Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Time Traveled Tales Anthology

Okay, so I know I haven't posted about running in a while, and I will definitely get back to that in the next week or two. In the meantime, I need to post about something else that I'm really excited about.

Many of you may not know that I run a publishing company called Silence in the Library Publishing. We publish speculative fiction (science fiction, fantasy, etc.). Now, we've published a few books, but we've just launched a new project that I'm really excited about.

We got the rights to an anthology called Time Traveled Tales, with stories by renowned authors like Aaron Allston, Michael A. Stackpole, Timothy Zahn, and many others. 

Originally released as a convention exclusive at the 2012 Origins Game Fair and limited to 500 copies sold only at the convention, Time Traveled Tales includes stories about time travel, the future, and contact with strange and wonderful beings.

We've launched a Kickstarter to fund the publication of this project, and it just started today! It will run through 14 July.

In this Kickstarter limited edition, each story is beautifully illustrated by renowned artist Matt Slay. Best known for his work with IDW's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Image Comics and several Upper deck Marvel projects (most recently Iron Man 3), Matt brings a realism and emotional context to his illustrations that captures the spirit of each of the 19 stories in this anthology.

See a couple of Matt's illustrations from the anthology below:

In addition to illustrating every story in the anthology, we've developed an amazing new cover that will look incredible on any bookshelf.

The cover and illustrations are only a small portion of the exciting surprises that are waiting for you when you visit the Time Traveled Tales Kickstarter project page. Please join us and become a part of the Time Traveled Tales journey by visiting http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/103879051/time-traveled-tales-a-speculative-fiction-antholog and contributing today! I'm really excited about this project, and I know you will be too.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Cherry Blossoms

and Other Spring Awesomeness!

Let me just take a moment in opening to express my condolences for the families of those lost at the Boston Marathon this week and my prayers for those who were injured and their families. It was a senseless tragedy that never should have happened. Though it's painful to know that there are people out there who would take something as uplifting as the Boston Marathon and use it to try to frighten and harm other people, it's been amazing to see how strong Boston is and how the running community has pulled together. 

I love spring. Everything about it makes me feel more alive. First, it comes along just as I've had about enough of winter. About two weeks before the end of winter, the cold, dark, early morning runs that were once invigorating start to become drudgery. Then spring comes along, with it's slightly warmer (but not too warm) mornings and earlier glimpses of the sun. The flowers start to bloom, the grass gets greener, and people seem somehow happier.

Living in Washington D.C., the first major evidence of spring, and pretty much the milestone that makes D.C. residents actually believe that spring will, in fact, come around again this year, is the blooming of the cherry blossoms. 

About 100 years ago, the Japanese government sent the United States government a gift of many Japanese cherry trees. At the time, Japan was a budding empire interested in developing positive relationships with other international powers, and the United States was a nascent industrial power. The positive relations obviously did not survive the international political turmoil of the next few decades, but the cherry trees did. In fact, the trees not only survived, but flourished and multiplied.

Today, the first couple of weeks of spring in Washington D.C. are accompanied by the beautiful blooms of hundreds of cherry trees. The greatest concentration of these trees is found around the Tidal Basin, the body of water that touches upon the Jefferson Memorial, the FDR Memorial, and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, among others. This floral opulence makes the Tidal Basin a favorite run for DC residents at this time of year, as well as a favorite spot for professional and amateur photographers and just about anyone in the region who's planning on getting married in the near future and wants photographic documentation of the fact that they were brave enough to tie their life to that of another person.

We waited for days for word that the cherry blossoms had finally come in, and were disappointed for about a week and a half due to unseasonably cold weather. Finally, though, the day we had been waiting for arrived, and we went out for a Tuesday morning run around the Tidal Basin.

As you can see below, we were not disappointed:

Now, the cherry blossoms only last a week or two before they fall from the trees, but we ran that route as often as possible until the blossoms were completely gone. 

Here's my beautiful wife (who was the photographer for the majority of the cherry blossom pictures) running with me:

One of my favorite monuments in DC is on the Tidal Basin. It's the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial. I was introduced to it by my friend Bryan of Big Shiny Robot fame. I've always admired FDR, but he has never been my absolute favorite President (a spot reserved for all time for Lincoln). That said, the FDR Monument is beautiful and inspiring. 

I don't care who you are, you can't help being touched by words like these:

As you know, I've been making a big deal about running all of the runDisney races for my fortieth birthday year. Well, on April 8, I actually hit my fortieth birthday. I don't know whether it's a mental block, but I'm horrible about remembering my actual birthday. I honestly would have missed it if my wife and my parents hadn't made a big deal about it. Well, it came, and our family had a great time, and it wasn't bad at all. I guess I'm still in denial about being forty. In my head I'm still in my twenties somewhere. As far as maturity is concerned, some people might event put it younger than that. 

In any case, as the pics below show, my interests have not changed greatly over the last forty years:

I'll close with some random pictures of spring in Washington, D.C.:

These kids were adorable, and great entrepreneurs! They'd already figured out that if you ask people to set the price themselves (particularly if the person selling is a little kid), they will generally set it higher than you would as the seller. Their sign says "Today's Price: Whatever You Want".

Oh, and we went geocaching for the first time! It was incredible fun. We found two caches near our house. One was a micro cache that was smaller than the size of my thumb:

Well, that's it for this week. Stay tuned in the next few days for my post about a costume 5k we ran in New York City.

As always, I'd like to thank my beautiful and talented wife, Janine, for being my official photographer on these runs. She's just finished the first draft of the third book in her War of the Seasons trilogy. The first two books in the series, War of the Seasons: The Human, and War of the Seasons: The Half-Blood, can be found at www.waroftheseasons.com or on amazon.com.

Thanks for reading!

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Running, Not Running, and Something AWESOME!

I've been feeling really good about my running lately. My speed is picking up, my endurance is improving, and I'm just feeling really energized when I run. So, when a work friend of Janine's said he couldn't run the DC Rock n' Roll Half Marathon, I was more than happy to raise my hand in the air and jump up and down when he asked if anyone wanted his bib.

The race was scheduled for Saturday, March 16, so on Friday, March 15, I made the trip down to the National Guard armory over by RFK Stadium to pick up the bib and shirt. That evening, I went out and had a nice dinner with my wife and my girls, and then came home and prepped all of my running gear for the morning.

I then proceeded to get violently ill. Apparently, I had the norovirus. And not just a little bit. For the next 24 hours, I could not keep any fluids (or solids, for that matter) whatsoever in my body. For the 24 hours after that, I could only keep down ginger ale and ginger snaps.

Needless to say, I wound up not running the half marathon. As a matter of fact, I was too weak to do much of anything for about a week. However, because I'm not very smart, as soon as I was feeling a little bit better, I decided to run a 5k that's nothing but hills. I'm serious, there's not a flat point on the entire course. 

A little bit about the race, though. It's called the Hills Are Alive 5&10k. It's a race series here in DC at Fort DuPont Park that's put on a couple of times a year by the DC Running Club. I love this race. I run it every time it happens, unless I'm injured, sick, or out of town for some crazy reason. While this race has been a good race with a great atmosphere since the first time I ran it, it seems to get better every time. I mean it. The DC Running Club puts on a great race, but, more importantly, they learn from every single mistake, and the race is always better the next time. I'm pretty sure that at some point they're going to approach perfection and the world will implode.

So, I pulled my still-not-fully-recovered butt up to Fort DuPont Park and ran the race (but just the 5k since I didn't want to push it too hard). 

Now, here's the crazy part:  


You heard me right, I won. And Janine came in right behind me. Like by only 4 seconds. Here's the proof:

I totally was not expecting that. I didn't feel 100% on the race, but apparently what I had in me was enough.

Afterward, Janine and I treated ourselves with cupcakes from Sweet Lobby. Yum!

I've had some really enjoyable runs since then. I got in some great speed work a couple of days later. After 1 x 1600m, 2 x 800m, 4 x 400m, and 8 x 200m, I was done but feeling accomplished.

A couple of days after that, Janine and I ran with our running buddies Jason and Mira. We ran down to RFK Stadium, through the park behind it, and back. I always love running with those guys.

Now, for the awesome thing I promised you.

If you look at the picture below, you'll see my friend Maggie at the bottom right:

Maggie is one of the friends who comes out and cheers for us at races on a regular basis. She's one of the most amazing and talented people I know. Not only is she a great friend and a ridiculously talented writer and costumer, she's also an incredibly intelligent 90 lb brain scientist. 

But the thing that a lot of people don't know about Maggie is that she is also a talented musician. Her band, Naked Singularity, just came out with an album of original music:

You need to get it!

You NEED to get it.

I promise you it will not be something you regret. They're really good. More importantly, there are very few 'renaissance' people out there anymore. Maggie's one of them, and we need to encourage them for the future of our world. So, if you buy this album, you're saying you love the world and want it to have a good future. If you don't, you clearly hate mankind.

That is all.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Princess Half Marathon

Disney's Princess Half Marathon

So, as an initial disclaimer, I'll start this off by saying that, as you probably guess from the image of my back above, there are going to be pictures of my costume in this race that may be frightening for small children.

Let me back up a little bit, though. As you know by now, I'm running all of the Disney races this year. That means that I'm going to Disney A LOT over the course of 2013. My wife and I thought it was only fair that we take our girls (our daughter and our foreign exchange student, and one of her friends, it turns out) with us on one of those trips and make it a family vacation. Because my wife runs the Princess Half Marathon every year, it seemed like the perfect opportunity.

Why does my wife run the Princess every year, you ask? Well, I'm glad you asked! A friend of our's named Mel (whom everyone calls Fiver) was diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease) a few years ago. Her condition quickly deteriorated, and my wife and some of our friends wanted to do something to raise money and awareness for ALS and to let Mel know that everyone's thinking of her and loves her. It happened that this decision coincided with the first Princess Half Marathon, and they decided to run the race as a group and raise money for ALS. Because Mel loves flamingos, they named the group Fiver's Flamingos. The first year, there were four:

Amber, Jess, Janine, and Conley ran the race, had a great time, raised a lot of money and awareness, and Mel absolutely loved it. Every year since then, Fiver's Flamingo have gathered in Orlando in February to run the Princess Half Marathon. Of course, the group has gotten larger and larger each year. Now, there are folks who come to run and folks who just come to provide support and encouragement. This handsome bunch is this year's group:

Since this was going to be a family vacation, we decided to stay longer than just the weekend. The girls were, of course, thrilled. We left on Thursday, 21 February and returned home the next Thursday.

The first day we arrived in the afternoon, checked into Shades of Green and ran out to Downtown Disney to eat dinner at Dinosaur. We'd never eaten there before, but it basically turned out to be the Rainforest Cafe with dinosaurs. The layout of the restaurant was almost exactly the same, and the menu was similar. Not surprising, I guess, as they are both part of the same corporation. Decent food, and a fun experience.

After dinner, we ran over to the Magic Kingdom to catch a couple of rides before bed. 

Of course, we had to hit Space Mountain. I can't go to Disney without riding it. I've certainly ridden more intense and exciting roller coasters at this point in my life, but this is still my favorite. I guess it's hard to find anything that beats your first. Every time I ride it, I still get the same thrill I did when I was seven years old.

Also, Space Mountain is tied up in one of the significant events of my early childhood. We were really poor when I was a young kid, and never really had vacations. When I was seven, my mom and my grandmother got the money together and took my sister and I down to Disney World. The first time I went on Space Mountain, I looked back and saw that my grandmother wasn't coming with us. I asked her why not, and she said that she couldn't ride it because she had a heart condition and might get really sick if she rode it. I rode it, loved it, and had a great time at Disney over the next few days. A couple of weeks later, after we had returned home, my mom came to my school in the middle of the day to pick me up. When she got there, she got down on her knees and told me that my grandmother had died of a heart attack and that we were leaving to go to her funeral. I thought about it for a couple of minutes as she looked at me expectantly, then looked at her and said "Grandma really should have ridden Space Mountain." In my seven-year-old mind, the saddest thing about the her death was that she never had a chance to enjoy what was, to me, the greatest thing I'd ever done.

Anyway, after riding Space Mountain (and bouncing my way up the REALLY springy moving walkway that leads out of Space Mountain…as I always do), we hit the Tea Cups and Goofy's Barnstormer:

Janine, of course, had to wear her pilot Mickey Mouse ears. We've tried to ride the Barnstormer on earlier trips, but always seemed to catch it when it was closed or had it break on us before we got to ride.

As a side note, you're going to notice that there are no pictures of our girls here. We do, in fact, have kids, and did actually take them with us to Disney (I'm not that mean!) but I dislike posting pictures of them on public blogs.

The next day, we got up and went to breakfast with the group at Ohana at Disney's Polynesian Resort. The service this time left something wanting, but I Ohana is always an enjoyable experience, particularly for the girls. For those of you who haven't been to Disney World yet, there are some restaurants that are "character dining" restaurants. What this means is that, as you are dining, Disney characters, generally those associated with the theme of the restaurant, come to your table to visit with your family and take pictures. At Ohana, those characters are generally Lilo, Stitch, Pluto, Goofy, and sometimes Mickey. Character dining is generally more expensive, but it's really fun. They have character dining restaurants in all of the Disney parks and at some of the resorts. My favorite is the Garden Grille at Epcot.

After breakfast, we headed (with Sean and Caitlin) to the race expo for packet pick up. Unfortunately, this is the place where I have to say some negative things about the Princess Half Marathon. I've stated in past posts that my preference has shifted from Disney World races to Disneyland races recently because the latter tend to be much better organized. The Princess Half Marathon race expo once again proved this maxim. It was, perhaps, the most disorganized mess of an expo I've seen at any race in my long history of running. 

For some reason, they moved the expo from the ESPN Wide World of Sports to Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort. I think the Caribbean Beach Resort's conference center actually had more space than the ESPN venue, but it was utilized horribly. They gave about half of the room to bib distribution, which was well divided and staffed and thus moved swiftly and had short lines, and crammed vendors and packet distribution into the other half. The packet distribution area, which was, as seems to be common at Disney World races, understaffed and disorganized, had only a very small space for lines in front of it. Also, the space allotted for packet distribution lines was not clearly delineated, so people wound up bunching up into a big mess that didn't in any way resemble a line. It was incredibly claustrophobic. Recognizing that it was going to take forever to get through that mess, and not seeing any reason why Sean and I should both be getting crushed in that mess, I took Sean's bib and told him to get away from the chaos. After about 45 minutes of fighting my way through the mass of human bodies with no sign of anyone attempting to bring order to the chaos, I got to a table and was able to get our packets.

After the fight to get packets, and seeing the craziness that was the merchandise section, we didn't even try to get into the official merchandising section to buy anything. Janine and Caitlin did, and it was apparently even crazier than it looked. At least they had lines, but apparently to actually buy anything you had to go through a line to get in a line to get merchandise, to get into another line.

Here's a snapshot of it:

I just don't know when the race organizers at Disney World are going to realize that the logistical model that they created when the race had 5000 people is not going to work now that the race has 25,000 people. It's time to adjust.

In any case, the chaos of the packet distribution and merchandising aside, the Janine and Caitlin were excited that they got to take their picture with a couple of strapping young princes:

As were Sean and I:

After the expo, we headed down to Downtown Disney again for lunch. For those of you who have never eaten at the Earl of Sandwich, I highly recommend it. Great sandwiches at a reasonable price. A gastronomical delight introduced to us by Caitlin who was, by the way, looking pretty spiffy in the hair bow she made:

I'm always amazed at how creative she is. If you want to see some of the really cool stuff she makes, check out her Etsy shop. Here's a sample:

Most of us were operating under a lack of sleep, so we headed back to the hotel to take a nap. It was glorious!

We woke up a few hours later and, since Sean hadn't ever been anywhere but the Magic Kingdom, we went to Hollywood Studios for a little while. The park was nearly empty, and we were able to get on the rides with no wait. We ran into some of Caitlin's friends, and then were given FREE CHURROS because of my "It's My Birthday!" button and Janine's Perfect Princess sash:

Janine decided to become an Ewok:

And we found out what Vader does in his off time:

Early the next morning, it was time to head out for the Family 5k. It was hot. And humid. And hot. And humid. When we got out there, the sun was still down and it was already above 70 degrees. We got there early enough, though, that we were able to get to the very front of Corral A. When I say the very front, I mean this:

It's a good thing, too. There were over 8000 runners in the race. I'd have hated to have to run through all of them.

Once again, we started out with Sean Astin:

No fairy wings this time, but a tiara!

As hot as the race was, it was also really fun. We started out at the front and never looked back. Both Janine and I finished in the top 25 finishers. It's always surreal to be at the very front of a race

Maggie, Doug, Betsy, Michelle, and Conley all came out to cheer for us. Caitlin was battle some illness, so we forbade her from getting out of bed. Amber and Janine stopped to get a picture at the end of the race:

We all went back to the room and got washed up, then Janine and I headed back out to Hollywood Studios with Sean and Caitlin. 

I mentioned before that Janine was a "Perfect Princess" this means that she's run all of the Princess Half Marathons. For the 5th anniversary, they gave all of the Perfect Princesses tiaras and "Perfect Princess" sashes. Caitlin, who has run every Princess Half Marathon since she found out about them (I think she only missed the first), made herself a sash:

And she and Janine wore their sashes to Hollywood Studios:

Everyone who saw them together loved it! Even the people who didn't know about the whole Perfect Princess race thing got a kick out of it.

Of course, we had to get a goofy picture on the Tower of Terror. In this case, we all acted like we were sleeping:

Around lunch time, Sean and Caitlin went to the Indiana Jones Show. Janine and I had reservations with Betsy at The Brown Derby for lunch:

The food was amazing! Also, they did a great job replicating the feel of the original Brown Derby (at least based upon what I could tell from pictures).

Yummy Dessert:

Afterward, Janine and Betsy split off and went to Epcot, while Sean and Caitlin and I went to the Animal Kingdom.

We rode Everest several times (with Sean pumping his fists and insisting "Again! Again!"), then headed over to Dinoland.

I was very disappointed to see that the high-striker was not operating:

For some reason, I can't pass those things up!

Then, we rode the little roller coaster they have in Dinoland. It's a fun little thing that jerks you around tight corners and up and down small rises as the car spins around. SO FUN!

Every year at the Princess Half Marathon, Fiver's Flamingo's has a "Flamingo Dinner" the night before the race. It's an excuse to carb up and spend a lot of time with good friends (like we needed and excuse). The last couple of years, it's been at Portobello (thanks Maggie for arranging everything!). As always, the food was good and the company was excellent. I've used the picture already, but here it is again just because I like it:

Okay, so this is where the pictures get a little frightening…

Early the next morning, it was time to get up and face the Princess Half Marathon music. Janine, Caitlin, Sean, and I ran as a Peter Pan group this year. Sean was Tick Tock (the croc), who was chasing Janine, who was Captain Hook, who was chasing Caitlin, who was Peter Pan, who was chasing me. I was…Tinkerbell. Yeah, it's actually worse than it sounds:

Because we had to start from Corral C (men are only allowed to start in Corral C or later in the Disney women's races), we got up extra early (3am) to get there extra early so that we could start at the very front of Corral C. The plan worked. We started right on the starting line of Corral C.

We had a long wait for the race to start, but the wait was broken up by a stream of people who wanted their picture with me.

I had pixie dust, aka glitter, with me, and this lady was the first of a long string of people I sprinkled with it:

This guy runs the race every year as Minnie Mouse, and he's FAST. He apparently kissed me on the cheek for the picture his friend took with his camera:

Our friends stopped by as they were headed up to Corral A. Every year, one of us wears the flamingo costume. This year it was Conley:

Janine caught this one of me from the back as we were passing out of Epcot:

And this one in the Magic Kingdom:

Because we were just in this one for the fun and weren't particularly worried about time, we stopped for a lot of pictures. The funniest thing was the excitement of the characters when they saw us in line to get pictures with them. I think they were more excited about the picture with us than the other way around:

The princes were the most excited, I think. They were pointing at us and giving us thumbs up while we were still waiting in line:

As I was running off, John Smith yelled "You're AWESOME!"

I sprinkled pixie dust on runners and spectators alike until we ran into Maggie, Doug, and the group at mile eight, and I handed over the glitter bottle. 

We caught up with Betsy and Conley at about mile 11, and ran the rest of the way in with them.

For me, the funniest moment happened as we were coming into the home stretch. Sean pulled his arms into his shirt so that he had little crocodile arms and started waving them around:

Walking through the chute after the race was over, the volunteers were fighting each other to sprinkle me with glitter:

The race over, we immediately headed to the car to change (and for me to put on all my medals), then headed back up to cheer for our friends who were still running:

Janine and Conley have a yearly tradition of taking a picture together after the race. Here's the first year:

And here's this year:

Caitlin and I have a tradition of getting Dole whip after the race. Now, if you don't know what Dole whip is, you haven't lived a complete life. I'd never had it until Caitlin introduced me to it. The first time I saw her get it at the Polynesian after a race, she had a cup that she had somehow piled up to a height of what seemed like about a foot. We weren't so ambitious this year:

Still, I think we did fairly well. Yummy goodness!

We then spent the rest of the day at Magic Kingdom riding Space Mountain and other rides, and enjoying:

We brought dapper clothes with us just for this occasion, and threw them on. I was afraid we were going to be the only folks there dressed up for Dapper Day, but there were tons of us! So much fun. Also, going on the Jungle Cruise in dapper clothes is a blast!

Betsy wore some dapper clothes as well, and met up with us:

We went Gaston's pub in the new Fantasy Land, and I sat in his chair:

Then we rode the carousel:

The next day, we met up with Jess and went to the Animal Kingdom. We avoided a lot of the stuff we've done before and instead sought out things we've missed in the past. Rafiki's Planet Watch was the first of these. Really fun. You take a train to what is basically a petting zoo.

Afterward, ran into some good friends and we all went on the safari together (can't go to the Animal Kingdom without doing that!).

And ate at Restaurantosaurus. Aside from having great theming (basically, a group of student paleontologists has taken over the restaurant and turned it into what a dorm would look like with absolutely no rules), it also has the best burger at Disney.

After the Animal Kingdom, we went to Epcot and did the Agent P Adventure! So much fun! They have a bunch of "secret missions" at each of the countries at Epcot. We did a mission in England. Doofinsmirtz was up to no good again, and we had to save the day. 

At some point in the mission, we all wound up shoved into a British phone booth. Unlike Police Call Boxes, they are not bigger on the inside:

We ended the day by eating in Mexico at the San Angel Inn. I was sad to see that they've changed their menu (and upped the prices, btw). I really liked what they offered before. I guess we'll just have to start trying out new restaurants at Epcot.

The next day we used the FREE TICKETS that we got for Universal Studios by virtue of the fact that we're military and they're awesome to the military.

Of course, we had to go to Harry Potter land and ride the rides there.

And no visit to Harry Potter land would be complete without some Butterbeer:

We then rode the Hulk. Awesome coaster!

Next we headed over to Jurassic Park. On the way, we saw…a high-striker! Functioning!

Of course I couldn't pass it up. They gave you 3 chances to hit the bell. Any one hit won you any prize they had. I hit 99 the first time, then hit the bell the next two times. I won this for Bit-Bit, the daughter of my friends Kathy and Al:

And then we saw this frightening sight:

He hates the cans! Stay away from the cans!

Janine got a little bit wet on Jurassic Park:

Then we left the Islands of Adventure and headed over to the Universal Studios side, where we rode the Rocket Roller Coaster, one of the MOST AWESOME ROLLER COASTERS EVER!!

It takes you straight up and drops you straight down, and goes on forever!

We also did the Twister ride and made a lot of fun of Bill Pullman. Really, man, did you watch and listen to yourself while you were making the video for that ride?

This was the next to last day at Disney. We did a lot more Disney over the next couple of days, but it's about time for me to wrap this up. I will say that on the last night there we ate at Be Our Guest, the new Beauty and the Beast themed restaurant. Really good food, great ambiance, and excellent service. Love that place! Also, they gave us the grey stuff!

Also, the new Magic Kingdom closing show is incredible!

So, it's time for my over-all impression of the race. I love the Princess Half Marathon. Maybe it's because it's the one that all of our friends go to, so we get to see everyone. Maybe it's because we've done it so often that it feels comfortable. Maybe it's because it's the one race we do to benefit someone and something we care about. Whatever it is, I love the race.

And, Disney World does a really good job on the race itself with the Princess. I think they've really invested themselves in this race because it's the one that brings in the most money and excitement.

That said, the expo was a nightmare. I heard numerous people say after the expo that they were never coming to another one of these. I understand the sentiment. I'll come again and again because of what it means to me personally, but runDisney on the east coast really needs to clean up their act logistically. It was embarrassing.

Now, I'm really looking forward to Expedition Everest. I get a chance to hang out with my friend Rogue, and we don't get many of those. Also, the race looks really fun. And the medal. Is. A. COMPASS!!!

Thanks for reading! I'll post again soon!