Thursday, June 21, 2007

In the words of my boss...

Best ride ever! Which is cool, except he calls every ride the best ride ever.
One of the perks about working where I do is that the team has fun away from the office. We took the day off and decided to visit the downhill mountain biking options at the near by Deer Valley ski resort. We had a great time! The food was a bit on the expensive side, but the downhill rides were a riot. It's like eating a meal of pure dessert. All the fun of downhill riding without the pain of the uphill climb. One could get quite spoiled by the chair lift.

Deer Valley Mountain Biking

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

I Purchased a Mountain Bike

I stole the photo from my dad (thanks), and no it is not of me.
I purchased a mountain bike on Monday. How totally cool! I haven't been mountain biking since I was a teenager. Though I am completely out of shape, and had to walk the bike up most of the hills, the view of the Salt Lake Valley from the northern foothills is simply amazing.

Here's to more fun in the mountains, and getting healthy.

Monday, June 04, 2007

Good Listening

While driving home from work today, I was listening to NPR's All Things Considered. For month's now I've been deeply impressed by the wisdom shared in the "This I Believe" segment. Today, I heard an essay titled "A Marriage That's Good Enough" by Corinne Colbert. Before looking up the title, I would have titled it "Settling". I really agree with the ideas that Corinne shared with the nation today. Put on the headphones, pull up a chair, and enjoy four minutes and thirty seconds of sound philosophy.

Saturday, June 02, 2007

Chopin: Polonaise no. 3 Opus 40

Chopin: Polonaise no. 3 Opus 40

Years ago, with my second to last piano teacher I set out to learn this piece. I was in high school, and heard one of the kids in the grade ahead of me play it in his act for talent day. Talent day was one of those silly things we did in choir to pad the last couple of weeks of the school year, when learning new choral music would be pointless. Each student in the course had to prepare some talent to show the class. My sophomore year, I took in some framed photos. My junior and senior years I teamed up with good friends to sing a couple of barber shop songs. If I recall correctly, both years we sang barbershop out of “The Music Man”, but don't quote me on that. Singing with my friends was a good time for sure, but being introduced to the Military Polonaise by Chopin was surreal. I don't know why it is, but some music just hits you, and you know you'll never be the same again after hearing it. The above piece is exhilarating, full of energy, and just a real joy to listen to. It was so cool, that I decided that I wanted to learn how to play it too, because if there is enjoyment in listening to music, participating in the making of music brings it to the next level. A great piece, by a great composer, for a great day.