Monday, April 29, 2013

Samantha Fish at Llewellyn's

Got to go see Samantha Fish two weekends ago, I've been remiss about posting about it.  Not sure why.

If you haven't heard of her, you need to check her out.  I won't recap what's easily found via Google, but she's a KC girl about ready to go big time (she's well on her way, imho).  I love her style of music, kind of swampy rock/blues.  More blues than rock.  She's accessible too, answering a few of my questions on FB, as well as chatting for a bit when we met in Dec.

She plays in KC usually a half dozen times a month, usually at Dirty Lew's, Trouser Mouse, Knuckleheads, or BB's.

She packs the house and I can't say enough about her.  If you get the chance, check her out!

Monday, April 22, 2013

Make up your own title

Things have been going pretty well, despite the rest of the country having issues.  We had two friends in Boston, but both had thankfully finished and were around the corner when the bombs exploded.  I'm thankful that they didn't have to see that kind of carnage.  That would be impossible to get out of your head.  I have varied feelings about the whole issue.  When this kind of thing happens, I wonder what ever got the terrorists to do that in the first place.  I don't agree with a lot of things this country does or how it goes about it, but why would you take that out on the innocents?  Seems a strange way to cause a change, if that's really what you want.  I realize some people just want to hurt others.  That makes me quite sad, sad for the victims, but also sad for the perpetrators.  I wonder what kind of life they would have had to lived to get them to the point that they wanted to hurt so many people.  Victims on both sides of the bomb, I suppose.

Anyway, I don't want to focus on that, and neither should anyone else.  Parts of me think a small percentage of humans are always going to hurt others, and nothing is going to change that.  It's always been that way and will continue to be that way.  Moving on (again)...

We had a busy weekend, and it was a lot of fun.  AB kicked butt all weekend long.  He took 2nd place in his age group at a 5k, then played a soccer game and had baseball practice.  He had a 2nd game on Sunday, and scored 4 goals.  What a maniac!  I'm proud of him, to say the least.  He's running a 4-mile race this weekend with his mom, and he's already raised the bar for his effort.  He ran an 8:30/mile at his 5k, which is nearly a minute faster than any race I've ever ran, and he even beat his mom by 30 sec.  That's amazing.  Especially with how big he is, I figured long-distances wouldn't be his forte, but he sure loves it.

K is talking up a storm these days, more and more with every passing day.  He's funny to talk to, and it's quite a hoot to hear him vocalize what is going through his mind.  He's still pretty wild, but I wouldn't change that for anything.  He had a bad ear infection a week or so ago.  I had him in the doctor's office when his eardrum ruptured and then he proceeded to ooze for the next 3-4 days.  It was startling how much came out of his head.  I can't imagine how much pressure that was before it popped.  Dang.  I suppose we'll need to get some tubes in his ears again. We were trying to avoid that, but I think he still needs them.

I went for a nice walk last night, and have been stretching a fair amount the last few days.  If I hammer the ibuprofen and stretch out my IT band/hip flexors/hamstrings/lower back, I can actually feel decent.  I actually ran about 5 yards with K on the soccer field, and was able to put equal efforts between each leg.  I can't remember the last time I was able to do that.  It's been long enough that it felt noticeably weird.  Hopefully I'll put this behind me soon.

That's all for now.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013


I am pretty sure I'm going to throw a leg over my bike and immediately fall over.  That's how long it's been.  My good intentions were worth anything, I'd tell you that I've been intending to get back into shape, but my back/pelvis/hamstrings have been all sorts of jacked up.  I've been going to the chiropractor, and I'm feeling better.  If I remember my diagnosis correctly, my pelvis twisted, and some other part shifted over and then started pinching my sciatic nerve.  On top of that, my one of my 3 hamstring muscles was pulling on the pelvis trying to get it to move back.  Weak core, tight hamstrings, tight hip flexors, tight IT bands, no cardio, no lungs, no legs, no nothing.  Sounds like a recipe for disaster and I got a big dish of it.

So, today is the best it's been in awhile.  After seeing the chiro I went out with AB and played catch (can't throw very well without pivoting on your pelvis, and can't catch wild throws because I can't shift direction nor jump), and then went and played basketball when he beat me.  He came at me so hard it got me laughing and that about took me to the ground.

He is such a competitor, but so am I.  And I'm ready to get back at it.  I need to start running and getting back on the bike.  Maybe I'll try and walk/shuffle/run tonight.  It's a long road to go, but I've done it before and I'll do it again.


Monday, April 8, 2013

Gary Clark Jr

Man, I love this song.

I hope the pendulum starts swinging the other way so the radio stops pushing shitty music out there, play some more Music, you know, with musicians.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013


Sorry for the interruption.  I'm not going to say that I'm firing the blog back up and things are going to be coming out with great rapidity and consistency.  I tried that last time and it failed.  Miserably.

I haven't been riding.  At all.  I think there's a correlation between cycling activity and riding activity.  Maybe because every time I get on a bike, I can clear my head and get some good blog stuff.  Maybe.

I'm quite sure that my writing will be worse than usual, seeing as I never write.  I write commands in firewalls, but no one wants to read "show interfaces terse | match reth".  At least I don't.  So my usually sparse, broken, conversational writing style ought to be gibberish for awhile.  So enjoy that.  In 50 years no one in this country will be able to write what we consider normal English anyway.  It'll be some mutilated form of English, Spanish, and texting.  I'm sure there's a name for the language/symbolism you write with whilst texting.

Anyway, the coffee isn't working right in my brain so I'm just going to write down some topics I've been meaning to write about for awhile, and we can use this as a list going forward.

eating better in this country
guitar playing/music
societal issues
the search for more coffee
mad people
Johnson County
mad people in Johnson County

That's it for now.  No promises!