Chelsea Ellis' Home Page - Hobbies

Running

Running really isn't an intrinsically horrible, painful thing that must only be done to escape wild beasts and run-ins with the law. Trust me on this one. Running is a lot like flossing, vacuuming, and eating vegetables- sometimes unpleasant while you're doing it but generally good for you.

I've been running for about 2 1/2 years now, one year seriously. I've run in a couple races locally. No world records so far, but I did run a half marathon a little while ago, and I'm kind of proud of that.

My race tag.  I'm so proud.

If you're at all interested in starting to jog or even train for a marathon, the best source of all-things-running I've found is Runner's World magazine. They put a lot of content online like training programs for 5K's to marathons written for runners of all fitness levels.

Also, most races donate part of the registration fees to charity. Running in one is a great way to get a workout, free t-shirt and bagel, and sense of social consciousness all at the same time.

Music

This is the part of my home page where you'd expect to find some sort of rant about corporations and a list of "great" local bands so obscure even they don't know who they are.

But this is not so.

I can automatically trump all music elitists because I play the ultimate in obscure instruments, the oboe. That's right. The epitome of nerd-dom itself. It has cursed me since I started playing in the 6th grade with the inability to be cool. I've never been able to woo my true love with it (insert duck jokes here), but other than that, I really enjoy it.

Now you know what an oboe looks
		like.

For those who don't know what an oboe is, it is the long black shiny one in the center of the orchestra that plays the "ahhhhhh" noise before a concert so everyone can tune. It is not, under any circumstances, to be confused with a clarinet.

I've been in all kinds of music ensembles at UF from the marching band- where I played an even more obscure instrument called the mellophone- to the university orchestra. I'm in orchestra this semester, and our next concert is at the University Memorial Auditorium, the building by the clock tower that looks like a church, at 8 p.m. on Friday April 16. Dr. Sharpe is going to tear up some Bach on the piano. Bring a date and show him/her how cultured you are. You even know what an oboe is.

My taste in music does go beyond the classical stuff. Here are a few cool sites to check out if you want to take a break from Rock 104.

    All Songs Considered- Yes, it is NPR, but ASC features new music (and some good old stuff) by artists from Outkast to Nick Drake to Sigur Ros to Yo Yo Ma.
    Blue Note Records- Jazz label with a great jukebox so you can play tracks from most of their artists.

And don't forget to check out Naxos and Amazon from my section on wasting time on the Internet. Amazon is a good place to listen to oboe music. Search for performances by John Mack. He's awesome.

And for the record, Neil Young is evil.