Jingle Cross: Musco Lighting Friday Night Lights

Jingle Cross: Musco Lighting Friday Night Lights

Friday - November 14, 2014 - Johnson County Fairgrounds

It was between 17°F and 18°F. There is a big hill. Some people ride up it. Lots of people don't. Some people try to but can’t. Some people ride it one time but then can’t another.

Johnson County Fairgrounds, Iowa City, IA
Course Length
3.4 km
Race Length (Men)
60 min
Race Length (Women
40 min
IWelcome to the Johnson County Fairgrounds!

Home of various Public Contests such as Barnyard Olympics, Bean Bag Game, Beef Chili Cook-off, Family Rodeo for Kids, Bill Riley’s Talent Search, Children’s Tractor Pull, Hog Calling Contest, Hula Hoop, JCAA, Nickel Hunt, Mister Legs, Pie Contest,Sunflower Seed Contest,Rubber Chicken Throwing, Ugly Cake and Jingle Cross.


It was between 17°F and 18°F. There is a big hill. Some people ride up it. Lots of people don’t. Some people try to but can’t. Some people ride it one time but then can’t another. About three quarters of the way up it gets steep enough in one spot that you need to tick-tack.


**Dumpling Darling**
Steamed Dumplings


  1. Pork – 7
  2. Veggie – 7
  3. Korean BBQ – 7
  4. Sriracha Chicken – 7
  5. Sampler (Four of Each Kind) – 20


**Jimmy Jack’s Rib Shack**


Finest Ribs in Johnson County with Food From Around the Globe—We Proudly Serve French Fries


**Maggie’s Farm Wood Fired Pizza**
“Jingle Cross + pizza = bliss!”


**Hoard’s Bakery**


  1. Water – 1
  2. Mt. Dew, Coca-Cola – 2
  3. Hot Cocoa – 2
  4. Hot Cider – 3




  1. Monster Cookies – 3
  2. Pie Slices – 3
  3. Whipped Cream – 1
  4. Pie Types: Apple, Cherry, Raspberry, Pecan, Pumpkin


**Coffee Mama – Brewed Unconditionally**
To Drink


  1. Brewed coffee
  2. Iced Coffee
  3. Espresso
  4. Capuccino
  5. Latte, served hot or iced
  6. Mocha, served hot or iced or blended
  7. Chai, served hot or iced or blended
  8. Tea
  9. Smoothies – Strawberry and Strawberry Banana
  10. Red Bull – Regular & Sugar Free


**Local Burrito**
(Located outside of “Food Court”)

IIIIowa City Breakdown

Iowa City Facts


  1. Iowa City was the first capital of Iowa.
  2. Iowa City is a UNESCO City of Literature.
  3. Iowa City has 3,158 followers on Twitter. Sample Tweet: “As of 7 a.m. leaf crews will continue collecting leaves in route #5. Anticipated to enter into route #6 around mid-day today.”
  4. Iowa City in 2013 had a population of 71,591.
  5. Iowa City is the county seat of Johnson County and home to the University of Iowa.
  6. Iowa City’s unofficial hip-hop anthem is “I’m From Iowa City” by TayBeez Fasheez. Sample YouTube comment about the song: “This is terrible. Not only are you God awful at rapping but you are obviously have the brain power of a retarded sea turtle.”—MrBeefLips
  7. Iowa City was named the second-best small metropolitan area for doing business by Forbes.
  8. Iowa City and Stanford, Connecticut are tied for the highest percentage of adults with a bachelor’s degree or higher at 44%.


Notable People from Iowa City


  1. Brian Bell (guitar player, Weezer).
  2. Andy Haman (bodybuilding champion).
  3. Corine Mauch (Mayor of Zurich).
  4. Grand Wood (painter of “American Gothic”).
  5. Russel Stover (famed candy maker).


Top Five Things to do in Iowa City (According to Trip Advisor Readers)


  1. Visit University of Iowa AKA “Beautiful Campus.”
  2. Niles Kinnick Stadium AKA “Fun Place to See a Game.”
  3. Old Capitol Building AKA “A touch of Iowa.”
  4. Devonian Fossil Gorge AKA “A must if you like fossils.”
  5. The Englert Theater AKA “An intimate venue.”


Other Worthwhile Sites to Visit


  1. Giant metal corn cob.
  2. Giant wooden nickel.
  3. Giant stainless steel hawk.


Highest Rated Pizza in Iowa City (Per Yelp)


  1. Wig and Pen Pizza Pub, which sports a Union Jack as its logo.
Keiran Elaine Best is from Des Moines, Iowa.
Exhibition Hall A.
Bill was born Nov. 4, 1924, in Solon, the son of Oscar and Martha (De Vault) Leidich. He married Bernice Mackey on Feb. 21, 1946, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church. Bill and Bee farmed in the Sandy Beach area for many years, retiring in 2006. He loved playing cards, fishing and hunting. He was Johnson County Cattleman of the Year in 1990. Bill was a member of the Sons of American Legion in Solon, the Eagles, a 50-plus year member of Johnson County Cattlemen, serving as director from 1983-1992, Farm Bureau, Eastern Iowa Insurance, serving as a director, as well as trustee for Big Grove Township.
FACT: At no other bike (cross/mountain/road) race in the world are more coveralls worn by both spectators and racers alike. Iowa, at night, in the woods, is basically a coverall orgy. FACT: At not another public gathering, of any kind/style/mode/purpose/etc, in the world is there a greater diversity of coveralls—we're talking color, type, fabrication, all of it—than a cross race in Iowa City.

For more information about this particular pair of coveralls (Cabela's GORE-TEX® MT050® Cold-Weather Coveralls in Realtree XTRA®), please read below:

"There is a no better system for hunting in extreme cold. Cabela's GORE-TEX MT050 Cold-Weather Coveralls include everything you need for hunting in the worst winter weather. The soft-as-fleece, tough-as-nails MT050 shell is made with 100% waterproof, breathable GORE-TEX® Performance Shell fabric. A state-of-the-art lamination process produces a shell that repels rain, snow and ground moisture better than anything on the market. And all seams are taped and cross-taped at critical points for 100% waterproof dependability. 200-gram Thinsulate™ Supreme Insulation in the body, 150-gram in the sleeves and 100-gram in the hood. Long two-way leg zippers with snap-close storm flaps for easy on and off over layers. Seven-pocket design includes two lined handwarmer pockets on the chest, two vertical pockets at the waist, two rear pockets and an internal security pocket. All pockets zip closed. Imported."
Three acres of potatoes were the seed for the first Scheels store in 1902. Frederick A. Scheel, a German immigrant, used the $300 he earned from that first harvest of potatoes as the down payment on the first Scheels, a small hardware and general merchandise store in Sabin, Minnesota.
This woman is giving me the Side Eye—but why?
Coveralls at Jingle Cross, fig. 194.
You'd make this face too if you were sitting still on the ground in a uphill field at night in the dark in 18°F weather—wait, it just dropped again. 17°F weather.

Five Ways to Stay Warm in the Winter:

  1. Layer up!. Although you might think that big winter jumpers are the way to go, wearing layers of thin clothes will keep you warmer as they trap body heat.  Another point to remember: the more skin that’s exposed to cool air, the colder you will feel. “When we get cold we conserve heat by reducing the blood flow to the skin,” says Nigel Taylor, Associate Professor at the University of Wollongong’s School of Health Sciences. Professor Taylor adds, women do feel the cold more than men. “When we say we’re cold, most of the information that determines that comes from the skin. If a woman’s skin is cooler it is perfectly normal for a woman to say: ‘I feel cold’, while a man doesn’t feel as cold.”
  2. Eat well and drink Mountain Dew! While having a hot tea or coffee may make you feel warmer, it’s more to do with the caffeine. That is because caffeine increases blood flow to the skin. You may feel warmer as a result, but your body is actually losing heat. Alcohol has the same affect. Try sticking to decaffeinated or herbal hot drinks instead. Eating regular meals will also help keep you warm. Healthy hearty foods such as soup and stews are great for warming you up. Try to include carbohydrates in your dishes too. Porridge and soup are great winter-warmers. Get some great healthy winter recipes here.
  3. Get moving! Working out in the cold may be the last thing you feel like doing this winter but it has the opposite effect too. As well as giving you a rush of endorphins which boosts mood, exercise will get the blood pumping around your body and, vitally, heat up your skin. “When we are hot we increase the blood flow to the skin. That is why people get red when they exercise – because we are trying to release heat – so the blood flow to the skin increases and your skin feels warmer,” Professor Taylor says.
  4. Stay social! With chilly, longer nights in winter, you might feel like hibernating at home than catching up with friends, but research shows the later might help with the warm and fuzzies – literally. Scientists from the University of Toronto discovered social exclusion makes you feel colder than if you were socialising and spending time with people, which warms you up. Try to keep an active social life this winter to help keep the cold at bay and boost your mood.
  5. Snuggle up with your teammate (see above)! Save on your electricity bills this winter and get cosy with warm blankets and doonas instead. Maybe even dig out your hot water bottle, although you should never use it in bed when using an electric blanket too. While sleeping, ensure you stay toasty by wearing pyjamas and bed socks to keep your feet from getting cold overnight. And while you’re all rugged up, knowing you are doing your bit for the environment (and wallet) by saving energy can leave you with a warm fuzzy feeling too!!!!
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Oxytocin plays an important role in the neuroanatomy of intimacy, specifically in sexual reproduction of both sexes, in particular during and after childbirth; its name comes from Greek ὀξύς, oksys "swift" and τόκος, tokos "birth." It is released in large amounts after distension of the cervix and uterus during labor, facilitating birth, maternal bonding, and, after stimulation of the nipples, lactation. Both childbirth and milk ejection result from positive feedback mechanisms.

Recent studies have begun to investigate oxytocin's role in various behaviors, including orgasm, social recognition, pair bonding, anxiety, and maternal behaviors. For this reason, it is sometimes referred to as the "bonding hormone". There is some evidence that oxytocin promotes ethnocentric behavior, incorporating the trust and empathy of in-groups with their suspicion and rejection of outsiders. Furthermore, genetic differences in the oxytocin receptor gene (OXTR) have been associated with maladaptive social traits such as aggressive behaviour.

Further Viewing: http://www.cbsnews.com/videos/the-fine-art-of-cuddling/
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Heeeey Troy, watcha thinkin' bout?
Ready, Set,
So does Craig!!!!
"Hello? Hello!??!?! Sorry its just a little hard to hear you because I'm wearing a fabulous baby seal on my head. Because it's 47,000 degrees below zero."
Jamie Driscoll, just hanging out post race in some Unfair Advantage.
Even though after doing some research (including talk directly to this dude) we learned that he "only" played college football instead of professional NFL-type football, we still really like him. Thanks Robert Marion for having an interesting vibe.
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