Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Don't like it? DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT!!!



In my continuing personal effort to try to stop bitching about the way the world is, and actually get out and do something about it, I've signed up for the 2006 'Take a Hike for Humanity', which will be taking place on May 20th and 21st this year at the Blue Hills Reservation in Milton, MA.

A bit of information from the website:

"Take a Hike for Humanity is a regional fundraiser for local Habitat for Humanity affiliates. Participants in this hike-a-thon hike up Mount Monadnock in Jaffrey, NH, or at the Blue Hills Reserve in Milton, MA to raise funds for their Habitat for Humanity affiliate. The hike is about 3 miles on well-traveled trails over easy to moderate terrain."

Because this is a fund-raiser, and I know how much my fellow blog-readers like to help a brother (and humanity as a whole) out, I'm posting to ask for support in the form of pledges from the lot of you. I'm not asking for any specific dollar amounts (to take part in this I technically don't have to raise any money at all), but every dollar will add up eventually, so even if you only feel comfortable pledging the 50 cents you have in your pocket right now, it will help people. Remember that.

Also remember that hiking rocks, and that you love me.


issn'ecuuuuuuute? (I have no idea whose dog this is, it's meant to get you to give me pledge money. No mom, I didn't get a dog.)

Now make with the pledging.

Friday, April 21, 2006

Dragonboats!!!! ::

I am copying an email from my friend Joy about the Boston Dragon Boat Races... we need more people, and I know there are a few of you who read my blog that don't read hers, although you should, because she rocks. If you're interested in joining up for Dragon Boats, let me know ASAP!

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Right now there are 6 girls and 7 guys, but it would great to find at least 3 more paddlers . And we still need a drummer and a steersperson. Ideally, the drummer should be a lightweight person who is good at shouting and not afraid to make decisions and give orders. The steersperson just needs to...steer. Training will be given at the first practice for both roles, as well as for the paddlers.

So if you know anyone like that or anyone else who might be interested in paddling, lemme know! I'd like to register ASAP so that we can start practicing. Oh yeah, and the more people we have on our team, the less each of us will have to pay!

You can go to this link: http://www.bostondragonboat.org/DBRegistration2006-local.pdf for a lot more info about the festival.

Finally, here's a link with some instructions and pictures about the dragon boat paddling technique: http://www.paddlersanonymous.com/stroke.html.

Dragonboats!!!! ::

I am copying an email from my friend Joy about the Boston Dragon Boat Races... we need more people, and I know there are a few of you who read my blog that don't read hers, although you should, because she rocks. If you're interested in joining up for Dragon Boats, let me know ASAP!

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Right now there are 6 girls and 7 guys, but it would great to find at least 3 more paddlers . And we still need a drummer and a steersperson. Ideally, the drummer should be a lightweight person who is good at shouting and not afraid to make decisions and give orders. The steersperson just needs to...steer. Training will be given at the first practice for both roles, as well as for the paddlers.

So if you know anyone like that or anyone else who might be interested in paddling, lemme know! I'd like to register ASAP so that we can start practicing. Oh yeah, and the more people we have on our team, the less each of us will have to pay!

You can go to this link: http://www.bostondragonboat.org/DBRegistration2006-local.pdf for a lot more info about the festival.

Finally, here's a link with some instructions and pictures about the dragon boat paddling technique: http://www.paddlersanonymous.com/stroke.html.

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

From the stands... this time...

But I swear, I'll be running it again before too long.

The 2006 Boston Marathon (as I'm sure you're seeing on countless other Bostonite blogs hereabouts) fell on a beautiful day for running, though there was considerable wind off and on along the course.  For my part, I decided to set up near the 40k mark; just past the St. Mary's stop on the C-Line.  This gave me a great opportunity to play around with my telephoto lens, and to see what I could get my camera to do on a somewhat cloudy day without a flash.

2006 Boston Marathon 313
Women's top finisher Rita Jeptoo.

2006 Boston Marathon 413
Men's top finisher Robert  Cheruiyot (pronounced like Chariot, basically)

2006 Boston Marathon 380
Probably my favorite shot from the day; taken as she passed the 40k carpet.

The whole set is available at my Flickr site.  Please feel free to stop by and leave some comments or notes on my shots! :-)

The weather seemed like it was going to be a little disappointing, but in the end, even with the wind, the temperature was perfect, and most of the runners seemed like they were doing pretty well for being in the final 2 miles of the run.  That section of the course is one of the easier sections... actually, pretty much everything after Heartbreak Hill is easy in comparison.

Of course, as with every year, the difficulty came post-race, as I tried to make my way home on the T.  It took 40 minutes to get from St. Mary's back to Park St. station.  Insane!

Thankfully, I made it home with time to spare to upload all those images...

Oh, and I'm so looking forward to eating fish again, btw.  Finally.  Stupid Lent.

Friday, April 14, 2006

What good would the holidays be without a little blasphemy?



Brought to you by our friends at Yirmamuh.

Sunday, April 09, 2006

Beers of the World

Accompanied by a good number of friends carrying libations from many nations, the boys of 48 Heath St. went forth on a journey of froth, bringing together some of the tastiest beers to be had by anyone, ever.

The Beers!

My personal favorite remains Fraoch, the Scottish Heather Ale. Out of the choices I hadn't had before, I'd have to say the Ommegang was probably the best new choice. It's a Belgian Abbeyist Ale, and is very tasty. All the beers, and additional pictures, can be seen at my Flickr site.

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Brick!

Special Alert:

I was fortunate enough to win tickets to see an advanced screening of 'Brick' at the Kendall Square cinema tomorrow night at 7:30PM, but unfortunately, I already have plans tomorrow evening!

A brief plot summary from IMDb:

"A teenage loner pushes his way into the underworld of a high school crime ring to investigate the disappearance of his ex-girlfriend."

So, I've got an email that will let one person and a guest (for a total of 2) into the showing tomorrow night. If you're interested in seeing Brick, send me an email; first reply gets the forward :-)

Ultimate...

Given the rainy, or possibly snowy, weather we're having today, along with the near-record cold temperatures, I'm posting some shots I took this weekend of folks playing Ultimate in Lexington. The full set is available here.

Dan steals one from Bruce!

I think at this point we were just amazed someone managed to snatch a disc away from Bruce.

Tina and Terry

Tina facing off with Terry. Despite the size difference, particularly in wingspan, she managed to get a great pass off.

Milton fires the cannon

Behold the power of the telephoto lens...

Monday, April 03, 2006

Experiments in Fooding!

Prasanth, the quintessential "P" for the PEZ equation was nice enough to bring Pete and I some juicy, juicy mangoes back from his trip to Florida where he was visiting with his sister, Prathima (who I graduated High School with) and their family... and undoubtedly, eating money salads. Because they were already ripe when we got them, we had to think fast, and so, it took me 3 days to figure out what to make. The results? Well, just see for yourself!

Mango Cake


Of course, that's not all... the mango cake you see above used only two of the four mangoes he brought back for us, and so we needed to concoct something else... something a bit spicier. Given that it was opening day, and the Sox nailed the Rangers 7-3, including a 2-run bomb by Big Papi, we made mango salsa as well!

Mango Salsa

I can vouch for the salsa, I had a taste before dinner last night. The cake, I haven't had a full piece of yet, but it smells delicious. Pete had a bit and he said it was darned good. Also, he said it in German, which was really weird.

Anyways, if anyone wants a slice of cake, let me know... I have a whole cake :-P