Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Shoes, Food, and Star Wars... Everything A Person Needs...


Be sure to click that panorama shot and see it bigger. That's a pretty stunning view, methinks. I don't mind the people further back the trail (to give it a sense of scale) but I find the person up close distracting for some reason... anyway, certain pictures like this I label with the word "novel" as I archive them, since they inspire me, as far as potential places I want to put in my fantasy novel... I see a pic like that, and I just "see" stuff happening there. Now if I could just make sense of it and get it on paper...

So I spent a long weekend in Albuquerque visiting the in-laws. Wifey and two-thirds of the Wagner Kiddos were out there already, and they will remain through the ninth. Eldest stayed here throughout.

Had a good time; I'm glad I went. (Nice semi-colon use there, eh? Eh?) The highlight of the trip I cannot share with you (MUAHAHAHAHA!!!!) and, sadly, the rest was not blog-worthy enough to elaborate upon. Bottom line, it was cool to see Wifey's siblings and mum... and Uncle James' shoe collection...


I know he looks sad and/or bummed, but I snapped the pic before he was ready, so it's my fault. There aren't many people I know that smile more than James. He's a good egg. AND he's a manager at a Foot Locker in ABQ... and a bit of a shoe collector... makes Wifey's collection look small (almost). I guess you could say shoe collecting "runs" in the family! BUAHAHAHA!!!!

And now, Furious Pete eating a 750g jar of Nutella in 2.5 minutes...



4,000 calories, 200g fat, 400g sugar. I've never tasted the stuff; looks kinda gross to me. (There's another semi-colon for ya, woohoo!) Furious Pete has some other great videos, if you like that sort of thing. He's rapidly becoming my favorite competitive eater...

I tell ya, the more I lurk around the competitive eating world, the more amazed I am by the sheer volume of drama - and I mean the eaters as well as the fans. I'm enjoying it immensely, actually. There seem to be some genuinely insane people in the CE world - both fans and competitors. I love it. Of course, I grew up a wrestling fan, so I suppose I'm pre-conditioned to enjoy the sport of CE... something about the equal parts of "disgusting" and "amazing"...

I watched the big Nathan's Hot Dog Eating event on ESPN on the fourth, as it unfolded, which was cool. And of course, the event itself was overshadowed (for me) by all of the accompanying drama. I won't get into it here. If you want to catch a glimpse, check out EatFeats (not just the stories/articles, but the comments as well! That's the best part!)


Hey! A Funny Pic that ties together the last two topics! Yeah, I'm clever like that...

OK, shifting gears a bit...

I met with my new personal trainer today. Yep, it's time to get in shape. You know, I hate to beat a dead horse here, but there really is something to this whole "midlife crisis" thing. Of all the near-overwhelming urges I've felt over the past year (buy a new car, get teeth fixed, get a tattoo, run screaming down the street pulling out my hair, etc.) I think the one that makes the most long-term sense is to try and get in better shape. It may seem odd to pay for a personal trainer when Wifey could easily fill that role with the knowledge and experience she has, but the fact that I basically live with a personal trainer has never really helped motivate me to act on that. Too much between us, I suppose...

So, I like this guy, and the facility is terrific, and best of all, it's right by the rug shop. I can walk there, work out for an hour, clean up, walk back, and leave the shop at the time I normally would. I'll work with him twice a week, at least through the end of the year. Then maybe I'll look better on the outside.

The inside is another matter altogether. But I have a plan of attack for that as well. I'll elaborate on that another time...

And now, turn up your speakers and enter the "music time-machine"...



Ah, I love it.... I think the music and sound effects made Star Wars the movie it was, as much as anything else.

Here's a couple Star Wars-related pictures that have been languishing in my archive. Might as well drop them in here...

Would you wear that? You would earn the admiration of nerds everywhere! Geek Chic...

That kid's dad = Dad of the Year...

It's almost July 11th! You know what that means! I know, I know... it's Middle Daughter's 16th birthday, but I mean, other than that! YES! The 10-year wait will be over! A Dance with Dragons will be released! Woohoo! I will get it the day it comes out, and dive straight in. I hope I remember to stop to sleep and eat... and breathe...

OK, well, I suppose I should get back to work on the newsletters for my clients, which are late again. Dangit. One more goofy picture and I'm out...


Adios for now;

Dave the Semicolon

6 comments:

Rug Warrior said...

Very entertaining... thanks for the chuckles! =)

You know... you need to do a BEFORE and AFTER photo of your work with the new trainer. It's a good way to measure progress, and it's a motivator.

Just don't wear Speedos in the photo. That won't get you "best dad ever" from your girls. LOL

Lisa

logankstewart said...

Aye, friend, a nice pic indeed. Though, I confess, I'm a bit sleepy and read "click that paranormal shot and see it bigger" before I went, wait, what?

Is it odd that a college friend of mine also worked at Foot Locker and he, too, collected shoes. In fact, I think he wore a different pair for almost every class. Maybe it's a Foot Locker thing?

Good luck with the trainer, man. That's awesome. And I'm equally curious about your battle plan for the inside fight.

The STAR WARS music was riveting. I watched the video with a broad smile on my face. And it was so dramatic!

July 11 is also my mamaw's birthday. So good day's all around.

ADWD is coming...

Drydoryssus said...

Say, I've also been feeding my imagination on mountain landscapes. Usually I'm the one taking the photos too.

This whole semicolon thing is just another brown-humour pun of yours, I take it ?

Anonymous said...

The music was exhilarating! Is it unusual to have such a large violin section? I thought that was unique to the piece.

The shoe gene went from my Mom to my oldest daughter. I wear Birkenstock's, and my oldest developed a condition which precludes her from imbibing in her shoe passion. I can't even imagine trying to remember what's in each box!

Hope camp was a blessing. We are going to try to make it next year - providing we are not on the move again!!!

Beth the dehydrated.

Michelle said...

Wow, so many shoes.....that would probably be me if I worked at a shoe store.

Way to go with the personal trainer! Two thumbs up!

And just a note about the star wars theme...when my third child was a newborn the only way we could get him to calm down or sleep was to play the theme song over and over again. To this day he loves it!

Have a good week. :)

David Wagner said...

Grr... I responded to everyone earlier today, but somehow, my comment has disappeared! I wonder if anyone else is having that problem? Ah, well, better regroup and try again...

Lisa: Before and After pictures in a speedo! OK, coming right up! MUAHAHAHA!!!!

Logan: Nope, nothing paranormal about this blog... now "abnormal" on the other hand...

I've never understood the deal with shoes. Then again, I seem to collect games I never play, so they must be similar... I'm writing something about the "inner struggle" thing which may or may not be hopelessly corny... I'll link to it when I'm done.

Dry: Send me some of your pics, and I'll post them! Then you'll be world famous, like me. Then we can hang out and mock the little people together. And, yeah, the semi-colon thing was likely just thinly veiled scatological humor. Someday, I'll be a full colon!

Beth: Not sure about the "violin section" thing. Either way, I love that music. Especially nice and LOUD. Camp was hard. Good luck with the heat!

Michelle: I suppose there's far worse music for your wee one to be a fan of, eh? He could be a Metallica fan! Or (God forbid) polka...