Friday, February 20, 2015
Two Hundred Thirty-Nine
February 20, 2015
7.35 Miles in 1:11:30
Mood: Because why wouldn't you put a goalpost in your front yard?
Soundtrack: The Lumineers "The Lumineers" / The Avett Brothers "Mignonette"
The morning snuck up quickly on me for this run today today, as I was up late attending a concert on Thursday night. I gave brief consideration to staying in bed this morning, but I'm trying to hit 100 miles in February, and winter is going to pound Colorado hard this weekend, so I don't know how many more outings the weather will allow me in February.
I had won tickets to see Stelth Ulvang the night before. He is a member of the Lumineers who according to Wikipedia plays piano, mandolin, accordion, guitar, banjo, clarinet, glockenspiel, double bass, trombone, trumpet, flute, drums, and provides backing vocals for the band. I won the tickets through a radio station, and had a great time at the show, but the lack of sleep was evident as I ran this morning. I was tired and oh so slow. However, The show did inspire me to revisit the Lumineers album, which I hadn't listened to in some time, and I continue to find it to be a solid album.
A mile into the run I really had to pee, so I stopped in to King Soopers and quickly took care of business, and on my way out, I noticed a sign in the ethnic foods aisle promoting a product named "White Girl Salsa". At the time I read it, the moniker seemed a terrible marketing decision, but after perusing the internet to learn how it came to be named I have come around on the cognomen, and now I find it charming. It's interesting at the very least, and definitely an amusing story. Plus it grabbed my attention, a good thing for a brand name.
The name made me take strong enough notice that I took a picture of it's sign and then took a picture of Heinz Ketchup in order to make the inelegant and not all that funny "Ketchup is White Girl Salsa" joke on Instagram later that day. Sadly, I didn't see any of the actual White Girl Salsa product on the shelves, although I will probably have to procure a jar to test it out for myself and to support Colorado business.
Which brings us to the latest weird thing I found while running...A miniature football goalpost in the front yard. I've really been trying to think how this goalpost could possibly be appropriately used, and the scenario which came about that allows it to exist. Perhaps a small child with dreams of kicking at the professional level lives at the home, and the dad is trying be supportive. Perhaps the person who lives there just loves football and has a weird way of showing it. I really can't begin to understand its purpose, but as with all weird lawn ornaments, I am beyond thankful that such a ridiculous thing exists. Every time I think I've uncovered all that is odd in local lawn ornamentry...I am surprised by the ingenuity and oddness of my neighbors.