Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Of the world New York Comiccon and money,

As I try to start posting to this thing a little more regularly again. My run yesterday was actually very good. Did 8.25 miles including 10x100m strideouts for a little speed work and to break the legs back in from 4 days off. The new treadmills at my gym are superb. Life Fitness 97TI's. They actually do both incline and decline!! For Boston this is huge. I actually alternate my up and downhills while on the thing after the first mile, which really helps me work all leg muscles, not just calves and shins.

Was at the New York Comicon all weekend, for those of you were stuck outside, I'm sorry. The organizers completely blew the expectations. I've read all the notes on Newsarama about "how could you not know?" You know what, no one knew. You don't have any convention other than San Diego where you have 5-7000 walkups expected on one day. There hasn't been one (BTW, for those of you going to Heroes, given the press and the guest list, I hope someone there has started making provisions for this situation because it could be just as bad since the way I understand it, their hall does not hold more than 6-7K). And for everyone who is complaining about the lines, go back and look at the Newsarama coverage of San Diego last year where on Thursday of the show, it took people 4 hours plus to get their badge and get in, and the same deal on Saturday. There were more tickets sold for this show than for WW Philly last year (and that doesn't include the multiple 1000s turned away on Saturday and the potential ticket sales on Sunday that were lost by taking the safe route and announcing in advance that they would not be selling individual tickets on Sunday). It's safe to say no one expected this much crowd. I have personally already spoken to many of the people at Reed Exhibitions and I can guarantee you next year's will have a minimum of DOUBLE the exhibition hall floor space. It may take a year for everyone to believe it will be done right, but I agree with the assessment that 2 years from now this will be the East Coast Bookend to San Diego. The reason? The retailer/trade portion. The ability for the Macfarlane's of the world to come in and speak to the Harper Collins Publishers about Distribution deals in one central venue while simultaneously promoting their books and making it a marketing expense budget is too great a lure to ignore. Plus the two majors along with TokyoPop and Viz (the 2 majors of Manga) are all based out of NY, so every creator can come in, take a meeting on one end or the other of the show with their editor, and then write off any expenses not covered by the con (food, etc.) as a business expense for their incorporated structure.

Am going to start some eBay auctions hopefully Wed. Night. Tomorrow a big posting on something that has been on my mind.

Monday, February 27, 2006

Remember ME???

I really do still exist. Apologies for not having posted much recently 9for the 2 of you who actually read this or care). Was at New York Comicon over the weekend. All weekend. Just been crazy. We got back from Disney and Universal a while back. Got caught up in the Blizzard trying to get out of Orlando, so instead of leaving on Sunday the 12th, ended up spending 2 extra days at Disney/Universal and eventually got back in that Tuesday night.

Running training has not been great Had a nice run back from Vacation of 6 days in a row (61 miles). It was honestly 1 day too much and last weekend between that and the show I just recovered over the weekend. Going to try and 7 today if my Hamstring lets me. Still feels very tight. Should go get it worked on , but time and dollars don't always permit such things. Have a Half-Marathon tune-up this weekend. Hopefully that will go well. Like to do it in the 1:27-ish range. See what the body gives me.

Other thoughts of the week:

The Olympics: Sorry Tape Delay has taken basically all the interest out of it for me. It's not sport when you know the results. Sports is not something you can Tivo for the casual interest person. At least this one.

Spring Training: Try to post more this week.

TV: Battlestar Galactica has been superb. Smallville 100 times better than last year. The Shield has been great fun. 2 episodes behind on catching up with lost.

Oh, and HI MOM!!!!!

Monday, January 09, 2006

Hail to the Redskins...

No this entire entry is not about the Redskins, but in case you missed it...

Redskins 17, Bucaneers 10 1st Stop on our World Victory Tour!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

OK, probably not if we actually can't generate some offense again next week, but it felt great, especially after the Giants came out yesterday and dropped something that would have to be upgraded to smell like s--t. Wow. Too bad about Carson Palmer, but it means John R owes me two lunches now!

Haven't been logging my training for a since New Year's because I haven't been. Finished Week 3 feeling great, did 59 miles that week total. Monday AM my foot was sore like you wouldn't believe. Tuesday was even worse. Went to see the Doc Tuesday afternoon. Said it was Stress inflammation on both the Arch and the Upper foot. No running for a few days and anti-inflammatories. Did some XT last week, though probably a couple days less than I should have. Did 4 easy miles yesterday with no pain. Huzzah! Try to do an easy 6 today, Crosstrain tomorrow and then Go back to the Doc Wed to re-X-ray and clear to resume normal work. Will take me a week or so to work up and will probably require me to take one of the Recovery days and turn it into an XT day for a few weeks, but shouldn't be akiller.

And every month my Comics Subscription goes down. I did my Previews Order last week, here is what I chose:
Marvel:Ms. Marvel 1
Pulse 14
Son of M 4
Spider-Man Unlimited 14 (Finch issue)
Ultimate Spidey 91 & 92
Spider-Woman: Origin 4
Captain America 16
Daredevil 83
Exiles 78
New Avengers 17
Ultimate Fan. Four 28
X-Factor 5
Sentry 7

Detective 817
Batman 651
Batman Annual 25
Nightwing 118
Robin 148
All Star Superman 3
Superman/Batman 25
Supergirl 7
Infinite Crisis 6
Omac Project: Infinite Crisis Special
Aquaman: Sword of Atlantis 40
Birds of Prey 92
Green Lantern 10
Hawkgirl 50
JSA 83
JSA Classified 10
Supergirl & Legion 16
Outsiders 34
Teen Titans 34
7 Soldiers: Bulleteer 4
Mr. Miracle 4
Captain Atom: Armageddon 6
Ex Machina 20

Also pick up Fables, Y the Last Man, Stray Bullets, Strangers In Paradise Fallen Angel and a couple of others.

But that is a significant decrease and many of these may end up being dropped soon (Pulse without Bendis scares me, Ms. Marvel may just be bad, and the miniseries are ending), I could very easily see my Marvel books going to the following: Ultimate Spidey, Cap, Exiles, New Avengers (and that only depends on how much Deodato does not annoy me), Ultimate FF, and the last three Ultimates Issue ( I won't be reading Maduiera, just cannot stand his art and Loeb isn't a good enough storyteller to compensate). Though I will read Astonishing X-Men when it is back as well. DC I could easily see dropping the Batman Books (just picked it up because James Robinson is writing), both Nightwing and Robin if the Infinite Crisis rumors I hear are true, Supergirl, Aquaman (limited tryout because of Butch but I have just never gotten into this character), Green Lantern, Hawkgirl and Outsiders, which would leave me with regular series of: The All-Star books (which I guess are semi-regular), Superman/Batman (if Ethan can get his bu-- in gear, luv ya' Ethan ;) ), Birds of Prey, JSA, Supergirl & The Legion, Teen Titans, Ex machina, Y The Last Man and Fables . That's a total of 14 monthly books, or 3.5 a week. I use to read 30-35 monthlies. I hear about the quality of comcis being better than ever, but everytime I turn around I find myself reading fewer books.

Going to get artwork sales happening this week. Just has been crazy. Finally got all our X-mas stuff put away and now have less than 4 weeks before Disney Vacation. Have to do Taxes and everything else. just crazy stuff. Going to post more this week. At least try.

Also, if you haven't been watching Battlestar Galactica on Sci-Fi, start!!! This week's episode was absolutely tremendous. I am riveted. I may watch next Friday's with the commercials because I can't wait!! Lost is back this week, and The Shield and 24 are starting along with Scrubs just coming back. I'll tell you, if Arrested Development was still on, I couldn't be happier TV wise.

Stay sane. The alternative is just mind-blowing.

Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Holiday blogging

Hope all 4 or 5 of you who read this had a great Holiday Season. Kids had lots of fun. Got absolutely no training in Friday to Monday. Ugh! Did 8 yesterday because I forgot to look and realize I was supposed to do 9. Got my Garmin Forerunner GPS (Yea X-mas!) figured out and working by about the 2.5 mile mark. Did the final 5.5 in a 7:21 pace. Probably a little quick, but not too bad. Today was my 13 mid-weeker. Thanks to my GPS I can actually measure it. Did 13.1 in 1:35:17, which works out roughly to a 7:17-7:18 pace. Probably quicker than it should have been but the 4 days off have left the legs feeling stronger than they would usually. Have a nice easy Recovery 5 Jog tomorrow which due to the weather here I'll probably do on the treadmill so I can set my pace, not stress the back too much and do some incline stuff. More detailed stuff tomorrow, but hope everyone got all the toys they wanted from Santa.

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Piling on the miles

A good strong 12 today in under 90 minutes. Tomorrow a non-running today as I try ot get my 17 long in on Friday and a 9-10 recovery Saturday. Doubt I'll get the extra 5 in this week, but that's OK.

Of Running, Nip/Tuck and Johnny Damon

Let's see, my 5 miles yesterday were pretty painless. Did them on the mill with some varying inclines to get some hill work in. Nice and slow 41:50. Have a 12 miler today then tomorrow will be an off day before doing my long of 17 on Friday to get it out of the way before the holiday weekend.

Stayed up way too late to watch Nip/Tuck last night. I will say (SPOILERS for the finale if you haven't watched it yet) the Quentin parts were over the top, but the revelation of Kit being Quentin's sister and a co-conspirator in the Carver's work was quite interesting. Matt seems to have been redeemed in the face of the drama with Ariel's Dad. And hey Annie appeared two weeks in a row! Quick question about the Carver: Assuming Quentin knows that Sean and Christian will fix all his victims, wouldn't it make sense he do a Carving that they couldn't fix or at least would still leave something of a scar? He's a plastic surgeon, surely he knows what scars are easier to fix than others and if he is willing to make his point that way, then it would make sense he would want them to be permanent (Kit being excluded of course). And by the way, not for nothing, but how did Julia not know about Quentin's "condition?" I would think that is something that would be pretty apparent in the heat of the moment rather quickly. And of course all the drama is now around the Baby's condition. I would guess by the time Season 4 rolls around, Julia should be ready to give birth any minute, leading into the revelation of the CVS test results. And somewhere in Europe, Quentin, Kit and Ava will all get together and have a drink. You just know it.

Johnny Damon to the Yankees? Ugh. What's sad is the offer he accepted from NY would not have been acceptable from Boston. It's almost like a hometown premium instead of a hometown discount. Not sure if it's right or wrong, but it puts the Red Sox in a real precarious position. They now almost have to go out and try to trade for Torii Hunter to keep up in the race. He's not a true leadoff hitter, but a great centerfielder with Speed and Power. I'm sure we would have to trade some value (Youkilis and one of the Young pitchers), but it will have to be done.

Not really ready for X-mas this year. My mom flies in tonight and the house is still a disaster. We're working on it though.

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

OK, so a day late...

And I've been a buck short for years.

So sue me. Life is a little crazy. Got my 8 miles in with my 10 striders. Not sure if they were all exactly 100 Meters. Kind of doing it outside at every half mile point, so I just pushed for about 18-20 seconds for each. Should be good enough. Today is an easy 5 at recovery pace, so I'll do some core strength before.

Trying to get over this cold before it consumes me. It's the holidays so of course everyone is getting sick. Finished all major X-mas shopping last night. I can see why the retailers are worried. The mall was busy last night, but it wasn't jammed. Their biggest problem is inventory management. Their market research teams are absolutely horrendous judging by the shelves.

Example: Had to pick up some last minute toys, so I went into the Toy Section of Boscov's, Kay Bee Toys and Toys 'R Us. Out of curiousity, guess how many Star Wars Action Figures there were? 1. Total. In all 3 stores. Now how many cases of Remote Control $70 RV Cars? More than I could count. The retail stores are in trouble because they don't understand their audience. If something is selling well the previous 6 months, use that as your guide not what the marketers/salesmen tell you will be hot. Know better. There will always be 1 or 2 toys that will be the hot item no one will have. That's to be expected. But if a week before X-mas you can't provide shoppers the product they want to buy for their kids and Amazon.com can where for $6 shipping they guaranteed it by X-mas, then the retail chains will go the way of the dodo...

Of course so will Comic Book Stores too if they're not careful, but that's a rant for a different day. Ciao...

Monday, December 19, 2005

Week 1 in the books.

Did my 9 miles yesterday in a nice easy 70:00. Actually a little quicker than planned, but that be life. Week 2 begins today and given the holidays next weekend it will be a bit of a struggle to get everything in. May end up skipping one of the 5s this week. If I can get my bu-- out of bed on Thursday AM, I can try and get it in before work, but that will be painful. Plus I'm not quite sure I'm up for 10 days straight just yet, because X-mas just isn't going to happen.