Every few years, from the mid-ninteenth century until the last decades of the twentieth, people from around the globe would descend on a city in Europe or the United States and flood a massive fairgrounds. These fairgrounds were sprawled across acres of parks and spotted with dozens of pavilions and buildings. Brightly colored, dazzlingly white, … Continue reading “Fair”-y Tales
My dad is kind of like a "this day in history" machine. Just give him a particular day, and, after some digging through his resources and knowledge base, out comes a notable event from that day. These moments range from those that are obscure or personally significant to those that were milestones in history. I'll … Continue reading “Remember, remember, the 29th(?) of November”
In the pre-dawn hours of October, 1, 1992, the newest addition to Allegheny County’s transportation network was open for business. After decades of planning and more than five years after breaking ground, the Pittsburgh region finally had a new airport: Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT). This sprawling facility replaced Greater Pittsburgh Airport, more informally known as … Continue reading “A square peg in a round hole” or “What the heck are we gonna do with Greater Pittsburgh International Airport?”
Gameshow contestant Rolo Tomassi: "I'll go ahead and finish the category. '21st Century America' for $500, Alex." Alex Trabek-like gameshow host: "These three interrelated things were part of Greg Seltzer's life in July and August 2018." Rolo Tomassi: "What are an infection common in daycares, a road trip to Cooperstown, and not showering for 2.5 … Continue reading Let’s Get Ready to Rumble (Ponies)!
I've recently been going through audiobooks that deal with running (in one way or another). Per usual, I have been listening to these during my jogs outside and cardio sessions at the gym ("running while listening to people talking about running" seems like something that should qualify you for bonus miles or something). A few … Continue reading When Books about Running Teach You More than How to Run
Definition of scapegoat 1: a goat upon whose head are symbolically placed the sins of the people after which he is sent into the wilderness in the biblical ceremony for Yom Kippur 2a : one that bears the blame for others b : one that is the object of irrational hostility Above is how … Continue reading Goats Who Landscape? Who Would Have Guessed?
I seem to have this inner voice that tells me that there's always SOMETHING I can be working on to "better myself." Yet always trying to stay busy and "productive" actually seems to make me less productive, more worn out, and less focused when it's really time to buckle down and get to work. This … Continue reading Getting More by Enjoying the Little Things
Since the weather on Tuesday seemed about right for an outdoor run, I decided to forego the treadmill and head out for a jog. I was feeling a bit apprehensive, probably because I hadn't done a longer run outdoors in 2018. I figured that some of this apprehension related to the comfort and safety--does that … Continue reading Back Outside for a Run and Getting Out of Your (Thermal and Mental) Comfort Zone
Has anyone used a Jacobs Ladder Cardio Machine? In a more straightforward way than any description I can offer, the manufacturer's website summarizes what this thing is: "Jacobs Ladder provides the most efficient exercise for those serious about conditioning. Unlike most cardio machines, this patented treadmill climber utilizes low impact, high range of motion exercise … Continue reading Climbing the Jacobs Ladder to Sweat Success
Aside from running and going for walks, my typical routine has, for several years, included strength training a few times a week. This has not only been beneficial to my overall fitness (seriously, EVERYONE should incorporate some type of strength training into their exercise routine) but also been a great counterbalance to the days when … Continue reading “Strength training” or “Something that isn’t running”