Five Points – 36

Natural Born Heroes by Christopher McDougall  –

I’ve just finished reading a most fascinating new book from the lauded writer of Born To Run, Christopher McDougall.  Natural Born Heros ties the tales of how Crete became a critical component to the evolution of WWII across Eurasia for both the Axis and the Allies.  But Churchill wouldn’t send to The Sliver young men suitable for the front lines.  No, it would only be misfits and poets and well traveled gipsies and academics and women…all of whom were better with their wits and ability to shape shift and finesse and endurance than pure brute strength.  For, battling these particular Nazi’s, whom just discovered a precursor to crystal meth, head to head had proven to not be so wise.  An interesting facet to the story, again, is its setting, as Crete is quite literally the home of one of the most famous hero stories ever – the Odyssey by Homer.  And this heritage spelt bad news for Hitler.  Not only would the residents and their adopted mainly British resistance prove most difficult to kill, they delighted in sculduggery, mischief, sneak attacks in the middle of the night, and most proponderously, kidnapping one of two Nazi generals on the island to use for propaganda against the tweaking infantry.

The story is woven with reference to modern physiology, endurance, and strength with regard to parkour – a way of moving through the crags fo the Cretan landscape, paleo diet – the only available food to eat was most basic, and finally, how anyone can be a hero, in fact, it is the average person, not the one groomed since birth to be Emperor, that is capable of being a true hero.

Purchase I’m Enjoying – 

In an ongoing journey to be a bit more healthy, I’ve realized drinking water, or the lack thereof, is a critical component I can easily change.

I have spring water at my home that is as good as any I’ve ever had, so it’s easy for me to fill up several of these to easily consume over the course of the day.  Apart from the simple cardboard packaging they come in, I am not forced to add to my home’s waste footprint either.

Bormioli Rocco Giara Clear Glass Bottle With Stopper [Set of 4] $21.99 –

Two Bit Circus – 

Hector Alvarez and Dan Busby, along with awesome band of mad scientists, roboticists, artists, and storytellers are opening a micro amusement park in Los Angeles!  This group of folks are some the smartest, most creative and industrious, fun loving I’ve ever known.

If you’re in town, I highly suggest giving it a looksy.

Check out a few of their recent news articles! 

Quote I’m Pondering – 

Despite my best efforts and quite a fuss, my girlfriend has moved in with me.  After enjoying a meal and some time together, a good friend rightly said to to me in front of both of us, “Wow.  You’re definitely getting the better end of this deal.”  I have to agree.  She’s wonderful.  And smart and funny and beautiful and kind and interesting…I could go on.  Suffice to say, there isn’t anything so magical as throwing oneself with blind abandon into love.

“Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to find all the barriers you have built up against it” ~ Rumi

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