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in: matzah ball; matzah ball > 2016-02-13

Feb 18, 2016 7:25 AM # 
Are you on your way to the Tucson meet...?
Feb 18, 2016 5:27 PM # 
Or going to visit Bob Pascal in Farmington, NM...?
Feb 21, 2016 3:59 AM # 
matzah ball:
visiting my son in la, camping w him for a week...great times.
Feb 27, 2016 6:39 AM # 
Sounds nice. :-)

p.s. Clark, if you're referring to John Pascal from Farmington, he's living in Tucson now. He was at the Catalina meet last weekend.
Feb 27, 2016 12:40 PM # 
Yes Brooke, 'Pascal the Rascal' as we used to call him way back around the campfire at Lake George. We all used to be camped in little pup tents...and John would pull in with this enormous RV...with a big smile on his face!

I visited John's house in Farmington one year when I took Amtrak with my bike out to Gallup and tried to ride north across the Navajo res to the beginning of Ride the Rockies in Durango, Colorado. But about 5pm I got caught in a massive sandstorm out in the barren wastes, and sought refuge in an abandoned '47 Chevvy, which I shared with a couple of families of desert rats while the wind howled outside.

Then all of a sudden, around 3am, it was deathly quiet. The full moon was out, the desert was quiet, and I emerged from the Chevvy to one of the most beautiful scenes I've ever enjoyed. Spectacular!

The next morning I rode into Farmington, checked into the Holiday Inn, and was having a big breakfast by 8am. I called John and he came over to the motel to pick me up and we spent a very pleasant day together, including a delicious Southwest dinner at his house. The contrast between the two nights was extreme; I've always had good memories of John since then. And too, of the unifying power of orienteering!
Feb 27, 2016 8:55 PM # 
That sounds like quite an adventure!

John's move from Farmington to Tucson was apparently based partly on the merits of pre-treated lumber and under-performing deck stain vs. a low-maintenance desert lifestyle. You'll have to ask him to tell the story the next time you see him. ;-)
Feb 28, 2016 6:49 PM # 
Rudy, they still need your DOB docs for Albuquerque . . . good luck my friend!
Feb 28, 2016 7:57 PM # 
matzah ball:
thanks...i have a copy of the b.c. Get to run w/ the Schmansky and Steven Chantry etc. - will be a treat from that point of view....the hares and the hound in this case...and the hares will not get a scare:)

Chantry might be the guy in my race who took the 3000 and the 1500, have to check results if they ever produce them.
Feb 29, 2016 2:52 PM # 
Looks like a fast field ... what's the plan?

Should be good race experience
Mar 1, 2016 9:00 PM # 
matzah ball:
no plan except try to run a steady pace and not fall too far behind:) gonna see if I can do the 800 the next day too...just for the experience. looking forward to running on the banked track in any case.

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