The Force Awakens: the Good, the Bad, and the Amazing

Per my previous post, I thought Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens was very, very good but definitely not perfect. Below are my thoughts on the good, the bad, and the truly amazing aspects of this film. WARNING: THERE BE SPOILERS AHEAD! The Good: The original cast actors bring their A game. I wasContinue reading “The Force Awakens: the Good, the Bad, and the Amazing”

The Force Awakens . . . and It Is Strong

After much waiting and anticipation, I saw Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens (three times!) this weekend. TL;DR: it is very good. Spoiler-free zone: It’s no secret that I love Star Wars. I was too young to have seen the original trilogy in the theaters but I grew up with it on home videoContinue reading “The Force Awakens . . . and It Is Strong”

My Family, the American Dream

Former US President Bill Clinton recently held my family up as an example of immigrants that have done well in – and for – America. In his interview with Fareed Zakaria, President Clinton was making an argument that the US should open its arms to Syrian refugees. As evidence that Syrian immigrants can be goodContinue reading “My Family, the American Dream”

10 Years Since Hurricane Rita

Do you remember what you were doing 10 years ago today? Besides celebrating my half birthday, I mean. I remember it very vividly because it was the day before Hurricane Rita struck the Texas gulf coast. Just a few weeks had passed since the catastrophic Hurricane Katrina had hit. Houston had opened its arms toContinue reading “10 Years Since Hurricane Rita”

First Obstacle Race in the books!

Saturday I competed in the Legend Race obstacle course race, a 5-mile trail run with obstacles just outside of RTP. With ropes to climb, walls to scale, poles to traverse, logs to carry, etc. every quarter mile or so, it was a lot more interesting (and a lot more tiring!) than just going for aContinue reading “First Obstacle Race in the books!”

Running Smarter Not Longer

This year I’ve adopted a new running training methodology and so far I’ve been very pleased with the results. Last year I was running a training plan prescribed by triathlete coach Joe Friel. It had me running four days a week, cycling through tens of different workouts. I made decent progress and set a fewContinue reading “Running Smarter Not Longer”