Mr. X

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  1. Convince me that breakfast wasn't a terrible act of self-harm

    This is why diners are the best. "Breakfast served anytime" is a standard policy. New Jersey diners are generally among the upper ranks of diners, as not only is breakfast available at any time, it always includes pork roll in the meat options. And south Jersey / southeastern PA diners are probably the best, as both pork roll AND scrapple are readily available. YES!
  2. What are you listening to? Vol. XXII

    Um, maybe? Probably depends on which three songs. I mean, it's the same guy writing songs and singing, but he's a few years older now and perhaps a touch more sophisticated as a songwriter. A lot of the songs on the second half of WORRY. sounds like BtMI! if you stripped those songs down to the essential bits, I suppose.
  3. Convince me that breakfast wasn't a terrible act of self-harm

    Migas are super tasty. Top 3 favorite breakfasts that aren't the standard American: 1) Full English 2) Full Irish 3) Full Scottish Also, Belizean breakfast is fantastic. I vaguely remember eating some combination of fish and rice or dumplings or soba for breakfast in Japan when I was traveling there in 2001.
  4. What are you listening to? Vol. XXII

    I can't stop listening to Jeff Rosenstock's WORRY. Right now, it's a late entry into my album-of-the-year considerations. Part of it is personal, as some of the songs speak very directly to living in Brooklyn. But the majority of the album is pretty universal if you're (A) alive right now, (B) give a shit about the world, and (C) are down with punk rock. The go-to phrase in reviews has been "punk rock Abbey Road" because the second half of the albums is a bunch of short songs that blend right into each other and do some genre-hopping along the way. If that appeals to you, check it out from track 10 on. Otherwise, listen to the whole damn thing. Need a quick tease? Check out the video for "Wave Goodnight to Me". A stupidly catchy song (that's still not even the best on the album), an entertaining video, and a joke lifted straight from a classic Simpsons episode.
  5. What are you listening to? Vol. XXII

    I started off this evening listening to Fleetwood Mac because Rumours is a fucking awesome album and "Second Hand News" is one of those songs that never fails to put me in a good mood. Later I shifted into listening to Heavens to Betsy, and ended up at "Firefly", one of my perennial favorites. In unrelated news, the ad on TV right now is for a localish steakhouse and features shots of steaks on a grill over open flame interspersed with shots of some guy in a tux playing a tenor saxophone. Go Brooklyn!
  6. Exercise and Fitness - Olympic spirit!

    Awesome! And yes, stick with that for a few runs before pushing it further. You absolutely, positively do NOT need to set personal records (whether in terms of distance or pace) on every run. Speaking from experience, the frustration of having to sit out a couple weeks because you pushed too far is WAY, WAY worse than the (possible) frustration of not beating PR goals from week to week.
  7. Exercise and Fitness - Olympic spirit!

    Many of the 9+1 races are on the shorter end of the spectrum: 3.1 to 5 miles. And there is no minimum requirement in terms of finishing time for each race, as long as you finish them. So you can start easy and work your way up.
  8. Exercise and Fitness - Olympic spirit!

    The NY Road Runner 9+1 (run 9 races and volunteer to work one race in a calendar year) is the way to get automatic entry in to the NYC Marathon. I did the 9+1 program in 2010 and ran NYC in 2011. You can also qualify with suitably fast marathon times. The only other ways I know of are running for a charity (raise a certain amount of money to gain entry, which is what I did when I ran Chicago in 2012) or doing it as part of a travel package (which is a common method for many of the European runners). The 5 borough series is a mix of half-marathons, a 10 mile race, and a 10K. If you run 4 of the 5 races in a calendar year, you get automatic entry to the NYC Half Marathon, which usually takes place in March and features a course that starts in Central Park, goes through Times Square, continues down the west side, and ends in South Street Seaport. The NYC Half also has a lottery system for general entry.
  9. Exercise and Fitness - Olympic spirit!

    Mile 24 is right around where the course moves from 5th Ave into Central Park, right? And yeah, speaking as someone who ran NYC a few years back, the energy from everyone lining the streets is amazing. There were times when I just started high-fiving people because I could and I'd be lying if I said that didn't get a boost from all of that. (Oh, and the NYC marathon is a lot of fun, for certain punishing values of fun. You definitely get to see a lot of the city in a way you usually wouldn't. I mean, you get to run across the Verrazano Bridge! If you do decide to run, let me know. I can pass on what I know about the course, or just offer a high-five right before mile marker 11.)
  10. MLB Postseason: All Arms on Deck

    If the Cubs win 4 more games, yes, the North Side will burn. ETA: Wild. Apparently this is only the second time a team has sent the minimum to the plate in a postseason game.
  11. #trumpbookreport - add your idea!

    Catch 22?
  12. What are you listening to? Vol. XXII

    I approve of all of this. And every time I see a package of Pocky in a store, the words "NO POCKY FOR KITTY!" pop into my head. Every. Single. Fucking. Time.
  13. What are you listening to? Vol. XXII

    YES! That is such a delightful movie. I've told a bunch of people at work about it recently. None of them had ever heard of it, which is a bit sad, really. Oh, and I almost said "And, and, fucking and?" to a student in class, then realized that not only would that be totally inappropriate, even as a joke, but they wouldn't have a chance of catching the reference.
  14. MLB Postseason: All Arms on Deck

    I just had a vision of you providing Bakker-esque commentary on the rest of the postseason.