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I'll put a positive spin on it: this bomb killed zero people. Had it exploded, it might have killed people or made them homeless (I'm sure there are war era maps that would help us verify that was there). Most Germans weren't war criminals, and maybe those not impacted by this bomb went on to help others. Maybe they had families or helped other families raise happy children who went on to spread good will.
I'm hopeful we can look at this bomb and believe no harm came to others from it.
What's the subject of the survey? Is it something like changing like which children will be eaten to feed the others or minor like whether they should play baseball or soccer this spring? For mundane subjects, I think that's a healthy sample.
It's just personal pressure on myself. That isn't entirely true. The Tuesday run I do is a group run, and there are some fast people. It pushes me to run faster.
I got back into running by making it a habit. It isn't a question of if I feel like running, it's a question of "is it Monday, Tuesday, Thursday or Saturday?" I'm enjoying the routine. I do an internal run, a fast run, a medium length run, and a long run. The mix seems good.
I never came close to maxing any part of the APFT. I never kept up my fitness when I was in the National Guard, and I'd barely pass each time. I'm sure I'd do better now (on the run at least) than I would then. I'm sure I ran a 14:15 in there, but at age 37 now I'd have a better score.
My non-religious view is balance is a universal constant, and among people, justice is how were try to apply balance to society.
I was talking with a friend a couple months ago about how we were told we could achieve anything in life and what a lie that turned out to be. I find running to be a good antithesis to that. It's about being the best the individual can be and finding little value in comparing against others.
It probably applies to lots of things. Running is easy to measure, but I think it could apply to anything where someone values their own ability, even if that ability provides nothing to the subject. Maybe especially if it provides nothing. Growing a topic invites scrutiny which invites self doubt.
Basically I think everyone needs a hobby, something where they're doing something. It doesn't need to be active, but it should be something where they're bettering themselves.
I feel happier since I started running, but I don't think it's running itself, I think it's from having a hobby where I can feel myself being more capable.
I can't decide if I think this is a bunch of feel good baloney or if I wholeheartedly agree. I think I agree.
It isn't just the training or completing the event, it's the atmosphere of the event itself. They're all incredibly optimistic. I've been to big college football games, and events like that are antagonistic. But running is different. Nobody is hoping another runner trips or cramps up. Other than for the dozen or so runners at the front, everyone else is there for themselves. I feel better about myself for being able to do it, and I feel better about others as we all struggle in our own ways.
The Boston Marathon is today, and it's pouring rain. Those soaking masses will have an incredible shared experience. It will be awful, but there will be fond memories.
- As an aside, they should probably rethink what they call the thing.
I'm of the opinion that Tesla wants people to think adaptive cruise control and lane assist are an auto pilot.
Just a personal anecdote: I was surprised when I learned the most northerly place I'd been wasn't Edmonton, it was Belfast.
I booked my flight to New Mexico to do some spring hiking. I haven't booked any hotels yet. I'm debating making this a backpacking trip. Pros are lower cost, higher effort, and more time outdoors. Cons are more luggage and an exceptionally large pack to deal with expected conditions (there is likely snow at elevation). I need to see if I can pack mild weather overnight gear plus winter day gear. I think I can.
To be determined is how my body reacts to higher elevations. I'm in the best shape of my life, but that doesn't mean I'll be immune to the effects.
Modest Mouse is playing in Albuquerque the night before I fly home. I've never seen them.