Month: March 2017

March Madness (basketball and chasing women; an important analogy)

March Madness (Basketball and chasing women: an analogy of importance) I plan on writing a lot on this subject, so I’ll keep this preface short; hopefully concise. I love basketball… A lot. Sometimes it is hard for me to convey that love. In March, during the greatest tournament in the world, it is especially hard.

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Korean 101

Again, sorry for the delay between posts. March in Asia is a busy time for me: Gonzaga is in the Final Four and I’m learning Karate from a weathered janitor who says he’s legit. … Sadly, I am not yet fluent in Korean. I was eager, initially, assuming upon arrival a few conversations with locals

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Donghwasa Temple

Donghwasa Temple ***Sorry for the delay between posts. March Madness started and I have been locked in. Korean basic cable does not provide coverage, so I have had to watch on my computer. … I have a friend who recently told me that I was taking too long to get into the substance of my

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Korean Baseball (Part Two: Exhibition Game)

Korean Baseball (Part Two: Exhibition Game)   Yesterday I watched seven innings of a baseball game in Korea. The Samsung Lions played at their home stadium against a team from a city I can’t pronounce. On a brisk day, the stands were sparsely filled. It was cold, and things moved a little slower. Still, there

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First 48: Thoughts and Observations From My First 2 Days in Korea

That “First 48” Title was catchy, I know. … Since my arrival here, a lot has happened. It has been a full two days; comprised of acclimation and observation. Some things have been disconcerting while others have been pleasant. Everything is new, though, and that is what I love. The notes below are taken from

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Farewell to Okinawa; an Ode

This won’t be an ode. Not per the actual definition, anyways. I can’t form lyrics and poems are hard. Tribute below (culturally/grammatically flawed): I’ve been here for nearly a month. That is a long time. Certain people have endeared themselves to me. The views and the sounds are things I look forward to every day.

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Baton Rouge, a Tribute

“You don’t know a good thing until it is gone.” I’ve heard people say that before. Usually they’re distressed country singers or hipsters looking for traction on Instagram. It seems to be grounded in some pretty sound logic, though. Basically, don’t overlook something that is right in front of you. Don’t take things for granted.

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Gym Stereotypes

This is a post I wrote awhile back for a former blog endeavor. I was in my hotel gym today and a nice looking Asian couple came in and completed an intense, synchronized type lift. I was both impressed and envious. It reminded me of this post. Below is an edited, updated version of what

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Too Cold for the Beach

After about seven beers, you can go in the water. Before that, it is too cold. This morning, I tried. Like I said, too cold. The beer helped, though, because of the pee. … The water here is gorgeous. That cannot be said enough. It is a sharp blue that is unmistakably inviting. It is

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Ping Pong in Japan

Sometimes, in sports, greatness presents itself. Sometimes. It is rare. … I walked into the Okinawa Sheraton lobby-gameroom. I was better than everyone. I hadn’t played yet, but I knew it. They knew it too… … The scene is initially murky. There is a haze that forms; tangible. It is ominous and foreboding. It is

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Loving-Kindness Abroad (Japan)

I don’t want to get into the habit of making disclaimers or opening remarks. It’s kind of like having to explain a joke after you tell it… Or the exact opposite, because this is happening on the front end. Whatever. Read my previous post (basics of meditation) if you want any background or are curious

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