Sunday, June 16, 2013

Happy Father's Day!

Camping Checklist --
Star Wars pillow: Check!
Spider-Man t-shirt: Check!
Matching tube socks: Check!

Happy Father's Day, Dad.  Hope to see you soon!

Monday, June 10, 2013

Conversion Factor

I have converted before.  American Psycho, Tracy Chapman's "Fast Car," guacamole, karaoke: all things I feared, disdained or downright hated upon first encountering.  Now they are some of my favorite things.  So I know I can change my mind.  That said, I don't know if I will be able to convert to the running is fun mentality.

I have never liked to run -- except as a means to an end: run up and down the court, run to first base, run to tackle your friend (or foe).  However, since I no longer play basketball three times a week like I did for several years, and my only running "exercise" is loping around the softball field a few times a week, I finally decided that I need to try to convert.

So many of my friends are amazing runners -- marathoners, joggers, social runners.  I still can't figure out if/how they can really possibly enjoy it (which it sure seems like they do!) or if they just have a stronger will and/or higher threshold for boredom and screaming muscles (which they likely do).  I am trying to find out.  I have now run for 7 of the last 8 days (biking at the gym on the non-running day.)  NOT long distances for real runners, but a couple miles is plenty long for me at this point.  I listen to my music and go around the neighborhood, looking at beautiful homes, nodding at the occasional dog walker...

So far, if I'm being honest, I have not enjoyed a second of the actual running.  Though I do feel good working up a sweat, the post-run feeling of accomplishment, and the internal mini-celebration when I get to walk at the end. 

Will I ever fully convert to a, "Let's go for a 10-mile trail run this weekend!" kind of guy?  Doubtful,  but maybe "A five-mile run won't kill me!" kind of guy?  There is always hope.  I guess.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

LA Talk Radio: Take 2

Back in January, I first had the chance to go on Sheena Metal's internet radio show.  It was a blast, and she invited me back recently.  This time I went on with Paul Kampf and some other actors from the film I worked on this winter, Amnesia, including the wonderful Vic Polizos who plays my dad in the movie.

If you're interested, here's the link: we're on in the first hour chatting about the film and the recent cast and crew screening we had.