Rest easy, I have returned.
Has it really been 10 days since I last posted? Have you all been sitting at your computers hitting refresh on F.M.S. every 30 seconds for that many days? It's flattering but, really, get a life. I think we are at the point where you can insult yourselves now. Go ahead and make up some quip about your lack of intelligence and recite it in whatever voice you have assigned to me in your inner monologue. Feel free to make that voice sound particularly arrogant and condescending because that's actually what I sound like anyhow. Oh, and a lot like James Earl Jones too. Not wheezy asthmatic Darth Vader James Earl Jones but "This is CNN" James Earl Jones.*
I know this is a day late but, if you haven't already, check out the new (i.e. week and a half old) Banned On The Run podcast featuring special guest John from Hella Sound. John discusses his concept and creation of specially designed running music set to your personalized pace. For a BOTR episode, it's weirdly educational. And I think the word "poop" only appears twice!
I'll give you a full recap of our trip later this week. Like all of my vacations, I have a theme for it. It developed naturally. How could it not? We ran into it wherever we went. The theme is "mobility carts and the people on them." I'll elaborate later.
And now, drum roll please, time to announce the winner of the $100 Dick's Sporting Goods gift certificate!
Only 41 entries??? What? You people don't want $100 to spend on sports equipment?
I realize some people had commented twice. I commented once myself. And some of you commented to tell me not to enter you(?!). Heck, Vanilla, the English Banker**, even entered when he should have known that if his number had come up I simply would redo the drawing until it didn't. To make it easy, I entered 41 into the random.org randomizer. If it hit on me or someone who didn't want to win (or Vanilla), I would just redo the drawing. It hit on 19.
Commenter 19 is the inappropriately named "needlerunning" commenter. Congratulations, needlerunning, you win!! Even though I wince every time I say "needlerunning"***, you have $100 to spend at Dick's once you receive the gift certificate! Please send your name, address, and email address to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. From there, I'll pass it on to Andrew from marketing who will arrange to send you the Dick's certificate. Way to play the game! Great comment sequence selection!
I am busy catching up on work and blogs. I'll be back soon with an exciting vacation recap where I insult unsuspecting people. I might even have pictures. Any guesses as to where I've been? Here's a hint: Warm, daily mid afternoon rain, lots of mobility carts, wait lines, and the home of the $5 bottle of water.
* Incidentally, I've always felt that you should only go by three names if you are a serial killer or assassin. J.E.J. is the only exception.
** I noticed that Vanilla issued another "completely original" Rundum Thoughts while I was away. And called me a terrorist. All I can say is: (1) Revolutionary War (2) Cargo shorts. Scoreboard!
*** I surely hope there isn't a couch potato going by the screen name "castrationsitting" out there somewhere.