just make us look cool
What's the buzz? Tell me what's a-happening.
-- the prophet Tim Rice
random musings (people don't say "musings" enough in random conversation):
- Mo has never heard the soundtrack to "Jesus Christ Superstar." She had a conservative religious upbringing and was taught it is heresy. I also had a fairly conservative religious upbringing but was a hippie, allowing me certain liberties when properly stoned. I really love that soundtrack and am greatly annoyed that I can't play it during the Easter period, or ever. I've been sneaking in snippets lately while listening to music in the morning and plan to have her subconsciously humming the entire thing by the time we're 80. Or maybe I just need to get her properly stoned.
- Breathing. I realized yesterday I was completely out of my four strides per breath mode. Do you count strides when breathing? For me, it was always four breaths for easy running, three when picking up the pace, and two breaths per stride when getting serious. Jack Daniels, you know. But I haven't been doing that lately. I think I have truly forgotten how to run. Likely the ill effects of prolonged listening to Superstar as a lad.
- I'm flying to Texas next week to take compromising photos of Brother the Younger's tushy as he undergoes heart bypass surgery. This concerns me greatly for two reasons. He's never had a serious ailment and this is another reminder of our mortality. But mostly, I worry that may be my problem as well. My heart rate is MUCH higher at a light jog than it used to be. Clogged arteries? I have regular visits with cardio folks and nobody has ever brought this up. That is a trend I want to continue. But now I worry. Send me private message if you want tushy photo.
- Older brother is doing the Alzheimer's mambo. This one terrifies me because we're exactly alike. Of all the diseases to choose from, this one scares me the most. I worry constantly that I'm getting the symptoms. But now I've forgotten what they are. I constantly sing the Superstar soundtrack, just in case.
- I have been running a series of 5Ks this year in a futile attempt to get a little speed. One thing I found: 5Ks these days suck. They're all fundraisers, at least in these parts. Couple of race companies put them on with "proceeds" going to charities. And they're generally 30 to 40 bucks, depending on if you're willing to sign up two years in advance. Not many True Believers at races. Mostly goofballs. But the local running club is hosting a summer series which brings back running as I remember it. Five races, 70 bucks. If my math is correct, that works out to less than three dollars per race. No frills, no shirt, no finisher's medal, no point. Show up, run, barf. Downside is that it's about 110 degrees at the start of races here, but I think that adds to the fun. Hurry up, summer.
- I thought I was going to miss bluebonnet season in Texas this year, but now I get to see them after all. Brother the Elder and I planted some in San Angelo when I was there in the fall. He was a columnist for the local paper and was known for his columns about where to find the best bluebonnet patches. And now, hopefully, he has one of his own. I hope we can remember where we planted them.
- I quit Facebook and Twitter because I couldn't take it anymore. I increasingly truly believe social media is destroying society. That means you peeps are my only contact with the outside world. Please send me a cookie.
- Downside of losing Twitter. No more Dude. He turned out pretty much the way I thought he would, which I find both reassuring and vaguely terrifying. I am glad I can't read Russian. I miss those stream of consciousness posts.
- Amy's gluten-free microwave burritos. You must. You must.
- Mo and I hadn't gone to the cinema alone in maybe eight years or so. I'm not sure why. We lived in Corpus for six years and were too lazy to look up where the cinema was, but also there hasn't been a movie in forever that we were motivated to see. That all changed this week. We went to see "Almost Famous" at the Harkins Centerpoint, a fine cinema. Soda and coffee were six bucks each, but the tickets were only five dolla. It's funny, because "Almost Famous" quite possibly was also the last movie we saw back then. I love that movie. "Just make us look cool." Supposedly Glenn Frey actually told him that. Mo hasn't noticed that it's an allegory for Christianity, a modern take on religion through the prism of rock music. I'm sure she'll add it to the list soon enough. If you're ever driving the I-10 across West Texas and Tiny Dancer comes on the radio, you can't help but smile. If he’s singing hold me closer, Tony Danza, find a rest area and take a nap.
- After all this time, and a body that totally refuses, I still love running. My day is defined as waking up, drinking coffee, waiting till Mo grudgingly accepts the inevitable conclusion, going out for that glorious hour, coming back and getting ready for work, work, sleep, repeat. Running defines me. It's good to be defined.
- Mo has never heard "Jesus Christ Superstar." I find this weird. Hmmmm. Did I already mention that? I forget.
- Happy Easter and Passover and Festivus. And let me know if you want a tushy photo ...
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