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December 10, 2011

13.1 Los Angeles Giveaway Winner; GU Roctane Drink Mix Giveaway Winner; Random Shots of Beauty

I’ve got a slightly extended Random Shot of Beauty post for today – but first, it’s time to announce the winners of two separate contests that took place this week.

As you’ll recall, the 13.1 Marathon Los Angeles road race drawing was conducted in my typically random fashion – but as it turns out, the winner ended up being in the same neighborhood as the race. Lauren L: e-mail me – you’re the winner, and I’ve got a free registration code for you.

On the other hand, the GU Roctane drink mix contest was completely subjective, and I had no ground rules other than to do something to make me choose you. This one was decided pretty early in the game, when RD Jim dropped his comment in the box. I mean … the dude made a video for me; after that, everyone else was pretty much competing for second place. (Although Anthony’s comment and link to the mobile app page certainly piqued my interest – this is something I need to investigate a bit further.)

Anyway, congrats to the winners, and as always, thanks to everyone else for playing. Stay tuned for another giveaway contest next week.


With the holiday season in full swing, I’ve decided that for the rest of the month I’ll change these weekend posts to Random Shots of Christmas instead of the customary RSOB. (Besides, there’s beauty in Christmas, so I’m not breaking form too dramatically here.) On that note, I had my camera with me this morning …

… while hanging out with practically everyone else in town at a dilapidated airstrip in the middle of Carmel Valley Village …

…. where everyone awaited two special passengers arriving by air ...

Santa and Mrs Claus, making their customary appearance at the annual Santa’s Fly-In event that has everything you could ever ask when it comes to quaint small-town traditions. After Santa mingles with all the kids, the fly-in is followed by a parade through the village …

… where Santa’s sleigh gets towed by a tractor. It’s just another of those distinctly Carmel Valley scenes that makes me happy to live here.

One unfortunate but unrelated postscript to the story is that while all this Christmas cheer was taking place, I was being left out of the Western States 2012 lottery. Now it’s on to Plan B for next year, which is, um … actually, I don’t really have a Plan B. So I guess my new Plan A is to come up with a Plan B. As soon as I figure something out, I’ll be sure to let you know.

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Her Name Is Rio 12/10/11, 6:52 PM  

Sorry to hear about WS100, but I'm sure you'll come up with a great new Plan A.

Lisa B 12/11/11, 7:50 PM  

Wow, great video from RD Jim. Congrats, Jim!

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