Thursday, November 26, 2015

A Thanksgiving thought

I'll keep this brief - this is my favorite holiday; always has been.  It's the one day that doesn't mean buying/giving gifts; it's about spending time with the people you love - at least the ones who can be with on that day - and to think about all the good things that I have.  And my life is filled with nothing but good things.

I have what I want; what I need and nothing more.  I don't think about what I "haven't got" because there isn't any of that.  I have the essentials and some nice little superficial additions.  And that's plenty.

So enjoy this day and savor it.  Look around and smile at what IS.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Cold day in the sun

Finally, a sense of seasonal balance; a chill is finally in the air and we're how far into autumn?  Ye gods...  Usually, one of my favorite times of year, but like spring, it's been non-existent for the last few years.

It's been great - having the last few Fridays off from work; in an effort to use up the extraordinary amount of personal time I have available and to do a few things to help get me moving with music, working out, etc.  Today's plan is to run a few quick errands and then set up the new drums. Once that's been taken care of, it's time to set things up for the "new adventure" (which I'll announce during the holidays) and start to focus on what's ahead when I have my Xmas break...

...Which, of course, leads to the idea of starting my annual list - taking care of the I.R.A. contributions, the winter purging, the gym schedule, etc.  It'll be a nice and lengthy break and hopefully one I can profit from.  But that's a month away.

In the meantime, the focus now is to get the Thanksgiving groceries tomorrow and make sure we can prep early starting on Wednesday...

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Autumn stone

The jacket comes out; the hair grows back, the socks go back on...  At least the oppressive heat has pretty much been replaced by cooler air but damn, did the time go fast - again.  It's nearly the end of the year and these last four years consistently have sped right past me, although they've easily been the busiest I can consecutively remember in at least two decades.

It's funny how I now relish the weekends where we have nothing on the agenda; to be able to leisurely grocery shop, run errands and do the arcane have become now cramped in between seeing shows, seeing friends - doing things.  It's not a complaint; it's an observation of how things change and turn around to the degree that the basics now need to be scheduled - certainly, there's reassurance in the idea that as one gets older, one tends to slow down...  ah, no.  I've gotten to the point where so much in the last few months alone have been such a blur that I have to often check back on my schedule as to what I've done or where I've been to have a coherent idea of a timeline or frame of reference.

Making time...  proving now to be an art and sometimes a challenge!

Monday, September 14, 2015

Summer's cauldron

I can't believe how fast this summer went.  Yes, there were a few too many moments of discomfort from the humidity but the time...  As irritating as it is, the cliche of "time speeds up as you get older" rings loud and true.  One minute the summer begins; one minute we're in New Orleans - now football season starts and in a week, it will officially be autumn.

Nonetheless, as quickly as this year has moved, it's been a good one, by and large.  Yes, the difficult and devastating news in February weighed heavily on me for a while, but like everything else, you just have to stop, think, try to put it in perspective and then try to go forward.  Writing, playing, getting in shape and improved health - all of this seems to be unfolding in a natural progression, which makes me happy and satisfied.

It's sometimes difficult to write properly what you're thinking and feeling without sounding forced or rehearsed and yet here, I just say what's on my mind, as sometimes simplistic as it is.  But for me, it's really all about staying centered, joyful and in the now, not in the past.  And I think that may be a huge part of how and why I feel as good as I do.

Sunday, August 09, 2015

And in the blink of an eye...

Suddenly, vacation's been and gone! Came back from New Orleans by 5 p.m. last night and it went so fast.  One moment, we're being picked up at 7:15 on Monday morning and the next thing, I'm doing the week's laundry as soon as I got home.  Ah well, easy come - easy go.  And thankfully, it WAS easy - all around.  No delays, no flight problems - everything went right and smooth and we had a fantastic and educating time.  New Orleans is a magnificent, historic and energetic city - even with its oppressive heat.  We walked everywhere (except the zoo); we ate well; we drank heartily - which neither of us ever do and most importantly, we had fun.  No work stresses, personal stresses - nothing negative.  And my self-induced psychosis over flying has dissipated, as I was absolutely fine going and coming back (even when we hit turbulence for lengthy stretches heading to Newark).  Three mornings of beignets and cafe au lait with chickory at Cafe Du Monde was a dream come true.  So happy to have been able to do it.  The hotel was relaxing and comfortable and first rate.

Now it's time to refocus my energies on the day job, tomorrow's radio show and this week's reviews (of which, I'm still ahead of the game, so to speak).  All that's left is to start hitting the gym and working on the songs again.

It's good to be home and feeling so refreshed.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Getting closer...

Vacation is a mere three weeks away; this year's destination is The Big Easy - New Orleans is calling loudly and I can't wait.  I think I first was bitten by the Nawlins bug around '87 when I would read these food and lifestyle magazines about the culinary and cultural fare that is the city's heartbeat.  Plus, my girlfriend and I were completely smitten with the South, so it was a natural thing.  28 years later and I'm on my way.  Although in thinking about it, I do remember Susan and it makes me sad.  I hope she made it there.

At the same time, all the prep work to tie up the loose ends before we go is time consuming.  The detail, the making sure that nothing is forgotten, phone calls have been made, etc. can make you need a vacation just on its own.  Thankfully, the new MacBook and iPod arrive next Tuesday, so those will be in hand and prepped before we leave.  And I've already packed the basics (the light clothing, the toiletries and the guidebooks, etc.), so all that's left to do is call the airport-to-hotel service 24 hours before we go, along with the local car service to the airport.

And those po'-boys just keep looking better and better...

Tuesday, June 09, 2015

Roll on, summer

Considering the worst thing I can say right now is that my beloved New York Rangers did not get the job done and advance to the Stanley Cup finals must mean I AM living a pretty charmed life.  But I do think, as I stop for a moment to think and observe on another glorious June evening, that my life is, indeed, very good.

The days are flying by; vacation is now slightly less than two months away; I've been working on the songs and having them blossom into living pieces; I feel great physically and spending time with friends has been a welcomed and embraced element for the sake of balance and sanity.

While the world may be going to Hell all around me, it doesn't mean I will fall prey to any of the negative vibes that abound - Mercury Retrograde can fuck off as far as I'm concerned nowadays!

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