Big Dave

April 18, 2014
Flashback Friday! A photo from '97 or '98. I was a college freshman.

Flashback Friday! A photo from ’97 or ’98. I was a college freshman.

I’ve never had a nickname. Up until high school, I even objected to people calling me Dave instead of David, but that doesn’t bother me anymore. For a couple years, a roommate called me DG (my initials), which evolved into Deege. I remember a couple of her friends occasionally calling me Deege too, but that never really caught on outside our apartment. By the way, writing it out like that reminds me of DJ Tanner from “Full House,” who also went by Deege (which, and you can use this to impress your friends at a cocktail party, is a nickname for DJ, which, in turn, is a nickname for her birth name, Donna Jo). Read the rest of this entry »


A Cheesy, Sappy (and True!) Open Letter to My Stair-Climbing Friends

April 16, 2014

Dear Friends (you know who you are),

Me and Mark.

Me and Mark.

Sometimes when I stand at the bottom of a skyscraper’s stairwell, I can’t help but wonder: What the hell have I gotten myself into? As you all know, racing up dozens of flights of stairs is no easy feat. It’s difficult. Grueling. Exhausting. Punishing. Yet somehow I’ve slowly become a guy that analyzes past performances and plans for future races. A guy that’s dedicated to training and preparation. In broader terms, I’ve embraced an excitement and enthusiasm for a sport that I’ve never had before… and lately, the question on my mind has been: WHY? Read the rest of this entry »


My Wine Glass Dilemma

April 14, 2014

Check out my kitchen cabinet – one whole shelf is dedicated to wine glasses:

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I have 15 wine glasses. There’s only one problem: I don’t drink. Read the rest of this entry »


Race Recap (and VIDEO!): Is the Third Time a Charm in the Aon Center?

April 8, 2014

Another weekend, another stair climb race! For the third time in six weekends, I’ve opted to race up an ungodly number of stairs for fun.

David-pointing-Aon-Center-Los-AngelesWhether or not these races are actually “fun” is debatable. (It’s a debate that still rages in my own head!)  What’s not debatable is that they’re intensely difficult, extraordinarily challenging, and immensely rewarding. In other words, totally worth it!

Saturday’s race was at the Aon Center in LA – the 63-story building that I’m pointing at in the photo. This was my third time competing at the Aon Center – in a race that benefits the American Lung Association – and I was determined to set a personal best time.

Plus, this recap has something that none of my recaps have ever had: a VIDEO! I filmed my entire climb and made a 4-minute video that takes you along for the ride. So go make some popcorn (hold the butter) and settle in. Are you ready?

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March Workout Calendar and April Weigh-In

April 3, 2014

Physically speaking, March was a very successful month for me. It started with a very challenging stair race in Las Vegas, and ended with another stair race, equally challenging, in San Diego. All in all, I exercised 25 out of 31 days in March, and I know this because I log all my workouts on my calendar.

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Race Recap: San Diego Fight For Air Climb 2014

April 1, 2014

Sunday morning was a little dreary in San Diego – it even rained a little while I was driving in – but the sun started peeking through the clouds as I approached the 500-foot One America Plaza building.

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With 34 floors, One America Plaza is Read the rest of this entry »


Bananas Ketchup?!

March 31, 2014

Looking for my race recap from San Diego? You’ll have to wait until my next post. I’m working on it! In the meantime…

I was recently digging through a cupboard when I came across something way in the back that I had completely forgotten about. Bananas Ketchup!

kalina-bananas-ketchup-bottle

Wait… what? Ketchup made from bananas? Yup, folks, it’s real. And it’s delicious!

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Purple Cauliflower Mash

March 27, 2014

Yesterday’s post may have been about orange cauliflower, but that’s not the only unusual cauliflower variety out there. Check out my… purple cauliflower (!), and what I did with it!

purple-cauliflower

What a beauty!

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The Most Exciting Thing To Ever Come Out of My Oven

March 26, 2014

I know that headline is a big, bold statement, but I can back it up with photographic proof. So keep reading!

I couldn’t wait to write this post, because my excitement about this topic has been continually increasing and it’s now near the boiling point. The excitement began at the store, when I saw this and immediately brought it home:

Orange-Caulifower

An orange caulifower! 

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What’s In The Crockpot? Part Ten

March 25, 2014

It’s the milestone tenth installment of “What’s In The Crockpot?” and I’m elated, because this is a good one. I’ll waste no more time… let’s play!

WHAT’S IN THE CROCKPOT?

silver-crockpot

 

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