Christmas with the Ronnings

Ronning FamilyKaren and I just got done celebrating Christmas with Karen’s family. Everyone had a great time.

We are looking forward to Christmas night at Terri and Frank Grayson’s house. Everyone come to their house after with Christmas with their spouse’s family. It is also a little adult time, because all of the children are exhausted from the day’s activities.

The Season of Celebrations in the Allen's Family

Well, we have gotten to that time year for celebrations. Karen's birthday is month along both of my parents. The anniversary of my parents and my sister is this month, too. Oh, my brother-in-law's birthday is this month, also.

And somewhere in there, we will have Christmas.

So, I suggest you stop by the our photo web site.

You will also find samples of the photos on my home page:

– Brian Allen

Bristol Brewing Company’s Edge City Christmas Ale

Bristol Brewing CompanyWell, I am kicking back at Bristol Brewing Company’s Tap Room enjoying this season’s Christmas Ale.

The cinnamon and anise flavors are great in the beer. The malt flavor are strong, but every enjoyable. The ABV is around 6.4%, which is nice on cold winter’s night in Colorado Springs.

You need to check out Bristol Brewing Company at:

1647 South Tejon Street
Colorado Springs, CO 80906

You can give them a call at:

(719) 633-2555

They are on the web site at:

Follow-up to Westar Christmas Party

Karen and I had a great time at Westar's party.

Our friend Larry Woellhart won a pair of airline tickets. His face just lit up when his name has announced.

They had a tuxedos contest, which brought in many tuxedos. We thought the best one was the bright orange one that someone wore, but he didn't win. The popular company graphic artist won wearing just regular tuxedo.

We called it a night early, because I had to catch a flight to Colorado Springs in morning.

– Brian Allen

Westar Christmas Party

Karen and I will enjoying her company's Christmas Party. It is great chance to win super prizes. They will be giving away 12 pairs of airplane tickets. And, much much more!

We have only won small prizes in the past. One individual won airlines ticket two years in a row. You can't beat that for good luck.

This is second year of the Westar parties, because Westar purchased Karen old company, which was Elmco. The company has grown, but they are learning how to be a large company slowly.

– Brian Allen

Running with Nike+Kit

 Prodimages 44 C1371Ab8-3C97-49F0-98Ca-Dd6C7D7Bdee4I have been running again since this summer. So, Karen gave me a Nike+Kit for my birthday in August. I don’t have Nike+ shoes, but that is not a problem. The device works great with the pouch that Karen made for the sensor.

I have only one complaint about the device and associated software. If your iPod needs to be reset, you will lose all of your runs from your iPod. The online site will still have the runs, but your totals in iTunes and on the iPod will only be for your runs after the reset. You can backup the iPod’s hidden files to save the data, but it is not a perfect solution.

Another Tips: Pressing the center button on the iPod while running will mark your speed and distance, which will be reported with your run. The standard is to only report every mile and at the half way point. I use this feature to check my speed during key parts of my course.