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Ultimate swag

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Ultimate swag

250 snap bracelets emblazoned with the echoditto logo…heaven.

Edible or poisonous?

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Edible or poisonous?

One is halloween candy, the other is dishwasher detergent. I’m not sure whether to blame the chemically consistency of the candy or the edible packaging of the soap.

I’m doing a triathlon.

Somewhere in the back of my head, I’ve always wanted to run a triathlon.

Only, it’s always been on that list of things that includes ‘write a book’ and ‘live in a treehouse’. Not that these are impossible things to do, just that the only way they’re ever actually going to happen is throw yourself into them with reckless abandon.

So now, thanks to an amazing program called Team in Training and a ridiculously energetic girlfriend, it’s on.

As it currently stands, I have an ankle that throbs with too much distance running, bad luck with bikes (stolen, twice), and I haven’t swam laps since the Meadowbrook Marlins 6-and-under team. I’ve also never raised more than $50 worth of door-to-door candy bar sales, and my dad has a severe weakness for Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.

But by May 25th, 2008, I will be in fighting shape to complete (and maybe even compete in) an Olympic distance triathlon. I’ll be able to swim 1.5km, bike 40km, and then run 10km (about .9, 26, and 6 miles respectively). And I’ll have raised $4,200 in support of the Leukemia Society and research against blood cancers, specifically leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma.

Much more to follow, but for now it’s bed time because I need to ignore the snow and go swim in the morning.

You can check out my embarrassingly empty donation page complete with super-catchy URL at: http://www.active.com/donate/tntnca04/trimatthlon

And the triathlon I’m training for: CapTexTri in Austin, Texas.

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Oh yeah, I have a blog..

Three things I’ve been up to lately:

1. Watching every minute of the playoffs (and yet somehow missing Manny’s walk-off). In the meantime, I’ve come across a pretty solid directory of Red Sox- and Patriots-friendly bars in DC:

Red Sox bars (most pretty Pats-friendly too, especially Irish Times)

Pour House, 319 Pennsylvania Avenue SE Washington DC http://www.pourhouse-dc.com

Kelly’s Irish Times, 14 F St. NW, Washington, DC (Union Station Metro) (and Kelly is single on MySpace)

The Rhino Bar and Pumphouse, 3295 M St. NW (Georgetown hates the Metro) http://www.rhinobardc.com

Patriots bars:

Murphy’s Irish Pub, 713 King St Alexandria (King St. Metro) http://www.murphyspub.com/ (if you want your Brady jersey to smell like smoke)

2. Seeing Into the Wild and Tick..Tick…Boom!, a movie and a play, both of which make you want to go live on a lake somewhere.

(original soundtrack by Eddie Vedder…I like this video better than the trailer)

3. Hosting a monthly NetSquared DC Meetup in Adams Morgan. We bring together “social changemakers and technological forerunners” to meet and crowdsource a featured nonprofit’s online strategy. We affectionately call this “Pimp My Nonprofit”.

 

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who knew there were Photoshop tutorials on copying the “Pimp My Ride” logo?

…and generally exploring DC to my heart’s content. Except this weekend I’ll be home in Boston with Meghan for the Head of the Charles Regatta, which I’ve somehow never been to, and, as long as Beckett continues carrying the Sox, some hometown ALCS action.

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the glorified rowboats that lure countless undergrads to Boston