Friday, May 30, 2008

Nets and Numbers

How Blue Is This Blue?

For The Love of Track & Field

A few weeks ago I flew to Manchester, ENG for the 2008 Paralympic World Cup.  It was pretty strange telling the British Customs agent that I was visiting for business and not pleasure.  Made me feel awfully grown up all of a sudden.  The travel for such a short trip (a weekend overseas) was long but smooth and easy, a lot like the Guinness I had on our last night in Manchester.  No idea why but it's so much better across the pond than it is here.  So although the travel was long and the trip quick, the experience was awesome and it was great to finally get to experience an exclusively Paralympic track & field meet.  International competition is pretty eye-opening and I won't lie and say that it didn't feel good to be there on someone else's ticket.

Thanks USOC.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Swedish Mastery...Period

Who can appreciate a good stapler?
I can.

Maybe this is because I harbor the slightest hint of obsessive compulsivity and I like office supplies.  I like to think it's because I like things that look good...and this stapler looks good.  The Swedish have an uncanny way of producing great design.  It may be a bit too mainstream these days for the uber-hip but...Ikea anyone?  Sorry though, this stapler can't be found in the big blue and yellow building.

This was a gift from my mom who, uncanny like the Swedes, has a knack for giving great gifts and likes things that look good.  So, that's where I get that from.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

I've put this off for too long.

Roughly two and a half years ago, my close friend Neems purchased an old Yashica camera off of Ebay and began shooting photos with some old film, which he also found and purchased off of Ebay.  Some of the photos turned out and some did not but regardless, it was clear that amidst the chaotic pace of life that he upheld then (balancing school, studying as a premedical student, and running at the collegiate level) he had found a hobby that both grounded and allowed him to grant his mind some sort of normalcy whenever it most needed it.  And even if it did not, then at the very least it gave him yet another tool to implement in the ever-present act of procrastination.  He was, after all, a master- procrastinator.  I should know because I am one as well.  For the longest time I successfully avoided adopting this photography-as-a-hobby bit and managed to uphold the excuse that I didn't have the equipment necessary to go out and shoot and publish a blog of my own.  Well, that excuse no longer applies.  So, following in the footsteps of Neems, here is my long awaited (perhaps only by one) contribution to the blogosphere.  Enjoy.