My weekend of yoga teacher training, combined with an impromptu flooding of the house, narrowed my riding this past weekend down to jaunts on my town bike.The Saturday morning commute up over Beaucatcher Mountain was a great way to start my day. The low morning sun was burning off the mountain mist as I climbed up. Once at the top I swallowed the air in great gulps , grabbing a bigger ring for the descent down to College Street. Maybe it was better that I wasn’t trapping myself at the house with the ceilings drooping down, soaked insulation laying around, fretting over wet walls and tools.The water pressure valve on the house broke, giving me 150 PSI, rather than 75. I enjoyed great showers and filling my glass up in two seconds for a couple of weeks. By then the pressure built so high that the hot water heater began spraying out, filling the space between the floor and the ceiling below. My 81-year-old father helped me tear down the ceilings and haul trash to the dump as the plumber got me through my emergency.Now, speeding through the curves made me smile, and in town the sun was shining bright. I was blessed with non-existent traffic and was almost to school when my water bottle flew out of my bag. My hot coffee cup was still neatly packed without a drop, which made me smile again.Meditation and restorative yoga may have made me emotionally crazy at first, but I think it was the best thing that I could do for my spirit. It calmed me down, forced me to breathe, and by lunch I was psyched to be back on my bike for a bit – even though the lock snapped back into my face as I opened it. I cruised through the art show, watched tourists bumble around lost and trying to look like hippies in their tie-dye t-shirts and squeaky white tennis shoes. I had lunch with friends I haven’t seen lately, kissed a cute boy, and ate a candy bar as I weaved my way back to school.I stayed on my bike until 1:30 a.m., stopping for breaks to eat a bean torta with a pale ale at the LAB, open-air comedy on Wall Street, and beers and dancing at the Jack of the Wood with girlfriends. It was that high-gravity beer that caused me to believe I could Parkour in my cowgirl boots up the stone wall to the street above. I was just one reach away from the rail when the pipe I was hanging on began to sway, causing me to lose a foothold and slide back down, scraping my arms up on the way. Sooo we went around the block.It was this ride back up Beaucatcher Mountain on evil and steep Hazzard Street that the throbbing in my bleeding arms was so great I conjured up an oasis. One block into the steep grade I heard voices from a nearby porch offering me bourbon.Three of us girls looked a little tired at class the next morning, all of us with a slight odor, mine touched with a twinge of blood and sweat.I love my bike.
USC recently opened its first office in New York City, hoping to enhance the university’s presence on the East Coast and attract more donations.“The New York office is responsible for creating a more visible presence for USC in New York and throughout the northeast region, and establishing support, including philanthropic support, for the university’s strategic goals and objectives,” Albert Checcio, senior vice president of university advancement, and Courtney Surls, vice president for development of university advancement wrote in an email.The office will handle general issues regarding USC and its East Coast presence, spanning from alumni relations to student affairs.Receiving philanthropic support from USC alumni has become a priority for the university, and this office was created largely to help achieve their fundraising goals, Checcio and Surls wrote.“We have two primary responsibilities in the New York office. One is to assess the broader regional needs to build the visibility of the university and make recommendations to that end,” said Maria Watson, the new executive director of the New York office. “The second is to leverage significant philanthropic support from individuals for the future initiatives of USC.”The university hopes these donations will assist students in the long-run.“The new resources will positively impact and improve almost every aspect of campus life — from more scholarships for students, to new buildings and facilities, and to recruitment of leading faculty and researchers,” Checcio and Surls wrote.Currently, the office is fairly small, with a staff of three.As USC’s first office in New York City, the new regional office has been charged with making USC’s presence prominent in the northeast.“The Trojan Family is quite strong in New York City,” Watson said. “There are 4,000 alumni and potential donors that live or work in New York City alone, and there are approximately 16,000 alumni who live in the northeast. This office will be working to engage that group of people,” Watson said.Students are generally excited by the opportunities presented by the new office.“I will most likely go to New York after college to work, so it’s good that they’ve opened this office [so I can] maintain this connection to the school,” said Adam Nusbaum, a freshman majoring in business administration.USC has comparable offices in Washington, D.C. and Sacramento, as well as around the globe, in countries including China, Japan, India and Mexico. The university is also planning to open a San Francisco office later this year, according to Checcio and Surls.Since its opening, the office has invited the USC Alumni Club of New York’s board to its office for a gathering. Additionally, a series of events to commemorate the opening is planned for the coming months, according to Watson.Checcio and Surls were not willing to comment about the cost of the new office.
ON THE COURTAs for that pending matchup against James’ Lakers, well, the Clippers insist the preseason is a time for self-analysis, no matter the opponent.Rivers said he’s going to continue to play his veterans and his young players, often in lineups that make sense only this time of year.“No matter how the game is going I’m going to play the young guys, I’m going to play the vets, I’m going to play them together,” Rivers said. “We have so many different combinations that we can trot out there and we’re going to use them all.“Obviously, if this is a real game, in no way the combinations that I’ll play tomorrow I would do in a real game. But that’s what exhibition season is for.”Even with the assorted combos, Rivers said he’s looking for his team – which has won both of its preseason games so far, including rolling over the Minnesota Timberwolves 128-101 on Tuesday – to continue to develop continuity.And, of course, there’s also always defense to improve upon.Forward Tobias Harris, who scored 23 points in 23 minutes against the T-wolves, echoed Rivers’ sentiments.Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “In the last game, we took a stride in our defensive effort,” Harris said. “Just being able to pressure the ball and be OK with giving up what we think is OK to give up, but at the same time being scrappy and being in the lane and getting steals and playing solid.”As far as the team that the Clippers share Staples Center with?“It’s a great opponent,” Harris told reporters. “For us, we’re looking to get better. For you guys, you guys can make it about what you want to make it, but we’re looking to get better.”MBAH A MOUTE, TEODOSIC OUTGuard Milos Teodosic will miss his third consecutive preseason game with an ailing hamstring while forward Luc Mbah a Moute also will sit as he deals with a mild right calf strain, Rivers said.He said he’s hopeful that Teodosic, who battled a plantar fascia injury for much of last season, could return before the preseason is over.“He’s moving,” Rivers said. “We only have a couple of (preseason) games left, so hopefully soon.” Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates PLAYA VISTA — Clippers coach Doc Rivers had little to say about LeBron James the Laker – “LeBron is LeBron” – and more to say about the man.“LeBron has overachieved in his career,” Rivers said of the 14-time All-Star and three-time NBA champion, whose new Lakers team will face Rivers’ Clippers in a preseason exhibition Saturday at 7 p.m. at Honda Center in Anaheim.“I don’t think anyone has come in with the billing ever in sports, in basketball,” Rivers continued before Friday’s practice at the Clippers training facility. “He was set up not to succeed. There was no way he was going to outdo what everybody thought he would do – and he has done that.”“And then he’s never had an off-the-court issue, ever. Nothing. And then he goes past that and does all these things off the floor, he speaks up when he should speak up. I don’t know if there’s been a better role model.” What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 James has used his vast public platform to speak on social and political issues, including campaigning for presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and publicly criticizing President Donald J. Trump. This year, James largely facilitated the opening of the I Promise School, a public school in Akron, Ohio.“He’s been great,” Rivers concluded, borrowing James’ own phrase. “He’s more than an athlete.” For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum