Nerd Cat

You scored as Nerd Cat. Holy crap, poindexter. Try buying some new specs instead of taping them together. Yeah, Bill Gates made a lot of money, but he’s also the devil. You’ve got a long way to go.

Nerd Cat

92%

Drunk Cat

83%

Pissed at the World Cat

75%

Couch Potato Cat

58%

Derranged Cat

50%

Love Machine Cat

25%

Ninja Cat

25%

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Hmm .. not sure if I am happy about that.

New board..

Woow what a weekend .. last week finished with me kind tired (2 xmas parties[1]) The weekend was looking nothing like relaxing. I had a snowboarding 2 birthday parties and a house warming planned for the two days .

Snow boarding was good fun, we went to Xscape in milton keynes. It was the first time I have been there, a good place to practice but the boarding itself is uneventful. I can understand why some of my competent friends cant be arsed to go there. The slopes are small but mostly well cared for, getting early seems to be a must, when we left it was getting busy and much crash avoidance was required. The lifts were horrid, slow and painful button lifts .. YEACK!

Any hoo, the snowboard shop there let you try out board and bindings for FREE (I guess they hope you will buy them, but I have NO idea why ANYONE ever uses hire kit there give that this shop is letting you try the good stuff). I tried a burton canyon 163 board with burton mission bindings. As a beginner with little experience I have no idea if this is a good setup but it felt right. The bindings have this wizzy strap that cups your toe so it pulls yer foot back into the binding. The straps being placed like this means that heal edge is a lot more comfortable, tbh is easy to forget the toe craps I have felt before when trying to get a good grip on the board. I considered buying this setup but was told that the bindings are tres popular and out of stock the world over .. way to dash my dreams guys 🙂 .. the board also was out of stock 😦 . Back in london however, I found that one shop had .. du du du!!! one set of bindigs AND a board in stock. I wasted no time in buying them (and a board bag for good measure). They kindly agreed to post it all back home for me which is brilliant as I had a party to goto that evening. It did feel kinda odd though spending 500 squids and walking out with nothing but a tiny reciept.

I dont get to see it now till christmas day as the board is a pressent from anna. I will post some pictures when I get to use it.

[1] Is it me or is chritmas starting early this year! Christmas parties in the first week of december sounds a little excessive.

Raaar running raaar

Just completed my first ‘real’ run. I ran 2.5 kms in 20 mins non stop. Given that only 3 short weeks away I could not run for more than a minute without being out of breath I am impressed.

The limiting factor, interestingly, was not running out of puff but my muscles running out of umph. Its odd the way fitness moves.

I have just purchased a heart monitor and note that I am running at an averate heart rate of 155 bpm .. Hmm I wonder what this means. I guess I should read the manual.

Tomorrow is a rest day and then a nice easy 15 min run with breaks. The next big challenge is sunday which is a 25 min run. Looking forward in my schedule it does ramp up 2 weeks from now I will be doing a 60 minute run .. Hmm that should be a laff.

Christmas is not like it used to be..

OK so santas grotos, I remember when they were something special. Back when I was a lad the top floor of the Co-op the shoe department was reduced in size with a false wall added. Behind this false wall a GROTO was created with naff animated chars and fake snow. You had to walk through this before seeing santa it was an experience and something a little bit special. Nowadays every shop has a santa, the groto consists a badly hung blanket over santas head. The only reason the children want to see santa is because of the naff gift he gives them .. mutter .. mutter .. bring back the good old santas.

Seeing the future

Prophetic quote from HL Mencken in 1920 (from William Gibson’s weblog):

“…the larger the mob, the harder the test. In small areas, before small
electorates, the first-rate man occasionally fights his way through,
carrying even the mob with him by force of his personality. But when the
field is nationwide…the force of personality cannot so readily make
itself felt, then all the odds are on the man who is, intrinsically, the
most devious and mediocre… The presidency tends, year by year, to go to
such men. As democracy is perfected, the office represents, more and more
closely, the inner soul of the people… On some great and glorious day the
plain folks of the land will reach their heart’s desire at last, and the
White House will be adorned by a moron.”

–H.L. Mencken, writing in The Baltimore Evening Sun, July 26, 1920