Raw Fish, Subterranean Brothels, and a Black Sun: 34 Hours in Seattle

March 29, 2017

Look! Raw fish, and lots of it!

Poke – pronounced po-kay, but I pronounce it wrong (po-key) all the time – is a Hawaiian dish of raw fish marinated in oil, soy sauce, scallions, and other aromatics. It’s a food trend at the moment, and one that I hadn’t Read the rest of this entry »


I Raced Up The Tallest Building in Seattle! (Big Climb Race Recap)

March 28, 2017

It’s a common misconception that the Space Needle, Seattle’s most iconic landmark, is also the tallest thing in town, but that’s not the case, no sir. There are actually six skyscrapers that are taller, with the tallest, Columbia Center, reaching over 300 feet higher than the Space Needle.

On Sunday, I competed in the Big Climb Seattle, a race up 1,357 stairs in the Columbia Center, and it was a momentous occasion, for a couple of reasons: Read the rest of this entry »


The Finale of “Missing Richard Simmons” Made Me Confront a Devastating Thought I’ve Tried to Avoid For Three Years

March 22, 2017

It’s over. The final episode of “Missing Richard Simmons” was released Monday – two days ahead of schedule – and there’s plenty in it that I’m still unpacking. I was knocked into a tailspin. My whole notion of who Richard is was shaken. Tears were shed. And I’m about to tell you why.

Before I go further, though, here’s a spoiler alert: Read the rest of this entry »


Avocado Eggs Have Gone Viral… But Learn From My Mistakes Before You Make Them!

March 21, 2017

I saw an article about a recipe that looked so good that I had to made it the very next day. Avocado eggs! And apparently I’m not the only fan. The instructional video in the article has been seen over 18 million times since it was posted last week… so avocado eggs have gone viral!

The recipe is charmingly easy: Read the rest of this entry »


I Love My New Stair Race Map AND My New Lego Skyscraper!

March 20, 2017

I realized the other day that I’ve now done a stair race in 17 different cities. SEVENTEEN! I think that warrants a new stair race map, don’t you think? Check it out!

(You can click on it to see it bigger.)

This is the version 2.0 of this map, which is hand-drawn. (Full confession: Read the rest of this entry »


The Simple Walking Workout That Wore Me Out

March 18, 2017

I don’t give myself a break from exercise after a race. No resting on my laurels here! Instead, I take a rest day on the day before, so I’m ready to go on race morning. That meant I was due for a workout the day after my hour-long stair race in Springfield, and I couldn’t skip it. Yes, I was achy and sore, but I gotta do what I gotta do. I decided to keep it easy and light… until I stepped on a cardio machine that had other ideas. Read the rest of this entry »


Good Eats, Paraffin Wax, and an Unplanned Medical Procedure: My Weekend in Springfield, Illinois

March 15, 2017

Springfield, Illinois isn’t a bustling metropolis, but it does have it’s own airport. It’s tiny – only four gates – and I flew there on small, 50-seater plane, where I had an aisle and window seat at the same time.

I’m a lot smaller than I used to be, but I’m still Read the rest of this entry »