THE MOST INTERESTING MAN/WOMAN IN THE WORLD (issue 40)
- [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.
He is THE MOST INTERESTING MAN IN THE WORLD.
"I don't always help everyone; but when I do, I prefer that Joe Judd pays
attention. Stay serviceable, my friends."
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See (and hear) some originals:
[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
["your friendly neighborly 800-year-old lute-plucking song-and-dance man
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