Tuesday, July 30, 2002

Here, There, and Everywhere

Above is a picture of me running the boom during finals at the Lumberjack World Championships last weekend.  I totally blew it and wiped out right after this picture.  I still ended up in fourth place though. 
I just got back from Hayward yesterday, and I leave for Florida tomorrow.  When I get back from Florida next week, I leave for Michigan.  Yikes!  Plenty of traveling in my schedule.
So I competed at the Lumberjack World Championships in Hayward, WI last weekend.  I'm not going to write out the play by play like I did for Lake Placid...I'm too lazy to do that again.  I did not end up as well as I would have liked.  I placed eighth <gag> in logrolling and fourth in the boom run.  Despite the fact that I ended up in eighth for logrolling, I had some awesome matches and rolled really well...my opponents just happened to roll a bit better.  :)  So again I end this lumberjack season with the same fire to train as I did last year.  Whoa, I'm starting to sound like J.R. on here...my bad.

Besides the competition we had a blast last weekend.  I stayed in a room with Travis, Jamie, and Lori.  Friday night we went out and saw Austin Powers 3...holy crap I never laughed so hard in my life.  We missed half of the jokes because we were laughing so hard.  I'm going to have to see it again and be sure to laugh at different jokes next time.  :)  Sunday night was also a blast as usual.  Travis and Lori left early, so I went out with Jamie...after we got our cheap motel room...hahaha.  It was a fun night filled with dancing and hanging out with old friends. 

Today I got all packed up for Florida and visited my mom.  I also hung out with Bryan for a bit tonight before he left for nationals...good luck Bryan!

Since my grandparents are not too into the whole internet thing, I probably won't post for the next week. 

I'd like to end this post with some quotes of my weekend in Hayward:

  • "Hey Tyler, I'll give you $100 if you can catch that rabbit." -Travis right before Tyler spent about 10 minutes in the woods trying to catch the stupid rabbit.

  • "Because we suck." - Travis's detailed explanation on why neither of us medaled.

  • "I don't know...because he's just, well, GOOFY." - Dan's reasoning for why Darren shouldn't win his match.

  • "How old are you?" - Tyler's only words to me all weekend.

  • "It's a RHODE ISLAND.  HA!  I got it right this time!" - Jamie

  • "Where's Mandy?" -Cassidy, Doug, Jamie, and just about every guy out that night.

  • "Hey Dion, go grab her butt." -The guys to the big chopper Dion...followed by a loud shreak from me a few minutes later.

  • "Yeah, I saw you on TV.  You were the one who squeaked, then smashed into the dock." -Doug's Friend

  • "I'm going to make it across the boom totally naked." -Nate at 2am

  • "Uhh, Jeff...maybe we shouldn't hook up the boom right now..." -Cassidy at 2:30am with Jeff in the middle of the lake


Thursday, July 25, 2002

Hello Hayward!

I'm heading up north to Hayward, Wisconsin for the Lumberjack World Chamionships.  I would have posted more about this week...but I really didn't do a whole lot.  I rolled up north with Travis, Chris, and Tyler last weekend...and we saw Men in Black II.  Talk about a sweet ass movie!!!  Anyway, wish me luck this weekend...I'll be back early Monday.

If you've missed the boom run/logrolling action on ESPN, have no fear!  It will still be on yet again!
Mixed Doubles Boom Run: ESPN:1pm (eastern) Thursday, July 25th  (TODAY!)
All Timber Water Sports: ESPN2: August 1st, 11am and 1pm

Friday, July 19, 2002


    So for the past year or so, I've had this hardcore crush.  His name is Ben Curtis, otherwise known as Steve, the "Dell Dude".  Just though I would let everybody know.  I mean, between him and Nick Carter...you'd think at least one of them would want to marry me, right???

    Anywho...I got a lot of stuff done today.  Finally paid some bills that were waiting around, and picked my car up from the doctor.  The Neon now has NEW BRAKES!  Now I can safely drive to LaCrosse and Hayward this weekend.

    I'd like to take this moment to say that I have been clean (from nail biting) for one whole day.  This pepper stuff is driving me crazy though.  Yesterday it was the nose incident, then today I got something in my eye.  Holy burning eye! 

    Alright, I'm off to teach cardio kickboxing tonight.  Have a good one! 

Thursday, July 18, 2002

No More Nail Biting

The Men's Boom Run Champs:
1st- Jamie Fischer  2nd- J.R. Salzman  3rd- Cassidy Scheer

Many of us rollers have recently discovered TONS of pictures from the Great Outdoor Games at: http://www.gogmedia.com
I just updated my logrolling section tonight...lots of cool pictures from the past two years of ESPN.  Tune your TVs to ABC this Saturday at 2:30 central to check out some Women's Boom Run action. 

Today I got to visit the dentist.  It was my first trip there since I had my two front teeth chipped off pole vaulting earlier this year.  They pieced my teeth back together a few months ago, but now they are starting to chip again.  I need to get crowns, but my dentist won't do it until I stop biting my nails.  That is going to be a HUGE task.  I have been biting my nails until they bleed for years.  I have tried to quit a few times, but find myself with my fingers in my mouth without even thinking.  So I went out and bought that stuff that you put on baby's thumbs so they will not suck.  I didn't notice much of a taste, but when I started to pick my nose (admit it, well all do it on occasion) the inside of my nose burnt like a mother for like ten minutes.  So maybe I can kill two birds with one stone here.

    This weekend I am going to go back up north to do some more rolling.  Last weekend of training before the Lumberjack World Championships in Hayward!  Man I love this time of year.  Jamie will be out of town, but I'll still be able to roll with fat a...I mean Travis, John, and Doug.  Woah, started biting the nails...gotta quit that.

    So anybody know of anything cool to do in Toronto?  No particular reason, just wondering...really...I swear.  :)

Tuesday, July 16, 2002

A Weekend With ESPN in the Adirondacks

This is a picture of me blowing it in the finals race of the boom run.  (This isn't my big crash though.) 
As I get more pictures from the Great Outdoor Games I will post them here.

    After a very early flight and a decent drive, my dad and I ended up back in Lake Placid for a third year in a row.  We both commented on how we felt like we were coming home, since the place had become so familiar.  We went right to the registration trailer and in the process I ran into Alex, who asked me to do an interview with CBS the next morning.  In my half asleep mode, I agreed...only to find out it was at 5am!  But my rationale is this: ESPN give us SO much stuff (not to mention money) I should be able to do an interview or two when they want me to, right?  The boom run meeting that night was super fun...I got to see some folks that I hadn't seen in a while.  After the meeting, my dad and I had a fancy seafood dinner and went to bed early.

    The 5am interview was actually a blast.  Maggie also came down to do it.  Some guys from CBS came down, and the sports guy wanted to try the boom run.  Maggie and I managed to stay dry.  In a later segment, I got to be the sportscaster on the news while Maggie and him raced on the boom.  It was super cool...I had the earpiece and all!  It is WAY hard to be a news caster because you have constant input in one ear, while you are trying to report out of your mouth.  After the news guy criticized my blondness in front of Maggie several times, we got some gifts from ESPN and went back to bed.  When I woke up, I did feel much better, but my cold was nagging me.  My dad and I grabbed some quick breakfast and headed down to the boom run venue.  The whole morning was a blast.  I beat Taylor and Maggie to make it to finals against Mandy...a total repeat from last year.  Mandy is so tiny (and not to mention a good athlete) that she just darts across those logs like they don't even move.  I figured I wasn't going to win, so I went balls out.  When you go super fast on the boom run, you tend to sacrifice control.  I came out ahead of Mandy...then before I knew it, I crashed.  (See the above picture.)  At that point I knew it was over, but I still didn't want to look like a tool and not finish.  I headed back and as I got to the last log, somehow ( I totally don't remember a thing) I crashed into the dock again.  I really don't know how bad this crash was because I never saw the replay on the big screen, but it hurt.  I shook it off, hugged Mandy, and headed straight for the med tent.  They thought my finger was broken because it was very swollen and bent a bit funny.  So I taped the fingers together, got my medal, and got ready for the Mixed Doubles Boom Run.
    For this race I was paired with Travis Wells.  We were super pumped because we are such good friends.  Our team was named team "Beefcake" due to the fact that neither of us were tiny like the other boom runners.  The only thing that sucked is that Travis has always had a habit of falling in.  In Quarterfinals, we both had clean runs and advanced to semis.  We TOTALLY almost made it to finals, but Travis conveniently missed the last log.  I think he felt pretty bad, so I had to keep reminding him that this was all just a game...plus he looked funny as hell out there.  :)  I think he did get a bit irked when I told the crowd he was fat and lazy though.  Jamie ended up being the star of the day for the boom run.  After the logrolling meeting, we all went to the ESPN Pig Roast.  It was a BLAST!  All of the food we wanted to eat, games, shows, and fireworks.  This magician came over to the table I was sitting at with Travis and Jamie and started doing tricks with me and Jamie.  He had stuff switch back and fourth between our hands, made stuff appear in our hands, and somehow stole Jamie's watch without him even noticing!  We were all way freaked out.  After that we all participated in an egg toss.  Of course, it was not long before I was covered in egg.  Not super sexy, let me tell ya.  Then a bunch of us got out pictures taken for the "cover" of ESPN magazine.  (I will scan and post these ASAP.)  It was a phony cover, but we got some pretty funny pictures taken.  Plus, sticking 7 logger ladies in a booth sure did draw a crowd. :) I was feeling kind of crappy with my cold, so my Dad and I left for the motel.

    I woke up Saturday morning feeling like crap.  I couldn't stop coughing, and my nose wouldn't stop running.  I got some breakfast and warmed up.  I had a pretty big feeling I wasn't going to do well logrolling.  In my match with Lizzy, I won the first fall...then she got the next two.  I wasn't too disappointed though, she's a great roller, and I felt like crap that morning anyway.  Some said I should have been more upset for getting out in quarterfinals, but hey, I tried my hardest...and it's all just a fun game anyway. 
    After rolling, Rob asked me to help teach spectators how to logroll in the venue for quite a bit of $$$...of course my broke self couldn't turn that down.  Maggie helped me out as well.  It was fun for a while, but we started cooking in the sun and getting a bit looney.  I told Maggie that if my dream guy didn't come and ask to roll soon, I was going to be out of there.  Within an hour of that comment, this SUPER HOT guy and his friend came over to roll.  Since I was far away from home, I got the guts to ask him to come out with the rollers that night.  After a long day in the sun, Maggie and I finally got to leave.  I showered up and took off with Travis, Jamie, and Tanya for some dinner and a night on the town.  Oh yeah, the results.  For the Women, Tina Salzman won..ofcourse.  Jenny got second and Lizzy got third.  The Men's results were the big shocker.  Darren showed up last minute (his car broke down and we didn't' think he would make it).  He ended up beating J.R. in semi finals!  It was crazy!  J.R. actually took not winning any golds over the weekend quite well.  He still came home with a ton of money and three medals...who can argue with that?  Anyway, Darren ended up winning gold.  It was great!  I was so happy for him, he's wanted it for so long. 
    So yeah, back to the night on the town.  We had dinner in our "free food" area with Rob Scheer, who proceeded to tell us more about the Great Alaskan Lumberjack show.  I'm really thinking of doing that show next summer, it actually sounds quite fun.  Then we watched the agility dogs.  Those dogs are so much fun to watch!  They are also incredibly talented.  Travis, Jamie, and I met up with Kellen (the hot guy I had met earlier) at Roomers night club, and we hopped around for the rest of the night.  Saturday night is always the best part...everybody goes out and had a GREAT time.  We danced, talked, joked, until 3am.  Jamie was celebrating his 21st birthday and was not exactly in top condition when they all had to leave to catch their flight.  Good thing they had Travis to take care of them.  :) 

    Sunday my Dad and I slept in fairly late then met up with some friends of ours in Saranac Lake, Pat Pillis and her daughter Shannon.  Let me tell you about these wonderful people.  Pat adopted three sons, knowing all three were at risk for Huntington's Disease.  All three tested positive for the gene and are showing signs.  Shannon was adopted years later and thank the lord, had no HD in her background.  Pat, her husband Paul, and Shannon are all very strong and brave souls for raising and taking care of those three wonderful boys.  Anyway, Pat took us out to their boat on the Upper Saranac.  Talk about a BEAUTIFUL LAKE...all of the celebrities and rich people of the country have summer homes around the lake.  Their boathouses are bigger than any house I have ever seen...and those were just the boathouses!!!  Shannon and I cruised around the lake in the speedboat in search of Nick and Aaron Carter (who we plan to marry).  With no luck in that department, we went for a swim.  Did I mention it was a beautiful lake in the mountains?  Man oh man.  After boating, we went to meet Paul at the Young Life camp he works at.  I had never heard of Young Life before this and had no idea what I was getting into.  This was no regular summer camp...it was every high schooler's dream come true!  A lot of time and work was put in to make this camp a success.  Although I am not a very religious person, I would have given anything to go to this camp when I was in high school.  The good thing about it is it doesn't push religion onto you, just lets you think about it.  I could spend hours writing about what I saw and did there that evening, but instead, I will just leave a link.
    After hanging out at Pat and Shannon's place for a while, my dad and I went back into Lake Placid.  We got a bunch of Ice Cream, and watched as the venues were being taken down.

   I'd like to end this incredibly long post with some quotes from the weekend:

  • "Take me fishing..." - Me, the jumbotron, and everybody else at the games
  • "I'd recognize that ass anywhere." - Jamie's big entrance into the boom run meeting
  • "So what's his name?" - Brian inquiring about Darren's new girlfriend.
  • "Beefcake...BEEFCAKE" - Travis and myself explaining our team name to others.
  • "I'm quick and she's easy." - Jamie explaining his team name to the TV cameras (and boy wasn't that name PERFECT for them)
  • "These guys are not the young fast Ferraris of the GO Games....these guys are the four wheel drive trucks." - Robert Scheer's commentary on the match between Travis and Dan.
  • "The champion's challenge was great!  I got to hold her hand, hug her...I loved it!" - Jamie's comments on the champion's challenge with Mandy.
  • "So do they charge people to get into your Lumberjack Show?" - Tanya asking a very blonde question to Robert Scheer
  • "Our Timber competitors could speed up those agility dogs any day..." - Robert's response to hearing that the agility dogs were running way past schedule.
  • "Order me another one of those Rhode Islands Shana." - Jamie on Saturday night after only one drink.
  • "Where's Mandy?" - Cassidy all Saturday night long.
  • "Hey Shana, anymore guys blow you off tonight?" - Travis with a perfect description of my evening as well as my summer.


Thursday, July 11, 2002


Off to Lake Placid to compete in the ESPN Great Outdoor Games.  Wish me luck...

Wednesday, July 10, 2002

25 of the World's Best Headlines

1. Something Went Wrong in Jet Crash, Experts Say.
2. Include Your Children When Baking Cookies.
3. Police Begin Campaign to Run Down Jaywalkers.
4. Drunks Get Nine Months in Violin Case.
5. Iraqi Head Seeks Arms.
6. Is There a Ring of Debris around Uranus?
7. Prostitutes Appeal to Pope.
8. Panda Mating Fails; Veterinarian Takes Over.
9. British Left Waffles on Falkland Islands.
10. Teachers Strike Idles Kids.
11. Clinton Wins Budget; More Lies Ahead.
12. Plane Too Close to Ground, Crash Probe Told.
13. Miners Refuse to Work After Death.
14. Juvenile Court to Try Shooting Defendant.
15. Stolen Painting Found by Tree.
16. Local High School Dropouts Cut in Half.
17. War Dims Hope for Peace.
18. If Strike Isn't Settled Quickly, It May Last a While.
19. Couple Slain; Police Suspect Homicide.
20. Man Struck by Lightning Faces Battery Charge.
21. New Study of Obesity Looks for Larger Test Group.
22. Astronaut Takes Blame for Gas in Space.
23. Kids Make Nutritious Snacks.
24. Two Sisters Reunited after 18 Years in Checkout Counter.
25. Typhoon Rips Through Cemetery; Hundreds Dead.

Tuesday, July 09, 2002

Nice Cool Room

Although incredibly boring, today is one of the greatest days of my Summer.  Why?  Because I have finally installed my window air conditioner!  No more sweating buckets everyday that I am at my apartment!  I highly doubt I installed it the way the manual said, but hey, it's in the window and blowing cool air into my room.  What more could I ask for? 

So I did eventually go for my long run on Sunday.  It was incredibly hot and humid, so I thought I'd take a shortcut back.  Well, I ended up getting lost and going for an 8 mile run.  For some that may be a cake walk, but in this weather...it royally kicked my butt.  I was in a much better mood when I returned home though.  You quickly forget about your problems when you are constantly wondering if you are going to survive or not.  :)  Sunday evening I took Doug and Tiffanie logrolling.  Tiffanie used to roll with me when I was little, and she had no trouble at all picking it up again.  Doug on the other hand...I'd be surprised if he will ever be able to have kids after some of the falls he took. 

The past few days, as well as tomorrow, have been filled with preparations for the ESPN Great Outdoor Games.  Okay, so I really haven't been preparing for the games...I've just been trying to catch up on all of the homework I have not yet done this summer so that I don't have to worry about it over this upcoming weekend.  After my workout this morning, I've been behind this computer most of the day typing stuff up.  Tomorrow I seriously do have to get packed and ready to go to New York.  I'm really excited about this year.  Honestly, I'm not really excited.  I'm so nervous I've been going to the bathroom every five minutes.  But that's beside the point.  I always have a good time with the lumberjack crowd, and adding ESPN in there makes it even more exciting.  I've trained very hard, so we will see if it pays off or not.  I was excited to see my name on the front of the Great Outdoor Games website this morning under "By the Numbers".  I would like to point out that they forgot to mention Mandy Erdman and Taylor Duffy who are also competing in the same events as myself and Lizzy. So the number really should be 4. 

Alright, I have to get to bed.  I'm so excited to sleep in my nice cool room!  Goodnight all.  Sweet dreams of the Backstreet Boys.


Sunday, July 07, 2002

When it Rains, it Pours

This is about to be a long piss and moan venting session.  That's my warning now...I've got to vent somewhere.

So I had a triathlon this morning.  To make a long story short, my wheel broke even before my wave started, so no triathlon for Shana.  So far that is $70 wasted on triathlons that I didn't do this summer.  (My last one I was stuck up north.)  It's quite obvious that I hate bikes, and bikes hate me.  Let's just say I had a long walk back to my car to think about what I was going to rant about here.

Next item on the list...J.R.  I've always considered him a very close friend.  I'm sure he'd be the first to tell you he is very different from other guys, and very independent.  But I've always had a decent time with him.  He knows more about me than most people do.  Sometimes he says some pretty harsh things without thinking, as he did about a week and a half ago.  I got a bit upset, and told him how I felt.  Instead of taking the time to discuss the problem on the phone, he blocked me from his IM, e-mail, and bashed me on his website.  I know I should just forget about it and not let it get to me, but it has really been eating at  me the past week.  I really don't think I did anything wrong, yet now somebody who I thought I was very close to hates me.  This really sucks, especially since I have to see him the next few weekends for tournaments and stuff.  I wish he would just call me so we can talk things out. 

Then there is the guy situation.  I've been single ever since Mike decided a crotch rocket was more important than a girlfriend several months ago.  So after I got over that heartbreak, I figured the single life could be fun...I would just date and have a good time for a while.  Little did I know, I was way off base.  Nobody was interested.  Not that I've been pursuing it that hard, but I've already been stood up about three times by three different guys.  Normally it wouldn't be that big of a deal...but when you get broken up with, your self confidence really drops.  Then each time you get stood up...it falls even farther.  I did meet one guy that is just wonderful in every way.  Just my luck...he happens to live 1000 miles away. 

To make things even worse, all of my friends are in serious relationships right now.  That means they are spending all of their time with their significant others. Now, I do suppose I deserve this.  When I was with Mike I seemed to think nobody else existed, and neglected my friends quite a bit.  But all of my friends?  Give me a break.  Even the logrolling gang...all of those guys have girlfriends.  They are still fun when they can get away, but it's just not the same.  They all have this hardcore tight leash tied on them.  Nothing against the girlfriends/boyfriends, I just miss the good old days where we could all go out, be crazy, and not have to worry about what time so and so wants them home.  I hate being single.  I hate it I hate it I hate it. 

In this wonderful time of my life where I have NO money, everything in the world seems to be breaking down on me.  After this morning my bike is shot.  The transmission in my Neon is going out, as well as the brakes.  Not to mention the "service engine soon" light that came on during my drive home last night from up north.  Because of my practicum at UW Sports med, I have no time to get a job.  This means that I still have all of my usual expenses, but no income.  That = debt.  I'm really looking forward to the lecture I'm going to get from my dad when he reads this. 

Okay, so that's my griping for a while.  Life has it's ups and downs, we all learn to deal.  I mean, my problems could be much worse.
I have a lot to look forward to this week.  I leave for ESPN's Great Outdoor Games on Thursday.  That should be awesome.  Even if I don't win anything, it is always a great time.  Kitty is trying to cheer me up by rolling all over the floor like a silly drunk...although, that's how she always acts.
I'm going to go run this out of my system and come home smiling.  Bye bye.

Friday, July 05, 2002

Shades of Red

I'm back up north hanging out at Travis's in Blaine Minnesota. We spent our July Fourth logrolling and practicing on Jamie's boom. It was a BEAUTIFUL day. I figured I was tan enough already to not have to worry about burning...but I figured wrong. The funny thing is, the right side of my body is SUPER red from having my window open on my drive up yesterday. But hey, trucker tans can be cool, right? Yesterday was a blast, just like any day up here is. I think my choice to be patriotic and wear my American flag bikini while logrolling was a bad one. The guys seemed to find every way in the book to get me to land on the log and come close to losing my top. Boys will always be boys...even when they ARE 26 years old and about to become a daddy, right Trav? After a day of logrolling, boom running, and swallowing enough duck crap to feed us for a week...we met up with Lori and her friend to see some fireworks. Fireworks are never that impressive after seeing Rhythm and Booms. Today the guys left me to go do a Lumberjack show in Iowa. I basically have the whole day, and the city of Minneapolis, to myself. I think I'm going to go to the Mall of America, then train for a bit at Jamie's place. Tomorrow the guys are going to Hayward to practice the boom run there. I have to get back to Madison though, because I have a stinking triathlon on Sunday morning. Hopefully I will get some rolling in on Saturday before I leave. Alright, off to the mall.

Monday, July 01, 2002


I had a GREAT weekend.  On Friday we (my mom, dad, cousin Della, her Husband Mike, and her daughter Lexi) went to the House on the Rock.  It was boring as usual, but still great to hang out with my family.  Friday night I took Della and Mike on a tour of Madison's college nightlife.  We slept in Saturday morning, then went to breakfast at Micky's Dairy Bar with my roomate Doug. It was a very interesting experience. I brought up the fact that our waiter look exactly like Spiderman when he was a dork (Peter). We started thinking of ways to determine if he was really Spiderman, when Doug blurted out, "Let's throw him against the wall and see if he sticks." That comment forced Mike to spew water out of his nose and brought me close to peeing my pants. We must have laughed for about 10 minutes when the waiter asked if we were laughing at him. We didn't have the nerve to tell him we were on to his Spiderman secret. Okay, so maybe you had to be there...but he really did look like Peter. Later (after a nice long nap) we went to Rhythm and Booms.  We hung out at the carnival during the day and watched the incredible fireworks show that night.  It was the best I have ever seen.  It was also neat to see Lee Greenwood.  After an hour of waiting...we finally made it to our van and I got home and crashed.  Sunday my dad was way too pooped to go to six flags like we had planned, so I took Mike, Della, and Lexi logrolling at the lake.  It was a HOT day, so it felt nice to be in the water.  Lexi made some friends, while I exhausted myself.  After we got all showered up (you need to after hanging out in that lake) we picked up my mom and hiked a bit at Blue Mounds State Park.  I forgot how beautiful it was there.  We then had a yummy dinner with a sucky waitress in Mt. Horeb before dropping my mom off.  There was also a sweet article about me in the Wisconsin State Journal on Sunday.  I don't have a link to it, but maybe I will scan it in or something. 

Today was back to the grind. I did get to sleep in though.  I took a really great spinning class at UW Sports Med, rolled at the lake (it was even hotter today) then went to work at Sports med for the rest of the evening.  Tomorrow morning for my class we are doing a mock triathlon.  I should probably be in bed, but I know once I fall asleep...tomorrow morning will come faster.  This Thursday I will go up to Stillwater and do some rolling and hang out with the Lumberjack crew.  I may go and practice in Hayward on Friday while the Minnesota guys are doing a show.  ESPN Great Outdoor Games is NEXT WEEK.  I'm just a wee bit nervous.  Okay, okay, I'm peeing my pants already.  But I probably should get to bed so I'm not too beat tomorrow.  Type to everybody later...keep listening to the Backstreet Boys.  :)