Our Voice: We're grateful for people (Brandon Lott), projects (Carousel) that keep going

We've all been involved in projects that seem to just go on and on with no end in sight. Maybe it was your whole high school career or just a particularly long Friday afternoon at work.

Regardless, we admire people who keep sticking with it -- whatever it is.

One step at a time

Brandon Lott. Wow.

Endurance athletes mystify us. Last week the 40-year-old Lott of Burbank ran 350 miles in just under 7 days. That averages to 50 miles a day. Most of us won't run 50 miles this year.

How does one do that?

There are some among our ranks who try to walk to the mailbox every day -- just for the exercise. A few of us only make it as far as the end of the driveway to pick up the newspaper.

Lott says he didn't run at all during the first half of his life. Hated it. That changed in his early 20s, after he recovered from a serious accident that left him in a coma and paralyzed.

He didn't run his first marathon until 2006. Since then, however, he has amassed a lot of miles. We would love to take a peek at his running log.

He's really come a long way.

We're not suggesting that everyone pack up a sled and head to Alaska for a big race, but we do suspect that we can all do a little more than we think we can.

Lott also organizes the Badger Mountain Challenge. The 2013 event is at the end of this month. If you don't want to run the 15K, 50K or 100-mile races, he's probably accepting volunteers to take care of those who do.

Like we said, "Wow!"

"Thanks a-Lott" for inspiring us, Brandon.

The 'Boss'

We also are inspired by Fred Burnham. He's been a service clerk at Albertson's for 22 years.

Apparently the new trend is to stay on any job for 4.5 years, so Burnham is past the statistical average. Co-workers describe him as cheerful, sweet and helpful. He also must be dependable and determined to stay in one place that long.

Ah, that we could all have those words spoken of us.

Carousel of Dreams

And while we're talking about endurance and perseverance, the carousel project comes to mind.

This has been a long time in the works. Each donation -- especially the big ones, but the little ones are appreciated too -- brings us closer to the reality.

Toyota of Tri-Cities' gift of $500,000 will not only help the carousel get going, but it will help with the operating costs for the first several years. (Which has to be a concern for the planners.)

A carousel is a good metaphor for life. Sometimes in life it seems like we're going around in circles, with plenty of ups and downs, but over the long haul, we do make progress.

It's a matter of keeping going.

We're grateful for our mundane everyday affairs and steps that add up to grand adventures.