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2009-03-22 Marathon teething troubles

They say it never rains on the Pune Ganesh processions. They say the same about Pasadena Rose Parades.

Unfortunately the same can not be said about the Pasadena marathons. Well the first one anyway. When it was scheduled, fires some distance away almost rained ash earlier leading to it being canceled, and now after several clear days it rained overnight and on the marathon earlier today. Now its sunny (off and on) at least for the finish line festival at 2 PM.

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2009-03-21 Jay on KTLA 5 (16 Mar 2009)

Jay woke up at 5, and I dropped him at school before 6. The KTLA morning news crew was to be on their campus and they were to be on TV. The scanty information that had filtered in was that it was some competition against their teacher, with the winning team getting 500 USD. We had asked some friends to record it (Thanks Madhura, Vaibhav!).

I had forgotten that we live in Southern California where other states are featured on world news. The mindless banter began earnestly at 7 with the news 'readers' talking about random things punctuated every few minutes by traffic updates, and the sunny state of the weather. And oh yes, it was St. Patty, so every other sentence had to have a mention of it.

Then around 7:40 finally the focus was on Blair IB. It was immediately apparent that the whole thing was a promo for 'Knowing' a movie that releases later in the week. A couple of trivial questions were asked and the viewers told that the rest will come in the next hour.

Another hour of St. Patty, octuplets, traffic, sun, and then back to Blair. Two more questions and of the air again. The students had caught up with the teacher. Questions so far included which planet with a moon is closest to the sun, what is the value of Pi and a couple about some TV shows, and one about Twilight to mention a connection with Knowing.

To be fair, in the third hour they did have a little history about St. Patrick and about the visit by Obama. The finale came at about 9:40 (mind you, it had been conveyed that the whole thing will be between 7 and 8). Jay was one of the 3 students elected by the class to represent them. The next question was about the first element in the periodic chart. He had no difficulty answering that. And then he also got right the number of golds Phelps landed (or swam). And they won! Hurray!

The autorecorders had all stopped at 9. I did manage to capture a couple of clips on my camera when Jay was involved. Hopefully they will be getting a DVD at some point. The KTLA website has a clip of the second segment but not yet of the last.


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