Oh how I have neglected this blog.... for anyone who is curious, I had a great time at the Brooklyn Half Marathon and finished in 2:00:03. If only I didn't have to stop to tie my shoe I could have broken 2 hours!
I visited Rochester, NY yesterday to do some work at a school, and I stayed with my good friend Austin. Rochester is a much larger and nicer city than I anticipated, and I had a good time during the 24 hours of my stay.
This weekend - I'm returning to Columbia's campus to play a show with Hello Nurse on the lawn at Barnard. We will be playing at 3:30pm on Lehman Lawn for anyone that's interested. There will be frisbee tossing and large slices of Koronets pizza involved.
I got an iTunes gift certificate from a coworker, and here are the albums I bought, all of which I highly recommend:
Albert Hammond, Jr. - Yours to Keep Guitarist from the Strokes formed his own band. If you like the Strokes, you'll like this too.
LCD Soundsystem - Sound of Silver Fantastic dance rock album.
Dr. Dog - We All Belong Recorded using all vintage instruments and analog recording gear from the 60's and 70's. This is one of the best pop albums I've heard in a long time. 5 stars!!
Silversun Pickups - Carnavas West coast band, sounds reminiscent of Smashing Pumpkins. Fantastic sound textures and production.
Easy Star All Stars - Radiodread This is a reggae band playing the entirety of Radiohead's OK Computer. This is a must-have album if you like OK Computer.
Thursday, April 12, 2007 Run Then Eat
Saturday is the Brooklyn Half Marathon, and I'm getting pumped up! My office space is provided by the Robin Hood Foundation, and a lot of folks here are running in the race so Robin Hood sponsored nice Nike shirts - and they were so kind to give the two Uncommon Schools runners shirts as well. We even got to have our names monogrammed on the shirt. On my order form I wrote "Go Dude Go" as my name, so of course my shirt is awesome.
After the race I'm going to an eating party which is less of a contest and more of a spectacle. Participants choose a food, set a goal for how much of that food they can eat, and then gorge like crazy. Here are some examples:
3 jars of apple sauce 1 gallon of ice cream (not finished) 1 box of Joe (Dunkin Donuts box of coffee, not finished) 1 bucket of fried chicken and 1/2 watermelon (so un-PC, so funny) 1 of each item on the White Castle menu
My choice: cereal. I think I'm going to try to down 3 boxes of Raisin Squares cereal, but that means I have to find a market that sells it. Hopefully the 13.1 miles I run in the morning will leave me ready for the gluttony that will proceed.
Saturday, March 24, 2007 I Broke the 10 Mile Barrier!
I went for a big long run today, and I finally broke the 10 mile barrier. While I'm sure I have run 10 miles in a day at an ultimate tournament, I have never jogged 10 miles continuously.
I ran from Fort Greene, over the Brooklyn Bridge and back, to Brooklyn Heights and along the Promenade. I stopped for a gatorade in Dumbo, and then I ran across the Manhattan Bridge and back. As I approached home, I chose to do one lap through Fort Greene Park to make sure I made it to 10. I was lucky, because when I used WalkJogRun.net to calculate my mileage, it turns out that I ran 10.11 miles. If I hadn't taken that extra lap in the park I would have been disappointed.
I need to be able to run 13 miles in mid-April for the Brooklyn Half Marathon, so I think I'm in good shape.
Check out the video Uncommon Schools uses to recruit teachers to work in our charter schools. I will be transitioning over to work at North Star Academy as a Director of Operations this summer. North Star is an amazingly inspiring place, and I'm happy to be on board.
Wednesday, March 14, 2007 ONE HUNDREDTH SHOW
This Saturday Hello Nurse will play our 100th show as our current lineup. Mike joined the group in February 2004, and over the three years we've been together it seems like we've played a million shows.... but it was actually just 99 shows. If you're in NYC, start your St. Patty's Day celebration off right. We're playing at 9PM, and you can just continue hammering yourself with alcohol into the night.
As a special treat, we are playing an extended set of greatest hits in chronological order. We will start off with the first song we ever wrote together, which after pulling it out of the basement and dusting it off REALLY ROCKS! We will end with a bunch of new tunes you may not have heard if you haven't been to a show in a while.
Score points by wearing green. Score more points by dressing as a nurse. Score a zillion points by dressing like a leprechaun nurse.
Here are the details:
Saturday, March 17 - 9:00 PM HELLO NURSE
live @ The Tank 279 Church Street (at the corner of White) New York, NY 10002
And Monday is my birthday, so this will be doubling as my birthday party. If you don't show up, I will be offended. :) 6:23 AM
Friday, February 23, 2007 The Subway!
Stand clear of the closing door before I knock you on the floor ON THE SUBWAY--- SUBWAY!
Step in and stand clear or I'll rip that earing out your ear ON THE SUBWAY--- SUBWAY!
Please stay to the right unless you want to fight ON THE SUBWAY--- SUBWAY! 6:24 AM
Sunday, February 11, 2007 I love The Police, and I love Maps too.
The Police performed on the Grammy's tonight, and I was LOVING IT. Stewart Copeland is my favorite drummer of all-time. As soon as their tour is announced, I will pay any money to go to that show. I cannot wait.
Check out this awesome map. I can't say I've ever heard of Rose Hill, but the map still rocks.
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