Sunday, December 11, 2016

Pura Vida


Wanna get away?
MRW SW flies to Costa Rica for $420: pack my bag, grab my passport, fly to Liberia, take a 40 min shuttle to Tamarindo, and check into the best-rated hostel.
A nice selection of surfboards await.


 Wake up to the sound of waves crashing and exotic bird calls as the sun rules the day: play volleyball, do some snorkeling and of course surfing. Most importantly, taking time to watch the sunset. Then shower, rally yourself, and party til four, and stare at the stars in the sky while sleeping in... and then doing it all over again.


 This is the one of the spots I was thrashin' some groovy waves, dude. Totally gnarly!


Caught some curl at Playa Tamarindo, Playa Langosta and Playa Avellana.


Also practiced some Hatha Yoga, Pilates, and Vinyasa Flow.
The Restoration & Renewal feels like getting massage.


 Hot and humid - and the weather was nice too!


 I found a slice of Indiana thanks to Mikey B - originally from South Bend but now living in Costa Rica. We streamed Pacers games at his place and swam in the pool.


I also enjoyed some zipline across hilltops, at Pura Adventura.


 One wonderful thing about Tamarindo: they mostly speak English everywhere you go. 
Very tourist friendly.


 Very, very friendly.



 Hey there! A lil' too friendly...


Pura Vida is the phrase everyone repeats here; it means Simple Life.  I see why.


Thursday, July 28, 2016

More than 40 Hoosiers in the 2016 Rio Olympics

Tamika Catchings - Indiana Fever
Paul George - Indiana Pacers
David Boudia - Diving
Steele Johnson - Diving
Michael Hixon - Diving
Amy Cozad - Diving
Jessica Parratto - Diving
Lilly King - Swimming
Cody Miller - Swimming
Blake Pieroni - Swimming
Amanda Elmore - Rowing
Amanda Polk - Rowing
Courtney Hurley - Fencing
Kelly Hurley - Fencing
Lee Kiefer - Fencing
Mariel Zagunis - Fencing
Gerek Meinhardt - Fencing
Amber Cambell - Hammer Toss
Ashley Spencer - 400M
Molly Huddle - 10kM
Felisha Johnson - Shot Put
Kara Winger - Javelin
John Nunn - Racewalking
Chloe Dygert - Cycling
+ 17 more (with Indiana ties) competing for foreign countries 

Monday, April 25, 2016

LOCAL sports & politics; NATL headlines

Fellow Lawrence Central HS alum Kyle Guy has captured the hearts of thousands of basketball fans, a number that could swell to millions if he reaches the NBA (like dozens of other Indy hoopers). He almost has that many haters, too. Whether he's shushing the crowd or mocking their jeers - the kid's got swag; not to mention, athletic genes. Kyle's dad, Joe, was a standout WR at LC back in 1994. Lee Larkins, one of Kyle's first coaches, predicted he'd win Mr Basketball when Kyle was in 6th grade. JR Shelt inserted him into the starting lineup freshman year and didn't look back. Last season, he led the Bears to their best record since '96. Flashback to my glory days: LC went to semi-state in '98. Ultimately, he chose Virginia over IU because he 'connected' with Tony Bennett better than Tom Crean. That needs to be fixed.

Indiana Hoosiers picked up a JUCO transfer and just in time for Spring Creaning. Priller? Troy? I'm less surprised he chose to test the NBA than Thomas Bryant deciding to stay. Kudos, young man.

Indiana Pacers tied the playoff series at 2-2 and now head to Toronto for a best of three series. #PG13daTroof

Indianapolis Colts Draft this weekend has a lot of great OTs but Colts desperately need a stud Guard/Center combo, like Martin (ND) or Kelly (Bama). And Rush-DE/LB, as always. Who's the gem and will Grigson land him?

Indianapolis 500 is just around the corner and yours truly just did a commercial shoot today, with one of the Indycar drivers, by the last name Andretti... *ahem* Marco! Booyah, my life is dope.

This has been the weirdest Presidential campaign and now the spotlight is on Indiana. Shillary makes her first appearance in Indiana tomorrow while Donald Drumpf defies all logic and continues to lead the field of GOP candidates, now whittled down to 2. Ted Cruz picked up an endorsement from John Kasich just ahead of the Indiana primary. Then Donald counters with a surprise Bob Knight announcement. Boom Baby? #Bern1

*Bonus: Tommy Brady will now have to sit 4 games of 2016, and the Patriots still lose their 1st Rd Pick (again).

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