So apparently I work with an American record holder… in jump roping.
One of my colleagues won the world jump rope championships (who knew there was such a thing) for the 3 minute jump, 18 and over. His score was 904. And as of 2005, he held the American jump rope record of 358 jumps in single minute. And here I thought the fact that I won the state jump rope contest in 2nd grade made me a hero.
Well, some how today, it came out that he has this secret skill. So of course, we all made him show it off a bit.
Thank goodness for slow afternoons and hidden talents!
Today marks the 30th anniversary of MTV.
MTV made its debut shortly after midnight Aug. 1, 1981. “Ladies and gentlemen, rock and roll,” were the words that preceded the opening that included a montage featuring a guitar riff playing over the familiar image of an American astronaut planting an unfamiliar flag on the surface of the moon. The flag was emblazoned with a big, block capital “M” and the smaller, handwritten letters “TV.”
The first week’s MTV show was comprised of roughly 80 different videos. “Video Killed the Radio Star” by the Buggles started off the iconic TV show followed by Pat Benatar’s “You Better Run.”
Unfortunately this is not an all important celebration for me, as I grew up in a cable-free household and my exposure to MTV was very limited. I missed out of the 3pm obsession known as TRL (Total Request Live) and I am still not entirely sure what a VJ is.
In honor of this occasion, Time magazine put out a list of the 30 All-Time Best Music Videos. I am sad to say, that after looking through the list, I think that I have only see 3 of the videos on this list: Thriller, Put a Ring on It and Bad Romance.
By the time I started watching MTV post-college, the focus changed from music to reality shows. And while I was never a big “Real World” or “Road Rules” fan, I am happy (or maybe I should really say, embarrassed) to report that I watched Laguna beach from day one.
So Happy Birthday MTV – you certainly changed the image of music (and added to the reality TV craze) over the past 30 years.
I would like to update you all on my progress towards my goals.
- To date, I have raised $1,025
Thank you to everyone who has already shown their support. I truly appreciate it! Unfortunately, I still have a long way to go! There is still plenty of time to make a donate – please click HERE to do so! Remember 100% of every dollar donated goes directly to the Jimmy Fund!
- In 2011, I have ridden approximately 120 miles
As a result, I am pretty confident I will finish the first day of the Pan Mass (110 miles) – not so sure how that second day is looking!
- Matt vs. Molly
Last year, I was able to keep pace with Matt fairly easily during the ride. So far this year, Matt has crushed me during every training ride. Last year Matt has a stress fracture in his leg that kept him on crutches right up until the Pan Mass. Apparently, that impacted his performance… and I thought he was just lazy. At least I will look better in my bike shorts!
As I have done in years past, I created a YouTube video from last year’s ride. Hopefully this helps you experience what it is like to ride 190 miles to fight cancer.
Thank you so much for your support! We are closer by the mile!