American Odyssey Relay, 2012
April 28th, 2012
We did the American Odyssey Relay this weekend, our second year in a row as part of Team Wharf (Matt’s 3rd year doing it overall). It was another crazy adventure this time around, consisting of 200 miles from Gettysburg back to DC, with 12 runners, 3 legs each, on very little sleep, with loads of trail mix and gatorade mixed in. Matt put in a total of 17.2 miles at a 8:54 pace and I put in a total of 14.4 miles at a 9:31 pace — our time-keeping was far more diligent this year than in the past. The grand total for our team was 27 hours and 29 minutes of continuous running, at an average pace of 8:19 – wooooohooooooooo! And to top it off, we were awarded the prize for best van decorations, thanks to Gaby, and we each got to take home a commemorative beer glass. GO TEAM WHARF.
Team Wharf – the car decorations before departing
lobster and other maritime themed decorations
the starting line
annnnnd we’re off! Bao is already in front of the girl with the hot shorts
rolling through the countryside
crossing the tracks
put some dirt on the car
competitors car decorations 1
competitors car decorations 2
this is the definition of the middle of nowhere
Matt takes off on his first leg of the race, sometime late-afternoon on Friday
Matt coming in on his first leg, at a Walmart parking lot
signage at one of the transitions
Lindsay coming in strong on her first leg!
waiting for some water for my hot cocoa at one of the transitions. time: approximately 2am
waiting in line for some pancake breakfast, after van #2 finished up all our night legs. time: approximately 4am
analyzing my final leg, 4 easy miles. start time: 9:53am
things keeping Matt going for the last leg – Bengay + Beef Jerky
July 27th, 2011
On Sunday evening, after returning from the beach, we finally got around to cleaning up our sad little tree box in front of our house. It had been full of little pieces of trash, leaves, old mulch, out-of-control weeds, and ripped up pieces of soil liner. We stopped at Home Depot and picked up some soil and some flowers, begonias I think, but I’m not good with plant names… And thanks to the two gigantic green potters from Kristy and David, we had a quick little fix to the ugly tree box problem. Matt drilled some small holes in the bottom of the pots for drainage, and we dug out some shallow little holes in the dirt to make the pots sit better. The kids across the street helped with the shoveling part, so we can’t take all the credit! But yeah, we are slowly turning into The Lime Green House. woo hoo! thanks for the pots Kristy! Now we can tell people how to get to our house. Growing up, it was “turn into the driveway with the two white wagon wheels.” Now, we can tell people to “turn when you get to the two neon green pots.”
June 28th, 2011
Just when you thought the blog was gone forever… I finally post another photo! Matt snapped this shot with his cool new Android Retro Camera app, so that’s why it looks all retro-like. It was taken underneath a southwest portion of the Southeast-Southwest Freeway, otherwise known as the massive tangle of roads that cut off the lower portion of DC from the rest of the city. Looks like a pretty good set for a thriller, yes?
January 31st, 2011
On Friday morning, Matt drove me to my dentist appointment to have my wisdom teeth extracted. DO NOT WANT to go… But we did pass this funny little bus stop on New Hampshire Avenue just before the Beltway. I wouldn’t mind rockin’ out in those chairs and waiting for the bus to come.
Anyways, then my teeth were out, and I spent the weekend eating pain killers, soup, pudding, and rainbow sherbet. Not too bad after all… AND I had lots of company to help pass the recovery time.
The rainbow sherbet is the same color as the chairs, yes?
under the Whitehurst!
December 29th, 2009
…out of the SUUUN! under the Whitehurst… Whitehurst..
The Whitehurst Freeway rises above K Street in Georgetown, and it carries vehicles along the Potomac River between the Key Bridge at the west end and Rock Creek Parkway/K Street at the east end. Named after H.C. Whitehurst, the director of the District Highway Department at the time of its conception, the bridge was built in the 1940’s and was the District’s very first freeway. Steel shortages at the time delayed its construction and it opened a year behind schedule, in October 1949. The final cost: $3.3 million. Included in the demolition was the house of Francis Scott Key, writer of the Star-Spangled Banner.
a rose is a rose is a rose
November 18th, 2009
Last weekend, on our way to dinner with his parents, Matt found this rose poked into the sidewalk grate, just the way it’s pictured. We passed by it, and then he insisted on borrowing my iPhone camera to go back and take a picture. So here it is.
It was American writer Gertrude Stein who said, “a rose is a rose is a rose.”
It appears that there has been an accident…
October 26th, 2009
…involving the painted bike lane guy. The wheels are all smooshed and his body has been “relocated” way too far away and upside down. Hopefully this is not the doing of a lazy driver not looking out for cyclists. I think he is supposed to look like this. (spotted around 5th and Q St).
November 13th, 2008
Ummm. Hopefully this makes you laugh as much as we did when we saw it. They could have at least used more paint on the cover-up job…
a grenade. awesome.
October 1st, 2008
My commute was rather long this morning, and I just found out why. There was a grenade found in Rock Creek Park, just off 16th Street. Obviously this picture has nothing to do with it, because I couldn’t get anywhere close to the scene… and also it’s not that autumn-y here yet. But anyways, where does a grenade in the park come from???
…and it sets in the west
August 11th, 2008
Great picnic spot = a grassy patch near the Potomac, just down past the Roosevelt Memorial Bridge. Good for: sunsets (see above) and boat watching. Pairs well with PB&J sandwiches, wine, a blanket. Bad for: gnats, seeing loch-ness monster things jump out of the Potomac.