June 2011

Aries (March 21 – April 19) Follow Your Dreams
Meditate on your heart’s desire. Rearrange your schedule to spend time in ways that are meaningful to you. Sometimes it’s difficult to know what you truly want. You wait for a free moment that you can devote to your dreams, goals and aspirations yet it never arrives. Make a list of five priorities and incorporate them into your life so you feel happy and fulfilled.

Taurus. (April 20 – May 20) Inner Power

The original story of Aladdin takes place in China.
The world's largest S'more ever made weighed 1,600 lbs.
Urkel from Family Matters was the voice of Sonic the Hedgehog.
The inventor of the Pringles can had his ashes buried inside one of the tall tubes.
J.K. Rowling chose the unusual name 'Hermione' so young girls wouldn’t be teased for being nerdy.
Weezer's first gig was opening for Keanu Reeves' band.
Mark Zuckerberg changed his relationship status on Facebook after seven years of dating.
Both of Michael Jordan’s parents were under 5’9”.

One of my first columns was about Mac vs PC. At the time, about four years ago, I wrote about how Macs had changed and weren't really Macs anymore. That they were PCs inside an apple peel. And how it was all about the software. How much has changed - and how little.

The share of Macs in the market has rocketed up. Not because they've gotten a lot better, nor because PCs have gotten worse. The prices for both are closer now and Windows 7 has fixed many of the complaints that people have had about Windows over the years. So, what's changed? What we carry in our pocket.

As a long, cold winter is slowly releasing its grip on us, most of us are making big plans for the spring and summer, plans that generally include outdoor sports and activities. Although our activities may range in intensity from casual strolls along the beach to competitive sports, we all need to be cautious when it comes to sun and heat exposure, particularly when our bodies haven’t been given a chance to properly acclimatize.

Now that most of the snow is gone biking season has started. This is a great time to re-focus your exercise program to sport specific biking routines which help improve your bike riding and prevent injuries.

I want to start off the year with an article that is going to help you improve your golf game throughout the season. The best way to improve is to practice, but more importantly practice with a purpose. This means quality over quantity! I see so many people go out to the range and hit hundreds of balls with no improvement because they’re not practicing the right way.

June is a month of preparation in anticipation of the amazing fly fishing season which, for anglers who prefer fast water, kicks off when the world renowned Elk River and its many tributaries reopen on June 15, having been closed since April 1 for the Cutthroat Trout spawning season. The Elk is one of the last frontiers in North America for pure strain wild Cutthroat Trout which provide unparalleled fishing for the dry fly enthusiast.

There are so many individuals in our community that recreate and challenge themselves on a regular basis, but do so a tad more behind the scenes than say previous Racers’ Corner national mountaineer James Minifie or upcoming Tour Divide competitor Paul Attalla. Phil Gadd is one of them, and it wasn’t until he pulled an amazing finish in last year’s Tears & Gears that it was brought to my attention.

Golf is a good walk spoiled.
~ Mark Twain

Anyone who has ever swung a golf club can attest to the frustration of the sport. The first couple times I ever played 18 holes, my score was around 150. Safe to say my arms were sore but I definitely got my money’s worth.

Perhaps, because you are a good parent, you rush home, conscientiously prepare a meal that is fresh, and at least constitutes food, if not high nutrition. Perhaps it was a meal that your kids gobbled up last week so you are feeling satisfied with yourself: you have discovered that secret dish that appeals to all, and especially your need to nourish your offspring. Your children are laughing as they set the table, the sun is still high in the sky, and the serene song of the robin lulls you into a sense of domestic bliss.