OC Fair 5k Fun Run

On Sunday I ran in the Orange County Fair 5k Fun Run, the first time I’d participated in the event. I had honestly forgotten about this one until I saw it being advertised in an email I got from Active.com so I figured I might as well go for it.

Much like the WetNWild 5k, this is more than your standard 5k. The route winds through the OC Fair and you have a choice of running straight through the course or, as was my case, decide to take several “Detours of Fun” along the way. I’ll get into those as you scroll through the pictures.

Speaking of pictures, here we go.

Here is the pile of finisher’s medals being prepped at the start/finish line.

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The start/finish line. I was back about halfway so that I could pace myself and not get in the way of anybody who wanted to pass me. And I was actually shocked at how many, um, thinner runners I managed to pass after the first mile.

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Here was one of the Detours of Fun: the Euroslide.

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And here’s a video from my POV sliding down it!

Did you notice the stuffed animal at my feet? No, it wasn’t a good luck charm that I carry with me to each 5k. It was a prize I won at another Detour of Fun in which runners were given two baseballs to break at least one plate. I managed to break two but we were only allowed one prize. (I couldn’t have done that if I paid!) I ran by Ann and Anthony during the run where I gave my prize to him, gave him a hug and a kiss, and kept on running. He named him OC5k.


Another detour was at the Pacific Amphitheater. Here is the backstage VIP area.


Nothing fancy, right? Well, they also let you go onto the stage. Here’s what it looks like to perform in front of…a bunch of empty seats.


While onstage, you could have your picture taken as you live out your rock-and-roll fantasy by standing in front of a mic with a bass – back to the crowd, strangely. It’s worth noting that The Beatles’ “Helter Skelter” was playing in the background as my photo was taken and I yelled, “I’ve got blisters on my fingers!”


And, of course, my efforts were rewarded in the end. Here’s me, now goatee-free if you hadn’t noticed yet, with my finisher’s medal.


A better shot of the medal.


Oh, then there’s my not-so-magnificent time below. I can explain. The time you see is the total time that included my lollygagging with all of the Detours of Fun.


But this is why I use the Sports Tracker app. I stopped it at all Detours and started it when I was finished. According to the app, my total time over 3.16 miles was 34:03 which is much more like my average pace. Click image below to enlarge.


Afterward, we all sat around and waited for the Fair to open. Thinking we had to exit and come back in, we were told that we could just sit tight where we were and partake in the Fair once it opened. So that’s exactly what we did. Granted, we could have gotten in for $2 per person and I got a ticket as part of my goodie bag, but free is good. I ended up giving my ticket to a mom who was bringing her kids in as we were leaving.

And yes, Fair silliness ensued.

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That’s a totally big cow.

All in all it was a fantastic day for a run and some fun in the sun.

Next run on the list: Awesome ‘80s 5K/10k on September 1, 2012. I’m looking forward to seeing some awful ‘80s fashions at that one since runners are encouraged to dress the part.

And yes, my outfit is almost complete. You will see it in less than a month…

Six Years of Nonsense

Can you believe that I’ve been pecking away at this keyboard for six years already? Well, not continuously, of course. I’d have serious ass problems if I did that. But you get the idea.

Wait, let me rephrase that.

Can you believe that I started blogging six years ago today? Yes, it was on this fateful day back in 2004 when I started to send my thoughts to the world electronically, at least through blogging. (I’ve had an e-mail account since the early ’90s.) It’s pretty much been all downhill since then as you can probably tell.

Then there was that time when I thought I was going to give up blogging for good in an attempt to become a normal, anonymous citizen.

That didn’t last long.

And just to blow your mind, here’s me and Anthony back in July 2004:

Here we are in 2010 (today, in fact):

So yeah, a few things have changed over the years, including taking major steps back in photographic quality. Actually, this was taken in lo-res with my webcam so there. Neener-neener.

At any rate, here’s to many more years of blah blah blah. Now onto other stuffs.

We took advantage of today’s free admission and free parking at the Orange County Fair, the one event we look forward to each year (and the one time when calories don’t count). And I have to admit that I was mildly disappointed.

The main reason anybody goes to the fair is to engorge themselves in the variety of foods that are available. Immediately after entry, we headed on over my favorite food vendor, Ten Pound Buns. I look forward to eating their BBQ chicken, sourdough-bread pizzas each year and of course, 2010 was no exception. And as matter of fact, here I am back in 2008 when I was their first customer:

And you know I could have very well been their first customer this year, too–if they hadn’t had problems with their power. They said that they should have everything up and running in 10 minutes but instead of waiting, we headed over to an Italian eatery in an attempt to curb Anthony’s now growing pizza fit.

Bad idea. Turns out that they were having problems with their registers and couldn’t ring anybody up. Now it’s getting bad but the good thing was that, between deciding on which places to eat and relaying the information back to Ann, Ten Pound Buns was now open.

Anthony and I head on back and place our order.

“One original and one BBQ chicken,” I say.

“We don’t have any BBQ chicken right now,” said the cashier. I smirk and chuckle in astonishment, add a Pespi to Anthony’s order, pay the man and wait.

We get our order and head over to the table. By then, Ann had gotten her lunch at the Hawai’ian BBQ place which, from what she told me, was an experience in itself (note: rude workers). I take a few pieces of Anthony’s pizza and Ann ended up giving me some of her orange chicken and rice. That was my lunch since I refused to pay for anything else but my BBQ chicken pizza.

As we finished up, we walked by Ten Pound Buns and lo and behold, they were now serving BBQ chicken. And while I don’t have a picture of me really expressing how I felt, here’s a fairly accurate representation of it:

Look, I realize that shit happens. But on the first day of the fair–the one day when thousands of people get into the place for free for an hour–for shit’s sake make sure you’re prepared. I say this because, in addition to Ann, I wasn’t the only one that had poor experiences with some of the food vendors today. I witnessed another guy literally walking away from Juicy’s BBQ giving one of the workers the finger and from what I had [over]heard, they too were out of something and this guy was obviously not happy. It didn’t help that he was also in front of me in line at the Italian place whose registers were on the blink.

So I gotta admit that our first hour at the fair was definitely memorable but not for anything good. But things got a little better afterwards when we started taking advantage of the $1 samples that all vendors were selling. Mmmm…funnel cakes…

Then at about 3:30 it started to get just too damn hot and we decided to leave.

Ann’s a little sunburned, Anthony’s a asleep, and I’m…sitting here talking to you. I love you guys and all but it was a long day and I’m gonna call it a night. Besides, I got my library card (!) this weekend and checked out Screenwriting for Dummies.

Oh Lord, he’s at it again…