Vital Statistics

At Devil’s Punchbowl

Bike miles in 2022: 0

Aches & pains: sciatica, ankles

Current reading: Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

Recent listening: Hidden Brain, Planet Money, This American Life, Dark Side of the Mule, Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers

Recent viewing: Better Call Saul (season 6), The Wonder Years, Nova, Frontline, Made for Love, Barry, Hacks, The Flight Attendant, The Time Traveler’s Wife

Recent playing: Wordle, Quordle, Duotrigirdle

Recent events: Mini-vacation on the Oregon Coast, visits from the Codys and John January, working at the office, Kate’s graduation, Graham’s birthday

Recently accomplished: Replaced jack in the Ibanez, lawn mowing, Portland Heritage trees, called before I dug, mail for Mother, paid taxes, planted grass and root vegetables

Imperative To Do: Go on a bike ride, fix Graham’s bass, store CDs, Graham’s interview, buy new grill, landfill trip

Vital Statistics

Bike miles in 2022: 0

Aches & pains: right shoulder, sciatica

Current reading: Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

Recent listening: “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” by Queen., Hidden Brain, Planet Money, Unlimited Love by Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill,

Recent viewing: Better Call Saul (season 5), Billions, Severance, Slow Horses, The After Party, The Power of the Dog, Cowboy Bebop (live action), Lost In Space

Recent playing: Wordle, Quordle

Recent events: Drew Eubanks signed by Portland, Thomas visited, snow in April including a fallen tree

Recently accomplished: Bass lessons, spring yard work, Portland Heritage trees, plumbing estimates, finished bathroom repairs

Imperative To Do: Go on a bike ride, fix Graham’s bass, store CDs, pay taxes, coastal getaway

Gratitude

The Crickets, led by Buddy Holly, had their first hit with “That’ll Be The Day” in 1957. Many more hits would follow¬† for Buddy Holly and the Crickets until his tragic death on February 3, 1959. He had just left a gig at the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa, when his plane crashed in the middle of a frozen cornfield. All three passengers – Holly, Richie Valens and J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson – and the pilot were killed instantly.¬†

Last summer I visited the site of the crash which is only 45 minutes from where I grew up. There are no signs on the gravel roads leading to the cornfield and there is no dedicated parking. Once you get near, though, the presence of other visitors is soon evident.

The site lies at the end of a half mile walk along a dirt road with weeds and grass growing in the center. There is a small entrance at the start of the road that is festooned with horn rimmed glasses, flowers and other mementos.

The Entrance

As I walked past the entrance and down the half mile path to the crash site, I couldn’t help but notice something remarkable – crickets! Every person I encountered on the path I asked, “Can you believe it? Crickets!” The younger ones looked puzzled but the people my age nodded politely and kept walking back towards their car. Eventually, I stopped telling people about the crickets.

As I walked out of the cornfield and approached the entrance, a man about my age walked towards me in the opposite direction. I said to him, “I can’t believe the crickets!” He looked at me puzzled at first and then realized what I meant. He pointed at his ears and said, “I can’t hear high frequencies any more.”

As he walked by me, I stopped for a moment, pulled the hearing aids out of my ears and I could no longer hear the crickets. I put them back in and the crickets were audible again.

On that day, I was extra grateful for my hearing aids because they helped me hear the crickets singing for Buddy Holly.

Vital Statistics

Bike miles in 2022: 0

Aches & pains: right shoulder, neck

Current reading: Foundation by Isaac Asimov

Recent listening: “Just the Two of Us” by Grover Washington, Jr., Hidden Brain

Recent viewing: Super Bowl, Pose, Call the Midwife, Shameless, The Book of Boba Fett

Recent playing: Galaga Wars+

Recent events: Eply maneuver, Drew Eubanks traded and waived, start of the espresso era

Recently accomplished: Filed taxes, plumbing estimates, bass lessons, baked a cake, sold Rory’s cat food, turned compost, video for Mark’s birthday

Imperative To Do: Go on a bike ride, replace toilet seat, fix Graham’s bass, prep for plumbing repairs,

Vital Statistics

Bike miles in 2022: 0

Aches & pains: right shoulder, sciatic, benign paroxysmal positional vertigo

Current reading: Foundation by Isaac Asimov

Recent listening: Very Bad Wizards, John Parr, Planet Money

Recent viewing: The Witcher, Shameless, NFL Playoffs

Recent playing: Galaga Wars+

Recent events: Xmas in New Mexico, ate a smash burger

Recently accomplished: Installed knife bar, installed bidet, ice maker deep clean, leaf removal, invented Mac ‘n’ cheese-burger, bass lessons

Imperative To Do: Go on a bike ride, schedule roof estimates, file taxes, plumbing estimates, replace toilet seat, Eply maneuver

All I Got For Christmas 2021

Most all I got for Christmas
  • Beacock Music folder
  • Blue Eyes, Brown Eyes: A Cautionary Tale of Race and Brutality
  • Gutter cleaning pressure washer attachment
  • Lawnmower deck cleaning tool
  • Philips Hue starter kit
  • Luthier toolkit
  • Magnetic knife bar
  • Ernie Ball guitar strap
  • Counter top water distiller (not pictured)
  • $25 Visa gift card (not pictured)
  • New Mexico Christmas 2021 commemorative stocking cap
  • Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (not pictured)
  • Soldering pen and accessories (not pictured)

Vital Statistics

Bike miles in 2021: 0

Aches & pains: right foot, right shoulder, hands

Current reading: Against Empathy by Paul Bloom

Recent listening: Hidden Brain, Radiolab, Trip Shakespeare

Recent viewing: Curb Your Enthusiasm, Succession, Invasion, Vera, Get Back

Recent playing: n/a

Recent events: Kitchen warranty repairs, Lightspeed holiday happy hour

Recently accomplished: Finished Xmas shopping, sold Tina’s iPad and my iPhone 11, found three heritage trees, cat flea treatment

Imperative To Do: Go on a bike ride, schedule roof estimates, feed Baxter

Vital Statistics

Bike miles in 2021: 0

Aches & pains: Right shoulder (source: leaf blower)

Current reading: Against Empathy by Paul Bloom

Recent listening: Making Sense with Sam Harris, Hidden Brain

Recent viewing: Curb Your Enthusiasm, Succession, The Shrink Next Door, Foundation, Invasion, QI

Recent playing: Outlanders

Recent events: Rory died, Thanksgiving

Recently accomplished: CRV body repair, vet appointment, bass lessons & practice, Scion interior cleaning, Xmas shopping

Imperative To Do: Revisit roof replacement, go on a bike ride, Xmas shopping, sell Tina’s iPad

Vital Statistics

Bike miles in 2021: 0

Aches & pains: Right shoulder

Current reading: Against Empathy by Paul Bloom

Recent listening: YNAB podcast, Radiolab, Hidden Brain, Making Sense with Sam Harris

Recent viewing: Curb Your Enthusiasm, Mare of Easttown, Succession, Dune (2021), The Shrink Next Door, Finch, Foundation, The Morning Show, Invasion, The Velvet Underground, Jonathan Creek, 63 Up

Recent playing: n/a

Recent events: visited Thomas in San Francisco, Tina’s knee operation, COVID booster

Recently accomplished: Bass lessons/practice, finished drainage projects, gutter cleaning (again), leaf and needle removal, replaced shed roof, Xmas travel planning, unclogged the bathroom sink, fixed Bobby’s trailer, winterization

Imperative To Do: Revisit roof replacement, go on a bike ride, thoroughly clean the Scion interior, CRV body damage repair, Xmas shopping

Vital Statistics

Bike miles in 2021: 0

Aches & pains: Neck (occasional but severe), back spasms

Current reading: Thing Explainer by Randall Munroe, Invest Like a Pro

Recent listening: YNAB podcast, This American Life, Very Bad Wizards, Sound Opinions, Radiolab

Recent viewing: Mr. Corman, Ted Lasso, Muhammad Ali (Ken Burns), The Morning Show, Catch and Kill

Recent playing: n/a

Recent events: first rain since June

Recently accomplished: Finished refurbishing the picnic table, bass lessons/practice, grass planting, ongoing drainage work, gutter cleaning, tree trimming

Imperative To Do: Contact kitchen contractor for warranty items, revisit roof replacement, finish drainage projects, replace the shed roof