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Here are the Overall Results for the Run for Ike 5k. The Division Results are in a separate post. My story about the race and a few pictures are posted here.

1st ANNUAL SALUTE TO SERVICE DOGS 10 MILER/5K RUN

RESULTS FOR THE RUN FOR IKE 5K

SATURDAY, MAY 7, 2011                        PALM SPRINGS, CA

Place Div No. Last Name First Age S Division Time
1 1 1057 Blalock Connor 17 M M1519 17:40
2 2 1030 Tingle William 18 M M1519 18:08
3 3 966 Lopez Longino 15 M M1519 21:15
4 1 1025 Rust Gary 64 M M6069 22:13
5 22:16
6 1 428 Fleig Nick 20 M M2029 22:25
7 2 993 McBarnet Andrew 66 M M6069 22:26
8 1 444 Rentle Craig 47 M M4049 22:40
9 1 1670 Nelson Andrew 14 M M1114 22:50
10 1 1036 Jones Marina 59 F F5059 23:03
11 3 495 Carson Joe 60 M M6069 23:08
12 23:09
13 2 1045 Stone Brad 29 M M2029 23:13
14 4 456 Acosta Joey 17 M M1519 23:53
15 1 1182 Estrin Garrett 34 M M3039 24:24
16 4 1037 Jones Dick 69 M M6069 24:29
17 2 441 Brennan Jeff 40 M M4049 24:41
18 3 1070 Johnson Mike 49 M M4049 24:46
19 2 1071 Middick Tim 38 M M3039 25:06
20 1 496 Garcin Kathi 48 F F4049 25:07
21 3 1077 Quezada Alex 35 M M3039 25:29
22 1 471 Nelson Michele 35 F F3039 25:30
23 2 498 Wiegel Miriam 49 F F4049 25:33
24 1 1757 Trevino Tara 18 F F1519 25:34
25 4 1206 Martin Scott 49 M M4049 26:39
26 1 1020 Lind Steve 70 M M7079 26:41
27 5 962 Kiehl Geoffrey 48 M M4049 26:47
28 3 1073 Hoffort Aline 43 F F4049 26:48
29 6 1075 Hurd Jeff 41 M M4049 26:49
30 7 470 Nelson Brett 40 M M4049 26:54
31 3 1039 Cramer Matt 26 M M2029 26:56
32 2 1078 Quezada Katie 32 F F3039 26:59
33 1 1017 Ferguson Briana 22 F F2029 27:01
34 3 1026 Rust Veronica 31 F F3039 27:04
35 1 1050 Lentz Bill 51 M M5059 27:16
36 4 1066 Santistevan Jason 31 M M3039 27:19
37 8 1091 Reyes Ricardo 45 M M4049 27:37
38 4 1051 Song Maria 40 F F4049 27:48
39 5 1038 Cisneros Brent 34 M M3039 27:50
40 4 1076 Afsar Jamie 31 F F3039 28:11
41 9 1192 Westerman Clark 43 M M4049 28:13
42 1 437 Semole Ginger 63 F F6069 28:57
43 5 476 Matacia Lori 46 F F4049 28:57
44 6 1035 Gillard Kristin 46 F F4049 29:01
45 2 1028 Kielty James 73 M M7079 29:13
46 2 1224 Hawkins Cassandra 28 F F2029 29:17
47 1 984 McCarthy Savannah 9 F F10 & under 29:24
48 7 435 Kirkpatrick Caprice 41 F F4049 29:24
49 8 1044 Syfert Darci 43 F F4049 29:24
50 9 1669 Nelson Susan 41 F F4049 29:31
51 2 1032 Edwards Gail 57 F F5059 29:47
52 10 1056 Devane Krissy 41 F F4049 29:52
53 3 1090 Aylaian Lauri 52 F F5059 29:52
54 1 1031 Franklin Jim 81 M M80+ 29:55
55 10 1060 Baker Eric 43 M M4049 30:05
56 11 955 Bjorn Karen 47 F F4049 30:14
57 5 1016 Sotelo Christopher 17 M M1519 32:32
58 4 494 Carson Jenifer 57 F F5059 30:39
59 5 969 Oliveros Amber 30 F F3039 30:49
60 2 1061 Huber Doug 50 M M5059 30:50
61 6 1048 Snead Jason 31 M M3039 30:51
62 11 973 Andreas Tony 49 M M4049 31:00
63 3 1065 Ruark Katie 25 F F2029 31:12
64 2 985 McCarthy Dallas 8 F F10 & under 31:30
65 7 981 McCarthy Michael 39 M M3039 31:37
66 6 497 Flores Maria 38 F F3039 31:40
67 7 1046 Stone Amanda 33 F F3039 31:40
68 4 1059 Corder Casey 28 F F2029 31:41
69 8 1084 Byers Elisa 30 F F3039 32:29
70 9 1087 Nicholson Lorie 36 F F3039 33:30
71 3 452 Manger Robert 52 M M5059 33:30
72 5 1219 Fosseen Susan 57 F F5059 33:38
73 10 1062 Yee Judith 38 F F3039 34:19
74 12 467 Muscolo Juanita 47 F F4049 34:25
75 8 1083 Byers Barrett 35 M M3039 34:49
76 9 1074 Hutchinson William 34 M M3039 35:12
77 6 472 Linnell Nicky 16 M M1519 35:24
78 13 983 McCarthy Annette 46 F F4049 35:38
79 11 1195 Loustaunau Melissa 34 F F3039 35:41
80 5 1214 Wong Michelle 29 F F2029 35:56
81 6 1213 Kabbara Allison 28 F F2029 36:04
82 2 977 Walton Erika 16 F F1519 36:09
83 7 423 Valenzuela Mikey 16 M M1519 36:13
84 10 1067 Simeon Elmer 32 M M3039 36:21
85 7 1180 Grissom Amy 25 F F2029 36:22
86 2 1053 Song Cristian 12 M M1114 36:34
87 4 440 Hartwick Roy 55 M M5059 36:35
88 2 980 Cummings Sue 69 F F6069 37:05
89 12 1010 Frost Anna 37 F F3039 37:10
90 11 1196 Lingle Nick 32 M M3039 37:40
91 14 1205 Martin Elane 41 F F4049 37:47
92 5 1068 Erwood Rick 63 M M6069 38:18
93 3 1085 Hawkins Jan 60 F F6069 39:03
94 6 1086 Hawkins Jim 64 M M6069 39:13
95 3 1088 Rowan Don 75 M M7079 39:29
96 13 967 Cortez Liz 30 F F3039 39:32
97 14 454 Gunderson Amy 34 F F3039 39:32
98 12 453 Smith Issac 33 M M3039 40:09
99 7 1034 Rogers Tristan 64 M M6069 41:25
100 8 1064 Campbell Stefanie 28 F F2029 41:25
101 1 1063 Perez Kaley 11 F F1114 41:28
102 15 1756 Trevino Susan 49 F F4049 41:35
103 12 1021 Huff Kenneth 42 M M4049 41:35
104 6 1218 Licata Shelley 51 F F5059 41:55
105 5 1217 Licata Mike 52 M M5059 43:13
106 1 1210 Reynolds Jeremiah 6 M M10 & under 43:28
107 3 976 Kinkle Amber 15 F F1519 43:28
108 15 1042 MacLean Kristin 33 F F3039 43:59
109 16 493 Rees Karyl 46 F F4049 44:46
110 13 1027 Kinkle Steven 43 M M4049 45:04
111 4 439 Dickerson Duane 70 M M7079 45:04
112 5 448 Willcoxon Montie 76 M M7079 45:07
113 17 1052 Song Mina 40 F F4049 45:19
114 3 1189 Cisneros Phebe 10 F F10 & under 46:03
115 16 1072 Saldana Natalie 33 F F3039 46:09
116 6 1207 Ohrenstein John 53 M M5059 46:39
117 18 475 Linnell Allison 48 F F4049 47:14
118 17 1033 Michelle 39 F F3039 47:14
119 7 1181 Blotter Denise 58 F F5059 48:03
120 9 499 Lopez Griselda 27 F F2029 48:05
121 18 1223 Cavoretto Cherylynn 37 F F3039 48:23
122 19 1755 Molinar Ruby 35 F F3039 48:56
123 8 1069 Erwood Dallas 53 F F5059 48:56
124 8 1058 Rouhas Mike 60 M M6069 49:05
125 8 457 Alfonso Brian 15 M M1519 50:00
126 3 1202 Pineo Kenny 11 M M1114 50:00
127 4 458 Martinez Mitzy 16 F F1519 50:30
128 20 958 Myers Leah 35 F F3039 50:38
129 6 451 Manger Bill 74 M M7079 50:40
130 5 485 Valenzuela Cheyenne 17 F F1519 50:41
131 4 1014 Cohen Lisle 63 F F6069 50:46
132 5 1013 Carlo Janeen 61 F F6069 50:56
133 9 429 Hill Allen 65 M M6069 51:00
134 7 1186 Ashman Chuck 71 M M7079 51:00
135 10 961 Russo Frank 61 M M6069 51:05
136 8 1198 Cook Bill 72 M M7079 51:12
137 11 1216 Holland Clint 66 M M6069 51:15
138 4 1222 Cavoretto Jennan 7 F F10 & under 51:15
139 10 473 Linnell Dana 20 F F2029 51:16
140 6 500 Garcia Alexis 18 F F1519 51:24
141 14 474 Linnell James 48 M M4049 51:25
142 19 445 Rentle Barbara 43 F F4049 51:50
143 7 1220 Aram Gregg 52 M M5059 52:13
144 9 1009 Valentino Debi 51 F F5059 52:14
145 1 1191 Betz Beth 70 F F7070 52:22
146 21 1190 Martin Nancy 37 F F3039 52:26
147 10 1194 Kieley Heather 50 F F5059 52:30
148 6 1193 Riley Donna 60 F F6069 52:39
149 11 1758 Bratt Karen 52 F F5059 52:39
150 11 1754 Snyder Dawna 28 F F2029 52:40
151 5 1200 Pineo Kayla 9 F F10 & under 52:40
152 22 1203 Pineo Hilary 33 F F3039 52:41
153 8 990 Bryeans Brad 50 M M5059 52:41
154 12 468 Craig Donna 56 F F5059 52:59
155 23 1047 Snead Monica 31 F F3039 53:01
156 24 1049 Manter Kim 35 F F3039 53:01
157 12 433 McLaughlin Paul 67 M M6069 53:09
158 13 434 Poisson Donald 62 M M6069 53:10
159 9 1089 Schmidt Bob 72 M M7079 53:51
160 2 975 Roseborough Taija 14 F F1114 53:52
161 2 1040 High Timothy 8 M M10 & under 53:55
162 20 996 Etchason Lorrie 47 F F4049 53:56
163 13 1011 Glenn Jackie 59 F F5059 53:56
164 3 1054 Munoz Lisa 13 F F1114 54:30
165 14 1209 Aldape Renie 54 F F5059 54:33
166 15 1212 Reynolds Jeff 43 M M4049 55:14
167 15 1041 High Cindy 54 F F5059 55:14
168 3 443 Brennan Logan 9 M M10 & under 57:16
169 21 442 Brennan Stacy 41 F F4049 57:16
170 4 1211 Reynolds Seth 9 M M10 & under 58:10
171 22 1188 Cisneros Sharon 43 F F4049 58:14
172 25 1187 Olson Sarah 31 F F3039 58:14
173 13 965 Olson Shaun 34 M M3039 58:24
174 26 1215 Reynolds Misty 37 F F3039 58:28
175 9 1079 Raymond Zach 16 M M1519 58:28
176 1081 58:29
177 1082 58:30
178 4 974 Border David 14 M M1114 58:30
179 27 446 Mantz Jacqueline 39 F F3039 58:37
180 28 466 Lane Jennifer 35 F F3039 59:09
181 10 463 Negra Esequiel 15 M M1519 59:09
182 4 487 Fortier Marie 14 F F1114 59:21
183 23 459 O’Connor Jen 40 F F4049 59:22
184 7 447 Mantz Judy 68 F F6069 1:00:03
185 29 998 Carter Andrea 39 F F3039 1:00:34
186 6 1667 Carter Halle 9 F F10 & under 1:00:35
187 7 1668 Carter Lexi 9 F F10 & under 1:00:37
188 8 970 Birmingham Lynda 69 F F6069 1:00:49
189 16 971 Miller Glenn 48 M M4049 1:01:49
190 5 1015 Flores Josiah 7 M M10 & under 1:03:36
191 24 484 Yada Lynn 49 F F4049 1:03:37
192 14 1055 Kramer Steven 67 M M6069 1:03:59
193 5 489 Ayala Daniel 14 M M1114 1:05:47
194 7 462 Jimenez Vianca 16 F F1519 1:05:48
195 11 488 Gomez Kevin 15 M M1519 1:05:53
196 12 1019 Rodea Anthony 15 M M1519 1:05:54
197 25 1080 Stone Carrie 44 F F4049 1:05:54
198 9 1199 Wilson Sue 61 F F6069 1:06:03
199 9 1204 Burns Jerry 55 M M5059 1:06:04
200 16 1183 Plack Donna 54 F F5059 1:06:06
201 26 1184 Seery Janet 48 F F4049 1:06:06
1221 Cavoretto Ariana 9 F F10 & under
461 Gonzalez Melissa 16 F F1519
1023 Rodriguez Leslin 15 F F1519
1024 Richards Stevie 15 F F1519
1753 Smith Bonnie 59 F F5059
Last 10 1752 Smith Mark 59 M M5059 1:13:09

Here are the Division Results for the Run for Ike 5k run. The overall results are in a separate post. My story about the race and a few pictures are posted here.

1st ANNUAL SALUTE TO SERVICE DOGS

10 MILER/5K RUN/WALK

RUN FOR IKE 5K – DIVISIONS

SATURDAY, MAY 7, 2011                                              PALM SPRINGS, CA

Age

Last Name First

Bib #

Place

Time

FEMALE AGE GROUP:   10 & UNDER

1

9

McCarthy Savannah

984

47

29:24

2

8

McCarthy Dallas

985

64

31:30

3

10

Cisneros Phebe

1189

114

46:03

FEMALE AGE GROUP:   11 – 14

1

11

Perez Kaley

1063

101

41:28

2

14

Roseborough Taija

975

160

53:52

3

13

Munoz Lisa

1054

164

54:30

FEMALE AGE GROUP:   15 – 19

1

18

Trevino Tara

1757

24

25:34

2

16

Walton Erika

977

82

36:09

3

15

Kinkle Amber

976

107

43:28

FEMALE AGE GROUP:   20 – 29

1

22

Ferguson Briana

1017

33

27:01

2

28

Hawkins Cassandra

1224

46

29:17

3

25

Ruark Katie

1065

63

31:12

FEMALE AGE GROUP:   30 – 39

1

35

Nelson Michele

471

22

25:30

2

32

Quezada Katie

1078

32

26:59

3

31

Rust Veronica

1026

34

27:04

FEMALE AGE GROUP:   40 – 49

1

48

Garcin Kathi

496

20

25:07

2

49

Wiegel Miriam

498

23

25:33

3

43

Hoffort Aline

1073

28

26:48

FEMALE AGE GROUP:   50 – 59

1

59

Jones Marina

1036

10

23:03

2

57

Edwards Gail

1032

51

29:47

3

52

Aylaian Lauri

1090

53

29:52

FEMALE AGE GROUP:   60 – 69

1

63

Semole Ginger

437

42

28:57

2

69

Cummings Sue

980

88

37:05

3

60

Hawkins Jan

1085

93

39:03

FEMALE AGE GROUP:   70 – 79

1

70

Betz Beth

1191

145

52:22

MALE AGE GROUP:   10 & UNDER

1

6

Reynolds Jeremiah

1210

106

43:28

2

8

High Timothy

1040

161

53:55

3

9

Brennan Logan

443

168

57:16

MALE AGE GROUP:   11 – 14

1

14

Nelson Andrew

1670

9

22:50

2

12

Song Cristian

1053

86

36:34

3

11

Pineo Kenny

1202

126

50:00

MALE AGE GROUP:   15 – 19

1

17

Blalock Connor

1057

1

17:40

2

18

Tingle William

1030

2

18:08

3

15

Lopez Longino

966

3

21:15

MALE AGE GROUP:   20 – 29

1

20

Fleig Nick

428

6

22:25

2

29

Stone Brad

1045

13

23:13

3

26

Cramer Matt

1039

31

26:56

MALE AGE GROUP:   30 – 39

1

34

Estrin Garrett

1182

15

24:24

2

38

Middick Tim

1071

19

25:06

3

35

Quezada Alex

1077

21

25:29

MALE AGE GROUP:   40 – 49

1

47

Rentle Craig

444

8

22:40

2

40

Brennan Jeff

441

17

24:41

3

49

Johnson Mike

1070

18

24:46

MALE AGE GROUP:   50 – 59

1

51

Lentz Bill

1050

35

27:16

2

50

Huber Doug

1061

60

30:50

3

52

Manger Robert

452

71

33:30

MALE AGE GROUP:   60 – 69

1

64

Rust Gary

1025

4

22:13

2

66

McBarnet Andrew

993

7

22:26

3

60

Carson Joe

495

11

23:08

MALE AGE GROUP:   70 – 79

1

70

Lind Steve

1020

26

26:41

2

73

Kielty James

1028

45

29:13

3

75

Rowan Don

1088

95

39:29

MALE AGE GROUP:   80+

1

81

Franklin Jim

1031

54

29:55

I always love the little blogger quizzes that go around from time to time. They make for an easy post. You copy the questions, give your own answers, and, voila! You have a new post. If you were able to see my list of draft posts, you would see a few of these quizzes. For some reason, I start them, them something more important comes along (like vegan pizza), and I move on. So, if you are reading this post, it means I made it to the finish line with this particular quiz. I hope so, cause I think it’s kinda cute. (Found it the other day over on the Sassy Banana.)

1. Type the answer to the questions below into Google image search or some type of search engine for pictures.

2. Using only the first page of results, choose the photo that best fits your answer. You cannot search forever for a certain image, pick one from what they have on that first page.

note: all the pictures link through to their original source

1.  What is your first name?

2. What is your favorite food?

Yes, the photo is of the vegan version

3. What high school did you go to?

4. What is your favorite color?

Fortunately, this was on page two, because I would never, ever, condone dying an animal any color:

5. Who is your celebrity crush?

6. What is your favorite drink?

7. What is your dream vacation?

8. What is your favorite dessert?

Yes, vegan again

9. What do you want to be when you grow up?

What's really cool is that I already am what I want to be!

10. What one word describes you?

I wanted to choose this one:

I’ll let you decide (and I’ll admit, this last photo was on page two. It was that or a lot of pictures of women with very large breasts that were, um, bursting.).

Feel free to pass along the quiz. I’d love it if you’d leave a link in the comment section so that I can see your answers.

Sunday was Mother’s Day, and it started off in the best possible way. I slept in. Seriously, I don’t get to do that very often. Between working most days at 5:30 (yes, that is AM), trying to beat the desert heat, or just getting an early start on the day, my alarm clock generally goes off somewhere between 3:30 and 4:00. So my big deal was no alarm clock and I slept all they way until about 5:30. Woot!

After my coffee, I figured I’d be a good mother and take my furry kids for a run. They love it so much, but sometimes when time is short they miss out on their run. So I took them for a two mile run. The video below is from a different day, but it gives you an idea of how much we all enjoy our run.

Next up..a bike ride with my husband. I am so happy that Alan is finally recovered from his bike crash. Yes, it’s great that he feels good and can get back to training, but, to be honest (and totally selfish), I am much more committed to my training when my training partner is healthy. In any case, we had a nice 35 mile ride with almost perfect weather.
Our timing was so spot on..with high winds forecast and of course, Mother’s Day plans, we chose to cut the ride short, arriving home just as the winds kicked up. The shorter ride allowed me time to have a short nap (oh, yeah!) before getting dressed for the actual “Mother’s Day” part of the day.

We were meeting my youngest son, David, at my favorite restaurant for lunch. Native Foods, is, of course, the only vegan restaurant in the desert, but even if there were competition, it would stand out above the others.

I needed to try their Mother’s Day special. As quoted from the Native Foods Facebook page:

Oh yes, I needed that. I encouraged my son to order the Oklahoma Bacon Cheeseburger, something I always suggest for first-timers, non-vegans (or anyone who is hungry). Alan had the Chicken Run Ranch Burger, which was the daily special and came with a side. My entree was wonderful. Why doesn’t my tofu scramble taste like that?
We had an extra treat during this visit. Chef Tanya was in the house and kindly stopped by the table to chat and let me pose with her! She is always so nice whenever we see her at Native Foods and seems to love to get out and talk with her customers. She suggested I post the photo on Facebook (which I did–Twitter too!).

That's my little boy!

Following my advice…
David gave me, you guessed it, a new cast iron pan for Mother’s Day. I always feel the direct request works pretty well. Nathan, my oldest, and my future daughter-in-law, Sarah, sent flowers.  Very nice.
This post has been a bit of a ramble, but it was obviously an event filled day. After lunch, I resumed being “Debbie” instead of “Mom.” We did a little shopping, then headed home. I did want to mention dinner (since it is in my post title). I made Vegan Mexican Pizza. Follow the link for the recipe, but I did make a slight change. I didn’t have any of the Vegan Queso, so I made my own. I took about a half cup of Daiya Cheddar, added an eighth cup of almond milk and an equal amount of fresh salsa and popped it in the microwave until the cheese melted. Perfect!

I sprinkled some cilantro on top and served with a chopped salad.

Really an excellent day.

Run for Ike

Alan and I volunteered at the Run for Ike 5k race on Saturday morning. As I mentioned in a previous post, Ike was a police dog who was killed in the line of duty last month as he and his partner were chasing a suspect. As Ike was released to tackle the man, the suspect pulled a gun, shooting both Ike and his handler. Ike’s partner was treated and released from a local hospital. Ike died at the scene.

When Palm Springs’ teacher and runner, Molly Thorpe,  heard this story, she decided to do something to raise money for the Police Department to purchase and train another K-9. Molly will be the first one to say that she did not do this alone. She was assisted by many people, including Tracy Redmon, who lived near the scene of the shooting.

Alan interviewing Molly Thorpe, the teacher and runner who worked so hard to put "Run for Ike" together.

Molly Thorpe, Palm Springs' Mayor Steve Pougnet (3rd from left) and the Palm Springs Marathon Runners before the start of their 10 mile run.

Molly is also the coach of the Palm Springs Marathon Runners, a group of students, many of them without previous running experience, who train to run the Los Angeles Marathon each year. Molly combined her love of running and coaching to create an event that would raise money for the purchase of a police dog: a 5k race, plus a 10 mile training run for her team, who would take pledges for each mile they would run.

With three weeks to plan this event, Molly and Tracy went into action (Molly stated on race morning that she hadn’t slept for three weeks!). In that tiny time frame, they pulled together both sponsors and volunteers from throughout the community. The City of Palm Springs and the Palm Springs Police Department jumped on board right away. Hurrying a process that usually takes months, they waived the fees associated with such an event, providing the road closures, course set-up, and police presence that usually costs thousands of dollars. The Mayor of Palm Springs, Steve Pougnet, a runner himself, even ran the 10 mile route with the students and was there to see the runners off for the 5k.

The officer told me that this wasn't a 'real' CHP vehicle (his car is parked to his left). Good thing, cause I don't think he'd fit in this Smart Car.

Other K9 handlers were there to support the cause.

Molly also got the Lion’s Club involved. In addition to volunteering at registration and finish line, they also offered a free pancake breakfast for the runners. Other organizations donated money, water, finish line dog tags (a great idea for finisher’s medals!), raffle prizes, and many other items. She recruited other volunteers, including Alan and myself, to help out. Alan, in addition to announcing the race, also helped with set-up and logistics. I was in charge of the finish line timing, which was hand-timed with a chronometer and pull-off tags (the old fashioned way!).

The Lions Club showed up in force. This is Shirley.

His vest said 'president,' but he said he was the former president. I guess they get to keep their titles, like the real President.

Not vegan, unfortunately, but nice, and free to all the runners.

Mostly through word of mouth and a little local news coverage, more than 140 runners pre-registered for the race. There were also probably 100 or so day-of-race sign ups. At 6:00, as the 10-milers took off, the weather was cool. That wouldn’t last long, with temperatures of around 100 degrees forecast for the day. Sure enough, by the 8:00 start time it was getting pretty warm (that’s what we desert rats call 85 degrees or so).

Guide Dogs of the Desert had a booth. These two 11 month olds are in training.

The Mayor again, before the race.

The Color Guard

The runners are ready to go.

Amazingly, for an event pulled together so quickly, everything went off without a hitch. The kids completed their 10 miler with time to spare before the race started, the 5k runners had a good time, and the community participation was excellent.

Connor Blalock, the men's winner, has a special place in our hearts. He ran on our Palm Desert High School Cross Country team for four years!

The women's winner, Marina Jones, is also a friend. A few years ago, she was the oldest woman, at 49, to qualify for the Olympic Trials in the marathon!

The fundraising goal was $6,000 in order to purchase a K-9 police dog for the Palm Springs Police Department. The final numbers aren’t available yet, but I was told that by race time over $8,000 had already been raised! That is without the race day registrations, t-shirt sales, raffle ticket sales and other donation made today. I would say that the Run for Ike was definitely a success!

In honor of Mother’s Day, I decided to put some random thoughts about my mom into words…

My mom was the neighborhood mom. When we were young, my sisters and I, and all of our friends, played at our house because my mom was the mother they all wanted to have. She was fun without being overly permissive, she spent time with us without being smothering, you could tell her anything and she was never judgmental. Many of our friends also called her Mom.

My mom was a born teacher.  She was a substitute teacher when we were little, moved into Special Education, which was her special love. Her last job was teaching for the county, going to homes in the East Coachella Valley, working with the families of special needs children.

My mom was a born student. She loved to learn.  After years of extension courses, she earned her Masters in Special Education when she was in her 50s. She was always inquisitive and interested in other people. She had a special talent for learning foreign languages. I always thought this was because she was never worried if people laughed at her if she misspoke. She would plunge ahead, and eventually get it right.

My mom, who would have been 83 last week, was a feminist almost before there was such a word. She came from a family that included an aunt who was a Lutheran minister, a mother who was a pianist and teacher, a sister who was a singer and actress, and a father who encouraged women to have self-respect (and a career!).

My mom loved to sing and dance. She used music in her teaching, recording children’s music to play for her students. She discovered Jazzercise when she was in her sixties and became an enthusiastic participant.

My mom had the best laugh! When she let it loose, you could hear it for miles (well, almost)! Of course, as a teen I was embarrassed by such an open expression of happiness, but I sure wish I could hear it today.

My mom loved animals. We always had cats and dogs when I was a kid, plus a few hamsters, guinea pigs, and mice. She allowed me to keep the puppy that I sneaked home from Knott’s Berry Farm. When we moved to a ranch when I was a teenager, we added horses and goats to the menagerie.

My mom was a great grandma. She had three grandchildren, my two boys, Nathan and David, and my sister’s daughter, Brynne. She loved them, took care of them, and was there when they needed her. She helped me so much during my tough times, by making sure that my children always came first.

My mom was an amazing woman. Smart, funny, kind, caring. She took care of us all, me, my two sisters, my dad, our kids, our friends, her “special families.” When she died, in 1992, my sister Lisa and I put together a memorial service for her. Even knowing how she was loved, we were still shocked and gratified to see that the entire church was filled to standing room only with the many people who’s lives she had touched.

I know, in my random thoughts here, that I missed many special moments. I wrote a similar post last year. I hope that my friends and family who read this will add their own memories. Happy Mother’s Day, to my mom and to all.

With my youngest son turning 30 in a couple weeks, I realize that it has been a long time since I had young children (a really long time!). It has also, obviously, been a long time since I was a child. Since the ‘arrival’ of our two six year old grandsons last summer, however, Alan and I have started to revisit the idea of amusement parks and other family-style entertainment. When you live in Southern California, the first amusement park that comes to mind is, of course, Disneyland.

As I mentioned in a recent post, we are planning to take the grandsons to Disneyland to celebrate Alan’s birthday next week. As I was researching ticket options and pricing, though, I was hit with a bit of sticker shock. The price for a one-day, one-park visit to the Magic Kingdom is $76 per person, for children age 3-9, the price is $68. Doing the math, the price for a family of four to purchase the most basic of entries is $288. That is before doing anything optional like, well, eating. And of course:

Shopping!

As I also mentioned in that last post, I spent a lot of time at Disneyland when I was a kid. We lived close by and my dad was a member of the Magic Kingdom Club.  Back then, you had to purchase the old A-E ticket books. Magic Kingdom Club membership meant that our tickets were basically all as good as “E” tickets (in addition to other perks like discounts and Editor’s Day-unique back then, but basically meant the park was open, no tickets needed). And, it was pretty cheap. Admission was separate from the ticket price, and was about $4.00 (we’re talking late 60s, early 70s here). A book of tickets was around $6 or $7. I think there were 10 in a book. So for about $10 you were good to go for a day at Disneyland. Plus that pesky food thing.

As I was researching for this post, I found that Disney’s most recent price increase was August of last year (no recession in the Magic Kingdom!) and that they have raised prices each year since 1994. You now pay $10 more for the single park ticket than two years ago, and $35 more than a decade ago. FYI, they usually raise the prices the first week of August, so if you plan on going this summer, you might want to purchase your tickets before then.

Since our hearts are set on amusement parks, I thought I’d do a little comparison shopping. Knott’s Berry Farm, which is just a few miles away, was also a favorite of mine when I was young (and it was barely more than a berry farm/ghost town). I even sneaked a puppy home from there once, but that’s another story. The price for adults is $33.99 when purchased online (you save $23).  That is their winter price. In June, that goes up to $46.99. The price for children (in this case ages 3-11) is $22.99, which will go up by $2 in June. That is the same price that adults 62 and over pay with the senior discount. Adding it all up, total for this family of four: $102.96.

I also checked the prices for Magic Mountain, even though I don’t want to drive all the way north of Los Angeles. I didn’t go there often when I was young, but Alan and I went a few times when my son was a teenager. When purchased online, the adult tickets are the same price as their child tickets: $34.99. Price for our family of four is $144.96. Half the price of Disneyland.

Now, of course, as a vegan, there are other things to consider when traveling. From the various blogs and articles that I have been reading, I gather that finding vegan food at Disneyland is pretty easy. Many of the restaurants offer vegetarian choices that can be ordered without dairy. One blogger even wrote of an experience she had when planning her trip. She called the Disney Dining Line the night before and was given the chef’s private line, where she left a message. Amazingly, when she arrived to eat at Ariel’s Grotto in Downtown Disney, she was delighted to find that a special dish had been created just for her. Now that is vegan friendly!

Unfortunately, Knott’s does not seem to have as many choices. Now, I’ve just begun my research, but their website says nothing even about vegetarian options. A keyword search only gave me a couple dated forum-type questions and responses. I have a pending question on their Facebook page, so I’ll see if that comes up with anything. Even if I have to bring my own food or head outside the park for lunch, the thought of saving $185 makes that idea, well, more palatable.

I did a quickie search for vegan food at Magic Mountain, just for the purposes of this post since I really doubt we’ll go there. I found this article, which indicates that there are a few choices, in particular, for this french fry lover, a little cart called Fresh Cut Fries, which uses veggie oil. Plus a few healthier options.

Am I the only one who finds the idea of a $400 one day Disneyland experience a little outrageous? Maybe more depending on your food and shopping choices. Vegan-friendly or not, I think it is over the top, especially compared with other Southland amusement parks. Yet, millions of people each year will keep handing Mickey their hard-earned dollars.

Maybe it is just me.