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Monthly Archives: September 2008

exact to me

Well, I tried. Watching the presidential debate that is. I made it through about a half hour before I could no longer stand it. Both candidates were giving the same canned responses and arguments against the other that we’ve seen in news clips & commercials a hundred times already. Politics really make me sick, a feeling which has intensified greatly during this election, and all the crap that has been going down over the past week. I’m still going to vote, but it’s sad that I can never really find someone to vote for that I like, I just vote more out of greater dislike for the other guy.

It is about my bedtime. Yes, 10pm on a Friday night, how lame. Normally I would stay up later (well, honestly just a little bit), but tomorrow morning my wife (a term I think I just wrote for the first time) is running her first half-marathon @ 7am tomorrow morning in Akron. So for the first time I will be a spectator at a running event, trying to find ways to amuse myself during the 2+ hours I have to stand around. But I am excited for Kristy and this event that she has trained for hard for over the past few months. I’m totally expecting to feel very weird being there tomorrow, not participating. Hopefully it will provide a spark of motivation to get me out of the current running funk in which I have found myself, and maybe I will be out there again competing next year, trying to break my personal best which I set on that same course a year ago.

Pardon me now as I have to go locate my cheerleader outfit to wear tomorrow. Go Kristy!


end of summer

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First pitch
First pitch,
originally uploaded by thespacerace.

Yesterday, Kristy and I headed downtown for the final Indians home game of the season. It was bittersweet since we love going to games, and saw the Tribe win their 6th straight decision and move above .500 for the first time since May. But on the flipside, it was the final home game of a season of disappointment, a season that was so promising when we went to see them back on March 31st hammer the Sox, a season in which a number of experts picked them to win it all, and at the very least win the division, instead of finishing 3rd. Hopefully they can recover next year, especially since they have really turned things around the last few months and will most likely have lower expectations to meet.

Before the game, we hit up the Winking Lizard (since sadly GLBC is closed on Sundays), where I enjoyed a couple pints of Paulaner Oktoberfest, the draft special of the month. The weather for the game was awesome. Too bad it probably won’t be anything like this next April when I hopefully make it to the opener again.

Saturday went by very fast. Kristy and I headed out to the park to run. Kristy did 11 miles for her last run before this Saturday’s Akron half-marathon, which will be her longest run ever. I was dumb and went out and did my own half in rather sad fashion. My right hamstring started cramping in mile 9, but I struggled to the finish in a very bad time. So I am looking forward to being a spectator instead of a participant this Saturday. Hopefully I’ll get back in shape someday and make my return to racing.

when i live my dream

We returned late Friday from our honeymoon in Jamaica. It was a lot of fun, and 10 days was long enough to where you really felt away from everything and could let loose and enjoy yourself. It is the longest vacation I’ve ever taken, and I could get used to doing that more often.

So to use a very cliché saying, tomorrow feels like it is going to be the beginning of the rest of our lives. This weekend flew by, trying to get caught up, unpacked and ready to go back to work. So tomorrow it begins, the routine, going back to work, doing what we do like before, except married. I don’t really feel different (besides this ring on my finger which I cannot stop fidgeting with), but tomorrow is really the start of our life together now that things are getting back to normal.

I will try to post soon about how much fun Jamaica was, along with more pictures from the honeymoon. We ended up being without internet access the last few days of the trip, which was actually sort of a good thing, because I didn’t need to spend time doing the same thing I can do at home. I have posted a few more wedding pictures today, though I still need to get up ones from the reception. Also, in the mail we received a DVD from our photographer, Rob, with a slideshow of our wedding pictures, which I have posted as a video below:
Kristy & Brad wedding from Brad L on Vimeo.

Beer – hooray beer!

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Lounging in Jamaica
Lounging in Jamaica,
originally uploaded by thespacerace.

Kristy & I are enjoying our first full day here in Jamaica after arriving late yesterday afternoon. We are staying at the Sandals Grande Ocho Rios resort in Jamaica. So far, everything has been nice though the humidity is taking a little getting used to since it has not been too bad back home this summer. But all the staff at the resort have been awesome, and the resort itself is beautiful. I am currently hanging out on the patio of our villa suite, as seen in the picture, overlooking our mini-pool. Kristy, as always much more ambitious than myself, is currently getting her run on at the fitness center while I sit back here enjoying a Red Stripe and getting caught up. Once she gets back, we are likely going to hit up the much larger resort pool (complete with swim-up bar), and eventually make our way down to the beach.

So far so good. We just had a little rain last night, but otherwise the weather has been beautiful. Now we just hope those pesky tropical storms that keep lining up in the Atlantic stay away until we make it back home.

start together

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Walking off into the sunset
Walking off into the sunset,
originally uploaded by thespacerace.

Well, yesterday was the big day and I am now officially a married man. The weather was awesome, our friends and family came out to be with us, and we had a great time. No drama, no fights, no fainting. We could not have asked for a better day. I’ve been a little short on time today, getting ready for our trip, but I posted a few pictures on flickr that my brother’s girlfriend took, and there will likely be many more to come as other friends share theirs, and eventually the photographer’s as well.

As far as Jamaica, we are going ahead tomorrow and are going to roll the dice and hopefully slip in between the hurricanes. It looks like Hanna is going to hit the U.S. and totally miss us, but now we have Ike that popped up today which looks like it might be headed our way.