I finished, though not without some significant pain. Night races are not my thing. I slept well today, took a 90 minute nap, but the food, ah the food. I was already cramping on my way to the starting line, a four mile jog I completed in less than thirty minutes. But then it was ...

Week’s worth of training

Week's worth of training
Sore is the word of the day. My training program for the last several weeks has been to run at least three days during the week (Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, at first), then play squash on Thursday, then take a day off and run both weekend days. Two weeks ago I did the long training ...

They’ve given me a number

They've given me a number
…and the’ve taken away my name.


I just have to say how excited I am that yesterday was my busiest day for views here: a whopping 27! Of course, I don’t know how many of these were unique visits. The stats just log unique IP addresses (I think), but still. If I don’t think about the details of the stats, or ...

Passing Strange vs In The Heights

Since seeing In the Heights last week, I’ve listened to the original cast recording so many times I can sing some of the songs in my sleep. Hearing the songs later gives me a greater understanding of the music; I hear things I missed when seeing the show live, notice nuances in the score or ...

Vows 1

Every Sunday I read to my wife the Vows section of the New York Times in a British accent. (Don’t ask which region of Britain the accent comes from; I make it has high-brow as I can.) Since she started residency, I haven’t seen her on many a Sunday, and when I do we are ...


I. by Stephen Dixon My review rating: 5 of 5 stars This is the second time I’ve read this novel. The only other book I’ve read more than once is Irving’s Garp. The book was just as good the second time as the first. Dixon has a flair with words, both witty and morose and ...

Sex Lives of Cannibals

The Sex Lives of Cannibals: Adrift in the Equatorial Pacific by J. Maarten Troost My GoodReads review Humorous, lighthearted, easy to digest novel about a man who goes to live on an isolated island in the Pacific. More than that, it’s about what it takes to live on an isolated island and the change that ...

Database design & Programming

Database design & Programming
This has been the extent of my last two weeks at work, staring at Filemaker formulas and calculations and layouts and field definitions. Code may be poetry, but just like the literary form, writing it can be time consuming, frustrating, difficult, taxing, tedious and sometimes, when you’ve figured out the syntax that solves a problem ...

Sense of humor

Sense of humor
Google has a subtle sense of humor. Usnavi is the name of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s main character/emcee In the Heights. Abuela: Your father said, Usnavi, That’s what we’ll name the baby. Usnavi: It really said, ‘U.S. Navy.’ But hey. I worked with what they gave me, ok.