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13 January 2006

Bang!...


W

ith the shot from the start gun, the 2006 Houston Marathon will begin this Sunday morning. It's not an easy run either. Up and down hills, running throughout the city. Down freeways and alongside interstates. Every year I go out and stand at my favorite corner and watch the runners. Usually I can last about 1.5 hours, depending on the weather...

Today however, is when I participate in the marathon so to speak. I'll be down at the George R. Brown convention center here in Houston volunteering to hand out the paperwork, etc. to the runners that come in... Unfortunately, there's not a whole lot I actually do since I somehow manage to screw things up... before my strokes I never screwed anything up.... hmmmm...

On the 27th of the month there will be a party for the volunteers... my favorites... BBQ and beer. Since I now only drink on special occasions, I'll probably stick to BBQ and soda (bleccckkk!). I almost feel guilty going. There are many volunteers that do a whole hell of a lot more than me, they actually work.

Observations and Questions
Have you ever ran in a marathon or any kind of race?

EXTRA! EXTRA! This Just In... Stop the Presses!
MINNEAPOLIS... One gubernatorial candidate in Minnesota is giving a whole new meaning to the "dark side" of politics. A man who calls himself a satanic priest plans to run for governor on a 13-point platform that includes the public impaling of terrorists at the state Capitol building. (Now I have to admit, I like this idea about the impaling.).

Jonathon Sharkey, also known as "The Impaler", plans to launch his gubernatorial campaign on... when else? Friday the 13th. He'll make the announcement in Princeton.

"I'm going to be totally open and honest," said the 41-year-old leader of the "Vampyres, Witches and Pagans Party."

"Unlike other candidates, I'm not going to hide my evil side," he said.

In Minnesota, anyone who pays the $300 filing fee can get on the gubernatorial ballot and it seems that every year a few eccentric candidates make the rounds.

Sharkey raises the bar. For one thing, he told the Star Tribune in an e-mail that he drinks blood. (Hmmmm, at least he is not an alcoholic.)

Including the impaling of terrorists, rapists, drug dealers and other criminals, Sharkey's platform includes emphasis on education, tax breaks for farmers and better benefits for veterans. (Hey, way to go there Drac.)

Sharkey said he worships Lucifer and, while he says he has nothing against Christians, he calls the "Christian God the Father" his "mortal enemy." (This could be a big political mistake.)

Sharkey said he was injured during a parachute jump with the Army in 1982 and receives veterans disability benefits. (He obviously landed on his head).

He has not yet registered as a gubernatorial candidate, but he has already filed as a candidate for the 2008 presidential election.

Political Comments
Oy Vey!

Birth Announcements and Dusty Death Notices
Born in 1919, Robert Stack, Los Angeles CA, actor (Eliot Ness-Untouchables, Airplane, Unsolved Mysteries). And in the death notices we find in 1929, Wyatt Earp, US Marshall (OK Corral), dies at 80. Also, one of my favorites... in 1864 Stephen Foster, composer, (My Old Kentucky Home), dies in a New York hospital at 37.
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