Saturday, April 07, 2007

3000 meter 1996 World Record

Even if you are not a fan of people running in circles, this is a race to watch. 3000 meters (7.5 laps), with all laps sub 60. He takes the world record by 4.5 seconds. Unbelievable...

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Lebanon Hills Spring Inventory

Amazingly, I ran today. More specifically, due to the crappy weather, I ran through Lebanon Hills to avoid the wind. On the run, I took a spring inventory of the park. What I saw;

1) One tent in a non-tenting area with approximately 24 cans of beer strewn about. The nice park officer I later saw mumbled something about "damn spring break".
2) Four Wood Ducks. This is a relatively new thing for me at Lebanon Hills, and I am glad to see them. Yesterday, I saw four in different part of the park. That makes 8, which is 8 more than I've ever seen at Lebanon.
3) Roughly 20 Coots--or some other similar bird.
4) 6 pairs (at least) of mated Mallards
5) 2 Beavers (one swimming and one slapping)
6) One Red Bellied Woodpecker (I think, he/she was moving fast)
7) Quite a few deer tracks, but no deer.
8) A very large number of small birds, largely chickadees, nuthatches, finches, and other small woodland birds. They kept me company on the run.
9) The furry remains of one very dead rabbit. All that was left was the tail and what looked to be a wishbone. The tail must not be very tasty.
10) Most impressively, 2 Trumpeter Swans. This is decidedly a first for me. Never before have a I seen these beauties and definitely never at Lebanon Hills. Freakin' Awesome!

So, in roughly 12 miles of running, I saw a lot of wildlife. I feel very lucky to live within 5 minutes of such a great park.

Sunday, April 01, 2007

Minnehaha Blogarooni

My friend Nathan, finally joined the Blogsphere, with his blog Minnehahablog. He waxes poetically about Minnehaha Falls, mentioned by Longfellow in his famous poem, "The Song of Hiawatha". While Nathan is no Longfellow, he does write well and is one smart and insightful gent. Enjoy his blog.

Wicked Dance Finales
It is raining here again in Minneapolis, so what better thing is there to do than sit around and watch movies? I've had Napoleon Dynamite on my Free-vo for quite some time, so I finally got around to watching it for the second time (first time was via Netflix, not TV). In the meantime, I've forgotten most of the movie. I really loved it this time around, especially the dance finale. I'm not sure if this was the beginning of a trend, but Little Miss Sunshine seems to have followed the same formula-- Oddly depressing movie followed by a wicked dance finale. Are there other movies that have wicked dance finales? Can I talk my friend Mike into compiling such a list?

1) Napoleon Dynamite
2) Little Miss Sunshine