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Can a 50-Year-Old Woman Qualify for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Long Track Ice Speedskating?

It's a tough combination of teaching rink ice sessions, boardwalk running along the beaches of Long Island, NY, inline skating on multiuse pathways, and all the rigors of training (which is at least fun work), but not much time of 400m world class arenas. Many would like to have such a tough life of skating focus. But after early promise and years of challenges, a former bulemic ice figure skater who qualified for trials in 1984 believes she may have it all coming together after just two years on ice speed skates.

She may find the 15 seconds of speed to get her 15 minutes of fame to make it into the 2014 Winter Olympics. Even if she doesn't, the pursuit of that dream will keep her life skateyfied and that has to be supersweet, indeed.

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Health Care Done Well Various Ways in the United States of America

I don't care to get too political here, because I'm not going to change your mind about anything, and you're not so likely to change anyone else's, perhaps. Everyone has their views, but here's one view from someone who has lived around the world and now lives back in the US, back in the US, back in the USA.

Take it with whatever grain or block of salt or poison you'd like, but...

I found it inspiring...

to hear that there are some people in the United States of America trying to find ways to bring the most and best care per dollar to everyone who needs it, in an effort to reduce the costs to all and improve the care to all. There are so many saying we can not do it. It is nice to hear some people are trying...and doing.

http://video.pbs.org/video/2198039605/

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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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There's A Word For That

I have been trying to find out if there exists a word or term for hearing a word or phrase spoken by somebody else at the same time I happen to read it. This comes to pass for me many times a day, and usually results in me exclaiming "Ah!". It's like some sort of audiovisual synchronicity.

Parallel to this has been my search for a resource that will help me find a term to describe a particular concept or situation, if a google search yields nothing. I found a reverse dictionary on onelook.com. This is effective up to a point.

There are many online articles with word lists describing concepts I never asked about, containing words I'm pretty sure I'll have forgotten when trying to impress people at a party three years from now. 

Carolina Century, 2011

<a href="http://bl2u.com/events/carolina-century-2011/">http://bl2u.com/events/carolina-century-2011/</a>

No pictures.   :(

Once again, I completed the 102 mile Carolina Century this past Saturday.  The family did the 31 mile option on their bikes.  I need to get my girls used to skating long distances...

Not much to say, the skate was drama-free.  So I'll just give some initial impressions.

What a great skate!  Just like last year, conditions were perfect.  No special difficulty, just a great day to skate.

Four skaters this year: Blake, Elizabeth, Bob Harwell, and me.  Bob and I left Blake and Elizabeth fairly early in the skate, around 5-7 miles in (?).  In Blake's defense, it sounded like he was on his phone quite a bit still working out some issues with other event organizers and volunteers.

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TangleDog 2011: Canine Joins Paceline to Show Support for People with MS

TangleDog 2011: Canine Joins Paceline to Show Support for People with MS

I can not prove this large young dog was not just jealous of our fun and wanted to jump in to exercise to help people with multiple sclerosis. So I will just say I am glad we all had no lasting pain (except perhaps for his psychological pain from seeing skaters coast past him from behind with skates on the ground on either side of him).

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Loose Dogs and Driving Cars, Motorcycling, Cycling and Roadskating Don't Mix So Great

OK. We've been missing from this ghost town for weeks as we completed the 90 miles in 2 days at Tour to Tanglewood, the 87 miles in 1 day at Athens to Atlanta (7h58m) and did the preparations for volunteers to put on the 102-21 mile Carolina Century ride and roll for MS, while we skated as unintentional sweep much of the day. Now it is on to wrapping up lost and found and website items and participant surveys and such. Plus resting off 102 miles (10h23m) on roadskates.

Meanwhile to amuse me I looked back at my unpublished Tour to Tanglewood 2011 photos and I got 6 photos (don't worry I just aim my arrm in that direrction and crop later) during the dog incident. 4 of him passing us, and 2 blank ones probably taken during the shoulder roll or after...they are just black except for some light around the edges like a near death experience (NDE). 

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Rat Has No Control: High Fructose Corn Syrup, Cane Sugar, Glucose, Sucrose

Many years ago I saw a documentary on PBS. Something about stress in animals, including, supposedly, humans. Anyway, as they were interviewing some human, a sign on one of the cages in the background read, "RAT HAS NO CONTROL." I have almost never stopped laughing about the beautiful truth of those four words of homemade bumper sticker. This is the answer to the majority of the world's questions. 

To be fair, there must have been another cage back there that had a sign reading, "RAT HAS CONTROL." This was the point of the experiment, to show that rats with some control (and predictability of circumstances, as I recall) were much more able to handle rat stress induced upon them by humans. Anyway, great show, and one I've remembered for a long time, eh? 

This site mentions the experiment (check out the base url!):

Location

Princeton University Princeton , New Jersey
United States
40° 20' 55.3848" N, 74° 39' 32.5692" W
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Frozen Cafe Bustelo in Gatorade Grippy Bottle 24 Ounces (24oz.) of Cafe Americano Heaven for Skating or Cycling

Frozen Cafe Bustelo in Gatorade Grippy Bottle 24 Ounces (24oz.) of Cafe Americano Heaven for Skating or Cycling

As oft told, sometimes the best thing to get kick started is some thawing frozen cafe bustelo. It's the cheapest easiest closest thing to the venti cafe americano. Freeze it in a grippy gatorade bottle or pour it over ice in said vessel. Yummation! 

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