Saturday September 24 2016

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Waking up at 10:30 a.m.


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


At Music Makers teaching lessons and watching the store. Ana’s here for a little while drawing up a storm...




Banana.


Scrambled Eggs. Toast with Non-Dairy Cream Cheese. Corn Tortilla Chips with Avocado and Salsa.

Watching The Sea of Trees (2015).


My mom flies back in from Florida today after taking care of a few very important things.


Running some errands – dropping off recycle – getting groceries.


Making homemade Pizza.


Ice Cream.


At Music Makers fixing up an acoustic guitar Will had hiding in his closet – and pricing items. Anthony knocks on the front door. He’s in town for his dad’s birthday. He jokes about how he could be a janitor here if I gave him $100 week. We catch up a little bit.


Back home.

Sleep 3:30 a.m.


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Friday September 23 2016

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Waking up at 10 a.m.


Bowl of Joe’s O’s with Blueberries and Almond Milk.


Teaching a lesson to Mary Ann.


Then, adult basketball at the Rec.


Toasted PB&J. Coconut Oil Potato Chips. Honey Green Tea.

Watching The Sea of Trees (2015).


Teaching three in-home lessons. Jolin discovers how to unlock my phone to take photos and snaps a couple...






After the lessons I stop by the Salvation Army Thrift store.


Ana and I decide to go out for dinner instead of cooking. Sometimes, you gotta ditch the kitchen. We choose Bangkok Garden for delicious Pad Thai and Curry.


At Back Bay for the Sunndrug and Wyteshayds show. I’ve been interested in what this Sunndrug band has been doing lately. Watching them live I hear Nine Inch Nails, Radiohead, Queens of the Stone Age, and a lot of hard rock influences from the 90’s. Sipping on a brew and then heading back home.


Pineapple. Ginger Turmeric Tea.


Sleep 3 a.m. 


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Thursday September 22 2016

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Waking up at 11:40 a.m.


Irish Oatmeal with Cinnamon, Raisins, Maple Syrup, and Kefir. Coffee.


Chores.


Practicing guitar.


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


Teaching lessons all day at Music Makers. Towards the evening my mom has to take off and catch a flight to Florida.


Banana.


Stuffed Peppers with Tempeh and Onions, Kale, and Quinoa.


Ladada rehearsal with Jon, Josiah, and Bobby. It’s a productive and creative practice without the worry of any shows coming up. We work through a few riffs and progressions Josiah had planned and jam for a long time.


Back home. Will, Cynthia, Ana, and Elvis are hanging in the dining room. They’re laughing. The cat is chasing a paper ball on the floor. And I’m cutting up Strawberries.


Sleep around 3 a.m.


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Wednesday September 21 2016

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Waking up at 11:30 a.m.


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


Teaching a few lessons at Music Makers.


Toasted PB&J. Potato Snacks. Honey Green Tea.


Teaching more lessons at Music Makers.


Fuji Apple.


Back home. Making dinner: Brown Rice Quinoa Spaghetti Noodles with Onions, Mushrooms, and Tomato Sauce. Salad.

Watching X-Men: Apocalypse (2016).




Picking up some ice cream and Gorilla glue at Kroger. I run into an older Russian guy I remember I used to deliver Chinese food with at China Wok. He’s still a delivery driver after all these years. He complains to me about a fender bender he got into just today. I tell him I’m a teacher now.

“Much safer,” he says.


At MM store working on a few things.


Back home. Ice Cream.


Sleep 4 a.m.


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Tuesday September 20 2016

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Waking up at 11:25 a.m.


Irish Oatmeal with Cinnamon, Raisins, Maple Syrup, and Kefir. Coffee.


Running errands with Ana. The rain falls consistently...




Tuna Salad Sandwich with Lettuce and Tomato. Ghost Pepper Potato Chips with Avocado. Honey Green Tea.


Teaching lessons at Music Makers. Kiran, one of my longtime piano students, announces how he feels about Trump. He writes in the fold of his music theory book: “I am the king ruler of the earth and I have put Donald J. Trump in prison!!!”

He explains that if Trump is president he won’t be able to go to Mexico to see his friend.


Fuji Apple.


Leaving the store pretty late today at 8:45 p.m.


Back home. Ana made us dinner: Tofu with Kale, Carrots, Mushrooms, and Quinoa.


It’s still pouring down rain at midnight. But Ana and I still go to Music Makers to practice drums and do a few things.


Back home. Having a Boffo Chocolate Bar.

Being playful with Ana...

“You’re just a wild animal!” I tell her as she squinches her face in playful angst.

She corrects me, “I’m an Ana-mal.”


Later on, in her bedroom, we make love. Meanwhile, the cat lies down nearby in the chair and watches as if nothing unusual is going on.


Sleep 3 a.m.


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Monday September 19 2016

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Waking up at 11:27 a.m.


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


At the Rec shooting the basketball around.


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

Watching The Quiet Hour (2014).


Teaching lessons all day at Music Makers.


Apple.


Back home. Eating leftovers for dinner: Salmon, Kale, Carrots, and Brown Rice.


ELO rehearsal.


Ice Cream.


Meddling with Elvis and Ana – playing guitar and pointing out the musical imitations over the past 50 years.


Sleep 3:30 a.m.


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Sunday September 18 2016

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Waking up at 10:45 a.m.


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


At the rock school rehearsal spot off Lynnhaven. Jimmy and I are coaching bands all afternoon. Enjoying lunch in between bands: PB&J, Potato Lentil Curls, and Honey Green Tea.


It’s after 6:30 p.m. Jimmy and I have to march straight over to ELO rehearsal, which is in the same business park.


It’s about 10 when I get home. Warming up some Pizza in the oven. My ears are killing me. Even though I wore special earplugs my brain is over it – can’t take any more music.

Watching Black Mirror (2014).


Mango Smoothies with mom and Ana.


Sleep 3 a.m.


[i] Drawn by Ana.

Saturday September 17 2016

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Waking up at 11:17 a.m.


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


Teaching afternoon lessons at Music Makers.


Scrambled Eggs. Toast with Non-Dairy Cream Cheese. Olive Oil Potato Chips with Avocado. Honey Green Tea.


At the Embrace The Culture festival at Town Point Park in Norfolk. I’m on with Ladada at 5 p.m. opening before other successful acts like Amasa Hines. We’ve gotten used to playing big stages like these now. I’m reminded again of how much I miss touring, and the road, and performing around the world. Our band deserves to be successful. It is something I rate as the top thing I want to do in my life, which is be successful in a band that does original music.







Bobby and Jon have prior obligations after our set. I chill with Josiah and Bianca for a bit but go solo around the park, observing all the cool features of the fest: a silent disco, gigantic Jenga, foosball, ping pong, etc. I say hello to a few familiar faces like Doug, Angel, Renee, and Kelsie. Grabbing a few Tuna Fish Tacos from a food truck and enjoying them by the harbor. A lot of things racing through my mind – questioning what I’m about to do with my life by taking on Music Makers. I just want to be happy making music.


My day continues at Jerry’s in Chesapeake for a DEJA gig. I get behind the keys and do the same thing I did last night with these guys. I’m just going through the motions – Styx, Led Zeppelin, Rush, Pink Floyd, Queen, etc. I can feel the struggle from these guys continuing to stay alive in the genre of music they grew up in. But a new generation always comes after and I simply don’t feel connected to the old generation. I can play it. I can dig it. I can understand it. But I want to feel connected with what I’m doing. After the set, I get tons of compliments about DEJA, how great they think we are. “Note for note,” someone says.


Back home. Enjoying Chocolate Cake with Ana and Elvie.


Sleep 3:30 a.m.


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Friday September 16 2016

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Waking up at 7:45 a.m. Man, that was hard.


Ana and I grab some Coffee and Bananas and drive out to the Wavy 10 building. Ladada is performing live on the Hampton Roads Show – debut television appearance.








Back home. Napping.


Meeting with Drew at the store to make sure we’re both on the same page as far selling Music Makers to me. It’s been a struggle to get this loan.


Irish Oatmeal with Cinnamon, Raisins, Maple Syrup, and Kefir. Toast with Non-Dairy Cream Cheese.


Doing all my in-home lessons.


Back home for dinner: Chicken with Rice, Golden Beet Soup, and Broccoli Carrot Slaw.


Then, straight to a DEJA gig at Wing King in Kempsville. We play extraordinarily long tonight but it’s a good time. Eric admitted to crapping his pants on accident. I feel bad for him.


Back home after 2 a.m. Enjoying some well deserved Chocolate Cake and Milk.


Sleep 3:30 a.m.


[i] Images by me and Ana.

Thursday September 15 2016

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Waking up at 11:17 a.m.


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


Ana and I run errands – getting groceries – filling up the honey jar and the water jugs.


Scrambled Eggs. Toast with Non-Dairy Cream Cheese. Olive Oil Potato Chips with Avocado.


Teaching lessons at Music Makers all day.


Banana.


Whole Foods Pizza.


At Thursday poker nights with the boys. I was hoping my win from last week would channel over to this week but no luck.


Back home. Pineapple.


Downstairs in the dining room. Ana and her coworker/friend, Cynthia, are chomping down on pizza. I sit down at the Melodigrand piano and bang away on whatever suits my fancy. The girls dance around with big hand drawn mustaches and make videos. Meanwhile, mom bakes a Chocolate Cake for us all.






Sleep 3 a.m.


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Wednesday September 14 2016

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Waking up at 11:45 a.m.


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


Teaching a lesson. Meeting with Lynn Kelley, a guitar/mountain instrument instructor about possibly teaching here at the studio.


Toasted PB&J. Olive Oil Potato Chips. Fuji Apple. Honey Green Tea.

Watching Louder Than Bombs (2015).


Teaching lessons all day at Music Makers.


Back home. Eating leftovers: Lentils, Kale, Cauliflower, Beets, Brussel Sprouts, and Quinoa.


Kitchen tasks and laundry. Meanwhile, Kevin snaps candid shots with his new camera lens.




Late night Kroger run for a few things. Will just so happens to be pulling up in the parking lot at the same time.


Ice Cream.


With Ana at the music space practicing drums.


Back home. My homemade bread is done and ready to be sliced. Ana and I admire the alluring look of the steamy loaf of bread.


In my bed with Ana. It’s almost 4 a.m. After a little lovin’ we fall asleep.


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Tuesday September 13 2016

Waking up at 11 a.m.


Leftover Buckwheat Pancakes with Greek Yogurt and Syrup. Guayusa Tea.


At the Rec with Ana shooting the basketball around. Playing a game of 21 with a fellow baller.




Scrambled Eggs. Toast with Non-Dairy Cream Cheese. Olive Oil Potato Chips. Honey Green Tea.

Watching Louder Than Bombs (2015).


Teaching lessons at Music Makers.


Eating a wholesome dinner of Lentils, Kale, and Quinoa made with love by Ana.


Organizing. Research.


Working on a synth solo in a Styx song for DEJA.


Sleep 3:30 a.m.

Monday September 12 2016

Waking up at 10:30 a.m.


Irish Oatmeal with Cinnamon, Raisins, Maple Syrup, and Kefir. Coffee.


Business.


At Wells Fargo talking with a banker about plans to pursue this business loan for Music Makers. The one I tried through Chartway fell through.


Scrambled Eggs. Toast with Non-Dairy Cream Cheese. Olive Oil Potato Chips. Honey Green Tea.


Teaching lessons at Music Makers.


King Salmon, Broccoli, Carrots, and Brown Rice.


ELO rehearsal.


At the Music Makers store restringing my bass and Ana’s electric guitar. She drops in to practice some drum parts.


My head and ears are exhausted from all this music and loud noises.


Sleep 3 a.m.

Sunday September 11 2016

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Waking up at 10:30 a.m.


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


Coaching rock school sessions.


PB&J. Potato Lentil Curls. Honey Green Tea.


After coaching two bands I head straight over to MOCA for the block party. Gotta play bass for Ladada. They’ve got artists all over the place doing live painting. A lot of friends here. Sipping on a Pineapple Hefeweizen. The sun is blaring down on our faces. Becca’s in town for the weekend too.






Enjoying dinner with Ana. We got personal Pizzas from Your Pie across the street.


I’m beat. Even though it’s 9:30 p.m. I have to take a short nap.


At the Music Makers store teaching Ana drums parts to a Weezer song we’re learning in rock school.


Sleep 2:30 a.m.


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Saturday September 10 2016

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Waking up at 11 a.m.


Ana made us delicious Blueberry Buckwheat Pancakes with Greek Yogurt, Syrup, and Strawberries. Coffee.


Teaching lessons at Music Makers. We’re having to schedule Saturday afternoons now because of all the new students.


Scrambled Eggs. Olive Oil Potato Chips with Avocado. Honey Green Tea.

Watching Consumed (2015).


Showing Ana a few drum drills then picking up groceries at Trader Joe’s.




Taking care of business.


Ana makes dinner: Tempeh with Onions, Brussel Sprouts, Beets, Cauliflower, and Quinoa.


Organizing music. Prepping for rock school tomorrow.


Sleep 3:30 a.m.


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Friday September 9 2016

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Waking up at 10:30 a.m.


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


Playing adult basketball at the Rec. I prove myself worthy of attention today.


Tuna Salad Sandwich with Cucumber. Olive Oil Potato Chips with Avocado. Honey Green Tea.


Teaching in-home lessons.


Then straight to the DEJA gig on the in-between stage at Mahi’s and Chix. It’s been a long while since the last gig so we’re a little rusty on some tunes.




Enjoying a slice of Pizza and a Stella on the break.




Back home.

Black Beans with Corn Tortilla Chips.


Sleep 3:30 a.m.


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Thursday September 8 2016

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Waking up at 11:07 a.m.


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


At Music Makers with Ana. While she practices drums I work on some business.


Banana.


Toasted PB&J. Potato Lentil Curls. Honey Green Tea.


Back at the store teaching lessons all day.


Salad and a couple slices of leftover Pizza from Cal’z.


No Ladada rehearsal tonight so I decide to use the opportunity to attend the Thursday poker nights. Mike Gombas is here along with all the other dudes I only know from these gatherings. I actually do well throughout the night. Pocket 6’s are three times a charm win for me – Trip 6’s actually on every hand. I use the smarts I’ve accumulated over the past few years and manage to make it to the final three. Mike walks out in third place. And it’s Rob versus Rob. When it gets down to two it’s pretty much the luck of the draw. I walk out in second place and with an extra $80 in my pocket. I’m feeling good.


Back home. Enjoying some snacks with Ana. Black Beans and Rice. White Peach.


At the store practicing a little bit.


Sleep 3 a.m.


[i] Jamie Gold poker win.

Wednesday September 7 2016

Waking up at 11:30 a.m.


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


I got denied for the personal loan through Chartway to buy the business. It’s a complicated and tedious process. I try inquiring into Wells Fargo for the loan – I mean I have been banking with them my whole adult life (even when it was Wachovia).


Teaching a lesson.


Scrambled Eggs. Toast with Non-Dairy Cream Cheese. Corn Tortilla Chips with Avocado and Salsa. Honey Green Tea.


Teaching more lessons at Music Makers.


Leftover Salmon, Black Beans, Brown Rice, Kale, and Carrots.

Watching Cash Only (2015).


DEJA rehearsal at the new spot on Lynnhaven.


Back home.

Mango Smoothie.


Sleep 3:30 a.m.

Tuesday September 6 2016

Waking up at 11 a.m.


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


At the Rec shooting solo basketball.


Tuna Salad Sandwich with Lettuce and Tomato. Potato Chips with Avocado. Honey Green Tea.

Watching Captain America: Civil War (2016).


Business.


Teaching lessons at Music Makers.


Fuji Apple.


Back home.

Leftover Soy Chorizo, Cauliflower Rice, Cabbage, and Zucchini.


Tearing my hair out trying to book a flight for my mom to Florida so she can take care of house stuff with the attorney.


At the store pricing instruments and things. Practicing.


Sleep 3:30 a.m.

Monday September 5 2016

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Waking up at noon:07.


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


Teaching lessons on and off at Music Makers cause some cancel for Labor Day reasons.


Toasted PB&J. Potato Lentil Curls. Honey Green Tea. Fuji Apple.


Practicing.


More lessons.


Back home. Making dinner in a crowded kitchen: Brown Rice Quinoa Spaghetti Noodles with Tomato Sauce, Mushrooms, Onions, and a Salad.

Watching Captain America: Civil War (2016).


Peanut Butter Cookies (made by mom).


Practicing music at the store.


Sleep 3:30 a.m.


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Sunday September 4 2016

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Waking up at 10 a.m.


Leftover Pancakes with Guayusa Tea.


At Music Makers setting up the tent and stage out front.


We’re having an open mic/open house/block party today. The storm has passed and now there’s sunshine and wind. Quite a few people show up, mostly students and parents. Everyone gets on the mic at some point and shares a song or two. My mom handles the raffle tickets – passing out free t-shirts and prizes to the kids.





Enjoying all food at the snack table: Peanut Butter Banana Wraps, Chips n’ Guacamole, Fruit, etc.






After cleaning up I’m back home by 5 p.m.


Catching up on some business then enjoying an early evening delight with Ana in her room.


Napping.


Dinner: Soy Chorizo, Cauliflower Rice, Mushrooms, Peppers, and Kale. Chocolate Chip Cookies.


Practicing songs.


Going out with the boys tonight but only Kevin and Anthony. Hanging out at their favorite dive bar in Virginia Beach, The Office. Sipping on a Vienna Lager and shooting pool – cutthroat style. Meanwhile, we shoot the shit about the upcoming changes and reflections in our lives. It’s always good to reconnect with Anthony. We both have intersecting dreams and visions. Him, James, and Allyson are moving into a rent-free house in the middle of nowhere Pittsboro, NC, a three and a half hour drive from here.


Back home. Snacking on Popcorn and Chips.


Sleep 3:30 a.m.


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Saturday September 3 2016

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Waking up at 11 a.m.


Ana and I do Pancakes with Coffee this morning.


Teaching a few lessons at Music Makers.


Mom and I make plans for the open house we’re doing tomorrow at the store. Hoping the storm will pass over before then.


Scrambled Eggs. Toast with Non-Dairy Cream Cheese. Potato Chips with Hummus. Honey Green Tea.

Watching The Man Who Knew Infinity (2015).


Out with mom running errands collecting supplies and groceries.


Cookie and Oolong Tea.


At the store with mom. While she works on the sign lettering I work on music.


BBQ Salmon with Broccoli, Carrots, Onions, and Brown Rice.


Back at the store. Practicing some tunes and finishing our preparations for tomorrow. Mom constructed all the signs – she’s good at stuff like that.


Grapes.


Back home. Anthony’s in town for a few days. Every now and then a reunion with old friends is necessary.


Sleep 3:30 a.m.


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Friday September 2 2016

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Waking up at 10 a.m.


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


I was supposed to teach Mary Ann an in-home lesson but she forgot. So I’m at the Rec a little early stretching and warming up. Then, a few rounds of adult basketball.


Scrambled Eggs. Toast with Non-Dairy Cream Cheese. Corn Tortilla Chips with Avocado and Salsa. Pineapple Juice.

Watching The Duel (2016).


Teaching all of my in-home lessons.


Back home. Mom made dinner: Cabbage and Potato Skillet with Tofu Sausage.


Getting some groceries from Whole Foods.


Mango Smoothie.


At the studio continuing to fix up the music space in the back room. Practicing a little bit.


Grapes.


Quality time with Ana and the cat.


Sleep at 3 a.m.


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Thursday September 1 2016

Waking up at 11:45 a.m.


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


Running errands.


Toasted PB&J. Potato Lentil Curls. White Peach. Pineapple Juice.


Teaching lessons at Music Makers.


Back home.

Eating leftover Pizza and Broccoli Slaw.


Ladada rehearsal at the Tidewater storage unit.




I tried to get Ana to bake cookies but she was too tired. I still need my chocolate fix so I settle on a stop at CVS for a bar.


Back home. Ana and I brave our arms and hands holding Elvis down to clip his claws. He still acts like a crazy cat wallowing around trying to resist. After fifteen minutes of struggle we get it done. Towards the end he seems to give up and realizes it doesn’t hurt at all.


Sleep 3:30 a.m.

Wednesday August 31 2016

Waking up at 11:25 a.m.


Greek Yogurt with Blueberries. Guayusa Tea.


Teaching a lesson at Music Makers.


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

Watching Race (2016).


Teaching more lessons at Music Makers.


Ana made a savory dinner: Tempeh with Snow Peas, Onions, and Quinoa.


After crunching some numbers in my bedroom Ana and I run the recycle out and grab some ice cream from Kroger. Back home while we gorge on Fudge Brownie Ice Cream there’s a discussion on the mystery and history of free masons.


At the studio after midnight building a shelf and continuing to organize all the stuff in the back room.


Back home. Sleep 4 a.m.

Tuesday August 30 2016

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Waking up at 11:30 a.m.


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


Teaching lessons all day at Music Makers.


Toasted PB&J. Potato Lentil Curls. Honey Green Tea.


I was invited to Olivia’s (one of my students) birthday party at the Adventure Park. I stop in to say hi and watch all the kids climb the trees and slide down the zip lines.


Back home. Ana and mom made dinner: Lentil Sloppy Joe’s with Kale, Onions, and Potatoes.


Mango Smoothie.


On to the grind of moving out of the music space (RIP). I finish lugging every last drop of stuff into the Music Makers store. It’s cramped in this back room but I’ll just have to spend time downsizing and consolidating.


Sleep 4 a.m.


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Monday August 29 2016

Waking up at 11:30 a.m.


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


Teaching lessons all afternoon.


Banana. Two Hard Boiled Eggs. Potato Chips. Honey Green Tea.


More lessons.


Back home.

Enjoying leftovers for dinner: Tofu Quinoa Scramble with Cod Filet, Broccoli, and Carrots.

Watching Race (2016).


Mango Smoothie.


Continuing the move from the music space on Donna Drive over to the store. I'm lucky to only be moving a block away. It still takes time to plan and consolidate the new music room.


Sleep 4 a.m.

Sunday August 28 2016

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Waking up at noon.


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


Business.


At the Rec playing full court pick-up basketball.


Toasted PB&J. Potato Lentil Curls. Fuji Apple. Honey Green Tea.

Watching Bessie (2015).


ELO rehearsal.


Back home.

Mom cooked dinner tonight: Beer Battered Cod Filets with Beans, Quinoa, Slaw, and Cornbread.

We actually get to have a one-on-one conversation that isn't about all the hectic things going on in our lives.


Mango Smoothie.


Moving the big ole heavy-duty library bookshelf from the music space to the store. Reassembling it.


Sleep 4 a.m.


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Saturday August 27 2016

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Waking up at 11:10 a.m.


Steel Cut Oatmeal with Cinnamon, Maple Syrup, Peaches, and Kefir. Yerba Mate Tea.


Teaching lessons at Music Makers.


Banana. Figs.


Band jam session with the Meddows brothers.


Back home. Organizing. Business.




At the music space disassembling the big wood shelf. It's super heavy duty.


Ana drives us out to Norfolk for the rock show at Charlie's American Café. It's Bon_Ski and Mas Y Mas on the bill tonight. We order a delicious Pizza – I sip on Beers while Ana sips on lemon water. It's a powerhouse performance by both bands. Most of Ladada is here so it feels like a Ladada show but it's not. Bobby's drummin' for Bon_Ski while Josiah's bassin' with Vinny and Ross. I get nostalgic whenever I see Mas Y Mas – reminds me of youthful times. While mingling out front with the boys we come up with an idea to print trading cards for local band members.





Back home. Chilling in Ana's room with her and the cat.


Sleep 3:30 a.m.


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Friday August 26 2016

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☼ ○ ▬

I've been locked in an apartment against my will. The whole situation is similar to the storyline in the Korean movie, Old Boy, except people come into my room to hang out.

Referring to the idea of locking people in apartments I ask one of the dudes, "Did you guys ever consider the moral implications behind this project?"

As he explains it was just something he and his college buddies always wanted to do. None of them care about the people. They're just doing it because they can. In the meantime I'm struggling. I hate being trapped. Day by day random people connected to the project come in. We cook. I cook. We eat. Kevin Moore is here for some reason eating all my bread.

While everyone's on the couch I tell one of the dudes, "Look, this isn't working! This is what being locked in this place does to people. I can't relate. I'm angry. I'm not a better person because of it."

I continue trying to convince them they're scarring everyone. But nothing changes...

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Waking up at 11:30 a.m. next to Ana. She rubs my head in a nurturing way.


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


Business.


Watermelon. Toasted PB&J. Potato Chips. Pineapple Juice.


Thrift store – finding a couple piano books and binders.


Teaching an in-home lesson out off Nimmo Parkway.


Another thrift store – finding a new computer chair and file cabinet.


Spreading some flyers around for the open house block party we're having next weekend at Music Makers.


Back home. Enjoying dinner: Beans, Baby Broccoli, Carrots, and Quinoa.


Meeting with Mike Joyner at the store to discuss working on another logo and branding Music Makers. He's got a school project he's doing this for.


Organizing.


Mom makes us Frozen Mango Pineapple Drinks.


Regrouping with Ana and Elvis as I usually do at the end of the day.


Sleep 3:30 a.m.


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Thursday August 25 2016

Waking up just before noon.


Irish Oatmeal with Cinnamon, Maple Syrup, Peaches, and Kefir. Oolong Tea.


Errands.


Scrambled Eggs. Toast with Non-Dairy Cream Cheese. Corn Tortilla Chips with Avocado and Salsa.

Watching Midnight Special (2016).


Teaching lessons at Music Makers.


Hitting up the Rec for Thursday night adult basketball. I don't get to play in the evenings cause I usually have lessons booked. But tonight I wanted to grab the opportunity to play with the night breed of players. It feels different – more aggressive. I end up knocking my right middle finger into the ball when reaching for it. It's the same spot I normally get mallet finger at. It's not that bad but it puts me in a foul mood.


Back home I explain to Ana how guys get periods too and tonight is one of those nights.


Leftover Pizza and Salad.


At the music space packing up stuff in preparation to move out. I really liked this spot for music – it's gonna be missed.


Ana comes in my room for a minute.

"The only thing I care about is having my bangs out of the way," she says. "And peanut butter...and tea and chocolate," she adds.


Lying down on Ana's bed while she plays the Amelie soundtrack on her computer. Elvis lies down on the corner of the dresser staring into my eyes.


Sleep 3:30 a.m.