Success: It’s the Thrill of the Chase

“It’s not the kill… It’s the thrill of the chase.” I never had any question regarding what I wanted to do with my life. From the age of 18 months, when I first saw my uncle’s band, “The Sounder,” rehearsing at my grandmother’s house, I knew that I wanted to be a musician. My exposureContinue reading “Success: It’s the Thrill of the Chase”

Stop Attacking and Yelling at People Who Are Working

I took this photograph back on June 1, 2008. Look at those George W. Bush gas prices! The dark smoke in the air is from the fire at Universal Studios, where the original King Kong burned up, as well as boxes and boxes of MASTER TAPES that can never be revived again. Indeed, Universal MusicContinue reading “Stop Attacking and Yelling at People Who Are Working”

Seeking Help From Cincinnati Reds Fans [1983]

It was the spring or summer of 1983. So much was going on that it fogs my memory a little bit. I was graduating high school, preparing to go to college, rehearsing with the high school band for State Fair, band camp, dealing with my summer job, and more. But there was ONE other thingContinue reading “Seeking Help From Cincinnati Reds Fans [1983]”

Setting Boundaries on Time Travel

Since at least the early 1990s, I have been engaging in the behavior of time travel. No, not the kind where you get into a machine and use science-based magic to physically go to a specific time in the past. There was no Delorean, and I never got up to 88 mph. WHAT IS “TIMEContinue reading “Setting Boundaries on Time Travel”

On Life and “Value”

INTRODUCTONThe value of a dollar is where I think this entry needs to start, because this is something that I think most people definitely understand. Replace that US dollar with your currency, and it still applies. In America, we do NOT use the Gold Standard, because there simply isn’t enough gold on the planet toContinue reading “On Life and “Value””

The Grand Illusion

INTRODUCTIONIn the middle of the summer of 1977, between sixth and seventh grade, Styx released an album titled “The Grand Illusion.” The title track tells the listener to remember that you are surrounded by this grand illusion. The idea was if you think “your neighbor’s got it made” or you “never win the game,” thenContinue reading “The Grand Illusion”

Checking My Personal White Privilege

INTRODUCTIONFor years, I have heard people tell others to “check your privilege.” It has been long enough that I have decided to check my own “white privilege.” Do I have it? Does it exist? Let’s find out. I first learned about how others viewed my skin tone when I moved to LA and lived onContinue reading “Checking My Personal White Privilege”

Visiting The Weed Doctor

If nothing else, I figured that this might be an interesting story for some. INTRODUCTIONIn America, some states have legalized or decriminalized cannabis [marijuana]. It varies from state to state. I fought hard in the 90s and 2000s to get cannabis legalized in California. For a while, only medicinal was available. This meant that youContinue reading “Visiting The Weed Doctor”

The Fine Art of Self-Hatred

INTRODUCTIONIf there is just one thing that I’ve learned in recent years about self-hatred, it’s that you don’t realize how much self-hatred you have until you meet someone who hates themselves even more. There are many sources of self-hatred. In our formative years, it can come from things our parents might say. In school, itContinue reading “The Fine Art of Self-Hatred”

The Difficult Art of Effing Chill

Going for a walk is something that I have to make myself do, even though there are many times where I have enjoyed going on a walk in the past. It’s kind of like going to the doctor to get blood drawn. I’m nervous, get it done, think it’s no big deal, and then getContinue reading “The Difficult Art of Effing Chill”

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