On Exposure

I have been ‘Freshly Pressed!’ Thanks to everyone who is reading and commenting, and all my new subscribers. I hope to respond to each of the comments soon. I hope you’ll spend some time reading my older entries – the journal of my trip to China, in particular. This blog began as a college assignment. I continued documenting my travels after graduating, and updated with random thoughts since then.  I’ve received more pageviews in the last two days than the five years that preceded it! I look forward to reading the work of all my new connections in the Wordpress community! Brian Howell   Tysons Corner, VA, USA

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On Independent Decision Making

There is a long standing tradition (by long standing, I mean only seven years) of the Teddy Roosevelt mascot losing the President’s Race at every home Nationals game. I’m ignorant of the joke behind the decision to keep Teddy in last place. I would love to find out how the discussion went that cemented Teddy’s perpetual underdog status. Watching the race yesterday, I realized that the human in the costume could turn the tradition over by just ignoring whoever orders the loss, and taking the matter into his or her own hands. I’m calling on you, costume-wearer. Just win the damn race. You will probably be fired, but you’ll also be eternalized as the rogue who gave a fine President his due success.

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On Running

Two years ago, I was not a runner.  I wasn’t even close.  A mile was a huffing and puffing punishment for me.  This week I registered for the 2012 Marine Corps Marathon, and I hope to complete it.  Since I first hit a treadmill about 15 months ago, I’ve run in 3 races and racked up a score of training miles.  In a few days I’ll be finishing my second half marathon, and a 10 mile race the week after that.  The satisfaction I get from running is having achieved something that previously seemed impossible.  The physical benefits are great, but the pride from kicking a goal in the ass is why I keep going.  

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Claw Arm

The Claw Arm and online dating aren’t so different. They are both enticing enough to try a few times, but end up as pretty miserable tools. You have to plug money into both of them to play. They both offer a vague promise of results. The Claw Arm will absolutely fall down and make contact with a prize! But when it tries to grab and hold on, the phalanges give under the pressure, and the treasure slides away as it rises, empty. You might even think you see the perfect opportunity – a toy that’s been separated from the crush, resting peacefully above the unattainable jumbled mass, offering a hook that looks perfect for snagging. Or you might see a potential date that seems better than the “thousands” of others. But you drop the Claw Arm, and aim for the winner – and you’re just a few centimeters off, the …

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