So Who Are These Guys?


"You are old, " said the youth, "and your jaws are too weak,
For anything tougher than suet;
Yet you finished the goose, with the bones and the beak -
Pray, how did you manage to do it?"

"In my youth," said his father, "I took to the law,
And argued each case with my wife;
And the muscular strength, which it gave to my jaw,
Has lasted the rest of my life."

Lewis Carroll
Alice in Wonderland

Born in Ohio, moved to Arkansas, then Tennessee, Mike is an accountant-turned paralegal and former University of Tennessee trumpeter who wishes that the UT Vols football team played at home in Neyland Stadium (2nd largest staduim in the country, but soon to be first again) every weekend. Mike and Karyn have two really cool Greyhounds, Daisy and Sassy, and are active in Greyhound adoption circles. Mike has done 40 marathons (the natural question is "why", but I know you're all smart enough to let that go), several triathlons, and has biked the full length of the Natchez Trace Parkway (425+ miles) with Karyn driving support. And though Karyn will dispute this - Mike once ran the Memphis Marathon dressed as Elvis.

"You are old, " said the youth, "as I mentioned before,
And have grown most uncommonly fat;
Yet you turned a back-somersault in at the door -
Pray, what is the reason of that?"

"In my youth," said the sage,as he shook his grey locks,
"I kept all my limbs very supple;
By the use of this ointment - one shilling the box -
Allow me to sell you a couple?"

Lewis Carroll
Alice in Wonderland

Born in upstate New York, moved to Virginia, then Maryland, Hans is an electrical engineer-turned-network guy (the "cable guys" of the millenium) who plays percussion in the the community band, should have been an artist and has a relationship with his doggy Winfrey you've got to see to believe. Hans is the activities coordinator at Virginia Muscular Dystrophy Camp. He is also a Virginia Tech Hokie, but Mike will eventually forgive him. Hans has done multitudinous triathlons and the Marine Corps Marathon twice, both with Eric - one of which in Groucho Marx nose & glasses. Oh yes, and his greatest hero is Mr. Rogers.

"You are old, Father William," the young man said,
"And your hair has become very white;
And yet you incessantly stand on your head -
Do you think, at your age, it is right?"

"In my youth, "Father William replied to his son,
"I feared it might injure the brain;
But now that I'm perfectly sure I have none,
Why I do it again and again."

Lewis Carroll
Alice in Wonderland

Born in upstate New York, moved to Tennessee, Eric is a programmer and violinist/guitarist who wishes he had just majored in history instead of physics (but then again it's all relative). He has a habit of adopting cats with feline leukemia, and says that if you are healthy and don't donate blood you are missing out on some great free brownies. He is a SUNY Fredonia alumni, which makes no difference to anyone because Fredonia has no football team - athough Buffalo Bills quarterback Jim Kelly did pour a beer on Eric's head once in a Fredonia bar. No joke. Eric has survived 12 marathons, a few triathlons, one ultra-marathon trail run and actually went to gymnastics camp once at the age of 22 just to prove he could do it. So he knows pain.