My Welch Library colleague and friend Victoria Goode and I wrote an article about the joys of Podcasting. (What can I say — I love that picture of Alonzo). We’ve been Podcasting for Welch just about 2 years now and the more we do it, the more we totally ENJOY the process. We’ve had several Hopkins “celebrities” stop by —- hey, you never know if the President of the University or the President of the School of Medicine will be a guest —-unless you ask.
Anyway, our Podcasts are picking up steam and you can see the entire list AND SUBSCRIBE on iTunes. When I first started out, I enlisted a friend of mine (I didn’t understand any of the techno-stuff to do it myself) who set up his computer in our mail room and my first guest was the Director of the Library. Humble beginnings. But now we operate out of the Audio/Visual studio in Hopkins School of Public Health. Very state of the art. So Victoria and I are a little like the Jeffersons, cue the “moving on up’ theme.
The other night I caught my friend Roger Guenveur Smith on TV. He was on BET, “In Sickness and In Health” a made-for-TV movie. Most people who know me and my history know that Roger and I crossed paths waaaaaaay back when “That Serious He-Man Ball” was being done in New York. The play closed and Roger swore that he’d get it produced in Los Angeles. HA! I said. (Cause when has an actor ever said anything like that and it turned out to be true). Well, that turned to be true indeed. Roger did get “He-Man Ball” produced in LA. and from that I did get hired to write for “A Different World,” and from that Roger got hired to ACT on “A Different World. Small world. I’ve seen Roger off and on since our “heyday” and he treated me like a King when I was working in Los Angeles. Took me to see his family, and took me to more than a few of his stomping grounds. And stomp we did. Congrats to Roger for having such a long illustrious career. Something tells me there’s more ahead for him.
Last weekend I did my 5th Century ride and it was such an inspiration. Nicole and I stayed in Onancock, Va. at a lovely “home and away” house. Fabulous house, 10 seconds from the water. The whole area is the Delmarva Peninsula and it’s a different way of life out there. I like it alot. We stayed from Friday till Sunday and took our dogs Winnie and Ray-Ray. The ride was such a thrill. Some knee problems over the years had me wondering if I had another Century ride in me. But lo and behold, I had a strong ride and my knees held up like champs. I loved the scenery and it was a sunny, sunny day. Man-oh-Man, it was a delight. I did it on my red bike that I did my first Century.
Nicole was there at the end —- that’s salt on my face. And gatorade kept me going all day. I have on about 4 layers because it was VERY CHILLY when I started out. To say the least. But I knew the sun would show up, and lucky for me it did. One of the best parts of the day the lunch stop (below) where a “roving” accordian player and violin/fiddle player serenaded us with a variety of classical tunes, along with some R&B. Very serene and eclectic……..
You don’t usually run across this kind of musical variety on rides. I can’t tell how good they were. But it seems I just have. And the violinist sang his butt off! Also, along the way I ran across this hot little yellow number that I saw several times along the way.
The owner says he averages 26 mph. I’m not surprised. But SERIOUSLY could anybody ride this anywhere but on some rural roads in the county? I think not. You don’t get any style points with this baby.
The satisfaction of finishing is amazing! Me and Nicole had a great dinner out and I’m set on riding at least 2-3 more Centuries this summer. As you can see I’m on a slightly “muscular” ‘cross bike (bigger tires, frame). No one rides one of those on a Century ride. They’re perceived as being too slow. Well they’re a tad slower, but so the heck what?! You can still pound n’ ground. Usually on organized rides you’re surrounded (as I was) by tricked-out-lycra-clad guys on 17-18 pound bikes. Pussys! You can do a ride on any bike, cause as I’ve heard over the years—“it ain’t the bike, it’s the rider.”
It was a great day to be a rider…….