You’re probably not a swim fan like me, and it probably doesn’t excite you like some other sports. But I write this time since I have a vested interest in watching my cousin Nathan, who just accomplished some hefty goals these last few days!
At the Short Course Championships, held last weekend, in Manchester, England, Nathan served notice to the swimming world by going a 46.67 in the 100m free, out-touching Filippo Magnini of Italy by 0.03sec, to win the gold medal. In addition, he teamed up with three teammates to break a world record in the 400m free relay (3:08.44). So what does this mean?
Life in Shanghai includes the excitement of new additions to my friend’s families. I used to joke around with my friends in university that our get-togethers would end earlier and earlier because we’d be spending most of our time taking care of our kids. Well, that time has arrived! However, it’s quite amazing to see how each of these kids’ personalities are so evident at such a young age.
I’ve mentioned in a previous post somewhere that I’ve been helping a my friend Tim record a few of his original songs. As great as a songwriter he is, I personally think he’s an even better performer. Last Friday, Tim held a special farewell concert for his students and invited a handful of guest stars to perform with him. And what fun when I was invited to be a guest musician!
It was an interesting mix of people in the audience that Friday night, with school kids from elementary to high school, couples, young families, locals, school teachers, and giddy schoolgirls wanting his autograph, the show went on without too many hitches. Best move Tim pulled off was to hire a professional team to do the sound. The venue he played in is notorious for poor sound and Friday night sounded….Gooooooood.
Finally had the chance to use all this equipment that I’ve hauled from overseas to its full potential. I can say, my 2nd week of June was complete. I played electric for one song and bass for another, using my ES-335 with my Valvestate, and finally, the Acme Bass Amp that was turned up to half of max volume for the first time! Yes, I was one of those giddy schoolgirls.
All in all, it was a fun one-and-a-half hour show, with entertained friends and HK style food for late night dessert. I consider that a night well spent. 🙂