The Rest Of July

My last post here was on July 16, when I mentioned I would be taking a break from writing here (though I’m trying to still read and comment on your blogs). That was only two weeks ago, I know, but I thought I’d round up July… and it turns out not much has happened. Well, life has happened, we’ve been running four nights a week to various kids events (soccer [football, for our UK Readers], swim, etc), and working, of course. We got to the beach, that was nice. I had a birthday, for which I was surprised with a visit from friends and family (which I loved). I also got an Amazon gift card, which I’ve spent a million times already without actually hitting Place Order haha. One day I’ll actually order stuff, but right now it’s too much fun window shopping. Oh, and I got the Rolling Stones DVD of Olé Olé Olé: A Trip Across Latin America, which is the companion/run-up to the Havana Moon DVD I got a while back. I do love me some Stones.

One day, recently, my iTunes coughed up an amazing playlist. I hit Random on my entire collection [50,800 items, 140.7 days, 191.39GB] and this is what I got:

Izzy Stradlin – Shuffle It All
Hawksley Workman – Remember Our Wars
Guided By Voices – My Zodiac Companion
Blue Rodeo – Two Tongues
Robert Pollard – Into It
Jane’s Addiction – Strays
Pearl Jam – The Fixer
Wilco – Jesus, Etc.
Nightwatchman – The Lights Are On In Spidertown
Brent Hinds – Highwaters
Goober Patrol – Part Time SF Ecologist
Stone Sour – Your God
John Lee Hooker – The Motor City Is Burning
Accept – Teutonic Terror
Hope Blister – Sweet Unknown
Delta 72 – I Feel Fine
Stevie Ray Vaughan – Wall Of Denial
Marillion – Hope For The Future
Vandals – Moving Up
Girls Vs. Boys – Kill The Sexplayer
Me First And The Gimme Gimmes – Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me
Rick White – I Don’t See You
Eric Clapton – Lead Me On
Red Hot Chili Peppers – This Velvet Glove
Queensryche – Breaking The Silence
Watchmen – Anything But That
Ozzy Osbourne – Spiders
Heavy Trash – She Baby
Danny Michel – Feather, Fur & Fin
Dio – Hungry For Heaven
Live – Dance With You

It was a little disjointed in places, mix-wise (John Lee Hooker into Accept? Sure!), but overall a super-cool collection of tunes.

Otherwise… We’re booked to go to Taranna for a couple of days in September, near our wedding anniversary, so my lovely wife can go to a work-related conference on the brain. Me, I’m gonna look for records, of course. I’ll have two whole days in the downtown, free to do as I please while she’s in conference, and then we’ll have evenings together to go wherever she wants to go. That’s gonna be awesome.

And that’s about it. I may do a round up of August, in early September. Right now I don’t forsee any new reviews or content from me for the next month. That could change, but I doubt it. This break is good on many levels.

Hope you’re having a great summer. Stay cool.

32 thoughts on “The Rest Of July

        1. keepsmealive says:

          Speaking of long time, we were in the same kindergarten class together, so I’ve known her (and been friends with her) for 38 years. But yeah, all is as it should be. She’s amazing, and all I see is the rest of our lives together! Rocking, indeed! 🙂

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              1. vinnieh says:

                Well you got there in the end. I hope to find my special someone in the future. At the moment, I’m just scoping out the different options. Which you probably gathered from my erotica site.

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                1. keepsmealive says:

                  You definitely have been scoping out options, oh mama! Haha I enjoy your racy posts, though I don’t always comment. Sometimes the imagery is enough. 🙂 As for finding that right person, you will. If I learned anything in my years of dating prior to marriage, the best way to find the right one is to stop trying to look. You’ll find each other. Give ‘er, Vinnie!

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  1. mikeladano says:

    Question: I don’t have iTunes, so when you say “140.7 days”, is that the total RUN TIME of your songs?

    That’s pretty damn impressive though I think you need to get it up to a year 😉

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    1. keepsmealive says:

      Pretty sure that is indeed the run time of how long it would take to listen to the whole of my collection if you started at the top and let it go all the way through. As for getting it to a year, I’m definitely working on it!

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    1. keepsmealive says:

      Oh yes, we enjoy the kids every day. I am biased, but they’re completely friggin’ awesome. We’d have been doing all of this stuff anyway, blog or not. They’re kinetic, bright little critters and keeping them occupied is job #1!

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    1. keepsmealive says:

      Hey thanks Geoff! The birthday is just another birthday – although it is a relief that I am no longer the answer to Life, the Universe and Everything anymore… that was a huge responsibility to carry for an entire year. 😉 The anniversary will be another year of awesome… 14, this year!

      Agreed on that trio in the set. Tons of great tunes in that mix!

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  2. deKE says:

    DaHeff is probably in shock a roo ville about your Black Sabbatical! hahahaha….
    He always commented to me how many posts you would pump out..
    Seriously though ..enjoy the downtime and you have been doing this for 10 years hell i would have been committed by now!
    Sounds like a good time coming up in the Big Smoke!

    Happy Trails till you return….

    Deke

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    1. keepsmealive says:

      Haha Black Sabbatical, I love it. Tell Heff I’ll be back – I dunno what it’ll look like, but or when, but it’ll likely happen. As for being committed, you’re quite correct – I should’ve been hauled off years ago. 😉 Taranna will be fun. We’ve done this before – her work pays hotel, mileage, her meals, so we get to stay downtown free but for my meals. It’s a ton of fun. I was super-lucky my work let me have those two days off. Woohoo!

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  3. jprobichaud says:

    Breaks are good stuff. Take it from the guy started a whole new blog. I don’t see any breaks soon but perhaps a slowdown. Cheers!

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    1. keepsmealive says:

      So far this wee rest has been good. I’ve been listening to tunes for the sake of listening (not writing) and just otherwise doing what I’d be doing. Slowdowns are also cool!

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