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243. United.

On the last day of my 26th year of my life, went to my first DC United tailgate and game today with friends Kaitie, Mackenzie, Juana and Amy today. Below, a not-complete photo account.

Had to take a tailgate selfie. The shadows indicate that we are hiding under some shade because it was so ridiculously hot and we were trying to keep from melting. Photo from Kaitie’s phone.

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Welcome to RFK Stadium! View of the walk from the tailgate. Still hot.

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Stood in the Screaming Eagles section, where they were handing out flags. They sadly didn’t cool anyone off.

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We kept hoping that these giant clouds would create some cover, providing relief. They didn’t really.

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Flags up after they score another goal with only a minute or two before the end of the game. DC wins 2-0. Vamos United! (We were still miserably hot. I drank about three bottles of water and two bottles of Gatorade in an effort to hydrate.

The rest of today has been lovely. Cold showers. Thai food. “Chuck.” Not a bad way to send off 25.

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242. Willy.

From the moment my story on captive marine mammals published a little more than a month ago, roommate Kaitie and I have been on a bit of a Free Willy train, mostly in the form of her playing Michael Jackson’s Will You Be There over and over and over again.

Thus, it should come as no surprise that when I discovered a Free Willy marathon on Encore today, we both enthusiastically embraced the opportunity to relive part of our ’90s childhood. After catching the end of Free Willy 1, the entirety of FW2 and parts of FW3, I now have the following questions:

1) So, what are the repurcussions of setting an orca free? Is Willy considered a stolen object? Is anyone at the marina going to sue Glenn for taking out the gate with his truck?

2) Do Annie and Glenn ever adopt Jesse, or does he just continue to be their foster kid?

3) I may have missed it because I wasn’t paying much attention, but does little brother Elvis completely disappear? At least Annie and Glenn are mentioned. This kid is Jesse’s brother and a plot driver of FW2, you guys.

4) Whatever became of Jesse and Nadine’s bonding-over-whales romance? I gots to knrow!

5) OK. So you don’t want the orcas to be sent to the rehabilitation center because they will subsequently be sold to aquariums and whatnot for show. Fine. But you’ve also just sent them back into an environment where there is an oil spill that one of the animals nearly died from earlier in this movie. Really? How does this work?


240. Hyperlapse.

Took a video of my walk to work this morning using Hyperlapse, the new tool from Instagram to make timelapses. It turned what is about a 17-minute walk into a minute and a half.

Aaaaaaaaaaaand once I can figure out how to post it on here, I will! But that moment is not right now. Of course. Thanks, Internet.

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239. Exist.

Read an interesting post on NPR today about time and space: Essentially, it boils down to this theory: much like how things already exist in space, events already exist in time.

Astrophysicist  Adam Frank’s take:

Your birth is an event that occurred at some location in space and at some moment in time. Your eventual death is also an event that will occur at some location in space (hopefully a cozy bed) and at some moment in time (hopefully many, many years from now). Those two points define the end points of a line in the four dimensions of space-time. In between, every place you’ve been or will be and all the moments you occupied those places fill out the shape of this line with its birth-death endpoints.

Here’s how I kind of thought about it: if I’m driving from D.C. to San Francisco, there are several points along the way. Just because I haven’t passed through them yet doesn’t mean they aren’t there.

And I can’t help but wonder what the implications are. If everything I’m going to do with my life, however long or short it may be, has already happened, then how does that work for concepts like free will and fate? When I make a choice, is it because I’ve already made that choice? If who I am going to be is already a done deal, then does that mean everything I’m doing now is going to help me get there, no matter how many mistakes or right decisions I make along the way?

It’s a lot to think about right before I go to bed. It does bring to mind this quote from Mad Men:

I have a life. And it only goes in one direction. Forward.