Wednesday, February 27, 2008

True Love

When Jerry said that he would watch Levi so that Rachel and I could go to the Banff Mountain Film Festival this year, I knew he must love me a lot. His only request as we walked out the door was- If you win anything in the raffle, I get it. I agreed. I knew it was a more than a fair trade. Its in a room of about 800 people, and they only have 5 or so prizes. Plus- I have been attending this film festival almost every year since 2001 and have never won anything in the raffle.

Until now.

When we arrived at Campbell Hall, Rachel, SLC Ian, Michelle and Andrew Magnusson and I all carefully filled out our raffle papers. Jen had reminded us to crinkle the paper so that it has some volume in the raffle box. We all proceeded to use different techniques to optimize the volume for a 1/2 sheet of paper. I also wrote "pick me!" in a few places on the paper. I also told my friends of my promise to Jerry. Then we put the papers in the box.

We watched two amazing films, then it was time for the drawing. They raffled a subscription to national geographic and an MSR stove. Those went to some losers with flat entries. Then they brought out a patagonia long sleeve polartec shirt. Ooh baby (These retail at about $85). They pull the paper- ITS WRINKLED! The guy with the mic says "well this person wrote 'pick me' on their entry, I guess it worked". As they call my name, I stand up in a victorious, two fists raised over the head celebration. Then he says something I never expected-

"Would you like the women's or the men's?"

With my arms still over my head I am stunned by the significance and weight of his question.

I am proud to say that it only took a moment to make the right decision. That, my friends, is true love.

Monday, February 25, 2008

Banff Mountain Film Festival

This film festival is coming to santa barbara tomorrow and wednesday. I can't wait to see it. Just watch the first 2 minutes of this trailer to get the idea. (Then skip over the advertisements to 5:05 to see the end)

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Levi meets Levi

We went to watch the start of stage 6 of the Tour of California in downtown Santa Barbara today. It was kind of tough to get close enough for a photo with the current front-runner Levi Leipheimer. I had to chat with some race officials and let them know what I was trying to do. So when Levi L. came out of the team bus, they waved me over and Jerry took some photos as he was going by. Levi L. stopped and smiled at Levi T. and patted him on the back. What a moment.

Monday, February 18, 2008

Basketball Levi

"The little man, he took that basketball and he was dribbling it back and forth on the court as fast as he could...."

Sunday, February 10, 2008