I'm going to San Francisco today. I'm incredibly excited to see the city made famous by Full House...I mean Alcatraz. My itinerary includes running around cable cars and the Golden Gate Bridge, seeing an Andre Nikitina concert, catching a Giants-As game, and driving up to Muir Woods. With Althea, of course.
While in San Fran, I'll make sure to find a sports bar with plenty of Stanford fans to watch my (that's right, they're all mine) Texas Longhorns dismantle the Cardinal. Sure, the Lopez twins can score, but how am I supposed to feel threatened by a couple of guys named Brooke and Robin. Besides, AJ Abrams and DJ Augustin (and Conner Atchley, our X factor) will be rainin' threes all day. And how could you root against DJ?
Speaking of the NCAA tourney...I'm almost positive I'm the only person I know who picked Davidson over both Gonzaga and Georgetown last week. Stephen Curry has some serious 'nads...especially for a 13-year old.
In other sports news, Tiger Woods finally lost last week at the CA Championship (by just two strokes, mind you). Sad thing is, that's bad news for the rest of the PGA field. Now that Tiger has tasted defeat, and just two weeks before his most important event of the year, the Masters, you can be sure he'll roar back and pick up another green jacket.
Kobe Bryant, like Tiger, is the best in his sport. Four years runnin' now. The main difference between the previous three years and this year is that he'll pick up the real prize. No, not the MVP award. The NBA trophy. I see them knocking off the Suns in round one, the Hornets in round two and the Spurs in the Western Conference Finals. All before dusting off the Celtics. Sorry KG.
As for Boston, yet another one of my friends has decided to move to (and join) Red Sox Nation. She actually got a job with the Sox, too. I'm happy for her, but I couldn't help but wonder if her background - namely, being white and from a small town - will help her like Boston more than I ever could. Just yesterday a friend of mine, who has been in Boston for six or so years, was telling me how much she hates it. I left that out in the congratulatory email to my other friend.
While one of my friends has something like a dream job out of college, at least four of my post-grad friends are searching for jobs. They're searching for a lot more than jobs, but you get the point...20-somethings looking for a way to a) do something they're passionate about, b) change the world and c) make friends (and maybe make a little money) along the way. I'm seriously considering starting my own job satisfaction (search and succeed) consulting practice.
I'm either going to consult people looking for jobs or help people looking for mentors and role models. Both are much-needed in today's short-fix relationship society. As for role models, I've nearly finished my edits of the manuscript of Real Role Models. I can't wait to get this book into production and get in front of some kids (I can call 18-year-olds kids now) to talk to them about it.
When I'm not reading my own writing, I'm reading The New Yorker (thanks to my brother's xmas gift). If you don't have time to read books, which too many of my friends say too often, at least pick up a subscription to this.
Also in literature/media, I'm getting so excited about Malcolm Gladwell's new book on the workplace of the future. It sounds like a perfect follow-up for me after reading Richard Florida's Rise of the Creative Class and a perfect seg-way into a field I'm thinking about studying at NYU if I ever go back to school.
In music news, Gnarls Barkley's new album, The Odd Couple, is blasting in my iPod these days. It lacks the boom-bop pop of St. Elsewhere's 'Crazy', but makes up for it with some Brian Wilson-infused tunes like 'Charity Case' and 'Surprise'. My favorite track is 'Open Book'.
Next week, The Black Keys' new album, Attack & Release, comes out. Funny thing is, it's produced by Danger Mouse...yeah, the non-Cee-Lo half of Gnarls Barkley. This guy is doing his best Rick Rubin impersonation.
On my birthday, the new Tokyo Police Club album 'Elephant Shell' drops, just one week before I check them out in DC! I may not live in Austin, but I haven't lost my love of live music. I'm seeing RJD2 on May 1st.
Also in May, I'm traveling to Seattle to run a half-marathon in the North Face Endurance Challenge. All in the tune-up to my marathon debut here in DC in September when Colby and I run the North Face Endurance Challenge 50k. I'm pumped.
I don't know about you, but I'm sure as hell happy I have so much going on both with work (been putting in a lot of 12 and 14 hour days lately) and with fun, travel stuff. It's helped me tune out of all the presidential election bullshit that's been going on these last few weeks.