Monday, May 29, 2006


The always wonderful Jackie drove down from Austin to visit in Brownsville this weekend. We did the tour of Brownsville with aguas frescas, breakfast tacos, and a trip to Matamoros. Here's Jackie having the Mexican experience at Mi Pueblito with a fresh tortilla, a Mexican beer, and a steaming parrillada (lots of meat). Posted by Picasa

Sunday, May 28, 2006

Don't build a fence on my trails

Here's a picture of me mountain biking on the trails that I've been running and biking on for the last year. In the background is the Rio Grande and Mexico. If things go as some on capitol hill would like, this will be a fence when I come back to visit. Posted by Picasa

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Super Scientists

Today I went to Ali's 1st grade classroom and did an hour-long science magic show. Her students were absolutely adorable and totally into the demonstrations and experiments we were doing. First graders wearing safety goggles designed for high-school heads was also quite entertaining. Posted by Picasa

Rendimiento Extremo

This Sunday, I competed in the Rendimiento Extremo in Matamoros, Mexico with my teammate, Alex. The race started at 7am with a 30-mile mountain bike on levees, trails, and dirt roads. Then we climbed into kayaks on the Rio Grande paddled 8 miles down the international border to the mouth of the river, where we ran 8 miles down the beach at Playa Bagdad. It was an awesome physical test and we finished 4th place overall in 5 hours and 29 seconds. Our SAG support was awesome too, with a lot of people from Brownsville helping us get our kayaks to the river, collecting our bikes, and then Jill and Ismael drove behind us on the beach to keep us stocked up on water, gatorade, and gels.

Thursday, May 18, 2006


Here I am with an uncooked tortilla after rolling it out under Tiny's instruction (see the previous post about my cooking lesson). Posted by Picasa

Cooking Lessons

Last night, I went over to Tiny's house for cooking lessons. Tiny taught me to make tortilla harina (flour tortillas) and sopa de calabaza con pollo (squash and chicken soup). Here's Tiny posing with our finished dinner (the tortillas a wrapped up to stay warm). Posted by Picasa

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Bow Ties

My program director from Teach For America, Eric, got engaged over the weekend. I had my last official meeting with Eric and provided him the new look he needs for his new life. Having promised him a homemade bowtie almost a year ago, I finally delivered on Tuesday. Posted by Picasa

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Alumni Induction

On Saturday, we had our Teach For America alumni induction dinner. Here I am with roomies Corbin and Ali. Posted by Picasa

Thursday, May 11, 2006

The Evolution of Dance.

The Evolution of Dance is fantastically entertaining, but still not quite as amazing as the Colbert link I just posted.

Stephen Colbert - White House Correspondent's Association Dinner speech

Stephen Colbert's White House Correspondents' Association dinner speech was one of the most amazing things that I have ever seen.

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

"Runners World," June 2006, p74

"As a runner, my goal is to stay alive while occasionally partaking in things like desserts and fermented hops."