Not-So-Wordless Wednesday


Yet another example of what it’s like to live with yours truly.

We’re in the den watching Ghost Hunters where they are doing an investigation on a naval ship. During one scene, they go into the ship’s hospital and we see a bed with leg harnesses that could have been used for delivering babies (but my guess was typical OB/GYN stuff).

Ann looked quizzical.

Ann: “They deliver babies on naval ships?”

I began to laugh but didn’t say what I wanted since Anthony was still milling around the den with us. I ended up texting what was on my mind.

Me: “Of course they do. Think of all the seamen.”

Woah, someone get the walnuts! I’m cracking them tonight!

And just think: Ann’s put up with that nonsense for 18 years…

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Virgin Mobile Survey: New Phones and Potential Names


Just when I thought Virgin Mobile was starting to overlook me for survey purposes, I get one in my inbox! This time we find out a few details of what they have planned for the future.

Here’s the first screengrab:

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Hey, it looks like Virgin Mobile has yet another Android phone on the horizon! No specs; the survey just asked me what I thought of the name they planned for this “touchscreen Android phone” with the standard Android features.

Let’s move on to the second question:

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Hmmm. Verve and Fling. What do you think? Despite my trigger-finger (where I inadvertently marked the Yes box) I wasn’t too crazy about either one of them.

Question the third:

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Okay, now we’re getting somewhere. Judging by the information here, Virgin Mobile has two (presumably) Android phones planned for future release with the one mentioned above featuring both touchscreen and QWERTY keyboard. Possibly a replacement for the outdated and tired Samsung Intercept?

Finally, the fourth question:

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So there you have it: the touchscreen/QWERTY combo will either be Venture or Chaser. Or neither, depending on what they decide with the answers given from this survey.

Regardless of the names, consumers have at least two more Virgin Mobile Android phones to look forward to and hopefully not as bad as the Motorola TRIUMPH, whose GPS has been notorious for its lackluster performance.

And if you are considering the switch to Virgin Mobile, they currently have a $25 credit promotion for new customers only. It started on 8/24/11 and runs through 9/5/11. There is also a time limit in place to activate the phone so if you want to take advantage of this, you better hurry.

The details as posted on their Web site:

* Terms and Conditions of the $25 credit:

  • To qualify to receive the $25 credit, you must purchase a Beyond Talk phone from www.virginmobileusa.com between 8/24/2011 and 9/5/2011. In addition, you must activate your phone on a current Beyond Talk plan by 11:59PM Pacific Time on 10/4/2011.
  • This promotion is available for new customers only. Existing customers may still purchase a Beyond Talk phone but will not be eligible for the $25 credit.
  • Limit of one $25 credit per Virgin Mobile account. Virgin Mobile reserves the right to modify, extend or cancel offers at any time. Offer may not be combined with any other offer. Restrictions apply.
  • The $25 credit will be awarded upon activation within this timeframe.
  • You will receive an alert on your phone once the $25 credit has been applied to your account.
  • The activation must be successful in order to receive the $25 credit.
  • This promotion is applicable only to newly-purchased Beyond Talk phones that are activated on a Beyond Talk plan.
  • Phones activated by existing Virgin Mobile customers are not eligible for this promotion.
  • Previously used phones received as part of the Pass-it-On program are not eligible for this promotion.

Now if they would only come through with their Phone Fund and Free Phones for Life programs

Wet&Wild 5k is Done!


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This was taken before the run and will post a few more taken with an actual camera (not phone) later.

Summary: finished in about 42:00 or so but I’ll post my official time when I get home. Right now I’m relaxing with the family at Wild Rivers where we had to run through a wading pool of sorts.

Had a great time and looking forward to doing it again!

UPDATE 8/28/11: Alright, since I’ve got some time to do it, here are some highlights/memorable events from the run.

The day started at 5am since I had planned on leaving by 6am to get there in plenty of time for the start at 8am. Irvine isn’t exactly a long drive but when you go to events like this, you just never know what the traffic will be like so it’s always best to plan for any unexpected delays.

We did get there in plenty of time so we checked out the few exhibitor booths that were there. I tried a sample of a drink called Body Armour and it wasn’t too bad so I need to look for that the next time I’m shopping. We sat around for about 30 minutes before I had to get in line according to my anticipated finishing time, do some pre-race stretching, listen to some of the rules, etc.

This is a shot of the field from where I was standing, in the “29:00 – ???” group:

After the National Anthem and a prayer (more people seemed attentive to the former than the latter), the horn sounded and we were off. We trudged along through the parking lot of Wild Rivers and out onto the sidewalk the made a u-turn, where the first water station was. It was poorly manned and most of us had to wait for our water to be poured which is not good.

Despite that, I have to admit that I felt pretty good as I started on my way and at about the first mile, I was in my zone as I usually am. The run came back into the parking lot and started to wind through Wild Rivers itself for the first of two laps. During the second lap, we had to run/walk/wade through this (photo was taken after the run):

This was a most welcomed break from the rest of the course which at times was rather narrow and definitely blocked with walkers and people with strollers, who should have been kept at the rear of the field. Not only that, the wait to get into this Lazy River was just ridiculous as some people removed their shoes before entering.

Up until this point, according to my Endomondo app, I was averaging 11:30 per mile but my lap time for the last mile dropped dramatically as I “ran” through the river: 16:40. If not for that, I could have finished in about 34 minutes or so but considering the wait time and the conditions (but especially the wait time), this was not unexpected.

I crossed the finish line at 42:29 with an average pace of 13:14 according to my chip results. And in case you’re wondering what 5k looks like, here’s the course as recorded by Endomondo:

That seems like a good distance but once you’re up and running, it’s really not. Here’s the portion of the course known as the Lazy River, as noted by the dark blue line:

And although I didn’t finish anywhere near the Top 3 in my age group, that didn’t stop me from pretending I did:

So despite the event’s flaws, I had a good time participating as well as hanging out at Wild Rivers afterward. Next event: the Long Beach Marathon Bike Tour on October 9, 2011. I started my preparation by buying new tires today so I’m ready for that one.

Oh, and those Asics running shoes I’m wearing? I bought them at Savers a few months back for a mere $3.50. They were practically new and half price on the day we were shopping, so that saved me some money for sure 🙂

By the way, part of the run is a challenge to “Beat the Cow” or someone running in a cow costume since the Chick-Fil-A is a huge sponsor. And if you do beat the cow, you get a free meal.

Did I beat the cow?

No, I didn’t. I got beat by a dude in a cow costume. But at least I wasn’t a sore loser about it:

I told the bovine I was disappointed for not beating them but there’s no shame in that. The cow consoled me with a friendly pat on the back. We’re cool.

I’m done for the night. My legs are starting to feel the effects of the run and I need to relax!

Earthquake Virgins


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Hey, in case you hadn’t heard, there was a reasonably sized earthquake yesterday centered somewhere in Virginia. And how did I find out about it?

Twitter, of course.

During my regular perusing of Twitter via my TweetCaster app, I came across several tweets from a friend of mine who lives on DC and my first impression was, “Really? An earthquake? Out there? Huh.”

My second thought was to find out if all of my peeps on the east coast were doing fine and the confirmed via Twitter that everything was hunky-dory. One said the following:

@aeromat Safe and sound in Southern Jersey. If we’re going to get CA #earthquakes I demand getting SoCal weather, too. And palm trees.

Fortunately, they were all okay with nothing major to report.

Now I know those of you on the east coast are catching Hell from us over here in California because, well, that’s the fun of living out here: the element of surprise by the sudden shifting of tectonic plates. Earthquakes can and do happen at any time and we are always at the ready in case one happens to hit.

With all that said, I don’t think it’s fair to go on criticizing them for their reactions which, from what I’d read on Facebook and Twitter, were definitely not recommended during an earthquake. Those ranged from running outside, calling 911 (since there’s absolutely nothing they can do about it), or just general panicking.

It’s just not fair because, to be quite honest, us Californians wouldn’t know what to do during a tornado should a bigger one hit over here. I say “bigger” because we did have a small one run through the neighborhood years ago.

And just in case you’re wondering, here’s a brief breakdown of what goes through the mind of a native Californian during an earthquake.

The Shaking Begins. You’re not really sure if it’s an earthquake. It could be the chair you’re sitting on, a passing truck, whatever. Maybe you farted. Maybe the cat’s running through the house with a brick in his mouth. Whatever the case, you never at first think it’s an earthquake.

The Shaking Gets Stronger. Yeah, it’s an earthquake alright. At this point you start to determine the magnitude, what kind it was (and there are differences, believe me), where it was centered, and how long it will last. And in this day and age, you grab your nearest mobile device and start posting on social networks or, in my case, even blog about it.

The Shaking Gets Even Stronger. A few seconds into it, you begin to realize that it’s stronger than you had originally thought and you should probably get off the sofa and stand in the doorway but the sofa is so comfortable and the nearest doorway is maybe 10 feet away. Too much effort. You resume current activities – on the sofa.

You’re Over It. As the shaking begins to subside, you begin to rate the earthquake on your own personal scale of “Meh” to “Yeah, that was a good one, alright.” Then it’s time to tour your estate and check for any damage, like you know, how much water the birdbath lost.

And that’s pretty much how we handle them.

So to all of you out there on the east coast who managed to get your proverbial earthquake you-know-whats, you-know-whatted yesterday, I’ll go easy on you and just ask a few questions.

How was it? What did you think? What was going through your mind when all that weird shaking started? Did you panic like a sissy girl?

Feel free to leave your comments. I won’t pick on you too much 🙂

Busy/Tired


Hey, in case you haven’t noticed, I’ve been absent around here lately. The simple reason is that I’ve been working a second job at my friend’s restaurant in the evening right after my regular job.

That pretty much means that I’m driving 20 miles to my normal job, driving another 20 or so to the other job, driving around delivering pizzas to the hungry masses and when it’s all over, driving those 40 or so miles straight home.

On the plus side, I’ve been bringing home free meals when we need them which is fine and well when the family’s in the mood for pizza (which, for the first time in my life, I really am tired of). And I bring home some extra cash and that comes in handy.

The downside is that when I get home on those 3-4 days of the week when I’m driving all over the place, man, I’m beat. While there is time to blog, I’m just to worn out to do it. And in addition to all of that, Anthony is still out on summer vacation so he’s been staying up later, sometimes until 10pm, which has been cutting into my blogging and exercising time.

This is, however, the last week I will be doing this so maybe things will get back to normal around here. Yeah, it’s been a crazy month but it looks like that job craziness will end on Friday but Anthony’s vacation will run another few weeks.

Thanks for hanging in there. Normal posts should resume shortly 🙂