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Showing posts from April, 2018

CrossFit: A Playground for Adults

Having suffered a bout of absentee self-discipline, I have joined the cult of CrossFit to mold my flesh into a more fetching vessel. It's interesting.

If you're lucky enough to have never heard of CrossFit, this is all you need to know—it's a jungle gym for adults. You run and jump and pick things up and put them down and throw them and jump rope and do hopscotch and work out all your heebie jeebies. There's some grade school math thrown in as well, since you'll be counting every time you do something, and you're always doing multiple somethings, and you're always doing a lot of multiple somethings. My gym is in an old converted garage with plenty of space, but at eight o'clock the rush hour hits and it is playground madness.

Likely there are serious types doing CrossFit who would quibble with this characterization, and there's no doubt that the serious types are serious. That ubiquitous American belligerence underpins the official CrossFit doctrine. …

A beautiful blue day, grooving to Coastline by Geoffroy

Goddamn, another beautiful blue day in Philadelphia. Air so crisp you can bite it. A breeze that wipes the years off your ledger. If there's one thing the northeast coast of the US does right it's spring. I see a lot of west-coast jokers in the YouTube comments claiming this song fits their jive, but I reckon this guy's a Brit (reckon but no time to look it up) so we share a sea ya'll. Atlantic for life!

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The Truth About Overwatch

Imagine a game of Overwatch with no duplicate characters—once a character is chosen no one else can play as them. In this scenario the characters of Overwatch are distinct persons.
In this world the characters of Overwatch are heroes cum mercenaries. Their watch ended, their struggle won or lost, they are reduced to venal pursuits to make ends meet or simply to stave off boredom. Puissant and bereft of a unifying cause, they often find themselves on opposite sides of a conflict. The battles revolve around mundane objectives—moving a payload from one location to another, capturing strategic territory.
In El Dorado and Junkertown a group of Overwatch mercenaries performs armored car duty. Perhaps they are transferring the weekly payroll for Union Pacific, or the ill-gotten gains of a cartel. In Hollywood the Overwatch mercenaries serve as bodyguards for Harvey Weinstein as he travels to the premier of a new Polanksi-Allen collaboration. Another group of Overwatch thugs attempts an assas…

This Wednesday in Philadelphia — Tell Me a Story: At the Table

I'll be spinning my now infamous cooking show yarn at a special Tell Me a Story benefit for the South Philly Food Co-op. If you haven't been before, it's cool cats like yours truly spilling our guts for laughs and tears and few moments of stunned silence. Info:

Wednesday, April 25 6:30pm – 9:00pm Adobe Cafe Tell Me A Story brings Philadelphia's long-running live storytelling show to South Philly to benefit the South Philly Food Co-op! Produced and hosted by Hillary Rea, the evening will feature a colorful line-up of storytellers sharing true stories on the night's theme: At the Table.  Storytellers, showcasing a range of experiences from a variety of backgrounds, include:  --Andy Futuro (Author of Josephine Wins Again)  --Geoff Jackson (Comedian and Host of Schooled at Good Good Comedy Theatre)  --Karen Johnson (Ice Cream Maker for Little Baby's Ice Cream)  --Katonya Mosley (Producer and Host of "For My People")  --Amanda Feifer O’Brien (Expert fermen…

Moenie and Kitchi by Gregory and the Hawk

I discovered Gregory and the Hawk while dowsing YouTube. My heart was in a strange place, a mood not easily deciphered, but I knew at first listen this was the antidote. My search had ended but my journey had just begun. Recommended for watching soft snow fall on a sunny morning with a black cat who's the runt of her litter on your lap.

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