Ah, the beautiful Gulf of Mexico in a pandemic! This photo taken August 7,2020, shortly after my move to lovely Venice, Fla. The area's Fishing Pier is about six miles from my residence. Loving my new place so far!
Me and the gators! One of the first outings I made when moving to Florida in 2015 was to visit Gatorland near Orlando and take the zip line!
This photo appeared in the Tampa Bay Times sports section on May 6, 2020, as part of a story about what area residents were doing for "alternate sports" during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. In my case, the gymnasiums and weight rooms closed, giving me the longest hiatus from those activities in three and a half decades, So, to keep at least somewhat active, I doubled my monthly bicycling from 100 miles to 200, and this photo was taken at a stop on a local ride.
I've been privileged to do a bunch of world travel, including visits to all six subarctic continents, and two round-the-world jaunts. These shots were taken in March 2018 during a stop in Istanbul, Turkey, on the second of those trips circling the globe, a trip that also included Singapore. I call this "On the Steps In Western Asia" (with an intended parody to Alexander Borodin's "In the Steppes of Central Asia") as I may never get to Central! Took a ferry across the Bosphorus in Istanbul that separates Europe and Asia. Leaving the Asia side to go back west, I posed for a pic on the boat's steps!
May 2019: Me in the first officer's seat in the cockpit of a restored (for display) Lockheed Constellation at the opening of the TWA Hotel in the revamped iconic Idlewild Trans World Airlines Flight Center at John F. Kennedy Airport in New York City
July 1, 2018 My 68th-birthday "selfie" at Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles
April 2018 The 50th reunion dinner of the Class of 1968 of Polytechnic (Upper) School, Pasadena, Calif. That's me top row center.
Christmas morning 2017 on a sparsely populated Estero Island Beach, Fort Myers Beach, Fla.
At the 186-metre level of the 328-metre Sky Tower, Auckland, New Zealand, January 20, 2017
An occluded Mount Fuji and Me at Naritasan Temple on my third annual spring/summer trip to Japan, March, 2017
Visiting Toronto, Ontario, at the CN Tower in May, 2009
During batting practice at SunTrust Park, Cobb Co., Ga., before a scheduled Atlanta Braves-Texas Rangers game, September 5,2017; I have been to all active Major League Baseball parks
Older but still at least trying:
In gyms in Florida Also after the Florida move: A phony "screentest" at CNN HQ in Atlanta as I took refuge from Hurricane Matthew in October 2016 My first World Series game, Kansas City, Mo., October 21, 2014 Some Hawaiian Christmases, Atop Diamond Head, O'ahu, December 23, 2012, and back up there shirtless, December 26, 2014 My 60th Birthday Photo, also at Kapi'olani Park, July, 2010 Winter in Hawai'i: Christmas, 2010, at Ka'ena Point, O'ahu This shot was taken on November 19, 2013, on a visit to the observation deck (250 metres) in the 309-metre Sydney Tower, in Australia. This picture was taken Dec. 1, 2001, in
front of a poster at the Hong Kong Museum of History.
Older but still at least trying: In gyms in Florida
Also after the Florida move: A phony "screentest" at CNN HQ in Atlanta as I took refuge from Hurricane Matthew in October 2016
My first World Series game, Kansas City, Mo., October 21, 2014
Some Hawaiian Christmases, Atop Diamond Head, O'ahu, December 23, 2012, and back up there shirtless, December 26, 2014
My 60th Birthday Photo, also at Kapi'olani Park, July, 2010
Winter in Hawai'i: Christmas, 2010, at Ka'ena Point, O'ahu
This shot was taken on November 19, 2013, on a visit to the observation deck (250 metres) in the 309-metre Sydney Tower, in Australia.
This picture was taken Dec. 1, 2001, in front of a poster at the Hong Kong Museum of History.
And back in one of my favorite cities 12 years later: Jan, 11, 2014 -- looking a little older!
My 50th birthday picture: taken in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, July, 2000, from the observation deck at the Kuala Lumpur Tower, looking out about a mile to the Petronas Towers, which at that time were the world's tallest buildings (if you counted the uninhabited spires on top.)
That's me on Sentosa Island, Singapore, in April 1998 with Merlion, Singapore's National Symbol, and at the Colisseum in Rome in February 1999.
The top running photo is me in October 2000, not quite half way into the Marine Corps Marathon in Washington, D.C. I finished the race, my eighth (and last!) full marathon, and my fifth on the course in Washington. The shirtless runs were on far too hot days near the finish of the Trinity Hospital Hill half marathon, Kansas City, Mo., in June, 1996 and 1997. And finally, my marathon tattoos! -- permanently celebrating my eight 26.2-miler finishes and p.r. across the right shoulder blade. There's a separate Marine Corps Marathon tattoo on the left of the back, as five of my eight finishes have been on that classic race in Washington,D.C./Arlington, Va.
A long time ago: Me on the Occidental Life Insurance Co. of California float in the Tournament of Roses Parade, Pasadena, Jan. 2, 1978
Among my favorite trips to Major League Baseball parks were SBC (at&t) Park in San Francisco, top, in 2007, and the new Yankee Stadium in The Bronx, N.Y., in 2009.
I tried driving that camel while stopping in Giza, Egypt, on a round-the-world trip for my 40th birthday. The bungee jump was in Orlando, Fla., and the skydive was at the Oz Sport Parachute Club in Lyons, Kan.
The bottom photo was snapped during a quick break in a bike ride, Apollo Beach Nature Preserve in Florida, March, 2020.
I am Keith Murray and I live in Venice, Florida, USA, about 4.5 miles from the Gulf of Mexico.
A native of Pasadena, Calif., I lived in
Wichita, Kans., 1978-2015, and in November of 2015 moved to Florida. I enjoy personal fitness, biking,
surfing the Internet, and world travel. I have visited all 50 U.S. states, all continents but Antarctica, and all 30 active Major League Baseball parks in the United States and Canada.
Among things I've done in life that I care to
admit are graduating from Claremont McKenna College in
California in 1972, magna cum laude in political science,
and Wichita State University in Kansas in 1996, summa cum
laude in Spanish. I've also attended the University of
California's Davis School of Law and been in the U.S.
I worked with Knight Ridder newspapers (The
Pasadena Star-News and The Wichita Eagle and Beacon) for 22 years,
taking what amounted to early retirement in 1993 and
returning to school to study Spanish in early 1994. From
1987 until 1993 I was vice president and general manager
of The Eagle.
I worked with Big Brothers and Sisters of
Sedgwick County (Kansas) for nine years. I was a board
member, and from 1992 to 1993, board president.
I follow Major League Baseball. My interest started as a boy with the Los Angeles Dodgers, and continued after I moved to Kansas with the Kansas City Royals. Then, in the past decade, I resolved to get to all active MLB parks - and, in 2009, accomplished that goal. I then visited the new Miami Marlins' park in 2016 and the new Atlanta Braves' venue in 2017.
While I have traveled all over the world, I think my favorite destination is Hawai'i, where for most of a decade I tried to spend every Christmas.
In 2006, I learned personal income tax preparation and beginning January, 2007 into April 2011, I prepared hundreds of personal returns for clients of Bullins Tax Service in West Wichita. I returned there again briefly for the 2012 tax season, but that time as trainer and associate.
I've run eight full marathons (26.2 miles), the fastest time being 3:36:09 in the Marine Corps Marathon in 1992. My most recent marathon was on that course in 2000 (4:12:48). See my tattoos above! I've also run a bunch of half marathons and shorter races. After giving up the distance running, I have become a fairly active -- though not fast or competitive -- outdoor bicyclist in Wichita. And, as you can see, I've tried my luck in bungee jumping and skydiving. I'm still here!
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