Tom Kelecy

Club Member Since 1/14/2000

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Tom Kelecy - Dude!  What's that orange thing stuck in your crotch???
Dude! What's that orange thing stuck in your crotch???








“Esbare coconuts gibt es hier nicht!”


City: Colorado Springs State: CO

Favorite Shoe: Undecided Size: 8.5US

Age: 61.9 years old

Marital Status: Married to Laura Irene Kelecy (formerly Landes)

Family members:
Bobby and Mini, our wonderful, clean, respectful (usually), low maintenance (unless they eat the plants and throw up on my favorite shoes) tabby cats.

What I do for work:
Generic description: Aerospace Engineer
Colloquial description: Rocket Scientist
Eloquent description: Extra-terrestrial Explorer of new frontiers
More detail than you probably wanted to know description: Perform operational orbit determination processes using the laws of physics (orbital mechanics) and statistical methods from estimation theory, and do research and development of new technologies (artificial intelligence, neural networks, expert systems) that can be applied to protection of space resources, mostly protecting them from large, amorphous green blobs from URANUS
My bosses description: A pain in the URANUS
My wife's description: Huh?
My cat's description: Something that allows daddy to bring home the "Science Diet"
My description: Something to pass the time while I figure out what I really want to be when I grow up

Places I’ve called home and why I like where I am now:
Alaska, California (several times), New York, Great Britain, Connecticut, South Carolina (once is enough), Colorado, and the Kingdom of Hawaii. Living in Hawaii was like waking up from a fond dream and realizing that it wasn't real. Living there is quite different from visiting. There were many good things to be said for it (the water, the people who weren't mean, the geccos (they eat the bugs),running without a shirt on 365 days a year...), but it just was not "home." Paradise is a state of mind, that somewhere along the way involves a few trails and wide open mountain vistas.

When I started running and what got me started:
I initially began running in South Carolina in 1974 to pose a more difficult target for the mosquitoes and beer can throwing rednecks and at some point during the run I found it was 1980 and I was in Colorado in the middle of January running without a shirt on and while distracting myself with trying to stay warm and simultaneously unravel the mystery of the apparent space/time discontinuity I slipped on some ice and fell on my head knocking sense into myself at which point I realized that my urges to run long, meaningless distances, for no apparent reason had nothing to do with Forrest Gump since I began running long before the screenplay was written but that my urge to run long, meaningless distances, for no apparent reason were rooted in the intrinsic human physiological pleasure one gets when one stops. So, I guess I got started so I could stop.

What does running mean to me:
Running means never to having to say you're sorry. No, wait, that's what "love" means. Let's see... Running means the generosity that comes with giving. Or is that Christmas!

Running accomplishments: View my Pikes Peak Ascent/Marathon results
I will never be better than I previously was,
So don't ask me what I accomplished because,
I can't quite remember all the races I've run,
And my list simply won't be complete till done.

What I like about trail/mountain running:
I like trails and mountains and running.

Running related bathroom stop story:
I can't write about running related bathroom stop stories when someone's looking.

Running pet peeves:
Owners of out of control and/or ill behaved pets such as mosquitoes, dogs, cats, elephants, alpacas, humpback whales, did I mention mosquitoes?

Something non running related that no one would guess about me:
I like to dress my cats up in dolls clothes and push them around in a baby stroller and tell everyone who will listen and even everyone who doesn't how much smarter my children are than their children and brag about how I don't have to change their diapers because they are potty trained know how to drive and fly F16 fighter jets and go into nauseating detail about all kinds of non running related things about them that I would now describe to you in nauseating detail in this non running related if I didn't have to meet just now with a recruiter from M.I.T. who wants to talk to me about full scholarships for both cats. Would you have guessed? I mean, would you have guessed that we would send our cats to M.I.T. over the University of Colorado at Boulder?

Other hobbies and interests:
I play both electric and acoustic guitar, write poetry when inspired, and like to read (especially running related bathroom stop stories, but not before dinner). I also like to do some casual mountain climbing.

Other stuff:
PowerPoi is my pu-pu of choice.

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