Saturday October 21 2017

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My consciousness awakens sporadically throughout the morning. My roomie for the weekend, Eric the guitar god of DEJA, over in the other bed sounds like he’s enjoying a peaceful and relieving moment. Hours later I arise from the bed and it’s time to rue the day.


I head over to what we’ve dubbed as “The Tower” for my Internet fix, the only place in the entire resort for free WiFi. Otherwise you’d pay an inconvenient fee to have it in your room. Nipping at a RX Breakfast Bar and sipping on a Coffee.


In the hotel room catching up on random stories and thoughts with Eric.


Grabbing lunch at the Casablanca buffet: Potatoes, Egg, Fruit, Plantains, Pineapple Juice.




Lounging on the beach beds catching up on writing.





Now I’m eager to find the fitness part of the resort. They have an area called Xtreme Zone and there’s a basketball court. After getting lost and asking a few people the right questions I locate the mini office where they hand out basketballs and get a chance to shoot for a little bit.




Our back line gear arrives in the hotel room. While Eric tinkers with the guitar amp I rip my hair out over this Yamaha Motif that I have no idea how to use. Fortunately, I still have my Roland Juno Gi for most of my complex patches but I still need decent piano, rhodes, and organ sounds for the bottom keyboard.


Time for dinner reservations at the Asian restaurant: Honey Glazed Tofu with Mixed Vegetables and Dumplings. And of course a Bahama Mama and a Pina Colada.


My night continues with Francisco (who will be running sound tomorrow and all around talented musician) and Chris (lead vocalist in local Virginia Beach band Audiostrobelight and our guide since he’s been here eight times now). First up, is a magic show at the coliseum. Some of the tricks are impressive but the magician includes random dance breaks in his routine to mostly EDM remixes of pop songs.




Over in the next section of the resort is a dance club downstairs called “ICE”. We walk into another world, another culture. The name of the club is irrelevant or ironic I should say, cause my glasses are fogging up from all the steam and humidity from the bodies filling into the room. Latin pop booms through the speakers. For some reason we missed the memo about wearing all white clothing. Dominican dudes dressed in white shirts and pants corral exclusively in the corner while their respective girls in flowery dresses and jean skirts shake their rump to reggaeton hip-hop beats. El Presidente is the beer of choice. Plastic cups of this cheap pilsner are slung immediately over to you when approaching the bar. We watch all the young girls hold up their phones and take selfies and videos of their friend’s asses. After a little while we head outside to the patio and link up with Nigel and Peace. Back and forth we fill up on drinks from downstairs. I’m extremely buzzed and feeling very social – enjoying my new brother friends.




Walking back over to our part of the resort and sitting down at the only place open, a Mexican joint that only serves hot dogs, hamburgers, and fries after hours. I chomp down on stale fries while we talk about our observations on this country (the food, the laws, philosophy) and how alcoholism affects working musicians.




Back at the hotel room Eric speaks his thoughts on things...

Complaining about a girl that’s been paranoid about him hanging out with other girls here.

“F*** it,” he says. “You only live one time...”

He kind of goes on tangents but it’s fun talking with him.

“I don’t wanna be buried,” he continues. “Burn my ass and float it off into space!”

“F*** all that burying shit. Put me in a litter box with cat shit all over me. I don’t care.”

“I’ve had long hair for most of my life.”

“I move around quite a lot but other than that I guess I’m not too bad.”


Sleep after 2:30 a.m.


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Friday October 20 2017

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At 4:55 a.m. my alarm goes off. Mom drives me to the airport. It seems like it’s still the night before – the sun still hides from the city.


At the airport it’s smooth sailing through check-in and TSA security. Jimmy and Tony Bullard join me on the plane. There’s a maintenance issue before we take off that lasts almost 30 minutes. But then, it’s a semi-comfortable flight to Miami – layover for a couple hours.




RX Breakfast Bar.


Back in flight mode for another 2 hours across the ocean to our destination: Dominican Republic. As soon as we get off the plane there’s a little Meringue band making noise to welcome us. Hustlers on the curbside try to make a dollar helping you transport your luggage to the van. On the drive to the resort we get a glimpse into the everyday street life here – reminds me of Indonesia – motorcycles rule the road – lanes are merely a guideline – multicolor buildings of all different architectural design sit planted in no particular order along the road.


Time to explore the terrain. People wading in the pool next to a bar – on the beach there’s a VIP only area where they have fancy beds right out in the open with white curtains adorned on the posts – it feels like I’m in an R&B video – picturesque couples lying on the beds and sitting in the Jacuzzi’s soaking in their vacation. I take a stroll along the beach – feet wading in the water. Wild dogs, cats, and peacocks roam the sand and all across the resort. I find Drew relaxing on a lawn chair – a big peaceful smile on her face.









Later on, we all have a reservation at The Blue Lagoon – the kind of place that requires a reservation and serves small delicate portions. I order the Grouper with Caribbean Salad and Mud Cake – along with fruity cocktails. Two older native gentlemen serenade us with a couple Latin tunes.  





After 9:30 Elias, a very hospitable taxi driver, takes a small group of us into town to the nearest Casino. I really want to play poker but I put a limit on it up front so I don’t get trapped into buying back in multiple times. While Drew and everyone else tames the Black Jack tables I sit down at the only poker table there is. My lack of Spanish makes it difficult to communicate sometimes but overall we all know the rules and the rhythm of the game. I take a moment to observe my surroundings and realize where I’m at – at a local casino in the middle of Dominican Republic. I watch girls sit beside men at the slot machines befriending them in order to keep the men putting money into the games. The characters at my poker table each have distinct personalities comparable to a table one might play in America. One heavy set man with fat lips, whom I get the feeling is the one in charge of this place, smokes a cigar casually as he throws in chips – every now and then commenting on the game in Spanish. Meanwhile, it’s an up and down hill for me. At one point I land quads, a very rare hand. They give me a 2,000 peso bonus as a reward! I should’ve just stopped right there and walked away tripling up but I continue and feel the slow bleed of chips out of my hands. Good times.




On the drive back to the resort Elias promises he can take us to see “Senioritas” but instead we get back. Nigel tells one of his corny jokes, something about how three Jews invented air condition and their names being Low, Norm, and Max. [insert chuckle]


Finally, in the hotel room. Eric’s flipping through the TV channels, most of it with overdubbed Spanish. I’m just grateful to be in this bed.




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Thursday October 19 2017

Waking up at 10:30 a.m.


Oatmeal with Cinnamon, Strawberries, Maple Syrup, and Kefir. Earl Grey Tea.


Teaching a lesson.


Errands.


Tuna Salad Sandwich with Lettuce and Tomato. Corn Tortilla Chips with Avocado and Tomato. Hibiscus Green Tea.


Teaching lessons at Music Makers.


After our work day with mom and Ana at Nawab for a scrumptious dinner: Eggplant and Kale with Basmati Rice, Naan Bread, Samosas, and Lentil Soup.


Time for me to pack up my things and prepare for the Wink Floyd trip to Dominican Republic tomorrow.


Sharing Gelato with Elvis in Ana’s bedroom.


Sleeping next to Ana in her bed at 2 a.m.

Wednesday October 18 2017

Waking up at 10:30 a.m.


Oatmeal with Cinnamon, Strawberries, Maple Syrup, and Kefir. Irish Breakfast Tea.


Basketball at the Rec. My D game is on point today. Rebounds, turnovers, steals, and a few 3-point shots here and there.


Scrambled Eggs. Sourdough Toast with Vegan Cream Cheese. Potatoes with Avocado. Green Hibiscus Tea.

Watching The Dark Tower (2017).


Teaching lessons at Music Makers.


Banana.




Back home. Cooking dinner: leftover Garlic Tofu with Peas, Cauliflower, Baby Broccoli, and Rice.


Gelato.


At the studio fixing up a kid drum set and figuring out items/books to order.


Chamomile Tea.


Sleep 3:30 a.m.

Tuesday October 17 2017

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Waking up at 10:30 a.m.


Bowl of Honey Crunch n Oats with Banana, Strawberries, and Almond Milk. Irish Breakfast Tea.


Meeting at Red Chalk to catch up business – ordering t-shirts and website maintenance.


Scrambled Eggs. Sourdough Toast with Avocado and Vegan Cream Cheese. Potatoes. Green Hibiscus Tea.

Watching In Dubious Battle (2016).


Teaching lessons at Music Makers.


Fuji Apple.


Back home. Naan Pizzas with Cauliflower, Carrots, and Onions.


Back at the studio teaching an online lesson. Then, hanging up the new canvas pictures. Ana drops by later and we work on a little bit of a guitar song she wrote.


Back home. Chamomile Tea.


Sleep 3 a.m.


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Monday October 16 2017

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Waking up at 10:33 a.m.


Oatmeal with Cinnamon, Strawberries, Maple Syrup, and Kefir. Earl Grey Tea.


The Princess Anne Rec was closed all last week. Today I’m back on the basketball court!


Tuna Salad Sandwich with Lettuce and Tomato. Potatoes. Green Hibiscus Tea. White Nectarine.

Watching Revolt (2017).


Teaching lessons at Music Makers.


Back home.

Warming up leftovers: Black Beans with Kale, Carrots, Onions, and Rice.


Gelato.


Final DEJA Wink Floyd rehearsal before we set out across the sea to Dominican Republic. Practice goes swimmingly.


Back home. Chamomile Tea.


Sleep 3:40 a.m.


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Sunday October 15 2017

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Waking up at 10:30 a.m.


Oatmeal with Cinnamon, Strawberries, Maple Syrup, and Kefir. Irish Breakfast Tea.


MMLIVE band sessions all afternoon.




PB&J. Plantain Chips. Green Hibiscus Tea. Honey Crisp Apple.


Home for a bit taking a mental break. Then back to coaching bands.


Dinner break at Ming’s Chinese Food for Tofu with Mixed Vegetables, Rice, and Garlic Sauce.


DEJA’s Wink Floyd rehearsal.


Back home.

Gelato. Relaxing. Catching up on things. Chores.


Spending quality time with Ana and Elvis. We work through an Animals song she’s learning on bass in the band sessions.


Chamomile Tea.


Sleep 3:30 a.m.


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Saturday October 14 2017

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Waking up at 11 a.m.


Oatmeal with Cinnamon, Strawberries, Maple Syrup, and Kefir. Irish Breakfast Tea.


Teaching lessons all afternoon at Music Makers.




Banana.


Tempeh Bacon. Potatoes with Avocado. Toast with Vegan Cream Cheese. Green Hibiscus Tea.

Watching Revolt (2017).


Catching up on business.


Running errands – taking the recycle out – The Heritage, Target, and Trader Joe’s. Running into Cynthia, James Graves, and Allyson at Target – totally unplanned.




Back home. Mom makes a couple of Naan Pizzas with a Slaw Salad.


In Norfolk at Toast attending the You’re Jovian, Glazer, and Fat Spirit show. Hanging out with friends and sipping on a Tecate. Rusty brought a couple of video game consoles and monitors for everyone to enjoy – his birthday is at midnight. Kenny set up an old school projector that entertains us during the performances...








At the rehearsal spot setting up for the band sessions tomorrow.


Pinwheel Cookies. Chamomile Tea.


Sleep 4 a.m.


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Friday October 13 2017

Waking up at 11 a.m.


Oatmeal with Cinnamon, Strawberries, Maple Syrup, and Kefir. Irish Breakfast Tea.


Catching up on business.


Plant Burger with Lettuce, Tomato, and Mustard. Salt n Vinegar Chips with Avocado. Green Hibiscus Tea.


Teaching all my in-home lessons. Meanwhile, the rain falls without ceasing. At the Kuzniewski’s house out in Croatan for my final lessons I get caught up into a deep conversation with Anna about the possibility of parallel universes and the power of the mind. I love to see the young ones thinking intellectually about the world.


Back home. Black Beans, Broccoli, Carrots, Onions, and Brown Rice.

Watching Security (2017).


Gelato.


At the studio pricing instruments and other things.


Chores.


Chamomile Tea.


Sleep 4 a.m.

Thursday October 12 2017

Waking up at 11:27 a.m. much later than I wanted but I guess I needed the extra sleep. Unfortunately, this makes me late for my 11:30 lesson.


Bowl of Honey Crunch n Oats with Banana, Strawberries, and Almond Milk. English Breakfast Tea.


Teaching a lesson.


Catching up on things.


Scrambled Eggs. Poppy Seed Bagel with Vegan Cream Cheese. Potatoes. Green Hibiscus Tea.

Watching Blood Diamond (2006).


Full day of teaching lessons at Music Makers.


Back home. While Will cooks his Cool Hand Luke level of marbled eggs (50 eggs!) I throw something quick together for dinner: Vegan Dogs with Mushrooms, Onions, Corn, Kale, and Lavash Bread.


Gelato.


Ladada rehearsal with Josiah, Bobby, and Jonathan.


Chamomile Tea.


Sleep 4 a.m.

Wednesday October 11 2017

Waking up at 11 a.m.


Steel Cut Oatmeal with Cinnamon, Strawberries, Maple Syrup, and Kefir. Earl Grey Tea.


Taking care of business. Errands.


Tempeh Bacon. Poppy Seed Bagel with Vegan Cream Cheese. Potatoes. Green Hibiscus Tea.

Watching Blood Diamond (2006).


Teaching lessons at Music Makers all day.


Back home. Plant Burgers with Lettuce, Tomato, Cabbage, and Kale.


Getting a few things from Kroger.


Gelato.


At the studio working on various things like restringing my guitar, following up on business of the day, etc. Mom shows up after 1 a.m. to help fix up our MMLIVE picture frame that shows photos of all previous bands.


Back home. Sleep 4 a.m.

Tuesday October 10 2017

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Waking up at 10:30 a.m.


Oatmeal with Cinnamon, Strawberries, Maple Syrup, and Kefir. Irish Breakfast Tea.


At Shaka’s setting up the stage with DEJA for our Wink Floyd show tonight.


Scrambled Eggs. Poppy Seed Bagel with Vegan Cream Cheese. Potatoes. Green Hibiscus Tea.


Teaching lessons at Music Makers.


Immediately after teaching, mom and I have to dart over to Shaka’s for the Wink Floyd gig. I scarf down some leftovers from the fridge on the way.


It’s the debut of our “Dark Wish Wall” show. The purpose of this show is to practice what we’re gonna be doing in Dominican Republic. Besides a few transitional hiccups everything goes pretty smooth. Jimmy takes on the front man in this arrangement and he does a superb job. The video projection looks good. Eric’s guitar solos are other worldly. The other Eric’s keyboard/guitar support hits the nail on the head. I feel pretty confident in my sound patches and performance. The girl’s voices are like a choir. Drew keeps us in time. And the whole thing is a blast.







Back home. Snacking on a Baked Naan Bread my mom fixed up for me, restaurant style with marinara sauce in a tiny dish for dipping. Random rood raid into Will’s bedroom with Amelia and Ana.


Relaxing until bedtime at 3:30 a.m.


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Monday October 9 2017

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Waking up at 11 a.m.


Oatmeal with Cinnamon, Strawberries, Maple Syrup, and Kefir. Earl Grey Tea.


Catching up on emails and business.


Scrambled Eggs. Bagel with Vegan Cream Cheese. Salt n Vinegar Potato Chips with Avocado. Green Tea.


Teaching lessons at Music Makers.


Banana.


Back home. Warming up leftovers from what Ana made last night: Lentil Curry with Peas, Cauliflower, Carrots, Kale, and Rice/Quinoa.


Teaching an online lesson to Katelyn.




Chores: laundry, making a pitcher of cold green/hibiscus tea, and parboiling potatoes.


Ana and I chill out in her bedroom. While I lie on the bed and she sits in her computer chair we draw crude portraits of each other then watch Jerry Before Seinfeld (2017). Afterwards, we compare Jerry to other comedians and point out how funny comedy can still be without vulgarity and shock humor.


Donut. Chamomile Tea.


Sleep 3:45 a.m.


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Sunday October 8 2017

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Waking up at 10:45 a.m.


Oatmeal with Cinnamon, Strawberries, Maple Syrup, and Kefir. Irish Breakfast Tea.


Music Makers LIVE sessions all afternoon from noon till 6:30 p.m.


PB&J. Plantain Chips. Banana.


Fortunately, I get to slip away from the third band and let Drew and Joe take over. Driving back to the studio to take care of some business and take a power nap.




After the fourth session I flee the scene to Ming’s Chinese Food with my mom to enjoy Fried Tofu with Garlic Sauce, Mixed Vegetables, and Rice.


Then, it’s time for another rehearsal: Wink Floyd. DEJA’s been hard at work preparing this Floyd tribute set. This is our last practice until Shaka’s on Tuesday. Then, we’re taking the show to the Dominican Republic. Tonight is a dress rehearsal/photo shoot...




Back home finally after a long day’s work.


Sleep 3:30 a.m.


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Saturday October 7 2017

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Waking up at 11 a.m.


Oat Bran with Cinnamon, Maple Syrup, Strawberries, and Kefir. Irish Breakfast Tea.


Teaching afternoon lessons at Music Makers.

While teaching Diamond, one of my piano/voice students, she encounters a tender moment after listening to one of her favorite praise and worship songs from church. Somewhere past the chorus she suddenly starts weeping. Later on, she explains that she heard God whisper very clearly into her ear, “I love you.”


Banana.


Scrambled Eggs. Toast with Vegan Cream Cheese. Vegetable Chips. Green Tea.


Catching up on business.


Napping.


Errands.


DEJA has a gig at South Beach Grill down the street. Anthony, Cynthia, and Ana show up after the first set. A few friends here and there. Technical difficulties cause a few issues but overall it’s a fun show with a lively and supportive crowd. Sipping on a Stella – I had Pizza from next door earlier.




It’s after 1:30 a.m. and I have to set up stuff at the rehearsal space for tomorrow.


Finally back home and finally settling down at 3:30 a.m. It seems like the day never ends – there’s always just one more thing to do.


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Friday October 6 2017

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Waking up at 11:07 a.m. from heavy dreams.


Bowl of Honey Crunch n Oats with Banana, Strawberries, and Almond Milk. English Breakfast Tea.


Catching up on business.


Practicing piano for the two DEJA gigs this weekend.


PB&J. Potato Chips. Green Tea. Fuji Apple.


Teaching my in-home lessons. Eventually I end up at Amy Brown’s house where I teach Jack, her son, and debuting lessons with her friend Hannah and her son, Nash. They invite me to stay for dinner: Salmon, Zucchini Salad, Broccoli, and Sweet Potatoes.


At the DEJA gig – Wing King in Kempsville. Mom accompanies me. We sip on Stella’s as I join the band on stage in blasting epic rock tunes of yore through the speakers. Katey Moss, a former student at Music Makers sits on “Stairway to Heaven” and “War Pigs”. She’s really come a long way on the drums – soon enough she’ll be a leading master in the area.


Back home. Enjoying Gelato at the dining booth while Mace noses around my lap and wherever seems fit for a cat.


Later on, I try to recount my day to Ana. We’re both tired but it seems she’s out to get me with a closed off mood. I’ve been so preoccupied with so many responsibilities we haven’t found time to really spend together. I can tell this is an issue but I can’t get her to talk to me about it without attacking me in some way. And I don’t want her to feel attacked by me. It’s a tender situation sometimes being in a relationship.


Sleep 4 a.m.


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Thursday October 5 2017

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Waking up at 11 a.m.


Oatmeal with Cinnamon, Strawberries, Maple Syrup, and Kefir. Earl Grey Tea.


Teaching a lesson.


Business.


Scrambled Eggs. Bagel with Vegan Cream Cheese. Corn Tortilla Chips with Avocado and Tomato. Green Tea.


Teaching lessons at Music Makers.


Banana.


Back home. Mung Beans, Baby Broccoli, Carrots, Quinoa, and Sourdough Bread.

Watching Death Sentence (2007).


Gelato.


Ladada rehearsal with Josiah, Bobby, and Jonathan. Tweaking new songs in preparation for the studio.


Chamomile Tea.


Sleep 3:30 a.m.


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Wednesday October 4 2017

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Waking up at 10:40 a.m.


Oatmeal with Cinnamon, Strawberries, Maple Syrup, and Kefir. Irish Breakfast Tea.


Basketball at the Rec.


Scrambled Eggs. Bagel with Vegan Cream Cheese. Salt n Vinegar Chips with Avocado. Tomato. Green Tea.

Watching Una (2016).


Teaching lessons at Music Makers.


Back home.

Brown Rice Quinoa Spaghetti with Onions, Mushrooms, Tomato Sauce, Kale, and Naan Bread.


DEJA Wink Floyd rehearsal.


Editing photos for Music Makers.


Shortly after 2 a.m. Ana arrives home from work. It’s that time of the month to get mad at the boyfriend for no reason (or for all reasons). The laser pointer for the cat was misplaced – I harp on her for losing it. But after arguing about it she finds it under the pillow. We cool down after talking about each other’s day and playing with Elvis. Leave it to the cat to provide comedy relief.


Sleep 4 a.m.


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Tuesday October 3 2017

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Waking up at 11 a.m.


Oatmeal with Cinnamon, Strawberries, Maple Syrup, and Kefir. English Breakfast Tea.


Catching up on business.


Salmon Bacon. Bagel with Vegan Cream Cheese. Potato Chips. Green Tea.


Teaching lessons at Music Makers.


Honey Crisp Apple.


Back home. Ana made us dinner: Mung Beans with Celery, Onions, Kale, Carrots, and Quinoa.


Teaching an online lesson.


Enjoying some homemade Ginger Cookies from Ana.


Editing and organizing photos for Music Makers.


Hibiscus Chamomile Tea.


Sleep 3:30 a.m.


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Monday October 2 2017

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Waking up at 10:45 a.m.


Bowl of Honey Crunch n Oats with Strawberries and Almond Milk. Guayusa Tea.


Basketball at the Rec.


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

Watching Transformers: The Last Knight (2017).


Teaching lessons at Music Makers.


Honey Crisp Apple.


Vegetable Fried Rice with Kale and Peas.


DEJA rehearsal.


Back home.

Cookies and Grapes.


Catching up on business.


Meanwhile Mace is offering late night cuddles on the computer chair.




Sleep 3:30 a.m.


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Sunday October 1 2017

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Waking up at 10:30 a.m.


Oatmeal with Cinnamon, Strawberries, Maple Syrup, and Kefir. Irish Breakfast Tea.


Music Makers LIVE band rehearsals all afternoon. The kids are tearing my head apart but we have a lot of fun.


Lunch: PB&J. Plantain Chips. Green Tea. Honey Crisp Apple.


More rehearsals.




As soon as MMLIVE is done I have just enough time to grab some grub from Ming’s Chinese Food down the street. I’ve always wanted to drop in this place. The triangle shaped building and neon lights give it this foreign out of place vibe, a perfect setting for a scene in a movie. I order a quart of Vegetable Lo Mein. While waiting there’s a girl at the table, obviously the daughter of the family running the restaurant – she’s learning English by pronouncing the words into a smart phone. “Hair!” she says very distinctly. “Hair!” Then, “Shocks!” She means to say socks but the isolated “s” sound is difficult. Feeling nostalgic sitting here remembering some time ago when I used to be a delivery driver for China Wok. I could’ve just as well been working here for this family, who knows.





DEJA rehearsal. Our Wink Floyd set is slowly getting sharper every time.


Back home. Baking the rest of those Cookies and brewing some Scottish Toffee Tea.


Catching up on business and emails.


Chilling with Ana, Will, and the cat downstairs sharing hilarious Ryan Gosling SNL videos.


Sleep 4 a.m.


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Saturday September 30 2017

Waking up at 11 a.m.


Oatmeal with Cinnamon, Strawberries, Maple Syrup, and Kefir. Irish Black Tea.


Teaching lessons at Music Makers.

Banana.


Scrambled Eggs. Toast with Vegan Cream Cheese. Potatoes. Green Tea.


Taking a much needed nap.


Running errands – bank, Ollie’s, groceries at Trader Joe’s.


Making dinner: Tempeh with Broccoli, Carrots, Onions, Celery, Peppers, and Jasmine Rice.

Watching Baby Driver (2017).


Doing the accounting at the studio.


Setting up for MMLIVE at the rehearsal space.


Back home.

Chamomile Tea and Cookies.


Sleep 4 a.m.

Friday September 29 2017

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Waking up at 10:45 a.m.


Oatmeal with Cinnamon, Strawberries, Maple Syrup, and Kefir. Earl Grey Tea.


Catching up on business.


Salmon Bacon. Toast with Vegan Cream Cheese. Potatoes with Avocado. Green Tea.

Watching Burn After Reading (2008).


Teaching in-home lessons.


At the studio fiddling with my new rotary pedal.


Leftover Pizza and a Salad.


Got a DEJA gig at Hoss’s Deli in Newport News, the local biker bar. Sometimes I like to call it the mom and pop version of Hooters. We do our three band tribute set: Led Zeppelin, Rush, Pink Floyd.


Back home. Ana made Cookies just for me – how sweet.


Chamomile Tea.


Sleep 4 a.m.


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Thursday September 28 2017

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Waking up at 10:37 a.m.


Oatmeal with Cinnamon, Strawberries, Maple Syrup, and Kefir. Irish Breakfast Tea.


Teaching a lesson.


Errands.


Found a vintage pachinko machine just sitting by the Mattress Firm dumpster.





Scrambled Eggs. Toast with Vegan Cream Cheese. Potatoes. Green Tea.


Teaching lessons at Music Makers.


Fuji Apple.


Back home. Ana made dinner. I help finish it up.

Veggie Burgers with Beets, Onions, Lettuce, Tomato, and Hummus. Roasted Romanesco and Carrots.


Ladada rehearsal with Josiah, Bobby, and Jonathan.




Back home. Chilling with Ana and the cat. When lying in her bed you just sink into it making me more tired. I decide to sleep here tonight as opposed to usually sleeping in my bed with her. Making love after the room goes dark at 3 a.m.


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