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  • The Green Knight: 2016/01 - 2016/02
    was on their sideline to boot The Falcons sang To Hell With the Redskins a mockery of the Washington fight song Hail to the Redskins and sent out 47 players to the opening coin toss The Redskins let their play do the talking Rookie Ricky Ervins led a dominant running game that opened up Mark Rypien s passing game to The Posse hat tip to the front five Hogskins for effective run blocking and solid pass protection especially my favorite Art Monk Fullback Gerald Riggs accounted for two touchdowns which was fire in the belly for this wide eyed aspiring fullback On defense too Darrell Green led a stifling performance By the fourth quarter the Skins were sitting on a solid lead and it was becoming evident that we would be headed to the NFC Championship When Riggs made it 24 7 effectively ruling out any potential Falcons comeback the crowd went wild Someone threw one of those yellow seat cushions down onto the field I remember it as if time slowed down for those few seconds as we all watched that cushion fall several stories to the ground Then suddenly time resumed and every body threw a seat cushion in It was raining yellow confetti The ref was blowing his whistle It was pouring It was cold But we were going to the championship A quarter century later I remember that moment as if it were yesterday That time standing still experience was truly magical for this young football player I had thrown my cushion in along with everyone else but Sam held onto his and let me keep it I still have it to this day It s a reminder not just of that special moment and of that Superbowl winning season but also of how much magic

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  • The Green Knight: 2015/12 - 2016/01
    media continue to level the playing field between male and female heroes it could be tranformative to our collective psychology Rey s character wouldn t be nearly so compelling without fantastic acting and Daisy Ridley absolutely crushes it Writing and direction must get credit too She s not the only one though In the best scene of the movie Maybe one of the best scenes of all time she and Adam Driver deliver absolutely virtuosic performances During the interrogation scene let s be clear that he is straight up raping her It may be rape of the mind rather than the body but if anything that feels even more heinous to me You know I can take whatever I want He is exerting total domination and power over her as she lies helplessly restrained And then she resists You can see the determination written all over her face You can then see her confidence grow and his shake as she fights and ultimately overpowers him There is almost no dialog special effects or even blocking it is an entire journey of psychological epiphany and empowerment told exclusively through the faces of two actors locked in an epic performance It s glorious and I can t remember the last time I was able to say that about a scene in a movie blockbuster So there you have it my take on Star Wars Episode VII The Force Awakens It wasn t perfect but it was very very good and some of it was straight up amazing What did you think Please preface your comments with SPOILER tags if they contain them Posted by Bryan Hassin at 09 58 5 comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels Star Wars 2015 12 20 The Force Awakens and It Is Strong After much waiting and anticipation I saw Star Wars Episode VII The Force Awakens three times this weekend TL DR it is very good Spoiler free zone It s no secret that I love Star Wars I was too young to have seen the original trilogy in the theaters but I grew up with it on home video and I loved it The consummate contemporary mythology of the epic struggle of good vs evil it called to me long before I could even understand much of what was happening on screen When I was in high school the original trilogy was re released in the theater which was an amazing opportunity to see the movies in a way that I never had before Funny story my girlfriend at the time had never seen Star Wars so I took her to see it in the theater She didn t like it We broke up Not because of the Star Wars directly but it was a clear litmus test that we weren t a fit The prequel trilogy came out while I was in college I wanted to love it and for some time I convinced myself that

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  • The Green Knight: 2015/11 - 2015/12
    and the aquarium Several of us took a tour of the aquarium which was really impressive and immersive In the afternoon we went on a desert safari taking Land Cruisers offroading and racing up and down the sand dunes That was a lot of fun and we ended up at a campsite where we rode camels ate middle eastern food and were entertained by a belly dancer Finally we felt like we were getting some local flavor even if it was clearly just for tourists We capped the evening with drinks at 40 Kong a rooftop bar with views in every direction of downtown Dubai They tried to sell us an expensive bottle of wine that when it arrived at our table was clearly a fake After that we stuck with more accessible drinks and had a great time Saturday we did our own things during the day For Katie and me that included a stop by the Mall of the Emirates to gape at the indoor ski resort We all met for dinner along the waterfront of the marina and drinks at another rooftop bar called Pure Sky The view from this bar was interesting because we could see the entire Palm Jumeirah We could also see all the construction cranes working at full speed even into the wee hours of the morning Clearly one of the keys to building a megacity in just a few decades is 24 7 construction Sunday Katie and I met some classmates out on the Palm for some sun sand and beach volleyball It was nice not only to add another country to my beach volleyball list but also to play with some people with whom I haven t played since we were in Switzerland together After a lazy afternoon lunch and a nice evening dinner with our hosts Katie and I departed around midnight for the return flight home It was a very short trip but it was interesting exposure into a very different place As I wrote earlier Dubai is very impressive However it is so overtly trying to impress that some of the luster is lost From villas designed to showcase the owner s Bugatti to a self proclaimed seven star resort everything in Dubai is just so over the top From having to have the biggest tallest most luxurious everything to trying to sell fake high end wines to being populated seemingly entirely by ex pats one starts to wonder where is the real authentic Dubai rather than the Dubai that is trying to convince you that it is something spectacular Does a real authentic Dubai even exist Finally one has to wonder how sustainable Dubai is From the incredible pace of construction and not just paint by numbers construction but engineering marvels such as world s tallest buildings and man made islands to the obscene energy and water a ski resort in the desert it must take to run the place I found myself considering whether Dubai was

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  • The Green Knight: 2015/10 - 2015/11
    grandchildren I m not only proud to live in a country where this is possible but also grateful beyond measure My family is truly living the American Dream Posted by Bryan Hassin at 15 00 No comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels Bill Clinton family 2015 10 15 International Travel Over the past month I have been an international traveling machine First I went to Switzerland for a couple of days It was early Autumn when I first visited the country so it always feels nice to visit this time of year like returning to my second home The weather was gorgeous so I spent the time running along the lake revisiting my IMD stomping ground and catching up with old friends One of my dearest friends from IMD came in from out of town just to spend Friday with me what an honor and a pleasure I wrapped up the short visit Friday night with what else a fondue dinner with several friends It was perfect I then took advantage of already being in Europe to hop the train to Paris for my annual Jimmy Buffett concert He played Saturday and Sunday nights this year so I caught both shows Each show was fantastic as always and a little different in its own right Saturday night Stephen Stills and Graham Nash of Crosby Stills Nash joined Buffett on stage to sing Southern Cross Sunday night after a full day of champagne tailgating When in Rome I wound up right up at the front of the stage Both shows were incomparable to any of his huge stadium shows in the US Last week I went to Costa Rica for the first time It was for a bachelor party so obviously the details won t be reported here Suffice to say however that we had a wonderful time Not only did I get to celebrate a dear friend s impending marriage and spend time in a green country both in terms of its environmental responsibility and in terms of the lush tropical rainforests that extend all the way out to the ocean but I was able to practice my español as well With the Costa Rica trip still large in the rear view mirror soon I will be traveling to Dubai for my IMD class reunion I have never been to the UAE before so it will be quite an adventure I only wish I had more time to learn to speak Arabic first As my readers should know by now I believe in collecting experiences rather than things Things can be quite burdensome but experiences stay with you forever and no one can ever take them away from you Plus they pack up quite easily when you move Here s looking forward to many more grand experiences through travel and to all the frequent flier miles Posted by Bryan Hassin at 22 01 No comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share

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  • The Green Knight: 2015/09 - 2015/10
    economic hub of southwest Virginia and less than three hours from Chapel Hill by car We drove up Friday after work school and arrived in time for dinner Upon arrival we checked into the Hotel Roanoke which we found to be quite charming despite the fact that it sure looked like it could have been in The Shining After settling in we met a friend of mine from high school and his wife She grew up in the area and they were visiting family for Labor Day weekend at Local Roots Local Roots was a bit overpriced but offered good inventive fare sourced from local farms Saturday morning we went for a morning jog along Roanoke s greenway along the Roanoke River It was a lovely way to start the day and we were impressed that Roanoke had so much protection for bikes and pedestrians throughout the city We stopped by the farmers market on our way back to the hotel and grabbed a southern breakfast at Thelma s Chicken and Waffles It was a very nice day so we once again met up with my friend and his wife to hike along the Appalachian Trail up to McAfee Knob Early into our hike we stumbled upon a swarm of bees I m not sure how many there were but I wound up with 11 stings before we finally gave them the slip The girls were smarter than I was and noticing the swarm in advance circumvented it Ask anyone who ever knew me in my football playing days and there will be a consensus that I prefer to go through obstacles rather than around them this time I paid for it though Other than the bee incident the rest of the hike was marvelous We encountered friendly hikers on the trail including many dogs and reached our destination in two hours The view of the Catawba Valley was amazing and seemingly went on forever in all directions very worth the hike After a much faster descent go figure Katie and I enjoyed a pint and some lunch at Fork in the Market I don t think this place was quite as locavore oriented as it claimed to be but the food was fine and the beer was just what we needed after our hike Saturday evening we dined at Lucky a gastropub very near our hotel We loved it It was an excellent mix of interesting food and good cocktails The only downside is that the waitress never mentioned that the kitchen was closing so that by the time we were ready for dessert After a run and a long hike we thought it was justified it was no longer available 1stWorldProblems On the advice of some passersby on the street we ducked into Metro where they gladly served us dessert and we gladly ate it It was really delicious actually not so sweet that you couldn t taste the flavors Sunday morning we met a different high school friend of mine and a Rice friend both of whom now work at the same Roanoke law firm for brunch They brought along their growing broods too so it was nice to meet their families We hadn t seen either of them for many years but we easily just picked up where we left off On our way out of town we detoured through nearby Blacksburg to see a former Rice colleague and coincidentally also a TJ grad who had recently been hired by Virginia Tech It was good to catch up with him and he also gave us a tour around Tech s lovely grounds on another lovely day It was a very short trip to Roanoke but we had a great time As we were with Abingdon we were quite impressed by Roanoke its friendly culture and its excellent dining Southwest Virginia is rapidly becoming a place to which we love traveling and it s much more accessible to us now than it was when we were in Texas Posted by Bryan Hassin at 15 07 No comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels Roanoke travel 2015 09 04 Running Smarter Not Longer This year I ve adopted a new running training methodology and so far I ve been very pleased with the results Last year I was running a training plan prescribed by triathlete coach Joe Friel It had me running four days a week cycling through tens of different workouts I made decent progress and set a few PRs but I didn t love it My legs were sore throughout most of the week I had a hard time fitting in non running exercise and it frankly took a lot of planning time just to stay on top of all the complex workouts which ones to do when etc Around the beginning of this year I learned that Aaron Olson whose Paleo Runner Podcast I had been listening to for months was promoting a new running training methodology which is based on his own experience and insights from many of his podcast guests He recently published a book on this methodology called Low Mileage Running The methodology is pretty straight forward Focus on few high quality workouts rather than many low quality runs each week Only work out when you feel 100 Allow adequate rest recovery between workouts Frequently return to benchmark workouts to gauge progress For me this means Two workouts each week one middle distance time trial and one high intensity intervals workout If I don t feel awesome during a workout I abort and do a recovery jog As much easy jogging as I care to do throughout the rest of the week As much beach volleyball weight lifting hiking ping pong and any other activities as I care to do throughout the rest of the week In short I have been loving it This simple approach with a relatively small workout menu from which to

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  • The Green Knight: 2015/08 - 2015/09
    track night was a fun social event in addition to a track workout We consistently went to Beer Study afterward for recovery nutrition and I m already missing that weekly ritual This week the autumn cross country series begins so it s time to shift gears from the track to the trail Posted by Bryan Hassin at 17 47 No comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels running Newer Posts Older Posts Home Subscribe to Posts Atom About Me Bryan Hassin Cleantech entrepreneur with global experience Rice Owl IMD alum and lover of both wine and sports View my complete profile Google Badge Twitter Blog Archive 2016 1 January 1 2015 28 December 3 November 1 October 2 September 5 August 1 Summer Track 2015 PRs July 1 June 4 May 1 April 3 March 2 February 3 January 2 2014 26 November 4 October 3 August 3 July 3 June 7 April 1 March 3 February 1 January 1 2013 32 December 2 November 3 October 3 September 2 August 1 July 1 June 2 May 2 April 1 March 2 February 2 January 11 2012 35 December 2 November 1 October

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  • The Green Knight: 2015/07 - 2015/08
    I hold I feel more patriotic than I have in years not because I agree with the decision but because I feel like our system of government really did something right In recent years I ve found myself more and more apathetic about politics as I have become increasingly cynical that our political leaders do anything more than posturing This court ruling has really re energized me into believing that our country is able to progress with the times Moreover I m really happy that our country is asking and trying to answer hard questions Clearly we are a country that is still trying to figure out where it stands on such issues We have just allowed for one man to marry another man by a very slim 5 4 margin hardly unanimous claiming that Love is love But if a man wants to marry his cousin for example that is not allowed Love is love isn t quite so simple We at least in media rapidly accepted Caitlyn Jenner when she identified with a different gender but we also vilified Rachel Dolezal when she identified with a different race Where do we stand Where are our boundaries As a society what do we think is OK and what do we think we have no right to judge whether it is OK or not I think it s fine that we don t have all of the answers but I m glad that we re asking the questions The answers we come up with today might be different than the answers we provide decades from now they are certainly different than our answers of decades ago I think it s key for a well functioning democracy to question itself constantly So congratulations to my friends and loved ones who can

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  • The Green Knight: 2015/06 - 2015/07
    we were both computer science majors Before we turned in for the night we followed a hot tip to Extraordinary Desserts which was conveniently right on our way back to the hotel Wow did it ever live up to its name As we salivated in front of their dessert case there were easily 30 items I wanted to order Luckily restraint prevailed and we only got two the Dame Chocolate and the Truffe Framboise Oh my heavenly rich decadence That s right the day that began with dark chocolate gelato ended with dark chocolate cake I m sure it all helped my sore throat It was a quick trip to San Diego but we made the most of it I m so pleased to have gotten to know a new area of town Little Italy and I must say that I m pretty impressed More than perfect weather an active volleyball scene and great food though San Diego is home to several of our friends and that s what will keep us coming back hopefully soon Posted by Bryan Hassin at 22 08 No comments Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels San Diego San Diego Day 2 Friday in San Diego began early with a run along the water My training plan called for 400m intervals but there wasn t a n open to the public track around for miles Fortunately the sidewalk in front of the San Diego County Administration Center Waterfront Park happened to be almost exactly 400m long with a little extra room to slow down Who am I to spit in the face of destiny I had a great run and managed to avoid collisions with other pedestrians After a day of meetings I hopped the tram to the convention center where I met up with Katie We grabbed a bite at nearby Water Grill an obvious tourist trap but not bad at all great oyster selection before heading out to Coronado Island Here we met some longtime friends of mine for a drink at the iconic Hotel del Coronado In a previous life I used to spend the 4th of July with them every summer so it was wonderful to see them catch up and introduce them to Katie And yes the patio of the Del is a pretty fabulous place for such catch up Katie s sister and her husband flew in Friday evening so we joined them and went to see another old friend at the Belching Beaver Brewery Although our party mostly enjoyed our beers I was a little disappointed in the Peanut Butter Milk Stout It wasn t bad it just wasn t as epic as I would have hoped We wound down with dinner at Queenstown Public House which had been recommended to us by multiple sources My salmon was a little dry but all was forgiven when the side of bleu cheese sweet potato fries came out Day 2 in San Diego

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