Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Happiness from Running

When I was in the Marine Corps, I would run 6 to 8 miles 4 days a week. I can honestly say I was in the best shape of my life. Running was just a part of the job and I got pretty good at it. However, after leaving the Marines in 1992, I stopped running. It was mainly the lack of structure that did it. In the Corps, you always ran when your platoon ran. In addition, every six months, you had to perform in a physical fitness test which involved a timed 3 mile run.

Now, after being out of the running world for 14 years, I am back at it again. I feel better. I sleep better. I look about the same. But the good news, is I feel better.

If you have the opportunity to run, even a mile at a time, do it. Running may be the cheapest sport you can every do. You get more excercise per minute than any other exercise. Finally, running is a great way to experience the outdoors.

Run, Forest Run!

Monday, August 21, 2006

Dirt Moving Update

It has been a while since I spoke about the DeWitt Crossing project. As you may remember, DeWitt Crossing is a 33-acre commercial development located in Waynesboro, Virginia. I am in the process of creating 20 commercial lots for resale.

Right now, we are involved in filling 10 acres of low-lying property on the eastern side of the project. This portion of the project is huge. We are moving 38,000 cubic yards of dirt from down the road to the property and compacting it. To give you an idea of how big this is, it will take about 4,000 dump truck loads to move the dirt.

Every day or so, I head over there and watch the trucks move. For a former Tonka kid, this is great.

While all of this is going on, I have been in the process of getting the construction plans for the other side of the road approved. We are in the final stages of getting this done. The big lesson is how much longer this takes than what I expected. However, it will happen eventually.

In the coming weeks, I should be able to go public about what is going on out there. Although everyone seems to think it will be an Olive Garden. That is pure speculation. I would love to have an Olive Garden there, but I don't think the market meets their requirements.

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

I should have thought of this

Today, I have found something completely amazing. Obviously, if you are reading lots of blogs, you may have noticed an increase in the number of bloggers who are pushing websites, products, candidates, etc.

This is because they are paid to do it. It is so cool!

There is a site called that sets advertisers up with bloggers. The advertisers post an opportunity which offers payola to the bloggers. You can may a few bucks each time you run a short post about a new fangled something or another.

Wow! Who says bloggers don't have journalistic integrity. It's like we are back in 1953 all over again.

Now duck and cover!