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Michael Krehan
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Time heals all wounds? I lived in Hamburg for two years back in 1999, and I hated it so much. The rotten weather, the snobby people, the uppity and old-fashioned vibe. Fast forward to last week, somebody is asking for European cities to visit, and Hamburg was among my top choices. The lush, green parks in summer. The many waterways and the big lake that you can explore in rented boats. Awesome public transportation system, even at night. Tons of food and bars. And I'm still in touch with many of the nice people I met when I lived there, with whom I did tons of fun stuff back then.

So what happened?! Well, the obvious one is that the circumstances of my place of employment back then where pretty whack, to say the least, not to mention that we were shipped to Hamburg with the promise that we'd move to San Diego, which never happened. Also, the brain has this thing about downplaying traumatic events (why else would women give birth more than once? Or why else am I considering another Spartan Ultra Beast?)

But ultimately a lot is just perception. You can brighten up your day a lot if you focus on the nice things, no matter how small or inconsequential they are. It's that lesson from American Beauty that I'm still taking to heart every day. In the days of my 80-mile commute back in 2003, I had a few landmarks on the way I liked, and they cheered me up every single day.

Now don't get me wrong, I'd never move back to Hamburg. SoCal is my life. But Hamburg is a cool place to visit. In summer.
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I frequently fantasize about driving down the freeway the wrong way at night to see all the Botts' Dots light up red. Sometimes you get a glimpse of it at sunset if you're driving towards the sun and look in the mirror. Probably doesn't come close to the real thing though.
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Why I was happy not to have any checked bags on that day.
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It's that time of the year again, and everybody is posting pictures of the temperature display on their cars' dashboards. Here is my approach to dealing with the heat. Instead of "OMG it's hot", I prefer "hells yeah it's hot!".
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And for my birthday, my awesome family tried to make me fall out of a biplane. And I apologize for having my goofy grinning mug on the video, but that was just too much fun.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EXSqi4SPAoU
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First marathon in 9 years (if you don't count the Ultrabeast last year), and I beat my personal record by over 15 minutes, despite having been briefly stopped because of an active shooter - that personal record dates back to 12 years ago, when I was in my 20s.

I beat my best Rock'n'Roll Marathon time by over an hour. So if you think you're too old for stuff.... nah, you're not. Go and do great things.

https://photos.app.goo.gl/LSGgR2KDtzZyYaHt1
Rock'n Roll Marathon 2018
Rock'n Roll Marathon 2018
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"I'm going to replace my A/C air filters, so there will be a wildfire in a week" is the California equivalent of "I'm going to wash my car so it'll rain tomorrow."
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Me in 2015: "I'm 80% done with my app!"
Me in 2016: "That code is ridiculous. Let me refactor."
Me in 2017: "I didn't know what I was doing. Let me refactor."
Me in 2018: "Why haven't I shipped my app yet?"
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Fasting - the art of not eating
You can have many excuses to starve yourself - be it for religious reasons, to cleanse your body, or just to lose weight. I'll focus on the last one (with a hint of the cleansing as well, although that one is a bit bogus). You can go about it in several way...
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On the red carpet at the Pasadena International Film Festival.
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