The evening of election night 2016 was a tough one for a lot of people. As I left my friend's house and waited for my ride, I remember an eerie quiet blanketing San Francisco. A city known for its far left-leaning progressivism was collectively processing the unexpected victory of Donald Trump.
Much energy has been spent discussing the Democratic and Republican candidates for President of the United States. Not nearly enough time has been spent discussing the myriad of state and local propositions on the ballot, not to mention the handful of other offices up for election.
Most people who know me or who have ever worked with me know that I am an extremely organized person. Sometimes borderline OCD. I have been this way ever since I can remember and am constantly asked how I keep things together and get stuff done. My process has evolved greatly over the years so not only has the explanation changed, but it has become such an ingrained part of my life that starting from scratch can take a while. It is not really the most entertaining dinner party conversation so I've decided to outline what keeps me a functioning human every day.
Last year was a big running year for me. I covered over 1,600 miles and climbed over 220,000 feet. For reference, that is equivalent to running from San Francisco to Kansas City and summiting Mount Everest seven times (plus halfway up once). My training led to respectable finishes at the Marin Ultra Challenge 50 and The North Face Endurance Challenge 50 along with the Golden Gate 50k and Skyline to the Sea Marathon. Not all of those races went as planned but over the past year I have become a much stronger, confident, and faster runner.
"This was the week that government realized that the internet matters. This was also the week that the internet realized that government matters too."
Why is iOS better than Android?
Why is Disneyland better than Universal Studios?
Runners are a rare breed. We get up early, endure extreme temperatures, and pound our feet into the ground for miles on end... all at our own choosing. Almost all of us are asked, on a pretty consistent basis, what our reasoning is. Each person has their own motivations so I thought I would share mine.
This is the end. A company that I have loved and respected for so long has officially began their decline.
Celebrity status is often mired with controversy. People who live in the limelight often crumble under the pressures of all that entails being a high-profile individual. We've seen it from musicians, actors, writers, and artists, just to name a few.
A little over a year ago, while in between jobs, I was running my parent's small town gym. One day I received a call from the phone company trying to hawk some online advertising and web hosting bundle. After reiterating my reasoning for not wanting the services I was told that was fine but that they would like to update their directory information. Okay, I can along with that. The next five minutes were consumed with me speaking our business info into the phone after each harmless question. That seemed to be the end of it.