Saturday, December 19, 2009


For most folks, cottage cheese is one of the more overlookable items under the sneeze-guard at the local salad bar. Like garbanzo beans and beet strips.

It's not that most people hate the stuff. They rarely give it a second thought.

Team Minnesota's Marlo McGaver absolutely adores cottage cheese, or "curds & whey," as she sometimes refers to it. In fact, it is her favorite food. Marlo's "Perfect Meal" would consist of a peanut butter and strawberry jam sandwich (on "healthy" bread, you know, the kind with briars and brambles sticking out it) and a heaping bowl of the lumpy white stuff.

If the McGavers--Marlo and husband, Joe--invite you over for dinner, we recommend that you eat something beforehand.

Marlo's idea of a "great evening" would include sitting on one of her many antique tuffets, a bowl of curds and whey in her lap, in front of her 63" plasma, a DVD in the player. Her movies of choice would feature the madcap antics of Jim Carrey or Kevin James, or the somewhat more cerebral comedy of Steve Martin.

Marlo has seen "Paul Blart: Mall Cop" 37 times.

Confession time: While it's true that Marlo McGaver lists cottage cheese as one of her favorite foods, she probably does not refer to the stuff as "curds & whey," nor does she possess an antique tuffet collection. The Little Miss Muffet theme was our idea. We also have no idea what kind of TV she has or how many times she's watched "Mall Cop." (We do suspect that she's seen it at least twice.)

What we do know about Marlo is that she is kind and soft-spoken, a genuinely sweet person. She's also smart and well-read, but does not flaunt her erudition. If you have the opportunity to share a PB & J sandwich with her, or even a bowl of cottage cheese, we suggest that you take it.

You'll be glad you did.

Here's some other stuff you probably didn't know about Marlo:

Education: University of Wyoming, BS. Molecular Biology, BS. Pharmacy

F. Food:Currently cottage cheese,eggs,blueberries,yogurt

Books/authors: Elizabeth Berg, Life of Pi

Movies: Spanglish, Sideways

Actors: Jim Carey, Steve Martin, Ann Hathaway

Tv: King of Queens, Everybody Loves Raymond

Music: Black Eyed Peas

Junk Food: Homemade Chc. chip cookies, ice cream, pancakes

Perfect Meal: Peanut Butter and Strawberry Jam Sandwich

Non-Tri Hobbies: Hiking, playing with pets (dog and cats), tennis, reading

Pro Teams: Timberwolves

College Teams:Gophers, UMD Bulldogs, Wyoming

People I admi

re: My first cross country coach for being nice,encouraging, and driving me home/picking me up for practice; my parents

Dream Vacay: New Zealand

Winter Training/off-season: Gym work including plyometrics and circuit training; lots of running; cross country skiing, indoor biking.