February 17th, 2009



- On Sunday a cute girl danced with me at the Mint and invited me and boyziggy to come visit her in Santa Cruz. I still have "Magic" from Xanadu running through my head. Good times.

- Yesterday I started the third phase of Bob Greene's Get With the Program fitness program. I'm now to do two sets of the functional exercises (stretches and ab crunches, mostly) five times a week, and modify some of them to add weights. I'm also supposed to drink eight glasses of water a day, reduce or eliminate alcohol consumption, get a handle on "emotional eating", and get 100-125 minutes of aerobic exercise weekly. At least the last bit is already taken care of; I jogged for 115 minutes yesterday alone, albeit at lower intensity than he recommends. I'll run harder on the shorter distance days.

- After getting my feet (and the rest of my body) soaked during yesterday's run, I was happy to find that Newton Running now has an "all-weather" shoe. I'm a bit suspicious that it's supposed to work with all foot types, as I usually buy motion-control shoes, but I love my current Newtons so much that I decided to order these immediately. (I've had my current ones for over a year and they are definitely wearing out.) The cost is high, but I'm using birthday money from Mom to fund the purchase.

- We've halfway through rehearsals for my Blue Bear workshop, and have already learned all but one song in our set. Show will be Tuesday, March 31 at Café du Nord; details to come.

- I am very grateful for the existence of baaaaabyanimals.
playing bass

Funcrunch in concert Tuesday, March 31

Please join me and boyziggy on Tuesday, March 31 at Café du Nord for an evening of rock, jazz, and R&B, presented by the Blue Bear School of Music. At 8 p.m. I'll be playing a short (20-minute) set on bass and vocals with my teacher Steve Kirk accompanying on guitar. Then at 9:30 p.m. I'll join Steve and Ziggy with our fellow band members in the group Two Fifths, to play a 40-minute set. Our chosen songs are both classic and contemporary and include artists as diverse as the Talking Heads, Aretha Franklin, and Oasis.

This concert will mark my first performance on stage as a bass player. I've been studying bass privately with Steve since June. I'm excited about my debut, and hope that you can join me!