Saturday, August 28, 2010

A Great Photo

This exact bottle has been a part of my life for nearly 4 years.

Actually, lots of these exact bottles have been a part of my life for nearly 4 years.

In fact, there is one drawer in our kitchen that looks a lot like this picture.

About 4 years ago, I stumbled upon Nuun tablets as a solution to my grave electrolyte needs. They were a life saver for my running. Unlike Gatorade, they have no sugar, so no more sticky hands. Unlike Gatorade, they are much more concentrated and I can use more than one tablet to a water bottle. Like Gatorade, Nuun is an electrolyte supplement. And a tasty one.

I don't use Nuun so much any more - not since I found Hammer Electrolyte tablets. Tablets allow me to drink straight water and regulate my intake of salt, potassium and magnesium easier, I can lightning-speed get electrolyte into the blood stream by dissolving a salt tablet right in the mouth, and finally, salt tablets don't fizzle like Nuun and cause the water bottle to overflow as it gets bounced around.

Nonetheless, along the way, I bought a Nuun bottle to hold my dissolved Nuun tablets. Then I bought two more bottles. And, like many thing in my life that I've found that I really like, I got more and more Nuun bottles. Maybe I have an insatiable appetite for good things.

So, while I don't take Nuun tablets very often anymore, I have about as many Nuun bottles as in this picture. One last thought, I have a friend who runs almost everyday. I'll see if she could use my extra Nuun tablets.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Goo Goo Dolls

It's possible that 97.1 is giving away tickets to the Goo Goo Dolls concert, even though the concert is far away.
Madison, WI?
How about Toledo, OH? or Fort Wayne, IN?

Well, I don't think I'll be going to a Goo Goo Dolls concert any time soon - unless there is a unpublished concert in the Cities. I'll keep hoping.

Phantom Concerts

OK. Every day, I hear about the upcoming Goo Goo Dolls concert on the radio. I can't find any information about it.

Tonight, I check the 97.1 web site. Nothing. However, Needtobreathe is playing at First Avenue in November. First Avenue! Do they realize that Needtobreathe is a solidly Christian band. You don't have songs entitled "Signature of the Divine" or "Washed by the Water" and get mistaken as simply pop rock.

I've attended one concert at First Avenue: the Violent Fems. Much different than I suspect the Needtobreathe concert will be like.

And then, I find the U2 concert date for 2011: July 23.
We have 8 tickets for it. Actually, we have 8 tickets for their June 2010 concert that was cancelled. But we've been assured that our tickets will be honored next year. I have the letter.

But no Goo Goo Dolls! They give away tickets to this elusive concert every single morning!

Monday, August 23, 2010

Summer is Leaving; Winter is Coming

I love living by a river. It's 4 minutes by car and about 30 minutes by run to get to the river. When we lived in Iowa, we would visit the Twin Cities as oft as we could in order to attend Bethlehem Church and Stillwater. We'd sit along the river and wish desperately to be back here. Now, we sit and are so thankful that we are back here.

The St. Croix River is an incredible river. In places it flows slowly and says to the world, "I'll move as slowly as I wish." In other places and at other times, it says to the world, "I will go and flow and rise wherever I wish."

In Stillwater, she is wide and entertaining. Near Lakeland, she is very wide and basically a lake. Near Marine, her islands make her appear like a swamp. Near Taylors Falls, she is fast and exciting. In the spring, she covers the trails at Wild River and invades Afton State Park.
This winter, I began running on her ice. I was drawn to run on the river-regardless of the temperature. Actually, the colder, the better.

As warmer temperatures came, I found myself growing sad. I would drive north on 95 after work and watch the ice from the Boom Site. In fact, during one series of about 5 days, I watched the progression of a major ice flow as it moved from the Boom Site down into Stillwater and under the lift bridge.

While I desired the warm days of shirtless running, I hated to see my icy path depart.

Yesterday, as I sat downtown and watched the entertainment from a perch in Stillwater, I realized why I love running on the river so much:
Wide open vistas where the view is unhindered except for the bend in the river.
The ability to run anywhere I wish across the width of the river; and then across an island, or on the shore, or right in the very middle of the ice.

This summer has passed quickly. More quickly than any I can remember. It passes with sadness. I think summer passed quickly because of the adoption of Sadie and Lizzie. Or maybe because of work. Maybe it has passed quickly because I never really wrote a summer to-do list like I have done for the past 20 years.

However, I am kind of glad summer is passing. Yesterday, I actually wondered if there were any way to run on an unfrozen river. I pictured myself getting about 2 strides in before sinking.

Honestly, I can't wait for it to get below zero out, for a week straight, so I can start testing the ice up near Arcola Mills. I can't wait to be out on the ice, the wind biting my nose, and all alone, listening for dangerous sounds, running from demons, looking for paradise in snow-covered forms. My goal for this winter: put in at Taylors Falls and run to Stillwater on the river. If you want to join me, we'll pack a picnic lunch, insulate our water, and carry lots of salt tablets, and bring cameras.