July 31, 2014

I’ve been podcasting this month over at and you’re invited to listen!

3 mo

July 17, 2014

I don’t really want to blog right now. I just noticed it has been exactly three months since I last posted. I re-started drinking a couple weeks after that last post. I was missing the fun, I guess. I think I’m the kind of person who needs a vacation from alcohol periodically. Not sure I want to do it permanently, though. One day at a time! I made my last vow years ago, and it was never to vow again!

Every win is big!

April 17, 2014

I ordered a laser printer (/scanner/copier) for my birthday–coming up soon! It was either that or a modest PA system. The printer was much less expensive. And more immediately practical, I think. The PA would be for LaunchPad shows where there’s no house system, like The Tiny Tavern, and most art galleries. We’ve been using my keyboard amp as our only sound system for years now, and I want to give it some help! But right now I’m more excited about making zines and CD & cassette covers and other printed art objects. Duplex laser printer will be my printing press!

Still no drinking, nearly 2 months. It’s good. It feels like a gift. Totally abusing black coffee, though.

Baseball season is 2.5 weeks old. I re-upped MLB-TV for a second month. I can’t watch the Giants’ live games (stupid blackout restrictions–so I listen to their radio broadcasts, which are excellent), but I’ve been following other teams with some interest. Especially the Astros. They switched leagues last year and are one of the worst teams in the majors. But they have the top-rated farm system and the youngest roster. The future could be quite bright for Houston, indeed. I’ve been enjoying watching them play. Every win is big!

Podcasting hiatus again, it seems. Regarding my “spare” time: I do things when I have the urge to do them. If I keep doing them past that point, they soon lose their magic. That’s why space money is rare, and future supplies are not certain. That’s why I quit the OCF, and the radio station before that. The urge had played out. Negatives were outweighing positives. Voluntary efforts must emerge from passion!

Opening Day: SF 9, AZ 8

April 1, 2014


Potential to win

March 31, 2014

4:43am – Despite the crumbs tossed so far, the 3 regular-season but not traditionally-regular-season games played (all involving the LA Dodgers, interestingly enough), TODAY is what the vast majority of us think of as Opening Day. HAPPY OPENING DAY!

“My team” (since 11 yrs old) the San Francisco Giants seem much improved this year, if spring training is any indication. But they’re in a tough division, with the bottomless-wallet Dodgers determined to buy a championship no matter what, improved Padres, still-tough Arizona, and non-pushover Colorado. We don’t have an Astros in our division that we play 18 or 19 times, counting on 15-18 wins. Everybody in the NL West has potential to win. But it’s unlikely a wild card team will come from there, so the only way to get to post-season is to win the division. Go Giants!

The Giants’ year starts today vs. the Snakes in the desert. Tough ballpark for the infield, being hard and fast, but we just got done with a six weeks right there in the Phoenix area, so our infielders are as ready as they’re gonna be! It’s the pitching I’m more concerned with. Time to find out what we’re made of, as they say.

Some kind of weird Melky karma

March 28, 2014

4:59am – Uh-oh, I hope I didn’t burn the oatmeal! I forgot to turn the burner off when I turned the timer off. But it’s only been 4 minutes. I put the cover on and it’ll steam for a bit, hopefully softening any burned-on oats at the bottom.

I’ve been caught up in Digital Diamond Baseball, playing the 2013 season with virtual San Francisco Giants. We’re doing pretty well right now (late April), but it’s what happens after Toronto in May that will be be telling. Last year, the real Giants acted like they were cursed from the time they entered Canada to play the Blue Jays until late in the season when they surged a bit to avoid a first-to-worst disaster of a year. I blame it on Melky Cabrera. Some kind of weird Melky karma. The juiced Melky (top batting avg., all-star game MPV) helped SF win the pennant in 2012. Hopefully we’ve got that off our backs now!

Still trying to keep up with new music, an impossible task but enjoyable. Hey, I did a weird-to-some “future-retro” kinda thing over the weekend: made two 45-minute Spotify playlists, then dubbed them to a C90 cassette. It sounds awesome in the car! I think I may do more of those. Popping a cassette into our circa-2000 vehicle’s deck is certainly easier than plugging in my phone and dialing up music on it. And I can record new stuff over and over on a cassette. Kinda like an analog USB memory stick just for audio.

Great Album Covers Dept.

March 23, 2014