike, with a smaller rear wheel. No gears or crank, of course, so it is lighter and more workout one would imagine! This could be a hit for a lot of touristy situations I think, since it is usable with perhaps a wider range of clothing and shoes with no bike chain to worry about. I don't know as I've never ridden one, but I'd like to give one a ride at the beach sometime!

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Beware of Dogs NYC Walkers, Runners, Skaters, Cyclists, 9pm to 9am

Of course you already are on the lookout between 9am and 9pm (and the rest of the day), but now there's extra good reason. I have no dog in this fight, as I have no dog any more and have not been hanging in the city of late, but I've been afraid of dogs off the leash before of course. My typical reaction is to say "hey puppy" in a helium voice a la Broadway Danny Rose no matter how big the dog.

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Deaf and Blind Speed Skater Aims for Paralympics

This is mostly a press release so if you want to know about that, click it. But an important and interesting part is that this skater wants to get his event class into the Paralympics. Good luck! From the release...

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Skating Criminals: No Drugs, No Alcohol, Just Wheels

Another bunch of criminals are causing law enforcement and other government figures worry. Drunk and drugged drivers and shoplifters and robbers don't seem to be keeping everyone busy enough, so skateboarders are getting the ire of the law. I'm not a fan of grinders, but for those that want to travel by wheel instead of by car, and exercise their legs outdoors without damaging property, why should these guys be stuck in a skate park? As long as kids on bikes are allowed, there's no good reason kids on skateboards shouldn't be. I liked how these guys represented their sport with grace and style in this piece from the Daily Advance. Good luck, kids!

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On the way to Epiphany

OK it's a bit late or a bit early, so let's say a bit early.

I'm making my resolutions (but I do that year-round to little effect it is true) and feeling those epiphanies and all that. I've been talking about this for some time and now seems like a good time to review and restate.


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