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August 1, 2007

popping

My knee isn't supposed to pop like that. Hmm, needs more work. Back to the bike I think. And of course riding the stationary bike isn't interesting enough...I think I need to try commuting to work. Life is an experiment.

August 2, 2007

ear seeds

Another trip to the good Dr. Ma today. Trying the experiment of going every week to see how it goes. Last week was needles (the usual) and ear seeds. I left them on for 5 days, and it seemed to actually make a difference. I had a ton of questions for the doc about herbs, meds and diet (no ginseng!), and of course she did the multiple pulse and tongue inspection. Then a long sessions with the needles damn near everywhere and another round of ear seeds. Only downside is that I can't sleep on my right side (in the right ear) because it hurts. Oh well, if it does it's magic, I can live with that. Back to downing the herbal bbs as well. Now just need some more exercise...

August 3, 2007

nostatic

Go buy some stuff. Thanks to Dylan the Magnificent.

socialized sickness

Finally saw Sicko tonight, and while it was hyperbolic in sections and overwrought in others, it is an eye-opener. Not so much on the domestic front...we know that the insurance and drug companies are quite evil. But some interesting insight into the health systems in other countries. Perhaps the entrepreneurial spirit needs to be applied into health rather than green. Or maybe combine both. Hmmm...

August 4, 2007

rats

Finally went and saw Ratatouille tonight before it left theaters. Having seen some trailers at the Apple Store, I was struck by how beautiful the scenes were...rich colors, amazing use of reflections...stunning. So I entered the theater with high expectations, and as life is known to do, it did dissappoint. A nice enough movie, but didn't really floor me. Not exactly sure why...just good, not great. Hmm, what is that about not having expectations? Oh yeah, quit it.

August 5, 2007

life is short

Something I didn't blog about when it happened...a Pelican friend died yesterday morning. I met Howard a couple of times on drives, having broken bread with him in Thousand Oaks a few years ago. A truly great guy, he lived life large and on his own terms. When news of a brain aneurism came to the board a week or two ago, everyone chimed in with their prayers and best wishes. The updates were encouraging following surgery, but early Saturday morning we were greeted with the sad news that Howard had passed.

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August 6, 2007

right now

I've always been a sucker for this song and the video...


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August 7, 2007

fog of war

My first Netflix movies showed up today, and my quest to fill in the huge gaps of my cinematic vocabulary begins. Tonight, "Fog of War" by Errol Morris. Since I dabble in documentary (albeit on a much smaller scale), I can use all the inspiration I can get with the genre. And this is about as good as it gets. Brilliant film. Of course it helps that he was able to get all the stunning archival footage and audio recordings with Kennedy, Johnson, and others.

Maybe I know what I'm going to do when I grow up. Time will tell...

August 8, 2007

slow road

The slow road back (to where?) continues. Back to the gym tonight for more stationary bike (20 min tonight, up from 15 on monday) and weights. Feels odd to go there on kung fu nights and not do kung fu, but I just can't train at the moment. Almost a year since the accident and I'm stepping back to ground zero to start over. Then again, every day is a chance to start over I suppose.

windows

window of opportunity
open or closed
ragged confusion
sometimes you miss it
leave a wake rebuffed
sad and lonely sorting
tripping the light
of the things unsaid
turnaround takes time
miss a beat
coming in late
wondering

August 9, 2007

morning glory

it doesn't define me - but it is part of who i am - and where i've been - not where i'm going - defiant survivor - fearful worry - fledgling warrior - anxious flurry
head down against the clouds

All your dreams are made
When you're chained to the mirror and your razor blade
Today's the day that all the world will see
Another sunny afternoon
Walking to the sound of my favorite tune
Tomorrow never knows what it doesn't know too soon

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stuck

Week three of needles from Dr. Ma. Today was a first, with me on my back and getting stuck on the front. And a couple of them stung quite a bit. Evidently some blockages. In particular, one just to the left of my tan tien, ones on the point between thumb and forefinger, and a couple on my left foot. She did some work on my bad knee and foot...and some odd sensations were to be had. I think I fell asleep for awhile though...I certainly was relaxed at the end of the session. Hopefully a good night's sleep tonight (with no people yapping outside my window at 1am) and tomorrow is a new day. For now, a glass of syrah. 7 Samurai will have to wait as I don't think I can make it through the whole thing tonight.

August 10, 2007

measure one, cut twice

Ever notice that sometimes trial and error is the only teacher? The best laid plans and measured doses seem to fall short in the actual application. Will I ever get it right? Of course not...because there is not right, there only is. Will I ever learn that? Maybe...

August 11, 2007

power of seven

Tonight's continued journey on the path of film education takes us to Japan and Kurosawa's classic "Seven Samurai." It is easy to see where Lucas got a lot of his schtick. And a lot of others. I wish I had someone who could give me some cultural context for it though.

Next on the list is "Ghost Dog" by Jim Jarmusch.

August 12, 2007

ghost affairs

The education continues with a double header tonight. First up was Ghost Dog, a Jim Jarmusch film, followed by Infernal Affairs, which was the original "inspiration" for The Departed, which earned Scorsese the oscar for best direction (but I think it actually was for Goodfellas). Ghost Dog was absolutely amazing. A jaw droppingly wonderful film. I was misty eyed at the end. I'll have more to say later, but suffice it to say it is in my top 10 at the moment.

Infernal Affairs was also great, but in that case I was struck with the direction and cinematorgraphy. Some of the shots were just gorgeous, and I had to keep rewinding to watch them again. I think I'm starting to get it. I was picking out rather obscure shots, but they jibe with my still photography bias. Looking back it took me a few years to start to get an "eye" for my photographs, and to date I've never really "seen" my video shots. But I'm starting to recognize them, and frankly can't wait to go see and shoot some things that I'm starting to feel rather than force. The only question is, why did I wait until age 45 to do this? Well, perhaps I wasn't ready to feel it until now. More will be revealed.

August 13, 2007

putting it out

To quote PG, "When the night shows, the signals grow on radios..."

All you can do is put it out there and see what the universe sends. And try not to worry about the outcome. Instead just feel your way. As Dylan said, "develop your intuition, your senses, your emotional self. They'll take you much farther and deeper than your mind can go."

August 14, 2007

perilous relish

The madness has started. Solo acoustic

August 15, 2007

cracked

It was with anticipation that I put "Fast, Cheap and Out of Control" into the dvd player tonight. Hmm...nothing. Maybe it's dirty. Oh, not dirty, but rather cracked in half! Egad. Luckily Tivo to the rescue and the Billy Wilder film Stalag 17. Some interesting homo-erotic overtones, and I did actually recognize a very young Peter Graves (from Mission Impossible fame...no, before Tom Cruise...speaking of homo-erotic overtones).

Some great stuff. Bergman should show up tomorrow and I'll have to send back the buggered disc. Bummer.

August 16, 2007

cracked two

A visit to the dentist for cleaning today, and I hear the, "oh, that isn't good" while the doc is looking me over. Cracked molar. So I'll head in for a crown during my "vacation." Then it was off to Dr. Ma for more needles in my head, arms, hands, knees, and feet. Plus some herbs and I have to find some black sesame seed for a smoothie recipe she gave me. I'll have to venture off to a Chinese market for that...hope they don't hate laowai.

On the plus side, another two songs arranged on the fly and dumped up to youtube. PR seems to be on a bit of a roll..

August 17, 2007

purple

August 18, 2007

where to now?

This post has been a year in the making, but to think of it that way puts far too much pressure on me. For those of you following along at home, it was a warm Friday night one year ago today that a coyote altered the lives of Sharon and yours truly (not to mention the coyote's). Is that too melodramatic? No, I think not. If anything, I have discounted the gravity of the whole thing, and am only now coming to terms with what it means for life, love, and the deeper meanings.

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August 19, 2007

sesame says me

Actually, says Dr. Ma. Although I'm having it for dinner tonight, here's her breakfast prescription for me (along with my herbs that include collagen, grapesee extract, acerola, rehmannia, foti, gong quai and ligusticum wallichii):

protein powder
fiber
organic plain yogurt
black sesame seed
apple
banana
strawberries
celery
organic soy milk
water

That's why I had to buy my new Waring blender today (mmm, toggle switch goodness). The mix looks rather...interesting. Tastes pretty good. Should be good for me.

*sigh* I suppose this is part of aging. Actually having to pay attention to what you eat. You mean King Taco and Tommy's isn't health food? Oh wait...I actually knew that.

August 20, 2007

back playing

While pr has been on a creative jag lately, there is no substitute for playing with other humans in real time. Analog style. So tonight was an audition/jam with a singer/guitarist who's stuff I quite dig. Odd the Dumb Boy (if that is what Sam goes by with this lineup) is pretty cool. Basically a bunch of tunes with charts and rotating players depending on who's available. It was so good to stretch out and interact. Check out "Burn Pile" on the myspace page. Very hip I think. And it was fun to play. We'll see where it goes...

August 21, 2007

locking the script

A million things to do before heading to Laguna Seca on Thursday. Not the least of which is to get work situated as I'll be "on vacation" until after Labor Day. Unfortunately much of that will be spent writing for work and "work" but it is what it is. For now, I still don't have the 911 (TRE is finishing up work), I haven't hit TJs for snack supplies, I don't have my transponder charged, clothes packed, etc. Oh well, it'll get done. For tonight it was work emails and more work emails, and now some relaxation on the couch. If its Tuesday that must mean Tivo caught Iron Chef. One thing at a time...

Oh, and the title of this refers to Bob coming over and us going over our work script. We're about to lock into a shooting script so we needed to make sure everything is in order. I'm missing the group meeting on Friday (I'll be snaking down the corkscrew at Laguna Seca, good lord willing), so I had to send out the "read the damn script and speak now or forever hold your peace" email to the rest of the group. It'll be fine. It'll be great. It'll be art. Maybe.

August 22, 2007

starting third

Life is never boring...who knows what year three (that we know of) will bring. Here's to finding out...live the question.

August 23, 2007

northbound

They say the best laid plans go to waste. And who am I to argue with "they." I had planned on picking up the 911 (after almost a month in the shop) first thing in the am, then heading to Salinas (with the real destination Laguna Seca) sometime after 10am. Well, how does that saying go about making plans and god laughing? Well, I wouldn't elevate this to that status, but it was a bit of an annoyance. It was what it was, so after some machinations and the obligatory $50 cab ride, I finally was heading north on the 405 a little after 2pm.

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August 24, 2007

2 off

People often ask me why I race. I often ask myself. Especially when the bills come due. I often second guess myself and say, "I shoulda..." but there isn't much point in that beyond perhaps learning for the next time. The trick is walking that fine line between self knowledge and self flagellation.

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August 25, 2007

mind management

Too tired for a full report, but the short story is that the car was working well today, and I managed to stay ahead of all my R7 during prequalifying (to set the grid for the qualifying session), then put together a solid qualifying session, and made a strategic decision to cut the session short as soon as I caught the backmarkers (knowing I wouldn't get a clean lap and the more laps I run...the less tires I have). I qualified 11th, and was fastest of the R7 group. Then came the race, last one of the day.


in the paddock with a gaggle of IP cars

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August 26, 2007

different day

Sunday came and I'll admit that the fire wasn't really in the belly. Besides being pretty tired, the success of the previous day took away a little of the urgency and desire. There was a schedule change and the first set of run sessions was deleted, moving everything in the day up and hour which worked for me. So it would be practice, qualifying, then race. The morning practice was pretty slow for me, and most of my class competitors were quicker than I was. Then we went out for qualifying.

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August 27, 2007

morning after

After a festive weekend at Laguna Seca, it was back to reality in LA. Hmm, somewhat of an oxymoron there perhaps. At any rate, no work as I'm off this week (to write) although today and tomorrow are spent with the boy before he heads off to Yellowstone for a week. Then my "vacation" starts, which will include sleeping in and lots of writing. Not necessarily in that order. But for today I could at least see my transponder data from the races (at mylaps.com) and relive a few of the moments as I cleaned out the car. And after the ecstasy, the laundry. Two loads tonight in fact (and I saw that book at Borders today). Cheers.

August 28, 2007

pregnant

Me, pregnant? Well, in dreams anything is possible. And my female doc was ready to cut the baby right out of me. "Extravaginal delivery" I believe is what she said. Yikes! The good doc would have a field day with this one. Of course maybe that's the whole point of me having it now. *sigh* Could be time to get back to work...

August 29, 2007

full day

Well, let's see. First of I guess the "day" technically started with watching "Fast, Cheap and Out of Control." Errol Morris is a genius. That's all I need to say about that. Then some other flotsam and jetsam. Next thing you know it's 2am and I have to get up before 7am to get the boy and J to the airport. So much for sleeping in. Short sleep, got up, was there to pick them up a few minutes early (some things don't change) and they weren't ready (some things don't change). Finally at 7:35am we roll out. And have to drop the dogs off at the kennel. Yikes. Well, I'm just dropping off, not having to deal with missed flights...

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August 30, 2007

good news, bad news

Do you start with the good news, or the bad news? Or maybe there is no good or bad...just news. Anywho, the surgeon says, "yes" to the hernia question (but very small), and "no" to having surgery. Why? "Won't fix what's ailing you." Well, that at least is refreshing...a doc that doesn't want to prescribe a drug or perform an operation just because. Of course that does beg the question, "ok, what is causing the pain?" He thinks it is actually a latent injury from the motorcycle crash that is coming home to roost (hip and/or groin tweak). The solution? MRI to diagnose *if* insurance will pay for it. Hmm...to be continued.

heaven

Offered without comment. Well, not too much. Pick your favorite stairway.

This one kicks serious arse (especially when the tempo picks up and during the solo section).

August 31, 2007

writing

Well, I'm supposed to be writing *words* but instead it seems that I've ended up writing *music*. Tentatively titled "Silence Grows" although I"m pondering "Inner Sunset" as well. Hmm, well, I suppose I should take any creative output and run with it. And I need to write lyrics for it, or rewrite some previous verse. Plus it looks like a reprieve on the white paper so I'm not under quite the deadline I thought, but still need to have something interesting by the end of September (and a trip to Utah for a conference). Create!

feelin' it

Going Insane anyone? Another one for the setlist...

corkscrew

Being chased down one of the most photographed sections of track in the world.

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