Monday, May 12, 2008

Happy Bruce Day... that doesn't mean anything, just being ridiculous

I'm wondering... is there any love in the world? Is there any peace in the world? Well... is there? I'll tell ya this -- there's peace in my stomach! Or at least there was earlier, after I wolfed down a giganto stack o' chocolate chip-banana pancakes. It's not often that I go out to eat but this morning, after my shift, when asked I said sure, what the heck. That's always a dangerous thing; when given the chance I will over-eat to my heart's delight. Bad, bad, bad. Was there peace in my stomach or turmoil? After a 12-hour shift, that hit food hit the spot, without a doubt... so yeah, there was peace. But when I walked in my front door awhile later, all I wanted to do was turn into a statue and never move again.

But the thing is -- I had to move! Been 3 days since I last ran... I'm okay with that but I'm not okay with more than that so I absolutely had to motivate.

Now that that's done -- sleepy time, big time.

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 Ulan Bator, 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, Jerry Garcia and Phil Lesh.  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!Trail Run!!!
Outdoors -- Sunny, 58°
Late Monday Morning Run: 20 minutes 19 sec+4 sec
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Run Time May:2 hours0 minutes
April:3 hours51 minutes<-failed to pass March SMILEY THUMBS DOWN
March:3 hours57 minutes

Good deal. 6 runs in 12 days. Didn't add much time, a minuscule 4 seconds, but at least I ran! And it was outdoors!!

We have had some seriously dry weather for the past week or so and with the sun beginning to show itself for the day starting around 4:30 a.m. and darkness finally occurring around 11 p.m., lotsa time to dry out the land. That's exactly what was needed to be able to finally get back on the trail down at the end of my road. Actually I had one outdoor run a couple weeks ago... but on snow... yo. That's approximately 98% gone, still some patches down below some thick spots of trees, but the trail has dried out, the mud is gone, and the ground underfoot is nice and solid.

Just one problem -- my legs and feet have gotten used the gym, very used to the gym. There's quite a difference between the wooden track indoors and the dirt/rock/gravely trail. I felt amazing immediately after my run, no big whoop what-so-freakin'-ever. Now, after showering and sitting, my legs are like jelly, they're a bit weaker than usual.

So long as I don't fall behind my 50% frequency rate, I won't be worried. I'm just gonna have to adjust to this warm weather outdoor surface again.

Bruce Springsteen (& The E Street Band) - The Wild, The Innocent & The E Street Shuffle (1973)Bruce Springsteen

The Wild, The Innocent
& The E Street Shuffle


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Bruce Springsteen (& The E Street Band) - The Wild, The Innocent & The E Street Shuffle (1973)Springsteen: The Wild, The Innocent, & The E Street Shuffle - Part 1

The Wild, The Innocent, & The E Street Shuffle - Part 2

Not as good as his debut from earlier in '73... but still a great listen all the way through. 4th Of July and Rosalita are both incredible tunes and without them this wouldn't be too memorable. This may not have had great commercial success but it makes for a great stepping stone between that amazing first album and what comes next, the collection of tunes that would launch Springsteen way out there, escalating his popularity to legendary status -- Born To Run.

WHOOPS -- late edit: I completely forgot to mention, not that it really has anything to do directly with this album, the Grateful Dead connection here. Clarence Clemons has played with the Grateful Dead, maybe just once... and a whole bunch of times with the Jerry Garcia Band... all in 1989, I do believe.

The E Street Shuffle
4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)
Kitty's Back
Wild Billy's Circus Story
Incident On 57th Street
Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)
New York City Serenade

Bruce Springsteen (& The E Street Band) - The Wild, The Innocent & The E Street Shuffle (1973)


Bob said...

While Greetings is among the most listened to albums of my lifetime, The Wild, The Innocent, and the E Street Shuffle is probably my favorite Bruce album.

Sugarmag said...

mmm banana and chocolate. Was it with walnuts? It is really hard to exercise after eating a lot. That is great that you ran anyway, and outside, too. Awesome!

I've never been a big fan of Bruce Springsteen, but it's been awhile and I have never listened to his early stuff. I will have to check it out.

Zooomabooma said...

We all have our reasons for liking something in particular most of all... but after your comment, Bob, I went and listened to both albums back-to-back... twice... and my conclusion is -- I don't think I've listened to The Wild, The Innocent enough because it's so much better than what I was thinking. It's just that it's got... I dunno, kind of a weird sound at times, in The E Street Shuffle and definitely in Wild Billy's Circus Story. Because of that, the album doesn't feel like it has great flow to it from first note to last. And interestingly, at least to me, while I love Springsteen's later stuff -- this and Greetings blows all that away, I think. Night and day... that (later) stuff is great, this is just... seriously right now am without words to make a proper comparison.


And Sugar Mag! No walnuts but your mention of that ingredient reminded me how much I love making cinnamon and walnut pancakes with flax seeds... soooooo good. And none of that Aunt Jemima's or Mrs Butterworth's... real syrup from Vermont or New Hampshire! Mmmm!

I'd rather eat fruit for breakfast... who'm I kidding, I'd rather gorge myself on bacon and pancakes! But I don't very often so yesterday was a treat.

Thanks about the running :) Wasn't so difficult to get my run in, something I had to do! And yeah, awesome that I'm back outside!

And lastly... I was about to start uploading each song here, and for Bruce's debut, so you, and others, could listen to tunes individually if you wanted... almost accommodated you there but I'm really wanting to do (upload) a bunch o' GD-related stuff in the coming days (more 1966 going right now) and with slow-speed internet, and with days only having 24 hours, and only about 50 or 60 years of life left, I'll offer you this alternative (if you want and if you're unfamiliar):

Click the top choice - WinRAR 3.71

It's a free download. It expires in a month but after that you can keep it and it'll work just fine. That program will unzip .rar files. Pretty simple... I have the utmost confidence you can handle it.

If that doesn't interest you then hey, no worries :) ...thought I'd fill you in just in case.

Another listening alternative for albums might be Rhapsody.

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

Calvin and Hobbes in the snow -- animated