So last night was my first fire dancing class. No, I'm not kidding. No, they don't have you work with fire the first day in the class, the whole class has to work up to it, you get to "light up" in the last few classes. I came into the class 6 weeks into the program, which means I have a lot of catching up to do. Both the instructors were pretty impressed with how well I managed to pick it up and pulled me aside at the end of the class to tell me I had learned almost all of the moves they've taught so far in the one class. So I guess I'm doing fairly well. The instructors were actually performing later that night at Cirque du Solei event, so they performed for the class as a warm up. That was pretty darn cool, and helped everyone see the payoff for the classes for themselves. The moves are a combination of modern dance and Indian yoga-type stuff, which is pretty interesting. One move taught last night was call "The Flirt" and was explained in terms of turning and sticking your butt out as if to lift the hem of your skirt - hence the name - and Peter and I, the only guys there, REALLY didn't get it without a lot of work.
Some people have asked why I'm doing all of this - triathlons, working on my shooting skills, fire dancing, etc. Why not? At this point in my life, I can. [ 12/05/2003 04:49:19 PM ] [  ]
Wednesday, December 03, 2003
Oddly enough, looking through my stats for the blog revealed that I was getting a lot of hits for the google search [garmin forerunner 201 recall], which is the first I have heard of it. I didn't even think they had hit stores yet!
Along the way through those search results I found [trilogue], which looks interesting.
It's looking like my first tri is going to be in March, in a [very ironic place] [ 12/03/2003 06:48:19 PM ] [  ]
What's a blodger?
Waiting at the baggage claim in Oakland, dad looks at my hoodie and asks... "Dan, what's a 'Blodger'" "I imagine it's some kind of blunt object, why?"
Coming back was interesting. BART from the Embarcadero to the Oakland Colliseum - just as a Raiders game was letting out. I have to give JetBlue a lot of points though, the DirectTV system they have in seatbacks works pretty well and beats out craning your neck around for lame inflight entertainment on United. Unfortunately, the plane was half full of Raiders fans and there was a game on - so whenever any play was on, there was a lot of whooping and high fives. Still, beat the Thanksgiving dog show that was on on the way there.
SF was rainy. I found a sweet North Face windbreaker that's just what I need for morning runs. This morning I got in about 3 miles before showering, and the ocean was glass smooth, only disturbed by the pod of dolphins feeding and a couple of surfers by the pier. [ 12/03/2003 12:16:42 AM ] [  ]