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October 23, 2011

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Big Sur Weekend

Every year at the end of October we go to Big Sur to celebrate Jim's birthday and run in the Big Sur River Run 10k. Jim's son John came as usual. We're often joined by some of the Adobe folks and his year, Heather and Matthew came for their second helping of camping, running/walking, hiking and boozing. We were joined by our "old" boss John (who's of course younger than Jim and I) and his delightful wife Heather. Dan - another Adobean and Big Sur Resident always volunteers at event and we were delighted when he paid us a visit on Saturday evening.

I was hoping that my open source buddy Stani would be able to join us. However his business trip evaporated to everybody's loss. I was so disappointed not to share the beauty of California with my Belgian friend from Amsterdam. Let's hope for a future oportunity.

For the first time ever in my 10 runs at the Big Sur River Run 10k, I did better that Jim. He was injured and didn't run! I astonished everybody by running 49:40 and taking 3rd place in my new division of 60-69 men. Getting older has advantages - there's less competition! I narrowly defeated Hansi by 30 seconds and she won the Ladies 70+. (I wonder if I'll ever beat her again!).

A really great weekend - thanks everybody for you company. And Many Happy Returns to Jim. I'll try to beat you again next year. However I know you'll win as usual. However will you beat my times when I was in my 50s? We'll see.

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