Monday, March 12, 2007

Five Favorites for March

Five things that are making me happy lately:

1. I just read Into Thin Air, Jon Krakauer's book about the disastrous 1996 Everest expedition. I am all about mountain adventure stories lately! My boss Kevin recently gave an amazing slide show about his K2 expedition back in the mid-1990s which has definitely piqued my interest in mountaineering stories. Kevin actually climbed Everest with one of the key players in Into Thin Air (apparently these high-altitude climbers move in small circles!). Anyways, the book was totally gripping - I finished it in less than 24 hours! I think I'm just in awe of the fact that these elite athlete-adventurers WALK AMONG US (especially here in Boulder).

2. Baseball spring training is under way! The Red Sox and Yankees are playing RIGHT NOW! And the Red Sox are winning! Woohoo!

3. The mercury is finally rising here - we've had some beautiful weather the past few days. Of course, I didn't get to enjoy any of it today cause I didn't leave the office for 10 straight hours, but yesterday I enjoyed a gorgeous ski day at Eldora and then sat outside in a T-SHIRT drinking a beer! After the winter we've had, my pasty white arms are a surprisingly welcome sight.

4. That new show 30 Rock has been completely cracking me up lately. Alec Baldwin is a comedic genius. I love it when he insults Tina Fey: "I like you. You have the boldness of a much younger woman." I also think that the page Kenneth is hilarious!! "Didn't you tell me to live every week like it's Shark Week? And that nothing's impossible except dinosaurs?" And Tracy Morgan is ridiculously funny too, especially when he is completely mangling the English language: "Ken, I'll be gone soon but I just wanted you to know that I loved being your mentor and it's been an honour having you be my manatee." I'm bummed to hear that the show isn't going to be on for a while - I hope they don't cancel it. It's just so unexpectedly crazy.

5. This bit of Red Sox trivia: When Terry Francona (current manager of the Red Sox, who led them to the 2004 World Series victory!) was applying for his first job as a major league manager, who called the GM and gave him an enthusiastic recommendation (uninvited)? You'll never guess this one: the one and only Michael Jordan. Why? Because when Michael Jordan played minor league ball, Tito was his manager. God bless the internet for making these little details available to the general public.

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