Sunday, November 27, 2005

Jason Falkner Group

Last night we went to see Jason Falkner Group at the world famous Troubadour. It ended a Thanksgiving weekend of activity and was the last night Randal, Darian's boyfriend, was here. It was good to see Dean playing live again and talk a bit to Tara before the show.

Tomorrow is back to work and back to another month of reality before the Christmas break.

Saturday, November 26, 2005

Walk The Line

Yesterday, Jacki and I saw Walk The Line, the Johnny Cash movie. Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon did amazing jobs. Both sang their own vocals of Johnny and June Carter, respectively. By the end of the movie when the final credits rolled around you almost became so used to Joaquin's vocals that when the real Johnny Cash vocals played you did a double take almost as if it sounded off. Clearly not, but by the end of the movie the vocals were extremely believable.

Thursday, November 24, 2005

Joe Travers on vocals?

On November 6, 2005 at Molly Malone's in Los Angeles, California a small group witnessed Joe Travers vocal debut. Who is Joe Travers you ask? He was once the drummer in Z, featuring Dweezil and Ahmet Zappa, in Mike Keneally Band, and paid his bills as drummer for Duran Duran. He is also the vaultmeister of the Zappa estate.

Here we have two clips of Joe Travers on vocals first signing Led Zeppelin's Communication Breakdown, and then his encore performance was for the Van Halen classic, Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love.

Sunday, November 20, 2005

Celebrity Sighting

Bob Saget shopping for groceries at Ralph's on Wilshire in Brentwood a little after 10pm on Sunday November 20. Jacki and I walked down the same aisle as him as we were shopping.

I need to set up a celeb sighting page, but I'll log them on the main page for now.

Chicken Little

Jacki and I saw Chicken Little in 3D this afternoon. The 3D was by far the best 3D I had seen on the big screen. And the glasses were the same shape as Chicken Little's. Posted by Picasa

Saturday, November 12, 2005

another week in

I have lost another 3 pounds so far so I'm down 10 pounds in about 2 weeks. The second week has been much tougher than the first but the forward progress is what matters. I've got 10 more to lose before the end of November to hit more initial target. We'll see how the holidays treat me...

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

My Santa Monica Neighbor

Last night I started to read Neil Peart's most recent book.
Traveling Music : Playing Back the Soundtrack to My Life and Times

As I read the first few pages he began to outline descriptions of places that seemed a little too familiar. Once he began to name streets and areas of a particular subdivison I realized he was talking about Santa Monica and very likely lives within blocks of where we live. Turns out when he begin writing the book he had been a resident of Santa Monica for about 3 years. He and his wife have a small 2 bedroom townhome with loft in Santa Monica (as described in the book).

Hard to believe a drummer lives in a townhome. I guess he has some of the same space constraints I've been trying to figure out myself. I'll have to look up next time I see someone hiking or biking through the neighborhood to see if it just might be Neil.

Pretty cool...

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Pound for pound

The nutrisystem program seems to be working. This is my 8th day on the program and I've lost 7 lbs. I realize the amount I drop week after week will slow but it is definitely encouraging. Hopefully by the end of this month I'll be able to be in the 190s. That will be a first in probably 6-7 years.

Although I'm hungry a lot of the time I don't feel I've been starving myself. Just before, when I got the urge for hunger I'd immediately overfill it. Now if i'm hungry I just drink water. Also one week in I haven't given into any temptations. At the office here they had pizza, candy for halloween, and other goodies and I've avoided completely. Also Jacki and I have been trying to enjoy things when we go out. I've had a couple of beers this past week, for business meetings, and enjoyed a couple of meals outside of the nutrisystem program.

So far so good. I anticipate I'll have to be on this program at least 90-120 days and then I will need to shift to non-nutrisystem food as part of a lifestyle change.

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