The Log for Thursday August 31, 2017

Categories: 2017, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate Breakfast: poppyseed roll; Harvest Crunch in 1%; glass of tea Morning: 2 glasses of tea; apple Lunch: salami, cheddar and tomato sandwich with mayo and mustard; apple Dinner: chicken tortilla soup; bottle of pineapple Sculpin Dessert: not sure yet, either ice cream or poppyseed roll What I Did for Exercise Completed a 30 minute YouTube video on the exercise bike 10 squats Walked to Ossington, walked down the stairs at Ossington, jogged up the stairs at Sherbourne Walked down the stairs at Sherbourne, jogged up the stairs at Ossington, walked home What I Did with My Life Read More

The Log for Wednesday August 30, 2017

Categories: 2017, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate Breakfast: nectarine and raspberries in yogurth with honey; glass of tea Morning: 2 glasses of tea; grapes; apple Lunch: kielbasa, tomato and cheddar sandwich with mayo and mustard; apple Dinner: chicken tortilla soup; rose After dinner: Elderflower liqueur Dessert: tonic, probably some soursop ice cream What I Did for Exercise Completed a 30 minute YouTube video on the exercise bike Walked to Ossington, walked down the stairs at Ossington, jogged up the stairs at Sherbourne Walked down the stairs at Sherbourne, jogged up the stairs at Ossington, walked home Lifted weights What I Did with My Life Read More

The Log for Tuesday August 29, 2017

Categories: 2017, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate Breakfast: Harvest Crunch; watermelon; glass of tea Morning: 2 glasses of tea; grapes Lunch: kielbasa, tomato and cheddar sandwiches with mayo and mustard Afternoon: apple Dinner: many slices of pizza; apple cider What I Did for Exercise Completed a 30 minute YouTube video on the exercise bike Squats Walked to Ossington, walked down the stairs at Ossington, jogged up the stairs at Sherbourne Walked down the stairs at Sherbourne, jogged up the stairs at Ossington, walked home Walked around some parking lots What I Did with My Life Did work for a client Went to work for Read More

No More Heroes (1977) by The Stranglers

Categories: 1977 and Music.

I used to think there was only one true British New Wave band: The Police. (Well, and Elvis Costello. But Costello is labeled New Wave primarily due to laziness; too punk to be Pub Rock and too classicist to be Punk, people didn’t know what else to call him.) The Police were the only band I was aware of that managed to combine the energy and attitude of punk with music that was definitely not punk. Well, I know this is labeled punk, but it’s hard for me to accept that it is punk. The Stranglers are too damn weird Read More

The Log for Monday August 28, 2017

Categories: 2017, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate Breakfast: pancakes with nectarine; glass of tea Morning: 2 regular glasses of tea; 1 massive glass of tea; apple Lunch: kielbasa, cheddar and tomato sandwich; pickles Afternoon: apple Dinner: cubano; coleslaw; apple cider Dessert: Soursop ice cream!!! What I Did for Exercise Completed a 30 minute YouTube video on the exercise bike Lifted weights Walked to Ossington, walked down the stairs at Ossington, jogged up the stairs at Sherbourne Walked down the stairs at Sherbourne, walked up the stairs at Ossington because of the crowd, walked home from Ossington What I Did with my Life Did work Read More

The Log for Sunday August 27, 2017

Categories: 2017, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate Breakfast: corned beef and eggs with marble rye and jam; glass of tea Morning: pop Lunch: reuben on wick (weck); birch beer Afternoon: guava juice Dinner: pork and sauerkraut sandwich; ketchup chips; half a DIPA Dessert: Kefir bar What I Did for Exercise Walked a little bit down a large hill and came back up What I Did with My Life Nothing! Read More

The Log for Saturday August 26, 2018

Categories: 2017, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate Breakfast: pancakes; glass of tea Morning: timbits Lunch: quesadilla; root beer Dinner: pepperoni pizza; sausage; 2 cans of beer After dinner: pint of APA What I Did for Exercise Lifted weights Walked to Exhibition Station Walked up and down 78 steps in a lighthouse What I Did with My Life I went to my first ever Double A baseball game Read More

The Log for Friday August 25, 2017

Categories: 2017, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate Breakfast: Harvest Crunch and kefir; half of mango; glass of tea Morning: 2 glasses of tea; apple Lunch: 2 kielbasa, tomato and cheddar sandwiches (substitute prociutto and gouda) Afternoon: apple Dinner: pea, blue cheese and prociutto pasta; 1/3 of DIPA After dinner: lots of different beers; salt and vinegar and ketchup chips What I Did for Exercise Completed a 30 minute YouTube video on the exercise bike Walked to Ossington, walked down the stairs at Ossington, jogged up the stairs at Sherbourne Walked down the stairs at Sherbourne, jogged up the stairs at Ossington, walked home What Read More

The Log for Thursday August 24, 2017

Categories: 2017, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate Breakfast: peanut butter and jam; half a mango; canteloupe; glass of tea Morning: 2 glasses of teal; apple Lunch: pork, tomato and pickle sandwich; apple Dinner: a whole host of different Lebanese dishes; date-syrup cocktail Dessert: rice pudding; other cocktail Later: Americna barley wine What I Did for Exercise Completed a 30 minute YouTube video on the exercise bike Walked to Ossington, walked down the stairs at Ossington, jogged up the stairs at Sherbourne Walked down the stairs at Sherbourne, jogged up the stairs at Ossington, walked home Lifted weights What I Did with My Life Did Read More

The Log for Wednesday August 23, 2017

Categories: 2017, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate Breakfast: smoothie; glass of tea Morning: 2 glasses of tea; apple Lunch: kielbasa, tomato and cheddar sandwich; tunafish sandwich; apple Dinner: caesar salad; cubano sandwich; flavoured soda water with OJ Dessert: probably some blueberry “pudding” What I Did for Exercise Completed a 30 minute YouTube video on the exercise bike 10 squats Walked to Ossington station, walked down the stairs at Ossington, jogged up the stairs at Shebourne Walked down the stairs at Sherbourne, jogged up the stairs Ossington, walked home What I Did with My Life Did work for two clients Went to work for a Read More

Vol 4 (1972) by Black Sabbath

Categories: 1972 and Music.

Round about the time the piano opens “Changes,” we start wondering what is going on. Prior to this moment (or, perhaps, prior to “The Straightener”), Black Sabbath was the heaviest band in the entire world. There was no band louder or lower than Sabbath. And then we get a piano ballad backed with a fucking mellotron. Who are they? Zeppelin?!?! Read More

Smiley Smile (1967) by The Beach Boys

Categories: 1967 and Music.

If you read a lot of music criticism about the ’60s, like I used to, you have heard about Smile ad nauseum. If you read a lot of indiependent music criticism at the turn of the century, like I used to, you have also heard about Smile ad nauseum. You’ve heard about Smile to the point that, whatever it was supposed to sound like, your expectations have been permanently set either to view it as an unfinished (later finished!) masterpiece, or the manifestation of a bunch of silly pop critic dreams for something “even greater than Pet Sounds” that couldn’t Read More

Scott (1967) by Scott Walker

Categories: 1967 and Music.

I came to Scott Walker via The Drift over a decade ago. In that time, I’ve not find the time to listen to his earlier work but I’ve read a lot about about it and I saw that documentary (which I didn’t love). From reading about him, I had some idea of what I was getting into, but coming at someone like this backwards means that the listener is in for a rude awakening no matter how much they read. Read More

The Log for Wednesday August 23, 2017

Categories: 2017, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate Breakfast: peanut butter and jam on toast; canteloupe; glass of tea Morning: 2 glasses of tea; apple Lunch: 2 tunafish sandwiches; apple Dinner: mock cabbage roles; APA Dessert: APA; blueberry “pudding” What I Did for Exercise Completed a 30 minute YouTube video Walked to Ossington, walked down the stairs at Ossington, jogged up the stairs at Sherbourne Walked down the stairs at Sherbourne, jogged up the stairs at Ossington, walked home Lifted weights What I Did with My Life Did work for two clients Went to work for a client Recorded a podcast Read More

The Log for Monday August 21, 2017

Categories: 2017, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate Breakfast: waffles; glass of tea Morning: 2 glasses of tea; apple Lunch: tunafish sandwich; apple Dinner: mock cabbage rolls; cucumber salad Dessert: blueberry “pudding” with whipped cream What I Did for Exercise Completed a 30 minute YouTube video on the exercise bike Walked to Ossington, walked down the stairs at Ossington, jogged up the stairs at Sherbourne Walked down the stairs at Sherbourne, jogged up the stairs at Ossington, walked home 10 squats What I Did with My Life Did some work for a client Worked on my book proposal Went to work for a client Read More

The Log for Sunday for Sunday August 20, 2017

Categories: 2017, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate Breakfast: peameal, egg, tomato and avocado sandwich; glass of tea; glass of OJ Morning: smoothie Afternoon: piece of bread with mayo; more crusts than I’d care to admit; elderflower liqueur with tonic water Dinner: chicken wrap, fries; pint of saison Dessert: half a bottle of Chocolate Raspberry RIS; not sure what if any food What I Did for Exercise Walked to and from Dufferin Mall (back with groceries) Walked to and from Dovercourt and Dundas Walked to Roncesvalles and south of Howard Park Walked from Ossington and Dundas home What I Did with My Life Did some Read More

The Log for Saturday August 19, 2017

Categories: 2017, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate Breakfast: glass of tea; 3 waffles with cream cheese; 2 glasses of OJ Lunch: avocado and bean salad; smashed potatoes; can of Red Racer Afternoon: apple chai cake Dinner: pancetta, blue cheese, mint and pea pasta; can of Hoptical Illusion What I Did for Exercise 10 squats Walked to Christie and Bloor Walked from Christie and Bloor home, carrying my cat Walked to and from Scotiabank theatre What I Did with My Life Well, I cleaned… Read More

The Log for Friday August 18, 2017

Categories: 2017, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate Breakfast: watermelon; cream cheese and jam on toast; glass of team Morning: 2 apples; 2 glasses of tea Lunch: 2 kielbasa, cheddar and tomato sandwiches on light rye with mayo and mustard Dinner: Mexican sandwich, pint of Jutsu; bottle of Flanders Red Dessert: way too big ice cream cone What I Did for Exercise Completed a 30 minute YouTube on the exercise bike Carried my cat to Christie and Bloor Walked home from Christie and Bloor Walked to Ossington, walked down the stairs at Ossington, jogged up the stairs at Sherbourne Walked down the stairs at Sherbourne, Read More

The Log for Thursday, August 17, 2017

Categories: 2017, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate Breakfast: Harvest Crunch with blackberries in 1%; watermelon; glass of tea Morning: granola bar; apple; candy; 2 glasses of tea Lunch: 2 kielbasa, tomato and cheddar sandwiches with mayo and mustard on light rye Afternoon: apple Dinner: sausage, avocado bean salad; smashed potatoes; half a Mango Lassi IPA Dessert: half a bottle of Motley Cru; session IPA; probably some ice cream or something What I Did for Exercise Completed a 30 minute YouTuve video on the exercise bike Walked to Ossington, walked down the stairs at Ossington, joggeed up the stairs at Sherbourne Walked down the stairs Read More

The Log for Wednesday August 16, 2017

Categories: 2017, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate Breakfast: Harvest Crunch in 1%; half a mango; glass of tea Morning: 2 glasses of tea; apple; candies, chocolate bar and oatmeal bar Lunch: 2 kielbasa, cheddar and tomato sandwiches on mayo and mustard Dinner: mashed potatoes; avocado and bean salad with arugula; OJ Dessert: probably some ice cream What I Did for Exercise Completed a 30 minute YouTube video on the exercise bike Lifted weights Walked to Ossington, walked down the stairs at Ossington, jogged up the stairs at Sherbourne Walked down the stairs at Sherbourne, jogged up the stairs at Ossington, walked home What I Read More

Darklands (1987) by The Jesus and Mary Chain

Categories: 1987 and Music.

The UK has a long, weird tradition of hilariously opinionated and antagonistic rock front men who bash other musicians and other people and then make wussy music; the Reids, Morrissey, the Gallaghers (I’m sure there are many more). That shouldn’t matter, really, but I find it harder to accept pop music (and poppier rock) on its on terms when the people make it are assholes and have massive chips on their shoulders which they want the world to know about. I mean, if you’re going to be a dick in the press, make punk music or metal or something fitting… Read More

The Log for Tuesday August 15, 2017

Categories: 2017, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate Breakfast: smoothie; Harvest Crunch with 1%; glass of tea Morning: 2 glasses of tea; apple Lunch: two kielbasa, cheddar and tomato sandwiches with mayo and mustard; apple Dinner: chicken, kale and chickpea salad; Mad Tom Dessert: ice cream cone What I Did for Exercise Completed a 30 minute YouTube video on the exercise bike 10 squats Walked to Ossington, walked down the stairs at Ossington, jogged up the stairs at Sherbourne Walked down the stairs at Sherbourne, jogged up the stairs at Ossington, walked home What I Did with My Life Did work for two clients Went Read More

Bad (1987) by Michael Jackson

Categories: 1987 and Music.

I grew up with “Fat” and have a hard time separating the real song, the title track of this record, from its parody. But I haven’t listened to “Fat” in so long. Listening to Bad for the first time (and to the remaster, no less), I can’t help but wonder, “does “Fat” sound this terrible too?” Read More