Suggestions for NBC

Here are a few more non-American bits that NBC could have edited out of the London 2012 Opening Ceremony: Shakespeare: An old British hack, completely irrelevant to the America of today. NBC could have dubbed some Cobain poetry, or maybe autotuned the American men’s 2008 4x400m freestyle relay after their gold medal win over France ...

Eat & Run by Scott Jurek with Steve Friedman 2

Eat and Run: My Unlikely Journey to Ultramarathon Greatness by Scott Jurek My rating: 4 of 5 stars I had heard of Scott Jurek before I picked up his book. Many people had. He was a legend in ultramarathons–races in which the distance is greater than 26.2 miles. Jurek won the Western States 100, the ...

Too healthy? 2

I went to donate blood today. San Juan County is currently experiencing a severe blood shortage. Patients cannot get transfused (even if they don’t refuse transfusions) because there’s simply not enough blood to go around. Being a universal donor, I want to give something that is easy for me to give away. Blood is something ...

Cancer Doesn’t Sleep

Last night I participated in something rather extraordinary. It was the Relay for Life fundraising event held in Cortez, CO, to raise money for the American Cancer Society. The event itself is the culmination of months of fundraising by participating teams. As my wife’s team captain said, “This is the party!” From about nine at ...

Persuader (Jack Reacher #7), by Lee Child 1

Persuader by Lee Child My rating: 4 of 5 stars The Jack Reacher books by Lee Child are like crack. The action is fast paced, the writing quick. The novels read like the fast paced action thrillers they are. I’ve read two of Child’s Reacher novels (the first and the second) and while I wanted ...