Monday, May 25, 2015
today is memorial day (formerly known as decoration day) where we remember those who have fallen during service to our country. veterans day honors all those who served.
here's a short summary of its history:
"Memorial Day was officially proclaimed on 5 May 1868 by General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, in his General Order No. 11, and was first observed on 30 May 1868, when flowers were placed on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery. The first state to officially recognize the holiday was New York in 1873. By 1890 it was recognized by all of the northern states. The South refused to acknowledge the day, honoring their dead on separate days until after World War I (when the holiday changed from honoring just those who died fighting in the Civil War to honoring Americans who died fighting in any war). It is now celebrated in almost every State on the last Monday in May[.]"
so take a moment today to remember those who died while serving!
Sunday, May 10, 2015
it was a dreary start to the day - drizzle when i left the house, fog on the drive over to norwalk, and a damp chill over calf pasture beach. and, once the race was underway, humidity became the real race damper, it was thick all along the course.
but the weather didn't take away from happy mothers day! and i managed a 46:01, 7:25 finish - just missing a sub-46 by a couple of seconds. that was a solid minute and a half+ improvement over my scotland run 47:39 last month. not too shabby for a humid morning :D
next up for me, instead of traveling down to brooklyn for the half - will run the law day 5k in darien.
here are the official race results from lightfoot runners.
here are the rest of my photos up on facebook.
Saturday, May 9, 2015
this week i got the latest issue of aphros literary magazine - wherein "beat tavern" was published! as the title implies, it may have a little in common with the beat generation ;D
i wrote it years ago - back in my college days, actually. it was an effort to capture the mood of a night hanging out with the beats. it's set in tribeca.
Wednesday, May 6, 2015
i've been an avid radio listener since the 1970's - when as a teenager i spent countless hours trying to tune in distant stations over the shortwave (and then medium wave) bands. i also spent countless hours collecting qsl cards (typically postcard size replies from those radio stations confirming that you did, in fact, hear their station in all that static - hi). the qsl bug returned last month!
it's been years (maybe 25+) since i've actually collected a real - old school - qsl card. i don't know what came over me last month, but i sent a reception report to radio new zealand international, via email. i heard them sign off on one frequency and then start broadcasting on a new frequency. it was so 21st century! then, in about 2 weeks, the above qsl arrived in my mailbox - or, correctly stated, the above eQSL arrived via email :D
that was my very first eQSL! i will note, for posterity - that i did verify reception of radio new zealand with an actual qsl card (in the shape of a pennant, no less) back in the day - via an actual letter sent via snail mail. i may dig it out and post a picture for comparison :D
Friday, May 1, 2015
since my mileage has dropped off over the last 2 months, i'll spend a good part of may working to re-build my base. this month will consist of mostly shorter races. in a twist, the business trip scheduled for this month was pushed back until august. i hadn't planned any races mid-month (and the reason i didn't register for the bklyn half!). but now can get in a couple - where i would have been spending that time in an airplane :O
i still haven't decided on a race for this weekend but it would most likely be a 5k in fairfield county. the following weekend, in what's becoming a tradition, will be the norwalk mother's day 10k. it's the unofficial (to me) kick-off for the norwalk summer series which starts in june :D
the next weekend - when i had originally planned to head back to kuala lumpur - will be the fred weisberg law day 5k. had i not expect to be on that trip, i all likelihood i would have registered for the brooklyn half marathon that weekend.
next up is a pair of memorial day weekend races. it kicks off in weston with the 5k on saturday and wraps up on monday, in greenwich, with the jim fixx 5 miler.
last, but not least, the month ends with the nyrr healthy kidney 10k - race #5 of my 9+1 for the 2016 nyc marathon.
here's how it looks so far:
5/10 - norwalk mother's day 10k
5/16 - fred weisberg law day 5k
5/23 - weston memorial day 5k
5/25 - jim fixx memorial 5 miler
5/30 - nyrr healthy kidney 10k
as always, if you're at any of them - say hello!
Thursday, April 30, 2015
poem in your pocket day is the last thursday of april - but somehow i always think it's earlier. this is definitely the latest it's come around :O
i wasn't sure what poem to choose - last year it was inspired by the book i was reading. the poem was part of the chapter i read that morning on the way to work! how appropriate (and somehow out of place in a book about the war in the pacific)!
this year i've gone back to the beats...
with jack kerouac's
how to meditate
fall, hands a-clasped, into instantaneous
ecstasy like a shot of heroin or morphine,
the gland inside of my brain discharging
the good glad fluid (Holy Fluid) as
i hap-down and hold all my body parts
down to a deadstop trance-Healing
all my sicknesses-erasing all-not
even the shred of a 'I-hope-you' or a
Loony Balloon left in it, but the mind
blank, serene, thoughtless. When a thought
comes a-springing from afar with its held-
forth figure of image, you spoof it out,
you spuff it off, you fake it, and
it fades, and thought never comes-and
with joy you realize for the first time
'thinking's just like not thinking-
So I don't have to think
from "scattered poems'
Sunday, April 26, 2015
the nyrr run as one 4 miler was race number 4 on the road to my 9+1 for the 2016 nyc marathon. great weather for it, although i was mildly underdressed on the commute in to central park - packed light, as they say. despite the early chill, i warmed up by the 2nd mile.
my 29:04, 7:16 pace, was just over my 29 minute target - argh! i will say, however, it took 40+ seconds to cross the start mat - and the crowded first mile (at 7:30, easily the slowest mile of the bunch) - probably accounted for those 4 seconds ;O
but i'll take it - and the great running weather too!
here are the official race results from nyrr.