I run with the Pittsburgh Frontrunners, and the name was derived from the book, “The Front Runner” by Patricia Nell Warren. I’ve never read it, and I’d like to, even though I’ve heard it’s a bit dated at this point.
However, it spawned a global running community, there are Front Runner chapters all over the world, and the International Front Runners participates in things such as the Gay Games. That group, has awarded Warren an honorary lifetime membership (the first such award) to honor her writing and the birth of a global running organization.
I’m so happy to run with the Frontrunners, having found a great group of friends, both at my pace, and not, all of whom I’ve learned so much from!
Happy Guy Fawkes Day! (one of my annual posts). For the love of all that you hold dear, make sure you have a plan and go vote tomorrow. Do it for the people you love who at this point don’t see a future. We’re all depending on you.
Remember, remember the Fifth of November,
The Gunpowder Treason and Plot,
I know of no reason
Why the Gunpowder Treason
Should ever be forgot.
Guy Fawkes, Guy Fawkes, ’twas his intent
To blow up the King and Parli’ment.
Three-score barrels of powder below
To prove old England’s overthrow;
By God’s providence he was catch’d
With a dark lantern and burning match.
Hulloa boys, Hulloa boys, let the bells ring.
Hulloa boys, hulloa boys, God save the King!
A penny loaf to feed the Pope.
A farthing o’ cheese to choke him.
A pint of beer to rinse it down.
A faggot of sticks to burn him.
Burn him in a tub of tar.
Burn him like a blazing star.
Burn his body from his head.
Then we’ll say ol’ Pope is dead.
Hip hip hoorah!
Hip hip hoorah!
(Note: I’m still processing the mass shooting in Pittsburgh from this weekend. But we all also need and deserve spaces to put the world behind us and have a bit of normalcy. I’m taking that space.)
First up today, the trailer for Aquaman looks really awesome!
It’s just a teaser, but the live action Aladdin looks neat and I got really excited for it:
In horrific news, a transgender girl was excluded from an active shooter drill at a school. So not only do we have to have active shooter drills at schools, but they were fighting over where she should go. The world is disgusting.
An eight year old pulled a 1,500 year old sword out of lake. I”m pretty sure she is now our Queen.
Randy Rainbow is back with Just Be Best:
Just a quick note, I finally figured out how to get the photo galleries how I want them! It will take me a little bit of time to get them all moved in, but I should be able to get into a rhythm pretty quickly. For now, you can head over here (and it’s linked in the menu above) and see some classic galleries, and I’ll be working my way to present day! The ordering of some of the older galleries isn’t perfect, but it’s good enough for me!
Currently, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is hosting the Festival of F1rsts, and I’ve been lucky enough to catch four premiers!
First up, was “Manifold” a live concert and projection onto the side of the Benedum. It was live after the performance of “The Show That Goes Wrong” and was pretty neat, although sadly, I didn’t realize it was a live orchestra until after.
Just a few steps away, we stopped by to see “Beyond” which I really loved. You step into this corridor and the screen at the end, as well as the sound, lights and fog surrounding you give you a ten minute show!
Next, I saw Cirque Eloize’s “Hotel.” I’ve never seen a circus show before, and if Beyond din’t make me miss my Burner friends, this certainly did!
And finally, I was able to see Quantum Theatre’s “Chatterton.” Much like their production of “TAMARA,” you move about the space and don’t see the whole show, following different characters as they interact with each other. “Chatterton” took place in three time periods, and was a wonderful mystery to piece together, it’s still playing, so if you get a chance to go see this world premier, do it!
As a bonus, not specifically part of the Festival of Firsts, but after The Great Race Expo, I stopped by Rethink Perception, a small, temporary art gallery filled with works from the US Veterans’ Artists Alliance.
To see all the photos and short videos from my Festival experience, you can find the gallery here.
Race week! My last couple runs, picking up of rental cars, packing of bags and vehicle totes and hitting the road for a new adventure!
I’ll be back with a full race report!
This week was bonkers. I was running (literally and figuratively) all over the place, but somehow, I managed to get just about everything in.
I started packing the totes for each van over the weekend, we’re finally to race week! I’m excited to just be out there running!
A fulfilling week, and also the calm before the storm! This week is going to be absolute hell and it’s going to be a struggle to get everything in, but let’s keep our fingers crossed!
Also got in some cross training with a bunch of walking and stair climbing during Quantum Theater’s world premier of “Chatterton.” Much like “TAMARA,” you move around the space (this time a cathedral) to different scenes, following characters as the story unfolds. The audience is split, so you don’t see the entire play, but you do get the opportunity over dinner at intermission to discuss what has happened with who you’re following.
This upcoming week is bonkers with a friend visiting from Europe, doctor’s appointments, working a career fair, and all kinds of other things. I have beer waiting for me as a reward!
Alright, let’s see what we have today, it’s a fairly short update.
First up, what we witnessed on Friday, while showing the absolute strength, resolution and power of women and sexual abuse survivors, was, all-in-all, one of the most heinous things concocted by the Republicans in the 242 year history of this country, and that is saying something. Don’t forget to take some time for yourself and self-care, and if you need help, reach out.
A priest in Chicago defied the Archdiocese and performed an ‘exorcism’ of a Pride flag, burning it. A reminder, the Catholic Church is a hate group, full stop.
There’s a new trailer for the next Fantastic Beasts movie:
Google celebrated Mister Rogers this week with a wonderful Doodle!
That’s it for today, have a great one!