Warrior Dash 2011

This past weekend I ran the Warrior Dash. A 5k (3miles) run through the woods, steep hills, creeks, obstacles, fire, mud, and more. I wanted to take more pictures but i dont have a rugged camera or phone and I think the final mud pit would have killed anything i had. Hell it almost killed me. It was also FUN AS HELL..

About 6 months ago a few of us were talking about this thing and I piped in “I can do that shit, no problem”. hahaha I am a dumb ass.
I knew I would need to get my cardio up for the race and just because i am getting old as shit. This was my goal.. So I looked up the slowest guy that finished in my age group from another warrior dash. My goal was 1 hour and 40 minutes.
I started training by running using the program Couch to 5K. I made a mix to run to called “Run Mutha Fuka” and the training began. I recovered our Elliptical from being a coat rack and started using it.

The Mud Pit

The Fire Jump
( look at that dude with full leather armor a giant wood shield and a spear)

I’m so happy I could shit.

More of the fire jump

My friend ,Chris Pohl, cast a shadow of Doom

Giant Blow Up Helmet

This dude just came out of the mud pit

I can’t believe I finished. Joan of Dark is ready for another dash.

Jumbo Tron projecting the mud pit

Pre Race, remember when we were clean?

Joan , pre-race, super hot

I’m so happy

This is the RFID tag that also says “Free Beer” on it. My motivation.
I DID IT!!!!!!
in 57 minutes
It’s over
Yay Me
except Joan signed us up for something called “Rebel Race” next month.

The Communicator

Born of necessity THE COMMUNICATOR was invented by myself and my fellow mad scientist Faris Hero. This is it’s story.

Once upon a time there was a large man with no pants…

Wait let me try again…

We begin our story with an idea and a dream. Dill Hero was a simple man with a great body. He was also a roller derby announcer. He had, on occasion, been known to drink and announce roller derby and mostly at the same time.

On a crisp November day, some years back, there was some wheeling and dealing going. Chris Pfouts was a scary guy. That is the first impression that most people would get upon introduction. A tall guy covered in tattoos. His vocal chords had been paralyzed at some time during his big amazing life therefore when he would say “hey Dill you’re a great guy”, you might feel like you have just been told you are going to be buried alive with a feral cat as company. In fact, Chris described himself as “crazy cat lady” and not really a rough and tough dark alley kind of guy. He drove a big flat black car with a wolf whistle and a naked lady with a skull face a the hood ornament. He also drove an El-camino which should have had bull horns on it but as yet has not happened. Chris had a Megaphone.Dill wanted it. There was some wheeling and dealing going on.

Dill came out of the situation with has very own Megaphone. Dill went about his life using the Megaphone as Megaphones are used. Yelling at people and advertising roller derby. “Talking” to the roller derby fans before bouts. The Megaphone even found its way to a movie theater for the opening of the movie “Whip It”. Dill used it to tell the people in line for Toy Story 3 that they were “in the wrong line” and should come see “Whip It”. The theater may have added a “Please turn off your Megaphones” right after the no cellphone warning and shut your mouth during the movie warnings.

Time past and fun was had but the Megaphone was starting to become normal. People would just look at it and sometimes clap but the magic was gone.

Dill came up with a good idea. Strap the Megaphone to a helmet. He conferred with his scientific friend Faris.

Faris looks like

Thomas Dolbyor this dude from the game HALO and is always up to make insane things real. With some bungee chords and the strength of 2 men, and some beers, Faris and Dill put together what would soon be known as The “Communicator”. It ruled so much. You could wear it around and use the megaphone and basically look BAD ASS.It worked beautifully and became in intricate part of the roller derby scene. But Dill and Faris wanted more. After some successful growler beer preservation experiments they felt confident in there abilities to create an even better “Communicator”. Thus was born “The Communicator 2.0”

of the story part and the 3rd person writing. here are the ugly details.

Our friend Tom Klubens helped by taking some pics and drinking beer with us.


After many mad nights of planning and testing we had decided that it needed
1.Blue Lights
2. A cool paint job
3. and MP3 player
4. a howling wolf
5. a chrome skull
6.Beer bottle opener
7.Be Bad-Ass

Several designs, blown lights, redesigns and experiments later, the COMMUNICATOR 2.0 was now in production.

Phase 1

I had an old L.E.D. Christmas tree that had been on our porch for 3 years. We decided in the heat of the moment that it might be cool to use.. check out the initial test.

The construction took place.

and then…

The Final Design (includes Lights, Mp3 player, cool paint job, howling wolf, fiber optics,chrome skull, beer bottle opener, and is BAD ASS)

The blue magic howling wolf light switch

Starkey is home and well

Little Strakey is home and well. We are not 100% sure what caused him to get “Colic” but we have eliminated a few things in his environment and he should be fine now… What a relief.

Starkey the mini horse is sick

It seems that our little mini horse Starkey is sick. We had to take him to Purdue medical center on Saturday. Here is Joan of Darks blog on everything. Send him good thoughts…

3rd Panel – Family Circus Continued

We are renaming the “3rd Panel” to “Family Circus Continued”. That way people can find it if they want.. Sorry we missed last week. It i Faris’ fault. Well actually it is my fault. I didn’t do mine. So what. I guess I am sorry . whoop a dee doo dah.
Here is this weeks..



3rd panel 19 september 2010



3rd Panel Sept 12th 2010

Ok I am late posting this because I was busy announcing this weekend at the North Central 2010 Roller Derby tournament. Sorry to make you all wait.

here we go



3rd Panel Sept 5th 2010

A 3 day Holiday for some, but not for the family circus. I would like to introduce a new character to the Circus Neighborhood. Shirtless Faris. What a dirty bastard he is.

Faris (the real faris) took a twilight zone approach which I completely enjoy. It shows us once again. Mess with the family, you get the circus of HORROR…..



3rd Panel August 29 2010

Today Circus Family is finally leaving the beach. Thank God. I decided to stick with the theme of introducing outside characters. Sort of a cross-over of sorts. “Two family trucksters, Only one will survive”.

Faris has decided to revisit an old F.C. friend.. please enjoy.