and on Friday

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I practiced chord forms (E, A) up the neck
I cleaned the bathroom, specifically the toilet, but used too much of the spray stuff so the room was thick with it and the floor is now sticky.
I spent most of the day digging through a year’s worth of unfiled stuff in my room / office getting it on the floor, getting it sorted, filing it away or putting it in recycling. The room is now once again fairly manageable, but the closet still has stuff I need to pull out for the yearly bulk hauling pickup and my dresser is still six inches deep in papers and clothes and miscellaneous.
prepare room for Peggy

I felt busy…

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…but it looks like I didn’t get as much done yesterday as I had intended:
Thursday, February 3
dropped off rent
practiced changes to “Friend is a Four-Letter Word” by Cake
Scales and modes, pick and fingering exercises
Practiced harmonized scales (D form, E form, A form)
I must have forgotten to note something, though.

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Yesterday

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Feeling productive:
Wednesday, February 2
work on modes
practice melody licks on guitar
get money order for jazzfest tickets
blog about state of the onion chat
chat about the state of the onion
iChat AV w/dad (birthday)
make petrale sole with sauce bercy
and salad and baguette

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Songs in the key of January

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A random sample of stuff done this year excluding confidences, of course:
Wednesday, February 2
worked on modes
practice melody licks on guitar
IMd with culture kitchen diva Liza Sabater
Tuesday, February 1
paid for Moon over Briones picture
grocery shop
leftover soup for dinner
play guitar and uke with Dan
try, but fail, to record Stimulants poem
Monday, January 31
travel plans -> February Albuquerque DONE!
talk to briggs about travel plans, tuesday night
got briggs pcmcia card for thinkpad
8:00 am cleaning at dentist
12:00 suspend guitar lessons
Sunday, January 30
made scrambled eggs, bacon, coffee and orange juice for breakfast
got cat crunchies, eggs, butter, bread
Saturday, January 29
added bug and pinging to medastyle
bought lox
listened to Gans at splashpad park
practiced scales on guitar and bari uke
watched the rest of season 3 of coupling
made gorgonzola sauce for leftover steak
Friday, January 28
practiced pick technique
chromatic scales
A minor pentatonic extended sale soloing
played along with little wing (Bb maj / G minor Bb C D Eb F G A Bb)
finished labeling zero 10/14-16/1992 Healy mixes http://setlist.com/
Thursday, January 27
plumber
added all about george to diarists subscriptions
Fixed Telegraph design/layout
Made other MT fixes
watched Joni Mitchell
watched Coupling season 3 episode 3
Wednesday, January 26
groceries
Sorted out travel plans with Nick
figured out that the C major scale and the D# minor pentatonic scale together comprise the entire chromatic scale
like G maj and A# min pent, etc
grilled steak for dinner
didn’t rinse chard sufficiently – it was gritty
watched West Wing and 2 episodes of Coupling season 3
.Tuesday, January 25
Upgraded to Movable Type 3.15
Moved root to mumble mumble
practice soloing in key A minor from C etc. mostly pentatonic
label zero 10/14-17/1992 Healy mixes http://setlist.com/
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Discussed feature article / position with Micah Sifry
got Arizmendi pizza for dinner
watched House and Scrubs
got sample podcast working for MVRT
not-working, that is
called plumber
Monday, January 24
send jerome tax form
laundry
picante
Sunday, January 23
vacuum
JohnnyComeLately
Saturday, January 22
groceries (oysters, softasilk, chicken, apples)
coffee
willem’s email forwarding
Friday, January 21
Gans
Thursday, January 20
groceries
get mediajunkie.com back – print form, fax
[nda]
Wednesday, January 19
therapy
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blog technorati award
Kaiser
get plumber name – drip under kitchen sink
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resched dentist (dr. fenstermacher)
make dinner – braised chard, ravioli (squash / chestnut)
the west wing
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Tuesday, January 18
B’s laundry
visit/feed dot
b’s laundry
guitar lesson
pick up dinner at Hyunh
post to GRDM
weekend, incl. Mon (MLK)
mostly feeding dot and resting
Friday, January 14
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kaiser
arizmend
fraidy out back
set up medastyle.com
set up virtual host for marielee.net
noticed mediajunkie.com was in hock (blog about this after secured)
Thursday, January 13
ordered usb to serial adapter for B’s palm and thumb drive
Wednesday, January 12
set up edgewise.info
Thursday, January 6
Put firefox on B’s puter – can’t (OS 9 not supported)
Call vet re Fraidy’s first stitches out (Saturday)?
Wednesday, January 5
send books to Levi
send guitar stuff to Arthur
Get new printer cartridge
Tuesday, January 4
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guitar lesson
new guitar (trade-in)
got capo
blog Gravity’s Rainbow Deathmarch
Monday, January 3
finish Groundspring proposal and send
8:30 am editorial conference call (PDF)
Grocery shop
Deposit checks
Pharmacy – alka seltzer plus
Pay rent
Pet supply – cat harness
Put sticker on car
Sunday, January 2
attempted grocery shop (bowl closed)
clean up 2004 e-files
order Gravity’s Rainbow
sleep a lot
Saturday, January 1
sinus cold
sleep a lot

In the air above Vegas

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Before my batteries run out, I think I’ll get caught up on “what I’ve been doing all week,” especially since I’m only getting busier. I’m currently on a plane headed for San Antonio with a stopover in Vegas. I’m going to a joint regional and national conference of the American Culture Association / Popular Culture Association for a Grateful Dead caucus. (I’ll post more about my presentation soon at Uncle John’s Blog.
Last Thursday I did nothing special for April fools. I did a little work on smoothing relationships between the East Bay DFA and Kerry campaigns, I got more coffee, I did the grocery shopping and I made dinner (baked potatoes; seared tuna; parboiled, marinated, and grilled asparagus; salad that we didn’t eat – too full; and peach sorbet).
Friday I tried airing out my bedroom, which was getting pretty funky, went to see my therapist, and did an updated version of the wireframe (version 3) for CitizensVote. I made dinner with the leftover seared tuna and aspargus and we ate the salad (oak leaf, radicchio, frissé, half a pear, half an avodcado, stilton cheese, baby tomatoes and sliced cucumbers marinated in balsamic vinaigrette overnight) plus bread and chocolate ice cream for dessert. I also paid the rent and took my shirts in to the cleaner. (They’re ready today but I’m out of town so I won’t be able to pick them up till next Tuesday.)
Saturday I upgraded my titanium G4 powerbook to the Panther (OS X 10.3) version of teh operating system, got an external La Cie hard drive with 120 gigs, bought iLife to get GarageBand, researched upgrading to Airport Extreme!, researched upgrading B’s ibook, made lunch for B (salad w/leftover seared tuna), vacuumed the floors in the house, transferred all my iTunes to the external drive, freeing up 5 gigs on my overcrowded laptop, visited with B’s sister in town for a class, and made pizza for dinner (eggplant, red pepper, garlic, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, oilves, and pecorino romano on corn meal crusts).
Sunday I forgot it was time to spring forward, made waffles for breakfast and spent all afternoon at the inaugural Party for America in Berkeley. That evening I wrote and discussed creative projects for a few hours with Cecil Vortex at L’Amyx, our tea haunt.
Monday I emailed my old friend PJ who now has a kewl job at Google to welcome him back to the Bay Area and plan lunch (plus talk about what my next job or gig should be), realized that I did a review of the developmental edit of Chapter 6 the day I got it back from my editor, Pete, so as it was only due today, I can ignore it in my dayminder. Around noon, my new $15 microphone from Best Buy came, enabling me to start producing even more frightful music. That evening I dropped by a friend’s house to pick up a pre-release copy of the movie Festival Express t show to the scholarly deadheads and pop culture enthusiasts in San Antone. Also, I finally finished my review of the peer-review comments to Chapter 3 (which was due a week ago!).
Tuesday I took Felicia Borrego from Save the Bay out to lunch to interview her for my book and talk about her experience helping to organize the Million Mom March. I went to the Thin Man Strings in Alameda to get my ukulele tuned (I couldn’t get it right on my own – turns out I should probably get better strings, then think about upgrading the pegs, then think about getting a non-cheapo instrument, once I have a chop or two to worry about).
…here I had to shut down my ‘puter and so I’ll finish this entry next chance I get.

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