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A Little bit of everything including Food Porn, but mostly Roger Waters & The Wall

To say that I've languished at blogging would be an understatement though, at the same time, it has forced me into writing blogs that are different than I normally do -- and I'm embracing it. So this will be diverse.

First, I'm just working a lot. After essentially a 7 year vacation from my company, I am enjoying getting up early, working at home for a few hours, heading in and coming back in the afternoon to raw feed the dogs (I still have a super story to tell about that, and Peter-Hyperlipid was a huge help).

Way back when (1992) I started a company, built it up to over 30 employees, and hated the stress it caused; but mainly because I had to spend $200K+ on fucking lawyers every year. Long story..., but at base, I tired of it and so let the company shrink down so I was less of a target for the Federal and State mafia.

But now I'm back to work -- hard -- and rediscovering the challenge of hitting the gym and eating well. I spoke to that in the last post. But I'm really serious about this. Here I've been, blogging about Real Food for these last years, and I did not have the same workaday pressures most or many of you have. Well, now I do, and so I have come to realize how easy it could be to cave in an just go get a burger. Christshit; but Do. Not. Do. It. ...Unless it's an honest, earned cheat that's rare.

So here's what I did up tonight. That's grassfed ribeye from Marin Sun Farms, coupled with those vegetables I hate: in this case, cauliflower; roasted at 400 in coconut oil, pastured butter, paprika and cumin. You know the drill about clicking on the image.

Ribeye and Roasted Cauliflower
Ribeye and Roasted Cauliflower

So that's dinner. What else?

I'm in countdown, less than 24 hours, now, and it's to see Roger Waters & Co perform The Wall, live, tomorrow night.

I've always thought that David Gilmour was the musical genius of Pink Floyd and Roger was the creative genius (It had to have taken at least two). If I go see Glimour in concert, I'm going to get a spectacular, bluesy performance but I'm betting Waters is going to be a total Spectacle, tomorrow night.

This has been a bit of a dream going back decades. I missed out on it way back when, but stoned, always regretted it and always told myself that if they were ever to tour again, I'd be there. Well, I hope they do tour as together as they could be but, this is different in that if they were to tour together, it would likely be some sort of compilation whereas, this is The Wall, done top bottom -- four sides of vinyl.

It's really, really tough to pick anything in particular out of 26 tracks to entertain you, make you cry and both. But here's my lame stab at it because I essentially love it all; always have and always will. Nothing like a dark room, decent audio, smokable herb and Pink Floyd playing away in the darkness. Live; just a little. Or, is that "unhealthy" and worthy of Inquisition?

I've always loved Mother. And I've always see it as a metaphor and have used it as such over the years. When you hear "mother," think of the overriding authority of your choice.

I so went back & forth on that with Hey You as a pick, for a number of stylistic reasons, but as I said...26 tracks. More than a couple, and it's just gratuitous and I never engage in that...

Alright, so that's your deepish metaphor and here's your tear jerker...perhaps if you know the music, this scene from the film, and understand that Rogers' dad didn't come back from the European battlefields of WWII. ...Oh and you get a little bit about Vera Lynn, who's still doin' her thing at about 92.

I think it's tough to classify Pink Floyd as a pure rock band even though that's the genre they're played in, when played. I think, given The Wall, and even Dark Side of the Moon, that they're some hybrid between blues & opera. But what do I know?

I don't, really, know. Don't care, and I have all of them. Every album. Even ones not depicted in this delectible creation. I guess this is actually why they are called al-bums.

Pink Floyd  The AlBUMs
Pink Floyd The AlBUMs

Alright. It's 12:02am. I think I'll see if there's anything decent on the DVR and if not, hit the sheets.

Mama's gonna make all of your nightmares come true; mama's gonna put all of her fears into you.

See you on the other side.

Comments

  1. Re working and finding time to work out, a year and a half ago I adopted the “Fuck you, I’m going to the gym” approach to time management.

    Whenever someone wants to schedule a meeting or discuss something work-related during my gym time the answer is always the same, “Fuck you, I’m going to the gym.” I refuse to schedule ANYTHING during my gym time. Haven’t missed a single work out in a year and a half.

    Knowing that part of the day is absolutely sacrosanct makes the rest of the day a lot more bearable.

  2. When I moved out on my own I promised myself I would cook my own food and not resort to TV dinners or take out. I’ll admit, at first there was a lot of rice involved. I’ve been paleo for coming up on a year, and while I don’t think my girlfriend thinks my meals are very appetizing most nights (but come on – how do you NOT like steak?!), I’m still cooking all my own meals. It’s not NEARLY the burden that most people make it out to be.

    In fact, I have to say, you spend all day in an office staring at spreadsheets and charts and forms and things, there’s something really satisfying about coming home and making food for yourself, start to finish. Even if it’s just a bunch of eggs thrown into a pan with some other stuff.

  3. It has been 8 years since I left my high tech job to spend my time farming, and I can’t image going back to that life. Hopefully, you can establish a new routine that keeps you blogging, cooking, and working out. Making extra large sized portions of your meals at night and taking the leftovers to work should reduce the temptation to “cheat”.

  4. We have a new hire in our office – he brought chocolate chip cookies in for his breakfast this morning. I looked at him, shook my head and voiced my opinion that he was clearly an agent of the Dark Side. Our salesman told him, “Dude – if you keep that up you’re NEVER gonna last here.” Yes, my proselytizing is paying off.

    Roger Waters strikes me as being just a bit self-indulgent. David Gilmour is firmly in the #1 spot on my Gutiar God List, closely followed by B.B. King, Carlos Santana and Stevie Ray Vaughn (the #5 spot tends to change, depending on who I’m “in to” at the moment). Alas, he says Pink Floyd will never tour again; makes me glad I saw them when they toured for The Division Bell – awesome, awesome show.

  5. Hugh Anderson says:

    It so happens I was listening to Wish You Were Here last night. Dark Side of the Moon, however, is one of my all-time favorite albums. I still remember the rush I got from listening to it for the first time, and it still holds its grip on me. As for The Wall, I’m partial to Comfortably Numb, a song I find myself singing rather frequently for reasons probably Freudian.

  6. I definitely agree that Waters was more of the creative force while Gilmour was the musical powerhouse… though Waters laid down some solid bass lines. I think the whole musical-esque, almost theatrical production type feel of some of Floyd music was largely Waters, and was probably the very conflict that led to the demise of the band.

    It may not actually be Gilmour, but at least you’ll get to hear someone wail the Comfortably Numb solo live… too bad they won’t be playing anything off “Animals” eh? That’s probably my favorite album of theirs anyway…

    • Another vote for “Animals” as favorite Floyd album.

      • Another vote for Animals. It’s brilliant. Think about the lyrics to Pigs (Part 1). In those six lines there’s more imagery and imagination than in most novels. And Dogs, and well, all of it.

  7. “Nothing like a dark room, decent audio, smokable herb and Pink Floyd playing away in the darkness. ” Amen brother. I have no idea how many Wall tapes, albums and discs I have worn out over the years and I still listen to it on a regular basis.

  8. Time for a Leangains update wouldn’t you say?
    Loved the last 2. Can’t wait for the next!

  9. Yes, I’m going to try to get that out.

  10. Def a Gilmour rather than Waters fan… at least Gilmour before Polly started bossing him around.. (what about Syd Barrett?)

    Best Floyd songs.. or my favs…
    The Gold It’s in The…( Obscured by Clouds)
    Fearless ( Meddle)
    Young Lust
    Run Like Hell
    Comfortably Numb ( Another Brick )
    Wish You Were Here ( Wish You Were.)
    .. and oh, your meat looks good :)

    • I’m gonna have to vote for Syd. The stuff after he left is admittedly more complex and advanced, but there is just something magical about those first two albums. I even love the Syd Barret solo stuff (Waters’ solo stuff… not so much).

      The Wall is an amazing album though. One of the best ever recorded.

      As far as classification, Floyd is really just highly accessible prog rock. Most of that genre is very difficult, even King Crimson is something that most people have a very hard time getting a hold of, especially since people aren’t dropping acid nearly as much as they were 30 years ago. Because of Pink Floyd’s accessibility, it usually gets thrown in with “classic rock”, even though it is about as different as it possibly could be from Bob Seger.

      And I hear you about the return to “real life” making things a whole lot more complicated. Going through a similar thing myself. I have the self-discipline to keep eating real food, but making it to the gym is really a hassle. I like the above mentioned “fuck you, I’m going to the gym” philosophy. That must surely work for dealing with work/family/friends. But when you have to choose between going to the gym and getting laid, it gets more complicated.

  11. Floyd has always paired well with tv and movies.
    Reading this, I was watching Hell’s Kitchen with
    Ramsey blasting his children. TV was on mute,
    the “Mother” vid you posted, was playing. Note
    for note, it was spot on with the emotions on the show.
    Remember “Dark Side of the Moon” paired with “The
    Wizard of Oz?” I’ll take Gilmour, being a guitarist.
    Great blog. Each post helps me grow.

  12. Favorite concert memory of all time–Pink Floyd, 1988, Wembley Stadium, London. I’d saved my money for a year to take that trip, having no idea that Floyd was going to be there at the same time (tickets for local dates on their U.S. tour could not be had at ALL). It was a general admission show so you better believe I scored a ticket. Wembley could hold 80,000 for concerts and it did that night. They closed the show with “Comfortably Numb,” and when David Gilmour started that final solo the place went insane. I got goosebumps so badly my teeth were chattering.

  13. Holy shit, Richard, I’ve been following your blog for a while now, but wish I’d known about Provanta a long time ago. In the summer of 2009, I decided to accelerate getting back to zero and went with another debt settlement company, and after a DISASTROUS year with them, in which only a fraction of the thousands of dollars I was paying them was going toward my debt, I decided to end the relationship. I was able to then personally negotiate with two of my creditors (one of which settled for 25% of my debt). I’ve still got one left to go, but hopefully I can wrap that up soon. Anyway, if I’d have known who you were and that you did this kind of thing, I definitely would have gone with you.

    • Dave:

      Sorry to hear you had a bad experience with debt settlement. At least you found that it is possible to settle those debts out. The fact that you did it yourself probably means the company you chose was not quite on the ball as they should have been. Even with the fees it should be possible to get the job done. We rework the fee schedules all the time as necessary to take advantage of a settlement opportunity.

      Let’s say you’re putting away $400 per month, $100 going to the company and $300 into your settlement savings account. And let’s say you have $1,200 in that account and we get an opportunity to settle a $5,000 account for $1,600, about 30% ish. Well, what we’re going to do is set that up to pay the $1,200 now and then skip a fee payment to us such that your next payment of $400 goes towards and completes the settlement. We do many variations on this theme all the time.

      Whatever it takes.

  14. Always loved Pink Floyd, one of my favorite band and The Wall has always been my favorite album. I can remember listening to my father’s vinyls, precious stuff I tell you. Too bad I was too young to see them all together live. With Richard Wright’s death it seems the ream’s going away a little further, I’ve read a Gilmour interview saying they would not play together anymore, Live 8 being for the good cause.

    Anyway their sound is just fantastic and ill always be. Keep up the great work.

    Tom

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