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Marine Corps Combat Fitness Test (CFT)

Marine Corps Combat Fitness Test (CFT)

15 May 2009 | 2 Comments | Continue reading »

The CFT consists of three events: an 880 yard run, ammo can lifts, and maneuver under fire. 880 Yard Run: Marines will run for 880 yards while wearing boots and camouflage uniform (trousers and skivvie shirt). Ammo Can Lifts: Marines will lift a 30 pound ammo can from the ground, over their heads as many […]

Me + motorcycle = badass (and damn near dead)

Me + motorcycle = badass (and damn near dead)

31 Jul 2008 | 16 Comments | Continue reading »

There’s a certain badassery that comes with owning a motorcycle . Think Peter Fonda in Easy Rider and Marlon Brando in The Wild One. All these years I’ve been pedaling my ass across the country I never fully understood my throttle twisting friends… until recently. In early June I purchased my very first motorcycle. It […]

Protected: DIY: faucet replacement

18 Sep 2007 | Enter your password to view comments. | Continue reading »

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Salsa recital video

16 Jun 2007 | 7 Comments | Continue reading »

Few people know I’ve taken two beginner’s salsa classes since January. Andrea offered to coordinate the registration and finances, so I took her up on the deal since it was something I’ve wanted to do for quite some time. A cycle of classes was typically seven weeks long, an hour every Wednesday, with weeks 1-3 […]

Old San Juan Trail – mapped!

12 Jun 2007 | No Comments | Continue reading »

Have I told you the harrowing tales from last weekend’s wilderness escape? About evading man-eating mountain lions? And slipping off the trail, dangling precariously by a root with one hand, while rocks tumbled hundreds of feet to a rocky gorge below? You sick bastard. I did no such things. This is a video diary of […]

31st Birthday

5 May 2007 | 2 Comments | Continue reading »

What could I possibly say on video that couldn’t be more eloquently expressed in writing? Everything, apparently. [CAUTION: I tried to bleep out the worst of the language, but it still sounds like a USA Up All Night movie.]

Why I’m not a Mac guy

26 Apr 2007 | 9 Comments | Continue reading »

Despite my algebra level education, I like numbers. I crunch them. I average them. I calculate them. I use them to determining fuel data for my 2006 Nissan Frontier NISMO. I use them for body composition, weight lifting programs, budgets, and mortgages. You’ll find a myriad of home made Microsoft Excel spreadsheets littering My Documents […]

Ortega agony

21 Jan 2006 | No Comments | Continue reading »

There’s a trail less than fifteen miles east of Interstate 5 that I consider epic. Just down Highway 74, it’s twenty miles of out-and-back (or rather, up and down) that commands stamina, concentration, split second reaction time, and plenty of guts. The summer months bring temperatures well into the hundreds that have baked my brain […]

Tour underway: Pierre, South Dakota

27 Sep 2005 | No Comments | Continue reading »

It’s day twelve in Pierre, South Dakota and I’ve rendezvoused with Dale for the last three days of my tour. We’ve booked rooms at the Governor’s Inn (whirlpool, indoor pool, and kick ass continental breakfast included) and are going over our route through um-teen miles of road construction and a few Indian reservations. The days […]

Halloween: Revisited

16 Nov 2004 | No Comments | Continue reading »

Fear is a powerful motivator. It has made me run screaming from my basement in the middle of the day, with claws surely grasping mere inches from my shirt collar. It has pulled my bicycle tire at over 50mph down the rocky bluffs of Okinawa, Japan even though my tires were losing their sticky grasp […]

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The author.Born in the year of the Dragon, the author grudgingly accepts the fact he has too many interests and not enough time. A cyclist as long as he can remember, an avid yet inconsistent writer since age eleven, and a U.S. Marine since age twenty-one, the author also adds peak bagging, diving, snowboarding, and computers to his list of interests. Incidentally, he is aware of his inability to make a living from any but the Corps. The author accepts this as fact and remains optimistic. Feel free to drop him a line.

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