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heatmap picture of dead mp3 player

only six months after i got my sansa m250 it died on me. #%&*$@!? i was in love with it already! it was tiny (this is pre-shuffle), easy to operate and the 2gb were plenty for me. sad loss, but no surprise. i sweat like a pig. when i wrote runner’s voodoo i was happy […] Read more


steve vai timeline

steve vai meet and greet pass

april 1995: i was introduced to steve vai‘s music when i first heard “blue powder” from the passion and warfare cd at a college bbq/party (back at my hometown of belo horizonte in mg, brazil). june 27, 2001: i went to my first steve vai concert (at “the grove of anaheim“, which was then called […] Read more


the riddle

riddle rope maze

at first it was curiosity: “what is this?“, as i watched a little red square piece of paper make its way to the carpet from steve vai‘s sound theories cd‘s liner notes. then surprise, as i read: “valid for one (1) admission for any one (1) meet & greet on the upcoming 2007 steve vai […] Read more

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off to mt. disappointment 50k

mt. disappointment topo thumbnail

off to mt. disappointment 50k! woohoo!!! and… perfect weather! this will be my 17th race (marathon and longer) and my 12th ultra. pretty cool. SORRY FOLKS, if i’m a living application of the law of unintended consequences… […] Read more


errands, nattie style

today i needed to go to the post office get some 2 cent stamps and to the drugstore pick up a prescription. it is a fact that i hate driving. if i can walk somewhere, i will. in addition to that, it is summer, and the small peninsula on which i live gets crowded beyond […] Read more


preparing for the tahoe rim trail 50m

again i made a list of articles to pack (see “an exercise on packing“). this list brings some peace of mind at the same time that it causes a certain deal of stress. i packed a big duffel, as i’m flying to st. louis 10 days before the race, to meet with my husband who’s […] Read more


pre-race jitters

i guess it doesn’t matter how many times you’ve done this (i’m not a seasoned ultra runner anyway); if you’ve just finished reading a book titled the complete neurotic: the anxious person’s guide to life, it is somewhat likely you’ll experience the jitters before a race. well, at least i do… (the book is a […] Read more