If you hadn’t heard by now, Jon Stewart is leaving The Daily Show. I have a lot of feelings about this, Stewart and his show have played a large part in my life and helped me shape my outlook on the world we cover in journalism. There’s too much to say, but I include the clip above as a testament to who Jon Stewart is and why he had such impact. I wish you well sir, thanks for making us laugh at ourselves.

Upcycling, Underground: Huge Bike Park Opens In Former Limestone Mine : The Two-Way : NPR.

Just testing this “Press This” bookmarklet, though this is a really cool story. Go read.

At the starting line of GORUCK Nasty 001.

At the starting line of GORUCK Nasty 001.

So I completed GORUCK Nasty 001 on Saturday, my first obstacle race and the first event of its kind from GORUCK. It was a great time even though there were some logistical problems and the weather wasn’t ideal. That said, I once again learned what I am capable of both physically and mentally. It was a good day, and I’ll try my hardest to be at 002.

Good livin’.

Photos from our recent trip to Turkey for a friend’s wedding and them some vacation. It was a gorgeous place, and the Turkish people are so amazingly warm and friendly. I can really understand why people have romanticized the country so much and is such a destination for expatriates. Would gladly go back.

So on Saturday I did another GORUCK event. This was a Light (class 077), which meant a bit more fun and some singing thrown in as part of GORUCK founds and CEO Jason McCarthy’s Peace and Love Committee. Sure, we had our log carry, our inchworm pushups and our buddy carries, but the highlight of this event was our song we had to sing to the various lunchers and brunchers of Washington, D.C. (and to VP Biden).

Below is a small taste of what class 077 brought to the table. Thanks again team for an awesome day of good livin’.

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GORUCK Light 077 – Washington, DC


I shadowed my first GORUCK event in order to take photos. This was an epic GORUCK Light with a ton of alums, cadre, singing and a lot of fun people. I’ll be doing one or two these this summer and hopefully another full challenge soon.

Really excited for these upcoming events:

Carrying our IED

Carrying our IED

I forgot to write something post-Goruck Challenge after I completed it in early March. It was, in short, a great experience. It was cold, difficult, dirty and a very long day. But it was awesome to push myself and get pushed (in a positive way) by others, embrace the suck and just keep moving forward.

We probably covered about 15 miles or so in D.C., over a period just over 12 hours. I was never a big team sports guy, but the camaraderie and team spirit exhibited by everyone in the same situation, putting themselves through the same paces, was very uplifting and fun.

I definitely recommend it for anyone looking to challenge themselves and challenge what their perceived limits are. I will definitely do it again, and have my eye on a Goruck Heavy — a 24-hour challenge — in the future, as well as the yet-to-be-fully revealed Goruck Nasty.

We moved to our new HQ at NPR and I finally got my fancy stand-up workstation. Complete with electronic height controls and a tall chair for those times when I need to get off my feet for a few. It’s pretty boss (I’m trying to bring that word back).


Today was a killer.

  • 1000m Row
  • Jumping Jacks 45s + 10 pushups x 2


  • Machine Chest Press (4 sets)
  • Bosu ball situps (4)
  • Incline Dumbbell Presses (4)
  • In & Outs (4)
  • Dips (3)
  • Cable Crossovers (3)
  • Dumbbell Military Presses (3)
  • Medicine ball toss (3)
  • Wide Pushups (3)


  • Row/Kettlebell Pyramid – Row 200m, 5 kettlebell swings, row 300m, 10 kettlebell swings, row 400m, 15 kettlebell swings, row 500m, 20 kettlebell swings, repeat back down to 200m/5 swings