Monthly Archives: April 2009

Share the Road, 2009

On Apr 25, 2009, I ran the Jay Cullen Memorial 5K with my Ironman friend Roger Whitney. It was my career best 26 minutes and 18 seconds run. (6th out of 25 in age group and 58th out of 162 overall). Results at www.jaycullen5K.com.

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Water for the World, 2009

On Apr 18, 2009, I ran the Water for the World run to raise funds for clean drinking water for all people in the world. Contaminated water is a leading cause of deaths in developing countries. Last year, this cause provided clean water to 20,000 people. This year’s goal is 40,000 people. Check out http://www.waterfortheworldrun.com/ (58 min 15 secs)

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Mind Your Language

I had read this some time back – found it very funny…

European English:

The European Commission has just announced an agreement whereby English will be the official language of the European Union rather than German, which was the other possibility. As part of the negotiations, the British Government conceded that English spelling had some room for improvement and has accepted a 5- year phase-in plan that would become known as ‘Euro-English’ .

First Year

In the first year, ‘s’ will replace the soft ‘c’. Sertainly, this will make the sivil servants jump with joy. The hard ‘c’ will be dropped in favour of ‘k’. This should klear up konfusion, and keyboards kan have one less letter. There will be growing publik enthusiasm in the sekond year when the troublesome ‘ph’ will be replaced with ‘f’. This will make words like fotograf 20% shorter.

Third Year

In the 3rd year, publik akseptanse of the new spelling kan be expekted to reach the stage where! more komplikated changes are possible. Governments will enkourage the removal of double letters which have always ben a deterent to akurate speling. Also, al wil agre that the horibl mes of the silent ‘e’ in the languag is disgrasful and it should go away.

Fourth Year

By the 4th yer people wil be reseptiv to steps such as  replasing ‘th’ with ‘z’ and ‘w’ with ‘v’.

Fifth  Year

During ze fifz yer, ze unesesary ‘o’ kan be dropd from vords kontaining ‘ou’ and after ziz fifz yer, ve vil hav a reil sensi bl riten styl.  Zer vil be no mor trubl or difikultis and evrivun vil find it ezi tu understand ech oza. Ze drem of a united urop vil finali kum tru.

Und efter ze fifz yer, ve vil al be speking German like zey vunted in ze forst plas.