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  • Barefoot Runner Makes you Wonder

    Barefoot Runner Makes you Wonder

    Thursday, April 3 2014 5:55 PM EDT2014-04-03 21:55:13 GMT
    The scenic, twisting single track trails at Carvin's Cove. It is here that Chris Neikirk often trains for local 5k's. It's not enough that the trails here are often steep, slippery or strewn with rocks. Chris pushes it a little bit further. He runs barefoot. Chris Neikirk: “I've been running barefoot; it will be four years in May.” A personal trainer, Chris says he researched running and found that some of the best...
    The scenic, twisting single track trails at Carvin's Cove. It is here that Chris Neikirk often trains for local 5k's. It's not enough that the trails here are often steep, slippery or strewn with rocks. Chris pushes it a little bit further. He runs barefoot. Chris Neikirk: “I've been running barefoot; it will be four years in May.” A personal trainer, Chris says he researched running and found that some of the best...
  • Thanks to Allstate and the United Way

    Thanks to Allstate and the United Way

    Tuesday, April 1 2014 10:14 PM EDT2014-04-02 02:14:39 GMT
    Just a quick note about a touching moment that happened today.Allstate invited me to come speak about Saint Francis Service Dogs as part of their United Way kick off. The idea, of course, is to show the good that non-profits do in the community so people will understand the value of giving.I asked my friend, Leigh Brill to bering her service dog, Pato and share some of her personal triumphs. She said she was nervous speaking after me because I am a professional speaker. Please.I gave a little...
    Just a quick note about a touching moment that happened today.Allstate invited me to come speak about Saint Francis Service Dogs as part of their United Way kick off. The idea, of course, is to show the good that non-profits do in the community so people will understand the value of giving.I asked my friend, Leigh Brill to bering her service dog, Pato and share some of her personal triumphs. She said she was nervous speaking after me because I am a professional speaker. Please.I gave a little...
  • John Carlin suffers fishy April Fools prank

    John Carlin suffers fishy April Fools prank

    Tuesday, April 1 2014 5:33 PM EDT2014-04-01 21:33:06 GMT
    Karen McNew and John's son Ben got together to pull an April Fool's prank on John Carlin. Here's the video. The fish were eventually returned to the tank.
    Karen McNew and John's son Ben got together to pull an April Fool's prank on John Carlin. Here's the video. The fish were eventually returned to the tank.
  • Using Facebook to Choose New Glasses

    Using Facebook to Choose New Glasses

    Monday, March 17 2014 10:35 PM EDT2014-03-18 02:35:35 GMT
    John and his new glassesJohn and his new glasses
    I felt like I had beaten the system. A little more than ten years ago, people started telling me I would need eye glasses, “any time now.” The years came and went, but my vision was just fine. Well, that time arrived. I hated to admit it, but I was relying more and more on my drug store readers. And those billboards along the highway just weren’t as sharp as they once were. So long to the 20-10 vision I once bragged...
    I felt like I had beaten the system. A little more than ten years ago, people started telling me I would need eye glasses, “any time now.” The years came and went, but my vision was just fine. Well, that time arrived. I hated to admit it, but I was relying more and more on my drug store readers. And those billboards along the highway just weren’t as sharp as they once were. So long to the 20-10 vision I once bragged...
  • Saint Francis Service Dogs Graduation Not a Dry Eye Anywhere.

    Saint Francis Service Dogs Graduation Not a Dry Eye Anywhere.

    Wednesday, March 12 2014 10:24 AM EDT2014-03-12 14:24:15 GMT
    Every year I say, “I’m not going to cry.” And every year I do. That’s the nature of the graduation ceremony for Saint Francis Service Dogs. Graduation is when all the people who have been matched with a Saint Francis Service dog in the given calendar year, come together to celebrate the dog’s graduation from trainee to full-fledged service dog. It is an incredibly happy time – where nearly everybody cries. We cry bec...
    Every year I say, “I’m not going to cry.” And every year I do. That’s the nature of the graduation ceremony for Saint Francis Service Dogs. Graduation is when all the people who have been matched with a Saint Francis Service dog in the given calendar year, come together to celebrate the dog’s graduation from trainee to full-fledged service dog. It is an incredibly happy time – where nearly everybody cries. We cry bec...
  • Photography for the Birds

    Photography for the Birds

    Wednesday, March 5 2014 3:07 PM EST2014-03-05 20:07:54 GMT
    Some photographers have the ability to frame a shot with a piece of sandbar, a bit of sky and some water and it looks like something you would hang on your wall. I’m not one of those photographers. So I take pictures of birds. Actually, I would take pictures of any wildlife, but there are more birds than other animals. I’d love to be a photographer of, say, bears, but that would lead to a lot of frustrating Saturday ...
    Some photographers have the ability to frame a shot with a piece of sandbar, a bit of sky and some water and it looks like something you would hang on your wall. I’m not one of those photographers. So I take pictures of birds. Actually, I would take pictures of any wildlife, but there are more birds than other animals. I’d love to be a photographer of, say, bears, but that would lead to a lot of frustrating Saturday ...
  • Time for a new snow plan?

    Time for a new snow plan?

    Tuesday, February 18 2014 10:44 AM EST2014-02-18 15:44:37 GMT
    Is it time to change the Snow plan?
    Is it time to change the Snow plan?
  • Are you snow macho?

    Are you snow macho?

    Friday, February 14 2014 6:18 PM EST2014-02-14 23:18:59 GMT
    Management here at WSLS-10 graciously reserved hotel rooms for staff members who might not be able to get home during the recent snowstorm. That turned out to be a lot of people. But not me. I'm snow macho.
    Management here at WSLS-10 graciously reserved hotel rooms for staff members who might not be able to get home during the recent snowstorm. Since this turned out to be the third highest snow accumulation since the National Weather Service started keeping records, that turned out to be a lot of people.

    But not me. I'm snow macho.
  • Carlin Chronicles Anchor Games Curling

    Carlin Chronicles Anchor Games Curling

    Monday, February 10 2014 11:40 AM EST2014-02-10 16:40:17 GMT
    For the record, I do in fact; have a minor in Canadian Studies. I usually get odd looks from people when I reveal this little-known fact.
    For the record, I do in fact; have a minor in Canadian Studies. I usually get odd looks from people when I reveal this little-known fact.
  • Anchor Games Bloopers -- Figure Skating

    Anchor Games Bloopers -- Figure Skating

    Sunday, February 9 2014 5:48 PM EST2014-02-09 22:48:35 GMT
    If you have been watching this week you saw Lindsey Ward that if you have been watching this week you saw Lindsey Ward and I trying our best at ice hockey, skiing, snowboarding, figure skating and yes, curling. We sincerely hope you’ve enjoyed watching us attempt these sports. It gives you a feel for just how GOOD the real Olympians really are. From the TV perspective, you might be surprised to know that we shoot fo...
    If you have been watching this week you saw Lindsey Ward that if you have been watching this week you saw Lindsey Ward and I trying our best at ice hockey, skiing, snowboarding, figure skating and yes, curling. We sincerely hope you’ve enjoyed watching us attempt these sports. It gives you a feel for just how GOOD the real Olympians really are. From the TV perspective, you might be surprised to know that we shoot fo...
  • A Lab Puppy Named Chowder

    A Lab Puppy Named Chowder

    Tuesday, December 10 2013 10:53 PM EST2013-12-11 03:53:51 GMT
    We’ve had a great couple of weeks at the Carlin residence – known for years in this blog as Cul de sac Corner. (Of course there are no corners in a cul de sac. It is my own metaphorical little corner of suburbia, and is in fact on a cul de sac.) Digression aside, it has been great, thanks to the lab-mix puppy we have been fostering via the Roanoke Valley SPCA. The first mistake I made was naming him, Chowder. I’m not...
    We’ve had a great couple of weeks at the Carlin residence – known for years in this blog as Cul de sac Corner. (Of course there are no corners in a cul de sac. It is my own metaphorical little corner of suburbia, and is in fact on a cul de sac.) Digression aside, it has been great, thanks to the lab-mix puppy we have been fostering via the Roanoke Valley SPCA. The first mistake I made was naming him, Chowder. I’m not...
  • Carlin Chronicles: Lawnmower Racing

    Carlin Chronicles: Lawnmower Racing

    Tuesday, August 27 2013 4:45 PM EDT2013-08-27 20:45:56 GMT
    I just have to start out by saying how much fun it was to ride on a lawnmower that travels at highway speeds. My story today focuses on Benny Gilbert, whom I have dubbed the Richard Petty of lawnmower
    I just have to start out by saying how much fun it was to ride on a lawnmower that travels at highway speeds. My story today focuses on Benny Gilbert, whom I have dubbed the Richard Petty of lawnmower
  • First day at Redskins Training Camp

    First day at Redskins Training Camp

    Thursday, August 1 2013 10:25 AM EDT2013-08-01 14:25:10 GMT
    If there is any doubt that we live in a culture dominated by sports, put it to rest. Here in Richmond at the brand new Redskins Training Camp facility. Wow.
    If there is any doubt that we live in a culture dominated by sports, put it to rest. Here in Richmond at the brand new Redskins Training Camp facility. Wow.
  • The best local hike you've (probably) never done.

    The best local hike you've (probably) never done.

    Tuesday, July 30 2013 12:05 PM EDT2013-07-30 16:05:05 GMT
    I can't believe I've never done this before.  In fact, I can't believe everyone with a hiking bone in their body in the Roanoke Valley hasn't done it.
    I can't believe I've never done this before.  In fact, I can't believe everyone with a hiking bone in their body in the Roanoke Valley hasn't done it.
  • Only in Roanoke

    Only in Roanoke

    Friday, July 12 2013 10:40 PM EDT2013-07-13 02:40:40 GMT
    A hole in my pocket led to a missing car key, and faith in my fellow Roanokers.
    In Roanoke to you actually expect the best in people.
  • Welcome to the Carlin Chronicles

    Welcome to the Carlin Chronicles

    Friday, July 12 2013 10:09 PM EDT2013-07-13 02:09:12 GMT
    Welcome (back) to the Carlin Chronicles. More to come!
    This blog announces the return of the Carlin Chronicles.
  • News

    Anchor Games and Sequins

    Anchor Games and Sequins

    Thursday, February 6 2014 5:44 PM EST2014-02-06 22:44:36 GMT
    Sequins are not my thing. I wanted to get that off my chest right away. Yet tonight at six and/or eleven p.m. depending upon your viewing habits, you will see me wearing a sequin tie on top of a sequin shirt with a red coat reminiscent of the circus ring master. All of this you will see, as I attempt to figure skate with my 11 p.m. co-anchor Lindsey Ward as part of what we are calling the Anchor Games. The figure ska...
    Sequins are not my thing. I wanted to get that off my chest right away. Yet tonight at six and/or eleven p.m. depending upon your viewing habits, you will see me wearing a sequin tie on top of a sequin shirt with a red coat reminiscent of the circus ring master. All of this you will see, as I attempt to figure skate with my 11 p.m. co-anchor Lindsey Ward as part of what we are calling the Anchor Games. The figure ska...
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