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The Amazing, um, Whatever!

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So I was just hanging out, watching B make me dinner (I know!) and drinking a Mojo IPA (which is magically delicious). I’m missing Nuggets games and trying to give a crap about two teams from Texas playing each other, which isn’t working. That leaves plenty of room for my mind to wander. And here’s what happened.

I was thinking about the Amazing Race, which is one of my favorite TV shows of all time (my favorite TV show is the First 48, which I guess is kind of a stupid show to have as a favorite, but whatever — I also really liked that show about the bounty hunter from Sacramento who was the awesomest bounty hunter ever and wore a ring shaped like a horseshoe and I secretly want to be a bounty hunter one day but that’s another story). I watch way too much TV, although I will never admit this in person, apparently because I like to try to seem cooler than I am, which is lame.

I’ve also been thinking about dogs a lot lately. In an effort to make our puppy turn out normal and not like Coltrane who is totally awesome except if you try to take him anywhere in which case he is Satan-with-a-capital-S, we’ve been taking her to class. This came as a total surprise to us, but it turns out she’s smart. Really smart! Every week, we go to class and everybody compliments us on practicing so much with her and we didn’t really practice with her much at all. It’s like when you’re in law school and you didn’t actually read the case but you get called on and just blurt out something totally brilliant and everybody freaks out and secretly hates you. She’s so smart you can’t tell we totally suck and don’t really do much but sit on our asses all the time. This made me realize that, holy crap, if we actually did practice with her, well, eventually we’d be able to take over the universe. That’s kind of cool. So I’ve been practicing. I even signed us up for the level-2 class, where we learn some fancy dog stuff and start to get into agility. Although, to be honest, “stay” is really hard. She’s usually too excited to stay. She wants to lick your face and jump up and down and do normal, spazzy min pin stuff.

I’ve needed a hobby for a long time. I don’t really have any hobbies. Maybe going to the gym counts as a hobby, but that’s kind of lame — it’s something I do because I do it, but not because it’s, like, amazing fun. It does take up a lot of my free time, though. But even if you count that as a sort-of hobby, I kind of still need something else. Something really fun.

If you combine my need for a hobby with my smarty-pants dog, it becomes obvious that we should probably get into dog agility. I’m going to check out a meet in a couple months and start figuring out how to do dog agility stuff. Do I have to get ugly shoes? I don’t know. I hope not.

It seems like I’m going off on a total tangent here and I am, but there’s a point I’ll reach, eventually. And that is: What if there was a show like the Amazing Race, but with dogs? Wouldn’t that be the shit? Like, you travel around with your dog and you and your dog both have to complete tasks to get your next clue. Maybe your dog has to get a treat out of a ferret toy or run an agility course or, I don’t know, wear brandy around her neck and rescue someone who was buried by an avalanche in the Swiss Alps or whatever. Of course this is a good idea for me, because I love the Amazing Race but am too wussy to do all the shit they make you do. I couldn’t eat cow brains or drink a gigantic glass of milk after taking 1,000 trains in a foreign country. And I have a really smart little dog who can, like, carry my dead weight and win us a bunch of cash. It could be called The Amazing Dog or something stupid, but I think it would be really cool. It would be a bonus if you could participate without having to fly, because I’m like John Madden in that respect, which would make me a terrible contestant for the actual Amazing Race. But maybe in the dog version, you could just drive around the country in a Subaru. I could do that.

That would be cool. And I bet more people would watch that than some of the shit that’s on TV.

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February 16th, 2009 at 9:54 pm

Monolith was cool.

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I’m sorry I haven’t called or written for a while. My awesome parents were in town this weekend, and B and I spent a lot of time at Monolith (great scheduling on our part, of course). I didn’t even have time to cheer against the Broncos this weekend, but let’s say I did and that’s why they won. Oh! I did have time to think of a new advertising slogan for the Rockies. Remember how last year they had Rocktober? Well, this year, they have Sucktember.

Anyway, I just put together what I think is an excellent playlist of Monolith highlights. I submitted it to iTunes, but I’m not sure when it’ll be up there. So, here’s the track list (it’s a pdf): monolith-playlist.

I’ll update this when the iMix is up so you can easily download these tracks. If you’re not already listening to this stuff, you should be.

Update: You can get the iMix here.

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September 16th, 2008 at 8:02 pm

What to Do in Denver in One Word

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From what I’ve been reading on these here internets, the yuppity VIP DNC parties aren’t all that — there’s a lot of waiting in lines, crappy liquor, swag that isn’t quite phenomenal, and snobby attitudes. Well, visitors to our fair city, fear not. I am here to tell you about the best thing to do in Denver.

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August 26th, 2008 at 6:22 pm

Awesome DNC Events, Part II

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Here are a few more DNC events for the week; all events listed are open to the public. You can find a full list of events here.

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August 25th, 2008 at 1:38 pm

Awesome DNC Events

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No sports news today — we were out all day hiking in Rocky Mountain National Park, getting caught in an afternoon rainstorm, and then enjoying beer and pizza.

Things are starting to get exciting and convention-y here in Denver. I was just scrolling through the list of DNC events on The Denver Post website — holy crap, there are a million events. Here’s the highlight for tomorrow:

Shake Your Money Maker — Denver Mint
Monday, Aug 25 12:00p
at United States Mint, Denver, CO
Open to the public. Join us as we encircle the Denver Mint (where U.S. currency is produced) and use our collective power to raise the mint building in the air and shake the money out of it for the people.

I might have to take an early lunch and check this out.

Written by Tracy

August 24th, 2008 at 10:01 pm

Tortoise Wheelchair

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REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun (JERUSALEM)

Dudes. B was looking at random shit on Yahoo last night and found this picture of a tortoise with a custom-made wheelchair. Her name is Arava and her back legs are paralyzed, but she gets around just fine on her little wheels.

Seriously, how cute is that?!

I’ll be back later today with a post on Olympic fashiony stuff (exciting, I know).

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August 20th, 2008 at 11:54 am

Ranch dressing is important.

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I haven’t posted a recipe for a while, so let’s talk about food today.

Do you guys know about Springs1? If you don’t, you really should. She’s on Blogger (where she starts a whole new blog for each post, which is awesome). “How to Be a GOOD Server in a Restaurant” deserves special mention. She’s all over the internet, but this is enough to get started.

Springs1 is a masterpiece of crazy internet freakdom. She is obsessed with restaurants, servers, and above all else, RANCH DRESSING.

I will admit to having in common with her a love of ranch dressing. I’m no Springs1-level freak about it, but I am a little snobby. Bottled ranch sucks. Restaurant ranch usually is awesome, but sometimes you want to have it at home. I’ve tried a few recipes I found on the internet but haven’t been impressed. So I took the best one and tweaked it a bit.

My work-in-progress ranch recipe is after the jump. Tomorrow, I’ll get back to sports and tell you about my dirty little Olympics secret.

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August 12th, 2008 at 8:26 pm