I had a chance to change things. During my outchop brief—a sit-down with my Skipper and XO for my final Fitness Report in my squadron—my skipper asked if I had any constructive thoughts about my time on the E-6b Mercury. I did. I had specific feedback from my experience that would have improved the lives of … More The Military is for Mansplainers
The husband of one of CSU’s poetry professors used to serve in the Air Force. He had been stationed at Travis AFB, an airfield I frequently flew missions out of when I was an E-6b Mercury Communications Officer. When I discovered the connection, I tracked him down the next time I saw him, which was at … More The Specific Solitude of Military Veterans
I was hooked from the beginning. I learned about the first season of Serial from a recommendation on the latest episode of This American Life. I stopped what I was doing, downloaded the first episode, and started listening. At the time, I lived on the island of Eta Jima, Japan, which is across the bay … More Why Was Season 2 of Serial Such a Let Down?
I have this thing with training logs. The training logs of runners. Not with keeping them, though–though I do, and I have–but with reading them. Call it a habit. Call it a guilty pleasure. These runners publish their logs on the internet, daily, sometimes weekly. At regular intervals, while ingesting my daily dose of coffee … More My Name is Colin and I am Addicted to Training Logs