Tuesday June 23 2020

Waking up at 11 a.m.

 

Cereal. Black Tea.

 

Catching up on business.

 

Meeting with Diana and Pastor Rick at the church to figure out the logistics of using the fellowship hall for Broadway rehearsal.

 

Scrambled Eggs. Toast with Butter and Jam. Spinach. Coffee.

Watching Sherlock (2010).

 

Teaching lessons at Music Makers.

 

Off somewhat early, I gear up and shoot some basketball down the street by Linkhorn Elementary. At some point I challenge myself to shoot 10 free throws in a row. I commit to only shooting from the free throw line and disappoint myself every time the ball bounces far off the court for me to retrieve. But I keep at it. The wind creates an obstacle. I’m not leaving till this happens. And at some point before the sun goes down I achieve it.

 

Cooking dinner: Japanese Style Fried Rice with Peas, Onions, Kale, and Carrots.

 

Later on, at the studio tuning this new drum kit set up in the waiting room. Ana skateboards here to hang.

 

Monday June 22 2020

Waking up at 11 a.m.

 

Oatmeal with Cinnamon, Blueberries, and Almond Milk. Breakfast Tea.

 

At Soul Haven Studios working with Nigel and John tweaking a track for Sweet Talkin’ Woman.

 

Scrambled Eggs. Three Ships Biscuits with Jam and Butter. Iced Coffee.

 

Teaching lessons at Music Makers.

 

Warming up leftovers for dinner.

 

ELO band practice.

 

Back home. Catching up on kitchen stuff.

 

Chillin’ with Ana over a bowl of Popcorn – talking about the day and stuff going on in our lives.

 

 

While Ana lies in her bed I enter her room – she was upset about something and I go on a long speech about how we need to be easy on each other and be more patient.

“You know what you can do next time to stop my long-winded tirades?” I ask her.

“What?”

“Just grab my hand...and give me affection.”

Sunday June 21 2020

 

Waking up around 10:30 a.m.

 

Patty made dad and I Omelets with Toast and Coffee.

 

Running to the grocery stores in Goldsboro – Carlie C’s and Piggly Wiggly.

 

It’s incredibly hot out. Dad and I take a trip to naval base. Remembering all the times I used to spend summers here as a boy going to the little theater and hanging out in the mail room.

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We shoot the basketball around on some outside courts.

 

Having a virtual chat with Charlotte, my half-sister who lives in England.

 

Time to grill out for Father’s Day. It’s just the three of us, Patty, dad, and myself. Even though I don’t eat red meat I give an exception whenever I see my dad cause it brings back memories when I was younger and he’d always grill steaks.

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We sit around on the back patio enjoying our juicy Steaks, Corn on the Cob, Zucchini, and Asparagus. Dad already downed that two buck Chuck red wine I got him. He doesn’t drink all the time from what I understand anymore but he still knows how to gulp some wine. We get into some great discussions about the family, uncle JW’s farm, his past, my mom, his mom, and Patty’s past. During a moment when talking about Grandma Smith (my dad’s mom) his face caves in and the tears can’t be held back. I can’t even remember the last time I’ve seen my dad cry but it’s riveting. He was real close to his mom. We talk about how his father not being around and the rough times he went through really carried over into his relationships as an adult (not having confidence and being trusting of others). Even Patty gets into some angry recollections about where she comes from. She’s very grateful to have my dad to be there for her. Honestly, she’s got a good heart for this family – and my dad in return for hers.

 

Unfortunately, I have to hit the road back to Virginia Beach.

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It’s pitch black on these two lane roads. It’s a quick 3 hour drive – listening to ABBA and nostalgic 90’s dance tunes – sipping on cold Coffee and snacking on Kinder Bueno Bars and Plantain Chips.

 

Back home finally at 1435. Ana welcomes me with all kinds of treat options. We regale each other on events from the weekend.

 

Saturday June 20 2020

 

Having a time keeping asleep in the guest room of my dad’s house in Goldsboro, North Carolina. The sunlight comes through moving me to wake up.

 

Egg. Raspberries. Coffee.

 

Outside Patty and dad give me a tour of the garden and yard. They’ve got blueberry bushes and a variety of plants and decorations. Dad describes a recent encounter with a snake and woodpeckers in this tree. He got out a gun and shot the snake dead. Sometimes I am reminded how southern my dad really is. He’s not any kind of redneck whatsoever but the southern ways definitely run through his veins.

 

 

Later on, we hit the road. Dad takes us on a 2-hour drive to Columbia, North Carolina. This is where he grew up and spent most of his childhood and teenage years. Just cruising down the street we run into an old buddy of his, Chris. Meanwhile, Chris’s grandkids stomp around in a nearby puddle.

 

 

Dad shows us a few houses where there are good and bad memories alike. One of the places is inhabited by an old man, Raymond. He lets us in and enjoys the company. He also remembers my dad. It’s all so surreal I’m sure for him to be here revisiting his past like this.

 

 

Columbia is a super small town but when my dad was around it was hopping and jiving. Down the street (on Main Street) he shows me a blue building where my grandfather has a renowned jewelry business – the local movie theater where he remembers there being a separate entrance for “colored people” during the time of segregation. The two of us sit down in two chairs where a gas station used to be. He recounts all the times when he was a teenager and everyone hung out in this exact spot.

 

We find a local Mexican restaurant open for a late lunch. I order Shrimp Tacos with Beans and Rice – very impressed with the food.

 

Later on, visiting one of his cousins, Joey, over by the Albemarle Sound, a body of water that leads to the Outer Banks. It’s absolutely peaceful and beautiful out here. Joey is a funny character with a lot of stories to tell.

 

Back at the Goldsboro house, the three of us go for a walk. I bounce the basketball around. Chillin’ out in the driveway for a while.

 

Herring. Spinach. Blueberries and Yogurt.

 

 

Friday June 19 2020

Waking up around 12:30 p.m.

 

Cereal. Black Mango Tea.

 

Ana and I have to take Elvis to the vet. It’s been 3 years at least. We butter him up and spray Feliway, a pheromone spray to help calm him down. At the Hilltop Vet. They’re super nice and calm here but unfortunately, they could not do anything even with the cat whisperer doctor. So we schedule a future visit where they can sedate him. Poor bobo.

 

It’s a beautiful sunny day. Running around in the truck with Ana picking up a few things at Trader Joe’s and getting lunch at Aloha Snacks (Salmon Poke).

 

Packing up and getting organized.

 

I say goodbye to Ana. Erica and Ally are here – they’re about to go brave a skate park with Ana.

 

Hitting the road towards Goldsboro, North Carolina to visit my dad. Father’s Day is on Sunday and I thought I’d spend the weekend there.

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The drive is short and sweet. Sipping on a cold brew Coffee. I busy myself with nostalgic tunes on the stereo till I arrive.

 

In the living room having long talks with dad and Patty about all the stuff going on in the world (the virus, police brutality, racism, the protests, the changes).

 

Peaches and Yogurt. Green Tea.

 

Thursday June 18 2020

Waking up at 11:30 a.m.

 

Ana’s mom and brother Jeremy come over for brunch. We enjoy Ana’s homemade waffles and serious talks about staying close to family – some serious talks about the past and money but its all light hearted towards the end.

 

Catching up on business.

 

Sardines. Toast with Vegan Cream Cheese. Orange Honeydew. Coffee.

 

Teaching lessons at Music Makers. In between cleaning and putting together a drum set from a customer.

 

Shooting some after hours basketball just because.

 

Back home. Cooking dinner for Ana and I: Vegan Burgers with Potatoes, Onions, and Kale. Watching an episode of Twin Peaks. It never seems to end.

 

Catching up on chores and cleaning.

 

Chillin’ with Ana and the cat.

 

Wednesday June 17 2020

Waking up at 11:30 a.m.

 

Oatmeal with Cinnamon, Strawberries, and Almond Milk. Breakfast Tea.

 

Catching up on business.

 

The sun is shining today after a long stream of rainy windy days. Ana and I take advantage and shoot the basketball outside for a bit.

 

Scrambled Eggs. Bagel with Vegan Cream Cheese. Salt n Vinegar Chips. Coffee.

Watching Da 5 Bloods (2020).

 

Teaching lessons at Music Makers.

 

Back home. I ordered Bangkok Garden for dinner: Chicken Pad Thai.

Watching Sherlock (2012).

 

Finally getting around to sending out official emails for the upcoming MMLIVE sessions. It takes time to compose and make sure you’ve covered all bases.

 

Chores.

 

Working out and stretching with Ana in the living room.

 

Tuesday June 16 2020

Waking up at 11:13 a.m.

 

Cereal. Breakfast Tea.

 

Taking Elvis for a ride again in the truck – gotta pick up my car from the shop.

 

Taking care of business.

 

Scrambled Eggs. Three Ships Biscuits with Butter and Jam. Raspberries. Coffee.

 

Teaching lessons at Music Makers.

 

Back home. Cooking dinner: Ramen Noodles with Peas, Peppers, Onions, Snow Peas, and Garlic Bread.

Watching Da 5 Bloods (2020).

 

Doing chores around the house – washing dishes – seasoning all the iron skillets in the oven with beeswax conditioner – laundry.

 

Working out in the living room.

 

Pineapple and Yogurt.

 

Monday June 15 2020

Waking up at 11:30 a.m.

 

Oatmeal with Cinnamon, Blueberries, and Almond Milk. Breakfast Tea.

 

Major discussions with Ana about money and the future – she gets stressed when talking about her debts and money stuff. I try to take on the financial responsibility in the relationship cause that’s been something I’ve learned to be good at.

 

Scrambled Eggs. Toast with Butter and Jam. Spinach. Salt n Vinegar Chips with Avocado. Coffee.

Watching Sherlock (2010).

 

Teaching lessons at Music Makers.

 

It’s a rainy windy day.

 

Spaghetti Noodles with Peppers, Onions, Tomato Sauce, Baby Broccoli, and Garlic Bread.

 

ELO rehearsal.

 

Playing DOOM.

 

Cleaning the bathroom downstairs and other things.

 

Fresh Pineapple and Yogurt.

 

Sunday June 14 2020

Waking up some time after noon.

 

Erica and Ana are hanging out downstairs.

 

Cleaning up the kitchen. Got a sudden inspiration to organize/clean some of the utensil drawers.

 

Running errands.

 

Egg Sandwich with Tomatoes and Spinach. Potato Chips with Avocado. Coffee. Raspberries.

Watching Sherlock (2010).

 

Running some more errands. Continuing my spree of organizing drawers and such at Music Makers.

 

Cooking a quick dinner: Brown Rice Noodles with Trout, Baby Broccoli, Onions, and Papaya.

 

Eating some of this Pan-Cake Ana made earlier.

 

Organizing contact information on the Music Makers system.

 

 

Small workout in the living room.

 

Chillin’ with Ana.

Saturday June 13 2020

 

Waking up at 11:30 a.m.

 

Oatmeal with Cinnamon, Blueberries, and Almond Milk. Breakfast Tea.

 

Teaching afternoon lessons at Music Makers.

 

Scrambled Eggs. Toast with Butter and Jam. Spinach. Sweet Potato Tortilla Chips with Salsa. Coffee.

Watching Sherlock (2010).

 

Taking care of stuff around the house and catching up on business.

 

Driving the truck over to 24th Street then riding my bike to the Rudee Loop to shoot some basketball. Playing games of 2v2 and 21 with a few of people. One kid is wearing flip-flops and his big toes start popping out of his socks.

 

Linking up with Ana at home. Cooking dinner using some leftovers.

Butter Chicken with Brussel Sprouts, Carrots, Basmati Rice, and Naan Bread.

Watching an episode of Twin Peaks.

 

Up in my room we get into deep discussions about money, trust issues, and searching for catharsis.

 

Friday June 12 2020

 

Waking up around noon or so. Elvis vies for affection in the bed and so does Ana (making fire).

 

Cereal. Breakfast Tea.

 

Catching up on business and house chores.

 

Ana and I run errands around Hilltop.

 

We take Elvis for a ride in the truck. We’re acclimating him to rides.

 

Sharing Aloha Snacks for lunch out on the patio.

Mushroom Tempura Burger with Fries.

 

Riding our bikes down to the oceanfront. It’s kind of a perfect day out cause the sun hides behind the clouds. Tristan links up with us at the Rudee Loop. Then, we ride over to 67th Street where Elliott is celebrating his birthday with Michelle and Kenny. On the beach we let off some steam and act ridiculous. I brought this flying ring. At some point Kenny accidentally throws it in the ocean. Elliott tries his best to retrieve but it’s lost at sea. Lol.

 


 

We chill out at his parent’s house on 16th sharing Fish Tacos from Gringo’s. Talks about space and enjoying everyone’s company.

 

Settling down back at home. Catching up on writing and editing the footage.

 

Chores.

 

DOOM.

 

Thursday June 11 2020

Waking up at 11:20 a.m.

 

Oatmeal with Cinnamon, Strawberries, and Almond Milk. Breakfast Tea.

 

While dropping my car off to the shop Ana and I decide to take Elvis for a car ride. We’re trying to acclimate him to taking rides so that when we take him to the vet he doesn’t freak out.

 

Zoom meeting with my financial advisor for my retirement fund. Meanwhile, Ana has a virtual meeting with her therapist.

 

Scrambled Eggs. Spinach. Toast with Butter and Jam. Potato Chips. Coffee.

Watching Sherlock (2010).

 

Teaching lessons at Music Makers.

 

Back home. Eating leftovers for dinner.

 

Chilling’ with Ana. Fixing up her bike – replacing the tires.

 

Going for a lone night bike ride to the oceanfront.

 

 

Playing DOOM.

 

Sleep next to Ana.

Wednesday June 10 2020

Waking up at 11:18 a.m.

 

Cereal. Breakfast Tea.

 

Catching up on business.

 

At the bike shop figuring out why my bike chain got tangled.

 

Scrambled Eggs. Toast with Butter and Jam. Popped Chips. Watermelon. Coffee.

 

Teaching lessons at Music Makers.

 

Ana and I enjoy a beautiful dinner from Nawab, our favorite Indian restaurant.

 

Then, I’m off to ELO rehearsal. This is my first full band rehearsal since the pandemic. It feels kind of weird but we’re all here and the notes fall back into place.

 

Peach and Yogurt.

 

Playing DOOM.

 

Tuesday June 9 2020

Waking up at 11:43 a.m.

 

Oatmeal with Cinnamon, Blueberries, and Almond Milk. Breakfast Tea.

 

Catching up on business.

 

Errands.

 

Scrambled Eggs. Biscuits with Butter and Jam. Spinach. Coffee.

Watching Space Force (2020).

 

Teaching lessons at Music Makers.

 

Back home. Ana and I got off work at the same time. She cooks us dinner: Tofu with Curry, Kale, Carrots, and Quinoa.

Watching an episode of Twin Peaks.

 

Cleaning up.

 

Working out on the living room floor while Ana and Elvis lounge on the couch. Her and I get into a deep discussion on current events and family affairs.

 

Riding my bike down at the oceanfront. At some point my chain gets caught up in the bike frame so I’m stranded on the corner of 29th and Atlantic. While waiting for Ana to come pick me up a dude just walks up and sits near me. He starts complaining about a situation he’s in.

He starts off asking, “Have you ever been racially profiled?”

I didn’t know what to say but I listen to his story. He was just trying to get his phone out of friend’s car at a hotel and from what I understand the owners wouldn’t even let him on the premises because, well, racial profiling?

“There’s a problem in our culture,” I say. “Things are tense right now.”

I tell him to stay strong as Ana scoops me up.

 

Raspberries and Yogurt.

 

Monday June 8 2020

Waking up at 11:30 a.m.

 

Oatmeal with Cinnamon, Blueberries, and Almond Milk. Breakfast Tea.

 

Getting caught up in my head spitting out thoughts on Facebook, a virtual world where everyone’s talking about the current Black Lives Matter movement.

 

I want to keep spreading good information and messages that push for correct action. Forget about what side you are on politically. I’m not even going to get into that, even if it is relevant. For the past few weeks I have been trying to sharpen my perspective on the #BlackLivesMatter movement. I would hope everyone else is doing the same. There seems to be a lot of confusion and misinterpretation on what #DefundThePolice means. I know it sounds extreme but it does not mean No Police. It’s about funding other programs that would inadvertently prevent crimes – setting up and supporting community organizations that focus on the health of a person in society (mental, physical, spiritual, social, financial, etc.) This is all easier said than done of course. But it is happening now. Look up what the Minneapolis city council is doing right now. The police are overwhelmed. They’re tired and the system they’re stuck in is affecting their roles. We want to set up smarter safety nets to de-escalate and resolve situations as opposed to always putting a person with a gun in the mix.

 

Despite what some media outlets are portraying the movement is working! We’re coming together and things are going to change. You can’t stop these groundbreaking progressions. It’s a longtime coming and the time is now. Don’t allow your predispositions to dismiss the facts/truths that are out there. All of America needs to get on board and be in solidarity with it! Keep the conversation going and respect the black voices that deserve to be heard!

 

Scrambled Eggs. Spinach. Salt n Vinegar Chips. Toast with Butter and Jam. Coffee.

 

Teaching lessons at Music Makers.

 

Shooting some basketball for a little while.

 

Japanese Style Fried Rice with Peas, Zucchini, and Carrots.

 

Catching up on all kinds of business.

 

Green Tea.

 

At the studio working on things.

 

Mango and Yogurt.