This morning I went for a walkThe sun beckoned me through the windowTelling me to “stop your computer clacking and get out here!”So I didI turned left out my drivewayAnd began an exploration of a part of town that I’d never seen beforeIn the year plus that I’ve been living hereAnd I’ll tell you whatMountain Station is an apt name for the areaUp and up I climbedMy body taking in the crisp airAnd breathing out icy crystalsI followed the roads as they led higherNot knowing where they ledBut knowing that up was where I wanted to goThe trees parted like cinema screen curtainsAnd drew my eyes over a disappearing riverDown the valley and into the distanceAnd it struck meI live in a postcardI was looking at a rotating rack in a souvenir storeWith pictures of snowy peaksAnd clear blue skiesAnd valleys that form perfect V’sAnd I felt blessedI wouldn’t say that I found my soul againBut I would say that I felt it rise a little bit moreThe roads continued on which meantI continued onThe houses grew sparse and a dog barked non-stopAnd I had this feeling that I was trespassingThat I shouldn’t be hereThat the “locals” would wonder, who’s this guy?
Graig Graziosi reflects on coming of age in a Mexican party town.THE MORNING OF MY 21ST BIRTHDAY, I woke on a plywood bunk with three other guys. This wasn’t unusual. They were fellow workers at the mission where I was volunteering. I was the oldest, as well as the most senior of the staff. This was my second birthday spent in the slum of El Florido, Mexico, on the east side of Tijuana.
Just how fast could human sprinters go? Matador talks to an expert about the science behind the sport.USAIN BOLT MAY BE about to break his most important record yet.Bolt’s new 100 m. record brings him to within a fraction of a second of the”human speed limit”, the maximum sprint speed predicted by researchers.
DaVinci…The Wright Brothers…Terrafugia?No one can say for sure whether Boston-Based Terrafugia’s “roadable aircraft,” dubbed the “Transition” will become the Model T of flying automobiles, but today’s news that the FAA has approved the vehicle for a maximum takeoff weight of 1,320 pounds and a maximum speed of 115 mph is a significant sign of progress for Jetson wannabe’s everywhere.
Campfire season is around the corner. Are you ready?A FEW YEARS AGO, Steve Jackson listed the 50 Greatest Campfire Songs of All Time here at BNT. Obviously, the list is subjective. And you, our loyal readers, made that clear by posting your own faves in the comments.The snow has melted and flowers are starting to poke their heads through the soil, meaning that camping season is not too far away.
Chilapastroso. I fell in love with this mouthful immediately and without reserve.SOMEONE WHO IS CHILAPASTROSO is sloppy, descuidado de la imagen, has grease stained pants from eating too many gorditas while walking down the street, wears the same rumpled shirt for the third day in a row. My co-worker René taught it to me, and I had to put it into action immediately.