Thursday, October 30, 2014

Trail Run In UT… Zombie Prom…. Game 7….. Radio Show

Rock- Tober has been flying by!! Don't get me wrong, its been a Gr8 month!!! And after our local Grand Mesa has dropped all of its leaves, the temps begin to drop into the 20's, what do you do??? Easy, head for Southern Utah. Last Saturday, the weather was unreal and flipping gorgeous as can be, the high hung around 79F for the day. The clear skies opened up stargazing and the happy Moon wasn't quite half full which allowed for beautiful Mars viewing.

I was actually in Utah for a wedding and took advantage of the landscape. The Fall colors are in full swing around these parts and truly highlighted the already amazing cliffs, bluffs, and book cliffs above.

My Trusty Co-pilot 

I am currently procrastinating on rifling through all the photos from the wedding and mixing them with a Time Lapse and a sound track as well. My original plan was going to mix and add during the World Series but I ended up carving pumpkins and hosting a BBQ. I only bring this up because I love playing cribbage and will BBQ in any kind of inclement weather but will soon be posting a "movie" from the wedding soon. Later on after the wedding, Shadow Boy helping me navigate through the valleys of beauty, we arrived in the Big City if GJ in time to throw on some make up, catch some of Game 5, and jump on the bike and head downtown for Zombie Prom!!!! Last year, Zombie Prom opened up a whole new avenue of Halloween Costumes. How many of us have done the Wizard Of Oz thing?? Well now we can Zombie-Fi the Wiz!?!?! I took on a Charlie Sheen last year, told everyone that I was 3 days into a 7 day bender. I even had some tin foil in my pocket as a prop. Thats a whole other story if you wish to hear more or maybe we should let that rest. Yes, rest.


Can you dig it?!?!? The Mayor Of Vegas ( on the left and my brother ), Contemplation Of Suicide ( Cliff in the middle ), and Zombie Road Rider ( Me on the right ) took over the Mesa Theater's upper bar. Now the Mesa totally sucks and I haven't been inside since the Bruce Hornsby show and I blogged about the Umphrey's McGee show that completely turned me off from the Mesa. So just off to the left of the upper bar was a photo booth and the three of us hung out and complemented everyone that was lined up for their photos. The night was amazing by how creative the younger generation have become and their Zombie look was outrageous!!! We saw so many half A$$ done nerds so the ones that took some time really stood out. Some of them really brought out death and others took the PROM aspect of it to heart. Man, the whole night was visually stimulating for sure!!!!
Notice the different shoes, socks, and gloves 
Simply Crazy
Love The Depth 
A Nerd I Liked But His Date Needed More
                                The Gal On The Right Took Fake Finger Nails & Glued Them To Her Cheek
Love This Zombie Look Of Death

And can you believe that crazy Game 7 last night!?!?!?! What A Game!!! A huge congrats to all of my California friends and congrats to Mr Bruce Bochy!! Bochy and I go way back to the early 90's and I am way stoked for him AND his family!!! Also, he now holds the distinct title of being the VERY FIRST MANAGER to Challenge a call during the World Series AND win that challenge. Fill that away for trivia later on. Keep this in mind, I would have been happy to see KC pull off the victory. Really! And during last nights game, count them, TWO pumpkins carved, two more to go. Along with the wedding video to come, I will post pumpkin photos as well.
And Last But Not Least…… Drum Roll Please…. I Am Hosting The Orbit Lounge Halloween Morning…. Cant Wait!!! And you can stream live at www dot kafmradio dot org from 6am - 9am Mt Time Zone. I have something like 4 hours of Halloween music to mix into a 3 hour show. Its going to be awesome!!!!! I record my shows so feel free to ask for a copy and I will make sure you receive a copy. Spreading music makes my day. Almost as much as when I receive a sticker from somebody. Yes, I am a sticker nut.

1) Watching My Saints Battle Another NFC South Team.
2) Streaming My Friend The Blue Z At www dot kafmradio dot org
3) Carving Out Two More Pumpkins
4) Finish Calling The Rest Of My SF Giants Fans
5) Getting Shadow Boy Out Before Tonights Game
6) Being Present

Along with the wedding video, pumpkin shots, I will be updating my training schedule for the Silverton Marathon very soon. Saturday Nov 1st might be that day.

Have a wonderful week, Thanx for making a difference, & Allow yourself to comment on my photos.


Thursday, October 23, 2014

Time Lapse From Mother Nature & Doing Some Chores

Hello All,

Fall is in the air, colors paint the Grand Mesa a golden fire red, cooler temps in the morning, and the sunrise has cascaded light rays at impressive lengths. Which brings me to the Boy Dog. Shadow Boy and I have been walking in the early morning and have been treated to all aspects of Fall. We walk under a canopy of yellows, reds, and holding on greens and now the streets are blanketed with the fallen yellowish leaves. Love That!!!

My legs feel quite stronger than a year ago while training for the Lead King 25K. My hips have more movement or better rotation and I loosen up much quicker than in the past. Yes, its the foam roller, its the stretching, the yoga, and sure, the water consumption. All of it is making a difference and my moods are much more upbeat as well. Nice byproduct of exercising.

The time Lapse above is from my tile job. I set the GoPro ( 10sec 5mp & wide ) up out back while I worked inside. Grand Junction was in the 60% range of seeing something from Mother Nature but as you can see, we just see cloud formations and wind. I mixed in some Blue Man Group and I really like the results. The time Lapse from below ( 5sec 5mp & wide ) was from Monday as we have a GREAT free service here in town where the city picks up leaves and compost them at the Green Waste Facility. All you have to do is rake up, drop off out front on the street, and away they go. Its Awesome!!! So in the video, cheering felt appropriate, you will see Old Grandpa Smokey. Smokey came from Roice Hurst Humane Society last December and what a case he was. Don't know where he came from and I didn't know his name. He was such a sad damn dog, he literally just stood in his cage, droopy eyes, and a bad back right leg. I mean REAL sad. Ready for this, he was only 44lbs when I picked him up. Old Smokes walked into the house, took a short trip down the hallway, sniffed around, found his bed, he slept for 3 full days!!!! I would scoop a full cup of dog food and he would eat maybe a 1/4 of it and would just drop his head back down. I gave him a month and figured that he would happily pass on. Took him to my vet and they said he was OK and just getting old. I began doing Ortho on his bad leg, gave him treats when Shadow Boy needed one OR two, and played music for him when ever he wanted. FAST FORWARD, Old Smokey is now 71 solid pounds, pulls when walking on leash, prances when its breakfast/dinner, and the vet could believe his eyes. They commented on how beautiful his coat is, how he now stands on ALL four of his paws, and how he tracks w/his eyes. Old Grandpa hit the jackpot!!!

As for the marathon training, its going well, I am only walking and/or hiking w/Shadow Boy, still working out the base training. This weekend will be a timed mile at Stoker Stadium. Next week I will be back to swimming and should hit a few miles on the road bike. Added up the miles from the commuter bike last week, hold on, 77miles!!! Thats only the commuter bike to work ( tile and office ), store runs, and trips over to social events. If asked, I would have responded w/20 or so miles, maybe?!?!? Not 70+ miles on the commuter for the week. Can you say bike maintenance soon????????? Would you wanna see a time lapse of that????????

Old Grandpa Smokey… He Is A Happy Old Guy…. He Can Melt Your Heart 

Monday, October 20, 2014

New Race…. New Ideas…. Super Stoked

So I am just a weeeeeee bit fired up for Halloween this year because I will be here to celebrate Halloween AND its on a Friday AND getting spooky w/the dogs!!! The video above is time lapsed by the GoPro, music from the String Cheese Incident, & posted in HD mode. Feel free to click full screen and turn it up and wait for the apparitions to melt down into view.

What a month so far, I mean this in the best way possible, another week of Ortho Bionomy classes, finally found the right guy to plan a racing schedule with, had a blast of a radio show, Shadow Boy & I have been walking the miles every morning, and I am still alive in the Last Man Standing.

Lets start with that one: Last Man Standing ( L.M.S. ) is a bet during the NFL season. I posted about not participating in Fantasy Football this year and my brother talked me into L.M.S. and this year they gave everyone three losses because they only made it to week 6 last year w/two losses. Basically, you pick ONE NFL team each week to win BUT you can only pick that team once. MEANING, you pick 17 different teams throughout the season and you can only suffer three strikes. Week One, I picked the damn Bears and they lost, I was running the Lead King 25K during week two, told my brother that I pick whoever plays Chi-Town, that game was in SF to play the 9ers, promptly chalked up my second strike, been picking winners ever since. This past weekend knocked two people out because of their third loss. I think we are now down to 12 people and everyone has at least one loss.
Radio Show: I hadn't expressed my hobby over the airwaves in quite some time and hosting a late night show was awesome. I cranked up the tunes, played some twisted tunes, worked in some stand up comedy from Steve Martin, and blew through 3 hours of music. Received a number of phone calls and two callers in particular stood out because I didn't recognize their voices. One of them couldn't believe what they were hearing and asked where did I find this stuff and the other caller was about 10min before I was rapping up for the night and they said," Padre, that was some of the most fucked up funny ass shit." And Yes, Thats A Direct Quote!!!! I recorded the show, as I always do, so let me know if you want a copy. Plus, I just simple enjoyed myself.
A Recycling Run This Weekend
Ortho Classes: WoW, were do I begin????? How about w/Monday??? Monday's class was an Advance Neck and Shoulders. The class went by so fast as we learned how to work w/the C7 "door knob" while marring the nuchal line near the occipital bone. We also balanced the SCM, Upper Traps, and brought in the 1st three ribs as well. Great class!!! Tuesday/Wednesday classes simply blew A$$ because it easily could have been condensed onto a one class and Thursday was a Study Group class as well. The name of that class was Demonstration Skills, which I understood as showing demo's all day. NO, it was a language class for explaining Ortho, two damn days of this?!?!?! Near the end of day two, we found out that we are required to video tape a demo that we will perform. Can you imagine how the group SH*T themselves?!?!?! Classic!!! This is fine w/me but I was quite upset that it took 2 days to cover this and its butted up against a study group day. Friday was a better day as we introduced Reflexes and worked w/them. So Monday & Friday were awesome but not worth the amount of money.
Meeting With A Race Director: This was been a sweet break through!!! I am super stoked w/the potential of this opportunity!! I meet w/some previous so called race directors that really let me down, but this guy relates to me on so many levels. Our philosophies are very similar and we were on the same page on a number of topics. We missed our chance on BLM permits for 2015 but we have some killer Cyclocross events this Nov AND December!! The Forest Service AND City Parks are totally supportive for our races in 2015. Oh, and the LLC name, M.A.D. Racing. Mountain And Desert Racing!!!! Our Grand Valley offers Alpine Single Track on the Grand Mesa, Cyclocross events in Fruita, GJ, and Palisade. And we hope to host multi day events w/cooperation w/the BLM folks. I will keep you posted!!! For Sure!!! And I am Super Stoked!!! Last weekend we timed a Cross County race for CMU and it went over VERY well!! We timed the Downhill w/o a hick up!!! Overall statement by the CMU Event Coordinator was, PROFESSIONAL!! YES!!!

And Now For My Personal Big News: Me Me Me Time!!! Look At Me!! Me Me MEEEeeeeeee.

I found my next event! This August, I will be running a marathon!?!? Me, running a marathon?!?!? Its hard to believe that I just wrote that. Let me write that again, I will be running a marathon August 2015. WoW, That Is Awesome!! That Felt Gr8!!

Setting | Silverton, Colorado is nestled in the midst of the Silverton caldera at an elevation of 9,318 feet above sea level. The mountains only go up from there, climbing an additional 4,000 feet directly around town.   The area has been heavily mined since the 1880′s, leaving behind a rich history of ghost towns, mining structures and wild stores.                                                     Course Summary
Follows Alpine Loop mining road counter-clockwise linking historic mining ghost towns, Howardsville, Eureka, Animas Forks & Gladstone. High point is 12,930 ft atop California Pass. Low point is Silverton at 9,318ft. Total vertical gain is 3,800 for the marathon and 4,400 for the 50k. The 50K runners will complete an out and back to Niagara Gulch before joining the Marathon course.
Silverton Colorado Winter 2013 
I did a copy/paste from their website regarding the Course Summary and Setting. The photo to the right, I captured this one last winter, sleepy little Mt town of Silverton. Something else that excites me about this event is that the marathon race starts before the 50K runners. I totally dig cheering on other races and will have plenty of chances to see the studs fly on by me at sub 9 min mile paces as I stumble along at 12min mile pace, if I am lucky?!?!!? 

2015 is going to be AWESOME!! 

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Sunday, October 5, 2014

Adding Up More Miles

Check Out The Figure Model On The Bed
A few shots from the Fridays First Art Hop along Main St….. Just A Few Shots
So Dig This Photo!!

Fall Colors 

I Painted My Flagstone Out Front From This Style Near Thompson Springs, UT.

Maybe My Favorite Gallery From The Night

By Far, Top Shot!!!

This Was Crazy. Paintings On Massive Steel Sheets.

The Paint Popped A 3D Imagine & The Steel Was Untouched. Its Refections That Add The Color. 

Wanna Talk Layers?? Unreal Little Details In This Painting.

Classic Puking Print

Love It

This Lady Had A Multi Layered Collage That We Picked Off Sections To Create A New Look. DIFFERENT

These were way cool


Up On Our Grand Mesa

Just Outside Of Telluride Colorado 
The first week of Rock-Toe-Berr flew on by. Am I Right??? Still, had a pretty good week at the gym. I am still on the slow-mow pace of lifting light weights. Most of my reps are 15+ times and standard 3 sets w/each exercise. Its funny how many looks I receive & how many folks come & go during my little workout. Swam a few times this past week which felt great. Working on posture, breathing from both sides no matter how many strokes between breaths, & even swam a few laps w/my eyes closed. Even started doing some egg beater work for the lungs & adductors.

I also spent a lot of my free time down at KAFM during their Fall Fund Drive. The Fund Drive has always been special for me as I see so many old salty sea dogs from way back in the day. The programs were fun & full of energy but not so much these past few drives. I have blogged about the lack of leadership before Teddi ( Executive Director ) & Phuc Face Joe ( Program Director ) split the scene. FINALLY!! We have a new ED now so we shall see what presents itself. I hope for the best but back to the topic of Fund Drive. I answered phones during shows, helped clean up & take out the recycling, & talked w/some old friends while doing my thing. Local restaurants donated fabulous dishes, artist dropped of goodies for premiums, & just a simple time for socializing w/others.

As for racing, I supported a couple of clients this past weekend. A local chapter of STRIVE hosted a 3K walk down at the Botanical Gardens. Awesome event because it was so casual in deed. Dog friendly & perfect Colorado weather along a Fall colored River Front Trail System. The rest of my Saturday was at the office practicing Ortho on a new client & 3 previous clients. One client I am prepping for a hip replacement. And Saturday on Main St was crazy busy as the high school marching band competition was held here in GJ. Schools from the front ranger were here, smaller schools from the western slope, & our local 3 high school bands marched on. October Fest was on 3rd & 4th of Main St w/a very well attended beer gardens & the ever so popular weenier dog races. Thats always a blast to watch. Saturday night was the last night for the play Avenue Q at CMU. The Blue Z scored us awesome seats!! Front Center & about 4 rows back!! Now, this wasn't any Broadway performance but it was funny as can be for GJ. Plus, what a way to wrap up the week & the weekend.

One of my goals this week was to find a new race & buy in. The one that is on my radar is the Silverton Marathon Aug 23rd 2015. I haven't had the best interaction w/the company HITs out of NY so I don't believe I am shooting for the Half Ironman in MAY here in GJ. Maybe I will volunteer this year, plus it wouldn't be a new event. Major mixed emotions here. This might also free me up to run the Cimarron 50K Endurance Race May 3rd 2015?!?!? I haven't pulled the trigger yet but I still have a few months before the rate jumps. Any Ideas From You All???

Also, sending out some positive vibes to my blogging friend One Crazy Penguin as she is tackling a 70.3 this weekend in Alton,IL were she will swim in the mighty Mississippi River!! What an awesome transformation she has gone through!!! Big Hugs Penguin!!

Last but not least, I am looking for a new book to read. Something that I might find in the library. Any topic for sure, just finished the Monkey Wrench Gang, read the Dog's Purpose & the sequel Dog's Journey, & re-read Scott Jerek's Eat & Run as well. I am open for suggestions & ideas PLEASE!!!