Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Running to San Angelo

Oi. Back on the 13th, on the day after the plane crash near Buffalo, New York, I said about another crash happening -- "somewhere in the world there'll be another within another week or two."

Well, it's been less than two weeks and it happened again, this time in The Netherlands. Eerie.

Also eerie is the fact that stock market goes down nearly every single day. Last night the President addressed a joint session of Congress and it was supposed to reassure Americans that we're gonna be okay. Are we really?

Less than 24 hours later: the Dow Jones closed 80 points down.

I realize the new President was not in office during the last 3 months of 2008, but he was the President-elect for essentially 2 of those months and during that 4th quarter of the year, I lost 10 (more) percent of the money that I have tied up in Wall Street. That's on top of the 10% lost during the 3rd quarter and 10% lost during the 2nd quarter.

When is it going to turn around? Why is the new President not instilling any confidence in Wall Street investors? Saying "Let's give him time" is a load of crap. I've said this before and here it is again -- the success of Wall Street weighs so heavily on the decisions that are made NOW by the President and those minions under his command. So far NOTHING positive has been done to give people any confidence in the President's ability to turn America's economy around... and the stock market continues to flounder and regular workers continue to lose money that they worked very hard to earn, money that they will be relying on for retirement. Even if this doesn't affect you because you don't have money tied up in Wall Street, if we have compassion for our neighbors then this should really concern everyone. The president is failing miserably to deliver on promises to revitalize this nation. For the first quarter of 2009, I will almost certainly be down yet another 10%. Is that what I'm supposed to look forward to every 3 months? Another loss?! The EXACT OPPOSITE is supposed to be happening. The EXACT DAMN OPPOSITE. Or, at this point, I don't care about making money back, screw earning a single cent back, I just don't want to lose what I have left. Unfortunately, the only feeling I get is it is all slowly dwindling away.


By the time we can elect someone else who can attempt to fix what's only being made worse by the day, it'll be too late. Damn this miserable gloom and doom. It's pathetic and it's making me sick. Electing the President that Americans now have to put up with -- what a mistake. What a damn mistake.

At least there's good music to listen to.

I was hoping to get some deliciously sweet Dead tunes up this afternoon (7/21/90 Tinley Park... here's the 1st Set for ya's) but I had a choice to make -- get a needed run in or post a show. Sorry, kids, I had to exercise; that's always got to be the top priority. But stay tuned, the whole show will get posted within a day, plus something from '77, and more early '70's comin' soon. Always more great music on the horizon!

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 Liberia, 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!
Wednesday Afternoon Run: 25 min 28 sec
+16 seconds
Days Since My Last Run: almost
4:5 pm - 61
° - sunny

Good run. I wasn't especially looking forward to it as I've been feeling rushed to accomplish three runs in the last 4 days of the month. That's not my ideal. Not at all. But I was able to change my clothes and start walking to the trail and get it done. Weather's a little warmer than I like but it didn't play negatively into my finishing almost 25½ minutes. Again I didn't add too much time from my last run time but I added some so that's indeed good. I did have some thoughts of wanting to quit well before I approached my End Cue but I pushed those thoughts away and made it to the time I set out to reach today.

What I had completely forgotten about and wasn't aware of when I was running is that this run pushed me over 3 hours and allowed me to achieve My Best Month of Running since September! Hell yeah!! I almost feel like I can quit now (for the remainder of the month.) Not gonna. I set a goal for 4 hours for the month. Two more similar runs are what I need for that. Two more in 3 days. That'll mean 3 in 4 days and I'm not used to that. Ugh. We'll see.
X ·Feb :: +47 sec· X
Feb - 8 runs:
3 hours 15 min
2 hours 54 min
December '08
2 hours 42 min
November:2 hours 31 min
October:2 hours 10 min
**SEPTEMBER**3 Hours 25 min


Wednesday's Running Playlist
included most of this album...
Aaron Watson - San Angelo (2006) (album cover)
Aaron Watson

San Angelo

Heyday Tonight
Good Thing Going
In Harm's Way
3rd Gear & 17
Unbelievably Beautiful
Haunted House
I'm A Memory
San Angelo
Except For Jessie
Blame It On Me
All American Country Girl
True Love Ways
Nobody's Crying But The Baby
I have somehow spun (square danced?) my way into a country music frame of mind lately, past few days at least. In wanting to get that great feeling I can sometimes get from a particular way a certain country music song sounds, I decided to give this guy a listen. I had never even heard of him before. I think he's a non-mainstream, independent Texas artist. That's pretty cool... but I've got to wonder: did he dream of Nashville and have aspirations to be Garth or George Strait or Alan Jackson with plenty of radio play? If he did, I couldn't blame him. If it never happened that way then I hope he's happy in the musical life he has being popular primarily only in Texas. In a way that's much more admirable than selling out to Pukeweiser and having grand style summer tours and shooting new music videos for every album.

This here collection of songs almost has the feeling of all three of those artists plus maybe some Jimmy Buffett for good measure. There are ballads and rockers alike, along with a lazy beach-feeling number, all having a mostly traditional country feel to them, at least traditional since 1990 or so but stopping way short of lots of confusing 21st century electric geetar. When you approach a sound that causes you to stop and wonder what genre it is, that's not good. This doesn't go that far and so I really dig it for that reason. The writing isn't the best but what are ya gonna do? Who hits one out of the park every time with an album where every song is just amazing? Not many can dot that. This is pretty good, it's nice, and I think I'd dig hearing more Aaron Watson in the future.

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Anonymous said...

First, I'll say again that I'm in the same situation as you and everybody else who is not included in the wealthiEST 2% and has their retirement invested in Wall Street, so I may be feeling very similar. You keep blaming the President. This President (or if McCain had been elected, or Bush or Clinton had been permitted a special third term...) can't flip a switch to immediately restore investor confidence. This problem has been building longer than the last three quarters. This is a very complex set of problems, especially if you consider the foreign holders of US Treasury securities, compounded by the fact that the US economy has become debt dependent (rather than the long gone days of leading the world in producing goods and services). Unfortunately, as much as we would rather dismiss giving Obama more time as a load of crap, it seems there will be no quick and easy solution. I think some of the things he's propsing are good, and I hope that the package will not include bullshit "pet projects" some democrats feel they are entitled to since they got nothing during the previous eight years (- yes, I know they are assholes on both sides of the aisle). I hope Obama is genuine.

We do agree - as you said, At least there's good music to listen to. (I was at Tinley Park for Brents last shows - at the moment, I can't recall the dates...)

Ron H. said...

"Why is the new President not instilling any confidence in Wall Street investors?"

Because in Liberal circles "Wall Street Investor" means "Rich White Male", and, to them, they are the ruination of the world. Yes there is corruption and waste, just like there is in Unions. But it seems it has become the Liberal way to paint with a big brush, something conservatives have been accused of doing since Hector was a pup.
Everyone has to realize that investment and banking is the life blood that pumps through this country, and it obviously isn't making it to the "brain".......

Ahh, but those '77 shows.. : )

Thanks Zoooma!

Anonymous said...

Chris, just a little background, in case you've never seen this - give it a read. (I don't expect to see it posted.) These economic problems are VAST and DEEP, which is why I suggest ANY President - not just Obama - inherited a MOUNTAIN of shit.

Anonymous said...

This is OBAMA's problem. There's NO reason to bring up McCain or Bush or Clinton or Kerry or Ronald Fucking McDonald for that matter.

Just focus on the person who is in charge RIGHT NOW, not last year or not who could've been... just the person now.

Anonymous said...

My point is: THIS President can't flip a switch to immediately restore investor confidence. (Kerry was never President. I may have mentioned Superman, Batman, or the Easter Bunny, but THEY couldn't do it either.) Also, it will take MORE than just "the person who is in charge RIGHT NOW" to implement any solution. (Would you feel any better if it was McCain/Palin's problem? Actually, this problem impacts most of the people on the planet.)

(Ron H.) "...investment and banking is the life blood that pumps through this country" - so taxpayers should condone the ponzi scheme, reward the perpetrators handsomely, and eat all of the bad debt while not assuming OWNERSHIP of the failed financial institutions? And, by the way, "Wall Street Investor" means "Rich White Male" (spot-on, absolutely correct) is not limited to Liberal circles - it is just a fact...unless of course you refer to the foreign investors who hold SO much in US Treasury securities. (Rich males of white and other colors.)

Thanks Zooma for any/all of the music and the forum...

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

Calvin and Hobbes in the snow -- animated