Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Mid-year assessment

Entering this morning's run into my running log, I noted that we're at the midway point of 2010. Time to take stock.

Despite a couple of periods when I didn't run due to injury -- including nearly two weeks this month -- I see that I ran 109 times in the first half of 2010 and covered 463 miles. That's an average jaunt of 4¼ miles. Not bad, but there's not much speed behind those miles, either.

My mid-new-year's resolution is to work on overall conditioning. Thus, this evening I will give weight training a try under the careful supervision of my daughter and coach Dr. Cooper.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

River museum addition not to be missed




Time to dust off the thesaurus. I need the right words to describe the National River Center, the soon-to-open addition to the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium in Dubuque.
Impressive.
Fantastic.
First-class.
Educational.
Exciting.
Those are just a few of the words that come to mind after the Telegraph Herald Editorial Board a week ago toured the facility, which at the time was as much a construction site as a showpiece museum.
Still, it was clear that the place will have every bit of the “Wow” factor of the original river museum, which opened seven years ago.
Calling the new facility, in the former Diamond Jo building, an “addition” does not do it justice. It will double the square footage of the museum, and it has features and exhibitions that will take an already first-class museum to a higher level.
In fact, there is so much to see, admission tickets will be good for two consecutive days.
Folks sometimes take for granted treasures in their own back yard. Perhaps you visited the river museum a time or two the past seven years and think you have “seen it already.” “Been there, done that” just doesn’t cut it.
Resolve to make a return visit during or soon after this “preview” weekend to see what is new at this jewel right on Dubuque’s shoreline.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Meet Elsie Rose


Introducing my third grandchild -- and third granddaughter -- Elsie Rose Cooper.
The details:
Born 7:37 pm June 16, 2010
8 lbs 2 oz
19 inches long
Elsie and her first-time parents, Josie and Andy, are doing just fine.
Welcome to the world, Elsie!


Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Schalk book no bargain in South Africa


Google Alerts alerted me that my Ray Schalk: A Baseball Biography is listed on a marketplace search engine site named Jump. The book sells for 344 to 376.

That's 344 what? And where?

Turns out that Jump is based in South Africa, where the currency is the rand.

A currency converter tells me that 357 rand, the current asking price on Loot, are worth $46.03. You're better off buying the book here in the US.