Friday, April 18, 2014

I cross the street, take a right.

On your left. 
Etiquette for Runners: Passing. Alert pedestrians when you are passing them – don’t assume they are aware of their surroundings. A simple “on your left” warning will suffice. - Road Runners
And yet ... when? Is it necessary to holler from half a block away? I find that if I speak up too close to the person I am passing, I scare the crap out of them. Then there are those who are listening to headphones, who do not hear me anyway. Also, those who weave down the sidewalk, be they addled, elderly, or douchebag. May I pass on the right, or must I pass on the left regardless, even if it puts me into a hedge?

However, it wasn't until seeing Captain America: The Winter Soldier today that I became truly confident of exactly what to say. It always came out, runner on your left or passing on your left. From now on it's ON YOUR LEFT. I said that three times tonight.

Those who know me are aware I am probably on your left already.

Footskills Run

Temperature: 61°
Distance: 4.75 miles

Dropped the kids at Friday evening soccer practice and went for a hard run around the Heights. Meanwhile, these new supporters are horrible, I will make note to rat them out to everyone. I thought they would soften up, but seriously. It's like sandpaper.

1999 Playlist
Five Fathoms (Kevin Yost Everything And A Groove Mix) - Everything But the Girl
Hyperactive - The Donnas
Accepting Application at University - Lilys
Big Pimpin - Jay-Z ft. UGK
The Future of the Future (Stay Gold) - Everything But the Girl w/Deep Dish
A Tab for the Holiday - Lily
Honey - Moby
Kiss Me - Sixpence None the Richer
Steal My Sunshine - Len
Leo Ryan (Our Pharoah's Slave) - Lilys

Great gift idea.
Daddy got a birthday coming up.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

A billion feet sound just like a billion drums.

The boy had soccer practice, so I suited up and went running, rather than just heading to a coffee shop shop and binging on Facebook.  This was my first Shaker Lakes Run, something some of friends have the opportunity to do all the time ... though I think I prefer the traffic in my neighborhood.

Still, running next to a body of water, even a small one, is a great way to get your head away from the city.

Shaker Lakes Run
Temperature: 64°
Distance: 4.5 miles

Everything that happened in 1989 happened a quarter century ago, and that's all I am going to say about that, except I have been wrong about many things, but I was right about the Beastie Boys.

1989 Playlist
Dry County - The B-52's
The Sensual World - Kate Bush
Get Up! (Before The Night Is Over) - Technotronic ft. Felly
Across This Antheap - XTC
Sin (Dub) - Nine Inch Nails
Shake Your Rump - Beastie Boys
Pet Semetary - The Ramones 
King For a Day - XTC
Higher Ground - Red Hot Chili Peppers

Sunday, April 13, 2014

2014 Hathaway Brown 5K

2014 Hathaway Brown 5K
Start: 9:00 am
Official time: 22:16.4
Place overall: 24
Men 45 to 49: 3rd Place

A good morning to run a 5K, cool and bright. Maybe if I had actually had something like a breakfast I would not have felt as weak as I did or perhaps I would have placed better -- but this was an improvement on my last 5K, last summer.

Observation: The Doppler Effect makes the song "Happy" sound really unhappy.

The girl and I will run a 5K in a little over a month, for Girls On The Run. She wanted to see how well and how fast she could a one-mile today, and so stuck to the "fun" run. She came in second overall, with a neat 6 minute mile! Not bad considering how many crying children she had to get around to break out of the pack, who were instructed to stick to the sidewalk.

I wasn't sure how the boy would do. I stayed a few steps behind him and to my surprise he never stopped. He was beat by the time we finished (see photo above) but in a brisk 6:42 and I am very proud of him.

After, we ate way too many pancakes.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

While my blood’s still flowing.

Calves, shins and ankles very stiff and sore this morning. Hobbling around the house, making coffee and toasting bagels . No doubt the past two days I have been charging a bit too much, high bpm, going fast, lifting my toes.

Boy Bike Run
Temperature: 70°

Distance: 2 miles

Just on my way out to enjoy this amazing afternoon, the boy asked if he couldn’t ride alongside me. This does not make for a good run, as it involves running, slower, more carefully, fretting about him not pitching off his bike, and all the necessary walking up the hilly parts.

Of course, I said yes. Because that’s where the father-son talk happens.

Distance: 3 miles

Sweaty, humid, new scene idea for the children’s script, thought of a great bit for the private performance - because this is where the thinking happens.

2009 Playlist

Help I’m Alive - Metric
Hi Friend! - deadmau5 ft. MC Flipside
Pick Up The Phone - Dragonette
When Love Takes Over - David Guetta ft. Kelly Rowland
Rude Boy * - Rihanna

Good Lord, I signed up for a race for tomorrow. Totally slipped my mind.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Now is all we get.


Out into the world. This afternoon a former actor-teacher and I met for Dynomite burgers on Star Plaza. Just as the weather breaks Playhouse Square, the neighborhood where I work is being festooned in preparation for a huge celebration.

Some colleagues of mine and I are preparing a special performance event, I am flipping between several rehearsals. Tomorrow I have events to attend at the Hanna, my folks and my brother’s in-laws are going to see As You Like It tomorrow afternoon, I have to be there to represent the company in a few capacities.

Sometimes I feel so tethered to me social media, like I can’t go two minutes without checking my email or Facebook, and yet there I also am, with the wife, watching soccer practice and talking to fellow parents.

Tonight a run, because who knows if I will get a chance tomorrow, I will be so away from here and busy. It is a goal to wrap up 49 Playlists by the end of April, and that will take commitment.

Speaking of which, I have decided never to run the same marathon twice. How many do I have left? So NYC and CLE are out. But there are many others and I may have chosen one.

Temperature: 54°
Distance: 3.25 miles

Oh, how I have missed a cool nighttime run! However, that is as close to a live possum as I ever want to be, ever again, ever ever never.

1979 Playlist
It’s Different For Girls - Joe Jackson
Ready for the ‘80s - Village People
Bad Girls - Donna Summer
Voulez Vous - ABBA
Planet Claire - The B-52’s
Plastic Passion - The Cure
Tusk - Fleetwood Mac

Thursday, April 10, 2014

My temperature is rising.

Hide the kids, time for:
Free-Love Cleveland's Easter Egg Hunt

This morning I sat out on the front step with the girl, waiting for her bus. I tried to picture the familiar frozen landscape of just two months ago, the heaping mounds of never-melting snow, the crisp, crystal, almost deadly stillness of the air. The memory so recent and so vivid, but impossible to believe it did not happen on some other planet. 

Temperature: 70°
Distance: 5.15 miles

Warm, hot. Fast and loose. But damn, every direction I turned, wind. Felt much further than five miles.

1995 Playlist
Just a Girl - No Doubt
I Don't Wanna Grow Up - The Ramones
The Last Polka - Ben Folds Five
Ball of Confusion - Duran Duran
Scream - Michael Jackson & Janet Jackson
White Lines - Duran Duran
The Tra La La Song (One Banana Two Banana) - Liz Phair w/Material Issue
California Love - Tupac ft. Dr. Dre
Stutter - Elastica
Statue of Liberty - Joe Jackson
Brain Stew - Green Day

Gen X father skateboarding up Boynton. This is my neighborhood.

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

I feel good.

Sunshiny day, hard to believe it's lower than fifty. After tomorrow we are supposed to be in full spring. Fascinating day, this morning I was a judge for one writing competition, this evening for a completely different playwriting competition. Dinnertime run, and then I will be out of here. I enjoy this life.

Temperature: 48°
Distance: 3.25 miles

1975 Playlist
Journey of the Sorcerer - The Eagles*
Tush - ZZ Top
Stand By Me - John Lennon
Life is a Minestrone - 10cc
Death On Two Legs - Queen
Young Americans - David Bowie
I'm Not In Love - 10cc

* Suprisingly decent running song. Most excellent bpm, even better when the record gets to the good bit.