On July 1st 2017, as part of a weight-loss bet with a friend, I began to run, and have since kept up the routine of running every 2-3 days. I began to run then to help me lose weight – but in the process, I realized and remembered how good it is for me overall. I’ll try to write a little bit about what it does “and all that” here, to maybe inspire one or the other person with a similar story to try it. And I’m not just talking about weight loss (yes, I won that bet) but I’ll cover that in this first post as well. Continue reading “Running”


Moon Festival

One of the advantages of being married to a lovely woman from the Asian culture is that I get to enjoy plenty of extra occasions to celebrate. One of these celebrations is the Moon Festival, held on the harvest season full moon (according to Shuwen, it’s a little bit like Asian Thanksgiving). Continue reading “Moon Festival”

Back – and a little gone

Dayglo dragon art at Meow Wolf, Santa Fe, New Mexico, September 2018.

It feels strange. Shuwen and I are back from a 10-day road-trip to – mostly – Arizona and New Mexico. Perhaps it is just the usual “post vacation blues” but with the abstinence from social media while traveling (after removing all social apps from my phone), returning to the “routine” at home feels especially strange this time. While we were traveling I’ve logged in to Facebook once (via web browser) but didn’t use any of the other “social related” sites that I otherwise visited frequently. Continue reading “Back – and a little gone”

Bye, Bye, Bandit

Shuwen brought a spicy Hunan style chicken dish home. I couldn’t feel my lips for a while after eating it. ­čśŤ When I asked her what it was called she said “Bandit chicken.” I said “how fitting” – and then we watched Smokey and the Bandit. Rest in peace, Burt Reynolds.

Phone Detox

According to this Wall Street Journal article, we unlock our phone ~80 times per day: How Smartphones Hijack Our Minds (I hope you can open the article without getting stuck at the WSJ’s paywall; it works for me at the time of writing this). The article then goes on to describe the detrimental effects smartphones have on us. Read it. It’s frightening. Continue reading “Phone Detox”

Nordic Walking in Southern California

I wanted to share an endurance exercise/activity with Shuwen for quite a while now, since I found and still find jogging so beneficial, as a whole. And we did try jogging together, but it wasn’t great for either one of us – due to our slight (ahem) size difference, our speed differed too much: she was essentially hauling ass while I at the same time didn’t really get “into the zone” because I went so slow. :-} Not exactly a great partner activity that way!

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The Meadow

Growing up in one of the sprawling suburbs of Munich, in a townhome with neighbors left and right, there was a nearby open and flat meadow, west of Pucchinistra├če (Pucchini Street). It was undeveloped, and tall grass grew there in the summer. A couple of narrow use trails connected one end with the other (and probably diagonally too). We rode our bikes there in spring and caught grasshoppers, and flew our kites in autumn, running along the trail to get the kite high up enough to catch the breeze. Continue reading “The Meadow”