morning babble / Sunday 3-14-21

A couple “I’m sorrys” before starting:

  1. I just didn’t feel like talking about my battle with Facebook today. When doing the video, I felt myself becoming too angry and this is not meant for that. I want it to be fun. However, as an FYI, I am still out at Facebook – 6th day of exile
  2. Also, I sooooo should have warned you yesterday about Daylight Savings Time again.  Anymore though, everything just adjusts on its own to DST except for that one kitchen clock that takes a battery. As a kid, this was the one Sunday of the year that we had the best shot at missing church. Between the two Daylight Savings Time occurrences, this “spring” forward one is the most troublesome. Every year on the Monday after the switch, hospitals report a 24% spike in heart-attack visits around the US. You just can’t be messing with people’s sleep schedules. Our bodies may not fully recover from the time shift for weeks, but the tragic heart attack trend only lasts about a day. Here’s the article.

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Also, I haven’t run yet today – so, I’m stuck on 72. However, I’m hoping to go outside later and get my 5k on (FYI – I did). Tomorrow (Monday). . . I’ll be doing this vlog after the treadmill run and you’ll see the tally skip up to 74.


  • Last night, I posted a picture on Instagram. I was listening to my new Trick of the Tail album that I purchased last week. In addition, I was enjoying some Elijah Craig bourbon whiskey. And finally, I was reading Brzrkr – the new comic that Keanu Reeves is a part of. Issue #1. Bigger than bitcoin and NFTs, right?
  • Also, I was flipping through my Walter Isaacson book on Benjamin Franklin since I heard him on Tim Ferriss’ podcast. Isaacson has a new book out. Oh man . . . my reading wish list keeps growing. Anyway though – I truly enjoyed this one on old Ben.

“He that lives on hope . . . dies farting*” – by Ben Franklin. * changed to “fasting” later. The first edition might have been a misprint. Courtesy of Walter Isaacson’s biography of Benjamin Franklin (page 99)

morning babble / Saturday 3-13-21

Into the 5th day of exile from Facebook – more on that tomorrow. Let’s get to the other fun stuff. I ran – 72 days in a row. A little extra stretching needed this morning, but otherwise feeling good. Maybe those extra beverages last night had something to do with it.

Last night, we enjoyed Coming 2 America – Yes, the 2nd one. I thought it was great and really well done. I mean, the actors seemed to be having fun throughout it all. And at the end – it just felt like a big party and celebration. AND – I don’t think this is a spoiler, but my favorite joke from the first one was actually replayed within the 2nd one AND played out a 3rd time with everyone grown up. I’m talking about is within the first movie when the little elephant runs by and Eddie Murphy says, “Hello Babar.” In the new one, you get to see grown-up Babar. Hopefully that wasn’t too much. At least I didn’t give out the exact Prince song that was played out. Loved that! I added that to my “morning babble – wake-up” playlist. Posting that soon – maybe next Friday. Here’s the running playlist released yesterday – click here for that.

AMA Saturday:

  • What radio station do you listen to?  Terrestrial? Alt 104.5 out of Philly. Mainly have my Sirius XM with Lithium, Alt Nation, Octane, Turbo, and the Verge (Canadian’s Alt Rock).
  • Do you still do the 4 days of the 18:6 Fast? Yes. I felt like I was repeating myself too much, so I guess I got away from saying that. During the week, 4 days of the 18:6 fast – keeps the weight in check. Then, monthly – a 3 day fast which helps with allergies. This month was key being ahead of the spring time pollen release – fun!

Again, Facebook update tomorrow. Also, tomorrow on my website, I’ll be posting a new short that I wrote. Hoping that it entertains. Got some giggles from my little posse. Read the one that’s been up here.

“Plant your tree before you need the shade.” – by Seth Godin

morning babble / Friday 3-12-21

I ran. 71. Still no Facebook – day 4.

3 Day Fast ended last night at exactly 6:32pm. It was officially broken by a sip of Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA. It was then followed by potstickers, chips & salsa, chips & guacamole, meatballs, these chicken ravioli like things, mac & cheese, cold cut veggies, some roast beef, ice cream cake. Whew! Rolaids at night!!

Speaking of Dogfish Head, they just came out with a Hazy-O! beer, which is a hazy IPA. I love it – delicious. However, I need to enjoy it as much as I can this month, since in April – I’m doing that “alcohol drought” for the month.

New Music Friday:

  • Reminder: Grammys are on Sunday night. Trevor Noah is the host. Tons of artists performing – 4 stages, but no Weeknd – he’s boycotting because of being snubbed. Awww. Speaking of being snubbed – I still can’t believe that Run The Jewels didn’t get nominated for something, anything. Made me listen to Run The Jewels 4 again. And then 3, and then 2. I didn’t get all the way to the first one.
  • Dinosaur Jr. announced that their new album Sweep It Into Space will be out April 23rd. BUT – they also announced a tour schedule, begins the end of July. But concerts . . . they’re coming back soon.
  • Couple songs that I was excited to see and hear: new Fratellis song “Half Drunk under a Full Moon”. Also, I heard “Seasonal Depression” by Pink Laundry. Who’s that? Let me tell. Judah and the Lion – they had a great album back in 2019. Then COVID. Lead singer, Judah Akers, has been home and creating stuff. This is him – Pink Laundry.
  • New songs from Selena Gomez, Machine Gun Kelly, Nick Jonas (“2Drunk”). I gotta keep giving them some listens before I have a better opinion.
  • Whole album drop from Grouplove – This is This

Put together a playlist on Spotify. It’s called – “morning babble – Let’s Run”

New short will be posted this weekend – the editors have approved. Will be found under Droplet of Life.

“I don’t have time = it’s not a priority” – by Naval Ravikant

morning babble / Thursday 3-11-21

Quick update on my Facebook / Instagram “Fun”. I’m still out. I’m emailing and bugging the junk out of Facebook. My family pictures are in there. As for Instagram, I just started up a new one: visit that here. Some people asked if I might have done something wrong. In Tuesday’s video, I told people to “Eat the Frog” – Mark Twain. Irate amphibian lovers everywhere. Know how to really get them mad . . . call a frog a reptile.

The run on the treadmill was tough today with this being the 3rd day of the 3 day fast. I started with an Adam Grant podcast with Malcolm Gladwell. That didn’t do it for me. I then flipped to the audiobook with David Goggins and although good, just made my Facebook and Instagram feelings seem so . . . petty. Anyway, I closed out with Korn on Spotify. Bottomline – 5k run complete – 70 in a row.

6:31pm – the 3 Day Fast Ends!!!!!

6:32pm – I inhale food . . . well, slowly.

“The marketing can become the crutch that procrastinates the work.” – by someone

morning babble / Wednesday 3-10-21

Thank you for again all the notifications – unfortunately, I was hacked on Facebook which then affected my Instagram account as well. I then got back into Facebook for like a minute after proving who I was, but then the account became disabled. And now, we wait. In the meantime, I’m still here as well as my YouTube channel.

The show must go on!

69 days in a run for the 5k and the Vlog.

Day #2 of the Fast

Pick me up today. On the treadmill, I listened to “The Dave Chang” show again. They were talking about music that they run to. One of the guys enjoys listening to slow, sad music like My Morning Jacket and Elliott Smith. I’m working on that playlist of mine – Rage, Godsmack, Run the Jewels. I’ll get it done.

“What you allow is what will continue” – by someone

morning babble / Tuesday 3-9-21

Thank you for all the notifications – I realize that my Facebook and Instagram accounts were hacked. Waiting on approval for a return there. In the meantime, I’m still here as well as my YouTube channel.

5k run is done – and for those of you counting. It’s 68! For the video, I took the blocks from our countdown to Christmas. I’ll get new ones at some point, but it’s March and we still have like summer. But at that point . . . the kids will start wanting to know about Christmas. Again – in the meantime, I got these. 68 in a row.

3 Day fast is underway – easiest day . . . so, I thought.

Goat is fixed. Frog is introduced.

Mark Twain once said, “Eat a live frog first thing in the morning and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day.” Helps with managing out your time for the day.

The frog is that one thing you have on your to-do list that you have absolutely no motivation to do and that you’re most likely to procrastinate on. Eating the frog means to just do it, otherwise the frog will eat you meaning that you’ll end up procrastinating it the whole day.

“Eat A Frog” – Mark Twain

morning babble / Monday 3-8-21

I ran, but it was back on the treadmill. Mountain was fun. My legs still ache, but it was fun. Later this week – I easily see some outside runs happening. Nice weather coming!

Felt good being in my own bed again after a shower in my own shower. Isn’t that true of anywhere you go though? Okay – maybe almost anywhere. Today, I’m certainly feeling refreshed and ready for whatever again.

Ahhhh, but ready enough for the 3 Day Fast? I have to be. It’s a big month because allergy season begins to roll in. After dinner tonight, I start up my monthly 3 day fast. Hopefully, I eat a little early so the Thursday dinner can come earlier as well.

Waste no more time arguing about what a good man should be. Be one.” – Marcus Aurelius

morning babble / Sunday 3-7-21

First weekend obstacle of the year has been hurdled! 5k & Vlog streak continues on!

Annnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnd, since it’s my vlog and I like music, that’s what I want to talk about again. Yesterday, I bought two records:

Trick of the Tail – From 1976, this is the first album that Mr. Phil Collins moved out from behind the drum kit and took over on lead vocals for the band, Genesis. Former lead singer, Peter Gabriel, had just left to do his solo thing. This particular record was introduced to me by my brother-in-law, Barry. His daughter Melissa fell asleep to this album every night as a baby. In turn, I did the same thing with my son, Elliott. When we walked into the record store yesterday, this album was smack dab up front and Elliott actually saw it first and said “Whoa!” I had to get it.

Are You Experienced? – Got this one because of my daughter. She appears to truly enjoy the rock. When we played the Jimi Hendrix song “Fire” in the car, she locked in and loved the song especially the part about “move over rover, and let Jimi take over.” This album was up front within the aisle – so, it was screaming to be purchased as well.

“Everything worthwhile takes a long time” – Milton Glaser

morning babble / Saturday 3-6-21

Outside 5k run is done, so the streak continues. As I say in the video, I had other things planned out to say, but that just went out the window. I enjoyed being outside – felt good. That first half of the run though – whew, straight up. I hit my “flight” goal for the day within the first 2 minutes of the run. At the halfway point, I had quadrupled my goal! Now, of course, the way back was all downhill, but it was scary. If I did one slip . . . I would have set some records with the sled ride home that I would have had.

Quick random music notes that I didn’t get to yesterday:

  1. Bruno Mars has a new single out with Anderson. Paak – “Leave The Door Open”
  2. AND – Jacoby Shaddix of Papa Roach, redid Cream’s “White Room” with Apocalyptica.

That’s it – short scribble day. I’m off to a record store!

“Ideas are cheap. Ideas are easy. Ideas are common. Everybody has ideas. Ideas are highly, highly overvalued. Execution is all that matters.”  – Casey Neistat

morning babble / Friday 3-5-21

Happy Friday! Happy Birthday to my wife – she is . . . not my age. I’m smarter than that.

Big day – I talked about this before and as always, I’ll include it within the scribble on the website. But, today is the 4x4x48 Challenge courtesy of Mr. David Goggins. Let me review what this is. Starting tonight at 8pm (West Cost Time aka PST) – the challenge is to run 4 miles every 4 hours for the next 48 hours. That fascinates me. Maybe next year – but if it’s around my wife’s birthday . . . that probably wouldn’t be a good idea, but we’ll see. Very intriguing to me. Oh – and yes, I’m still listening to his book Can’t Hurt Me. Not done yet, but getting there. So far – you should go listen to it, too.

New Music Friday:

  • Drake’s got new music out! It’s not the whole sha-bang that he promised back in January. That album is called Certified Lover Boy – no release date there. This 3 song EP is called Scary Hours 2 . . . because he already had a Scary Hours EP before. That “What’s next” song was a whole lotta him bragging about getting lucky on Valentine’s Day.
  • St. Vincent has officially announced her new album Daddy’s Home and shared its first single, “Pay Your Way in Pain.” The album is out May 14
  • The Kings of Leon album drops today – When You See Yourself – 11 songs
  • “Coming 2 America” is out today – yes, the movie with Eddie Murphy, Arsenio Hall, Tracy Morgan, James Earl Jones, Leslie Jones . . . the list goes on. But – Def Jam is releasing not one but two soundtracks to go along with it. I last week that there was the release of the on song – “I’m King” with Bobby Sessions and Megan Thee Stallion. But, I’m not seeing the whole soundtrack yet today. Movie is through Amazon Prime.
  • GRAMMYs are coming. The show hosted by Trevor Noah is March 14. But – on SiriusXM, you can hear all the nominees and contenders for a Grammy can be found on Ch. 104. You get Beyoncé, Post Malone, Taylor Swift, and more, plus virtual backstage interviews and other “shtuff.”

“If you’re early, you’re on time. If you’re on time, you’re late.” Chris Rock’s dad