morning babble / Friday 2-12-21

Happy Friday!

Answers to 2 questions:

  1. What broke your fast last night? Tacos / Homemade Guacamole & Chips / Corn Pudding / Red Wine – all done with help of my two kids which made it that much more special / There was dessert – Chocolate Croissants but I was stuffed. AND – since they are croissants, I deemed them breakfast worthy today.
  2. Why do you call Tom Brady, the G.O.A.T? Stands for Greatest of All Time

New Music Friday:

  • Miss Taylor Swift – come on, girl . . . every week? Okay – here’s the cliff notes version on all of this. Today, she released “Love Story (Taylor’s version)” which is a re-release from her 2nd album, Fearless. It’s new though – she redid it. In fact, she plans on re-releasing her first 6 albums – all rerecorded. Rumor has it that the full album rerelease of Fearless will be out April 9th and includes 6 new songs. A machine right now.
  • JAY-Z and Nipsey Hussle’s New Song “What It Feels Like” is out. In fact, the new Judas and the Black Messiah: The Inspired Album is out now
  • For the rockers – there are singles from Greta Van Fleet and Kings of Leon. And the whole album from Pretty Reckless, “The Death by Rock and Roll”. You might not of heard of them. They do have some hit songs out in the rock world. But the lead singer – Taylor Momsen. You know her as Cindy Lou Who from the Grinch movie with Jim Carrey. She all grown up.

“Perfection is the enemy of productivity” – AJ Jacobs on the James Altucher Show

morning babble / Thursday 2-11-21

I got a hole in my pants.  I’ll survive the day, but this isn’t fun.  They’re cargo pants and I can’t get these anymore. Why? Because they are out of style and I realize that, but for work . . . I really like them when I’m out on the road

Happy Friday Eve! 

5k run is done / I’m into the 3rd day of the fast /
Feeling okay, but I got a little grumpy yesterday afternoon – could have been work stuff too.
thinking about food . . . alot

Kit Kat yesterday / Butterfinger talk today. Butterfinger is teasing out a peanut butter that they might be making – Crispety Crunchety Peanut Butter – oh that’s full glory!

Fast ends tonight at 6:54pm but who’s counting

“Happiness equals reality minus expectation ” – by Tom Magliozzi

morning babble / Wednesday 2-10-21

41 days in a row! Non-stop babble and running. Be sure to check out the rest of this website for my 52 Meal Challenge. Read the short – more are coming!

5k done / listened to David Chang’s podcast – I know I’ve talked about him way too much, but I just truly love his podcast. I need to create a Top 5 list of my most babbled about people: 1) Dave Chang 2) Ryan Holiday . . . we’ll work on it.

Anyway, the other day I learned about Kit Kats on the Dave Chang podcast. Hershey’s makes Kit Kats in US. while Nestle makes it for everyone else in the world. So, all those crazy flavors from Japan – it’s Nestle that’s performing that magic. Chang compared it to Spider Man being in a tug of war between Sony and Marvel. Nobody wants the Sony Spider Man. We want the Marvel. So, you want the Nestle Kit Kats.

FYI – 2nd day of the 3 Day Fast and no gripe! We’ll see how I’m doing tomorrow.

“My goal is to inspire people to be as excited as I am in making other people happy” – by Will Guidara, a restaurateur in NYC, via the podcast “The Moment with Brian Koppelman”

morning babble / Tuesday 2-9-21

I was mindlessly pushing along pictures on Instagram last night, when I came across a David Goggins post. If you don’t know who he is, go find a podcast with him as a guest and listen to it . . . without kids around. He has colorful word usage, but he’s incredibly motivating.

Anyway – this post he did. He’s holding the 4x4x48 Challenge. What’s this? Let me me tell you, fine people. Starting March 5th at 8pm (West Cost Time aka PST) – run 4 miles every 4 hours for 48 hours. Yeah, I’m not doing this one. But it is something to think about for next year. I am totally intrigued. However, my little 5k everyday would be toast if I would attempt this Goggins challenge.

So, I said how I’m still listening to Sapiens on Audible . . . about half way through – under 8 hours to go. It’s all very, very good. BUT – I still had another credit for signing up. I got the David Goggins book, Can’t Hurt Me. I’ve been meaning to get it on Audible because like I said, he’s very creative with his vocabulary delivery.

I ran / 3 day fast is underway – today is just day 1 . . . it’s the easiest one

“I don’t stop when I’m tired. I stop when I’m done” – by David Goggins

morning babble / Monday 2-8-21

I wonder if Bill Belichick watched last night . . . sitting there in his little cut up hoodie . . . I bet he already knew, too. You know why? Because he used to have the G.O.A.T.

Alright, quick takes on the “Big Game” overall:

  • Halftime show – ehhhh / It’s over?
  • Poet, Amanda Gorman performing right before the coin toss – well done NFL – loved that
  • With commercials, I enjoyed the Cheetos one with Shaggy. Later, I remembered it, but the Alexa commercial with Michael B. Jordan was very funny as well.
  • As for the actual game, I enjoyed it. I mean, I did say how deep down I would be cheering on Tom Brady, so the Bucs winning helped with that enjoyment.

I did run today and then later tonight, I begin my 3 day fast after dinner. Looking forward to pasta, sauce, sausage, and wine before shutting it down until dinner on Thursday. Any questions, send them along!

“When you lose, talk little. When you win, talk less.” – by Tom Brady (the G.O.A.T)

morning babble / Sunday 2-7-21

Soup or Bowl – radio promotion back in the day. The station would hold an event at a bowling alley for the day leading up to the “Big Game.” You could either bring a can of soup to donate or you could pay to bowl for a donation. By doing this, you would then get something from the radio station . . like a shirt. Your name would then be placed in the drawing for something like a big screen TV, which is what everyone wants for viewing on day of the “Big Game.” Miss those days. e had to stay on topic and up-to-date with radio. I enjoyed the days of something happening during the morning show and by afternoon drive, we had a promotion and were giving something away. A little tougher now with all the voicetracking going on and nobody in the building. Not all stations are like that – I still have friends that are actually in there and doing it live!

Birthday Wishes!

Yesterday – Nieces: Ashley and Melissa!

Today – Business Partner, but Friend first: Bob . . . just Bob . . . and you’re still older than me.

Tomorrow – Niece (got a lot of them): Rachel

Happy Birthday to all of ’em!

Hmmmm – back to tonight’s game – Chiefs or Bucs. I have no real preference, but deep down, I’ll be cheering on the 43 year old QB from the University of Michigan – the GOAT Tom Brady. I know that he deflated some balls, but whatever. This guy won 6 Super Bowls for the Patriots and Bill Belichick and they simply turned their backs on him. They thought – “we can get another one.” They didn’t AND they didn’t even get into the playoffs. I like the story here. So, if Mr. Brady wins #7, good for him. He’ll still be the GOAT either way. But – if Andy Reid wins another one . . . I’ll be happy for the former Eagles coach – seriously.

Oh, I still need to run. I think I’m going to keep mixing up my morning routine on Sundays. Sleep a little more. Eat breakfast with the family and always have a slightly later run in the day. It will be done though. Gotta continue the streak!

“The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary” – by Vince Lombardi

morning babble / Saturday 2-6-21

I ran. I have a tendency to forget to say that on Saturdays. So, there it is – 5k run is done and the streak continues. A bit too many of them on the treadmill though. Looking forward to hitting the outside trails – needs to dry up a little more though.

Did the WandaVision show again last night – I won’t dwell but it is good and totally playing with our Marvel minds. We did watch Endgame after it. What a movie. “I love you 3000” gets me every time. Sorry for the spoiler but you really should have seen this one by now.

Anyway – it was a long one, so waking up this morning was a little rough. It is all about the morning routine that helps me get to that run every day. These aren’t earth shattering tips, but this is what helps get me to the mill or trail. Alarm goes off – no snooze. You can’t. I have a long history of hitting that snooze, but there is nothing to gain from hitting it just once or . . . 14 more times, which I’ve done. So, alarm goes off and I stand up right away. I also have a glass/bottle/something of water on my bureau and immediately take a swig. Now, the night before I already have laid out my running clothes. I even have a sock placed inside each running shoe – I know I’m a geek. But – I don’t even have to think about it, I just start changing. I’ve also already picked out my podcast / music the night before, so I pop in the headphones along my journey downstairs and before I know it the warm-up is beginning.

Morning Routine breakdown:
Alarm goes off / No snooze / Stand up and drink that water / clothes are already out / Get dressed / Head to the treadmill while popping in those earbuds / Warm up begins

“No amount of money ever bought a second of time” – Tony Stark, Avengers: Endgame

morning babble / Friday 2-5-21

Halo. It’s a game and my son wanted it. I’m not a good judge on this stuff. Frankly, I can’t wait to get some Grand Theft Auto back into the house. So, I deferred to my wife, being the educator she is. She told my son that if he really wanted the game that he would have to learn the song Halo by Beyoncé and record it. And – he did. Now, we should have been more explicit with how the recording needed to happen since he has the only copy, BUT – he got it done and now he’s also got Halo.

I ran today / Good weigh-in day / 3 day fast begins Monday night

New Music Friday:

  • Foo Fighters new album dropped today – it’s called Medicine at Midnight – 9 new songs
  • Miss Taylor Swift put out another six pack mix of songs – the “ladies lunching” chapter
  • The Weeknd’s compilation album The Highlights is out – 18 songs, well over an hour of music. Again, he’s performing during the Superbowl halftime with Sunday. Also known as the “Big Game”
  • Eve 6 has a new song out – Black Nova
  • Seattle rocker, Ayron Jones, release a single today called “Mercy” – if you like guitars, this guy is in the same area as Gary Clark Jr.
  • Vampire Weekend – 2021 x 2

Last Friday, I talked about Black Pistol Fire with their new release – Look Alive. I got the vinyl! It was a Christmas present, which was supposed to be here on the actual release date of the 29th. Post Office stated 1/30 but then it kept saying that all the way through yesterday. But – it is here now . . . so, it will be enjoyed

“Those who are offended easily should be offended more often” – Mae West

morning babble / Thursday 2-4-21

Smorgasbord – a dinner / Smorgasburg – an actual event of the dinner?

I ran.  Streak continues. 3 day fast next week – Monday night – who’s with me?

Yesterday, I talked about enjoying my coffee via pour over.  Well, Papa Roach lead man, Jacoby Dakota Shaddix showed off his new Chemex in an Instagram Story. Game changer. He sings a song with The Hu called “Wolf Totem.”  I love running to that song.
Link for proof:

Investor Josh Wolfe on the best advice he ever received:
“The best, most useful advice I ever got was from Jim Watson, [the scientist who discovered DNA], over tea at his New York apartment.
3 words, 2 meanings: Avoid boring people.”

morning babble / Wednesday 2-3-21

Groundhog saw its shadow yesterday – 6 more weeks until Spring Training.  Something like that.  MLB are still negotiating on when to start it all. Blame the groundhog.

Also, just a friendly reminder . . . we are now into the 3rd day of February – all Christmas decorations should really be taken down.

Black & white video is back.  Therefore, you don’t see my blotchiness which I realize is the visible proof that I ran, but – I did run . . . really!

The reason I had to show color yesterday was because I talked about the “pinkness” of the Kraft Mac & Cheese. Without the video being in color, everything that I said made zero sense when discussing the bowl of “intestines.” Go back and see!

I need to work on my morning routine and write it out. Step 1 – wake up and get out of bed!

Million Seconds = 11 days // Billion Seconds = 31 years

“Focus is the art of knowing what to ignore.” — James Clear