Don't everyone thank me at once.

May 10th, 2013 @ 8:42 am
The Horizon Is a Beltway

I had a conversation about my mom with a woman who had also lost her mother. Her mother had been sick for some time, and she died peacefully in a hospice, holding her daughter’s hand. The woman told me her mother had had a stroke, but that somehow she smiled just before she died, and that she knew her mother had gone to a better place.

I said that it must have been very comforting for her, and tried my best to be polite and sensitive. But inside I was screaming.

May 8th, 2013 @ 7:24 am
Before You Came into My Life

I’ve had my Nike Fuel Band for 294 days. I know this because one of the statistics it tracks is how many days you’ve been “active”, and I have worn it every single day since I got it. I can’t begin to tell you what a great motivational tool it is. I am a little […]

May 3rd, 2013 @ 11:55 pm
Scribbled Drunk on a Postcard, Sent from Somewhere Volcanoes Are

It’s tough to be upset about a day that includes a ten-mile run before breakfast, lunch at The Stand, and a trip to Disneyland. But here we are. For the very first time since Kelly gave me my Nike Fuel Band almost a year ago, I didn’t wear it all day. I started leaving it […]

May 3rd, 2013 @ 6:59 am
Friday Five: Breakfast Foods

Bacon and EggsMy five favorite breakfast foods:

  1. Scrambled Eggs with Bacon
  2. Greek Yogurt and Granola
  3. Chocolate Chip Pancakes
  4. Chocolate Chip Blueberry Muffins
  5. Raisin Bran
April 29th, 2013 @ 7:08 am
It Ought to Be Easier

It’s really hard for me to wrap my head around the idea that Tim might not make it in the NFL. It seems absurd to me. When my alarm rang at six this morning, there was a text waiting for me that read, “Heard Tebow was cut from NPR before ESPN.” My first thought was […]

April 22nd, 2013 @ 7:40 am
Gonna Fly Now

I have been absolutely nuts for oranges and orange juice lately. I remember when I was a little kid I would go through phases during which I craved OJ like mad, but it’s been probably twenty-five years since the last time that happened. But now I’m drinking two or three glasses every morning and eating […]

April 19th, 2013 @ 9:39 pm
Mall Parking Lots / on Holidays

I knocked out a quick four miles after watching all the drama in Boston on Friday night. I spent most of the run thinking about Miranda rights and terrorism and democracy. And when I wasn’t thinking about those things I was thinking about how much I wished I could talk to my mom about those […]

April 16th, 2013 @ 8:08 am
A Man Can Stand Up

My dad grew up in Somerville, spitting distance from the Davis Square T next to Tufts. When I was a little boy I would walk the city with him and he would tell me the fascinating story behind every brick and cobblestone. Who drank at this pub, how old this store was, this is where […]

April 14th, 2013 @ 6:04 pm
Sunday Afternoon

We had seriously considered going to Disneyland today, but my little boy had a stuffy nose and was feeling generally under the weather. He kept asking for, “Small World ride?” but it just didn’t seem like a good idea to take him. Instead he and I snuggled in bed all day watching The Masters. (He […]

April 12th, 2013 @ 8:07 am
Best Wishes to Your Black Lung

I’m trying every day to simply (!) meet my Nike Fuel Points goal. I can’t stand looking at my Fuel Band late at night and seeing I still need to exercise a bit to hit 4,000 points. So I’ve been making a serious effort to knock out as many points as I can as early […]

April 12th, 2013 @ 5:47 am
Friday Five: Decommissioned Disney Attractions

WDWRetroMCOluggagetagFive rides that are no longer operational but which I enjoyed:

April 7th, 2013 @ 6:27 am

Today makes it eight months since my mom died. She died on August 12th. I was sitting in the car in the parking lot of Centinela Feed on Pico, waiting with my son for my wife to get some cat food, when my phone rang. A nurse at Woodland Terrace named Ida Alvis — a […]

March 27th, 2013 @ 8:26 pm
You Can Surely Try to Be More Alive

The real countdown starts today. In ninety days I’ll be forty. I’m not as freaked out about it as I expected to be. Physically I feel better than I have at any point in my life. Yes, I need to stretch before and after I exercise, and I’m sore more frequently, and I can’t see […]

March 25th, 2013 @ 10:57 pm
One More Holiday I Will Not Celebrate

My mom loved Easter. She had a fondness for Cadbury eggs, even though — if I remember correctly — she almost never ate one because they upset her stomach terribly. When we were very, very young she used to play three or four songs on her guitar and we’d all sing along. I know probably […]

March 22nd, 2013 @ 7:53 am
Friday Five: Los Angeles Bars

The Roger RoomHere are my five favorite bars in Los Angeles:

  1. Trader Vic’s
  2. The Dresden
  3. Tom Bergin’s
  4. Roger Room
  5. The Standard (downtown)

Honorable Mentions:

March 1st, 2013 @ 6:59 am
Friday Five: Places to See

Grand CanyonHere are five places I have always wanted to visit:

February 12th, 2013 @ 6:00 am
Six Months

Today marks the six month anniversary of my mother’s death. She died on Sunday, August 12, 2012. Not every month is the same length, though, of course. And should I consider “a month” to be “every four Sundays” or simply “the next 12th on the calendar”? It’s the sort of question she would call to […]

February 1st, 2013 @ 10:10 am
Stretch, Run, Stretch

About two weeks ago, on January 17th, Dr. Sohail Shayfer told me I was suffering from iliotibial band syndrome. He told me to take a break from running so much, to take two Aleve naproxen sodium tablets every twelve hours for four weeks, and to stretch, stretch, stretch. I’ve never stretched before or after a […]

January 29th, 2013 @ 9:39 am
Hydrostatic Body Fat Testing

It’s been a little less than four years since I had my body fat percentage accurately calculated at a mobile testing station. Last night I had it done again by Linda of outside of a health club in Reseda. Last year was pretty rough on my body; I was under a lot of stress […]

January 7th, 2013 @ 8:00 am
Another Half

I ran another half marathon this morning before work. Add that to the one I ran on New Year’s Day and that gives me a solid 26.2 miles this year. My wife gave me a great pair of Nike running shoes for Christmas. They felt very strange at first — they’re the lightest sneakers I’ve […]