I HAVE MOVED

After a lot of thought and consideration -- I have decided to retire One Foot in Reality and leave it as an Archive. I will still monitor it to keep the trolls at bay, but will not be posting here any longer.

If you are looking for my new posts, please go to www.haroldlshaw.com .

Thank you for all they years of following One Foot In Reality.

Harold

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Pearl Izumi N2 Road - 200 Mile Review - September 2014

After a lot of thought I have decided to move some of best of my old posts from Aging Runnah and A Runnah’s Story blogs, primarily the old reviews, maybe a few of the better posts and race reports that I have written over the years. I have a feeling that at some point, my WordPress.com blogs are simply going to go away and I want to still be able to go back and read some of the stuff I wrote.

If you are reading this blog post, that is why it is has been re-posted here.

Originally posted on: September 25, 2014


I have over 200 miles on my Pearl Izumi EM/N2 Road running shoes that I got back on 1/18/14 , which means - I get to write about them for the first time.

Pearl Izumi EM/N2 Roads

MMMMMM Harold you almost always do an initial and 50 mile reviews on your shoes, what happened.

When I got this particular pair of N2 Roads in a trade for some shoes that I didn't like, I was doing the initial, 50 and 200 mile N2's reviews based on the pair that I got for Christmas and started running in on 12/26/13.

So this pair of shoes just got worn, not reviewed.

What do I think of the Pearl Izumi EM/N2 Roads after 200 plus miles, without all the hype?
Pricing

Since price is such a big deal for me and many other runners, I decided to put it right up front.

How much did I pay?

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this pair of Pearl Izumi EM/N2's in a trade, with another runner for running shoes that I didn't care for. I got lucky and it only cost me the price of mailing the other shoes to him. The opinions I have expressed are my own and your experiences with this product might be different from mine. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

The Pearl Izumi site, still has them for $120, but you can find them on sale at other sites from around $80 to list price or above. With discount coupon codes, you can get them for less.
How have they worked out for me?

This is the second pair of N2's that I have gotten at least 200 miles out of.

Pearl Izumi EM/N2 Road

Initially, I made these my treadmill shoes, since I had a pair of N1 Trails and N2 Roads already in the rotation. To be honest through most of the winter, I didn't use them all that much and it took until the end of April to get 60 miles on them.

During March, I had gotten disillusioned with my PI's especially the N1 Trail's and the amount of grit they were letting in to make things distracting/uncomfortable and said this about my first N2's, after a 11.0 mile run on 3/21/14.

So I decided to try the N2 Roads to see if they kept the sand out any better. They did, but I missed the extra traction that the N1 Trails would have given in a few places, when I had to move onto the shoulder and it was loose dirt/mud or melted/slushed ice. The N2 Roads just don’t have the traction for that kind of running. Other than the traction fun, the N2’s were the right choice for the drier pavement and I didn’t have any issues with my feet.

At this point I had decided that I needed different running shoes, that didn't let in so much grit and had a bit more traction and did the big spring shoe search. Which looking back with 20/20 hindsight was a big mistake and a waste of money on other shoes that I attempted to run in, that didn't work out nearly as well as the N2's were/had/are.

I didn't use the N2's again until the Boys and Girls Club 5.0 miler in April, because my "new" shoes were hurting my Tailor's Bunionette and this is what I said after that race.

How did the Pearl Izumi N2 8.5 do? I didn’t think about them at all, which is a good thing and what I want from my shoes. They were smooth feeling, but at the same time something was missing, not sure what? I can run far comfortably in my Pearl Izumi’s, but I really haven’t run that fast in them, despite of all the miles I have run in my 2 pair of N2 Road’s.

Boys and Girls Club 5.0 Miler wearing the N2 Roads - Photo by David Colby Young

My attempt to use the N2's as race shoes was a mistake too - they are not racing flats and this experience pushed me to look elsewhere for yet another pair of running shoes.

After that race I didn't run in these Pearl Izumi's N2's until 8/14/14, when I ran a 10.0 miler in them.

Why did I run 10 miles in a shoe that I hadn't run in, in several months?

There is just something about the N2's that I knew I could just run in them and have confidence that they will not bother my feet, plus I had just ordered a pair of Pearl Izumi N1's and wanted to get used to running in the EM's dynamic offset design before they came in.

They did fine on the 10.0 miler, no issues and since that run, I have kept them in my running shoe rotation and used them for everything but speedwork. I still don't really feel as if the N2's are a "fast" shoe, but for anything else, they work nicely.

Harold be honest.


I have had a love/hate relationship with my N2 Road 1/18/14.

Many runners do not like the out of the box experience with the N2's, I know that I didn't. Just like my original N2 Road's they felt stiff and inflexible and needed to be broke-in, before they really were comfortable to run in and this need for a break-in period can be a deciding factor for many, whether they continue to keep running in them or not.

Runners today have been spoiled with so many running shoes being great right out of the box, that when we get a pair that need 20-40 miles to break, we do not want to deal with that and quickly move to a different pair that do not need a break in period.

I wonder how many "great" running shoes we miss out on, simply because we do not/are not willing to break in a pair of running shoes?

It sometimes seems as though our expectation for all our running shoes now is that we should be able to do a double-digit run in them the first time we put them on our feet...I know I have been guilty of this and when I can't run "long" in new shoes comfortably, I have returned them.

Pearl Izumi EM/N2 Road

Also, I do not like this colorway and to be honest, I think that this affected how much I actually ran in them. Maybe I was a little "vain" about how they looked. I am not a fan of the "gray" running shoe look.

Now that I have gotten them broken in and gotten over the colorway, I have run comfortably in the N2's at all distances and I have not worried about my feet hurting because of my shoes, when I wear them.

They work best for me when I use them to eat up mileage, but I do not like them for speedwork or attempting to run faster.

Fit

The size 8.5 from Pearl Izumi's EM line fits me about as good as any line of running shoe ever has and seems to run true to size. Although I believe that the N2's are slightly narrower in the toe box than the N1 Roads, I have not had any issues with the fit bothering my Tailor's Bunionette.
Feel (different from fit)

The N2 Roads like the N1's are mostly quiet, they have a slight tap, tap, tap sound when running on tar and when my right foot splays out - that right shoe becomes more noisy, which cues me to correct my stride.

I am a heel striker and the dynamic offset design (whatever that actually is) does not exacerbate my the heel striking (make it more pronounced), like some shoes do and provides a smooth heel-to-toe feel/transition that I really, really like.

Pearl Izumi EM/N2 Roads

The N2 Road's were stiff and fairly inflexible when I started running in them and while they are still fairly inflexible and firm compared to other shoes I like. Now that they are well broken in, I don't seem to notice the lack of flexibility or stiffness, now when I am actually running in them.

They do feel more cushioned than the N1's, but not as soft as my GoRun Ride2's or even my Brooks Launch's, but there is enough cushioning that I don't notice the rocks and other road debris that you tend to land on around here.

Sole

The N2 Roads are road shoes, the flat tread design makes no doubt about their purpose.

Pearl Izumi EM/N2 Road

My experience when the dirt road downback is really wet/muddy, is that they are not the best choice of shoes to run in down there.

When I took them over into Bond Brook yesterday, they did fine protecting my feet in the conditions over there, but it was dry. With the lack of tread in the design, if it had been wet, I would not have even tried to run on any of the ski or single-track trails there.

The N1 Roads protect my feet better than some trail shoes I have worn, which means that they do not have a lot of road feel, which is fine by me, I am looking for protection and do not worry about feeling the road.

During the winter, I don't enjoy finding the road with my arse, due to flat-bottomed shoes. Which means unless it is dry and clear, that I won't use them outside after the first snow.

Pearl Izumi EM/N2 Road

I have been pleasantly surprised with how little wear there is on my N2's after 200 miles and the best part is my right knee hasn't started hurting yet - which is my cue that a pair of shoes are toast.

Upper

I am not crazy about the colors of this pair of shoes, but getting them free in a trade, you take what you get. I would never have picked this colorway, if I had to buy the shoes and I wonder sometimes if how much a pair of shoes looks to us - affects how we view them and want to run in them.
Pearl Izumi EM/N2 Road

I like the Black/screaming Yellow colorway a lot better than this Gray/Yellow/Red colorway.

My original N2 Roads

The upper is one of the biggest things that I like about the Pearl Izumi's, they are a more minimal upper, that have welded overlays and have enough give that they do not bother my Tailor's Bunionette, in any model that I have tried so far.

I really believe that Pearl Izumi nailed the uppers.

Availability

The N2 Road's are still available on the Pearl Izumi website and they came out with updated colorways this summer, so they are continuing to support this model. Of the colorways available, I still like the black yellow one the best.

They are still available on most of the major online retail sites and even on some of the discount sites for the older colorways. Luckily our local running store The Rail Trail Run Shop carries Pearl Izumi, although none of the other retailers in the area do, so I can get them locally which is a good thing.

I have heard rumors that PI is going to release version 2 soon. It will be interesting to see what changes they make, (rumor has it they will be a little more flexible and have a more cushioned feel). Personally, I would welcome a little more flexibility and out of the box runability.

If Bennie Chewed Up These Shoes Today, What Would I Do?

Pearl Izumi N1 Roads

If I needed to go out today and get another pair of running shoes, the Pearl Izumi N1 Road's would be at the top of the list due to their versatility/faster feel and the N2's Roads would be my choice for eating up miles.

The Reality is that

This is the second pair of Pearl Izumi N2 Roads that have reached 200 miles for me (the other pair are now my primary walking shoes and I wouldn't hesitate to take them for a 10 miler).

They are also a shoe that I have tried to ignore at times this year, but seem to keep coming back to them when - I just want to run.

The out of box experience and need for 20-40 miles break-in is something I did not like in either pair and is something that has to be acknowledged/thought about before purchasing.

The Pearl Izumi N2 Roads are part of my current 3 shoe rotation and I use them primarily for my long runs and running down back on a rocky dirt road and they do what I want. The N2's are comfortable, do not bother my Tailor's Bunionette and I am able to focus on running, not how my feet are feeling or if when is the pain going to distract me, that has happened in so many other shoes this year.

I fully expect to get another 200 to 300 miles on this pair of shoes and am planning on getting a pair of N2 Trails for winter running.

Honestly, I wouldn't pay the full list-price $120 for these shoes and do not believe it would be necessary and you can find them on sale in the $80 range or less with other discounts available at most sites.

Pearl Izumi EM/N2 Roads

Next spring, when I need to replace these shoes, I will take a close look at the revisions Pearl Izumi makes with the new N2's and if I do not see/like any major changes, I will probably pick up a pair of the original N2's on close-out and do the break-in routine again.

I can't give a pair of shoes a higher recommendation than I would get another pair.

Monday, September 22, 2014

We All Were Young Once - Well Maybe

After a lot of thought I have decided to move some of best of my old posts from Aging Runnah and A Runnah’s Story blogs, primarily the old reviews, maybe a few of the better posts and race reports that I have written over the years. I have a feeling that at some point, my WordPress.com blogs are simply going to go away and I want to still be able to go back and read some of the stuff I wrote.

If you are reading this blog post, that is why it is has been re-posted here.


Originally posted on: September 22, 2014
I have to laugh sometimes - well a lot, especially at how many people conveniently forget what they did when they were younger, before the age of social media and a 24/7 on demand world.
The Dark Ages

Back in the Dark Ages of the 60's and 70's, we didn't have social media, no one carried around smart phones and cameras/video gear was not nearly as invisible/pervasive, to capture all of those "wonderful" moments that happened back then.

The news wasn't on 24 hours a day, hell the 3 to 4 (it depended on how our antenna was turned) TV stations up heah turned off at midnight, during the week and a little later on the weekend.

And yes, we did stupid, crazy shit, just like young people still do today.
Gotta love the shirt and cool aviator glasses - right

I have a feeling that many people, who today are the supposed pillars of their communities, you know those who often express so much public outrage and disgust about how stupid people are acting "today" - also do not want to be "reminded" of the skeletons in their closets or have photos/videos of them "having fun" from back in the day - published.

I know I was there doing some the stuff right there with more than a few of them - I just do not have a convenient memory.


I remember pranks gone bad, lying, promiscuity, premarital/extra marital stuff, getting drunk - passing out, smoking, questionable judgment, illegal stuff, drag racing, fights, underage drinking, streaking (yeah running naked) and all the other stuff that many of us did when we were younger.

You know, that kind of stuff that people in their teens and 20's today, are still doing and are now being castigated for, by the old farts, who now "know better" or worse being arrested for stuff, we used to get away with today's laws to protect us from ourselves.

No double-standards there.

House Party early 60s

Plausible Deniability

In the past, it always came down to saying - "I never did that stuff" and no one could say one way or the other, unless they were there or there was a photo showing who was there AND what was going on. Even if there was, it was fairly easy to get rid of the evidence.

You know - "Plausible Deniability", to hell with what really happened.

No, I am not advocating turning a "blind eye" for people to break laws, allow child abuse, domestic abuse, discrimination or many of the other things that did and still do happen (all you gotta do is walk down many streets, turn on the TV or read the news, to know that they still happen all too regularly) or even returning to "the way things used to be". 

Which were not as great as the idealized versions of unreality many would have us believe.

I believe that while our society has made progress in many areas, we still have a ways to go in others, but I wonder if sometimes in our efforts to get everything "just the way it should be", did we/have we got it right or did we just become too intolerant of what people do, especially the younger generations.

Particularly, those who are not in "lock-step" with the moral values that most or maybe more likely a very vocal minority - may have.

Those who are not breaking any laws, just social mores and are challenging "the way it has always been done" or simply rebelling against the "norm" or the standards they do not agree with?

Are those bad things or do they just make us old farts uncomfortable because we don't do them anymore - after all we need to "act our age"?


This was way before I was born, but I wonder how outraged these pillars of the community were by the younger generations and how much they did that was just as bad or worse when they were younger.
We made mistakes

We sure did, most (not all) of us learned from them, eventually became smarter about life and were able to recover from those things, without screwing up our life too badly.

In today's world of social media, 24/7 news cycles, everyone seemingly carrying technology that can quickly and quietly record what is going on, will today's younger people be given the some of the same opportunities to move on from their youthful mistakes?

Unfortunately, I don't think so, that kind of shit isn't just hidden away in a photo album, you can keep locked up or better yet thrown out and forgotten about.

It is too juicy for that to happen and possibly worth more than a few bucks to the right people.

Today

Today, it seems that all of our lives are open books due to the electronic devices that almost everyone has with them and/or the levels of government, corporate and private surveillance that are out there (which social media is a part), that can video, photo or record almost every action - good or bad.

Then once it is saved to some data farm or published to a social media site, it is someplace - forever. Always available to "someone", if they want it bad enough, even if you attempt to delete it.


Are kids today any different

Does growing up in the digital age mean that those who are in their teens or 20's are any different from what we were when we were that age.

No not really (they just have different experiences, expectations and all this technology) - I have a feeling if you could time travel in either direction, that they would fit in pretty quickly to what was going on around them back in the day and we would quickly fit in today quite nicely, with similarly aged people.

There haven't been any major changes in the evolutionary process over the last 30-40 years, no matter how many technological advances have been made.

Mom and Dad - 1956

I seem to remember that our parents and grandparents yelled at us (or in my case my grandparents and great-grandparents - my parents had me at 16 and 15, so they were part of the problem - right), about how screwed up we were, but now many of "us" or my generation are doing it to their kids or grandkids.

Some things never change.

Not Perfect



Hell No! 

I am not and never was perfect. I definitely wasn't an angel, but I also would like to think that eventually I turned out okay. Luckily, I lived through my mistakes, without them becoming everyone's business or headlines with photos and videos to follow - a very different world.

I wouldn't want to be young again in today's world, but at least I can look back and be honest about the stuff I really did and a lot of it ain't that much different from what many of today's young people are doing.

Except they are doing it a lot more publicly and in ways, we could not have dreamed of back in the dark ages.

People really haven't changed all that much, but with our present technology, what is considered nobody else's business (personal privacy) certainly has changed - a lot.

Personally, I am glad that social media and all this technology wasn't around when I was younger and that my lapses in judgment and stooopid moments were not caught as a permanent record for the world to enjoy and/or talk about "ad nauseam".
The reality is that

Society and even laws have changed, to more strictly enforce what are socially acceptable behaviors, in today's world compared to the way it was when I was growing up.

However...

unfortunately or maybe fortunately young people haven't changed or evolved at the same pace, too many of them still like sex, go out - get drunk, do stupid shit, drive too damn fast, experiment with who they are and don't think about consequences of what they are doing - just like many of us old farts did back in the day.

Imagine that!

As long as what they are doing is not hurting others or breaking the laws society has decided are needed to be enforced (not just because they are on the books), why is there such outrage about young people doing dumb shit or not doing things the way we "know" they should?

Aren't many of them simply pushing back against - the established social norms, which is if you look closely and honestly, is also what many of us did as well. At least until we were assimilated and became valued members of that society, who purposely forgot or are trying to minimize their life before assimilation.

Unfortunately, society today has far less tolerance for transgressions of the social norm and now we usually have images or videos to go along with what happened to show who and how someone screwed up.

For good or ill, that is becoming the social norm.

Are we becoming the Borg...or worse?

What you think?

I think I need to go color outside the lines for a while ;-) .

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

The ’10 Books That Stayed With Me’ Post

After a lot of thought I have decided to move some of best of my old posts from Aging Runnah and A Runnah’s Story blogs, primarily the old reviews, maybe a few of the better posts and race reports that I have written over the years. I have a feeling that at some point, my WordPress.com blogs are simply going to go away and I want to still be able to go back and read some of the stuff I wrote.

If you are reading this blog post, that is why it is has been re-posted here.

Originally posted on: September 10, 2014


Mike over at Running Around the Bend got ‘tagged’ on a ’10 Books That Stayed With You’ post, and he tagged readers of his blog to go ahead and do their own lists.


“List 10 books that have stayed with you in some way. Don’t take more than a few minutes, and don’t think too hard. They do not have to be the ‘right’ books or great words of literature, just ones that have affected you in some way.”

I did it a little differently than the instructions (what else is new) and chose the 10 books or series that I have read, which affected me in some way and that I decided to keep in my personal library because of how they affected me.


My bookcase, although I have boxes of book and books hidden on other shelves

Picking only 10 was difficult, but as you can see the books I chose were more Heroic Fantasy/Science Fiction (series) than any other genre. I enjoy the coming of age / heroic action, that take me away from the more mundane life that most of us lead.

They are not really in any particular order and some photos are not there.

Lord of the Rings/The Hobbit - J.R.R. Tolkien

The classic of the heroic fantasy genre, that I have re-read several times, used as part of a lesson plan to teach history and loved the movie versions by Peter Jackson. This is one of the all-time greats, that I re-read every few years.


Boys of Summer - Roger Kahn
The story of the Brooklyn Dodgers that I read back in high school and when my cousin Mike and I played whiffleball and used lineups from great baseball teams, I would typically chose to be the '54 Dodgers after reading this book. I have always had a copy of the book around the house and re-read it every so often.


The Complete Book of Running - James Fixx
Although I had run off and on throughout high school and in the Coast Guard, this was the first running book or book about running that I read, that actually helped to make me a better runner. Even though some of information is dated in the book and the technology or lack of it is just the way it was, if you go back and re-read it today, you will be surprised at how much of what Fixx wrote is still pertinent.


Sword of Shannara (series) - Terry Brooks
One of my all-time favorite series of books by a great writer, although initially I did not realize that this was a series on post-apocalyptic Earth. I enjoyed the series much more before I realized that it was set in our future and do not like the newer books in the series. The older books, I really like, especially the Sword of Shannara trilogy.



Dune - Frank Herbert

Classic science fiction that has a whole series of books to go with it. I enjoyed the different stages of development that lead Paul from being the son of royalty to being something more and how it affected him and those around him.


Starship Troopers - Robert A. Heinlein

One of the reasons that I went in the military was this book and many of the concepts: duty, honor, service, sacrifice and loyalty that Heinlein has in it - Starship Troopers just struck a deep chord with me and when I read it now, it still makes me think. Although I have changed some of my views, based on my experiences, I still hold many of the beliefs that I first glimpsed or grasped in this book and see the world from a different perspective than I would have - if I had not read it.
The Summer Tree (The Fionavar Tapestry Series) -Guy Carvriel Kay

One of those books where you do not want to put it/them down. The messages this series gives on hope, sacrifice and heroism are universally appealing and written in a style that I enjoy.


The Power of Less - Leo Babauta

A short book on minimalism from a blogger that I have followed for many years. This book really made me stop and think about how I do things, how I could do them more effectively/efficiently and lower my stress level - a lot. Every so often when I get to feeling overwhelmed and feeling out of sorts, because of either work or too much going on in my life I pull this out and read through it. Every time I have, I have come up with an idea or two on how to do things differently and then go do it. Will I ever be completely minimalistic type - naw, but some of the concepts are universal and laid out in such a manner that they are easy to incorporate into your life, when you need to or want to.


John Carter of Mars - Edgar Rice Burroughs

Classic science fiction, that Hollywood screwed up, but remains a timeless classic.


The Caverns of Socrates (Mithgar Novels) - Dennis L McKiernan
The adventures of gamers who leave our world behind and become something more in a different world. A fantasy that anyone who has played Dungeons and Dragons or played RPG games probably has had and I know that I have/do.
Elrik of Melnibone - Michael Moorcock

I never could count. An epic and troubled hero, who overcomes much over the course of the books in the Eternal Champions series of books that Moorcock wrote.



Bonus Book - even though I do not have it in my library

Ball Four - Jim Bouton

The book that dispelled the myth for me that baseball players were more than other men. Before reading this book I had looked up to and admired many of the ball players that were portrayed (probably more accurately than they would have liked), in the book and after reading it, I realized that they were not all that different from the other adults that were around me back in the early 70's with their drinking, drugging, and other vices. The biggest differences were that they were more famous, had a little more money and lived in the big city. 

I think I became a lot more cynical and less naïve than I had been before I read the book. I read it only once and swore that I would never read it again, because reading it had destroyed so many of my childhood heroes and exposed them as simply men. Who knows maybe it is a book that I should go back and re-read, just to get rid of some of the shadows that seem to be lingering around it.

What I read now

Now that I am retired, most of the time I read Sword and Sorcery, Science Fiction, a bunch of running books or maybe once in a while a something on self-improvement. I just read what interests me at the moment or something that I enjoy. Having a book take me away to places I will never go, become someone who I will never be, do things that I will never do and make me see them with my imagination, not that of those in Hollywood, video games or the way that someone else portrays them - you know that each book touches you differently.

Over the years, I have noticed a creep in how writing has changed - at least from my view.
A bit of rant

There is more emphasis today on greater plot details and how intricate the storylines are, writers now seem to have to have 3-6 story lines going at once and do so much more with setting the scene, adding in so much of the mundane, that the story goes dead for me quickly and takes 5-8 books in a series to wade through and with books costing $10 and up...well let's just say there are too many words being written for the benefit, I feel that I am getting. What could be condensed into 2-3 books is now expanded to account for too much boring detail, plot development and less of the action that I prefer.

Hell's bells, I do not worry or care about how my heroes had to battle mosquitoes or stay in a squalid inn, or that the trollop has a blemish on her boob and her make-up is dripping down her face (unless it is directly related to the story) and all those little things, that add (in my opinion) very little to the storyline, other than they have to endure mundane crap like the we do in the real world. Sometimes the old pulp novels of 150-200 pages got it right, get in, get to the action, move on, get to the next action, move on to solve the problem, save the girl, defeat evil, redemption for the hero, get the kingdom and everyone lives happily ever after - at least until the next book when the next problem comes around.

Sometimes I think that editors/writers are attempting to make the stories too complicated or would that be sophisticated, when all I want is to be entertained.

I want to read a solid/entertaining story, that focuses on one or maybe two characters, have good main character and interesting or "different" supporting cast, who over the course of the book I can relate to on some level, lots of fantastical action (even if it breaks the laws of physics or reality - after all there is magic involved), a few unexpected twists/turns along the way and a satisfying solution/ending to the book. Plus I want to be able to finish the damn book in 2-3 days, not 2-3 months.

In other words, a lot like the older pulp books that I used to read when I was growing up.

Were they all perfect - hell no, but they were mostly entertaining and we did not have to read 1,000 pages per book in a 10 book series to finish it. Sometimes the idea of picking up a 500-700 page novel and have it be part one of ten becomes daunting.

Get off the rant machine Harold.

Yeah, I did get off on a tangent didn't I ;-) . Oh well, can't you tell I love to read and have some opinions on where we are.
Moving on

One thing I have noticed is that I am starting to use my Kindle to do more of my reading of books that I "know" that I will only read once.

My physical library is made up of books that I enjoy and have had some effect on me during some time in my life. However, as I looked over my book-case today, I have a feeling that I am going to be going through and purging out some of the books that are part of a series that got too long and bring back in other books that I enjoyed versus having the entire collection of what an author has written.

Tag, You’re It! Either post your list here, on Facebook, or your own blog!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Throw Back Thursday - 1971 Camaro

After a lot of thought I have decided to move some of best of my old posts from Aging Runnah and A Runnah’s Story blogs, primarily the old reviews, maybe a few of the better posts and race reports that I have written over the years. I have a feeling that at some point, my WordPress.com blogs are simply going to go away and I want to still be able to go back and read some of the stuff I wrote.

If you are reading this blog post, that is why it is has been re-posted here.

Originally posted on: September 4, 2014


This is a photo from 1976, in front of USCGC SHACKLE, when I was on the buoy tender in South Portland (depending on when the photo was taken) I was getting ready to go on liberty and had parked there. 

It seemed like a good photo and showed Portland in the back ground.

1971 Camaro after paint job 1976

The car was my 1971 Camaro after a paint job by my Gramp and a new engine that Jimmy McGinnis put in (that 350 4 barrell, sure could fly). 

Unfortunately, it was one of the most unreliable cars that I ever bought and I learned a LOT about car repairs, but it sure looked good and as a 18-19 year old kid driving around in it sure was fun.

Looking at this photo brings back a lot of memories, good times, bad times and more than a few smiles.