I often ask my wife this question, which to her means, how many bags of my camera gear should I bring. She is a good wife, and knows me well. After asking this question on Saturday, my sister had the best unknown response. “Well, if Josh is coming, I don’t even bother bringing my camera.” I guess that answers it.
So this weekend, it was several days of me bringing my camera along. First up was Mark and Debbie leaving Austin for Ft. Polk, LA. Mark is a Captain in the Army and a super fast runner, who shares my sick sense of humor. Debbie is a joy to run with as well, although we have seen less of her lately. We are saddened to see them go just as Mark was adjusting to living in Austin. Hopefully they will be back in a few years.
Saturday, I went an volunteered a little time to “Scare for A Cure“. A haunted house experience that raises money for local charities. Some of my friends are heavily involved with this group. I figured it would make some interesting images and shine the spotlight a little on the people that make it happen. This year they are raising money for Breast Cancer Resource Centers of Texas.
The people putting on Scare are top notch and I can already recommend that you either donate some time, or go out and experience the “SCARE” for yourself. Also, its being built inside a half built castle on Lake Austin. Pretty cool.
Saturday evening, it was off to Seguin to celebrate my oldest sisters birthday. Dad cooked some awesome Tilapia, and I did my best to eat a pan of it by myself. Nice to have both my sisters and all the husbands, nieces and nephews there to socialize with. Got to play “Tag” with the youngins’ – did my best matador with a pair of sunglasses.
Dad built a bonfire that would have been even more awesome the night before, but summer decided to return to Central Texas for the weekend.
Did I mention the heat?
Sunday morning, our team rogue roadrunners ventured down “south” – ie. downtown to run the Silicon Labs Marathon Relay. Hot was the word of the day, in fact, you could hardly tell that they have moved the event from 4th of July to late September. Felt about the same.
I was running the last leg for my team (Coyote and the Roadrunners!), started about 10am. Pretty brutal. My pictures are pretty much before the event through the first three legs, as I had to warmup and get ready for my part.
It was great to see a lot of my running friends, Donnie, Joe, Jill, Angel, Tori, Kelly, Rebecca, Bill, et al. A lot of old Wilco runners. I love the Austin Running scene, just a ton of good people being good folks. warm, inviting, bonding in our own suffering.
I ran a good time, about 22 minutes. Felt like my blood was going to boil. I would have liked to just document the race, but some one had to run the anchor 🙂 We finished 11th out of 150 teams in our division, not too shabby.