Summer of Change

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Well, it’s summer, so I’ve decided to change some things. First, I restarted running again. I was running about 3 times a week before I joined Crossfit. My run pace is still more of a fast jog pace than actually running. I’d love to get my average 3 mile pace under/around 8 minutes/mile – which isn’t very fast but fast enough for me. Right now, my best is an abysmal 9:22 min/mile for a 3 mile course.

ShoesNext, as mentioned above, I joined Crossfit. I’m doing this 3 or 4 days a week and running on the alternate days about 2 or 3 times a week. There’s a lot of weight lifting, which I’ve always avoided. I realized that I’ve lost most of the upper body strength which I used to have, so doing pull ups, which used to be very easy, is now more of a challenge than I expected. I’m enjoying the variety of exercises and movements and it makes working out non-boring which is a good thing – because I get bored of working out really fast.

I’ve purchased a camera. It’s not too fancy of a camera, but it’s fun. It’s an introductory level DSLR and the kit came with a few lens adapters and an additional lens. It’s been pretty fun to just walk around the yard and take photographs. I’ve captured a lot of local insects, wildlife, and birds and I’ve attempted to identify each of the species. You can check out the photos in my Instagram account.

Acoustic GuitarLastly, I also purchased an acoustic guitar. I’ve always wanted to learn, so I’m also in the process of scheduling some lessons. I’m not expecting much, but if I can learn how to play a few songs, then it’ll be fun to practice during the winter.

Little Italy Festa, San Diego

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Every year the Little Italy district of San Diego holds the Little Italy Festa street fair. Usually, the streets are covered with tons of chalk drawings (Gesso Italiano), but this year – due to weather, we think – the number of artists were less than before. There’s also lots of food and gift booths selling kettle corn, t-shirts, and lots of jewelry.

Below is a photograph of a chalk drawing off India Street at Little Italy, San Diego.

Little Italy Festa - Chalk Pavement Drawing

Photograph taken Oct 14, 2007

Sunday in the Park with OSCAR®

The San Diego Symphony performed a free concert today at the Spreckels Organ Pavilion in Balboa Park. Luckily, I just happen to be near the pavilion when the symphony was getting ready. They performed famous songs from movies (OSCAR as in the OSCAR awards).

Although, I had only seen a handful of the movies, they did play a few theme songs written by the great composer John Williams including the theme from Star Wars, Raiders of the Lost Ark, and Harry Potter. They also played the theme songs from 2001: A Space Odyssey, Wizard of Oz, Ten Commandments (to celebrate the Dead Sea Scrolls exhibit), Breakfast at Tiffany’s, and a few more.

San Diego Symphony at Balboa Park’s Spreckels Organ Pavilion

Date of photograph: Aug 19, 2007