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A Major Accident

January 13, 2013 Leave a comment

Today I was driving west on 76 when I witnessed a very violent, one-car accident directly in front of me. A car veered off to the right, slammed into the retaining wall (drawing sparks and going up on two wheels), then shot across three lanes and slammed into the median head-on, before bouncing backwards to the middle lane.

I was the front car in the left lane, so I came to a dead stop, in part to keep traffic at bay, but also to try to help. And realistically, my help consisted solely of having my friend call 911, getting the guy away from the car, and directing some traffic around the wreck. But I suppose it’s good karma for me and the other three people who got out to help.

Now I got to thinking that if I had been going 5 mph faster, or if I’d run a yellow light at 30th Street, or if I’d been fiddling with the radio, there’s a good chance I would’ve been involved in this. This isn’t some spiritual awakening, or a vow to live life to its fullest going forward because most likely, I’ll spend tomorrow night watching like fifteen episodes of Cheers or something. But, it does make me appreciate the roles that chance, luck, and timing play in this world. The best laid plans can be undone by wrong place, wrong time and, I suppose, being in the right place at the right time can undo a lot of mistakes.

Now back to the nonsense posts.

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2013 New Years Resolutions

January 1, 2013 1 comment

Another new year is upon us.  I believe time is an abstract and too much importance is senselessly put on years and ages (and time zones), but I nonetheless feel the need to put forth some resolutions as the calendar slips into another year.  And while I expect to hit around.300 on these, they remain, in theory, a good guideline for me for 2013.

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What I’ve Been Up To, Part 2

November 28, 2012 Leave a comment

Following a birthday month filled with eating and drinking, which happened to coincide with the weather getting colder and the end of my bike riding, I noticed a certain doughiness setting back in.  In addition, a friend of mine asked me to attend her son’s basketball game.  Now I know you’re thinking: he won’t dare rip into adorable 8-year olds running around and playing a basketball game that will end up 8 to 6.  Rest assured:  my friend’s kid plays NCAA Division I basketball.  Thus, using the associative property, I’m old. Read more…

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What I’ve Been Up To, Part 1

November 27, 2012 Leave a comment

Just realized that I haven’t blogged in over four months and I hate leaving my four readers hanging, so I’m going to attempt to make up for it all in one post.  I had kicked around handling several of these topics separately, but I’ve had some serious writers’ block interspersed with my normal malaise.  As a result, here’s a recap of Puko’s World since July.

Okay, I did nothing in August.

In September, I went to Europe.  London, then Belgium, with a side day trip to Amsterdam.  London was incredible, as it was every time I’ve been there.  Here are some highlights (in convenient bullet form):

  • Very high cut denim skirts with fancy leggings and high boots are all the rage.  I suspect the same will be true in the States shortly.  I encourage all females to jump on the bandwagon now.
  • There were also a number of females wearing what I’d call scuba pants.  Don’t see these catching on in the US, but they were mesmerizing at times.
  • I saw the Magna Carta and the Rosetta Stone, neither of which I’d seen before.  I then got back to the hotel and Wikipedia’ed the Magna Carta and the Rosetta Stone as I had no idea of the significance of either.
  • I went to a soccer match at Craven Cottage in SW London.  Due to maintenance on the tube (that’s the subway for you Yanks), we had to get off early and switch to a cab.  I’ve never had a smoking hot, 28-year old blonde cab driver before.  Seemed like the start of a Cinemax movie, if I hadn’t been the male lead.  Shockingly, I think I was more attracted to her awesome driving skills that got us to the match on time.

Then it was on to Belgium.  Great country, four days of mussels, frites, and waffles.  I also did a six-hour walking guided beer tour, which was among the six greatest hours of my life.  The final beer, a rare Belgian that is not available in the US, is referred to by the locals as “Angels Pissing on Your Tongue”.  I’m not 100% sure I believe in angels, but if they do exist, and they happened to urinate in some manner that a drop splashed near my mouth, and I accidentally tasted it, it could taste like this beer.

Took a side trip to Amsterdam.  Was glad I did it, as the city is quite pretty and stops like the Van Gogh Museum and Anne Frank’s House were very worthwhile.  I did walk along the Red Light District for a bit.  The smell of pot coming from the coffee shops was overwhelming.  As were the hookers in the windows, rapping on the glass and gesturing to get the attention of passers-by.  While the typical Dutch prostitute is substantially better looking than most of the hookers I’ve seen (I used to have to drive through Kensington frequently), it’s incredibly depressing to see women basically being sold like lamps or clothing.  Not my scene.

The week I got back, I did an 80+ mile bike ride to the Jersey shore because I’m a friggin machine.  Oh, and to raise money for MS.

In October, I had what many consider to be a milestone birthday.  I sort of believe in time as an abstract, so I’ve never put a ton of stock in birthdays, but I guess this is one that was supposed to make me feel old.  The weekend itself was quite good with stops at Sampan, Misconduct, Noche, Lucky Dog, Monk’s, and Brick American Eatery, along with a fall festival in Philly, seeing Chelsea Peretti at Helium, and going to a pumpkin beer fest at the City Tap House.  Good food, good beer, good company–no complaints.  I’ve thought about starting to blog primarily about bars and restaurants as I’ve been to over 150 places in the past couple years.  Also makes me think that I might need a sponsor.

From there, life took a shocking turn…

(Not really–I just ran out of steam.  Will post Part 2 tomorrow.  Or possibly in March.)

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The Puko’s World Guide to Exercising

July 8, 2012 Leave a comment

I got on a scale this morning and found that I’m at my lowest weight since grad school.  I don’t know what my exact weight was in grad school, but I distinctly remember getting a physical at a free clinic in Dallas, TX in late summer 1996 as a pre-requisite for a job and being shocked when they told me what I weighed.  I’m now significantly under that weight and within four pounds of the weight at which I told myself I could get a #3 at McDonald’s for the first time in ten years.  So things are going well.  Looking at myself sans shirt, I’ve clearly gone from completely disgusting to mildly revolting, so that’s progress. Read more…

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Bring Your Kid to Work Day

April 28, 2011 1 comment

Today was apparently Bring Your Kid to Work Day.  While I anticipated this meaning my day would be marked by unfettered access to leftover donuts, pizza, and soft pretzels, my interaction with one precocious tyke in particular is still (painfully) reminding me of how much fun little kids are. Read more…

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What Happened at the Walgreen’s in Chicago

April 16, 2011 Leave a comment

I spent last week in Chicago on business.  You know, cutting multi-billion deals and other really, really important stuff.  Anyway, I arrived unprepared as my usual travel-sized Scope was nowhere to be found, so I stopped at the Walgreen’s next to my hotel. Read more…

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