Feb 242018

Kiss is attempting to trademark the phrase “The End of the Road.” If successful, then only Kiss could use the phrase to describe a live musical performance. This has sparked speculation that Kiss will soon undertake a farewell tour.

But see, I already attended the farewell tour—on April 14, 2000. Sixth row center on the floor of the BJCC. Want to see my hat? I had turned 29 years old three days earlier. Lea and I had been married for less than three years. We didn’t have children yet. My mother was still alive.

This has all gotten so damned stupid it’s just barely believable.

While AC/DC and Van Halen compete mightily to see which legendary rock band will have the more undignified end, no one can touch the all-time champion Kiss. In addition to whatever “The End of the Road” might mean, Paul is again babbling about the band going on forever. So who knows what will happen? There are certainly no dignified outs left.

I said a heartfelt and genuine goodbye that spring night nearly 18 years ago. I said a considerably more jaded goodbye in 2014 in Nashville. And you know what? I’m still pleased that we got the boys their Kiss show.

But it’s way past time for Kiss to fall silent.

 Posted by at 7:29 pm
Feb 202018

I’ve done a pretty good job over the past few months getting rid of negative lifestyle behaviors and replacing them with positive ones. And the train may go flying off the rails in five minutes, tomorrow afternoon, or next week, but for now it’s chugging along pretty nicely.

One area that’s still not up to snuff, and that my wellness program has done a good job keeping in front of me, is my sleep pattern. Like many people, I don’t get enough regularly. And I’m not at all sure that the reasons I don’t get enough regularly survive rational analysis.

I’ve been self-aware enough not to complain too much about lacking time for the things I want to do, because I see how much time I waste—on social media, watching YouTube, and such. I’ve determined that there is a direct correlation between the time I spend doing that and my sleep deficit.

I hit the snooze bar because I don’t get enough sleep. I don’t get enough sleep because I don’t go to bed early enough. I don’t go to bed early enough because I’m wasting time with nonsense. See how that works? There are also, all too frequently, things I tell myself the night before that I’ll do in the morning that I then don’t have time for because I’ve snooze-barred it away.

So, it seems like eliminating the snooze bar and working backwards from there is a good approach. I’ve set my wake time and explicitly accounted for every minute of my morning routine. This includes a set window that may or may not contain time sufficient for a minor goof-off or two, depending on how much “real” I have to do.

Then, starting with a good estimate and adjusting accordingly, I will set my bedtime to ensure I have enough sleep to make my morning routine pleasant. (This is where I expect the major schedule adjustments to occur.) There’s something to be said for occasionally whiling away an hour on Facebook or watching videos, but it hardly warrants a regular time commitment. Family and writing time are far more important.

Get this sussed, and then on to tackling sodium in my diet. Onward!

 Posted by at 9:42 am
Feb 172018

This is part of an ongoing series reviewing hot wings in the Huntsville area. Visit #HsvHotWings for a comprehensive linked list. The boys and I took in the Madison location of Ted’s Bar-B-Q, in the former Golden Rule location on Madison Boulevard, for a rainy Saturday lunch. The restaurant is fast casual. Ted’s Signature Wings […]

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Feb 052018

My longtime friend Leslie likes blood oranges, but she doesn’t like calling them that. So she has rechristened them scarlet oranges. I like the new term. It’s descriptive, but it also conjures images of a dopey themed nightclub or something, doesn’t it? “Hey, we’re going to the Scarlet Orange. Wanna come?” The only hope of […]

 Posted by at 10:43 am