Wednesday February 22 2017

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Waking up at 10:45 a.m.


Steel Cut Oatmeal with Cinnamon, Raisins, Maple Syrup, and Kefir. Black Tea.


Basketball at the Rec.


Naval Orange. Scrambled Eggs. Sourdough Bread with Non-Dairy Cream Cheese. Potato Chips. Oolong Tea.


Teaching lessons at Music Makers.




Banana.


Back home.

Maple Mustard Salmon with Broccoli, Carrots, and Bamboo Rice.

Watching Girlfriend’s Day (2017).


DEJA rehearsal.


Ice Cream.


Sleep 3 a.m.


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Tuesday February 21 2017

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Waking up at 10:45 a.m.


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


Time to run some errands with Ana.

“How many errands did we run today? Can you count them all?” I ask Ana in good humor.

We count seven in total: bank, tailor, recycle, Red Chalk Studios, Whole Foods, Urban Cupcakes, and Music Makers.


PB&J on Sourdough. Rice Snacks. Banana. Oolong Tea.


Teaching lessons at Music Makers.


Fuji Apple.


Back home. Making dinner with Ana: Tofu with Brussel Sprouts, Cauliflower, Onions, and Quinoa.


I hop down on the Melodigrand piano and tinker at the keys while mom and Ana clean up.


Cupcakes!


Practicing piano.


Later on, Rich comes over. I set up the Nintendo emulator in my room and compete in R.B.I. Baseball. Eventually we migrate to Will’s room to rack our brains over this bomb diffuser game called Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes, where one person works at diffusing a bomb while the other people stare at a manual and instruct the diffuser on what to do without seeing the bomb itself.




Sleep 3 a.m.


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Monday February 20 2017

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Waking up at 10:40 a.m.


Irish Oatmeal with Cinnamon, Raisins, Maple Syrup, and Kefir. Guayusa Tea.


Playing basketball at the Rec. Towards the last couple of games I get called “MVP!” from making fast breaks and shooting in a buzzer beater 3-pointer.


Scrambled Eggs. Corn Tortilla Chips with Avocado and Tomato. Oolong Tea.

Watching Doctor Strange (2016).


Teaching lessons at Music Makers.


Getting groceries.


Brown Rice Quinoa Spaghetti Noodles with Mushrooms, Onions, and Tomato Sauce; a Kale Salad; and Naan Bread.


Impromptu empowering talks with Anthony – reminding me to not forget about the talents I have and to pursue the things I really want in music. He sits on my bed with a glass jar full of old forgotten stout found in the fridge and speaks with a genuine conviction like he always does. He cares about his friends and is bummed I haven’t been spending more time on my own music. He pretends to be a journalist asking investigative questions on the real reasons behind what’s holding me back from doing what I truly want to do. Every now and then it’s good to get some perspective. He looks down at an imaginary watch and says, “Its 2017!”


Grapes.


Sleep 3 a.m.


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Sunday February 19 2017

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Waking up at 10:30 a.m.


Steel Cut Oatmeal with Cinnamon, Blueberries, Maple Syrup, and Kefir. Coffee.


Rock School rehearsals all day.




Banana.


PB&J. Potato Chips. Fuji Apple.




It feels like a very productive afternoon with the bands. Everyone seems to be getting it and working together.



Back home.

Edamame with Japanese Style Rice, Quinoa, Carrots, Baby Broccoli.


Chores. Business.


Naval Orange.


Piano.


Sleep 3 a.m.


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Saturday February 18 2017

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On a beach I discover all sorts of dice buried in the sand. Not one is alike. They seem to be vintage and collector’s sort of dice. I pick a few up at a time and inspect the details. Some of the numbers don’t make any sense.

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Waking up at 10:07 a.m.


Irish Oatmeal with Cinnamon, Blueberries, Maple Syrup, and Kefir. Guayusa Tea.


Teaching lessons at Music Makers all afternoon.


Banana.


Back home.

Toasted PB&J. Chips. Oolong Tea.


 Later on upon reflection from the afternoon there were (and always are on my end) a couple moments where I get short and impatient with my mom while working at the store.

I text her, “I’m sorry I get so short and grumpy with you. I need to learn to have a little patience with you and the people I love.”


DEJA rehearsal – the longer kind where we dive into the details.


Back home. Mom helps get dinner done: Tempeh with Onions, Kale, and Quinoa.

Watching Allied (2016).


Ice Cream.




Sleep 3 a.m.


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Friday February 17 2017

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Ana texts me an address where it’s assumed she’s at. Its understood danger is coming to her. I have to hurry if I want to get her out of there in time. Running through the neighborhood looking for the apartment – the numbers are hard to make out. Somebody’s already here. I use my phone light to see inside the building cause the lights aren’t functioning. I manage to locate her but now we’re confronted with the enemy. Guns are involved but I’m determined to get us out of there safely.

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Waking up at 11:30 a.m.


A bowl of Honey Crunch n Oats with Banana and Almond Milk.


Business – meeting with a new drum instructor.


Scrambled Eggs. Toast with Non-Dairy Cream Cheese. Potato Chips with Avocado. Black Tea.

Watching The Descendants (2011).


Teaching all my in-home lessons.


Getting groceries with Ana at Trader Joe’s.


Mom made dinner: Chicken with Onions, Kale, and Quinoa.


Catching up on things.


Ana’s being extra sweet and playful in my bedroom. We start making love on the bed but in the middle of it all the cat suddenly scratches my arm and I lose it. I decide it’s time to clip his nails. He’s being extra reluctant – hissing and growling. It’s such a hassle having a cat sometimes.


Sharing Ice Cream.


Chamomile Tea.


Sleep 3:30 a.m.


[i] Mod Fox.

Thursday February 16 2017

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Waking up at 11:07 a.m.


Leftover Waffle with Banana and Greek Yogurt. Black Tea.


Teaching a few afternoon lessons.


Tuna Salad Sandwich with Roasted Potatoes. Oolong Tea.


Teaching lessons at Music Makers.


Back home. Black Beans, Broccoli, Carrots, Zucchini, and Quinoa.

Watching Rupture (2016).


Ladada rehearsal at the Tidewater storage unit with Josiah, Bobby, and Jonathon. We finish working on some new jams. After practice Jon gets honest with us and confesses that he’s “not having fun anymore”.  It throws all of us off guard. We’ve integrated his second guitar parts into the songs so much that not having him will feel empty. I guess we were always satisfied with the purity of our 3-piece before Jon came along. But it still bums us out.


Back home. Chamomile Tea.


Sleep 3:30 a.m.


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Wednesday February 15 2017

Waking up at 10:40 a.m.


Steel Cut Oatmeal with Cinnamon, Raisins, Maple Syrup, and Kefir. Black Tea.


Basketball at the Rec.


Scrambled Eggs. Naan Bread with Non-Dairy Cream Cheese. Potato Chips with Avocado. Oolong Tea.

Watching Rupture (2016).


Teaching lessons at Music Makers.

Every student has different needs. There’s no method to conduct every lesson. They come in all shapes and sizes and breeds.


Back home. Ana bought a Whole Foods Pizza. I enjoy two slices with a Salad.


DEJA rehearsal.


At the studio restringing Ana’s guitar. She shows up and I instruct her on how to play this string part on piano for a rock school song. Then, we jam in the drum room.


Pineapple.


Chamomile Tea.


Sleep 3 a.m.

Tuesday February 14 2017

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Waking up at 11 a.m.


A Valentine’s breakfast with Ana and mom: Ana made us authentic Belgian Waffles with Bananas and Strawberries. Black Tea.




Business. Research.


Tuna. Potato Chips. Tomatoes. Guayusa Tea.


Teaching lessons at Music Makers.


One of my new vocal students, Nick, a ten-year-old says he has a flare for nostalgia and listens to all the tunes I grew up with. For example, Smash Mouth...



After work Ana and I dine in at Baladi’s, a Mediterranean restaurant. Enjoying the romantic atmosphere. Eggplant and Couscous meal for myself and Rum drinks. 


Later on, Ana gets in a real moody funk. No matter how hard I pry it’s no use. I head to the studio to practice DEJA tunes.


Back home. I try to ask again into the reason for her mood shift. She’s dabbing her face to dry the tears. I think what’s happening is expectations aren’t being met in the relationship, mostly in regards to music. It’s a big part of our bond, music is. We need to make music together soon. The problem is I’m so preoccupied with other projects and running the business. But I HAVE to make it work.


Chamomile Tea.


Sleep 3:30 a.m.


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Monday February 13 2017

Waking up at 10:40 a.m.


Irish Oatmeal with Cinnamon, Raisins, Maple Syrup, and Kefir. Guayusa Tea.


At the Rec for adult basketball.


Banana.


Scrambled Eggs. Toast with Non-Dairy Cream Cheese. Potato Chips with Avocado. Oolong Tea.

Watching The Last Samurai (2003).


Teaching lessons at Music Makers.


At Target.


Back home.

Linguini Noodles with Onions, Tomatoes, Naan Bread, and a hefty Salad.


Ice Cream.


At the studio practicing DEJA tunes and configuring keyboard patches.


Back home.

Naval Orange.


Sleep at almost 4 a.m.

Sunday February 12 2017

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Waking up at 10:40 a.m.


Steel Cut Oatmeal with Cinnamon, Raisins, Maple Syrup, and Kefir. Black Tea.


Time for rock school rehearsals.


Banana.


PB&J. Potato Chips. Fuji Apple.




More rock school rehearsals.


Setting up and tweaking a few things on a used drum set we’re about to sell to Leah, one of my drum students.


Back home.

Black Beans with Kale, Carrots, and Brown Rice.

Watching Spectral (2016).


Chores.


Naval Orange. Chamomile Tea.


Sleep 3 a.m.


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Saturday February 11 2017

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Waking up at 10:08 a.m.


Steel Cut Oatmeal with Cinnamon, Blueberries, Maple Syrup, and Kefir. Guayusa Tea.


Teaching afternoon lessons at Music Makers.


Banana.


Scrambled Eggs. Toast with Non-Dairy Cream Cheese. Potato Chips. Oolong Tea.

Watching Hacksaw Ridge (2016).


Errands.


Enjoying dinner at the table with Ana...

Lentil Noodles with Tomato Sauce, Zucchini, Mushrooms, Onions, Kale Salad, and French Baguette.

Sharing a bottle of Red Wine.


It’s time to really relax. After Ana finishes drawing a self-portrait I turn off the lights and flick a candle on. A little sexual episode on the computer chair gives us a breath of fresh air in our lives.




Pineapple and Greek Yogurt.


Sleep 2 a.m.


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Friday February 10 2017

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Waking up at 10:35 a.m. to the sound of Ana yelling at the cat, “NOOOO!”


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


At the Rec for adult basketball.


Banana.


Toasted PB&J. Potato Chips. Oolong Tea. Apple.

Watching Hacksaw Ridge (2016).


Teaching all my in-home lessons. In between the drives listening to NPR and a podcast for piano teachers.


Back home.

Black Beans, Kale, and Brown Rice.


Rich picks Will, Ana, and I up from the house in his ’66 Dodge Charger. Strapped in with school bus style seatbelts – blasting The Cramps on the stereo – enduring the continuous rumble of the old engine on the interstate. 





At Charlie’s American Café for the punk show featuring Daikini, Boneske, PC Worship, and Naomi Punk. Drinking up a few beers and enjoying the mostly mid-tempo cathartic grunge rock sounds. This genre seems to be growing of the likes of Total Slacker and Creepoid.




Back home.

Chamomile Tea.


Sleep 3 a.m.


[i] Image by Elliott – others by me.

Thursday February 9 2017

Waking up at 10:35 a.m.


Irish Oatmeal with Cinnamon, Blueberries, Maple Syrup, and Kefir. Guayusa Tea.


Teaching early afternoon lessons.


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


Teaching lessons at Music Makers.


Banana.


Back home. Dinner: Chicken Sloppy Joe’s with Kale Salad and Sourdough Bread.

Watching Hacksaw Ridge (2016).


At the studio practicing songs.


Blueberries.


Chamomile Tea.


Sleep 3 a.m.

Wednesday February 8 2017

Waking up at 10:40 a.m.


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


Basketball at the Rec.


Toasted PB&J on Sourdough. Oolong Tea. Grapes.


Teaching lessons at Music Makers.


Fuji Apple.


Back home. Ana warmed up dinner: Lentil Soup with Kale, Quinoa, and Naan Bread. Double Chocolate Chip Cookies.

Watching Knowing (2009).


DEJA rehearsal.


Chamomile Tea. Grapes.


Sleep 2:30 a.m.

Tuesday February 7 2017

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Waking up at 10:40 a.m.


Irish Oatmeal with Cinnamon, Blueberries, Maple Syrup, and Kefir. Guayusa Tea.


Stuff.


Running errands with Ana.


Scrambled Eggs. Sourdough Bread with Non-Dairy Cream Cheese. Potato Chips with Avocado. Oolong Tea.


Teaching lessons at Music Makers.


Back home.

Ana and I make dinner: Edamame with Brussel Sprouts, Red Onions, and Japanese Style Rice.

Chilling with her and Cynthia at the dinner table watching a few of SNL’s recent parodies of Sean Spicer and Kellyanne Conway.


Practicing piano in my bedroom – learning new DEJA tunes.


Double Chocolate Chip Cookies.


Navel Orange. Chamomile Tea.


Sleep 3 a.m.


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Monday February 6 2017

Zombie dreams.


Waking up at 10:30 a.m.


A bowl of Honey Crunch n Oats with Banana and Almond Milk. Black Tea.


At the Rec for adult basketball.


Orange.


Scrambled Eggs. Toast with Non-Dairy Cream Cheese. Potato Chips with Avocado. Oolong Tea.

Finishing Last Knights (2016).


Teaching lessons at Music Makers.


Back home.

Chicken Sloppy Joes. Kale Salad. Naan Bread.

Watching Rampage: President Down (2016).


ELO rehearsal.


Back home.

Blueberries and Greek Yogurt.


Chamomile Tea.


Sleep 2:30 a.m.

Sunday February 5 2017

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Waking up at 10:30 a.m.


Irish Oatmeal with Cinnamon, Raisins, Maple Syrup, and Kefir. Guayusa Tea.


Rock school rehearsals.





Lunch break: PB&J. Potato Chips. Fuji Apple.




More rock school rehearsals.


Getting groceries.


Back home. Chicken Sloppy Joe with Kale Salad and Naan Bread.

Watching Last Knights (2015).


Chores. Vacuuming. Cleaning, mostly Ana’s bedroom and bathroom.


Sleep 3 a.m.


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Saturday February 4 2017

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Waking up at 9:40 a.m.


A bowl of Honey Crunch n Oats with Banana and Almond Milk.


Teaching lessons at Music Makers.


Lunch break: Scrambled Eggs. Toast with Non-Dairy Cream Cheese. Potato Chips. Oolong Tea.


Power napping.


Ana finally gets off work after 6:30. We had planned on going to this open mic thing at the beach but she’s very reluctant, tired, and changed her mind about going. I somehow convince her to just muscle up and go anyway. We grab mom and head to Good Vibes Wellness on 16th Street.




It’s a spacious new age store – a lot of people packed in here. I buy some vegan food they have for sale: Jackfruit BBQ Wraps with Mac n Cheese. The vibe here reminds me of all the Show n Tells we used to do but I guess more family friendly. Spoken word. Poetry. Guitar strumming songwriters. I beat down on a set of bongos for these two guys covering America jam band tunes.




One of my vocal students, Garrett, shows up to perform “(Sittin’ on) The Dock of the Bay”, a song him and I worked on in the lesson room. Its Ana’s turn to get on the mic but she refuses. I think the whole evening was a little longwinded and by the time it got around to her she lost the momentum.




Back home. Enjoying leftovers: Lentil Soup with Vegetables. And then, Tahitian Vanilla Gelato.


Ana discusses her feelings about choosing not to sing tonight. She keeps saying, “It doesn’t matter.”

I try to be as encouraging as I can, “But Ana you have an amazing voice and you should be singing any opportunity you get!”


Chamomile Tea.


Sleep 3 a.m.


[i] Images by me.

Friday February 3 2017

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Waking up at 11:40 a.m.


Steel Cut Oatmeal with Cinnamon, Raisins, Maple Syrup, and Kefir. Guayusa Tea.


Taking care of things on my to-do list.




Tuna Salad Sandwich with Lettuce. Corn Tortilla Chips with Avocado and Tomato. Oolong Tea. Bosc Pear.

Watching Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk (2016).


Teaching in-home lessons. I’ve added another student to the Friday roster.


Back home. Ana made dinner: Tempeh with Broccoli, Carrots, Mushrooms, Red Peppers, Onions, and Brown Rice.


Getting some groceries at Kroger.


Stuffing my face with Chocolate Chip Cookies that Ana homemade. Chamomile Tea.


Jamming with Ana in her bedroom on her awesome Yamaha PSR keyboard while Elvis gets riled up over the strange sounds.




Sleep 3:30 a.m.


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Thursday February 2 2017

Waking up at 11 a.m.


Steel Cut Oatmeal with Cinnamon, Raisins, Maple Syrup, and Kefir. Black Tea.


Teaching a few afternoon lessons.


Toasted PB&J. Quinoa Sticks. Oolong Tea. Banana.

Watching Arrival (2016).


Teaching lessons at Music Makers.


Apple.


Back home.

Lentil Soup with Kale, Quinoa, and Sourdough Bread.


Ladada rehearsal. It’s been a few weeks since the last practice. It’s always a relief to play with these guys. “Jam Stars!”


Chamomile Tea and Potato Chips.


Sleep 3 a.m.

Wednesday February 1 2017

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Waking up at 10:35 a.m.


Irish Oatmeal with Cinnamon, Raisins, Maple Syrup, and Kefir. Guayusa Tea.


At the Rec for adult basketball.


Vega Protein Drink. Banana.


Scrambled Eggs. Sourdough Bread with Non-Dairy Cream Cheese. Salt n Vinegar Chips. Oolong Tea.

Watching Cardboard Boxer (2016).


Teaching lessons at Music Makers.


Lentils, Beans, Cauliflower, and Quinoa.


DEJA rehearsal.


Pear.


Ana sings me a few songs she’s been learning on guitar.

Sleep 2:30 a.m.


[i] Image by Anthony.

Tuesday January 31 2017

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Waking up at 9:30 a.m.


Steel Cut Oatmeal with Cinnamon, Raisins, Maple Syrup, and Kefir. Guayusa Tea.


Meeting with Kim Nelson at Red Chalk Studios down the street off First Colonial. I’m preparing to hire them as the creative agency for Music Makers mainly dealing with marketing, advertising, and branding. After such a pleasant meeting I really hope that I can afford to work with them.


With Ana taking Elvis to the vet for an exam and to figure out the cause of this inflammation on the bottom of his mouth.


Getting groceries.


Tuna Salad Sandwich with Lettuce and Tomato. Potato Chips with Avocado. Oolong Tea. Chocolate Chip Cookies.


Teaching lessons at Music Makers.


Orange.


Back home.

Lentil Noodles with Tomato Sauce and a Kale Salad. Parmesan Bread.

Watching Cardboard Boxer (2016).


At the studio working on the books (accounting) for the month.


At the house enjoying a little time with Anthony and Ana scouring the internet for photos and remnants of a late night coffee shop from back in the early 00’s called Casablanca’s Café.


Sleep 3:30 a.m.


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Monday January 30 2017

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Waking up at 10:30 a.m.


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


At the Rec playing adult basketball.


Banana.


James Graves and Allyson pull up in Taureau Court with the rest of Anthony’s belongings – there’s a trunk full of VHS tapes and boxes of books.


Scrambled Eggs. Toast with Non-Dairy Cream Cheese. Corn Tortilla Chips with Avocado and Tomato. Oolong Tea.

Watching The 9th Life of Louis Drax (2016).


Teaching lessons at Music Makers.


Back home.

Leftovers for dinner: Lentil Soup with Peas, Zucchini, Carrots, Brown Rice, and Quinoa.


ELO rehearsal.


There’s a birthday cake for Joseph. Having some cake and eating it too.


Chamomile Tea.


Sleep 2 a.m.


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Sunday January 29 2017

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Waking up at 10:30 a.m.


Steel Cut Oatmeal with Cinnamon, Blueberries, Maple Syrup, and Kefir. Guayusa Tea.


Got rock school sessions all day.


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




Back home.

Dinner: Lentil Soup with Brown Rice, Kale, Carrots, and Naan Bread.


Chores.


Shannon wanted to do an interview of Ladada for Veer Magazine. Since Bobby is in Colorado for the weekend we decide to do a video chat...



Dark Chocolate Tea.


Later on, the rest of the house is home. Chatting with Anthony about movies and other pertinent things.


Pear.


Sleep 3 a.m.


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Saturday January 28 2017

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Waking up at 10:20 a.m.


Irish Oatmeal with Cinnamon, Blueberries, Maple Syrup, and Kefir. Guayusa Tea.


Teaching afternoon lessons at Music Makers. Some of these kids are real tough to teach – too many video games and no attention span. Sometimes I don’t know what to do...




Orange.


Toasted PB&J. Potato Chips. Oolong Tea.


Back at Music Makers. Meeting with Drew and DeeGee to hand over the rest of the money I owe them for the business. Now it’s official: I am the owner of Music Makers. I’ve already been running the store since last July. Searching for a loan was a huge racket.


Later, my friend Rich stops by. I haven’t seen him since the old days from the old scene. He had a reputation of sporting a huge mohawk. He brought his reptile green guitar and amp. I hop on the drums and we jam to some surf-punk songs he wrote. Ana’s here and attempts vocals to go with.




Back home. Warming up leftover Pizza to share with Ana and Rich. He shows us some bands and video gameplays on Youtube.


Grapes.


Chamomile Tea.


Sleep 2 a.m.


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Friday January 27 2017

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Waking up at 11 a.m.


A bowl of Honey Crunch n Oats with Banana, Blueberries, and Almond Milk.


At the Rec for adult basketball.


Apple.


The loan money was transferred to my account today so I stop by the bank to make a cash and cashier’s check withdrawal in preparation to hand over to Drew and DeeGee tomorrow, finally completing the business deal.


Scrambled Eggs. Toast with Non-Dairy Cream Cheese. Corn Tortilla Chips with Avocado and Tomato. Black Tea.

Watching American Pastoral (2016).


Teaching in-home lessons.




Back home.

Tempeh with Onions, Kale, Carrots, and Brown Rice.


Researching. Studying.


Grapes. Chamomile Tea.


Sleep 3 a.m.


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Thursday January 26 2017

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Waking up at 10:40 a.m.


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


Teaching a few early afternoon lessons.


Errands.


Peach.


Toasted PB&J. Quinoa Sticks. Oolong Tea.

Watching The Ghost Writer (2010).


Teaching lessons at Music Makers.


Whole Foods Pizza with Kale Salad.




At the studio practicing drums and piano.


Blood Orange. Grapes.


Sleep 3:30 a.m.


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Wednesday January 25 2017

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Waking up at 10:40 a.m.


Irish Oatmeal with Cinnamon, Blueberries, Maple Syrup, and Kefir. Guayusa Tea.


At the Princess Anne Rec playing non-stop basketball.


Banana.


Scrambled Eggs. Naan Bread with Non-Dairy Cream Cheese. Potato Chips with Avocado. Oolong Tea.

Watching a Viceland documentary on a white supremacist family.


Teaching lessons at Music Makers.




Back home. Ana makes dinner: Tempeh, Red Peppers, Onions, Zucchini, Brussel Sprouts, and Quinoa.


DEJA rehearsal.


When your girlfriend asks, “How often do you masturbate?” how do you answer? It’s a delicate question cause I don’t want to offend her if I say very often. In the end I just say, “As much as I want.” And then explain how you can keep the sperm count low the more you masturbate, which prevents the chances of getting pregnant.


Sleep 3 a.m.


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Tuesday January 24 2017

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At my dad’s old house in Dudley, North Carolina. I’m visiting at my current age but it feels like I’m a little boy again. For some reason I’m in the kitchen trying to prepare a bowl of cereal. I search through the cabinets and its stock full of all kinds of cereal boxes. Why are there so many boxes of cereal? I ask myself. I struggle on deciding which one I want to eat.

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Waking up at 11 a.m.


Steel Cut Oatmeal with Cinnamon, Blueberries, Maple Syrup, and Kefir. Guayusa Tea.


At the studio working on business – emails – selling.


My dad finally got a loan approved to help me finish the deal with Drew and DeeGee. Phew! It feels like a ton of bricks off my shoulders. It’s amazing how complicated it was for me to get a business loan on my own and it only took a day for him to be approved.


Navel Orange. Toasted PB&J. Potato Chips. Oolong Tea.


Teaching lessons at Music Makers all day.


Back home. Anthony made the house Salmon, Brown Rice, and Beans. I steam up some Kale to go with.


Target.


Ice Cream.


At the studio listening intently to some new tunes that DEJA will be covering. “Owner of a Lonely Heart” and “In the Air Tonight”. All this time I spend studying songs that have already been done before I could be creating my own songs. Sometimes, I get tired of being in a cover band.


Sleep 3 a.m.


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Monday January 23 2017

Waking up at 10:38 a.m.


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


At the Princess Anne Rec for adult basketball.


Blood Orange.


Scrambled Eggs. Toast with Non-Dairy Cream Cheese. Potato Chips with Avocado. Oolong Tea.

Watching The Hollow Point (2016).


Teaching lessons at Music Makers.


Back home. Beans, Salmon, Broccoli, Carrots, and Volcano Rice.


ELO rehearsal.


Back home. Baking Sweet Potato Biscuits.


Anthony knocks on my door, “Robert?”

“Go away,” I respond sarcastically.

“I went away for three years.”


Chamomile Tea.


Sleep 3:30 a.m.

Sunday January 22 2017

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Waking up at 10:30 a.m.


Irish Oatmeal with Cinnamon, Raisins, Maple Syrup, and Kefir. Guayusa Tea.


Time for rock school at the rehearsal spot. Coaching two bands with Joe, our recently new guitar instructor. He’s perfect for these situations.


Lunch break: PB&J, Plantain Chips, and Fuji Apple.


Two more bands to go.




My head is killing me after six straight hours of managing band practices.


Back home. Anthony has officially moved back into 1435. Him, Riggs, and Allyson are in the dining room drinking Buds.


Power napping.


Taking care of a few stuff at the studio.


Grabbing some late night groceries at Kroger.


Ice Cream.


Ana’s been going through a mood funk lately. After some venting she joins me in bed at 2:30 a.m.


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