Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Who is Melissa Giraldo?

Up until today I had never heard of Melissa Giraldo. I accidentally happened upon a picture of her, and was so intrigued that I investigated.  It was worth my time.

After I show you a picture below, I expect that if you share my inclinations, you will want to know more about her too.

All I've got so far is that she's a lingerie, swimwear, and glamor (wink wink) model from Colombia.  And the fact that she's flat-out gorgeous.  She also has a soccer player boyfriend.

Here are some places to get you started.  And keep me going.

Glamor shoot (topless at times) for SoHo mag

Brosome:  mesmerizing Melissa Giraldo is hotter than the sun

67 photos of Melissa Giraldo for Phax swimwear

WAG Hottie: Get To Know Radamel Falcao’s Lady

"While Colombia’s World Cup hope Radamel Falcao recuperates from an injury that would sideline him up to six months, he’ll have one beautiful lady who will be by his side. Colombian lingerie model Melissa Giraldo is more than just a woman with a gorgeous body. She’s a brainiac who graduated from high school early."

The world belongs to Ledecky

Yesterday I noted Mo Farah's eradication of the British 2-mile (running) record, held by the esteemed Steve Ovett prior, and then I said that Mo's feat of feet was not the most dominant distance athletic achievement of the past few days.

The most dominant distance athletic achievement of the past few days was what Katie Ledecky did at the Pan Pacific swimming championships.

She "merely" won the 200, anchored the 800 free relay with a comeback leg to win it, won the 800 freestyle, won the 400 freestyle in world record time, and finished off with a world record six second smash of the 1500.  And may I just be a homer and note the great Ledecky is from DC suburban Maryland;  Michael Phelps is from Baltimore suburban Maryland, and previous 1500 world record holder Kate Ziegler is from DC suburban Virginia.  There have been several other world class swimmers out of this region (Katie Hoff, Anita Nall, Mike Barrowman, and Tom Dolan come to mind), so it's easy to say that a good portion of our world swimming success comes from this particular region.

And the University of Maryland doesn't have an NCAA Division I swimming program anymore.  Go figure.

But what will they call it?

It's been all over the news that Burger King is buying Canadian breakfast and lunch giant Tim Hortons, so that they can move the corporate HQ to Canada and enjoy a lower tax rate.  All that is well and good.  But the problem is, what will they name the new chain so as to maintain corporate name recognition?

"Burger Hortons"? 
"Tim "the King" Hortons" 
"Burger, Coffee, and a Donut King"?
"Tim King"?

Well, I doubt they'll change the name of either one, though the menus of both may get enhanced.  But I'm sure some comedians will think the way I'm thinking.

Burger King, Tim Hortons merge into a whopper-size firm

Ohhh, that was a good one.

Monday, August 25, 2014

All alone

Mo Farah of Great Britain clobbered the decades old British two-mile record last weekend. The first picture in the story tells the story pretty well.

Mo Farah smashes Steve Ovett's two-mile record

Impressive, but it wasn't the most impressive distance record(s) set over the past few days.  More on that as soon as I can write it.

Good effort, but not enough

The Washington Spirit's NWSL playoff run ended in one game (of course, the longest the run could have been was two games).   They played a noticeably superior team, the Seattle Reign, fairly close, though Seattle controlled possession.   Still, the Spirit got off some dangerous shots and even took the lead briefly in the second half at 1-0.  But Seattle ultimately prevailed, aided by a Hope Solo penalty kick save tipped into the crossbar and cleared.

Still, the Spirit went worst-to-playoffs, and hung tough when the going got tough late in the season.  I doubt there was much expectation they'd make the playoffs when the season started.  So, they took the ball and ran with it.  And kicked it.  And scored enough.

Megan Rapinoe’s late goal lifts Seattle Reign over Washington Spirit



Sunday, August 24, 2014

Lighthouse of the Week, August 24-30, 2014: Strombolicchio (amazing)

I started this figuring that Sicily probably has a lot of lighthouses because it has a lot of coast, and some of the lighthouses probably date way, way back into antiquity.  But it didn't take me long to settle on the amazing lighthouse Strombolicchio.

The nearby island of Stromboli is called the "Lighthouse of the Mediterranean" because of its nearly-continuously active volcano.  It looks to me like Strombolicchio lighthouse sits on a shard of ancient volcanic island.  The location is astonishing.  So are the steps that go from the sea to the top of the islet where the lighthouse is located.

All in all, this is one of the world's most remarkably situated lighthouses.  Right up there with Split Rock on Lake Superior and a previously featured Lighthouse of the Week, Ireland's Fastnet.  I'm sure there are more, and part of the fun of doing this weekly feature, which is probably read by very few people (but a lot more should be), is finding them.

As for Strombolicchio, I guess that tourists get to see it when ferries from Naples go by.

Friday, August 22, 2014


I just found out about this place, the Bisti/De-Na-Zin wilderness in New Mexico.

I found out about it (and a few other weird places) from this article on, of all places, the Weather Channel Web site:

50 Places out of nightmares