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Greg Ramer
Tampa, FL
Little thoughts from a Big man.
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This past weekend, my good friend Brittaney was visiting from Tallahassee and we decided to take a short drive over to Tarpon Springs to the 36th Annual Sponge Docks Seafood Festival. Tarpon Springs is a little town on the West Coast of Florida roughly 30 - 40 minute drive North West of Tampa. It is steeped in Greek culture and is famous for cultivating sponges out of the local waters which makes the sponge docks a popular tourist attraction. The weather was great and the food smelled, looked, and tasted fantastic. The festival was hopping with many food and craft vendors as well as live music. Brittaney and I grabbed some food and sat under the shade of a big tent where many of the festival goers were enjoying the music, both covers and originals, from Paul Anthony1. When Paul took a short break, this young lady burned up the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2013 at Lovers Less Wild
Tomorrow will be one-week since my first triathlon, Tri the Rez. In someways it feels like the race was an eternity ago, and in other ways, I am still feeling the effects of the race. I want to share some of my thoughts from the day. I had hoped to write this post last Sunday, the day after the race, but I was not able to. Then I hoped to write this post earlier this week, but I was not able to. Some of the reason for my lack of writing was time, but a lot of it was because I was tired. So tired, in fact, last night was the first time I have run since the triathlon. And I was only able to make it 2.11 miles, way shorter then my usual 5+ miles. Then my friend, and fellow triathlete, Russ sent me a link to this article.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2013 at Lovers Less Wild
My first triathlon is less then 24-hours away. At 8:40 a.m. tomorrow morning I will be running into the cool waters of Lake Bradford in Tallahassee, FL as I begin the 1/3 mile swim that starts the race. I have trained the best and hardest I know how. As the start of the race approaches I wanted to write out my pre-race thoughts and goals. THE SWIM The events for the triathlon just happen to flow in order of my worst event to my strongest. We start with the swim which I am a little anxious about. I have been doing swim training for roughly the past month. Big mistake. It took me a few sessions and YouTube videos to figure out my form and control my breathing. I just completed my last swim session yesterday and I am still struggling with my breathing rhythm. I know that I will... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2013 at Lovers Less Wild
Yesterday I wrote Part One of my experience at the Tri the Rez triathlon clinic this past Sunday. Here is Part Two. After the swim training was finished, we all headed over to the area of The Rez where the transitions will take place. There, they had a bike rack set-up with several bikes on the rack to show us what the racks will look like. The transition is a very important part of the race. They gave us a few tips about how to make our transitions easier on ourselves by having our stuff prepared a head of time. Shoes should be unlaced and the opening for the foot wide-open, ready to slide our foot in. Place bike helmet with the bottom facing up, straps open and set to the side so it can easily be placed on our head. If we are going to wear sunglasses, have them... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2013 at Lovers Less Wild
This past Sunday I had the opportunity to attend the first-time triathlon clinic for the Tri the Rez Sprint Triathlon I am competing in this weekend. During the clinic they showed us how to change a flat tire, walked us through what the transition area is like, and we also had a chance to swim, bike, and runthe course, if we wanted to. Here are a few learning highlights from the clinic. A bike tire going flat will obviously affect your race. Not knowing how to correctly change a tire will just add frustration to the already stressful situation of having a flat. It has been over a decade, if not two, since I last changed a bike tire. And even then I am sure I did in the comfort of a garage with plenty of tools and support. They impressed upon us how changing a flat on the race... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2013 at Lovers Less Wild
This saturday marks the first of five races, or endurance events, I will be completing over the next month and a half. Originally I only planned on completing the Central Florida Tough Mudder and Tallahassee Turkey Trot in November, but then my good friend, Russ suggested we compete in a sprint triathlon before the Tough Mudder. I've always wanted to compete in a triathlon, but didn't think I was ready for one. After thinking about it, I realized I had come far in my fitness and felt I was ready to train for a triathlon. Then, I started thinking, I have grown to love running, I should signup for more road races. As a friend of mine once said, "I'm going to run those distances anyways, I might as well get a t-shirt for my efforts." I sat down and picked out some races to run this fall. I've strategically... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2013 at Lovers Less Wild
I have decided to come back to where my blogging really got started, Typepad. A few years ago I left Typepad in an effort to save money with the open platform of Wordpress. While at first I liked the open platform, overtime there were several issues that arose with Wordpress that I didn't have the time or knowledge to fix. I left Wordpress a few months ago and tried one or two free blogging services but have just grow frustrated with the limited capabilities that I desire for my blog. I have come back to Typepad because I know it works and I know who to use it. I hope I will invest time and effort into my blog now I am back with Typepad. There are many things I want to write about but I never make an effort to do so. Regardless of how I use my blog... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2013 at Lovers Less Wild
Last weekend I visited Salt Lick Ranch in central Florida. Here are a few black and white pictures I took while there. Greg. Salt Lick Ranch Photo Album Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2011 at Greg Ramer
Years ago I worked at a local Christian bookstore here in Tallahassee, FL. I got a lot of music, books, and bibles that I normally wouldn't have if I hadn't had access to the publishers discounts I received as an employee. In the almost six years I worked there I... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2011 at Greg Ramer
Yep, I am back over on Typepad. I gave an honest try, but I have not been able to get my site to work completely. Frustrated and not willing to spend any more time on 'figuring things out' with, I have decided to move back to Typepad. I... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2011 at Greg Ramer
I thought all it would take for me to really make a lifestyle was this doctor's visit. And it did, for about one week. Then I slowly found myself right back where I always was. Eating very bad, not exercising, and making excuses as to why I was living that... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2010 at Worth the Weight
Here is a quick picture from a black and white 'just for fun' project I am working on. Greg. Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2010 at greg ramer
My brother sent out a video of my nephew, Tucker "talking" to their webcam. I decided to edit the video into a conversation between Tucker and myself. The first part of the video is my edited conversation, the second part... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2010 at greg ramer
For Mother's Day this past Sunday my mom, dad, grandmother, granddad, and mammaw all went to Apalachicola, FL to have a late lunch at The Owl. We got there after the lunch rush -- if there is such a thing... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2010 at greg ramer
**Editors Note: I was able to embed the video at the end of this post. End Edit** This morning I headed down to Southwood to support (and snap a few pictures of) my good friends, Russ and Kaycee as they... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2010 at greg ramer
Last week Brook, Carson, Kegan, and Tucker came up to visit for their spring break. I worked all week except for Wednesday, so I didn't get a chance to do anything too special with them. However, we did head over... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2010 at greg ramer
I underlined a lot of sentences in this chapter on fasting. I have never been too familiar with fasting as a spiritual discipline. I am aware of the 40 days fasts mentioned in the bible, but I have never really... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2010 at greg ramer
Sorry I am a FEW days late on these next two post. Been busy and lazy. Mostly lazy... The topic of prayer is massive! It is hard to really write about the whole subject of prayer in one book, much... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2010 at greg ramer
My brother was telling me that Tampa has started to install cameras at major traffic intersections to capture people running red lights. I was pretty shocked to see how many people run obvious red lights. I have hit the gas... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2010 at greg ramer
Years ago the first thing that would come to my mind when I heard the word 'meditation' was a person sitting on the floor, legs crossed with their arms rested softly on their knees, hands turned over, thumb and middle... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2010 at greg ramer
As I mentioned last week I am reading through Richard Foster's classic book, Celebration of Discipline (COD). I thought it would be good to write a post after every chapter I read giving my thoughts about the topic and how... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2010 at greg ramer
This is incredible. I would say this is going to speed up photo editing just a whee bit! Greg. And of course there are already parody videos out. Pretty funny. Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2010 at greg ramer
I am reading Richard Foster's, Celebration of Discipline again. I have read it once before and knew immediately this book would become one that I would read over and over again throughout my life. This time around I wanted to... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2010 at greg ramer
From D. A. Carson's, The Cross and Christian Ministry: We have become so performance-oriented that it is hard to see how compromised we are. Consider one small example. In many of our churches, prayers in morning services now function, in... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2010 at greg ramer
My truck was in the shop this morning and while it was getting worked on I took an early morning stroll in the mall before the stores where open. Just me and the mall walkers. I took out my iPhone... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2010 at greg ramer