Running

I had a good run this morning before work. I pushed myself and was able to do 4 miles at a 8:31 average pace. Heart rate according to my monitor peaked at 153, averaged 130.

My friend Ryan told me it is possible to push for a sustained mile pace of 6:00. He said that he used to be an 8:00 miler like me, but once on the treadmill tried to do splits at a higher speed. He said he ran 1 minute at a 6:00 per mile pace and discovered that he could go another minute. Then he pushed himself through several more minutes. He said it just comes down to how much you are willing to suffer. He now routinely runs at a 6:00 mile pace for 1-3 miles.

I would like to try to get to that level of fitness.

Wedding Gossip

“Every trip needs it’s villain”.

Laurel and I came to sun drenched and tropical Tulum, Mexico for Jeremy’s destination wedding this last week.

Daniel, the angry investment banker “glamped” in a tent in town. Andy brought his hallucinogens, hammock for sleeping in the woods to save money, and his Mormon girlfriend.¬†Jeremy paid for his kindly redneck dad and family to attend. Dorothy’s nice conservative Romanian Christian parents reluctantly came.

We swam in a cenote – basically an underground cave and saw thousands of bats roosting on the ceiling. Jeremy told Dorothy’s dad, Toma, that he would have to swim underwater and surface only to breathe poisonous air. Toma decided not to go in. Turned out you never had to go underwater and the only problem with the air was it smelled like a hamster cage from all the bats.

Levi and Jenny were scarcely seen as Montezuma’s Revenge set in early. A couple of days later, their dog¬†escaped from Jenny’s parents house and was eaten by a coyote.

Jeremy’s dad, Jay, said he liked to ski (referencing waterskiing). Rich said, “You mean like hollywood skiing?” with a finger to his nose making a snorting gesture. Jay replied, “I’ve never done cocaine, drink is my poison.”

Toma, the successful real estate agent, joined us for Jeremy’s bachelor day on a catamaran. Andy sat cross-legged in front of him and said, “I got my real estate license because I hate real estate agents and can’t imagine paying one.” Toma just stared at him.

Every gas station had a scam. At my first gas station, I ran into the “I thought you requested premium gas” scam. I sat at the pump and told them I was calling headquarters till they added $10 more gas free of charge. They probably scam enough tourists to make it worth it to give up if anyone fights back.

Jeremy got tired of people’s questions early. Dorothy took over routing all of the friends and family into the hotel.

Andy’s Mormon girlfriend did not speak to anyone and told Andy, “You said all of your friends were super intelligent, they all just seem stupid to me.” Andy passed this along to the rest of us and so everyone loved to hate her after that, leading to Jeremy commenting “Every trip needs a villain”.

The wedding itself was beautiful, outside of a hotel with a 270 degree view of the turquoise ocean. We had delicious ceviche and tacos and giant margaritas in coconuts. Jeremy and Dorothy wrote their own vows, which included a commitment to building a commune. The vows were quite good.

Jeremy told Dorothy I didn’t approve of their marriage. Not true – I think Dorothy is amazing and great for Jeremy. Jeremy had told me a few months ago that he was thinking about asking Dorothy to marry him. He had told me she could be quite difficult. I told him I dated Tara, who was quite difficult and that relationship didn’t work out for me. He took that to mean I disapproved. He forgot that I had ended with “I like Dorothy and think you should get married”.

Conclusion: strong personalities that don’t hold much consideration for others leads to interesting drama and later fun gossip.

Joe’s Passing

I was devastated to see the news Joe has passed this morning. Joe always had a smile for everyone in the office. He was great at connecting with all of our team members, as well as our clients. 

I remember one day a few months ago I was afraid about some business issue. My fear was causing me to not spend the time I should have spent to work with people. Instead, I was behaving rudely and reverting to some poor behaviors. Joe came into my office and shut the door, and calmly talked to me about the effect I was having on others. He was right and he explained it well enough that I recognized it immediately and tried to amend what I was doing. Joe was a good man with the courage and strength to do what is right.

Joe, you will be sorely missed.

Murder

Laurel and I tried to catch this gecko in our hotel room. Laurel tried to put the trash can over him but unfortunately half his body was on the edge and he died. Murder most foul!

Trump Strikes Assad

I am happy to hear that President Trump undertook missile strikes in Syria against the air base that used chemical weapons on its own civilians. Hopefully this sends a message to other authoritarian regime that killing their civilians is not acceptable.

Culver City Ghetto

Paradiso Crossfit, one of my clients, is opening a new gym location in Culver City. I went over to visit this afternoon and the owner, David, and I had lunch. When we got back and were talking about his plans for the interior, we heard a scratching on the window outside. We walked out front and saw a few teenagers scratching on the window. We yelled at them and they went off down the street. One of them turned around to gesture like he had a gun in his pants and flip us off. Culver City is still pretty ghetto. Check out the kid and his friends picture below, if you know who any of them are, let me know.