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M-Cubed for 2/28/2011

Posted Feb 28 2011 5:07am
Monday Morning Musings for February Twenty-Eighth, Twenty Eleven. A smattering of thoughts that alone don't constitute a blog post but together end up here on Monday morning.

- The Oscars are over and I must say, I am very happy about the results! I have been saying it publicly for weeks (my prediction, that is) for best picture and best actor and for once, I was right!  Colin Firth took home the statue for his leading role in The King's Speech and The King's Speech won Best Picture. I was disappointed, though, to see that Restrepo did not win for Best Documentary. Still, the awareness raised simply by its nomination was great. "The Fighter" did pretty well, too, and Natalie Portman took home the statue for her leading role in "The Swan."

- Another week and another week of active duty in the books.  While last week on this day I told you I spent the previous week in California, this week was spent in southeast Pennsylvania, just outside of Harrisburg, the state capital. Prior to kicking off my week, I hiked the Appalachian Trail (as indicated by the new blog header) then kicked Monday off, heavily immersed in our military's supply distribution system...the system that supports our war-fighters wherever they may go on the planet. It was a great, successful week and I'm thankful that I made it home on time Friday night, considering the winter blast that hit the Midwest.

- One evening in PA, myself and those with me were invited out to the local VFW for a photo/powerpoint presentation covering the Iraq/Afghanistan conflicts. We all went in uniform which in a VFW, was very appreciated by the members. I even had the honor of shaking the hand of an 82nd Airborne, U.S. Army World War II veteran and a Korean War veteran. Great night spanning generations of service to our country.

- Let me get this straight: about 8-10" of snow fell Friday morning > check. Right now as I type, it's lightning and thunderstorms outside and it's 52F > check. Insane weather!  BUT, anything that melts that snow away and brings back my green grass is a welcomed addition!

- After being gone from my civilian job since February 10th, it's back to the work cave today. These are very scary days, actually. The volume of voice mails, e-mails, and plain 'ol mail that may make it nearly impossible to get in my cubicle is a scary proposition. It would be easy to feel guilt at leaving my job for two weeks when I think about it but on the flip side, I was in uniform at my "part-time" job.  All worth it, I think, and just a part of what goes along with the territory when being a citizen-sailor.  So let's get movin'!

- Any Buckeye Trail 50K fans out there? Registration opens....TOMORROW!  Last year, it sold out in 6.5 days...in December. My prediction is for a faster sellout this year since the time to race day (July) has been cut in half and more people have a good idea of their fitness level.

- HUGE kudos go out to Mike "Jet Fuel Burner" Keller for an incredible marathon in Dublin yesterday. He had never cracked the 4hr barrier at the marathon and set his goal boldly at 3hrs, 45min. His training as of late has shed lots of weight, made him faster, and he was ready.  At the end of the day, he ran a 3:33!!!!! He totally destroyed his own personal record and obtained a huge confidence builder as he goes into the Spring racing season and what I predict will be his first 100-mile finish coming up this Spring.  Well done, Mike!!! You've done the work and it has paid off. Now go get your buckle!

Have a great week, everyone, and Happy Trails!
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