Our old bathroom scale does that thing where it gives a different weight every time you step on it. So I did some research and bought a scale listed as most consistently accurate. I weighed myself this morning and it claimed I lost a couple of pounds overnight. I thought “You bought this because the old one wasn’t working right- of course they don’t match.” To prove it I weighed myself on the old scale.
It also said I lost a couple of pounds overnight.
I have learned the secret of rapid weight loss: MAKE YOUR OLD SCALE JEALOUS.
50ish recent songs, mostly picked by my phone. About half of them were from today’s ride, where I decided to get a pinch flat AND whack my hand into a utility box.
Oh, and I didn’t tighten the bolts on my new cleats enough, so one came loose. NEAT.
Big Time – Peter Gabriel The Most Beautiful Girl (In The Room) – Flight of the Conchords I Heard It Through the Grapevine – Marvin Gaye
Cartrouble, Pts. 1 & 2 [Original Album Version] – Adam and The Ants No Rain – Blind Melon
Hot Hot Hot!!! – The Cure One Way Or Another – Blondie Everybody’s a Star (Starmaker) (mono mix) – The Kinks The District Sleeps Alone Tonight – The Postal Service Yew – BUHU Hard To Handle – The Black Crowes Bedlam – Elvis Costello And The Imposters Train In Vain – The Clash Birthday – The Beatles Pretty In Pink – The Psychedelic Furs Chicago (acoustic version) – Sufjan Stevens Three Car Jam – Minutemen
The Loved One – INXS Miracle Cure – The Who 13 A Sky Blue Rhapsody – ccc – ill chemist Boys Don’t Cry – Grant Lee Phillips All You Ever Think About Is Sex [12″ Club Version] – Sparks It’s The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine) – R.E.M. Breakfast – Evolution Control Committee A Sight For Sore Eyes – Tom Waits
New Moon on Monday – Duran Duran Scarecrow – Beck Everybody’s Got Something To Hide Except Me And My Monkey – My Brightest Diamond Livin’ on a Prayer (Bon Jovi cover) (BL Rewind 2) – The Boat People Nusrath Fateh Ali Khan – Piya Re Piya Re (Remix) When I’m Sixty-Four – The Beatles Alina’s Place – Fredrik
Falling – Howard Where Do I Begin – The Chemical Brothers Little Miss S. – Edie Brickell & New Bohemians The Mighty Hercules – Johnny Nash Lucky #9 (video version) – The Moldy Peaches Poses – Kiki Pau Graceland – Paul Simon Abracadabra – Steve Miller Band Hammering In My Head – Garbage Same Changes – Sam Phillips Tomorrow Wendy – Andy Prieboy Transatlanticism – Death Cab For Cutie The Tracks Of My Tears – Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
Today’s ride. I actually had a short second ride, but it was slow and silly.
I had to try out my new shoes, so I did my usual loop around Balboa Park. It was a good ride. One sign of a good ride is a moment where I think “this is a really good bike song.” Today there were three. In order from least to most good (today):
My bike shoes are three and a half years old. They were fine- biking is not exactly tough on the soles- but I needed a second pair for work. Of course, as soon as I ordered the new pair, the old pair started falling apart. THEY KNEW.
The new ones look more like sneakers, which is nice. They also look more like clown shoes, which might be okay as well. BONUS! One of my bikes is yellow, and the other is olive green. my feet will match either bike, which is what makes bikes fast.
I ride a lot in the summer. I’m used to heat. I ride wearing gym shorts and a t-shirt.
Today was not hot: Sunny, but mid forties to low fifties. Not the best weather for thin shorts. I did adjust my clothing a tiny bit: I wore a long sleeved shirt. That helped my arms, but did nothing for my fingers or ears, which were mad at me for most of the ride.
Don’t write like this. If you do write like this, don’t send it to a publisher. It’s creepy, embarrassing, and hilarious. You could be doing much more valuable things, like finally cleaning out that space under the kitchen sink or taking a really good nap.
Also: don’t publish writing like this. That’s paper that could be still be trees. Instead it’s a permanent record of a complete lack of understanding of composition, physical intimacy, and basic anatomy.
I changed my mind. Publish all writing like this. It accidentally brings the reader satisfaction. I hope that’s not a parallel to anything in the authors’ lives.
50ish recent songs, mostly chosen by my phone. BONUS: a link to a full length feature film! Not a good film, but still: film!
Distant Sky – Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds Gerson’s Whistle – Yeasayer
I Should Have Known Better – She & Him
America – Simon and Garfunkel …Something Like That – Airline Food The Coast – Paul Simon Sa Trincha – Smell of Paradise Feed me to the Lions – Adam and The Ants
I’m Not There – Sonic Youth
Concerto in A – Sicilienne – Telemann Harm – The Munitors Catch The Rainbow – Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra
It’s Too Quiet – John Frost This is actually a New Detective sketch from KROQ. I used to love these, but now the silly fun is muted by the casual racism of “Socky, the little foreign office boy.”
Reckless – Liam Finn Hot Car – Being Dead The Greys – Frightened Rabbit
Israel – Miles Davis
Baby Hallelujah – Konradsen The Balance – Royal Tongues Naima (alternate take) – John Coltrane The Loved Ones – Elvis Costello and the Attractions
Van Morrison – U.T.A. Texas Hall – Dec 13, 1973 – Radio Commercial I have a bunch of these old commercials. I love hearing stuff like “Come see Van Morrison. Tickets are five bucks at the door.”
Class System (featuring Pharrell Wiliams & Julee Cruise) – Handsome Boy Modeling School Catch 22 – Send Dudes Born to Run – Bruce Springsteen Love Will Tear Us Apart – Joy Division Know Your Rights – The Clash
Our Lips Are Sealed – The Go-Go’s
Tired Eyes – Neil Young Best Friend – The Beat Sugar Daddy – Frank Black Everybody Knows (Ft. Mating Ritual) – RAEKO Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots Pt. 1 – The Flaming Lips Can’t Let Go – Lucinda Williams Fill the Void – Oingo Boingo Traits De Caractere – Paris Combo
These Burgers (live ’01) – The Moldy Peaches
Late For The Sky – Jackson Browne Changes – David Bowie True Love Will Find You In The End – Beck The Last Ten Homes – Mice Parade My Funny Valentine – Ben Webster Movie Theme – John Wesley Harding Little Green Bag – George Baker Selection We Live So Fast – Heaven 17 Steven Stills – Poco – Tarrant C. C. C. – Jul 15, 1975 – Rock Show Commercial
Triple Terror Show ad 2 – Commercial
This is an ad for three grindhouse films: Blood of Ghastly Horror, Naked Evil, and The Gorilla Gang. Youtube actually has the full movie of Blood of Ghastly Horror. If that’s too much time to invest in a crappy film, at least watch the trailer for Gorilla Gang. It’s magical.
The Distance – Cake Fleetwood Mac – Kansas – Memorial Aud. – May 19, 1975 – Rock Show Commercial Try – Delta 5 Walkinonit – J Dilla Sweet And Lovely – Thelonious Monk Quartet with John Coltrane Sunday – The Cranberries