Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy Halloween

This ad was banned in the USA because it was deemed to be anti-women. I think it is awesome. What do you think?

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Bike for Sale, if you are man enough

If you are looking for a manly bike, check out this Craig's list ad.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Liquid Smoking

Nicotine in a can
? It is all the rage in the UK. Those crazy Brits are always looking for new ways to jack up their teeth.

Monday, October 27, 2008


The Monarchs usually do not start appearing at Ellwood until December-January. This guy must be one of the first scouts of the season. If you have never witnessed the Monarch butterflies swarm, you are missing something wondrous.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Serious Skills, or maybe a future Darwin Award

See more skate, snow, surf, and moto videos at Shred or Die

So you think you have mountain bike skills? Check out the Red Bull Rampage. You'll need more than wings to do this kind of stuff.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Your the Winner! but not really...

When is the fastest time not the winning time? Apparently at the San Francisco Nike Women's Marathon. 24-year-old Arien O'Connell posted the fastest time of the day but since she did not register as an elite athlete she was denied the gold medal. Race organizers defend their position. I think it is just weak sauce.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Chess Boxing

I am always looking for a new sport to try since I am kind of a flop at the more mundane swimming, biking, and running. Robb at Titan Sports turned me on to this sport: Chess Boxing

Monday, October 20, 2008

What would Laird do?

The phenomenon is known as a reef pullout. The picture was taken in Teahupo'o, Tahiti. There are only a handful of surfers who drop into this baby.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

My Hommie

Ran into my brown brother Ray while out spinning today. Ray is the undisputed king of the Westside.

Friday, October 17, 2008

More Ironman memories

Hawaii Ironman 1996

This is how you look minutes before you throw-up on yourself.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Night of the Living Dead

I found the debate last night pretty predictable and boring until McCain turned into a zombie.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

More Ironman '99

Coach and physical therapist extraordinaire Mike Swan is also a not too shabby Ironman. In 1999, Mike finished in a tad over 9 hours. A pretty good day at the office.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

More Vic

Here's Vic on the podium after Hawaii Ironman '99.

Monday, October 13, 2008

11 times Ironman

Vic and the late, great Steve Issaris at Ironman '02

For an amazing 11 times in a row, Vic Birtalan completed the Hawaii Ironman this past weekend. Vic finished in 13:50. Vic's accomplishment just boggles my mind. That's a lot of lava dust to pick out of your teeth over the years.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Hawaii 99

I was digging thru my archives the other day and came across this picture of my buddy Chuckie V downing a cold one during the '99 Hawaii Ironman. Chuckie was unfairly banned from from Ironman events for the following year. I think a little bit of the fun of Ironman died that day.

Friday, October 10, 2008

At the Beach

It doesn't get any better than running on the beach with my crazy dog Morgan.

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Gadget Man

I love gadgets. I probably have 3 or 4 heart rate monitors, a couple of GPS devices, and seem to change my MP3 players as often as I do my running shoes. None of these gizmos seem to make me any faster but I do like the diversion of frantically pushing buttons while I work out. My latest gadget- a Electro Muscle Stimulator, recommended by my fellow nerd, the Wanger. Here I have it set on the electro shock mode. I find this very handy to erase the memory of a painful Rusty Snow workout.

Friday, October 03, 2008

Dog Attacks Shark!

Keeping with my dog theme, check out this video. I kinda feel sorry for the shark.

Thursday, October 02, 2008

Man Attacks Shark

What would you do to save your dog? This Florida man took on a 5 ft shark. You can read about it here.

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

If I didn't Have a Dog

My friend Dave sent this to me the other day:

If I Didn't Have a Dog
I could walk around the yard barefoot in safety.
My house could be carpeted instead of tiled and laminated.
All flat surfaces, clothing, furniture, and cars would be free
of hair.
When the doorbell rings, it wouldn't sound like a kennel.
When the doorbell rings, I could get to the door without wading
through fuzzy bodies who beat me there.
I could sit on the couch and my bed the way I wanted, without
taking into consideration how much space several fur bodies would need
to get comfortable.
I would have money .......and no guilt to go on a real vacation.
I would not be on a first-name basis with 6 veterinarians, as I
put their yet unborn grandkids through college.
The most used words in my vocabulary would not be: out, sit,
down, come, no, stay, and leave him/her/it ALONE.
My house would not be cordoned off into zones with baby gates or
My house would not look like a day care center, toys everywhere.

My pockets would not contain things like poop bags, treats and
an extra leash.
I would no longer have to spell the words B-A-L-L,, F-R-I-S-B-E-
E,,W-A-L-K,, T-R-E-A-T,, B-I-K-E,, G-O,, R-I-D-E
I would not have as many leaves INSIDE my house as outside.
I would not look strangely at people who think having ONE
dog/cat ties them down too much.
I'd look forward to spring and the rainy season instead of
dreading 'mud' season.
I would not have to answer the question 'Why do you have so many
animals?' from people who will never have the joy in their lives of
knowing they are loved unconditionally by someone as close to an angel
as they will ever get.

How EMPTY my life would be!