Thursday, May 21, 2009

Cincinnati May Festival

Since 1880 Cincinnati has been hosting the May Festival, which features some of the best choral music ever composed. Now the 2009 season is upon us! We've been working hard (70 hours of rehearsal in the past couple joke, our director did the math) to make this happen.

Tomorrow night's performance is the first of the season, with Mozart's Requiem. I have a lot of people coming to that performance, including some coworkers from EMG. I'm excited for them to hear our choir for the first time. :-)

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Miss California: Was Her Answer Right or Wrong?

Answer: Irrelevant.

Seriously. She was asked a question. She answered the question.

As a former contestent in the Miss America system (this is NOT the same as Miss USA, which is where Miss California comes in), I understand how pageants are supposed to be judged.

Rule #1: Responses should be judged according to confidence in delivery, understanding of the subject, and in being articulate. The position she takes on controversial subjects is not to be taken into consideration.

We all know that Perez Hilton docked her points for disagreeing with him (nice work, genius)...and to Miss USA, way to pick a quality judge. Did it cost her the crown? Maybe, and that's sad. Taints the validity of the whole organization.

In any case, the media has gone haywire over this. She doesn't believe in gay marriage--oh my God, national media crisis.

I believe that gay marriage should be legalized. I think that our current laws are a violation of a person's most basic human rights. But Miss Cali also has the right to disagree, which is fine by me. They asked for her opinion, which she supplied.

But this is a pageant question, and she answered honestly. They asked, she answered. Now the media is trying frame her as a hypocrite. Logic:

She opposes gay marriage --> therefore, she is a Jesus freak --> therefore, her suggestive photos are morally wrong --> therefore, she is a hypocrite.

Hehehehe. I find this hilarious. She's a MODEL--those shots are part of her profession! I guarantee every contestant standing on that stage has photos just like those. I say leave her alone, she's entitled to her beliefs. Last time I checked, stating an opinion was not cause for a national media meltdown. Deep breath, everyone.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Flying Pig: Conquered

I ran the Flying Pig half marathon on Sunday, which started bright (or should I say dark?) and early at 6:30 a.m. It was my first time running the Pig, and I was amazing at how many people were there. All 50 states represented!

I finished in 2:15, which is about 20 minutes slower than in my college days, but nevertheless I finished without walking.

This is me with my medal (obviously not immediately after running the race..those will never go public.)