Rhode Island isn't much farther north than NYC, yet the sun seems to rise far earlier in the Ocean State.
I woke up in Newport this morning; I came up yesterday for a conference (hence my comment via Gary re: last night's Beat 360°). What a gorgeous city! I haven't been here in years, and even then I was visiting a friend when we were both in college...not really a get-up early kind of visit.
This morning, I couldn't resist some quality time with the rising sun. If only I could be this motivated every day.
The familiar, sticky salt air instantly made me feel at home. The scenery (shops, restaurants, beautiful old homes, the mansions, the beach!) was more beautiful with each mile, but what really stood out to me on my run were the people.
Everyone was so friendly! Lots of waves, "mornin'"s and hellos...I wish we could all be a little friendlier when running in NYC.
Maybe these early morning joggers and cyclists were still pumped from David Ortiz's appearance at last night's PawSox (as in the Pawtucket-Red Sox) game. The Boston Red Sox slugger is rehabbing from an injury; he should be in PawSox country through the weekend.
Rhode Islanders could use something fun and positive to focus on. While "Papi's" fourth inning home run dominated the local news this morning, the headline in the Providence Journal read, "Number of jobless Rhode Islanders continues to grow." Not the best news to start the weekend...
Speaking of weekends, get ready for some popcorn and A/C. Two highly anticipated films open today, "Mama Mia" and "The Dark Knight", with Heath Ledger.
Since Ledger's death from an accidental overdose in January, there's been speculation about how studios would market the newest Batman film, and how they'd handle his untimely death.
Ledger's performance, however, seems to take care of all those concerns. The reviews are overwhelmingly positive, and not out of sympathy. The sad fact is, by all accounts, "The Dark Knight" affirms Ledger's incredible talent, and the tragedy of a life cut much too short.
As many of you know, I like to end these posts on a positive note, so.... How about some bday wishes for Nelson Mandela?
An incredible man, Mandela celebrates his 90th birthday today. He granted CNN's Robyn Curnow an interview, in which Mandela admitted he wishes he'd spent more time with his family. Check out the full interview here.
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