Well, Hello April!

I took March 2010 off to focus on personal matters.  HAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHA!  Nah, I was just lazy and it wasn’t too filled with exciting adventures and stories.  The Winter Olympics obviously went well and now work is getting “interesting,” in that I’ve told them I plan to leave NYC at the end of the year.  They may or may not be able to hook me up with something in Los Angeles.  I’ll keep you posted on what I find out.

In the guitar front, I am like so much better than I used to be!  I know around eight chords and can actually strum in rhythm!  When I feel like I’m actually able to play something AND sing/mumble at the same time, I’ll post a YouTube video here.  For me the most dramatic part from Lesson 1 to Lesson 9 is the progression from being so uncomfortable with finding a chord and changing to another one to now having an innate sense and accuracy in finding the chords.  It’s kinda cool.  Now I’m in now way ready for my sidewalk debut begging for change, but I’m getting there.

If you didn’t hear via Facebook or such, I ran in the NYC Half-Marathon 2010 two weekends ago on March 21.  I initially started training fairly well, but then the Olympics and the snowy weather really put a damper on my motivation.  So effectively, I didn’t really train.  I was good with running 8 miles or so, which isn’t shabby, but still, it’s not 13.1 miles!  So on Sunday, March 21, a fantastically beautiful NYC day with gorgeous cool temperatures and beautiful sunny skies, Larry & I took part in the race.  He was in a much further-up corral than I was, so I didn’t run it with him.  The course loops you around Central Park one and a half times, then you turn down Seventh Avenue into Times Square!  It’s a great feeling to run through there and you are right in the middle of it.  You then turn on 42nd to the Hudson River, where you then run down the highway to the World Financial Center area.  It was a good run, but by the time it was time to run along the river, I was sooooo ready for it to be over.  There were professional photographers taking pics all along the route, and then they automatically can find out which ones you’re in and then they send you an email link to them and you can see how awful you look while running.  And I’m now sharing that with you:

http://www.brightroom.com/go.asp?73119946

Yeah, not my finest shots, that’s for sure.  The ones of me in Times Square aren’t so bad, where West Side Story can be seen in the background.  The others, not so much….

Here is a cool link to a “replay” of the race route using a Google Earth version of NYC – it’s fairly accurate of what you saw while running:

http://www.racemyrace.com/race.php?rid=54

One last little thing to share with you – I got one of my first real “unhappy” emails from someone who reads the recaps I do for Amazing Race on RealityNewsOnline.com.  You can see my links in the ARTICLES section – I got the email in response to my latest article recapping Episode 7’s extra scenes.  If you watch Amazing Race, you’ll know that there is a team of lesbians who haven’t been the best of friends with the dumb model couple.  Some of the teams are all harping on how mean the lesbians are to the models, and I took a moment in my recap to basically explain that I didn’t see where these teams were coming from as I didn’t think the lesbians were actually doing anything worthy of notice.  Well, I bring to you the following email I received this morning from “Joy” who definitely doesn’t live up to her name:

Subject:  how stupid you are
Your so biased with Caite and Brent all these lesbians do are mocking them and you say its only tiara comment ?Are we watching the same show?
Ifit someone who is dirty its the lesbians they are lesbians they should be ashamed of themselves they are hypocrite jjust like you.YOU ARE SO BIASED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

Ah, this is even better than a dotante. No kidding.  I didn’t respond as it’s not worth it to, but wow.  I am almost tempted to think this is a fake-out, especially with that trailing 1 at the end of the exclamation points.  The many exclamation points.  But who doesn’t love dirty lesbians?   COME ON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

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