|Winner of the Men's Steeplechase right after the race. LOVE.|
Good news first: I ran in the rain this morning, and I LOVE running in the rain.
So yeah, all was awesome in Friday-morning-of-Mollie, until I thought, I want watermelon for breakfast, and proceeded to slice my finger open and bleed all over the kitchen. And then I left my apartment, closed the door (which locks when you close it), and realized my keys are on the coffee table. Siiiiiigggghhh. #FridayFail.
Other than that though, it’s been an amazing week o’Olympics! I'm sensitive to spoliers, so I won’t tell you anything. But yesterday’s men’s 800m final. Watch that. And yesterday’s women’s 800m semis. And the women’s 5K heats from Tuesday (to quote my Mama: They just look so strong and awesome, and they probably feel strong and awesome, and doesn’t it just make you want to race a 5K on the track right now???) (Me: Eeeehhh, I ran a track workout on Tuesday, and I can’t say I felt particularly strong or awesome….)
My most popular post this week was my race/day report from the River to Sea Relay last summer. People must be googling this year's race and coming across my post -- it was such a fun day!
- But it’s also the time when I’m reminded of my existing personal prejudices about sports, when I may discover new ones (as new events are added), and when I try to figure out whether there’s any defensible rationale to my preferences. Reflecting on my sports bigotry, I think the simplest model is a two-dimensional space that, I think you will agree, is both easy to understand and wholly objective.
Olympic swimming and The Hunger Games collide, and it is perfection: “Why Nathan Adrian Is Real-Life Finnick Odair.”
"25 Olympic Events I Could Actually Win"
- 22. Marathon-looking at pictures of Ryan Lochte and Tom Daley and thinking about what a generous God ours truly is.
- 23. Being offended by the sport of beach volleyball in general.
- 25. Working out really hard one day, feeling all athletic and whatnot, and being like “DAMN DOES THAT EVER DESERVE A COOKIE.”
Is this seriously real??? “True blue mates! Orphaned kangaroo and wombat are inseparable friends (they even share the same pouch)”
Hallelujah. “I Won't Hire People Who Use Poor Grammar. Here's Why.”
- In blog posts, on Facebook statuses, in e-mails, and on company websites, your words are all you have. They are a projection of you in your physical absence.
- On the face of it, my zero tolerance approach to grammar errors might seem a little unfair. After all, grammar has nothing to do with job performance, or creativity, or intelligence, right?
- Wrong. If it takes someone more than 20 years to notice how to properly use "it's," then that's not a learning curve I'm comfortable with. So, even in this hyper-competitive market, I will pass on a great programmer who cannot write.
I hate when announcers talk about athletes (usually female) getting “mean” when what they really should be saying is “competitive.”
- “You need to have that cutthroat mentality. Not mean and not, ‘I want to hurt you.’ It’s: ‘I respectfully want to beat you and give you my best game. Crush you, yes. Not your soul. Just you, on the court.” – US beach volleyball player Misty May-Treanor, explaining her competitive approach
If you’re interested a bio of the dancing man.
- People know me because I bought an ipod about a year ago and I didn’t want to wait all week for the dance floor and it started bucketing down and I chucked on a suit, inspired by Charlie Chaplin Dancing in the Rain, and just went and danced in the rain and it was so much fun. Everyone filmed me on their iphones, and I woke up and I was Byron Bay Dancing Man all over YouTube.
- 2. Remember to eat. This is directly related to number one. When you don’t eat, you feel hangry. (Hanger = anger spawned by hunger.) Hanger is a horrible emotion. It comes from deep down in you, a bubbling cauldron of stress and caloric deficiency leading to a meltdown of child-actor proportions. You might not even think you’re hungry. Just eat anyway. This isn’t about enjoying the meal. This is straight fuel.
- 3. If you’re wealthy, hire someone to do all this for you. Because duh.
Oh the Brits and their dry humor: The Happiest Olympic Worker 2012. (YouTube)
Odds are I won’t be going to Iceland any time soon…so I will just watch this timelapse in awe instead.
"The White Correspondent’s Burden: We Need to Tell the Africa Story Differently"
- All I can imagine from these headlines is that Africa—all 54 countries, all 11.7 million square miles of it—must be a very deadly place.
- But I’ve lived there. It’s not.
- Congo, like America, is very many things, all at the same time. This should be obvious. Why would a foreign country be any less complex than our own? So why, then, if you’re reading or watching most American news, do you tend to see the same simplified stories over and over again?
“If you love the carnage of a great white as it attacks its bait don't miss this video.” Why yes, thank you I will not miss it! “Great White Jumping in Slow-Mo”
Mmmk that is all. Have a great weekend!