Friday, June 6, 2008

Viva la Vida ... 7 Moose a-eating

I've been so unmotivated to keep up with much in the news of late. Ignorance is not a good thing. I kinda sorta wish I'd sit and make a point here about something but yada yada yada, I'd rather watch Seinfeld or The Simpsons or kick back with a Grateful Dead show in my ears... such as 6-4-77 Inglewood which I was lovin' this morning before work. Hmmm... was Jerry Seinfeld ever on The Simpsons? I don't recall and I'd rather not take the time to look it up. But if not then I wonder why not. Hmmm... now this is interesting stuff!

Actually it's moose who are interesting. Maybe interesting is the wrong word? They're common here but tonight was the first time along this particular little local trail that I've seen as many as 7 in under an hour. 7 moose a-eating while I ran right by. Each time my attention level sprang up to a Level 1,700 compared a usual 85 or so out of a 100. Moose aren't bears but they sure can kick the crap out of you if they perceive you to be a threat to them. In one spot along the trail, within a fairly open stand of birch trees, I saw two or three youngin's just munchin' on some brush. I was cruising on by at the time, not about to stop and gaze at the wildlife, and I knew Mama Cow Moose was surely nearby but I never saw her. With only about 50 meters or so of tundra between me and the little ones, Mama coulda been anywhere. I don't think moose attacks are very common but they can happen. Running with music (on a trail) in Alaska -- sometimes (usually) not so smart.

Then again, I'm not exactly Young Einstein, am I? Close maybe... at least a Young Edison. Or not. Damn him, I was gonna invent the light bulb!

The North Face trail running shoe -- good for use in the Appalachian Mountains ... but seriously, they are rather small compared to the Rocky Mountains ... Sierra Nevada are sweet, too.  Would definitely use 'em in the Alps, that's for sure.  One thing's for sure -- Jerry Garcia or Bob Weir or Phil Lesh or Blaise Compaoré probably never went running in Paraguay, Liberia, Ivory Coast, Côte d'Ivoire, Burkina Faso, Ouagadougou, Pyongyang, 평양 직할시 조선민주주의인민공화국 平壤直轄市 朝鮮民主主義人民共和國, Türkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan, Кыргызстан, Киргизия, Uzbekistan, O'zbekiston, Ўзбекистон Республикаси, Tajikistan, Тоҷикистон.  Probably the same with Brent Mydland.  At least that's my gut feeling.  I could be wrong.  I mean, there were a lot of drugs at Grateful Dead shows and the good Lord above, He knows I did my share!65° and overcast at 9:45pm ... quite warm!
Friday Nite After Work Run: 21 min 22 sec+7 sec
XXXXXXXX+++++++++ ·June 42:37· +++++++++XXXXXXXX
Run Time May:4 hours46 minutesSMILEY SUNNY
April:3 hours51 minutes<-failed to pass March SMILEY THUMBS DOWN
March:3 hours57 minutes

7 moose in total on this, my 2nd run in 6 days of June so far.

2 runs in 6 days = bad.

Felt pretty good out there but distracted for sure... Random Thoughts of a Specific Smoky Nature kept running through my head plus the music, body systems checks, this & that... and then the moosey wildlife not to mention the always needed watching for a bear. An interesting run, to say the least.

Body feels good, though. At 65 degrees (F) it was way warm out there and that sucked away some of my energy. By the time I hit my end cue [placed at the end of my running playlist,] holy moly was I so thankful that I didn't have any more steps to take at faster than just walking speed. I nearly stopped to bend over to catch my breath, hands on knees for a moment... but resisted and walked on. Since I didn't do a turn-around somewhere on the trail, I had about a thirty minute stroll back up to where I started from. At least I would be running any more!

Great now, okay then, I made it, added 7 seconds, still (slowly) working my way up to a half hour! Might be a year at this pace... but I'll get there.

PHONOGRAPH

Running tunes came
from this album o' the day...
Coldplay - Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends [CD cover] (2008)Coldplay

Viva La Vida
or Death and
All His Friends


2008
Life In Technicolor
Cemeteries Of London
Lost!
42
Lovers in Japan / Reign Of Love
Yes ... Chinese Sleep Chant
Viva La Vida
Violet Hill
Strawberry Swing
Death And All His Friends


Not being one who keeps up with new music and/or listens to the radio, I barely even know who this band is. Coldplay, from London, I guess has been on the scene for a bunch of years, this being their 4th studio album. And kind of interesting, who's their producer here? The legendary Brian Eno has stepped in to help give this album a "more abstract" and a "more visual" element to it. Okay. With this being the first album that I've heard from these guys, that doesn't mean much to me since I can't compare to other songs... but prior to reading that I could pretty much feel Eno and know that what's here does indeed have a different feel to it than your garden variety "alternative" nowadays. Prog rock, I even thought... but it doesn't go that far. Another thought about this, which isn't so flattering -- a lot of it is really close to Adult Alternative. That's not necessarily bad... but it lacks any serious edge while shooting for being artsy... Eno-ish.


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4 comments:

GUYK said...

the only time I ever saw any problems
between a moose and a human was at the park when a dumbassed tourist got between a cow and her calf...she put the tourist back on the bus in a hurry.

I reckon music is a good idea on a trail..as long as the moose and bears can hear it too..

Nazz Nomad said...

we don't have moose in New York. But we have plenty of fat chicks.

Anna said...

I've seen many a moose, but never chased by one.
However, I have been chased by a snortin' horse before and I'll tell ya this... it's a good thing I can dive between strands of barbed wire and the horse has brakes on all four feet.
LOL... I swear it was a locomotive behind me and I was a goner. It's funny now.. but I was scared $&*tless when it happen.

Zooomabooma said...

I hate to put people down but tourists are often morons... in the summer they need as much medical care as the locals.

Fat chicks are great, I love a plumpier chicken breast, cooked on the grill, smothered with BBQ sauce, slightly blackened, so juicy inside, oh yeah, fatter the chick, the better!

And damn horses, they sure do get ornery and mean when they're snortin' cocaine. I mean seriously, ever seen a tame and mellow horse when it's all coked up? They're much better off smoking the wacky tobaccy.

one says one number and the other another
but they were set at the same time. Hmmm...

 
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