Friday, May 31, 2013

Walgreens Continues Long-Running Partnership with BDPA

Walgreens, the largest drug retailer in the United States, recently renewed their partnership with the BDPA Chicago chapter. The company also plans to recruit diverse information technology talent at the 35th Annual BDPA Technology Conference and Career Fair, August 14-17, 2013, at the Washington Hilton Hotel in Washington, DC.Walgreens' commitment to innovation, creativity, diversity, expansion, and trust are demonstrated by the more than 6.3 million people who choose to visit Walgreens’ 8,086 stores nationwide including locations in the District of Columbia, Guam and Puerto Rico. Founded in 1901 in Chicago, Illinois, Walgreens and “Its Take Care Health Systems” subsidiary is the most extensive and largest health and wellness worksite provider with over 700 locations nationwide. "I'm very pleased that Walgreens has renewed their partnership with BDPA Chicago Chapter. They have been a long-time partner that has contributed to a number of efforts with BDPA Chicago Chapter. We look forward to 2013 and beyond. Thank you Walgreens for your continued partnership," said Pamela Sexton, BDPA Chicago chapter president.BDPA is recognized nationally as a global member-focused technology organization with over 45 active chapters in the United States. BDPA continues to stand as a leader in delivering 21st century technological programs, college scholarships, mentoring, support and services for youth and adult Information Technology (IT) professionals. BDPA is honored to partner with a world class corporation like Walgreens. For more information on BDPA’s 35th Annual National Conference, contact Wayne Hicks, Director, BDPA Corporate Sales Department,, (301) 584-3135.

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Thursday, May 30, 2013

A Sweet Giveaway: $100 AMEX card + lots more from Best Ink 2

So today is my last Best Ink 2 post, and it's a good one! It's been so fun working with such an awesome show, and to get you excited for tonight's "family focused" episode (each artist will be tattooing someone close to them), I'm hosting a fabulous giveaway. What's up for grabs for ONE WINNER (worth about $250):$100 AMEX$50 Snapfish gift card (to print out some memories)$50 Spafinder gift card (for Mom or Dad to unwind) $39 Twister Dance Game (to enjoy with your family, of course!) Here's how to enter:Watch tonight's Best Ink 2 episode, airing @10pm EST on Oxygen, then come back here and leave a comment letting me know which of the artists' tattoos you were most moved by from the episode. **edit: If you didn't catch the episode, you can leave a comment with your fave moment from the trailers below. Like I mentioned above, each artist will be tattooing people they have close emotional ties to. Also be sure to leave your name and email!Entries will only be accepted up until 12am on 5/31, and I'll announce a winner the next morning.Easy! And to get you excited for tonight's episode, check out these sneak peeks! The first gives you a look at the final four contestants taking on baby portraits, and the second is all about personal connection...and someone getting their first tattoo. So excited about tonight's episode! *this post was sponsored by Oxygen Media and Best Ink 2 but as always, all opinions are mine.I appreciate you guys supporting the occasional sponsored content I share here. Thank you! :)

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Alonzo Mourning In The News

Alonzo Mourning In The NewsFormer NBA Great Alonzo Mourning in the news today may have opened up a can of worms when he said LeBron James would beat Micheal Jordans ass on the court. What? Yeah, that's right, that's what he said... I had to try and take my personal opinion out of it when I decided to write about this topic, but I can't! I'm a huge fan of MJ and his accomplishments during his years in the NBA. Alonzo is way off base here and he should know better...Alonzo MourningWhy is Alonzo Mourning in the news anyway? That fact that people are still trying to compare the current generation of NBA Players to Air Highness is a testament to his greatness! MJ played against some of the greatest NBA Players in NBA History, Hall of Fame Greatness. Go back and look at the list of super stars he had to go through on his rise to greatness and compare them to the players LeBron is currently competing against... There's no comparison, period... Don't get me wrong there are some very good players still playing during this King James era but C'Mon Man, nothing like the legends that played during the Air Jordan era.I found Alonzo's comments to be just about a guy showing love to a player on a team he is still heavily involved with, I just can't take it serious! MJ was praised by the legends he played against not because they wanted to show him some love, it was because he was spanking all of their butts and they couldn't do anything about it... Alonzo Mourning in the news talking about anyone beating Micheal Jordan on a basketball court is just plain silly!Greatness, Past and Present!Alonzo Mourning In The NewsWhat do you think? Is Alonzo right or has he lost his mind? Leave your comment below... Now to be fair, King James is a beast! He is truly a gifted athlete and the NBA's best player, not taking anything away from him or his talent but lets leave it right there!!!!! If none of the NBA Legends, now Hall of Famers, couldn't beat his ass what makes you think LeBron would have been that guy? Alonzo Mourning in the news is the bigger story then ridiculous comment he made...Join us on Facebook or follow us on our Twitter page, we'd love to read your comments. Visit our web site for information and updates about upcoming events and scheduled appearances. Join us in Orlando Florida August 30th thru September 1st for our First Annual Sports Fan Conference Labor Day Weekend...  

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Survivor Finale and Reunion

Mary Beth’s 2Cents on the Finale: Night 36 and we are down to the final five – 3 Faves and 2 Fans. The remaining group consists of Erik, Cochran, Sherri, Eddie and Dawn. But wait! Immediately following Tribal Council Erik starts walking funny and saying he's dizzy and everything is spinning out of control. He lies down on the jungle floor and Probst calls in the medic. His blood pressure is dangerously low and he's severely malnourished and dehydrated. I don't understand how this can even be true because he just ate a ton of food the day before on the boat with his loved ones! Anyway, they say he is, so the doc starts some IV fluids and declares that Erik's time has come and he can no longer play the game. So, hasta la vista Erik! Everyone gives him a fond farewell. Especially the always over emotional Dawn, who hugs him like he's her son and cries on his shoulder as they take him away. Man, I do not like her!It doesn't take long for them all to get over his departure and they start getting down to the business of the game. Cochran knows that with Erik gone, Eddie has suddenly become someone to watch because he holds a swing vote. He makes the first move to talk with him and they make a deal for the final three, Cochran, Eddie and Sherri, and they shake on it. Tree Mail announces a Reward Challenge and they're all hoping it's for something to eat but, instead, it's for an advantage in the upcoming Immunity Challenge. In the Reward Challenge, they have to hold a handle balancing a table while they build a house of cards on it with their other hand. If they drop it, they have to start over. Cochran takes an early lead but soon sends his cards flying. Sherri then gets the lead but her cards take off too. Dawn gets one card away from winning before her house blows down. The game goes back and forth like this for some time until, finally, Cochran wins the reward! This makes his third individual challenge win! He's a challenge beast this time around!Back at camp, everyone takes a turn talking about Dawn. Sherri doesn't want her to go to the final three because she knows Dawn will play up her adopted family and how much the money will help them all. Cochran laments that he's seen Dawn have an almost daily break down and he's had to give her constant reassurance to ease her paranoia. Then, they are off… off to take that long walk for the Survivor Right of Passage – remembering all of their fallen comrades. I hate this part of the show. It's clear that none of these people are remembering any of the others in the sentimental, mushy way that the producers are looking for. For most of the fallen names they can't even think of one thing to say. Still, they do this every season. Sheesh! I suppose some fans like this part but to me it's just plain silly! The Final Immunity Challenge is a good one. Each person must run up three flights in a tower to untie and retrieve three bags of puzzle pieces. When they get each bag they slide down and then go back up for the next one. Cochran won an advantage in this challenge which was he didn't have to untie his bags! That gave him a huge lead and he was up and down three times before some of the others even had their first bag! But then Cochran couldn't figure out that the puzzle was supposed to look like fire. He struggled and suddenly both Dawn and Sherri were taking off ahead of him. For a while it looked like Dawn was going to win it but finally Cochran got it and put that sucker together like… well, like it was on fire. Cochran won Immunity! He was now in the driver's seat right up to the finale! So awesome! He even gets a wee bit cocky when he says, “It's lonely at the top!” Ha ha!Right away, Dawn and Eddie start scrambling. Dawn goes for a walk with Cochran and, of course, bursts into tears. She fully trusts Cochran and doesn't know that Cochran is considering getting rid of her. Eddie bends Cochran's ear too. He tries to convince him that he's the best person to take to the finale because, in his words, he's “an idiot” and no one will vote for him. You gotta give the jerk kudos for trying. But Eddie's right. He is an idiot! He actually explained that if he won a million dollars he was going to open up a dog kennel with a bar because he loves dogs and bars. I'm not making that up. And, yes, he was serious. So off they go to another tribal. At Tribal, when answering Probst questions, Dawn and Eddie do their best to point out the flaws in each other’s game. Sherri just sits there comfortably knowing she's completely safe from elimination. Cochran, of course, has Immunity. In the end, Cochran stays true to Dawn and Eddie takes the walk of shame. He actually hung around a long time for someone who never did anything strategic or won anything. He was just there! Probst tells them all to go get some rest. They have one more night at camp and then the Final Tribal Council… and it's gonna be a good one!The Booth’s Bits on the Final Tribal Council: It was a good one, indeed! Award-winning host Jeff Probst first introduced the jury – Michael, Phil, Malcolm, Reynold, Andrea, Brenda, Erik and Eddie. He then allowed the three remaining castaways to make their opening statements. As usual, there was nothing earthshattering.Dawn made some strange contorted faces while attempting to convince the jury that she was humbled to be before them. The only thing her disingenuous prattle accomplished was a shot of Malcolm rolling his dreamy eyes. I’m sure Mary Beth appreciated this.Sherri’s opening wasn’t much better. She revealed that she owned a small business with 75 employees and her plan was to play Survivor the same way she operated this business. She then started freaking out, speaking gibberish and couldn’t put together a coherent sentence. She must have one hell of a business.Cochran admitted he was nervous and that being in the finals, while being somewhat surreal for him, it was an honor. He then admitted he was a nerd, something all of America had been aware of the first time the pasty ginger appeared on Survivor. However, it was refreshing to hear him say he was cool with it.Hunky Malcolm was the first member of the jury to interrogate the three finalists. He had nothing for Sherri, probably because she was still trying to compose herself. He congratulated Dawn before telling her she should have fought harder trying to be a cold-hearted bitch. He then asked Cochran what was the one quality he possessed that made him so good. Cochran responded, “Because I’m insecure.” Hmm…Fireman Eddie was up next and asked Sherri if she was “carried” to the finals. When she said no, he laughed hysterically. He then told Dawn she was a phony and that she was fragile and weak. When he got to Cochran, he more or less said after you win this thing, would you go have a beer with the Three Amigos – himself, Malcolm and Reynold. Cochran said he most definitely would belly up with the boys!After Phil, the Specialist, congratulated all three, he promptly kicked Sherri out of Stealth R Us. Wow, didn’t see that one coming! After that shocker, he attacked Dawn and her daily emotional breakdowns. Phil said it made each day unpleasant. On the other hand, he stated he thoroughly enjoyed playing the game with Cochran.Erik took his time as an opportunity to call Dawn a turncoat. Although Dawn didn’t like the comment, she took it much better than Sherri did when Erik called her a coattail rider and nothing more than a seashell on the beach. She immediately started spazzing out and arguing with Erik. It quickly degenerated into a “You sit down!” - “No, you sit down!” match. It made me feel uneasy…Michael came up there wearing his smart girl glasses and basically said nothing. I really don’t see what Corinne saw in this guy. Okay, he’s gay, but there has to be more than that.Next, Reynold told Dawn he didn’t like her from the get-go. He then went on to say that NOBODY liked Dawn, that she was so fake. Then, he busted into uncontrollable laughter. The rest of the jury must have felt the same way, because they were chuckling as well. I believe Malcolm enjoyed it so much he even did a knee slap.After the snickering finally died down it was Andrea’s turn. Andrea confuses me. I thought she was from Wisconsin, not California. If she said “AWESOME!” one more time I was gonna through something at the TV. Fortunately for my Toshiba she told Dawn she was “neat”. Sheesh…And then it was time for Brenda. The lovely, demure fragile little flower that Dawn had turned her back on and betrayed only days ago. This was the pièce de résistance.With tears streaming down her dimpled cheeks, it was obvious that Brenda took the earlier blindside very personal. She glossed over Sherri and asked Cochran why he turned on her and seemed satisfied when he told her it was him or her.She wasn’t so easy on Dawn. She brought up how she was there for her when Dawn was at her most vulnerable, threatening to quit the game because of her lost dentures. She sobbed as she told Dawn how much pain she had caused her. Brenda said the pain was so great that Dawn needed to feel a little heartbreak. This was good. And it got better.Brenda then shouted at Dawn to take her teeth out in front of everyone! The very teeth she had recovered for her. Initially, Dawn was shocked at the request and refused. Brenda would have none of it. Again she shouted, “Take your teeth out!” This time Dawn when shook her head, she was trembling. She did not want to be humiliated.But Brenda would not be denied. No longer crying, she stared straight through Dawn and hissed, “Do it!” A quivering and defeated Dawn finally complied and removed her lower dentures in front of Brenda and millions of viewers all over the world. Looking like a rotting jack-o'-lantern left over from Halloween, Dawn said, “There! Are you happy?” I know I was! That was AWESOME! Sorry Andrea, I had to. Man I love this show! And we still don’t know who would crowned the Sole Survivor and receive the giant check for $1,000,000…Jamie’s Prognosis on the Reunion Show: He walks by the light of the moon, clutching his bamboo container. His panther like swagger is timeless and seamless as he morphs from jungle campfire to Hollywood studio… oh Probst!!! You had me at hello all those years ago and I still love you so… oh wait. Sorry. That was supposed to stay in my head. Ah hem…The Reunion show began like it always does with cleaned up and fattened up versions of our three finalists; the ridiculous Sherry, totally not deserving of ANY votes, weepy and phony Dawn (even her pristine white teeth are apparently fake). And MY MAN COCHRAN looking like a million bucks with a dapper tie loosened at the neck and all traces of sunburn and chafing gone from his milky white skin. Oh how our little Survivor has grown up! So if you’re reading this blog you probably know that my man COCHRAN won. Not to brag or anything PV and MB but THAT’S MY GUY!!!! Let me just say this. If anyone deserved to win this season it is Cochran. He is the ultimate Survivor geek. Not only is he smart but also he is also funny, self deprecating and sincere. He has blossomed from Survivor Zero to HERO. I loved to hear him say that he has learned to embrace who he is. Be proud of who you are Cochran!! Forget going back to Harvard, America loves you!!Mary Beth, your Malcolm looks to be heading towards a career in modeling and/or acting, what with the goatee and flowing mane and all. But I have to say that my favorite Malcolm moments tonight came earlier at tribal council when he was wearing one of my daughter’s headbands and giving what appeared to be “come hither” looks into the camera. Whew! I have to say that Malcolm became my number two this season and I am very happy that he won the fan favorite vote. And coming in at number three? Eddie! Yes siree… any man whose ultimate goal is to open a bar with an attached dog park is my personal hero. I can think of nothing that I would like to do better than take my dog to a bar.Biggest surprise of the night? Brenda phoning it in from home because she is super pregnant. So many questions left unanswered.  Is she married? When did that happen?  When the heck did they tape this thing?  Is Eddie or Erik the daddy?Special Agent Phillip always provides entertainment.  Tonight he be-knighted Jeff Probst with a “Stealth R Us” moniker and I LOVED it: “The piercing eagle”. YES! I will say nothing more. Phil’s love of Boston Rob lead to a guest appearance of the Hall of Famer himself, always a pleasure for me but I am sure NOT for Paul. Flashback… “GO BOSTON!!”The producers finally realized that it is best to limit those on stage to the final 10. We really don’t care about or even really remember any of the others at this juncture so it is a good plan to have them sitting out in the audience. There was another “special” appearance of season one favorites Rudy and Richard Hatch. Rudy proves the point that when you are super old and a former Navy Seal you can get away with saying pretty much anything you want on TV. And I do not wish to see Richard Hatch naked anymore, even if his man parts are all blurry. Go away Hatch.So that was the Reunion Show in a nutshell. At the end of the show Jeff (I like to think of us on a first name basis) gave us clues about next season’s twist and it looks as if Dexter will be a contestant. Stay tuned for Season 864 coming in the fall of 2013! And thanks to Mary Beth and Paul for another great season of blogging.Until next season… from the booth.

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Star Trek: Into Darkness

Star Trek: Into DarknessStarring Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, and Zoe SaldanaA:Another boring movie....R:What a bloated and pompous piece of garbage......This movie feels like it's 5 hours long; just a never ending barrage of nothingness.If I had seen this by myself I would have walked out.

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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Explorer of the Seas to sail from Florida

Royal Caribbean said its Explorer of the Seas will move to Port Canaveral, Fla., from November 2014 to mid-January 2015 to do holiday cruises. The move will give Royal Caribbean three ships at Port Canaveral in that time frame. Explorer will do four- and five-day Caribbean and Bahamas cruises. Enchantment of the Seas will offer three- and four-day Bahamas getaways, and Freedom of the Seas will do seven-day itineraries. Explorer has spent the past several years cruising from Bayonne, N.J.. The ship will be replaced by Royal's new Quantum of the Seas in that role next year. For more information and to make a reservation contact at 203-288-1884 or

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My Awesome Goddaughter!

Mother's Day was awesome.  Giving and getting gifts, flowers, chocolates.  My mother made her famous potato salad.Although getting there was kind of like crossing the country in a Conestoga wagon!  I love Hull, but convenient it is not.  No shuttle on Sundays till after Memorial Day (although Frank's Britt took care of that part); on and off the 220 to pick up last minute things - yeah, last minute, I said it; and the Red Line under construction.....whew!  Then again, it's not like I had anything else to do except get up to my Mum's house.I've been trying to weed through my stuff and contain my spa/facial/cosmetic/body lotion addiction - no support groups for that.  It's slow going and a few days ago I thought "Deb will give me something new for Mother's Day, I should call & stop her".  My goddaughter Debbie shops in Bath & Body Works or Victoria Secret, which I have heard is even more expensive than Bath & Body Works.I thought I should ask for some chocolate chip cookies, which are no better for me.....but cost less and never sit around waiting for the next purge.But I forgot.Still.......I opened my gift bag and it contained.........brownies!  Pretty good considering we were communicating on a psychic connection.We all had a chuckle about that.

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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Selectively Citing Osama Bin Laden

In his recent speech Obama showed anew his refusal to understand that a tactic is not a strategy.

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Chicago Blackhawks

h1 a:hover {background-color:#888;color:#fff ! important;} div#emailbody table#itemcontentlist tr td div ul { list-style-type:square; padding-left:1em; } div#emailbody table#itemcontentlist tr td div blockquote { padding-left:6px; border-left: 6px solid #dadada; margin-left:1em; } div#emailbody table#itemcontentlist tr td div li { margin-bottom:1em; margin-left:1em; } table#itemcontentlist tr td a:link, table#itemcontentlist tr td a:visited, table#itemcontentlist tr td a:active, ul#summarylist li a { color:#000099; font-weight:bold; text-decoration:none; } img {border:none;} Chicago Blackhawks Chicago Blackhawks center Andrew Shaw (65) is congratulated by his teammates for scoring a goal against the Detroit Red Wings during the third period in game five of the second round of the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the United Center. The Blackhawks beat the Red Wings 4-1. Blackhawks fan Ray Alcala of Lockport carries a homemade Stanley Cup replica before Game 5 at the United Center.


Chicago Blackhawks center Andrew Shaw (65) is congratulated by his teammates for scoring a goal against the Detroit Red Wings during the third period in game five of the second round of the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the United Center. The Blackhawks beat the Red Wings 4-1.


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Blackhawks fan Ray Alcala of Lockport carries a homemade Stanley Cup replica before Game 5 at the United Center.


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Papa John's racist voicemail

Papa John's racist voicemail, On Sunday night a Papa John's customer in Sanford, Fla. checked his voicemail and heard a message from the driver who had just delivered his pizza. Not knowing he'd accidentally called the customer, who is black, the driver used racist terms to bad-mouth the customer and his wife to a co-worker.A keen bigot with a fondness for opera just like Herr Hitler, the driver then launched into a musical number, replacing the lyrics of the "The Marriage of Figaro" overture with racial slurs. The customer posted a video of the voicemail online and Papa John's CEO John Schnatter has since offered a "heartfelt apology" on Facebook. The driver and his co-worker have been fired.

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Liebster Award

 I was pleasantly shocked when Kaye George decided to honor me with the Liebster Award! It’s nice when someone recognizes another person’s monthly blog toil. Here’s the link to her place, and a HUGE THANK YOU, Kaye! (That was Rule number 1.)Rule number 2, answer 11 questions from her, list 11 random facts about myself, and make up 11 questions for the ones I nominate. It really isn’t that tough to do.  Actually, I did it one day when the students were taking a test. So it was easy.Liebster Award Rules:1. Thank the blogger who presented you with the Liebster Award, and link back to his or her blog.2. Answer the 11 questions from the nominator; list 11 random facts about yourself, and create 11 questions for your nominees.3. Present the Liebster Award to 11 bloggers, who have blogs with 200 followers or less, whom you feel deserve to be noticed. Leave a comment on the blogs letting the owners know they have been chosen. (No tag backs.)4. Upload the Liebster Award image to your blog.OK, down to business with #2, 3,and 4!Eleven Questions from LD to your name? Yes.  I’m named after my great-grandma who came from Norway.  Barbara.  I think that’s kind of nice knowing that.  My middle name is Marie and is also the middle name of another where you expect to live or move someday? I suspect that I’ll stay living in this town but not in this house.  I want to be closer to town....pets? We have had one for many years, but it died.  Now we don’t have one and that’s mainly because of all the deer in the area....neat or sloppy? We’re both neatniks....morning person or night? Definitely morning.  I fall asleep before the ten o’clock news....outside or inside? I’m a fair-weather person.  I do like being outside....giddy with happiness? That’s hard. I do but it’s usually having something to do with the grandkids or when someone really appreciates what I’ve half-empty or half-full? I think it’s half-full because there’s so much more to come in my life.  It just keeps getting better....favorite color? I like red and black, but don’t decorate with that.  I used to be in love with blue, and I guess I still am and will decorate with shades of blue....anyone else, now or in the future? I’ve never thought about that before.  I just want to be happy.  That’s all I ask for is happiness....greatest writer? I absolutely adore Little Women to this day so I’ll have to say, Louisa Mae Alcott, hands down.Eleven Random facts about myself:I was so shy as a kid, that I was scared of my own shadow.I went to beauty school right after high school and worked for just a couple years.  This was when haircuts were only a buck and a half.  Needless to say, I couldn’t make a living at the beauty shop.I was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and really missed the large metro area when we moved to Bemidji.I graduated from Roosevelt High School, and our former governor graduated from the same school one year ahead of me.  He graduated with my brother.I never knew either of my grandma’s because both died before I was born.  My mother was raised by her aunt and uncle, whom I call Grandma and Grandpa.  I dearly loved them.My favorite place on earth is Minnehaha Falls.  I love the rushing waterfall.I love to dance.  My favorite song is Sweet Caroline by Neil Diamond.I have done an awful lot of research and can trace one branch of my family back to the 1500’s.  I am Norwegian and Swedish.  I love to plants, flowers, but don’t like to garden.  Actually, I don’t really like the putsiness of it.    10.  I spent one Christmas with my son who was in the army and stationed in Germany.  It was wonderful.  One night when we were in a pub, a couple of his friends came over and told me about their mom and family and how much they missed, ‘home’, over Christmas.  They also told me how special it was to have a ‘mom’ from ‘home’ to talk to.      11. I actually am tired of holidays.  I know that sounds like I’m a Scrooge, but I’m not, really.  I just want to enjoy a quiet holiday and enjoy my family without all the hoopla.      Eleven Questions for my recipients to answer:1.   Are you a solitary person?2.   Did you like to color as a kid?3.   What was your favorite outing as a kid?4.   First date—good or bad?5.   Favorite class in school?6.   Do you like change?7.   Where is your favorite place on earth?8.   Have you ever picked eggs or held a live chicken?9.   Have you ever built a snowman?10.  How many national parks have you visited?11.  Who is your favorite First Lady and why?Okay, this should be easy.  But no one-word answers. Details or explanations required.Here are my eleven choices for the Liebster Award:Doris McGraw  http://fivesevenfivepage.blogspot.comMichael Murphy http://blog.mjmurphy.comAmberly K Clowe  http://amberlykclowe.blogspot.comNancy Jardine  http://nancyjardine.blogspot.comWanita May http://wanitajump.wordpress.comUvi Poznansky  http://uviart.blogspot.comJohn Capraro  http://thewritelifeforme.blogspot.comJoanne Stewart  http://theheartofanempath.blogspot.comAnne Van http://annevanllll.blogspot.comDutch Henry http://dutchhenry.blogspot.comVonnie Davis  http://vintagevonnie.blogspot.comI have one request of my eleven award recipients. Even if you chose not to accept this award - meaning if you'd rather not do the questions, random facts, etc. - please take the time to visit at least a few of the other blogs listed here. We're all looking for readers and you might find a blog or two you really love.Of course, the same goes for anyone else who comes by.  Take a minute and check out a blog or two you haven't visited before. You never know who you'll find.

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Monday, May 27, 2013

Indian Origin Robin Dutt named as new Werder Bremen coach!

Indian origin Robin Dutt has been named as the new Head Coach of German Bundesliga side SV Werder Bremen after he received the go ahead from the German FA (DFB) for whom he had been working as their technical director. Werder Bremen have given Robin Dutt a three contract which would run until June 30, 2016.Robin Dutt's wish to leave the DFB and get back into coaching had become evident last week as being TD was about strategic planning and development rather then working on the field with a team everyday."I would also like to especially thank the DFB. On the one hand for complying with my wish and on the other hand the appreciation I experienced from those responsible and my fellow employees. I am very happy to be going back to the coaching bench. Werder Bremen is a great club and a very intriguing job which I will approach with great dedication," said Robin Dutt. Meanwhile Werder Director of Sports Thomas Eichin said, "With Robin Dutt, we acquired our ideal candidate for our coaching post and we are convinced that we will have a successful new start with him. We would like to take this opportunity to thank the DFB that those responsible made the move possible with his release."Werder Bremen would be Robin Dutt's third Bundesliga side after having coached SC Freiburg and Bayer 04 Leverkusen.Robin Dutt will be officially introduced as the new head coach tomorrow at a press conference at 11:30 CET at Bremen's Weser Stadium.Here a link to an older blog post of mine from 2010: Robin Dutt: An Indo-German success story .

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Sunday, May 26, 2013


As far as running goes this spring has been rough. I convinced Joell to do her first 50k and it was 12 degrees with 6 inches of snow followed by a 100 mile DNF and a 101k DNF with knee and ankle problems to go along with it all. However I have learned that the success of my race or your race is not solely based on placing top 3 overall, top 3 in your age group, or even a PR. The success of races has changed to how my experience was and will I go back. The week leading up to the Inaugural FlatRock 101k was very eventful. I had an ultrasound on my knee to see if a cortisone shot would help me on Monday. The Dr. and I both decided that the shot was not what I needed. As I was getting ready to leave we talked about an old injury that may be causing some of my problem with my knee. He got me some orders to get an x-ray of my ankle. Tuesday I had my physical therapy and felt great. Thursday I got my x-ray done and find out the full scope of the problem on May 4th. Friday morning the twins joined me at my physical therapy. The twins showed me how to do all of my exercises and "helped" a couple of the older ladies that were in doing their therapy by bringing smiles to their faces for an hour. At the end of therapy, I did something that I rarely do. I was asked to promise. My physical therapist Michelle asked me to promise that if I were to experience any pain associated with my knee problem that I would stop running and walk to the nearest aide station and pull myself. Much against my objection to making promises I agreed.Joell got off work and we loaded up and headed to Independence in the rain. We got to packet pick-up and I stepped over and ran into Eric, Polly, and Zach. I got my packet and filled out my waiver for Joell to pace me. Zach followed me back to the Jeep and said hi to Joell and the girls. When we left it was still raining, but the forecast was for a break about 2 am and 71 degrees with some sun. As the alarm went off at 4:45 I heard not birds chirping but rain pattering off the roof.  We headed out to the start with the hopes of a good day for all starting and volunteering. A little prerace conversation and then it was time. Heading right outside the shelter to the road. A few last words by the RD Eric Steele, a ten second count down, and then we were off. As we started out I was doing a quick assessment of how my knee was feeling on the road so that once I hit the trail I could do a comparison. Eric stood by the trail entrance so we all got into the trail without issue and to give us one last word of encouragement. My very first step into the trail I knew it was going to be a struggle as the slosh caused me to give the first of many slips. Going up the first hill I was just concentrating on each step making sure. As the miles clicked off the worst thing that could happen to me did I started to feel that pain that was the source of the promise I made. I told myself that this wasn't possible because I was only 5 miles or so into the race. As I slowed my pace, more and more people passed me. Before I knew it I was at a walk and pretty much knew I was done. I thought to myself that maybe I can walk for a while and just give that muscle a rest? What was I thinking? This is FLATROCK! There is no spot to rest. Coleen and Deb passed me asking how my knee was doing. I think they were both just being nice (thank you by the way), but knew if they were passing me this early in the race I wasn't doing good. A little later and a few more people later I knew I was 100% done for the day. Ken passed me like I was not moving. He was kind enough to slow to my snail pace and talk with me for a bit. Then he was off. Disappearing into the trees I was once again just walking with my thoughts. I pulled into Oakridge and talked with Jason Dinkel and made the decision that was a given and that was to step off and get healthy to run another day. Usually when my race is over my adventure ends, but not today. We went to the turnaround, Tony's Hacienda, and picked up my drop bag. I was actually fearing going to do this because I knew Tony was a no nonsense, quitting is not an option, kind of guy. I had to get my drop bag so we went. Tony made me feel 1000 times better about the situation when he told me that there is a time to be hard and a time to be smart and I made the right decision. While we were there Zach Adams rolled into the aide station in very high spirits running with Tammy Winn and Michele McGrew. I stepped over while he was getting what he needed and asked if he had gotten a pacer. When he said no I basically volunteered Joell knowing that she was looking forward to running with me and would feel the same way about helping anyone else. In Zach Adams fashion I got a "HELL YEAH SHE CAN PACE ME! THIS IS A BLAST!" Since I was done running for the day, I told Joell I was going to help for a while.I went and showered then returned to Tony's aide station. While waiting for the front runners to return on their second trip Tony, Steve Baker, and myself shared stories of our running adventures. You can guess that Leadville and Badwater trumped any story that I had. I almost felt like a sponge absorbing in all this information about good things to do and not so good things to do. It was almost as though I wasn't suppose to run the race on this day?!?! As the runners started coming in it was amazing how fresh some looked and how pained others look. The common feature on everyone was mud and HUGE grins from ear to ear. We messaged Jason so that I knew when to go and get Joell from my grandparent's house in Independence. I got the message, grabbed the thermos and went off to pick up Joell. I got her back to the turnaround with about 20 minutes to spare. Joell jumped in and helped a few runners and as Zach and Michelle came in she threw on her pack and helped get their stuff filled with Steve. I rummaged through Zach's pack finding all the creams for his foot blister concoction. Tony was rocking out burgers and vegan burgers for everyone as they were coming in. Before I knew it they were off and we were now just waiting for a handful of people. I loaded up the drop bags and drove to Jason and Dana's aide station to meet Zach, Joell, and Michelle. You could hear them from quite a distance as it was pretty quiet other than the voices of this group of 3. Some things happened in this stretch of trail, but to hear about that you have to check out either part 2 or part 3 of Zach's blog when he gets them posted. I'm not one for throwing out the spoiler alerts. Once they were off Jason, his daughter, Dana, and myself chatted about just about everything you could think of while helping runners as they came through. I loaded up their drop bags and then was on my way to the finish line.Sitting around the fire sharing stories watching the rock in the wee hours of the morning was unreal. It was neat seeing the head lamps scurrying along the hillside. About 20 minutes after the lights went out of view they would once again pop up on the small paved section of this course. A crazy fog rolled over the dam at one point. As the time ticked by it came to the point where the next set of 3 lights would be them bringing it home. As Zach and Michelle finished I thought I would be disappointed that I wasn't finishing with them, but it was weird... I was disappointed and ecstatic at the same time even though I didn't think that was possible. I WAS disappointed that I wasn't finishing with them, but knew that there were other races I would run with them.Sitting down for breakfast I met the women's co-winner Candi. When I thought that I couldn't meet anymore badasses that are extremely humble and down to earth I get surprised over and over again. I see many runs and epic adventures with Jason, Zach, Michelle, Candi, and my wife. One of these days I'll actually get to run a race with Eric, Polly, and Tony, but they all put on amazing races that I sign up for them all and as a result, I am recovering when they are racing.

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