Splendid Summer

CampingSo we are wrapping up a beautiful July, filled with lots of warm weather.  I was able to get back into the running saddle pretty well, topping 100k for the month.  I also set a new personal best in a 10k race a few weeks ago, so I am getting my racing legs back under me.  I am trying to stretch out my running distances a bit as well, although I am not sure I will be ready to run a 25k race in mid-August as I had planned.  Regardless, I am going to try and stick with the running schedule I have laid out and we’ll see where I end up.

So we had our first real family camping trip over the Canada Day weekend, where we took the kids out to tent at a local campground.  It was pretty fun, with lots of hikes, pool time, campfires, and such.  My favourite part was the drunk guy slung across my car at 2am in the morning.  I expected some partying, but the people next to us were ridiculous.  And they weren’t snot-nosed teens that don’t know any better; they were middle-aged adults that you would expect to be more mature.  Ah well, it made for a rough nights sleep, but it didn’t spoil the rest of our time.  And since we headed home a little early on the last day, we got to see the Canada Day fireworks that night!

I went to see both Amazing Spider-Man and Dark Knight Rises, which rounds out the comic book movie summer.  I did not like Spider-Man, and felt like the entire movie was badly cast and poorly written.  It is a movie that I’d expect to play better to general audiences than geeks, so I can’t completely write it off.  The Lizard was a lame villain to use, and Peter Parker just didn’t feel right.  And the ending to the movie is terrible, which always leave you with a bad taste in your mouth.  Contrast that to the Dark Knight Rises, which was terrific.  It served as a really nice bookend to the trilogy, providing a satisfying conclusion to this particular version of the Batman story.  Bane was a great bad-guy, and I didn’t expect the twist with the League of Shadows towards the end.  I did not like Anne Hatheway as Catwoman, but thankfully her role was small and almost inconsequential to the overall action.  I hope they leave that series closed with that film, and look to explore the Batman mythos with a new direction after a few more years.

Well, that’s it for now. Going to try and slip in some Terraria before bed!

Randy