National Whiskey Day is . . . not yet (5/21) / Comic books via DC and Captain Blue Hen / Seth Godin quote

morning babble / Wednesday 05-18-22

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!

World Whiskey Day – May 21st

LoCARB & MEATY MAY – still on. I had to make my kids Mac & Cheese with Chicky Nuggets last night. I ate an egg omelet with pepperoni and cheese.

228 days until EXIT PLAN

Welcome to AMA Wednesday –

Comic book from picture on Saturday Night

Captain Blue Hen Comics from Newark, DE – that’s my headquarters

DC vs. Vampires – originally for my son, but I’m digging it too

Written by James Tynion and Matthew Rosenberg

If I’m not reading this, I’m nursing this series along – The Boys – remain on Volume Five. Anything by Garth Ennis – I enjoy. Try to read fun things before bed. Don’t want to start up that brain and have it thinking of something and then it’s 2am before you know it.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:
“Gravity doesn’t care who believes in it. It’s still here. – by Seth Godin

Not Monday! / Podcast Tuesday with health hacks via All the Hacks / Cal Newport quote

morning babble / Tuesday 05-17-22

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!

Smorgasbord

Cal Newport – Digital Minimalism

229 days until EXIT PLAN

PODCAST TUESDAY!

I’m revisiting one that I’ve talked about before: All the Hacks podcast with Chris Hutchins Episode #52 had writer and cookbook author Liz Moody on. The episode was called “Hack Your Health (While Still Enjoying Life) – click here to listen for yourself. She has her own podcast: Healthier Together.

  • Cold shower – goal 1 minute at the very end
  • Save your favorite podcast for working out. You’ll find yourself being driven to the exercise because you want to hear or watch a show. All last year I did this with Dave Chang Shows.
  • Breathing through your nose (not mouth) is critical – Mouth Tape

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:
“Clarity about what matters provides clarity about what does not” – by Cal Newport

Piling up the work plate for Monday / Accomplishing goals via Cal Newport / Confucius quote

morning babble / Monday 05-16-22

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!

Monday – hip hip horray. We can do it. It’s all good.

230 days until EXIT PLAN

The other night I mentioned having a Dad Bod again. My daughter went on to ask “What’s a Dad Bod?” Well, a puffy person and little more “wobbly.” She then said, “You don’t have a dad bod, you’re skinny.” And now – my daughter is my most favorite person in the whole wide world.

GOAL SETTING MONDAY & REVIEW –

Finding myself having much self-control over my eating.

So many things I’m trying in order to set my goals and then reach them. Keep throwing them at the wall to see what sticks

Weight +/- for the day is -9 lbs when compared to 5/1 weigh-in

Push-ups done for the Bring Sally Up Challenge – Back down to 13

The “Bring Sally Up” Challenge 1 Play the song “Flower” by Moby 2 When the song says “bring sally up” – push up. 3 When the song says bring sally down – come down. 4 Do it continually through the end of the song. 5 If you complete the entire exercise, you’ll do 30 reps of pushups

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:
“We have two lives, and the second begins when we realize we only have one.” – by Confucius

Recap Daughter’s 1st show: Black Pistol Fire, not Slipknot / New Music Friday: Kendrick, Black Keys, and more!

morning babble / Friday 05-13-22

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!

Quick recap on some things – 3 Day Fast is over. I was truly greeted at the door by my wife with the Pomegranate Lime Tequila Fizz – my 1st of 3 for the evening. Also, had pasta with sauce and spicy sausage. Lots of sausage – so good. There was an ice cream date as we watched the stand-up comedian, Chris D’elia (deli uh). We limited the dessert intake but it did feel make me feel like Popeye receiving his spinach, but in ice cream form. My +/- for the month is now at -11.4 lbs since May 1st. Weight loss isn’t really the goal, but I am monitoring it. I’ll do that Bring Sally Up Push-up Challenge on Sunday – update that on Monday. I’ve got to do better than 14. And I’ll keep my shirt.

233 days until EXIT PLAN

Last Friday, we were in Philly at The Foundry for Black Pistol Fire. We took our kids. Elliott has been to a concert already, but this was a first for my daughter. She made it through the opening act and about 4 songs into Black Pistol Fire. She then crashed in my arms

Woman came up to me and said this moment for me made her so happy. Me and my daughter on my lap as incredible live music was being played. I thanked her and proceeded to say that my son was there too enjoying the show – way up in the front row. She then proceeded to tell me that the first show that she took her 7 year-old son to was Slipknot. Now – I like Slipknot. I think the lead singer Corey Taylor is amazing. BUT – Do you know Slipknot? (video) Did you see that? Please know . . . I am not making fun. Slipknot fans – all good. I have my favorites – like I said I’m a big Corey Taylor fan – solo, his other band Stone Sour, and even Slipknot. BUT – taking my 7 year-old son to their concert? Grow up fast.

New Music Friday:

  • Kendrick Lamar has released his new double album titled Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers. Last Sunday, the video and song for “The Heart, Part 5” was released. Within the video, Kendrick stands in front and delivers his powerful-like sermon. As the rhyming continues on, his face morphs into polarizing celebrities like OJ Simpson, Kanye West, and Will Smith. Near the end of the video, Kendrick transforms into Kobe Bryant and Nipsey Hussle as he pays to fallen icons.
  • Black Keys new album has arrived – their 11th and it’s called Dropout Boogie. They were just on Jimmy Kimmel the other night playing two of the album’s releases: “Wild Child” and “It Ain’t Over.” Fun Fact – tomorrow is the 20th anniversary of their 1st album The Big Come Up. All of their albums are good, but I am excited to hear the newest one and again it’s called Dropout Boogie. 10 songs / 34 minutes / Don’t blink. One song that jumped out to me is “Your Team is Looking Good.” 1st time through – I enjoyed that one and wanted it to just keep going.
  • Death Cab for Cutie have released a new single, “Roman Candles.” It’s the 1st tease of the band’s 10th album – Asphalt Meadows – which is due out Sept. 16th. Via Rolling Stone, the band explained: “Roman Candles’ is about the crippling, existential dread that goes hand in hand with living in a nervous city on a dying planet, and that the only way to be in the moment is to let it all go.” So, it’s a happy song. I’m excited though for the whole album. Death Cab has an odd place in my musical heart. Their album PLANS was the first album I ever downloaded onto my iPod, which definitely helped get me back into music. This past Tuesday, Apple announced it was discontinuing the manufacture of the iPod Touch, the last of the iPod models still being produced.
  • Post Malone’s forthcoming album twelve carat toothache is getting closer and closer – full drop on June 3rd. The rapper has shared a new single called “Cooped Up” and it’s featuring Roddy Ricch. I gave it a listen. I need to give a couple more. He’s one that can sneak up on you and get into your head. Later on, you’re singing it to yourself.
  • My Chemical Romance have returned with their 1st new song since 2014, “The Foundations of Decay”. No new album is in place. In fact, no new music was really going to be put out but the band’s been hanging out and about to embark on a reunion tour with dates in North America and Europe – ends in October. But today, we got the 6-minute new song from these guys. Again, it’s called “The Foundations of Decay”

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:
“If you like something, rock it. If you want to rock a cape every day, go for it.” – by Post Malone

Day 3 of 3 Day Fast: still hungry / Fightin’ Blue Hen aka Ass Kickin’ Chicken/ Quote credited to Kevin Kelly

morning babble / Thursday 05-12-22

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HAPPY FRIDAY EVE!

Day 3 of the 3 Day Fast

Definitely ahead of schedule with my typical points for a fast. For me that is – yesterday, I already began to feel a moment of clarity

Less carbs means my system flushed faster during the fast?

234 days until EXIT PLAN

Excited to see what the workouts do with helping me run faster – seriously. I am seeing and feeling how much my quads are not being used well

12th Annual Blue Hen 5K – part of the Alumni Weekend. I’m a fightin’ Blue Hen or as we used to say on the radio with WRDX – Ass Kickin’ Chickens. / The race is next month on Sunday, June 5th – begins at 9:30am

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:
“About 99% of the time, the right time is right now.”credited to Kevin Kelly. His very 1st of “103 Bits of Advice I wish I Had Known.” He wrote back in 2008 the incredible article, “1,000 True Fans”

Day 2 of 3 Day Fast – and I’m hungry already / Shirt off for the Push-up Challenge? / Anthony Bourdain Quote

morning babble / Wednesday 05-11-22

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!

LoCARB & MEATY MAY continues on . . . easily because:

Day 2 of the 3 Day Fast

I’m hungry – feeling it earlier than usual. This morning – headache. It went away during my workout though.

235 days until EXIT PLAN

Welcome to AMA Wednesday –

Via a “friend” – “Why don’t you take your shirt off during the push up challenge like Igor?”

Via Shane – “What about BJJ? Are you going back?”

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:
“There is art left to be made in this world.” – by Anothony Bourdain via Austin Kleon

Day 1 of 3 Day Fast / Something new since “The Slap” / Friedrich Nietzsche quote

morning babble / Tuesday 05-10-22

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!

First full day of the 3 Day Fast – it’s the easy one. Body hasn’t caught on yet to what you’re doing to it. Until you come home and smell dinner and it smells so good. Can’t eat until 5:55PM on Thursday.

LoCARB & MEATY MAY is easy these next 3 days

Workouts – I was going to run today, but yesterday and today are tough days for work, so I chose to skip it. I’m hoping to do another regular workout tomorrow – trying to build up my strength for the push-up challenge. I am improving! Arms don’t hurt any more during my sleeping position – the army crawl?

236 days until EXIT PLAN

PODCAST TUESDAY!

Haven’t been able to listen as much as I typically would. Lately, I have been working with someone, so that eliminates all my podcast time in the car. AND – I don’t want to entirely put them through all of my philosophies of life.

Audio books are another form of podcast and I hit a wall there too, but for a different reason. Typically, I listen to those around the house on the weekends. The book that I got stuck on was Will Smith’s. I stopped. I just couldn’t. Still don’t quite understand all of that. Anyway, just this morning, I went in and picked another audiobook that I had purchased months ago and have no idea why. Steven Kotler – The Art of the Impossible

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:
“Anyone who has a why to live can bear almost any what” – by Friedrich Nietzsche

Upcoming 5k race / 3 Day Fast Begins / Bring Sally Up challenge – how many? / Naval quote

morning babble / Monday 05-09-22

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!

Ahhhhhhhh, Monday

237 days until EXIT PLAN

12th Annual Blue Hen 5K – part of the Alumni Weekend / I signed up, so did my friend, Greg. It’s on Sunday, June 5th – race begins at 9:30am

GOAL SETTING MONDAY & REVIEW –

Fails –

Thursday – Burger King

Friday – Jeni’s Ice Cream

Saturday – Lots of Chip & Dip, plenty of IPA beverage, and then Desserts by Dana

Sunday – Popcorn at the Movie Theatre – The Mom of the house wanted the family to go and see the new Dr. Strange movie . . . so that’s what we did – Happy Mommy’s Day.

Accomplishments –

No Dunkin Donuts – all week. I never stopped – saved money AND didn’t get the extra carbs or the sugar / Less snacking – really

Weight +/- for the day is -6 lbs when compared to 5/1 weigh-in

Push-ups done for the Bring Sally Up Challenge – 14

The “Bring Sally Up” Challenge 1 Play the song “Flower” by Moby 2 When the song says “bring sally up” – push up. 3 When the song says bring sally down – come down. 4 Do it continually through the end of the song. 5 If you complete the entire exercise, you’ll do 30 reps of pushups

Week ahead –

3 Day Fast / More workouts / Speeding up my 5Ks

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:
“A life spent looking for shortcuts is a long road to nowhere.” – by Naval

Black Pistol Fire in Philly! / New Music Friday / Eminem quote

morning babble / Friday 05-06-22

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!

Lost 7.6 lbs – what? Burger King? Whopper Melt.

240 days until EXIT PLAN

Mother’s Day on Sunday / Hanging with some friends on Saturday night / and tonight is something special for my family: Black Pistol Fire at the Foundry in Philly! The kids are coming. Elliott’s 2nd real concert. Violet’s 1st one. Kevin and Eric – we’re the parents with the 2 little ones.

Music News: Eminem and Dolly Parton are in for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame! Like both of them. The class is rounded out by Duran Duran, Lionel Richie, Carly Simon, Pat Benatar, and Eurythmics. Some of my favorites who were nominated but didn’t make the cut: Beck, A Tribe Called Quest, and Rage Against the Machine

New Music Friday:

  • I talked about not having it this last Friday, but we did get the song this past week. I’m talking about “Hold My Hand” – the new song from Lady Gaga that she made for the new Tom Cruise movie Top Gun: Maverick, which is out for Memorial Day weekend on May 27th
  • Awolnation dropped their full album – Today – the single that is being pushed is “Take a Chance on Me” which features Jewel. Yes – that’s the ABBA song. This new collaboration album, My Echo, My Shadow, My Covers And Me contains 11 tracks with help from Hanson, Rise Against, Grouplove, Jewel, Brandon Boyd from Incubus, and Beck. I saw that a song from the late 90s that I enjoyed “Flagpole Sitta” was redone. Definitely, an upbeat fun album that can be played through and through this weekend. Again, it’s called My Echo, My Shadow, My Covers & Me from Awolnation.
  • Last night, A$AP Rocky released a video to accompany his new song track “D.M.B.,” which features him and Rihanna — prior to her pregnancy. In the video, Rocky wears grills on his teeth that say, “MARRY ME?” Rihanna’s teeth, in turn, bear the message, “I DO.” Teeth jewelry making the proposal. Who’s says romance is dead? Oh yea, the acronym for the song “DMB” is “Dat’s My B****h”. Click here for the video.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:
“If you have enemies, good that means you stood up for something” – by Eminem

Mmm – Sugar! / Friday Eve & Cinco de Mayo / Rosa Parks quote

morning babble / Thursday 05-05-22

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 FRIDAY EVE and HAPPY CINCO DE MAYO! – wish I could join everyone who is going out and about today to celebrate. Good ole days – Reminds me of my radio days where my job was to go to a bar, broadcast live – all while drinking, eating nachos, and hanging with people that enjoyed the music I was playing.

241 days until EXIT PLAN

I ran and it hurt again. Yesterday was a lower body workout. My quads, calves, you name it were burning when I woke. That app with Igor Voitenko – well, worth my ten bucks for the month.

Otherwise, with the LoCARB & MEATY MAY – I’m feeling good / Weighing all my foods / Avoiding sugar. We were over at my parents house (Nana & Pop’s) because our washer is broke, so that’s what you do – hey guys – please welcome us every day until the repair guy can visit us in July. My daughter comes with me and hits the candy dish. You know if you have one, you want another and then another. I was good. She wasn’t, but she did get some for her big brother – so that was nice.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:
“Knowing what must be done does away with fear.”by Rosa Parks