CNN asks: will new immigration law impact Arizona tourism?

Tonto Trail in Grand Canyon

Politics? Out here?

Talk about a stretch.

From 2007 to 2009, we watched Wall Street egregiously snap our country’s economy over its knee. But still, our money and investments remain in the same banks and firms that led us into this economic Hades. We watch—no, we demand—that celebrities cheat, lie and steal their way to fame. And then we buy their music, push their films to box office records and comment on their golf swings.

And now CNN wants to know if we won’t travel to the Grand Canyon because Arizona wants more out of our country’s immigration laws than the last two administrations were willing to provide?

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Who says the midwest has nothing to offer mountain bikers?

Should the Browns continue their lackluster performance, you can always spend your Cleveland winters hardtailing at Ray’s Indoor Mountain Bike Park.

While it’s been open for a while, this is the first I’ve heard of it and dammit, I want to go. CNN had this to say about it, which talks about Ray’s drive as an entrepreneur in the context of our struggling economy. (What? You don’t read the news?)

I could see this idea taking off in warehouses across the country as a great alternative to rain-closed trails and cities with less than an open-mind about mountain biking. Vertical Urge, a board shop here in the Triangle area of Raleigh, squeezed a sweet little vert park, called Project 58, into the back-end of a retail storefront.

While few things beat a screaming, rutty downhill bordered by limb-snapping oaks, there is something to be said about what this guy Ray has built in a town not exactly renowned for its outdoor pursuits.

Things not worth running for

Port-a-Johns at the Big Sur marathon

No line! Hurry, it's almost gun time.

As much as I love beer, I don’t want it after 26.2 miles. I sweat like a hyperactive hog in a wetsuit, so the slightest insertion of alcohol into my bloodstream after a marathon would jolt me into drunkenness before they could pull my bib tag.

My buddy just ran the Big Sur marathon and tweeted a rather disturbing list of things spotted, served and experienced at races around the country. Some people should just stay at home.