On Friday I had a lumbar microdiscectomy at L4-5, a one hour surgery. A day surgery, they called it, the entire ordeal was 4 hours. Now mostly pain free. Yesterday I walked 1200 steps.
Hope to race a 5K on July 4th

More noteworthy, eight Washington Huskies ran a sub four mile in the same race. Watch


Compelling interview with D.C. cop on his near-death experience in the storm on the Capital. …Here

His book, Hold The Line, tells the whole story.  Highly recommended.  Being a cop is a tough life.  I had a good friend, a deputy with the Los Angeles Sheriffs.  Sadly, he drank himself to death.

Also read and recommend Lauren Fleshman’s Good For A Girl. …I knew two of her coaches, Dave DeLong and Mark Rowland,  her third coach, Vin Lananna, only slightly.


Does cycling (running) have a drinking problem?


Humans Walk Weird


All is well in Oregon. Consider


Why Finland is the happiest country in the world. Read.


Books enjoyed in December. Five favorites with asterick.

Pecked To Death By Ducks by Tim Cahill
Pass The Butterworms by Tim Cahill*
Lost In My Own Backyard: A Walk in Yellowstone National Park by Tim Cahill
Wolfpack by Abby Wambach*
The American Spirit by David McCullough
While the Music Lasts: My Life in Politics by William M. Bulger
Held Captive: The kidnapping and Rescue of Elizabeth Smart by Maggie Haberman and Jeane MacIntosh
Conversations with Tom Wolfe edited by Dorothy Scura
The Incomplete Book of Running by Peter Sagal
The Hypochondriac’s Guide to Life. And Death by Gene Weingarten*
Wild Bill Donovan by Douglas Waller*
Sonny Liston Was A Friend Of Mine by Thom Jones
Cold Snap by Thom Jones
The Divided Mind by John Sarno, M.D.
Fallen Founder: The Life of Aaron Burr by Nancy Isenberg
The Bomber Mafia by Malcolm Gladwell
Woman: An Intimate Geography by Natalie Angier*


The move from a structuralist account in which capital is understood to structure social relations in relatively homologous ways to a view of hegemony in which power relations are subject to repetition, convergence, and rearticulation brought the question of temporality into the thinking of structure, and marked a shift from a form of Althusserian theory that takes structural totalities as theoretical objects to one in which the insights into the contingent possibility of structure inaugurate a renewed conception of hegemony as bound up with the contingent sites and strategies of the rearticulation of power.

Make sense? The authorx is Judith Butler, a prolix queer professor at UC-Berkeley.

Confession. I own a B.A. and M.A in English from CSU-Fulllerton. I have no clue what they (preferred pronoun) is saying.



Stanford Dictionary …Orwellian!


The Lionel Messi Guide to Living