Oct. 10, 2007

Ironman Western Australia Entered

Yesterday I finally pulled the trigger and signed up for Ironman Western Australia. I've been training for it for about a month now but it's still going to be an interesting physical and logistical challenge! The above image is of the Busselton Jetty, which conveniently extends 1.8K into the protected salt waters of Geographe Bay. The Ironman swim will go up one side and down the other. Lately I've been doing my training swims at the Douglas Snow Aquatic Centre, a 50m pool which has a weird shallow section in the middle, to get used to continuous swimming.

Today is the Ontario Provincial election. The ruling Liberals didn't look very strong coming into it, but a strange mis-step by the Conservatives seems to have handed the election to them. The Conservative leader made funding of all religious schools a part of his platform and it proved to be very unpopular. Initially I thought the policy was either idiotic or deeply cunning. Sometimes positions that are widely, but mildly, unpopular don't drive votes away but pull in all the votes of a small minority. The result, if well calculated, is a boost in votes from an unpopular policy... Well it doesn't seem to have happened that way. Sadly it did manage to obliterate all the other issues.

I saw the new Wes Anderson film, The Darjeeling Limited, with Sheryl last week. I enjoyed the quirky tale of three estranged brothers on an "enforced spiritual journey" in India. Interesting performances and great cinematography. Sheryl wasn't so enamoured with it. Annoyingly, I can't watch the Hotel Chevalier "intro" on the iTunes Store as it's only available to US customers. So maybe I missed something.

"Family" news: Recently Sheryl's six year old grandson achieved Junior School fame, in my eyes, for deciding to capture a squirrel. With his step-father's help he converted a cat transporter into a trap, and after probably seven hours of waiting for a squirrel to investigate their bait, he pull the string and caught one! The poor creature was released after an hour rather than being eaten as originally planned.

Listening to: Dancing on the Jetty by INXS from The Swing.

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