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Thoughts / comments on 3 weeks being “vegetarian”

I’ve been “vegetarian” for three weeks. How “vegetarian” have I actually been? I had a cheesesteak and chicken fingers on Friday when I was hammered. I haven’t been perfect, but I’d guess I’ve decreased meat consumption by probably 80-90%. I’ve also been more lenient on eating fish than mammals, though doing my best (for now)...
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I saw “It” and it sucked

Tom, Laura, and I saw It last night. We watched the whole thing without saying a word and as we walked out, we all agreed it was bad. Here are my thoughts: The horror itself was repetitive / predictable after the first few scares. It was like a 15 year olds nightmare. Was Pennywise a...
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Ted Yoder – Everybody Wants to Rule the World

Pretty awesome. I know Tom will be a fan....
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Fantasy Team #2 – Grade My Team

Things to know: 12 teams .5 point PPR Snake draft, I was #4 Unlike last draft where I took TWO kickers, I accidentally took ZERO kickers in this draft.  ...
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The Black Tux Knows What It’s Doing

We used The Black Tux to rent suits for Mike’s wedding and this is a company that knows exactly what it’s doing. This was honestly as easy as it gets. First, it asks your measurements. Now, the only measurements any normal guy knows off the top of their head is their waste size, and their...
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Congrats Mike & Theresa!

This weekend I went to Mike and Theresa’s wedding and it just confirmed that weddings are the best social event of all time. I was honored to be selected as a groomsman and I must say being in a wedding is a very cool experience. I won’t get into too much detail but overall it...
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Incognito Birthday

Growing up as a kid, my birthday always fell at the start of the school year which was an unhappy time. As I got older, I never threw parties, but would usually “celebrate” in some way. This year, I went totally undercover. I didn’t really realize it was my birthday until Monday and by that point...
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I’m Going Vegetarian… Kind’ve

I watched Earthlings in college and it made me consider going vegetarian. Then I recently read Schlegel’s post about the book Eating Animals and it revived those thoughts. For the past few weeks I’ve been actively thinking about how easy or hard it would be to cut meat out of my diet. Then, half way through...
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My First Auction Draft – Grade My Team

Notes: Dynasty League! This was our first draft and we’re keeping 8 each year. Full point PPR. 12 Teams. $200 budget. I picked two kickers to spite someone, not because I wanted either of them. Players I got that I was actively targeting: Evans, Crowder, Kelce, and Hill. Big Ben for $1, despite being 35, is a...
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My Viral Tweet

There it is, in all its glory, my most liked tweet ever. Twitter trolls are asking me what my secret is. High school runner girls keep DM’ing me to run together. Sports Illustrated reached out and asked me to join their T&F department because of how embarrassed they were about this screw up. Fame feels...
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Nashville / Total Eclipse Recap

Tom wrote a more detailed review of our trip for those interested. Nashville The 12 hour drive there went by fast. Our Airbnb was great and we got started by going to Broadway. Everything was going great until Tom and I got too drunk (I think I was first). It was an embarrassing / inconvenient...
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Eclipsing in Nashville

Laura, Tom and I are road tripping to Nashville tomorrow morning bright and early. We have Airbnbs booked through Monday morning and are turning the eclipse into an extended weekend vacation in the old Windy City! We’re still deciding what exactly were going to do from Friday night – Monday morning, but it’ll work itself...
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My Fake Job

I’ve had dozens of conversations with strangers that inevitably lead to the “So what do you do?” question. It usually goes something like this for me: Some 10: So what do you do? Me: Have you seen Office Space? Some 10: No Me: Well it’s basically like that. Some 10: I said I haven’t seen...
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T&F World Champs – Some Thoughts

Upsets Upon Upsets Men’s 100m – Gatlin over Bolt Women’s Steeplechase – Coburn over the Kenyans / Jebet Men’s 200m – Guliyev over Wayde / Makwala Women’s 400m – Francis over Felix / Miller Men’s 5000m – Edris over Farah Women’s 100m – Bowie over Thompson Men’s 800m – Bosse over the field Men’s 4×100 – Great...
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Shutting Down

The mile didn’t go well. I got out okay, about 68, 2:17, but I could tell I was in trouble. My arms were rigging with 600 left and there was just no extra gear. 4:39.18 which Brookes almost nailed exactly with 4:39.15 My taper seems to consistently fail. I run a good time in the...
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One More Time – Guess My Mile Time and Win!

You know the drill, winner gets $10 and a hand written note! I’m racing the mile tomorrow night at West Chester Henderson and from what I hear there will be a good chunk of people between 4:20 – 4:30. My goal is sub 4:30. This is my last race of the season and I have...
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2017 Goals Update

With about 60% of 2017 gone by, it’s time to check how I’m doing with my yearly goals. PR in the mile AND 5k – 1 / 2 with a chance for the 5k. Visit three major-ish US cities that I’ve never been to – Not on pace. Go to a country I’ve never been to – No...
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My Top 10 Running Crushes

10. Emma Coburn Most would have Emma higher on the list. She’s a natural beauty and a great runner, but not quite my type. 9. Genevieve Lacaze Her social media is over the top and she’s not actually that good BUT she’s a babe. 8. Molly Huddle A very girl-next-door-y look. Super sweet AND insanely...
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2017 T&F World Champs Story Lines

The 2017 Track and Field World Championships start today (day-by-day schedule here). Here are some things to look out for. Bolt’s Final Run Usain Bolt will presumably retire after this year. He’s undeniably the greatest sprinter of all time and has been the face of the sport for the last 10 years. He’s looking to...
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Allen Iverson Losing Ground

Allen Iverson is one of Philly’s ‘untouchables‘. He’s loved in every corner of the city. On the court he was a superstar and off the court he was a cultural icon. The swag, the cornrows, the 6’0, and obviously the Jordan crossover. Kids growing up in the late ’90s and early ’00s wanted to be Iverson....
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I’ll be Traveling to See the Solar Eclipse. You Should Too.

On Monday, August 21, 2017, around 1:15 PM ET, the moon will pass between the sun and the earth. Depending on where you are, the darkness will last from a few seconds to about two minutes. It is my goal to be somewhere where the darkness lasts for two minutes. I’m undecided on: Who will...
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Coming Up Short 3200m Later

The conditions were nearly perfect. I hit the mile in 4:52, slower than I hoped, but I still felt good and thought I’d negative split. Laps 5-6-7 all felt like I was surging but each lap split kept being in the 74 range. I closed well with a ~69 or so but ultimately fell short of...
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Guess My 3200m Time and Win!!!

I’m racing a 3200m tonight and whoever guesses closest to my time wins $10 and a note from me. Some More Info I ran a 4:30.9 mile which was worth a few seconds faster than that. My plan is to go out in 4:47 – 4:48 and hopefully have something left to close with. I’d...
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The Best Parallel Parking Job You’ve Ever Seen

Rob and I were looking for a spot to park, and I drove past a spot that was probably too small, but I wanted to try. I had a good entry but thought it was too small. Rob said he thought I could make it, so I spent the next 5 minutes pulling into the...
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To the people who always hear headphones…

There’s a guy who wears headphones around the office 100% of the time. Why? Do they REALLY love music that much? Or maybe it’s a podcast / audio book? Maybe audio porn? Do they have audio porn? I just Googled it, they do have audio porn. Are they constantly using cell phone data? Doesn’t it...
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Ranking the Non-Major Sports

7. NASCAR I just don’t get it. I could see the EVENT being awesome, just getting hammered all day outside in the sun with 100,000 other people. But the sport itself never made sense to me. Why are the races so long? It’s not like track where you ‘train’ for sprints vs. distance right? Are the...
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My First Pedicure

Laura took me for my first pedicure on Saturday. I expected a relaxing 30 minute spa treatment for my feet. Apparently that’s not quite what a pedicure is though. Two thirds of a pedicure is tense. Nothing was “painful” but you’re sitting there watching this girl go HAM on your feet / toes. Toes are sensitive....
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My Top 10 Linkin Park Songs

As most of you probably know, Chester Bennington, lead singer of Linkin Park, committed suicide this morning. Linkin Park was my all-time #1 band for about 8 straight years. In his honor, I’m going to rank my top 10 Linkin Park songs. 10. Lying From You (Meteora) An underrated song of theirs from Meteora. Too...
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My Ranking of the Four Major Sports

4. NHL Hockey is NOT the worst of these four sports. Brookes will cringe at this, but baseball is the worst in my opinion. Hockey is like a combo of soccer and basketball. You have the every-goal-counts asset combined with the up-tempo pace of basketball which is great. The simple reason that hockey is #4 is...
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Game of Thrones – My Thoughts So Far

The chick who shows her boobs a lot can talk to dragons. They’re either her best friends or her lovers, I still haven’t figured that out yet. Everyone knew King Joffrey was going to die but it happened way later than expected. Personally I had no idea it was coming. No one knows if John...
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8 Years Later, I’ve PR’d in the Mile

The Race It was like 85 and sunny which wasn’t ideal. I knew there’d be a few in the 4:30s but didn’t want to wait if it went out slow. Lap 1 I was in lane 1 and in the lead around the first turn but had company. Good. I was taking hand splits like...
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Two Milestones May Go Down in This Mile

I’m racing a mile today at GA. I ran 4:15 in the 1500 there two weeks ago while negative splitting and thinking I could run faster. There are two milestones that I’m going for: A PR – 4:33.5 from high school. The Stortz Family Record – Jeff ran 4:32.x in high school and STILL has...
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Heaven’s Gate Cult – Wat

A little light reading for your Sunday night. In 1997, 39 members of the Heaven’s Gate Cult committed suicide in a house in San Diego. I watched the 45 minute documentary on Youtube and it’s pretty bonkers. A summary: Marshall Applewhite and Bonnie Nettles founded Heaven’s Gate, a sci-fi religious group, claiming there was a level...
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I Haven’t Brushed My Teeth in 4 Days

I left my booth brush in D.C. this weekend so I haven’t brushed my teeth since Saturday afternoon (it’s Wednesday night), though I’ve been flossing and using mouth wash. Most people would go out and buy a toothbrush the next day.* Tasks like this are arguably my biggest flaw. I don’t know why, but I...
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Predicting the Sixers ’17 – ’18 Season

Health This, more than anything, will determine the success of the Sixers this year. If Embiid can play 60+ games, and Simmons / Saric / Covington / Redick have no major injuries, this team has a lot of potential in the East. Additions JJ Redick – A 1 year, $23 million deal is a major...
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1500 / 800 Results Are In – Winner Is…

1500 – 4:15.30 800 – 2:08.75 Winner – Coach Carl Blickle with guesses of 4:16.05 and 2:08.87 for a net difference of 0.99 seconds! Read a great post-race interview here… Thanks a TON to Dave for finding it. The 1500 I wanted to be aggressive, ideally hitting ~2:15 or so at the 800. 400 in...
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1500 / 800 Double – Guess My Times & Win

I’m racing the 1500m and 800m at GA’s track tonight. Closest to guessing my times in both events wins $10 and a hand written note by yours truly. Race Fitness / Thoughts I ran 4:38.1 two weeks ago for a full mile closing in 66 so I had more left in the tank (worth ~4:17...
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Tonight’s NBA Draft and Dan D’Antoni on Basketball Analytics

With the NBA draft coming tonight, this rant by Dan D’Antoni from late 2016 seems fitting. This is why a player like Jahlil Okafor has close to zero value in today’s NBA. I’ll dedicate another post to the Sixers upcoming season but here are my quick thoughts on the draft & off season I think...
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Upper Dublin Bagel Squad vs. The World

Today was an example of why the home-grown stores like Upper Dublin Bagel Squad struggle to keep up with the Wawa’s and Dunkin Donuts’ of the world. The Bacon, Egg, & Cheese on an Everything Bagel: A+ 10/10. I love Sizzlis, but they don’t compare. If there’s any reason to go to a non-chain, it’s...
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Reflections on Losing $18,000 in 15 Minutes

I wrote my last post 7 hours after going from $18,000 to $0 at Sugar House (for the record, only $1,500 of it was mine when I walked in, the other $16,500 was profit). I was hungover and having a very difficult time wrapping my head around what just happened. Now that I’ve had a...
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Gambling Problem

I debated whether I should write this post or not, but ultimately decided I should. I went to Sugar House Casino last night and took out $2,000 to gamble with. I played for 30-45 minutes and worked my $2,000 up to about $6,000. Then I went to the high limit room. I was betting ~$2,000...
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I feel for kids these days

Here’s a video that was posted back in April where a ~11 year old kid goes HAM on the Mets. You get the point after about 10 seconds. Kids these days are cursed with the ability to film themselves at all times. 10 – 20 year olds shouldn’t be able to film themselves out of...
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Guy Continuously Passes Out on Sling shot Ride

I’ve watched this 10 times in the past 24 hours and it has left me in tears multiple times....
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Sam & Drew Race Again – Place Your Bets

Drew and I have raced open events against each other twice (I think (there may have been some 800s in there but I don’t count those)). The first was a 1500m at West Chester my senior year. Drew out kicked me by a c*nt-hair to win 4:15.09 to 4:15.57 (note Wacker’s 4:30 and Jamie’s 4:41 too!)....
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Bowling Beat Down

I wish we were the ones giving the beating, but we received it instead. Game 1 Tom bowled a ~240 and was the only reason we had a chance. Weens was 185 (above average) and Wevs and I floundered with ~140 each. They didn’t bowl great but they had a clutch 9th and 10th and we...
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Bowling Finals TONIGHT – Come Watch

The Snakes have made our way to the end of our bowling league playoffs. The winner is to be determined at 6:30 tonight at South Bowl in a thrilling best of three match up. All are invited! We advanced in rounds 1 and 2 due to two well-timed games (290 and 269) by Tom and myself respectively...
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Well Done, Kevin Durant

“Kevin Durant is a wimp for joining the Warriors. He was up 3-1 against them last year and lost, then joined them just to chase a ring. He should’ve been loyal and stayed in OKC! He had to go to another team with better players to win because he just couldn’t get it done being the guy.”...
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Last Chance Training – Update 5

The Last Two Weeks Since Swarthmore I’m on my own schedule doing my own workouts. I hit ~50 miles for both of the last two weeks and have had some encouraging results the last week especially. 4 mile tempo 5:46, 5:45, 5:38, 5:35 feeling pretty relaxed the whole time. I didn’t look at my watch expect for...
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NBA Finals 2017 – Cavs vs. Warriors

The Vegas line for the series is Warriors -260. You mean to tell me a team with Kyrie Irving, Kevin Love, a host of good 3 point shooters, and LEBRON JAMES is going into any series as a ~2.5/1 underdog? I don’t like Lebron, and I won’t root for him in this series, but I’m not...
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Is it weird that I like Tool?

For the last two weeks I’ve been listening to almost exclusively the band Tool. Tool goes back to the early 90s and I’ve known about them prior to this, but heard one of their songs on the radio recently and decided to go into them more. They have a cult following and typically play long hard-rock...
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