Best Marathon: Dunkin' Donuts?

If Dunkin’ Donuts was a marathon, what kind would it be? Would it be a plain marathon with no special events and only a milky medal to help you wash it down? Maybe it would be a rich, chocolate race covered with sprinkles of active children, lumpy roads and colorful gifts? Either way, it would be good. You’d want to go back for a taste of it on a regular basis. I think this might be the reason Dunkin’ Donuts is sponsoring the Cape Cod Marathon. Their name alone elicits a positive response from most people; it’ll be an automatic draw for old and new runners.

The Cape Cod Marathon is held in West Falmouth, MA. For a little over three decades, runners from every corner of the earth have laced up their Adidas in order to tackle it. Although the course is very challenging, the scenery makes up for the difficulty of running this race. Participants get to see some of the most beautiful parts of the area like the Falmouth Inner Harbor, Green Pond and Cranberry Bogs. Outside of this plus, the Cape Cod Marathon also comes equipped with relays, medals, charities and opportunities to volunteer. It is a well-rounded marathon that gives everyone a chance to enjoy the day.

Have you figured out what kind of donut the Cape Cod Marathon is? Okay. You probably weren’t even thinking about the question. However, you can keep it in mind and actually find out for yourself by running this marathon. The next race is on October 26th. You can sign up for it now by visiting If you go, don’t forget to bring your coffee and milk.

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Coolest Skate Park: Paradise Valley Skate Park

Phoenix is a great city to live in or visit if you are a skateboarder. The city is dotted with great skate parks. One of the best is the Paradise Valley Skate Park, located at 17402 N. 40th Street, Phoenix, Arizona. To use this park, you will first need to visit the Paradise Valley Community Center and pickup a recreation card. It will feature your photograph, and you will need it to use the Paradise Valley Skate Park. It takes about a half hour to get your card.

Paradise Valley Skate Park – Features

The Paradise Valley Skate Park has a lot of features that you can explore on your board. It has one of the best collections of bowls in the state. For example, it has snake bowls, spine bowls and kidney bowls. Other features offered by this skate park include banked alleys, flat bars, grinding rails, sloped ramps, radial banks, street plaza, a fun box and pump pumps. As you can see, this is a great park for developing a variety of skateboarding skills.

Paradise Valley Skate Park – Hours of Operation

The hours of operation for this park are going to vary depending on the time of year. Between September and April, the park will be open Monday through Friday from 2:30 p.m. until 7 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. From May through August, the park is open Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. until 11 a.m. and from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. This park is closed on Sundays and all holidays that the City of Phoenix observes.

Using the Park

To use this park, you will need a recreation card issued by the Paradise Valley Community Center. If you are under 18, you will also need your parents to sign a liability waiver for you. This is a free park, however, bikes aren’t allowed. It is primarily a skate park for skaters that have beginner to intermediate skills.

Dressing for the Park

To keep your body safe during your skate time, you need to dress for your activity. Start with clothing that will wick away sweat from your skin and allow your skin to breathe. Select skateboarding shoes that provide your feet with support and will not slide off your board. Finally, remember to wear a helmet and the proper padding to prevent injuries.

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Survival Gear: Surviving the Treacherous Climb

It’s not every day that you get to head off an Alpine adventure, climb a mountain and play the leading role in your next man-vs.-nature saga. Climbing can be an exhilarating experience and puts your physical abilities and survival skills to the test. Getting across the rockiest hills, trekking over icy territory and camping in inclement weather are just a few challenges of a treacherous climb. Preparing with the right gear can help you tackle the next exciting climbing adventure like a pro, but since you need to keep it light, balancing necessity and function is an absolute must.

One of the essentials for climbing is the trusty first aid kit. The kit needs to be stocked with all the basic emergency survival supplies in the event that you scrape your knee on an ice patch, be assaulted by a swarm of ants during an evening meal, or if you just need a band aid for cuts and scrapes acquired on your trek. The Adventure Medical Cuts & Bolts Kit is a handy pack that features basic medication, wound care ointments, bandage materials and even basic straps and tape to help you fix your gear.

A reliable and versatile headlamp is another essential for surviving a treacherous climb. If you’re still working your way up the mountain when the sun goes down, you’ll need some extra help to navigate your path. The Black Diamond Ion is a teeny-tiny lamp that fits conveniently on your forehead, but don’t let the size fool you. This lamp is made with two extra-bright LED bulbs and weighs under an ounce. Adjustable headlamps make it easier to use your hands for the actual climb and keep your eye on the prize – reaching the top of the mountain.

You’ll also need to pack some snacks and water to sustain your energy levels during the demanding trek. Packing food that gives you energy for the long haul may be as simple as stocking up on granola bars, trail mix and nutrition bars that are easy to eat on the go and give you a fuss-free energy boost when you need it. Just pack the necessary food items in the convenient side pocket of a climbing backpack like the Jansport Whittaker Soloist , and you’ll have easy access to the goods at any moment.

Celebrity Fashion: Skinny Jeans, Newsboy Hats, Rocker Tees

Skinny jeans aren’t just for women. No, skinny jeans and pants have caught on with celebrity men also. The rocker-type men seem to be sporting tighter and tighter pants these days. Such celebrities as Pete Wentz, all of the Jonas Brothers, Zac Efron and Johnny Depp have all been seen sporting skinny jeans for men. Now, the skinny jean is not for all men. In fact, I know a lot of men who say that they will never wear a skinny jean, but some of those celebrities look awfully good in their skinny jeans. One designer that the celebrities like for his skinny jeans is Moschino . And the best thing about this designer’s jeans is that they are actually affordable to the non-celebrity men who dare to wear skinny jeans.

While rocking the skinny jeans, the celebrity men also love to wear newsboy hats. Most people have seen Brad Pitt sporting this type of hat before. Other celebrities such as Justin Timberlake, George Clooney, Samuel L. Jackson and Jason Lee have also worn newsboy hats around Hollywood. They offer a unique style for a guy and can help accessorize his outfit. George Clooney has been seen wearing a Dolce and Gabbana newsboy hat several times, and I have to say that, for an older guy, he still looks good in it. When sporting a newsboy hat, stick to a neutral color like black or gray.

Let’s stay on the topic of celebrity men and talk about rocker tees. So many celebrity men are spotted wearing what appears to be old and faded rocker tees. But, in reality, the tees that they wear are probably new and quite expensive. Many designers are making T-shirts for men that look like old rocker tees or graphic tees from years ago. This gives the guy a little edge and makes him look almost like he doesn’t care what he looks like, except for the fact that the T-shirt probably cost over $100.

So, what is the perfect outfit for the celebrity man nowadays? The skinny jeans, the newsboy hat and the rocker tee. Put that together with a gorgeous man, and you have a sight for sore eyes!

Things on My Desk: Alicia from the RRRRDesk!

Alicia L. from the RRRRRDesk in CLT shows us her Hello Kittie collection at her desk in Customer Loyalty.

Monkey Business in The Dev Team

The KY Dev group is 10 super heroes managed by Jon Jacobs.
In KY, our Dev team is comprised of 10 Dev-ers and they are led by the great Jon J. They sit in a little office writing codes in Perl, analyzing warehouse operations, investigating process inefficiencies, and starring at computer screens all day long. We decided to have a little fun and check out how hard they do work! This video shows what would happen in the event the warehouse actually did have an issue. Fingers crossed, we hope everything goes as smoothly as it has been!

Shoe Encyclopedia: Because More Knowledge Never Hurts

Still coming back for more of the shoe encyclopedia, huh? You must really be outsmarting your fellow so-called shoe savvy friends by now. Some past shoe encyclopedia lessons have included types and styles of shoes, such as the mule toe or sling back. Others have included shoe terms that relate to parts of the shoe, such as the cap toe or the lug sole. Also included have been medical and fashion terms. In this seventh shoe encyclopedia lesson, you’ll be learning about piping, The Office, Napa Leather, and motion control.

Piping is a thin strip of fabric, which is generally used for the decoration of shoes, handbags and clothing. In shoes with piping, leather is often, but not always, the fabric of choice. Piping can be found in a variety of shoe styles, such as boots, dress shoes and even slippers.

The Office
No, I’m not referring to the popular TV sitcom. Although, those characters may enjoy this version of The Office. Trying to finish off that special business ensemble that you can make all your own? The one that will impress the right people? Choosing the right shoes can help. The Office is an exclusive Zappos spot for business execs to pick up some great office shoes. Both men’s and women’s styles are available.

Napa Leather
Looking for a softer version of leather? Try Napa Leather, which is a soft version of sheepskin. Napa leather can be used in the whole shoe upper like in the Vaneli Wassilla , or just in the design, as with the Tony Lama 1249-L boots that can be found on Zappos.

Motion Control
If your athletic shoes have motion control , this means they have special devices to help control the occurrence of inward rolling of the foot, or pronation. Most of the time, motion-control shoes are meant for athletes who have little to no arch. They can also be used as extra support for those who are heavy runners.

Clothing Rules: Lots to Learn from Cloris Leachman

Have you been watching Dancing With The Stars? If not, you are missing one of the best seasons. Why? It has the oldest star on it. Who? 82-year-old Cloris Leachman.

Cloris Leachman is unpredictable, funny and a little cranky. You never know what she’ll say or do. Of course, it all makes for good TV. However, what I love most about Cloris Leachman is her style.

Like many women over the age of 45, Cloris Leachman has the belly pooch and extra hips. Yet neither one of these curbs her style. She dresses glamorously anyway, showing every woman with a similar body type and age how to do it. Here’s how she pulls it off.

Cloris Leachman:

  • Wears solids – Yes, she may have an elaborate headpiece or silk material, but it’s normally one color. By wearing solid colors, her hips and stomach look a lot smaller.
  • Flaunts cleavage – Cloris Leachman has beautiful breasts. So her dresses on Dancing With The Stars normally have v-necks that show her cleavage. By playing up one of her best features, it detracts from her less attractive ones.
  • Switches hairstyles – Leachman has a great haircut that she isn’t afraid to cover up with a wig in the name of style. It gives her a flexible look. Leachman’s hairstyles complete the outfits she wears on the show.

In a nutshell, Cloris Leachman doesn’t let her age or body shape stop her from being stylish. She is bigger than life. So take a peek at Dancing With The Stars the next time is comes on TV. You’ll be surprised to see that an 82-year-old is stealing the entire show.