Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Europe 2006 aka World Cup Fever


Brandenburg Gate, Berlin
Originally uploaded by BlakeRead.
Gutentag friends! I am back stateside after a whirlwind five week European sojourn, which brought me new friends, an appreciation for "football" (soccer), a love for German highways, and a tolerance for guttural accents. It went a little something like this: London to Berlin to Hannover to Berlin to Potsdam to Dresden to Bacharach to Mainz to Frankfurt to Fussen to Munich to Vienna to Prague to Warsaw to Sopot to Warsaw to Krakow to Warsaw. Click the pic to see for yourself!

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

¡Viva Mexico!


¡Viva Mexico!
Originally uploaded by BlakeRead.
I love Mexico. Especially when you take 3 cars full of friends and have perfect weather and everything seems to go just right. This was the case on Sunday, May 28. ¡Viva Mexico!

(click on the photo to see more)

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

R.I.P. Holly


Blake & Holly
Originally uploaded by BlakeRead.
On May 2, 2006, my family's golden retriever for the past 8 years had to be put to sleep because of cancer that had more or less taken over her body. She was loved by many and meant a lot to our family. Please click on the photo to view some of the other photos I took over the eight great years that we had Holly.

Sunday, April 23, 2006

Old = Gold


Katharine and Blake
Originally uploaded by BlakeRead.
What is it about the present that doesn't quite equal the past? Oh nostalgia, what won't you remind me of?
I've posted some of my favorite old pictures online...click on the photo to see who I used to be.

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Snowy Bosch


Snowy Bosch
Originally uploaded by BlakeRead.
Whoda thunk it?? I come home to California for Spring Break, thinking I've escaped the last days of another New York winter, and what greets me on my return to the Golden State? WHITE SNOW. Oy vay.

Sunday, February 12, 2006

Blizzard!


NYC Blizzard
Originally uploaded by BlakeRead.
Snow. White.

Monday, January 09, 2006

Onward, Shoe!


Onward, Shoe!
Originally uploaded by BlakeRead.
I just uploaded some pics from a recent winter break road trip that I took with my dog Holly to meet some dear friends in Palm Springs, CA. Click on the pic to check them out!

Sunday, December 04, 2005

First Snow


The Gates of Central Park
Originally uploaded by BlakeRead.
...and it begins. Snow. That pesky, persistent, petulant enigma, that looks so inviting, but becomes so biting with the slightest of breezes, slapping its sludge and sticking to any exposed skin silly enough to dance naked outside in a snowstorm. (Photo from last year's magnificent Gates of Central Park exhibition)

Saturday, October 15, 2005

The Sun Will Come Out...Today!


Washington Square Park, NYC
Originally uploaded by BlakeRead.
Blue skies??!? It's almost hard to believe that they're recognizable! Today, the sun is out in full force, after being m.i.a. for the past EIGHT days and replaced by clouds and over thirteen inches of rain. But no more! A walk in the park is definitely in order.

Friday, September 09, 2005

Coldplay!


Coldplay
Originally uploaded by BlakeRead.
On Wednesday, September 7, I went with three of my best friends to see Coldplay, arguably the best band in the world right now, perform at Madison Square Garden, possibly the best arena in the world, in New York City, probably the best city in the world. IT WAS THE BEST!

Saturday, July 30, 2005

Back from Bosch


Blake
Originally uploaded by BlakeRead.
I just spent a week helping direct the Youth Institute at Bosch Baha'i School, set amongst the Redwood trees in the mountains of Santa Cruz, California. It was an altogether incredible experience, with unbelievable weather, spiritual bonding, and too much fun. Click on the photo to see some of my favorites from the week!

Saturday, July 16, 2005

Back from Central America


Blake in Panama
Originally uploaded by BlakeRead.
Hello folks!
I'm back from a month in Central America, specifically Costa Rica, Panama, and Nicaragua. The trip was undeniably incredible, and I'm more sure of my decision to pursue medicine than ever before. The trip was focused on setting up clinics in rural or impoverished areas of Central America that receive very little health care. I made some wonderful friends, visited some unforgettable places, gained some invaluable experience, and took some beautiful pictures. I've uploaded some of them to my flickr website, so click on the photo and enjoy!
Blake

Friday, April 08, 2005

Yankee Stadium


Yankee Stadium
Originally uploaded by BlakeRead.
Field level at the House that Ruth Built, YANKEE STADIUM!

Sunday, March 27, 2005

BREAKING NEWS: Person(s) Other Than Blake Visit This Website


Columbia University
Originally uploaded by BlakeRead.
It's painfully apparent to those of you who have visited this site that I have hardly delivered on my webpage's title as "the daily bread." "The monthly bread" would be more fitting, but less fresh. TAH! Fresh bread! Wit galore. So for the first time in a long while, I give you some ramblings on what I've been doing/thinking about/deciding lately (in a decidedly random fashion):
Mark McGwire, once my hero, has fallen from his pumped-up pedestal, due to the worst possible at-bat facing a Congressional Hearing. A real strikeout, Mark, and unlike your days on the juice, your walk back to the bench might not be the same as it used to be, as your fans can't forgive this hearing strikeout with hopes for your next homerun in front of the committee. It would be too ugly to see you at this plate again.
Other than the steroid controversy, baseball has me extremely excited about the impending season. With so many players switching teams this offseason, with the Red Sox wondering how to best defend their holy grail of a World Series crown, and with so many of my friends and former teammates on the cusp of making major league rosters, I can't say I've ever been more ready for a baseball season to begin. Some more reasons to be ecstatic: the Padres were good last year, and should be better, with a more experienced Khalil Greene, a healthy Phil Nevin, another dominating year from Jake Peavy, and a breakout season by ex-Cal Bear Xavier Nady. The Padres are looking the strongest in an ever-weakening division (the Dodgers looked minor league this winter with some bad personnel moves, and the Giants are only as healthy as their brooding star Barry, whom I personally hope follows through with his threats to sit out the season. It's really the best time for him to retire...he's in the uber-elite 700-homerun club, but just short of both the Babe and Hammerin' Hank in career knocks, a fact which has so far saved Barry from the the worst of the worst steroid accusations. If Barry thinks he's got it bad now, just wait until he dethrones BABE RUTH as the most prolific left-handed homerun hitter of all-time. I think it would actually HURT Barry's legacy to pass Ruth and Aaron. Isn't it strange, though, if Barry were to retire, his decision would surely be met by applause: not for his career, but for ending it.)

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I must admit, that felt pretty good. Thinking about and writing about and talking about baseball makes me remember how much I love this time of year, when the weather (theoretically) gets better, the layers get to stay in the closet, and thoughts of summer excursions start to percolate. Check back somewhat soon, as in this season of new beginnings I promise to be more true to the "daily" in the "bread."

Thursday, March 03, 2005

The Gates of Central Park...


The Gates of Central Park
Originally uploaded by BlakeRead.
...are now closed. Did they mean anything? I don't think so, but they did give a lot of people reason to visit the beautiful Central Park during the winter (not the most hospitable time of year to take a leisurely stroll). And they gave New Yorkers something to talk about other than the weather, and actual discussions arose, like discussing the merit for something to be considered "art" or debating the best place in the Park to view the exhibition. Altogether, a success.

Saturday, February 12, 2005

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The Gates of Central Park

Wednesday, February 02, 2005

MORE pictures online


Cardiff By The Sea, CA sunset
Originally uploaded by BlakeRead.
I just uploaded a bunch more pictures onto www.flickr.com so you should check them out!

The weather in NY has gotten much better in the past week. It's so funny, though, how quickly your perception changes when you move to a non-Southern California climate: today was in the 30s, which felt warm and sunny compared to the teens and single digit temperatures of a week ago. I never thought that I'd be excited for the temperature to creep back up to just barely above freezing! Anyhow, enjoy the photos, write me emails if you get the chance to let me know how all of you are doing :)
bread@cal.berkeley.edu

Wednesday, January 19, 2005

New Photos Uploaded


Redwood
Originally uploaded by BlakeRead.
Click on this photo to view some photos I've uploaded to www.flickr.com. Slowly but surely, I'll be putting my favorite shots I've taken over the past few years on flickr (but have a bandwidth restriction so I can't do it all at once), so keep your eyes peeled for more.

By the way, I had my first day of class at Columbia yesterday, and liked both of my professors very much. New York has been great so far. My roommates are wonderful people, and there are limitless things to do in this city. I am missing the Southern California weather though...I hear it's almost 80 degrees there! It was in the teens yesterday in NYC. BOO!

Wednesday, January 12, 2005

Times Square from a phone camera

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Didn't get tickets to Wicked

Monday, January 10, 2005

Lincoln Center, NYC

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Lincoln Center. Reflection pond. Very very pretty.