Late-night tunes in early October 2016

Had kind of a funny night. Not funny haha, funny odd. Not a major deal or anything, just the sort of thing to help remind me why I seriously need to stay home more often and out of the barscene, doing something more productive with my time. As a bar-pal reminded me tonight, no one in a bar is truly your friend. Can’t be true, full-on friends with alcoholics or people who earn their living off of serving folks alcohol. Lots of truth in that, which I damn well know after 15 years of regularly frequenting these scenes. Got a little irritated, but again, it’s not a huge issue. Just the typical stupid drama one can expect from time to time. No point in even spelling out the details on here. What’s done is done and now it’s over. Will remember to keep it “hi” and “bye” with that individual going forward. Twice bitten, thrice shy.

Not everybody out there is willing to accept one for whom she or he is. Looking to change you, to offer unsolicited advice in an attempt to mold you toward some sort of socially-acceptable standard. Why? Who knows? Human nature, apparently. Perhaps because misery loves company (whether consciously so or not). Or perhaps because it’s all some people know or have any imagination for, seeing as how it’s become the norm. *shrugs*  Not my problem either way. Have plenty of shit to work on and am aware and am doing so, but some random dude’s uninformed opinions aren’t high on my list of concerns right now, nor should they be. Never been interested in him beyond just chatting and that isn’t working out so well. My bad, his bad. Is what it is. We’re not all compatible with one another. Not all are good actors or socially savvy in all situations.

Enough said. Let’s listen to some tunes before the night evaporates.

Heard this one for the first time about a week ago. “Drink Up And Go Home” by Jerry Garcia and David Grisman:

Another new one for me, “Country Ghetto” by JJ Grey and Mofro:

A personal favorite, Junior Kimbrough’s “Lord, Have Mercy On Me”:

Gnarls Barkley – “Who’s Gonna Save My Soul”:

A new one I hadn’t listened to before tonight that played on Orange Is the New Black, Boondox – “Inbred Evil”:

Kinda disturbing.

Charles Bradley – “Love Bug Blues”:

Charles Bradley – “Why Is It So Hard”:

Bottega del Suono – “Beautiful” (cover of Christina Aguilera’s song):

Yet another from Orange Is the New Black soundtrack, Bobby Hamilton’s “Crazy Eyes for You” (1958):

Plain White T’s – “Hey There Delilah”:

Gotye – “Somebody That I Used To Know (feat. Kimbra)”:

That one came across my radar again tonight and strikes me as currently relevant to re-listen to and watch. Glad to re-stumble across it by happenstance.

Haven’t sat with this one in many moons. Mazzy Star – “Fade Into You”:

A perennial favorite, Lou Reed’s “Walk On The Wild Side”:

A change of pace, this is a new one to come across tonight, Golden State Klezmers – “Freilach Fun Der Chupe”:

Talented performance there. And on that note it’s bedtime.

As business picks up and springtime rolls on…

Still pretty darn tired. Gotta love insomnia…

Ate a gas station hot dog as my meal for the day. tongue_out  Health obviously isn’t my primary concern. heh  But I forgot to eat yesterday and only had a salad and a couple pretzels the day before, so a few bites were needed before tackling my best guyfriend’s lawn this afternoon. Have mowed it for him I believe 4 times so far this year, plus one day we planted a few trees, and another day I pulled up weeds. It’s useful exercise and he deserves a helping hand. He’s done so much for me over the years. A truly good guy. Lucky to have him in my life this past decade.

Not much else to report today. Just working and gearing up for a fairly busy Memorial Day weekend (I work on all holidays). And chillin’ at the bar when time permits and the night’s work is complete. Planning on staying in on most Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays going forward since I can’t stand that auto-tune crap younger folks mistake for music. Conversations aren’t possible when the tunes are blaring and the place is packed, so I think I’ll opt to go out on calmer nights instead, at least for a while. Keeping it simple is the name of the game right about now.

Brief journaling on a Tuesday in May

Humans are a trip. We really are. Not sure what to make of us most days…

My gym trainer is a cool dude. Just got in from working out and am about to hop in the shower and then head out to a couple more business appointments.

The topic of the week over here is “niceness.” Everybody expects it, and yet it’s hazy terrain dependent entirely on one’s perception. A topic for another time though.

The spaghetti bake’s in the oven

Not feeling too well today, that being a product of my own doing, but apparently that’s what Sundays off are for — recuperating. Decided to cook up spaghetti and bake it in a casserole dish covered with cheeses — mmm, comfort food. One of my favorite dishes that I personally am capable of pulling off without a hitch. Simple, tasty, provides enough food to last for days (or to share with friends). For the sauce, Newman’s Own Five Cheese sauce has been my preference in recent years. Decided to try some noodles from some fancy company out of Italy for this batch. Pressed in probably 6 cloves of garlic after browning a lb. or so of ground sirloin. Drizzled in what’s become my favorite extra virgin olive oil out of those locally available (Lucini limited reserve); added more spices, plus a can of tomato paste and a can of seasoned diced tomatoes. Topped the pasta and sauce with provolone, mozzarella and a little asiago. Bakes for about 30 minutes at 350 degrees F until the cheese is bubbly.

For sides, tonight I’m going with texas toast and steamed green beans sprinkled with sliced almonds. Really prefer seared zucchini with this dish, but fresh ones are obviously out of season.

All comes together, from start to finish, within about an hour.

Might cart over some leftovers to share with my friend and his mom tomorrow.

Beyond that, another notable aspect of my weekend was trimming a few inches off my hair. Once it gets this long it’s pretty easy to care for at home, reducing the need to deal with salons. I watched a few tutorials on youtube in the past to gain an idea of how best to go about it and have been trimming my own for the last year or more. Important to purchase sharp enough scissors only used for those purposes, but those can be had for around $20 at Sally’s. Saves money and time handling this at home.

And this is how we’re keeping occupied this weekend, along with my regular intake of youtube videos and tunes.  ha  One foot before the other, returning to Bacheloretteville. C’est la vie. It’s gonna be better this way in the end. Just an adjustment currently.

Gambling on better odds in 2013

Very slow about adding content to this blog, my excuse for the last several weeks being my draining work schedule around the holidays and then a bad cold that lingered on for two weeks. But here we are, standing in a new year, open to brand-new possibilities and opportunities for growth. Last year was rough and I couldn’t be more pleased to turn the page on all of that and commence writing a new chapter.

Tonight the hours are getting away from me, so I’ll just post up a song to christen the new year, with hope of returning here tomorrow.

Here’s an oldie and a goodie from Kenny Rogers:

Always loved that song. “You got to know when to hold ’em, know when to fold ’em, know when to walk away and know when to run.”  🙂  So they keep telling me.