And So 2010 Begins

 

Pastrana sets world record for jump in rally car

The daredevil shattered the world record for the longest jump in a rally car on Thursday night, making a nearly perfect flight of 269 feet from the Pine Street Pier In Long Beach onto a barge anchored in the harbor.

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"It was a wild ride," said the wild man of action sports.
His Subaru skidded sideways after landing and slammed into a safety wall at the end of the barge, but Pastrana emerged unscathed. He ran up the landing ramp and did a backflip into the water in front of a crowd estimated at 20,000.
In 1999, Pastrana announced himself to the action sports world when at age 15 he celebrated an X Games gold medal by jumping his motorcycle into San Francisco Bay. That stunt got him into a fair bit of trouble, and he lost his prize money and medal.
This time, his splashdown was well-received.
"It’s soft," Pastrana joked about his penchant for jumping into the water. "It was a lot colder than I anticipated."
He broke the old record by 98 feet.
"The flight was awesome," the 26-year-old daredevil said. "I couldn’t have asked for anything better."
After teasing the crowd of several thousand with a warmup run down the 1,000-foot run-in and up the takeoff ramp, Pastrana did it for real, flying across approximately 220 feet of water to the landing ramp on the barge just a few minutes after midnight EST.
Pastrana said he skidded at the end because the dew had set in about 10 minutes before he took off. Had he landed straight and stopped before the wall, he planned to spin doughnuts in celebration.
Asked about the condition of his car, he laughed and said, "Good-ish. It’s not a submarine, so I think that’s good."
The old record was 171 feet set by Pastrana’s Subaru teammate, Ken Block, in a rally car in November 2006. Pastrana wanted to break that mark by more than 100 feet.
He came close.
"There’s a 40-foot window where I wasn’t going to break or die," he said, "and I hit it right in the middle."
The stunt was the latest in Red Bull’s New Year, No Limits series.
Pastrana was the first to do a double backflip on a motorcycle, and he’s gone on to win four straight Rally America championships.
As part of his Nitro Circus TV show, he’s done such crazy stunts as riding dirt bikes off a ramp into the Grand Canyon and parachuting the rest of the way down; and jumping out of a plane without a parachute, confident that a fellow skydiver with a parachute who jumped out at the same time would catch up to him and guide him to earth.
"This is one of the cooler feelings, just to be part of something so huge," he said. "It was kind of pass or fail. It was just a really good time and trying to push the envelope of what’s possible in a car."

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San Clemente Dachshund Wins Wiener Dog Race

When you’ve got a fast dog chasing you, it pays to be the fastest wiener in the West.

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And Wednesday that was Sully, (left) a 2 1/2 year-old dachshund from San Clemente. Sully outsprinted seven other wiener dogs to win in the Wienerschnitzel Wiener Nationals in San Diego.

As the dogs neared the finish line, the wiener behind Sully bit him – right in the patoot. Sully turned around and king of tried to bite back.  But by then Sully was already the winning wiener.

Miranda Libres, his owner, was at the finish line coaxing him on with treats and shouts of “Bye”.  “I tell him I’m going to leave and that makes him go faster,” she said.  She credited Sully’s success to his unusually long legs.  Sully won a check for $250, a leather collar and a winner’s vest.  Miranda will celebrate by giving him a bunch of treats and making him working it all off!

My Dachshund, Baxter, would never make it.  Laziest dog EVER!!

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And Finally….

The One That Didn’t Get Away

Police say a man who appeared in the Discovery Channel show “Deadliest Catch” is wanted for three bank robberies in Oregon and has been arrested in Illinois.

Police in East Peoria say the arrested Joshua Tel Warner, 23, on the Oregon bank robbery warrant.  He was being held on $30,000 bail in the Tazewell County Jail.

Police in Eugene, Ore., say he is the same Josh Warner who appeared as a greenhorn deckhand on the king crab fishing boat Wizard in “Deadliest Catch” earlier this year. The television reality show depicts the crab fishing industry in the Bering Sea near Alaska.

Looks as if 2010 is off to a roaring start!!  Happy New Year!!

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5 Responses to And So 2010 Begins

  1. Joe says:

    Bob, I’m thinking maybe you should start a talk show or something LOL! I’ve sort of had the week from hell so far and it looks like it’s extending into next week…I hate starting things of this way however real life doesn’t really care about dates…not even New Years. Bless ya buddy, have a good one.

  2. john says:

    twenty ten blast off…………………..zooooooooooooooooom

  3. Grandpa Dewey says:

    Is it 2010 or two thousand and ten? Great story, I saw the commercials about this jump.Have a great one, the good ones have already past.

  4. Louise says:

    Happy New Year Bob xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  5. Sue says:

    Sounds like a new Evel Knievel in the making! Great stories! Love the weiner race! Our poor dog was scared to death as all New Years Eve, places around us were setting off fireworks or shooting off guns to celebrate. She crawled right up onto our laps–all 45+ pounds of her (even though she KNOWS she shouldn’t be on the couch), shaking like a leaf. Have a great New Year!

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