Thursday, January 10, 2019
Tuesday, May 08, 2018
I have a few books that are almost "theme books" of my life. The books that influenced my thoughts, inspired me, brought back great memories. Some were gifts. A few are autographed. Looking through them I'm smiling, remembering the joy they gave me. Just a few--in no special order.
Sophie's World by Jostein Gaarder. It's a great story that includes a lot of education on the history of philosophy. My sister in law Myra gave it to me when we were visiting them over in Norway back in 1996.
Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill and The Richest Man in Babylon by George Clason. Two of the books that influenced my thinking on finance back in my 20s. I've given away many copies of RMIB over the years. I think it's the best money management book out there.
Several different versions of the Bible. The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins. Leather-bound editions of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. A Brief History of Time and a couple others by Stephen Hawking.
I played a bunch of chess back at Chippewa Hills High School. I recently reacquired Bobby Fischer Teaches Chess, one of my favorites back then. Dan Manning found a copy of Fischer Spassky The New York Times Report on The Chess Match Of The Century, which he bought used on Amazon and sent to me.
Several by Kurt Vonnegut, Dan Brown, Jim Harrison.
Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy by Douglas Adams. The whole series occupied my winter back around 2010. Fun.
Fox in Sox, a Dr. Seuss classic that I read many, many times to my kids, grandkids, and anyone else I could make sit still long enough. The Little Red Hen, a book my Grandma 'Lene read to me many times.
The score of Handel's Messiah that I sang my first year at CMU.
My life is rich. With humor, learning, fitness, friends. The books that have influenced my life continue to bring me joy.
Monday, April 30, 2018
I don't know.
But maybe I'd be willing to find out. So--if you happen to have run the race with a GPS app that told you that piece of information, how about sharing it with me and I'll put the word out.
After that, for those of you interested, I'd really like to know how knowing that particular statistic will go into your race strategy.
I just run. I don't have a clue what I'd do with that if I had it. Now, if I were in the mountains or something, it might seem like a more useful piece of information. But here in Grand Rapids, where the high point on the course is about 665 feet and the lowest is 582 feet, you've got to figure that a bunch of mountain climbing just isn't going to be a factor.
Wednesday, April 25, 2018
Friday, April 20, 2018
Thursday, April 19, 2018
I know the intentions are good, but really---
The newspaper that had the same picture on the same day but with different story content. Yeah, it happened, but not with the intent that was below the "meme" which indicated that it was a different story for a different political area designed to be part of the media brainwashing us. It was the early edition in one picture, and the later edition in the second--and a lot had happened to change the story between the two times.
The massive UFO picture taken in Australia that is amazing everyone.
The kid who just wants a million person people to say happy birthday to him before he dies of a rare disease. Then you find out that the kid died four years ago.
And the green moon thing that's happening on 4/20. Seriously?
People--if it's really stupid or weird, at least Google it before you repost it.
If this gets a million likes, I'll post a naked picture of myself on the Internet.
Wednesday, April 18, 2018
Tuesday, April 17, 2018
That was pretty fun to watch. Plus watching Yuki Kawauchi from Japan win his FOURTH marathon of the year. I like this guy. He's like a lot of my friends. Except a lot faster. (Most elite runners will do at most 2 marathons a year!)
The other thing I found that got me going was the 122nd Boston Marathon on the medals. My first Boston medal said 100. It's been 22 years since then, when I got in because they had a special lottery for the100th marathon and I entered and got in. I was still training for my first marathon when I sent in the entry.
What a 22 years it's been. That Boston was my 3rd marathon. This weekend I'll be running marathon #323. In the years in between, I've seen all the states multiple times, run marathons in 32 countries, on all seven continents. I've met thousands of people, and many have become good friends. I've watched while people tested their limits and found out that they didn't actually HAVE limits.
If you went to school with me, you know I was never athletic. I had asthma as a kid and couldn't play sports for crap anyway. I was frequently picked last for the teams in gym class. I got a varsity letter by being on the debate team.
But running. I found out I could do that quite a while later. It changed my life. In the running world, you can be fast or slow and still find lots of people to hang with. You can help other people reach their goals. You can pretty much do anything you want. It doesn't matter if you're fat or skinny, young or old, or most anywhere on the continuum of humanity. Runners will welcome you.
I've been a marathon runner for over 22 years now. It's an amazing life. I hope I'm around to watch the 200th Boston Marathon.
Monday, April 16, 2018
Five years ago--this happened. The memory is still fresh. April 15, 2013
Sunday, April 15, 2018
Prostate--things change as guys get older. Stuff to keep an eye on and monitor. Teeth keep needing attention.
Saturday, April 14, 2018
- Anyone powerful enough to create a universe would have no reason to keep me alive forever
- People are basically good. At least they want to be. We might disagree on the definitions, but I think everyone wants to be good.
- There are good people in every religion.
- Whether there’s a God (god) or not, I’m going to act like I think I should act.
- You don’t do good or refrain from bad because you’re hoping to go to heaven or you might go to hell. You do it because it’s the right thing to do
- Miracles are things that we just don’t understand yet. That’s why there are fewer and fewer of them.
- I don’t care what your religion is. But I really don’t want you to be an asshole.
- Treat everyone as a valuable person. Assume that he or she is one.
- Figure out how to do something nice for someone every day.
- The only way I’ll live forever is by leaving behind a legacy worthy of emulating.
- It’s our responsibility to leave this world in better shape than we found it.
Friday, April 13, 2018
"No, I'm not a Trump supporter. But he's the guy we elected."
"I didn't elect him. Maybe you elected him."
I decided to cut the conversation fairly short, because clearly it was just a guy wanting to get confrontational for no good reason.
But it got me thinking later. (What follows is the point I'm making, so don't turn this into a Trump is good or bad discussion!!!)
When there are two teams playing a game, one of them wins. (I know some games can end in a tie, but ignore those for the sake of this discussion.)
Can you ever give 100% credit for the win to the winning team? NO. The losing team also had a lot to do with it. One team prepared better than the other. They put the right people on the floor. The team that lost maybe didn't prepare for a particular aspect of the battle. They put the wrong person in at the wrong time. They didn't prepare for everything the other guys were going to throw at them. Both winners and losers get the credit for the outcome.
We all voted in the last election, right? Whether your person won or lost, we were all part of the process. So instead of blaming the problems on the winner (conservatives and liberals have taken turns at this in the last couple of elections) we should prepare ourselves better for the next election. Put the best team on the floor. Make sure the people are getting what they should have.
And yes, whoever we each voted for, it wasn't just the winning side. It was WE THE PEOPLE who elected President Trump, President Obama, President Bush, ....
Thursday, April 12, 2018
Wednesday, April 11, 2018
So the reason I'm trying to find a better quote is that this guy is just ripe for having someone say...
"That's what Xi said"
Tuesday, April 10, 2018
Monday, April 09, 2018
Today I got an interesting thing. Maybe you can give me some feedback. It's from the agent of Matt Beilis, a singer from New York. My immediate thought was, "probably not." But then I listened to a song he did called Marathon. It's inspirational. I like it.
So here's his video. Check it out.
I'm not sure having a concert in conjunction with one of our events is something that works. But I'm open to suggestions if anyone has some. Let me know.
Sunday, April 08, 2018
After midnight, we're gonna let it all hang out.
It's a quarter after one, I'm a little drunk, and I need you now.
It's quarter to three. There's no one in the place, except you and me.
And she says, Baby, it's three a.m. I must be lonely.
The six o'clock alarm would never ring.
Hi, hi, hi beautiful Sunday. this is my my my beautiful day.
Monday, Monday, so good to me.
Gotta get down on Friday, Everybody's looking forward to the weekend.
Come Saturday Morning, I'm going away with my friend
It's Saturday night and I ain't got nobody
That's what I have so far. Figured if it's here I can keep editing.
Saturday, April 07, 2018
Then people posting responses that are even more inflammatory. Calling the people we put into office (on both sides of the aisle) ignorant, stupid, bitches, and all kinds of other derogatory names.
We can all do better than that. Start out being nice and using words that will help to solve problems instead of making them worse. Get informed about things and help educate the people we elected to office. Make intelligent, well-thought-out arguments.
We can never solve problems by starting with calling the people on the other side names. So everybody start being nice. Please.
Friday, April 06, 2018
One time I accidentally posted some information about myself on Facebook. No wait. That didn't happen.
I "Googled" something and then saw ads on every subsequent site I visited. What a coincidence. I wonder how Yahoo Finance knows I buy Ex Officio underwear. (aside--Don't go searching for a dildo online. Unless you want to be one.)
We use Gmail too. That's Google. So is Blogger. Literally sending all of our communication through their servers. Apple and Microsoft too--I wonder if they're collecting information about me through their operating systems that can be used to target me for advertising.
Most people don't really care, I think. The current generation scans all their groceries, then puts their credit card in the slot, allowing the store to instantly associate your name with what you like to buy, and make a decision what kind of coupon to print out with your receipt.
I'm drinking coffee I bought using my Starbucks app. I get free refills that way. You think they know that I've never once ordered an iced cinnamon almond milk macchiato? I'm betting they do. They'll probably try to sell me one this afternoon.
Cookies (the computer kind, not the Girl Scout kind) have been around for almost as long as the Internet. You knew that, right? "They" track us whenever we do something. We just need to be aware of what's going on. Pay cash once in a while if you don't want everybody to know everything. Don't publish naked pictures of yourself. Don't say stuff you don't want the government to know. Or Google or Facebook or Starbucks.
*Other Acronyms I Don't Understand
Thursday, April 05, 2018
People who want creation taught alongside evolution in science classrooms say "It needs to be taught as a THEORY."
As if "Theory" means something that we're speculating about. That's not what theory means in a science class. A theory is based on real-life observations. It's well substantiated. Supported by facts.
We test theories. Scientists observe things. They publish papers. They invite peers to review their findings. They actually WANT other people to prove them wrong if they're wrong. They want other people to further refine the theory.
Maybe we should teach creation in a science class as a theory. Observe things. Compare findings. If there's evidence of dinosaurs living at the same time as Adam, let's see it. Put it out there with your evidence so other people can compare. Get some substantiation.
Scientists. Let's not call those who believe in creationism stupid. Let's do what we want them to do. Look at their evidence. Be honest and nice with criticism.
Creationists--Invite other people to review what you believe. Not with snarky comments. With real life observation and study. Read your initial text book, in 1 Thessalonians 5:21 Test all things. Hold fast that which is good. Are you testing things? Examining evidence? Share the evidence. Compare findings.
Report the findings in science classrooms. Encourage students to think critically and not just blindly accept things. Present your evidence.
Wednesday, April 04, 2018
Yogi Berra, the legendary baseball player who just died sometime in 2015, I think, was not only one of the greats of the game, he was also famous for his interesting quotes. One of his most famous was, "When you come to a fork in the road, take it." And, being "one of those guys," it seemed to be the thing to do.
Tuesday, April 03, 2018
We were having some post run food and fellowship at Christina's house one time, when Paul asked me, "Don, what would you do differently if you won that much money?" He had a point.
We get to decide how we want to live our lives. My choice is to stay in shape, and collect experiences rather than "stuff." So having tons of money wouldn't mean driving fancy cars or buying a huge house or something. I do take trips frequently, but really enjoy being frugal when I'm doing that. Road tripping with an occasional night spent in my car. Marathons, mountain hikes, microbreweries, hanging out with friends. Doesn't have to be expensive. When all I'm doing is sleeping, an inexpensive bed is as good as a fancy hotel.
Life is pretty abundant already. Enough to eat. Enough to wear. A warm place to sleep. I'm pretty happy with what I have. So when the jackpot got to half a billion last week, I wasn't even thinking about it much.
But in the case of a hypothetical win--I'd do more charity work. I'd hire a couple people to help putting on marathons. Maybe a personal trainer. But I'd try really hard not to complicate my life any more.
I answered Paul when he asked the question: "I'd sit in First Class a lot more often."