Monday, November 27, 2006

The Learning Annex

I don't care what you say. My blog is educational. I mean, I was there. I helped someone out when, on a Saturday night at 11:16pm, they needed to know.... tossing salad-does it taste like shit?

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Monday, November 20, 2006


It seems so little left of life(in a Big City anyway) can be left up to spontaneity anymore.
No new theatrical releases on the fly.
Get togethers with friends are like trying to coordinate a G8 summit.
Last minute getaways are best left to your travel agent who has the computer power of HAL:2001.
You can't decide on a run 4 days out. (No running bandits my a&&!)
Bars are taking reservations now??
And of course I have to book my haircuts with Alex 3 months prior! When I saw him a few Sundays ago, he asked, "so why are you back already?" "Don't test me Alex! How the hell am I supposed to know what my hair looks like 3 months ahead?"

Its enough to send you over the Calendar Cliff. Thankfully, one can still get a delicious scoop of Butter Pecan and Comforting Snuggles from my Honey on a Saturday Night

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

One Step at a Time

You may have caught the references in some recent posts .. But have you noticed?
It's that time of year...
There is a crispness in the air, the sun shines with a different intensity (if it shines at all!), and a few of us get a little stir crazy. Oh yes, the Fall Marathon Season is in full stride.

In much of the USA, fall is the best time of year to run a marathon. The crisp, cool air is ideal for training after a long, hot summer. The training miles and long runs come easier; you just feel better while running. ~Let me switch gears just slightly as I also include 5k/10k runs in this post.~ I have completed numerous 10Ks, 12Ks and even two half-marathons but I have yet to complete a full marathon. As it was, 13 miles was the furthest I had ever pushed my body and to date it's the hardest thing I have ever done. Indeed, after a big running year in '05, I think I subconsciously took a minor sabbactical from running. Somehow, somewhere I lost my motivation. Just going 4 miles once a week has been a physical (and mental!) challenge.

But as I watched my friend Van finish her first half marathon, whilst pregnant!, and Lance Armstrong finish his first marathon sub 3:00(2:59:36!!) , I found my motivation again. And although a full marathon may or may not be in the cards.. (after all, if Armstrong says the 26.2 miles "was without a doubt the hardest physical thing [he has] ever done", you think twice before committing) I'm ready to lace up the running shoes again.

I've checked my schedule and I'm excited by all the runs listed. There are 3Ks, 5Ks, 10Ks, 12Ks, and oh yes... a Turkey Trot on Ocean Beach! I'm hoping my rediscovered drive is not shortlived; a lot of this "get up and go" could get up and leavee when faced with a 5am wake-up call in 45 degree weather. But I resolve that I'm just going to take it.. ... wait for it.... wait... One Step At a Time..... *rimshot*

So here's to Running Season and the Pounding of the pavement! May your legs remain strong and your laces stay tied.

Thursday, November 09, 2006



I just heard Gwen Stefani's new single, Wind It Up... and she has gone ahead and bastardized a song from one of my favorite movies of all time! Was it really necessary to co-opt The Lonely Goatherd for her stupid lame pop song??? Was pilfering from Zorba the Greek Fiddler on the Roof not enough? It sounds horrible! I love you Gwen, but what happened to song writing!!!???? Oh wait, you don't really do that a whole lot anymore do you? I hope the rest of the album doesn't consist of spelling lessons again... "B-R-O-C-C-O-L-I!". I know you've got it in you. Enough is Enough!

Who am I kidding? I'm a lemming. Give me another 2 weeks; I'll probably LOVE it.

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Rock the Vote!

By no means could I ever be mistaken for being a political pundit. And lord knows neither of my 2(!) readers come here to find out about my analysis on the financial impact of a cigarette tax. But as I stepped out my door this morning, I was, as I am every 2 years, exhilerated by the prospect of Election Day. Putting aside our day to day cynicsm of politics and politicians (Voter fraud? Seducing Pages?), I am always thrilled at the sight of Democracy at work.

Because here in a stranger's garage I was adding my voice to the future. Excuse me, that's Future, with a capitol F. I step up to voting station and go head on with my ballot. My ticket to Democracy.
..We hear it time and time again; the shpiel about spreading democracy across the globe. We hear all the time people fighting, dying, to have a say in their government. And here in America ,I feared more people would vote for their favorite Dancing Star tonight than their Senator.

But as the results come in, I am ebullient. The tide has changed, the people have made their choice clear. I may not always agree with the results, but for me, it's always important to know people are out there casting their votes. And hey for the first time, we have a woman Speaker of the House! Go Nancy! You're third in line to the presidency!
In the words of the venerated Dan Rather, she ran away with it like a hobo and a sweet potato pie...

Monday, November 06, 2006

Go Brazil! Finish time 2:09:58

Ggggaaa. I had something really cool and quasi poignant to say today about the NYC Marathon. I cried like a little girl during it's airing on tv today.
But I'm unfortunately too friggin tired to write anything other than:

(In taunting voice)
EEHHH HHHHAAA! Ken Yans lo-ost! Ken Yans lo-ost!

You'd think I'd just ran a marathon! (Hey sometimes, being a spectator at a spectator sport can be so tiring!)

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Wednesday Scattergories

For the first time in I think.. years... I 'm wearing hose today. Ok, opaque black stockings. But you get my drift....
And they are as uncomfortable as I remember them being. F*ck...

Overheard at the office:
H: Hey, it's raining!
Rowdeezy: Outside?

I'm reaching for my vitamins... but I can't remember if I JUST took them 15 minutes ago. Should I just take a second dose anyway?

I think the stockings are getting to me.....