Sunday, August 26, 2007

On the Road Again...

It's the One Man Invasion's final day in Romania. Soon we will be all packed up and ship out of our headquarters onto greener pastures. A recon mission in ex-Yugoslavia will be the last stop in our long journey behind the Iron Curtain before we slap on our fake mustaches and spectacles and smuggle ourselves past the unwitting commie border guards and onto a plane headed to swinging London. A week in London spent debriefing our superiors, yes we do have them, and familiarizing ourselves with the riches of the 'capitalist pigs' will be quite the reward. After London, the OMI heads back to the Land of the Free and Home of the Brave for a ticker tape parade complete with all the pomp and circumstance that has been promised to us.
Hope you've enjoyed the journey. More will come but probably not until we get back stateside. The Invasion is just about over and a new invasion will soon begin. Stay tuned...

Saturday, August 25, 2007

End of Days, Countdown

With the final days of the 'One Man Invasion: Romania' at hand, our thoughts turn to what's happening back stateside. Sunday September 9 marks the beginning of the Philadelphia Eagles assault on the NFL Championship their fans sanity. A tantalizing team and promising beginning to the regular season will be followed by a heartbreaking injury/loss of form and a loss in the playoffs to a team that the Eagles would've beaten if they would've been firing on all cylinders. Regardless, fans will fill the seats and get fired up for the better part of the season only to lose faith and flood 610 WIP with calls demanding a trade of McNabb, the head of Andy Reid and/or the death of Todd Pinkston/Mike Mamula/TO/new scapegoat. The Invasion loves the fact that both the Eagles and the fans are wonderfully predictable. Philadelphia Magazine takes a look at the Eagles' fans and wonders "Why Do We Care So Much?

Monday, August 20, 2007

Tut, tut, tut

Monacle...check. Beluga caviar...check. Pretentious airs...check. Expensive beverages...see below
While the One Man Invasion is never one to indulge in the, um, indulgences of the upper crust, we do share one thing in common, we all like beer. Our tastes may be simpler than those born with the proverbial silver spoon in their mouths, but we can always sit down and cross the divide over a fine pitcher/glass/bottle/can of beer. If we're ever caught in said situation, the fine folks Socyberty have provided us with a list of The World's 3 Most Expensive Beers. While the Invasion's favorite (see right) didn't make the list (one of the reason's why it's our favorite), we won't feel out of place when coming across the affluent.

Mission Failure

The One Man Invasion has returned from Death's doorstep and while one might expect it to be a warm place (fire, brimstone, et al), it was far from it. In fact it was rain soaked and cold, a miserable combination that broke the back of the OMI's Team Bear Food. We abandoned the Carpathian Adventure Race 45 hours in with only the biking portion to finish. All started relatively well and we were sitting pretty in 8th place, but an absolutely torrential downpour forced us back to base camp after about a half dozen kilometers of biking. Race rules stated that every team had to begin the biking section by 6AM on the beginning of day three and having returned to camp five hours before the deadline, we were shot. Unable to dry off (no campfires were allowed at the base camp for reasons that can only be described as 'retarded'), without any dry clothes (hello hypothermia and/or frostbite) and faced with the unrelenting rain, we called it quits. The team felt aggrieved as we had started the biking section but had returned to camp for shelter, but our arguments fell on the deaf ears of race organizers. C'est la vie.
The race was a blast and while it was indeed a challenge, the Invasion would do it again in a heartbeat. Things were going great for the team and we were hoping for a finish in less than 48 hours, but the rain was demoralizing and debilitating. Along the way we did some tough hiking (coming across a herd of rams, being semi-chased by wild horses, and sleeping on the side of a mountain only to be woken up by a hailstorm), fun rope courses (rappelling and hauling ourselves across a small chasm), explored a cold cave after being soaked while charging through a small canyon, and built a below-average raft and paddled across a reservoir. Check out the pics below and see the fun. We've been checking out some other races and we're looking to put together a crack squad to tackle some Stateside adventures. If interested, leave your info in the comments.

before the start - everyone is happy

everyone still happy

at the top of one of our many 'last climbs'

almost 6AM, post-hailstorm, heat blanket skirt saves my life, rather miserable

Saturday, August 04, 2007

The Adventure Continues

The One Man Invasion's last post from headquarters as we're packing up and getting out. Next stop is Petrosani on our way to the Race of the Century of the Week. Outward Bound is slowly updating the info on the race website with a list of equipment and race rules recently posted. It also appears that you, loyal reader, will be able to follow the OMI's progress live. We doubt the live-ness of the posting, but check it throughout the race (begins August 9, 8AM EEST/1AM EST) to see how the Invasion's squad is performing. Plenty of pics to come post-race (finishes August 12) when, and if, we return alive.

Thursday, August 02, 2007

YouTube Nonsense

For some unknown reason, these vids have captivated people across the world. Check it.

some articles on this kid and his popularity: KGW Oregon
Washington Post

Dramatic Look

This thing is everywhere and if you haven't seen it, where have you been? Wonder where it came from? Think of the weirdest country in the world and you have your answer (extended clip below).

Gilbert Arenas on Shark Attacks

Go to Gilbert Arenas' blog for more genius. Here's some on shark attacks:
I know this is random, but I just want to clear this up for people out there.
There are these things called shark attacks, but there is no such thing as a shark attack. I have never seen a real shark attack.
I know you’re making a weird face as you’re reading this. OK people, a shark attack is not what we see on TV and what people portray it as.
We’re humans. We live on land.
Sharks live in water.
So if you’re swimming in the water and a shark bites you, that’s called trespassing. That is called trespassing. That is not a shark attack.
A shark attack is if you’re chilling at home, sitting on your couch, and a shark comes in and bites you; now that’s a shark attack. Now, if you’re chilling in the water, that is called invasion of space. So I have never heard of a shark attack.
When I see on the news where it’s like, “There have been 10 shark attacks,” I’m like, “Hey, for real?! They’re just running around? Sharks are walking now, huh! We live on the land, we don’t live underwater.”