Saturday, March 03, 2012


Coach Conrad's Hour of Power

We had a full house at the Columbia pool this morning--and a glorious main set.

4 x
2 x 100 FR
2 x 75 FL, BK, BR
2 x 50 FR

8 x 50 FR
20 yards sprint, 30 yards ez

Super Saturday!

Thursday, January 26, 2012


Black Orchid Blues by Persia Walker

When crime reporter turned society columnist Lanie Price gets invited to the Cinnamon Club, she becomes witness to a vicious massacre and the kidnapping of “Black Orchid,” a towering, talented drag queen best known for her bawdy banter, commanding stage presence and sexy lyrical delivery. Was the singer kidnapped for revenge or money? And what is the performer’s true past? Impressive and fast-paced, Walker’s mystery features both gritty and glitzy views of 1920s Harlem and an assembly of deftly developed characters ranging from the hypocritical to the sympathetic and sinister.

Monday, August 08, 2011


Another star

Because we had a full house this morning with seven swimmers per lane, the coach gave us shorter distances. First, we focused on stroke technique and later, we sprinted.

12 x 50
1 - 6 FR
7 -12 BK/FR odds, BR/FR evens

4 x
25 FR sprint
25 K sprint
50 FR moderate
25 stroke IM order

4 x all FR
25 sprint
25 ez
25 sprint
50 ez
25 sprint
75 ez
25 sprint

Magical Monday!

Thursday, August 04, 2011


Little Sunflower on 107th Street

This morning's practice fed our little middle distance souls. Here's the main set of the workout:

6 x 200 FR
5 x 100 IM
6 x 50 (FL/BK odds, FR evens)
30 seconds rest

4 x 200 FR
3 x 100 IM
5 x 50 (BR/FR odds, FR evens)
30 seconds rest

2 x 200 FR
1 x 100 IM
4 x 50 FR
30 seconds rest

Breath of heaven! Thank you, Coach Brad!

Sunday, May 01, 2011


Coach Tom's Recipe for Success

400 FR
4 x 50 drill/swim rev IM order
100 choice

6 x 50 BR focus on pullouts

Il Primo
Kick 4 x (75 moderate/25 fast)

Il secondo
400 IM
--regroup 1:00 minute
4 x 100 FR
2 x 200 IM
2 x 200 FR
4 x 100 IM
400 FR

Il dolce
4 x 100 forced descend
1 & 3 free, 2 & 4 stroke

Buon appetito!

Tuesday, March 01, 2011



Philip Sirois IS Philip Sixking. And he's got new work.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011


The Love Song of A. Jerome Minkoff and Other Stories by Joseph Epstein

Tender, wry and subtly told, Epstein’s fourteen stories explore the ordinary lives of middle-aged Jewish men. In “Casualty,” a professor is bullied by a colleague who is “not very keen on the advent of Jews in English and Irish studies.” In “Janet Natalsky and the Life of Art,” a self-deprecating scholar-critic recounts an uneasy relationship with a former high school classmate. The narrator in “My Brother Eli” struggles to understand his kid brother’s suicide. And in the exceptional title story, Dr. A. Jerome Minkoff, a recently inducted member of “sad fraternity of widowers,” stumbles through a new romance. Epstein’s cast of characters are somber, witty and complex. They struggle with questions of identity and openly ponder whether “we can will ourselves to be something other than we really are.”

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