There’s a huge fight in my division this week. The champion #JoannaJedrzejczyk is taking on my last opponent, #JessicaAndrade, in the #UFC211 co-main event. After my fight against Andrade at #UFCHouston, I definitely feel like I was able to expose a few openings in her game, but I still think she has a good chance of scoring an upset this weekend.
In today’s very fast-paced life, where it seems we are always on to the next thing before even finishing what we are doing, travelling by train is like stopping and taking a deep breath. It’s a step back to a time when the journey is as important as the destination, where service is second to none and where you have a chance to get to know your fellow passengers in a way that leaves you feeling like family at the end of the trip. Or at least that’s how my February trip on VIA Rail went.
Under sunshine in Menlo Park’s Bedwell Bayfront Park, a dozen happy, energized people — a carpenter, a retired tech exec, a therapist, a belly dancer — sit in an arc of camp chairs, tapping their drums as if sending a Morse code message to the universe. They welcome an observer like an old friend, drawing her into the ring before continuing on their beating path. They take turns with brief solos, then all join in again. Solo, the sound is a small plunk. Together, a thunderous throb.