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(2021-06-20 08:42:20)
20yearsagowhenIfirstcametothewest,againsttheculturalandlanguage barrierIfeltdeafanddumb.Eachtinyinteractionwiththeoutsideremindedme ofthehopelessnessofthesituation.Daily,deepdoubtsaboutthefuturevexed me.Lookingback,however,itwasn'tthatbad.Foronething,itkeptmefrom wastingtimeinfrontoftheTV. Ofcourse,IhavereadanddonemyshareofWeb-surfingandmovie-watching. UnliketheTVorevenra...[阅读全文]
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(2021-06-12 11:55:37)
Bill'snewhobby,copyingafull-sizeddictionarywordforword,hasbeenmet withfirstcuriosityandthenridiculefromhisbetterhalf.Toher,Billis losingsightofhiscareer."Whatifyouliveto100andknoweverywordunder thesun,butrunoutofmoneybeforeyoudie?"Amysometimeswouldmock.Inher mind,runningoutofmoney,anytime,isabsolutelytheworstthingthatcould happenandtimeisbestinvestedinone'strade. ...[阅读全文]
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IsawaclipafewweeksagowhereanAsian(John)waspummelledbyablack guy(Tyrone)onaNewYorksubwaytrain.Tyronewasfitandabout3inchestaller andJohnwasnomatch.AsJohngaveupfightingandturnedaway,protectinghis headwithhishands,TyronethrewhisrightarmaroundJohn'sneckandputhim tosleepwitharearnakedchoke.TyronemightknowsomeJiu-Jitsu,itoccrredto meatthetime. JohncouldnotturntofaceTyronetobreak...[阅读全文]
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(2021-06-06 08:39:32)

Satmorning,ruckingbackfromdowntownLosAltos,westoppedattheDeMartini Orchard,afarmers-marketstylegrocerystore,andcameawayawed.Itboasteda fewexoticfoods,includingporcini,morel,andtrufflesandbuffalomilkand thiswasthefirsttimewesawfreshfiddleheadsinastore,fetching$30/lb. Justfivedaysago,IpaidfourbucksatanearbyKoreanstorefora2lbpack ofpresoakedfernbrake. Meanwhile,halfaglobeawa...[阅读全文]
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(2021-05-31 09:28:03)
Thumorningandafteragoodrest,theheatandpainvanishedandmymindturned clear.Isailedthroughstrengthdrillswithastrongfinish.Alingeringpain underthecheekboneabovetherightuppermolarsremindedme,however,thatit wasnotover. Thepastweekfeltlikeadecade.OntheeveningofThuMay20myrightface startedtobulgeundertheeyeandalmostdoubledinsizeovernight.Thingsdid notimprovethenext24hoursandtheuppergum...[阅读全文]
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(2021-05-26 10:01:31)
Norton: ThisisMr.Hadley,captainoftheguards. IamMr.Norton,thewarden. _You_areconvictedfelonsand thatiswhytheysentyoutome. Rulenumberone:noblasphamy. IwillnothavetheLord'sname takeninvaininmyprison. Theotherrulesyou'llfigureout asyougoalong.Anyquestions? Con: Whendoweeat? Hadley: YOUEATWHENWESAYYOUEAT! YOUSHITWHENWESAYYOUSHIT! YOUPISSWHENW...[阅读全文]
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SinceMarch,Iwasplaguedbyanadductorpainself-diagnosed(withhelpfrommy friendL)asabdominaltendinopathy.IskippedaraceinMayandwasdownon running,squating,andevensuryanamaskar.FromwhatIread,I'dbetterlet timeworkitsmagic.TheChinesefolkwisdomsaysitcouldtakemorethanthree months.Twomonthspassedanditshowednosignofrelenting. Itwasparticularlyfrustratingtomebecause,inthewakeofdailystreet ...[阅读全文]
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"Thosesoldierswhoarenotwillingtobeageneralarenotgoodsoldiers." --Napoleon Indifferenttotheon-goingpandemic,Billisgrowingolderlikeeveryoneelse. Thesedays,hefindshimselfpreferthingsthewaytheyareinsteadofhoping forchange.Afterall,he'sspentthefirsthalfofhislifelearninglessons andwantedtoholdontowhat'slearnedforawhile. Threemonthsago,theDMVurgedhimtoupgra...[阅读全文]
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(2021-05-10 08:37:05)
[Afewvideosofreal-lifeviolencewereinstructivetome.Onewaswhena refereeflooredafighterwithaslickbackkickafterjudo-throwinghiscoach whojumpedintheringandinsultedandspittedattheumpire.Anotherwaswhen aGracieshotinhead-firstforaclinch,asignaturemoveinGracieJiu-Jitsu, atthestartofafight.ThelastcameonMay1,whenEvan,ateenagebasketball playerfortheSouthBaySnipers,gotanastypunchasheturnedtoface...[阅读全文]
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LastMay,Iboughtagardensagetoseeifitcouldpayforitselfasan essentialingredientinourbeandish.Theten-leafseedlinghassinceturned intoanaromaticsilver-greenbushofdozensofup-shootingbranchesthriving ina10galpot.Ithasyieldedover1000leaves,mostofwhichhavebeendried andstoredup.AccordingtotheWeb,theculinarysagehasthreetofouryears ofhighproductivity.SoI'mexpectingthetotalharvesttotop8000lea...[阅读全文]
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