I can close my eyes and recall the sound with great clarity. It is mighty, fierce, heroic. This sound resonates from the soul with power – more power actually. He grunts with a bellowing vigor and I laugh. I love his masculine heart. He is Tim Taylor, the host of “Tool Time” and the star of Home Improvement (1991-1999). As a young boy awkwardly lurching towards adolescence, I was drawn to the tool man and his tendency to take his tools and tweak stuff with a single thought in mind. “More power!”
Every month I visit the CNN website for a glimpse into what movies and television shows are going to be added to Netflix and Amazon Prime. In years past I typically gravitated towards film, but I’m finding that television shows – those off the air and still current – are equally compelling. Strong production value and the “To Be Continued” language at the end of a show have contributed to this, though I’m inclined to think that the ability to watch multiple shows without pause is why. This phenomenon is aptly called binge watching, and its popular. According to an article from Cinema Blend, author Kelly West cites a Netflix survey that defines binge watching as “watching between 2-6 episodes of the same TV show in one sitting.” 73% of the respondents agreed with this statement.
Though I’ve run for roughly ten years now, I discovered a major truth shortly after starting: distance cannot corral our aspirations. In the words of Arnold Hano, “There is an itch in runners.” What exactly is this itch though? Perhaps it’s the itch to simply keep going, to keep exploring, to keep uncovering that which was previously hidden on an oft repeated route. Continuing to move is how I might summarize this itch. Runners have a tendency to eyeball the next distance and then charge after it with full force and a grand resolve. In short, that next distance will be conquered.
For the past few days, a colleague of mine has been working on a Rubik’s Cube that we keep in the toy box for noisy or mischievous children (or both). He’s managed to make one side a solid color, but the other five are proving to be both elusive and difficult. I’ve toyed with it some too, but have encountered the same difficulties that stifled his efforts. One step forward feels like two steps back. Speaking of which, since this iconic toy is housed in a running shop, it seems fitting to study the parallels between the cube and my favorite cardiovascular activity of choice. What, if any, are the similarities between a Rubik’s Cube and running?
Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder is the centerpiece of a Jordan ad from August 2016. Crafted by Wieden + Kennedy in New York, the thirty-second spot depicts a determined Westbrook, a man bent on showcasing his remarkable talents with the help of a trusty Spalding basketball. Dribbling to the free throw line in cinematic fashion, a jet engine begins to roar to life as Westbrook touches off the ground with an airport runway beneath his rising feet. The commercial closes with a bold remark from the narrator: “Some run, some make runways.”