5K C2 – 2:01.5 split. What do you suppose a song entitled Lincoln Reviews His Notes might sound like?
Parent-teacher conferences at Park Hill H.S. Meeting with Marilyn’s teachers. She’s doing so well. Finding her groove as a student. I’m proud.
5K C2 – 2:01.0 splits. Pat Metheny Group – First Circle.
Rowing done. 7888 meters to round off to 350,000 meters for the year Bill Evans – Conversations With Myself for music.
Listening to Larry Carlton’s guitar solo on Kid Charlemagne makes me think all those years ago Steely Dan gave me an unfair baseline for what constitutes a good solo in rock.
Got a row in on the ole C2. Steely Dan – Pretzel Logic for sounds.
I’m not sure if this is resistance or acquiescence, but I’m listening to this wonderful music to deal with yet another grey day here on the plains.
Bathroom window renovation for a friend this afternoon. Accompanied by Bill Evans – The Complete Riverside Recordings. An afternoon well spent.
Dinner this evening with Marilyn and her boyfriend Julian, who is a nice young man. Hot Mexican food on a cold, cold night.
Got a 40 min. row in. Very sore now but glad to be indoors as it’s 10º outside at the moment. Chick Corea – Trilogy for listening.
Read the first half of Walden, or Life In the Woods. Quirky writing and affirming for my minimalist tendencies.
Completed a 40min. row. No music. Just the drone of the flywheel and the afternoon sun shining on me through the window.
Completed Cal Newport’s book Digital Minimalism.
Evening row done. 20 min, 2:06.8 pace. Painful.
Morning C2 done. 2:01.6 for 20 min. Listening to Chris Thile & Brad Meldau.
Evening walk completed. Cold and crisp but no wind like last night’s horror episode. Interesting listen tonight. Tierney Sutton – The Sting Variations.
2nd 20 min row on C2 completed. Hung in with a 2:01 pace. Listening to Newtone.
Painting work for a friend this afternoon.
1st 20 min row on C2 completed. Set a PR for the Old Age era. 1:58.9 500m pace.
Evening walk completed. Started peppy, ended frozen and miserable. But! I listened to Nate Smith – Kinfolk so it was worth it.
Completed to 20 minute Concept 2 rows today. Went pretty hard.
Reading Digital Minimalism by Cal Newport.
5k walk done. Nice temps. Cold, but not too. Delvon Lamar Organ Trio – Close But No Cigar for music.
Listening to the AnDré Mali Quartet live on KUVO FM Denver. Fantastic groove.
1st walk of a new streak. 5K in the early evening.
Jackie McLean – Jacknife for the ears.
I’m not a religious person, but Sunday does remain my day of rest. A good time to reflect and do some of the light chores that don’t require my full mental focus.
My music collection contains around thirty versions of Duke Ellington’s beautiful Come Sunday. Letting that list play as I do some housekeeping.
Alphabetically by artist, it starts with Abbey Lincoln and concludes with Yusef Lateef. Somewhere in the middle Cleo Laine holds forth.
Here is the great Mahalia Jackson singing it with the Duke Ellington Orchestra.
I started today strong with good food and a good friend and then I started feeling slower and weaker as the day went on. Like something got in my bones.
No symptoms just fatigue. So I did the only thing I really know how to do, which is move.
I headed out for my daily walk, but it’s already 8pm so it’s dark. I’m kind of slogging along listening to music.
Just as I’m walking around the pile of ‘decorative rubble’ that marks the halfway point at Parkville South H.S and Highway 9, Marvin Gaye sings,
“Don’t you know how sweet and wonderful life can be?”
You know how he does it. Damn.
It’s like having all the tired cells in your blood injected with honey.
Feeling better now.
Italian food for dinner with Miss Marilyn Jane this evening. Talking about which colleges hope to have her as a student.
Not sure what it says about me that I love this shoegazey music so much. Anyway, another daily walk in the books. This time with Tame Implala – Currents.
Doing more painting work for a friend. As I’m busy on the stairs to the second floor, I can hear the two men installing new vinyl on the kitchen floor conversing in Spanish. They seem focused and content in their work. One receives a call from his young daughter and he talks to her on speaker while he works. I can hear in her voice how happy she is to be talking to him. Delightful.
Walk is done. 161 straight days of walking at least 5 kilometers. Over 500 miles! And this absolutely gorgeous album. Bennie Green – Catwalk.
4 hours of painting work at a friend’s house today felt good. More tomorrow. It eases my mind.
Late night walk. 5K of chilliness. Trying to counteract a giant but delicious burrito from Kmacho’s Restaurant & Cantina.
On my way to watch the Kansas Jayhawks play roundball against the West Virginia Mountaineers at Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence, Kansas with the lady Joy Wickliffe Root of Olathe.
C2 1x20min. 4788m. 2:05.3/500m. Pretty lame attempt tonight. Just couldn’t summon…that thing. Larry Young for support.