March 29th, 2003


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Miles walked to Rivendell: 11

Brr. Cold 2.5 mile walk today. Early in walk, noticed tire tracks along trail. Theorized Nazgul have upgraded to Ford pickups, having decided oily black horses good for show, but ineffective against raging rivers and elves. Hobbits no doubt doomed. Personally smug over whole issue, as *miles* behind hobbits, and therefore safe from nasty Ringwraiths.

Unfortunately, Ringwraiths came back, Cleverly Disguised as city workers in red jackets and white pickups w/snowplows. On one hand, am v. pleased to have been correct in supposition. On other hand, suspect soul is now damned for saying "Hello" and "Morning" to Minions of Evil. Is rough life.


In other news, poor Ted is at work and has no idea when he'll return. Shaun's gone off to see The Core. I'm going to give my Dad a call and discuss training rides with him (the American Lung Association Clean Air Challenge is coming up and we're going to participate (feel free to sponsor me! Participant's name is Catie Murphy. Unfortunately, the form there is not a secure one. I have no idea why. If you'd like to donate to my ride and don't want to use an insecure form, you can PayPal it to me, in which case I'd ask that you add 3% + $.30 to your donation, because stupid Paypal takes that much out of a credit card payment. So that would be $10.60 if you were thinking about donating a nice round $10! *big eyes* If you'd like to mail a check instead of donating online, the address to mail to is:

500 West International Airport Road
Suite A
Anchorage, AK 99518

and please write Sponsoring Catie Murphy on the check. Whew. I think that's everything. What the hell was I talking about before all that?)

Oh yeah. I gotta call my Daddy. :)

So what /is/ this thing?

Oh, so what /is/ this Clean Air Challenge thing?

It's a 126 mile fundraiser bike ride--63 miles a day over two days--sponsored by the American Lung Association of Alaska, which is "dedicated to the conquest of lung disease and the promotion of lung health."

Last year I did the ride, but due to a screwed-up back, only (only!) completed 80 miles. It was exhausting, wearisome, insane, painful, and a lot of fun. My Dad and I are doing the ride this year, and I'm really looking forward to it.

I need to raise $400 by April 30 in order to be able to participate in the ride (which is May 11 and 12). I figure that's $10 from 40 people--shouldn't be too hard. (Of course, if you are seized with the desire to donate /more/ than $10, I won't say you nay!)

I'll be keeping track of training miles and whatnot here on my blog, and more to the point, at On Your Left, which is my site for this sort of thing (currently a disaster, incidentally; my templates got broken and I haven't yet converted it to MoveableType. Perhaps this weekend.).

If you happen to donate through the ALA form, *please* email me to let me know--they're not set up so that the person recieving the funds gets a notification email about it.

And that's all, for now. :)