Really stupid...

If an idea is good, it's on the verge of being stupid. ~ Michel Gondry

I have always had this theory… get a group of people in a room, throw out a bunch of ideas and at the end of the night, look at your list to find the most idiotic and that's the one you should do.

This blog was spawned from one very stupid idea - run the Leadville 100. I gave that a shot in the summer of '07 - completed 73 miles - and survived. The blog lives on...

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Friday, November 23, 2007

Six of one...

If a frog had wings, it wouldn't bump its ass a-hoppin' - Nathan Arizona

Ok. I have been super lame about updates and for that, I apologize. I have been working a ton, skiing a bit, getting some runs in here and there. Generally doing well. I'll try to catch you up...

So there are quite a few reasons why I am not the world's biggest fan of this time of year. Two items jump immediately to mind and, coincidentally, they both involve recently deceased creatures being tied to the roof of some jackass' car.

Hunting season is the worst. I had the misfortune of driving over to Gunnison during the heart of the season and it seemed like every redneck in the tri-state area was out slaying Bambi. I saw trucks literally filled with freshly slaughtered deer, elk and ATV's, the redneck triple trifecta. It makes me a little ill.

Quick on the heels of our annual shoot-em-up comes my second least favorite reason to get out the bailing twine and head to the hills - the yearly tree-gathering that prompts idiot city-dwellers to dust off their trusty chainsaws and head to my neck of the woods to chop down the cutest tree they can find, strap it to the roof of their Porche Cayenne and head home to set the damned thing back up again in their living room only to toss it out with several gigantic trashbags full of wrapping paper a mere six weeks later. Wait one year, repeat. Let's all rush out and kill some trees for Jesus. Hallelujah! Don't even get me started on the turkeys.


On the lighter side of my brain, I have now logged a half dozen ski days with my latest hop/skip/jump to the newly opened Eldora Mountain Resort. Only one real run open but it was fun to be able to be out the door and skiing within 20 minutes. I am planning to make regular visits to our local area and am hoping the new snow we have received over the past couple of days continues.

I have also been running a bit and am feeling pretty spry, which is nice. I have a loop I do on a fairly regular basis that is probably about 7 miles (not sure). I managed to crank it out in an hour six the other day, which was pretty cool. That pretty much matches my record for the loop. It was fun to just go out, get in a rhythm and be able to keep it up for an hour plus.

We also are set to launch another site within the next couple of days. As soon as it is live, I'll post the link for you.

I have been watching and listening to a ton of movies of late and have started going back through our collection and playing them in the background while I work. We also went to see two fantastic films in the theater: The Darjeeling Limited and No Country for Old Men. I highly recommend both but would caution that Country is not for the squeamish.

Darjeeling is Wes Anderson's latest effort and was just splendid. I am sure that the average movie-goer wouldn't like it as Anderson is never afraid to leave storylines unresolved or to leave much of the backstory to be supplied by the viewer's own imagination but I find this refreshing in the era of film spelling everything out. Darjeeling is a visual masterpiece and features apt work from all three principals: Owen Wilson, Adrien Brody and co-writer, Jason Schwartzman. This is a must-see in my book.

Country is the long awaited return of the Coen Brothers being the Coen Brothers. Their last two efforts (Intolerable Cruelty and The Ladykillers) were both extremely sub-standard fare from the duo who brought Miller's Crossing, The Big Lebowski, O Brother, Where Art Thou? and other classics to the screen. Country is a return to their heyday with amazing dialog; slow, brooding pacing; and quirky characters. Javier Bardem is outstanding and Josh Brolin turns out a solid performance as well in this highly violent film set in rural Texas. Really one of the best films I have seen in some time.

Here is a brief run-down of other flicks that have been in circulation these past weeks:

  • What ever happened to Baby Jane? - Selected to see just how bad it really was. Bad. Really bad. This thing won awards.
  • Boogie Nights
  • Miller's Crossing
  • The Big Lebowski
  • Raising Arizona
  • Blood Simple
  • The Hudsucker Proxy
  • The Man Who Wasn't There (we went on a Coen Brothers bender after seeing Country)
  • Bullet in a Bible
  • Westway to the World
  • The Essential Clash
  • Trainspotting
  • Being There
  • American Beauty
  • Best in Show
  • Stop Making Sense
  • etc. etc. etc.

Aaaaaaand today marks our first (of probably many) vicinity guest forays into the creek. Seems that several times every year some dipshit decides it would be a good idea to test the depth of the creek that runs past our house. Usually this involves hooking a left when a right is recommended, or, as tonight's hero demonstrated, simply continuing straight. For the past hour and a half our driveway has been occupied by any number of emergency vehicles, gapers etc. and we have endured a steady pulse of red/blue, red/blue, red/blue. Hopefully no one was injured but damn, people.... if you are unfamiliar with a road and/or it is covered with a solid layer of snow and ice, how about trying to keep it at or below the speed limit, okay? Just another helpful reminder from your friendly neighborhood...


Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Day three...

My head, it landed to the sounds of cricket bows... ~ Jane's Addiction

I actually made it to the Basin today. Go figure. This mid-week skiing is the shiz. I think I made it up there in about an hour. Good stuff.

Not much new snow (if any) since last time but they opened up to the top. I was on a limited timeframe so I busted out a half dozen no-stop runs, fell on my ass skiing switch and called it a day. So much for my zero-fall season. Hugo's record is intact.

I actually felt awesome today. The legs burned a bit the first couple of runs but that always seems to happen. Then I settled in and was good to go. Luke and I are planning to do the Enduro this year so I have to get used to non-stop runs. Though on harder terrain. Hopefully that will all open up soon. We just need some snow and cooler temps. Soon.

I realized why I couldn't come up with other movies viewed in the past few days. I dipped into my collection and hadn't really kept track. Here is the list:

The Godfather
Jackie Brown
Fight Club

These are all among my favorites. Hence, the ownership. I highly recommend each and every one.

Ok. Back to work.


Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Nada mucho...

Well, I certainly wouldn't want to fool around with him if I were alone. ~ Townsman

Things are moving right along in Stuville without much change. I did get out for another run last week and have been trying to focus on improving my pace, stride and efficiency. Not sure that I am making tons of gains but it was a fun, exploratory run in the woods near my house during which I found the remnants of an old trail that may hook up with a newer section of unfinished singletrack to make a nice, alternate loop. Good stuff.

It has been unseasonably warm here and Eldora is supposed to open in 10 days. I am thinking that isn't going to happen since it was nearly 60 up here over the weekend. Not good. It cooled off a bit yesterday and I froze my butt off riding down to Boulder to see Dr. Dave and to meet with a contractor about doing some work. I definitely didn't dress right for the nighttime ride back up the canyon but kept telling myself on the way home, "Only 12 more minutes." "You have been colder than this before." etc. to keep from being a total pansy. Funny thing about pushing your limits, it gives you a totally different perspective when you approach them during subsequent trials and/or tribulations.

This past weekend was pretty relaxed. I built a storage shed for our snowblower and chopped down some more trees. Getting pretty close to having that project completed for the year, which is nice. My chainsaw is acting up now so I need to take it to the shop to see what's up. That may cramp my ability to finish up. We'll see.

And a special shout out goes to my buddy, Caleb. He ran the NYC marathon over the weekend and finished in 3:02:46 (or something). That put him in the top 2000 finishers out of over 34000! Super cool.

I have been watching a lot of movies of late. Here is the Cliffsnotes recap:

Naked States: This is a documentary about a photographer, Spencer Tunick, who shoots nudes in public settings. He is most famous for his shots of large groups of nudes (18000 in Mexico City). I actually like his work and it can be seen here (NSFW). This film focused on a project during which he captured at least one shot in each of the 50 states. The documentary itself was interesting. Not great, but worth a watch if you are interested in this sort of stuff.

The Outlaw: This is a terrible western directed by Howard Hughes that ran up against Hayes Codes in the 40s. What was interesting about this movie is a) how tame it is by today's standards and b) how thoroughly gay it was and how this didn't set off the censors more than
Jane Russell's ample bosom. So funny. We watched the whole thing even though it was really, really bad. In any event, you really don't need to go out of your way for this one.

Hmmm. I guess I haven't watched as many movies as I thought. Gotta get on that. I am psyched for the new Coen Brothers vehicle, No Country for Old Men, possibly American Gangster (I can't decide on this one... Denzel Washington almost always just seems to be playing Denzel Washington these days) and the Darjeeling Limited. I have also heard good things about Lars and the Real Girl so I'll probably throw that on the list too. Rach and I are going to try to hook up a double feature next week.

Okay blog readerinos, that's all for today.


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