Sunday, June 16, 2013
Monday, June 10, 2013
I have never liked to run -- except as a means to an end: run up and down the court, run to first base, run to tackle your friend (or foe). However, since I no longer play basketball three times a week like I did for several years, and my only running "exercise" is loping around the softball field a few times a week, I finally decided that I need to try to convert.
So many of my friends are amazing runners -- marathoners, joggers, social runners. I still can't figure out if/how they can really possibly enjoy it (which it sure seems like they do!) or if they just have a stronger will and/or higher threshold for boredom and screaming muscles (which they likely do). I am trying to find out. I have now run for 7 of the last 8 days (biking at the gym on the non-running day.) NOT long distances for real runners, but a couple miles is plenty long for me at this point. I listen to my music and go around the neighborhood, looking at beautiful homes, nodding at the occasional dog walker...
So far, if I'm being honest, I have not enjoyed a second of the actual running. Though I do feel good working up a sweat, the post-run feeling of accomplishment, and the internal mini-celebration when I get to walk at the end.
Will I ever fully convert to a, "Let's go for a 10-mile trail run this weekend!" kind of guy? Doubtful, but maybe "A five-mile run won't kill me!" kind of guy? There is always hope. I guess.
Thursday, June 6, 2013
If you're interested, here's the link: we're on in the first hour chatting about the film and the recent cast and crew screening we had.
Thursday, April 18, 2013
One of Gina's fellow NCIS writers is a co-founder of the Shane's Inspiration organization which builds accessible, inclusive playgrounds for kids. They have several events a year including their annual walk around Griffith Park and a big charity/awards dinner. The dinner was held last week at the world-famous Beverly Hills Hotel and we were able to attend.
Friday, February 8, 2013
One of the companies I belong to sends out occasional screener surveys for focus groups. You answer a few questions, and if you fit what they are looking for, they might call you in for a focus group. I had one such group yesterday. It was an hour-and-a-half discussion with 7 or 8 other folks and a moderator about international cell phone plans. Upon leaving, we each got a $125 Visa card (Until January 1, they paid in checks, now it's the gift cards...) Not bad for an afternoon of sharing my opinion.
Anyway, filling out surveys and attending focus groups is just another way a haven't-made-it-quite-yet actor can supplement the income. Yay for obscure ways of making money!