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Zephyr roars on

The good folks at KZYR Radio, The Zephyr, are doing a bunch of maintenance on their tower. That means guys in radiation suits will be crawling all over it. They turn the power down to make sure the guys don’t come out medium rare. You can still hear it, and are required to. It’s at 99.7 FM.

Go Eric Pence

We cleaned off our desk when we found this testament to the glories of human achievement. Congratulate Eric and tell hoim we’re sorry for misplacing it.

It turns out that Eric Pence of Slifer Designs just completed his 10th Leadville Trail 100 Mile Run. His time of 25 hours, 46 minutes and some change earned him his 1,000 Mile belt buckle, which is even bigger than the blisters he got.

For us common folk, this is no small feat. You ever try to run even one block in Leadville? He was actually quoted crossing the finish line, saying, “I actually feel pretty good right now. I didn’t puke.”

And his recovery time?

Ask Eric about the home improvements even before the awards ceremony at noon.

So if you see Eric and he looks a little hunched over, it’s not from improper lifting on the job, or even that car accident. It’s from the weight of that amazing belt buckle. (Just ask Johnnie Sandoval, also a 10 time finisher). Congratulations guys, and thanks for making the rest of us pseudo-athletes look like, well, pseudo-athletes. And crews and pacers; something tells us they aren’t done racing yet.

Project Upgrade

Vail’s Version of the Extreme Makeover has selected a winner! Alpine Laser Clinic, Vail Valley Center for Aesthetic Dentistry, Hair West, Mountain Clothing and Curves for Women will be donating around $6,000 in cosmetic services this upcoming month. The businesses held an essay contest and were overwhelmed with the volume of entries. The chosen one is Karen Kowalczyk of Vail. Stay tuned. This paper will show you before/after photos and will cover her Reveal Party! Congratulations Karen!

Ecumenical Weekend

The annual Ecumenical Weekend of Renewal is Oct. 10-12 at Manor Vail Lodge. It’s basically where people who love God and each other get together. Jeanne Hill, and Francis and Judith MacNutt are leading it, and J.R. Polhemus and Church of the Rock Ministry are running the music. Call 476-5641.

Hang out with smart people

Vail Christian High School is now accepting names of prospective freshmen for the 2004-05 school year. Please call Shelley Gile at 926-3015 for more information.

Let’s get ready to rummage

Eagle County Charter Academy is accepting donations for their annual rummage sale scheduled for October 9 and 10. They are seeking tax-deductible donations of furniture, sporting goods, house wares, electronics, toys, appliances, clothing and other usable and saleable merchandise. Please call Pat Nolan at 845-9735 or Tania Landauer at 926-2021 to arrange delivery or pick up of your items.

Soccer for mature guys

Our friend Maicol is organizing a 40 and over soccer team to play in the Denver masters league this spring, and also to enter at least one masters tournament. They’re having an organizational meeting, weather permitting, a short practice at the new Miller Ranch fields in Edwards. It’s 6:45 p.m. Tuersday, Oct. 7. Call 376-6234 and leave your name and phone number, but not your life’s story.

You’re smarter than this.

Each year, the Darwin Award is given to the person who best proves

Darwin’s theory of evolution.

The most stupid of any species will not survive to reproduce.

– First Place for this year’s Darwin Awards.

When his 38-caliber revolver failed to fire at his intended victim during a holdup in Long Beach, California, would-be robber James Elliot did something that can only inspire wonder: He peered down the barrel and tried the trigger again. This time it worked.

And now, a couple honorable mentions:

– The chef at a hotel in Switzerland lost a finger in a meat cutting machine and, after a little hopping around, submitted a claim to his insurance company. The company, suspecting negligence, sent out one of its men to have a look for himself. He tried the machine out and lost a

finger. The chef’s claim was approved.

Insert rimshots here

– Osama bin Laden released a new videotape Wednesday, shot from his hiding place in Afghanistan, in which he threatened war against the West. There’s no question it was him. He had a beard, he had a limp, and he had a California driver’s license.

– Al Jazeera aired a new tape of Osama bin Laden. It was the usual stuff, he called Bush evil, the Great Satan, called him a warmonger. Basically, the same thing you heard at last night’s Democratic debate. (Jay Leno)

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