May 29, 2010

May 30, 1975

He was the greatest long distance runner in American History and by far one of the most popular Track and Field athlete's of all time. His quest after Olympic glory fueled the American running craze in the mid-1970s. At the time of his death at the age of 24, Pre held 14 American Track and Field Records from 2,000 meters to 10, 000 meters.

For five years, no American runner could beat Pre at any distance over a mile. Then in May 1975 Steve Prefontaine died in a one car rollover accident.

"The Magic Was Gone Forever."
Rick Riley

When Steve ran a race you knew several things as an athlete and a spectator. The race was going to be fast. It was going to be guts race, even if he was running alone or unopposed. A race with Prefontaine in it was an exciting race for start to finish whatever the distance was.

"To give anything less than your best
is to sacrifice the gift."
Steve Prefontaine

Pre with his Oregon coach, Bill Bowerman. Bill later founded Nike.

Pre was indeed a rare individual. He made an impression on everyone he met. Today, runners young and old flock to Eugene to run the trails that Pre ran. Its that unwritten tradition that if you are a runner and you are in Eugene, that you run to Pre's Rock.

Somebody may beat me, but they are going to have to bleed to do it.
Steve Prefontaine

Steve Prefontaine, a sophomore at the University of Oregon, captures the entire nations imagination when he wins the national AAU 5000 meter championships. Shortly afterward he made the cover of Sports Illustrated magazine. Less then two years later, Prefontaine ran in the Olympics and lost to Lasse Viren of Finland whose entire team was later found to be blood doping.

Pre Lives - Nike Videos

The spirit of Pre lives in all of us runners.

Air Force Academy Graduation

The 2010 class of cadets graduated last week down at the Air Force Academy outside of Colorado Springs. I got to see the ceremony many, many years ago, and it is very cool. All the Cadets marching into Falcon stadium and the final order given to the class - Class of , you are dismissed. When the timing is right, the Thunderbirds pass low over the stadium in formation right as the class all cheers and throws their caps in the air. Then the Thunderbirds put on an air show.

The backdrop couldn't be any more beautiful, because the Academy is right up against the foothills that start the Rocky Mountains. This video was shot from outside the Academy looking toward the mountains, and the person shooting did a pretty good job putting this together.

Here is the hat toss only:

Here is a fun fact that many folks don't know. The 3 jets that keep the diamond formation behind the lead aircraft burn an average of 5% more fuel due to the constant throttle adjustments and control surface movements needed to stay in such a tight formation.

May 28, 2010

Rejection Lines Translated

From my friend Merle, Top 10 rejection lines from the Male and female perspective translated for you.

Top 10 Male Rejection Lines (Translated!)

10. I think of you as a sister.
Translation: You're ugly.

9. There's a slight difference in our ages.
Translation: You're ugly.

8. I'm not attracted to you in 'that' way.
Translation: You're ugly.

7. My life is too complicated right now.
Translation: You're ugly.

6. I've got a girlfriend.
Translation: You're ugly.

5. I don't date women where I work.
Translation: You're ugly.

4. It's not you, it's me.
Translation: You're ugly.

3. I'm concentrating on my career.
Translation: You're ugly.

2. I'm celibate. Translation:
You're ugly.

1. Let's be friends. Translation:
You're sinfully ugly.

Top 10 Female Rejection Lines (Translated!)

10. I think of you as a brother.
Translation: You remind me of that inbred banjo-playing geek in 'Deliverance.'

9. There's a slight difference in our ages.
Translation: I don't want to do my dad.

8. I'm not attracted to you in 'that' way.
Translation: You are the ugliest dork I've ever laid eyes on.

7. My life is too complicated right now.
Translation: I don't want you spending the whole night or else you may hear phone calls from all the other guys I'm seeing.

6. I've got a boyfriend.
Translation: I prefer my male cat and a half gallon of Ben and Jerry's.

5. I don't date men where I work.
Translation: I wouldn't date you if you were in the same solar system, much less the same building.

4. It's not you, it's me.
Translation: It's you.

3. I'm concentrating on my career.
Translation: Even something as boring and unfulfilling as my job is better than dating you.

2. I'm celibate.
Translation: I've sworn off only the men like you.

1. Let's be friends.
Translation: I want you to stay around so I can tell you in excruciating detail about all the other men I meet and have sex with. It's the male perspective thing.

Women are much more complicated!

May 27, 2010

When you speak of me, try and work in the phrase "award winner"

Do you think I'm lying?

J.J. over at The World According To J.J has handed out an award to me! Whoot whoot!!

Look at that sweet piece of bling, will ya? As you may be able to pick out, it has been passed around a bit... Here are the legal bits that come with it, read them out loud really quick like at the end of a commercial for the full effect:

•Express gratitude to the blogger who bestowed the award unto you.
•Display the picture on your blog proudly.
•Be nice and provide a link to the person who gave it to you.
•Tell up to 6 outrageous lies about yourself, and at least 1 outrageous truth, or switch it around and tell 6 outrageous truths and 1 outrageous lie.
•Nominate 7 creative writers who might be into doing this.
•Post links to the seven blogs you nominate and let the owners of those blogs know.
Phew, nice reading. I couldn't understand a word of it!

So here we go, 7 things about me that you get to decide which one is a lie.

1. I almost died the night of my 21st birthday because of alcohol poisoning.
2. I once held the state record in the mile.
3. My friends and I invented a game where we all climb up a tree, then everybody but one jumps off as the tree swings back up to see if the remaining person can hang on.
4. I have broken my shin in the same spot twice. It still bothers me to this day.
5. I cut off a toe mowing the lawn when I was a little kid.
6. My family history goes back to the first gold strike in Colorado.
7. I used to be on a downhill racing team growing up in Idaho Springs.

Now I am going to ignore one of the legal points above and just tell everyone to play along if they wish, so have fun!

May 26, 2010

Skyler's TV Crushes, Part 3

Moving to the national scene and our first of the brunettes, is the lovely anchor from CNN, Robin Meade.

Robin hosts The Morning Express and when the local news turns to national in the mornings, Skyler always switches over to see Robin.

One of the reasons that Skyler likes Robin so much is her laugh. She laughs a lot, and appears to be having a good time on the air.

Another reason to like Robin is that she is a dog lover. She does a lot of stuff for shelters, which is pretty cool.

And of course the last reason Skyler likes her, and the reason I like to sit and watch with him, is she is hot as fire.

May 25, 2010

Bad Tat Tuesday: Some people exist just to be a warning to others.

Lots of wonderful stuff this week, and a lot of it was sent in by readers who want to see more. Who would have thunk it? More bad tats from the masses yearning to be shown!

Well then, lets not keep anybody waiting, shall we?

First up, from my workout buddy Jack, comes a rather disturbing trend in tats. Adding to the tat under the skin in order to make it seem more 3-D... I know, what the hell, right? Well feast your eyes on this:

Yep. You got it. Lets have the tat artist cut us open and sew in some bags of who-knows-what in order for your tat chick to have biguns...

Fellow blogger and all around wonderful person, SylphNascency, sent me these along with a whole bunch more that were more body modifications than tats. Thanks for thinking of me dear!

I am not sure what I like better, the hair or the eyebrows.

There's always time for checkers!

Your 4:00 interviewee is here Mr Smith...

This guy has mass murderer written all over him, doesn't he?

I wish I had a side view of what was going on with the things on the sides of the face.

About the 15th or so time I looked at this one, I noticed the Nicholson "Shining" tat on her shoulder. OK, could have been 20.

Last one comes from a Facebook friend who doesn't want to be identified. I don't blame her...

I love the sentiment!

That's it for this week, keep those cards and letters and of course, tats coming in!

May 22, 2010

As A Service To All The Men Out There

The staff here at Some Days It's Not Worth Chewing Through The Leather Straps has decided to share some of the accumulated knowledge that comes with "aging up", as we like to call it in the running world.

Today's lesson for you younger guys is called "How to pee with morning wood". What guy hasn't had to try and figure this out? But with age comes experience, so here are some methods that perhaps you may not have come up with yet:

First up the method known as Strong Arming. Just be a man and bend that Johnson!

Second, we have the method known as The Lunge. It's better to get down at that bowl level, so you can level off.

Here we show The Flying Wallenda. Please note that this is an advanced move that should first be practiced with padding, and not with wood.

For the Yoga enthusiast, you can practice the Downward Dog.

A variation on the Lunge is called The Plank. Help build your core muscles at the same time as relieving yourself!

The most popular, but guys won't admit it, is called The Girly Man. We don't talk about it.

The Leg-Up Maneuver requires some strength, plus 3/4 inch sheet rock instead of 1/2 inch sheet rock. Please don't ask about how I know this.

Finally, my favorite is The Superman. It allows for proper relief while letting you play out comic book fantasies!

May 21, 2010

Was This Really 20 Years ago?

Today marks the 20th anniversary of what many TV viewers consider the finest last show of any series, the final episode of Newhart. TV Guide even voted it “the” most memorable final scene of a series on television.

Before his success on TV, Newhart started his career 50 years ago as a comedian, winning the top three Grammy Awards in 1960 for his debut comedy record, which made him a national star. But he really became well known to the public with his first series “The Bob Newhart Show” (in which Bob played “Dr. Bob Hartley,” a psychologist). After his second series, "Newhart" had run for a good long run, Bob Newhart decided he was tired of the grind of a TV series. That is when they had to decide how to end the show.

From Bob Newhart's Facebook page, the story on how that happened:

Newhart discussed it with many people, including his wife Ginnie.
She gave birth to the idea of bringing back Bob’s former TV series wife, Suzanne Pleshette, for the series finale.
The idea was that Bob would wake up from his “dream” of being a Vermont innkeeper and, of course, his “reel” wife, Suzanne, aka “Emily Hartley,” would be next to him in the bed.
Alas, eight seasons of “Newhart” was only a dream.
To keep the show’s finale a secret, Newhart and his producers went to great lengths and even wrote fake finales that potentially starred George Burns or George C. Scott in the role of God.
The tabloids picked up on the miscues and published them, but the real finale was only known to Newhart, Pleshette and a few top executives. Even his co stars didn’t know the real ending until the night the show was taped at CBS’ Studio City, Calif. Studios.
The audience present for the TV taping was sworn to secrecy until the show aired May 21, 1990 and an enduring slice of TV history was created.

For those few people who never got to see it, here is the last 10 minutes:

This always starts a great debate when you talk about famous finales of TV series, and I had this conversation with some friends a long time ago. A lot of people mention the ending of MASH, which I think is still the most watched ever. Others will go with Newhart, or the ending of Cheers, where the final words Sam uttered to a late-arriving patron -- "we're closed". Those of us old enough to remember The Fugitive recall how after 4 years of running from the law in pursuit of the one-arm killer finally got his revenge.

My favorite that I blogged about many moons ago was the ending of St Elsewhere. Donald Westphall and Daniel Auschlander were the two heads of the hospital, and Donald Westphall had a son with Autism. The scene switched from the hospital to an apartment and was in black and white. Donald came home from a blue collar job carrying a lunch pail, where Danial Auschlander was his father taking care of his son. He asked "grampa" how the day was with his son, and he said same as always, just playing with his toy. Then he asked, do you ever wonder what goes on inside his head all day? He answered we'll probably never know, and the camera zooms in tight to his toy, which is a snowglobe he keeps shaking. As the camera pulls in real tight, you see the the building inside the snowglobe is the hospital, St. Eligius, otherwise known as St Elsewhere. The idea being that the entire series had been made up in the mind of the young boy that had autism.

May 20, 2010

Performance Review

Otherwise known as Focal, Performance Appraisal, Career development Discussion, and of course, the End of Year review Cycle.

Is there any other phase of the large corporate world that sucks the very life from your soul more than this stretch of 3-4 weeks? I hate this with the fire of a thousand white hot suns. I don't enjoy coming up with jargon that makes me sound corporate, nor do I enjoy talking about myself in glowing terms with the express purpose of keeping my job and possibly getting more money.

The instructions for completing your performance review are the most laughable thing, and is why I am writing about this to begin with. My company wants us to keep these company goals in mind as we reflect back upon the amazing things we have accomplished this year.

Let's review what Chris, the minion worker within Big Corp Inc should "keep in mind", shall we?

o Process, technology, culture Big Corp is betting that collaboration is the way that all companies will be managed and run over the next 10 years. A high-level goal for Big Corp is to establish thought leadership in this arena, integrating collaboration into the processes and cultures of its customers, and into the technology that they use. All products/market adjacencies tie to technology architecture o Enterprise/SP/Commercial/Consumer o Any to any….device, content, anywhere, D/V/V/M Architecture is what differentiates Big Corp from its competitors. The company needs to tightly focus and integrate all of its products and its market adjacencies with architecture. This is what will differentiate Big Corp across all its market segments and technologies and enable its any-to-any strategy across data, voice, video, and mobility (D/V/V/M) solutions. Drive to trusted business partner strategy o Key customers, industries o Business structure enabled by technology architecture Big Corp aims to become the most relevant company in the world to its customers by establishing itself as a trusted business partner. As a start, the company takes its strongest relationships with customers and industries, such as those with 3.0 customers, and scales the strategies it has used as a trusted partner across all of its organizations. V/S/E…models in everything we do Vision/Strategy/Execution (V/S/E) is the framework for Big Corp's decisions about where to invest in its business to produce the best results. It helps the company make decisions in a consistent way across the organization. V/S/E-based decision making is becoming a new business model for Big Corp. Drive Market Adjacencies…30 - 50 o Speed/scale/flexibility/replicate Big Corp will move from 30 market adjacencies (market opportunities) to 50, which will be core drivers of the company's growth into the future. To move into so many growth opportunities simultaneously, Big Corp needs to spread more responsibility deeper into the company through its boards, councils, and working groups structure so that employees can all execute against those adjacencies with greater speed, scale, flexibility, and replicability. Drive growth and profitability… profit/expense execution engine Big Corp will operate as a growth engine and sustain its profits by managing expenses. While many companies believe these strategies are mutually exclusive, Big Corp believes it is possible and desirable to do both at once. This is known as "the Big Corp and." Market Adjacencies The market adjacencies, which aren't listed on Big Corp badges, describe shared goals for each of the markets. Watch for a subsequent CEC article that will describe each FY10 market adjacency in greater detail.

And there you have it, just a couple of very simple, measurable goals for me to focus on...
What. The. Fuck?

My idea of a perfect review for me is kind of like this:

Me: You wanted to talk to me boss?
Boss: Yeah, it's review time and I wanted to tell you that you are doing a good job. Keep it up.
Me: Thanks. Anything else I need to know?
Boss: I have a minimal amount of money to hand out for raises, but I will try and get you something.
Me: Cool. We done here?
Boss: Yeah.

30 seconds max. Now that is the way I will run shit someday when I own the place. But wait, I won't own the place until I come up with goals that sound a lot better than "My short term goal is to make it through the day. My long term goal is to string a bunch of short term goals together".

May 19, 2010

Required Viewing

I really think this should be standard viewing before the start of any movie.


Oh, and do I really need to tell anybody that whatever you see here is not safe for work? Didn't think so...

May 18, 2010

Bad Tat Tuesday: It's a Foot Fetish!

Life has been handing me lemons lately, and I lost my recipe for lemonade. So this is a bit late today, my bad...

There is really some decent art work in this series, so I guess we can't really call them Bad Tats. But the pain factor of working on the foot puts them all in the heebie-jeebie category.

Dad is the grim reaper, but I can't tell if mom is a strange flower or a cheeseburger.

Bottom of the foot - Ow ow ow!!!

Smiling skull, cobwebs, Chiquita bananas???

That is really a great piece of work on the Rose.

Bats are cool, but I like the filled in look better than the hollow ones.

Go NASCAR... I wonder if he has to pit a lot with this tat?

Very creepy. Not a Black Widow because it doesn't have the hourglass, who knows?

I wonder if he went to a podiatrist so he knew exactly where all the bones went?

Pretty odd, but still kind of cool at the same time.

Gotta love the nautical theme.

May 15, 2010

May 14, 2010

High Five Etiquette

As you head off into the weekend of partying, sporting events, and competitive eating, take a few moments to brush up on your high five techniques.

We not only entertain here at Sky-Dad enterprises, we edumacate also.

May 13, 2010

Hands Free Etiquette

Always announce who is near you when using the speakerphone.

May 12, 2010

Fire That Agency

It's been awhile since we have seen anything out of the wonderful world of advertising, so why don't we stroll on over to Fire That Agency and check out An Homage to Idiots!

Perhaps a few of you will see yourselves in the video, but we won't ever tell!

Go now! Hurry with the clickity clicking already!

May 11, 2010

Bad Tat Tuesday

I don't have enough of any particular variety of tat to go with a theme, so here you are from ever compass direction:

For when those smooth pickup lines fail, go with direct advertising.

For when she is feeling "snippy"... (groan)

Deer Hunter dedication.

A Bruce Willis fan, isn't that wonderful?

Say what?

I really kind of like this one, it doesn't belong in a bad tat category.

The only problem is you have to stand like that all the time.

Mommy didn't love him enough.

Debra Lee sent this one to me, and I always thought if I got a tat this would be it!

Bubs has sent this one to me and it has additional info:

These tats belong to a fellow named Angel who is in IDOC for Aggravated DUI/Reckless Homicide. He'll be out in 2014. I dealt with him during a murder investigation a couple of years ago.

He has drama masks on his chest: the one on his right pec (left side as you look at it) says "bitch laugh now" and the other one says "Hoe cry later". How sad is it when you misspell the ghetto spelling of whore?

Thanks a lot Bubs! Well done sir.