Archive for June, 2008

The Revolution: a Manifesto

Saturday, June 28th, 2008

I was a supporter of Ron Paul’s bid for the Presidency.  As a result, I ended up purchasing Ron Paul’s new book The Revolution: a Manifesto. Overall, I felt that this is a decent book. The only problem with it is that it doesn’t introduce many new ideas. I found this book very similar to Harry Browne’s Why Government Doesn’t Work. Both of these are good introduction into the Libertarian philosophy.

I believe that The Revolution: a Manifesto is geared to a general audience. For instance, it is a good book to give to others who aren’t familiar with Libertarian ideas. Overall, I found nothing wrong with this book. On the other hand, I didn’t learn anything new from it that I didn’t already know. I the one nice thing I found about the book are the references. I noticed that I have read a lot of the books that Ron Paul recommends. Overall, I think that one can learn more from the works of Murray Rothbard, Luwig Von Mises, Friedrich Hayek, or Frédéric Bastiat.

The one thing I found refreshing is that one Ron Paul is probably the only politician that regularly visits and The Mises Institute. These are sites that I also regularly visit.

The Revolution

Plymouth Father’s Day Run

Sunday, June 15th, 2008

On Sunday, June 6, 2008 I ran the 5K Plymouth Father’s Day run with my family.  This was the second run that I have entered.  The first race that I ran was a few weeks back.  I was hoping to get around 27:00, since I finished with a 27:48 in the Dexter Ann Arbor Run.  These are the results for the Plymouth Father’s Day Run.

This is my placing for my age bracket for the Plymouth Father’s Day Run:

                         MALE AGE GROUP:  30 - 34

Place No.   O'A Name                       City              Ag 5k      Pace
===== ===== === ========================== ================= == ======= =====
 11  1272 207 Nathan Balon               Washington        34   26:03  8:23

I ended up with a 26:03, which is better than I expected.  I improved on my previous best time by 1:45.  I feel I should realistically be able to get my time down to 25:00 in the next month or so, which is my goal for the Summer.  I would also like to try some longer runs.  I typically run approximately 6 miles.  I would like to increase my distance by doing some longer runs (8 to 10 miles), before I enter any 10Ks.  The next run I plan on entering is either Gallup Gallop or the Tortoise and Hare, which are both in Ann Arbor.

Dexter - Ann Arbor Run

Sunday, June 1st, 2008

On Sunday, June 1, I ran my first race, the the Dexter - Ann Arbor Run.   About a year ago I started running, and I occasionally run.  I never ran in the past, because I’m an ex-smoker.  While I smoked, I would have never considered running. However, since I have quit smoking, I have tried to live more healthy lifestyle.

At first, I wasn’t going to sign up for the running because recently I haven’t been running that often. But my Dad and his girlfriend, my soon to be step-mom, were going to run the race. I figured if they are going to do it then I should run it too.  I was initially going to sign up for the 10K, but since I had never run in a race before I decided to run an easier run first. I ended up registering for the 5K run. Overall, I was pleased with my time. My time for the 5k was 27:48.  My current goal is to get my time down to 25:00 by the end of the summer. I feel that this is a reasonable goal. I would also like to try to run the 10 mile Crim in August.