Category Archives: Thoughts

The Rudest Devices

On July 13th, I became the owner of my first cell phone. My resistance to having one in the past was not entirely for financial reasons, nor because I suffer from high-tech phobias, nor because I’m an old-fashioned fuddy-duddy. I’ve … Continue reading

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Non-Utilitarian Apparel

There is a certain arbitrariness born of tradition regarding what is considered dressy attire. Utilitarian wear is not the first principle of design. There is nothing intrinsically praiseworthy from a practical standpoint about tying a piece of cloth around one’s … Continue reading

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Giving Awards

Mankind is inextricably addicted to the ceremonious giving of awards. When I was a Boy Scout, our troop had a pancake making contest. I took it seriously, thinking the intent was to make the finest-looking stack of pancakes possible. Some … Continue reading

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Morons Need Jobs Too!

To each person his own job is or becomes important. Morons need jobs, too. Give them their space; let them do their work. When the average joe looks for a job, his primary objective is usually to find an occupation … Continue reading

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The Most Secure Place in the World

Many adventure and sci-fi movies show scenes of top secret highly secure fortresses surrounded by armed guards and protected by more hi-tech gear than the Pentagon can afford. Each of these movies leaves you convinced that there couldn’t possibly be … Continue reading

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Music As Wallpaper

Music today has become like wallpaper — part of the ambience. Hardly anyone ever just listens to it any more, unless it’s to get up and dance. As a child I became accumstomed to simply listening to music, allowing it … Continue reading

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A Simple Life

Many people stumble along the path from birth to death with colossal holes in their lives. They never read. How can a person know anything if he never, ever reads? They never think. They never work out. They never learn … Continue reading

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Boredom Redux

Often I’ve claimed that I never get bored while running. I’ll stick to that claim, with a minor rider. Sometimes preoccupation with something else can interfere with whatever task we are presently performing, such that we do it less well, … Continue reading

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Job Interviews Are Like Auditions

Recently I have been looking for work once again, and in so doing have had to make myself available for job interviews, the humiliating grilling in which a person is expected to lay his life’s work experience on the line … Continue reading

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Why Ultrarunning?

On the Ultra List ultrarunning e-mail list one subscriber surmised: “…some people get into ultrarunning to prove to the world that they’re “tough.” Deep down inside they feel weak, so they compensate by doing something physically difficult.” Another responded: Or … Continue reading

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Why Do I Write?

Recently I posted a comment to an excellent article written by a friend on Ergo Sum. What I wrote works well as a standalone thought, so I decided to post it here as well. Why do I write? One reason … Continue reading

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Exhalations

I’m pathologically incapable of reading a sentence under the control of an editor and not editing it. In fact, I’m doing it right now! I’m having one of those experiences where an action produces a repeatable but seemingly unrelated reaction, … Continue reading

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Why I Hate News Groups

In earlier days of the Internet, I used to read Usenet news groups, now more commonly known simply as news groups. Today I will read some specific news group no more often on average than once in several months because … Continue reading

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Chopin on the Banjo

You haven’t lived until you’ve heard Bela Fleck playing a Chopin Etude on the banjo. If you were to listen to it while falling over a cliff while running from a bear in Alaska, your life would be complete (and … Continue reading

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Terrorists Win

Shortly after the horrible events of September 11, 2001, the president of the nation of which I am a lifetime citizen became accustomed to declaring that if people did not go along with his plans and proposals for coping with … Continue reading

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Exercise As a Priority

Commendably, today (August 31, 2005), as the southern part of the Unites States is reeling from the devastation left by hurricane Katrina, US President George W. Bush opted to cut short his vacation in order to tend to business. It’s … Continue reading

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Micro-Thoughts Redux

Don’t you hate it when people keep using words like redux? Before my life changed I was a composer. People sometimes ask me: “What kind of music did you write?” I wrote UN-popular music. Some titles: Neglected Concerto Unknown Symphony … Continue reading

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Estimating Driver Attitude

Drivers in Arizona wear their attitudes on the outside. The ones to fear most are those who drive trucks. Several secondary factors act as additive attitudinal properties. Among them are: A hat. If it’s on backwards or a cowboy hat, … Continue reading

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The Truth About Guys

So tell me — what are those girls underpants parties all about? I never have understood that. Guys don’t do those. Guys don’t say things like, “Say, Bubba’s getting married — let’s buy him some new Fruit of the Looms … Continue reading

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Regarding Political Neutrality

Most people who know me are aware that I maintain a stance of political neutrality. After the US presidential election in 2004, a curious ultrarunning friend inquired: “Are you apolitical as in not interested in the just-finished election?” Most will … Continue reading

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The Seven Twenty-First Century Dwarfs

If Disney were to remake Snow White, they would have to redo the dwarfs to make them more relevant to contemporary standards. Here’s a suggested list. Seedy Sleazy Greedy Lazy Grouchy Raunchy Disreputable It’s not much, but neither is much … Continue reading

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Life Is Dangerous

Life is getting to be too dangerous. My bathroom scale has a warning on it not to use if I’ve got a pacemaker. (I don’t.) My toothbrush and razor came with instructions on how to avoid electrocution while using them. … Continue reading

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Was That a Zebra or a Giraffe?

Speaking of basic education (was I doing that?) … Certain skills are fundamental to life. Some obvious ones include ability to care for oneself and to perform basic chores, reading, writing, and arithmetic, to which I would add secondary skills … Continue reading

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English As a Second Language for Native-Borns

There was a high school physics teacher who subscribed to a mail list I once belonged to. Everyone disliked him because he was an idiot and most of what he said was both ignorant and offensive. He was nearly illiterate … Continue reading

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Tatoos As Art?

Last year I read an article that began: The double Olympic champion didn’t know whether to laugh or cry after spotting Emma Fitch’s mis-spelt work of art [a tatoo] during a walkabout in Kent. I’ve seen tatoos justified as “art” … Continue reading

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Micro-Thoughts

Some people have things to say and some people have to say things. There are c. 6.5 billion people in the world. If the average person lives 76 years, 27740 days, It means that throughout the world an average of … Continue reading

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Moon Travel As Recreation

Today’s CNN Quick Vote survey question is: If you had $100 million, would you spend it on a trip to the moon? Yes No Are you crazy? So far, of the 143977 people who have answered, 12569 have said yes. … Continue reading

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Greetings

As a long-time denizen of the Internet (for many years before I even knew it was called the Internet), this is nonetheless my first attempt to create a blog. We shall see how it goes. So far there is nothing … Continue reading

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