Wednesday, June 24, 2009

A Spot Of Bother

My most recent literary delight came to me from Ingrid. As I am patiently awaiting my next surgery, she has brought me an armful of books to occupy my time and it is no surprise to me that the first book I sat down to read has been a refreshing step away from The Omnivore's Dilemma.

A Spot of Bother, with it's quite humorous dialog, was a much needed change of pace in my readings as of late. I hadn't even looked at the book jacket, just sat down and started to flip pages. I knew nothing of Mark Haddon prior and had no idea that I would be looking forward to reading this book while I was at P.T.

A Spot of Bother is a story of a damaged family falling apart and taping things up again. Haddon paints, not the most pretty picture, of a dignified man trying to go insane politely (after discovering a lesion on his hip) while the rest of his family attempts to put the pieces back together.

"Eventually you realize that other people's problems are other people's problems."

Haddon, articulately, kept me engrossed while the dialog flipped and flopped between family members and their takes on their "dying father." If you've got the time on your hands, Mark Haddon's, National Bestseller, A Spot of Bother is a highly entertaining read.

3000 Words

3000 Words
“Three Charities, Three Photos, 3000 words”
Photo Contest/Dinner/Silent Auction/Raffle/Party
Bar of America
Wednesday, June 24th, 6pm-12am

Come support three of the most interesting and inspiring charity efforts in the Tahoe area. On Wednesday, June 24, from 6 pm-12 am, Bar of America will host a fundraiser to benefit CHARITYSMITH: National Society of Memorial Funds, High Fives Non-Profit Foundation, and Biking for a Better World. The event, 3000 Words, will include a cocktail hour, dinner, silent auction and photo contest showcasing several local photographers. The photographers will be competing for best photo in each of three categories representing the charities. Following the dinner, there will be a raffle with many great prizes including season passes for local ski areas, gear, and vouchers from local businesses. Raffle tickets will be sold to the public for $5 at the door. Dinner tickets are limited.

6-7 pm: Cocktail hour and viewing of silent auction
7-9 pm: Dinner (limited seats, $65 per person, includes meal and wine)
9-10 pm: Final viewing of silent auction and voting for photo contest
10 pm: Silent auction closes/Raffle begins
10-close: DJ one.truest and dance party

Don't miss this chance to support local artists and philanthropists in the Tahoe community.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

The Omnivore's Dilemma

"What should we eat for dinner?" With so many options; organic, fast food, Chinese, Mexican, etc. it's often difficult to make up your mind. This is essentially the basis of what can be described as America's eating disorder. The Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan explores the vast amount of potential foods nature has to offer, what foods might kill us, the environmental impact, and our place in the food chain...eating in America.

Before I read this book I considered myself to be a rather healthy eater (minus the occasional rushed meal induced by traveling). I shop at the local health food store and farmers markets, grow my own herbs, and eat fast food (In and Out) only a couple times a year. I hadn't thought much about the packaging and verbiage behind my organic milk and how much it promises. I admit I envisioned a lush pasture of green grass with chickens happily clucking when I bought my "free range" chicken and passed by the microwaveable dinners at whole foods without much thought (little did I know).

After reading this book I have a much better understanding behind my chicken lettuce wraps I ate for dinner tonight. I appreciate my food more and have a realistic vision of where that food came from. I find myself analyzing my meals to every last ingredient and often too deeply, but it's important to me. After all, you are what you eat.

Sunday, June 7, 2009


I've been pretty wrapped up with all of this rehab stuff, doctor visits, physical therapy appointments, and scar tissue. Haven't had much else going on that I think is interesting enough to post on my blog site internet space face. It's been the most trying event in my life (this whole knee injury thing). It's not really what I thought I signed up for when I landed on that rock, but it was out of my hands the moment it happened.

My weekly routine consists of about 3 P.T. appointments and gym sessions, all of which take about 5 hours each day, except Sundays when I have the day off (not for religious reasons). Since that is what my life consists of, it's what is on my mind all day long, my knee. I feel like I have a full time job and when I slack, I pay for it in pain.

Physical Therapy has become a bit like torture. I feel like I've developed a relationship with pain beyond what I thought I could ever withstand. Pain, to me, is a good thing. It means I'm breaking up built up scar tissue. I feel bad for my amazing physical therapist who has to put me through this pain, but he is ultimately healing me. He has a tough job.

I've overcome being tough and not letting my guard down. When I feel scar tissue ripping inside my knee, I squeeze my eyes as tight as I can and form wrinkles in between them, I brace myself with my hands on the table while someone else (usually Gaffney) holds my shoulders down so I can't crawl away from my knee being bent, I start to shake and sometimes sweat, I get shivers and feel like I'm on the verge of passing out. As much as I say I can't go any more, he pushes me even farther. It's like snapping a carrot, that sound, the release. I yell, I swear, and hold the stretch for a minute or less. Ladd (my P.T. and healer) releases the stretch slowly. This part is nearly just as uncomfortable. My knee feels like it's 90 years old and doesn't want to move. I get a shooting pain inbetween my hip and my groin and then it's over...for the time being.

With watery eyes, a dizzy head, and a lot of adrenaline, I continue on with my daily workouts. Usually by the time I walk out, the pain has subsided. Ladd constantly reminds me that someday this will all be just a memory. I hold on to his words and find motivation in skiing, biking, climbing, and all of the activites that are easily taken for granted.

Injuries are difficult to deal with, but they make you stronger. You gain a lot of knowledge about the body and how to care for it, but you also learn a lot about yourself. It's tough to walk through the doors of physical therapy knowing what I'll be going through, but it's people like Riley who inspire me on a daily basis to make it happen. So here's to you Riley, thank you.

Friday, June 5, 2009

Hunter Longe.

If you in Seattle right now, go to Evo to check out Hunter Longe's art (From 7-10)!!!!!

If can check his site. Here's a little background...

His destruction and recreation of context points out the subjective in an apparently objective scientific outlook. His work spans several mediums including drawing, painting, collage, animation and video installation.

The compilation and juxtaposition of mechanical, industrial, or geometric forms with human anatomy and organic forms provides a ground for questioning modern technology and industry: the overall gain from it, our dependence on it, its effects on the environment and its influence on culture, economy, and sexuality. Incorporating imagery from old comic books, anatomy books, mechanical diagrams, TV and films with that of my everyday life, the work becomes a retro-futuristic attempt at finding meaning and placement in a world so affected by and resulting from scientific and industrial progress (if one can call it progress).