Australian GP

Formula 1 racing may be the best show in motorsports that nobody knows about. It seems that way in the U.S., anyway, where the media coverage is NASCAR NASCAR NASCAR IndyCar NASCAR NASCAR. But give me a choice between oval racing and road racing, and I’ll take the twists and turns of a road course any day.

Today’s race was the Australian Grand Prix. That race always seems …Keep reading

Quivering Quads Trail Half Marathon

Stretched out in front of us was a ribbon of muck, sprinkled liberally with puddles of water. Our shoes, when we’d pull them up out of the mud, made a sucking sound that would make Ross Perot proud.  “This,” the starter told us,” is the best-groomed part of the course.”

And he wasn’t kidding. We stood at the start of the Quivering Quads Trail Half Marathon in Cuivre River State Park in Troy, Mo. As he said, the first 1.8 miles of the race was on what would be, in drier times, a one-lane dirt road. But Troy had seen some rain in the last few days, and the dirt road had dissolved into the goo pit that lay before us.

The race, with 400 entrants, was divided … Keep reading

David Gray at the Touhill

David Gray was in town last night, for a concert at the Touhill Center at UMSL. We saw him about nine years ago, on the White Ladder Tour, and I don’t think he’d been to St. Louis since then. He was great then, and even better this time.

It was my first time at the Touhill, and I loved the place. I don’t know if it’s the acoustics of the hall, or a great sound team for the band, or Gray’s diction, but the sound was just about perfect — I could understand the words a lot better than I could on his CDs. His voice was right on, the whole night, and the band — drums, bass, guitar and keyboards, backing Gray, who played guitar (mostly acoustic) and some piano — was excellent. Unfortunately, he didn’t introduce the band, but obviously they’ve been together for a while.

He played songs from each of his  CDs, leaning heavily … Keep reading

Public Time

I own one working watch. And it doesn’t tell time.

It’s my Garmin Forerunner 305, a GPS running watch that I got last summer. It tells me how long I’ve been running and how far I’ve gone (down to the 1/100 of a mile), how fast my heart is beating, how fast I ran the last mile, and any number of other things. It could also tell me the time of day, but I’ve just never set that function, because I only wear it while I’m running anyway.

The rest of the time, I rely on…

I own one working watch. And it doesn’t tell time.

It’s my Garmin Forerunner 305, a GPS running watch that I got last summer. It tells me how long I’ve been running and how far I’ve gone (down to the hundredth of a mile), how fast my heart is beating, how fast I ran the last mile, and any number of other things. It could also tell me the time of day, but I’ve just never set that function, because I only wear it while I’m running anyway.

The rest of the time, I rely on …Keep reading

A Letter From The Government

A letter came in the mail today, from the U.S. Department of Commerce, Economics and Statistics Admistration, U.S. Census Bureau. In great big letters above my address, it said “United States Census 2010.”

Oh goody, I thought, it’s our census form! But certainly our census form is going to be more than one page, and this envelope, though it was …Keep reading