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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 […]

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 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 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 […]

November 6th, 2012 @ 9:07 am
Lights Will Guide You Home

I listened to Fix You by Coldplay three consecutive times at one point this morning during my run. It’s seriously not even close to the best song to hear while running; the pace is too slow, the beat changes, it’s horribly depressing, etc. But it is a great song and I love it, especially lately. […]

October 29th, 2012 @ 8:23 am
All These Things That I’ve Done

I just finished a 10.0 mi run with a pace of 9'29"/mi with Nike+ Running. http://t.co/jqgxSbUu #nikeplus — David Vincent Gagne (@davidgagne) October 29, 2012 While all my friends and family on the East coast were hunkering down for Hurricane Sandy, I went on a ten mile run in painfully perfect weather. I am guessing […]

October 25th, 2012 @ 7:46 am
Sushi Bars and Saxophones

I just finished a 5.01 mi run with a pace of 10'12"/mi with Nike+ Running. http://t.co/SnzSXQbG #nikeplus — David Vincent Gagne (@davidgagne) October 25, 2012 I did the P90X Plyometrics routine last night a little after nine o’clock, after I got my little boy into bed. (Take a minute to read an excellent review of […]

October 22nd, 2012 @ 10:14 am
Great American Sharpshooter

I just finished a 8.50 mi run with a pace of 10'05"/mi with Nike+ Running. http://t.co/NoT6u3fB #nikeplus — David Vincent Gagne (@davidgagne) October 22, 2012 Eight and a half miles early on a Monday morning feels a lot like an entire marathon. I’m starting to think that the main reason running in the evening seems […]

October 21st, 2012 @ 3:17 pm
Big O Tires – West Los Angeles

I traded my trusty rusty 2006 Toyota Tacoma 4×4 for a 2004 Lexus RX330 when we had the boy. (I got a really, really good deal on the Lexus at Jim Falk Lexus of Beverly Hills.) A few weeks ago we topped 90,000 miles on it and I knew it was time for a new […]

October 17th, 2012 @ 10:25 pm
Long Hard Times to Come

I just finished a 7.01 mi run with a pace of 9'38"/mi with Nike+ Running. http://t.co/QIMJqr5W #nikeplus — David Vincent Gagne (@davidgagne) October 18, 2012 That was my longest run in quite some time. I was wrecked by the time I finished; I was really pushing myself the whole time. Just for the heck of […]

October 15th, 2012 @ 7:41 am
Somewhere Across Forever

I managed to hit my new goal of 3500 Nike Fuel points on Sunday, so I feel pretty good about that. (I did the P90X Shoulders & Arms workout in the middle of the afternoon.) After an early dinner at Lakeside Golf Club, my wife and I watched this week’s Saturday Night Live, part three […]

October 11th, 2012 @ 7:34 am
Counting Down the Hours

I just finished a 6.08 mi run with a pace of 10'00"/mi with Nike+ Running. http://t.co/KKOfC7HH #nikeplus — David Vincent Gagne (@davidgagne) October 11, 2012 Clearly I need to write more here to avoid this turning into simply a log of my running. It was chilly and misty at six o’clock this morning when I […]

September 14th, 2012 @ 1:43 pm
Hate

I have a friend who always snaps at anyone who dramatically uses the word “hate”. If someone says, “I hate the layout of this website,” or, “I hate getting stuck at this traffic light,” he will respond, “No. You don’t.” “You don’t hate this layout. You hate cancer. You hate communism.” He’s right, of course. […]

March 28th, 2012 @ 3:59 pm
A Better Son / Daughter

Every now and then a song is just perfect, and it slaps you in the face. A Better Son / Daughter by Rilo Kiley is that song today. These lyrics … Damn.

March 15th, 2012 @ 6:25 am
The Price of Being Connected

Let’s take a look at my current connection costs here in Los Angeles: Service Purpose Approximate Monthly Rate DirecTV HD Satellite TV + 2 HD DVRs $135 AT&T mobile phones + data $235 Verizon land line (for alarm system) $24 Time-Warner Cable Internet $50 So I’m paying almost $450.00/mo to stay “connected”. Eek.

January 13th, 2012 @ 9:45 pm
Miss Me?

My son is now almost seventeen months old, in case you’re wondering why I haven’t been posting very actively for the last year and a half. The last two months have been an emotional roller coaster for me, for reasons far and wide (mostly unrelated to my boy) which I don’t have the time or […]

July 4th, 2011 @ 4:45 pm
Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness

With the exception of my senior year of high school — when I was out of my mind with piss, vinegar, and hormones — I spent every childhood 4th of July in Bristol, Rhode Island with my dad. My son is (astonishingly) ten months old now and I have spent most of the day wondering […]