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|Friday, July 18, 2014, 1:25:58 PM- Lordymama!|
For the first time in a long time I had a good, adequate,
competent sleep with zero alcohol consumed. I have
been tapering down gradually on the strong beer (10%).
As I have said many times the Ling Zhi mushroom is
my best friend in the entire universe, since forever. I
found a new kind of red ling zhi and I am very impressed
with its effects upon mood, concentration, focus, and
|Thursday, July 03, 2014, 3:31:47 PM- Soon be nine years in NN|
Lordymama, how the time goes by. I just recently turned 62 years old so had to update my profile. I have had this little iPad mini w wifi now for one year. I am definitely very pleased with it
These are the days that I dream about in Jan-February. Fireflies are lovely in the woods right beside my shack. Montreal Jazz Festival is still chugging along with lots of free concerts out on the street. The main street in Gay Village is closed to vehicles and every night is a big open, free, half-naked street party. Fireworks Festival closes the big bridge out on St. Lawrence River. Walk out there w 100,000 other people. Whoop de doo!
I am a transplant from Canadian Prairies, and I will never forget that, but I am completely dedicated to my Montreal life. Come December I will celebrate 20 year anniversary of my first time visiting here.
|Friday, June 13, 2014, 2:46:24 AM- Excellent Run in the Woods|
I am big time grateful for legs that love to run. Just recently
my legs have been full of giddy-up. Lots of available jam for
doing fast crossover steps up a beautiful wooden staircase.
Perfect solitude in the big, hairy, scary city.
I have run four out of the past six days. Today was just a
walking day and weights in the gym, some medicine ball
play and walk back home. Tomorrow is food bank day,
so I limited today's workout to 50 minutes. Lots of bull
work tomorrow at food bank.
In fact I had two long hard runs back to back this week,
one them included beaucoups of pushups. Hurray for the
ling zhi mushroom! Yay for cool Ontario ginseng! These
are the days that I dream about in January - February.
I feel good like I know I should.
|Saturday, June 07, 2014, 5:29:08 PM- Cancer Mercury turns Retrograde|
Just before 8 bells this morning Mercury turned retro in
my sun sign. But strong waxing moon in Libra is very
comforting. That's where my moon is! Lord have mercy!
I overslept this morning, feeling fuzzy and confused. I got
up around 9:30 and made a great Ginsberg breakfast,
including reconstituted shitake mushrooms in the scrambled
eggs. Today is no coffee day.
Now I am dressed for long run in the woods right beside my
shack. I was ready to go earlier, but now my senile cat,
Buster is insisting that I share some catnip with him before
Whom I to say no thanks?
|Monday, May 26, 2014, 2:29:54 PM- Drunk with Funky Monk|
Deep, long sleep last night. I drank 250 ml of strong beer right
at bedtime. No further beer in the night. All things considered
this is a very big victory. I have been stable at 250 ml beer
4 nights out of last 6.
Adaptation to street noise with windows open, too. I sleep
with earplugs every night.
I am very grateful for peaceful, deep sleep.
|Thursday, May 22, 2014, 1:33:47 PM- Springtime Hustle|
Mt. Royal, the huge, sprawling park which was designed by
Olmstead Law, the same landscape architect who designed
Central Park in NY, is now completely all dressed in fresh green.
Apple, pear, cherry, plum trees all in bloom. Bedazzled anew!
Let's hear it for photosynthesis!
Deciding to not run today. Looking over my workout journal
I realize that I have been pushing it a bit much. Food bank
chores tomorrow will be tough. We are missing two guys
w strong backs & legs. Many trips downstairs carrying heavy
I'm going to walk down to Chinatown instead and buy some
liu wei ti huang wan. Spend maybe ten dollars total. Then
walk again up the hill, enjoying music on iPad.
Since I have been running hard again and doing supplementary
gym workouts I have been enjoying 90 minute naps in the
afternoon. That is a luxury.
|Saturday, May 10, 2014, 11:59:22 PM- Beautiful Spring Day|
Today was definitely the right day to take the plastic bubble
off the big picture window. I put it up in mid-November. We have
had some chilly evenings, so I kept it up until now. Nice warm,
humid, windy day.
Buster the aged cat loves to sit on the windowsill and watch
all the birds in the tree out front, and all the people going by
on the sidewalk.
I had an ecstatic, tough run on the backtrails in the woods
on the mountain of love. I stopped three times in the run to
get down and do pushups: 60 first time, walk for 3-4 minutes
before continuing the run. Finished the run with big blast of
speed. I always love the big kick. Did 60 more in Parc Jeanne-
Mance right beside my shack. Also laid down in the grass to
do abdominals - feels good to lay down on the grass.
Ran back home, stripped off sweaty running gear and did
exhaustion set of pushups naked as a blue jay. Hurray naked
pushups! Aged cat likes to meow loud in my ear as I do them.
65, almost 66. That's quite okay.
|Friday, May 02, 2014, 12:09:48 AM- Unhappy Little Monster|
Fucked up princess giving us a loud concert on his bass
right now. He thinks we have forgotten how important he is.
He is definitely not playing in his expensive recording studio.
It must be a terrible thing to be so needy and so useless. He
sounds lonely, hostile and desperate for attention again.
Pathetic little shit.
|Tuesday, April 29, 2014, 12:38:04 PM- New Moon in Taurus|
Today at the street mission where I volunteer we will have
a memorial service for Johnny, the Inuit man who has
been our longtime client & friend. There has been a dark
cloud of sadness over all of us for the past few days,
knowing that his life was ending.
He had the most unusual ability to illuminate and radiate
powerful happiness, although his own life was nothing but
misery and pain. This is very contradictory.
I would have never had the chance to meet him if I had
not lost my massage career and fallen into poverty.
His brother and sister are here. They flew down just in
time to be at his bedside when he passed to the other side.
Rest in peace, Johnny Boy.
|Sunday, April 20, 2014, 8:34:47 PM- no appetite for chaos|
After doing volunteer chores at the street mission I
fed senile cat and walked over to the park to play drums
with all my crazy neighbours. Nice warm spring day with
the first signs of green showing.
I played together with about fifty other drummers with a
real steady solid groove, as though we were just picking
up where we had left off last October. Each time I looked
up to see the people dancing, and a rapidly growing crowd
I thought Wow! This is getting Huge!
Then with just a chilly breeze going through the crowd I saw
signs of friction and disharmony. Several sudden small
disputes and anxious glances rippled through the crowd.
I got up and carried myself out of the scene in a hurry.
As I walked out, I was able to estimate the crowd at about
8-10,000 people, with hundreds of people arriving, and many
were ignoring the crosswalk red lights, challenging traffic
and yelling at the motorists. Then, sure enough, many, many
police cars arriving, with lights flashing.
Since the days of the Red Square days when university students
rioted and disrupted public peace, there has been a general
deterioration of the public bond. There is much greater appetite
for chaos and disharmony.
It has happened before that agitators have showed up at the
percussion jam. I have left before, just hoping that cooler heads
will prevail. The percussion jam is a long time tradition in Montreal,
and it is very unique peaceful, inclusive multi-cultural, multi-racial
But I will definitely stay away if others try to subvert it for other
purposes. The troublemakers are not anarchists. The correct
term is nihilist, not anarchist. There is a big difference.
I have no appetite for chaos.
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