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Derby Countdown

March 28th, 2008 — 2:24pm

In just five weeks time, for the first time since my virgin appearance in 2005, I’ll be heading to Churchill Downs for the Kentucky Derby. Amazingly, but certainly not without a hefty price tag, my friends and I have secured box seats (row 117, finish line) for the Kentucky Oaks (a grade 1 stakes race for 3-year-old thoroughbred fillies held the Friday before the Kentucky Derby.) I’ll be heading to Louisville this time with a slightly bigger entourage, but still the same great friends from my days in Ann Arbor as a graduate student at UM.

On Saturday, we’ll join the masses for the more economical infield seats, which are sure to offer plenty viewing opportunities for alcohol-induced craziness. And yes, of course, horse racing. Particularly, the Kentucky Derby, which is known as “the most exciting two minutes in sports.” It’s a Grade 1 stakes race for 3-year-old throughbred horses.

And that, my friends, brings me to the most important part of the Derby. Hat selection. Above, you will see my hat selection for the Kentucky Oaks. The somewhat less important derby hat is yet to be selected.

In addition to hat selection, I am also brushing up on my betting terminology. There’s the trifecta, exacta, quinella, and more costly/complicated superfecta, etc. So many types and forms to keep straight! Hat selection is so much more my thing. Ahh…I can’t wait for derby day. Let the festivities and racing begin!

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Jeopardy! College Championship Comes to UW

March 28th, 2008 — 12:35pm

Tickets scored. On the evening of Friday, April 11, I’ll be in the audience for the taping of the “Jeopardy!” 2008 College Championship at UW-Madison’s Kohl Center (

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Vacation Highlights

March 28th, 2008 — 11:58am

-Running from Nevada to Arizona with my dad (Boulder Junction to the Hoover Dam).
-Watching my mom, who recently taught herself how to swim, skillfully swim laps at the pool with confidence and ease.
-Finding a beautiful hat for my upcoming trip to the Kentucky Derby.
-Enjoying many meals out—including delicious pizza at Grimaldi’s Pizza, a small chain based out of Brooklyn, and a mouth-watering burger and freshly-cut fries from In-N-Out Burger.
-Completing a 19-mile Boston training run and having my dad by my side for most of the way.
-Enjoying Henderson, Nevada (where my parents live), which, although only 10-miles from the strip, seems worlds away.
-Chatting over daily coffee at the District with my mom.

-Enjoying the sun, laying by the pool, and feeling consistently warm outside.

-Bouldering at Calico Basin, Red Rock Canyon, and proudly realizing that my mom is in the best shape of her life!
-Hitting 4 deuces on video poker and leaving Vegas $60 richer!

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Hot Off The Press: Foodie Updates

March 26th, 2008 — 7:54am

Madison’s Ian’s Pizza Expands to Chicago
The Isthmus-Campus late-night mainstay Ian’s Pizza is expanding to a third location, this one on Clark Street in Chicago’s Wrigleyville neighborhood. The new outlet is slated to open June 1.

Peet’s Coffee Comes to UW-Madison Campus Union
Wisconsin State Journal-Construction on Peet’s Coffee & Tea, a national chain based in California, will begin in August on the first floor of the Memorial Union, in the space formerly occupied by STA Travel. The shop will be open by mid-October, said Paul Brodhead, assistant director of facilities.

$5 Footlong Subs at Subway
Word on the Street-For a limited time, Subway is offering their regular footlong subs for just $5. You know where I’m going to lunch/dinner today!

Save the Candy Raisins!
Milwaukee Journal SentinelStark Candy Company, which produces the beloved golden “Candy Raisin” nuggets, recently announced that it will close on May 30. Candy Raisin devotees in the Milwaukee area and beyond have united to join West Allis native, Gary Radke, who is leading a petition to save the little nuggets. Learn more at his site: As of Tuesday, over 3,450 people have signed the petition. Long live Candy Raisins.

Mint Crisp Indiana Jones M&M’s at Stores Now!
As reported by my best friend and Walgreens stock girl, Karen, limited edition Mint Crisp M&M’s, which are a promotional item for the new Indiana Jones movie, are now in stores. Tried them last night for the first time. Tasty.

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More Vacation Pics

March 26th, 2008 — 7:01am
Cheers: Mom and Kristin celebrate with margaritas at El Jefe’s Mexican Restaurant
Dad and Kristin

You call this vacation?
Completing a 19-mile Boston training run on Saturday morning
(my dad hung with me for ~15 miles!)
My Reward: Dessert from Layers, a delicious Vegas-area bakery

Java Addicts: Mom and Kristin enjoy a daily coffee run

Kristin and Pretty Flowers

My pool paradise for 5 glorious days of uninterrupted sun!

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Red Rock Canyon Calico Basin

March 26th, 2008 — 5:06am

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A Grand Arrival

March 25th, 2008 — 6:27am

When I arrived at Las Vegas airport last Wednesday morning, I quickly hurried through the airport and made my way down the last escalator, where I knew my parents would be waiting near the baggage claim area. I saw my mom immediately, who was grinning widely and quickly snapping several pictures of me as I glided down the escalator. I was a little surprised. So many pictures, so soon? And at the airport?

And that’s when I saw my dad standing proudly, with a “Welcome to Las Vegas KOREVEC” sign, among several other drivers who were holding signs welcoming their guests. It was hilarious! He was standing next to some limo driver in a full suit. What a great and unexpected welcome!

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From My Parents

March 18th, 2008 — 3:12pm

My parents sent this to me yesterday in preparation for my upcoming visit! Aren’t they cute? My flight leaves very early tomorrow morning, and I’ll arrive in Veags at ~11am! I suppose it’s time to stop blogging, and get home and pack!

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Viva Las Vegas

March 18th, 2008 — 3:10pm

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Party Review

March 18th, 2008 — 2:54pm

Although I’m obviously somewhat biased, I believe our St. Patty’s Day Party was a HUGE success. Everyone had so much fun, and all of our friends got along extremely well.

The food was awesome and the games were super fun. Kim and her fiance, Matt, won the much-hyped limerick contest. It was certainly the sexual innuendos that clinched it for them. Our guests drank much more than we had anticipated, forcing Karen to make two beer runs during the party!

The funniest part of the evening was when Kate’s realtor, Jolenta, whom she had just met that morning, showed up with her 8-year old son, Josh. Classic.

And I also enjoyed running the Shamrock 1ok on Sunday morning, despite being moderately hungover. I think that’s good Boston Marathon training, right? I think they call it fatigue training. Very important.

And so now I’m off to Vegas for the rest of the week! I’ll try to soak up plenty of sun for everyone :) Many stories and pictures when I return.

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