Sunday, September 07, 2008

Race Directing, Bowling, Questions, Movie Review

This past weekend was the 7th triathlon race we have directed for 2008, which is a record for the BSLT Triathlon event production company. We had to start calling it that since we put on too many races for it to be just a "hobby." At any rate the Comanche Warrior Sprint Triathlon went off without a hitch and will be a very excellent triathlon for athletes to compete in for the future. While the numbers may seen low by some standards we felt that for a first year event it was well attended and gave the local volunteers and Chamber an opportunity to get the feel for race directing, since it is just a one year deal for us. Next year we will be competing, not directing. Many thanks that all of those who competed and for the hospitable way Big Spring hosted the event. They offered a great goody bag, a very challenging safe sprint course, great t-shirts for just entering and then a finisher shirt on top of that, plus an awesome post race meal and awards ceremony with quality awards. Note triathletes: be there September 12, 2009.

Have I mentioned that bowling sometimes sucks and sometimes it doesn't, but sometimes it sucks during a 3 line match and then it doesn't during this same 3 lines. Sound confusing? Just let me give you the numbers for our opening league night last Wednesday evening. My opening line was 146, which is not bad, then I rolled a 189 to get the big head, and these numbers don't suck. But, wait a minute I have to bowl the last line of the evening and was looking for at least a 190, since I had my mark down and I was hot. But, alas, bowling started to suck with 5 straight open frames(no spare or strike), and then I finished with a 109. But, the good news is that my average of 148 for the night was a tad bit better than overall last year. So, bowling doesn't suck after all, I love my little 8 pound blue tinted ball. My partner and I won 3 of 4 games, who says bowling sucks??

Here are some questions that might go through my head some of the times: 1. When I go up to a building and it has two doors to enter why do I always pick the one that is locked, since they never unlock both doors? 2. Why is it that when I have to go to the bathroom real bad I hit all of the longest red lights in town? 3. Why is it that when an elevator is out of order I always need to go to the 10th floor, not the 2nd? 4. Why is it when I go into a retail store to buy something and they have 15 registers to check out there is only one person working at one register and there are 20 people ahead of me? 5. Why is it that I can walk up to the check in counter of a hotel with reservations and they spend 15 minutes looking for my reservation, then can't find it, and then advise me that they don't have the reservations. I then ask, "well do you have any rooms?" and they reply, "oh yes we have plenty of rooms." I then reply, "well then what is the problem, just give me a room?" They always look so dismayed that their beloved computer didn't have the answer and a lowly human came up with it. 6. Why is it I would rather read, "What Would Kinky Do?" as opposed to a George W. Bush auto-biography? 7. Why is it that gasoline prices don't come down immediately when crude oil prices come down? 8. Why is it that I have entered the lottery and never won, doesn't make any sense so I just never enter any more and still don't win. 9. Why is it that self help books are written by people who need help? 10. Why is it that a rib eyes steak taste so good but comes from a real dumb animal, that is actually a vegetarian. Even seen a cow eat a steak dinner?

Fact: The descendants of James Buchanan, always ranked as the worst US President of all times, have fallen in love with the George W. Bush presidency, since Mr. Buchanan will move up a notch in January.

Movie review: "Babylon A.D.", ***, Our local critic gave this one star and I disagree. This was not a bad movie at all with Vin Diesel, Michelle Yeoh, and Melanie Thierry. Even though Diesel has kind of turned into an action star, bad guy, turned baby sitter in many of his movies he is good in this one. The time frame is some time in the way future and I think it was 2237 A.D. or something like that and of course the world has gone haywire and needs a savior. Diesel has been hired to protect that future and escort it(Melanie Thierry) to a safe place in New York(has that got to be a joke or what). So, along the way on this 6,000 mile journey there is much action and fun. A little possible sex was thrown in just for kicks, but for the most part the movie was entertaining and well done. I would go on the matinee ticket or the $2.00 house, but no more. If you are collecting Vin Diesel's stuff then wait for it to come out on DVD. Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, language and some sexuality.



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