Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Beaches Voices; Gate River Expo Offered Good Opportunity for BillLabs Tests

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Beaches Voices; Gate River Expo Offered Good Opportunity for BillLabs Tests

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Byline: Bill Longenecker

The Gate River Expo came through again for this edition of BillLabs, my so-called personal testing service to enhance Beach life.

Gate River Run 2008 "streakers" deserve congratulations. Seven of the eight Beaches' crew (who chose the name years ago) completed No. 31 on March 8. The fastest Beaches streaker continues to be David Ohnsman of Neptune Beach, with a time of 1:09:22.

Neptune Beach has the largest number of beach streakers with four, including me. Carol Newby, who used to live in Neptune Beach but now lives in St. Augustine Beach, is one of only three women who continue the streak. Ray Griffin and Leo Scheckells did their 31st run.

Ray Owens represents Ponte Vedra as its only streaker. Doug Bradshaw came home to Atlantic Beach to join Rich Silvius as the Atlantic Beach Duo. A belated "Congratulations!" to these athletes.

- My entire "Armani Collezioni" is just a plastic suit hanger with those words printed on it. I found it. It protects one of my most valuable and important suits, a wet suit. Men pay well over $2,000 for a dry, cloth suit that won't even protect them in a 55-degree ocean!

Character doesn't come from the clothing one wears. Clothing should mainly protect one from the elements. That's why my wet suits are my most expensive clothing.

I spent more clothing money than I should have on the Gate River Run Expo last month. But it's their fault! They had $50 synthetic mesh biking shirts for just $9.99. I should sue, but that would cost more than the two jerseys and $9.99 running shorts. The shorts even have two nice side pockets.

Another booth tricked me into buying a really sweet blue, long-sleeved synthetic shirt for $15 even though I didn't really need it. My brother's "Sibling Day" athletic gifts came from that booth. I created Sibling Day more than a decade ago when I bought my brother a gift at the expo. It falls on the date of the Gate River Run. …

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