Off to Camp Kesem!

08.6.2012 | 5:40 am

IMG_5348.JPGI have just a few minutes to post, because I’ve got to get the twins in the car and get on the road. We’ve got a four-hour drive ahead of us. They don’t mind, though; the day they’ve been marking on the calendar for about three months is finally here: they’re off to Camp Kesem.

If you don’t know — or don’t remember — what Camp Kesem is, it’s an awesome organization that puts on camps across the U.S., for kids who have parents who’ve had (or currently have) cancer. These kids generally have missed out on some of the fun things other kids get to do, because cancer has a way of pushing everything else off center stage.

Camp Kesem evens the score a bit.

And I’m really, really proud that, through LiveStrong, the 100 Miles of Nowhere this year raised $34,000 for Camp Kesem. That money helped launch the Southern Utah Camp Kesem — which is where the twins are heading to, and it will help pay for many, many more kids across the US as they get a chance to have a fantastic weekend.

I’ll be excited to have them guest-post their experiences when they get back.

In Other News, I am Aging Very Rapidly

A couple of years ago, I did a post called, “I Consider Myself to be Very Young Looking,” in which I reported on the fact that I had been to an amusement park and paid $3.00 to have a teenager in a booth guess my age.

At the time, I was 44. She guessed 45, which was just a year off, so I got no prize.

Well, I’m pleased to report that — as a scientist with insatiable curiosity — I did a follow-up on this experiment yesterday, when I happened to be with the family at the same amusement park and went to the same booth, and paid a teenager (a different one, I think) to guess my age.

she guessed 54.

But at least I got to pick out a prize this time.


(The prize was the hat.)

Oooooh, a Guessing Game

Today, a large box should be arriving in the mail. The box likely has a large red “S” on it, and has something to do with this post.

Anyone want to guess what it is?


  1. Comment by Nancy_in_MN | 08.6.2012 | 7:09 am

    Well obviously it’s your Superman outfit, but I have know idea why you think it relates to this post.

    Best to the girls on their adventure and I KNOW their guest post(s)will bring down the house!


  2. Comment by ClydeinKS | 08.6.2012 | 7:11 am

    I LOVE all things Specialized and will be checking my mailbox every 30 minutes for arrival!

    Oh, did you mean in the mail to you? I’ll still be checking, just in case..

    Loving the hat collection, it may rival your jersey collection!

  3. Comment by nh_joe | 08.6.2012 | 7:39 am

    Specialized Shiv?? Transition?

  4. Comment by GenghisKhan | 08.6.2012 | 7:39 am


  5. Comment by Geo | 08.6.2012 | 8:39 am

    The new Specialized S-Works Old Man Bike? Oh, wait, you meant a DIFFERENT post, not today’s.

  6. Comment by Dave T. | 08.6.2012 | 8:47 am

    Is it from Strava? I’ll bet that you & the Hammer will be getting your crowns because you guys are the King & Queen of EVERY mountain.

  7. Comment by Michael M | 08.6.2012 | 9:07 am

    Specialized shiv would be my guess. Unless you’re talking about the SL4 you’ve been riding on strava recently

  8. Comment by RodNeeds2Ride | 08.6.2012 | 9:50 am

    Your girls are awesome Fatty! I hope they have the time of their lives and come back with some sweet posts – the “Santa is a goat” story was hilarious!

  9. Comment by Davidh-Marin,ca | 08.6.2012 | 10:21 am

    Wishing the girls all the best at camp, and like the others, looking forward to a post, or an animated video of their adventure!

    As for your age and hat:
    The age thing is that facial hair issue; all gray and grisseled,like a character from the ‘Sons of Anarchy’. Ooh! Maybe another guest slot opportunity….paging PaulG.

    As for the box…..I hope it’s for one of the kids…..the real kids!

  10. Comment by Lonster | 08.6.2012 | 10:39 am

    Hope the girls have a great time. I am glad to know that my 100 MON made a difference in some lives.

    On a related note. Our local climbing stud rode the front side of the hill that I looped on our 100 MON. He ended it with 77 miles and over 10,000 feet of climbing. His Strava link is below.

  11. Comment by Pat Schleck (the cyclist formerly known as MattC) | 08.6.2012 | 10:41 am

    Oh…so you FINALLY ordered a recumbent…a Cruzbike Sofridef V2.2 (I have no idea if they have a big red “S” or not…just guessing here).

    I guess being as you now look like you are 54, you should be riding one of these. As strong as you are, just think of how fast you will go on the flats!

    I’m thinking you should be talking to the folks at Geritol…maybe they’ll comp you some of their product for a review.

    And on a side note, I’m starting to feel a whole lot better about myself, being as I’m almost as old as you ‘look’ but nobody guesses that (at the moment anyway). But apparently things can change fast.

  12. Comment by bikemike | 08.6.2012 | 10:49 am

    Specialized Venge.

  13. Comment by Clydesteve | 08.6.2012 | 11:01 am

    A sarcastic Sicilian swallow, unladen.

    I think the pirate hat would take years off of your looks, Fatty.

  14. Comment by Jeff Bike | 08.6.2012 | 2:09 pm

    The box with the red ā€œSā€ is 2014 Specialized S-Works Transition Expert because the other post was referring to The Leadman Tri Epic 250. I know the Specialized web site is not showing a “2014 Specialized S-Works Transition Expert ” It is rumored to be a new item that has been in the works under tight security. The first one will of course go to the world famous triathlete and cycling blogger. Who at an age to be determined (or best guessed) will once again demonstrate his powers of cycling fortitude and undeniable climbing powers.

  15. Comment by Clancy | 08.6.2012 | 2:22 pm

    Definitely a Shiv. Uber tricked out to be sure.. :)

  16. Comment by Clancy | 08.6.2012 | 2:31 pm

    Didn’t realize there were so many Shiv models. I’m betting you DIDn’t get the non-UCI compliant version just in case you decide to race a regular TT one day. So I ammend my guess: S-Works Shiv TT with Di2, Zip 404s.

  17. Comment by Betsy | 08.6.2012 | 5:27 pm

    Sure hope it’s NOT a Shiv! Come on, race a normal bike like the rest of the mortals! Or else you’ll know you’re beating us partly due to the sheer awesomeness of the bike.

    Of course, if it IS a Shiv, and after you DO beat us, will you let the losers take rides on it after the finish? Just for fun? As a consolation prize?

  18. Comment by Nurse Betsy | 08.6.2012 | 6:32 pm

    Your girls are so beautiful. Can hardly wait to hear about all the fun they are going to have.

  19. Comment by Liz | 08.6.2012 | 6:46 pm

    Have a great time, girls. Three cheers for Camp Kesem!

    Fatty, you linked to one of my favorite blog entries. Thanks for the laugh all over again.

  20. Comment by AKChick55 | 08.6.2012 | 9:51 pm

    I can’t wait to hear from the girls!! I’m so happy I could be a part of 100MoN and support kids from all over the US to attend Camp Kesem! Awesomesauce! And can I just say that those two are growing up so fast! They are so beautiful!

    I think the box must be your…Spiderman outfit! :) You do have super spidey senses right? ;)

  21. Comment by a chris | 08.7.2012 | 3:55 am

    Hope the girls have a blast! They’re super good sports, posing for photos in those hats.

  22. Comment by dude | 08.7.2012 | 10:20 am

    Why r u not in Ogden covering the ongoing Tour of Utah instead of throwing these stupid guessing games at us?


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