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Worth Watching: A Film Following an Alzheimer's Patient Around the Rest Home

There's no skating here though the lady could probably skate along to the tune "Beyond the Sea (La Mer) as she does in the film (not the clip here). Up late last night as I was resurrecting the background functions of the website, this was an interesting view of someone who has lots of function but the connections are somewhat awry. I wonder if this is painful to the people with the disease, or at least is it any more or less painful to them than their life typically was. I have no idea. Just wondering. An interesting view. I'd like to see the outtakes! It was worth watching, I think. Look for it on Independent Lens on PBS (and check http://www.pbs.org/independentlens/youre-looking-at-me/ and http://yourelookingatme.com).

[EDIT: I found the video available in full on PBS.org at least for now, so here's the link directly below.]

http://video.pbs.org/video/2216780249

Below are original youtube exceprts.]

Location

Traditions Alzheimer’s Care Unit Danville, California
United States
37° 49' 17.7348" N, 121° 59' 59.8596" W
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Great Gallery of Fun Roller Skating Photos from San Francisco

I won't spend much time describing this gallery but let me say it is a really fun look at photos of the type you take with black and white film, you dodge and burn, you hold in your hands, mark up for cropping, and put in the newspaper. I also usually stay away from comments after most newspaper or television website articles, but I looked at these and I was glad. Most were happy. Some were very well written and added to the positive aura of the page. What I notice is what so many noticed, that these were shots of people having fun skating. I hope today's kids are having as much fun as safely as these. And notice how many adults are in on the fun too.

 

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Skater Felt Burning Sensation in Her Chest: After Several Coronary Microvascular Disease Heart Attacks, Skates Five Days a Week

Even if you feel healthy and are active, this skater's story points out that it's important to know and pay attention to symptoms, then to seek attention when you feel an out of the ordinary pain or discomfort. Then after an initial diagnosis, when pain returns, get more diagnosis! At a time when I let a lot of things keep me from going skating, this woman is an inspiration to exercise and to seek help if I feel similar symptoms. Other brief stories here tell how others have faced their heart attacks. 

Heart disease: They didn't know what hit them - USA Today -

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Skating Away With the Cirque du Soleil: Katie Ketchum Rolls and Balances in Buffalo, Tehachapi and Manhattan

I found the link to this article pondering about do what you love and all that over on an inline instruction email list, and they were joking about running away with the circus, so I should credit them for the idea of my title, too! I never found any video of Katie Ketchum in Cirque du Soleil, but I found two nice ones of her burning up with some sweet style on one of her favorite indoor street courses...She seems to focus on intricate, precise landings, but can pop a spin (see 0:52 or so). Mostly though it's less rotational and more flowing moves with stylish finishes...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=icfC53VJ7pE

Location

Woodward West
28400 Stallion Springs Drive
Tehachapi, California 93561
United States
35° 4' 50.8296" N, 118° 38' 7.71" W
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Inline Skating From New Jersey to California for Charity

Here's a story about an ice speed skater, Al Schiller, who skated "across the country" for charity. It raises some questions and sparks some thoughts...even some doubts...but is nonetheless interesting and for an important charitable cause. So here are a few thoughts and questions. I'd love to hear your impressions! 

It's great that Carley Dryden did such a long and thorough interview. I thought for the most part it was good coverage based on a nice conversation. It is clear she is friendly to the idea and to the skater. My reactions:

Locations

Atlantic City, New Jersey
United States
39° 21' 51.4188" N, 74° 25' 22.5372" W
Manhattan Beach, California
United States
33° 53' 5.0496" N, 118° 24' 39.2724" W
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Tour of California 2009 Stage 8: Frank Schleck Outsprints Nibali; Hincapie Third; Leipheimer, Zabriske, Rogers Make Tour Podium

Stage 8 was great for viewing except for the many in number but few in percentage fans, who ran for their own glory and fifteen seconds of fame. At times times these selfans impeded the cyclists, it seemed.

Locations

Rancho Bernardo, California
United States
33° 1' 7.1508" N, 117° 3' 39.2184" W
Escondido, California
United States
33° 7' 17.8752" N, 117° 4' 53.1984" W
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Tour of California 2009 Stage 7: Nocentini Nips Roulston; Leipheimer Leads; Mancebo Crashes Out

Locations

Santa Clarita, California
United States
34° 25' 59.6928" N, 118° 31' 53.0292" W
Pasadena, California
United States
34° 8' 45.2112" N, 118° 7' 56.4636" W
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Tour of California 2009 Stage 6: Leipheimer Wins Time Trial Over Zabriske, Larsson, Rogers, Voigt, Hincape, Zirbel, McCartney

The time trial seemed like it might be the only way to shake things up, and that it did, with some doubt by the end of the day whether Levi Leipheimer might be passed in the overall (GC, general classification) by David Zabriske, the USA road Time Trial champ.

Stage 6 Time Trial Top 20

Location

Solvang, California
United States
34° 35' 45.6972" N, 120° 8' 27.8988" W
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Tour of California 2009 Stage 5: Cavendish Noses Boonen; Leipheimer Still Leads

Stage 5 was another good one, but I wasn't able to catch it all. I did see Cavendish win again, this time just a bit further ahead than the day before, giving him more time to mug for the cams. 

Locations

Visalia, California
United States
36° 19' 48.594" N, 119° 17' 32.5104" W
Paso Robles, California
United States
35° 41' 2.2164" N, 120° 48' 14.2092" W
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Tour of California 2009 Stage 3: 110 Riders Tie, Levi Falls but Leads; Thor Hushovd Rules With Perfect Cervelo Train

A lead group of four rode out almost all of a wet ride, dwindled to two, then the peloton munched them like a snack before dinner. Earlier in the day, Levi fell, catching Lance's back wheel, but got up for another bike and the Astana team caught up. Most of the day, Astana did the work, but as the end grew near, Team Columbia High Road appeared to be setting up for Mark Cavendish. In the last few turns, Cervelo buzzed through town and to the line with an incredible lead-out. It was not that large of a lead-out, but wow, it seemed perfectly timed and organized.

Locations

San Jose, California
United States
37° 19' 12.1872" N, 121° 52' 39.4896" W
Modesto, California
United States
37° 38' 43.7712" N, 120° 59' 19.5972" W
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