Archive for January, 2010

NPR Segment – Humans Were Born To Run Barefoot

Thursday, January 28th, 2010

It now seems that barefoot running is picking up steam. I first started experimenting after I read the book “Born To Run” last year, and am still working at building up my calf and achilles muscles as well as my distance. As anyone who has read about or tried barefoot running, you know that once you get past the adjustment period, it’s more comfortable and less painful than running in shoes. Aside from the dangers of glass, rocks, and the like, the posture adopted while running barefoot is, especially for me, much more comfortable due to the lessened impact on the heel, which had always caused me pain.

So I was very happy last night when I caught a segment about barefoot running on NPR on my way home from work. As I’ve learned first hand, and as the anthropologist in the NPR segmente found during his studies, “runners in [...]

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Stuck in Guangzhou Airport without our passports

Saturday, January 23rd, 2010

Entry #1 from Thailand trip (see entries #2,#3, #4, #5 and #6)

First view of China from the sky

First view of China from the sky

We were sitting there in Guangzhou Airport without our passports. It wasn’t exactly how we wanted our trip to Thailand to start. Up until a few hours ago, things were fine. There were no problems boarding the plane in Los Angeles, and the flight to Guangzhou went off without a problem. We knew we’d be in the Guangzhou airport for 7 hours before our next flight, and though typically there is no red tape to navigate nor Visa concerns as long as you plan to stay in the terminal, from my research it looked China had some extra tight restrictions for American citizens arriving there, so I put in a call to the embassy prior to leaving to be [...]

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Back to semi-reality from Thailand

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

I spent the past 14 days in Thailand (with a 5 hour stint in Narita, Japan). My New Year was spent on the beach at the Full Moon Party on Koh Phangan, and then I spent some time in the Krabi area, including Krabi Town, Koh Phi Phi and Ao Nang. So needless to say it will take me a few days to get back to reality. If I can get my ass in gear, over the next few weeks I will try to post some photos and some of my journal entries from the trip.

Hope all is well with all of you, and that you had a holiday as good as I did!

Looking down into town on Koh Phi Phi from viewpoint

Looking down to Koh Phi Phi from viewpoint