I’m really saddened to hear that Ed Whitlock has died.
Ed was a Canadian legend and the greatest age-adjusted runner of all time. He got back into running seriously in his sixties. He ran a 2:54:49 marathon at age 73 – the fastest ever by anyone 70+ and just this past fall he ran a 3:56:34 marathon at 85, making him the oldest person to run a sub-4-hour marathon.
He was a fixture of Toronto area races and an inspiration anyone who’s ever thought it was too late to do something amazing.
@strawberry-siren im gonna write a movie where u spend all ur time ignoring every single man that speaks to you, u spend all ur time in a field in grass brooding and/or thinkin about milfs, and never show a single emotion except for intense lost-in-thought-ness and call it a companion piece to every movie with a brooding white man
Can we hear the long story behind why you don't like Julian? (I'm not a huge fan of him either, and I'd love to hear your reasons and see if they're the same)
I am go to start this with a huge DISCLAIMER for any/all Julian stans that even if I don’t like him and he’s not my fave, I don’t technically hate him.
Firstly, I just mostly don’t like how the whole fandom basically has him on this pedestal so to speak? Kinda how every was with Will and Jace (and still are). Everyone has just built him up to be this amazing person/character and I don’t get the hype or the obsession.
While I 100% understand why he’s the way he is, I don’t like it? I mean he was fucking TWELVE when he had tokill his own father and basically took on the responsibilities of his younger siblings and the institute because he couldn’t bare to see his family torn apart anymore than they already had been and let’s be real, he’s adorable and great but Arthur isn’t the greatest guardian/institute runner. Mark was with the hunt and the clave wasn’t gonna do shit to get him back and Helen was banished - so I understand Julian’s mindset and I appreciate the lengths he would go to for his siblings. But I don’t always like or agree with his actions.
Basically, my dislike for him wasn’t that bad when I first read Lady Midnight but then I re-read and realize just how creepy he makes me feel? Like I’m sorry but that locked studio he has full of drawings/paintings of Emma IS NOT CUTE OR ROMANTIC. It is straight up creepy.
Also, I hate how (especially in LoS) how whenever we’re in his head and he’s talking about Emma, he always says “My Emma” or something similar as if she’s his property or something and that just rubs me the wrong way? Because she’s not his? She’s a strong, independent woman, she’s her own person and she is no one’s property. No woman is. And I just overall don’t always like how his relationship with Emma is (to me they’re way too co-dependent in canon & that’s not healthy).
And I’m also just really worried about this whole parabatai curse???? Because I 100% believe that Julian will do whatever it takes to break it and I feel like he would be that person to actually break ALL parabatai bonds and I swear if he does that, he’ll probably just going on my hate list and never move?
A lot of my dislike from Julian just comes from how he makes me feel most of the time and it’s really hard to explain? But I guess I just get a weird/creepy vibe from him????
But at the same time, I love him as a character. Like, he’s so complex, he’s morally gray and you never know what he’s going to do next and I fucking love that because it makes for great story telling because nothing is predictable. And the thing is, he always does what he believes is right even if it’s not and I just love how strongly he believes in what he does (he’s similar to Valentine/Sebastian in that aspect.)
Overall, I have to say that my feelings for Julian are verycomplex (which I guess makes sense for a complex character?). While I LOVE how much he loves his siblings and Emma - like he cares and does so much for his family (especially Ty) and I tear up just thinking about everything that was put on 12 year old Jules’ shoulders but most of the time, he creeps me out and I hate the majority of his actions.
I think I can sum this up by saying that I love Jules but not Julian - if that makes sense? Like I am 100% sure that I would love him no matter what if there hadn’t been a war? Or if he was just a normal person - I mean give me all the AUs and I’m completely fine - I’m just not the biggest fan of him in canon
Think how - at their highest calibre, you’re trying to cover up the taste of your meat as much as possible. How to elevate a burger - its the veggies you rely on … not the meat that heightens the flavor.
Now imagine having an entire burger of heightened flavor. Imagine how mouth watering that can be.
“But veggie burgers are horrible!” I’m willing to wager you tried one cooked by someone not used to cooking them - dried out husks of what could have been.
“But I like the texture of meat!” Then you need to update what you think is available. I’ve had burgers you honestly couldn’t tell weren’t meat (to the point of knowing people who avoid them because they don’t like meat). Pulled Jackfruit is so convincing as pulled pork famously a food critic stormed a kitchen to make sure it wasn’t actually meat.
“But what about training?” Here are some names of people who eat plant based diets: Venus & Serena Williams - Tennis Legends Mike Tyson - Boxing Legend Robert Parish - Basketball hall of famer Carl Lewis - Running legend Paavo Nurmi - one of the greatest distance runners in history Martina Navaratilova - Tennis Legend
Kendrick Farris - America’s best olympic weightlifter
Pollard was the first African American head coach in the National Football League (NFL) and one of the first African American players in the NFL in 1920. Sportswriter Walter Camp ranked Pollard as “one of the greatest runners these eyes have ever seen.”