There and Back Again


Starting on labor day of 2014, I’ve decided to start a year long project of taking photos every day at 8:36pm. It’s a hard habit to break into, but I’ve remembered to take photos by setting alarms on my calendar to remind me when it’s time. 

The project is inspired by seeing Marshall’s 8:36pm photostream. I think it’s going to be a fun way to see what’s happening in my life over the next year. 

Belgium vs. Team USA: As it happened on Twitter



Football is a cruel game.

Just when you start to believe, when you think the impossible just might be possible, your soul gets ripped right out of your body, and you remember you have to walk home in a full Captain America costume. The worst.

The United States men’s national team loss to Belgium in extra-time on Tuesday was the most painful kind of torture. For 90 minutes, we watched Tim Howard save the USA time and time again, putting forth arguably the greatest goalkeeping performance ever at a World Cup, only for it to all fall apart in extra-time. Just like four years ago.

But after the heartbreak, there was pride and hope; pride that the team wouldn’t ever, ever quit, and hope that in 2018, this team will be even stronger, and encourage even more belief. One team, one nation:

If you still have the mental and emotional capacity to do so, take a look at how America followed the USA’s thrilling 2-1 loss in the Round of 16:



The United States hadn’t even taken the field for warmups yet, when our blood pressure was already over 160. The heart-stopping finish between Argentina and Switzerland — Angel di Maria’s winner deep into extra time sent the Albiceleste through — should probably have told us that this was going to be a long, long day:


Oh NO! The first sign that the United States were in trouble:

Anyone still wondering if soccer has “made it” in America?

A pitch invader makes an appearance:


More bad news, Fabian Johnson is hurt:


Madeleine Albright with some wise words for the USA:

And England legend Gary Lineker perfectly summarizes the play thus far:


All Belgium, all of the time:




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After reading Clayton Christensen’s “How Will You Measure Your Life?”, I’ve been thinking about the topic of friendship quite frequently, especially since it’s been three years since I’ve graduated from high school.

In the book, Christensen describes family and friends as the key source of happiness in a person’s life, and he goes on to explain that as many people grow older, they tend to segment their friends. For instance, people have a certain group of friends in middle and high school, and when they gain new friends in college, they tend to move on from their previous group of friends.

I wish this wasn’t the case. I’ve realized that this has happened in my life as well, and I’m kinda bummed about it. There’s about a handful of friends from high school I still speak with frequently and that we’ve remained close. 

Reid Hoffman explained it perfectly in “The Startup of You”. 

“How Many Allies and Weak Connections Can You Have?”
Imagine you receive a digital camera with a built-in memory card for your birthday. You bring it on a six-month trip to Africa where you won’t have access to a computer—so all the photos you want to keep must fit on that one memory card. When you first arrive you snap photos freely, and maybe even record some short videos. But after a month or so, the memory card starts filling up. Now you’re forced to be more judicious in deciding how to use that storage. You might take fewer pictures. You might decide to reduce the quality/resolution of the photos you do take in order to fit more. You’ll probably cut back on videos. Still, inevitably, you’ll hit capacity, at which point if you wish to take new photos you’ll have to delete old ones. Just as a digital camera cannot store an infinite number of photos and videos, you cannot maintain an infinite number of relationships. Which is why, even if you are judicious about your choices, at some point you hit a limit, and any new relationship means sacrificing an old one.”

Excerpt From: Reid Hoffman. “The Start-Up of You.” iBooks.

Perhaps sacrifice is necessary in order to maintain the new relationships that we form. I just wonder if someday certain old relationships can be rebuilt on a new foundation.