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“Howdy Partners”— Just wanted to use a little rodeo lingo I picked up at the Labor Day weekend event that I attended, the MGRA. What a weekend it turned out to be! The weather was absolutely gorgeous—and so were the cowboys. The rodeo committee must have really appeased the weather gods, because both Saturday and Sunday were cool and crisp with no rain.
The weekend began Thursday with a welcoming show headlined by none other than our own fabulous Mandy Barbarell at Sidekicks Saloon. Yours truly decided to venture out on Friday night to try and lasso a stray cowpoke. I ran into the most fabulous rodeo participants from Minneapolis, three of the cutest cowboys in the tightest jeans, and partying animals they were, too. One of them, my favorite, is a bartender at the Eagle in Minneapolis. I really need to make a trek North just to catch his act again sometime.
A Marge Simpson impersonator was one of the contestants in the “wild drag race,” in which a contestant must ride a steer from point A to point B without losing their wig or their composure. Sharing the picture is a runaway, or should I say breakaway, bride who is also preparing to mount a steer (or perhaps her husband). The picture shown looks like just a commercial for Camp, but really, folks, I did not pose Billy with the paper. He actually was reading it during a lull in the activities. My sincere thanks to all those folks who helped to make this year’s rodeo a great success. It will be interesting to see what unfolds next year as the rodeo will probably have to move to the other side of the state line and perhaps an indoor arena! Stay tuned for more news as it develops.
Another event that was blessed by the weather gods took place the next weekend, Corroboree, a benefit for Save Inc. held on Friday evening, September 8th. This event took place at the Kansas City Zoo near the African exhibit. I really want to give Larry and Lewis, the event cochairs, and all the committee members credit for pulling off a wonderful evening. The food was absolutely fantastic this year, with vendors serving everything from Kansas City BBQ to seafood quiche. Corroboree provided a mechanical surf board for riding that reminded me of the bull ride at Gay Pride this year. After my chafing experience on the bull ride, I opted not to ride the wild surf, although Mark Anderson, the executive director of Save Inc. did manage to stay up on the board for at least two seconds (I counted)! Mark, I hope you didn’t discover new places to ache the next morning like I did after riding that %$#@! bull!
There were two events that occurred since the last issue that relate to AIDS Walk and the AIDS Bicycle Challenge. The first took place in the new Voo Doo Lounge at Harrah’s Casino on August 25th. All door receipts were donated to AIDS Walk and although the turnout was small, I understand that Harrah’s presented Mike and Josh with more than $1,000 as a result of the event. The bartenders kept all the crowd amused with their juggling prowess.
The second AIDS Walk event took place during Old Timers at Missie B’s on September 12th. Mike Lintecum. and Josh Strodtman, cochairs for AIDS Walk, presented Mike Burnes and Jan Allen with an award for their support of AIDS Walk every year. I can attest to that. Every year that I have been walking in AIDS Walk, Michael and Missie B’s have provided a home-cooked breakfast before the walk. Since I’ve been eating Michael’s home-cooked breakfast since the 70s when he owned a diner on Troost Ave. called Mike’s Kitchen, I am living proof that you can not just survive but thrive on Mike’s cooking (along with an assist from Bootsy and Rodney).
FUTURE HAPPENINGS AROUND TOWN
This month promises to be jam-packed with events to keep this old girl off the streets, or should I say on the streets? The first weekend in October will start out with a Street Blast in Westport on the evening of Saturday, September 30th, followed by Out in Westport on Sunday, October 1st. In talking with James Pryor. from the Community Center, I hear there will be many surprises in store at both events. Let me just let you know there’ll be a live performance by the Kansas City Divas from Bar Natasha, Cowboy Steve and Penny Oliver. I wonder if we can call on the weather gods just one more time for this important event for the LGBT community? Let’s all show our support by attending both Out Blast ‘06 and Out In Westport.
Hey gang, let’s go to the garage, dust off the old 10 speed, and high-tail it out to Mill Creek Streamway Trail in Shawnee Mission for the AIDS Bicycle Challenge on October 7th. The folks who have organized this event have made it really easy for everyone to register. Just log on to http://www.aidswalkkansascity.org/ride and you can even set up your own web page to receive pledges from your friends. I took the challenge last year when the route went along the Katy Trail and enjoyed the ride thoroughly—except the part where you have to mount the bike and make the wheels turn! This year I’m looking for an athletic youngster to ride with me and show me the ropes, so to speak!
Here again, I hope the rain gods are kind.
After the last 2 years of dealing with the pandemic and packing on those COVID pounds here are some motivational quotes that can be the spark plugs to our wellness engines. You can have a full tank of gas, a clean carburetor, all the fluids topped off, and 300 horsepower of Detroit’s finest under the hood, but you’re going nowhere without that initial spark. In your quest for well-being, you need a catalyst to move you from idle to ideal. Here are some motivational jolts to inspire you to get your health and fitness vehicle moving.
Make time for exercise each dayPhoto by Victor Freitas on Unsplash
Thomas Paine said, “The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.” You will have conflicts with making time for exercise each day. The treadmill will conflict with your enjoyment of the living-room couch and its fluffy pillows. Your body will engage in conflict with dumbbells and exercise balls as it seeks better health. Embrace these conflicts with excitement, and walk through the smoke and fire. Triumph is waiting on the other side.
Marathon runnersPhoto by Miguel A. Amutio on Unsplash
John F. Kennedy said, “Things do not happen. Things are made to happen.” The firefighter’s 55-pound weight loss did not just happen one day on a call. The computer programmer’s success in the Chicago Marathon did not just happen on a Sunday in October. The 4th grade teacher’s significant drop in cholesterol level did not just happen the day before spring break. These people made things happen…and it took time.
Ralph Marston of The Daily Motivator website, wrote, “What you do today can improve all your tomorrows.” Let today be the first day in 28 years without a cigarette. Stay an extra five minutes on the recumbent bike at the gym today. Start training today for the three-day breast cancer walk that is scheduled for the fall. Tomorrow is always waiting to see what you put in your piggy bank today. Invest wisely and watch the dividends grow.
Full MoonPhoto by CHUTTERSNAP on Unsplash
Jill McLemore once said, “Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you will land amongst the stars.” Set that goal to trim 75 pounds from your body. Only losing 42 pounds puts you way out there with the North Star. Aim to run 750 miles this year. Coming up 68 miles short will still put you past that former planet Pluto and on your way to the Orion constellation. Dropping eight waist sizes by Christmas instead of the projected 10 will let you glow with the luminescence of several brilliant wonders in the sky. By the way, I think there’s a full moon tonight!
Zig Ziglar stated, “You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.” Tom Cruise was another aspiring pretty face in Hollywood about 30 years ago before starting to audition for parts in TV shows. Jared Fogle was a morbidly obese college student at Indiana University in the 1990s before beginning his Subway diet. Mark Zuckerberg was just another starry-eyed Ivy Leaguer until he began to implement a social network idea. They all have that common bond: They started something.
These motivational quotes should help get your wellness engine running and once your car is started there’s no telling where your health and fitness can go. Don't forget to end me a postcard when you get there!
This health and fitness article is brought to you by that guy who’s sneaky like a black hole and bright like a nebula. My name is Ron Blake and I can be found playing with my telescope at email@example.com.
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“I wish I could work out, too, but I just don’t have the motivation!”
Give me a dollar for every time I’ve heard that and I’d be in Cabo San Lucas with an umbrella drink right now. Let’s identify a few of your motivations to get you on the right path. They are there … you just need to realize them so you can make it a great 2022.
How about getting healthy so you can be at that Christmas celebration in 30 years with all the family gathered around and exchanging presents? There will be nieces, nephews, brothers, sisters, children and maybe some grandchildren, all enjoying the sounds and sights of the season. That would be amazing!
How about being healthy so you can watch the first man land on Mars in 2030? You hear all the talk about preparing for a mission to Mars, but it will be a long time in coming. Just think if you were alive and well to see it happen!
How about being healthy so you can attend that 60-year class reunion? It might even be nice to walk into the function with a spring in your step and a glow of health about you! Many of your classmates will have walked past St. Peter and those pearly gates by that time, but you can give yourself a chance to stay here with some proactive measures.
How about being healthy so you can spend more time being relaxed and retired? It would be awesome to just not have to do anything you didn’t want to do! Get up every day and use that watch they gave you as a fashion accessory only. With a healthy body, you can spend ample time in the lap of leisure well into your 90s.
How about being healthy so you can walk your dog with your grandkids or great-nephews after that Thanksgiving meal many years down the road? It will be so cool to have that turkey dinner with all the relatives, but it’ll be even more fun to be able to move around without having to catch your breath between steps.
How about being healthy so you can continue to enjoy vibrant sunsets, thrilling football games, colorful leaves in the fall, summer barbecues, or birthday cards in the mail?
Everyone can find the motivation to work out! You just have to identify which motivation will get you to your starting line each day and which will help you get to your daily finish line.
There are plenty of great things to enjoy in life. Find your motivation and start earning your frequent flyer miles for your healthy life. Then soar into the future with excitement about what will be!
This article of motivation is brought to you by a guy who knows a good thing when he sees it. That guy of good vision is Ron Blake, and he can be spotted on that bright horizon at firstname.lastname@example.org.