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This last Thursday, I forced myself to go on a walk. I haven't been consistent in doing power walks for a couple of months now, but the day was beautiful, I had time to burn, and I wasn't hungover, so thusly there was no excuse.

Usually I pick a point somewhere on or off Capitol Hill and head that way, deviating from my preset course when the whim strikes me. This time I decided the get the fuck out of the neighborhood and go somewhere else. I picked Discovery Park. I hadn't been there in some time, and I was encouraged by the possibility of some beach time and significant elevation changes (gotta keep that heart rate elevated). I took a slooooooow bus ride up to the north end of the park.

Whenever I travel through Magnolia, I always wonder "Who lives here? What goes on here?" I never knew anyone from there when I was growing up, and only know a handful of people who live or have lived there now. There are lots of mid-century apartment buildings on the main drags, but you can still see the fancy-ass homes peeking out from behind them. I can't imagine wanting to rent a place over there. I suppose if I drove it'd be a better option than living in Shoreline or somewhere, but any way you cut it, there's no fast way to get in or out of the place.

I digress: I took the main trail down to the beach. The tide was out and I was able to cover a lot of distance without walking on too many rocks. (My right ankle has been giving me grief, and I hadn't done a big walk in two months, so uneven surfaces are the enemy.) I came across a boat that had run aground a week or so ago. It's named Permanent Address. Isn't it ironic? Doncha think? Oof.

I walked as far as the bluffs, and then a little past where I'd ever been able to on account of the tide. I wasn't sure if I'd be able to find a spot to get off the beach any further south, so I turned back and hoofed it up the main trail back to the north parking lot. I grabbed a bus back as far as Lower Queen Anne. Traffic was fucked on Denny all the way up Capitol Hill, so I bailed out by the Pacific Science Center and hoofed it home, lapping two #8s in the process.

Long walks always do me good. I try to remind myself of that whenever I try to talk myself out of doing one. I feel like I exercise my brain as much as my legs. There's something rewarding about pointing myself in the direction of the highest hill I can find and cruising up it. It reminds me that no matter how out of breath I get or how sore it makes me, I can just go and do it, and every successive time I do it it's easier. And then I want to go find another different, higher hill.
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In lighter news: happy belated 13th B-day to my LJ. Jeez.


May. 7th, 2012 03:23 am
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My first LJ post, twelve years ago yesterday*. I think things have improved.

Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] p0tat0es at post
Heeeeyyyy...this is kinda groovy.

*er...day before yesterday. I haven't gone to bed yet, so it's still today.

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I've been reading Everybody Loves Our Town in dribs and drabs as I go to sleep, or in the bathroom.

I just got on FB and it threw Jonathan Poneman at the top of the 'People You May Know' box. We have 48 friends (out of his 3200 or thereabouts) in common. 

Nope, I don't know him.

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Today is the 20th anniversary of my mom's death. I don't really have any special plans to commemorate it. We're going to Cait's mom and stepdad's this evening. I am happy and fortunate to have parental figures again. Cait's folks seem to enjoy having me around. They're sort of like a combination of in-laws and grandparents (they make me feel spoiled like I imagine grandparents might). There's no home for me to go home to, so when I go to theirs, it makes me feel a little less like an orphan.

I hope everyone has a joyful holiday, with whoever your family is.

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Wow. I forgot my own journal's birthday. Happy belated 10th, journal!

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Feb. 17th, 2010 01:07 pm
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Posting from the spacephone. Blah de blah blah.[livejournal.com profile] bigraoul doesn't live here anymore. The quick bxrpwn fox jumps over the lady dog.
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I forgot all about you. I'm not too into blogging these days. I've spent part of the afternoon watching TV Carnage videos on the YooToob.

Originally posted on potatoes.vox.com

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It's going to be on display at the Observatory (formerly the 108 Occidental Gallery) this Thursday.  Also showing: Skye McNeil, Amber Anderson, Kendal Tull-Esterbrook, Leah Walker, and Kanako Maclean. Not bad for the first show at the new space.

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While I'm still awake, I'll take this moment to mention that I downloaded the Holy Mountain soundtrack (apparently lifted directly from a VHS copy of the movie instead of the elusive LP, so it's not that great sounding). Several of the tracks sound eerily like tracks from Eyvind Kang's Theatre of Mineral NADES album - one of my all-time fave records. While I can't find any documentation of a connection between the two, I have to imagine that dude saw the movie at some point.

The Holy Mountain was a trip, but not as effective at noon over coffee as it would have been at night with, say, mescaline or something.

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What's to say that hasn't already been said about the My Bloody Valentine show? It was LOUD. The last band I'd heard that threatened to liquefy the audience was Pan Sonic when they opened for Mogwai years ago. The gratis earplugs were a lifesaver.

I don't know if it's age or what, but I don't really like going to see live music that much anymore. The majority of the shows I see are ones that I'm performing at. Going to see shows is a lot like going to work for me. Why go on your days off? The sound is seldom very good, and all the standing around makes my feet and back hurt, not to mention the ear fatigue. Maybe I'm going to turn into a studio rat or end up like Steely Dan or Alan Parsons - make records but never play live. Meh. Probably not. 
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I've gotten totally obsessed with David Axelrod (the composer, not Obama's right hand man). I picked up a copy of his Songs of Innocence LP at Sonic Boom the other night, and I can't stop listening to it. It's just funky as hell. Come Record Store Day, I may go back and get Songs of Experience and Earth Rot (20% off on vinyl!), and I want to see if I can track down a copy of David McCallum's (the dude from The Man From U.N.C.L.E. and NCIS) Music: A Bit More of Me, which Axelrod produced.
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You know what I did to kick off Health Month? I drank a pint of Newcastle, a pint of Bushmills, a vodka or two, smoked a bunch of cigarettes, and ate the fuck out of a plate of homemade enchiladas. While that was going on, I played several rounds of Uno with friends and listened to a lot of awesome records.

Likely I will be run over by a bus tomorrow, or I will die slowly of emphysema but still hang on till I'm 95, attaining my lifelong goal of being a grumpy, cantankerous old man and dying miserably, much like my forebears.

I salute those of you who have the wherewithal to deny yourselves all the shit you'd rather be doing for a month; I don't have the stones (or attention span) for that. But as someone who has been staring down the proverbial barrel since time immemorial, I gotta say, goddamn those enchiladas were good.  
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Wednesday night, I discovered the hard way that regular Alka-Seltzer, unlike it's cold medicine formula bretheren, contains aspirin and not acetomenophen. I am allergic to aspirin. And just like the warnings on the box (ya know, the ones that neither Cait nor I read) stated, I started wheezing, my face puffed up, and I found myself covered in hives. By Thursday afternoon the hives had largely disappeared but decided to return today. My allergen load is maxed out. I itch like a motherfather.
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I posted this meem two years ago today. Gonna do it again. 'Sposed to tag seven of you to do it, but whatever. Everybody dance!

Post seven pieces of music you are into right now. No matter the genre, lyrics or no, they must simply be songs or music you're enjoying now. Post these instructions in your blog along with your seven songs. Then tag seven other people to find out what they are listening to.

Mulatu Astatke - "Yègellé Tezeta (My Own Memory)"
This song is featured prominently in that "Broken Flowers" movie. I got the Ethiopiques Vol. 4 record, which is all Astatke. Ethio-jazz is the funkiest shit this side of James Brown's casket. 

Joe Cocker - "Woman To Woman"
I could have opened for this guy. Chances are he wouldn't have played this song. Please see 2Pac & Dr. Dre's "California Love" for more info.

"Postal Workers Cancelling Stamps at the University of Ghana Post Office"
I never get tired of listening to this. It just about the happiest damn song ever. And it's not even really a song. Cop it here.

Iggy Pop - "Sixteen"
It grooves. I learned "The Passenger" and wanted to try this on for size.

Serge Gainsbourg - "La Horse"
I picked up a 12" single that had this instrumental track on it. Has a cool harpsichord/Henry Mancini-esque guitar thing going on, and a fucking banjo solo. Mon dieu!

Silkworm - "Slow Hands" (live)
Taken from a compilation of live SKWM performances through the years. This is one of the best tracks from Firewater, and Andy Cohen's guitar sounds like a fire breathing spider. I don't know what that means exactly, but it's good.

Katy Perry - "I Kissed A Girl"
What. Shut up. (I'm a sucker for songs with the "Rock & Roll Pt. 2" beat. I actually cannot help myself.)

In addition to the above, the following records have been in rotation:
Genghis Tron - Board Up The House
My Morning Jacket - Evil Urges
Deerhunter - Microcastles
Kings of Leon - Only By The Night
Danger Mouse - The Grey Album
Ice T - O.G. Original Gangster
Kool G Rap & DJ Polo - Road To The Riches

Of Montreal, Marnie Stern, and Lykkie Li are in the holding tank.
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About 1/2 done moving and/or throwing away the contents of my apartment. Big ups to Andreas for the beer & Febreeze. Can't wait for a shower.
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If anyone in ballard can donate boxes and maybe some febreeze, it'd be greatly appreciated. 5227 leary ave nw

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