11.04.2008

Unconnected thoughts

1. On Sunday wifey and I volunteered at the NYCM family reunion area and even though it wasn't a high-profile assignment like the finish line or a water stop it was an awesome experience. I've watched the race from home for two years, but this year, actually being there as the runners were meting their families, really brought the race to life. Despite all the hype about the NYCM ("it's the world's race" "the city opens its heart for the race" etc. etc.) it actually is one of the greatest events you can experience. Just seeing the city shut down and embrace 40,000 strangers running through the streets is jaw-dropping. And hearing every language except English is dizzying. I can't wait to run this race one day.

2. I was particularly proud to vote today because I live in Astoria, perhaps the most diverse neighborhood on Earth. Standing in the line to vote I looked around and noticed people of all types, all backgrounds, all ages, and all ethnicities. It was amazing to see this mass of people silently sucking up the difficulties of standing in a long line and having to sacrifice time from their day to come out and vote for our collective future. It was inspiring seeing this elegantly simple yet beautiful slice of America and warmed my heart.

3. Wifey and I have gotten the home-buying bug. So starting this weekend we are going to be scoping out places for March when our lease runs up. This could make the next couple of months interesting.

7 comments:

The Laminator said...

On behalf of all the runners...thanks to you and wifey for volunteering!

Laura said...

Congrats on the decision to purchase a home! And good luck :)

Marcy said...

Oooooooo looking at homes is fun! CONGRATS homie!

Jess said...

Good luck with the house hunt!

Amanda said...

I love house hunting!! How fun!

Steve Stenzel said...

#1 sounds like FUN!! And good luck house hunting!!

Nitmos said...

Now's the time to buy (if you don't have anything to sell!)

Good luck.