Thursday, March 26, 2009

LAB


Yesterday was the first day at my new job! I can't think of a better place to work.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Season Opener

Jeff and I rang in the beginning of another season at the WABA Gala on Saturday night at the German Embassy. It was a lovely evening of silent auction (I got out bid on the hair cut at Bang and the breakfast with Bluemenaur), delectable finger food and a copious supply of Gladiator wine. With the Rockburn race the following morning, we decided to make it an early night and headed home just as the dancing got started.

Sunday morning Jeff and I headed off to Rockburn for our first mtb race of the season. It was a pretty fast course with tight turns and short punchy hills. My original plan was to stay with Melanie ...turns out she's pretty fast right now. Hmmmm ...I wasn't too excited about the race results, but it's still fairly early in the season and I've got time to get in some more intensity before racing season really gets started ...hopefully last weekend is not indicative of what's to come.



Oh, and Jeff won! Yay!!!! Rather than try to give you a second hand account of his race, I'll just refer you to the above clip provided by cyclingdirt.com.

Click HERE for results.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

New Job!

Today was my farewell luncheon! Ending one chapter and opening another is always bitter sweet. I couldn't ask for a better group of folks to work with ...they sent me off with a little Mexican flair.




Monday, March 9, 2009

Set the Date!

Friends and family, we invite you take part in our participatory approach to wedding planning. For those of you who might be able to attend, please help us select a date by clicking the link below:

(Wedding to take place in Frederick, Maryland)

Here are some things you might want to consider when making your selection:
Sept 19, average high 75
This day in history (1984): Britain and China complete a proposed agreement to transfer Hong Kong to China by 1997

Sept 26, average high 70
This day in history (1960): Longest speech in United Nations history (4 hrs, 29 mins, by Fidel Castro)

Oct 17, average high 65, typ peak fall colors
This day in history (2006): United States population reaches 300 million people

Oct 24, peak fall colors
This day in history (1982): 12th New York City Women's Marathon won by Grete Waitz in 2:27:14
Oct 31, average high 60
This day in history (1992): Roman Catholic church reinstates Galileo Galilei after 359 years

Nov 7, Frederick 1st Saturday Event
This day in history (2007): Al Gore wins the popular vote but loses the electoral vote to George W. Bush

Nov 14, average high 55
This day in history (1993): 23rd New York City Women's Marathon won by Uta Pippig in 2:26:24

Friday, March 6, 2009

Office Art

This has to be my favorite piece from our office art collection (currently hanging in the break room on the 4th floor). I especially love how it makes ABSOLUTELY NO SENSE.

The New Victory in Community

Community Gardens: reinventing the Victory Garden. I was actually thinking about that a few weeks ago and was excited to see that the Economist also took note of this notion in their most recent issue (Feb 28 – March6). Inspired by Eleanor Roosevelt during WWI, Victory Gardens were created in effort to reduce demands on public food supply and improve national food security. The cause for Community Gardens is slightly different. Today people are waking up to the atrocities of our agricultural system and are looking for healthier, more environmentally sustainable alternatives when it comes to food. Self sufficiency is also becoming more of a priority during these turbulent economic times. The revitalization of patriotism has brought a new energy to the American people who have been lost in a complacent slumber for so long. This is the perfect time to sow the seeds of hope in our communities.

Exciting developments:
The WHO Farm (or White House Organic Farm) is a grassroots movement aimed at convincing Barack Obama to preserve a corner of the White House lawn for an organic garden ….just as Eleanor Roosevelt did over 60 years before. click here>>> The WHO Farm

Also, don’t forget to stay updated on the progress of our very own community garden here in Frederick, Maryland!!!! click here>>> Frederick Gardeners

"Eating is an agricultural act" - Wendell Berry

Monday, March 2, 2009

Old News

As many of you may have already heard, David Zabriskie's home was burglarized while he was off racing in the Tour of California (VeloNews ). Among the list of stolen items was his collection of seven Marvel Sideshow statues at a worth of $11,000.

I'm still trying to decide which is the bigger tragedy ...losing thousands of dollars worth of prized possessions ...or going public with your Marvel Sideshow obsession.

Zabriskie's Marvel Sideshow Roster Includes: Hellboy, Ash, Lara Croft, Ironman, Gears of War, The Punisher, and Alien.

Complete list of stolen items from VeloNews:

• Black 2008 Subaru Outback, Utah plate A189NC
• Black 2006 Toyota Scion, Utah plate 094VWM
• Giro D Italia Race Medal (approx. 6" circumference)
• Olympic Seiko watch
• Beijing Olympic ring (silver) with initials "DZ" engraved ($4,000)
• Olympic Time Trial Bike, plus 12 other bikes (combined value of $100,000)
Cervelo (black/red) bike frame - team issued ($5000)
• Tag Heuer watch ($6,000)
• Bose Speaker/Receiver System ($15,000)
• Sony 52" flat screen TV ($4,000)
• Two Mac Books and one Mac desktop, plus hard drive ($8,000)
• A pair of Space legs, a recovery compression system for legs ($5,000)
• 7 Marvel sideshow statues ($11,000)

A Visit Home

With the racing season just around the corner, I decided to take full advantage of my rest week and spend some quality time with my family down in Miami. I was especially eager to see my grandparents as they are now in their mid 90s and I never want to feel like I didn’t fully appreciate these precious years.

My mother, grandmother and I enjoyed a lazy Friday morning sitting around the kitchen table, sipping coffee and catching up. With an afternoon to kill we decided to go to the mall …yeah, I know …the mall. In any other time and place I would normally boycott the mall for three primary reasons:

1) Its promotion of useless crap, that no body really needs and will eventually wind up in a landfill in the not too distant future, makes me sick.

2) Malls suck the life from “Main Street America”. Malls pull people away from the center of town and eventually lead to the demise of local business.

3) Materialism is a product of Ego and Ego ties us tightly to our desires and attachment to our desires causes human suffering.

That being said, we are in Miami, the LA of the east. It is a sprawling mess of poorly planned concrete and asphalt. In addition, there are very few things that three generations of women can agree on doing together. (I even indulged in some over priced lipstick …but don’t worry, they didn’t test on any animals)

Friday night we went to the Women’s International Film Festival (WIFF) held at the beautiful Gusman Theater in downtown Miami. (According to my father, Maurice Gusman made his fortune in condoms) The festival opened with the The Brothers Bloom, a beautiful film about being the author of your own life. Although, I must admit I was a little disappointed to learn that it was actually directed by a man. What kind of message does that send?

Anyway …it was a good visit. I just wish my grandparents lived closer …or that Miami wasn’t such a horrible place to live for cyclists.