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Jordan Lake Redux

by Laura

Today we set off to take advantage of the spring-like weather (Hurray!) and check out another trail by Jordan Lake.  We planned to take the Red loop at the Vista Point recreational area, which (you guessed it) promised scenic viewpoints. Unfortunately, the area was closed and we had to backtrack to the site of our prior hiking adventures, the Seaforth Pond trail.  Fortunately, there still wasn’t much to complain about on one of those freeing, Southern winter days.

Click on the pictures above to take a closer look!

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Fall Frolic Part 2: Jordan Lake

by Laura

Today we ventured out to Jordan Lake to take a short loop trail and enjoy the fall colors.  The path promised a route past three ponds, over wetlands, and through a pine forest.  We just missed the peak of the foliage, but we still got in an easy, peaceful stroll with bits of orange and red hanging around in between the pines. The entrance is right off the Seaforth Parking area.

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Duke basketball season preview

By Harold

The perils of prediction were clear last year, when a poll of ACC beat writers (supposedly the most knowledgeable, unbiased group out there when it comes to ACC basketball, the group whose job depends on knowing what’s going on), got together before the season and picked Duke and UNC to finish tied for first in the conference (sidenote: the name of this annual preseason gathering is Operation Basketball, so in case you were wondering how important ACC basketball is around here, it’s as important as a military operation).

In case you forgot what actually happened (and I’m only pointing this out in case you actually forgot, and in no way doing this to gloat or revel in it), the ACC media was right in one respect — Duke and UNC both almost won titles. It’s just that Duke was in the NCAA tournament while UNC was in the NIT.

So that’s the downside of predicting. The upside is that no one remembers what you predicted, so you don’t lose anything for being wrong. Unless you do something stupid like link to last year’s prediction (Ok, 31-7, Elite Eight finish because we lacked a quality big man — sorry for not thinking Brian Zoubek, who wasn’t even starting at the time, would become the next Carlos Boozer). Continue reading

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Homecoming Twenty Ten

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by Laura

The highlights:

  • Playing anthropologist to check to out the new version of student “tailgate”, which apparently has nothing to do with the game or traditional pre-football rituals and everything to do with dressing in crazy costumes and jumping up and down in a parking lot while dousing the crowd with Bud Lite. We were let in by a kindly fraternity member who was carrying several cases of the beverage of choice – “strict” regulations allow six cans per person. We found the whole experience to be a little odd, but I guess it’s possible that we could just be (sigh) old.  Special thanks to the undergrad who came over and politely suggested we stand off to the side if we didn’t want to get soaked.
  • Dan Ariely’s talk on happiness and the “upside of irrationality“; interesting implications for schools in his theory that pay-for-performance has little effect. He’s found that people mainly want to feel valued and useful, instead.
  • Admissions facts from Dean Guttentag, who has Harold’s dream job. Hopeful note: children of alums have almost double the chance of getting in. So, when Noodle decides to apply to Duke, she’ll be set.
  • Harold’s visit to the DiVE room, which stands for Duke Immersive Virtual Environment. There’s a weekly open house every Thursday at 4:30, so I’m hoping to check it out at some point, too.  You put on 3-D glasses and play games as if you were actually inside your video screen.  Supposedly they also use this for scientific purposes, but to those grant-writers, I say, well-played, and bravo!
  • 98 degree heat for the game, and an embarrassing loss. Guess how many interceptions were thrown before I started asking when we could leave? (Answer: zero.  And an interception was thrown three minutes in ;)
  • Flyovers and parachuting onto the field, due to the nature of our opponent!
  • Dinner and dessert at two of my 9th Street faves – Blue Corn & Francesca’s. Thanks, Carolina friends who braved enemy territory by meeting me over there!

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Worst Pilates Instructor Ever, or “Why Being a Jerkface Never Pays”

by Laura

Long time fans of The Daily Triangle (and really, who isn’t a long time fan?) will remember my discovery of InsideOut Body Therapies in Durham last fall.  At the time, I was just happy to find a new pilates studio with classes affordable enough to preserve almost all of Noodle’s food budget.

Now that I’m taking classes in Bethesda, I have to give InsideOut some additional props and North Carolina love.  Namely, because their instructors universally avoid being the type of people who manage to both aggressive and passive aggressive in the same sentence.

At first, my classes in Bethesda were just fine, despite the fact that they promote “Power” Pilates.  I hate how type-A cities have to take calm, zen practices meant to focus on things like deep breathing and make them more intense.  Hence, the proliferation of hot yoga in New York, which is a great idea for those of you who find it more pleasant to twist into a pretzel in a room pumped up past 100 degrees.  But, I was tolerating this “powerful” version of pilates until I took a class with a man I can only describe as “bitchy instructor dude”.

Sorry, but I’m not paying you to snap at the poor woman next to me every five minutes for being a step behind, belittle her confusion, or curse when she’s struggling to set up her space.  Luckily I escaped this dude’s wrath by being a newbie, but yeesh – super uncomfortable, not to mention nervewracking.

And now that my rant is over, I can tell you that I can’t wait to go back to InsideOut once I return back to school – you don’t know how good you’ve got it ’til it’s gone! InsideOut has a cheerful staff, experienced instructors, beautiful equipment space, and just the right amount of challenge.  See, I do think North Carolina does some things better!

Side story: on my way back through Bethesda one night, I stopped by the Barnes & Noble and popped into the bathroom.  Parents of suburban teenagers, if your daughter tells you she’s going to hang out at the bookstore, she isn’t lying.  But, part B is that she’s going there to hide in the ladies room with her friends, one of whom will pierce her nose.

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One way UNC is better than Duke

By Harold

I think we can all agree that indoor soccer isn’t the most popular sport out there. It’s not ingrained in the culture, no one played it growing up, there’s no school teams, there’s no professionals to look up to.

Still, the UNC intramural program offers men’s, women’s and co-rec indoor soccer. And within the co-rec division, there’s a competitive and a recreational league.

So imagine my surprise when I saw the playoff bracket for the co-rec, recreational soccer league, and it had 66 teams! That means in one division out of six in a relatively unpopular sport, there’s something like 660 players. Continue reading

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One Shining Moment!

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It’s okay to root for Duke on Saturday

By Harold

I have to live with the fact that, through no fault of anyone, my school will always be hated. Wherever I go, there will always be more people rooting against it. Even in Durham bars, since there are far more UNC and NC State graduates who stay in-state than Duke grads.

But is the tide finally starting to turn? Not according to this, or this, or hundreds of other sites out there dedicated to hating Duke. Continue reading

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Here We Go Devils, Here We Go!

by Laura

Duke basketball is easy to love, and tonight I was reminded of a few reasons why:

1.  Fellow Duke pride runs deep enough that season ticket holders were willing to sell a couple of seats at face value to two very happy alums!  Thanks for saving us from the creepy scalpers!

We made it into Cameron!

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The Olympics Are Here!!!! OMG!!!

by Laura

I really, truly love the Olympics.  In fact, I can now admit to my friend Julie that when she got to attend the ’96 Atlanta Games, I was not a little bit jealous.  I was a whole, giant bit jealous.  Someday, that will be me!  But, for now, I plan on using up a lot of DVR space taping events that will be both inspiring & glorious, despite being viewed through the television.

I’m really counting on this year’s figure skating competition (I adore you, Johnny Weir!), or perhaps the giant slalom to get things off to a positive start.  So far, let’s recap: Continue reading

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Victory Never Gets Old

In the Daily Tarhole this morning...

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The Duke-UNC rivalry

By Harold

An interesting article came out the other day about how fewer than 20 percent of Duke and UNC fans actually hate their rival. Even Ol’ Roy and Coach K are liked more than hated by opposing fans.

This shows something I’ve written before. The best thing about the Duke-UNC rivalry is really the proximity of two great universities, which brings mutual respect since so many people have ties to both schools. Continue reading

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