Because of the shin splints, I'm not sure about running the 10k in June. It was so bad that even driving home, my shins were in pain. I think I don't notice the pain during soccer games as I'm usually too focused on the game, but running isn't enough to keep my mind off the pain. The bad part is that my shins are still sore, and it's been a good 5 hours or so since I "ran."
Oh well, I've got a soccer game tomorrow, and I fully intend on playing . . . If we win tomorrow night, we'd move into second place in the league. (Our team is technically undefeated, though we do have a tie . . .) I think we're going to get smoked tomorrow night though, as we don't have a strong defense, and we might not have enough girls show up.
On non-athletic notes, Marquez has updated his journal (and it only took him 8 months - even Josh has a better update history than that!). Nice to hear that he's alive and has relocated to San Diego, and as he told me on the phone yesterday "The first decision I have to make in the morning is top-up or top-down" (regarding the convertible he now drives). What a difficult life.
Tony's had some great links recently, two of which are:
- Fag - a powerful LiveJournal entry about a mother, her son, gender identity, the word fag, and acceptance (with a whopping 67 pages of comments!) Written by a lawyer, mother, and an aspiring roller-derby player!
- A Capella love song - a video (from CollegeHumor.com no less) for all the math geeks out there. The song the groups sings is titled Finite Simple Group (of Order Two). The song is apparently sung by the Klein Four out of the Northwestern University math department. The lyrics make lots of silly math references while talking about a relationship. Some of their other lyrics are pretty funny as well - Mathematics Paradise (a la Coolio's Gangsta Paradise) and Calculating (a la Duncan Sheik's Barely Breathing). Their mashup of the 12 Days of Christmas is pretty humorous as well. Seems like a pretty typical group of geeks, who've made a video of eating a whole box of Altoids at once, and plan on adding a freestyle walking video.
Speaking of the Queen City News, their cover story this week was about the Vigilante Parade. Apparently the high school kids at the two high schools here in Helena get Thursday and Friday off to prepare and then participate in this parade. It's quite the spectacle, with the theme of the parade emphasizing Montana/Helena history. Capital High School has some pictures and the list of prize winners online. It was quite the spectacle last Friday afternoon (apparently ~1,500 kids participated with 179 entries in the parade!), and it seemed like half of Helena was at the parade (and not at work). Working in the prevention field, it was surprising to me how many of the floats had depictions of bars and alcohol usage. While we joke that it's part of the culture in Montana, the fact that it's considered a social norm plays a huge part in the fact that Montana has consistently higher alcohol use rates for teens.
Okay, enough rambling . . .