Random thoughts on politics, economics, Greece, and life in California.

After time in NY and abroad, I currently live in San Francisco.

Brantingham Lake, NY for Labor Day.

Brantingham Lake, NY for Labor Day.



NY for the weekend — it’s always good to be back. 



Our home for the weekend in Maui.

Our home for the weekend in Maui.



Amazing weekend with F50 participants and the Founders Fund team on Sonora Island, British Columbia.

Amazing weekend with F50 participants and the Founders Fund team on Sonora Island, British Columbia.



Weekend trip to Bermuda. Boat docked in Hamilton.
Still surprised with how close the island is to the northeast — under 2 hr flight time from Boston.

Weekend trip to Bermuda. Boat docked in Hamilton.

Still surprised with how close the island is to the northeast — under 2 hr flight time from Boston.



Venice Beach. Fun weekend in LA.

Venice Beach. Fun weekend in LA.



I had the opportunity to spend eight days in Rome and Palermo assisting United Network run its annual IMUN models.

More pictures can be found on flickr.



I was lucky enough to spend a long weekend in Maui in early January.

More pictures can be found on flickr.



The family spent the holidays in Athens this year. With Kaity’s boyfriend Scott joining us for Christmas, I had the chance to play tourist in my favorite city for the first time in many years.

Full set of photos can be found on flickr.



3:04:36 — BOSTON QUALIFIED

This past weekend I completed my first full marathon since running Philadelphia over eight years ago. For the past few months I have been training for the California International Marathon in Sacramento with the goal of qualifying for Boston (sub 3:05 for my division). The day began a bit cooler than expected — a very brisk 25 degrees at the start.

I hit my “wall” at about mile 22. Up to that point I had been able to maintain a pretty consistent sub-3:00 marathon pace (6:52 average mile splits). The last four miles were a bit of a struggle with my calves cramping up badly (note to self: carry extra SaltSticks). I ended up crossing the finish line at 3:04:36 and qualifying for Boston. I hopefully will be running it in 2015.

I was lucky enough to have my buddy Brian make the trip up to Sacramento with me — really amazing to have that kind of support throughout the race. Now excited to just take a few months off.

Strava Breakdown
Official Results
Video of my finish



Ran my first half marathon since February 2012 this weekend — the US Half in SF. Official race time was 1:29:52. Averaged 6:52 minutes per mile. Very happy with the second half of my race — solid splits (~6:30) once the hills were out of the way. Elevation graph of course below.

Official Race Results
Strava Breakdown

Photos from the course courtesy of my friend Megan.



jstn:

America’s Cup racing yachts, 2000 vs 2013.

See also: Learning To Fly.

(via parislemon)



Made my first magazine cover. We participated in Our Table cooperative’s Farm to Fork event outside of Portland last month. (I am the second on the left.)

Made my first magazine cover. We participated in Our Table cooperative’s Farm to Fork event outside of Portland last month. (I am the second on the left.)



Hiked Half Dome this past weekend. Last two photos courtesy of Kyle.



Pangea redrawn with today’s political boundaries
via Co.Design

Pangea redrawn with today’s political boundaries

via Co.Design