Saturday December 15 2018


Waking up at 9:20 a.m.

Oatmeal with Cinnamon, Strawberries, Maple Syrup, and Almond Milk. Guayusa Tea.

At Music Makers. Mom is still admitted in the hospital until Monday so I have to be here early doing what she does along with teaching a bunch of lessons until 1 p.m.

Lugging all the music gear (PA system, piano, etc,) to Old Beach Tavern. Today is the big Music Makers Holiday Recital. Spending an hour or so setting up the stage. Enjoying a comped meal: Crab Cake Sandwich with Fries.


This is our first time here at this restaurant and we capped it out. All the families and friends of students fill up almost every table. Lisa helps me emcee the event while I coordinate stage activity and running the sound, which needs to be tweaked for each performer. I couldn’t be more proud of everyone – so much variety and music. It’s always cool to see all the different skill levels into one show. The Holiday Vocal Troupe finishes off the show with a bang!

Loading all the gear back to the studio and setting stuff back up. I think might’ve power napped in the driver’s seat of my car beforehand.

At Bangkok Garden with Ana enjoying dinner: Cashew Chicken with Vegetables, Rice, and Thai Tea. Afterwards, we visit with mom at the hospital. She’s in good spirits. So far all the results from some of the tests have been good news. We won’t know everything until Monday. We have a few laughs the three of us about all kinds of things.

Then, Ana and I pop into The Office where Anthony and friends are drinking the night away. It’s the last night this iconic local Virginia Beach dive bar will be open so they’re throwing a big party. Some people have white t-shirts on with tally marks showing how many beers they drank. Ana and I don’t drink anything but pay our respects and sing along with the jukebox. “Say it ain’t so! I will not go! Turn the lights off! Carry me home!” As we’re exiting I take a glance at the marquee which looks like it hasn’t been touched in years. The glowing neon sign still lit will be turned off and sold. Apparently, the whole building will be demolished.

It’s been a long day. I catch up on writing and video editing.

In the kitchen Ana puts on some romantic oldies. While she whips up some cookie dough I clean up the dishes.

Sleep 3:30 a.m.

[i] Images by me.

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