Category Archives: Stories

Shooting guns in Houston, Texas

on December 8, 2018 in Stories

I forgot to mention one of my most memorable experiences on my recent trip across the country: shooting guns. I’d never shot a handgun and had only shot a low-caliber rifle in North Korea. I learned a lot, as I’ll describe below. From my train arriving in Houston, I caught a bus to an environmental research place. Before continuing with the story, I have to mention that most people I[…] Keep reading →

30 highlights and lowlights from a triumphant month on the road

on December 1, 2018 in Stories

I’m on the train from Atlanta home to New York. I left October 29 and visited Chicago, Los Angeles, Ventura, San Diego, and New Orleans too. The impetus came from attending the Summit in L.A. I found reasons to visit places along the way. Here are 30 highlights an lowlights from the trip. 1. I traveled intercity only by train and bus since I’m not flying. 2. At the Summit[…] Keep reading →

Privilege?

on September 13, 2018 in Awareness, Stories

I hear and read the term white privilege. Plenty of people explain it. How do the following fit into the concept? For context, for about a decade of my childhood, my mom’s house, where I spent half my time, was in poor neighborhoods, especially Rockland Street in Philadelphia in the mid-70s, or bordered them where whites were minorities. For a while our house was one of three white families on[…] Keep reading →

I walked into a live minefield

on September 6, 2018 in Stories

In my ongoing efforts to be burdened with less material stuff, I’ve scanned many of my old photographs so I could get rid of the physical pictures. Now that I can see the images on my screen when I want, I’m not sure what to do with them besides sending them to a landfill, sadly, but I caused the physical waste when I paid for the pictures. I’m only moving[…] Keep reading →

My tenth anniversary of swimming across the Hudson, August 9, 2018

on August 9, 2018 in SIDCHAs, Stories

On Saturday, August 9, 2008, I left my apartment first thing in the morning after watching the Olympics opening ceremony at a bar with friends the night before, walked to my friend Dave’s apartment, caught a ferry to New Jersey, and swam across the Hudson River back to Manhattan. Then we walked back shirtless and shoeless from 45th Street to Greenwich Village. You’ve seen the picture at the top of[…] Keep reading →

How not drinking soda became trivially easy for me

on April 20, 2018 in Fitness, Stories

In college in the late 80s, amid a global movement to avoid doing business with companies doing business with apartheid South Africa, I stopped buying Coca-cola products. Years later, Mandela became president and my conscience felt clear about buying their products. They make a lot of products, so I had to research all their stuff. I thought, I remember why I stopped drinking coke, but I don’t remember why I[…] Keep reading →

Fitness and Lego (Audio)

on March 31, 2018 in Audio, Fitness, Habits, SIDCHAs, Stories

I’ve been exercising more than usual for the past few months, amid travel. You might say I haven’t given my body time to recover, and I probably haven’t, but I find it glorious. This episode explains why. It’s about Fitness Travel Lego Eating Burpees Sidchas Discipline Diligence Resilience Lugubriousness Struggle Glory and so on.

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