Permanent Vacay/City of the Dead Nitro
7/20/2020 | 0 comments


The present is starting to get to me a bit. Adding secret police on top of the raging pandemic and general election anxiety is really adding to the general hopelessness of 2020. Plus Sabrina's getting old on top of it all. 

So I can't say I'm doing great. Did finally figure out that one needs to eat lots and luft heavy things consistently in order to really put on muscle, but now that I have that knowledge, I am making good progress. 

The romaine and kale mom and I planted in the raised boxes we put together are doing very well. The kale, especially. I haven't had to buy bagged greens from the store for a few weeks, and hope to keep that going. I love being able to rip a few leaves off for my sandwiches. Tomatoes and bell peppers are still coming in. There are a few beans that may be ready, too.

God I hope America gets its shit together soon.



Simcoast to Coast/ Strata Swell
7/1/2020 | 0 comments



Everything's as well as one would hope during the craziness of 2020. No one I know has gotten sick yet, but cases are going up in CA. Back when I would wish for a plague, I assumed the US would have a better response and go largely unaffected. This country just keeps on disappointing me.

Work has picked up a bit. I think we're supposed to be bisy for the holiday. Don't know what all these people are doing that they have to board their dogs, but I doubt it involves chilling at home and sociap distancing.

I'm starting to get the feeling I won't get Coachella next April, either.

Otherwise, did a bit more work on the backyard with mom before she left on a little road trip with her friend to get up north and get her car and some stuff. Don't know what her next plan is.

My shoulders are coming in and making me oh so happy. I work out for four episodes of Community (season 1-5, three episodes of 6, which had longer episodes). Community has been my wholesome isolation buddy, and I'm on my third go-through of the last few months. I finally got some adjustable dumbbells and was able to go up in weight. I'm having a hard time eating enough for sick gainz bro, but have some ideas for getting more calories in. But I feel really good about the changes to my shoulders and chest so far.

Saw Scott a couple weeks ago. Picked up El Sombrero takeout for us to share. He hadn't seen anyone in three months. Don't know when it'll happen again.

Mostly just want 2020 to be over. It's really the only thing to look forward to right now. I have the feeling the 2020 awfulness still has a few surprises in store for us.



Flying Cat/ Farmhouse Lager
6/4/2020 | 0 comments


Work's still pretty dead. Restrictions are being lifted, and more people are going back to work. Maybe it'll pick up.

Took Sabrina to the neurologist where she got a blood test. Apparently there's something off with her thyroid that could be behind the tremors, so she was prescribed a medication that I couldn't actually find anywhere. Had to get Wallgreen's to change it to something they actually had.

Finally took the recycling in and got almost $100 for it. I think this might be the first time I've dealt with it since last October. It's a pre-festival chore, but of course there are no festivals now.

The new Run the Jewels is good. Crazy-apt, considering the protests going on right now against police violence. Ugh, seeing them open for Rage Against the Machine at Coachella would've been amazing.

Passed my one year on T anniversary at the end of May. Feeling really good these days and pleased with my progress. Working out is paying off wonderfully.

Mom's visiting. She's finally back from Hawaii. She's supposed to take care of her man as soon as he's cleared to go home from surgery. There's some drainage issue going on which is delaying her departure, but I'm certainly not complaining about having mom around more. We did a lot or gardening in the backyard today. She'll be helping me put together planter boxes so that we can grow some of our own veggies.

Not much else to say. 




Sierra Nevada 40th Anniversary/ Triple Hop'd
5/14/2020 | 0 comments


Well work is quite dead. So far, I have had one paying customer on one of my three nights. My boss didn't want to hear me complain of bow pointless it was to be there, and how I could've been getting much more staying at home on unemployment. Not having the pressures of work for six weeks has made me think of what I want to do, and how much I'd like to earn. I just don't want to do most jobs, even if they would pay me more.

Anyway, it's still good to be employed in this climate. So despite very much missing my bed, I tried to appreciate that I had such easy nights (work-wise). On the other hand, getting to experience restful nights at home that I hadn't had in years really highlighted how much staying at work overnight wears me down.

Last Friday trails were opened again, so being back at work now, we6also back to hiking. Feels so good to walk up hills again! We went to Canyonback twice, which has become quite overgrown without people stomping about it. I hesitantly let the dogs off leash one at a time at points I felt safe, and stayed on the main trail. But we saw one mortally wounded snake Tuesday and another maybe a bit over a foot long on Wednesday, but I don't think either were rattlers.

Sabrina did ok. She was running all about when we last went on March 22 before lockdown, but was going quite slow this week, to the point where I hooker her leash to my belt loop so I could tow her along without having my arm stratched behind myself the entire time.

The vet put her on Phenobarbital a week ago. And her little tremors (seizures?) have seemingly stopped, but she's been slower and a bit uncoordinated (though that's been improving; she was stumbling around a bit drunkenly right after getting her first dose [a shot at the vet]). Her hips are also seemingly bothering her much more now, which is contributing to her slowness. She was dragging her back feet so badly a couple days into the prescription that she filed a toenail down to the quick and was bleeding. I don't want my dog to get old and feeble :(.

But she's getting better and regaining her coordination. We went to Kenneth Hahn this morning and she only started slowing down around the 90 minute mark. I am of course grateful that my 12.5 year old dog can still go on two hour hikes.

Finished "Community" this morning. Enjoyed it enough that I'll add it to the repeat list. 

Increased fitness and weight. I now try to workout for at least an hour a day with my bands and weights. I only have two 5lb dumbbells  that I can hold together for 10lbs, so I made another 10lb weight with a soap bottle filled with pennies and dead batteries. I can hold that in one hand with a 5lb dumbbell for 15lbs, but don't know what to do from there. Hopefully by the time I want to move up to 20lbs, equipment will be available again. I was looking into getting something before this whole thing started, but procrastinated, and am now kicking myself.

I'm also doing 100 pushups a day, which I think are doing great things for my shoulders and chest. I think I've finally figured out the correct form for them. My posture is much improved, and I don't have lower back spasms any more! Pre-t they were a daily thing, I think largely due to being unable to stand up straight due to the extreme negative emotional response it would give me.

Overall I'm pretty chill these days, though being back at work means I'm driving again. There's still very little traffic, at least, but it remains the thing that harshes my chill the most.


Nelson & Nelson/ K38
5/10/2020 | 0 comments


I go back to work tomorrow. More cases than ever, pandemic only growing, and I gotta go watch other people's dogs (assuming we get customers). Shit's crazy, yo. And I was getting so much more on unemployment, too. I'm REALLY going to miss sleeping in my own bed every night.

Sabrina was put on Phenobarbital. I haven't noticed any more tremors, but she's been unsteady on her legs ever since she got her first dose (a shot that left her limping dramatically) on Wednesday. Her back legs are especially wonky, and she now drags her feet and has worn away one of her toenails on a back foot to the point of bleeding when we go on walks. It's a known side-effect thar supposedly goes away, but my poor girl has seemed to enter old age in the span of being taken away for a minute to be given a shot (she's also been on 2x a day Pheno pills since). So I just feel bad for her and hope that what I'm doing is helpful. Seizures or loss of coordination, which is preferable? 

Otherwise, not much going on. Finished the last thing for the yard, and now it's just maintenance. Mostly been watching Community and working out. The more results I see, the more encouraged I get, so now I'm up to an hour a day, hoping to get large. I'll bjy some adjustable dumbbells as soon as that sort of thing becomes available again. 

Ugh, I don't want to go back to work. 




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