Test test, my first blog post written normally by myself, its pretty fun
It feels weird sometimes that there was a time before iPhones, Instagram and even digital cameras. In 2000, just before we moved to the U.S. Trixy and I were able to visit the World Expo 2000 in Hannover Germany. I don’t have a single photo from that day, but I still remember it being a mind-blowingly cool experience. Here’s a video for some of the buildings, structures and experiences the nations build in Northern Germany.
How has my running changed over the last year you ask? Well, this week I will break my last year’s total mileage, which means I clearly upped my overall mileage, but what I am more excited about is that I am at almost
up 250% over last year’s elevation total.
No more roads. Roads stink, are boring, hurt my feet and legs and are wasted miles.
Trails, trails, trails. That’s where I feel most alive and get the most of my workout. Trails are not just for weekends and long runs anymore but are my daily dose of sanity check. Only downsides are that this means I have to drive to almost every workout and my pace is getting slower. But hey, trails, I love them, especially if they lead to mountain tops.
Not feeling nostalgic per se, but inspired by Daniel Burka’s tweet from earlier today, I dove into the Wayback machine and went hunting for some of my earliest website designs and writing. Embarrassing in a way, but still fun to read.
Here is my post celebrating one year in America on December 5th 2001:
Almost A Year [ Living In America ]
A few more days and I will be here in seattle, WA, USA for a whole year.
It definitely evokes emotions. Not just because the holiday season is in full swing and I miss the Stuttgarter Weihnachtsmarkt.
The longer I’m here, the more I realize that I have no chance of escape.
Memories of Germany fading away.
Well, not for you, you will always be able to tell, hey that funny guy with that accent, yeah and I still do things different.
But slowly I my chameleon skin is turning from black-red-gold to red-white and blue.
You get tired of always be different, be that guy who does things different. Hey I want a TV, wanna watch some american national broadcast. Let me go shopping in supremely and eat junk food all days.
You see, the stereotypes are still there, I’m still German.
An alien, living in a foreign country, speaking a different language.
But let me look back:
A year ago arrived in this country, got a job, started a life.
I love it! I do. Never would I have thought that I would enjoy my work so much, would have so many opportunities to grow and expand at my work.
Seattle is a beautiful city, I still wanna cry when I look at the high-risers and remember my child hood dreams.
I find time to explore the city and the neighborhoods around seattle. I’m close to getting a car. The people are the same, here, in germany, in africa. You find friends, companions, people you wanna share a time of your life and you meet people you wish you would’ve never met.
Family shines in a different light here. I enjoy getting to know Trixy’s family and getting comfortable with the differences.
It was an awesome year, and now I’m waiting for the first snow that shut down the city, cause nobody has winter tires on their cars nor knows how to drive in a weather like this with all those hills and bridges…
mathias – looking back at the year  [live life loud] 
Two thousand and One I wrote this. This December will mark my fifteenth anniversary in the country. Too early to think about, but this needs to be commemorated, celebrated, marked with a special occasion of sort.
And yes, I am blogging at LiveLifeLoud since 2000. Thank you for noticing. Back then I owned the dot net domain which I since dropped in favor of the dot com.
1. Do good stuff. (Without this, you have nothing)
2. Repeat Step 1
Some really good thoughts in this article. and this applies to anyone wanting to call him/herself a ‘creative professional’.
If you read the book by John Krakauer and if you have seen the movie Everest in IMAX, you know the story of the devastating snow storm who took the lives of some of the most prolific guides on Mount Everest in 1996. There’s also a 1997 version of the story titled Into Thin Air, which streams on Netflix, but I don’t think anyone ever watched it.
Now Krakauer’s movie is being adapted and updated into a adventure drama and will hit the theaters some time the Fall of 2015.
What’s double awesome is that the film was shot in parts in Schnalstal, South Tyrol.
Discover what it feels like speed climbing the Eiger North Face and the Matterhorn via the Hörnligrat on an app on your iPad from the comfort of your home. This is all thanks to GoPro. They are completely changing the game as to what’s possible in documenting and creating stories and thus allowing people a first row seat to the what it feels like climbing mountains like this.
Blows me away every time one of those apps/products/promotional pieces is released.
I remember watching Everest at my local IMAX in the early 2000s and feeling disappointed at the few good shots we got from the upper part of the mountain. Until it dawned on me that this is not a place where it was back then even possible to shoot proper multi-angle footage. Now everyone can carry a GoPro with them and capture HD content from anywhere in the world.
Where would you take a GoPro?
Something like this would be perfect for the Olympic Peninsula. In Hoodsport, WA perhaps?
This is insanity:
In western Washington, threats include view-obstructing towers emitting electromagnetic radiation in the midst of pristine nature; horrific noise pollution; and staggeringly complex potential problems for every aspect of delicate ecosystems on land, in the sea and in the air. The Navy also wants to fly “Growler” fighter jets, probably the loudest on earth, along migratory bird flyways.
A bit more detail on Exotic Hikes:
In 2015, the United States plans to test and refine our ability to use and maintain electromagnetic weapons in National Forest lands.
Why did anyone think that is a good idea? Is it necessary? Just convenient?
The lack of snow in the Olympic Mountains because of spring-like warmth has led to an early outbreak of hiking, biking, surfing and kayaking on the North Olympic Peninsula.
There’s a massive remnant of a volcano sticking out in the middle of the ocean off of the coast of Australia and it looks spectacular. Yes, it has been climbed before (50 years ago this year to be exact), and yes it’s very hard/impossible to get a permit to climb it again, but dream with me for a moment, if you will.
Many of those huts look like they are in incredible locations. Definitely worth keeping in mind when planning the next trip.
Sidenote: Their tagline is:
The ACC operates the largest network of backcountry huts in North America.
There are only two countries in North America, and the fact that the US and it’s Alpine Club, the AAC doesn’t have a large network of huts is really sad and I am researching on why that is and what can be done to change that. Researching, at this point only!
Man, amazing races all over Europe. Honey, we need to spend the Summer in the Alps.
Cortina SkyRace – June 25.
Zugspitz Ultratrail – June 19/20.
Eiger Ultra Trail – July 18/19.
Where is Great Britain in this conversation and crisis management in Europe? Is that a smart move by England and their friends from the Island to have excused themselves from the leadership of the European Union or is it a sign of their continued irrelevance? No more British ’empire’?
Nearly 500 years after his death, the German monk who symbolizes the Protestant Reformation movement, has his own Playmobil figurine.
And sold out already – of course.
I will be doing my first trail race:
We encourage you to treat this race like an ultra. The shorter distances are more than made up for in difficulty.
This race is likely the hardest half and full marathon in Washington State. The course takes you on beautiful trails through Capitol Forest outside of Olympia. Steep climbs, technical trails, lots of mud, beautiful views… you’ll have to work hard for this finish.
He’s opening a winery complex in Georgetown in Seattle.
Charles on his beginning:
I never thought after my teens that I would have to go back to Top Ramen, and at 40 years old, there I was with my wok and my bag of carrots and an onion and my Top Ramen making stir-fries.
Gotta put it all on the line to live your dream.
Playing on Netflix right now and comes highly recommended by me.
The Great Train Robbery is a British television film in two parts, that was first broadcast on BBC One on 18 and 19 December 2013. Written by Chris Chibnall, it tells the story of the Great Train Robbery on 8 August 1963, first from the perspective of the robbers, and then from the perspective of the police.
The format of the two parts is what’s fascinating about the series and I am surprised Hollywood hasn’t tried that yet. In an age where almost every story on the big screen is turning into a several part series with multiple sequels it would be an absolute no brainer to tell a story like “Usual Suspects” over two movies from two different angles.
Come on, Hollywood, this would be cool, right?
Something I’ve been working on.
The graphic is not my original idea and I want to credit Peter Thiel for the idea and Charlie Kindel for the tweet.