Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Having some Cake with my Run

We don't often know what the future holds, do we? Mine just got messed up. . Kinda. Sorta. I wanna say it was unexpected... but deep down I knew something like this might happen eventually. Maybe this won't be messed up but it's certainly gonna be different and I'm not looking forward to it. At the same time, I'm not gonna make it the End of the World. It's not. So I've got to, to use damn clichés which I generally like to stay away from, keep my chin up and make the most of it.

South Carolina-bound. Hooray, I say completely sarcastically and with zero enthusiasm. The South in the Summer? Oh, that's a double hooray. The thing is, I have to do it. My dad, and this is just the weirdest timing because my friend's mom is in the hospital for tests due to something that happened to her recently... my dad needs surgery again. He ain't married to my mom anymore so she won't be able to help him. My damn brother, who only lives a few hours south in northern Florida, he's too tied up, something about needing the job he has otherwise he'll be in hell blah blah blah... so that leaves, ummmm... me. And what have I done lately, well, just about 4 years ago? Moved myself closer to the former Soviet Union than to my only family members. SO... this is just slightly inconvenient for me.

But I've got to do it.

What a crappy night finding this out. First inclination -- beer. Not a good one as I had to make a plane reservation first. With that out of the way -- beer. Sitting in a bar was oh so fun, I tell you what (about as much fun as watching paint dry... hmmm, but on acid that could be a ball of twine and then some!) Two pints, back to pack, sulk, etc.

Hip hip hooray, I'm leavin today,
why do I have to go?
why can't I just stay?

Oh, big ol' jet airliner,
how I wish you were gonna carry me to my home.
Oh-oh-oh big ol' jet airliner,
why don't you just drop me off in Rome? (not Georgia!)

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 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!61° - mostly sunny at 10:00 pm
Wednesday Night Run: 21 minutes 45 sec+10 sec
Run Time June:1 hour47 minutes
May:4 hours46 minutes
April:3 hours55 minutes

5th run in 11 days = still bad.

And now with the need to go to South Carolina to tend to my dad, I'm not sure how that's going to play in my running but the thought on that is -- not good.

In any case, concerning this run in the here and tonight, I added on a nice 10 seconds which is pretty good for me. All that 5 and 6 second junk, too little!! It still seems like I will never ever in this lifetime run a marathon but eh, I'm still keeping it in mind. For all I know, I can run one now. I'm just not attempting long runs... I'm working my way up and so I'm building to a 4-hour marathon time rather than just attempting it. Failure sucks. Not that I definitely would fail... but probably. So I'm gonna keep on taking it slow.

Feelin' good after my run tonight but as always, or almost always, it's the next day when I'll know if I have any aches or pains or strains to deal with. But for now -- I'm wondering why more people don't run when it can make a person feel so good! I suppose a good workout can do the same but how many people do either? I'm guessing not a lot. What a shame.

I'm already looking forward to my next run! Of course I'm not sure when that'll be but we'll see.


Running tunes came
from this album o' the day...
Cake - Prolonging The Magic [CD cover] (1998)Cake

Prolonging The Magic

Satan Is My Motor
Never There
You Turn The Screws
Walk On By
Sheep Go To Heaven
When You Sleep
Hem Of Your Garment
Alpha Beta Parking Lot
Let Me Go
Cool Blue Reason
Where Would I Be?

What's with the pedal steel? That was probably one of my first reactions when I first listened to this album a few days ago. This is an alternative band, right? Pretty cool stuff. I didn't know anything good ever came out of Sacramento, California.

A running theme within this blog related to allllllll that music I listen to -- usually listening to a band it's the first time I've ever heard an album from that band and that again is the case here. I thought I had never even heard anything from Cake before but ahhh ha! Never There I heard somewhere once upon a time and probably more than once because I'm feeling like I know it kind of well. Nothing comes to mind, though. Drawing a super-blank... yeah, but what else is new?!

Anyway, the pedal steel is here and there, kinda showing itself when I was least expecting it. There's a good amount of horn, too, in a bunch of songs. The pedal steel I can't explain but the horn gives a bit of a ska sound. Meanwhile, the overall sound reminds me somewhat of Barenaked Ladies and more so of They Might Be Giants... the lead singer here even kinda sounds like the lead singer for TMBG. Another someone to compare this to might be Beck, but I haven't heard much of him. Just seems there's a quirky quality here that feels like it would be Beck-ish.

Lyrically funky might also be a way to describe this. Supposedly their previous albums would fit that description even more, so I'm lookin' forward to checking those out one of these days.

Unfortunately there's not a whole lot that's rockin' here. It's not mellow, per say, just on a nice calm beat through pretty much every tune. And for some reason I bet this would be great background music for an off-campus party at college. Yeah... I can picture that clear as day considering the places I lived back in Salt Lake City. This has nothing to do with the music here but it was so amazing how us non-Mormon out-of-staters seemed to always to drift to more non-Mormon out-of-staters. Man, that made for some wild times and wild parties in a place so well-known for the prim and proper Book of Mormon thumpers.

This music would have fit right in to, oh, any number of the keg parties we had once it was bye bye dorms. Whole 'nother topic!!! (And one I'd have a very difficult time recalling much of anything specifically!)

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"Never There" - Late Show with David Letterman, 1999


Sugarmag said...

Hi Chris,

I am sorry to hear about your dad, I hope everything is ok. Cool that you ran!

vw bug said...

Sorry about all the stuff. Glad you are there to help out.

Deadman said...

Sorry to hear the bad news, Zoooma!

Sending good vibes your dad's way!!

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

Calvin and Hobbes in the snow -- animated