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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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28 Weeks Later Intro – What Would You Do?

Rob and I were talking about the opening scene to the movie 28 Weeks Later which is about as intense as it gets. You’ll see the “decision” within the first 30 seconds of the clip. The ultimate question – what would you have done if you were Don? I don’t have a significant other, but...
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Dear Younger Me: Lauren Fleshman

Lauren Fleshman wrote a letter to her younger self that I thought was worth sharing. For those who don’t know, Lauren Fleshman was a very successful runner for the US from the early 2000s until about 2012. Here’s a good race of her’s. The letter touches on the issue of young runners, specifically girls, going through puberty, and how...
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A Monday for the Ages

Going into Monday night I wanted two things to happen.  Advance in the Bowling Playoffs Break 16:00 in the 5k Bowling Playoffs – Round 1 The #5 seeded Snakes faced off against #4 seed Icantbowlieveitsnotgutter in a best of three matchup. We crushed game 1 and were looking good in our second until I foot...
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Last Chance Training – Update 4

The heat sheets were sent out yesterday for the Swat Last Chance meet. Out of about 100 athletes entered in the 5k, my 15:45 seed time puts me around 80-85. The problem is, I don’t think I can run my seed time. The Last Few Weeks Two weeks ago I did 2 x 3200 w/ 2:00...
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Pre NBA Draft Lottery 2017

It’s the best time of year! Cavs & Warriors fans have enjoyed this time of year as of late as they each cruise to their third straight finals. But recently, Sixers’ fans know this time of year for a different reason – the payoff of the process. We suffer through 82 games a year (except the...
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Bed Frame for the Sheep

After four straight years of not sleeping with a bed frame, I caved and bought a bed frame. People can only laugh at your mattress on the floor so many times before you break, even I’m not immune it. But I stand by my statement, that bed frames make no sense. Does anyone stop and ask...
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Nike, Breaking2, & Eliud Kipchoge

Early this past Saturday morning, Nike and their crew made their much publicized attempt at breaking two hours in the marathon. I wrote this post months ago when it was announced which was largely critical of the attempt. The Attempt It took place on a 2.4k race track in Milan, Italy. There was a phalanx-type drafting...
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What do you see when you look at this image

This image available for purchase on multiple stock photo sites. Is your first thought: “That looks like diverse group of four hard working business people” or “Holy shit, that’s a Swastika” How in the world does someone create this, show it to ANYONE, and not get the instant feedback “I like where you’re going with...
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NFL 2017 – 2018 Season Team Win Total Over / Unders – My Picks

Instead of going team by team, I’m going to give you my EXPERT picks on which of these you can make some money on. Full list from ESPN Below. Patriots – 11 – Over 7 straight seasons of 12 or more wins. Not sure why anyone doubts Bill and Tom at this point. Cowboys – 9.5 – Over They...
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Elon Musk – April 2017 TED Talk

Elon’s at it again with this latest TED talk. Certainly worth the 40 minutes if you plan on being alive for the next 5+ years.   Elon Musk discusses his new project digging tunnels under LA, the latest from Tesla and SpaceX and his motivation for building a future on Mars in conversation with TED’s...
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Last Chance Training – Update 3

I haven’t posted an update about my training for a while because of how bad it’s gone. “I think I’m in 15:40 shape” I started to hit a groove and was feeling really fit about 7 weeks into it. My first race was planned for March 25 and I thought 15:40 was a realistic goal....
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Casino on a Tuesday

On Tuesday, our marketing department went out for dinner / drinks after work. It was 8:00 and someone half-jokingly suggested going to Parx. I was obviously on board and surprisingly so were the other 5 people. After a quick drive and Wawa ATM trip we arrived at Parx. A coworker of mine and I sat...
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Russ Westbrook and the Stats – Playoff Edition

“Russell Westbrook had the single greatest season ever!” “Russell is unguardable!” “He’s the MVP!” The Thunder were eliminated from the playoffs last night after a game 5 loss to the Houston Rockets. The series was a tale of one player and two narratives. Here are the game by game shooting stats for Russ: Game 1 –...
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My $17 Pair of Socks

I bought a $17 pair of running socks 6 months ago. I had no idea they were $17, but by the time I was at the register, I wasn’t going to put them back. They’re really nice, too nice actually. They feel great. In the 6 months I’ve owned them, I’ve worn them twice; for...
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The Food at South Bowl: A+

I bowl at South Bowl 1-2 times a week. Bowling alleys aren’t known for their food, but South Bowl is. I’d tried most items, but they recently updated the menu and I had my first ‘new’ dish on Monday – the steak sandwich. It was a 9/10 and only cost $8.99. There’s 5 other new...
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Elvis Passing is the End of an Era

Elvis was put down last Thursday. Animals passing sucks. I think it’s due to their innocent nature. Humans know when they’re dying and what it means, so you don’t feel as bad. Animals just know they don’t feel well. Elvis passing is a symbol. For the first time in over 20 years, my parents’ house...
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Beer Half Marathon

Last week a guy ran a half marathon and drank 13 beers. It’s similar to a beer mile. Run a mile, drink a beer, and repeat. After seeing that I decided this will be my next challenge. I said that if I don’t break two hours, I’d consider it a failure. Wacker immediately said that...
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PolitEcho – My Political Bubble

I don’t like harping on this topic, but since it’s something I’ve mentioned before (and something that stirred a lot of conversation), I think this post is relevant. Someone shared a link to PolitEcho which is a Chrome plugin designed to show you how your Facebook feed is skewed (if at all) politically. It looks at all of...
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Things I’ve noticed since moving out (again):

I’m eating healthier I like cooking (so far) I’m drinking more and more often Covy shits non-stop, it’s amazing how much this cat poops I like commuting (except when there’s traffic) Parking is amazing at this new place compared to the rest of Manayunk I don’t like watching regular TV other than Seinfeld I consistently...
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Weens Bowled a 300

Weens, AKA Jordan Cohen, bowled a 300. Also worth noting was bowling a 769 series (235 average for the other two games) which is far and away the high any Snake has had. Regretfully, I wasn’t there last night to witness the feat. Fortunately, Weens isn’t part of the $1,000 bet that Tom and I have for...
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Another Running Fraud – Dave Reading

Dave Reading of the UK planned on running 836 miles in 9 days to raise money for charity, which would be a world record for the distance. He has a dozen sponsors and thousands of supporters. At 49, Dave’s story is fascinating. He used to smoke two packs a day until 2014 when he decided to stop smoking and...
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Successful Move

The move was successful, thanks in big part to Brookes. There’s free coffee in the lobby which is awesome. Covy is adjusting nicely. Within 10 minutes of being there he jumped behind the fridge which was worrisome, but he’s since gotten more comfortable and roams around freely now. The biggest issue we’ve run into, and...
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TTP Capital – Dale’s Blog

Dale started a blog dedicated to tracking his effort in Daily Fantasy Baseball. He’s starting with $1,000 and hoping to hit it big. He already has a number of posts laying out his methodology and how he’ll execute his lineups. He values home runs and strikeouts, and has a very elaborate Excel sheet designed to tell him who...
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Demise and Rise of Video Games

My first video game memory is playing Altered Beast, Sonic, and Golden Ax with Jeff on Sega Genesis when I was probably 3 years old – video game noises are amazing by the way. Since living at home the last 9 months, I’d guess I’ve spent an hour or two total playing video games. This is really the...
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One Flu Over

I’ve had the flu since Thursday and it’s awful. I didn’t get a flu shot cause they’re for nerds but I regret that. I remember reading in history books that the flu killed more people a year than any other disease (no citation) and wondered how that could be. But after having it, I can safely...
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My head was massive as a child

Here are two videos that Tom has posted on his Youtube. They’re vintage footage of the Stortz family in the 90s. In both, I’m 1-2 years old, and my head is MASSIVE. Weirdly enough, this makes me excited to have a family. Note that I don’t cry once in either video. Enjoy. Laura won’t like this...
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Running Frauds

The running community has become littered with frauds and cheaters. While there are plenty more than the four I’ve listed here, these are some great examples. I don’t understand what possesses people to do things like this. Mike Rossi The Mike Rossi thread on Letsrun has more than 26,000 posts. Mike Rossi went viral for writing this letter...
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LaVar Ball is Winning

The LaVar Ball show has been going on for weeks now. It started off when he made claims that his son Lonzo was better than Steph Curry and that he was going to play to the Lakers no matter what. Then he claimed that he himself could beat Michael Jordan in a game of 1 on...
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The Move Out

Rob and I move in in 10 days. We’ve known about it for months but naturally haven’t started planning anything yet. I told him yesterday that I’d write an email laying out everything we need to figure out but I was tired so I went to bed. I told him today I’d write the email...
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I Love Gambling

“Gambling is the spice of life” – Abraham Lincoln I’m down $55 after ~6 bets on the tourney which is actually pretty good I won $17,000 play-dollars playing blackjack at our work event which was far and away the most Gourlay’s all-#4 seeds-in-the-Final-Four bet to win $2,000 is still alive If the Sixers win two more games...
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16 for 16 on Day One

I got every game right yesterday! The thing about the first round of the tournament is this – it doesn’t matter. No one wins their bracket in the first round. It’s strictly to look cool by picking upsets that others didn’t. For example, I picked URI over Creighton today (which isn’t even an upset, URI...
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Running Workouts at the Gym

Yesterday I did 6 x 800 @ 2:30 (12 MPH on the treadmill) with 2 minutes @ 7 MPH between reps at LA Fitness when it was packed after work. There is absolutely no cool way to run 12 MPH on a treadmill. I have two girls next to me who are running like normal people...
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Lake Street Dive

Lake Street Dive has been around for a bit but I just found out about them. I’m crushin’ on the lead singer (we have the same birthday). Here are some of the good ones that I’ve found so far....
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Ebbs and Flows

Tom wrote this post a month ago saying he more or less had bowling figured out and was going to throw a 300 game & 700 league series any day now. Neither has happened. I didn’t write a post about it, but I’d felt the same way Tom did in that post over the last...
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Making Sacrifices

When I began this training plan, I told myself I was only going to drink one night a weekend. Then, one weekend I drank two nights in a row and almost died on my Sunday long run. Yesterday, while half of all Philadelphians aged 21-30 were out at Erin Express, I stayed in. I wanted...
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Russ Westbrook and the Stats

This generation of sports fans, aided by ESPN and other sports media, is almost too invested in the individual stats. Here’s ESPN’s headline in regards to the Blazers Thunder game last night. The Blazers clearly did have an answer for Russ last night, since, you know, they won the game. Russell himself would be the first to...
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Leaving My Phone in a Lyft

I took a Lyft from Old City to Manayunk on Saturday night. For the first time ever, I left my phone in the car. I submitted a Lyft Support ticket on their website ASAP hoping for the best. I woke up the next day with an email from the driver saying I did indeed leave my...
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Wedding Save the Dates & Invitations Are Useless

My friends are getting married in droves, and another part of the marriage process stuck out as a complete waste of time and money: Save the Dates & Invitations The Save the Date / Invitation is another wedding-must. They have to be pretty, well designed, and have a posed picture that can make even the...
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This had me in tears

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My Personal Scrums

In the workplace, a scrum is a short recurring meeting where you go over what you’ve done and what you’re going to do. It holds people accountable and keeps everyone informed as to what others are working on. I have four scrums a week at work. While in scrum today, I had this though sequence: “Damnit, my...
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Last Chance Training – Update 2

I’m four weeks into the training and this week was my best yet. The Workouts Workout One 5 x (200, 200, 400) with equal rest. Goal was 34-high and 69-mid. I averaged 34-low and 69-flat while speeding up towards the end. Not mind-blowing but I felt great. First time sub 70 pace felt good. Workout...
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Sixers All-Star Break Grades

Player Grades These are based on performance vs. expectation. C is average. Joel Embiid – A The only reason it’s not an A+ is because of him being injury prone. On the court he’s exceeded even the highest expectations anyone had. TJ McConnell – A- Compared to what people thought he’d be, he’s playing great. He’s...
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Finally Moving Out

After nearly 9 months at home, I’m moving out again. Thank god. Don’t get me wrong, I love my parents and not paying rent and my commute being 2 minutes, but it’s time to GO. Rob and I are moving to Venice Lofts in Manayunk in April. My initial plan was to live alone, as was...
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For the Readers

This is just to keep the readers informed on my weekend. Robert Covington is doing okay He was adapting nicely but once he met Elvis everything went to shit. I moved him down to the basement with me and he’s getting along much better now. You know what they say, cats will be cats. He’s...
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I got a cat

This is my cat. He’s 11 months old and we got along well at the Kitty Cafe both times I went. He was also the fan favorite of those I went with. The final step is naming the little fella. I have a few ideas but am open to suggestions from the blog readers. For some...
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How Are Penguins Not Extinct

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A Pretty Productive Sunday…

On Christmas, Jeff broke the high E string on my acoustic guitar. I still haven’t fixed it. Today, at about 3:00 PM as I started episode 4 of Stranger Things (I know, I know, I just wrote that ‘tv series’ are stupid post’, shut up), I thought to myself: “I should go buy a new...
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I Almost Got a Cat

We went to Kawaii Kitty Cafe yesterday morning. You go into a small room with a few couches and tables and like 10 cats. Initially I wondered what the hell we were going to do for an hour in there, but the time flies. The cat I posted about, Carl, was in there and looking...
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I Might Get a Cat

On Saturday I’m going to Kawaii Kitty Cafe with the intent of coming back with a new kitty. One of my 2016 goals was to get a cat and I failed. I won’t fail in 2017. There’s one cat in particular, Carl, who’s the leading candidate, but I’m going in with an open mind. I...
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