Visions of Speed, Vicariously, Courtesy of David

A couple of years ago, I ran the St. Louis half-marathon, only I didn’t. Having registered but not undertaken the requisite training, David chose to run the race in my stead. And I finished quite nicely, thank you very much. What’s that scripture passage about building a tower?
The biathlon (which more correctly should have been called a duathlon) at Highland this Memorial Day was one that I had also thought of under taking, but couldn’t quite manage to train for the five mile run in time. I did, however, go along for moral support, and to take pictures. I am still getting the hang of sports photography.
The 5 mile run and 15 mile bike route was lead off by a gentleman in a wheelchair. Amazing. I can’t imagine how he handled the hills.
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I managed to catch the frontrunners…
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…but didn’t manage to catch decent shots of David until the end of the run and the transition to the bike.
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Here is the specialized bike of the gentleman in the wheelchair which is pedaled using one’s hands and, I think, his everyday wheelchair. I am not sure if he had any help in the transitions, but I imagine he is pretty self-sufficient.
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Here is David finishing along with another rider who seems to have hit the pavement somewhere along the rainy course.
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The end of a 19 mph average bike segment. Nice.
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In this final shot, David represents his cycling club, which in turn represents Christ. In a cool story, during the run a fellow runner remarked how the ICCC put on the best post-race food for the races they sponsor. There is a point for doing everything well as unto Christ.
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Twilight on Lewis and Clark

Well, today I tendered my resignation at Lewis and Clark Community College in order to attend seminary this fall to pursue a Masters in Divinity. This has been a decision I have taken a long time to come to and which I have not taken lightly. If you are the praying sort, I would appreciate yours, that I will see this through and listen to see where God may be taking me.
At any rate, after visiting a dear Uncle who is very close to going to be home with Jesus and his sister and after the day’s events, I was a bit pensive and just relaxed by taking some pictures of beautiful Lewis and Clark at twilight. These are sans tripods, but still convey the beauty. It was perfect night.
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And Now, Something Completely Different

Well, here is another rejected story. Don’t you feel privileged to only get the leftovers 😉 Alas, that is normally the way of things in this area, the rejection that is. I may re-submit this some place at some point, but until such a time as that, here it is. If you read “Before the Towers Fell” (thank you) and then read this one, you will find this one to be quite different, and it may, indeed, be a bit of work in the early going. But I think that if you do a bit of trudging, you may be rewarded a little for your work, or at least I would like to believe so. Here is “Biolog.”
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“Where do you want to go today?”
“What do you want to be today?”
“Who do you want to see today?”
The questions awoke him with a start, if “awoke” could be the proper word. Had he been asleep? And could even he even wake “with a start?” A quick meld gave him an answer.
OED: To start: to undergo a sudden involuntary movement of the body, caused by surprise, alarm, acute pain, etc.
He did not even have a body….

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And Now, Something Completely Different

Well, here is another rejected story. Don’t you feel privileged to only get the leftovers 😉 Alas, that is normally the way of things in this area, the rejection that is. I may re-submit this some place at some point, but until such a time as that, here it is. If you read “Before the Towers Fell” (thank you) and then read this one, you will find this one to be quite different, and it may, indeed, be a bit of work in the early going. But I think that if you do a bit of trudging, you may be rewarded a little for your work, or at least I would like to believe so. Here is “Biolog.”
Biolog
“Where do you want to go today?”
“What do you want to be today?”
“Who do you want to see today?”
The questions awoke him with a start, if “awoke” could be the proper word. Had he been asleep? And could even he even wake “with a start?” A quick meld gave him an answer.
OED: To start: to undergo a sudden involuntary movement of the body, caused by surprise, alarm, acute pain, etc.
He did not even have a body….

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Songs for a Grey Day

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They’re Scottish. Their music has a melancholy bent to match their homeland. They’re Travis, and their videos, which generally have high production values and concepts, are available on Youtube.
Driftwood
-this is the first Travis song I heard and probably is my favorite. The video is pretty cool too, imagining the taking of a school picture at a girls school and the lads as the school teachers. Cool slow motion when it rains.
Turn 1 / Turn 2
-I like this song an awful lot too. “Turn 1” is my favorite Travis video, I think. “Don’t doubt my Chi.” And the lass is nice.
Why Does it Always Rain On Me
-A little strange, but it is set on the Scottish moors, Fran Healy’s wearing a kilt (contemporary though it be), and there is a cool stunt. What’s not to like?
Flowers in the Window-An even stranger video, though it does rather celebrate pregnancy nicely. In an interview I read or heard, Fran is a feminist. The single image of a non-Travis male in this video is a bit unsettling. I don’t know exactly what to make of it and whether that was Travis’ choice or the director’s, whom I think they tend to generally give a free hand.
Closer / Click here to loop the audio of Closer…it bears repeated listens.
-This is their latest. Quirky. Ben Stiller. The melody is oh so lovely.
There are other nice Travis songs and videos. This will have to do for now though. Enjoy.

Songs for a Grey Day

travis.jpg
They’re Scottish. Their music has a melancholy bent to match their homeland. They’re Travis, and their videos, which generally have high production values and concepts, are available on Youtube.
Driftwood
-this is the first Travis song I heard and probably is my favorite. The video is pretty cool too, imagining the taking of a school picture at a girls school and the lads as the school teachers. Cool slow motion when it rains.
Turn 1 / Turn 2
-I like this song an awful lot too. “Turn 1” is my favorite Travis video, I think. “Don’t doubt my Chi.” And the lass is nice.
Why Does it Always Rain On Me
-A little strange, but it is set on the Scottish moors, Fran Healy’s wearing a kilt (contemporary though it be), and there is a cool stunt. What’s not to like?
Flowers in the Window-An even stranger video, though it does rather celebrate pregnancy nicely. In an interview I read or heard, Fran is a feminist. The single image of a non-Travis male in this video is a bit unsettling. I don’t know exactly what to make of it and whether that was Travis’ choice or the director’s, whom I think they tend to generally give a free hand.
Closer / Click here to loop the audio of Closer…it bears repeated listens.
-This is their latest. Quirky. Ben Stiller. The melody is oh so lovely.
There are other nice Travis songs and videos. This will have to do for now though. Enjoy.