morning babble: Return to BJJ / Selling the business? / Cato quote

morning babble / Tuesday 11-29-22

This is the scribble that leads to the babble. Sometimes, it gets tidied up; but other times, not so much. When all else fails: watch the video!

I’m heading back to BJJ today. It’s been a month. More than a month. My shoulder feels ready. I’m going to warn them all and definitely tappity-tap whenever needed.

Hear about Tom Brady’s Ex-wife – Gisele does BJ . . . J with her trainer.

FYI – all you Tom Brady hater – his team is in first place and we’re going to have to deal with his Bucs in the playoffs. I don’t want to have anything to do with that. WHY? – b/c you have to respect the GOAT – 7 rings. Yes, Pittsburgh that’s more than what you have.

33 days until EXIT PLAN

I wrote – trying to hit that 30,000 words / Also, if anyone has suggestions on an editor or a writing coach.

PODCAST TUESDAY!

Got all caught up with The Dave Chang Show / Heard a good Q&A with Chase Jarvis / and Chris Williamson interviewed Tim Urban.

Built to Sell by John Warrillow

“You’re the man” I don’t want that. I want Clean-A-Tank on its own. Whoever comes out – they need to get what my company has to offer. I’ve got work still ahead.

Also – salespeople – don’t hire the Blakes (basically, the slick talkers) / Hire the Angies

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:
“An angry man opens his mouth and shuts his eyes”by Cato

morning babble: Longest Week of the Year – just eat the frog!/ Small biz purchases/ Home Alone quote

morning babble / Monday 11-28-22

This is the scribble that leads to the babble. Sometimes, it gets tidied up; but other times, not so much. When all else fails: watch the video!

Welcome to the longest week of the year – I’m sorry – that’s just how it’s going to feel. Accept it and let’s take it on. However, I do hope everyone had a wonderful holiday weekend. Spend some money? Amazing how you could order some things and then that very afternoon – they were at the door. It was like pizza. Except for white Christmas lights – they have been delayed.

I did some personal shopping on Small Business Saturday – I hit up my local comic bookstore – Captain Blue Hen Comics for my stack of comic subscriptions that came in. Unfortunately, I did not have time to peruse around since there was a big college football game coming on that day. I then headed over to Rainbow Records, my local vinyl shop. And there, I did peruse.

34 days until EXIT PLAN

I did write. I’ll have a final tally for the month on Thursday. Again, not really sure about hitting 30,000 words for the book, but my daily routine of a minimum of 30 minutes writing has definitely been accomplished.

GOAL SETTING MONDAY –

Eat the Frog – we all got them. I have several today. Knock those out first and avoid that anxiety build-up which then affects your other work.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:
“If you won’t use your heart, who cares if it gets broken? Your heart might still be broken, but it isn’t gone. If it was gone, you wouldn’t be so nice.” – by Kevin McCallister, Home Alone

mb: Blue tree is up – sort of / New Music Friday with TS, Franky, RHCP – lots of Soup Dragons love! / John Frusciante quote

morning babble / Friday 11-25-22

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I ran – yesterday – before the turkey. Not today. Too much Angel’s Envy American Whiskey yesterday. Little slow this morning. I did write yesterday . . . prior to the Turkey which was so smart. Got home and it was straight to bed.

37 days until EXIT PLAN

New Music Friday:

I put together a Spotify playlist of the songs that I talked about and thought about today for New Music Friday. Click here for that!

  • New Taylor Swift? Well, sort of – today via the streaming services, you can hear the acoustic version of “Anti-Hero”. It was available a couple weeks ago for purchase from her website along with a couple other “Anti-Hero” versions. The acoustic one is what I’ve heard and it’s very well done, because she’s talented. I don’t think there’s an entire acoustic album coming out, but I wouldn’t put it past her. Give it a couple hours and check back.
  • New Soup Dragons? Not really. Old stuff that has been dug up and labeled as The Soup Dragons – Raw TV Products – Singles & Rarities 1985-88. The Soup Dragons earliest recordings and BBC sessions remastered by frontman Sean Dickson. Now, HiFi Sean – that’s what he goes by, I’m still wondering why Hydrophonic, which is the fourth and final studio album from The Soup Dragons, is MIA from the streaming services. I have the CD somewhere in a Rubbermaid bin that’s stacked away in the storage area, but I want it on Spotify or Apple Music. I did find the song that I liked from that album which is called “All Messed Up.” (play clip) At the beginning of the babble, I played a clip of their song “Everlasting” from the Hotwired album. Everybody knows “I’m Free” and I’m a fan, too. Just wanted to introduce some of the other sounds of The Soup Dragons.
  • Machine Gun Kelly is rapping again on his latest single, “Taurus.” This past Wednesday he premiered the new video for the song. (Play clip) By the way, this is the title track of his latest semi-autobiographical film of the same name – Taurus, which you can see via YouTube Movies, Apple TV, and On-Demand. MGK plays Cole Taurus, a troubled rock star searching for inspiration to record his next big song while battling drug addiction and fame. The film also co-stars his girlfriend, actress Megan Fox.
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers released two new double LPs this past year – not enough? Well, the band has released “The Shape I’m Takin'” which isn’t actually an entirely new song; it was previously a bonus track exclusive to the Japanese edition of October’s 2nd album of the year Return of the Dream Canteen. Today, we can listen and enjoy that tune.
  • It’s the weekend – people like to get out and dance. Actually, a whole lot of class reunions are going on this weekend. Not mine. Others and good luck to you all. Anyway, several months ago (like August), I talked about the song “PDA” from Franky. Today, she released along with Jack Wins “Have It All”. (play clip) I’d show you how I’d dance to it, but I look forward to gaining followers, not losing them.
  • HOLIDAY MUSIC – This was released a year ago, but I think deserves more attention – Jamie Cullum’s The Pianoman at Christmas (The Complete Edition) is perfect for this upcoming winter holiday – 30 songs / 1 hour and 45 minutes of holiday tunage – add some jazzy sounds to your holidays.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:
“Make sure you stay in touch with beauty instead of letting the ugliness of the world corrupt your soul” by John Frusciante

morning babble: Blue Christmas Tree is revealed / Let’s talk about Books! / Thanksgiving Eve

morning babble / Wednesday 11-23-22

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It’s Thanksgiving Eve!

39 days until EXIT PLAN

Welcome to AMA Wednesday –

Via someone – “What do you sleep in?” A bed.

Via someone – “Do you read any novels?” Via an Instagram post from wildethingz, she described this book as being perfect. “The characters are perfect; the story is perfect; and the book as a whole seems to have a life of its own.” She said that she can’t stop thinking about it.

Unveiling of the BLUE Christmas Tree

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:
“It is a great happiness to have what you desire; but it is an even greater happiness not to want more than you already have.” – by Menedemus

morning babble: Sleep beats Angst / Podcast Tuesday with INXS and Dave Chang / Derek Sivers quote

morning babble / Tuesday 11-22-22

This is the scribble that leads to the babble. Sometimes, it gets tidied up; but other times, not so much. When all else fails: watch the video!

It’s amazing how a good night’s sleep can wash away the angst of yesterday. At the end of my day, I was all out of nice. Nothing good to say. I kept it quiet, because otherwise it would have flowed out. And that’s not good either. Sometimes you need to get it out, but sometimes you need to learn to let it roll away on its own.

40 days until EXIT PLAN

PODCAST TUESDAY!

25 years ago today – we lost Michael Hutchence from INXS

“Not Enough Time”

To help mark the 25th year of the passing of Michael Hutchence, join the INXS Access All Areas Podcast Team and INXS Fans around the World, download the song “Not Enough Time” on the same day. Trying to get it back onto the music charts.

The Dave Chang Show – almost all caught up. I wanted to run so bad today

Tomorrow – Thanksgiving Eve

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:
“Distraction steals what’s not locked down”by Derek Sivers

morning babble: Short Work Week! /
The Van Gogh Immersive Experience /
Vincent quote, too

morning babble / Monday 11-21-22

This is the scribble that leads to the babble. Sometimes, it gets tidied up; but other times, not so much. When all else fails: watch the video!

Happy Monday – Short Week – Think that’s what makes this one of everyone’s favorite holidays. It messes up the workweek. Only 3 days. Yes!

41 days until EXIT PLAN

GOAL SETTING MONDAY & REVIEW –

My daughter had a goal for a family and that was to try having an outing every weekend – to get out or simply outside. Talking to her, you’d think we never did anything. Once she runs out of time on that iPad though . . . we better be doing something.

Anyway – this weekend as a family – we did get out –

Van Gogh immersive experience at the Tower Theatre in Upper Darby – just outside Philly

Vincent Van Gogh

Skull of a Skeleton with Burning Cigarette (1885-86)

My daughter’s family goal of weekend adventures

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:
“If you hear a voice within you saying, “You are not a painter,” then by all means paint, boy, and that voice will be silenced.” – by Vincent Van Gogh

https://youtu.be/p65oKYt1kjs

morning babble: Where can I get my Taylor Swift tickets?!? / New Music Friday! / Pharrell Williams quote

morning babble / Friday 11-18-22

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Friday – we did it. BUT – the real question – how are we going to get our Taylor Swift Tickets!

Ticketmaster announced Thursday afternoon that it has canceled public ticket sale plans for the pop star’s upcoming “The Eras Tour.” Fans accessed Taylor Swift tickets earlier this week via a presale offer for Capital One cardholders; those tickets are no longer available.

Ticketmaster on Tuesday called the demand “historically unprecedented.” The 2023 tour, which has 52 dates so far, sold more than 2 million tickets that day — a single-day record.

Not only is she a hit machine, she’s a money machine. Captial One looking so smart for having Miss Taylor Swift as her spokesperson. I need an endorsement.

44 days until EXIT PLAN

I wrote / I ran

New Music Friday:

I put together a Spotify playlist of the songs that I talked about and thought about today for New Music Friday. Click here for that!

  • World Cup begins this weekend and to help kick it off is a collaboration amongst Nicki Minaj, Maluma, and Myriam Fares. The song is called “Tukoh Taka” (two-ka, tocka) and is the Official FIFA Fan Festival Anthem. It’s a fast-paced dance song with verses in three different languages. With Nicki’s part, she sings “Some say fútbol, some say soccer,” before it goes back to the chorus. I’d like to add some say cross country running with a ball. Just score. I don’t want to see any 0-0 ties. I like goals, touch downs, and home runs. (clip) The music video for “Tukoh Taka” will be out and I’ll have the link to the video. Soccer games kick off Sunday.
  • Jukebox the Ghost released a new single today and the name of it made me think that it could possibly be a cover. Back in the day (1995 to be exact), the band Tripping Daisy came out with a song called “I Got a Girl.” (clip) The song from Jukebox the Ghost with that very same name . . . is not that. More piano in this one. Elevated the usage of bad words. It’s a fun song though. Not sure if a whole album is on the way or not, but it is a new song again called “I Got a Girl” from Jukebox the Ghost.
  • Pharrell and Travis Scott have shared new song called “Down in Atlanta.” (clip) This song follows Williams’ previous single “Cash In Cash Out” – that one featured 21 Savage and Tyler, The Creator. In a recent interview, Pharrell stated that these new songs are going to appear on a forthcoming solo album called Phrends (that’s a ph for the F). Apparently BTS will be featured on the album, too.
  • New AJR – these guys had one of my favorite albums from last year – OK Orchestra. Phenomenal album from beginning to end. Actually, since that album came out, they have slowly trickled out a couple songs in addition to this one, which is called “The DJ is Crying” (clip) – not sure of a new album coming, but I’m thinking 2023 could be an AJR year.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:
“Happiness is not about the trophy, or the finish line. It’s the journey. If you enjoy your journey, you can enjoy your life” by Pharrell Williams

morning babble: Bird has FOMO and so does my email inbox / Newsletter?/
Leo Tolstoy quote

morning babble / Thursday 11-17-22

This is the scribble that leads to the babble. Sometimes, it gets tidied up; but other times, not so much. When all else fails: watch the video!

I wrote, but not good. The past couple nights I’ve been sitting in the library, Christmas tree lights on, and The Real Holiday Jazz channel on Sirius. I need to get back into other routine of sitting the office desk, candle on, and my two song playlist playing.

The Stairs / Kiss the Dirt

HAPPY FRIDAY EVE!

45 days until EXIT PLAN

Bird has FOMO. If you visit us – yes, we have a bird out. “Which Bird Brent” Look a gutter.

I have FOMO still with my emails. I think I’m going to have to put a timer and simply plow through my emails.

Obnoxious numbers again

All these newsletter emails

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:
“You must believe in the possibility of happiness in order to be happy”by Leo Tolstoy via A Calendar of Wisdom

morning babble: Exit Plan Update and “We’re hiring!” / Ryan Holiday quote

morning babble / Wednesday 11-16-22

This is the scribble that leads to the babble. Sometimes, it gets tidied up; but other times, not so much. When all else fails: watch the video!

46 days until EXIT PLAN

Welcome to AMA Wednesday –

Via someone – “Doing a race?” I’m out – doesn’t look like it’ll be this year.

Via someone – “What’s up with Exit Plan?”

It’s that time of year again, when whoever I run into . . . I just begin asking everyone. We’re hiring, so if you know someone . . . we’re hiring.

Anyone and everyone, I run in to. Katie – “How are you?” Me – “eh, uh, eh – we’re hiring.”

“Don’t forget, we’re hiring!” Nod. “I love you, too – Dad, but we are hiring.”

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:
“Defeat is a choice. The brave never choose it.” – by Ryan Holiday via Courage is Calling

morning babble: The Rizz of Pete Davidson / Podcast Tuesday: Trends with Benefits / E Joseph Cossman quote

morning babble / Tuesday 11-15-22

This is the scribble that leads to the babble. Sometimes, it gets tidied up; but other times, not so much. When all else fails: watch the video!

Happy Tuesday! Not as happy as Pete Davidson happy though. Apparently, he’s now dating Model Emily Ratajkowski? So, first there was Ariana Grande, Kate Beckinsale, Kim Kardashian. Pete – he’s got what the kids call today – Rizz. It’s magical.

47 days until EXIT PLAN

PODCAST TUESDAY!

Trends with Benefits is a podcast put out by MUD\WTR. The longer ones are their macro podcasts and hosted by Kyle Thiermann.

Meanwhile, there are also Micro-podcasts which are hosted by Sara Russell whose voice and delivery I really do enjoy. Her recent one was “How to Handle Burnout” – simple overall solution – set that bar lower and cut out of work when you’re supposed to.

Back to Kyle, recently he interviewed the mastermind behind MUD\WTR itself – Shane Heath who I always find fascinating as a person to be interviewed. For some reason, he reminds me of Blake Mycoskie, who is the founder of Toms Shoes. That’s a book I read on Kindle, so I can’t flash it, but the Blake book, Start Something that Matters – great one. Anyway, back to Shane. His beverage concoction MUD\WTR has always been a favorite of mine and then the story behind it all just drew me in. You can watch the recent podcast on YouTube – click here

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:
“The best bridge between despair and hope is a good night’s sleep.” – by E. Joseph Cossman via the MUD\WTR website