No Day But Today: RENT 20th Anniversary Tour

In addition to my trip to the musical stylings of my favorite 90s FBI agent, this week, I was also lucky enough to see the 20th Anniversary touring cast of RENT at the Golden Gate Theatre. Bless my friend George for sharing his birthday bounty with me!

Musical theatre nerd confession: I’d never actually seen RENT live.

I know, I know. I’ve got “Will I?,” “One Song Glory” and “Seasons of Love” embedded in my marrow from repeated chorus performances through my formative years in the mid-90s. The movie version was one of the first DVDs I requested when I joined Netflix after I graduated from college over a decade ago. But this was my first time seeing the stage show as it was meant to be seen.

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My Summer Olympics Love Affair

Confession: I’m an Olympics nut. For 3 weeks every four years, I am glued to my television, soaking in the sports, athletes, medals and anthems.

I love the pageantry. I love the sportsmanship and the pride of the athletes in representing their countries. I love watching athletes from the previous Olympics return for repeats or redemption. I love finding new athletes to love and loathe. I love watching sports I’d never seek out at any other time, becoming obsessed with them and developing (uninformed but passionate) opinions about them. Today, I got up at 5:30a to watch the women’s gymnastics preliminaries online before watching rowing, beach volleyball, road racing and tennis on my DVR. But the best part of the Summer Games for me is how they are a touch point in my life, every four years. When the Games come around again, I think about what I was doing four years earlier, seeing how life has changed, moved forward (or not).

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One Year: We’re Gonna Win!

Last year on this day, I spent most of the afternoon texting my friends in the City, trying to make plans for where to watch Game Five of the World Series. The San Francisco Giants had a chance to win it all in Texas that night. If they lost, they’d come back to AT&T Park and (we were sure) win in front of the home crowd. I was torn because I wanted my boys to win on their home turf, but more than that, I just wanted them to WIN! The San Francisco Giants had never won a World Series (the franchise had last won in 1954 when the team was in New York) and I desperately wanted it to happen during my first season back in San Francisco.

Late that afternoon, it was announced that the game would be broadcast on a jumbo screen outside City Hall. I planned to meet up with my friends G and A to watch the game in Civic Center plaza with thousands of our closest friends. After work, I hopped a bus downtown and the crowd was already pretty large. I was able to find A on a small blanket with two of her friends and I squeezed into the small spaced the saved for me. The plaza continued to fill up, watching every pitch with held breath and chanting during every commercial break. When the sun finally went down and cooled things off, City Hall was lit up orange, the way it had been every day since the Giants had made the playoffs.

Even a year later, I can still remember Edgar Renteria’s three-run home run in the top of the seventh. The crowd went crazy and as we settled down to continue watching the game, I whispered to myself “We’re gonna win!” My stomach was in knots as the outs kept coming and the Giants stayed in the lead. Tim Lincecum pitched through 8 beautiful innings and Brian Wilson was up to close in the bottom of the ninth. I think we ended up standing through the entire bottom of the inning, counting every strike, cheering each out.

There were about 10,000 people in Civic Center Plaza and when the last out came, the place just erupted. As Buster Posey jumped on Brian Wilson and the entire dugout emptied onto the field, I was jumping around, hugging A, crying, and high-fiving everyone around me. It seemed too good to be true, but there we were – the San Francisco Giants were World Champions and the City was ecstatic!

The Giants twitter feed today had a lot of videos and memories from a year ago, stirring up all kinds of emotions. As I tried to get my thoughts together for this post, I wanted to capture the excitement, shock and delight that exited with that final out. However, unless you were there, on the grass in the dark as the jumbo screen provided the only light, it’s difficult to describe what that moment felt like. So I leave you with my favorite video of that night. I still get chills as I watch it get darker and know what happens next.

Together, we are Giant.

Links: Chillin’ out, maxin’, relaxin’ all cool 3-day weekend edition

There are few things better than a 3-day weekend. Even if when you come back to work on Tuesday, you have at least three different people suggest that the work week should be structured that way all the time. I may have wasted today’s fun potential, but I still have Sunday and Monday to make up for it.

Maybe, it SHOULD be like that every week!

  • Watching this video of Charles Schultz drawing Charlie Brown just takes me back to my childhood in a wonderful way.
  • I very nearly took the NY Times advice and spent 36 hours on the Mendocino Coast this weekend because they made it sound AMAZING.
  • I love this Life magazine shots of high school fashion from 1969 if only because these same girls are the ones giving kids crap these days for how short their skirts are!
  • Everyone’s seen the 100 Years of Style in 100 Seconds video by now, but that doesn’t make it less awesome.
  • I can’t believe I’m linking Lauren Conrad’s website, but I’m a sucker for yummy-looking cookies.
  • Of all the ways listed to fix a bad mood, I think “go outside and play” is the most underrated once you get to be an adult.
  • This essay about death and Facebook hit me a little harder than it should have.
  • To counterbalance that, please enjoy the fact that ToeSox exist! I may to get some for doing yoga.
  • Sometimes xkcd just hits it out of the park. “It’s nice of you to say that, but I know what I did.”

Links: End of August Edition

It’s been a crazy week at work, so I’m taking full advantage of today as a day that I don’t have to do anything, be anywhere or get anything in particular done. I may or may not still be in my pajamas. So, it seemed like a perfect chance to deal with the backlog of links I have and get on the right track for the rest of the year.

  • If you haven’t already headed back to school, See Jane Work has some good Back-to-School Organizing tips.
  • If you know anything about me, you’ll know that I’m definitely not a do-it-yourself kind of girl, but this DIY Vanilla Extract seems like something even I could do.
  • Sadly, I have not visited any of SF’s Best Cocktail Bars according to Pop Sugar SF, but I think I feel a challenge coming on!
  • If I wasn’t hungry before, these French Dip Sandwiches would definitely have me salivating!
  • And you can’t have dinner without a little dessert, so check out Cupcakes are for Girls.
  • Of course, a meal of those two things will probably not help you in your quest to learn how to do the splits, but you can’t have everything.
  • Now, when I think of Wilmington, NC, I think of Dawson’s Creek and the one summer day I spent stalking filming locations, but these 8 Fun Things to Do in Wilmington, NC may inspire to go back for some Creek-less fun.
  • I usually don’t use any email sign off, except at work (and then, only sometimes), but these are making me re-think that choice.
  • I’m not one to following “Outfit of the Day” blogs, but I love when Anthroholic does her Fitting Room Reviews. Already saving up for the Interspersed Ponte Dress and Noon and Night Dress!
  • It’s so funny that the Times came out with 36 Hours in Portland this week because I was totally thinking about going up there for Labor Day weekend.
  • It was so sad to read that Sweet Valley High doesn’t hold up, but at the same time, I think it was a given. A lot of things that romanticize high school (like Saved By The Bell) don’t hold up once you’ve been there, done that.
  • And speaking of Saved By The Bell, if you are one of the six people on the planet that haven’t played the YouTube game, get on it!
  • As you know, A League of Their Own is one of my favorite all-time movies. If I had money, I would totally buy the Victorian home, which is currently for sale. But only so I could help Helen look for her new red hat!
  • I was a little disappointed that the Five Gross Things I Ate in our Nation’s Capital included a rest stop on the Jersey turnpike and a trip to Leesburg (which they WISH was “just outside D.C.”), since there are PLENTY of gross delicacies to enjoy in DC. Guess I’ll have to do my part next time I’m in town!
  • I’m 79% Facebook Pure. What’s your purity?
  • I’m only sad that this list is fake. I want to eat at the Burger, She Wrote truck SO MUCH!
  • It’s hard to believe that during the six days I was in France back in 1995, I visited two of the Five Greatest Cathedrals in France. Can’t wait to go back to see the other three!
  • This Voyage of the Mimi update makes me SO SAD! I feel like Ben Affleck should step in and do something, even if he wants everyone to forget he was in that lame series of videos for junior high science classes in the early 90s. I remember, Ben, I remember.