old music, politics
Charlie Haden's mournful ballads are a special place for me. There's nothing like that tone, whoever else he's playing with. There's a gentleness and compassion there that's incomparable.
It's funny, when I was younger his "political" repertoire and song titles struck me as super naive, hopelessly fixed in an idealistic but embarrassing sixties viewpoint,spitting into the wind. But i think that was ignorant on my part, the guy was brave as hell even with some failed gestures.
While at the gym. guy with a very nicely groomed beard asked about how I kept mine straight. Was inarticulate trying to say that it grows that way, but looks terrible/scraggly/stringy 50% of the time when it's less humid or too close to having been trimmed/in need of one
after last week's first bad workout, decided to take it easy the rest of the week.
Solid press workout today. Hit my target, did all the assistance, ended wiped.
In undoubtedly related news, I'm pretty sure the feeling that I was emerging from a long depression back in late winter/early spring was illusory and things are back inexplicably bad.
school kids, emergency alarms
Everything was fine, but boy, a hell of a pit-of-the-stomach dread when your kid texts you asking if you know why they're leading everyone outside since they would only tell the kids there have been "reports of an emergency."
Was almost certainly someone pulling an alarm or calling in trying to get out of finals, but jeez living in America and incessant shelter-in-place drills evokes an instant panic response.
I only came to listen to most pre-bebop jazz through its influence on the 70s avant garde. Most early stuff (Ellington excepted) didn't click with me until I'd read up on an artist and try to trace influences. As a result of that association, every time there's a minor dustup about free jazz & lineage or whatever I find myself remembering, like, early Lester Young and listening to antique music for a few days.
Back to the gym after nearly a week hiatus, though I was hauling stuff around this weekend.
Good deadlift day. Heavy set for 12, added good mornings back in on top of the light squats, added reps to the rest of the assistance.
Could clearly feel the difference between "my back feels a little stiff from napping on the couch" and whatever happened last week, which is heartening.
Did something to my back last night.
Dutifully foam rolled this morning, went to the gym, warmed up, did one warmup deadlift set and promptly went home.
Still fighting the voice that's telling me to power through it, but that's also the voice that led me to injuries the previous X times in 4 yrs I'd tried to get back into shape between when I was strong and this last one. Been on a decent roll since July, hopefully this keeps me going. Also aging sucks.
Yard work messed up my shoulder and lower back this weekend, so I waited until today to finish off the 5/3/1 month.
Squat heavy set: 240 x 8! My bodyweight!
A few pauses, bent forward a bit on rep 8, but that's the first of my goals hit since I started lifting again last summer. Slow progress, some hiccups, but I haven't bounced off the program.
Solid deadlift day yesterday, solid bench day today. 4 times a week feels better, annoyingly.
Grip slipped slightly on heavy deadlift set, so I'll maybe add in some carries.
Not been super strict on diet bc extra work = extra appetite, but I'll rein it in next week and see how I fare. Also next week: return of running.
Have now purchased and am trying to learn french bow for double bass.
A little clumsy, still getting used to keeping my hand relaxed in this grip, but my back is not hurting the way it did with German bow when I tried to contort to where I could reach the strings properly. That very small difference is huge.
Perhaps I'll get back enough facility to where I'm comfortable playing with others again. Supporting instrument as my main makes it all feel pretty pointless without a group.
Today I learned that the reason we mostly encode [CARRIAGE RETURN + LINE FEED] and not [LINE FEED + CARRIAGE RETURN] has to do with teletype machines (these were typewriters hooked up to computers that supported input and output). Because CR is moving the print head about 8 inches right-to-left, and LF is scrolling the paper down ~1/4", LF took less time. If you sent CR/LF to certain models of teletype it could do the LF *during* the CR, saving a little time.
Guy at the gym had what looked like a child's picture of a dinosaur tattooed on his shoulder.
Told him I liked it and he said it was getting painful knowing a lot of his little kid's drawings would end up thrown away, so he asked the kid to draw the best Godzilla he could and he took that one to his tattoo artist.
Squat day yesterday:
felt ONE rep in my right knee. Did not wake up with it in pain so all is well. Otherwise unremarkable,
Press day today: Got my 8. Felt better than the last ~6 weeks, I think because I remembered to start with tight core/legs. Was doing that volume in November, but that's expected with the reset. I was also like 26 lbs heavier.
All my assistance is more than back then.
middle kid forgetting/failing to hand in homework in all classes to the point of near failure in some despite scoring very high on tests and assessments. At exactly the age that I had the same problem.
For me it was because of massive bullying. Seems not to be the case for him, and I'm not sure how to help him through it.
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