A Close-Up, Distant View To War…


A tease for my upcoming my column on watching a war from a place of peace.  Please check back this weekend for my completed column.  In the mean time, here is an excerpt:

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The Convoy

My fitness studio faces onto East Mission Road, in Fallbrook, California.  At one end of Fallbrook, lies the back gate of Camp Pendleton; a Marine Base where Marines train to, among other things, blow things up and to kill.  I’m actually ok with that – the training of how to properly blow up and kill, we need to be prepared.  The actual acts of blowing up and killing, I have mixed feelings on, but I’m not so naïve as to deny the utility of war.

About 90 minutes from Fallbrook is Twentynine Palms, California where there is another base, and another area where marines train to blow things up and to kill.  From the vantage point of my studio windows, all day long I see Marines transporting their artillery, mobile weapons, vehicles of all sizes and use, from Fallbrook to Twentynine Palms and back.  Like good Marines, they do it convoy style. 

With essentially one road in and out of Fallbrook, getting caught in or behind a convoy might make for some grumpy commuters, though nobody complains too much about it – there is great deal of respect for our Marines here.  I’ll suggest most folks caught in one of these convoys are probably more humbled than frustrated.  There is always a good bit of honking, waving, and offering of the thumbs-up sign to show support for our troops. 

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Please check back this weekend for the completed column.  And if you’ve come here for information, motivation, or thoughts on fitness, I’m not thinking about that too much these days. 

That said, I highly reccomend peeking in, regularly, to Suzanne’s http://www.workoutnirvana.com/  It has quickly become one of the better fitness blogs I read.  Suzanne is the real deal — dedicated, passionate, and in a constant state of growth with her ideas as well as her writing.  For beginners and for intermediate fitness enthusiasts, there can be a lot learned from this blog.  Please take time to check it out.

Oh, and there is this by Donna The Buffalo, enjoy…

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