Wednesday August 31 2022

Waking up at 9:30 a.m. Packing up my things and eating a Berry Muffin I picked up yesterday with Tea.


Dad and Patty see me off as I make the trek back home.


A sunny but easy drive of 5 hours to Virginia Beach. Multi-tasking with the Music Makers phone dealing with scheduling things. Talking to Mike Mosgrove over the phone for a long time about ELO business and things he’d like to contribute to help what I do with the bands at Music Makers.


PB&J. Coffee.


Arriving home. Elvis shed about a thousand pounds of fur while I was gone. Him and I take a power nap in my room.


Teaching lessons at Music Makers.

Apple and a Granola Bar.


After work, Rebecca and I grab some dinner at Plaza Azteca. I catch her up on everything from the past few days over Tacos and Guac.


Catching up on things back home – cleaning and organizing.


Tuesday August 30 2022

Waking up around 9 or so in the morning. Dad awakens me a few times.


Dad, Patty, and I ride over near the fishing pier of Kure Beach to check out this breakfast place called Ocean View Restaurant. I enjoy a hefty stack of Lemon Blueberry Pancakes with Bacon and Coffee.



Then, we check out Fort Fisher State Historic Museum, a very famous Civil War battleground. We take a stroll around the big mounds where long ago the Confederate army lost to the Union, a pivotal victory in the Civil War. Nearby a big group of Marine guys are taking a field trip. We hear a few fake gun shots go off I guess for a reenactment. It’s interesting to read about what happened here though.



Then, we have our hand at fishing on the pier at the recreation center near the cottage. We catch a few small fish, not worth keeping though. But my dad catches a mantis shrimp, the ones with the punchers that can break shells at 50 mph. My dad said he never saw one before in his life. Nearby, a few old guys with Vietnamese wives try to catch crabs.



Getting dinner at the Hang Ten Grill. Enjoying some Mahi Fish Sandwiches with Fries.


Later on, shooting the basketball around. A dad and his little kid are on the other hoop. He offers to play me 1v1 for fun. Then, Patty and I shoot around.


Over by the pier we decide to lounge on the end watching the sun go down. I put on some CCR station on YouTube – “Born on the Bayou” plays in the background appropriately to fit the surrounding pier sight with the waves rolling in the moonlight. Dad and I talk about some family history, music, and politics.



All cleaned up and lounging back in the cottage.


Snacking on Popcorn and watching Lord of the Rings.


Monday August 29 2022


Waking up in this tiny bed in a Kure Beach cottage around 11 a.m.


Earlier in the morning my aunt left. Eating some Blueberries and an Egg at the table.


Dad and his wife Patty and I take a drive and catch the ferry across the Cape Fear River to Southport, a small little beachfront town with all kinds of quaint antique stores and cafes.


We spend a substantial amount of time looking through old things. Then, down at the pier exploring the shoreline and skipping rocks.



Back on the ferry across the river. Exploring up the way at Carolina Beach, a little more trafficked part of this strip of Carolina beach. Reminds me of a blend of Virginia Beach oceanfront and Outer Banks. There are a lot of cool local spots. We hit up Shuckin’ Shack for dinner where they serve oysters, shrimp, and crab.


Afterwards, I find us a dessert spot called The Peach Cobbler Factory.


Back at the Fort Fisher cottage area. I pump up the basketball. Finding some hoops up the way. Patty and I get some exercise throwing the ball around and breaking a sweat.


Relaxing in the living room of the cottage catching up on events of the day while dad and Patty watch The Kingsman on TV.


Sunday August 28 2022


Waking up around noon. Elvis lies patiently by my side.


Oatmeal with Cinnamon, Blueberries, Flax Seed, and Almond Milk. English Breakfast Tea.


Catching up on computer things.


Packing up a suitcase and a bunch of stuff then running a few errands.


Hitting the road at 5 p.m. Driving to Fort Fisher North Carolina – about a 5 hour trek, a calm drive. I catch up on communications with people and start practicing singing Joy Division songs. I spot a rainbow along the way!


At night I arrive in Kure Beach. My dad and his wife along with my aunt Pansy and Peter are staying in a little cottage on the military base. Of course my dad has retired military connections here. I get settled in – warming up some pasta for dinner. Enjoying the company. We talk about some family members and what’s going on.


Later on, I take a walk at night. I stroll a couple blocks to the beach where I’m taken aback. Standing before the vast dark ocean where the only light comes from the twinkling stars and flash of lightning in the distance. The whole scene is ominous yet comforting. Thinking about the people I love (and have loved) in my life. I look up and imagine my body being lifted, pummeling gracefully up towards the uncertain skies.


I turn on my flash to hunt for any shells that washed up on the shore.


Back in the cottage. My aunt is watching Fifty Shades of Grey on the TV. We chat about diet and how important nutrition is.


My room has these tiny little twin beds. I cozy up and try to get some shut eye earlier than usual.


Saturday August 27 2022


Waking up around noon from heavy dreams.


Orange Melon. Breakfast Bar. Tea.


Catching up on computer things – scheduling.


Running errands – Target – Whole Foods.


Eggs. Bagel. Baby Broccoli. Coffee.


I drive out to Toast for the Lava Mini Fest – out in the gravel parking lot they’ve got a wide stage set up for two bands at once to be set up. All kinds of local and regional acts perform…



It’s fun hanging with everyone eating sandwiches and drinking things that make you happy. My band, Ladada, gets on and of course all kinds of things go wrong but no one notices. It doesn’t matter that Wes broke a guitar string, or that the back lined bass rig didn’t work, or that Bobby ended a song early, or that I couldn’t hear myself. We had a blast and so did the crowd.



Back in VB I stop by the studio to finish organizing all the gear leftover from last night’s show.


Home. Doing laundry and whatever. Rebecca stops by to spend time with Elvis and we catch up on the day’s events.


Friday August 26 2022


Waking up around noon.


Oatmeal with Cinnamon, Blueberries, Flax Seed, and Almond Milk. English Breakfast Tea.


Thomas, Anna, Megan, and I load up the trucks at Music Makers and transport all the gear and equipment to Smartmouth Pilot House for the big Modern Day Warrior gig tonight.


Setting up the stage area by the garage door. It takes some time to get all the cables wired around in between amps and tweak all the settings.


Enjoying a pizza from their new in-house pizza oven.


All the kids are excited and ready to perform. I had the kid band that’s been practicing all summer open up for MDW – they killed it bigtime – lots of original tunes.



Then, Modern Day Warrior captures the hearts and ears of the crowd – it’s absolutely packed in here. They do all their hits along with a few new tricks up their sleeves like this Stranger Things theme song introducing Separate Ways.


Afterwards, everyone chips in to gather all the cables and load up the trucks.


I have a long talk with Anna afterwards about her journey in joining this band and how much the group is growing and tightening up.


Back home finally ready to gather my breath. Eating some Black Beans, Quinoa, Kale, and Eggs. Watching Lord of the Rings.


Thursday August 25 2022


Waking up at noon.


Oatmeal with Cinnamon, Blueberries, Flax Seed, and Almond Milk. English Breakfast Tea.


Wes and I ride out to WHRO Studios in Norfolk – meeting up with Josiah and Bobby. Ladada is recording a few songs for Paul Shugrue’s Out of the Box radio segment to be aired later this evening. We do a minimalist set up with tiny amps and an open mind.


Then Wes and I brave the rush hour traffic back to VB so I can make lessons on time. Snacking on a PB&J and Coffee.


Teaching lessons. Meanwhile, my car is next door at Discount Tire getting brand new wheels and tires. The manager, Keith, is real nice and walks over back and forth to keep me updated.


Dinner: leftover Pasta with Kale, Carrots, and an Egg.


Modern Day Warrior is having their final rehearsal in the 104 space. I have the whole sound system set up with an intricate spaghetti of cables and mics all over the place. They go pretty later than usual cause they haven’t been keeping up with regular practice.


Afterwards, packing everything up with some of their help.


Wednesday August 24 2022

Waking up around noon.


Cereal. Tea.


Stopping by Alpha to buy a few mic stands and things – chatting with Thomas about music festivals.


PB&J Bites. Popped Chips. Coffee.


At Music Makers getting the 104 space set up for the kid band – they have a final rehearsal before their show on Friday. They run the set a few times and we clean up unclear parts. Vlad picked up some pizza from Pizza Chapel to share with all. I have Rebecca and Allyson check out the tail end of their set for moral support.


Repairing the toilet in the main studio – picking up some parts from Wal-Mart – meanwhile, handling some business over the phone.


Trying to troubleshoot ways to plug in guitar lines and drum lines to the limited PA system I have set up. Sometimes it’s just a racket.


Finally back home snacking on some Salad with Crackers and Hummus.

Watching Lord of the Rings.


Tuesday August 23 2022

Waking up to the incessant sound of banging from next door – I guess maintenance is renovating the apartment next to us. It’s about 9 a.m. and my mind gets distracted with all kinds of thoughts, for some reason, things I’d like to tell Ana. I haven’t spoken to her in quite some time and I still feel the need to express stuff to her. But there’s like this wall.


Either way, I need to get back to sleep. I crank up the A/C unit and hope it drowns out the noise.


Breakfast Bar. Tea.


At the warehouse meeting with Nigel, Kevin, Mike, and Rebecca to discuss upcoming ELO related business.


Afterwards, I do some cardio at the Rec for a half an hour.


Eggs. Spinach. Bagel. Coffee.


Teaching lessons at Music Makers.


As soon as I’m done I need to high tail it to The Shack at the oceanfront for a Ladada gig. WRV and 17th Street Surf Shop are having a gathering there and they hired us to play a set. I scarf down a Crab Cake Sandwich with Fries and a Lemon Crush.


We do alright considering the low grade PA we have to play through. And then, some fun stuff happens. I break the low E string mid song and Josiah falls off the stage lol.


At the studio trying to figure out the band room set up and sort cabling everywhere.


Monday August 22 2022

Waking up around noon.


Oatmeal with Cinnamon, Blueberries, Flax Seed, and Almond Milk. English Breakfast Tea.


At the Rec shooting some basketball around.


Eggs. Spinach. Bagel. Salt n Vinegar Chips. Coffee.


Teaching lessons at Music Makers.


Running late night errands.


Dinner: Vegan Sausage with Quinoa, Baby Cauliflower, and Mustard.

Watching the Woodstock ’99 documentary.


Cleaning up the kitchen – laundry.


Organizing things at the studio.




Sunday August 21 2022

Waking up at noon thirty five.


Cereal. Tea.


Catching up on business and crunching some numbers.


At Carol’s house out on Inlynnview for the Broadway cast party. We had the show last weekend and now everyone can just bond and have a good time. There’s fun with pool noodles, investigating the periwinkle snails and skates that roam the bay, digging up fresh mussels, and Cards Against Humanity.


The rain comes just in time politely asking everyone to leave.


I browse T.J. Maxx in search of some shelving and task chairs.


Back home. Cooking pasta for dinner along with the mussels.




Organizing things at the studio.


Saturday August 20 2022

Waking up very late at 12:45 p.m.


Oatmeal with Cinnamon, Blueberries, Flax Seed, and Almond Milk. English Breakfast Tea.


Catching up on business things.


Going grocery shopping at Kroger and Whole Foods.


Eggs. Spinach. Bagel. Coffee. Salt n Vinegar Chips.


Running more errands – stopping by Smartmouth to put up some flyers for next weekend’s show – returning some mats to Wal-Mart – browsing Lowe’s for cabinets.


Stopping by the storage unit to add this plastic top to the Broadway garment racks. I run into a problem when trying to exit the facility. The gate hours are until 10 p.m. so I assumed once you’re inside you can leave but to my dismay the gate box says “late exit denied”. So I call the afterhours hotline and eventually a manager calls me back 20 minutes later and explains I’m not supposed to even be inside the property after 10. Wow, what a dumb system. I literally tried to leave at 10:02.


Back home. Cooking dinner for myself. Peas with Baby Cauliflower, and leftover Pad Thai.

Watching Day Shift (2022).


Chilling out and taking care of house things.


Friday August 19 2022

Waking up around noon.


Oatmeal with Cinnamon, Blueberries, Flax Seed, and Almond Milk. English Breakfast Tea.


Coaching a band session for the kids.


PB&J Pita. Melon. Coffee.


Teaching a piano lesson to Chase.


It’s time to clean! I vacuum all of the living room and staircase – mostly Elvis’s fur balls everywhere. Then, I scrub down the outside of the fridge – quite a process.


Later on, I take Rebecca to get sushi at Volcano. It’s been a minute since we just hung out non-business related. She’s not into cucumbers whatsoever – typically sushi places serve small plates of pickled cucumbers that have a relish-like flavor to them. She surprises herself by liking them. I enjoy a Salmon and Avocado Roll and Sweet Potato Roll.


Cleaning up some things at the house. Rebecca and I finally finished watching season 4 of Stranger Things. Now the story has concluded but of course everything is left over for a season 5.


Thursday August 18 2022

Waking up around noon.


Blueberries. Breakfast Bar. Tea.


Workout with Vlad.


Eggs. Baby Broccoli. Bagel. Tea.


Teaching lessons at Music Makers.


Coffee. Banana.


I have to drive out to The Hermitage in Norfolk. Ladada is performing outside right in front of the ancient museum. I order something from the Philly food truck before we go on cause the line is crazy long. There’s tons of people and families in lawn chairs having a great time.


On the long drive from Terminal Blvd to 64 to 264 I ponder things. I can’t stop feeling a sense of loss – my mom – Ana choosing to leave me. What can I do but continue on.


Stopping by Wal-Mart for some ice cream but end up getting a few storage bins and tools.


Organizing things at the studio.


Wednesday August 17 2022

Waking up around noon.


Oatmeal with Cinnamon, Blueberries, Flax Seed, and Almond Milk. English Breakfast Tea.


Catching up on business.


At the Rec for the first time in a while shooting the basketball around.


Eggs. Bagel. Spinach. Pretzels. Coffee.


Teaching lessons at Music Makers.


Organizing some things at the storage unit.


Dal Tadka with Baby Broccoli, Carrots, Quinoa, and Pita/Hummus.

Watching Godless (2017).


Cleaning all the ceramic water containers.


At the studio practicing some piano.


Tuesday August 16 2022

Waking up around 11:45 a.m.


Picking up some necessary groceries from Kroger.


Magic Spoon Cereal with Blueberries. Tea.


Doing all kinds of scheduling and emails.


Working out at the gym – finally! But I have to squeeze it in cause I’m glued to the Music Makers phone dealing with all kinds of things.



Eggs. Figs. Bagel. Spinach. Salt n Vinegar Chips. Coffee.


Teaching lessons then coaching a band.


Grabbing some dinner from Whole Foods.


Then, Ladada has a practice at the studio. It’s nice to do it here near home and in a different atmosphere. We clamp down our set list – feeling tighter as a band on the new songs.


Back home.

Catching up on business.


Finishing the final episode of Better Call Saul.


Monday August 15 2022

Waking up around 11:45 a.m.


Oatmeal with Cinnamon, Blueberries, Flax Seed, and Almond Milk. English Breakfast Tea.


Catching up on business and scheduling.


Running errands.


Eggs. Bagel. Spinach. Coffee. Salt n Vinegar Chips.


Teaching lessons at Music Makers.


Working with Billy and Anna of Modern Day Warrior – they’re supposed to have band practice but not everyone showed up.


Tofu Pad Thai with Broccoli.


Meeting up with Bobby at his house to get the finishing touches on this Christmas Broadway video. It’s been a long time coming but we’re finally getting to it. While his black cat seeks attention on my lap we sit there on his laptop making edits.


Sunday August 14 2022

Waking up at noon without any place I need to be.


Taking care of myself. Running to Whole Foods.


Then, attending the last showing of Something Rotten at the Little Theatre of Virginia Beach with Rebecca, Reid, and a few of the older cast members from Broadway.


I’ve never stepped foot inside here – always known about it. Even for how small it looks on the outside they make use of the space inside. Stage is perfectly designed. It’s cool seeing some of the numbers we performed yesterday being put on in a professional setting. A lot of talent on this stage.


Back home. Taking care of things and catching up from the weekend.


Leftover Pizza with Beets and Spinach.

Watching Godless (2017).


At the studio organizing all the things that were just left from the Broadway show – cleaning the mic packs and putting things away. Taking the recycle out. A gang of wild geese are hanging out by the water – almost every time either ducks or geese can be found here.


Taking care of things back home. Relaxing.