Archive for May, 2005
Last week Marathon Girl finally had to stop running. After making it to week 20 of her pregnancy, running four plus miles every day was becoming too difficult. So this weekend when she asked if I wanted to go on a walk with her, I agreed.
I pictured a nice walk through the neighborhood where we’d push Aidan in the stroller and talk and enjoy the wild flowers that are in full bloom.
I forgot who I was walking with.
For Marathon Girl a “walk” is something akin to a slow jog.
We ended up “walking” four miles at a 10 minute per mile pace. By the time it was over, I was sweating and realized I had a pretty decent workout.
Marathon Girl? She didn’t even look tired. Her hair didn’t even look out of place. You wouldn’t have known she just went on some kind of power walk.
Over 20 weeks into her pregnancy, she doesn’t look very pregnant. There was an neighborhood party this weekend and most of the women about died when they learned how far along she was. And I have to admit she looks great.
Maybe one of these days she’ll become pregnant enough that I can keep up with her.
May 31st, 2005
It’s offical. Baby #2 is going to be a boy. Marathon Girl and I are thrilled.
May 25th, 2005
Just posted: Midnight Girl
I’ve been working hard on Chapter 5. The last few days have been spent working on a scene that now, when I read it in context, not sure it has a place in a book. Rather than just trashing it, I decided to post it. Don’t necessarily need any feedback on it but I know there are several who have wanted a peek at the book. So check it out.
May 24th, 2005
Well the cool company I work for gave everyone the last few hours of work off to go see the latest Star Wars movie. They rented out a nearby theatre so we all tropped down there to see it. The good news about the movie is that it’s a lot better than Episode I or II which were sorely disappointing.
The bad news is that it still suffers from “George Lucas” syndrome. For those who are unfamiliar with George Lucas syndrome, it affects movie makers who like to make big special effects movies and throw the plot and dialgo in as an afterthought.
(BTW: If you haven’t seen the movie yet and want to be surprised you may want to stop reading.)
Though I bought Anakin’s reason for joining the dark side of the force, it seemed to happen way too fast. One’s transformation from good to evil (or vice versa) doesn’t happen in an instant. It takes time. Sure, Anakin’s been leaning toward the dark side for awhile but the fact that he gets all sad about killing someone then suddenly decides that the dark side of the force thing is rather cool I’ll go and kill thousands more. It was too easy. Too quick.
Then Lucas depicts Jedis being killed by a handful Storm Troopers. But during all the other movies, we see Jedis defending themselves against overwhelming odds and for the most part coming out OK. Suddenly two or three storm troopers can take one out in about five seconds. What happened to this force that Jedis are supposed to have?
Then every scene Anikan has with Padme is laughable. The dialogue is wooden and stiff. Everything they’d talk to each other I wanted to say “Married people don’t talk to each other like that.” No one talks to each other like that except when the writer (Lucas) is trying too hard come up with dialoged that tugs at our emotions instead of letting our care about the characters do that.
I’m not trying to come off as a Star Wars nerd here. My complaint is that Lucas has a tendency to create visually compelling movies while doing the minimal amount of work needed to create a believable (or consistent) plot, compelling dialog, or let the audience really care about characters.
Episode III? Better than Episode I or II. Visually stunning. Too bad the dialogue and plot were weak. If those elements were stronger, Lucas would have hit a home run. Stick to visual effects George. Let someone else write the movie.
Star Wars Episode III: 2 1/2 stars (out of 4)
May 20th, 2005
Took a drive up in the mountains last night with the family to scout out some camping sites.
I couldn’t believe how green everything was. Yes, it’s spring but a typical spring in Utah lasts about one week. Everything has a greenish hue to it until the weather turns hot. After that everything turns brown. With the low clouds and high humidity, I could have sworn that we were in driving through the northwest.
The river near the camp site we chose was swollen and in some places overflowing it’s banks. I’m crossing my fingers that the campsite we chose is still around later this summer.
On the way back it started raining.
Typical Utah rains go something like this: It rains for five minutes then the sun comes out. If it’s a big storm it might rain for 10, sometimes 15 minutes.
Not this storm.
The rain was coming down in sheets and it didn’t let up. The whole 90 minute drive home I was gripping the steering wheel and praying that we could just make it home without hydroplaning into another car.
It was still raining when I drifted off to sleep a few hours later.
Marathon Girl has always wanted to move back to Washington State. Weather-wise she just got her wish.
May 17th, 2005
Salt Lake County has a $150 million dollar tax surplus.
County government officials are flush with excitement as the determine how to spend the money.
I have an idea.
How about a tax cut?
Of course ‘tax cut’ is the dirty six-letter word in Utah politics. Addicted to money like a smokers to nicotine, Utah politicians love to spend, spend, spend.
It works like this.
You take all of your hard earned money, put it in a basket and the politicians here will take whatever they want. Never mind that it’s your money. Never mind that coffers at both the state and local level are overflowing with surplus money. Politicians here view it as their money — not yours. Money that they need to use to keep their political cronies happy. That’s why Utah has the ninth highest tax burden in the nation.
A tax cut in Utah?
It will never happen.
May 12th, 2005
I fear the garden that Marathon Girl and I planted two weeks ago is history. I awoke this morning to discover a half inch of snow on the ground. Should know by Saturday whether or not the tomatoes, peppers, and eggplant made it. I’m not too optimistic about it.
I’ve lived in Utah most of my life. I can recall some cold weather in May and a quite a few snow storms in April but I can not recall it snowing in the valleys this late in the year.
May 11th, 2005
Is it just me or am I the only one who finds it odd that Blogger’s spell check doesn’t recognize the word “blog”?
May 9th, 2005
An article in the latest issue of Nature states that the planet’s air has become much cleaner over the last two decades.
You’d think this would be good news. After all we all know how global warming works. Sunlight comes to our planet and gets trapped in all the nasty man-made pollution and bounces around and heats the planet. Right? This is what’s been drilled into our mind since the environmentalists told us this was a big deal.
Well, apparently more solar energy arriving on the ground will heat the Earth’s surface and add to global warming.
Which way is it?
Let’s be honest here. We have a hard enough time knowing what the weather is going to be like 10 days from now. Weather is so incredibly complex that we don’t have the ability to know whether the plant’s recent warming is due to 1) man 2) a natural warming trend 3) the sun, 4) all of the above or 5) none of the above.
But I don’t want the global warming enthusiast to lose hope. I’ll be doing my part this weekend to aid their cause. I’m going do drive several hundred miles in a Hummer, let my lawnmower idle in the yard, and burn all the plastic I can get my hands on.
May 6th, 2005
Dear Mike Maroth:
The Red Sox roughed you up in the fifth inning yesterday. The two-out grand slam was enough for them to win 5-3 and hand you your second loss of the season.
Yes, baseball can be rough and even great pitchers such as Roger Clemens and Nolan Ryan gave up grand slams occasionally.
But I have an idea. One that can get you back on the winning side of things.
Wait. Don’t stop reading. Hear me out.
I’ve seen you pitch twice. The first was your second major league start. You were facing the defending World Champion Arizona Diamondbacks in Phoenix. You pitched eight solid innings and allowed only three runs. You pitched better than Curt Schilling! It was a great game. And I was glad to be there to watch it.
The second time was the next year in Denver. It was a dark year for the Tigers. They lost 119 games that year. But on that day you shone. You pitched six strong innings and allowed only three runs. I cheered loudly from the mezzanine behind home plate as the Tigers won 7-5.
Remember those games? See the connection? I was there. You won.
My proposition is simple. Fly me out (coach is fine) to every game you pitch. Home games, away games. It doesn’t matter. I’ll be there. I’ll sit in the stands and cheer for the Tigers. With me in the stands, you’ll dominate. Just think. You could become the first 30 game winner since 1968.
This is a win-win situation.
Think of your career. Think of the money you could make after wining 30 games.
Think of the only Detroit Tiger fan in Utah.
You deserve it.
So do I.
Looking forward to hearing from you.
May 4th, 2005
Let me tell you who I am.
I’ve been blogging for over three years. I started my original blog soon after losing my wife and daughter. Time passed. I remarried 15 months later to a woman I refer to in this blog as Marathon Girl. We have one son and are expecting another in October.
There are several reasons why I’ve decided to move.
The first is that my original blog has lost its focus. Issues involved with my first wife or issues that come up that deal with being married to a widower have, for the most part, diminished.
Secondly, I’ve been working on a book, Running Forward, for almost two years. I completed a draft of the book last fall. Though several agents expressed interest, none accepted. Currently I am working on a final rewrite. My goal is to have it completed by the end of August and make one final push to have it published. If no one takes any interest in it, I’ll publish it a little at a time in this blog or on my website. I am hoping that this blog will serve as a good repository to flush out frustrations associated with writing it.
Finally, after owning abelkeogh.com for five years, I’m ready to do something with it. I’m looking to turn it into a repository of writings, thoughts, and a marketing tool for my book (if it’s ever published.) The fact that I can make this blog part of my website was the final reason I decided to move.
Crossing my fingers that all goes according to plan.
May 3rd, 2005