Monday, May 30, 2005

Another week, another blistering hot run.

Why do I wait until the heat of the day?

This time, it was work that interfered. Last week, I was underwater trying to get ready for a summary judgment hearing. Everything else got pushed aside. As a result, I spent the bulk of Memorial Day at the office working on a reply to a petition for review before the Texas Supreme Court. Bummer. By the time I had the workings of a draft in good enough shape to pass on to a partner, it was 3:30 p.m.

Not one to go a week without a long run, I laced up my Asics and hit the steamy pavement. An hour and forty minutes later, I pulled my sweaty, exhausted body up the steps of the porch.

I've got to start doing these runs earlier in the day.

Sunday, May 29, 2005

I saw "Revenge of the Sith" yesterday afternoon. I hadn't planned to catch the flick so soon after its release (I'm not a fan of teeming theater crowds--and their whispering, cheering, and popcorn-gobbling noises), but I felt compelled to check it out, if for no other reason than to avoid learning any of the "suprises" in the film. (Of course, it seemed there could be little surprises--we already know what happens next, courtesy of Episodes IV, V, and VI.)

I will admit I was not optimistic about the movie. Like many of my generation, I loved the original trilogy, and was extremely disappointed with Episodes I and II. I recall walking out of the theater after viewing those early installments feeling cheated. With the relentless talk of trade federations, the senate, and countless other political manuevering, Lucas had apparently filmed a flashier version of C-SPAN.

So with a certain amount of apprehension, I trudged to the silver screen with two pals.

Without discussing anything related to the plot--there are numerous reviews already out there--I will say I was impressed. Sure, there are some unbelievably cheesy lines, but that's part of all of Lucas' movies. And, while critics have somewhat blasted Christensen's portrayal of Anakin's descent into darkness, I thought he did a good job, especially with the dialogue he was given.

In any event, I give it a thumbs-up, an a-plus, several stars, etc.

But -- I would caution against taking children with a predilection for nightmares. This is a very dark movie, and the violence, though sci-fi stylized, is much more gruesome than in any other Star Wars movie. Unless you want your kids sleeping at the foot of your bed for awhile, I'd leave them at home until the get a bit older.

Saturday, May 28, 2005

It's been a long week. After several continuances, we finally had a summary judgment hearing in a fairly large case on Friday. The hearing lasted a little over two hours, with three different parties (each having filed competing motions for summary judgment) arguing to the Judge why they should win as a matter of law. I spent the bulk of my time this week preparing for the hearing, often staying at the office later than usual.

Not surprisingly, the Court chose to take the matter under advisement.

So now we wait for a ruling. Bummer.

Monday, May 23, 2005

Yesterday, I went on a suicide mission. Instead of getting up early and running before the blazing sun had reached high in the sky, I slept until 9 a.m. Foolishly dedicated to my long run, I hit the pavement a little after 10 a.m., just as temperatures were beginning to soar. By the time I finished 10.2 miles, it was approaching noon with a heat index of over 100 degrees. Insane.

Saturday, May 21, 2005

I've been playing a lot of golf lately -- about once a week. Not that my game has improved. I peaked about 4 years ago during law school and haven't gotten much better since. With the exception of yesterday's outing, I'd been shooting in the low 90s. Just a tad over bogey golf.

Friday afternoon, I met up with a coworker's husband at Rockwood public off Jacksboro Highway. Known for its sandy greens and concrete fairways, Rockwood is a hacker's hangout. With temperatures soaring into the high 90s, my playing partner and I were soaked with sweat before we even made it to the first tee. (Wisely, we had decided to walk the course.) We only played nine holes, but I was exhausted by the time I dragged myself back to the car. And my score was pretty horrendous, though I managed to win $1 (we played for $1 a hole).

Friday, May 20, 2005

It's 6 a.m. and I'm sipping some coffee before heading to the gym. A few months ago, we bagged our Larry North membership and joined the Founders Activity Center at the UNT-Health Science Center. Despite its perks (great equipment, never crowded, downtown), LN was getting too pricey. In February, Nell discovered the FAC when she picked up our Cowtown Marathon packets. (In addition to being a gym, the FAC houses the Cowtown Marathon offices.) The FAC took some getting used to. It's definitely a no-frills gym. But it has all the equipment I need. And it's 1/2 a mile from our house, so I usually jog over. Every little bit helps, right?

On a different note, I went to the The Colonial golf tourney on Wednesday. My firm has a skybox on the 13th green, and, as an associate, I was required to take a shift and greet clients. Tough job. I spent Wednesday afternoon hanging out, watching the Pro-Am, having a few beers, and shooting the breeze with the 1/2 dozen clients who came by.

Interestingly, Pat Green, who Frandog recently saw participating in a tournament at Brookhaven, also hit the links at Colonial. Apparently, all Pat does these days is play golf, drink beer, and occasionally strum his guitar for a few thousand people. Nice life.

Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Nell and I signed up to run the NYC Marathon in November. This doesn’t guarantee us entry into the race. Because so many runners want to participate, the New York Road Runners select entrants by an online lottery. We should find out in mid-June whether we got in. It will be Nell’s first marathon; it will be my sixth.

I’ve also decided to run the White Rock Marathon in Dallas and the Cowtown Marathon in Fort Worth, regardless of whether or not I run New York. While this may seem masochistic, I think it will be a good test of my body’s ability to rebound after some fairly extensive physical stress. I want to see if I can do it. Back in 2001-2002, I ran NYC in November, followed by the Mardi Gras Marathon in February. Two marathons in three months. If successful in my new challenge, I will have run three marathons in four months (with NYC and White Rock only a month apart).

Part of my new resolve is owed to Dean Karnazes, whose book, “Ultra Marathon Man,” I’ve been reading lately. I recommend the book to anyone—runners and non-runner alike. This guy is incredible. He’s run 262 miles (the equivalent of 10 marathons) straight. Amazing. His memoir is quite inspiring. So much so that last Sunday I got up and jogged 9.4 miles on a whim. (In a respectable 1:26:17, I might add.) Keep in mind, I haven’t done any long distance running since the Marine Corps Marathon back in October--not counting the Cowtown relay in February.

I think I’ll go for 12 this weekend.

Tuesday, May 17, 2005

First things first. I have eliminated titles from this blog. I spent way too much time trying to think of a witty title for each post. This often resulted in a title that far exceeded the substance of the entry itself. No more titles.

Second, and in much the same vain, I am eliminating from my blog-thought-process any need to post something interesting in a worldly sense. This is my personal blog, and, as the description states, encompasses commentary that momentarily moves in. Previously, I attempted to come up with an intelligent, engaging topic. (Really, I did.) No longer will I be limited by such desires. I will now post whatever I want, regardless of its mundane detail. (Yes, both of my readers are very excited now, I can tell.)

Lastly, I will attempt to update at least once a week. Hopefully more.

Thursday, May 12, 2005

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