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  • The Troubadour
    [Happy Positivity Wednesday, folks! Following that First Review last week, when everyone who s been featured in this column was listed and the invitation
    Message 1 of 1 , Feb 16, 2011
      [Happy Positivity Wednesday, folks! Following that "First Review" last
      week, when everyone who's been featured in this column was listed and the
      "invitation" was extended for y'all to recommend peeps that YOU might like
      to see honored, I was deluged with suggestions! Thanks! One came from Joe
      Judd and--hey, how's this for serendipity?--today just so happens also to be
      his birthday. So, Happy B-Day to Rajeev Patel! You are for sure today's
      And here's his very own website for y'all to learn more:
      And not only is today his "day," but today he turns 50!! Ah, to be young

      He has been called the best Asian import the City of San Jose ever received.
      Even the Winchester Mansion isn't hardly as popular, and hasn't attracted as
      many tourists as has his smile.

      The actual "rotation of the planet" has been somewhat rearranged because of
      his most positive feature: his golden glowing smile. He wakes up very
      early on the West Coast, smiles, and radiates eastward. When the sun comes
      up over Boston Harbor, for example, New Englanders can't tell if it's the
      god Helios or his big just-transmitted grin.

      He basically started his running career in 1997; and in less than fourteen
      years, he has run all over the world, in every footrace on the planet, and
      with his next adventure scheduled for next fall in Greece. He fully intends
      to demolish Yannis Kouros's speed record for finishing The Spartathlon in 20
      hours and 25 minutes. Or not.

      He often enters races not to race them, but to "pace" them--meaning he
      offers his services to another runner to help that person get to the finish
      line. This becomes a significant undertaking when the race distance is over
      a hundred--possibly over a thousand--miles and may very well include a
      circumnavigation of the globe.

      Sometimes, to avail himself of "easy days" in his training, he'll volunteer
      only to "pace" runners across the Death Valley desert--for a modest race of
      135 miles under a blazing full sun during a July event. Sometimes he'll
      help runners scale Mt. Whitney at the end of the line, and sometimes they'll
      even turn around and run the 135 back to the start.

      He has never been known to *not finish* a race, Until he ventures east--to
      Tennessee, say for example, and attempts some truly impossible stuff, like
      Barkley, say for example--he will continue to remain the safest bet in

      Not even "Nick the Greek" (from Greece where The Spartathlon takes place)
      would dare lay odds against him. If he shows up at the start, he'll show up
      at the finish. Guaranteed.

      His list of "Friends" on Facebook reads like a "Who's Who" of Heroes and
      Idols and Athletes of Distinction. He is known the world over, and his
      fame, warmth, and personality is celebrated all the way from San Jose to

      ...not to mention, of course, all of Asia to begin with.


      "I don't always help everyone; but when I do, I prefer that Joe Judd pays
      attention. Stay serviceable, my friends."

      ( 00 )

      See (and hear) some originals:


      Also here:

      [and thanks to UltraJohn Price--who is now doing his own "solo run" across
      the entire country--for supplying this in place of that former long and
      always-broken hyperlink]

      My mark:

      Rich Limacher
      ["your friendly neighborly 800-year-old lute-plucking song-and-dance man
      from France"]

      Yankee Folly of the Day:
      You cannot believe the deleterious effect that 50-degrees Fahrenheit is
      having on the urban blight that remains from the 3rd Worst Blizzard in
      Chicago's History.
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