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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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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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Bashir's Memorial Photo Album [Oct. 12th, 2015|04:59 pm]
Jeffrey, Jeff, or Jeffy
I made a memorial album for Bashir on my Facebook:


In case you missed it, my cat Bashir passed on last week when he was struck and killed by a speeding car. Post here:

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Goodbye Bashir [Oct. 6th, 2015|12:51 pm]
Jeffrey, Jeff, or Jeffy
Yesterday morning my large tabby cat Bashir passed on when he was struck and killed by a car.

Bashir was more like a dog than a cat. Nine times out of ten, when I drove up to the house, he would come running up to greet me, meowing loudly. Sometimes he would jump into the car, and you could actually close the door and drive around the block and he would look out of the window like a dog. He loved to go for car rides. (Which made taking him to the vet much easier!) Sometimes I would see him a block or two from the house when I was driving home, and I would stop and he'd jump in the car and I'd drive him home.

I refered to him as my "genetically attached" cat. He would follow me around the yard when I was gardening. If I went from the front yard to the back yard he'd follow me and just sit nearby while I was raking leaves or cutting ivy, as if he were supervising. He slept with me in my bed almost every night. He would bother me when I was at the desk, when I was working, when I was playing video games, when I was writing. Whenever I got on the floor to do leg exercises or foam roll, he'd run up and headbonk me and try to play with me.

Oftentimes it could be annoying, getting headbonked at 2 AM, or having a cat nose in your face when you were trying to debug a program. The thing was, he was always around. My other cat Jadzia is oftentimes aloof. She hardly ever sleeps on my bed, she never ran up to me when I drove up, or when I got down on the floor for foam rolling. Sometimes she follows me around the yard, and occasionally she will ask for pettings or to play. (She loves the red dot.) But she wasn't around nearly as much as Bashir.

As much as he stuck beside me Bashir was also a wanderer. He wandered all over the neighborhood. In a way it's not surprising that he met his end this way. I always knew it was a possibility. He was sometimes reckless about crossing the street, and I would holler at him and chase him back onto the sidewalk. He was much more of a wanderer when he was younger, going all over the neighborhood. In his older age he stuck to home much more often, and I assumed he had it figured out, how to move around the neighborhood and stay out of danger. I assumed, after awhile, that he really would live to a ripe old kitty age. I thought we had at least five more years together before age started catching up to him, and probably not even then. At ten years old he was still very healthy and robust and active. Usually he stuck to the quiet side streets when he did stray from the house, such as the one I live on, but his body was found on a main street, a very busy street not too far from my house, where he rarely ventured. Animal services, who picked him up, were able to find us because of his mirochip.

I once wondered aloud on my Facebook, "Why must my cat love me so?" (In reference to his always sticking by me and harrassing me.) Yeah, this seems like a big deal for a cat, but like I said, he was more like a dog than a cat. For more than ten years, he was a part of my everyday life at home.

Last night I spent the night at a friend's house. This morning I droppped him off at the vets, so he can be cremated. I gave him one last kiss and one last scritch in the front yard before I took him into the car, because that's one of the places where we spent so much time.

So tonight I will sleep in a cold and empty bed, without a big tabby cat keeping me warm. So many things around this house remind me of him: Getting down on the floor to exercise or foam roll, gardening in the yard, working or playing on the computer, or just even driving up to the house; All of those regular, everday and routine things I do remind me of him. Call me a crazy cat man if you must, but this pet's passing has affected me more than any other previous pet's departure. I've lost cats and dogs before, but this one is the toughest loss.

Goodbye Bashir. You were a big strong cat full of unconditional love, affection, and loyalty. My life just got a lot more cold and lonely.

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Fooootball! And Counter Attack Memes [Sep. 11th, 2015|09:40 am]
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So the NFL season officially started last night, and I'm in not one, but two fantasy football leagues with thee greeneyedsadie.

Along with being a longtime 49er fan, I always get rather irked when people start posting snarky memes and posts about how much they don't care about football. It's like, I might not care about the ballet, but I'm not going to go out of my way to dump on people who do.

That's when a friend of mine posted on Facebook about this anti-football behavior, an inspiring rant that was shared by several of her friends, and which inspired me to make this lil' meme, which I posted to Facebook:

So there! :)
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Watch This [Aug. 20th, 2015|09:25 am]
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You'll be glad you did. Watch it and share it!

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Race Report: San Francisco Marathon [Jul. 28th, 2015|03:12 pm]
Jeffrey, Jeff, or Jeffy
This past Sunday I ran the San Francisco Marathon. It was my fourth San Francisco Marathon and my 16th marathon since I ran my first in 2009.

The SF Marathon was my first ever marathon back in 2009, and since then they have barely changed the course. It's basically the same course year after year. (One or two turns might have been changed, but that's it!)

I only signed up for two marathons this year, SF and the California International Marathon, which I run every year, so I went nearly eight months without running a marathon, which is unusual for me. (I usually sign up for three or four each year!)

While this was not a PR attempt, it was in the back of my mind. I decided that this would be a more-or-less just for fun run. I am planning on making a serious PR attempt in December at the CIM, so I was taking this one as a dress rehersal of sorts. I let myself just cruise along for the first part of the marathon. I was in wave five of eight starting waves, and we set off on time, just after 6 AM.

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Goth Acapella? [Jul. 21st, 2015|12:19 pm]
Jeffrey, Jeff, or Jeffy
So I posted this picture of myself and three of my high school friends on Facebook the other day, with the following caption: "So we were thinking of starting a goth acapella group. What should we call ourselves?"

From left to right: Dan, Me, Matt, and Michael. Partners in crime from my glorious and misspent past!

I got a ton of responses, not just from my friends, but from friends of friends since I tagged those guys in the picture. Here are some of my favorite band name suggestions for our quartet. (Extra points if you get some of the more obscure-ish references):

Four Feet in the Grave
The Dead Beats
The Undertones
The Telltale Heartbreakers
Finnegans Wake
The Misters of Mercy
The Sweeny Toads
The Club Lipps Geriatric Auxiliary
Andrew Elderly
Barbershop of Doom
Something Wicked This Way Croons
Skeleton Soft Shoe
Misery loves harmony
Oy Division (If we decide to go klezmer...)

And, my favorite...

Bela Lugosi's Dad

Which ones do you like best? And any more suggestions? :)
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Race Report: Tinkerbell Half Marathon [May. 12th, 2015|11:18 am]
Jeffrey, Jeff, or Jeffy
Last Sunday I ran the Tinkerbell Half Marathon in Anaheim, California, right by and through the Disneyland theme park. I ran this race with my friend and Disney race addict friend Mary, who convinced me to try a Disney run,) and my Ragnar sister and fitness geek extraordinaire Michele. (AKA bkmichele!) I've run an awful lot of races: Marathons, half marathons, long-distance relays, lotsa 5Ks, 10Ks, and other Ks. My medal hangers are groaning from the weight. But I had never done a Disney run.

The race began at 5:30 AM, by far the earliest start time ever for any non-relay race I've ever run in. (One of my relay teams started at 5:30 AM, but that was for a 200 mile, 30+ hours race.) Myself, Michele, and Mary made our way to the start line around 5 AM from our hotel. It was still dark, and quite cool, but not cold. Mary had run the 10K the day before, and she didn't believe she would do that well this day as a result. Michele and I seperated from Mary as Mary was in a different corral.

As I had been previously warned by Michele, security was strict. They made sure we got into the corect corrals, having our bibs checked several times and also running into a phalanx of volunteers who made sure we didn't wander over to the elite section. Michele and I were in the B corral, which is the farthest forward a man can be at the starting line. Corral A and the elite section were strictly women only.

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Race report: So Cal ragnar 2015 - Team Running C2C [Apr. 14th, 2015|06:14 pm]
Jeffrey, Jeff, or Jeffy
Last weekend I was part of my good friend Kiki's So Cal Ragnar Relay team Running C2C. (A team for her crossfit gym in San Juan Capistrano Crossfit to the Core!) It was my 5th So Cal Ragnar and my 13th 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 3 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.

My Teammates: Our fearless leader and my good friend Kiki led us runners in Van 2, which included me, Iron Woman Guin, comic relief Jack, thee Kevin, and John. (Who was running with a cast on his left arm. Play hurt!) The interpid Brian was our driver, letting the rest of us concentrate on running duties. We comprised van two, runners seven through twelve.

First Leg: Gettin' Ultra

Because I had asked Kiki for a lot of miles, she assigned me the runner 7 position. (Got the handoff from the last runner in van one!) My first leg was the longest leg on the entire 200 mile-ish course: 12.1 total miles, from Orange to Irvine in Southern California.

I got myself good and psyched for this run. Only three weeks before I had attempted to hit my half marathon PR at the Oakland Running Festival, (Missed it by three minutes,) and I decided I wasn't going to run this just for fun, I was going to try and kill it!

I stood in the chute along with all of the other 12.1 miler runners, waiting for my teammate Steve to charge in. I'm always antsy when I'm waiting for a runner to come in at an exchange, but this leg was making me extra antsy. I've run a longer Ragnar leg than this one in a previous race, but that was for my ultra team. This time I had eleven other runners waiting for me to kill this distance, and I was determined to keep it as short as possible!

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