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IstartedreadingtheAHD4lastThanksgiving.JustlikeForrestGumpgoingona
longrun,therewasnotastrongreason.Itsimplyfeltgood.Ididhaveafew
inspirations,however,includingMalcolmXwhoreadadictionarywhileserving
prisonandthecontemporaryAmonSheawhoreadtheentireOED(OxfordEnglish
Dictionary)inoneyear.Averagingonepageaday,Ireachedpage365(thecolor
chart)onNov25,2020. Earlyon,Itriedtoretainint...[閱讀全文]
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(2020-11-25 10:37:01)
Homeistheplacewhere,whenyouhavetogothere,
Theyhavetotakeyouin.--RobertFrost
WhenIwasaboutfour,momwastryingtomakeitintown,dadwasteachingfar
away,andIlivedwithmygrandparentsandanunclewhowasabouttomarry. Weddingspromisedfunandprofit,especiallyforthekidsatthebride'sside.
Adultstookusseriouslyasweturnedthegateintoatollbooth.Wecollected
hongbaos(dimesandnicklesinsmallreden...[閱讀全文]
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(2020-11-20 13:23:15)
Ifyoucankeepyourheadwhenallaboutyou
Arelosingtheirsandblamingitonyou,
Ifyoucantrustyourselfwhenallmendoubtyou,
Butmakeallowancefortheirdoubtingtoo;
Ifyoucanwaitandnotbetiredbywaiting,
Orbeingliedabout,don’tdealinlies,
Orbeinghated,don’tgivewaytohating,
Andyetdon’tlooktoogood,nortalktoowise:Ifyoucandream—andnotmakedreamsyourmaster;
Ifyoucanthi...[閱讀全文]
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(2020-11-16 10:14:04)
MygumswellingfinallyrecededasIrestedandhydrated.Afteragreatweekof
training,Sundaycamethelongrun.Thestrategywastotakeiteasyduring
thefirstclimbupMissionPeakandseeifIcouldrunallthewayuponthesecond. DrivingdownonMissionBlvd,Ihadtwobananasandhalfaglassofwater.At
8:20am,thesunwashighupbuttheairwaschilly.Inawindbreakerandshorts,
IstrolledthroughtheOhlonecollegecampustowardthehills.Onc...[閱讀全文]
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(2020-11-14 07:23:42)
Lastweek,Icametothedelightfulword"clew,"aballofthreadand,in
particular,thatwhichtheCretanprincessAriadnegavetoTheseusbeforehe
wentintothelabyrinthtofighttheMinotaur.Withoutit,theherocouldnot
havegotoutevenafterhehadslainthemonster. Themoreamazingwordwas"clue,"however,whichImetacoupleofpageslaterin
thedictionary.Ithasitsorigininclew.Howfitting! [閱讀全文]
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(2020-11-08 10:14:32)
Theworldhasbecomeincreasinglysensational.Itmightfitthegrandschemeof
thingswhereinnocenthumansfallintoanelaboratelycraftedtrap.Ormaybeit
isourowndoingandexpectationallalong.Thenewsisusuallybad,andifnot
outrightso,itislikelytobeominousandworrisome.Theragingpandemicneverfails
tograbtheheadlines,theeconomyisfaltering,andtheriskforWWIIIislooming.
Theskyseemsalwaysabouttofall. Whi...[閱讀全文]
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(2020-11-02 20:41:51)
Thisweekend,myfriendLflewtoArizonafortheJavelina100-Milerace.Hewas
addictedtotheecstasyrunningthroughdarknesstogreetthesunriseandcross
thefinishline.Thisyear,inspiteofthepandemicwhichledtomanyeventsbeing
cancelledorputoff,the60-year-oldhasfinishedtwo100Kmandfour100Mi
races.Whataninspiration! Icouldimaginethethrillandeuphoriaattheendofalongdarkadventurebut
arguedthatoneneeded...[閱讀全文]
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(2020-10-24 11:38:12)
Itisknownthatregularexercises,necessaryastheyare,areonlyapartial
answertotheaccumulativeharmfromlong-timesitting.Ifeelhorriblegetting
upfromthechairaftersittingtwoorthreehoursstraightwhichisusualfor
aprogrammer.Thefirstfewsteps,myfeetandespeciallytherightfootwould
gothroughanadjustment.Thelegswouldneedtwoorthreesecondstoget
backingear.AgingmustplayaroleherebecauseIneverremember...[閱讀全文]
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Youcanliveyourlifeontheedgeofyourseat
Youcantakeyourplacedownoneasystreet
Orjustloseyourmind
Overthingsonlymoneycanbuy
Butit'safactoflifenomatterwhatyoudo
Everystakeyouclaim,everydreamcometrue
Downdeepinside,thesekindathingsneversatisfy
Oh,loveisthepreciousthing
Setyoufreeandgiveyourheartthewingstofly
Loveisthelivingdream
Callin'yourname
Tellin&#...[閱讀全文]
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MytrainingcametoascreechinghaltonWedOct14.Iwokeupwithaslight
feverandtowardtheendoftheday,theupperleftjawswelledandmyheadfelt
hotandmuddy.Mybodywasflashingafamiliarredlight(itwouldbecalled
上火intraditionalChinesemedicine).Thesymptomsremindedofavirusattack
andIeventhoughtofCovid.Itwouldhelpmeunderstandbylookingbackand
observingtheeventsthathadledtothisonslaughtasIsawitassomethi...[閱讀全文]
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