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Sunday, November 18, 2012

City work, trying to force relaxation upon myself, etc

It's chilly out here and I'm enjoying cool night in the Airstream. Now that I've extricated myself from my place of business, my apartment, and a multitude of other obligations, I'm looking up and still swamped. What to do? Besides the visions of furthering recycling in the region and working on more local government housecleaning and improvements, pretty much the future holds cooking and music, and hopefully not much else. Everything I own is no for sale minus my structures that I function within (Airstreams) and a couple of vehicles. I have to hold on to 2 drum sets, 2 bass rigs and some miscellaneous guitar/keyboard/etc equipment in order to function as an occasional "pro" musician, but the rest is up for grabs. Looking for approximately 3/4 of face value for people I know and market value for the rest. Anyway, I'm setting up a TV in the Airstream soon to try to force myself to go home and watch movies or whatnot at night. January 1 I'll be opening Boyz2Men tacos 4 days a week for a 2 month trial period and also be quitting drinking UNTIL Lent. that will work better for fun and relaxation for me this year, and will give me about 50 "dry" days during a busy work season. Although Marfa is DEAD during the early part of the calendar year, it's a great time to get ahead on building projects, long term planning [see Beebe- PadresMarfa, Jan-Mar 2009, Jan-Mar 2010, Jan- Mar 2011] and the like.
Goals for 2013-- Like everywhere else, austerity And peace and quiet And saying "No" while achieving in the ultimate in "Yes" And better fitness It's looking more and more like I have a five or so year game plan to reassemble my finances following the Padres armageddon and to, at the same time, build a giant platform of singularity upon which to do cash flow generating work from here on out. Solo (with help from friends) but SOLO. More good news- Andrew Gerfers (Conrads) is moving out here this week- means more music for me with someone I enjoy playing with. Bodes well for 2013... Lastly, I'm resolved to focus more and more on a vision for Presidio County as a single entity, with north and south county working together or in tandem, rather than is two separate fiefdoms. It's time...

3 comments:

Unknown said...

Dude, you are one of the hardest working guys I know... I think you've got to figure out your 'BRAND' and just fucking go for it.

The money will follow...

My two cents.

~ Beth

Michael Nicholson said...

First of all according to the latest research if we don't get the Alzheimer's from not exercising, eating badly, not engaging in and questioning life then we don't lose synapses in our brain we gain them in all stages of life. Kids just are intense about experiencing things for the first time so they remember well when they have this intensity.
And as adults we multi-task which means we get stressed and that's when we forget It is not memory it is multi-tasking. But the key is:
1) Exercise- anaerobic, aerobic the right ways
2) Eat what you love like the Big Time Merchantile is still open because we need fat. We also need nitrates from bacon, the good cholestorol from eggs and lots of caffeine from coffee The original study didn't filter out of smokers so we now know Coffee is great for us and we need lots of caffeine for the heart and so on. Drink it often and lots of it. Eat the fat. But you eat the bad stuff like bacon to get the nitrates or chocolate in moderation Also 1-2 beers a day or maybe 5-6 a week is very good for you. After that Beer is bad. And may I suggest there are many great brands other than the horrible Buds and Coors you like to serve. Far more in fact than just a Peroni and there are also some amazing Ciders out there too like Woodchucks that come from non-corporate rip-off people who have a good heart and soul.
3) You must single-task and enjoy the things you like to do one step at a time and only focus on that one thing each time. When we are pressured to do a lot at once we feel like we are losing our memories, we get cranky, we become stressed and depressed and if we can't relieve the stress with say sex and other things from the relationship we stay that way. That is a senior moment that people get with kids too and at any age we just focus on it in older age but it's stress. But when we find our purpose in a signle task at a time and enjoy God's structure/balance the right way for Him then we kick ass and engage in the moment. And we do what we do well to feel confident and do much better than the people with relationships. The brain scans show this time and time again.

I am now reading Rambo which is considered one of the great World novels and I recommend it to everyone because it shows us how developing sides instead of taking action and solving problems causes like minds to be very different. I've got a great book to read on the making of Vertigo which some claim is our greatest work of the cinema now after the 50s people hated it. Then I have the colored versions of the Scott Pilgrim series and the start of the Carl Barks library to read. Barks was a very rock and roll and cinematic style writer and a master storyteller- except I don't like that he turned Donald into a straight Duck. THere was a mighty fine retrospective on the Sound Opinions podcast about the 45th anniversay of Johnny Cash's Folsom Prison one of the greatest live recordings ever. I also cite Jerry Lee Lewis at the Star Club and Otis at Monterey (better than Hendrix of course) as 2 of the others. I also love that through Utube- God bless it- I can see such things as all the Herb videos like the official video for This Guy's In Love which is mighty fine!!! It reminds me of Mr. Hinkel singing while Pete is staring at me during the entire song and I have to hide in the back with the Atari.
4) You need 8 hours of sleep each night.
5) You need to stay engaged with others and/or what is your purpose in life.

Michael Nicholson said...



Here is the TV for you to watch:
1) I think you can learn a lot about what you can do to overcome your life complaints through watching and learning from the DVDs of the Kung-Fu: The Complete Series which gave us Slow-Mo and the flashback. (My 3 Sons gave us such things as people talking at the same time not Altman!)
2) My Name is Earl is another perfect series for you and all about the importance of Free.
3) Of course you should always be checking out ACL and have it on the DVR and delete the weak shows like Bon Iver.
4) I can't say about other shows like Breaking Bad or documentaries that is personal taste and many of the docs are lame. Since the corps have blocked on demand content we still have to go Netflix DVD to get the good films. I understand Wattstax is still available which should let you proudly fly your old school wigger flag... Dude they have Alone Again by Gilbert O'Sullivan on Utube. I wonder if they have Dan England...