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Bob Goff Interviewed by Dad & Daughter

No Comments 02 February 2015

Screen shot 2015-02-02 at 10.55.44 AMMy daughter Sydney and I both got to interview Bob Goff, a very talented speaker, best-selling author, founder of Restore International, and a guy who has had many crazy adventures both in business and with his kids. Which interview do you like better?

Sydney’s Interview:

My interview:

Comment below on whose interview you like better!

P.S. I’m voting for Syd 🙂

Also check out: Syd singing “Let It Go” in a snow storm (
My daughters B & Syd (with their cousins) learning how to use a fire extingquisher: (


Movie Review: Argo

No Comments 16 October 2012

I saw Argo Saturday night- overall, great movie.  First, to keep my mom happy, I will warn you that there is a lot of language- not just English and Farsi and Canadian, but also bad words.

Courtesy Warner Bros. Entertainment

They did a great job on the film visually.  Most people have seen a lot more video of Iraq than Iran (and Bagdad than Tehran), but they believe the two countries look alike.  Not so.  Have you ever been to the Seattle airport and seen the beautiful mountains as a backdrop to the city?  That’s what Tehran looks like, and they really captured that.  They also shot the film in that grainy-70s-we’re-still-trying-to-figure-out-this-color-film-thing style, which really helps.  Throw in some original Star Wars action figures, old news footage with young Tom Brokaw and Dan Rather, and Ben Affleck‘s impressively shaggy beard and hair, and you really feel like you’re in 1979.

Per Hollywood union rules, they do have a two minute voice over (possibly by Drew Barrymore?) in which they leave a whole bunch of things out, state that everything bad is the United States’ fault and that anything that happens to us is our own fault.  The good news is that after they get that out of the way, the movie gets pretty non-political and really focuses on the story and the people and this unbelievable plan, rather than on making a statement.

As for the cast, John Goodman and Alan Arkin are hilarious and really steal the show.  That’s one of those rare times I really wished I cursed like a sailor because Arkin’s “Ar…go (blank) (blank)” line is so funny (So I Married An Axe Murderer is still my favorite Alan Arkin movie).  You’ll see Bryan Cranston (Malcolm In The Middle) in a role that will surprise you.  And Kyle Chandler looks less like me than he has at any other point in his career. FYI, Ben Affleck is married to Alias star Jennifer Garner (impressive segue, Brian!) You know how everyone in Alias who played an American was really born outside the US, and everyone who played an international character was really an American with a fake accent?  Well, it was nice to see Ontario’s own Victor Garber play an actual Canadian.

Overall, really entertaining and interesting movie.  I wouldn’t take the kids to see it, but it’s definitely worth watching.

PS- For you nerds out there who really want to know Persia/Iran in a deeper way, I highly recommend A History Of Iran: Empire of The Mind by Michael Axworthy.  In reality, everything that we know about Iran is just a small blip, a short sentence, in their massive history.


What did you think of the movie?  Have you ever read a book on Iran?  Comment below!

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How To Break Through The Training Wall In Your First Marathon

No Comments 07 March 2012

A lot of runners hit a wall training for their first marathon, especially when they do their first 14- or 15-mile long run. Sure, they’ve likely done 13.1 miles in a half marathon, but somehow going past that distance is a post-half marathon barrier that makes newer runners want to quit. I have two in-laws training for their first marathon, so I asked my local triathlon club and the LinkedIn Marathon Finishers Group this question- “How in the world did you break through that training barrier for your first marathon?” And you know what? The world answered back.

Roman, a software engineer from Ireland, said he used ‘pure determination’, but also made sure to never run too fast on long runs. Derek from Toronto used what I like to call the ‘planning ahead’ and ‘family bribery’ methods. He and his brother signed up for the Disney marathon almost a year out, and booked the plane tickets and hotel for their families at the same time. They knew they couldn’t back out because they’d invested so much money into it, and they got the support they needed from their families for those long training runs, because, hey, they’re going to Disney World! Wayne from the UK advocated keeping detailed notes on your training to track progress. Twan from the Netherlands, and my fellow BEAT tri club member Kathy, shared what was probably the most popular advice- get a good running mate to train with you. You’re not going to skip that 5:30AM long run if you’ve got a friend waiting out there in the cold. (Well, I might, but you probably wouldn’t.)

There was some great brain work from the folks stateside as well. Chris in Denver advocates doing core work and cross training. Bradford and Thomas, both from New York, (along with a number of other runners) advocate a focus on nutrition- you have to have a good plan in place, and practice it during your long runs. You need to eat your GUs, drink your Accelerade, and know what your body can handle and can’t. You’re doing something you’ve never done before, so you need to fuel differently than you do running a 5K.

Amy from Minnesota had one of my favorite bits of advice. She told as many friends as she could that she was training for her first marathon. Not only did that keep her from backing out, but she also found support and encouragement from all those people who were asking about her training. A cheering section is vital!

Bill, an engineer from Michigan, had what I thought was the best way to conquer the mental hurdle: “First-time marathoners should never think ahead of where they are in training. 14 is tough, if you think about the other 12 you’ll eventually have to run. Just focus on the 14 that day, and get through the miles. The next week, you’ll be ready for 15 and then 16 and so on. By the time you get ready for the real long runs, you’ll be ready for them, but the idea seems daunting when you’re just over the half marathon distance.”

Personally, my love of orange Jelly Belly sport beans- which I only allowed myself to eat on long runs- played a big role. Knowing I was going to have the delicious treat helped me get up and get going. I also bought a copy of 26.2 Marathon Stories, and only allowed myself to read the next story if I’d hit that mileage.

So what helped you break through that barrier?  Leave your comments below!

Brian Lord has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal and on BBC radio, and has had his works appear in 40 different publications in the US, Canada, and Israel, although none of that had anything to do with triathlons. He is the lowest ranking board member for the Brentwood Endurance Athletic Team, Nashville, TN.

international, sports

Very cool Nike ‘futbol’ commercial

No Comments 21 May 2010

I am not a soccer fan, but I will be during the World Cup this summer.  This is a great Nike commercial, very well made, that shows how any second in the life of one of these guys will have not only a huge impact on themselves but their countries as well.

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