Monday, August 30, 2010

Ready ... Set..


At any given moment.. I am probably aerial training, hoop training, in class, in the lab, bugging Travis to make me food, picking fluff out of Tsunami's ass or getting a half productive night's sleep. I am loving my use of time these days. Yet, I have noticed, that those who possess multi talented greatness never sleep. I am fortunate enough to have more than a few superhuman-like friends. They have each inspired and gave me the swift kick in the pants I needed. So here I am. I have changed my whole life. I remain insanely busy much of the time. But the thing is, I sleep. I get about 7-8 hours of sleep (that is lying in bed at least) each night.

The truly productive people I know don't.

I want to maintain a tight grip on my 7 hours in bed at least, but maybe I'll try six.. maybe wean my self off.... Ok. This sounds absurd.

On another note, I had a great weekend. A local radio station, KTRU (Rice Radio) is going off the air soon. It's been a student run since 1967. Sadly it's been sold to KUHF, a local classical and NPR station. My buddy Michael, who runs The Vanguard asked me to sing with his band live on Friday. I'm pretty sure I sounded like a more goatlike version on Stevie Nicks... but hey... to be fair I heard the tune only twice before performing it live. I had lyrics scrawled on a sheet of paper and tried to remain in time with the much slower tempo than the original tune. How's that for excuses?! Either way I had fun. Rice University has a very unique environment. KRTU is no exception. Sometimes they play completely intolerable screeching and buzzing sounds that amount to nothing but a cacophony, other times it's genres like Indian, indie or local artists. You never know what you might hear.

The Miller had the Chinese acrobats this weekend. They sucked.
No! Seriously people they were mesmerizing. I can't on even the smallest level feel cool after watching that. I'll never be able to bounce a soccer ball while laying on my back on a column and toss it to another girl a second later catching it with my feet still bouncing. I'll never be able to hula hoop, standing on a rola bola (picture above) while balancing a stick on top of another stick and a ball. Again... to be fair , I wasn't taken from my family at the delicate age of 4 to train for this stuff. I'll do something awesome anyhow you watch Chinese!!! You may be about to rule the world, own American ports and debt... but we still have the nukes so suck it.

Have a great week everyone!

Friday, August 20, 2010

Game Changer


I got into graduate school!!!!!!!! I will start on Monday! I am so incredibly excited I can barely think. For awhile now I have been spinning wheels, neglecting half of my intellect and ability. NO MORE.

I am going 100% balls to the wall into my academic and aerial passions. No more time wasted. No more potential wasted. No more working just to pay the bills.

This calls for a celebration.

My batteries are totally recharged.

To the one who believed in me; I have never in all my life received such random kindness. I won't forget it. I'll make you proud.

Here is more random bunny hoppyness to illustrate how I feel:

Thursday, August 12, 2010

String me up

As an acromaniac- (my own word stemming from acrophobia, an extreme fear of heights AND a new word I am substituting for aerialist because it is more accurate), I am always looking for new places to hang from.

I have always had hangups (ha! no pun intended I swear) about calling my self an "ist" anything... vocalist, artist, biologist.. whatever. It just feels pretentious.

So this ACROMANIAC wants to be rigged from skyscrapers, ancient ruins, construction equipment, trees, bridges ... I could go on all day. A buddy of mine sent me some images this morning that inspired. Those acromaniacs up there look fantastic don't they? Dressed for the occasion and all. Read more about this aerial dance here.

Let's forget completely about logistics for a moment and dream. Imagine hanging here...

or here.

or here.

And for a hair-raising blast from the past...

Monday, August 9, 2010


I hope you can find time to watch this quick video of what Steve Wynn, prominent Vegas casino owner has to say about the U.S. government and economy. If you are tempted to demonize, moguls like Steve, think again. Guys like this are heavily tapped into the American economic trends and projections. Their livelihood depends on it. And since it does, he's decided to transfer 1/2 of his Headquarters to Macao. We are living in an era of irresponsibility and rash shortsightedness, a time when our government has completely bamboozled the tax payers, when the arrogance of our incumbent representatives and White house reign.
Our economy cannot sustain this, our political system cannot, our tax payers cannot. The day is coming that we will wake up and be owned by China. Populism is destroying our nation. When will we remember that we are a REPUBLIC and not a democracy? Does anyone see the dangers in neglecting the standards of the republic? Does anyone even recall that we are in fact a republic?

We are witnessing the assertion of individual state's rights. Arizona's immigration bill 1070 is merely the beginning.