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ChrisCast Episode 2: 24601 Part 1: Hanabata Days

ChrisCast Episode 2: 24601 Part 1: Hanabata Days

The origin story of Chris Abraham from zero through to most of 6th grade, from Weehawken, New Jersey, to Murray Hill, NYC, to Salt Lake, Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii, to downtown Punchbowl... have fun!

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One-Meal-a-Day (OMAD) with a Preference for IF and OBAD

One-Meal-a-Day (OMAD) with a Preference for IF and OBAD

Things are going better with the diet. I refuse to keep any food in the house. I am even tempted to dump my stone-ground grits and my stone-ground oats—including yummy, yummy, bars of butter.

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Walking: Sat, 15 Jun 2019 21:17:59: cut it a mile short

Walking: Sat, 15 Jun 2019 21:17:59: cut it a mile short

Lovely. Cut it a mile short because a 16E bus driver for ART—Arlington Transit—took pity on me while I was wandering around the Pentagon and stopped in the middle of the road and let me on, God bless him. I was done but I would've done the rest. But I appreciated the generosity and kindness. I even had a metro card so it was all good!

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ChrisCast Episode 1: Sportif

ChrisCast Episode 1: Sportif

This is the episode where I almost cop to an eating disorder and then complain a lot about how heavy I am.

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The southern border of the United States is not a finish line

The southern border of the United States is not a finish line

For me, the immigration debate comes down to commercial airlines’ safety instructions: "put your oxygen mask on first, before helping others." Until every rural American—the welcome wagon at most borders and border towns—feels heard, loved, fed, supported, educated, included, and respected—prosperous (prosperity breeds generosity)—then they will never feel like they can ever affix an oxygen mask on a stranger.

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Memories of my SOMA Delancey Gucci Bike POW MIA RIP Berlin

Memories of my SOMA Delancey Gucci Bike POW MIA RIP Berlin

After my Bianchi Pista single speed bike was stolen and before I moved to Berlin, Germany, I bought the Delancey frame from SOMA bikes and had it built up at Capitol Hill Bikes, RIP, now City Bikes Capitol Hill. 

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My Specialized Langster Gangster single speed bike lives on in Berlin!

My Specialized Langster Gangster single speed bike lives on in Berlin!

My buddy Mark Harrison texted me this photo to show that my pre-2010 Specialized Langster Gangster single-speed aluminum bike is being well-loved and well-used to this day, 3 years after it was gifted to our friend, Frank Merfort's, handsome son, I think who's name is Mika.

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Do two solid 19:5 days make a trend?

Do two solid 19:5 days make a trend?

I've been trying for years to get my IF (intermittent fast) 19:5 (nineteen-hours fasting per-day and five-hours for eating, per-day) sorted and it looks like I've finally convinced my actual self to actually do it. I know it's only for two days! But I've done a lot with two successful days in a row. And each day is a restricted 1,500 low carb day, too.

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Characteristics of a Reliable KYC Tool

Knowing Your Client or KYC is really a time-consuming, resource-intensive process. However, it is a necessary step to ensure that you’re doing business with outstanding, trustworthy clients. All these efforts just to check and verify your potential customer’s information and activities will help save you from millions of dollars in losses, fines, and fees, and a ton of headache.

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Gather Ye Rosebuds by Robert Herrick

Gather Ye Rosebuds by Robert Herrick

If you've ever taken an early American literature course in college, this is indeed a class favorite. "To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time" is a poem written by English Cavalier poet Robert Herrick in the 17th century. First published in 1648 as number 208 in a volume of verse entitled Hesperides, it is perhaps one of the most famous poems to extol the notion of carpe diem, a philosophy that recognizes the brevity of life and, therefore, the need to live for and in the moment.

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The Pure Contralto Sings In The Organ Loft by Walt Whitman

The Pure Contralto Sings In The Organ Loft by Walt Whitman

I don't know why I remember it, but the line, "the pure contralto sings in the organ loft," seared itself into my brain—maybe because "contralto" was a new word to me.

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Song Of Myself, XXIV by Walt Whitman

Song Of Myself, XXIV by Walt Whitman

This poem contains one of my favorite stanzas, "Unscrew the locks from the doors! / Unscrew the doors themselves from their jambs! / Whoever degrades another degrades me, / And whatever is done or said returns at last to me."

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Song Of Myself, XVI by Walt Whitman

Song Of Myself, XVI by Walt Whitman

This poem is an essential read as American is broken apart by people who believe themselves to be better—superior even—than their fellow citizens, "I resist any thing better than my own diversity, / Breathe the air but leave plenty after me, / And am not stuck up, and am in my place."

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Song of Myself, XI by Walt Whitman

Song of Myself, XI by Walt Whitman

One of Walt Whitman's most innocently sensual poems indeed.

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DC’s budget will end chronic homelessness for 615 individuals and 180 families

DC’s budget will end chronic homelessness for 615 individuals and 180 families

I just received this email from Miriam's Kitchen, the homeless kitchen I volunteered at for over a decade, as well as the home of The Way Home and they, have amazing new that I would love to share with you on their behalf.

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Song of Myself, V by Walt Whitman

Song of Myself, V by Walt Whitman

"Loafe with me on the grass, loose the stop from your throat," is one of my favorite lines of poetry.

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Sweet running loops from the PBC boathouse

Sweet running loops from the PBC boathouse

When I worked at New Media Strategies back from 2002-2006, belonged to a gym in the building in Rosslyn and would pop out at night for a loop run in the evening.

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“He’s blaming the Democrats” cartoon by David Sipress

Sometimes a daily cartoon from The New Yorker is so salient and timely and apropos that I need to share it.

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Bartleby, the Scrivener, by Herman Melville

Bartleby, the Scrivener, by Herman Melville

While this short story is over 166-years-old, I find myself referencing this Melville classic almost every single day. It's even a current t-shirt meme. Here's the full text. If you love me, you should read this. If only to be in on the joke. "Ah Bartleby! Ah humanity!"

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My proposed routes to commute to the Potomac Boat Club from Columbia Heights

My proposed routes to commute to the Potomac Boat Club from Columbia Heights

Like I proposed yesterday, I will try to spend a lot more time at the Potomac Boat Club boathouse in DC and I propose to get there and back on my Surly Steamroller. 

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I Hear America Singing by Walt Whitman

I Hear America Singing by Walt Whitman

In memoriam on Memorial Day and in memory of the death of Walk Whitman 200 years ago, America's poet.

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My latest plan for getting fit fast

My latest plan for getting fit fast

At the end of the day, I want to scull on the Potomac every day in a single shell. Since I've been a member of the Potomac Boat Club, I've never been light enough to get into a boat.

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O Captain! My Captain! by Walt Whitman

O Captain! My Captain! by Walt Whitman

On the 200th year of his death, Walt Whitman's most popularly famous poem.

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You can't beat an AmazonBasics cast iron kettlebell

You can't beat an AmazonBasics cast iron kettlebell

I'm the proud owner of a 35-pound cast iron kettlebell from Amazon's AmazonBasic line of products. It only cost me $36.51 delivered through Amazon Prime. Door-to-door, when similar kettlebells of similar quality but with powder-coating and premium brands, cost $109, delivered, for something that's 80% there.

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Cycling: Fri, 24 May 2019 20:14:46: Pentagon Bus Stop

Cycling: Fri, 24 May 2019 20:14:46: Pentagon Bus Stop

I wish I took photos and I wish I got more of the ride. I also forgot to turn off my GPS watch when I loaded my bike up at the Pentagon Bus Stop for the last 2 miles up the hill to my apartment, so I really wasn't going around at 40 miles per hour uphill, so sorry about that!

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Song of Myself by Walt Whitman

Song of Myself by Walt Whitman

To me, this is the most important poem ever written and shared with the world, more important to what it is to be an American than the Constitution, Bill of Rights, The Gettysburg Address, or even the Declaration of Independence. The I Have a Dream speech is this poem's brother.

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I was a college rower on a college crew

I was a college rower on a college crew

My Novice GW Crew coach, Stephen Weiss, was my idol. No matter how young and strong and cocky we young rowers were during training, Steve could take us. He could row faster, he could lift stronger, he could run further, he could sprint harder.

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My leather BAGGU bag

My leather BAGGU bag

I feel like my natural leather BAGGU bag that's very simple, super durable, so gorgeous and well-made, is one of my very favorite things, one of my most valued possessions.

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I Sing the Body Electric by Walt Whitman

I Sing the Body Electric by Walt Whitman

On the celebration of the 200th anniversary of America's bard, here's to Walt Whitman, America's poet.

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