Dear Daredevil MICE, the winner is...

Prologue (!) Do not forget that the idea of THE MICE is also about daring ourselves to do stuff we never would otherwise! It is not about competition. It's about challenging ourselves while having fun.

There is a virtual tie between Trapeze and Boxing. And, many also liked the idea of Rock Climbing! So, here is what I propose:


The event will be conducted by the charismatic Lee SHABAKA, trainer of several female boxing champions.

For our event, Lee suggests the Kingsway Boxing Gym (http://www.kingswaygym.com/) at the corner of 28th street and 5th Avenue in Manhattan. We will have this small, intimate space to ourselves so we can feel very comfortable discovering our inner boxer!

The actual workout will be about 1 1/2 hrs. The idea would be for Lee to put us through a female boxing workout with one of his champions there to help demonstrate and inspire. You will learn to do all the things that his fighters do in training. And, don't worry if you've never boxed--the teachers can work with you regardless of your conditioning level.

Lee also suggested that two of his boxers put on a sparring session for us. And, for those who want to get in the ring, you will have the opportunity with one of his experienced female fighters. The boxer will work defense to give you a feel of how difficult it would be to hit a seasoned fighter. After training we will have a Q&A segment.

The event will take place on Friday, May 16th from 7-8:30pm. The price with a minimum of 10 participants, will be $40 per person. For less than 10 MICE, the price would go up to $45. For now we are about 7 wannabe boxing MICE. We need more. Would any of the trapeze and rock climbing MICE like to try their hand at boxing? Or would any of you like to invite new MICE? It will be an awesome event.

After our hard workout, we will refuel at a nearby Korean BBQ.

RSVP ASAP so I can secure the gym and Lee. Write to me now at: the miceplay@mac.com.


The '"Sex & the City" episode "The Catch" has generated unprecedented interest in the flying trapeze all over the country. The LA Times reports that Sarah Jessica Parker's 2003 flight on the Trapeze School New York (TSNY) rig is credited for the surging interest in this sport. In this episode, Charlotte says (about trapeze): "I could never! I have the most terrible fear of heights!" Carrie replies "Well, I do not... you've seen my shoes."

I got in touch with TSNY, the outdoor trapeze school on the West Side Highway. It will be $57 per person for a group of 10 or fewer. If we are 10, we will have our own group and teacher.

I suggest we hold this event in late June as it will be warmer and there will be less chance of rain. I propose Thursday, June 26th, from 6-8pm to see the sunset while flying.

Now that you know the date, how many of you are interested? I need to schedule this event fast as the venue gets booked up very quickly. Write to me now at: the miceplay@mac.com.


Rock climbing may have come in 3rd place, but many still expressed an interest. Personally, I think it is a wonderful sport to try. Women ten to be very skilled at it from the beginning because they do not rely on strength alone to get them up the rock. Rather, women rely on agility, flexibility, core-strength, and strategic placement of their hands and feet for support.

The event will take place at Chelsea Piers. It can be anytime really since it's indoors. For a group of 6-10, it will cost $42 per person. The wall has 14 different routes and can accommodate up to 30 guests. Our group may share the wall with other groups, but we will have our own private instructor. The ratio of staff to participants is 1:7.

I am happy to organize the event anytime as long as we are a minimum of 7 MICE. I am thinking of doing it sometime in late August. Anyone interested? Write to me at: the miceplay@mac.com.

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