Holy goodness, it's been a while. Although I've had so much to blog about, I just have not made the time to sit down and write about all the fun/crazy/amazing things I've done over the past few weeks. So, I'm going to attempt to condence a few down, and with the help of some photos, maybe give you the gist of what I've been up to!
First up, I had the distinct pleasure of seeing Pandit Shivkumar Sharma and Zakir Hussain perform at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn., last weekend. You've never heard of them? It's OK, because now you have, and you'll be a better person for it. But seriously — check these amazing musicians out. I promise you will be glad you did.
I have had a CD of Zakir Hussain (left, playing the tabla drums) for years, thanks to my friend Mike. I've loved this CD. Listening to the him play the tablas is just spellbinding. But add to it Pandit Shivkumar Sharma playing the santoor, and you've got the most beautiful music I've ever heard. I was floored. I truly hope to have the opportunity to see these masters again. Wow.
On Sunday several of my friends in Atlanta ran in the ING half marathon. I give these awesome guys and girls mad props for their efforts. I, for one, am NOT a runner. I've always hated it, but they're trying their best to get me in some running shoes so I will pound the pavement next time with them. We shall see ...
Mike, John, Anna and Stacey rocked it. First across the finish line was Stacey, followed closely by Anna and John. Mike had a bit of an issue on mile 6. His knee pretty much gave out on him, so walking was the only way to go from there. But, he's training for the Peactree Road Race on July 4, so I'm sure redemption will come soon enough!
There were about 15,000 runners who participated in the marathon and half marathon this year. It was pretty cool to watch them all start the race at 7 a.m. in downtown Atlanta. Boy, was it cold, though!
One last picture — Here's the guy who won the half-marathon. 13.1 miles in just a few minutes over an hour. Amazing.