Tuesday, September 25, 2007


Hoo boy. I just got back from running in Memorial Park. The track is roughly 3 miles, and that's about all I've ever wanted to run. I say this now with full confidence-- if I ever seriously entertain the thought, or even suggest, that I would like to run a marathon, you are fully authorized to shoot me. Don't get me wrong, I like to run-- even when I'm as out of shape for it as I am now. But the very idea of running for more than an hour, let alone 6 to 8, is the sign of a diseased mind.

Anyway, I'm sure there are better sites available for logging run times and tracking progress, but I don't feel like looking for one right now. So, I'll just list it here until I find a better venue.

Time running before resting: 13:36
Total time for 3 miles: 36:28

I have to admit I'm totally shocked by that second number. The last time I ran (about a month ago) my time was 40 something (I know because it was still on my watch). I would have been happy if my time was as good as 43 today. I certainly didn't expect to improve by 4 minutes.

One of my first goals would be to eliminate that first number. It may be a while, but I really need to be able to run the full 3 miles without making walking breaks. Today I had two, one for 5 minutes and another for 7 minutes. The second goal would be to improve that second time. I would love to get it under 30, but I don't expect that to happen for a long time.

My overall goals for running are multiple:
1. Improve fitness. I don't consider myself unhealthy, but I don't get nearly enough exercise and I would like to feel I could easily participate in vigorous exercise without having a heart attack or being out of breath in the first two minutes.
2. Lose weight. I'm a big fan of beer, and my diet isn't exactly the healthiest. That, plus the inevitable toll of age, has produced a bit of a gut. A paunch, if you will. I'm a pretty skinny guy, so it looks even worse on me. I know that running alone won't eliminate it, but it certainly will help.
3. Run 5Ks. I used to really enjoy running in "Fun Runs" or what have you. It was social, usually for a good cause, you got a t-shirt, and often you could gauge your time against other runners. When I first started running in my 20s, it had been a goal to actually win a 5K. I'm not so ambitious now, but I would at least like to see how I fare against others.

Yeesh, that's a long post. I sure do tend to ramble. That's enough for now. I'm about a third of the way through updating the L.A. Newsletters. I'm starting to question the wisdom of posting material that's 5 years old, but I wanted to have it for my own records. New posts and reviews will be coming soon.

Sunday, September 23, 2007

McBain Movie

I found this on another site on the net. Perhaps I'll just post cool/funny videos here as a repository. That makes it a lot easier than bookmarking them and later trying to remember why.

Anyway, McBain is a great Simpsons spoof of Schwarzenegger, and someone took the time to edit all the movie clips from the show into one coherent story. Sweet.

UPDATE: Well, apparently they took down the video I posted. So here's just another good McBain clip. Sigh.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007


Okay, I just finished uploading all my "L.A. Updates" from several years ago. These were basically journal entries chronicling my experiences in Los Angeles. Had I not been a luddite, I would have started a blog back then instead of now. Basically, instead of having a convenient online location where I could post my thoughts and my friends could periodically check in and make comments, I composed a massive newsletter that I emailed out to everyone I knew. So, now that I'm dragging my feet into the 21st century, I wanted to add all of them to my blog.

I think there's some good writing there, and some good anecdotes. Someday, I'd really like to properly format them and add photos, then have it printed and bound as a personal book. Part of that process started when I added them here as posts. Next I plan to slowly go through each one and reminisce, but also correct for grammar, remove bad links, add photos where appropriate.

Anyway, if you've never read them, I will immodestly recommend you do so. I think they hold up pretty well. If you did read them at the time, then stroll down memory lane with me. Hopefully over the coming month I can flesh them out and add pics or notes to make them more interesting.

Monday, September 17, 2007

New Start

Okay, so after a really, really long time, I'm finally getting my act together enough to start a blog.

My intentions with this blog are several. I want to get in the habit of writing again; I want to keep a journal; I want to have a record of my thoughts and ideas; and basically, I just want to do it. It's a lot easier than keeping a handwritten journal, that's for sure.

I'll write more later. I just wanted to post at least one thing to start it off.


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