Monday, January 08, 2007

Another Fifty Stater

I left work today at 5:15 for the first time in a long time and was happily surprised to see that it was not pitch dark outside. A later sunset will make runs at the dam right after work an option again. This is good because I was just trying to decide where I would do my 5 mile runs. Even after over three years of running I don't have a convenient 5 mile route out my front door, except for Bonelli which I can't do until sunset is delayed even more.

Seeing the longer days reminded me of something my wife told me the other day about Daylight Savings Time. Is anyone else as excited as I am about this news? I'm sure there is some subset of the population that thinks it is some kind of conspiracy or sign of the end times, but I'm thrilled about more DST.

On my way home from the dam on Saturday I heard a song on the radio (KROQ) that was kind of simple and melodic. Afterward the DJ (on air personality) said that the artist was attempting to make an album for each of the 50 states. I didn't catch the name. I Googled "50 states albums" and found Sufjan Stephens. (as as aside; isn't it funny that the word "googled" can be understood as a verb?) I wonder what would be harder, 50 albums or 50 marathons. Personally I think the marathons would be easier. I read some of the online reviews and it seems that people either love or hate his music. Click here for a listen to the song I heard. I can relate to the lyric "I made a lot of mistakes, in my mind."

Today is my rest day from running, but one little running tidbit:
When I filled out my log last night my lifetime total was 5105.5. I figured out I've run from my home in California to my parent's home in Ohio and back and I'm almost through Utah on my second trip to Ohio. That just seems crazy.

10 comments:

Mike said...

Happy New Year Darrell!
You were right about the weather down in SoCal over the holidays- it was great! Unfortunately caught the bug that was going around so didn't get to run as much as I wanted to while down there.
I'm with you on the DST- the more daylight, the better!!

Wes said...

Hee hee. Yea, I found myself doing that too, but I compare my distances to vacation spots from home town Mobile. First it was across the bay to Pensacola, then to our beach house in Panama City Beach. I guess pretty soon I'll be thinking more like you! Maybe I've run to Disney and back! LOL.

PLANET3RRY said...

I'd rather do the marathons! Of course, I am only up to 4 states right now. But I have more ambition (and talent) as a runner over anything that I could do singing... you all would be saying...

"no no no, PLEASE run... PLEASE!"

angie's pink fuzzy said...

i like sufjan stevens.

and we don't do dst in az. i ddin't realize anything was s'posed to change!

Anne said...

I can't wait for my daylight, especially in the mornings. I just had another freaky encounter that wouldn't have seemed as weird or scary if it had been lighter out.

Joe said...

Yeah, I'm familiar with the DST change. Mostly because I have a software vendor bugging me to install an upgrade to our timeclock/payroll system to recognize this!! Oh my!!

Robb said...

Happy New Year Darrell. I'm slowly getting around to reading blogs again after being away for nearly 4 weeks. You and I were in PA at the same time - darn! Wish I would have known that was going to happen...we might have been able to squeeze in a run.

It's good to visit your blog. I love all the musing and info. Take care.

Sarah said...

Actually, I'm not so thrilled about the DST changes. I prefer my light in the mornings, but I'm wierd that way.

Jessica Deline said...

Leave it to sufjan stevens to make an album for each 50 states. Very cool! I just like him enough that I'd buy all 50... Hey 50 albums is cheaper than paying for 50 marathons and I can experience each state through music instead :)

Bob Gentile said...

Hey darrell Great post...yes MORE Daylight YEAH!! ((extend Daylight Saving Time by four weeks beginning in 2007.)) thats what I read...GOOD NEWS

Also GOOD Song..hmm songs or marathons in 50 states hmmm not sure can I just say I would like to JUST VISIT all 50 States by the end of my life... with some good tunes and a good run :-)

hmmm I seen U found the song on YOU-TUBE my new addiction thanks a lot for sending me there again :-( ((sigh))