I whistle all the airs from that infernal nonsense Pinafore.

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
Eight

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 bodyfattest.com 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 […]

January 3rd, 2013 @ 10:28 am
Office Quotes

There’s a guy in my office who surreptitiously records the absurd things we all say, then sends a company-wide email with his collection to ring in the new year.

December 24th, 2012 @ 8:15 am
Eve

We were always an “open your presents Christmas Eve” family. UPS packages from my dad and Nana Rainy and extended family would start arriving weeks before Christmas, and my sister and I would pester my mom incessantly about opening some early. She would always cave and we’d get to open one each night for a […]

December 13th, 2012 @ 8:30 am
Runnin’ Down a Dream

It was raining when I got home last night so I was worried I’d have another soaking run, but when I hit the road this morning the sun was rising and the clouds had mostly disappeared. It was pretty brisk — low 60s, I’m guessing — but I ran hard to compensate for the pizza […]

December 10th, 2012 @ 8:26 am
I’m Not Okay

Okay, so there weren’t icicles on the eaves when I left the house this morning. But 49°F is freezing once you’ve lived in Southern California for over a decade. I’ve also never been able to run in anything but shorts, and I have to stick with something incredibly light — a t-shirt — if I’m […]

December 6th, 2012 @ 8:50 am
Let Me Tell Ya How We Do It in California

There is surely some sort of life lesson here: If every other run is a half-marathon, the five-milers seem like nothing. I need to get a new pair of sneakers, though, for reals. The 2011 Nike Air Structure Triax I’ve been kicking have got to have over five hundred miles on them by now. I’ve […]

December 3rd, 2012 @ 7:40 am
The Last Song

It was incredibly difficult to roll out of bed at five-fifteen this morning, but I did. It’s been (very uncharacteristically) raining for several days in Los Angeles and it was just a wet, dark, miserable morning for a run. But about two miles into it and I started to feel better, and by the time […]

November 29th, 2012 @ 8:00 am
Drove from Paris to the Amsterdam Hilton

There’s just something about running in the cold rain. You want to run fast to get done quickly but you also want to be careful and watch every footfall so you don’t slip and break an ankle. Of course “cold” is relative: It was 57°F when I started. And it wasn’t a torrential downpour or […]

November 26th, 2012 @ 8:27 am
They Just Seem a Little Weird

I’ve been trying to consistently go for a really long run on Monday mornings and a “regular” run on Thursday mornings. I’ve done a pretty good job at it for about three months now; I even managed to get in a five-miler on Thanksgiving. This morning while coming down Century Park towards Olympic, a man […]

November 19th, 2012 @ 2:15 pm
I Need a Dump Truck, Mama, to Unload My Head

I spent all day Sunday in a cloudy-headed funk, so I went on a nice long run this morning. I just finished a 10.0 mi run with a pace of 9'43"/mi with Nike+ Running. http://t.co/XFRjjivS #nikeplus — David Vincent Gagne (@davidgagne) November 19, 2012

November 15th, 2012 @ 10:24 am
It Could Be All Downhill from Here

Nothing exciting at all today. Just a brisk run in the cold. 55°F, but the sun was just coming up and it was a gorgeous Los Angeles sky. I just finished a 5.52 mi run with a pace of 9'23"/mi with Nike+ Running. http://t.co/RRuSFjq0 #nikeplus — David Vincent Gagne (@davidgagne) November 15, 2012 This morning’s […]