David “AWOL” Miller’s Famed A.T. Guidebook

first_imgWhen my partner and I were planning an extended A.T. hike, we stopped by our local outdoor shop and asked the manager what to bring. “Foremost thing you’ll need is this,” he said, reaching for a plain green book which otherwise looked a lot like a high-end car manual: David ‘AWOL’ Miller’s The A.T. Guide.“This guy, David ‘AWOL’ Miller practically lives on the trail.”Who was this AWOL? And how did the little green manual come to be?Back in the late-90s, working as a high-powered software engineer, Miller got turned on to the notion of an A.T. thru-hike via a newly retired, Katahdin-conquering ex-coworker. Miller soon viewed the 2,181-mile adventure as a potentially kickass springboard into his own retirement. But being married, a proud father of three, and not quite 40 years of age, Miller couldn’t conceive of himself as being capable of responsibly hanging up the corporate boots for at least another two decades.However, despite the pragmatic rationale—must clock the time, take max. advantage of IRA + 401k plans, continue gratingly, monotonously grinding along toward reaping the so-called Golden Years bounty—the A.T. had already infiltrated his system. Miller found himself facing an inconvenient truth: “I remember becoming increasingly aware this thru-hike was something that couldn’t wait. My life had grown precariously normal… It had to be done now.”In the spring of 2001, having procured a greenlight from the familial quintet, Miller quit his nine-to-five and lit out for Springer Mountain, the A.T.’s southern terminus.“My wife was actually happy for me to have the break from my job,” chuckled Miller. She and the kids set out to have a memorable summer of their own—beach trips, camping, and visiting relatives. I missed them, but they were aware I was doing something important I had to do for myself, and that was something they wanted to support.” He quickly earned his trail name AWOL after telling his life story to fellow thru-hikers of quitting his job and setting out for the woods. After he completed his thru-hike, he penned a memoir: AWOL On the Trail.A few years later, in 2007, Miller heard Dan “Wingfoot” Bruce was retiring from the business of maintaining his yearly-updated Thru-Hikers’ Handbook. As a software engineer, Miller realized he could present the trail data in a fresh, new way that was both functional and aesthetic.“For the next year, I spent every spare moment available working on the book, to the point of enlisting my wife and kids,” he said. His efforts yielded the most intricate, detailed, and stunningly resourceful trail guide yet produced.The popularity of The A.T. Guide is not surprising. Every year, Miller or a member of his team personally hikes each section and travels to each town to ensure the information is 100 percent accurate and updated.Miller himself isn’t planning another thru-hike anytime soon. “But if one of my kids wanted to do it and wouldn’t mind having me along, I’d definitely go with them.”last_img read more

Consequences of legalising same sex ‘marriage’ overseas (continued…)

first_imgThe legalisation of same-sex marriage (or just the push for it) has had the following consequences:* Tennis great Margaret Court came under attack when she expressed opposition to same-sex marriage early in 2012. Court was accused of spreading “hateful comments” and “inciting the bigots out there” by same-sex marriage activist Kerryn Phelps.5 Court said she felt stunned, victimised, and the target of a “relentless hate campaign” for simply stating her views.6* Former Victorian Premier Jeff Kennett was subjected to similarly vicious attacks after writing that man-woman marriage was the best environment in which to raise children.7 Kennett spoke from his experience as leader of Beyond Blue, having observed a rise in anxiety among very young children that is often “a direct result” of their family situations. Following outrage from homosexual activists, Kennett backtracked on his statements “in an apparent bid to mollify the gay and lesbian community”.8* Toowoomba GP David van Gend was forced to attend mediation before the Anti-Discrimination Commission Queensland after expressing similar views which “offended” a homosexual man.9* Also in 2011, a respected Canadian sports anchor was fired after expressing support for the traditional definition of marriage. Damian Goddard used Twitter to express his opinion on marriage, a decision which led to his dismissal from the television station, Sportsnet.14* In 2011, Peter Vidmar was chosen to be chef de mission for the United States at the 2012 London Olympics. Dual gold-medallist Vidmar had been involved with the Olympic movement in the USA for more than 20 years but was pressured to resign because he had supported Proposition 8, the measure which defined marriage as between a man and a woman in California.15You have been warned!5 Tanya Nolan (January 13, 2012), ‘Tennis great accused of inciting gay hatred’, ABC News,http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-01-13/tennis-great-accused-of-inciting-gay-hatred/37718546 Aaron Langmaid (January 24, 2012), ‘Hatred stuns tennis great Margaret Court’, Herald Sun, http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/morenews/hatred-stuns-tennis-great-court/story-fn7x8me2-12262517481527 Jeff Kennett (September 9, 2011), ‘Children need mum and dad for best mental health’, Herald Sun,http://www.heraldsun.com.au/opinion/children-need-mum-and-dad-for-best-mental-health/story-e6frfhqf-12261325798758 Melissa Fyfe (October 6, 2011), ‘Kennett reversal on gay parenting’, The Age,http://www.theage.com.au/national/kennett-reversal-ongay-parenting-20111005-1l9pu.html9 Angela Shanahan (October 15, 2011), ‘Discrimination police indulging in gay abandon’, The Australian,http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/opinion/discrimination-police-indulging-in-gay-abandon/story-e6frg6zo-122616701674114 Cathal Kelly (May 12, 2011), ‘Fired Sportsnet host Damian Goddard ‘stands by’ tweets’, The Toronto Star,http://www.thestar.com/sports/article/989686–fired-sportsnet-host-damian-goddard-stands-by-tweets15 Juliet Macur (May 11, 2011), ‘For Some Sports Figures, Opinions Have a Price’, The New York Times,http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/12/sports/olympics/gay-marriage-stance-costs-vidmar-olympic-role.html?_r=2last_img read more

What channel is NASCAR on today? Start time, TV schedule for 2020 Las Vegas race

first_imgWhat channel is the NASCAR race on today? What time does the NASCAR race start? These are the questions that plague race fans every Sunday, when each NASCAR Cup Series race will be on either FOX or FS1 for the first half of the 2020 season with differing start times.As for Sunday’s Pennzoil 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, the TV channel that will broadcast the race is Fox. The start time for the Pennzoil 400 is 3:30 p.m. ET, and the start time for the pre-race show on Fox is 2:30 p.m. ET. The green flag time is scheduled for 3:46 p.m. ET. MORE: How Fox’s two-man Cup broadcast worksThe 3:30 p.m. ET start time for Sunday’s Pennzoil 400 at Las Vegas is the first of three consecutive such start times as NASCAR’s Cup Series completes its early-season West Coast swing. Next week’s race at Auto Club Speedway also will start at 3:30 p.m. ET, as will the March 8 race at Phoenix Raceway. As for the TV channel, the NASCAR Cup Series returns to Fox after last week’s Daytona 500. As part of Fox’s TV deal with NASCAR for the 2019 season, Fox is slated to show nine Cup races this year, and FS1 is scheduled to show eight, including the All-Star Race in May.Sunday’s Pennzoil 400, which will consist of three stages (80 laps, 80 laps, 107 laps), is the second race on the NASCAR Cup Series schedule. Las Vegas Motor Speedway is a wide, 1.5-mile oval that has featured progressive banking in the turns since 2006. The Cup Series has raced at Las Vegas since 1998.Below is all the info you need regarding how to watch Sunday’s Pennzoil 400.What channel is NASCAR on today? Time, TV for Las Vegas raceRace: Pennzoil 400 at Las Vegas Motor SpeedwayDate: Sunday, Feb. 23Start time: 3:30 p.m. ETGreen flag time: 3:46 p.m. ETTV channel: FoxLive stream: Fox Sports GoRadio: PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR RadioThe Pennzoil 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway will be the second race of the season to be shown on Fox, which also will be the TV channel for the next four races on the NASCAR Cup Series schedule. NBC and NBCSN will take over as the NASCAR Cup Series broadcast networks for the second half of the season, starting at Chicagoland Speedway on June 21.Below are the top 40 TV markets in the Unites States and the local Fox affiliate for each.MarketFox affiliate (digital/virtual channel)New YorkWNYW (5)Los AngelesKTTV (11)ChicagoWFLD (32)PhiladelphiaWTXF-TV (29)Dallas-Ft. WorthKDFW (4)San Francisco/Bay areaKTVU (2)Washington D.C.WTTG (5)HoustonKRIV (26)BostonWFXT (25)AtlantaWAGA-TV (5)PhoenixKSAZ-TV 10Tampa/St. PetersburgWTVT (13)SeattleKCPQ (13)DetroitWJBK (2)Minneapolis-St. PaulKMSP-TV (9)MiamiWSVN (7)DenverKDVR (31)OrlandoWOFL (35)ClevelandWJW-TV (8)Sacramento(KTXL 40)CharlotteWJZY (46)PortlandKPTV (12)St. LouisKTVI (2)PittsburghWPGH-TV (53)BaltimoreWBFF (45)Raleigh-DurhamWRAZ (50)NashvilleWZTV (17)San DiegoKSWB-TV (69)Salt Lake CityKSTU (13)San AntonioKABB (29)Kansas CityWDAF-TV (4)ColumbusWTTE (28)MilwaukeeWITI (6)CincinnatiWXIX-TV (19)Las VegasKVVU-TV (5)JacksonvilleWFOX-TV (30)Oklahoma CityKOKH-TV (25)New OrleansWVUE-DT (8)MemphisWHBQ-TV (13)BuffaloWUTV (29)Anybody who has a cable or satellite subscription can stream Sunday’s Las Vegas race live via Fox Sports Go. This should be the preferred route for a viewer who has such a subscription but isn’t able to get in front of his or her TV.For those who don’t have a cable or satellite subscription, there are five OTT TV streaming options that carry Fox — Sling, Hulu, YouTubeTV, fuboTV and AT&T Now. Of the five, Hulu, YouTubeTV and fuboTV offer free trial options.Below are links to each.SlingHulu (free trial)YouTubeTV (free trial)fuboTV (free trial)AT&T NowSunday’s Cup race at Las Vegas can proceed in a manner of relief thanks to the health of Ryan Newman, who was released from Daytona Beach’s Halifax Medical Center on Wednesday. The driver of the No. 6 Roush Fenway Racing Ford Mustang will not compete in this week’s race as he continues to recover from his terrifying accident on the last lap of the Daytona 500.“No one could ever take the place of Ryan Newman on the track and I can’t wait to have him back,” said Ross Chastain, who will race Newman’s car at Las Vegas. “As we continue to pray for a full and speedy recovery, I’ll do my best to make him and everyone at Roush Fenway Racing proud.”MORE: Full 2020 NASCAR Cup Series schedule Team Penske’s Joey Logano set a Las Vegas Motor Speedway race record (154.894 mph average) when he won last year’s Pennzoil 400, and he again will be among the favorites at the track in 2020. The 2017 Cup Series champion boasts the best average finishing position (8.5) and the best average running position (9.162) among drivers in Sunday’s field.Logano has five top-five and nine top-10 finishes at Vegas; only Kevin Harvick (10 top 10s and seven top fives) has more. Logano also has never suffered a DNF in 13 starts at the track. He and Penske teammate Brad Keselowski have won three of the past six races at Las Vegas.Only one driver (Jimmie Johnson, four) has more wins at Las Vegas than Keselowski (three), who finished second behind Logano in last year’s Pennzoil 400.last_img read more