November12009

Bowls of candy and goodies, delicious and waiting in store
The sound of cute little footsteps as they approach my front door

Letting the children inside to drink beers
Razor blades hidden in 3 Musketeers
Screams from the basement of kids begging to be set free
That’s what Halloween means to me

Tightening the clamps that are holding their little heads so tight
Putting my lips to their ears as I whisper “please don’t fight”
I promise I’ll let you go home if you swear not to tell a soul
Well I’ll just untie these—I’m kidding, now where is my chainsaw? Let’s rock and roll!”

Halloween
Stephen Lynch

Song Quote Sunday, Issue #15

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October262009
“Give me life for the taking
Give me love till I’m shaking
Give me rules just for breaking
Because it’s never enough, never enough, never enough”

Never Enough
KISS

Song Quote Sunday, Issue #14 (Special Monday Edition)

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October182009

Well if you want to be a movie star
I got the ticket to Hollywood
Well if you want to stay just like you are
You know I think you really should

I’m your vehicle baby
I’ll take you anywhere you wanna go
I’m your vehicle woman
By now I’m sure you know…

Vehicle
Ides of March

Song Quote Sunday, Issue #13

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October152009
Run away? More like ‘Run Towards.’ Run towards a goal. Run towards an accomplishment. Run towards home plate. In a mere two days, I will be running my first 5K (or first road race of any kind) at the Ray Tanner Home Run 5K.
As of this week, I have started feeling very excited and nervous about this event. Trust me, there is very little pressure on me to finish at a certain time. I feel like the reason I’m nervous is that after all this time (nearly three months) I’ve spent training, I just want to perform well and up to the level of my ability. I also set a new personal record (29:50) yesterday while I ran the course through the final time before the race.
My motivation heightened again yesterday when I went to pick up my race packet and talk to the race director in person. He was really nice and we talked for quite a few minutes when he found out thi was my first race. He went over the course again with me (like I hadn’t done that on my own enough) and even gave me some useful tips and tricks for first-timers. My packet had additional information, my race number, and my race t-shirt in it. It even included a plastic bag to carry everything in! What a deal!
So, RAY TANNER, whatcha gonna do…when #606, Team Dave, and all those Team Dave-a-maniacs out there…run wild…on YOU, brother?!?!

Run away? More like ‘Run Towards.’ Run towards a goal. Run towards an accomplishment. Run towards home plate. In a mere two days, I will be running my first 5K (or first road race of any kind) at the Ray Tanner Home Run 5K.

As of this week, I have started feeling very excited and nervous about this event. Trust me, there is very little pressure on me to finish at a certain time. I feel like the reason I’m nervous is that after all this time (nearly three months) I’ve spent training, I just want to perform well and up to the level of my ability. I also set a new personal record (29:50) yesterday while I ran the course through the final time before the race.

My motivation heightened again yesterday when I went to pick up my race packet and talk to the race director in person. He was really nice and we talked for quite a few minutes when he found out thi was my first race. He went over the course again with me (like I hadn’t done that on my own enough) and even gave me some useful tips and tricks for first-timers. My packet had additional information, my race number, and my race t-shirt in it. It even included a plastic bag to carry everything in! What a deal!

So, RAY TANNER, whatcha gonna do…when #606, Team Dave, and all those Team Dave-a-maniacs out there…run wild…on YOU, brother?!?!

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October112009
“We must be swift as the coursing river
With all the force of a great typhoon
With all the strength of a raging fire
Mysterious as the dark side of the moon”

I’ll Make A Man Out Of You
comp-Matthew Wilder, lyrics-David Zippel (Mulan)

Song Quote Sunday, Issue #12 (Disney Edition)

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October42009
“Take your passion
and make it happen…”

What A Feeling
Irene Cara

Song Quote Sunday, Issue #11

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October32009
Today, the Gamecocks of South Carolina welcome the South Carolina State Bulldogs. To speak frankly, this should be a relatively easy win for USC. I understand that SC State is very good in their division, but USC is a little bigger school than SC State. The Gamecocks play in the SEC, not the MEAC. However, this is still a good game for several reasons. Despite an SEC vs MEAC matchup, the game is still going to be shown on national television. This will give a chance to highlight players from both teams for national exposure. Secondly, the kind of money that USC would pay a small team to come in and play them will stay with an in-state team, as opposed to going to other out-of-state schools. I’m excited to see Carolina play today and keep getting their offense together. It should also be interesting to see some of our freshmen show what they’ve got, and even see Reid throw some balls. GO COCKS!

Today, the Gamecocks of South Carolina welcome the South Carolina State Bulldogs. To speak frankly, this should be a relatively easy win for USC. I understand that SC State is very good in their division, but USC is a little bigger school than SC State. The Gamecocks play in the SEC, not the MEAC. However, this is still a good game for several reasons. Despite an SEC vs MEAC matchup, the game is still going to be shown on national television. This will give a chance to highlight players from both teams for national exposure. Secondly, the kind of money that USC would pay a small team to come in and play them will stay with an in-state team, as opposed to going to other out-of-state schools. I’m excited to see Carolina play today and keep getting their offense together. It should also be interesting to see some of our freshmen show what they’ve got, and even see Reid throw some balls. GO COCKS!

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September272009

I’m still alive
Must have been a miracle
It’s been a hell of ride
Destination still unknown…

I’m a runaway train on a broken track
I’m the ticker on a bomb that you can’t turn back this time
That’s right
I got away with it all and I’m still alive
Let the end of the world come tumbling down
I’ll be the last man standing on the ground
As long as hot bloods rushin’ my veins
I’m still alive

Alive
Meat Loaf

Song Quote Sunday, Issue #10

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September242009
Tonight at Williams Brice Stadium, the #4 Ole Miss Rebels play the South Carolina Gamecocks. Many of the fans around Columbia are not at all intimidated by the Rebels coming in to town, and there are a couple reasons for that. First of all, USC beat Ole Miss last time they played. Many people think it will be a close game this time around as well, no matter the ranking. Also, many fans think Ole Miss are ranked too high for their team. They have yet to play anyone of note this season, but since they won a bowl game and returned their starting QB, they automatically get a good spot in the Top 25. Carolina has shown steady improvement over their first three games and hopefully will be performing well in all aspects of the game tonight.
Fortunately, I will be watching this game from Row 13 in Williams Brice Stadium. If you can’t make it, however, flip on ESPN around 7:45 and watch this great SEC matchup. GO COCKS!

Tonight at Williams Brice Stadium, the #4 Ole Miss Rebels play the South Carolina Gamecocks. Many of the fans around Columbia are not at all intimidated by the Rebels coming in to town, and there are a couple reasons for that. First of all, USC beat Ole Miss last time they played. Many people think it will be a close game this time around as well, no matter the ranking. Also, many fans think Ole Miss are ranked too high for their team. They have yet to play anyone of note this season, but since they won a bowl game and returned their starting QB, they automatically get a good spot in the Top 25. Carolina has shown steady improvement over their first three games and hopefully will be performing well in all aspects of the game tonight.

Fortunately, I will be watching this game from Row 13 in Williams Brice Stadium. If you can’t make it, however, flip on ESPN around 7:45 and watch this great SEC matchup. GO COCKS!

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September222009

One Month Away (Part II of II)

For the next five weeks I ran in Edenwood, the neighborhood behind my house, on what I dubbed the ‘Edenwood Raceway.’ I stuck to my training schedule and gradually increased my time running while decreasing my time walking. For the first couple weeks I was excited and motivated every day to go out and run. I was feeling good and felt like I was making progress.

Unfortunately, around the first week of September it felt like more of a chore. A change had to be made. I started running at a cooler time of day and moved to a different area to run. Instead of the noble Edenwood Raceway I was running down Knox Abbot Drive. This was actually the first mile of the Ray Tanner 5K, so it was fun to see myself performing well on the actual race track. I have been running on that track since then and plan on running there until the actual race. Right now I’m still working on my 2 mile time, but plan to move up to the whole 3 miles very soon.

My goal for the Ray Tanner 5K is very simple. I want to run the whole race, 3.1 miles, without stopping. When is the last time I have run 3.1 miles? Never. Ever. I recognize and appreciate the progress I’ve made in this time span but am hungry for more. I see running the whole 5K as a big goal to accomplish, but also as a beginning step. I am very excited about this race and it will mean so much to me when I complete it.

As far as time goes, I’ve been reading that it is not important to have a time goal for your first 5K as long as you finish. Great, because finishing is my goal. Honestly though, I have an extra goal. I want to finish this in under 30 minutes. From start to finish, including the 3.1 miles and any water breaks or break stations I may take advantage of. That may not sound like a lot, but based on my numbers right now that is my extra goal. Even though my fastest mile time is 8:30, for running 2 miles (including a one min break in between) my fastest time so far is 19:59. I still have a few weeks to get better before the race, but those are my main goals heading in to it.

Stay tuned for more updates on my running, also information on how YOU can come see me during a practice run, be my waterboy/girl, or see me cross home plate on October 17th!

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