Saturday, April 26, 2008

The News is all about Weather, Running... and Huey Lewis, of course

Miserable day some would say. But the question is: why is sunshiney weather in the 70's called beautiful while rainy & snowy around freezing is not beautiful? Well? Huh?!?! What international committee was formed to officially declare what it beautiful weather and what's not? Huh? Well? Yeah, no answer... I didn't think so.

Twas a day to do NADA... twas a day to sit inside and do nothing. Just a few days ago we had SPRING... this morning was more like a White Christmas... yesterday morning... still today for me but this'll get read tomorrow, today -- Sunday. Oi. I've gotta post earlier in the day to avoid all this confusion.

Anyway... got all the way up to 36° (about 2 C) this afternoon. For a whole few hours we got above freezing and there hasn't been spot of sunshine all day. Almost all day if it hasn't been lightly snowing, it's been lightly raining.

Personally I don't mind it. Great excuse to do nothing. Although... living elsewhere (New Hampshire, Jersey, Montana) I know I'd really dig bein' outside, enjoyin' life that doesn't involve putting logs into the wood-burning stove... in late April!

Ahh well. At least tonight I got off my butt and went to the Rec Center to get a run in. Man, that place is dead on a Saturday night so close to their 10 p.m. closing time. Good for me... I don't like when I'm on the track and it's crowded. No worries tonight. And crowded or not, I'm making a serious end-of-the-month push to beat my Total Time for March. Might not make it... but I'll give it a shot.

The North Face trail running shoe -- good for use in the Appalachian Mountains ... but seriously, they are rather small compared to the Rocky Mountains ... Sierra Nevada are sweet, too.  Would definitely use 'em in the Alps, that's for sure.  One thing's for sure -- Jerry Garcia or Bob Weir or Phil Lesh or Blaise Compaoré probably never went running in Colombia, Paraguay, Liberia, Ivory Coast, Côte d'Ivoire, Burkina Faso, Ouagadougou, Pyongyang, 평양 직할시 조선민주주의인민공화국 平壤直轄市 朝鮮民主主義人民共和國, Türkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan, Кыргызстан, Киргизия, Uzbekistan, O'zbekiston, Ўзбекистон Республикаси, Tajikistan, Тоҷикистон.  Probably the same with Brent Mydland.  At least that's my gut feeling.  I could be wrong.  I mean, there were a lot of drugs at Grateful Dead shows and the good Lord above, He knows I did my share!· indoors... the trail is wayyyyyy tooo slushy! ·
Saturday Nite Run: 19 minutes 27 sec+6 sec
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Run Time April:2 hours 51 minutes
March:3 hours57 minutes
February:3 hours11 minutes

For a second I thought that this was my 2nd run in 2 days but nay... 2 in 3 days... which is better than I'd done practically all month long so far. Pretty good. That's all I've gotta say about it. Back in my house for about an hour now, cleaned up, relaxin', feelin' good!

PHONOGRAPHRunning tunes came
from the album of the day...
Huey Lewis & The News - Sports [cover] (1983)Huey Lewis
& The News



The Heart Of Rock & Roll
Heart And Soul
Bad Is Bad
I Want A New Drug
Walking On A Thin Line
Finally Found A Home
If This Is It
You Crack Me Up
Honky Tonk Blues

Man, this is really, really, really takin' me back. I started listening to this album a few days ago... for the first time since... ??? Way back when I had this cassette tape. It was the 1980's for sure. If I listened to this in 1990 or later, I'd be surprised... so it's been awhile.

Kinda interestingly, this was the #2 selling album in America in 1984 after Michael Jackson's Thriller. Wow. I guess that's kind of impressive. The tunes here aren't that bad after all these years. Had a great run with a bunch of 'em and I've had it on Shuffle/Repeat for about the past hour. This is definitely a cool album. Huey was pretty big on MTV back in the day, too... you know, when they actually supported the making and showing of music videos?!

Grateful Dead links: Marin County part-time resident Huey Lewis jammed with the Dead in Eugene in 1994... and playing bass here in The News is Mario Cipollina, younger brother to Dead friend John Cipollina.

Personal link... sort of: I saw Huey in Kalispell, Montana one time... not playing live, but in a cafe there eating breakfast with someone. He lives in Missoula or somewhere 'round those parts in Western Montana, I think in the Bitterroot Valley a few miles south of Missoula.

Pretty cool... well, at least I think so.

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Bob said...

Huey Lewis also joined the band for the Bammies in 1988 for Schoolgirl, Lovelight, and Long Tall Sally.

The Neville Brothers, Bobby, and Mickey played with Huey at the Bammies in 1986 on Iko Iko.

There was a big jam at the Fillmore in 1985 that included Weir, Kreutzmann, Cipollina, Casady, Greg Elmore, Gary Duncan, John Lee Hooker, Huey Lewis, Annie Sampson, Lydia Pense, Nick Gravenites, Buddy Miles)(also: Kanter-Balin-Casady Band w/ Dryden & Signe Anderson, Country Joe & the Fish, Sons Of Champlin w/ Lewis & B.Gibson & Freaky Horns.

Zooomabooma said...

Bob, for the moment you're Bob The Info Man -- good stuff there.

I was hoping to post a pic of Huey with the GD but couldn't find it... i know what book it's in (Blakesberg's) but I don't have a copy of that one to cut up and scan.

In the Grateful Dead Family Album there's a small shot of Weir with Huey Lewis, Bill Graham and a SF female politician (either Feinstein or Pelosi, I think) ... something to do with a benefit concert but I'm not sure which.

Anyway, I'll have to track down copies of the Bammies shows eventually.

Abbadon said...

Getting closer...

rexb said...

Huey did jam with the boys more than a couple of times - although the only one I heard was the 1988 benefit show with Suzanne Vega and way too many other guest stars. I think that's the one Bob was referring to in comment #1.

I have to admit that Sports was just about my favorite album at the time, although I was only a kid and pretty much disowned everything from that point in my life a few years later. Really though, it's not a bad piece of work - much better (and closer to rock-n-roll) than much of the stuff that tops the charts today.

Zooomabooma said...

so abbadon goes and digs up a link to a pic with Huey Lewis, Bob & Jerry... and some guy on sax. Nice work, Chief!

And rexb, if you read this -- howdy, new guy. for a long, long time I also disowned so much music from that time long ago. Nowadays with needing music for running to, about any album I'm open to so long as it's got a few tunes with a fairly fast pace to them... and Huey was a good one! Feel free to drop by anytime! Hopefully I'll have a good amount of GD & JGB posted in the next week.

Abbadon said...

Brent and Merle, too, dude!

one says one number and the other another
but they were set at the same time. Hmmm...

Calvin and Hobbes in the snow -- animated