This page is intended to be a quasi real-time chronicle of my days. A diary of one-offs if you will.

It will be like reading Proust or Karl Ove Knausgård but without the all of the distracting literary elegance.

12:33 pm - Jun 1, 2020

If you graduated from a Kansas City high school in 2020.

At least we got our Superbowl parade, right?
3:17 pm - May 25, 2020

Start out the walk with a decent breeze, rain clouds overhead. Big drops begin to fall and I worry about getting drenched.

Storm clouds move off. Wind drops. Heavy wet air. Soaked in sweat instead.

Moving slowly due to intermittent fasting. Ketosis coming on. Can’t get my legs to swing forward with any pop.

Keith Jarrett Trio keeps me going.

10:16 pm - May 23, 2020

Whew! A sweaty walk tonight. Humidity caught me off guard but now that I think about it, I was listening to some hardcore NOLA funk à la Stanton Moore, so I guess it was appropriate.

5:39 pm - May 22, 2020

A C2 row and a walk. Another C2 row and a walk coming up. Listening to Stanton Moore bring that funky New Orleans drumming.

5:35 pm - May 22, 2020

I spoke with my former band director Jim Swiggart from Hutchinson, KS on the phone today. What a pleasure! He’s 80 years old and still consulting for high school band programs around his state of Arkansas!

8:03 pm - May 21, 2020

Two rows, two walks, some good reading, Steinbeck, McPhee, and Waugh all got some of my attention today. Stevie Wonder, Semisonic, Matthew Sweet some of the listening.

I started intermittent fasting today. Late day meal only. We shall see.

1:30 pm - May 16, 2020

5K walk with STP. Now reading, McPhee so I’m mentally in Wyoming. Geese fly by, honking. They are not daunted by grey skies.

9:04 pm - May 15, 2020

Second 5K walk in for the day. Somebody I follow on line posted a Ray Wylie Hubbard YouTube link today and now I’m all in.

9:31 am - May 15, 2020

5k walk in. Grey sky and humid, rain on it’s way.

I think the days of heat have arrived. There will be a few more cool nights maybe, but it’s time to shift over to warm brain.

11:49 pm - May 13, 2020

What a wonderful day listening to Stevie Wonder on his birthday. Such a tonic for today’s troubles.

3:58 am - May 13, 2020

I tried my hand at writing and posting a poem. I can’t sleep, so here I am, up and getting ready to finish reading my current book. I’ll go for an early walk when it’s light enough.

11:43 am - May 10, 2020

Nice walk with the sun on my face. Bill Withers, James Brown for pep in the step.

10:07 pm - May 4, 2020

Short row and a short walk to close those rings. Earth Wind & Fire in the ears. Almost raining.

the road home in mist

9:52 am - May 4, 2020

It is a beautiful blue-light morning here on the northwest corner of Kansas City. Rain coming…but in a while.

8:26 pm - Apr 28, 2020

Currently digesting a wonderful meal dropped off by my friends Will and Leslie. Chicken, Hummus, Baba ganoush, middle eastern pepper and onion relish. How thoughtful are my friends?

12:07 pm - Apr 26, 2020

My morning spent cleaning up cat hair and listening to Lee Konitz Meets Jimmy Guiffre. First time I’ve heard it. Outstanding.

6:00 am - Apr 26, 2020

An exchange of text messages with someone I hold close makes for a rough night.

5:35 pm - Apr 15, 2020

My tortillas are getting better. Refried Pinto bean burritos tonight.

10:04 pm - Apr 11, 2020

Devs is good.

6:28 pm - Apr 11, 2020

The first housefly of the year has made its way into my apartment. Let the hunting season begin.

9:03 pm - Apr 10, 2020

Watched the first episode of Devs. Looks intriguing.

4:12 pm - Apr 10, 2020

Brother Dave on the phone from Palm Springs. All is well with them. He is teaching his high school music classes with Zoom.

6:15 pm - Apr 7, 2020

I assigned Marilyn the task of watching Stop Making Sense and gave her some questions to answer and report back on afterward.

  1. Who is the lead singer and what is he doing now? (Video is from 1984.)
  2. What is the bass player’s name? What other group did she play in at the time?
  3. Who is the African American keyboard player and why is he important in American music?
  4. What is the iconic visual image from this film?

6:30 pm - Feb 12, 2020

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.

9:06 pm - Feb 8, 2020

Got my walk in just now. Pretty chilly. It’s been a Steely Dan day. Aja and Gaucho for music.

Steely Dan - Aja album cover.
Steely Dan - Gaucho album cover.
7:42 pm - Feb 8, 2020

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.