Charm City Memorial Day

My Memorial Day weekend was a healthy and active one, chock-full of sweat-inducing activities like baseball, running and lifting. That is, (watching) baseball, running (errands) and lifting (pints of hard cider to my sun-parched lips.) To be fair, it was sweat-inducing, but only because the temperatures held above 90 degrees for three days straight. Ok,Continue reading “Charm City Memorial Day”

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Running in the Real World

Most of my recent posts have been poorly concealed excuses to mass-distribute photos of my brother’s new puppy. What? Weird. How did that get in here? But in an attempt to keep my apparent cynophilia (important disclaimer: means fondness for dogs, not sexual attraction to dogs, no matter what the internet says) at bay, I’mContinue reading “Running in the Real World”

I Won’t Mess with Texas

I usually limit my lists to trifectas, since most things – holy trinities, blind mice, Hanson brothers, etc. – are better in threes. But since everything is bigger in Texas, I’m going to break from tradition here and dabble into the double digits. So without further ado, I bring you: The Top 10 Things IContinue reading “I Won’t Mess with Texas”

Dallas, Here I Come

My sister has planned a ridiculously fun itinerary for us in Texas this weekend, which is surprising, because we’re always so serious when we’re together. Yes, I had a pretty sweet haircut as a child and yes, I’m thinking about bringing it back. The tentative schedule that arrived in my inbox this morning came completeContinue reading “Dallas, Here I Come”

Weekend Warrior

It’s both startling and invigorating how quickly the world around us can change. But don’t believe me. Just ask Central Park. A lush and silent oasis at 7 a.m. Saturday morning, the Sheep’s Meadow was almost unrecognizable by the time I returned with picnic in tow seven short hours later. The songbirds had been replacedContinue reading “Weekend Warrior”

Coming Soon to a City Near You

As Woody Allen once famously said: “A running career is like a shark. It has to constantly move forward or it dies. And then all you have on your hands is a dead shark.” Oh wait. Maybe he said that about relationships, not running. It’s hard to be sure. Mr. Allen is clearly an expertContinue reading “Coming Soon to a City Near You”

Philadelphia for the Win

The City of Brotherly Love sometimes gets a bad rap. For example: If you’ve seen Philadelphia, you watched a young Tom Hanks ousted from his homophobic law firm for contracting AIDS. If you’ve seen The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, you witnessed a couple of guys who were up to no good start making trouble inContinue reading “Philadelphia for the Win”

Mongolian in Michigan

Hello from Dearborn, Michigan, both home to the largest Middle Eastern population outside of the Middle East, according to my taxi driver, and home to a pretty anticlimactic hotel room view, according to my pretty anticlimactic hotel room view. I may be visiting this industrial suburb of Detroit for work, but I was fortunate enoughContinue reading “Mongolian in Michigan”