Sunday, August 28, 2005

We had 11 TFA Teams compete in the River Rockets Duel of the Dunes adventure race on South Padre Island today (not pictured: Heather, Tammy Jo, Shannon, and Lindsay). To see more of our pictures click here.

Alex and I won the Duel of the Dunes adventure race on South Padre Island today!

Sunday, August 21, 2005 - Keeping enemies close at the Google Dance - Aug 20, 2005

Matt Cutts is from my hometown!

The Web site administrators, known as webmasters, and their consultants paid particularly close attention to Google engineer Matt Cutts, the company's main liaison with the webmaster community and this party's star attraction.

"That's the Mick Jagger of search!" exclaimed e-marketing strategist Seth Wilde as he strolled by Cutts and his audience of webmasters.

Cutts, who has worked at Google for five years, sees it differently.

"I feel more like the Rick Moranis of search because I end up dealing with so many quirky and weird cases," he said. - Keeping enemies close at the Google Dance - Aug 20, 2005

Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Gotta love that conviction.

"I picked this school because it was different and because it had a dress code," student Angie Sweeney said.

Still, she says she plans to wear jeans and flip-flops when classes start August 24 "just because I can now." - Liberty University loosens dress code - Aug 16, 2005

Monday, August 15, 2005

Rest of the summer pictures.

I've now gotten around to posting the last of our pictures from the summer trip. There are three albums and you can click on each one below to see the pictures:

Rest of Oregon to Monterey.

Monterey to LA.

LA to the end.

Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Oops! The brakes gave out on Lori's brother!

Cycling, Running, and Kayaking

I just started running again yesterday after coming off of what I believe to have been a stress fracture in my foot. These two days I've just covered half a mile each day on soft surfaces and I'll step up to a mile tomorrow as I gradually build up toward the marathon I plan to run on Feb 5, 2006: the Mardi Gras Marathon in New Orleans, LA. I've been active on the cycling since I returned the valley, riding with the River Rockets almost every day. We had close to 20 people riding tonight and my tires got tied up in what turned into a small pile-up, but fortunately, I was able to keep my balance. Alex SFR, my teammate for the upcoming Duel of the Dunes adventure race and I practiced kayaking in a borrowed inflatable in the resaca behind my house today. We have a lot of work to do before the race on August the 28th. Tomorrow brings more running, cycling, and sand volleyball. Too bad school has to start soon.

Sunday, August 07, 2005

Amazon's Nonprofit Innovation Award

Teach For America is one of then 10 finalists in's Nonprofit Innovation Award. The organization that raises the most money through the Amazon site by September 30, 2005 wins the Award and a matching grant of up to $1 milion. Want to help our movement to eliminate educational inequity in America grow? Click here to donate!

Saturday, August 06, 2005

As I'm getting unpacked and organized for the year ahead, I cleared space to put my new bike. I just ordered a Cannondale F400, my first decent mountain bike. I should have it sometime later this week.

Friday, August 05, 2005

An entertaining read from Roseburg, Oregon's very own paper, The News-Review. (Click on the picture to enlarge it for reading.)

End of Road Trip

Lori and I concluded our summer road trip on Wednesday, covering 10,425 miles over 64 days. We hit seven national parks and stayed in 22 generous households. Between camping and staying with friends and family, we spent only $100 on camping throughout the entire trip. When I get the chance, I'll upload the rest of our pictures, which will bring the total number of pictures from the trip to about 1,000.