2014 Dog Jog and Why It Matters to Me

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My first Citizens for Humane Action Dog Jog was in August 2008. It’s something I’ll never forget. The day before the race, my divorce became final, then, in a horrible twist of fate…. my grandfather passed away a few hours later. It was, without question, one of the worst days of my life.

I had signed up for the Dog Jog a few weeks prior because I wanted something to look forward to and thought this would be a good distraction.

When I arrived at the race, I found my good friend, Billy. It was great to have some support at the race. You can see from the picture how young and thin I was.

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Tobey was so happy that day. And I felt great helping homeless animals. It was exactly what I needed. We ran 5k in 23 minutes and 34 seconds (7:30 average).

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I’ve kept the Dog Jog on my  Calendar ever since. I even showed up with a severely sprained ankle one year. I didn’t run, but I was there. I’ve raised more than $3,400 since my first race.

I started bringing my Lillian and the woman who would become my wife. The event morphed into something I looked forward to every year. Something I could do to give back to the animals that can’t help themselves and something I could do with my best friend Tobey.

This year, Tobey is turning 9. It’s something that I’m having a hard time with. He’s started to slow down physically, which breaks my heart. It takes him longer to recover from runs, and he can’t go as fast as he could before. That’s why this year’s Dog Jog is so important to me.

There is a real chance this could be the last formal run we do together. We likely won’t beat our personal record (22:35 in 2009), but we will remain committed to the cause.

We’re going to show up and we’re going to have an amazing time helping other dogs. In the end, that’s what the CHA Dog Jog is all about.

I personally can’t wait.

If you’d like to contribute to my cause, you can do so here…. if you’d like to leave a note, please use the comment box below.

Early Lawn Photos

It’s crazy how fast time goes in the Spring. With yard work and running, I haven’t had as much time as I want to update the blog. A couple of quick notes…. Everyone should listen to the audio books of Harry Potter. The reader should get a Nobel prize. He is absolutely incredible. I’m on the last book and could not be more impressed.

I’m still without Cable TV and loving it. A quick recommendations is Derek on Netflix. A very solid show. I’m looking forward to the HBO shows coming on Amazon Prime streaming later in the month.

Anyway, here are a few pictures of the back yard.

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Grammar….

I went to Boston’s pizza for a quick drink before the Columbus Clippers game yesterday. I don’t know why this sign bothered me so much…. I kept wondering why Sports wants to eat Boston’s…. Remember kids, commas are important.

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Mulch!

It’s been a while since my last blog post. As Spring has come, it seems that the work that needs to be done around the house has tripled. Between preparing the yard for Summer and getting knocked out by a cold, I haven’t had as much time as usual for blog posts.

One of the main tasks that has been keeping me busy is putting down nine cubic yards of mulch (81 bags).

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With the horrible winter, the yard was in desperate need of some TLC. In addition to planting grass, it was due for a mulch upgrade. Below are some before, during, and after pictures.

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Anyway, the yard is starting to take shape so hopefully I’ll have some free time soon.

WWCD 102.5 Guest D.J. Recap!

Editor’s Note: If you’d like to listen to my Guest DJ appearance, you can get the MP3 or zip file by using the links below:

To download the MP3, click here

To download a zip file of the recording, click here

To check out my official Guest DJ page, click here

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As I mentioned in a previous post, I had the opportunity to be the Guest DJ at CD102.5 on April 4th from 1-2pm. For those unfamiliar with CD102.5, it is one of the last independent stations around and is generally awesome. And for those unfamiliar with what the Guest DJ is, it’s exactly like it sounds. They let a person on the air for an hour to play their list of songs.

The Guest DJ process starts by submitting a list of 10-12 songs to the station and then being selected. One of my favorite things in Columbus is the Big Room Brunch on Sunday mornings from 9-11. It’s hosted by Ed Francis and is two hours of songs that were recorded acoustically in the CD102.5 Big Room. I love grabbing a cup of coffee, the Sunday Dispatch and listening to the Brunch.

Since I’m such a fan of The Brunch, I thought it would be fun to submit a list of all Big Room Brunch songs. I compiled my list of 10 songs and sent it in to CD102.5.

Seven days later, I received an email from Brian Phillips asking if I would be available on 4/4 to be the Guest DJ. I quickly replied a resounding ‘yes’ to which he replied I should think of a couple more songs to complete the hour.

When the day came, I updated my list and headed to the station with my main man Jonny-Boy. We stopped at Wendy’s and then went to the station. I checked in at reception and they showed us to the basement where I met some of the D.J.’s and received the outline of my hour. I read through it and was good to go.

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My time on the air started with two of my songs being played, then Brian introducing me and doing a quick interview. From there, it was my hour to play and introduce the music.

My set list and some of why I selected the songs are below:

  1. Ben Kweller – Thirteen – Quite possibly my favorite song ever and why I love The Big Room. I still remember hearing it for the first time and thinking how much I hope to feel that way about someone. I made a push to have this be the song of our first dance at my wedding but wasn’t successful.
  2. Pete Yorn – Closet – I’m a big Pete Yorn fan and this is my favorite song of his. This is off the album ‘Music for the Morning After
  3. The Airborne Toxic Event – Sometime Around Midnight – Another one of my favorites. This is also on my running mix so I get to hear it a lot.
  4. Death Cab for Cutie – Cath – I love that this song was inspired by a book (even if the book was horrible).
  5. Sea Wolf – Wicked Blood – I like how this song builds in intensity as it goes on (ember in the rafters). I also have this on my running mix.
  6. Grouplove – Tongue Tied – I originally wanted ‘Itchin’ on a Photograph’ but they had never performed that song in the Big Room so Tongue Tied was my second choice.
  7. Tegan and Sara – Nineteen – Next up was a double exposure of Tegan and Sara. I choose Nineteen because it expresses how intense and fast young love can be. I also really like angry chick music.
  8. Tegan and Sara – The Con
  9. Metric – Help I’m Alive – Another one of my running songs.
  10. Franz Ferdinand – No You Girls – I originally wanted ‘Do you Want To’ but wasn’t available. ‘No You Girls’ was a good second choice. This came from my running mix as well.
  11. Keane – Somewhere Only We Know – I wanted ‘Crystal Ball’ because that song is awesome, but sadly wasn’t available. Somewhere Only We Know was the next best Keane song.
  12. Of Monsters and Men – Dirty Paws – My wife and I say that this is Tobey and Lili’s song every time it comes on the radio so I wanted to play it and dedicate to the Superfriends.

In the end, I was amazed how fast the hour went and how much fun it was. I want to thank Jonny-Boy for taking the pics and coming along for moral support, thanks to Brian Phillips for selecting my playlist and a huge thanks to CD102.5 for being awesome and giving me this opportunity.

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