One of my main activities is running. I completed the 2001 Montgomery County Marathon in the Parks and the 2010 Tokyo Marathon. I encourage everyone to complete a marathon once as it is an incredible feeling of accomplishment. Due to chronic knee pain, in May 2011 I started transitioning to minimalist running. I completed the switch in about three months and now no longer do heel-toe running. My knee pain has, so far, been greatly reduced to the point that it rarely bothers me anymore. Recently, I started focusing on triathlon training, so I also swim and cycle. This past year (2013), I participated in four sprint triathlons, two duathlons, and an aquathlon. Some day I hope to enter (and complete!) one of Ironman length. The human body is a wonderful thing. At first, after completing a sprint triathlon I was wiped-out for a couple of days. Now, it's (relatively) no big deal. Please, get out and challenge yourself. You will be surprised at the result.
Another of my personal interests is martial arts. I trained in Enshin Karate in the US and did a little Judo after coming to Japan. I've also participated in a little Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. I believe that a well-rounded education in martial arts includes study in both striking and grappling, stand-up and ground disciplines. Unfortunately, I haven't been able to participate much with martial arts lately for a variety of reasons.
I've been editing Wikipedia with an account since January 2006. As the list below shows, I used to work mainly on military history or Japan-related articles. The entries in the "to do" list below are articles that I plan on trying to take to Featured Article (FA)-level status, if they aren't there already. I don't mean to imply any ownership over these articles. I have listed most of the reference books in my possession on this page.
That being said, I'm generally disillusioned with Wikipedia. On the one hand, I have found the site to be a powerful tool for making information publicly and readily available (such as this article, which I started and have kept regularly updated) and as an invaluable online bibliography in a large variety of topics. Unfortunately, however, the project suffers from some serious problems, such as its biographies of living people being used for attacks on their subjects and activist ownership in certain topic areas. In addition, Wikipedia's administration has proven itself time and time again to be a complete shambles which, under its current system and culture, sees little hope of ever being rectified. Furthermore, the Wikimedia Foundation has so far shown a conspicuous lack of leadership in mitigating Wikipedia's and Wikimedia Commons' numerous governance issues.
For more discussion on these and other topics, please check out Wikipediocracy, which is an Internet blog and forum dedicated to discussing Wikipedia, but is independent of and not sponsored by Wikipedia or the Wikimedia Foundation. I am a trustee of that site.
On 28 May 2011, Did you know? was updated with a fact from the article Vermouth, which you created or substantially expanded. The fact was ... that vermouth was originally consumed as a medicinal drink, but is now popular as a cocktail ingredient? You are welcome to check how many hits the article got while on the front page (here's how, quick check) and add it to DYKSTATS if it got over 5,000. If you know of another interesting fact from a recently created article, then please suggest it on the Did you know? talk page.
Welcome and appreciated compliments from fellow editors
For your massive contributions to Wikipedia's coverage of the Pacific Theater of World War II, I hereby bestow upon you the Military history WikiProject Distinguished Service Award. Kirill Lokshin 22:47, 27 June 2006 (UTC)
This motivated barnstar is given to Cla68 for his tireless contirbutions to Wikipedia's coverage of the Pacific Theater of World War II and US Navy and Marine Corps history. Presented by Looper5920 18 November 2006
The Random Acts of Kindness Barnstar
For helping me with the copyedit of Aleksandr Vasilevsky, this RAK Star for you! :) Grafikm(AutoGRAF) 18:52, 22 July 2006 (UTC)
The Working Man's Barnstar
I hereby award this barnstar for your efforts in tirelessly researching references for the Japanese war crimes article. Keep up the good work! John Smith's 16:56, 30 July 2006 (UTC)
The Featured Article Medal
What??? 5 FAs and still not having this one? That's a major oversight! -- Grafikm(AutoGRAF) 00:16, 13 August 2006 (UTC)
Pacific Theatre, 1941-45 Barnstar
For sustained, solid research and editing, in adding references to many Pacific War articles. Grant65 | Talk 06:20, 4 December 2006 (UTC)
By the order of the coordinators of the Military history WikiProject, you are hereby awarded the WikiChevrons with Oak Leaves in recognition of your many valuable contributions to military history articles, and, in particular, your leading role in the creation of numerous featured articles on the topic of the Pacific Theater of World War II. For the coordinators, Kirill Lokshin 01:39, 5 April 2007 (UTC)
I have awarded you this medal for your work in helping to reduce the backlog during the Good Article Candidates Backlog Elmination Drive. You reviewed five or more articles during the drive, which helped to contribute to the large decrease in the backlog. If you have the time, please continue to review articles to help make sure the backlog does not jump back up to what it was. Good job and happy editing! Nehrams2020 06:16, 15 June 2007 (UTC)
The Defender of the Wiki Barnstar
In recognition of your courageous acts and concerned words. Risker 02:30, 4 December 2007 (UTC)
I, Dragon695, hereby present you the Defender of the Wiki Barnstar in recognition of your taking on the thankless task of seeing that our policies are applied in a fair and equitable manner, regardless of whether the person is a sinner or a saint. Let the inspiring words of Sir Winston Churchill help to guide your way:
...never give in, never give in, never, never, never, never-in nothing, great or small, large or petty - never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense.
By order of the Members of the Military History WikiProject, for your "extensive contributions to Featured Articles related to the Pacific Front of World War II, including the construction of a massive 18-article complete featured topic on the Guadalcanal Campaign", I award you this Silver Wiki. --ROGER DAVIEStalk 03:35, 12 January 2009 (UTC)
For your oustanding efforts during Operation Trailblazer, culminating in the 2009 Featured Topic nomination for the Iowa-class battleships, the passage of which resulted in the first ever Wikipedia Featured Topic concerning ships exclusively, I herby present you with The Teamwork Barnstar. Thanks for all of your help, this is as much your Featured Topic as it is mine. TomStar81 (Talk) 22:19, 20 February 2009 (UTC)
For writing articles that appeared in the American Journalism Review article Wikipedia in the Newsroom I hereby present you with The Press Barnstar. To date, you are exactly the second user to have received this barnstar, so live it up and, as always, keep up the good work! TomStar81 (Talk) 07:43, 5 March 2009 (UTC)
For your work on various WWII FAs, particularly the excellent example it sets for others in thoroughly researching many different sources and covering all viewpoints and differences in sources. YellowMonkey (cricket calendar poll!) paid editing=POV 07:53, 1 July 2009 (UTC)
For all of your staggeringly valuable assistance with finding photos of the Kongo class battlecruisers during the rewrites of the various article associated with the topic. Your help is hugely appreciated! Cam(Chat)(Prof) 15:11, 14 September 2010 (UTC)
Your good-faith efforts to make Wikipedia a more neutral site where biographies of living people reflect a balanced view on their subjects regardless of their political or ideological convictions, have made you a target of numerous uncivil attacks. Please accept this barnstar in recognition of your hard work, your honesty, and integrity. DracoE 15:56, 13 July 2011 (UTC)