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Airbus says in talks on superjumbo casino – Yahoo! News

Sometime around Y2K I postulated that one day air travel would be provided free and funded by casino gambling. My assertion was that someone like myself would book a flight from Atlanta to Los Angeles and once we reached cruising altitude the blackjack and craps tables would open. That may very well be coming true.
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2008 Race Schedule or What Was I Thinking?

Here is what I’m looking at for 2008. What was i thinking?
January 1 – Resolution Run 10k completed in 49:59
January 12 – Walt Disney World 1/2 Marathon
January 13 – Walt Disney World Marathon
That’s right. A half and a full back to back. It’s called Goofy’s Race and a Half Challenge. I signed up back at the end of January 2007 and can’t believe a year has already passed. Yes – I am ready for it and looking forward to it!!!
March 30 – ING Georgia Marathon (anyone up for a century ride in the North Ga mountains the 29th?)
April 26 – Tri The Parks Carrolton Sprint Triathlon (?)
May 17 – Beast of the East 1/2 Ironman (*)
July 4 – Peachtree Road Race (*)
July 20 – Ford Ironman Lake Placid
October 5 – Emerald Point Sprint Triathlon (?) A return to the site of my first triathlon
October 25 – Ridge to Bridge Marathon (?)
December 13 – Rocket City Marathon (?)
? – indicates a tentatively planned event
* – indicates a definite that I just haven’t registered for
bold – indicates my ‘A’ race. THE ‘A’ RACE THAT I’M TOTALLY STOKED FOR! Sorry for yelling. BUT I JUST CAN’T WAIT!!
Ironman is the 800 pound gorilla in the room. Of course I see it and deal with it every day. In fact, I’m 194 days and 22 hours away from the starting cannon right now. It’s not so much the gorilla for what it is as much as I don’t know what the rest of my season will look like after it. I know what I want to do, but I’m going to listen to my body as I recover and do what my body tells me. Right now I know that I can run a marathon one day and 3 weeks later run another. Starting July 21st I’ll learn what proper recovery from an Ironman means.
I’m sure I’ll do a 5k somewhere along the way, and maybe the Possum Trot in June. But that is basically it. This is the year of Ironman for me. Hopefully it won’t be my last.

Carrying Portable Devices on Planes? Read this!

New TSA rules go into effect tomorrow (1/1/2008) prohibiting you from checking loose litium-ion batteries in your luggage. These are typically your spares – the ones that are actually installed in devices like your camera or phone are no problem. But if you’re like me, you’ve always got a spare camera battery charged in case you take too many pics between charging. In that case, you will be allowed to bring 2 loose batteries aboard in your carry-on items. Like the rule with liquids and gels, they must be in clear plastic baggies.
I don’t think this is terrorism related although you never can tell any more. It makes sense that in the right conditions these loose batteries could become an ignition source. The article I linked to cites an AP report about a fire on a flight that may have been sparked by a loose battery. I guess it’s better to be safe than sorry.
Read More -> New security rules for batteries on planes | Tech news blog – CNET

4 States Down, 46 (and Maybe D.C.) to Go

This past Sunday I completed my 5th marathon. The 3rd annual Spinx Run Fest – Palmetto Bank Marathon was the venue, and it represented the 4th state I’ve run a marathon in. Keep in mind this will probably take 20 to 30 years for me to complete all 50 states. There just isn’t enough time or money to make it go any faster. Fortunately, completing an Ironman event counts towards the total, so I’ve slated New York, Wisconsin, Arizona, and Idaho to be knocked out in that fashion.
Here’s a map to show my progress to date. I’ll post a race report and pictures from the event later in the week. Yes, the map looks kinda kooky. I through it together on my lunch hour. I’ll try to make it look better when I knock out Florida next January.

China Pictures

One month ago today, I returned from my two week trip to China. It was a very eye opening experience and one of the best things I’ve ever done in my life. Photoshop finally decided to cooperate, and I have a first pass of pictures up on my site. The trip began on August 6th and ended August 19th. We had adventures in the following places:

Click on the thumbnail to view a larger version and any random thoughts I have in a caption below it. If you went on the trip with me and would like a larger version of the photo, let me know and I will arrange for you to get them in a free manner (each file was 1MB and I haven’t uploaded them in full size as yet).
I hope you enjoy viewing them as much as I enjoyed the experiences that involved taking them. And in case you missed it, here is my ealier post about exotic food.