Yep. you read it right. No politics today. I’ve had a fairly busy day, and frankly there was just no time for it. I promise I’ll get to it tomorrow. Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and John McCain will all survive til tomorrow if I don’t write about them Tonight. And If they don’t, we’ll then, Enjoy the Afterlife If there is one!
Let’s see where to begin. At the Beginning I guess. I woke Up a bit early. Got The laundry. Found out That it all wasn’t there, turned around, went back, all ready to argue, but it was right there and they apologized for not giving to me the first time. Cool.
After that I Went Running: 5.45 Miles in 41:12.00 for a 7:33.57 M/M Pace. I was pretty fast today. Fast for the Moment that is. I have run this distance about 30 or so seconds faster per mile than this, and I know I can again, but I’m just not in good enough shape. 10 pounds overweight or so. Not working out at all. Just now getting back to a descent running schedule. My Stride rate is definitely Up where it was before the Injury 5+ months ago. I checked it 3 times today during a fairly hard run and it was uniform 32 steps per ten seconds. 192 steps per minute. That’s a very fast stride rate. I cannot tho get the stride length going to save my life. At least part of that is the lack of working out. I generally do an average of 1,000 Deep knee bends per day + the running when i am at my peak. I’ll have to start working out soon. The speed will come. No worries.
After the run I came home, ate, cleaned myself up and played some guitar.
Guitar: I played the regular start-up stuff. Alternate picking Single string chromatic exercises. Ascending, descending and Alternating. I also did the 2 Octave Minor and Major and Pentatonic scales in all keys. No problems like I had the last two days on the Upper reaches of the Fretboard doing the Major scale stuff. Nice. Did an exercise I haven’t done in a Long time. Alternate picking string skipping exercises. This is the same as regular single string chromatic exercises, except that i skip strings when I do it. numbers given are frets. Example: 6th string, 1,2,3,4 4th string,1,2,3,4 2nd string 1,2,3,4 5th string 1,2,3,4 3rd string 1,2,3,4 1st string 1,2,3,4, 6th string 2,3,4,5…ETC ETC ETC. I also played several pivot exercises, two string variety, similar to but not the same as the ones I did yesterday. Played a bunch of chord progressions. Minimal time to play today, but as you can see, I took advantage as much as was possible.
After I played, Me and the Wife went out for a trip to Manhattan. We went for two reasons. One was to look for some music books by and or about Allan Holdsworth. Of the musical variety, Not looking for an autobiography, not sure there even is one. The second, and Main reason was to Go to a Book signing By Alton Brown, for his New Book about “Feasting On Asphalt 2: The River Run” Twas Cool. Met the Man prior to The book signing, and he was a pretty relaxed. Seemed Like a Nice enough guy. When he came to where Me and My wife were, which was outside of the Borders next to Madison Square Garden, and kept apart from the First group of autograph seekers with a barricade. He asked what was so special about those people Up front. I said They must be the pretty People. He responded with a Quick “The beautiful people, Huh? well, some of you look kinda clean over here” Something like that. twas pretty funny, I liked the Sarcasm, especially as how my wife was telling me I looked like a dirtbag for Not wearing a clean Hooded sweatshirt out to see him. Kewl.
The signing itself went very fast…..after we finished waiting on line for 45 minutes. But we did show Up fairly early, a half hour before the thing was supposed to start. But when we Got In, and the line got moving, things went quick, like I said. When I shook his hand inside, he greeted me Like I’d Known him for years. If he was having a bad day or was tired or anything like that It didn’t show. He seemed genuinely happy to see me and My wife. Made a Joke that The Wife Told Him She was Single. I laughed and Said Cool! Go for it Hon! I thanked Him for Everything, He Signed the Book with Me and My Wifes Name, and His, and “Cook Smart” which is what he did with My wife’s book a few seconds prior to signing mine. Cool. If your reading This Alton, Thanks Much, brother, for everything. You’ve turned a Shitty cook Into a descent one, which is more than I thought possible before I started watching ”Good Eats”.
We could not find anything By Allan Holdsworth, so me and the Wife, starving at this point, went to ruby Tuesday’s for dinner. A Nice place, But Expensive. Think T.G.I. Fridays, only twice as expensive. After that, me and the wife stumbled Onto the Macy’s flower show. We went in and took Picture of the Flowers. Pretty tho they were, It wasn’t exactly My cup of tea. Not My thing, But she Liked It, so we stayed for a Bit and did the tourist thing. It was Nice. Funny Moment. There’s this Slightly overweight Hispanic woman handing out these scented card things with some stinkwater on ‘em by J-Lo. A fragrance for Women. Hands It to me and tells me to Give it a Try. I say to Her ” I’m Sorry but I have a Penis, That’s not really for me.” The Wife only heard the first bit, and could not stop giggling. I didn’t know why until she turned around and asked why I was apologizing for having a dick. I told her what went on and laughs were had by all. there is more But I won’t get into it too much here. Funny shit, tho.
My feet are sore, And I am broke, But my wife and I had a really fun time out there. Oh yeah, we could have gone to the Rangers Devils game, which was going on Right next door to The Book Signing. If there had been tickets. But I’m not sure they would have had any. Would have been Nice tho. The Rangers won BTW! YESH!
That’s It for Me. Go Jam!
Today’s Nuggets: It is often said, mainly by the ‘no-contests’, that although there is no positive evidence for the existence of God, nor is there evidence against his existence. So it is best to keep an open mind and be agnostic. At first sight that seems an unassailable position, at least in the weak sense of Pascal’s wager. But on second thoughts it seems a cop-out, because the same could be said of Father Christmas and tooth fairies. There may be fairies at the bottom of the garden. There is no evidence for it, but you can’t prove that there aren’t any, so shouldn’t we be agnostic with respect to fairies? Richard Dawkins
But thus I counsel you, my friends: Mistrust all in whom the impulse to punish is powerful. They are people of a low sort and stock; the hangman and the bloodhound look out of their faces. Mistrust all who talk much of their justice! Verily, their souls lack more than honey. And when they call themselves the good and the just, do not forget that they would be pharisees, if only they had — power. Friedrich Nietzsche
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