The Good & The Bad

Let’s start with the good because the bad isn’t that awful.

I stumbled across a website that can keep you entertained for all the right reasons. Have y’all heard of GOOD?

GOOD is a collaboration of individuals, businesses, and nonprofits pushing the world forward. Since 2006 we’ve been making a magazine, videos, and events for people who give a damn. This website is an ongoing exploration of what GOOD is and what it can be.

It’s a neat collection of various news items you typically will not find on the front page of your daily paper.

On to the bad. How many have ever watched a major sporting event the day after it takes place? The next week? The next month? How about 2 months? If you were hoping to watch the 2010 Ford Ironman World Championship race from this past Saturday, that’s how long you’d have to wait – it will air on Dec. 18. Is that how to treat the world’s leading athletes? ESPN can’t convince me that an afternoon of bowling is more intriguing. What a load of gar-bage.

Some like it hot.

I have talked at length about the absolute awe Ironmans leave me in, and this NBC Universal Sports article articulates the absolute breaking point these athletes go to, Ironman Kona: ‘It’s like the highway to hell’. Running, biking and swimming miles with nobody but themselves. What’s a few degrees in hot lava? Happy note, the swim is with dolphins and sea turtles.

When asked what the toughest part of the Kona course is, McCormack said, “I think the loneliness of the race. You’re on the big island of Hawaii, you’re out in those lava fields, there’s not much there. It’s like the highway to hell… Other events around the world, you’re in civilization. But here, it’s very, very tough because it’s very barren and very open to the elements, and when you get out there the sun just seems like it’s sitting on top of your head.”

What’s been going good for you this week?


24 responses to “The Good & The Bad

  1. It’s still early in the week – but so far, having a great run with the hubs yesterday at lunch was good. Oh, and 2 great dinners rank pretty high on the “good” scale. Hope your week is starting off on a good note!

  2. THAT is the kind of web site I like to browse – thanks, girl! Good this week: Tapering! And carb loading, and spending every minute being excited for SUNDAY 😉

  3. Oh, also, we could go into a whole post about the sh*t ESPN chooses to air sometimes. One example: the National Spelling Bee.

    Let that sink in.

    I’ve had family in it for the past 6 years (yup, let THAT sink in, too), and I’m all for supporting it….but it is NOT a sport. C’mon now.

  4. pretty crazy. if they can edit together those dang housewives in a day they can get Ironman Kona up. that’s a great photo… all of Hawaii is beautiful…

    I’m going to come back later to click on Good. It looks like something that would keep me from getting work done today – it’s Short Attention Span Theater over here in my head today… 😀

  5. Interesting web site… sounds like a good time killer! 😉

    Well. It’s Tuesday. But I won’t complain. So far the legs are holding up, the sleep has been coming without a problem, and I’ve got a fun weekend planned! Weeeee!

  6. even though it’s for a funeral, i’m glad i get to see my entire family over the next couple of days…it’s going to be hard but fun at the same time!

  7. Our 2-mile run this morning was seriously FUN. I never knew I’d think running was so fun. I know it will get harder but so far, so GOOD. And I got to spend time with my nieces at the TX State Fair AND I’m eating chocolate chips so that is all very good. xoxo

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