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The Decline and Fall of Livejournal... [Apr. 11th, 2016|01:29 pm]
Jeffrey, Jeff, or Jeffy
I hit a new livejournal milestone.

Thee LJ community runners was once a mighty and extremely active community, buzzing with posts and comments every day. Like all things Livejournal, it slowed and slowed down, until there were only a few posts a week, and comments were sparse.

Now, for the first time ever in history, I posted something to the runners community and it did not receive even one comment. I posted my last Ragnar race report and got bupkiss for comments. (It got a few comments in my own journal though.)

Sure, no comments on a post is not all that uncommon, but it's unheard of in the runners community. That is, until now.

I hear the bells. The bells tolling, in the distance! It tolls for thee, Livejournal! The darkness is spreading over this BlogLand. The end times is nigh!
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Race Report - So Cal Ragnar 2016 - Getting Knocked Out in Irvine [Apr. 5th, 2016|07:50 am]
Jeffrey, Jeff, or Jeffy
Last weekend I ran on my friend Kiki's long-distance relay team Running C2C at the So Cal Ragnar Relay. It was my 6th ever So Cal Ragnar and my 15th Ragnar Relay.

For those of you not familiar with a Ragnar Relay: The Ragnar Relay is a long-distance relay race a la' Hood to Coast. The average team has 12 runners, and the course is around 200 miles long. Each runner runs three legs of 3 to 9 miles, and the race takes an average of 30 hours to complete. The runners get from exchange to exchange via two passeneger vans. While one van's runners are running, the other van is resting and trying to get some sleep. For more info, check out this link.

I was in van two with my intrepid Captain Kiki, (third time I've been on one of her teams,) and her friends John, (A veterinarian who happens to be the vet for Kiki's pibble Casper,) thee epic Wendi, a stalwart runner who did more than her fair share of running, (And is also a fancy semaphor flag waver,) and Angela, a soon-to-be sailor for thee US Navy! We were missing one runner who had to drop out at the last minute, so we had extra legs to cover. Such is life on the Ragnar trail!

Read the harrowing Ragnar Tale under the LJ cut!Collapse )
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Race Report: Taking it Easy at the 2016 Los Angeles Marathon [Feb. 16th, 2016|03:07 pm]
Jeffrey, Jeff, or Jeffy
Last Sunday I ran the LA Marathon. It was my first LA Marathon and my 18th marathon overall.

I planned to run this marathon as a casual fun run. I had attempted a new PR back in December at the CIM, but an unexpected on-course injury derailed that plan. (Basically I developed a shin splint on steroids halfway through the CIM that slowed me down considerably.)

Between CIM and LA I sent most of my time recuperating and doing light runs while I healed up. Even though I had planned to take it easy on this marathon, the longest run I managed to get in between CIM and LA was a fifteen miler three weeks before race day. Light training for sure.

Many of my friends had already run LA. I heard horror stories about ninety degree weather and the infamous monsoon year when it heavily rained the entire time. It didn't help my trepidation when I received a weather alert from the LA Marathon. Turns out they were warning us about possible 80 degree heat late in the race. Meh. Not that scary if you ask me.

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My friend, My Wife, My Teacher... [Feb. 2nd, 2016|01:53 pm]
Jeffrey, Jeff, or Jeffy
Below is the English translation of this entry which I posted yesterday in my German Livejournal superigel.

Many have asked me "Why have you learned German?"

I have several reasons: Because I wanted to learn a foreign language, because I'm interested in German culture, especially German music. But I always answered "My first German teacher was my ex-wife."

My ex-wife was Doris Kyburz. Last Friday Doris passed away. She was not young, a few years older than me, but she was too young to die. Last week she injured her ankle and a bloot clot formed. This blood clot made its way to her heart and she had a heart attack.

German was Doris' native language. But she wasn't German. She was Swiss. That means extra German!

Doris taught me German. I have also taken classes at the Goethe Institut and also at Language Schools in Germany, but she was the best teacher I ever had. She was mostly nice, occasionally mean, but always strict. I am proud that I have learned this language. It's true that too many Americans can't speak a foreign laguage.

My life really changed because of her. My first trip to Continental Europe was my trip with her to Switzerland. No, I can't speak Swiss German. When I went to Switzerland my German was good. Not so good as it is now, but not bad. Nevertheless I could barely understand anyone. Chuchichäschtli? Wat??? But Switzerland is a beautiful counrty. Zurich and Lugano and a train through the Mountains and Doris' wonderful family. Awesome!

After our divorce I made three language trips to Germany. Two to Berlin and one to Munich. Doris and I remained friends, but I kept going with my German adventure by myself. I love Berlin. I have friends in Berlin now. And I have made friends with many new people in my German conversation group.

Everyone is impressed when I talk about Doris. She had lived in Tokyo. She was a German professor at a University. She studied martial arts. She could speak six languages. (Seven if you include Latin!)

She was not a typical woman for me. Most of the women I've gone out with had tattoos, funny looking hair, and most were some sort of artist. (Painters, dancers, musicians...) Wild and hot tempered and oftentimes besotted. (As is often the case with bohemian types.) Doris was not at all like my past girlfriends. My life as a young man was wild and chaotic, ergo so were my relationships. My relationship with Doris marked a turning point in my life.

My German is a bit rusty. I have negelected this blog. (The superigel blog that is.) I have not taken a class in a long time. But I didn't totally give up. I still have my German conversation group. We meet twice a month so I can practice my German. I still read German books and see German movies. (Berlin and Beyond Film Festival!) Maybe my German is a little strange to Native German speakers, and perhaps this entry has a few mistakes here and there. Nevertheless I keep learning German. Especially now. I will really try to improve my German. I'll do that for Doris.

Goodbye my dear Doris. Until next time, at that Language school in the sky.

I'm a better man, because you've been part of my life.



Yes, Doris was also a biker chick!
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(no subject) [Jan. 11th, 2016|12:52 pm]
Jeffrey, Jeff, or Jeffy
I saw Bowie's Serious Moonlight tour. It was the best big concert I ever saw. And what made it extra special was not just Bowie and all of the incredible musicians he brought along with him, but the audience as well. Everyone from clueless preppy peckerwoods to incomprehensible freaks from hell and everyone in between. His influence was universal, breaking through so many cultural barriers.

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My Review of Star Wars: The Force Awakens (SPOILERS!!) [Dec. 30th, 2015|04:02 pm]
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This review contains TONS OF SPOILERS and how! So don"t say I didn"t warn you!Collapse )
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Unexpected Guest [Dec. 20th, 2015|11:35 pm]
Jeffrey, Jeff, or Jeffy
Heard a noise in the basement on a cold and raining night. Went down to invetigate. Realized that a door was left ajar, and I found a skunk curling itself up under a pile of tarps and work clothes.

The skunk looked up at me, pointing his nose at me. He did not fluff up his tail, and he didn't act aggresively.

And I just didn't have the heart to chase him outside, because it was so cold and wet ouside.

So skunk gets to sleep in the basement tonight. So sue me.

(It's also the same skunk that comes around trying to get me to feed it and let it in the house.)
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Race Report: Not my Best Day at the California International Marathon. (But I still finished...) [Dec. 8th, 2015|09:27 am]
Jeffrey, Jeff, or Jeffy
This past Sunday I ran the California International Marathon. It was my 6th completed CIM and my 17th Marathon since 2009.

The CIM is a nice, flat and quick course from the city of Folsom to Sacramento in Northern California.

I had planned on making this marathon a possible PR attempt, especially since the CIM is a pretty easy course that I've already PR'd on twice. I carefully planned out my training schedule earlier this year, and ran the San Francisco Marathon last July as a training marathon. But things didn't turn out the way I had planned.

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The Next Great 'Merican Novel? Shameless self promotion! [Nov. 3rd, 2015|12:20 pm]
Jeffrey, Jeff, or Jeffy
I published a book! Well, self published a book...

Check it out!

It's the harrowing story of two drug addicts, one who's trying to get clean and sober, and another who's sinking deeper and deeper into her addiction. It's ironic how similar the two worlds can be, with contacts and code words and covert meetings with fellow addicts, whether they're trying to get loaded or trying to stay off of the stuff.

I just put this out via Amazon's CreateSpace, and it's available now. Just starting to hawk this thing. If you want a preview, there's a sample from the book under the LJ cut.

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http://www.amazon.com/Crash-Shadow-Tale-Two-Addicts/dp/151691001X
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Race report: Napa Valley Ragnar 2015 - 33 hours in Paradise [Nov. 2nd, 2015|07:25 am]
Jeffrey, Jeff, or Jeffy
I know this race report is rather late. Originally I had been far too busy to write it right after the race, but several people were all "Where's your race report?" So here it is!

A couple of weekends ago I was one of twelve runners for the team 33 hours in Paradise during the Napa Valley Ragnar Relay, a long distance relay that went through four counties in Northern California, starting in San Francisco. (From October 23rd to the 24th.)

For those of you not familiar with a Ragnar Relay: The Ragnar Relay is a long-distance relay race a la' Hood to Coast. The average team has 12 runners, and the course is around 200 miles long. Each runner runs three legs of 3 to 9 miles, and the race takes an average of 30 hours to complete. The runners get from exchange to exchange via two passeneger vans. While one van's runners are running, the other van is resting and trying to get some sleep. For more info, check out this link.

I was in van one, which included Emily, our fearless and practical van captain, Zandra the bionic relay runner, (She had a cyborg running outfit for one leg,) thee Hiromi who hails from New York, New York, Erica who was my teammate last year for this very same team, and Andy, a runner who jumped onto the team at the very last minute since we had someone drop out suddenly just a week before the race.

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