Monthly Archives: December 2006

New bench/coffee table!

I picked up the George Nelson 48-inch bench I bought yesterday. I’ve been looking for one of these for a long time. It was $245 at another antique store in Sellwood. It has some minor wear-and-tear damage and has some evidence of minor touch-up repairs. Other than that it’s in good condition. It’s not an original, it’s a reproduction. The dealer bought it from someone who bought it at Full Upright Position back when it existed. That makes this the 5th FUP-related piece I have (if you count the Eames dining room set as one piece and my house as another).

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New chair!

I made another addition to the chair collection, a third Eero Saarinen chair, the Executive Arm Chair made by Knoll. I found it at an antique store in Sellwood for $38. It may be a knockoff since there’s something amiss with it. Take a look for yourself. It does have a Knoll label which makes me wonder if it’s an early version of the chair or a limited production variant.

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Stuck, and other holiday ramblings

I’m stuck at John Wayne Airport in Santa Ana, California. There was a problem with an engine of plane the captain discovered while taxiing so they put us back into the gate. After they spent the next couple of hours figuring out what was wrong and trying to fix it, they canceled the flight. So I’m here at the airport for the next 7 hours. I’m on standby for earlier flights, but with an entire planeload of people on standby to compete with I’m not optimistic. At least John Wayne isn’t a terrible airport to be stuck in.

The holidays with my parents was pretty dull. There was a snafu with the registration of my brother’s car. The end result was my mom not letting my brother drive his car back to his apartment from their house. So he took my mom’s car. That left me stranded in my parents house for a couple of days without the ability to go anywhere. I suppose that wasn’t terrible since I have no clue where I would have gone to. After-Christmas shopping? No way. I wouldn’t have wanted to fight through the crowds. And I had nothing to buy. Besides, I decided to add to my collection of vintage junk and take my dad’s old Asahi Pentax SLR camera, so the room in my suitcase that had been taken up by the presents I brought for my niece and nephew was now filled up. I also decided to take his old gas chromatography book he never returned to the University of Hawaii library.

Not having the car, however, did force me to walk to the nearest place of interest from my parents’ house… Starbucks. It was nice because I hadn’t realized before just how prevalent Black Phoebes were in eastern Orange County. I also got a good look at a Say’s Phoebe.

Oh, and I figured out how to use the Tivo the last night I was at my parents’ house. I’ll find out if I’ve successfully recorded Sleepy Hollow, Pirates of the Caribbean, and some other movie (another Johnny Depp one?) when I come back next week for the OC Marathon. Speaking of TV, I watched maybe 12 hours of the various Law & Order shows and discovered the hilarity of the Venture Brothers on [adult swim]. Other than that, I am further convinced that not having a TV is a good thing.

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Published!

My manuscript is published! Here’s a link to the abstract.

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Tips for perfection

Wired magazine has a nice summary of Dean Karnazes’ tips for perfection. I like #4, eat a ton of junk food. That’s pretty much the only one of his tips I follow regularly. I will now officially stop referring to Popeye’s fried chicken as a guilty pleasure. It will now be considered part of my training diet.

Tips #5 (cutting back on sleep), #6 (pretty much a variation of the Just Do It slogan), #9 (learn to adapt), and #11 (break the problem/task into smaller, manageable chunks) are good ones too.

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Race calendar for 2007

Here are my planned races for 2007. I can’t do the 4 marathons in one month adventure again. Portland, Victoria, and Chicago are all on October 7. So I decided to do Chicago because I had so much fun there this year. Columbus doesn’t have a date yet so that one is on the table, especially if my other pair of married friends out there hurry along with making a baby. I’ll find out after the Hagg Lake 50K (my first ultra) if I have what it takes to do the 50 mile Mt Hood PCT ultra. If not, I’ll opt for the 50K.

  • January 7, OC Marathon, Newport Beach/Irvine, CA
  • February 24, Hagg Lake 50K, Forest Grove, OR
  • May 6, Vancouver Marathon, Vancouver, BC
  • July 28, Mt Hood Pacific Crest Trail 50/50
  • August 24-26, Hood to Coast Relay
  • October 7, La Salle Bank Chicago Marathon, Chicago, IL

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Death by marathon?

This morning, a friend sent me a link to this article from the New York Times…

FASHION & STYLE | December 7, 2006
Is Marathoning Too Much of a Good Thing for Your Heart?
By GRETCHEN REYNOLDS
After years in which almost no deaths were attributed to heart attacks in this country’s major marathons, at least six runners have died in 2006.

I didn’t intend to read the article figuring it was a bunch of alarmist crap. Plus, the discussion was beaten to death on the Runner’s World marathon forum awhile back so I’ve been weary of reading about such topics. But going through my newsreader this evening I can across Dr. Joan Bushwell’s rebuttal of said article. Dr. Bushwell mentioned statisticians, so I got interested and went back and read the New York Times article.

The examples the New York Times article uses are of 50-60 year old men. That’s understandable considering who is more likely a priori to have a heart attack. The question is, in these studies that conclude a link between marathon running and heart attack risk, did the analysis adjust for medical history, i.e. did they account for years of unhealthy living before marathoners became marathoners? I don’t have full-text access from home to the papers cited. But I’ll download them when I get into work tomorrow.

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