Friday, June 7, 2013

Best of the Week #106

It’s been quite the week around here.  First things first:  I heard from Mollie, and she’s doing great!  She and Sister2 are still trekking through Nepal, and they aim to finish their trek in the next week or so.  And true to form, they’re flying through the mountains. 

In other news, on Wednesday, I ran for the first time in over a month.  And then I ran again on Thursday!  My absence from running isn’t due to an injury so much as a self-imposed sabbatical.  Basically, I just needed a break.  And I have to say, running after taking an entire month off is hard work!  

Quite accurate, sadly.

But that’s enough about me.  It’s time for the Best of the Week!

First, let’s turn to the Sports Page. 

I’m a professed proponent of cycling (see below).  Well, this week, while the New York Mets were in town, the Nat’s fourth inning Presidents’ Race featured presidents on CaBi.  If Capital Bikeshare’s superiority to Citi Bikes wasn’t obvious before the start of the game, it is now!  The Nats also won on a walk off sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 9th.  NBD.  

Let Teddy win!

The NBA Finals got underway last night.  And the Spurs pulled out a Game 1 win!  In Miami!  Go Spurs!  Speaking of the NBA Finals, have you ever watched the Finals and thought to yourself, that’s a great jingle?  No?  Me either.  But I have reason to believe that some readers have (including the reader who sent me this).

Tonight (9:30 PM EST, but who’s counting?), the US Men’s National Team plays Jamaica in a World Cup qualifier.  The USMNT beat Germany in a friendly at RFK over the weekend.  Here’s hoping they bring that momentum to Jamaica and come away with three points!  

Moving on.

Those of you who know me, know that I love terrible, poppy songs of summer.  I may or may not believe that Call Me Maybe is the greatest ever song of summer.  I’m sorry I’m not sorry.  But where is this year’s song of the summer?  It’s June already.  I demand a song of the summer! 

This definitely isn’t a song of the summer, but it’s awesome.  Welcome to the neighborhood, NPR!

And on the subject of the news, the Newseum is adding an Anchorman exhibit!  You stay classy, Newseum!   
You stay classy, Planet Earth.
So this guy is making bikes from cardboard, with the aim of making cheap (hopefully really cheap), sturdy bikes available to folks who can’t afford them and/or don’t have access to them.  I’m a proponent of cycling, so lowering the barriers to entry sounds like a great idea to me!  But let’s make sure this initial “limited and exclusive access” doesn’t remain so.

I don't think we'll be seeing this model in the Tour de France any time soon.


Also, I really like Macklemore.  He’s talented.  He’s funny.  And he does things like this.  Bravo, Macklemore! 

And now, without further ado, your BEST OF THE WEEK!

It wasn’t easy to spot, as small as it was. When they saw it, it was ready to go under for what they feared would be the last time. The clock was ticking.

“We found it with its little nose just above the water,” Sciascia said. “We got up alongside it and I just grabbed the little bugger. I scooped it up from the river under its front legs.”

Happy weekend, folks!