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A Full Day in London

Saturday, September 22nd, 2012

Our overnight flight from Dulles touched down in London at just after 6am local time. Despite only a couple of hours of sleep and some jet lag, we were still quite excited to have finally arrived in the UK. An hour ride on the tube (my first) brought us to the Piccadilly Circus stop and after a short walk, we found ourselves at Piccadilly Backpackers… “London’s most central hostel”. Notice how they highlight only location in their tag line. “Sketchy”, “dirty”, and “dingy” are words I would use to describe the accommodations as we crammed into a 10×11 room with two bunk beds. However with only one night in London on the front-end of the trip, we would certainly be able to make due.

Check-in wasn’t until 1pm so after checking our bags, we had enough time for a traditional English breakfast – eggs, sausage, bacon, baked beans, grilled tomatoes, toast – and a quick Wi-Fi stop at McDonald’s before making our way to Green Park for a walking tour of the city. We were met by our tour guide, Suzy, at 11am and spent the next few hours seeing the typical sights of London: Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square, Downing Street, Westminster Abbey, Big Ben and Parliament among others.

Buckingham Palace

National Gallery at Trafalgar Square

Westminster Abbey

Following the tour, we stopped at a pub near Trafalgar Square for a late lunch, including more traditional fare of fish and chips, as well as the first pints of the trip. Being a bit beat at this point, we made our way back to the hostel to check-in and enjoy a little downtime before heading out for the evening.

While checking our bags earlier in the morning, we let the attendant talk us into purchasing tickets for a pub crawl sponsored by the hostel. Being new to London nightlife, it seemed like a good idea. In hindsight, I’m not sure we saw the best bars London has to offer (perhaps quite the opposite) but it did make for a fun evening and served as a great kickoff to the trip.

Pub Crawl

Tomorrow we head to Liverpool via train. While we were never able to score tickets to Liverpool vs. ManU, we’ll find a pub somewhere to watch. I’m looking forward to meeting some proper hooligans and making the most of the quick stop.

LIVESTRONG Challenge 2012

Sunday, June 17th, 2012

This year marks the fourth year that I will be participating in the LIVESTRONG Challenge. My friend Gerald, now a triathlete as well as a biker, continues his courageous fight against cancer and once again will convene team Wannabe Riders Against Cancer in Philadelphia to participate in the run/walk and riding events. Our team of riders will be making their third attempt at completing the 100-mile course after being rain and thunderstorm shortened the past two years. While two of our team members were able to successfully complete the full 100 miles last year, I still look forward to reaching the century mark for the first time ever.

With 10 weeks to go until the date of the ride, I’m in great shape from a training standpoint. I have amassed 262 total miles biked, which has included two rides of 50+ miles with another 95 miles biked over the course of Memorial Day weekend. (I had reached just 85 miles at this point last year.) This year I have also managed to recruit a few additional DC friends to join me and even found a few challenging hill routes to vary my standard ride on the W&OD which has made for a more enjoyable time training.

This year I will again set a goal of raising $1000 for Lance Armstrong’s LIVESTRONG Foundation. While Gerald’s battle with cancer continues to be a successful one, much work remains in the fight against this disease. Cancer became the number one cause of death in 2010. One in three men and one in two women will be diagnosed with cancer during their lifetime. I would love your support in helping me reach my goal.

To read more about the LIVESTRONG Foundation and my participation, please check out my personal fundraising website. You may also head straight to the donation form to contribute.

While Gerald inspired me to accept this challenge, and I ride in support of his continued fight against cancer, he is not the only one in my life who has been affected by the disease. I will continue to ride in support of fellow Team Wannabe Riders Against Cancer teammate, Natalie O. I will be riding in memory of my Uncle Harry, Aunt Denny, and close friends Judy O and Carole F.

Thanks for taking the time to read. I do appreciate the support.

Two Twenty-Six

Wednesday, December 24th, 2008

I went bowling this past Sunday and notched a new high score of 226. That’s me in the 3rd row…


Definitely got a little tired at the end and definitely the closest I’ll probably ever come to a perfect game.

New RSS Feed

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2008

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The migration away from isn’t going to be quite as seamless as I’d hoped.

A Returning Spree

Tuesday, October 7th, 2008

You’ve been on a shopping spree before, right?  I think we all have.  You come home from the mall or clothing/sporting goods/[insert hobby of choice] store and have spent a little more than you wanted to going in.  To be honest, I haven’t been too frugal over the past couple of months.

Well, I’ve recently started saving up for a big trip happening later this year and since I keep good track of my receipts, decided maybe I should take back a few items that I know I don’t really need. Total returning spree savings… about $300.

I guess I’m not helping the economy much but at least I feel a little more fiscally responsible.