New Years Resolutions 2015

By |2015-01-01T14:00:48+13:00January 1st, 2015|Excellence|

New years resolutions really resonate with me. Sometimes, I can make them stick, and keep better habits; other times, I break my New Year’s Resolutions, and learn plenty from them. Resolutions seem to have fallen out of style, despite evidence suggesting that new habits stick better when you start them on important days, and besides, I [...]

The Merits of Failure

By |2016-12-26T14:00:15+13:00March 25th, 2014|Adventure|

Danger Man was the greatest failure of my life. (And in a life as adventurous as mine, that's really saying something.) This week I entered the Don Quixote Windmill Contest, a video competition for a $10,000 prize. The hosts of the competition are looking for the Best Bad Idea. The purpose of the Quixote's Windmill Prize [...]

Top 10 Things I Love About Portland

By |2013-07-02T17:24:48+12:00July 2nd, 2013|Adventure|

I'm on a layover in Houston. This really is the armpit of America. (Or is that Cleveland? I've got a layover there, next week.) Now that I've dipped my toe back into American culture - this is my first time back in the United States for two years - I'm yearning to get back to [...]

A Fortune Without Coin

By |2013-04-30T09:42:31+12:00April 30th, 2013|Introspection|

I've got everything in the world - except money. My body is in excellent health, due to a lifetime of Yoga, juggling, and the odd bit of Parkour. My children are strong and curious. They are beautiful creatures, that I have the honor and privilege of shepherding into this world. My wife is a beauty. [...]

I’ve Lost the Traceur’s Gaze

By |2012-12-07T12:25:18+13:00December 7th, 2012|Introspection|

I don't do Parkour anymore. Parkour is, admittedly, a young man's sport. Most traceurs are teens with lithe, athletic bodies that haven't been injured yet. I got into the sport late in life, in my 30s. Luckily, I had a background in yoga, physical theater, and acrobatics. After my first round of P90X, I was [...]

Physical Commitments

By |2012-06-18T14:22:22+12:00June 18th, 2012|Introspection|

Whenever you start a period of discipline, it helps to declare your intentions to the world, I've found. I'm going on a six week binge of health and cleansing. From now until August 1, I'm going to get up every morning at 5 am. After a quick shower, I'm going to go through a P90X [...]

Pratyahara for an Active Mind

By |2012-06-12T08:44:39+12:00June 12th, 2012|Introspection|

After a decade of practicing the physical aspects of yoga, I got bored. Little did I know, the Asana is only one of the eight limbs of Ashtanga Yoga. Building my body into peak physical condition relied on an intense Yoga practice, a love of Parkour, and an 18-month love affair with P90X. After having [...]

Parkour Injury – Out for the Season

By |2011-04-22T12:37:38+12:00April 22nd, 2011|Adventure|

Parkour athletes care about their own safety much more than any bystanders could. And it's not because we fear pain, or because we are excessively scrupulous in observing the proper way of doing things. We are overly concerned with our own safety because one minor injury can take Parkour away from us for three months. [...]

Wounded flight

By |2011-04-08T16:17:50+12:00April 8th, 2011|Adventure|

“Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.” -Robert F Kennedy Parkour is a young man’s sport. It is fraught with danger, and inspires me to be more dangerous than it is prudent for me to be. Sometimes, I receive my just payment for participating in danger: an injury that lays me [...]

Amazing pants.

By |2011-03-21T10:30:38+13:00March 21st, 2011|Excellence|

Last week, I was introduced to Thunderbolt Sportswear. I’ve been hooked. These pants retail for $188. They are black, they come in a jeans cut, and the fabric is unlike anything I’ve ever seen. It is durable beyond belief, but most importantly, stretchable in every direction. I put these pants through their paces last week. [...]

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