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Back to work!

Posted in Exercise, Writing on 13 January 2010 by jason

Well, a new semester begins. I’m back at work (and with an internet connection!) so I hope to be here more often than I have been last month. However, just because I’ve been away from the blog doesn’t mean that I haven’t been blogging.

My friend Jayson completely redesigned To Eleven, and we’ve been posting stuff once a day or more there. If you’re not reading that blog, why don’t you go ahead and take a look at it. I’ll wait.

No, seriously…take a look at it.

It’s kind of a weird thing…Jayson and I started the blog just to talk about music, but we’ve found links to our blog on various other web sites, and Jayson found someone who cited our blog in their post, which is hella weird.

So that’s what I’ve been up to. besides that, though, I’ve been finishing up some short stories (“Things I Learned from my Father,” “Rich Girl,”), and I’ve been taking mental notes for two other stories I plan to write (which may end up being novel-length projects. GASP!).

I’ve also been working out more often. Did you get your tickets? Because these pythons are SICK! I think that’s how that saying goes.

Closing the Coffin on Summer

Posted in Exercise, Holidays on 22 September 2009 by jason

Well, today is the Autumnal Equinox, and for the first time ever, really, I can feel the line that separates Summer from Fall. As you may have noticed, this Summer was not my best, and I think that the last two weeks have left me kind of bitter and sarcastic. But today, I’m done with all that. It’s a new season, and enough things have happened recently to see this as a new beginning.

Yeah, I know it’s kind of ass backwards to look at Autumn as a new beginning, but whatever. It’s Spring in the Southern Hemisphere. So, too my friends who have helped me out in these last few weeks: Thanks. I’m better now. If you guys need anything, just let me know.

So, what am I going to do? Well, I’m cleaning my apartment and throwing a bunch of stuff out. I’m going to start writing again. I just got a weight bench, so when my sprained wrist heals, I’m lifting 3 days a week. I’m running further and faster then I have before.

It’s not a really a reinvention. If anything, I’m just letting myself be more “me.”

Another Race…

Posted in Exercise, Food, otter, Sports on 6 August 2009 by jason

Last sunday, I ran in the Pro Footbal Hall Of Fame Enshrinement Festival 2-Mile Fun Run (say that 5 times fast!) in Stadium Park. If you’ve been following my previous races, there were no surprises this time around.

I rode my bike there early and walked down to the starting line about a half-hour before the race began. I like getting to the races early; there’s something about watching everyone physically and mentally prepare themselves for a race. At the starting line, I met up with my friend Nour, who also runs in these things.

It was funny, because I was joking with Nour that if I was in charge of the race, there would be no national anthem, no prayer, no warning. I woud come out, fire the starting pistol, and that would be it. About a minute after I said that, the pistol went off, startling everyone! After a second of confusion, the race was on!

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Of course, I still can’t get my MP3 Player to play my race mix (probably because my non-internet computer has an old version of Windows Media Player), so I went with The Long Blondes-Someone to Drive You Home. It’s pretty good for a racing album.

Anyway, it was not to hot, but the humidity made it hard to breathe, and most of the race is uphill. I knew that I wouldn’t beat last month’s time, but I was hoping to beat my time for this race, which I did by almost 2 minutes! I finished at 16:23.60, and I had hoped to finish in 16:30, so goal achieved!

Afterwards, I met back up with Nour, as well as the otter and her sister, who has started the race further away from the starting line. We ate the free food (which, for some reason, always includes sandwhiches with meat! Come on, people…runners are often health-nuts! Some of us don’t eat meat!) and watched the other racers finish before going home and napping.

I think, as usually, the HOF race is my last one for the year. Next year, my goal is to run in at leat one 5K race. Wish me luck!

Dear Mother Nature III

Posted in Bike, Exercise on 23 July 2009 by jason

Dear Mother Nature,

Ok, I know I said that you should go ahead and rain. But seriously? It was sunny when I rode my bike to the grocery store. I was in there…10 minutes at the most. It was dark and raining when I got out.

It’s OK…I get it. It was pretty funny, actually. Especially when I applied my back brake and started to fishtail while in traffic. Funny stuff, that.



P.S. That part when I got onto my street and then it started pouring? Nice touch.

Dear Mother Nature II,

Posted in Exercise on 23 July 2009 by jason

Dear Mother Nature,

See? You got to take a break, I got to run 6 miles, and we’re both happy. It’s called teamwork, yo.

No hard feelings?


P.S. You can go ahead and rain now, if you like. I’m inside now.

Dear Mother Nature,

Posted in Exercise on 23 July 2009 by jason

Dear Mother Nature,

I just want to go for a run. It will only take about an hour and a half. Seriously, this rain crap has been going on for DAYS. Why are you such a dick?



Return to Mother Goose Land

Posted in Bike, Exercise, Memories, Photography on 12 July 2009 by jason

Ok…last post, I talked about finding the ruins of Mother Goose Land in Canton, Ohio. However, without any sort of context, that story is really pretty meaningless.

Honestly, most of my memories of the place come from pictures. If you ask me about the park, I remember seeing the whale, and I remember falling off of a firetruck they had on display, and that’s about it. However, when I hear other people talk about it, or when I look at the pictures, memories come flooding back. Here is what I remember about the park:

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This is right outside the park. I’m the one in the green shirt. This wall is not there anymore.

We’re not in Canton anymore…

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Here’s a pic of Willie the Whale in all his glory…

And here are my brother and I visiting Willie!

So, the other day, I went back to visit the park and get some decent shots. Here’s what I saw…

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Under the bridge that leads there. Ominous.

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The gate is locked. Luckily, the bike path runs around the gate. No trespassing? Try to stop me!

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On the other side, some of the buildings still stand. I heard that this side of the park became an armory for a while after the park closed.

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More buildings.

It’s weird going back there and seeing the entire park gutted. Still, I’m glad they left the whale and a few buildings as a monument to what used to be…