Holy Crap

Tomorrow is my 38th birthday. It hasn’t really sunk in yet, but it will. Hopefully it’ll be better than my 34th, where I actually thought I was 33. Yup, I literally forgot how old I was for almost an entire year. No bueno.

Looking back over the past year, I can’t help but think about the various goals I’ve started for myself. Make more money (eh, 3% more). Save more (big fat nope!). Be consistent with running (not quite….). Start lifting again (I went….four times). Earn side income (not even close). Spend less time watching TV and being mindless (oops). Pretty much struck out on all goals there.

Sometimes it comes in fits and starts. Sometimes I get really jazzed about something, but it always peters out. I remember in 2018 I was going to start a website where each month, I would spend a certain amount of time learning some skill (Rubik’s Cube, harmonica, Spanish, etc.) and document everything. I registered the domain name, got an Instagram account set up, starting writing down ideas, I even bought a Rubik’s cube and a horrible book (seriously – it was translated from another language and barely made any sense). And then I stopped working on it.

I was going to do an Ironman. I did one sprint triathlon in 2014, and never really trained again. I was going to do it when I was 35. Nope. My bike has flat tires and I don’t belong to a gym with a pool.

I’m not sure what’s wrong with me, but hopefully I figure out something that lights a spark. I’m reading Atomic Habits by James Clear. Maybe that’ll help?

New Goals

Yes I’m still alive. Yes things have been crazy (as they always are).

New goals: Diversify my income. Get back into shape. Learn Spanish.

More to come.

Still here!

Been a few weeks since my last post, and for that I apologize. In truth, there hasn’t been much running-wise to post. On May 27th, a large storm knocked out power to about a quarter of all homes in Memphis. We didn’t get ours back until June 5th. Nine nights without power, without the ability to cook or keep food cold. We spent three nights at our home without power, until it got too hot to sleep. Then we went to a hotel for three nights, and finally crashed at a friend’s house for another three nights. I was determined to go home that Monday, regardless of whether we had power, as I was sick of living like a nomad.

During this time, running was obviously not a priority. I missed my long run on the 28th, I went for a short run on the 30th and the 3rd, but that was it. And of course, as soon as we were back in our house with power, we left for a long weekend in Chicago where we did plenty of walking (and eating and drinking), but no running. So in June, I’ve managed to run only eight times, only once longer than 4M (my 8 miler yesterday).

MCM training officially starts tomorrow. Hot, swampy weather officially started last week. Not the start I wanted to my training (I feel this always happens!), but I’ll make do the best I can.

More to come…

Idiocy In Politics: Denial of Syrian Refugees Into America

After the horrific terrorist attacks in Paris last week, the world was once again stunned at what type of destruction and death zealots are capable of leveling on a free and open society. They believe that anyone that holds different beliefs should be destroyed by any means possible, by bombs or guns. They believe that inducing fear into others is a valid way to get what they want. Their acts bring out both the best, and the worst, in people.

This statement applies not just to radical extremist Muslims, but also to radical extremist anything. Yes, Christianity too. It seems the GOP is tripping over itself to claim that the US should not allow any Syrian refugees from entering the country. Actually, they have limited it to Muslim Syrian refugees. Christian refugees are ok. As Slate so elegantly puts it, they straight up say that Christians are not capable of terrorism, only Muslims. Ted Cruz, ever the open and honest guy that he is, said that there is no risk of Christians committing acts of terror. Well, Teddy boy, allow me to enlighten you a bit.

Christians are perfectly capable of doing just that. Need I remind you of Dylan Roof, who murdered 9 people at a church in Charleston, SC, whose crimes were considered domestic terrorism before ultimately being ruled a hate crime. Need I remind you of Eric Rudolph, the Atlanta Olympic Park bomber, who used a bomb to kill 2 people and wound over 100 others, to further his anti-gay, anti-abortion agenda. He sought to strike fear and intimidation against those who held different beliefs from his own, Christian beliefs.

We could go on: the multiple instances of bombing abortion facilities and murders of doctors that performed them; Timothy McVeigh and the bombing of the federal building in Oklahoma City, which led to the deaths of over 160 people. All of these were perpetrated by Christian terrorists.

What the GOP fails to understand is that there are extremists in all facets of the world; whatever one group of people believe in, you can bet your bottom dollar that there is at least one person in that group who has extremist beliefs. The point of this is to not write off an entire population of people, especially when that population is filled with women and children who are desperate to escape the very people that are sponsoring terrorism around the world. It makes them sound foolish to be ignorant of history and assume that an entire civilization is unable to perform terrible acts, when we know the opposite is true.

Syrian refugees should be helped as much as we can help them. We should not be fearful; giving up the very values that make us Americans would mean the terrorists are getting what they want.