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lost razor scooter
posted by Rod on August 11th, 2013 8:42 PM
Lost by our 4-year old. Possible locations would be Emma Long, Tom Miller, Antone, Pinckney 'rectangle' or Wooten Park. Thanks, Rod and Akiko
Underground lab, nuclear powered boring machine, etc.
posted by Rod on October 12th, 2012 8:53 AM
Not wanting to take up too much bandwidth here, and thus briefly: Chris is not supposed to be summoning Doraemon from the 23rd century for every little problem. So, he decided (again without discussion with his Father, an issue we are working on) to use his homebuilt terawatt laser to cut through the water main to drown about 200 mutant 450-lb bugs. He felt the only other option (sans Doraemon) was to call in an air strike with a few tons of Raid tip-loaded onto special missiles,but this was not an eco-friendly solution. His reasoning was that Dad could easily hold the (by then, sectioned) pipe parts in place after the drowning of the bugs (I don scuba gear, I think you get the picture) while he would then laser-weld the pipe parts back together, with any interruption of water service being only a few minutes.... He didn't realize the water would be so muddy, obscuring laser welding. Live and learn, we say. As to. ahem, a few neighbors being without water for a short time...Akiko's reaction was "Corratelar damage, so sorry!" My last post on this thread, since the main problem has been solved, and prior to Halloween to boot!
Soccer, neighborhood informal games
posted by Rod on September 21st, 2012 11:21 AM
Got our 3-year old into the soccershots program over at lake park Saturday mornings, thanks for those who posted on that. Our 7-year old boy loves soccer, but attends Japanese school Saturday mornings returning home around 1 pm (that is a large one held at O'Henry Middle School each Saturday). That makes the Y option (soccer teams and games at the Y on Ed Bluestein) not working for us as the games are on Saturdays. Was thus curious...about neighbor interest in an informal game a few days a week here at Mueller without oversight from any particular organization. I'd be happy to go and get a few portiable nets from Academy Sports, or where ever, and would be able to help set up most days. (Would just keep the nets behind our fence, so if I am not here and Akiko cannot readily set them up, other parents could grab them and configure.) If of interest, which days, and where? I was thinking Wooten Park, of course there is plenty of grass and space at Lake Park as well. When I was a kid, we put a few rocks down as the goal posts and played impromptu games all the time, close to home. ( No parental involvement when I was a kid...to this day I probably shoot better between two rocks or t-shirts as goal posts than at a real net. Anyway these portable nets are not going to be "real nets" compared to what Manchester United is shooting at.) --Rod
Lost garage opener
posted by Rod on August 1st, 2012 12:17 PM
Neighbors, Akiko keeps it clipped to her bicycle, and it fell off somewhere between our house and anywhere such as Elixir, Whole Family Chiropractor, or even Tino's/Pad Thai. Black, about 2" by 1.5 inches, perhaps 3/4 inch wide. Thanks much! PM me, Rod
Bunk bed--to buy
posted by Rod on January 21st, 2012 11:40 AM
We are interested in a bunk bed for our boys, going on 7 and 3 yrs old. -Rod and Akiko PM me please.
Ronald McDonald House Needs a Japanese Speaking Translator!
posted by Rod on August 17th, 2011 11:34 AM
Ann, Hoping Akiko can help with this, I have VM into her iPhone. Best Regards, Rod
Enhanced Electrical Energy Storage
posted by Rod on May 15th, 2011 8:27 AM
Hi Dan and Shelley, It has been a fun project with talented team members. Indeed, if we can have supercapacitors having high energy density they might help on dragsters. A very high surface area' per weight', and in many applications also 'per volume', means that ions in the electrolyte can decorate this large surface area in each 'half cell' of an electrical energy storage device. One half cell has the (say, carbon) charged positive, so negatively charged ions (anions) decorate the surface in an almost closest-packed manner. In the other half cell, the positively charged ions (cations) in the electrolyte decorate the negatively charged carbon surface. The very small separation (about 1 nanometer) of a charged surface and an effective 'surface' of oppositely charged ions, means a very large capacitance so long as the overall area is very large as well. This shuffling of ion positions in the electrolyte near the surfaces when the surfaces are charged and discharged allows much more electric charge to be stored on the carbon surfaces than would be possible without the electrolyte present. So, the challenge in terms of possible technological impact is: making the carbon so that it is low cost, high surface area, has very good electrical conductivity throughout with no 'dead spots', allows for use of electrolytes that operate at high voltage, and achieving good cycling performance for a long life of operation. In terms of science, we want to understand more about this new carbon and be able to 'fine tune it', including in the fully assembled system. (Akiko asks that I also mention that just because the corresponding author of this Science manuscript looks like a cross between David Beckham and Brad Pitt, and thinks faster than Feynman, Newton, and Einstein combined, that one should remain humble. I humbly agree. ) [:rasberry:]
Time-sharing porch space
posted by Rod on April 17th, 2011 12:35 PM
Akiko and I were perhaps a bit naive about porch culture in Austin and the south, not having been born or raised here. Our porch is thus of a size for perhaps Ken and Barbie to sit around and chat in, but not us and guests. Alas--the house is built and lived in for almost 3 yrs now. No way to snap our fingers and reverse that decision. Akiko wonders if there are possibilities for time-sharing porches. (She is extrapolating from time shared vacation spots and so on that Americans use). That's right, we'll bring the kids and sit on your porch and soak up its ambience. Now, now, think of the possibilities. What about the folks renting at Mosaic and so on, who have no porch at all?
Japan Earthquake, Tsunami, and...
posted by Rod on March 11th, 2011 8:52 PM
We appreciate the kind inquiries from neighbors about Akiko's family--thank you. Akiko's parents are fine and fortunately so are all of her relatives in Japan. (Coincidentally Rod's younger brother is in Ulsan, SKorea, and his flight home was to be through Narita; he has been re-routed through Seoul for his trip back to Portland). Akiko's father (in Tokyo, fortunately when this happened) is a nuclear engineer and he likely knows engineers at the endangered Fukushima Daiichi and Daini nuclear power plants. We are praying for the workers at those plants as they work to get the needed coolant into the reactor cores, and for the people in the areas that have been impacted in Japan. -Rod and Akiko
MNA Holiday Party - Photo Booth Pictures
posted by Rod on January 1st, 2011 8:11 AM
We heartily second Kathleen's remarks, Andrej and Rachel. It was an exciting experience for our little boy to see the photos as they came rolling out of the slot in the booth. And it reminded me and Akiko of years ago when we visited photo booths at fairs and for Aki, in the city of Tokyo with her friends. Thank you!Akiko and Rod
Neighborhood Night Out, Miscellaneous Thoughts, a Suggestion: RMW event monthly at Mueller
posted by Rod on October 11th, 2010 8:31 AM
This morning after dropping my boy off for Kindergarten and driving back home with Sarah Brightman and Antonio Bocelli singing "Time to Say Goodbye" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f_JLkIOnq04 ...a series of random thoughts coalesced. Leading to a perhaps odd suggestion, that I would value feedback from neighbors on. As a man not prone to cry, but with tears rolling down my cheeks from listening to the two sing, as happens at times even to men, a set of miscellaneous thoughts rolled into my head. Some of these random thoughts, from Neighborhood Night out with neighbors--as I experienced it in our little group at Wooten Park: -Timothy bringing 'light toys' for the children as the sun had set, for them to wave and enjoy the magic of -Joe presenting some fine C&W music through his iPad, given the proximity of his and Karen's house to our group--and explaining to me with great enthusiasm the various functions he had programmed so that his family could readily bring music into their house -Akiko and Timothy talking about avant garde (mostly French) films I had not heard of -The general good feeling of the event, and how such events help to balance one's life, given my continued interest in staying abreast of the on-going battle between the light and the dark forces in this World It suddenly struck me, with the aid of modern technology and perhaps those with better audio skills than mine (which are essentially non-existent): The Rolling Musical Wave monthly event at Mueller! In which one song (piece of music), agreed upon by participants prior to each RMW event, is synchronously presented with loudspeakers pointed "outside to the World". Supposing something like 20 - 50 participating households with decent sound systems, and with a slight amount of orchestration (sound has a certain velocity, there will be interesting phase lags for the listener sitting, say, up in the old tower) and its potential impact, on us, our neighboring communities, and rolling out across Mother Earth. Not to overdefine this from my POV, I will stop here and hope for feedback. But I cannot help but add that with 'proper' choice of music, what a beautiful thing it might be. -Rod
Jogging stroller
posted by Rod on October 8th, 2010 9:12 PM
Akiko is a natural runner, smooth and powerful. But not while carrying a 20-lb 16-month old. Jogging stroller for sale? Akiko and Rod
July 4th Party- Success!
posted by Rod on July 5th, 2010 10:46 AM
It is hard to imagine how it could be better organized and implemented. A really fun day for our family and much appreciated. (I personally got a real kick during the parade of the neighbors who come out and ring cowbells and so on, and cheer the parade-goers on...Christopher really liked that. "Daddy, there are people watching us!" The lawn chair brigade was also a real hoot for me.)As already mentioned by neighbors but simply emphasizing again: The fire trucks were very important to both our boys, the bounce pens were great and the way the evening party was 'laid out' on Tom Miller was just the right size and feel. Once again the Sears brothers and this year also that siren who joined them and sang Janis Joplin tunes were really great. Adrian did a little dance on the street during the live music. Liberty and freedom, Adrian, Christopher, Akiko, and Rod
Lawless Block Party -- Contest Winners
posted by Rod on June 13th, 2010 8:12 PM
Thank you, Lawless neighbors, for such a pleasant and well planned event!Akiko, Rod, and our children
UT Elementary: Families at Mueller or in neighboring communities?
posted by Rod on June 13th, 2010 9:47 AM
Karie, Thanks very much, we appreciate your timely response! We have also sent you a private message to "missartteacher" email. -Rod and Akiko
UT Elementary: Families at Mueller or in neighboring communities?
posted by Rod on June 12th, 2010 1:26 PM
Just looking to talk briefly with parents whose kid(s) attend UT Elementary. Our son can attend there this coming Fall (Kindergarten) and Akiko and I were interested in talking relatively soon with other parents. We were notified of the results of the lottery while on travel and, having just recently returned home, are avidly looking to come up to speed & relatively quickly, on experiences with UT Elementary--we do appreciate your reply. You can 'private message' me--thanks. (If you happen to know of another family whose kids attend, do please feel free to put them in touch with me.) -Rod
Greeting new neighbors and old
posted by Rod on June 7th, 2010 6:08 PM
Finally got around to posting a picture and putting in some information on my profile. Pictured are Akiko's parents Chieko and Yukio in the photo at Takaosan park outside of Tokyo, with our family. -Rod
Cal Rodgers Block party this Saturday - thanks!
posted by Rod on June 7th, 2010 4:33 PM
Dear Cal Rogers Street neighbors, Thanks from Akiko and Rod, and our boys. The 'bounce castle' for kids was very thoughtful (Chris was frequently using it), as well as the water guns for all the kids; even our 1-year old got into the spirit and laughed when he got sprayed. Food was delicious and it was so nice to see many of you again, along with all the neighbors who came over. -Rod and Akiko
Barefoot running, 5-finger shoes, other links: An update
posted by Karen_Zab on May 9th, 2010 11:11 AM
After seeing Rod and Akiko walking around and loving their 5 finger shoes I decided I wanted a pair but apparently they are soooo popular now I can't even find a pair to order online anywhere! Guess they are the next hottest thing since sliced bread right now.
New Mueller Baby - Otto Jonathan Wilcock
posted by Rod on May 6th, 2010 9:53 AM
Congratulations to parents Mary and Gareth. What a cute little baby! -Akiko and Rod
Introducing a new Mueller resident
posted by Rod on April 15th, 2010 9:53 PM
Congratulations from Akiko, Christopher, Adrian, and Rod!
Dual Language schools announcement
posted by Rod on February 28th, 2010 8:02 PM
Sol, Just a little playful humor. We do appreciate the posts on this topic, and want to acknowledge that acquiring languages is a wonderful thing. (I have two younger brothers that each speak 4. The older brothers, me included, unfortunately had both less exposure and less aptitude. Our starting in Junior High School rather than at age 5 or 6 did not help. My younger brothers got off to an earlier start.)(I know my post(s) did bring a chuckle to those who know me, because they mentioned it on the Mueller Sunday morning bike ride this morning.)We look forward to meeting you and Ross, and I (and Akiko) will read the exchange magazine article you posted with great interest!-Rod
Dual Language schools announcement
posted by Rod on February 26th, 2010 5:06 PM
That would be fun!But...based on advice from my wife...I should perhaps note (confess?) the following. It appears I might have been suffering from "Proud Papa Syndrome".My wife has pointed out that Christopher has not actually been reading the language acquisition material (Mandarin-Chinese, Hindu, Arabic, Bengali, Portugese, Russian) that I purchased for him. I chose these languages based on http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_languages_by_number_of_native_speakers(Assuming he would trivially pick up Spanish here in Austin, and of course English and Japanese from his parents, I thought: Why not be conversant in the other languages spoken by 100M or more people on Earth? One could always pick up others at age 7, thus a bit later.)So, Akiko highlights that just because Christopher colors and draws pictures in the language manuals with his crayons...that this "does not quite count for fluency." She might have a point there. As far as physics, she also offers her perspective that while it is true that Christopher likes to sit on top of "Spacetime Physics: Introduction to Special Relativity" by John Wheeler while he throws peas at his little brother, this "does not mean that osmosis of such physical concepts through that part of the body is happening." She might have a point there as well. मेरी ईमानदारी माफी(Mērī īmānadārī māphī)请原谅我(Qǐng yuánliàng wǒ)
Parenting--infant through age 5
posted by Rod on February 18th, 2010 2:14 PM
If we already have a "parenting forum" excuse me, and I can re-post this there. If not, perhaps it might be timely to start one? A fantastic book that Akiko and I are enjoying: http://www.amazon.com/Philosophical-Baby-Childrens-Minds-Meaning/dp/0374231966 A few reviews to whet one's interest: From Publishers Weekly Psychologist Gopnik (The Scientist in the Crib) points out that babies have long been excluded from the philosophical literature, and in this absorbing text, she argues that if anything, babies are more conscious than grownups. While adults often function on autopilot, getting through their busy days as functional zombies, babies, with their malleable, complex minds and penchant for discovery, approach life like little travelers, enthralled by every nuance of their exciting and novel environment. Gopnik compares babies to the research and development department of the human species, while adults take care of production and marketing. Like little scientists, babies draw accurate conclusions from data and statistical analysis, conduct clever experiments and figure out everything from how to get mom to smile at them to how to make a hanging mobile spin. Like adults, the author claims, babies are even capable of counterfactual thinking (the ability to imagine different outcomes that might happen in the future or might have happened in the past). As she tackles philosophical questions regarding love, truth and the meaning of life, Gopnik reveals that babies and children are keys not only to how the mind works but also to our understanding of the human condition and the nature of love. (Aug.) Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. Review "The great American psychologist William James described the infant's worldview as a `blooming, buzzing confusion.' Gopnik's book is a challenge to this notion. Based partly on her own pioneering studies, she brings to life the sophisticated mental capacities of infants. A great read." --V. S. Ramachandran, author of Phantoms in the Brain: Probing the Mysteries of the Human Mind
Tips, advice etc. for buying a Streetman or otherwise?
posted by Rod on December 19th, 2009 1:25 PM
Ditto from our family: We had the highest professionalism from SPH and Marie that one could possibly expect. If Marie was away from the office, other staff members filled in admirably. SPH engineers were first class (Jesse, Brian, others). -Akiko and Rod
Tile Grout Cleaner & Sealer Recommendation
posted by Rod on October 18th, 2009 10:56 AM
We'd also like to heartily recommend Andrew Miura and his team. They did a superb job on our house, and we hired them from Shellie's recommendation above. Akiko and Rod
Trader Joe's coming to Austin
posted by Rod on July 13th, 2009 5:41 AM
Yes, we liked them in Chicago area. We just voted for locating at Mueller. Thanks for bringing this up. Akiko & Rod
calRodgersPopulation
posted by Rod on July 12th, 2009 8:22 PM
Congratulations on Anthony!Akiko and Rod
Anne Akiko Meyers to locate in Austin
posted by sandyfivecoat on July 12th, 2009 9:08 AM
OK. She is totally performing for us at the next 4th block party! I have a grand in the livingroom! And it NEVER gets played very well! (I'm talking about the Akiko we have already . . hmmm what if we had them BOTH. Can anyone say duet?. Ah the possibilities!)
Anne Akiko Meyers to locate in Austin
posted by Rod on July 12th, 2009 7:56 AM
Well, having a relative in the Yakuza doesn't hurt.**Strictly joking here! Choice was based on talent, not missing fingers in the family tree!( ;-Rod
Anne Akiko Meyers to locate in Austin
posted by aumoon on July 11th, 2009 2:23 PM
Wow! I'm really impressed. It's certainly not an easy thing to achieveby the age of 10. I can imagine how competitive it was to be selectedto perform with this orchestra.
Anne Akiko Meyers to locate in Austin
posted by tj1407 on July 10th, 2009 10:17 PM
Bravo! Encore Akiko!
Anne Akiko Meyers to locate in Austin
posted by Rod on July 10th, 2009 2:18 PM
Something about that middle name does seem familiar....Anne Akiko Meyers moving to Mueller! If we could induce her to play for fun at Wooten Park or serenade those in the swimming pool....there are some definite possibilities here. Actually, another Akiko, now keeping up with 7-week old Adrian and 4-year old Christopher, performed on piano with the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra when she was 10 years old. My father in-law popped the video in for me to watch while I was visiting with my in-laws in Tokyo a few years ago. This determined little girl marches in amidst the adult musicians in the orchestra, plunks herself down on the bench, signals the conductor she is ready, and proceeds to play very well!
Anne Akiko Meyers to locate in Austin
posted by tj1407 on July 10th, 2009 8:51 AM
Do you think she will move to Mueller? I like her middle name in particluar![:grin:]
Anne Akiko Meyers to locate in Austin
posted by Rod on July 10th, 2009 5:40 AM
akikomeyers.com/html/about.html" rel="nofollow">http://www.anneakikomeyers.com/html/about.html Anne Akiko Meyers is celebrated as one of the world’s premiere concert violinists. The renowned soloist, chamber musician, recording artist and educator regularly performs throughout the Americas, Asia, Australia, and Europe. She has reached wider audiences by premiering new works written for her and showcasing under-performed or rarely heard music with a quest for experimentation and open dialogue. (...) This fall, she will join the faculty of the Butler School of Music at the University of Texas at Austin. Recently, she was the first violinist to be named Regent’s Lecturer at the University of California, Los Angeles. Meyers has given masterclasses around the world, was a panelist at the Juilliard hosted Starling-DeLay Symposium and is an adjudicator for competitions. Anne performs on the “Royal Spanish” Antonio Stradivarius violin, dated 1730, that once belonged to the King of Spain.
Ladies Softball??
posted by Rod on July 9th, 2009 10:23 AM
Count Akiko in. She had a great time at a batting cage recently. Chris and Adrian and Rod would like to cheer her on.
****4th of July Parade***It's On!
posted by Rod on July 5th, 2009 8:39 AM
Thanks to our neighbors for hosting the Tom Miller block party yesterday. It was really enjoyable. --Akiko and Rod
HAVING THE INSTALLERS COME TO MUELLER More: Solar panels approved!
posted by Rod on June 16th, 2009 8:45 PM
Texas Solar has requested I post this and I am doing so, verbatiim: "It’s a great time to go solar! Lower pricing, generous Austin Energy rebates and federal tax credits make the idea worth exploring. Please join Texas Solar Power Company on Tuesday, July 7 at 6 pm for an informal, informational “Solar 101” presentation:How does it work? How much does it cost? How much will it produce? What’s the environmental impact? Is it worth it?Akiko and Rod Ruoff have generously opened their home at 4012 Pinckney Street (corner of Pinckney & Emma Long and Texas Solar Power Company will provide snacks and drinks and answers to all your questions! Please join us.Questions? Ideas? Contact me: Shanda Sansing, TXSPC, 459-9494, Shanda@txspc.comSpace is somewhat limited, so would be great to have an idea of how many might attend. Please call, send a message to my email, or RSVP on the online evite: http://www.evite.com/app/publicUrl/ZWKEWRYCMKGFNWUNUFUR/muellersolar Thanks, Shanda"
When to let someone into the pool...
posted by Rod on May 31st, 2009 12:38 PM
Kim, Sorry if we have not been vocal enough on this, so Akiko and I would like to say a big THANKS to you, Felicia, and others. Let me try to be more helpful on this in the Summer, when my schedule is a bit lighter. Don't hesitate to ask for "a show of bodies" if anything is cooking with AISD or other entities where we need parents out in force. Thanks again! Akiko and Rod
Home Church
posted by Rod on May 28th, 2009 6:15 PM
Well, sort of attempting to answer my own question, I find links that are interesting such as:http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-3837172197326635907http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Simple_churchhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/House_churchI can thus see that perhaps it is non-trivial to describe what an organic church is in a few sentences. Welcome to tell Rod/Akiko more in person, anyone!-Rod
Open letter to afternoon pooltime lunatic
posted by Rod on May 28th, 2009 10:58 AM
Also, feel free to copy others, i.e., "force in numbers". You may use my email, r_ruoff@yahoo.mail. This is an issue of concern to me as well. It also concerns Akiko, you may use her private email, Kate. It is akikoruoff@mac.com">akikoruoff@mac.com . I can't speak for Dusty, but he and others might send you their email addresses so that you can "cc" a few neighbors on your email. E.g., when I alerted Jennifer Harvey about the boulders projecting out of the ground at the Wooten park where folks play ultimate frisbee, soccer, etc., I cc'd Dusty on my message, since we had the night before talked about it while our kids were at the playscape. Hoping a few other folks will send their email addresses to Kate on this issue--do it privately if you don't want to have it public. -Rod
Town Center Thoughts and Ideas
posted by Rod on May 28th, 2009 8:45 AM
Michael, Thanks for triggering some memories! I had an invited talk in Trieste, Italy that meant spending a week there, and then on to meet Akiko's cousin who lives in Udine with her husband and daughter where we thus also stayed for an additional 3 days. I recall wondering "Why mess with such a good thing, the Italians have really got it figured out". The town centers in the cities and towns in Italy are a natural draw for their inhabitants as well as visitors--to take the mass transit into the center and to congregate, meet and greet, relax, and stimulate the soul through the art and sculptures and perhaps most importantly, through the architecture and its disposition with respect to nature (fruit trees, majestic trees, the Sun, etc.). I heartily second your suggestion. We have the potential for doing something that has indeed worked for ages in other parts of the World. We do shop at the strip mall that has Best Buy, Marshalls, Home Depot, Starbucks, etc. Adjacent to I35, it (perhaps) has its place. But the Town Center should be where everyone wants to go now and then, a few times a week at least, to relax and talk about community, see/meet the newest additions to the community, meet our neighbors who come in from surrounding communities, etc. It can be a further way of breaking the urge to climb into car or truck and drive 20 miles to get some peace and quiet--in a town center of one of the little towns far outside Austin!--Rod
Do running shoes do more harm than good?
posted by Rod on May 27th, 2009 9:40 AM
Kaylin, Got it: Whether to tickle or be tickled, that is the question!More seriously--if you want to try on Akiko's, you are welcome to, and the stores don't mind trying on pair after pair to find the right fit. Stephen can also try mine on if he wants. These are different than normal shoes in that the places I went to (REI and also WholeEarth) explained that they "should fit like a glove". And as Ann mentions Backwoods also has them. Might feel a bit odd to be trying on "shoes" of this type that other folks at the stores have been putting their bare feet into also, but a quick wash of one's feet at home takes care of that issue. Also, these can be used in the pool, on wet grass, etc, and per the instructions they can be washed in even a washing machine for a short time and then simply air dried. I have been out in wet grass and also humid/hot weather, and it seems the rubber they use is not at all conducive for (say) growth of molds, etc. Seems to stay perfectly pristine, that is. --Rod
Do running shoes do more harm than good?
posted by Rod on May 25th, 2009 8:41 PM
Kaylin,Every time I look down at my feet I laugh. But they sure make my feet do new things, I think I am feeling muscles that I must have been aware of when I was 12 years old, and my feet are shouting "thank you!". But should Akiko try to slip under the sheets with her pink "fivefinger" shoes on, I think you are on to something--could be a stealth tickle attack attempt. All I can say is that these 10 toes, while made for walking, can return such favors in kind. Ann, thanks for your post too. It seems the word is getting out. No matter what else they may say about me, I do at least have my neighbors feet at heart. -Rod
Do running shoes do more harm than good?
posted by Rod on May 24th, 2009 10:44 PM
Neighbors, should you see Akiko in her Vibram-fivefingers and me in mine, I thought to offer an explanation why (below). May your heels never hit first and may you also not over-stride. Seem to be good for just walking around as well. Below is a Popular Science article, and I have excerpted parts of it. Rod http://www.popsci.com/entertainment-amp-gaming/article/2009-05/running-barefoot?page=2 (...) s it really true that overuse injuries are nonexistent among the Tarahumara? As far as can be measured, yes. We see Tarahumara running into their 80s and 90s. The only running-related injuries they seem to get are things like broken legs due to falling. [note: the Copper Canyons in Mexico are known to be incredibly treacherous and rugged, with vertiginously steep, rocky terrain.] Why do you think this is? The Tarahumara use their legs "as designed". By running at a young age with minimal footwear they naturally develop the best biomechanical use of their legs. Cushioned shoes restrict foot movements and allow for over-striding. Short strides are natural. (...) And in comments section: (...)Consider the Taramuhara Indians in the Mexican highlands. They run 2 and 3 day non-stop races of 150 to 200 miles, just for fun and games. Their footwear? Tire sandals. There are many, including me, who claim that barefoot is the best way to run for a lifetime of injury free sport. Next to barefoot, the most minimal of footwear is preferred. A simple sandal is ideal - flat sole, no padding or arches to mess up your natural foot action. Studies have shown that the modern running shoe has not decreased sports injuries, and may have actually increased runners' problems. (...)
Going Green
posted by Rod on May 22nd, 2009 7:25 AM
Thanks, Sarah. We looked the site over and Akiko and I signed up for the daily emails--looks like a good team at ecomii. -Rod
New kid on the block--Adrian Taiga Ruoff, May 17, 2009
posted by Luv2Bike on May 18th, 2009 10:19 AM
Hey Akiko, Rod, and Big Brother,Congratulations on the new addition. I guess with every baby the neighborhood gets a whole lot better! Or is your plan to have so many children that AISD is forced to build the new school here?Congrats,Adams Family
New kid on the block--Adrian Taiga Ruoff, May 17, 2009
posted by Rod on May 18th, 2009 10:12 AM
Neighbors,Thanks for the kind remarks, and the private msgs of congratulations we received as well. Akiko & Adrian should be home Tuesday afternoon. Best, Rod
New kid on the block--Adrian Taiga Ruoff, May 17, 2009
posted by bgierisch15 on May 18th, 2009 7:48 AM
Way to go Rod and Akiko. We look forward to seeing our new neighbor!
New kid on the block--Adrian Taiga Ruoff, May 17, 2009
posted by ret1ree00 on May 17th, 2009 9:17 PM
Congratulations...... We look forward to Adrian's debut. Glad Akiko is doing fine. I am sure Cris is a proud big brother.Joe
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