Current lifts

Regarding max lifts as of this post @ BW of 175 lbs:

  • Incline dumbbell press: 110×4
  • Weighted chin up: 135×3
  • Body-weight chin up count: 33
  • Body-weight dips count: 20

I notice that my experiment with the red cement floor has failed. I wanted a floor with a deep, soft shine, like those graceful old houses down South. But here, over the years, the summer heat has leached the color from the cement and the winter cold has caused the surface to contract and shatter into a pattern of hairline cracks.

The apartment is dusty and run-down. Something about the stillness of this hastily abandoned space makes it look like a frozen frame in a moving picture. It seems to contain the geometry of notion, the shape of all that has happened and everything that is still to come. The absence of the person that lived here is so real, so palpable, that it’s almost a presence.

The Ministry of Utmost Happiness, AR

Las Vegas February 2018

For my 28th birthday, my parents and my wife treated me to a fantastic, though brief vacation in Las Vegas, NV. We stayed at a few resorts but the main attraction was spending time together and experiencing the shows and hikes that the area had to offer.

We saw the show Mystere by Cirque du Soleil, walked through the plethora of casinos, hiked the Red Rock, and explored the Hoover Dam. We enjoyed some exquisite Ethiopian food and Indian food as well.

Arizona Novemver 2017

I was able to take a week off from residency in November to vacation with my wife in AZ. I had been there before, but wanted to see more this time around. The southwestern US is phenomenal, with many hidden gems and trails scattered throughout.

  • The hikes we did:
    • Cathedral Rock – Sedona
    • Coal Mine Canyon
    • Grand Canyon (South Rim) – Grandview trail to Horseshoe Mesa and back
    • Devil’s Bridge – Sedona
    • Soldier Pass Trail – Sedona
    • Hole In The Wall – Phoenix (Papago Park)
  • It was a truly amazing series of natural spectacles. We were blessed to have great hosts – Sunny and Megha and also to spend some time with Amanda’s parents


Both described at the same time how it was always March there and always Monday, and then they understood that José Arcadio Buendía was not as crazy as the family said, but that he was the only one who had enough lucidity to sense the truth of the fact that time also stumbled and had accidents and could therefore splinter and leave an eternalized fragment in a room.

One Hundred Years of Solitude, GGM

The Wedding

June 2017 was a flurry of life events, from hiking through Yellowstone to graduation to starting residency as a physician. In the middle of these things, tucked neatly amidst the emotions and travel, was a seminal life event – my wedding. Amanda Meryl Krantz and I were betrothed in NYC on June 17th, 2017. We had a small rehearsal dinner hosted at Sotto 13 in Manhattan the evening before.

The wedding itself was a blur – so much planning and so many guests in the moment of our lives. We are indebted to our amazing photographer, who captured our memories so well.

To be surrounded by so much love and so many connections was not overwhelming, but humbling. All the people who care and take stride to keep you in their hearts – mother father, brother – cousins, uncles, aunties, friends, and family across the aisle – they converged into a celebration aboard the aptly named vessel – the Destiny – on that evening. It was the evening of a lifetime.

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