A Trip Down the Rabbit Hole

I just started reading the 144-page long report compiled by Ted Wells on the events surrounding  Richie Incognito, Jonathan Martin, and the Miami Dolphins organization.

For anyone who is unfamiliar with the situation, Incognito and other Dolphins players verbally abused Martin to the point where he literally left the team last season to seek out psychiatric help. Based on information that has been released so far, it sounds like a pretty messed up situation. People have speculated on what really happened, but no one seemed to know the whole story.

Until now. A 144-page report that promises to detail the facts and circumstances surrounding the Dolphins organization, most notably what has occurred within the walls of its locker room and amongst its players.

I’m going in deep, and I probably won’t be back out for a while.

I will report back on my findings and feelings this weekend.

In the mean time, here’s a fun song that I can’t stop listening to, which seems fitting, as I imagine the Wells report isn’t going to be too uplifting.

The First Vinyl I Bought on eBay

Of my entire record collection, I’ve purchased most of the items live and in person. There are some, however, that I’ve snagged off eBay for various reasons. Sometimes I couldn’t find the item anywhere else. Other times it was such a limited edition item that it was only available on eBay at a high markup.  Continue reading

Bob Costas, Olympic Hero, is Having a Rough Time in Sochi

Anyone who has ever had pink eye knows how it works. You wake up one morning and your eye feels partially glued shut. The next morning it gets worse. All of a sudden your eye IS glued shut. Then it’s itchy. Then maybe it spreads to the other eye. Then you need some type of eye drops in order to make everything go back to normal.

It sucks, to say the least.  Continue reading

Wedding Planning – Part One

After spending Saturday morning / afternoon viewing potential wedding venues in the rainy Presidio, Kasey and I finally began our formal wedding planning this evening. I’ve heard all about wedding planning from friends of ours that are married and have received some pretty great advice as well. Continue reading

Michael Sam, All-American Football Player, Comes Out

Last college football season, Missouri senior defensive end Michael Sam led the SEC — considered for a long time to be America’s best college football conference — with 11.5 sacks and 19 tackles for loss.

He was named as an All-American and is projected as a mid-round pick in the upcoming NFL draft.

On Sunday, in an interview with ESPN’s Outside the Lines, Michael Sam announced to the world that he is gay. Continue reading

Braving the Rain in Pursuit of Glory

In general, when the weather is sub-par I don’t get too pumped about going outside. Especially when the current local weather forecast looks something like this:

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Please note that ‘Light Rain’ is not an accurate depiction of what was going on outside. Something like ‘Steady downfall with periodic torrential downpours and wind gusts’ would have been more fitting.

But today is February 8th, exactly 39 days into the year with only 4.05 miles in my pocket. Not acceptable. It was time to step up the intensity.

I was able to manage another 3.24 miles today, which has me sitting at 7.39 for the year. Still not great, but definitely a step in the right direction.

There’s still 326 days left in the year, with 792.61 miles to the promised land. That’s 2.43 miles per day. Still very doable.

I just need to peacefully grind until I hit the top.

My only regret about today’s run is that my brand new running shoes got dirty. A small price to pay.

A Word from John Steinbeck

As I’ve grown older, I’ve considered my life to be a journey to find the best way to live life. The best way to be alive. Through life experience, including mingling with other human beings, reading books, listening to music, etc., I’ve learned a lot. Yet, there is still a lot more to learn.

Some of the tidbits I’ve learned along the way that have stuck with me — and will continue to stick with me forever — are some words from John Steinbeck. In his incredible book East of Eden, Steinbeck wrote:

“In uncertainty I am certain that underneath their topmost layers of frailty men want to be good and want to be loved. Indeed, most of their vices are attempted short cuts to love. When a man comes to die, no matter what his talents and influence and genius, if he dies unloved his life must be a failure to him and his dying a cold horror. It seems to me that if you or I must choose between two courses of thought or action, we should remember our dying and try so to live that our death brings no pleasure to the world.”

Live life to the fullest. Treat people well. Be a good EFFING person.

Have a great weekend.

Ty Segall, Thee Oh Sees, and the Changing Culture of San Francisco

I don’t remember when it happened, but sometime over the course of the past four years San Francisco became ‘home’ and where I came from became just that. Where there used to be ‘the place I grew up’ and ‘the place I live now’, there is now only San Francisco, my home.

For the sake of time, words, and relevance to this current post, I won’t go into all of the reasons I fell in love with San Francisco, but one of them includes the live music I’ve witnessed over the past few years. It’s something I can’t even fully articulate, but there’s a certain energy present at shows all around this city, and the only way to really know what I’m talking about is to experience it yourself. Continue reading

The Latest Aaron Rodgers Offseason News

A month ago Aaron Rodgers was recovering from a fractured collarbone. A week after that the Packers’ season was finished after a Rodgers-led team lost in the playoffs to the 49ers.

This morning on the bus, I stumbled across the most relevant current piece of Aaron Rodgers news.

According to US Weekly, Aaron Rodgers is (once again) dating ‘Gossip Girl’ actress Jessica Szohr.

Are they a legit couple? Will they survive the test of time? Only one way to find out. Continue reading