Tuesday, December 10, 2013
y'know, I like the blc challenge for providing a community within the community of this site aas a while, but it also means that stray thoughts get used up on the message board rather than being placed in a blog. I'm quite certain a few profound thoughts have emanated from my fingers, but alas, they were shared only with those privy to a particular team message board, and the rest of you were denied the wisdom therein. Or, the musical content within, which would have immeasurably enriched your lives. For that, I am truly sorry. Unless you were one of the special people who got to see it.
Going more than a bit stir crazy from inactivity. Starting to go out and do random stuff, but it's not helping, entirely. Missing having the social net I had with my friends in Madison, and feeling nostalgic for that town. It's been nearly a year since I moved back to Michigan. Funny thing, I just found out today that one of my acquaintances from there moved to Ann Arbor to do a postdoc, and has been here since January. Obviously, she wasn't one of my close friends there, otherwise I would have thought it a tragedy that we are 5 or 6 miles apart and didn't know about it. But I might have to suggest meeting up, just to reminisce about other people. Then again, having typed that, that sounds depressing. I'm guessing we'd sit there in awkward silence and wonder why the heck we bothered. So maybe I won't.
Just letting my fingers ramble at 2:30 AM. Had a random thought last week about how forthcoming, or not forthcoming I am in public spaces (blog and the such). I mean, I have said a decent bit in this space over the past couple of years, but really, I feel like I'm reticent about most things. Partly because you don't want to hear me (or anyone, in general, really) whining about stuff you have no chance of influencing; partly because I (and everyone, to some degree) am cognizant of the public nature of the space, and have an aversion to revealing everything I think, lest it reflect negatively at the wrong time. Maybe that comes from being in my late 30s, and growing up before the internet became ubiquitous, and not feeling like it's totally normal to expose myself, cybenetically speaking, to the world. Who knows?
I'm not lying to you, anyway. I'm just not telling you everything going on in my mind. And yes, I know that comes as no surprise, but like I said, I'm just letting my fingers spew everything on my mind, and that's the thoughts I'm thinking at the moment.
Found out my brother and his family are going to New York for New Years. Now I'm wondering if I want to ditch town, too (the answer is yes). Will have to see if I can make that happen, as some friends who have relocated to Tennessee have hosted a New Years gathering there the last couple of years. Now that I type that thought out loud, it's becoming more of a, hey, I'd really like to do this! kind of thought. Might need to make it a reality. Then again, I just checked, and it's a 530 mile journey, and $460 for a flight. Which makes it slightly less appealing, especially as I'd be driving down by myself. hmmm.
changed the profile pic back to the crazy hair one. thinking of doing something radical with the current mop, like cutting it all off again. Or maybe I can go to the barber and get it cut to something reasonable. It's getting a bit too moppish, regardless. Not that I have anyone to be presentable for at present.
My friend Mike just wrapped up his radio show on WORT back in Madison, I was listening to it on line, and he finished with Rainbow's "Gates of Babylon", which I hadn't heard in ages. If it weren't 3 AM, I'd listen to the Rainbow album, "Long Live Rock 'n Roll" from which this song comes. But as it is slightly late, I'll just take another listen to this track and then pretend to go to sleep.
Thursday, November 28, 2013
let's see if i remember how to do one of these
I blather on until i get bored, right?
Lions win! Whipped Green Bay like a batch of mashed potatoes, 40-10. First time they won on Thanksgiving, and I don't remember how to celebrate. To be honest , I don't really remember what it's like to be happy about football on Thanksgiving, it's been that long. Hope this good feeling lasts all the way thru the weekend, as I suspect Michigan's contest against Ohio might not leave me with anything other than angst and anger.
Low key turkey day, as it was just me and my parents (brother, sis in law and nephew travelling for a wedding on her side of the family). Did things the easy way, grabbing a rotisserie chicken, stuffing from a box and mashed potatoes from a bag. Still tasted good. Didn't overstuff, not that I ever really do.
Just spent the last couple hours with the Godfather part II on AMC, and trying to decide whether to watch The Godfather for the next three. Might opt for football. Or reading, as I've got three books I'm going through right now, Stephen Coonts' "Under Siege", which thanksfully, has nothing to do with the Steven Siegal movie of the same name, Jules Verne's Around the World in Eighty Days, which is a sweet adventure, but horribly racist, especially in its descriptions of India, and an account of "The Kennedy Assassination: 24 Hours After", which explores the tumultuous (to say the least!) first day of Lyndon Johnson's Presidency.
Exercise is unlikely to happen tonight.
The weight is like a yo yo. Enough sorenesses to make visiting the gym a twice a week proposition at best, and too lazy these past few weeks to do much of anything at home. Kind of annoyed by that, but not enough to force myself into action.
Mood is spotty at best, too. Still haven't landed the next contract, two months of sitting around is getting on my nerves. Have had a couple of interviews, including one I'm waiting to hear back about. Not expecting anything to come out of it, as I don't have the main bit of experience they're looking for. Don't think I managed to convince them everything else I've done puts me in position to handle that project. Still, glad that I've had a couple of shots at things, as we're entering the dry season for new contracts. Starting to consider what else I could possibly do, which I hadn't intended on exploring for a couple of years, at least.
Hmm...what else. Volunteered at a local food bank organization the other day. I was at the warehouse, so it's not the same as the place I used to volunteer in Madison, but it's something to do. Really should have gone there back in early October. Funny thing, I volunteered for this organization once back in February...and got the job the next week. I'd be amused if it happened again.
changed my mind. exercise bike, while reading around the world in 80 days, which I'm doing on my phone (got a new phone at the start of the month, and the screen is large enough to make doing that not annoying. Still haven't joined the 2nd decade of the 21st century and gotten an e-reader or a tablet. Only got a smartphone 2 years ago and a laptop last year. Baby steps, y'know?
Monday, November 11, 2013
Sitting here watching Ghostbusters II tonight, having flashbacks to seeing it in the theater a quarter century or so ago (24 years, just looked it up). I love the concept of a river of slime reacting to our negative thoughts. After all, think of the bad thoughts we subject ourselves while making excuses for whatever crappy food we’re about to down, or whatever we’re saying to justify not doing that bit of exercise.
Turn that around, positively charge the slime, and good things can happen. Right? Right?
Also having flashbacks to when Bobby Brown had a career and wasn’t just a punchline.
Sunday, November 10, 2013
There was once a major league umpire named Ron Luciano, who after retirement collected a bunch of his remembrances of life in the big leagues in a couple of books. Describing his athletic background, he recall his football days, when he had some success because he was “agile, mobile and hostile”. But, as he put it, “Unfortunately, I was also fra-gile” (I think that quote was from Luciano’s book “The Umpire Strikes Back”, that and “Strike Two” and “The Fall of the Roman Umpire” are worth looking up if you’re a baseball fan).
While I have some days where I can claim some of the first three attributes (though not in the service of any specific sport), lately, I’m finding myself to show more of the fragility. It started last month with a pulled butt muscle. Earlier this week, I managed to tweak the heck out of a rib muscle, which made for 4 days of not knowing when my chest would be screaming pain. And yesterday, while tailgating before the Michigan football game (the less said about that contest the better), I threw out my shoulder, and the range of motion is a bit limited right now.
Not mentioning this as a plea for pity, or to come across as hypochondriac, but more as a way of pointing out a major flaw in my quest to be healthy: the fact that I really don’t go in for exercise when I’m not feeling good. Ok, the rib muscle issue really was a limiting factor, in that I really couldn’t predict what sorts of motions would set that off. But when I had the lower body issue, I could have done some sort of upper body stuff, right? Some strength training? And today, instead of sitting around watching football, maybe a spin on the exercise bike?
A few new pounds have crept back on, and all of a sudden, I feel like recrossing that 200 pound barrier in the wrong direction is a more likely short term outcome than exiting the 190s in a positive direction.
Need to make it a point of working around the injury crap that’s been striking me these last few weeks, so as to try and avoid that fate.
Fave song from the Yes album, “fragile”, “South Side of the Sky”
Saturday, November 09, 2013
you know, what with needing to be out of here in 8 hours, so as to go and sit outside in 50 degree weather for 3-4 hours grilling, making small talk with people I mostly don't know (aka tailgating with some of my brother's coworkers) prior to going into a stadium with 110000 of my closest friends to watch two disappointing teams try to be a little bit less disappointing for just one afternoon (Nebraska at Michigan, college football). But I just realized that although I've made it a point to log in to this site for 40 days in a row (yeah, yeah, I know, pathetic streak, but it's better than I've managed, or cared to manage in a while), I haven't used this blog space more than a time or two in that time, and not at all in the past three weeks. So I thought I'd remedy that.
Now, this being an unplanned excursion into blog land, I haven't got anything profound to offer you, and for that, I hope you'll excuse me. And now that I've just been sidetracked for the past 45 minutes, I really don't have the wherewithal to spin any sort of tale. So let it just suffice to say that since the last time I scribbled in this space, I've been to two weddings, held in some absolutely gorgeous territory (northwest lower Peninsula of Michigan, near the Sleeping Bear Dunes, voted the most beautiful part of the country as per watchers of Good Morning America back in 2009, as well as the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia. I've visited one Presidential home, and stood at the gate of another, wishing the employee of the place would go away so I could sneak in and take a peek, but alas. I've watched a messiah get dismembered by zombies as a band stood by covering Black Sabbath tunes. I've been slobbered on by horses while wearing a suit (remind me to take that to the cleaners, eh?) And I've danced with the devil by the pale moonlight. Oh, wait, that wasn't me, that was the Joker. But I did manage to go to Virginia for a couple of days, and pay a grand total of 75 bucks for hotel/air fare/car rental, and I could have done it for 10. So basically, what I'm saying is, when I stop being lazy, I have pictures I should really share with you. Including some of a building that's so money, they put it on the back of a nickel.
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