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2004 (old posts, page 3)

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Flying thoughts

[Posting a few days later now that I've found a hotspot in PHL]

Many people dislike flying for a really wide set of reasons. For some it's the perception of elevated danger, others dislike the confined conditions, maybe it's the noise, or the boredom, or the food or the jetlag. That's fine - everyone is entitled to their own opinion - but I really enjoy it. Last year was rather hectic with flights all over the country and back and forth to the UK whereas more recently, given my visa restrictions, I've been staying relatively close to the ground. Now as I sit somewhere 36000 ft over Montana, the benefits are coming back to me.

Here's the deal. The duration of the flight is effectively a sunk cost that can't be reclaimed. The time between arriving at the first airport and leaving the other is effectively written off and this is accepted. I still remember the feeling during a trip back from Singapore to London and the strange realization that the hours of delays experienced in Singapore waiting for plane repairs were making us late for meetings that weren't due to happen for another 36 hours. So, a block of uninterrupted time combined with zero connectivity (no distractions) is a great environment for getting things done. With the time already written off being productive is just a bonus.

Of course, I'm rather biased. I love flying. Katie gave me a flying lesson certificate for my birthday this summer which is so cool. Learning to fly is going to be great fun.

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All over!

It's all over - we ran 26.2 miles today. Back in Philly now with a lot of aching muscles and bones. All in all it was a great day, thoroughly enjoyed. More thoughts when my higher brain functions return.

Results from the official web site:

First Name Last Name Age Team Runner # Place Gender
Place
Age
Place
Pace Finish
Time
Net Time 10K Split Half Split 20M Split
Andy Oakley 24M WA GBR 18131 15764 12195 1679 10:14 4:30:53 4:28:25 58:21 2:00:44 3:16:48
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Three years today

On November 5, 2001 I boarded a plane and set off for a great adventure in an unknown land. Three years on, I'm still here, the adventure continues and the land doesn't seem quite as foreign any more.

There was a time that I felt comfortable comparing 'here and there' but it's becoming more and more difficult. I've not been back to the UK since last Thanksgiving (that sentence itself it rather telling) and while the BBC does a fantastic job of keeping people in touch presence counts for a lot. Still, some material things are hard to forget - good chocolate, bacon, baked beans, Ribena, Polos, Marmite, brown sauce, Hobnobs and Twiglets to name a few.

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Ready to go

It still feels pretty early in the morning but we're in Philly and getting ready to head out to the station. Plan is to make the expo this afternoon to pick up numbers and the like and then eat a huge amount of pasta this evening. This is going to be good. I'm planning to take plenty of photos - even during the race maybe - so watch the column on the left.

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Race numbers

Entrant numbers to watch out for: Andy 18131 and Bob 13233.

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My first real moblog entry

I'm currently sitting in the departure lounge of Seatac waiting for a flight to Philly. Made a cameo appearance on a tv news broadcast covering how airlines are spending too much on fuel because the number of obese passengers is increasing. I guess news is a bit slow at the moment now that the election is over. Pretty excited about the trip ahead.

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Guy Fawkes day

On this day in 1605, Guy Fawkes was arrested in a cellar. The�British mark this frightfully fortunate event (which would�otherwise have reduced parliament to rubble) by making huge bonfires and�lighting fireworks. The making and burning of effigies doubtlessly scars many a young child but that's how it's done - good clean family fun. Meanwhile, the chaps legacy lives on as one of the most common words in English (even American) today - guy.

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Yasser Arafat dead

Reuters: Palestinian President Yasser Arafat was declared clinically dead on Thursday in a French hospital, Israeli television said citing French sources.

This has to bring about some change in the Middle East and certainly puts an end to the current (future) administration's�refusal to deal with Arafat.

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Sites of historical importance

As is often the case, a change encounter in an elevator a couple of weeks ago left me with some interesting historical information. I've lived in downtown Seattle for�a couple of years now without knowing that the Freedman's Loans store I see from my window was the very place Jimi Hendrix bought his first guitar. That whole block on First is looking ripe for demolition and reconstruction but there has been opposition given its 'historical significance'. I'm not sure I buy that but this little nugget certainly deserves a spot in�in the 'interesting footnotes' category.