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Sail away, ladies, sail away...
I have a playlist for Uncle Dave Macon on Youtube going as I type this. I have a good cup of coffee, no thanks to my coffee maker. April got it for me for our anniversary about five years ago and the grinder stopped working today. Thankfully I have a small handheld that got me through and I'm able to have my Italian roast from World Market. :
I'm exhausted. I worked seven days in a row logging 57 hours between the two jobs. I'm enjoying the part-time gig at Home Depot a lot! Turns out I'm fairly good at dealing with customers and even received compliments from two separate people yesterday. The work is something I enjoy compared to Automatic Spring - relatively stress-free and enjoyable. My supervisor and management take the work seriously but treat their employees with respect. Part of me wishes Home Depot could come even close to matching my wages at ASPC because I'd give my two weeks if they could.
I got three fantastic albums this week: the new two-LP Best of the Dualtone Years by Guy Clark on 180-gram grey swirled vinyl; Marty Stuart's brand new release Way Out West; and an original 1986 GWR pressing of Orgasmatron by Motorhead. I cannot recommend Way Out West highly enough. It's an atmospheric, gritty, loose concept album of the American Southwest, but it's far from a collection of "cowboy" songs. It definitely falls under the umbrella term Americana.
April and I tried sushi for the first time last night. Never in a million years could I have imagined eating raw fish but I tried it and liked a lot of what we tried (we basically sampled five different styles). We then went to a local microbrewery where we sampled several beers, most of which were good. It was a fun Date Night.
I probably had a lot more I wanted to type about but my brain is fried. I hope everyone's well. Take care.
17th March 2017
12th March 2017
Old timer, five and dimer, trying to find a way to age like wine...
Todd Snider's East Nashville Skyline album is on the headphones. A few stray snowflakes are falling from a cold, gray sky and the beagle's at my feet. Daylight Savings Time is once again messing with me. We "sprung forward" last night at 2am technically, but to me it just means losing an hour of sleep. :
I've had my first two shifts at Home Depot and so far, so good. There is a plethora of training videos for new employees, so I've spent a third of my time watching those and taking quizzes, but I suppose it's a good thing. They really do take customer service and knowledge of your department seriously. Any coworkers I've met have been extremely helpful and friendly, making a new guy feel welcome.
My day job is what it is. I officially go back to the main building tomorrow and my hours are 6am to 2pm, which isn't too bad because I've been starting at 6:30am anyway.
I haven't had a lot of time to sit with music but I hope to tonight. April and I had Date Night on Friday and she went to the movies with her best friend last night, leaving the dogs and I to our own devices... for me this meant rewatching Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage on Netflix. I first watched it when icubud sent me a Rush Care Package several years ago, including the DVD and a couple books. The band's story is as fascinating as its music. Three extremely unique & talented men, that's for sure. I had forgotten how much I enjoy listening to Neil Peart talk and remembered I should look up his books beyond Ghost Rider.
I had coffee with my parents last night. They were a bit curmudgeonly but nothing bad. My dad is doing okay, better than I think he expected, but still has a long road to recovery in front of him. They're going back to the University of Michigan for further tests. This is a follow-up to the visit they had awhile ago and was originally scheduled for May, but after the hospital stay a couple weeks ago, the doctors there moved it up.
The only event scheduled for today is lunch at my grandparents' house. Grandma is 85 and Grandpa is 91 so I am definitely grateful to still have them around.
I hope all is well with you. Take care.
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