Monthly Archives: October 2017

What’s scarier than Halloween?

This morning I listened to a Radiolab program comparing the Orson Welles radio broadcast War of the Worlds with the more contemporary (though barely) Blair Witch Project movie. The common premise of the two presentations was creating an environment in … Continue reading

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Don’t show me the video of that gruesome football injury.

I don’t need to see the video of Chicago Bears player Zach Miller in which he dislocated his knee on a touchdown attempt this past Sunday. Surgeons are now trying to save the leg for Zach Miller, whose injury is … Continue reading

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Leave the phone home, E.T.

Ugh. There are days when it feels like I look like ET, the extraterrestrial being with the long neck, the wrinkly skin and the big eyes. Not to mention the paunch. Don’t they know how to work out in outer … Continue reading

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Missives from the playground

I was six years old when President John F. Kennedy was assassinated. We were running around the playground at Willow Street Elementary when the news shot through the crowds of kids playing on the macadam. I remember standing there shocked … Continue reading

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On being a stepping stone

Last Friday the scheduled MRI for my dodgy left knee got dumped when I showed up at the wrong hospital. Actually I showed up at the right hospital for the first appointment I’d made, but an opportunity to visit a … Continue reading

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High expectations. Low drama.

In the weeks leading up to her Ironman Louisville event, my wife Sue was quite busy with her job. For one thing, she was out of town handling job responsibilities for a week. Then she got back with a day … Continue reading

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Is Ironman a religion?

Religion: 1. a personal set or institutionalized system of religious attitudes, beliefs, and practices 2. archaic :scrupulous conformity : conscientiousness 3. a cause, principle, or system of beliefs held to with ardor and faith Don’t panic, triathletes. I’m not about to criticize Ironman as a … Continue reading

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There are four sides to every runner

We like to think of ourselves as well-rounded athletes. But actually, we’re really a bunch of squares. You have a front and a back, and two sides. You’re square. I also happen to have the same inseam length as the measurement … Continue reading

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The romance of small ball fitness

Those of us who run, ride and swim come to realize that while the big muscles that drive us forward are important, it is the little muscles, tendons and connective tissues that keep us together. There must be romance between … Continue reading

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Come Halloween Night

I clearly recall the feel of the air that Halloween Night of 1972. Wandering with a group of friends through the town of Elburn, Illinois, half looking to get into some kind of trouble. But not really. None of us … Continue reading

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