The Taylor fans come and the Taylor fans go

Well, as I have learned from yesterday’s post, the way to drive people to your blog is to talk about Taylor Hicks.  Don’t expect any of those readers to stick around, but thanks to everyone who commented.  And yes, I did delete a number of comments that were clearly designed to be inflammatory.  Mr. Hicks sure has an interesting following of lovers and haters, that’s for sure.  But hey, even the haters spread the word.

Still not quite recovered from my plague, which is disappointing.  But I guess when your sinuses are completely congested for weeks, it takes a while for all of that to clear out.  Which is exactly what’s happening, to everyone’s disgust.  I sound horrible, with all the coughing and nose blowing, but for the first time in weeks, I feel good!  No one believes it though.

I updated my running log yesterday and realized just how long it’s been since I’ve really been on a good run.  It’s disappointing.  I ran a ten mile race in April and now, I’m not sure I could run a mile without stopping.  I recently read something that indicated that if you take more than 4 weeks off from running, you should start from scratch, though you’ll find yourself improving faster than a real beginner would.  So that’s my plan.  I found a beginner running plan and I’m just going to work from there.  I figure if nothing else, maybe I can use this as a chance to work on my speed.  Yes, I ran a ten mile race earlier this year, but I was SLOW.  And this way, I hope to prevent any injuries. 

I’m planning to start this new running plan tomorrow.  Why tomorrow?  Because it’s supposed to rain tonight, and while I don’t mind running in the rain, it doesn’t seem the best way to usher in my return.

4th of July

So, what did you do for the Fourth of July?

I sang in the choir for the Capitol Fourth celebration.  It was televised on PBS and hosted by Jimmy Smits, and performers included Huey Lewis and the News, Taylor Hicks, Hayley Westenra, Brian Stokes Mitchell, the National Symphony Orchestra, and more.  It was a very cool way to spend the 4th.  The crowds were insane, and the view was gorgeous.  I’m also a music dork, so I loved getting to sit right behind the orchestra as they played the Olympic Fanfare.  And I’m not sure I knew there were words to the 1812 Overture, but I’ve sung them now.  With cannons.

One hilarious moment occurred in the later half of the concert.  Taylor Hicks performed early (I’ve never been a huge American Idol fan and so had never really listened to any of Taylor Hicks’s music, but now I can’t get “Soul Thing” out of my head), and later in the concert, he snuck into the back of the orchestra to take pictures from the stage.  I can’t blame him – it was an incredible view with the Capitol in the background and the crazy number of people on the Capitol Lawn.  But it was just so funny to watch.  It made him seem so normal, like he wasn’t jaded by everything that’s happened to him.  Someone took a picture of him on his camera with the Capitol in the background as well, and he grinned like a little kid.  So funny.

The one thing I was dreading about the evening was the crowds getting home.  Clearly, I live in the right area, because I walked up to Union Station, got right onto a train, and there were maybe three other people standing.  Definitely not the smashed in experience I expected.

I hope that I get the chance to sing in the concert again next year.  It was great to meet so many new people and to get to perform in such a huge event.