Yes they do. Received a text yesterday that the Oregon Coast Culinary Institute was streaming their graduation ceremonies online. I got to see my dear sweet Allison’s hard work rewarded with her Baking and Pastry diploma. And all before her 19th birthday!
I’ve been around kitchens and running for over 40 years (if you count being glued to the television watching Frank Shorter win the Munich Gold). Have frequently waxed eloquent on similarities between the two.
I’ve seen chefs come and go, seen running clubs come and go. Those that don’t stick around have a common element. And now I get to use a phrase that I’ve seen popping up on the social media- “Weak Sauce.”
That is the reason I’m up and Giddy Up at 5:00 a.m. this morning. My bane of the last many years has “shuttered”. Things ran their Natural Course. I am not only not surprised but actually predicted it. As I mentioned yesterday, you’re either in it for the right reasons or not. I’m in this sport for the athletes, for life, and will outlast all my critics. And in another three weeks I’ll be opening that magnum of Krug Clos d’Ambonnay I’ve been sitting on since 1996.
As Logan Watley told me a week ago, its a Good Time to be a runner in Nebraska. I’d take it a step further and insist that it has always been a Good Time to be a runner in Nebraska. Just depends on whose menu you’ve been reading.
Congratulations to Jenny Simpson on her Silver Medal in the Women’s 1500 yesterday. You can go over to LetsRun.com and watch the race. Nick Symmonds also got a Silver in the Men’s 800 earlier this week. Strong Sauce.
My boy Kyle Clouston is on his way to the Leadville 100. He will be running the last 50 miles and doing some ZEN along the way. Scott Jurek will be on the start line and that makes it a Real Race. Sub 8:00 miles for 100, you bet!
The best young pastry chefs in America! OCCI is the 2nd ranked school in the country, a small and exclusive graduating class. Chef Tina Powers (back row, 2nd from left) also established the Metro Community College Culinary Arts program here in Omaha before going to the Culinary Institute of America and is one of the most highly regarded chefs in the United States.
Last night I birthday gifted Dr. Weeks this framed poster from the 1990 Contraband 5 Miler in Lafayette, LA. Signed and numbered by the artist. It was special to me for the last 23 years as I ran my personal best of 27:12 that day.