Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Never Forget - 17 Years Later

Now it's been 17 years since the attack on the World Trade Centers and, on one level, it seems like it happened just yesterday.   In fact, the train station at the ground zero reopened just last week - after having been closed for the entire 17 years!

I'm writing this post in my office, in the same building where I sat when the first plane crashed into the north tower.


Here is my post from last year (which, in essence, mirrors my earlier ones on the subject):

It's hard believe that 16 years have gone by since the cowardly terrorists destroyed so much on September 11, 2001. Despite the physical destruction - and the loss of so many innocent souls - our collective spirit survived intact and emerged from the ashes. Today the Freedom Tower rises in the former Twin Towers site. We have rebuilt and our lives have go on - despite the horror and sadness of that day. And for those reason, we must never forget what happened.

Never forget the evil.
Never forget the survival.
Never forget the innocent souls that didn't survive.

Sunday, September 9, 2018

2018 NYRR Fifth Avenue Mile: Race Photos & Results

Given the wet and dreary conditions outside when I woke up this morning, pretty surprised that I dragged myself into the city to run the Fifth Avenue Mile!  Though the rain never got beyond a drizzle (for the most part), it was a grey, wet morning.  I should not have worn racing flats - trail shoes would have been much more appropriate for the rain soaked streets!

Be that as it may, it was still fun running down a car-free Fifth Avenue.  I surprised myself with a 6:29 mile - shocked, may be a better description!  Given the wet streets and crowded start, I somehow managed to finish just 10 seconds off my 2017 time.  Far, far off a sub-6 minute mile - but boy was I happy with it because I thought my fast-twitch muscles had forsaken me :O

Here are the official results from the NYRR.

Saturday, September 8, 2018

R.I.P. - Bill Daily

This morning I learned that Bill Daily passed away - he was 91 years old.  His family released the news that he died on September 4th. 

For people of my generation, he will always be associated with "I Dream of Jeannie" and "The Bob Newhart Show" - though his career spanned a few more decades! He played two of my favorite characters on T.V. sitcoms.

Here is his obituary from the Hollywood Reporter.

As recently as last weekend, "The Bob Newhart Show" reruns were available here on the Decades TV channel.  In a truly unfortunate coincidence - as of September 3, that channel was no longer available on my cable system - argh. 

Be that as it may, I will make it a point to find some episodes to watch in his memory!

Friday, September 7, 2018

2018 NYRR Fifth Avenue Mile - Packet Pickup

Today I stopped by the NYRR and picked up my bib and hat (no shirt this year) for the Fifth Avenue Mile on Sunday morning.  I love one mile races - and this one is an all-time favorite.  It's fantastic not just because of the course - a car free Fifth Avenue! - but it's point to point (no turns)!

Not sure how fast (or dry, since forecast is showing a bit of rain for Sunday) I can cover those 20 blocks.  Hopefully, under 7 minutes (soft target?) - but my fast twitch muscles aren't showing up at races lately :O

Time aside, this is always a great event!  If you're there, say hello!

Monday, September 3, 2018

2000 miles and counting :D

This morning I crossed 2,000 miles (2002.6 to be precise) for 2018!  I have no plans to relive my glory years (ha) - but it's easily been a decade since I've logged this many miles at this point (8 months) in a given year.  At this rate, I could finish 2018 with 2,800 miles - again, something I haven't done in a decade.

On Friday, I was 40 miles shy of 2,000 miles.  I thought that 40 miles over the Labor Day weekend was a decent enough goal - hand in hand with binge watching the just released "Jack Ryan" on Amazon Prime ;D

Mission accomplished on both fronts (it took until Sunday morning to watch all 8 episodes of Jack Ryan).  I ran 17 miles Saturday morning, 13.1 miles Sunday morning, and capped off the trifecta with 12 miles this morning - for a total of 42.1 miles this holiday weekend.

I took this selfie at the south end of Crestwood Lake, along the Bronx River Greenway - about mile 7 of my run this morning.

No race run this weekend - but the Fifth Avenue Mile is on deck for next Sunday!

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Happy Birthday Fred MacMurray - 110 years old in heaven today!

Today is Fred MacMurray's 100th birthday, which he celebrates in heaven.  He was born on August 30, 1908 - and before acting, made his way in the world as sax player!

With the exception of "Double Indemnity," my favorite MacMurray films are his comedies from the 1930s and 1940s.  My least favorite MacMurray film is "The Apartment" - tough to like the guy when he plays a creep. 

Here is a nice obituary from "People" magazine (which covers a good chunk of his years on "My Three Sons").

Hopefully I'll get to watch a MacMurray film tonight :D

Happy Birthday Fred!

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Shays Rebellion kicked off 232 years ago today - August 29, 1786

It was 232 years ago today - barely 10 years after the revolutionary war began in 1776 - that the first major rebellion (revolution) shook colonial America.  On August 29, 1786, protesters shut down the court house in Northampton, Massachusetts, and prevented it from conducting its normal business. 

Shays' Rebellion, as it would come to called, set in motion a number of things - not least of which the Constitutional Convention that would do away with the Articles of Confederation and replace them with the Constitution that we have today.

Why am I posting about Shays' Rebellion, apart for the arbitrary anniversary date (232)?  Because next week kicks off the Fall semester and one of the classes I'm teaching is -- Constitutional Law!  While we don't spend too much time covering it, Shays' Rebellion is on the syllabus for the first class meeting :D