For those of you who can’t live without knowing how I do in my softball leagues, I am putting my stats on this blog on the “Softball Stats” page on the right sidebar. So go ahead, give it a click. See how awful I do.


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Back from Cali

I made it back from a great trip to Los Angeles, and now the jet-lag is finally gone. Getting home on Sunday and starting back to work on Monday did not give me a lot of time to recover form a cross-country flight. I trudged through the week and made it to the weekend. However, I did not get to sleep in until today. Yesterday, I was up at 815 and off to the Virginia Gold Cup Championship.
I was invited by a coworker, and having never seen live horse racing before, I was intrigued, so I accepted the invitation. As an added bonus, accepting the invitation got me out of helping paint an office building. Never being at a horse race, I did not know what to expect. Never being farther south than Alexandria, Virginia, I did no t know what to expect from the people. Well, the horses were fun to watch. In the first race, we saw a horse have a 20 length lead evaporate to a 3rd place finish. The Virginia Gold Cup championship is a Steeplechase race on a grass course. It is a longer race than the Kentucky Derby.

With no betting at the track, it is just an excuse for people to get plastered before noon and to look COMPLETELY ridiculous for an afternoon (at least I only hope they dressed like that for Gold Cup). a fun time was had by all, but by the third race, it was getting a bit chilly, so we decided to beat the traffic and get home. I made it home in time to watch the most exciting two minutes in sports.

Todd Thurman

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Live from 35,861 Feet in the Air

I am posting this from an airplane in route to Los Angeles. I am using the WiFi available on certain Virgin America flights (as well as other airlines, but I am flying Virgin America). It is pretty cool. I should also let you know that I am watching TV on the flight as well. What an age we live in. I’ve almost spolied myself though. I have been so accustomed to certain ammenities (TV, snacks, basically everything jetBlue does) that for me to fly any other way is very difficult. It’s amazing how TV helps pass the endless hours on a flight. Luckily, the airlines with most things to offer, are usually the cheapest options. Virgin America and jetBlue don’t fly to every city, but they fly to my cities (and that is all that really matters).

Anyway, apologies for the lack of updates. You may have noticed a severe lack of content. This is because I hosted this blog on a Web site that was free for me for two years. The two years were up, so I got rid of the of the Web site and the blog. I kept the domain and just point this blog at a WordPress blog to let them pay for the hosting. It has been very busy at work. With my boss out celebrating the birth of his son and getting ready for a conference in LA, there has not been a dull moment lately. Things should settle down on Monday with my boss back and the conference over. However, something else starts on Monday that I am really excited about.


That’s right! For those of you who know me (and really, who else would read this tripe?) know that I love softball and I cannot get enough of it. YOUR Capitialist Tools have our first practice game against the Supply Sliders. To get in shape I loosly organized a practice session at West Potomac Park last Saturday. It felt really good to get back out on the field. My shoulder had other feelings about it though.

It will be a tougher season because, unlike in years past, only one team from each division makes it to the playoffs. We can seal our own destiny early in the season when we play the Center for American Progress (they are known as the left-fielders). They love to bring ringers when they play us. If we win, it will be up to us. If we lose, we will need to count on other teams to beat them. I don’t know about you, but I like controlling my own fate, so I will do my best to win. That’s it for now. I am flying over Kansas right now.

Todd Thurman

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Same Old Voice, Slightly Different Place

This is the new address. Get used to it. I’ll be back with more later. Now it is question and answer time with Jazz Legend Wynton Marsalis.

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