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24th February 2017

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16th February 2017

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  • Wed, 16:53: I saw @BlackSabbath in concert for the 1st time at the Palace of Auburn Hills 18 years ago today. A monumental experience I'll never forget!

13th February 2017

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12th February 2017

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9:03am: Nobody knew his name...
April and Maddie messed with the iTunes account on the computer awhile back; they thought they'd simply unchecked songs but they deleted a ton of my music. I went to listen to Guy Clark because I need something mellow but meaningful and it's all gone (I saved the CDs, not downloads). I have John Hiatt's Terms of My Surrender on again because I don't know what else to listen to.

The Crud hit yesterday, big time. I woke up feeling great and by the time April got home after work and we went to Cracker Barrel for dinner I felt off. This morning I feel like a Mack truck hit me. I made enough coffee for 2-3 cups then it's water and tea the rest of the day. I took some vitamin C at one point when I woke up in the middle of the night... I slept for a couple hours but after that it was probably no more than 15-20 minutes at a time at best. I need a hot shower and to go back to bed but I don't want to quite yet. WIthin a couple hours, I imagine.

Work was tough this week. I actually don't have the energy to go into it right now because I'll get worked up. But it didn't go my way at all and there are some worrying signs starting to present themselves in our company overall. I have casually started sending resumes out.

No musical purchases this week but last weekend (maybe the weekend before?) I got a bunch of records and CDs from Elijah's other dad when he was cleaning out his aunt & uncle's barn. 2/3 was either banal 60s pop or second-rate country from the same period. Yet more was good stuff but the records were in such bad shape they couldn't be salvaged. There are somewhere between 50 and 75, including about 20 Elvis records, that I think I can clean up. Some of it is from his movies, which got progressively more hokey as the 60s wore on, but gems like the Aloha From Hawaii special and his comebak LP, From Elvis In Memphis, were in the mix, as well as some other cool records. For $30 for the whole lot, bought sight unseen, I got a good deal. I just have to polish them up a bit.

That's really about all I can think of. My mind is extremely foggy. I hope everyone's well.  

4th February 2017

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29th January 2017

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10:33am: The cold strikes again...
Last Saturday reached 60 degrees. I wore shorts, had all the windows open, and finished painting the room April and I have now moved our bed to so we can use the back room as a TV / family room.

Yesterday was below 30 degrees and the roads iced over after dark, and today is cold & blustery, too. I slept later than planned but managed to finish grocery shopping early enough to miss the weekend rush. I'm now here with Bob Dylan's magnificent late-career masterpiece Tempest on the headphones and some surprisingly good black coffee in front of me (a dark roast from Aldi I took a chance on).

The confusion of who is assigned where at work continued this past week. I spent time trying to help in a department that has seemingly lost its way and has difficulty with its process, which is very bad for the company because it's one of the real rainmakers. It was stressful but it felt good to be in the thick of the action. I feel like I've coasted a lot the last few weeks, maybe even the last couple of months, lacking direction.

I spent time yesterday relaxing with the new Peter Robinson novel and a variety of "roots" music on the turntable (Roy Acuff, Emmylou Harris, then the Grateful Dead). We were supposed to be at Elijah's pinewood derby for cub scouts but an accident Friday night rendered his car unraceable. I was disappointed and the guy helping (he was adding melted lead for additional weight) felt guilty, apologizing several times. So we all hung around the house, having a lazy Saturday morning. I managed a good walk before the snow hit, feeling exhilerated by the cold and the movement. We've slowly been getting back around to eating beter here, and to get in better shape again. The last few months have been a time of relative inactivity and it's time to get moving again.

I secured vinyl by Jesse Fuller, Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee, Sonny Boy Williamson, Jerry Lee Lewis, Harry Nilsson, and Bobby Bare. The Shel Silverstein biography I was reading inspired the Bare purchase because they were collaborators from 1972 through Shel's death in 1999. The rest I happened upon at the record store before they were made available for general purchase.

I realized while I've managed to accrue twenty LPs this year already, I haven't bought any CDs. My focus has really been vinyl for at least a year, not because I don't love CDs but more because it's like a long-lost friend has returned and time together is time well-spent. I remember being little, around seven or eight, and my Dad would play old doo-wop and rock & roll records. I'm talking stuff from the '50s and early '60s when he was a teenager. To put in in perspective, he was just shy of 15 when the Beatles played Ed Sullivan so his world was reshaped like so many others' of his generation. I've always had an affinity for old music as a result of that, and I still crank Little Richard or Elvis when I hear them on the car radio.

Not sure what today's going to bring. I feel tired because even though I slept for a long time, it was restless, punctuated by odd dreams. I hope everyone has a good week ahead. Take care.
Current Mood: restless

28th January 2017

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26th January 2017

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21st January 2017

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15th January 2017

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8th January 2017

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10:16am: I said See, See See Rider...
Got On Stage: Legacy Edition by Elvis Presley playing. It encompasses On Stage and In Person at the International Hotel Las Vegas, both recorded around the same time and featuring some of my favorite E.P. performances. I had the latter on cassette when I was eight or nine years old; I've spoken many times of how hearing Elvis for the first time at age seven changed my life and began my lifelong obsession with music. He was born January 8, 1935 in a two-room house in Tupelo, Mississippi. His formative years saw him surrounded by Gospel, Country & Western, and some Blues music, all of which he'd eventually combine and become a pioneer of Rock & Roll. His death at the young age of 42 in 1977 remains one of the saddest and most pointless, one which could most certainly have been avoided. Anyway, I'm choosing to celebrate his birth and his music today.

I've got some excellent coffee brewed (Fishermans Blend by Cutters Point, a Christmas gift from my brother-in-law) and plans to read and listen to music today. I'm currently reading The Lost Boy by Camilla Lackberg, whose writing isn't as dark as some of her Nordic Noir contemporaries, but she's an excellent storyteller with characters you can root for (or against). I highly recommend her series that begins with The Ice Princess.

My birthday was this past Friday. I took 1/2 day off work and went out to lunch with April and the kids because both were gone that evening. A group of eight of us went to a local Mexican restaurant for dinner and had a good time. I used gift cards/certificates to get vinyl by Margo Price, Bashful Brother Oswald, King Oliver, Steve Angrum, and Kid Thomas (the latter three being NOLA jazz musicians). Along with a Muddy Waters LP I picked up earlier this week, 2017 is starting off well for me musically! April, Maddie and I went to a large antique mall yesterday and spent a couple hours shopping. I found the Oswald LP and a Precious Moments figurine for April so I consider it a success. The problem we have with many of these places is people seem to mistake old for valuable, but it's still fun.

My boss called me after I left Friday; Wendy is not just my boss, but my best friend Matt's wife and someone I've known for years. She put in her two weeks' notice at work, having accepted a job offer from another local company. She, too, is tired of the lack of drive from management and accountability on the floor. Our company has a lot of good qualities but is in desperate need of a single direction moving forward. I predict her resignation is just the beginning of top-ranking people leaving this year... my hope is owners and top brass will have a wake-up call and finally implement the necessary changes and discipline to help make the company as successful as it can be.

I hope the weekend has treated you well and the coming week is a success for you all. Take care.  

2nd January 2017

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