Archive for November, 2008

those were better days…

Posted in random, Uncategorized on November 14, 2008 by afuntanilla

Kate Walsh

“People have been doubting me my whole life,” he said. “I don’t let them bring me down.”-T. Lincecum

Posted in motivation, random on November 13, 2008 by afuntanilla

San Francisco Giants starter Tim Lincecum looks poised for a big second half.

San Francisco Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum, this year's National League Cy Young Award winner, smiles as he is introduced during a news conference at AT&T Park in San Francisco on Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2008. Lincecum took home pitching's highest honor in his second major league season. The slender kid with the whirling windup on Tuesday joined Mike McCormick (1967) as the only San Francisco Giants pitchers to win a Cy Young.

Congratulations, Timmy! National League Baseball’s CY YOUNG AWARD WINNER. In only his 2nd SEASON!! 24 years old. AWESOME

the stars align themselves

Posted in random on November 13, 2008 by afuntanilla

met this cool cat last night while Dylan & I dined at Nan in Atlanta

Charles Barkley

For those MIGHT not know who this is: Charles Barkley, ex-great NBA Player. Current NBA Analyst on TNT. He is charming, handsome, HUGE, and a great sense of humor. FUN!

Posted in road on November 13, 2008 by afuntanilla

Wednesday Nov 12th: 2.5 miles, 23:16, hill workout

Tuesday Nov 11th: 3.2 miles, 31:04, 

Sunday Nov 9th: 7 miles, 1:09:49, 9:58 pace 

Saturday Nov 8th: 3 miles, 30:00, 10:00 pace

I’m venting

Posted in Uncategorized on November 12, 2008 by afuntanilla

a few things in this country are really pissing me off and i just gotta say something. normally, i keep these kind of things to myself, but i just gotta. so, hang in there with me. 

The Auto-Industry and their looming bailout. It angers me that Ford and GM are in such dire trouble. It angers me that our government is about to bail them out in one way or another. GM is hanging on right now by a very thin thread. They are burning cash faster then you could ever put it in your pockets if it were free-flowing from an over zealous ATM. They need help. And we, the taxpayers, are about to pitch in. This is pissing me off more than anything else right now (in the whole bailout arena) because this didn’t just happen overnight. GM and Ford’s problems started many years ago. Those businesses and the people that ran them had opportunities to change…to look beyond a year or 2 and address some of the needs that could be foreseen. Rather than truly thinking about and addressing the global need for oil and it’s impact, they chose to keep building vehicles that are not efficient. They had opportunities to be leaders, to be bold and be daring. But, they didn’t and our congress has not helped. The businessmen and the congressional leaders, i believe, were in co-hoots together. They didn’t want to build smaller and/or more fuel efficient cars….because, “that is not what the consumer wants.” What blows me away is how business leaders can be so incredibly short-sighted. Again, if you have followed their companies, they are not NOW just experiencing problems…it’s gone on for quite some time. Congress could have helped. They could have mandated more efficiency a long time ago…but they didn’t. Maybe if the 2 parties would have put egos & politics aside years ago GM and Ford would not have had as many layoffs as they have had and would not be in the dire circumstances they now are in. Unbelievable. I feel for the many employees who work there, who have clocked in every day for years to earn their paycheck. I feel for those that have lost their jobs already. I’m sure they are worried about their pensions and that is truly awful. WHERE WERE THE LEADERS??? Unbelievable.

My second and last vent of they day: please explain to me how our country can elect a black president, but cannot allow gay marriage. wow. I’m especially astonished at the people of California, my place of birth. How does this happen? How is it that more than a majority of people believe that if 2 women or 2 men marry, that they are not entitled to the same rights as all other married folks? How is that not discrimination? How is that different than telling a woman she cannot vote because she is a woman? Where is the “right of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness”? This is absolutely unbelievable to me. I just don’t understand. I mean, I don’t have a partner and i don’t even really believe in marriage, per se. But, that is my thing and a whole separate issue. BUT, I am still angered by this because it is about rights. And it is about some people saying that unless you are committed in ceremony and by law to a PERSON of the opposite sex, YOU ARE NOT ENTITLED to certain rights. Just think about that for a second. I guess they should re-write the Constitution because we are not all created equal. Obviously.

As I write this, i am sad. Sad that the fucking country and the world is like this. Sad that because in the face of such hope and optimism, we still have a long way to go. 

I would never describe myself as a political person. I don’t even know too much about politics. Neverthess, these are the things on my mind.

alright, who’s the thief?

Posted in random on November 9, 2008 by afuntanilla

I had 3 sports bras. now, i only have one. what the hell?

Oh Beautiful, for spacious skies…

Posted in quotes, road on November 7, 2008 by afuntanilla

I’m a sucker for “America, the Beautiful”. I’ve been thinking of this song and so i downloaded it from iTunes last night and listened to it and sang it this morning on my way to work. I ran on tuesday, wednesday, and thursday this week. Each day I ran outside and saw the beauty of the changing colors of the leaves and felt so much more change happening within and around me. Lots of things are stirred up right now for myself, for our country. Wow. What a thrill. Being stirred up is a great thing. It may not always FEEL like a great thing, but it is. My experience tells me so. It tells me some of the most profound and fascinating times in my life are when I am stirred the most, when I can’t sit still and when my mind is racing and my heart feels like it will just burst wide open. I am not quite in that moment, but i know i am close. The rumblings are there. 

This week I was privileged enough to sit with 2 different strangers at different times. In one encounter, a woman began telling me what has been going on with her and began to cry. I was merely a listener – with compassion. Today, the other stranger was sharing things about his life, his kids and his 70+ year old pretty blue eyes filled with tears. I just listened. 

Last night, I was reading the NY Times editorial and op-ed sections. There were some great writings about the election and Obama. I wish I was such an eloquent writer as some of those folks…quite moving were there words. 

Before I began this post, I was reading another op-ed piece online and then I clicked on a link to read Obama’s acceptance speech since I had been in bed by the time he spoke in Grant Park. As I read his words, I felt my breathing slow just a bit and noticed my own tears start to swell in my brown eyes. 

I spoke to a group of folks earlier this week about the financial crisis we are in. We talked about the “American Dream” and how it had become the “i can have whatever i want when i want it kind of american dream”. The group asked me, “how is this going to get better, how are we gonna get out of this.” My answer was simple: it starts with all of us in this room; with every person being financially responsible and financially accountable. And then, talk to other people about this same thing and help them be more and better educated about these issues.” 

I grew up a heckuva lot more independent than most folks. Life forced its hand and I had to sink or swim. I swam and swam hard and have learned some hard, painful lessons. But, I have also found when you swim really hard for a long time, you get to take a breather once in a while and float. Then, start swimming hard again. AND, I’m not even a good swimmer! I’m horrible, actually. 

I believe in independence, responsibility and accountability. And I believe in helping others who might not be able to even get in the freaking water, for whatever reason. If I can take there hand and help them in the water, maybe they will be able to get it going for themselves. 

So, in the words of our soon to be President: “let us summon a new spirit of patriotism, of responsibility, where each of us resolves to pitch in and work harder and look after not only ourselves, but each other.”

Tuesday, Nov 4th: 3 miles, 28:29, 9:29 pace – hilly, moderate-hard effort

Wednesday, Nov 5th: 3.34 miles, 31:08, 9:19 pace – hilly, hard effort

Thursday, Nov 6th: 3 miles, 29:37, 9:52 pace – small hills, easy effort

I hope to get in some much longer runs this weekend with the spacious skies above me…

Freedom of Speech: an open Letter to ABC

Posted in Uncategorized on November 5, 2008 by afuntanilla

With much disappointment and then disgust, I read about the “casting away” of Brooke Smith (aka Dr. Erica Hanh) on Greys Anatomy. Not only was the lesbian storyline exciting, refreshing, and fun to follow, it was also what has made the show all the more interesting this season.

Here is some insight for you: “Meredith” and “Derek” is a storyline incredibly old, boring and pathetic and if you want some insight on chemistry-“Alex” and “Izzy” have zero,  “Callie” and “George” had zero and “Izzy” and “George” had MAJOR zero.

Maybe you don’t know if yet, but the year is 2008, not 1920 or 1950.  It should not be a big deal to have a gay or lesbian storyline on primetime tv and your decision sure doesn’t help the matter. Maybe if you Powers that Be actually got some GUTS, more acceptance and mainstream the whole gay/lesbian thing would be and NOT BE SUCH A BIG FREAKING DEAL!

For what it is worth, I liked “Erica’s” character. She was a tough doctor and she acted well. The storyline with “Callie” was a delightful surprise I am sorry to see end. I am not alone in saying that I was looking forward to seeing the story develop. EVEN SOME PROGRESSIVE HETEROSEXUAL people were looking forward to it. And now, you’ve killed it. Thanks. For nothing.

Go back to your offices and get some balls, er…i mean, GUTS!

“superman”…a favorite

Posted in quotes on November 3, 2008 by afuntanilla
This is the true joy in life, the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; the being thoroughly worn out before you are thrown on the scrap heap; the being a force of Nature instead of a feverish selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy.
George Bernard ShawMan and Superman

sunday

Posted in Uncategorized on November 3, 2008 by afuntanilla

I woke in the still morning darkness, happily so as that meant the hour was an early one. I rose and lit the bergamont tobacco candle, flicked on a small light and went to make some Gaia Organic Coffee from Peets, of course. I love the quiet of a  fall sunday  morning. Not too many sounds around, just maybe some shifting of the leaves. I poured my cup of coffee, grabbed a clif bar and some water and slid back into bed. I wrote some lines in my journal, putting down onto paper some of the  recent ramblings, feelings and perceptions inside my head.  It felt like a long time since I had shared with my most trusted source….
After the catharsis, I was ready to rise more fully. I went online and checked the temperatures. 39 degrees. I put my running gear on(as it turned out, more than I needed..), slipped my iPod on and headed out the door going east. The streets were empty and I ran down the middle. Free. After 2 days of being house and bed bound with a cold, I was so happy to get out and move again. Get out and breathe again. What a pleasure to feel my heart beat faster and my lungs fill and empty, fill   and   empty. I noticed all the many political signs in the yards…relieved to see sooo many for the party that I, too, will cast my vote for this coming tuesday. I noticed the Halloween decorations still hanging from the trees and in the windows; the ghost holiday is passed and now its November. Time for a different feeling and intention. As I made my final small climb and then my final right hand turn, my new friend Bryn Christopher joined me. I got fired up as he said: …show me the answers I need to know; what I’m gonna live for, what I’m gonna die for, who you gonna fight for, I can’t answer that..

6 good miles