In Praise of Meatheads

After almost eight years of consistent weight-training, from bodybuilding to powerlifting–even a little bit of that detestable fad we call CrossFit–I have only recently come to wear my meathead badge with pride. Meathead is synonymous with douchebag. I am bookish, but also a douchebag. It’s easier to be publicly bookish than publicly douchey. Well, not…

The Joys of Retirement and What’s to Come

Ahhhhh, just another day, sitting by the sliding glass doors, listening to the ocean as it crashes on the beach. This is another great day in retirement! Well, I’m not really retired. It is now a great running joke in the family saying I am retired. I am now on terminal leave from the Coast…

Fidel Castro & Selective Memory

In several respects, the passing of Fidel Castro puts an end to a geopolitical era. Under the Obama Administration, the United States and Cuba have sought to strengthen ties with one another, while Fidel’s beating heart was the elephant in the room that symbolically more than anything prevented these developments from feeling entirely real. If…

Deifying Ireland

The other day, amidst a rather chaotic week, I found myself trying to find a stream for the Ireland-Austria World Cup qualification soccer match. It was to no avail, and given the game ended 1-0 it was probably for the better that I spent 90 minutes doing something else. But reflecting upon the day that…

JFK. An Obsession.

I had a very unique opportunity to ask Admiral David G. Throop, who is the United States Coast Guard’s Force Readiness Commander (FORCECOM) a question when he came and visited a school I was at with the Coast Guard, right around this time last year. When I asked him, “Admiral, what would you recommend for…

Talking With The Alt-Right

A couple months ago, I spoke with two figureheads of the alt-right. I was attempting to shine a light through the opacity of the term. “How do you define the alt-right?”–I wanted answers from underneath the alt-right umbrella itself. I reached out to Andrew Anglin, editor of the alt-right blog “The Daily Stormer,” and Jared Taylor, editor of…

Always In Transit

“Attention: Train 217 approaching.” Every morning at the Santa Clara Caltrain station, the commuters act as turnsoles. All rotate to face the sunrise. All look to see what color it is today. It could be described as beautiful if it wasn’t set against the decrepit shit-scape of junkyards, frat-houses and storage units of Santa Clara,…

The Fleeting Feeling of Autumn; a Moment of Self-Reflection

As November rolls around, my mind tends to get a bit cloudy. Whether or not it’s the weather, or just the extreme change in my lifestyle as my business starts to quiet down, there’s a palpable difference in my persona. I often feel guilty when I hide away from the people I love most. This…

The Electoral College. And Why It Matters.

With the crazy events that happened on November 8th, we are seeing even crazier posts on social media. One such thing is how people are signing a petition directed towards the members of the Electoral College to elect Hilary Clinton as president. The majority of these people saying to abolish the Electoral College, or those…

The Democratic Party Isn’t Working

So I’ve given myself a few days to process everything that happened to us before writing another post here. But as it turns out, I could just have easily written this post on Wednesday morning as well. The underlying premise is quite simple really: The Democratic Party isn’t working. The Democratic Party, in coordination with…

America’s Choice

I went to public schools. Every morning at Putnam School, grades K-8, I stood up, placed my hand over my heart, felt the crisp stiffness of the shirt my mother had ironed with truly world class skill the night before, and along with about 20 other kids from East Cambridge, faced the flag and recited…

The Sun Will Come Out Tomorrow

“The sun will, in fact, come out tomorrow.” -President Obama. Those words were uttered on November 9th, regarding the results of the presidential election that this country saw. A truly historic event that has seen social media become a place of violent words and thoughts, and friends beginning to disdain one another. It is my…