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Two Kinds of Truth by Michael Connelly  (completed)

Lou Reed: A Life by Anthony DeCurtis

   (in progress)

Killing Floor by Lee Child   (completed)

   (1997, Reacher's first appearance)

Sticky Fingers - The Life and Times of Jann Wenner and Rolling Stone Magazine by Joe Hagan

(done)

The Woman Who Smashed Codes by Jason Fagone (Dey St. Books, just completed, full review just published)


Double Agent Celery: MI5's Crooked Hero by Carolinda Witt (pen-and-sword books)

The Bourne Identity by Robert Ludlum (1980, the book that started the franchise, just completerd)

The Take by Christopher Reich (Mulholland Books)


Podcast Favorites

Kara Swisher's Recode Decode this week is an interesting conversation with Tina Brown. Using the publication of her new Vanity Fair Diaries as a starting point, they examine Brown's publishing career, notably her wonderful runs with Vanity Fair and The New Yorker. Then they dive into the internet age, how it's changing the publishing world, Brown's start-up of The Daily Beast, followed by venting about Facebook today. Swisher puts together the best intervierw/talk with Brown I've heard since her book was published. Brown was consistently creating some of the best magazines in the world, at a time when that mattered.

Rich Roll's podcast is one I've discovered recently, and I'm working to catch up. Here are two don't-miss episodes:

http://www.richroll.com/podcast/bryan-fogel/

http://www.richroll.com/podcast/lance-armstrong/

Fogel is the star of, the producer of, the man behind Icarus. If you've not watched this documentary, exclusively streaming on Netflix, get to it! Of all the interviews I've read and heard with Fogel, Roll brings out the most interesting perspective. It's a fabulous listening experience.

 

Lance Armstrong needs no introduction. I don't care whether you admire or dislike him, his wealth of experience and new perspective on many matters is worth listening to. Me, I think he's one of the finest athletes ever.

Entries in #calfworkouts (1)

Wednesday
May032017

Damn, Thought I Was Holding My Own

Last night I got in a decent workout at a gym I don't go to very often. It's a nice change of pace and I have fewer interruptions. My hour+ consisted of some leg tri-sets and a few back movements. But what I did is neither here nor there.

After putting together my post-workout shake (creatine, BCAA, Vitargo, whey protein - the usual), I was walking through the gym and heard my name called. Turns out an old friend from my competitive cycling days had recently joined the gym. We hadn't seen each other in at least a decade, and had a nice chat about our shared cycling days, getting older, etc. But here's why I'm talking about this:  he said when he initially saw me he thought it was me, but then said to himself: "nah, it can't be John, his calves aren't big enough."

Damn, I thought my calves were still pretty good, even now at 62 years old.

Here's my calves less than two weeks ago, on the ride home after a workout at CrossFit Green Bay. I was sipping my post-workout shake containing fast-acting carbs in the form of either Vitargo, Build or Real Food.