Random thinking on a nice Sunday in June

  1. I am off to Bangalore tomorrow night. Lufthansa business class through Frankfurt. The whole ordeal always remind me on 2001: A Space Odyssey and the hibernation pods – I am seriously into ear plugs, noise cancelling headphones, eye patches and massive overdoses of Restoril washed down with post-takeoff scotch. Stewards have had to slap me awake on approach to the landing I get so numbed out. Back next Saturday.
  2. I wonder about people who use twitter on weekends. I think I need to unfollow about six people who seriously get under my skin and just annoy the snot out of me.
  3. I need to find Manny Ramirez’s 500th homerun from last night’s game against the Orioles and watch it.
  4. I received seasons one and two of The Wire for birthday presents and wonder why I didn’t get into it the first time around. Seal of approval for me is the involvement of my favorite crime writer, George Pellecanos.
  5. Reading list:
    1. The Night Gardener, Pellecanos
    2. The Pequots in Southern New England, Hauptman and Wherry
    3. Around the World Singlehanded, Pidgeon
    4. Flyfishing for Bonefish, Brown
    5. Starting Strength: Basic Barbell Training, Rippetoe & Kilgore
  6. CrossFit remains a daily feature of my athletic life. I am slowing getting into fierce shape with my eyes on a single goal come next February. I won’t talk about that, as I am in Nike-mode and “just doing it.”
  7. I am not fishing enough this spring. Today perhaps.
  8. I can’t garden enough because May was a cold washout.
  9. I need to go paint my boat.
  10. I think I am in China for the last few days of July and most of August
  11. I need to write a big post updating Lenovo’s sponsorship of the Summer Games.
    1. http://summergames.lenovo.com
    2. Joe Nocera has a good piece on the value of Olympic sponsorships in the sports supplement (magazine thing) in today’s NYT
    3. Yes, I saw the front page piece on the Chinese Olympic Rowing team. Pretty impressive. I would love to get an invite to watch a practice at their center in South China. The Chinese have been surprising people the past two seasons as they are not a traditional force in elite rowing.
  12. I need an awesome camera for the Olympics and need to start building my portable reporting kit for blogging my coverage of the Games. I’m thinking a Lenovo Y510 IdeaPad (I’d go Thinkpad X300 but they lack SD slots which are crucial for digital camera work), a nice SLR Nikon with an 18:200 lens, FlipCam, and perhaps a digital audio recorder and mic if I want to do any podcasting. I really want to nail the package I tote around – from batteries to knapsack.